Past Meetup

Part II of Sustainable Finance: Can we live without debt?

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50 Yongjia Road Xuhui District · Shanghai

How to find us

LOHAUS is at Yongjia Road #50, near Shaanxi Road South, close to Jiashan Market

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By popular request, Shanghai Forum and Green Drinks China are holding a second event on the theme of sustainable finance and the challenges of a debt-based economy.

If you missed Part I, don't worry, we will have a review at the start of the discussion of what we discussed last time.

This was a very popular and well-attended event, so do RSVP early.

You can check out the outline and photos from last time:

Event Overview:

As in part I, we will first be having a meet-and-green followed by a screening of Money as Debt Part II. This video will be the second video in the series, Money as Debt, Part I was screened at the first meeting. Don't worry if you haven't seen Part I, Part II also has a general restatement of the main themes, while going into greater depth on key topics which will be the focus for our new discussion.

We will also have a group discussion, an experts panel, and a Q&A. Of course, there will be time to meet each other and do some networking as well!

More details to follow.

Event Agenda:



Dr. Mark Greeven is an Associate Professor of innovation management and strategy at Zhejiang University. Before moving to China in 2012 he was an assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has been analysing and working with Chinese enterprises since 2004 and focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in and from China. Experience in projects with Chinese and multinational companies in Europe and China. Furthermore, he explores the strategies of Chinese firms going abroad and cooperation with foreign firms. Findings of his research are published in international academic journals, books, newspapers such as The Financial Times and presented at conferences such as organized by TEDx, Dutch Consulate-General and various executive workshops with DSM and Bosch. Mark has supervised over 80 students and he is also mentor at the Chinaccelerator, a startup accelerator for technology ventures. Mark is based in Hangzhou, China and speaks Chinese, English and Dutch.

Nick Lim

Nick comes from the finance industry and has been making private equity investments in growth companies in China since 2007. He currently mentors and advises sustainable and social ventures in China. Before moving to China in 2006, he was an investment banker in New York City having started his finance career at a hedge fund in Texas in the mid ‘90s.

About Green Drinks China:

Green Drinks began in Shanghai in 2009 as a monthly networking event based on the idea that real links, connections and projects can start over something as simple as a drink. Monthly GDC events feature speakers on green-related topics and are forums for anyone interested in sustainable development in China to meet, chat and network.

Now, Green Drinks China is much more than just this one monthly event. Over the last 3 years GDC has spread to over 8 cities in China, organized over 75 different events including LEED training workshops and university forum and planted over 200 trees in Inner Mongolia with Shanghai Roots & Shoots through our monthly documentary film screenings.

Learn more at

Green Drinks

Frequently Asked Questions about Shanghai Forum:

Is there any charge for this meetup?

Yes, there is a 50 RMB cash charge per person to support the social missions of Green Drinks and LOHAUS. Coffee, tea, and other drinks will be provided.

What will we be doing?

The main activity of the meeting will be having a discussion on each topic.

What will it be like?

We will start with getting to know each other networking-style, reviewing the agenda and adding any topics the members want to discuss, then the moderator will start the discussion topics.

Will it be an activity? A discussion? A presentation?

This meetup will mostly be in the form of a discussion.

What's an interesting issue we'll discuss?

Each month a new theme will be discussed. For example, past themes have included China's stock markets, real estate, GDP and economic indicators such as retail spending, trade and inflation.

Do members need to bring anything?

You might consider eating before the meetup since no dinner will be served during the discussion, but please bring your admission fee, cash only. Otherwise, just bring some business cards and a notebook if desired, that's all that should be needed.

Who should come? Are newcomers welcome?

Since this is a new club, all are welcome, but an interest in China's economy and business environment is a must.

Who shouldn't come?

Again, it is a new club, so all are welcome, but we should all desire to present our ideas and discuss intelligently with others.

What should a newcomer expect?

Expect the unexpected. Just kidding. I think this club has an interesting potential because so many people I meet in Shanghai and elsewhere in China are passionate about economic issues. However, since it is a new club, there is no set format yet and expectations should be realistic.

How will members benefit from coming to your Meetup?

Businesspeople, investors, and those with an interest in China's economy and business environment all can benefit by hearing others' perspectives, learning about China's economic and business issues more deeply, and presenting ideas and theories to a group of intelligent individuals.

How long will the Meetup be?

About an hour long once discussion has begun. Generally before and after networking will last 15 minutes each, so total time commitment is about 1.5 hours. There will be an optional late meal for interested members after the main discussion.

Is it okay to arrive late?

We are going to start at 7:30 and the meetup has been scheduled at that time to allow people to finish work and get to the venue, which is in central Shanghai. Based on RSVPs, we will start officially when at least half of the attendees have arrived or punctually at 7:30, whichever is earlier. Please try to get there before 7:30 p.m. for networking and to reserve a seat. The organizer will be there from 6:30.

Who is the organizer of the Shanghai Forum? How do I contact Shanghai Forum?

Jason Inch started this meetup at the end of 2012 to create an interesting networking event focused around China's economy and related topics. Jason is an author of two China books, a businessperson running two companies, and a professor in one of Shanghai's MBA programmmes, where he teaches about China's economy.

To contact the organizer, you can use the email member function of or write to Jason Inch directly at jasoninch "at"

Can we discuss [...] ? I don't agree with this topic.... Why don't we talk about [...]?

Each month, the topic for discussion is decided by the group at the previous meeting or by the moderator based on the feedback surveys. If you would like to discuss a certain topic, please suggest it at the end of the meeting or in the feedback surveys. We will not repeat a topic previously discussed until the next calendar year. Please check the previous event descriptions to see what has been discussed at previous meetings.

Where is the meetup held?

LOHAUS on Yongjia Road #50, near Shanxi Road South, is our regular meeting location. You can get here by subway (go to either Shanxi Road South Station or Jiashan Road Station), bus or car.

Click here ( for detailed instructions on how to get to LOHAUS.