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April 19 - 22, 2017

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368 Huanshi Dong Lu, Guangzhou, 510064, China

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The Honorable Chunhua Hu (Party Secretary of Guangdong Province, P.R.C)

The Honorable Chunhua Hu

Party Secretary of Guangdong Province, P.R.C

Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo (Governor of Guam, Guam Goverment)

The Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo

Governor of Guam, Guam Goverment

Keynote Speaker

Eddie Baza Calvo was born on August 29, 1961. He worked in the private sector as the general manager for both the Pacific Construction Company and the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Guam before entering politics in the late 1990s. Calvo was elected for five consecutive terms in the Guam legislature, serving as vice speaker and acting speaker during his tenure.Eddie Baza Calvo is the eighth elected Governor of Guam who, along with Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio, won the General Elections of November 2014 by a landslide, taking 64% of the votes. It was the first time in the history of the island that a gubernatorial team won all 28 precincts. As Governor, Calvo set a policy of hiring only government employees with at least a high school diploma. Calvo signed Bill 146, which made the Castle Doctrine the law in Guam.

David H. Rank (Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, U.S. Embassy Beijing)

David H. Rank

Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, U.S. Embassy Beijing

Keynote Speaker

Dave Rank has served as Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to China, which includes more than 2,300 employees spread across six posts, since January 2017. Prior to arriving in Beijing in January 2016, Dave served as the Director of the State Department’s Office of Afghanistan Affairs and as a Senior Advisor to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. From 2011-2012, he was the Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Since joining the State Department in 1990, he has also served in Washington, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Athens, and Port Louis, Mauritius. In Washington, he worked in the Office of Korean Affairs, served as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and was a Dean Rusk Fellow at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

Dave has received numerous Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards, as well as the American Foreign Service Association’s Sinclaire Award for the study of languages and their associated cultures. In 2015 he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for his role in securing the return of the only American service member held by the enemy in Afghanistan.

Dave speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, Dari, and Greek. He and his wife, Mary, have three children – Mary Margaret, Robert, and Ellen.

H E. Ambassador Sameeh Essa Johar Hayat (Ambassador of Kuwait in China, Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Beijing, China)

H E. Ambassador Sameeh Essa Johar Hayat

Ambassador of Kuwait in China, Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Beijing, China

Keynote Speaker

Ambassador Sameeh Hayat was born on Appril 6th, 1967. He is married with Mrs. Alia Habib Johar Hayat.

Since November 15, 2016, Mr. Sameeh Hayat has served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Kuwait, appointed to the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. And on February 27, 2016, he was appointed as Dean Of the Council Of Arabic and Islamic Ambassadors in Mexico.

As Ambassador, he received numerous awards and recognitions. On October 14, 2016, he was awarded the order of the Aztec Eagle in first degree by Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico for his extraordinary diplomatic undertakings. Prior to that, he was awarded the Republics' gold medal in first degree by Commander Daniel Ortega, President of Guatemala for exceptional diplomatic accomplishments on August 27, 2016.

Mr. Sameeh Hayat remains active in many fields, such as academia, diplomatic affairs, as well as charity. On February 25, 2015, he was awarded with the great order medal for strengthening political, economic, and academic relations between the State of Kuwait and Mexico by National Academia. On August 6, 2013, he donated to the Mexican Red Cross in the benefit of the mentally ill.

Myron Brilliant (Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Myron Brilliant

Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Keynote Speaker

Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, drives the global business strategy of the organization. He leads the largest international affairs team of any U.S. business association, representing the Chamber and its members before foreign governments, the U.S. government, and international business organizations.

In 2009, Brilliant assumed leadership of the Chamber's International Affairs Division and greatly expanded the organization's global footprint by placing expert staff in Beijing, Brussels, Brasflia, Tel Aviv, and Istanbul. He directed successful advocacy campaigns for congressional passage of trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, as well as legislation to establish a level playing field for U.S. companies in Russia Brilliant leads the Chamber's ongoing work on trade matters including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and U.S.-China relations. His responsibilities also extend to 12 Chamber­ hosted business councils that work to enhance trade and investment ties to Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Korea, South Africa, and Cuba, among other nations.

Brilliant has pioneered new Chamber business initiatives focused on key markets, such as the regional Middle East Initiative, the U. S.-Mexico Leadership Initiative, the U.S.-China Track II dialogue, and the newly created Africa Business Center. He is frequently quoted in the media on a broad range of issues relating to international business and trade policy, and he is a regular guest on CNBC, CNN, and other news programs.

Brilliant serves on a number of boards including the Atlantic Council, the U.S. Council for International Business, and the Center for International Private Enterprise. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and he serves as an economic development adviser to the governor of China's Guangdong Province.

Previously, Brilliant was the Chamber's vice president for Asia, where he significantly expanded the reach and impact of the Chamber's Asia program. Recognizing his many years of work on U. S.-China relations, Washingwnian magazine in January 2007 dubbed Brilliant a key player in its "Who's Who Guide" of influential leaders on U.S.-China economic policy. He also took a leadership role in the business community's advocacy for congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China, as well as free trade agreements with Singapore and Australia.

Before joining the Chamber in 1994, BriIIiant was an attorney with Stewart and Stewart in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law and his B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland. He is married and has three children.

Scott Price (Global Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Executive Vice President, Walmart International-Formerly President and CEO, Walmart Asia)

Scott Price

Global Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Executive Vice President, Walmart International-Formerly President and CEO, Walmart Asia

Keynote Speaker

Scott Price is executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of Walmart’s overall operations with more than 6,200 stores and more than 850,000 associates in 27 countries outside the United States. Based in Bentonville, Scott is leading key strategic initiatives from the International Support Center, including international Real Estate, integration, leverage, ISD and global format development.

In addition to the CAO role, he served as president and chief executive officer of Walmart Asia from 2014 to 2016.

Before joining Walmart, Scott served as chief executive officer of DHL Express Europe. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer, DHL Express Asia Pacific. He also was the president of DHL Express Japan, DHL's largest market in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining DHL, Scott spent a decade with the Coca-Cola Co. During that period, he assumed various roles, including country leadership roles in Japan, and as a director and region manager in China.
Scott serves as the chairman of the National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the only U.S. business association focused exclusively on facilitating American private sector input to the APEC process and APEC’s 21 member countries. He also is a member of the U.S. India Business Council and serves on the board of trustees for the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

A U.S. native, Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He also holds a master of business administration and a master’s in Asian studies from the University of Virginia.

Charles Bennett (Consul General, United States Consulate General in Guangzhou, China)

Charles Bennett

Consul General, United States Consulate General in Guangzhou, China


Charles (Chuck) Bennett is a career member of the senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. He has served in many countries in Asia including Vietnam, China, Thailand and the Philippines. He has also been posted to Taipei, Taiwan. Mr. Bennett has also served as a desk officer in the office of Western Hemisphere Affairs in the Department of State. During his 28 year career with the Department of State, Mr. Bennett has been awarded several Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, and was the 2010 recipient of the Barbara Watson Award for Consular Excellence.

A native of Washington State, Consul General Bennett attended Western Washington University and the University of Washington. He is married to Della Knox-Bennett, and has a 27 year old daughter who is a graduate student at Harvard University.

A native of Washington State, Consul General Bennett attended Western Washington University and the University of Washington. He is married to Della Knox-Bennett, and has a daughter who is a graduate student at Harvard University.

Harley Seyedin (President, American Chamber of Commerce in South China, President, Allelon Energy Partners)

Harley Seyedin

President, American Chamber of Commerce in South China, President, Allelon Energy Partners


President, the American Chamber of Commerce in South China, Vice Chairman, U.S. China Economic and Trade Policy, the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce, President, Allelon Energy Partners

On March 28, 2017, Dr. Harley Seyedin and Elon Musk were among four winners of the 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award. The selection was made by an independent committee of Nobel Prize winners in Peace and Economics in closed-door meetings. The Committee chose the recipients from a pool of nominees from over 40 countries put forward by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Each Year, the Business for Peace Award is presented at the end of a two-day celebration entitled “Business for Peace Summit” in May in Oslo, Norway. The ceremony takes place in Oslo City Hall, the same location as that of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. In addition to a Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner, hosted by HRH Crown Prince Haakon and HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit, the Summit also hosts the Business for Peace Roundtable. Some of the confirmed speakers are Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Adam Grant (Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania), Brett Wigdortz (Teach First), George Serafeim (Harvard), Martin Sandbu (Financial Times) and William MacAskill (Oxford).

