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Panel A2: Finance Industry to Real Economy: Perspectives of Bankers and Economists

Sep 16 (Sat) 14:45 pm - 16:15pm

International Affairs Building 417, Columbia University

Ronald Leven

Founder of J.P. Morgan New York Foreign Exchange Research Team; Former Portfolio Manager at Pinnacle Asset Management; Former Head of Currency Derivatives Research at Morgan Stanley

Ron Leven started his career in 1980 as an International Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York focusing on assessing sovereign risk in emerging market economies. He then moved into the private sector taking a job as a futures market analyst at Shearson Lehman Brothers shifting focus to providing advice on managing foreign exchange market exposure.


In 1991 Mr Leven went to JP Morgan to create a foreign exchange research team in New York and in 1997 moved to Singapore to become Head of Asian Local Markets Research. He then moved to Tokyo in 2000 to take on the same responsibilities for Lehman Brothers. In 2003, Mr Leven returned to New York to take over management of a $150 million hedge fund at Pinnacle Asset Management trading currencies and fixed income futures. In 2007 Mr Leven returned to banking taking a position as Head of Currency Derivative Research at Morgan Stanley.


He is currently working at Thomson Reuters as Head of Foreign Exchange and Economic content on Eikon; a screen-based service for market professionals. Mr Leven has regularly published his research in bank publications as well as in outside journals like Euromoney and Institutional Investor and currently publishes a monthly newsletter The FX Market Voice. 

Speech: Foreign Exchange & Derivatives Research in Investment Banking

Xiaoyan Jiang

Managing Director and Head of Asia Multinational Banking, BNP Paribas

Ms. Xiaoyan Jiang is a managing director at North America Branch of BNP Paribas, responsible for its cross-border (Asia & Americas) banking services and facilitating business activities of Asian corporates in the Americas.

She has over twenty years of experience in the financial industry. She previously worked at China National Chemicals import & export corporation, Deloitte Consulting, GE Capital, Deutsche Bank and other international financial institutions. She had completed deals totaling US$15 billion in value.​

Speech: Enterprise and Capital Markets

Ronald Schramm

Professor, Columbia University

Ronald Schramm is a Professor at Columbia University. He has been conducting research related to China since the early 1990s. He is on XJTLU’s Research Steering Committee and is Finance Editor for the International Journal of Emerging Markets.  He had been on the faculty of Columbia Business School for over 27 years.

He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing (where he taught the first course ever in corporate valuation — 2003);  He was a Visiting Professor at Chinese-European International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai 2008-2015.

Speech: Chinese Macroeconomy and Financial System

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