Mr. Barkeling took post as Head of the Economic Department at the German Embassy in September 2020. From 2016 to 2020 he served as Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia. From 2012 to 2016 he worked in the United States, first as Communications Advisor for the Sustainable Development Network in the World Bank and later as Head of the Economic and Commercial Section at the German Embassy Washington. He was the Personal Assistant to German Federal President Horst Koehler and Deputy Director of his Personal Office.
Mr. Barkeling joined the German Foreign Service in 2000. He studied History, Latin Philology and Law in Muenster, Germany and Salamanca, Spain and obtained a Master Degree.
Since August 2018, Jens Hildebrandt is heading the Delegation of German Industry & Commerce Beijing as Delegate & Chief Representative and Executive Director of the German Chamber of Commerce in North China. He studied Political Science and Sinology in Leipzig, Beijing and Hong Kong and completed an MBA. Since 2007 Jens Hildebrandt has held various management positions in the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), i.e. as Head of the East Asia Department in Berlin and later as Delegate & Chief Representative of German Industry & Commerce in Guangzhou.More information about speaker
Mr. Alex Liu received his M.S. degree in molecular pharmacology from Peking Union Medical College and an LLM degree in IP Law from Franklin Pierce Law School (US). Mr. Liu is qualified both as a patent attorney in China and a patent agent in the US. As an experienced patent practitioner working in a multi-national company in China, Mr. Liu is adept at developing IP strategies and managing IP portfolios that position businesses to take advantage of both legal and business opportunities.
As part of his previous practice as an external counsel, Mr. Liu provided expert advice on issues including patentability, validity, infringement, freedom-to-operate, due diligence, etc. After joining Bayer China since 2007, Mr. Liu also helped his company draft and negotiates technology transfer agreements, IP licensing agreements, and other contracts related to IP transaction in the areas of pharmaceuticals, agrichemicals, biotechnology, and medical devices. As now being the IP Head of Bayer China since 2013, he is conducting/coordinating all types of IP issues for the company in the APEC region.
Ms. Helika Jurgenson is the Project Manager at the China IP SME Helpdesk, where she manages the day-to-day activities of the Helpdesk and helps EU SMEs navigate the IP system in China. She has a strong project management background, having worked as a Project Manager and Project Coordinator on EU-funded projects in Development Solutions Europe Ltd. for over 3 years, prior to joining the EUCCC. She also has strong event management skills, having managed events in China and South-East Asia. Ms. Jurgenson has been working for the China IP SME Helpdesk under Development Solutions in various roles since 2016 and has written several short articles on IP issues, published on the Helpdesk website. She holds a Master’s degree in International Studies with a focus on International Law from Aarhus University in Denmark and a BA in History and International Relations from the University of Tartu in Estonia.More information about speaker