Dr. Harley Seyedin was among 228 individuals from around the world to have been nominated and subsequently shortlisted in March 2016 by the Nobel Committee for consideration for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. Other individuals considered include Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos who was ultimately awarded the prize on October 7, 2016.

Dr. Harley Seyedin is the most recent recipient of the "Peace through Commerce Medal" originally initiated by Thomas Jefferson in 1790 when he was the first Secretary of State of the United States. Harley is among less than 20 individuals to receive this Medal in the 227 years since its inception. This Medal is the highest honor awarded to an individual by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Harley Seyedin is the President of Allelon Energy Partners. Allelon Energy Partners is involved in the development, construction and operation of new energy and power projects internationally. Partners of Allelon Energy have more than 150 years of combined experience in international development, construction and operation of energy and power projects with billions of US dollars in projects completed in their various positions during their long careers. Immediately prior to his position at Allelon Energy Partners, Harley held the position of President of Sithe Global Pacific (Its parent, Sithe global is a multi-national company with billions of USD in power and energy projects under development worldwide). Harley is also President of American Chamber of Commerce in South China. Under his direction since 1991, the company achieved firsts in many areas in China, including: the first majority western owned power plant; first western invested toll road; and first US accredited joint university. In 1991 President George Bush recognized Mr. Seyedin for his involvement with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Appointed by three governors of the State of Maryland to four terms of office he served as Chairman of Montgomery College and State Chairman of the Maryland Association of Community College Trustees representing all seventeen colleges in the State. He served on the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Institute, by appointment of Cardinal James A. Hickey. He was a recipient of an award in business from the US Department of Commerce. He received recognition from The US Senate Sergeant At Arms for his service to the US Senate Deliberations. He served two terms on the Maryland Advisory Board of the United States Civil Rights Commission.

Harley is also Vice Chairman for U.S.-China Economic and Trade Policy of the Asia Pacific Council of
American Chambers of Commerce.

Harley holds a Doctorate Degree from UIW University in San Antonio, Texas.

Jackson Cox (Chairman, Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce)

Jackson Cox

Chairman, Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce


Jackson Cox is Founder and CEO of Woodmont International, a private firm that was established in 2005 to provide public affairs and government relations consulting services to companies and investors throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. Cox was elected Chairman of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce in March 2015. APCAC was established in 1968 and is the association of 30 American Chambers of Commerce in the Asia Pacific region. APCAC’s collective membership represents over 15,000 companies, 50,000 overseas American workers, and annual trade and investment of over US$500 billion. Mr. Cox is also the Founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia - the official affiliate office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia.

Prior to founding Woodmont International, Mr. Cox worked in the international political sector where he managed projects in Mongolia and Cambodia for the International Republican Institute. Mr. Cox is from Johnson City, Tennessee and a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville. He served as the East Tennessee campaign chairman for Bill Frist’s successful campaign for United States Senate in 1994 and as the Political Director of Frist’s re-election in 2000. Mr. Cox served as advisor to Senator Frist in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. between the two campaigns.

Gerardo Mato (Chairman, HSBC Global Banking & Markets – Americas)

Gerardo Mato

Chairman, HSBC Global Banking & Markets – Americas


Gerardo Mato is Chairman of Global Banking & Markets - Americas
at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc
(NYSE:HSBC), one of the world’s leading and largest banking and
financial services organizations. In his role, Mr. Mato oversees the
Investment Banking, Corporate Banking and Markets business across
the U.S., Canada and Latin America. He is based in New York City.
Mr. Mato has more than 20 years of origination experience, acting as
a strategic capital-raising advisor to governments and large-cap
companies across the Americas region. He joined HSBC in 2002 from
Merrill Lynch.
Mato holds a degree from the Wharton School of Business and his
education includes the Harvard Business School. He sits on the boards
of both The Atlantic Council and the Council of the Americas.

Kurt Tong (United States Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau and former U.S. Ambassador to APEC)

Kurt Tong

United States Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau and former U.S. Ambassador to APEC


Kurt Tong's most recent position was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State, the most senior career diplomat handling economic affairs for the Department. Mr. Tong has also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to his time in Tokyo, he was the U.S. Ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), managing all aspects of U.S. participation in APEC, while concurrently serving as Economic Coordinator for the Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Mr. Tong has been a diplomat for the State Department since 1990, including service as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council from 2006 to 2008 and as Economic Minister-Counselor in Seoul from 2003 to 2006. Prior to that, he was Counselor for Environment, Science and Health in Beijing and served as Deputy Treasury Attaché in Tokyo and as an economic officer in Manila. Mr. Tong was a Visiting Scholar at the Tokyo University Faculty of Economics from 1995 to 1996. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was an Associate with the Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo.
Mr. Tong holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and studied economics at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. He has also studied at the Beijing Institute of Education, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language

Judith Fergin (Executive director, AmCham Singapore, Former U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste)

Judith Fergin

Executive director, AmCham Singapore, Former U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste


Judith joined the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore as its Executive Director in December 2013. She is responsible for managing the executive office and, together with the Board, committee members, and other Chamber members, for developing and implementing AmCham’s programs and strategies.

A career Foreign Service officer, Judith served as the U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste from 2010 to 2013. Before that, she held the positions of U.S. Consul General in Sydney, Australia, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassies in Jakarta, Indonesia and Canberra, Australia. Judith also served in Moscow, Russia; Pretoria, South Africa; Monrovia, Liberia; Munich, Germany; and Washington, D.C.

Judith received her undergraduate degree from Smith College, a masters of arts in international relations from the University of Virginia, and a masters of science in national resource management from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Liza Cheung (Vice President of Human Resources, Amway Greater China Region)

Liza Cheung

Vice President of Human Resources, Amway Greater China Region


Ms. Liza Cheung is Vice President of Human Resources, Amway Greater China Region. Her responsibilities in Amway cover China Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Liza has over 28 years of experience in HR, of which over 20 years has been spent in managing HR in China, 8 years in South East Asia. Under her leadership, Amway China has won various HR awards from Top Employer Institute, such as “China Top Employers” from 2010 to 2017, “Top Employers Asia Pacific” in 2016 and 2017, and Top Ten Employers in 2017, as well as “China Ideal Employer” awarded by Universum from 2011 to 2016. Liza was also awarded the title of “Best HR Manager of Greater China 2009-2010” and “15 People in 15 Years” in China Staff Awards 2012 for her achievements in establishing a comprehensive HR system and enhancing management standards in the industry.

Moreover, Liza devotes herself in improving the industry and takes responsibilities as being Co-Chair of AmCham Human Resources Committee and Executive President of AmCham’s China Human Resources Association as well.

Liza holds a Bachelor degree of Social Science from the Chinese University of HK and a Master degree of Human Resources from Macquarie University.

Tami Overby (Senior Vice President, Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Tami Overby

Senior Vice President, Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Tami Overby, senior vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, heads Washington’s premier international policy team that is committed to helping American companies compete and prosper in Asia’s dynamic marketplace. Overby is responsible for developing, promoting, and executing programs and policies relating to U.S. trade and investment in Asia. She works closely with Chamber members, business coalitions, AmChams, government leaders, and business executives to achieve their objectives in the most economically dynamic part of the world. Overby and her team oversee the U.S. Coalition for TPP, an effective alliance led by the U.S. Chamber, the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Farm Bureau, and the Emergency Committee for American Trade. In addition, she is responsible for a diverse Asia program. This includes the Chamber’s China Center, which covers mainland
China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mongolia. She also manages the U.S.-Korea Business Council as president and oversees the successful operations of the U.S.-Japan Business Council, the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council, and the Hong Kong-U.S. Business Council. Overby drives the Southeast Asia program, which contains the Indonesia Investment Initiative, the Australia Working Group, the Myanmar Working Group, and ongoing activities in Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand. She also directs the South Asia program, including the Bangladesh Working Group and activities in Sri Lanka. Overby led the U.S.-Korea Business Coalition that resulted in the successful congressional ratification of the KORUS Free Trade Agreement.
She enjoys golfing and traveling.

Doron D. Bard (Consular Chief, U.S. Consulate General, Guangzhou, China)

Doron D. Bard

Consular Chief, U.S. Consulate General, Guangzhou, China


Professional Experience:
Since 2015, Mr. Bard has served as Consular Chief of U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou. He runs only full-service U.S. consular section in China providing U.S. citizen services and immigrant/nonimmigrant visa services.

