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Charles Li

Charles is Founder and Chairman of Micro Connect. He was most recently Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEX”) from January 2010 to December 2020. During this time, he orchestrated some of the most significant strategic initiatives in HKEX's history, including the acquisition of the London Metal Exchange in 2012, the launch of the ShanghaiHong Kong Stock Connect cross-border trading scheme in 2014, ShenzhenHong Kong Stock Connect in 2016, Bond Connect in 2017, and the Listing Reforms in 2018. Prior to joining HKEX in 2009, Charles served as Chairman of JP Morgan China from 2003 to 2009 and worked at Merrill Lynch from 1994 to 2003, where he served as President of Merrill Lynch China from 1999 to 2003. Earlier in his career, Charles practiced law at Brown & Wood and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. Charles also serves on the Board of MarketAxess Holdings Inc. and the Board of Trustees of Asia Business Council. Charles received a BA in English Literature from Xiamen University, an MA in Journalism from the University of Alabama and a JD from Columbia Law School.

Founder and Chairman, Micro Connect





Yueran Ma’s main research interest is empirical studies at the intersection of finance and macroeconomics. Her work covers topics including debt contracts and macroeconomic implications, assets and production activities of nonfinancial firms, low interest rates and financial markets, and expectations in finance and macroeconomics. She has also worked on questions in real estate and urban economics. She received B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Business Economics, from Harvard University.

Yueran Ma
Associate Professor of Finance and Kathryn and Grant Swick Faculty Scholar, Chicago Booth

Fireside Chat


Join us for an enlightening fireside chat that delves into the evolution of China's capital market, exploring its past transformations and speculating on the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. This special event is designed to engage participants in an open dialogue about the ever-changing financial landscape in China, providing valuable insights into how the nation's capital market has developed over time and the potential implications for both domestic and international investors. Our distinguished moderator, Professor Yueran Ma from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and esteemed panelist, Charles Li, Founder & Chairman of Micro Connect and former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX), will guide us through the remarkable journey of China's capital market. Together, they will discuss key events and policies that have shaped the market.

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