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Credit Suisse celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its Asian Investment Conference with strong speaker line-up to ask "Are we at the Beginning of a New Era?"

More than 3,000 attendees are expected to join a strong line-up of political leaders, central bank officials, academics and a double Olympic gold medalist, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference (AIC). Running from 27 to 30 March 2017 in Hong Kong SAR (China), the 20th AIC comes at a time of significant changes across today's global political, economic, social and technological landscape, and questions: "Are we at the Beginning of a New Era?"

Credit Suisse Asia Pacific CEO, Helman Sitohang, said: "Our clients are keen to discover how best to navigate, understand and position themselves in what could be a new world paradigm – with a new President in the United States, the prospect of a European Union without the United Kingdom, potential threats to globalization amid a rise in nationalism and huge advances in technology. The AIC presents an impressive line-up of some of the world's most prominent thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs who can help us understand how we can best adapt to this era of change and disruption, and how we can position ourselves for the changes taking place. The AIC is a key part of the value Credit Suisse delivers to its clients as the Entrepreneur's Bank of Asia. The insights that the AIC provides goes beyond economics and finance, beyond conventional wisdom – these are insights that make a real difference to investment decisions."

The AIC is among the world's largest investment conferences in Asia Pacific and one of the most important events for Credit Suisse each year. Now in its 20th year, the AIC has a long history of attracting heads of State, political and financial leaders, central bankers and monetary policy officials, academics, Nobel prize-winning economists, senior corporate leaders and renowned social thinkers from all parts of the globe.

The four-day conference connects some 2,500 institutional investors, hedge funds and ultra and high-net-worth investors, as well as CEOs and CFOs of over 330 companies, with the world's most influential thinkers and opinion leaders. Around 7,000 private meetings and workshops with clients and corporates are expected to take place on the sidelines of the conference. The AIC provides an incomparable platform to gather investment intelligence, understand macro-economic trends, and share ideas and insights on some of the world's most pressing issues – from fiscal and monetary policies as a stimulant to economic growth, to how technology is revolutionizing business, and the extent to which foreign and social policies will impact economies such as the US, China, Japan and India.

Among the speakers, Credit Suisse is pleased to welcome Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic (2007–2012), who will share his views on the outlook for Europe amid Brexit and rising nationalism throughout the European Union. Glenn Hubbard, former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush, and John B. Taylor, former member of the President's Council of Economic Advisors and former Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs, will also be speaking, joined by Fan Jianping, research fellow at China's State Information Centre. This panel of three will share their insights on what the global economy could begin to look like in the current US administration and a post-Brexit world, and how economic, monetary and fiscal policies will be implemented globally to ensure sustainable growth in today's unstable macro climate. Meanwhile, Professor Jing Huang, Lee Foundation Professor on US-China Relations and Director of Centre on Asia and Globalization at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, will discuss China's current political situation and the transition underway.

Dennis P. Lockhart, former member of the US Federal Open Market Committee and former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will deliver a keynote address examining the past, present and future of American monetary policy in an environment of rising rates. While Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, will discuss the huge changes taking place in that economy, particularly following the demonetization of a substantial portion of the money supply.

The AIC also provides delegates a forum to access alternative perspectives from speakers outside the economic and financial world. Sir Mo Farah CBE, Britain's most successful Olympic athlete in modern times, double Olympic, European and World Athletics champion, will recount the challenges of his childhood in Somalia, his move to Britain, and his meteoric rise to success. He will share not only the lessons and adversity he has faced in his endeavors, but also how open policies of immigration and globalization can have a very personal impact.

The AIC will examine a wide range of topics that will have profound impact on where the future lies. Technology is one of the greatest agents of change in today's world. Innovation, driven by advances in technology, is being shaped by competition and demand trends. Sebastian Thrun, Udacity co-founder and the first head of the Google car project, will discuss the skills that technological leaders and innovators will need in the future. Dr. David Hanson, Founder of Hanson Robotics, will talk about the emerging trends in robotics, the extent to which automation can influence our daily lives and whether the industry represents a viable new investment opportunity. Meanwhile, Rahul Narayan, Founder and CEO of tech startup Team Indus that is leading the charge for pole position in the Google Lunar X "Moon 2.0" race, will discuss the progress the team is making in its bid to land on the moon.

Moreover, the 20th AIC will discuss how far Fintech can go in disrupting financial services, and whether financial services distribution represent a new paradigm, Greg Gibb, CEO of Lufax, Kenny Lam, Group President of Noah Holdings and Sam Allen, CEO of CompareAsia Group are among a number of speakers who will discuss how the developments in Fintech are changing the way financial services are delivered, and how far can FinTech go in disrupting financial services. Credit Suisse's leading economists and strategists will also provide their insights on global, regional and sectoral investment themes during the conference.

For more information, including the agenda, coverage of the conference on the AIC Blog, interviews and video replays of some conference sessions, please:

Please note that selected keynote addresses and panels will be open to media representatives, who are requested to reference the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference when quoting any speaker at the AIC.

Company presentations and panels (unless otherwise specified) are not open to the press. For details, please refer to the AIC Media Program.