Enodo Economics Training Courses

Our courses will teach you the fundamentals of how China’s economy, political system and financial markets work, and how they affect the rest of the world. You will gain the knowledge needed to make better-informed investment and policymaking decisions, to uncover investment opportunities and to guard against idiosyncratic risks.

China is one of the most misunderstood countries in the world, yet one of the most important to figure out. Through its sheer size and integration into international supply chains, China impacts everything. Its meteoric rise and unique development model have transformed the global economy and financial markets in the past two decades.

You will learn directly from Enodo Economics’ team of experts, who together have more than 250 years of experience focusing on the economics, politics, markets and culture of China. We make use of bespoke online teaching videos of the highest professional standard. The material, carefully tailored to bring to life the content of each course, includes interviews with relevant figures whose personal stories illuminate the concepts being taught. Imaginative visual aids and animation are designed to enhance the learning experience – and make it fun!

We offer a variety of formats to suit your needs and budget. Whether you are looking for self-paced online only, online with live interaction or you want to build your own bespoke course from our suite of 100+ modules, then we have what you need.

Who our courses are for
Whether you work in the financial or government sector, or you are involved in business strategy or risk analysis. Or you simply want a better understanding of China, we have training courses for you. Here are some of the job titles of those who have enjoyed our courses in the past:
  • Portfolio / Fund / Wealth Managers
  • Investment Analysts
  • Market Strategists
  • Chief Investment Officers
  • Chief Risk Officers
  • CEOs
  • Managing Directors
  • Business Strategists
  • Business Managers
  • Heads of Research
  • Directors of Investment
  • Business and Investment Risk Professionals
  • PE Investors
  • Actuaries
  • Financial Journalists
  • Economists
  • Civil Servants
  • Policy Officers and Officials
  • Diplomats
  • Military Personnel
  • Analysts
  • University Students
Course formats
FOLLOW THE TOPICS AT YOUR OWN PACE BUT ALSO JOIN LIVE SESSIONS WITH OUR EXPERTS
If you prefer an option that includes live interaction with your instructors, our interactive course, Understand China’s Economy Politics and Markets is for you. Designed to fit in with your busy schedule, this course runs at different times throughout the year and follows this format:
  • Online video content: Over the course of 4 weeks, you will learn from online videos in your own time
  • Interactive sessions: Each week you will also attend an interactive online session with your instructors, so you can ask any questions you have. All sessions are recorded, so if you can’t attend one you will not miss out.
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GET A TRAINING COURSE TAILORED TO THE PARTICULAR NEEDS OF YOUR OWN BUSINESS
If you are a business and wish to build your own course, in-person, online, or both, we have over 170 modules that can be arranged in any combination to suit your needs. Please contact us here:
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Meet your course leaders

Diana Choyleva

Chief Economist

Diana is recognised as one of the foremost experts on the Chinese economy. As Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England from 2003-2013, said of her, “It is increasingly rare to find an economist who eschews the conventional wisdom and is prepared to think for herself. In today’s uncertain world it is a priceless quality. Diana Choyleva is such a person.”

In her words, Diana says: “To understand the Chinese economy you have to understand the communist mind, and I have the unlikely advantage of having grown up in Bulgaria before the Berlin Wall came down. But, having been trained by some of the greatest Western economists, I also understand how the market economy works. I am one of the few economists who really knows capitalism, communism and how the two have come together in China.”

Diana set up Enodo Economics, an independent macroeconomic forecasting company, in 2016 to untangle complexity, challenge the consensus and make sense of the future.

For 16 years prior she worked at Lombard Street Research, most recently as their chief economist and head of research. In that role, she set the agenda for the firm’s team of economists and strategists while conducting her own global analysis. She joined LSR after completing her master’s degree in economics in 2000, and over the years has covered a wide range of developing and developed economies. Diana became a director of LSR in 2005 and headed the firm’s UK service from then until 2009. Between 2010 and 2013 she was based in Hong Kong overseeing LSR’s expansion in Asia.

She is best known for her analysis of China, including the book she co-wrote in 2011, ‘The American Phoenix – and why China and Europe will struggle after the coming slump’. Diana writes regular opinion pieces for the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, etc. She has extensive global experience engaging with all manner of audiences and has made frequent television appearances, including on BBC’s Newsnight on the day that Lehman Brothers collapsed.


Nigel Inkster

Director of Geopolitical and Intelligence Analysis

Nigel has had a long career as a security and intelligence expert. Understanding China is not just about China in isolation. To understand China, you have to be able to read its long-term strategic intentions, especially at this time of tectonic political change. As James Mulvenon at SOS International LLC says, “Nigel Inkster fuses impressive academic learning with decades of experience as a senior intelligence professional.”

In his words, Nigel says: “I have followed China's development from the Cultural Revolution to the present day and have sought to analyse this within both the context of China's history and culture and the contemporary global strategic context. I regularly read, listen to and watch Chinese-language media and seek to combine what I learn from this with my own first-hand experience.”

He worked for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London think-tank, from 2007 to 2017. Prior to that he served for 31 years in the British Secret Intelligence Service, retiring at the end of 2006 as assistant chief and director of operations and intelligence.

