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Thursday 16 July 2020


Zak Dychtwald, Founder of Young China Group & author

In discussion with Duncan Clark OBE, about Young China in a post-Covid world: consumer, competitor, collaborator

In this event, Duncan Clark OBE, Chairman of BDA China and author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built will be interviewing author, founder, and cultural conduit, Zak Dychtwald. Zak will discuss what this generation wants and how they see a post-Covid world. Consumption, innovation competition, and government will all be discussed, as well as a lively Q&A.

Zak Dychtwald

Zak is the author of critically acclaimed Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World and founder of market insights firm, Young China Group. A 30-year old Columbia University graduate and fluent Mandarin speaker, Zak has spoken to audiences on six continents as a cultural conduit about the global impact of China’s youth. Past clients include Google’s Next Billion Users, Colgate, and Schroders Bank. Zak has been invited to share his expertise for audiences at the Aspen Ideas Festival and The Wall Street Journal CEO Summit.

Duncan Clark OBE

Duncan, is Chairman of BDA China, the Beijing-based consultancy he founded in 1994 after 4 years as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong. Today BDA employs 130 professionals advising public and private equity investors in fast growing sectors in China and neighboring markets. Duncan is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics; and a former Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He previously served as Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in China, and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to UK-China trade and investment.

An early advisor to Alibaba, Duncan is author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2016 and named a Book of the Year by the Economist. The book has appeared in over thirty languages.