Prior to his role as Consular Chief, he was Consul General in U.S. Embassy to Moscow during 2011-13. As Consul General, he oversaw consular operations in Russia amid growing visa demand and a challenging host-country environment for U.S. citizens, and helped finalize and implement bilateral visa and adoption agreements.

Mr. Bard served as Consular Chief in U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa during 2008-11. He oversaw consular operations in South Africa, leading efforts to support U.S. citizens visiting for 2010 World Cup.

Mr. Bard speaks Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Norwegian and Hebrew.

Mr. Bard obtained a JD in Law from Duke University and a BA in History from Cornell University.

Alan Beebe (President, American Chamber of Commerce in China)

Alan Beebe

President, American Chamber of Commerce in China


Alan Beebe was appointed President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China in March 2016. He brings more than twenty-five years of industry and management consulting experience in Asia to serve AmCham China members, including fifteen years in mainland China.

As President, Alan oversees the advocacy, programs, partnerships and insights provided by the Chamber to support the business expansion of nearly 900 corporate members, including most of the Fortune 500, from across industries.

Prior to joining AmCham China, Alan held various senior executive positions in China with EY, IBM, and management consulting firms AT Kearney and PRTM. He also led a Beijing based start-up for five years, the China Greentech Initiative, which merged in 2014 with the Paulson Institute, founded by Hank Paulson.

Alan has advised a wide range of corporations and global investors on investing and operating in China, including global private equity firms, high technology companies, energy related companies, and major state owned and private Chinese enterprises.

He holds a Master’s degree from Yale University in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the U.S. He is a Board of Advisor of the Yale Club of Beijing and in that capacity promotes academic and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and China. He is a fluent speaker of mandarin Chinese, and reads and writes Chinese.

Alan was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He is married with two children.

Linda Brown (President of Torrens University Australia & CEO, Laureate Universities Australia and New Zealand)

Linda Brown

President of Torrens University Australia & CEO, Laureate Universities Australia and New Zealand


Linda Brown was appointed President of Torrens University Australia and CEO, Laureate Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

Linda has 25 years of management experience in the education sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. Her background is diverse, incorporating leadership experience in government, the private sector, social enterprise and education.

Linda is an acknowledged educational leader in the Asia Pacific region. She has represented Australia for six years at APEC Women Leaders’ Conference in Asia Pacific and was identified by Management Today as one of "25 Australian women to watch”.

Prior to joining Laureate, Linda was Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director TAFE at Swinburne University, Melbourne where she was responsible for maximizing the dual sector advantage, driving the sustainability and social inclusion strategies across the University and managing the TAFE Division. She was part of the senior executive team which facilitated a highly successful joint venture between SEEK and Swinburne to create Swinburne Online.

Previously, Linda held the position of Director of Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE where she amalgamated three TAFEs in Brisbane and was a senior Queensland Government executive with the Department of Education, Training and the Arts.

Her global business and educational experience includes Corporate CEO, Futures Stockbroker; Managing Director, Dartington, UK; and Director of Stoke-on-Trent FE College. Linda was also part of the UK Government's rapid response team for the Further Education Funding Council, utilised to turn around failing colleges, and was part of the UK 'think tank' on education as a global business.

David Buxbaum (Senior Partner,  Anderson & Anderson, LLP)

David Buxbaum

Senior Partner, Anderson & Anderson, LLP


David C Buxbaum who was born in New York, has been primarily resident in Asia since 1963, in China since 1972; and in Mongolia from 1990. Mr. Buxbaum has a BA (NYU), JD (University of Michigan), MA (University of Washington) and a PhD (University of Washington), the latter two degrees in Asian law, with a specialty in Chinese law. Mr. Buxbaum was a fellow at Harvard University of 1962-1963. Mr. Buxbaum left academic life where he taught law, including Chinese law in the USA and Singapore, to join the law firm of Anderson, Mori & Rabinowitz as a junior partner in 1968, where he worked primarily on joint ventures for American companies in Japan and on Hong Kong legal matters. In 1970, Mr. Buxbaum formed the Asian offices of the predecessor of the firm, Anderson & Anderson, LLP, and continued to be active in USA legal practice, particularly in corporate finance, securities and commodities fields.

Mr. Buxbaum is fluent in both oral and written Chinese. He was the first American lawyer invited to China to represent American business interests in 1972, after President Nixon’s historic visit. He founded the firm’s first office in Guangzhou (Canton). Subsequently, the predecessor firm opened offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Chengdu and Mongolia and closely affiliated offices in Bombay, India. Mr. Buxbaum is a well regarded expert on private international and Asian law who, in addition to being an experienced and highly respected practitioner, has also published extensively in the field. He was originally the primary author and reviser of the China Law, Mongolia Law and Macau Law Digests for the Martindale-Hubbell directory until 2007.

In addition to international transactional matters and work in the securities and commodities fields, Mr. Buxbaum, is also professionally active in litigation, particularly regarding international business disputes, intellectual property and commodities and securities matters. He represented the successful respondents before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case ofButz v Economou 438 U.S. 478 (1978) successfully handled a leading IP case in China, namely Microsoft vs Juren (Zhong jing zhi chu zi No.586, 1994), which trial was broadcast nationally in China; and he has been active in litigation and arbitration in China, Japan, Mongolia, USA, and Hong Kong.

Bernadette P. Carmody (Director, American International School of Guangzhou)

Bernadette P. Carmody

Director, American International School of Guangzhou


2002 – 2010 University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia – Doctor of Education
1998 – 1999 The College of New Jersey, Spain – Master of Education in International and Overseas Administration and Supervision
1994 – 1995 University of London, England, UK – Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
1988 – 1990 University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia – Graduate Diploma. in Ed. Studies – Reading / English as a Second Language
1983 – 1987 Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – Bachelor of Education – Liberal Studies
1978 – 1980 Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – Diploma of Teaching – Commerce.

Professional Experience
2014/08 – present: Director, American International School of Guangzhou, Guangzhou, P. R. China
2011/06 – 2014/07: Director, Riffa Views International School, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain
2009/08 – 2011/06: High School Principal, American School of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1999/08 – 2009/07: Middle School Principal (2001/08 – 2009/07), Assistant High School Principal/IB Diploma Programme Coordinator
(1999/08 – 2001/07), Shanghai American School, P. R. China
1997/08 – 1999/07: ELS Teacher, K-12 ESL/Modern Languages Coord., Exam. Coordinator, International School Monagas, Venezuela
1990/08 – 1997/07: Elementary Classroom Teacher, K-12 ESL Teacher, IB DP CAS Coordinator, Exam. Coordinator, ISStavanger, Norway
1990/01 – 1990/06: K-12 English Language Teacher, American Co-operative School, Monrovia, Liberia
1989/06 – 1989/12: English Language Teacher, Friundervisningen i Oslo (Adult Education), Norway
1988/12 – 1989/06: English Language Teacher, Oslo International Language Center (Adult Education), Norway
1986/01 – 1988/07: English as a Second Language Teacher Trainer, Ministry of Education, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1985/01 – 1985/12: Commerce Teacher (Accounting), St. Thomas More College, Brisbane, Australia
1984/01 – 1984/12: Commerce Teacher, Sunnybank State High School, Brisbane, Australia
1981/01 – 1983/12: Commerce Teacher/Subject Area Coordinator, Goondiwindi State High School, Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia

Kevin Chan (Founder & President,Smart Education (Hong Kong, Macao & China) Official Representative of ETS TOEIC® and TOEFL® ITP Tests in Hong Kong, Macao and South China)

Kevin Chan

Founder & President,Smart Education (Hong Kong, Macao & China) Official Representative of ETS TOEIC® and TOEFL® ITP Tests in Hong Kong, Macao and South China


Mr. Kevin Chan is the Founder and President of Smart Education & the Official Representative of ETS TOEIC® and TOEFL® ITP Tests in South China, responsible for the group’s overall direction, innovation and strategies.

Mr. Chan is a veteran in the ICT industry with more than 18 years of entrepreneurship, management of major corporate activities and professional services experience. Mr. Chan started his entrepreneur career in 2002, focusing on educational technology solutions for students in Greater China. Previously, Mr. Chan had an eight-year tenure with Oracle Corporation, the world’s largest enterprise software company, and held key managerial positions in its Consulting practice, responsible for business development and program management activities, and served major clients in Hong Kong and the U.S.

