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Asian Investment Conference 2021

Bo Chen

Chutian Professor of Economics and Executive Director at Research Institute of Free Trade Zone, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Luke Sedler

Bo Chen, PhD, is Chutian Professor of Economics and Executive Director of the Research Institute of Free Trade Zone at HuaZhong University of Science and Technology. He has held this position since August 2016.

Between September 2008 to August 2016, Dr. Chen was Deputy Dean at World Trade and Economics Department at the School of International Business Administration of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He was also previously an advisory member of the Expert Committee of the General Scheme of China (Shanghai) Free Trade Area, Drafting Group at Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce – a position he held until August 2013.

He also serves as Executive Director of the Research Centre on Free Trade Zone and participated in the consultation for the establishment of China (Shanghai) Free Trade Trial Zone. Furthermore, he is also a senior lecturer to the senior executives of central state-owned enterprises (SOEs) by the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council. Dr. Chen’s research focuses on international finance and trade, China's macroeconomy, and regional economics collaboration.

Dr. Chen is also Research Associate of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Distinguished Fellow of the Jack Austin Center. His opinions about Chinese economic policies appear in various mainstream media publications, such as BBC, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Chen remains as a key consultant on various ongoing government reform projects, especially for policies on trade and investment facilitation, such as free-trade zones and the Belt and Road Initiative.

He received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University in 2008.