Dr Changhui Zhao is veteran manager at The Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank for short), specialising in China’s national security policy, a time-honoured multidimensional economist and strategic thinker.
He is a career banker and his rich expertise lies in geoeconomics of natural resources, energy geopolitics, international monetary regime, international security, global economy, world politics, all-region and country studies and country risk assessment.
Milestone achievements include but far from being limited to: Designer of China’s present-day strategy toward Africa; inventor of Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC); founder of country risk management in China; and most recently, coiner of the conception of “community of shared future”.
His Ph.D. discipline in history of economics thought at Renmin University of China was completed in 2004. An M.A. candidate in economics with Beijing Normal University in 2001, he received his B.A. in economics from Tianjin University of Economics and Finance in 1984.
Prior to his long and distinguished service as an Eximbanker since May 1994, he was in charge of the North American and Oceanian affairs with Bank of China during 1985–1994, starting at People’s Bank of China as a researcher in Shanghai and an interpreter and protocol officer at the headquarters in Beijing respectively.
His expatriate experience embraced a three-year representative of China Eximbank’s Representative Office for Central and West Africa, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from April 1996 to April 1999; a six-month visitation program with ANZ Group in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia between October 1988 and April 1989; and a three-month training course at Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto, Canada, June-August 1993.