Expert Hearing on attracting and retaining talent in China

22 Oct 2014

Organised by Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd
Location: Rüschlikon/Zurich, Switzerland

About the event

The People's Republic of China is home to the world's fastest growing economy. Its annual Gross Domestic Product of USD 9.1 trillion is second only to that of the United States of America. Beijing, China's capital, with a population north of 21 million, is an important driver of China's overall economy. More than 700 foreign multinationals firms and research and development centres – including 50 Fortune 500 global companies - are headquartered in Beijing.

Despite its importance to China's economy, Beijing has faced certain challenges in attracting and retaining talent. The purpose of this event is to identify these challenges, share best practice, and develop strategies for building the talent pipeline with the goal of adapting existing talent management systems.



Coffee and networking


Welcome and introduction
Qin Lu, President of Swiss Re China, Member of the Asia Management Team, Swiss Re


China's market environment
Kurt E. Karl, Chief Economist, Swiss Re


Talent management: Strategies for retaining local and global talent
Winter Nie, Professor, IMD - International Institute for Management Development


Beijing: An expat's management experience
Nicolas Georgy, Property Treaty PTF Manager EMEA, Swiss Re



Retaining talent in global companies in China
Moderated roundtable discussion led by Monika Waber, Head Human Resources Reinsurance, Swiss Re

Short input by Toby Crosthwaite, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates, on talent experience in Beijing




How international firms position themselves in the war for talent in China
Hans J. Roth, Diplomat in Residence, Regional Development Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy


A millennial's view of career prospects in China
Chenchen Liu, Project Officer, Science, Technology and Education Section, Swiss Embassy in the People's Republic of China, Beijing; Leader of Tomorrow, St. Gallen Symposium 2013


How global companies can become attractive employers in China
Moderated roundtable discussion led by Qin Lu, President of Swiss Re China, Member of the Asia Management Team, Swiss Re

Short input by Swiss global corporate with operations in Beijing 


End and farewell drink



Photos by Dariusz Klupi



China has now become the third largest market in the world in terms of premiums. While China continues to be an important growth market for Swiss Re, operating in China does present certain challenges. Among those challenges are attracting and retaining talent. Members of Swiss Re's Asia Management Team including Moses Ojeisekhoba, CEO Reinsurance Asia and Qin Lu, President of Swiss Re China recently attended an Expert Hearing on talent in China at the Centre for Global Dialogue, co-sponsored by the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce, to discuss this challenge, share best practice, and develop strategies for building the talent pipeline.

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