Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Graduated in 1982 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a major in Mechanical Engineering, Chunyuan Gu continued studying and received his PhD in engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden in 1987. From 1987 to 1989, he worked as a researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology. In 1989, Chunyuan joined the ABB Corporate Research Center in Sweden as a Senior Research Fellow. From 1998 to 2010, he filled a number of management roles including Corporate R&D Program Manager of Engineering Mechanics, Corporate R&D Program Manager of Mechatronics and Robot Automation, R&D Manager for ABB Robotics Sweden, Vice President of Global Technology for ABB Robotics Automation, and Head of Robotics Global R&D Center. From 2010 to 2011, he worked as the Head of Robotics Business Unit ABB North Asia and China within the Discrete Automation and Motion Division, as well as General Manager of ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd. In 2012, Chunyuan was appointed Senior Vice President of ABB (China) Limited and became Head of the Discrete Automation and Motion Division for ABB North Asia and China. From 2014 to June 2017, Chunyuan worked as Senior Vice President of ABB Group, Chairman and President of ABB (China) Limited. He joined the Group Executive Committee and became President of the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region in July, 2017. Starting from 2020, Chunyuan stepped down from President of the AMEA region and became Chief Advisor to ABB Group. At the same time, he continues as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ABB China. Chunyuan was elected as member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in November, 2015. Meanwhile, Chunyuan serves as a Managing Director of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Association of Automation (CAA), the Advisory Council Member of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and the Economic Advisor to the governor of Guangdong Province.
11:10 – 12:00
Global Leaders Debate: Part 2 – Investing for the Future: Shaping Global Investment Strategies
Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows slid by 13% in 2018, to US$1.3 trillion from $1.5 trillion the previous year – the third consecutive annual decline, according to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2019.
We are witnessing a global slowdown of the economy, with many countries being more conservative and restricting the inflow or the outflow of FDI. The Geopolitics is hampering the growth of FDI. Globalisation is running out of stem, and a new term is being coined called “Slowbalisation”.
The Global Leaders Debate will discuss the future investment trend and how is it impacting FDI, SMEs, Startups and Future Cities.
The high-level panel will convene heads of state, academia, heads of international institutions, leaders from multinational organisations, leading unicorns and investors from developing and mature economies.