2024 North Asia Discover Nanjing

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 1:00 AM through Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 4:00 AM

Venue: Nanjing, China

Explore Nanjing with DCS 2024: EO China Region's most significant annual event, integrating learning, peer exchange, city exploration, and corporate visits.

The Discover China Series (DCS) stands as one of the EO China Region's flagship annual events. Since its inception in 2012, it has been hosted in rotation by various chapters across the Greater China Region. DCS aims to facilitate cross-chapter exchange and learning among members each year. Following DCS 2023 in Beijing, DCS 2024, hosted by the East China Chapter, will take place from May 16th to 18th, 2024, in Nanjing, the ancient capital of the Six Dynasties.

The theme of this year's DCS is 'SEE,' offering participants a multi-dimensional perspective:

SEE FUTURE: On the morning of May 17th, during the keynote session, experts from key industries will provide insights into future trends, helping entrepreneurs to navigate future industrial development and stay aligned with the trajectory of future growth.

SEE EACH OTHER: In the afternoon of May 17th, through industry group discussions and sharing sessions, EO peers within the same industries will inspire one another, forge consensus, and deepen mutual understanding.

SEE NANJING: Throughout the event, attendees will immerse themselves in the charm of Nanjing, experiencing its cuisine, corporate landscape, interactions with local entrepreneurs, and various MyEO activities.

While the detailed event schedule is still in development, the preliminary framework is as follows:

Conference Venue: Nanjing Dongjiao State Guesthouse

(Simultaneous interpretation in English and Japanese will be provided)

Speaker Introductions

He Fan, a renowned economist and Dean of the China Development Institute at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Professor He Fan currently serves as a professor at the Antai College of Economics and Management and as the Dean of the China Development Institute. He has held positions such as Deputy Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Professor of Economics at Peking University HSBC Business School, and Director of the Eighth Council of the China Society for Finance. His main research area is China's macroeconomy, specializing in trend analysis and strategic research. With over 20 years of policy research and consulting experience, he has been extensively involved in various policy decision-making consultations, such as the reform of the RMB exchange rate, the pilot of RMB internationalization, the reform of China's financial system, and the China-US Economic Strategic Dialogue. He has deeply participated in policy consultations for various local governments and has led the financial industry planning for the Shenzhen Qianhai Free Trade Zone. He has attended expert consultation meetings chaired by the Premier and was the youngest scholar at the meeting. He serves as an advisor to the People's Bank of China, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other ministries and commissions.

Professor He is one of the few Chinese scholars who have consistently conducted field research for many years. Starting in 2018, he began a 30-year research project—writing one "Variable" book each year for 30 consecutive years, documenting China's changes from 2019 to 2049, and creating a chronicle for China's economy. "Variable 5: On This Great Ship of China" was published in 2023. The "Variable" series also includes: "Variable 1: Seeing Small Trends in Chinese Society" published in 2019, "Variable 2: Deduction of China's Economic Fundamentals" published in 2020, "Variable 3: Survival Strategies in the Local Era" published in 2021, and "Variable 4: The Maneuvering of a Great Power" published in 2022. The "Variable" series has become a phenomenally best-selling book, topping the bestseller lists on Dangdang, JD.com, and others. Professor He is also one of the most influential economists, a columnist for mainstream publications such as FT Chinese and The First Financial Daily, a commentator for CCTV's "China Financial Report," a special commentator for CCTV's "Today's Observation," a special financial commentator for Xinhua News Agency, the host of Zhejiang Satellite TV's "Fortune Life," and has also served as a planner for CCTV's "Dialogue" program and the documentary "Wall Street.”



Liu Jia, a well-known artificial intelligence expert and Associate Dean of the School of Software at Nanjing University

Professor Liu Jia currently serves as the Associate Dean of the School of Software at Nanjing University. He has received the Nanjing University Charming Mentor Award in 2019 and the Outstanding Excellent Teacher Award in 2018. His research areas include developing social networks, data analysis applications, artificial intelligence testing and optimization, and big data quality measurement.

In the current booming development of artificial intelligence science, AI applications can be seen in various fields, bringing us great convenience, and thus sparking enthusiastic discussions about artificial intelligence and future development, with both excitement and concern coexisting. We will invite Professor Liu to share with us how entrepreneurs should face this emerging technological trend, guiding us to think about how to coexist with artificial intelligence and plan our future. 


As a former leading figure in the book publishing industry, Shi Hongjun has various "shiny" labels: Vice President of Shanghai Century Publishing Group, General Manager of CITIC Publishing Group, and founder of Century Wenjing and CITIC Publishing·Dafang. He has planned and published hundreds of books, including phenomenon-level books such as "The Da Vinci Code," "The Kite Runner," "The Great Qin Empire," "Poor Charlie's Almanack," "My Name is Red," as well as high-quality academic books such as the "Contemporary Economics" series.

"Century Humanities" series, "Contemporary Chinese Philosophy Research" series, "Society and Culture" series, and "Western Thinkers Collection.

"However, after nearly 30 years in the publishing industry, Shi Hongjun, at the age of 52 in 2020, quietly turned around at the peak of his career, left CITIC Publishing Group, and founded Munger Academy. He is dedicated to spreading Munger's business management philosophy, including value investing and multidisciplinary thinking, hoping to lead more people to benefit from Munger's ideas.  

Zhang Hong, the first blind mountaineer in Asia to summit Mount Everest

In May 2021, Zhang Hong, a Chinese blind man who had been blind for 25 years, successfully climbed Mount Everest from the Nepalese side, becoming the first blind person in Asia to reach the summit. At the age of 48, Zhang Hong, who was deprived of the right sight due to the hereditary disease "glaucoma" in his family, had thought about giving up countless times after becoming blind at the age of 21. Eventually, with the help of his wife Xia Qiong, he emerged from the shadows. By chance, Zhang Hong learned about mountaineering, which brought a ray of light into his life shrouded in darkness, and he found the joy of life, starting his mountaineering career, a decision that led to the glory of the world's summit. Before Zhang Hong, American blind man Erik Weihenmayer and Austrian blind man Andy Holzer reached the summit of Everest in May 2001 and May 2017, respectively, but no Asian had done so before them. Director Fan Lixin also directed the film "The Invisible Peak," which documents Mr. Zhang Hong's remarkable feat.


DCS 2024 Registration Fee: RMB 5,999/USD 835

(Includes activities during the event, city transportation, and meals, excluding travel expenses and hotel costs)

Hotel Accommodation Recommendations:

The registration fee does not include hotel accommodation. We can make hotel reservations at the conference negotiated price on your behalf;

DCS recommended accommodation hotel: Nanjing Dongjiao State Guesthouse (rooms are limited, please book as soon as possible)

King or Twin Room: RMB 700 /USD 98 per room per night (including breakfast for 2)

To reserve a room, please email Michelle at chinaeast@eochina.org with the guest's name, check-in date, and mobile number, and we will subsequently collect the corresponding accommodation fee.