ItalianCham Open Talks Series: HK in the era of the superpower struggle
ItalianCham Open Talks Series: HK in the era of the superpower struggle

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macao is pleased to invite you on Thursday, 10 June, from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM to attend the first event of the ItalianCham Open Talks Series in Hong Kong.

An exclusive evening during which Allan Zeman and Alberto Forchielli, moderated by Giuliano Castellano, will share their thoughts and perspectives of Hong Kong in the era of the superpower struggle.

Do not miss the first ItalianCham Open Talks event at The Qube in PMQ.



Dr. Allan Zeman

Dr. Zeman is the founder and Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group and the owner of Paradise Properties Group. Dr. Zeman serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sino Land Company Limited, Tsim Sha Tsui Properties Limited, Global Brands Group, Television Broadcasts Limited (“TVB”), Fosun Tourism Group and is the Non-Executive Director of Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, all of which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Dr. Zeman is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Wynn Macau Limited, a prominent gaming operator in the US and Macau. Dr. Zeman is a director of the “Star” Ferry Company, Limited.

Having lived in Hong Kong for over 45 years, Dr. Zeman has been very involved in government services as well as community activities. Besides having been the Chairman of Hong Kong Ocean Park, a major theme park in Hong Kong, from July 2003 to June 2014, Dr Zeman is now an honorary advisor. Dr. Zeman was a member of the Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, and the chairman of its Performing Arts Committee from 2008 to 2016. Dr Zeman is now an honorary advisor and Chairman of its Letting Commercial Panel. Dr Zeman is also a member of the HKSAR Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development and a member of the Human Resources Planning Commission (HRPC) chaired by Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung.

In September 2014, Dr. Zeman appointed as a Governor of Our Hong Kong Foundation founded by Ex HKSAR Chief Executive Mr CH Tung. In 2015, Dr. Zeman was appointed to the board of directors of The Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund launched by Alibaba Group.

Dr. Zeman is a holder of Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. In 2012, he was awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees of Business Administration from City University of Hong Kong and University of Science and Technology of Hong Kong. In 2019, Dr Zeman was awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees of Business Administration from Open University of Hong Kong.


Dr. Alberto Forchielli

Founding partner of Mandarin Capital Partners, Alberto owes his strategic skills to 35 years of managerial experience in international affairs development, with a particular focus on the United States, Europe, and China.

Throughout the course of his multifaceted professional career, in addition to being Special Advisor to the Italian Minister of Defence, to the Italian Minister of Budget and Southern Italy and to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, he worked for the World Bank for three years, first in Washington DC and then separately via the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.

He is an accomplished author of economics and international affairs, with various publications in different languages.

He lived in Singapore for 5 years prior, where he was the head of Finmeccanica S.p.A for the Asia/Pacific region. He has been a member of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) advisory board in Shanghai.

In the early nineties, general for the privatization of IRI, Forchielli managed twenty state-owned companies in diverse sectors.

His career began in Boston (USA) with the MAC Group/Gemini Consulting. He worked in Boston, London, Santiago, Lima, Milan, and he became the founder and administrator of the Italian branch. Alberto Forchielli received an MBA with honours from Harvard Business School and economics from the University of Bologna.



Dr. Giuliano G. Castellano

Dr Giuliano G. Castellano is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong, the Director of the Law Exchange Programme (Incoming) and a Deputy Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL). He holds a Law Degree (Bocconi), a PhD in Law (University Turin), and a PhD in Economics & Social Sciences (Polytechnique, Paris).

Before joining HKU, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, where he taught for the School of Law and delivered training to the Bank of England for the Warwick Business School. Prior to that, he was a Research Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, Law Department.

Dr Castellano’s research and teaching interests lie in the areas of international financial law, financial markets regulation, and regulatory compliance. His research has been published in leading scholarly journals, such as the Modern Law Review (LSE), Law & Contemporary Problems (Duke), and Hastings Law Journal (University of California). His projects received the support of external, competitive grant schemes in Italy, France, Hong Kong, and the U.K. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator of a research project on access to credit and financial inclusion funded by the Research Grants Council (GRF 2018/2019).

Beyond academia, Dr Castellano collaborates with international organisations and domestic governments. Upon appointment of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since 2010, he has been serving as a Legal Expert and a Delegate for Italy on matters related to secured credit at the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). In 2020, the Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) appointed him to represent Italy within an international Expert Group tasked to prepare a Factoring Model Law.

Furthermore, Dr Castellano has been advising international organisations, including the World Bank Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, on global policies to promote access to credit, SME lending, and post-COVID19 economic recovery. In this capacity, he has been working with domestic governments, central banks, and regulatory agencies of over twenty jurisdictions across four continents to enact legal and regulatory reforms supporting trade finance.



The Qube (Block B, 2/F), PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong


June 10 2021, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Member: 250 HKD
Non-Member: 280 HKD


Sarah Chan


Venue Partner

ItalianCham Open Talks Series: HK in the era of the superpower struggle

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