Mr. Chan also represents Educational Testing Service (ETS)’s TOEIC, TOEFL ITP and TOEFL Junior tests in Hong Kong, Macao and South China. Mr. Chan has also been representing Educational Testing Service (ETS, the creator of TOEFL and TOEIC tests) TOEIC, TOEFL ITP and TOEFL Young Students Series assessments since 2011. Smart Education was awarded by ETS the EPN Global Recognition and the Recognition of TOEFL iBT® by Macao Government" and EPN Bronze Awards for his efforts in promoting ETS assessments in China, Hong Kong and Macao. His company has been working with major corporations in the region, advising how standardized testing can empower business growth and enable companies be more competitive in the global economy.

Furthermore, Mr. Chan directed the design and development of English Language subject e-textbooks, and Smart Education’s e-textbooks were the first set of e-textbooks approved by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong. Mr. Chan’s innovation also includes English and Chinese online reading and learning platforms, and they were adopted by Macao Government’s Education & Youth Affairs Bureau for all their primary and secondary schools students.

Mr. Chan is also a frequent speaker on seminars on English Language Learning and Teaching for HRs and teachers, Life Planning & Career Guidance, English language learning & teaching and professional development workshops to students, teachers, principals and researchers in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Chan has a Master’s degree on Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University, Bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education at the Hong Kong Education University. Mr. Chan also served on the recruitment board for Vocational Training Council. He has also been appointed as the Honorary Advisor for the Macao Professional Development Association.

Eric Chi-shun Cheung (Chief Executive Officer, Resources China, Publicis Groupe)

Eric Chi-shun Cheung

Chief Executive Officer, Resources China, Publicis Groupe


Manage a team of more than 200 people across China/Taiwan/HK. Provide leadership and direction to ensure the operational efficiency and effectiveness of services in delivering the highest level of customer service to agenciesin the areas of Finance, HR, payroll, treasury, tax, IT, legal, procurement, real estate and insurance within the framework, methodologies and processes of the shared service model. We cover all subsidiaries of Publicis Groupe in China, HK and Singapore (GL only). Drive simplification and standardization across various platforms. Integrate newly acquired companies to SSC. Set and communicate clear organization direction to create a motivated and positive working environment. Organization is managed as P&L with revenue of EURO 12.3m and EBIT of EURO 5.1m for the year 2015. Lead and encourage the organization to continually seek process improvements, efficiencies and savings that deliver value. Work with CEO/CFO to create an environment of mutual respect and collaboration.

Achievements: Resolved all historical issues. Fully automated and standardized all work processes, so that we can continue to take up new agencies without adding headcount. Set up AR collection team and reduced overdue rate from more than 30% to below 10%. Integrated 10 newly acquired companies in the last few years. Promoted from Managing Director to CEO in May 2012, and expanded role to cover Taiwan from Apr 2016.

Robert Chu (Managing Director, FedEx China)

Robert Chu

Managing Director, FedEx China

Mr. Robert Chu is currently the Managing Director, at FedEx China. In this role, he is responsible for FedEx China & Mongolia day-to-day business. His role is to plan, organize, direct and control the development and implementation of operational tactics and strategies for operation which included Air and Clearance operations. He is also response to train, select, direct and oversees the operation.

Robert has been with FedEx over 20 years by started his carrier at USA, and have worked in Hong Kong and currently based at Guangzhou, China.

Robert graduated from California State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major in Finance.

Sarah Delude (International Business Strategy Manager in the City of Boston)

Sarah Delude

International Business Strategy Manager in the City of Boston

Sarah has worked in international relations for over 10 years. She recently joined the City of Boston in November 2016 to launch their new Global Affairs team to scale up the city's international relations. As the International Business Strategy Manager on that team, she focuses on economic issues, international business engagement, and marketing, as well as growing Boston's international partnerships. Prior to joining the City of Boston, Sarah worked in public diplomacy as Head of the Politics, Press and Public Affairs Section at the British Consulate-General in Boston, where she also held the Policy & University Engagement portfolio. Sarah has previously worked in academia as well, at the Center for European Studies, an interdisciplinary research center at Harvard University. There she was responsible for programming, communications, external relations, student advising, and managing a Visiting Scholars Program. Sarah holds a BA from Syracuse University in International Relations and a Master's degree (ALM) from the Harvard University Extension School in Government.

Walter Dias (Managing Director, Greater China and Korea, United Airlines. Chairman of AmCham Hong Kong)

Walter Dias

Managing Director, Greater China and Korea, United Airlines. Chairman of AmCham Hong Kong


Walter Dias is the Managing Director of Greater China and Korea, Sales for United Airlines. He is responsible for the development and execution of sales and promotion programs, advertising, and public relations for United Airlines in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. Previously, he was the Managing Director-Greater China and Southeast Asia for Continental Airlines which also covered offshore sales in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He has been responsible for the Hong Kong market since 1993 and led Continental’s Pacific efforts in launching the airline’s first trans-Pacific flight from Greater China in 2001 from Hong Kong nonstop to New York.

Dias opened Continental’s first office in China in Beijing in 2005 and developed Continental’s China sales team, distribution network and promotional programs to support Continental’s first route from Mainland China, the Beijing - New York daily nonstop service, in 2005. He also helped launch the airline’s second daily nonstop service from mainland China with a Shanghai and New York flight in 2009.

Dias began his airline career in 1987 with Continental Airline’s finance division at the corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas. He moved to Guam in 1993 as Director of Marketing for Continental Micronesia, Continental’s wholly owned subsidiary in the Pacific. In 1995, he became Staff Vice President of Sales and Marketing responsible for Continental Micronesia’s sales and marketing efforts in Japan, Guam, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Southeast Asia and Micronesia. Prior to joining Continental, Dias worked in the Finance Division of Gearhart Industries and Geosource Inc., and for the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse.

Dias currently serves as the Chairman and Board of Governors of the Hong Kong American Chamber of Commerce and on the China Aircraft Service Limited Board of Directors. He was the Chairman for the Visit USA Committee, which promotes tourism to the U.S. in Hong Kong, as well as a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He was an Executive Board Member of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Previous to his move to Hong Kong in 2009, he was an active participant on several marketing committees in the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB). He previously served four terms as a Director in GVB’s Board of Directors, and was chairman of GVB’s Market Research committee. Also, previously he chaired GVB’s China Asia Marketing committee, and North America, Pacific and Armed Forces marketing committee from 2003 to 2005. He also served on the board of the Guam Visitor Industry Education Council.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife, Sonya, reside in Hong Kong.

Michael Enright (Professor, the University of Hong Kong; Director of Competitiveness Programs at the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy; Director of Enright, Scott & Associates consultancy; and, a Founder of “The Competitiveness Institute”)

Michael Enright

Professor, the University of Hong Kong; Director of Competitiveness Programs at the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy; Director of Enright, Scott & Associates consultancy; and, a Founder of “The Competitiveness Institute”


Called “one of the world’s leading strategy gurus” by The Academy of International Business, Michael Enright is Professor at the University of Hong Kong; Director of Competitiveness Programs at the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy; Director of Enright, Scott & Associates consultancy, and a Founder of The Competitiveness Institute, a global professional body with affiliates in over 100 countries.

He has advised governments, corporations, and multilateralsin 25 countries on six continentson international business strategy, international competitiveness, regional clustering, and urban development; and has given keynote addresses in 40 countries, including the speaking slot right after China’s President Hu Jintao at the 2008 APEC CEO Summit.

His works include Australia’s Competitiveness: From Lucky Country to Competitive Country,China Into the Future: Making Sense of the World’s Most Dynamic Economy,Regional Powerhouse: The Greater Pearl River Delta and the Rise of China. His most recent book is Developing China: The Remarkable Impact of Foreign Direct Investment, a groundbreaking study of the impact of foreign investment and foreign-invested enterprises on the world’s second largest economy sponsored by the Hong Kong-based Hinrich Foundation.

Enright received his AB, MBA, and PhD from Harvard and spent six years as Professor at the Harvard Business School before moving to Asia in 1996.

