Alexander G.Welzl

President and co-founder of China Data Analysis & Research Hub (CDA)

Alexander G. Welzl is the President and co-founder of China Data Analysis & Research Hub (CDA) an independent, non-partisan and non-profit brainport (think-tank) dedicated to Sino-European research and analysis with its headquarter in Vienna (Austria/Europe).  

With a professional and scientific background in economic research, financial markets, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as sustainability Alex started to teach the first university course in Europe focusing on the National Innovation System of PR China in winter term 2018 at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (UASTW, Austria). Alex has been invited as guest researcher and visiting fellow at European and Chinese universities (e.g. Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin/Germany, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou/PR China).  

Throughout his career in research, private industry, finance and public administration Alex’ work focused on contributing to a novel understanding of innovation-driven and knowledge-based transformations in economy, finance and societies in the 21st century, which also addressed man’s development in the context of planetary boundaries. Travelling to China since 2009 Alex developed an additional focus on the transformation and rise of China (and the Pacific region) vis a vis Europe in terms of innovation, economics and sustainability. In recent years Alex also explored the fields of blue economy and maritime sustainability. In this context he was nominated as Scientific Coordinator and Member of the High Level Expert Group on Plastic Marine Litter in the Cabinet Office of the Austrian Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism (2018-2019). In this capacity he was invited by UN ESCAP as a panelist at the United Nations Asia Pacific Business Forum (APBF 2019) in Papua New Guinea in June 2019.

In previous positions Alexander was senior researcher with Economica (2008 – 2016), a Vienna based macroeconomic think tank; policy officer as well as human resources and performance management expert with Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance’s Directorate General I  (2007 – 2008); Co-founder, European Coordinator and Chairman of the Commission on Intellectual Capital (CIC) of the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS, Frankfurt am Main, Germany/Europe, 2006 - 2013); Senior consultant with Munich (Germany) based professional service firm ESPRIT Consulting Ltd. (2003 – 2007) and head of staff unit ‘Spin-off and Venture Management’ in the general management of Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT, 1998 – 2003). 

In 2003 and 2004 Alexander acted as advisor of Prof. Lars Y. Terenius (Karolinska Institute and Head of the Center of Molecular Medicine/CMM in Stockholm) then a Member of the Nobel Assembly and The Nobel Committee on Physiology or Medicine. Prof. Terenius in the meantime has accepted his nomination as the European Chairman of CDA’s Scientific Advisory Board.

As representative of the European capital market Alexander G. Welzl was invited to give a lecture on “Managing Curious Minds – Global Trends in Accounting, Reporting and Valuation of Intellectual Capital” at Department of Accounting and Management at Harvard Business School/Harvard University in Boston/USA in 2008 – the year of HBS’ centennial celebrations. On 24th November 2009 – the 150ies anniversary of Charles Darwin’s publication “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” – Alexander was invited to give a lecture in the Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series of Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) at the University of Oxford/UK. In his ODID-lecture titled “On the Origin of Wealth by Means of Adopting a New Value Paradigm” he addressed novel approaches to macroeconomic models of wealth generation against the backdrop of the ongoing global financial and economic crises.

Alexander G. Welzl is a frequently invited speaker and panelist contributing to conferences, expert workshops and seminars amongst others at and with United Nations, OECD, World Bank, European Commission, Academy of Macroeconomic Research (AMR) of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of P.R. China, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing/China), US National Academy of Sciences (Washington DC/USA), Harvard University (Boston/USA), Peking University (Beijing/China), University of Oxford (Oxford/UK), Zhejiang University (Hangzhou/China), University of International Business and Economics (Beijing/China), European University Institute (Florence/Italy), University of Heidelberg (Germany) and Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin (Germany). He graduated in natural sciences at the Alma mater Rudolphina (University of Vienna).

Alex has been frequently invited to give remarks in Chinese media amongst others by Xinhua, Guangming Daily and Shanghai Media Group.

