Furthering the Development of Shanghai as an International Financial Center
International Finance
About SAIF ThinkTank

The Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) ThinkTank is a policy research institution created by the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Its mandate is to convene experts and scholars worldwide to conduct research on strategic, forward-looking policy issues related to China's economic and financial development based on the state policy context and mission deployment. Areas of focus include advancing Shanghai as an international financial center, Fintech, financial innovation and sustainable finance. It presents research reports and recommendations to financial management departments and  carries out research assignments delegated by pertinent management departments.

Research Team

The SAIF ThinkTank's core research team comprises faculty from the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance and researchers from the China Academy of Financial Research.
The ThinkTank has assembled a team of senior researchers from government, industry, and academia. By cultivating young research talent, it has built a sustainable, multi-level talent pool capable of meeting diverse research demands, from government-commissioned assignments to independent projects.

  • [SAIF ThinkTank Key Report] Issue 14 - Emphasizing the statistics and promotion of venture capital to support the development of Sci-Tech Innovation Finance in Shanghai

    Equity investments, represented by venture capital and private equity, play a significant role in supporting the development of Shanghai as an international financial center and an international hub for Sci-Tech innovation. However, there remains a noticeable lack of official and authoritative information reporting and statistics on venture capital in Shanghai. Therefore, this article analyzes and elaborates on the strengthening of information statistics and promotion for venture capital in Shanghai.

  • [SAIF ThinkTank Brief Report] Issue 29 -S Funds Welcome an Opportunity Window: Various capital sources seek investment targets, coinciding with the wave of existing equity fund exits

    In 2023, there has been a significant increase in government and industry attention toward S Funds. Over the past decade, China's equity investment industry has flourished, with the total size of existing funds exceeding 20 trillion yuan. Currently, many existing equity funds are approaching the mid-to-late stage, resulting in a growing demand for exits. With tight IPO conditions and limited alternative exit routes, S Funds are poised to become a crucial avenue for exits. The China S Fund market has a promising future and is about to witness historic new opportunities for development.

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  • ESG Ratings for China's Urban Development

    Author: Zhang Bohui, Qiu Ciguan, Wu Haifeng Publication time:2023-2
    This book presents an innovative ESG urban governance evaluation system, which centers its vision around five key dimensions: governance, economy, ecology, people's livelihood, as well as cultural and ethical development. Drawing from modern public management's urban development performance evaluation and ESG macro rating frameworks, this system represents a groundbreaking assessment of a city's comprehensive strength, taking into account its economic prowess, the well-being of its citizens, and its ability to foster sustainable development.
  • ESG Finance in the New Era

    Author: Qiu Ciguan Publication time:2021-11
    This book explores the world of ESG investment, complemented by insightful ESG practice, all encompassed under the macro context of "finance." The book is thoughtfully divided into five parts, with the initial section providing a foundational introduction that conceptualizes and outlines the framework of ESG practice and investment. The second part thoroughly analyzes the foundation of management economics, industry differences, and performance disclosure through the lens of corporate practice cases. In the third segment, the exploration of ESG investment unfolds, offering valuable insights into investment strategies, financial returns, motives, and more, with a keen focus on both domestic and international developments. The fourth part delves into ESG data and performance evaluation, analyzing relevant data sources, investor responses, and product performance disclosures, aligned with the latest global advancements in ESG practices. Lastly, the fifth section sheds light on ESG in China, honing in on critical domestic market aspects like retail investors, investor composition, excess returns, and carbon neutral targets.
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