China's Belt and Road Initiative - understanding its potential impact
China's 'Belt and Road Initiative' ('BRI') is one of the most ambitious global infrastructure development programmes ever conceived, within an overriding objective of contributing to a world of 'shared prosperity'.
In December 2017, Sir Douglas Flint was invited by the Chancellor to become the UK's special envoy to the BRI to harness and project the UK's capabilities to support the commercial objectives of the BRI. In his talk Sir Douglas will explore the origins of the BRI, its development, the role international companies are now playing and why the programme attracts both extensive support and concern from within the international community.
SIr Douglas Flint is Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen plc, one of Europe’s largest investment companies, a position to which he was appointed on 1st January 2019. He is also Chairman of IP Group plc which helps to create, build and support outstanding intellectual property based companies primarily through collaboration with partner universities.
Douglas Flint retired as Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc on 30th September 2017, having been appointed to that role in December 2010. For fifteen years prior to this he was HSBC’s Group Finance Director, joining from KPMG where he was a partner. Between 2005 and 2011 he was also a Non-Executive Director of BP plc. During his HSBC career, Mr Flint was a member of both the Mayor of Beijing’s and the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders’ Advisory Councils and served on the International Advisory Board of the China Europe International Business School. He was also, up until his retirement from HSBC, Chair of City UK's China Market Advisory Group.
Alongside his role as Special Envoy to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Sir Douglas serves on the Advisory Council of the Belt and Road Forum for International Co-operation.
In June 2006 Mr Flint was honoured with a CBE and in June 2018 was awarded a Knighthood, both awards in recognition of his services to the finance industry.
This is one of the lectures in the on-going China Centre Seminar series, hosted by the China Centre, Jesus College. The lectures, given by eminent speakers, will cover a broad range of topics and disciplines.
Attendance is free and booking is not required.