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Governance in China

This event is part of the Governance around the world series of events. This series aims to equip investors and multi-national organizations with an understanding of national approaches to governance and prevailing imperatives.

China is the world’s second largest economy and continues to grow. This expansion, and the opening of its financial markets, makes foreign investment in China very attractive to business leaders. But, there have been concerns raised:

  • The role of the State
  • Standards of corporate governance
  • Cultural differences

Doing business in China can feel like “navigating in the dark” given these uncertainties and concerns.

Setting the scene:

Lyndsey Zhang offers a unique perspective on the topic. As a Chinese native living in the West, she has worked in three Chinese multinational companies and is in a unique position to understand the opportunities and challenges presented.


Professor Mervyn King and Lyndsey discuss China’s approach to corporate governance and Lyndsey’s new book, “Corporate Governance in China seen through a practitioner’s lens“.

Lyndsey Zhang

Founder / Managing Director of Boardroom and Beyond

Lyndsey has extensive experiences working for western and Chinese multinational companies in automation manufacture, clean energy, renewable energy and high-tech sectors.


Lyndsey has held CFO and VP of Strategy positions in Chinese companies and served on the board of directors as both executive and non-executive directors. Leading these Chinese companies’ global expansion including fundraising on Hong Kong stock exchanges, cross-border mergers and acquisitions in European countries, and post-acquisition integration in the US, have positioned her to understand the opportunities and challenges for both Chinese multinationals and their global partners.

As an advocate of good corporate governance and ESG practice, Lyndsey hosts the Boardroom and Beyond podcast “Corporate Governance Around the World“, and “ESG In Action” shows, and regularly publishes articles in the UK’s Governance and the US’s Global Finance.

Lyndsey has been a licensed CPA in the state of Illinois since 2007, and a certified Independent Board Director from Harvard University since 2019. She received her Master of Science in Accountancy from Illinois State University, and Bachelor of Science in Economics from Xiamen University in China. Lyndsey is now a PhD researcher at Henley Business School at the University of Reading for corporate governance and ESG research.

Prof. Mervyn King

Patron, Good Governance Academy

Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel, former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, and designated Chartered Director (South Africa). He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town, and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes University. He has honorary Doctorates from Wits University and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Leeds University in the UK, and Deakin University in Australia.


Mervyn is honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; the Institute of Internal Auditors of the UK; the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; the Certified Public Accountants of Australia; the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the UK, and the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.


Mervyn is Chair Emeritus of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, as well as of the Value Reporting Foundation (incorporating the International Integrated Reporting Council and SASB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for promoting quality corporate governance globally, from several institutions.


Mervyn chairs the Good Law Foundation and has chaired the United Nations Committee of Eminent persons on Governance and Oversight. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance and of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris. Mervyn currently chairs the African Integrated Reporting Council and the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa and is Patron of the Good Governance Academy.


Mervyn has been a chair, director and chief executive of several companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. He has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business, advertising, sustainability and corporate governance issues in over 60 countries and has received many awards from international bodies around the world including the World Federation of Stock Exchanges and the International Federation of Accountants.


He is the author of many books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Healthy Company.”

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