Liu Mingkang is one of five deputy governors at the People's Bank of China (PBOC).
The urbane Mr Liu, who has an MBA from London's City University, was appointed to the post in April last year. At the same time, he was named a vice-chairman of the PBOC's monetary policy committee.
Mr Liu has focused on financial supervision and external affairs during his tenure at the central bank and played an active role in global financial issues as well as in mainland economic reforms.
In the space of a little more than a year Mr Liu has been involved in formulating policy in areas such as financial supervision, the yuan and reforms of commercial banks.
He has concurrently served as Fuji province's deputy governor and its secretary-general.
Before joining the PBOC, he was a vice-president at the State Development Bank, one of the mainland's three policy banks.
He has also held senior positions at various Bank of China branches. CHRISTINE CHAN