Bill Russo is the Shanghai-based founder and CEO of Automobility Limited, a strategy and investment advisory firm helping its clients to create the future of mobility. His over 35 years of experience include 15 years as an automotive executive in China and Asia and nearly 12 years in the electronics and information technology industries. He has worked as an advisor and consultant for numerous multinational and local Chinese firms in the formulation and implementation of their global market and product strategies. Bill is also currently serving as the chair of the Automotive Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. In his current role, Bill advises startups, corporations and investors on how to maximize their participation in China’s Automobility Revolution. Bill was previously the regional head of Chrysler in North East Asia.
Mr. Jian Liu Harrison is currently the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs of General Motors China. In this role, Mr. Liu is responsible for creating and implementing integrated policy strategies with extensive automotive policies, regulations and standards to provide regulatory guidance for corporate strategy and support the business development of GM and its joint ventures in China.
Before joining General Motors, Mr. Liu has 20 years’ overseas and domestic work experience in telecommunications and semiconductor industries, including Hewlett-Packard, Samsung Electronics, Infineon Technologies, where he held a variety of management positions in R&D, marketing, corporate strategy and government affairs.
Mr. Liu holds a master’s degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and an MBA from University of International Business & Economics.
Yangyang Zhang is currently the Government Affairs Director at Ford China, responsible for engagement with key government stakeholders, promoting mutual understanding and strategic cooperation between Ford and Chinese governments at all levels, related institutions, industry associations; policy advocacy to achieve favorable business environment to support business growth and operation smooth.
Yangyang Zhang has been working in auto industry Government Affairs function for more than 17 years, prior to joining Ford China in 2019, she worked for Toyota China, BMW China and Renault China successively, playing a long-term role as a link and bridge between the government and multinational companies.
Yangyang Zhang graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with a bachelor's degree in 2004 and obtained MBA degree from Tsinghua University in 2017. She also studied at Cornell University as an exchange student in year 2016.
In 1998, Leonardo joined Fiat China and was given increasing responsibilities. In 2007, he was appointed Head of Government Relations & General Affairs.
In 2012, Leonardo went on an international assignment at the headquarters of FCA US LLC in Michigan, U.S., taking charge of Human Resources processes for the APAC region.
In 2015 Leonardo came back to China and was appointed Head of External Relations, Policies and Government Affairs of the FCA APAC Region.
In March 2021, following the merger of FCA and PSA, Leonardo was appointed Member of Executive Committee and Head of Government Affairs of the Stellantis China Region.
In 2018, the President of the Republic of Italy Sergio Mattarella conferred on Leonardo the honour of “Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia” in recognition of his efforts in promoting ties between China and Italy.
Dong Cui is a partner with the Boston Consulting Group focusing on automotive sector. He consults leading automotive OEMs to combat challenges along the entire value chain, starting from product planning, strategy, sales and marketing, to organization transformation. His recent focus lies particularly in new energy vehicles and corporate transformation.
Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client servicing across China. She also provides support to all Economist Corporate Network programmes worldwide with a China component.
Ms Bekink has extensive experience in the public, private and policy sectors. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in the Netherlands. She also ran an eponymous consulting business, advising senior executives from businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and corporate social responsibility. Ms Bekink practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has worked with the US-Asia Law Initiative at NYU Law School and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative China Program, and served in the legal department at General Motors China.
Ms Bekink has a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Charles Zheng is currently Senior Director of VLSI Engineering at NVIDIA China. Mr. Zheng joined NVIDIA at Santa Clara in 2001, and was assigned to build up NVIDIA Shanghai R&D center in 2005. Under his leadership, his team has delivered multiple generations of GPU and Tegra products through latest technology nodes, and turned into volume production to serve various market segments, including Gaming, AI, Datacenter, and Autonomous Machines, since 2007. Prior to join NVIDIA, Mr. Zheng worked at Avant! to support EDA software, success in business engagement, and deploy design flow for various customers.
Mr. Charles Zheng has served as Chairman of CDNLive China Committee since 2015, and Chairman of SNUG China Committee since 2016.
