China's First 'Global Think Tank Summit' kicks off in Beijing

At the inaugural Global Think Tank Summit organized by the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (“CCIEE”) in Beijing today, Gerson Lehrman Group, the global marketplace for expertise, collaborated with CAIJING Magazine, China’s leading business and financial publication to host a unique forum that brings the world’s leading economic experts and policy makers together to discuss the state of the global economy.

As part of the summit, CAIJING Magazine organized a one-day forum that promoted trade liberalization and international investment–sponsored by Gerson Lehrman Group. The forum featured a leaders luncheon with keynote speaker Jesse Wang, Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, China Investment Corporation. Gerson Lehrman Group manages a network of more than 200,000 experts worldwide — including more than 25,000 across Asia — who educate clients on critical issues related to their industries and provide insights that help them make more informed business decisions.

The Global Think Tank Summit was organized to address critical global economic issues, including the state of the economic crisis, the establishment of a new international financial order, and the impact of globalization. The summit provided a high-level platform for an exchange of ideas between Chinese and international think tanks and leading global thought leaders. Participants at the Summit included Li Keqiang, the Vice Premier of the PRC State Council; Zeng Peiyan, Chairman of CCIEE and a former vice premier of the PRC State Council; and Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China. International leaders, including Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State of the United States, and Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, also spoke at the summit.

“Gerson Lehrman Group’s participation in this conference indicates our commitment to China, and we are excited about this opportunity to connect with China’s leading experts through such an influential platform,” said Alexander Saint-Amand, CEO of Gerson Lehrman Group. “CAIJING Magazine is a well respected and influential publication. We are extremely proud to support its effort to draw opinion leaders together to discuss critical economic issues in China that affect the global economy.”

CAIJING Magazine worked with Gerson Lehrman Group during the CAIJING Annual Conference held at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C. in January 2009. “We are delighted to work with Gerson Lehrman Group again at the CAIJING Sub-forum of the Global Think Tank Summit,” said CAIJING Magazine. “The collaboration between CAIJING Magazine and Gerson Lehrman Group reflects our common objective to bring global thought leaders together to drive informed decisions.”

Gerson Lehrman Group has operated in China since 2004, and it has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. It has built an expert network of more than 10,000 experts in China, from a variety of sectors, to serve the growing demand for China expertise from Gerson Lehrman Group’s global institutional clients. Experts in the Gerson Lehrman Group network are organized into Councils based upon their individual expertise, including: Accounting and Financial Analysis; Consumer Goods and Services; Energy and Industrials; Financial and Business Services; Healthcare; Legal, Economic and Regulatory Affairs; Real Estate; and Technology, Media and Telecommunications.

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