David Fu (Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Walmart China)

David Fu

Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Walmart China


David started his career in 1987 when he joined the International Department (Ministry) of the CPC’s Central Committee. From 1989 to end of 1991 he worked in Xinhua News Agency, Hong Kong Branch.
David left IDCPC in 1986 and joined Ericsson China and then Amway China in 1997. Ten years later David joined Johnson & Johnson Medical China Ltd until 2015, when he joined Walmart China.
David joined Walmart as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs. His responsibilities cover government affairs, policy analytics, corporate communications, public relations, crisis management, and corporate social responsibility.
David’s social positions include Vice-chairman of China General Chamber of Commerce (CGCC), Congress member of China Red Cross Foundation, Vice Chairman of China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment, Congress member of China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA), and the 9th & 10th Committee Member of All-China Youth Federation.
In ‘2013 CBN Innovation 50’ selection, he was awarded the CSR Innovator Prize.

Chee Eng Gan (President, Amway Greater China)

Chee Eng Gan

President, Amway Greater China



As President of Amway Greater China, Chee Eng Gan oversees Amway operations in China, HongKong and Taiwan. He is also Chairman of Amway Charity Foundation.

Gan joined Amway in 1993 and has served as Director and General Manager of Manufacturing, Vice President of Amway China, Vice President of Amway Greater China and Chief Marketing Officer of Amway Greater China and Southeast Asia. In 2009, he was appointed as President of Amway Greater China.

Under Gan’s leadership, Amway Greater China has seen rapid development in the past a few years. Amway China became the largest affiliate of Amway Corporation, with sales making a new record of over RMB 29 billion in 2013. With great confidence in China and future growth, Amway China is increasing its investment, expanding its manufacturing and research facilities and engaging in the global growth of Amway globalization. Business aside, as Chairman of Amway Charity Foundation, Gan is also committed to CSR and giving back to the society.

Gan received “The Great Wall Friendship Awards” from Beijing Government, “Magnolia Silver Award” from Shanghai Government, the title of “Honorary Citizen” from Guangzhou Government, and “Honorary University Fellow” from Hong Kong Baptist University for his outstanding contributions to economic development, international exchanges and CSR.

Before joining Amway, Gan worked for Unilever for more than 10 years in Malaysia, Taiwan and China. He was born in Malaysia and graduated from Singapore Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Alejandro Garcia (Trade and Investment Commissioner(Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong Province), ProMéxico)

Alejandro Garcia

Trade and Investment Commissioner(Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong Province), ProMéxico


Alejandro Garcia is Trade and Investment Commissioner covering the Pearl River Delta Region (Guangdong Province, Macau and Hong Kong S.AR.) at ProMéxico, an agency of the Ministry of Economy facilitating the expansion of Mexican exports worldwide and promoting foreign direct investment into Mexico. Prior to his role in Hong Kong, Alejandro worked in Seoul as Deputy Trade and Investment Commissioner covering Korea. He began his career in the food and retail industries within Mexico’s largest companies. Alejandro has an MBA from IPADE Business School in Mexico City.

Ker Gibbs (Investment Advisor, ChinaBio Group)

Ker Gibbs

Investment Advisor, ChinaBio Group


Ker Gibbs is a private equity investor focused on technology and life sciences. He was previously an investment banker at HSBC. As head of technology and media for greater China he served clients like Alibaba, Touch Media, and Before banking Mr. Gibbs worked for technology companies including Apple, where he led the Hong Kong based software subsidiary.
Mr. Gibbs has been an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai for the past fourteen years. He served on the Board of Governors for the last two years, and was elected chairman for 2016. Before joining the board he served as chair of the Financial Services Committee. He has been appointed to a number of other boards, including the ChinaSF Advisory Board, the San Francisco Mayor’s business initiative in China.

Mr. Gibbs first came to China in the mid 1980’s as a student, then returned to Shanghai in the 1990’s with the Boston Consulting Group. He has been living in Shanghai since 2002 with his wife and daughter. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in Economics from UCLA.

Kent Guo (Director of Client Services,ELS Educational Services Guangzhou Liaison Office)

Kent Guo

Director of Client Services,ELS Educational Services Guangzhou Liaison Office


Kent Guo is Director of Client Services at ELS Educational Services Guangzhou Liaison Office. He leads a team international education professionals to support ELS’ vast student recruitment partner network in South and Central China including Hong Kong and Macau. Kent immigrated from Guangzhou to San Francisco in 1986. Started from high school and graduated from California State University at East Bay with Bachelor Degree in Finance. Kent was also a member of the United States Marine Corps Reservist. Prior from joining ELS, Kent also worked in the US Commercial Services for more than 10 years.

Jeffrey J. Hardee (Country Manager, Asia Pacific and Singapore, Caterpillar)

Jeffrey J. Hardee

Country Manager, Asia Pacific and Singapore, Caterpillar


Jeffrey Hardee has worked in Asia for over 25 years and currently serves as Executive Director, Government & Corporate Affairs, Asia Pacific and Singapore Country Manager for Caterpillar.

Prior to this, Hardee worked at Dell as Executive Director, Government Affairs, Asia Pacific. He led Dell’s policy work in the region and supported business units on business opportunities and strategy.

Hardee also served as Vice President & Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Business Software Alliance (BSA). He directed BSA’s work on intellectual property, e-commerce and trade policy issues and managed BSA’s education and enforcement activities in the region. He spoke to the press regularly about software issues.

Prior to this, Hardee worked for the Motion Picture Association (MPA) as Vice President, Asia-Pacific. He handled market access issues for theatrical, video and television distribution and led efforts on legislation to protect copyrights and promote e-commerce.

Hardee began his career at the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) as a Presidential Management Intern (PMI) and went on to head the Malaysia/Singapore/ Brunei desk and subsequently the Taiwan desk. His last position with USDOC was with the Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Hardee has a bachelor degree in economics and political science from Duke University and a master of public affairs degree from the University of Texas in Austin. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and the Board of the US-ASEAN Business Council. He is also a member of the B20 Energy, Climate & Resource Efficiency Taskforce. He was an Alternate Member for the United States on the Business Advisory Council to APEC (ABAC) 2013-2015.

Dr. David T. Hon (CEO,Dahon North America, Inc.)

Dr. David T. Hon

CEO,Dahon North America, Inc.


David obtained his M.A, Physics from UC, Berkeley, CA. and his Ph.D, Physics from UCLA /USC, CA.

Since 1982, David has served as CEO in Dahon North American, Inc. Prior to his role in Dahon, he served as Board Director in TW Bicycle R/D Lab TW during 1990-1996. In 1982, he was a consultant at TW Science Academy & ITRI. He was also a visiting scientist in Science Academy, Taiwan & China in 1979. During 1966-1972, he served as an ASS’T PROF’ of California State U.

David has published a lot. In 1975, he coauthored Laser Handbook. He also has numerous patents, several on high power laser, 300+ on bikes.

Dr. David remains active in many associations. He is Governor of AmCham south China, Director of China Bicycle ASS., and Vice Chairman of Guangdong Bicycle ASS.

David has received many awards. In 1993, he received Twinventor’s Award, Sliver, and in 2014, he was nominated for Life-Time Service Award by UC Berkeley.

Sabrina Hua (Regional Sales Manager, Hong Kong & South China, United Airlines)

Sabrina Hua

Regional Sales Manager, Hong Kong & South China, United Airlines


Carlos Ignacio Giralt Cabrales (Consul General,Mexico Consulate General in Guangzhou)

Carlos Ignacio Giralt Cabrales

Consul General,Mexico Consulate General in Guangzhou


Carlos Ignacio Giralt Cabrales was born in Mexico City in April 1963. He got a bachelor’s degree on Economics at Metropolitan Autonomous University in 1988 with the thesis “Practical applications for the Analysis and Report on Consular Statistics”

In 1990-1991 he completed the “Diplomatic Training Course” at Matias Romero Diplomatic Studies Institute. In 1999 he attended the Course “Political and Economic Challenges in Asia Pacific” at Matias Romero Diplomatic Academy. In 2001 he completed the Course on National Security and Strategic Studeis”, at the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP)
Minister Giralt Works for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since October 1983 and became a member of the Mexican Foreign Service in April 1991.

