CKGSB Dialogue: Inclusive Capitalism

Capitalism has been associated with great prosperity, but it has also generated great inequalities, both within societies and between nations. Recently, even staunch supporters of capitalism have questioned whether the system can both foster growth, innovation and wealth, while addressing society’s broader, basic needs.

This question is particularly relevant in China, which has traditionally combined a socialist state framework with experiments in capitalism, to bring the country within reach of middle income status. As China charts its path forward, capitalism’s ability to generate inclusive growth will come under intense scrutiny and debate.

CKGSB is pleased to invite Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild and Sir Evelyn de Rothschild to shed light on these questions in a discussion with CKGSB Professor Mei Jianping.

Considering the Rothschild’s successful 200-year old family business, Lady Lynn and Sir Evelyn will also touch upon the history of their business and challenges they’ve overcome with respect to business governance.

DATE: April 11, 2013 (Thursday)
TIME: 18:00-19:00 (Registration 17:30-18:00)
VENUE: Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business 长江商学院, Oriental Plaza, 1 East Chang An Avenue (Tower E2, 20F) 中国北京市东长安街 1 号东方广场(东2座20层), phone: 85188552      .


Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild

Since June 2002, Lady de Rothschild has been the Chief Executive of E.L. Rothschild LLC, a private investment company with investments in media, information technology, agriculture and real estate worldwide.  Holdings include The Economist Group (UK), consumer goods companies, real estate and financial instruments.  Lady de Rothschild has been a director of The Estee Lauder Companies since December 2000, The Economist Newspaper Limited (member of the Audit Committee) since October 2002.  She is co-Chair of the Henry Jackson Initiative for Inclusive Capitalism, a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Peterson Institute of International Economics, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (USA), Chatham House (UK) and the Institute for Strategic Studies (UK).   She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Pomona College and has her J.D from the Columbia University School of Law.

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild

Sir Evelyn is currently Chairman of E.L. Rothschild, a private investment company.  He is Chairman of the ERANDA Foundation, a family foundation he founded in 1967 to support charities working in the fields of medical research, health and welfare, education and the arts.

In addition, Sir Evelyn currently serves as a Governor Emeritus of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Fellow of Imperial College London and is an Honorary Life President of Norwood and Ravenswood Children’s Charity.  From 1976 until 2003, Sir Evelyn was Chairman and CEO of NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd, the international investment bank.  From 1972 until 1989, Sir Evelyn also served as Chairman of the Economist Group,  previously he served on the Board of Directors of De Beers and IBM UK as well as serving as Deputy Chairman of Milton Keynes Development Corporation, Chairman of St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Member of the Council of the Shakespeare Globe Trust  and President of The Evelina Children’s Hospital Appeal.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1989 for services to banking and finance.  He is married to Lynn Forester and has three children and two step – children.

Dr. Mei Jianping

Dr. Mei Jianping is a Professor of Finance at CKGSB. His major areas of research include international asset pricing and real asset finance.

Dr. Mei earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and B.S. in Mathematics from Fudan University. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, Tsinghua University, University of Amsterdam, Bocconi University, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Mei has served as a consultant and financial advisor to some of the largest financial institutions in the world, including Prudential Insurance of America, Fidelity Investment, UBS Warburg, Asia Development Bank, NCH capital, Koo’s Group, and W.P. Carey. He provides international asset allocation and real estate investment research to top decision makers and their clients. He has advised several major Chinese asset management companies as well as the Yunan Investment Trust Company.


Established in Beijing in November, 2002 with generous support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, CKGSB is a not-for-profit organization and China’s first privately funded and faculty-governed business school. The school offers innovative MBA, Finance MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education programs. CKGSB has developed in under 10 years into a prominent business school with 49 world-class, full-time resident faculty members, whose per capita publications in top journals of management was ranked 6th globally during the period of 2005 to 2009. CKGSB’s alumni include more than 2,500 Chinese business leaders at the CEO and Chairman level, whose companies together generated more than USD 1 trillion in revenue in 2011. This figure represents about 13.7% of China’s GDP. If the companies managed by CKGSB’s alumni network were a nation, it would be the 16th largest economy on earth.

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