Mr. Charles Zheng received his bachelor and master degree of Physics at Fudan University in 1993, and master degree of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Washington in 1997. He also received his EMBA degree at CEIBS in 2012.
Jason McNeil is Vice President Global Sourcing, Quality Assurance, Customer Satisfaction for AutoZone. In this role in Shanghai he manages AutoZone’s China operations along with the global sourcing and quality assurances efforts in APAC and North America. Prior to this assignment in Shanghai, Jason traveled to China frequently sourcing products for US and EU based customers. He spends most of his time traveling the globe looking for the best product at the right price, delivered on time. He, his wife and two children have lived in Shanghai for the last 7 years. They have enjoyed the many opportunities and challenges associated with living in a foreign country and hope to remain in China for years to come.
Davide Barbon is ITT's senior vice president and president of Asia Pacific. He previously served as general manager of the KONI and Axtone companies within ITT’s Motion Technologies business.
Davide joined ITT Motion Technologies in 2010, initially serving in the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) business, and then led its China business for five years. Prior to joining ITT, he spent 14 years with JLG Industries, where he had a number of roles of increasing responsibility across United States, Europe, and Latin America.
Davide holds a Bachelor degree in Marketing and an M.B.A., both from Ball State University in Indiana, USA.
Ash Sutcliffe has been in China for nearly two decades after studying in China and then undertaking communications roles at various different companies, advising companies on their global communications efforts both into and out of China.
For the past seven years he has overseen the dramatic growth of Geely Holding Group as external communications director. Geely has now grown from being an ambitious local manufacturer to international automotive giant with a cross national footprint spanning over a dozen different brands internationally as the Group transitions into being a technology driven mobility provider.
Nick Lai is Head of J.P. Morgan's Asia Autos Research team. He joined J.P. Morgan in 2004 as the SMid-Cap analyst for the Greater China market. Nick has been consistently ranked by Institutional Investor and AsiaMoney since 2003. Nick became Head of Taiwan Research in 2008 and moved to Hong Kong in 2013 after he assumed responsibility for Asia Autos. Nick has an MBA from the University of Cambridge and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Feng Shen joined NIO in 2017. Mr. Shen worked in several senior executive management roles, such as president of Polestar China and global chief technology officer at Polestar, president at Volvo Cars China R&D Company, vice president of Volvo Cars Asia-Pacific Operation, and chairman at China-Sweden Traffic Safety Research Center from 2010 to 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Shen worked as a powertrain manager, Six-Sigma Master Black Belt and technical expert at Ford Motor Company from 1999 to 2010 in the United States and China. Mr. Shen received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and mechanics and a master’s degree in applied mechanics from Fudan University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He also received a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University in 1996.
• 35 years of experience in automotive technology R&D and vehicle development, technology and engineering talent with development experience in all types of vehicles including mainstream production cars, luxury cars, sports cars, electric cars, ultra-high-end cars, etc.;
• 23 years’ experience with Ford, worked on the original Mondeo “world car” program. Chief Engineer for small cars including Ford Ka, Fiesta and Fusion with total sales of more than 500,000 units;
• Vehicle engineering director of Jaguar Lander Rover for over 10 years; responsible for the vehicle features, performance planning, all vehicle attributes including chassis tuning, process and technology development of worldwide Jaguar and Land Rover models, participated in the product development and model architecture of Jaguar I-PACE;
• Director of Special Vehicle Operations responsible for the highest performing and most luxurious car models. Led the building of I-PACE e-Trophy race car.
Frank Ye is Manager Strategic Planning in HASCO. Frank worked in the Planning and Development Department of HASCO, responsible for M&A projects, corporate strategy, business development and portfolio management since 2009. He led subsequent M&A projects. Previously, Frank worked in the Component Business Management Board of SAIC Group, responsible for all strategic projects arising from the Group and its JV partners.
Due to his strategic planning role and his 20+ years of experience in automotive sector for leading groups (ZF Shanghai Steering System, SAIC) in various managing roles, Frank has profound knowledge in the automotive component business and the latest mega trends taking place in the automotive business in China and overseas market. He also serves as VP investment in HASCO Shanghai responsible for overseas and early-stage investment, etc.
Frank holds an EMBA degree from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.