Merton Conversation: The Challenges of Global Finance

Date: Wednesday 15 January 2014
Time: 18:00 - 21:30
The Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Marking the launch of Merton’s 750th Anniversary year, Sir Callum McCarthy (1962), Charles Li and Liu Mingkang debated the challenges of global finance in the first Merton Conversation of the anniversary year, and brought their combined 68 years' experience of working in the finance sector to the table. The moderator for the evening was Professor Alejandro Reyes.

Hosted in the historic surroundings of the Asia Society, the main event was held in its Hong Kong Jockey Club Hall. A reception with canapés followed, held in the stunning Joseph Lau Roof Garden against the backdrop of the Admiralty skyline.

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Merton Conversation: The Challenges of Global Finance


Mertonian Sir Callum McCarthy (1962) is the former Chairman of the Financial Services Authority. He currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Promontory Financial Group’s UK affiliate. He also serves on the boards of ICBC in Beijing and of Intercontinental Exchange in Atlanta.

Charles Li is the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEx). He has more than 20 years' experience in investment banking, and has worked for international investment banks in Beijing and Hong Kong. Before joining HKEx, he was Chairman of JP Morgan China.

Liu Mingkang is the former Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission and was responsible for putting in place effective regulatory structure which helped the Chinese banking system successfully weather the global financial crisis.

Alejandro Reyes, who will moderate the Conversation, is the Managing Partner of The Editors Group, based in Hong Kong. As well as being a journalist and consultant, Alejandro is Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics and Administration of the University of Hong Kong.

Watch the Conversation