As China actively pursues ecological and sustainable development, green finance serves a core function in the country’s financial ecosystem. In August 2016 the People's Bank of China (PBOC) and seven Chinese ministries issued a guidance on building a green financial system. China’s green finance landscape has grown rapidly since then. This year, green finance development has been put forth as one of the key priorities for China’s 14th Five-Year Plan over the period of 2021–25, along with China’s recent commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, which has set a clear direction for its economy. The webinar will discuss the progress of green finance that have been made in China and shed light on the implications of China’s green finance future agenda.
Dr Lu Li joined Bank of China’s London Research Centre in 2018 and has been a China Economist since then, mainly covering China’s macro economy, banking sector, and green finance. She holds a PhD degree on Finance from the Durham University and a Master degree on Banking and Finance from the University of Glasgow.
Dr Yuzhu Zhang (Rhea) works in the strategy team which is responsible for designing and developing the Bank’s development strategy and supporting strategic important projects of the Bank. She also works as the ESG coordinator of London Research Centre, the secretary department for the Bank’s ESG Working Group. Rhea has been involved in several research projects relating to ESG and green finance. Graduating from the University of Nottingham with a PhD in Economics, Rhea has extensive experience working with large dataset and applying quantitative research methods. She also has a wide research interest covering corporate finance, international trade, business strategy and ESG, etc.
Dr Kang Qu is the Head of Bank of China London Research Centre, and the elected member of the Council of China International Finance Society. Dr Qu gained his PhD on Finance from the Durham University. Dr Qu also holds a Master degree from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor degree from the University of Science and Technology of China. Since 2006, Dr Qu has joined Bank of China London Branch and has been doing research for over 10 years. Dr Qu’s research interests are in the development of China's economy, the UK-China relationship, Brexit, green finance, the development of global financial centres, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, etc. Dr Qu has published extensively in leading international journals, including The Banker, China Finance, China Forex, etc.