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Christopher Balding Associate Professor at Peking University HSBC Business School


Christopher Balding is an associate professor business and economics at the HSBC Business School of Peking University Graduate School in Shenzhen, China. Considered to be one of the leading experts on the Chinese economy and financial markets, he is a Bloomberg View contributor and advises governments, central banks, and investors around the world on China. He has appeared on Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the BBC, CNBC, and Al-Jazeera providing insight the Chinese economy. Christopher brings unrivalled data knowledge and insight to bear that stem from his eight years living in China.

A leading expert on sovereign wealth funds, his book Sovereign Wealth Funds: The New Intersection of Money and Power published by Oxford University Press has been called an “excellent source”. Focusing on their evolution from one simple cash management operation to giants of global finance with trillions of USD in assets under management.

Prior to entering academia, he worked for a private equity firm which focused on distressed asset, turn around, and special situation financing in the natural resource, water and waste water, food processing, and high technology industries. He rose to Associate Vice President focusing on finance, operations, and research of portfolio companies engaging in corporate restructuring and productivity improvement. He has also worked as a consultant for the Disney Corporation among others.

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