The CMBP has been especially developed by an international team of scholars of contemporary China together with European executive education specialists and China-based professionals to respond to the growing demand for highly qualified profiles combining linguistic and substantive competence on China and the Euro-Mediterranean region, good command of the essentials of international business, and an entrepreneurial spirit free of naiveté.

Edoardo Agamennone

Doing business with China & Europe

Cross-cultural entrepreneurship & Negotiation


Edoardo Agamennone has more than 10 years of experience in doing business with China, including 7 years in private practice with leading law firms in Europe and China and more than 3 years as legal in-house counsel. He currently works as Senior Legal Advisor of French energy firm EDF, based in Paris. His main areas of practice include M&A, corporate law, energy law, nuclear law and project finance. Throughout his career, Edoardo has advised Chinese, European and other national and multinational corporations on investment projects, ordinary and extraordinary corporate transactions in more than 30 jurisdictions worldwide. 

Edoardo holds a LLB from the University of Rome III, a LLM degree in Chinese law from the University of Hong Kong and a PhD in financial and management studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. He is the author of several publications in the field of China’s financial system, Chinese outward foreign direct investments, China-Europe and China-Africa commercial relationships, energy and corporate law.

Giovanni Andornino

ChinaMed Symposium & Gala reception

Introduction to the Belt and Road Initiative


Giovanni is Assistant Professor of International Relations of East Asia at the University of Torino, where he heads the TOChina Centre, coordinating research, advanced training and track 1.5 networking with China. He is the Vice President of the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai), with responsibility over the “Global China” research program.

Giovanni holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Catholic University of Milan and an MSc in Global History from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  A former Fellow of the Transatlantic Academy (Washington D.C.) and Visiting Associate of the China Research Centre of the University of Technology Sydney, Giovanni is currently co-director of the Executive Training Seminar on China at the European University Institute in Fiesole.

Giovanni is the Editor of OrizzonteCina, Italy’s leading bi-monthly e-journal on current China affairs, and of, among the world’s most comprehensive websites on Chinese politics, IR and political economy.

Vittorio De Pedys

PSDM & Business finance

De Pedys

A cum laude graduate in Economics, Vittorio De Pedys is Affiliate Professor at ESCP Europe - Torino campus, where he offers executive courses on Private Banking, Financial Markets and Corporate Finance, mostly tailor-made for key Italian and international banks. For ESCP Europe he also teaches at MBA seminars and executive management courses of Problem Solving & Decision Making. Furthermore, he is Adjunct Professor of Private Equity at the University of Rome (Tor Vergata), and teaches Finance at a number of international business schools. Valuing education being as a two-way process, Vittorio is also receiving training on Participants-Centered Learning from the Harvard Entrepreneurship Education Colloquium.

Throughout his 20 years-long business career Vittorio worked in banking and investment banking in Italy, the UK and the US: having started as a Treasury (BNL) and bond dealer (UniCredit), he later became Director of Proprietary Trading (Merrill Lynch), then Executive Director of the Smith Barney London Branch, Head of Finance at Banca Salento, and finally group CFO at Banca ICCREA. A certified financial analyst, Vittorio also works as a consultant for the Italian Banking Association.

Enrico Fardella

ChinaMed Symposium & Gala reception


Enrico Fardella is Associate Professor of the History Department at Peking University and  Director of the Center for Mediterranean Area Studies at Peking University. In this capacity Enrico coordinates, in partnership with Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai), the ChinaMed research agenda on China’s role in the Mediterranean region.

Enrico also works as Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and as Deputy Editor of the e-journal OrizzonteCina. He has been a Research Scholar at the Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies (CIMA), an East China Normal University (ECNU) – Wilson Center Scholar at the History and Public Policy Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, and a Fellow of the Science & Technology China Program at the European Commission.

His research interests encompass Chinese foreign policy, History of international relations, and History of contemporary China.

Parag Khanna

CMBP: the age of connectivity


Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency.

Parag's latest book is Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Qiu Lingyun

Sales, Marketing & E-commerce


Dr. Lingyun Qiu is Associate Professor of Information Systems at the Department of Management Science and Information Systems of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. His current research focuses on electronic commerce, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, and decision-support system. He holds a Ph.D in Management Information Systems and an MSc in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and a Master of Engineering from the Shanghai Jiaotong University.

At Guanghua School of Management Lingyun is also Associate Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and of the Business Intelligence Research Center. He has published dozens of scholarly articles, which have appeared in many publications both in China and abroad, such as Journal of Management Information Systems, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Journal of Marketing Science.

Francesco Rattalino

Strategy & Execution


A cum laude graduate in Economics from the University of Torino, Francesco Rattalino is Associate Professor of the Management Control Department at ESCP Europe Business School, and the Director General of the ESCP Europe – Torino Campus.

Francesco earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration at the University of Torino: his current research interests include strategy execution, performance management and the public sector.

Francesco started his professional career as a Financial analyst at Ferrero International BV in the Netherlands; he then moved to the USA to work for Oracle Corp. as a Senior Financial Application Consultant. Back in Italy, prior to joining ESCP Europe, Francesco worked in the consulting industry as project manager and business developer for Motion International, assisting a wide range of clients such as Serono, Sorgenia, BT, Banca Intesa.

