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BRI 2018


The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) comprising the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aims to build trade and infrastructure networks along the ancient Silk Road routes connecting Asia with Europe, Africa and beyond. This vision for economic development is initially a series of strategic infrastructure projects.

On behalf of PBEC and the BOA Financial Group, please join us for an evening where our expert panellists will share their thoughts on how this overarching vision of global connectivity will be realised. Your will learn how digital highways and IT infrastructure will enable business to both leapfrog and disrupt the services sector of the future.

Our Moderator:
Andrew Weir, Regional Senior Partner, KPMG Hong Kong and Global Head of Building, Construction and Real Estate Practice.

Andrew has over 25 years' experience in servicing listed companies, public bodies, investment funds and MNCs in Hong Kong, Asia and internationally. Andrew is experienced in servicing construction, property, hotel, and investment fund clients. These include IPOs, significant ad hoc projects and special engagements in countries such as China, Thailand, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam and the UK. He is also experienced in handling multinational and conglomerate clients requiring IFRS and US knowledge. Andrew is also the Asia Pacific Sector Head for KPMG’s Building, Construction, and Real Estate (BCRE) practice and is a member of KPMG’s Global Real Estate Steering Committee. Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales as well as a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Andrew is PBEC’s Chairman.

Our Panellists:
Dr Lee George Lam, Chairman, Cyberport Management Co Ltd

Dr. Lam has over 30 years of international experience in general management, strategy consulting, corporate governance, direct investment, investment banking and fund management across the telecommunications/media/technology ("TMT"), consumer/healthcare, infrastructure/real estates, energy/resources and financial services sectors.  Dr. Lam is also Non-Executive Chairman - Hong Kong and ASEAN Region and Chief Adviser to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Asia, and a member of the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-Industrialization of the Government of HKSAR, Honorary Advisor to Hong Kong Business Angel Network, Special Advisor to the Asia Pacific Real Estates Association, a member of the Court of City University of Hong Kong, Honorary Chairman - Asia Pacific of CMA Australia, President of Hong Kong-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation, a member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Belt and Road Committee, a Board member of Pacific Basin Economic Council, and Vice Chairman of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Ben Simfendorpher, Founder and CEO of Silk Road Associates

Ben has worked in Asia and the Middle East for the past 20 years. He advises a range of Fortune 500 multinationals on their commercial strategies in Asia, providing data-based solutions into fast-moving markets and value-chains. Ben speaks Mandarin and Arabic. He is author of The Rise of the New East (Palgrave: 2014), examining commercial opportunities and complexities in the Asia market, and The New Silk Road (Palgrave: 2009), exploring China’s commercial ties with the Middle East. The book is translated into six languages including simplified and traditional Chinese. He appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN, and his editorials have been published by the FT and WSJ. Ben was formerly Chief China economist for RBS and senior China economist for JPMorgan based in Hong Kong. He started his career in Beirut during the early 1990’s where he worked as a management consultant.

Adam Stuckert, CIO Advisory, Hong Kong, KPMG in China

Adam is an experienced leader in technology consulting, and leads KPMG’s CIO Advisory team in Hong Kong. In this role, Adam provides technology consulting expertise to deliver enterprise-wide, technology based transformation. Throughout his career Adam has delivered digital strategy, IT solution architecture, and systems implementation initiatives for clients while working with both lines of business and IT departments. He has deep experience in the utilities and travel and transportation sectors, but has worked broadly across sectors in Canada, the United States, and China. Adam is actively involved in education, helping to mentor and coach student groups and acting as a guest lecturer for technology courses at multiple universities in Hong Kong.

This event is associated with the Asian Financial Forum and

International Financial Week 2018 in Hong Kong.

PBEC is grateful for the support of the BOA Financial Group.



Monday, 15 January 2018


Registration and cocktails from 7:00pm

Dinner starts at 7:30pm and ends at 9:30pm.

Panel commences at approx. 8pm.


Song Room, The Dynasty Club

7/F, South West Tower, Convention Plaza, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong (entrance underneath the Grand Hyatt HK)


HK$780 per person for PBEC Members and Friends; IIPCC Members and AFF Delegates.

HK$980 per person for others (cost price).

The evening includes a three-course dinner and all beverages.


By COB on Friday 13 January to Corrine Cao via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enquiries: 852 2815 6550 (T)     852 2545 0499 (F)

 Places are limited, and Members have priority).