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14th Asian Financial Forum held online next week

Global experts explore current economic landscape


15 January 2021 – The 14th Asian Financial Forum (AFF), jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will be held online on 18 and 19 January 2021. Under the theme “Reshaping the World Economic Landscape”, the forum will examine the challenges at hand and strategise the road to recovery and beyond with more than 160 influential global financial experts, policymakers, business leaders, economists, investors and entrepreneurs.


Heavyweight speakers at the AFF’s keynote sessions include Paul Romer, 2018 Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences and policy entrepreneur, Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of Reddit and Seven Seven Six, and Luc Julia, Co-creator of Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant. Distinguished guests at various sessions will share insights on a wide range of topics including the global economic outlook, socially responsible and impact investment, the asset and wealth management industry in the post-COVID era, climate change risks and opportunities for the insurance industry.


Moreover, a host of senior officials, including those from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, European Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, will share the stage alongside other distinguished speakers such as Stephen A Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone; Lei Zhang, Founder and CEO of Hillhouse Capital Management; Laura Cha, Chairman of Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited; Antony Leung, Group Chairman & CEO of the Nan Fung Group; Guo Shuqing, Secretary of Party Committee of the People’s Bank of China, Chairman of China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission; and Ahmed Alkholifey, Governor of Saudi Central Bank. Senior figures from a number of global financial institutions, including the Bank of China, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Natixis Investment Managers, NatWest, Neuberger Berman, Standard Chartered, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management and UOB, will also join the discussions.


Topics to be covered at AFF include the post-pandemic recovery, sustainable development, responsible and impact investment, fintech, 5G, entrepreneurship and venture investment, and asset and wealth management. The new “Dialogues for Tomorrow” session will examine the future of various sectors in the wake of the pandemic. In addition, the AFF’s virtual platform will offer comprehensive business showcasing, networking and matchmaking services, including the Fintech Showcase, FintechHK Startup Salon, AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session, InnoVenture Salon and Global Investment Zone, providing interactive connections between global investors, project owners and start-up enterprises.


We cordially invite you or your media representatives to cover the event. Details are as follows:



18-19 January 2021 (Monday and Tuesday)


AFF online platform


AFF speakers:

AFF programme:


All video or audio recordings at the event may be used only in the context of media reporting.

Media registration:

Media representatives who would like to participate in the AFF should send an email to on or before 16 January for registration details.


Media enquiries

Please contact the HKTDC’s Communications & Public Affairs Department:


Angel Tang              Tel: (852) 2584 4544                    Email:

Sam Ho                  Tel: (852) 2584 4569                    Email:

Clayton Lauw          Tel: (852) 2584 4472                    Email:



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