Jian Gao – Keynote Speaker

Founder of China’s debt capital market

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Specialist Subjects

  • China's economic outlook
  • Financial system and markets
  • Asia's banking issues and challenges
  • China's overseas strategy
  • RMB's internationalisation


Jian Gao was Vice Governor at Vice Ministerial level at the China Development Bank (CDB). In 2008 he was appointed Board Member of CDB Corporation and Chairman of CDB Securities.

Gao moved to CDB in 1998, where he served as Chief Economist, Director General of the Treasury Department, Assistant Governor, Vice Governor, and Executive Member of Board. He was also the Chairman of Sino-African Fund and Vice Chairman of Mandarin Capital.

Gao is the founder of China’s government securities market, and is considered the godfather of China’s debt capital market for his pioneering works and innovative ideas that contributed to its development. He laid the ground work of CDB’s market based debt financing and led CDB to being the leader in financial innovation, top underwriter and the leading player in financial markets in China.

Gao started his career at the Ministry of Finance, where he held a number of important positions. He was first Deputy Director General of the Department of Laws and Regulations and Vice Direct General of the Department of State Debt Administration and the Director General of the Department of State Debt Administration in 1994.

Gao was visiting scholar in the Department of Economics of Harvard University 2013-14, and visiting scholar at the Institute of Management Science in Bologna University in 2015.

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