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Yale Consumption Upgrade Forum

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Co-hosted by the Yale Club of Beijing and Yale Center Beijing.

Time and Location

Tuesday, 10/23/2018
Registration:   6:30-7:00 pm
Talk and Q&A:   7:00-9:00 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

RMB 20 for students; RMB 60 for Yale alumni; RMB 80 for others.
Walk-ins are not acceptable.
Those who purchase student tickets are required to show a valid student ID at check-in.
Click HERE to register.
Please email if you have any questions, or call Yale Center Beijing at (10) 5909 0200.

The Event

With the development of mobile internet, e-commerce and AI, the consumption structure in China has witnessed a great change and upgrade. The impact from online e-commerce and rising operating costs have put traditional offline retail in great peril. As for online retail, the rapid development of e-commerce has seen a fierce homogenization competition. However, the new era of retail has centralized customer experience, transforming the independence of online and offline retail to mutual support and integration. At this Consumption Upgrade Forum, experts will share their views from a variety of perspectives.


The language of the event will be Chinese.

The Panelists

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Sally Shan ('97 MBA)
Managing Director and Head of China, HarbourVest Partners

Ms. Sally Shan focuses on private equity fund investment, secondary markets and direct co-investment. Prior to HarbourVest, Ms. Shan held various senior management positions at Lehman Brothers and J.P.Morgan. Ms. Shan received her MBA degree from Yale School of Management in 1997. She is a member of the Aspen Institute China Fellowship.

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Jie Lin ('04 Ph.D)
Founder & CEO, Jian 24

Jie Lin graduated from the physics department of Fudan University and received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He was the Co-founder of Dmall, where he served as COO and later as CEO. Formerly, he worked as Vice President of and President of JD Research Institute, Vice President of Logistics at, and senior consultant at BCG.

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Nathan Yao ('03 Ph.D)
Vice President, JD Group

Nathan Yao leads Strategic Development at JD Finance. He also previously worked at McKinsey, IBM, Hillhouse Capital, and JD Mall. He received his Ph.D. at Yale University, where he served as the President of the Association of Chinese Students & Scholars at Yale (ACSSY).

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Helen Sun (SOM '13)
President, Yale Club of Beijing

Helen serves as President of the Yale Club of Beijing. She is currently conducting AI research at Inc. Prior to this, she worked for Huawei and its subsidiaries for many years, where she was responsible for strategy, market research, product & operation, and procedure & quality.

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