TUESDAY 8 MAY

The Belt and Road Initiative – What it Means for the Economies where the EBRD Invests

Mount Nebo Hall, Sea Level (-1)

Welcome coffee will be served from 10:30 to 11:00.

The Belt and Road Initiative is now a familiar phrase in the international lexicon, aiming to boost growth and integration through increased investment in infrastructure, trade links and financial connections. Strong partnerships with clients, governments and shareholders will play a critical role in providing high-quality investment and growth. We will explore how the EBRD’s partnerships can help deliver high environmental, governance and socio-economic standards, and more robust domestic institutions, for sustainable investments for Belt and Road countries and investors alike.
 
Bringing together MDBs, Chinese financers, along with policy makers from countries benefiting along the Belt and Road, this panel will showcase opportunities for clients and investors, drawing on case studies from the EBRD’s work. Through these case studies, we will see how the EBRD’s support can help tackle some of the key challenges, and unlock business opportunities presented by the Belt and Road Initiative.

The agenda of the event is as follows:

• Introductory speech by Mr Jurgen Rigterink, First Vice President, EBRD
• Keynote speech by Mr CHEN Yulu, Deputy Governor, People’s Bank of China
• Scene setting: Moderated live polling questions
• Scene setting: EBRD presentation of case studies of investment in the EBRD region by Richard Jones, Director, Business Development, AIIB-EBRD
• Moderated panel discussion:
- Panel discussion with live polling questions
- Live polling questions + Q&A

For more information please contact:

Beverley Eckhart
eckhartb@ebrd.com
 
Michal Azarkiewicz 
azarkiem@ebrd.com

 

 

Moderator

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Keynote

Yulu Chen

Deputy Governor, The People's Bank of China

Jurgen Rigterink

First Vice Pdt. & Head of CS Group, EBRD

Speakers

Florence Eid

Chief Economist, Arabia Monitor

Richard Jones

Director, Business Development, AIIB-EBRD

Natasha Khanjenkova

Managing Director, Central Asia and Russia, EBRD

Cyril Muller

Vice President, World Bank Group

Bakhyt Sultanov

Minister, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Bing Yan

Deputy General Manager, Corporate Banking Dept, Bank of China

Yulu Chen

Deputy Governor, The People's Bank of China

Chen Yulu is a Chinese economist, educator, author, and politician who has been deputy governor of People's Bank of China since October 2015. He has previously held appointments in the Renmin University of China as the president. He is a visiting professor at Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation and Columbia University. He is vice-president of All-China Youth Federation (ACYF). He is vice-chairman, deputy secretary-general and executive director of China International Finance Society.

Florence Eid

Chief Economist, Arabia Monitor

Dr, Florence Eid-Oakden is CEO and Chief Economist of Arabia Monitor. She has been a professor of economics and finance at the American University of Beirut and a visiting professor at INSEAD and HEC Paris. Formerly head of MENA research at JP Morgan, Dr. Eid-Oakden has also worked at the World Bank on Latin America and North Africa and subsequently on the buy-side as a hedge fund investor.

She is on the Board of the Arab Banking Corporation International Bank,  Bank ABC Jordan, the Arab Bankers Association of North America, on the Advisory Council of the Al Faisal University College of Business, and also advises the Saudi government. Dr. Eid-Oakden has been a trustee of the American University in Paris and Director of Shuaa Capital in Dubai. She has a PhD in organisation economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Richard Jones

Director, Business Development, AIIB-EBRD

Richard Jones is AIIB-EBRD Business Development Director and has been on secondment from the EBRD to the AIIB in Beijing since October 2017. He joined the EBRD in 2003 after working at the UK Treasury and the European Commission and has worked in a variety of roles, most recently as Interim Director of the President’s Office and as Head of the Dushanbe Resident Office, Tajikistan.

 

Natasha Khanjenkova

Managing Director, Central Asia and Russia, EBRD

Natasha Khanjenkova is Managing Director for Central Asia and Russia of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She joined the EBRD in 1993 and initially worked on credit lines for support of small and medium sized enterprises in CIS countries. In 1999 Mrs Khanjenkova moved to the EBRD Corporate Recovery team, where during seven years she led a number of restructurings of banks and companies in various sectors in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In February 2007, she moved to Moscow as a Deputy Director for Infrastructure and Energy. In October 2008 she was appointed as Director in charge of the Bank’s Infrastructure and Energy business in Russia. In April 2010 Mrs. Khanjenkova was appointed as Managing Director for Russia. From 1 April 2015 – January 2017, Managing Director for Turkey and Central Asia.

 

Cyril Muller

Vice President, World Bank Group

Cyril Muller joined the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region as Vice President on 1 July 2015.

Previously, from 2011 to 2015, he was Vice President for External and Corporate Relations. Prior to that, he was the Director for Banking and Debt Management in the World Bank Treasury, responsible for modernizing the financial products available to member countries and providing public debt management advisory services. From 2005 to 2010, he served as the World Bank’s Special Representative for Europe, based in Paris. Muller has held a range of positions across the World Bank since 1991, with an external break in service from 2000-2005. He holds economics degrees from Neuchatel University in Switzerland and New York University.

 

Jurgen Rigterink

First Vice Pdt. & Head of CS Group, EBRD

In 2018 Jürgen Rigterink was appointed First Vice President of Client Services at the EBRD.

He has served in a variety of senior roles, including Sector Head for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa at ABN AMRO. In 2005, he was appointed Chairman of the Management Board and Country Executive at ABN AMRO Bank Kazakhstan.  Jürgen was FMO’s Chief Investment Officer (2008-14) and Chief Risk and Finance Officer (2014-16) before becoming CEO and Chairman of FMO’s Management Board in 2016.

Jürgen has a master’s degree in economics from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. He is member of the Supervisory Board of the KIT Royal Tropical Institute, a member of the Supervisory Board of the private equity investment holding company Arise and a member of the Advisory Board of the European Risk Management Council.

 

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Dr Mattia Romani is Managing Director for Economics, Policy and Governance at the EBRD. He is also Senior Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. Before joining the EBRD in 2014, he was the Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the Global Green Growth Institute, an international organization based in South Korea created to support developing and emerging countries on their green growth plans. He was previously with McKinsey and Company, where he worked as a senior expert since 2009. He served as Lord Nicholas Stern's deputy on the UN Secretary General High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Finance in 2010. Between 2007 and 2009, he worked as the lead economist on the Stern Review team in the UK Government. He was previously at Shell International working on long-term scenarios. Between 1999 and 2003 he worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, Abidjan and Antananarivo.

Bakhyt Sultanov

Minister, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Bakhyt Turlykhanuly Sultanov was born in 1971 and graduated from the Kazakh National Technical University, State Academy of Management with majors in engineering and economics. After graduation, he worked in the Ministry of Finance where he progressed from senior economist to being director of the department. He was appointed Vice-Minister of Economic Affairs and Budget Planning, Chaired Statistics Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan and served as Vice-minister of Finance. During 2007-2010, he was the Minister of Economic Affairs and Budget Planning. He was appointed as Assistant of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on March 15, 2010. In January 2012, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

Bing Yan

Deputy General Manager, Corporate Banking Dept, Bank of China

Yan Bing is the Deputy General Manager in the Corporate Banking Department at the Bank of China. She is responsible for the management of overseas corporate banking business. She plays a leading role in supporting Chinese enterprises’ outbound investment activities via syndication loans, export credit financing and acquisition loans.