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Biennial event 27 november 2015

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Hostess & moderator: Anouk Van Hoofstadt, Owner POLYP media


9h30 Opening of THE ANTWERP FORUM - Linking business between China and Europe

Cathy Berx, Governor of Province of Antwerp

Presentation 'Euro-China Investment Report 2015-2016'

Dr. Zhang Zhengrong, Postdoc Researcher, Euro-China Competence Center, Antwerp Management School & Associate Professor, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University
Dora Munteanu, Director Euro-China Center, Antwerp Management School

Organised networking

11h15 Break

11h30 "From Chinese battery manufacturer to industry leader in the electric vehicle business"

Marco Bos, Deputy Managing Director, BYD Europe

12h00 "Design for experience, in Belgium and China"

Pieter Lesage, Founder, CEO & Designer, Studio Dott.

12h30 Walking lunch

14h00 Panel discussion "Collaborative Innovation"


Prof. Dr. Paul Matthysens, Dean, Antwerp Management School

William Gu, Vice President Commercial Department, Volvo Construction Equipment
Wu Yuhua, Senior Executive Vice President, Shanghai Zhangjiang High-tech Park Development Co. Ltd.

André Loesekrug-Pietri, Chairman & Managing Partner, A CAPITAL

Simon Derbaix, Product Manager, ROCKI

15h30 Break and picture moment

16h00 Panel discussion "One Belt, one Road reaching Antwerp": The role of the government on Chinese-European cooperation

Keynote speech on "One Belt One Road":

H.E. Mr. Qu Xing, Ambassador of P.R. China to Belgium

Frank Geerkens, Port Ambassador, Antwerp Port Authority
Bernard Dewit, Chairman, Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Luc Broos, CEO, POM Antwerp

Guido Muelenaer, Project Manager Blue Gate Antwerp, City of Antwerp

17h00 Closing speech

Marc Van Peel, Alderman for the Port of the City of Antwerp

17h20 Cocktail reception

18h30 Gala dinner - optional: presentation of Global Citizen Award organized by Antwerp Management School (*)

22h30 End

* Global Perspective, Societal Consciousness and Self-Awareness are the core values of Antwerp Management School’s Mission Statement. Antwerp Management School presents the Global Citizen Award to an outstanding and inspiring person who dedicates his life to the advancement of society. The Global Citizen is thought leader who has a universal view of the world in which we live today and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for mankind.

Former Global Citizen Award winners are:
Global Citizen Award 2011: Count Jacques Rogge, Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee
Global Citizen Award 2012: Thomas Bergström, CEO Inter IKEA

For more information, please visit the website

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