Mayor of London's top economist comes to LSBU to outline future for China and the UK
28 March 2015

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Leading international economist and chief economic advisor to Boris Johnson, Dr.Gerard Lyons, outlined his predictions for the future business relationship between the UK and China at a special event at London South Bank University (LSBU). The event was hosted by LSBU’s Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine, which promotes understanding of Chinese language and culture.

Dr Gerard Lyons, Economic Adviser to the Mayor of London gives a talk at CITCM’s 2015 China-West Colloquiums

Dr Lyons – who was recently appointed to the position of senior advisor at financial services consultancy Parker Fitzgerald – gave his take on the changing global economy and explained why the UK is better off than many believe. He predicts that in the next twenty years the world economy will enjoy one of its strongest periods of growth ever, and the strategy the UK must adopt as the balance of power shifts to China and other countries.

Dr Lyons’ talk attracts a large number of audiences

Before joining the mayor, Lyons spent 12 years at Standard Chartered, where he headed up the Global Research department. He has also held directorships and chief economist roles at DKB International and Swiss Bank Corporation, and is a regular speaker at the World Economic Forum at Davos and the International Monetary Fund’s annual meeting.

CITCM’s Executive Director Professor Yinong Xu (left) and Deputy Director Ms Yannan Yu with Dr Lyons

LSBU’s Vice Chancellor Professor David Phoenix introduced Dr Lyons and chaird the Q & A. This event attracted a large number of audiences. Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute Ms Yannan Yu said: “With the UK and China forging new economic and cultural links we are delighted to welcome such an eminent speaker as Dr Lyons. For him to share his unique insight on the changing global economic order is a tremendous opportunity for our staff and students.”

Phoenix Finance Chanel interviewing Dr Lyons