He has held several post at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Desk officer at the United Nations Department (1984-1987). He was Section Chief of Consular Statistics at the Department of Consular Affairs and Assistance (1987-1990), Deputy Director of Consular Coordination (1990-1991), Director of Consular Affairs (2000-2002), Deputy Director General of Consular Affairs (2008-2009). Since January 2009 he was responsible of the creation of the new Department of Consular Services and remained in charge of this office until August 2010.
Abroad, Minister Giralt has been Deputy Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1991-1997). He was also Deputy Consul General and Acting Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, California (1997-2000), Consul of Mexico in San Bernardino, California (2002-2008) and Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia (2010-2016), he is Consul General of Mexico in Guangzhou since July 1st, 2016.
In his previous positions, Consul Giralt-Cabrales has kept a firm compromise with the quality of services provided to the Mexican communities. As Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia and San Bernardino, he held a permanent dialogue with authorities, local government agencies, social organizations, business groups, cultural institutions and community leaders, improving the relations with Mexico.
In Philadelphia, Minister Giralt was Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Cultural Institute, member of the Board of Directors of the Panamerican Association and member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He was Also Vice President of the Philadelphia Consular Corps Association.

Carlos I. Giralt-Cabrales has received several awards from public and private institutions, more than 40 during his career, including the following: Influential Latino of the Year 2003” awarded by the Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards organization from Riverside, California; Latino of the Year 2005 from the Northside Impact Committee in Redlands, California; Delaware Valley's Most Influential Latinos in 2011 from the “Impacto Latino” newspaper in Philadelphia and a Presidential Diploma for 25 years serving at the Ministry of Foregin Affairs in Mexico.

Kenneth Jarrett (President, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai)

Kenneth Jarrett

President, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai


President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai since September 2013. Prior to that he was the Greater China Chairman for APCO Worldwide, a Washington-based public affairs consultancy from 2008 to 2013, and before that a U.S. diplomat from 1982 to 2008. During his 26-year diplomatic career, his postings included Consul General in Shanghai, Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong, and Director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council. He also served in Beijing, Chengdu, Singapore, and had several assignments in Washington, DC. Mr. Jarrett has degrees from Cornell University, Yale University and the National War College. He is the recipient of the Magnolia Award (Silver) from the Shanghai government and is a member of the National Committee for US-China Relations.

Wendy Ji (Associate Marketing Director, Guangdong NanYou Foreign Service Co., Ltd.)

Wendy Ji

Associate Marketing Director, Guangdong NanYou Foreign Service Co., Ltd.


Master of Psychology

15-year working experiences in Human Resources Outsourcing Industry

Providing Human Resources Consulting Services for many Fortune 500 Companies, such as P&G, Wrigley, Shell, BP , HP and etc.

Tara Joseph (President, AmCham Hong Kong)

Tara Joseph

President, AmCham Hong Kong


Tara Joseph has been president of AmCham Hong Kong since February 2017. She is charged with overall responsibility for leadership and operations of one of the most influential NGO business organizations in the Asia Pacific, with a mission to foster commerce among the United States, Hong Kong and mainland China.

Tara has more than 15 years working experience in Asia, covering top economic and political stories as a foreign correspondent for Reuters. In her 22 years as journalist, she has reported on hundreds of the world’s most important and high profile news stories including Russia’s financial crisis, Myanmar’s emergence from virtual isolation, China's rise on the world stage and the Beijing Olympics to name a few. As a TV reporter and presenter she has interviewed Fortune 500 CEO’s and government officials across the globe.

Earlier in her career, Tara was the editor and main presenter of Reuters Financial Television based in London, and covered emerging markets and G7 economic issues.

Tara is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, and Smith College in the United States. She has twice served as President of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest press clubs.

David Katz (Deputy Head of Global Government Relations and Head of Asia Pacific Government Relations, PayPal Inc.)

David Katz

Deputy Head of Global Government Relations and Head of Asia Pacific Government Relations, PayPal Inc.


David Katz is the Deputy Head of Global Government Relations and Head of Asia Pacific Government Relations for PayPal Inc. He manages PayPal’s global government engagement, with a particular focus on geo-expansion into new markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa and leads on strategic relationships with international organizations such as World Bank and the World Economic Forum. David also sits on PayPal’s Asia Pacific leadership team and manages all aspects of PayPal’s Asia Pacific Government Relations.

Prior to PayPal Inc., he worked at eBay Inc., where he managed Asia Pacific GR for both eBay Marketplace and PayPal - then owned by eBay Inc. Before joining eBay, David worked at Visa Inc. where he served as their first head of GR for the Asia region with focus on China, Korea, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia markets.

David’s background also includes serving as a senior advisor in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat in Singapore during which time he worked on policy development, including eCommerce and financial services. David also served in the Executive Office of the President for eight years as a staff member of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) with responsibility for Southeast Asia, APEC, and China trade policy. Prior to USTR, David was a member of the U.S. diplomatic service, with tours in Taiwan, Mongolia, and Singapore, and he was a special assistant to U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.

Mark Lanning (Director of Immigration,Withers Worldwide)

Mark Lanning

Director of Immigration,Withers Worldwide



During a 10-year diplomatic career with the U.S. Department of State, Mark served overseas assignments in Guangzhou, London, Taipei, and Hong Kong. Working as a Consular Officer, Mark adjudicated tens of thousands of U.S. immigrant and non-immigrant visa cases.

Mark is the Director of Immigration based in Hong Kong. In collaboration with Withers private client attorneys, Mark assists clients regarding all forms of U.S. immigration matters as well as investment immigration to countries such as Malta, Cyprus, St. Kitts & Nevis, etc.


Assisted numerous CEOs and entrepreneurs to overcome refused U.S. visa cases.
Advised Asian families on simultaneous investment immigration to countries in both Europe and the Caribbean.

Publications and speaking engagements

 Co-Author, "Understanding Optimal Options Before Making a Decision on Investment Immigration", Hong Kong Economic Journal, July 20, 2016.
 Quoted, "Gap on Investment Immigration Between You and UHNWs", China Business News, July 17, 2016.
 Quoted, "A New Pathway for Chinese Entrepreneurs", – AmCham Hong Kong Magazine, June 1, 2015.
 Quoted, "Hong Kong, U.S. Keep Visa Door Ajar", Barron's Asia, February 12, 2015.
 Quoted, "Chinese Business, Leisure Visitors to US Surge 68 pc Thanks to 10-year Permits", South China Morning Post, February 4, 2015.
 Quoted, "Wealth Management: A Home Away From Home", Global Capital, December 15, 2014.
 Quoted, "Withers Suggest Alternative Routes for Backlogged Chinese Applicants Immigrating to the US", Asian Private Banker, November 7, 2014.


 Hong Kong SelectUSA Committee member
 AmCham Hong Kong member
 AmCham South China member

Jeff Layman (Partner and Chief Representative, Beijing office of the international law firm of Baker Botts LLP)

Jeff Layman

Partner and Chief Representative, Beijing office of the international law firm of Baker Botts LLP


Jeff Layman is a partner and Chief Representative of the Beijing office of the international law firm of Baker Botts LLP. In addition, Jeff is the former Chair of the US-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP). Jeff has over twenty years' experience advising on China-related investment transactions. He focuses his practice on China-related infrastructure project development and finance. His expertise includes representing sponsors and lenders on projects in thermal power, waste to energy, coal conversion, wind energy, desalination and waste water treatment. A Beijing resident for over fourteen years, Jeff also completed a two-year secondment to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, DC, where he advised on projects in China, Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Chambers includes Jeff as one of Asia's leading business lawyers and describes him as "a conclusive choice for deals involving Chinese counterparties." Jeff speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese.

Catherine Simmons (Managing Director,  Head of Asia Pacific Government Affairs, Citi)

Catherine Simmons

Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific Government Affairs, Citi


Catherine joined Citi in September 2013 as head of Government Affairs for Asia Pacific. Catherine works closely with senior management, business heads, and Citi Country Officers to protect and enhance Citi’s interests by engaging with policymakers and industry groups on a wide range of issues. Catherine also coordinates and manages the Citi Government Affairs representatives in the region and chairs the Citi Asia Pacific Global Regulatory Reform Committee.

Prior to joining Citi, Catherine worked at State Street Bank and Trust as Head of Regulatory, Industry and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific. Before that Catherine was a diplomat at the Australian Embassy Beijing, a research fellow in the Faculty of Law and Politics at Keio University Japan and a policy advisor in the Australian Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Foreign Affairs and Trade on political, strategic and trade issues.
Catherine has played an active role in various industry associations, including the U.S. National Centre for APEC (Board Member), US-ASEAN Business Council (Financial Services and ASEAN Committee Member), Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Alternate Board Member and Public Policy Committee Member) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (Financial Services Committee Head and Board Member). Catherine has also been active in the APEC Business Advisory Council, Advisory Group on APEC Financial System Capacity Building and the APEC Asia Pacific Financial Forum.