His research has focused on transnational terrorism, insurgency, transnational organised crime, cyber security, intelligence and security and the evolving character of conflict. He has written and broadcast on all these topics and has also been engaged in a variety of para-diplomatic activities on behalf of the UK government, including leading a Sino-UK Track 1.5 Cyber Security Dialogue. In 2020, he authored “The Great Decoupling: China, America and the Struggle for Technological Supremacy”, a book published by Hurst and which Professor Rory Medcalf described as, “A timely, sane and compelling account of the techno-strategic contest that will shape the worlds of 2020s and beyond”. In 2016, he authored China’s Cyber Power, an IISS Adelphi book published by Routledge.

He graduated from St John’s College Oxford with a BA in oriental studies (Chinese). He is married with two children and one grandchild and lives in London.

Meet our other experts

Dinny McMahon

Banking and Financial Markets

Dinny spent a decade working as a financial journalist in Beijing and Shanghai. As the Wall Street Journal’s finance correspondent, he tracked closely the evolution of China’s shadow banking system and the rapid expansion in corporate debt that followed the Global Financial Crisis. Dinny is also the author of China’s Great Wall of Debt: Shadow Banking, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, and the End of Chinese Miracle, which The Economist said "comes closer than any previous writer to covering the Chinese economy as Michael Lewis, the hugely popular author of The Big Short, might do."

In his words, Dinny says, “China’s financial system needs to be understood from the bottom up. Top-down policy is invariably implemented by firms and lower level bureaucrats in ways shaped by their own interests, incentives, and priorities, and not the interest of the leaders in Beijing. When trying to understand changes in China’s financial system I start by asking myself the question, “what aren’t I seeing.”

Dinny spent two years in Beijing and Kunming learning Chinese before spending a year at the John Hopkins SAIS campus in Nanjing to study international relations. After that he wrote for Dow Jones Newswires in Shanghai, where he also contributed to the Far Eastern Economic Review, before moving to Beijing with WSJ. He wrote China’s Great Wall of Debt while a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC, before moving to MacroPolo, the Paulson Institute’s think tank in Chicago, where he focused on China’s efforts to clean up its financial system.


Dr. Barbara Wang

Professor of Cross-cultural Leadership
Associate Dean for China Initiatives
Hult Ashridge Executive Education

Dr. Barbara Wang is a full-time professor of cross-cultural leadership, and she is the Associate Dean for China Initiatives. Barbara is an expert in Cross-cultural Leadership and Chinese Leadership. She has conducted leadership development programs bilingually in English and Chinese for multinational companies such as ABB, Volvo, Daimler, Continental, Brose, Sinopec, China Post and Bank of China. She teaches executive programmes at Ashridge and universities such as Churchill College of University of Cambridge and China Business Executive Academy, Dalian.

Prior to joining Ashridge, Barbara was a Vice President for the Western Management Institute of Beijing. Her commercial experience extends to working for multinational companies in China where she was the Retail Operations Director in China for Louis Vuitton group; and the Global Accounts Director in China for DHL.

Barbara has graduated with an MBA, and PhD, her current research is in cross-cultural leadership/management of Chinese enterprises in Europe. She is qualified in many leadership psychometric tools. Her book “Chinese Leadership” was published in the UK and well received by western managers, her new book “Guanxi in the West Context: Intra-firm Group Dynamics and Expatriate Adjustment” was published in July 2019 in the UK.


Fraser Howie

Financial Markets Analysis Contributor

Fraser has worked in China’s financial markets as a practitioner and a researcher since the 1990s, giving him a rigorous understanding of the markets that is unrivalled. The book he co-authored with Carl Walters, Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China’s Extraordinary Rise, was named by The Economist as one of its books of the year in 2011. The weekly said: “Two bankers with years of experience in China shine an unprecedented light on the remarkable 32-year effort to build the country's financial system—on its vices, virtues and many conflicts of interest.”

In his words, Fraser says: “Never accepting anything at face value is key to understanding China. With decades of direct investment experience coupled with in-depth research I have perhaps a unique perspective which allows a better handle on Chinese capital markets than most other observers."

Fraser is co-author of two more books on the Chinese financial system, “Privatizing China: Inside China’s Stock Markets” and “To Get Rich is Glorious!: China’s Stock Market in the ‘80s and ‘90s”.

He studied natural sciences (physics) at Cambridge University and Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University. He has worked for Baring Securities, Bankers Trust, Morgan Stanley, CICC and CLSA, where from 2003 to 2012 he was a managing director in the listed derivatives and synthetic equity department.

Fraser’s work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, China Economic Quarterly and the Nikkei Asian Review. He is a regular commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg and the BBC.

Understanding the Chinese economy is not for the fainthearted. You have to make sense of the data but also be able to put it in the context of industrial policy, Beijing’s political priorities and so on. I liken it to doing a jigsaw without being able to see the picture on the box. Yet that’s what Diana Choyleva does so well in her regular commentary, which I’ve really enjoyed following, and now with the Enodo Economics program she’s put together. Take the courses and you’ll learn not only how to put the various pieces of the China puzzle together, you’ll get to see the whole picture.
Janet L. Yellen
US Secretary of the Treasury
Chair of the Federal Reserve, 2014-18
China matters. Even more than you realise. If you want to thrive and succeed in business, consulting, investing or policymaking you must really understand China and how it shapes the world. This programme created by Enodo Economics will help you do just that and stay at the top of your game. It’s rare to find unbiased, thoughtful and practical teaching by great communicators, but this is it. An indispensable guide.
Orit Gadiesh
Chairman Bain & Co