Chief Economist
Bank of Communications Co., Ltd.

Mr Lian Ping holds a PhD degree and is a professor and doctoral supervisor. He is the Chief Economist of Bank of Communications Co., Ltd., a fellow of the China Finance 40 Forum, the Director of the China Banking Association’s Industry Development Research Committee, the President of the China Chief Economist Forum, a member of the China Financial Forum, the Director of the National Institute for Finance & Development (a national think tank), an academic member of the Lujiazui Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and a member of the China New Supply-side Economist 50 Forum. He plays an advisory role with the Shanghai Municipal Government on policy-making. He is also a part-time Doctoral Supervisor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Mr Lian’s primary research interests are in macroeconomics, foreign exchange and rate policies, offshore finance, development strategies and management of commercial banks. He has published over 450 academic articles and 12 books in China and overseas, and has managed and completed over 20 award-winning research projects at the provincial-level and above. He won the special prize at the 2014 Development and Research Distinctive Achievement Award of China Banking Industry for his book named "Interest Rate Liberalization: What is the Domination?". He was awarded the Annual Leading Economist at the Best Banking Awards from Sina Finance in 2015 and the top forecaster from Mainland Chinese institutions in the ranking of Top Forecasters of the Chinese Economy by Bloomberg in 2015.

Mr Lian has often been invited to attend expert panels chaired by the Premier of the State Council and frequently participates in expert advisory meetings organized by different parties including the Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs, National Development and Reform Commission, People’s Bank of China, Research Office of the State Council, Financial and Economic Committee of the National People’s Congress, the China Banking Regulatory Commission and more.