Alexander G. Welzl – Invited lectures, Panel Contributions and Expert Meetings (2008 – present)

Panelist at United Nations Asia Pacific Business Forum (APBF) 2019

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - 21 June 2019

Armida Salsiah ALISJAHBANA Alexander G. WELZL

From left to right:

Armida Salsiah ALISJAHBANA (Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, UN ESCAP, Bangkok), Alexander G. WELZL

Yanning WANG Alexander G. WELZL

From right  to left:

Yanning WANG (Assistant Corporate Secretary, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank/AIIB, Beijing, P.R. China), Alexander G. WELZL

Expert meeting at Federal Reserve Board (FED)

Washington D.C., USA - 19 May 2011

Alexander G. WELZL, Daniel E. SICHEL

From left to right:

Alexander G. WELZL, Daniel E. SICHEL (Senior Associate Director, Division of Research and Statistics, Federal Reserve Board)

Discussant at EUI Workshop

European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy – 1-2 October 2015


From left to right:

Pier Carlo PADOAN (Minister of Finance, Republic of Italy, fourth from left) Kristalina GEORGIEVA (Vice-President, European Commission, fifth from left), Alexander G. WELZL (right)

Speech at US National Academy of Sciences

Washington D.C., USA - 16-17 October 2008


From right to left:

Alexander G. WELZL, scholars

Invited Lecture at Institute of Quantitative and Technical Economics (IQTE), CASS

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, P.R. China – 15 February 2012


From left to right:

LI Ping (Deputy Director of Institute of Quantitative and Technical Economics, CASS), Alexander G. WELZL

Invited lecture at Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Boston, USA - 9 April 2008


From left to right:

Paul M. HEALY (Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research Professor and Chair of Accounting and Management, HBS), Alexander G. WELZL, Michael D. KIMBROUGH (Professor at Department of Accounting and Management, Harvard Business School)

Invited lecture at Institute of New Structural Economics (INSE), Peking University

Beijing, P.R. China – 3 April 2019


From left to right:

Dr. YU Jia (Director, Department of International Development Cooperation, Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University), Alexander G. WELZL, Alain NADEAU (Head of EIB Representation for China and Mongolia, Beijing), Philippe VIALATTE (Minister Counsellor, Head of the Science and Technology Section, Delegation of the European Union to China, Beijing)

Invited lecture at National Institute for Innovation Management (NIIM)

Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P.R. China - 1 April 2019


From left to right:

WU Dong (Professor, School of Management, Zhejiang University), Alexander G. WELZL, HUANG Can (Professor, School of Management, Zhejiang University)

Panelist at Conference on Integrated Maritime Policy & Plastic Marine Litter

Brussels, Belgium - 26 March 2019


From left to right:

Alexander G. WELZL, experts from Union for the Mediterranean/UfM Secretariat in Barcelona, European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries as well as European Commission Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

Keynote-Speech “Our Common Future - Building Roads and Bridges for Global Entrepreneurs”

SREEN Conference 2019, Macau, P.R. China – 8 April 2019


Panel from left to right:

Takehiko ITO (Associate Dean and Professor at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business/NUCB Business School, Japan), Andrew R. LOCK (SREEN President and Chair of the International Accreditation Advisory Board of the Association of MBAs/AMBA), WANG Zhongming (SREEN Founder, Distinguished Professor of Zheijiang University School of Management, PR China), Andrew C. GODLEY (Associate Dean and Head of the Department of Leadership, Henley Business School, UK), Alexander G. WELZL

Expert workshop for financial professionals

SIX Swiss Exchange, Zurich, Switzerland – 22 January 2010


Meeting at China Foreign Affairs University, CFAU

Beijing, P.R. China - 4 April 2019


From left to right:

SHI Yi (Dean and Professor of the Department of English and International Studies, CFAU), Alexander G. WELZL, WU Xiaoping (Director of Foreign Affairs Office, CFAU), RAN Jijun (Professor in African and American Studies, CFAU).

Expert meeting at Academy of Macroeconomic Research (AMR), NDRC

AMR, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Beijing, P.R. China - February 2012

WANG Changlin, Alexander G. Welzl

From left to right:

Alexander G. WELZL (second from left), WANG Changlin (AMR, third from left)

Meeting at United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

UNOOSA headquarter, Vienna, Austria – October 2018

DU Hui, Ian FREEMAN, QIN Aihua, Alexander G. Welzl

From left to right:

DU Hui (China National Space Administration, CNSA), Ian FREEMAN (UNOOSA), QIN Aihua (Professor, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing), Alexander G. WELZL

Meeting at Hanson Robotics’ Tsuen Wan Lab

Hong Kong, P.R. China – 24 October 2019

Sophia (humanoid AI robot)

From left to right:

Doug GLEN (Chief Strategy Officer & Board Director, HANSON ROBOTICS), Sophia (humanoid AI robot), Alexander G. WELZL