september, 2021

25sep4:00 pm【SEP·25th】米氏论坛 #thefutureof [MONEY]


Event Details

#thefutureof… MONEY!

Saturday, September 25th, 4pm

We all think we want more of it, but as new technologies emerge money seems to be changing before our very eyes. Paper money gives way to QR codes. Central banks experiment with digital coin. Blockchain technology creates rollercoaster Bitcoin fortunes. Governments wrestle with technology companies over who has access to financial information. All this raises the question, do we even know what money is? How is it changing, and why? The sixth monthly event in #thefutureof series is focused squarely on one of the most exciting and challenging questions of our time: The Future of Money.

Please join us on September 25th for a broad ranging and thought provoking discussion

on #thefutureof [MONEY].


TALK & Themed Cocktails & Canapés

– 280rmb per person

* Limited early bird @250rmb per person

TALK & Themed Cocktails & Canapés

& DINNER with the speakers & organizers

– 600rmb per person

* Limited early bird @580rmb per person



* Tickets are not refundable, but are transferable

Those who have been to our previous events know that we bring in the sharpest experts to share their ideas, and provoke stimulating conversation in the luxe surroundings of Shanghai’s most convivial lounge. On September 25th from 4-6pm, our conversation will be led by: Stephen Wolfe, China Country Head for Macquarie Group; Luyao Zhang, a professor of economics at Duke Kunshan University; and one of China’s most celebrated science fiction writers, Stanley Chan. Together they will present three vignettes about the future of money from their diverse perspectives and engage in thought-provoking dialogue with the audience. This promises to be one of the richest, most informative conversations of the fall season, and we would love to have your participation. 


Chen Qiufan (a.k.a. Stanley Chen) is an award-winning Chinese speculative fiction author,translator, creative producer, and curator. He is honorary president of the Chinese Science Fiction Writers Association, and has a seat on the Xprize Foundation Science Fiction Advisory Council. His works include the novel Waste Tide and, co-authored with Kai-Fu Lee, the book AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future. He currently lives in Shanghai and is the founder of Thema Mundi Studio.

Dr. Luyao (Sunshine) Zhang is Assistant Professor of Economics and Senior Research Scientist at Duke Kunshan University where she teaches and researches on Behavioral Science, Fintech, Artificial Intelligence, and Interdisciplinary Big Data. Her publications appear in top economic journals for general interest and beyond. She graduated from Peking University in 2012 with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, and from Ohio State University in 2018 with a Ph.D. in Economics. In addition to her academic work she is the co-Founder for SciEcon CIC, a nonprofit registered in the UK aiming to cultivate integrated talent in science and economics, and she was the founding president of Dance Illumination, that promotes diverse dance histories. 

Stephen Wolfe – Executive Director, Macquarie Group and China Chairman Commodities and Global Markets (CGM)

Stephen first joined Macquarie Bank’s Commodities & Futures Division in 1984. After six years at the bank he left to pursue a wide-ranging career in the physical commodity space with a strong focus on China in the areas of base, ferrous & precious metals, chemicals, steel making raw materials, agricultural commodities and fertilisers.  

He rejoined Macquarie at the end of 2013 with a remit to build out a commodities platform for Macquarie in China. In early 2021 he was appointed as Chairman of CGM China and changed focus from operationally heading up the group’s CGM operations in China to working on strategic opportunities for the group including a strong focus on activities relating to the energy transition as well as maintaining senior group relationships.

Stephen was appointed China Country Head for Macquarie Group in May 2017. He is currently based in Shanghai. Stephen holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

#thefutureof is a project founded by Shanghai community leaders in partnership with Duke Kunshan University. Our aim is to deepen our collective insight into trends that are defining our future ways of life. Engaging technology, industry, arts and culture the project collaborators are curating a series of monthly conversations in Shanghai facilitated by topical experts and inspirational leaders.

The future truly lies in our hands. We invite you to join us in the comfortable surroundings of our lovely Glam to join in our discussions, exchange ideas, and build the future that we seek together.

Michelle Garnaut AO – Founder of M on the Bund & M Glam, Shanghai International Literary Festival (SILF), Mentor Walks (Beijing & Shanghai), M Talks China, M Literary Residency, Crystal Chamber Music.

James Miller – Co-director of the Humanities Research Center, Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Strategy, and Professor at Duke Kunshan University (DKU).

O Koo – Investor and Entrepreneur. O has invested, co-founded and sold multiple tech startups, published a white paper for the UNFCCC CDM for emission reduction on lighting technologies, and more recently launched a Chinese wine brand, Harmene Wines, in China. O started his career with Merrill Lynch, and held management roles in GE and Dow Chemical.

Kimberly Wong – Entrepreneur and community builder. She believes in creating positive systemic change through building both businesses and communities. She has also started her own fashion line and serves as the Chairperson of Democrats Abroad China and co-founder of Asian Americans Together.

Pei Yen – Entrepreneur, Start-Up Mentor, President of Shanghai Duke Alumni Association. Pei believes education is the extraordinary work of human development and the soul of all other industries. He is passionate about mentorship and supporting others through angel investment.


(Saturday) 4:00 pm