The Future of Tech and Finance in Asia

Saturday 12  December 2020, from 09:30 am to 10:30 am SGT/HKT

AAJA-Asia’s next Digital Salon will gather this Saturday a panel of experts to discuss the Future of Tech and Finance in Asia. Get exclusive insight and join the conversation by registering for this free online event.

Xi Jinping has ramped up his assertion that technology will be a key growth engine for China. Yet it’s facing a myriad of conundrums: on the one hand, Chinese tech giants are seeking to expand internationally through 5G and e-commerce platforms; on the other hand, the new Chinese anti-monopoly trust laws will seek to reign in Chinese tech companies like never before.

This panel will explore the impacts the new anti-monopoly laws will have on Chinese tech monopoly companies like Alibaba, Tencent and Meituan in Southeast Asia, where Chinese tech is rapidly dominating.

Key discussion points will include:

  • How does China’s rapidly expanding presence in the region mesh with Asian countries growing political weariness of the middle kingdom’s wolf warrior diplomacy?
  • What are possible tech pressure points that you’re looking out for as the region toggles between the rivalry of the US and China?
  • What do the new anti-monopoly laws mean for Chinese tech giants?

Sign up here


Kenan Machado is an editor and writer with more than 15 years of experience in journalism. He heads investment coverage for the Asian Private Banker in Hong Kong, having moved from Singapore-based Tech in Asia where he covered the technology industry in the region.

Kenan spent close to a decade at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones in Hong Kong and India where responsibilities included covering Asian and global markets. Prior stints include being an on-air reporter with CNBC and covering US-listed companies at Reuters. Kenan was the only reporter, and civilian, with the federal special forces team that dealt with the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India. He also tracked down and interviewed the India-based family members of the Islamic State in Iraq.

Confirmed Speakers:

Xiaomeng Lu is a senior analyst in Eurasia Group’s geo-technology practice with a focus on the interactions of emerging technologies with geopolitics, market dynamics, and regulatory norms. She provides in-depth analysis on key policy issues such as cybersecurity, data protection, artificial intelligence, internet governance, 5G, and trade. Before joining Eurasia Group, Xiaomeng was the China practice lead at consulting firm Access Partnership. In this capacity, she helped top financial and cloud service providers of the US enter China’s market amid the trade war between the two countries. She also played a key role in establishing and expanding the company’s first office in Asia, which generated over $1 million in revenue in three years. Xiaomeng has a master’s degree in international trade policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Renmin University of China.

Elliott Zaagman is co-host of the China Tech Investor Podcast. He is a researcher and consultant focusing on Chinese technology companies and their growth, PR, IR, and leadership strategies.

More speakers will be announced soon

Sign up here