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 council member and senior fellow of China Finance 40 Forum, the Director of the China Banking Association’s Industry Development Research Committee, the President of China Chief Economist Forum, a member of 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 China New Supply-side Economist 50 Forum. He plays an advisory role in 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, managed and completed over 30 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 as the Annual Leading Economist in 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 was often invited to attend expert panels chaired by the Premier of the State Council and frequently participates in expert advisory meetings organized by different parties include 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 and China Banking Regulatory Commission, etc.