Francesco Silvestri

Induction: the 5th edition of CMBP


Francesco is Research Fellow at Torino World Affairs Institute and Acting Director for China of the TOChina Hub. He holds a PhD cum laude from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, a top ranking university in Italy, an MA in Global Studies (China track) from University of Torino, and an MA in China Studies from Zhejiang University. He has been living, working, and conducting field research in China since 2011, gaining a robust knowledge of China's public policy and a practical command of Chinese language. Francesco is also an experienced project director with a successful track record within the research cooperation industry across Italy and China. He has served as Acting Director of the Center for Italian Studies at Zhejiang University, where he co-founded the China Policy Lab Series and supported the academic and institutional exchange between Torino and Hangzhou. In the latest three years, Francesco has served as Acting Director of Sant’Anna’s Galilei Institute in Chongqing, where he coordinated technology transfer activities between Italy and China and launched the roundtable initiative China Through the Telescope. His articles have been published by leading Italian publications on China’s contemporary affairs, such as Orizzonte Cina and Mondo Cinese.

Yahia Zoubir

Doing business in the Mediterranean region


 Dr. Yahia H. Zoubir is Professor of International Relations and International Management, and Director of Research in Geopolitics at KEDGE Business School, Marseille, France. Prior to joining KEDGE in September 2005, he was Managing and Academic Director of the US Campus, Thunderbird Europe, France. He has also been international visiting faculty in numerous universities and business schools for the last 30 years, notably in China (Renmin University, Shanghai Jiatong University, and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics), the United States, European and Asian countries.

He has published more than a hundred scholarly works, including books, articles, and book chapters in international politics, foreign policy, governance, and security issues. His recent works include, North Africa Politics: Change and Continuity (2016); Building a New Silk Road: China and the Middle East in the 21st Century (2014). In addition to his publications, Yahia attends regularly major international conferences organized by academic institutions and international and regional organizations. He has also given lectures at universities and military academies, such as NATO College in Rome or the National Defense Academy, Center for Security & Strategic Research, in Riga, Latvia, and at the African Union.

Yahia has served as consultant for governments and companies in China, the United States, Mexico, Iran, as well as in countries in Africa and Europe. He serves on various editorial boards of academic journals both in politics and business.

Roberto Zuccato 

Sales, Marketing & E-commerce

Roberto Zuccato is graduated in Economics from the University of Torino, with Executive training at the Darden School of University of Virginia. He is affiliate Professor of Brand Strategy and Innovation at ESCP Europe – Torino with courses in Brand Strategy, International Marketing, New Product Development and Sales&Negotiation. Roberto teaches in various MBA and Executive programs.

He studied Active Teaching and Case Writing at Harvard Business School in Boston and Mumbai. Roberto dedicated nearly 20 years in Sales and Marketing, working for Lavazza Coffee, Bacardi-Martini, FCA, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. As an International executive, his primary focus has been in premium consumer sectors where brand image and desirability are critical to growth and value creation.

Ten years ago Roberto started his own Entrepreneurial career, acquiring and relaunching Fontana Couture, an high-end fashion house founded in 1928, and at the same time developing new ventures in the digital fashion world, and Roberto is also active in investing, mentoring and tutoring start-ups in the on-line digital world.

Guest speakers

Guest speakers are selected based on their capacity to offer first-hand perspectives on doing business with China in key sectors. The list of Guest Speakers is periodically reviewed. Each of them is crucially involved in the development of dynamic businesses and may have to cancel his or her participation to the program due to last-minute professional commitments. CMBP Directors are pleased that the track-record for Guest speakers in the previous editions is >90% regular attendance as planned.


Luca Chinello - General Manager, Viabizzuno China

Luca is a manager with an extensive expertise in restructuring and starting-up businesses. After 8 years spent in Europe working in asset management and private equity, and having gained and MBA from the University of Hong Kong, in 2012 Luca launched the operations and opened the Chinese market for Viabizzuno,  a top-end Italian lighting firm. In this role he has managed and currently manages an important number of landmark architectural and design projects in China and the Far East. Luca has an extensive knowledge of how to re-adapt a successful business model in a complex sector (architecture/design) to the peculiarities of the Chinese market.

Ipek Kilicer Turker - General Manager, Tuneline Consult - Sponsorship & Collaboration Manager, Tsinghua X-Lab Coach Center

After a bachelor degree at Duke University, Ipek worked as an investment banker for Wells Fargo in the United States and Morgan Stanley in Turkey. Prior to moving to China, she took business development roles for GMR and Limak Groups  in the Turkish infrastructure sector. She later earned an EMBA jointly organised by INSEAD and Tsinghua University. Ipek is now the General Manager of Tuneline Consult, a boutique consulting firm providing investment advisory services to Chinese private and state-owned enterprises active in energy, railway, construction, oil and gas, logistics and infrastructure. Ipek is also the Sponsorship and Collaboration Manager – Tsinghua X-Lab Coach Center, an initiative by Tsinghua University focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship education, new venture nurturing and development.


Gregory LepkoffFounder, Green I-guys

Gregory is a serial start-upper with 10 years of experience in China and several successful start-ups launched in diverse fields such as agriculture, machineries, food products and e-commerce. He is the co-founder of Green iGuys Inc., an e-commerce and manufacturing consulting company based in New York. He is currently based in Shenzhen from where he supervises the manufacturing of a diverse range of products sold online worldwide.


Yair Shacked - China Vice-General Manager, Orbotech

Yair has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, project management, engineering and sales, with a focus on the bio-medical and hi-tech sectors. A former medical officer of the Israeli army and an EMBA-graduate at Tsinghua/INSEAD, Yair is currently the vice-general manager for China of Orbotech, a company listed at NASDAQ and a global market leader in developing machineries for the manufacture of the world’s most sophisticated consumer and industrial electronics.

Christopher Von Gumppenberg - Automotive Consultant & Entrepreneur

After his university studies in Austria, Christopher worked in Germany and China as engineering-consultant for the Daimler Group. He lived for three years in Beijing and then moved to Shanghai to pursue a variety of business ventures. He currently works as freelance consultant assisting luxury car brands on their development in China and is preparing the launch of different ventures in the home automation and consumer products industry.