In a Data-Driven World, Good Governance Means Good Data Governance-Chen Liming 14.03

We are honoured to have Chen Liming, Chair of IBM Greater China and Honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh to open this year’s Business Lecture Series – Belt & Road Initiative.

As developing countries industrialize, they can learn from the experience of other countries and implement high-tech solutions to ensure a more efficient, sustainable, and eco-friendly pathway to improve people’s life and prosperity. Good governance during development therefore not only covers economic and social governance, but also good governance of high-tech, and above all, good governance of data. In a data driven world, data becomes the most valuable asset, but at times also the most vulnerable. Current dependence on data in advanced economies raises the stakes when cybercrime hits, and cyberattacks can spread across geographic borders to impact any country. As developing countries begin to accumulate more data and maximize value from this precious resource, they must be mindful of good governance of their data to protect infrastructure, financial systems, and the digital lives of their citizens.

This talk will take place in the University of Edinburgh Business School. The lecture will start at 6pm and be followed by a Q&A and then networking drinks reception. 

To book your seat please register here – Booking for Chen Liming’s lecture.


Chen Liming is a transformational and transboundary business leader with a track record of 30+ years with MNCs across a range of industries and diversified cultures. He has led corporate transformation, business turnaround, performance improvement, and governance enhancement. Mr. Chen is accountable for the overall performance of IBM Greater China Group across multiple business units. Since joining IBM in 2015, he has designed and implemented the ‘IBM Greater China Group Strategy’ and ‘Made with China’ initiatives adapted to the new business era. He has driven process simplification to make the company more client and market centric, and enhanced governance by creating a responsible culture. He has served on many boards of directors, including China Aviation Oil Company (Singapore) and Cornell University China Advisory Board. He was appointed as the Senior International Advisor to the Governor of Shaanxi Province, China in 2017. Mr. Chen obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Xinjiang Shihezi University in 1982 and Master’s degree from Cornell University in 1989. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School (HBS) in 2003 and MCB class at HBS in 2013. He and his family currently live in Beijing.

Free entry. All welcome. Booking is required.