The Fung Business Intelligence Centre (FBIC) collects and analyzes market data on sourcing, supply chains, distribution and retail. It also provides thought leadership on technology and other key issues shaping their future. Headquartered in Hong Kong, FBIC leverages unique relationships and information networks to track and report on trends and developments in China and other Asian countries. In addition, its New York–based Global Retail & Technology research team follows broader retail and technology trends, specializing in how they intersect and building collaborative knowledge communities around the revolution occurring worldwide at the retail interface. Since its establishment in 2000, the FBIC (formerly known as the Li & Fung Research Centre) has served as the knowledge bank and think tank for the Fung Group. Through regular research reports and other publications, it makes its market data, impartial analysis and expertise available to businesses, scholars and governments around the world. It also provides advice and consultancy services to colleagues and business partners of the Fung Group on issues related to doing business in China, ranging from market entry and company structure to tax, licensing and other regulatory matters.
Deborah Weinswig is the Executive Director and Head of Global Retail & Technology for the Fung Business Intelligence Centre. An award-winning global retail analyst and a specialist in retail innovation and technology, Deborah is responsible for building the Centre’s research capabilities and providing insights into the disruptive technologies reshaping today’s global retail landscape. Her in-depth knowledge and understanding of global retail and emerging technology trends were fostered through her previous experience, which included serving as Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary Team at Citi Research, where she worked for nearly 12 years.
Ms Weinswig consistently ranked among the top analysts in her field by publications such as Institutional Investor (#1 for nine years), StarMine and Business Insider (where in 2012 she was named one of Wall Street’s top 36 analysts). In 2012, she also received the Researcher Award for Outstanding Service by the International Council of Shopping Centers. She is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Barron's and is a regular guest on CNBC. Before her time at Citi, she held senior research positions at Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley.
Ms Weinswig is an advocate for innovation, creativity and the implementation of efficient technologies in the retail sector. She has helped US startups develop and implement retail technology systems and strategies, some of which have been adopted by top-tier, national retailers.
Ms Weinswig also serves as a mentor to Silicon Valley accelerators including Alchemist Accelerator and Plug & Play, and ERA (Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator), and sits on the advisory boards of several early-stage companies in both the US and Hong Kong. She is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago. She is also on the Boards of many philanthropic organizations including Dignity U Wear.