Dr. Zhou Wei
General ManagerBanco Santander S.A. Beijing
As the General Manager of Banco Santander Beijing, Dr. Zhou leads the team in charge of growing the wholesale banking business of Banco Santander in China, covering trade finance, leasing and M&A advisory. He spends a lot of time with China’s SOEs, Sovereign Funds and private companies to promote trade and investment flow into Banco Santander's core markets of Europe and Latin American. Before this position, he was the Chief Representative of Banco Santander in Beijing, advising the executive management on its market-entry strategy for China and he was responsible for identifying business partners and investment opportunities in China. Dr. Zhou is a key player in Santander’s investments in China: the creation of the JV of Fortune Auto Finance Company, the investment in Bank of Beijing Consumer Finance Company and the investment in Bank of Shanghai. Prior to being expatriated by Santander to China, Dr. Zhou worked for Santander Consumer Finance (SCF) in Madrid, Spain and New York, USA where he led a team implementing best practices of risk management in different countries where SCF has a presence. Prior to joining SCF in 2007, Dr. Zhou worked as Principal Consultant at MasterCard Advisors, the consulting arm of MasterCard Worldwide. At MasterCard Advisors, he led many engagements to advise the senior management of many leading credit card companieson risk management, marketing and new market entry and the clients he personally interactedwith include JP Morgan Chase(USA), HSBC (USA), Lloyds TSB(UK), WestPac (Australia), Standard Bank (South Africa), DZ Bank AG (Germany), etc. Prior to MasterCard Advisors, he led the international consulting group of riskmanagementat D&B (Dun & Bradstreet), where his focus was primarily on Europe and Asia. Before D&B, he was Vice President of credit card business at JP Morgan Chase in New York City. He has numerous research publications and is often invited to speak at conferences on risk management and predictive modeling. Dr. Zhou holds a BA in economics from Nankai University, China and Masters and Ph.D. in economics from Vanderbilt University, USA.