Catherine speaks English, Mandarin and Japanese.

Eddie Leung (Chairman, Dailywin Watch Products Mfg. Ltd.)

Eddie Leung

Chairman, Dailywin Watch Products Mfg. Ltd.


Mr. Eddie Leung is theChairman, Dailywin Watch Products Mfg. Ltd. Candidate of 2016 Election Committee of HKSAR Chief Executive

Awarded the Medal of Honor of HKSAR in 2010Mr. Leung is currently serving as:-

· National Committee Member of CPPCC of PRC;
· Candidate of 2016 Election Committee of HKSAR Chief Executive, Subsector – Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference;
· Standing Committee Member and the Chairman of China Affairs Committee of Hong Kong Chinese General Chamber of Commerce;
· Vice-Chairman of Horologe Association of PRC;
· Honorary President of Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association;
· President Honoris Causa of Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council;
· Honorary President of Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in China-Guangdong;
· He is also sitting in other social / public community service boards in Hong Kong and in the Mainland China;

Mr. Leung was the recipient of 1990 Hong Kong Young Industrialist Award and was awarded the Medal of Honour of HKSAR in 2010 for his valuable contribution in promoting the development of watch industry.

Mr. Eddie Leung is an extensive influential industrialist representative in watch industry which is one of the four major export industries in Hong Kong. He is dedicated to contribute his utmost efforts in promoting the economic development of Hong Kong and the Mainland China. He has been actively leading the Hong Kong watch trades to explore the opportunity towards the Swiss, USA, Indian and Middle East markets.

In 1995, with the aim to promote and lead the quality of Hong Kong watch product to achieve the worldwide standard, Mr. Eddie Leung had initiated to set up the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Technology Centre which is affiliated with Hong Kong Productivity Council. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Centre.

In recent years, Mr. Leung is supportive and has played a role in vigorously promoting the PRC policy of transformation and upgrading of processing trade enterprises, especially in the Guangdong region.

Scott Liang (GM, Apex Tools & Orthopedics Co.)

Scott Liang

GM, Apex Tools & Orthopedics Co.


Graduated from Radio Chemistry Subject of Peking University in 1982
Earned Senior Engineer of Chemist in 1991
Started to work for Colson in 1996 as the plant manager and then GM for Apex since 2003.

Vinci Liang (Consulting Manager, Korn Ferry Hay Group)

Vinci Liang

Consulting Manager, Korn Ferry Hay Group


Delivering results for clients

Vinci Liang is a Consulting Manager of Productized Service Team in Korn Ferry Hay Group. As the account manager to be capable of managing key accounts in areas of expertise including pay, talent and effectiveness.
With more than 11 years experience implementing projects such as job evaluation and measurement, employee engagement and culture, reward, leadership and talent, succession planning, competency modeling and talent strategy in Greater China, Ms. Liang provides services from productized to customized consulting services to address client’s strategic.
Vinci's clients come from various industries, such as FMCG, financial services, real estate, hi-tech & internet, telecom, manufacturing, pharmaceutical etc.


Prior to joining Korn Ferry Hay Group, Ms. Liang was an in-house HR for a leading credit card center of a joint stock commercial bank in China, responsible for C&B and recruitment function.
Earlier in her career, Ms.Liang was a consultant with another global HR consulting firm,where she oversaw the RRD region C&B survey.
As an C&B expert, Ms. Liang is a frequent speaker at many high-profile HR events in South China.

Academic and Professional background

Ms. Liang holds a bachelor degree in Business Management from Sun-Yetsen University.
She can fluently speak Chinese, Cantonese and English.

Franco Lo (General Manager, LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou AREA GM, the LN Garden hotel Brand)

Franco Lo

General Manager, LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou AREA GM, the LN Garden hotel Brand


Franco Io is the general manager of LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou, the AREA GM of the LN Garden hotel Brand. Prior to his current position, he was the Area Vice President, North China, of Marriott International, where he spent 18 years in various position and location worldwide.

He joined the LN Garden Hotel about 4 years ago and has taken it from a #32 ranked hotel on TripAdvisor to an impressive # 8, proof of his WOW leadership in areas of Guest / Event experiences, product and services. The LN Garden Hotel regains its position as revenue leader among all hotels in Guangzhou, in 2016, and ranked 6th overall of all major 5 star hotels in China in year 2015 as recognized by the China National tourism Bureau. LN Garden Hotel is the first landmark Five Star Luxury hotel in Guangzhou with more than 32 years of experience and heritage.

Kelvin Ma (Practicing Lawyer in United States federal, New York and Wisconsin; Licensed attorney in China; Partner of Shanghai Demei Law Firm)

Kelvin Ma

Practicing Lawyer in United States federal, New York and Wisconsin; Licensed attorney in China; Partner of Shanghai Demei Law Firm


Attorney Kelvin Ma is a partner at Shanghai Demei Law Firm, a leading Chinese law firm on U.S. immigration and investment services. Attorney Ma is appointed Chairman of International Membership Sub-Committee within the Invest in the USA (IIUSA), a U.S. trade organization headquartered in Washington D.C. From 2011 to 2017, Attorney Ma was invited seven years in a row to give speeches on trendy immigration issues at various IIUSA conferences in Seattle, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Dallas and San Francisco. He also attended many immigration and overseas investment conferences in China to present most updated industry information, hosted by various organizations, such as Asia Offshore Association, China Migration Group, etc. As a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), attorney Ma served as a panelist at AILA annual conference in Las Vegas discussing China source of funds issues. Attorney Ma helped organize and hosted several overseas investment symposiums at 17th and 18th China International Fair for Investment & Trade in Xiamen.

Attorney Ma is admitted to practice law in New York, Wisconsin and China. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with Juris Doctor’s Degree in 2007, from University of Texas at Austin with Master’s Degree in Sociology in 2004, and from Nanjing University with Bachelor’s Degree of Law in 2002. He is currently enrolled in the Global EMBA Program jointly established by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and University of Southern California.

Attorney Ma is very active outside his work too. He is a member of 12th Committee, All China Youth Federation, and a member of 11th Committee, Shanghai Youth Federation. He attends and organizes activities for the Youth Federation on a regular basis and was awarded Outstanding Contribution Certificate by this organization in 2016. Attorney Ma is also a co-founder of both University of Wisconsin Shanghai Alumni Chapter and University of Texas Shanghai Alumni Chapter, and remains active till today.

Edouard Mac Nab (Vice President Finance, Greater China, Mead Johnson Nutrition)

Edouard Mac Nab

Vice President Finance, Greater China, Mead Johnson Nutrition


Edouard will bring a good combination of operations and corporate experiences to the role as he has worked in every region within MJN and more recently in the Global FP&A role where he successfully led the transformation of the group by raising the planning and analytics standards.

Edouard will be accountable for providing analytical and operational support to the President of Greater China and the Greater China Leadership team and will serve as a member of the China Operating Committee.

Edouard joined Bristol Myers Squibb in 1998 in Paris, France and has had a progressive career holding several roles of increasing responsibility within Mead Johnson. In 2000, he moved to the United States where he held a number of roles before being appointed in 2003 to the Associate Finance Director of Latin America Supply Chain based in Delicias, Mexico. In 2005, he was appointed as Finance Director of our large Philippines business before moving back to the United States in 2010 as the U.S. Finance Director. In 2013, he was promoted as our North America Finance Vice President before taking his current position in 2015 as the Vice President Finance, Global Financial Planning & Analysis/Operations.

Edouard will be moving back to Asia during the summer with his wife Laurence and their three daughters.

Please join us in wishing both Andy and Edouard much success in their new roles.

Martin Maciak (Head of Asia Origination & RMB Internationalization Global Banking - Americas)

Martin Maciak

Head of Asia Origination & RMB Internationalization Global Banking - Americas


Martin Maciak leads Renminbi (‘RMB’) initiatives in the Americas for Global Banking and formal Capital Financing at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HSBC), one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations.

Based in New York City, he serves as Chairman of the U.S. RMB Steering Committee. In this role, he assists clients with Asian & RMB related business in the Sino-Americas corridors.

