HKUST UC RUSAL President's Forum invites Chairman of the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange to Share Insights into Global Consumer Trends in 2030


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and UC RUSAL invite Mr Barry Cheung, Chairman of the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange and Independent Non-Executive Director of UC RUSAL, to speak at the UC RUSAL President's Forum on 2 November 2012 (Friday), during which he will explore the impacts of population growth on global consumer markets under the theme of '8.5 Billion Global Consumers by 2030: Opportunity or Looming Disaster'.

Hosted by Prof Tony F Chan, President of HKUST, the UC RUSAL President's Forum features Mr Barry Cheung delivering his insights into how global consumer trends will be affected by global population growth, with the number of global consumers expected to hit 8.5 billion by 2030. Mr Barry Cheung will provide insights into a range of positive and negative implications of this tremendous population growth including:

The sustainability of the global economic recovery;

The global impact of limited resources;

The global role of Asia;

The possible risks and opportunities posed for industries and corporations by resource management;

The role of governments' measures in improving resource management.

These and other issues will be discussed as he draws greater attention to a major global milestone - one that should be of concern to all of us.

Mr Barry Cheung has been on UC RUSAL's Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director since January 2010. Currently he is a non-official member of Hong Kong's Executive Council, he is also Chairman of the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, the Urban Renewal Authority, the Standing Committee on Disciplined Services Salaries and Conditions of Service, and Alternate Chairman of the Pay Trend Survey Committee. In addition to the above, Mr Cheung also sits on a number of government committees as a member of the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service, the Honours Committee, and the Long Term Housing Strategy Steering Committee.

From 1987 to 1994, Mr Cheung worked at McKinsey and Company in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, during which he advised major financial institutions in the United States and Asia, and was seconded for a year to the Hong Kong Government's Central Policy Unit as a full-time member. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with first-class honors in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Sussex and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

The UC RUSAL President's Forum featuring Mr Barry Cheung is scheduled at 3pm on 2 November 2012 (Friday) at Citi Lecture Theater (LT-A) of HKUST. Details are at

The UC RUSAL President's Forum

The UC RUSAL President's Forum is organized under the auspices of the HKUST Institute for Advanced Study and is held biannually in Hong Kong. Prestigious scholars and scientists as well as successful business leaders and entrepreneurs are invited to share with the audience their views on varied topics including the latest trends in science and technology and its relationship with and impact on humankind, knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity. Speakers also engage in a dialogue with the HKUST President. Previous Forum speakers include UC RUSAL CEO Mr Oleg Deripaska, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences Prof. Christopher Pissarides, Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Dr. Jim O'Neill and Chairman of Esquel Group Ms. Marjorie Yang.


UC RUSAL ( is the world's largest producer of aluminium, in 2011 accounting for approximately 9% of global production of both aluminium and alumina respectively. UC RUSAL employs about 72,000 people in 19 countries, across 5 continents. UC RUSAL markets and sells its products primarily in the European, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, South East Asian and North American markets. UC RUSAL's ordinary shares are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock code: 486), global depositary shares representing UC RUSAL's ordinary shares are listed on the professional compartment of Euronext Paris (RUSAL for Reg S GDSs and RUAL for Rule 144A GDSs), and Russian depositary receipts that are issued on common shares of the Company are listed on Moscow Exchange (RUALR/RUALRS).

About the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) ( is a top-ranked international research university excelling in science, technology and business as well as humanities and social science. Internationally renowned for its academic rigor and accomplishments, the University promotes interdisciplinary studies and provides holistic education, nurturing well-rounded graduates with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking and relevant skills to thrive in a knowledge economy. As an international university with strong ties to global thought leaders, HKUST has wide-ranging connections with Mainland China while aspiring to be a global premier knowledge hub and a center of research breakthroughs. HKUST was ranked Asia's number one for the second year in a row in 2012. It was placed third for the world's under-50 universities in 2012. The Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA (EMBA) program, for the fourth straight year, topped the Financial Times EMBA global rankings.

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