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California-Shanhai Innovation Dialogue


The 2018 California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogues brought together scholars, policymakers and industry professionals to consider how China's rising middle class, on the one hand, and shifts in the U.S. labor market from stable to "gig" employment, on the other, intersect with emerging technologies to provide consumer-facing financial products and services, from insurance to consumer loans.

The two-day dialogue was jointly organized by Fudan University and University of California San Diego. It took place at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Science & Engineering in Irvine, CA, welcoming government officials, academics, university leaders, business people, media and students.


Day 1: Friday, September 28

8:30 a.m. Check-in and Registration

9 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:30–11:00 a.m. Session 1: Digital Money and (Social) Credit
  • Discussant: Erin Lockwood, UC Irvine
  • Tom McDonald, University of Hong Kong
  • Julian Gruin, University of Amsterdam, University of Warwick
  • Peter Knaack, University of Oxford
  • Adam Hayes, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Horacio Ortiz, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China and Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL University

11-11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Session 2: Regulation 
  • Discussant: David Min, UC Irvine Law School
  • Jing Wang, Tulane University
  • Peter Knaack, University of Oxford
  • Julian Gruin, University of Amsterdam, University of Warwick
  • Ling Li, Center for Think Tank Study (CTTS) at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

1-2:30 p.m. Lunch Break

2:30-4 p.m. Session 3: Philanthrotech
  • Discussant: Erica Bornstein, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Sibel Kusimba, American University
  • Muchen Zhou, American University
  • Boyang Ma (Duke University)
  • Yimin Lai, UC Irvine
  • Rebecca Richart, UC Irvine

4-4:30 p.m. Break

4:30-5:30 p.m. Keynote Day #1 – Mara Hvistendahl, National Fellow, New America

Day 2: Saturday, September 29

8:30 a.m. Check-in and Registration

9-10 a.m. Keynote Day #2 – Amrit Pal, Senior Product Manager, Square

10-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Session 4: Blockchain 
  • Discussant: Kristin Breanne Cornelius Way, UCLA 
  • Lijian Sun, Financial Research Center, Fudan Development Institute
  • Silvia Cortes Cascante, University of Costa Rica’s International Politics Observatory
  • Bill Maurer, UC Irvine

12-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break 

1:30-3 p.m. Session 5: Insurtech 
  • Discussant: Lei Guang, 21st Century China Center, GPS (UCSD and Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China)
  • Liz McFall, University of Edinburgh
  • Hugo Jeanningros, Gemass, Sorbonne Université
  • Xian Xu, Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, China InsurTech Lab, Fudan Development Institute
  • Robert Collins, Hult International Business School, Crossbordr

3-3:30 p.m. Break

3:30-4:30 p.m. Closing remarks and Discussion 

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