Maciak leads the articulation, coordination and execution of HSBC’s China-related business strategy for Banking clients in the Americas.

Maciak has more than 18 years of management experience and has worked in various departments within HSBC. He joined HSBC in 2001 from Morgan Stanley.

Maciak holds a Master’s degree from New York University.

Marlen Marroquin (Executive Regional Director,  US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce)

Marlen Marroquin

Executive Regional Director, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce


Professional Experience

Marlen Marroquin has been Recognized as ambassador of business between U.S. and Mexico and has been highly respected community leader among the Hispanic Business Community in Los Angeles and in Mexico, sought by International businesses pursuing relations between Mexico and U.S for her Strong connections to governmental and private sectors and ability to connect international businesses. Prior to the USMCOC in 2003 she worked in Deloitte & Touche Consulting group focusing on reengineering and process for companies, She worked for State Street Bank performing International Custody, International Accounting, Fixed Income, Options Futures, Project Management, Global Banking, and computer skills. and pricing funds for NASDAQ and The Wall Street Journal.
Ms. Marroquin also worked for the United Nations Human Development Report Office in NY back in 1996 as a researcher for the Human Development Report
At Cinepolis, the largest movie theater company in Mexico she was the Manager of New Projects back in 1991.

Affiliations And Accomplishments

Member of UCLA Extension's Advisory Board for the International Trade and Commerce Certificate Program
Mexican Professional Network: Chairman of the Board
Former Advisor for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for the Office of International Trade Office
Board of Director’s Member Hispanics for LA Opera
Chairman of Placido Domingo Awards Dinner 2011, Los Angeles
Creator of “The Golden Triangle” initiative to promote trilateral trade between Mexico, US and China, resulting in many new business ventures.


Harvard University, Cambridge MA: Completed 8 courses for the Certificate in Special Studies in Administration and Management.
Extension to Harvard’s MBA program
•Included courses in Sales, Financial Accounting, Information Technology, and International Business. • • •Specialization in Quantitative Methods and Marketing.

Universidad Anahuac Del Norte, Mexico City Mexico: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration
• Represented Anahuac University’s Student Association at the National Private Universities Conference, organized by one of the main political parties in Mexico.

Career Highlights

• Award from the Consul General of Mexico Ruben Beltran in 2002
• Selected as one of the “Latina Successful Woman” for the Baja Traveler Magazine 2011
• Interviewed in Radio, Television as “Business Opportunities between Two Nations”
• Weekly radio show at “W” in cross border international trade.
• Award from Women in International Trade as the “International Trade Catalyst” November 2013
• Co-Chair International Trade Committee California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
• V.P and Board Member Women in International Trade Los Angeles

Mauricio Monroy (Mexican Certified Public Accountant, Founder and Managing Partner,  Ibáñez Soltero Gómez Pazy Monroy, S.C)

Mauricio Monroy

Mexican Certified Public Accountant, Founder and Managing Partner, Ibáñez Soltero Gómez Pazy Monroy, S.C


Mr. Monroy, a Mexican CPA specialized in the taxation of foreign investors in Mexico, is one of the founders and Managing Partner of Ibáñez Soltero Gómez Pazy Monroy, S.C. a boutique independent accounting firm based in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, with branches in Mexico City and Irapuato and alliance partners in Ensenada and Monterrey.

Mr. Monroy worked almost 35 years at, Deloitte, an international accounting firm, were he served in various National and regional leadership positions including: Partner In-Charge of the Northwestern Cluster, Board Member and Statutory Auditor, leader of various National practices including the Maquiladora Industry practice, the Transfer Pricing practice and the Tourism Real Estate Practice. He also actively collaborated in the formation of the Deloitte Chinese Services Group.

Mr. Monroy has assisted numerous companies to establish and maintain operations in Mexico including Fortune 500, small and mid-sized companies, in industries such as: Maquiladoras, Real Estate, Energy, Mining, Trading, etc. including companies from North America, Europe and Asia, including many Taiwanese companies.

He has authored numerous technical papers on the taxation of foreign investors in Mexico that have been published in Mexico, the United States and Europe, including many articles on maquiladora tax aspects. He wrote the tax chapters of publications such as: In-Bond Maquiladora Handbook published by the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico and In-Bond Manufacturing in Mexico: A way to reduce your cost published by Deloitte, Haskins & Sells and co-authored the Chapter of Mexico of the Transfer Pricing International, A Country-by-Country Guide published by John Wiley & Sons .

He is a frequent speaker on how to do business in Mexico in Asian and American forums, including many seminars on maquiladoras. He has been a guest in Mexican business forums along with Mexican Presidents, Mexican Governors and Mexican City Mayors in Mexico, the U.S. and Asia.

He has served as Board Member of various business organizations in Mexico and the U.S., including the Tax Committee of the National Maquiladora Association. He is Past-Chairman and President of the California Regional Chapter of the U.S. – Mexico Chamber of Commerce of which he is currently the VP of its Asia Initiative. He is also currently member of the Pro Mexico Business Advisory Board for the USA Southwestern Region and member of the NAFIN (Mexico Development Bank) Northwestern Mexico Advisory Board.

He has served as Board member of various Non-Governmental Organizations such as: Hospital Infantil de las Californias, San Diego Opera, Fundación Internacional de la Comunidad, XLNC1 (Classical Music Station) and the Baja California Orchestra.

He has been awarded various recognitions for his professional and community labor from professional and business organizations, including the Mexican Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Mexico Business Center of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Museum of Natural History and the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

Dan Ochoa (Dean of Preparatory Programs at UIW University)

Dan Ochoa

Dean of Preparatory Programs at UIW University


The Dean of Preparatory Programs is the Chief Academic Officer of the Brainpower high schools for the University of the Incarnate Word. He is responsible for the overall well-being of every student in the schools, and for ensuring that they receive the very best college-preparatory education that includes opportunities for dual credit, blended & on-line learning. The program gives high school students the opportunity to take up to 36 hours of college credits at the university before they graduate from high school. He also has worked extensively with connecting programs and people from all over the world to our schools from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Germany, France, and Mexico.

Steven Okun (Director of Asia-Pacific Public Affairs, KKR)

Steven Okun

Director of Asia-Pacific Public Affairs, KKR


Steven R. Okun (Singapore) joined KKR in 2011 as Director of Public Affairs in Asia Pacific, encompassing responsibility for government affairs, communications, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, as well as the firm’s impact investment initiatives. Previously, Mr. Okun was vice president of public affairs for UPS Asia Pacific, and served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Transportation. He serves on the Boards of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) and the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL). In additon, he advises two NGOs in Southeast Asia. Mr. Okun received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

David Peng (Managing Director and CEO for China, Medical Excellence International)

David Peng

Managing Director and CEO for China, Medical Excellence International


Dr. David Peng is a Managing Director and CEO for China at Medical Excellence International. Prior to this position, Dr. Peng was the Chief Representative in China for C.V. Starr & Co., an Executive Director and Deputy General Manager of Dazhong Insurance Company of China which is now renamed as Starr Property & Casualty Insurance Co. China Ltd., and founder & CEO of Care & Share Insurance Brokers Co., Ltd.

Concurrently, Dr. Peng is a Tribunal Member of Shanghai Court of Financial Arbitration, a Governor of the Board & Co-Chair of Consumer Safety Assurance Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in South China.

Dr. David Peng used to be a Director of the Board, a Senior Vice President and the Director of Distribution for AIG General Insurance Company China Ltd. Dr. Peng also held a number of other senior positions in AIG companies in China including the Assistant to Chairman of AIG Companies in China, the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of AIG Business Consulting (Beijing) Co., Ltd. and a leader of expert group at AIG/PICC Co-Operation Division, an AIG entity working with PICC Property and Casualty Insurance Company Limited in which AIG is a strategic investor. Previously, Dr. Peng had been the General Manager of AIU Insurance Company (AIU) Guangzhou Branch, since its inception, for almost ten years.

Mr. David Peng obtained his Chinese Lawyer Qualification and worked for a major Sino-foreign corporation in China as the Chief Counsel prior to 1989. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Peng studied at the University of Dundee of the U.K. for his PhD degree. In 1992, David worked for Shell (UK) Ltd. as an Insurance Consultant and from the end of 1992 to the end of 1995, Dr. