In this joint event with the Confucius Institute we discuss how the internet and entrepreneurship in China have created such global success stories as Alibaba and Tencent


Alibaba, Tencent & China’s Data Technology Revolution

📅12 October 2017
18:00 - 19:30 (1 hour 30 minutes)


👤Duncan Clark, Chairman, BDA China Investment Consultancy


Our guide to this fascinating topic is Duncan Clark, OBE and Chairman of BDA, China, an investment consultancy company founded in Beijing in 1994 which today has a team of over 100 professionals. Prior to BDA, Duncan worked as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong.

Duncan is an expert on the internet and entrepreneurship in China where he has lived and worked for almost 25 years. He is also the author of ‘Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built‘ which was selected last year by the Economist as a ‘Book of the Year’ as well as being shortlisted by the Financial Times/McKinsey ‘Business Book of the Year’.

A UK citizen who grew up in England, the US and France, Duncan is a former Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in China. In 2013 he was awarded an O.B.E. for services to British commercial interests in China. A graduate of the London School of Economics, in 2016 Duncan was appointed as Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE’s new Institute of Global Affairs. Two years earlier he was invited as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University where he co-founded China 2.0, an influential research initiative and forum at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

In his portfolio of work and service he holds the following positions:

  • Global Trustee of the Asia Society in New York
  • Independent director of Bangkok Bank (China) in Shanghai
  • Trustee of the UK charity/international board of San-Fransisco based NGO WildAid
  • Business angel investor to, among others, App Annie, and Radish Fiction

A networking drinks reception will follow the discussion.


Lecture Theatre 1A
University of Edinburgh Business School
29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Lothian EH8 9JS, United Kingdom

Further information


👤 Aidan Hetherington
📞 +44 (0)131 650 9841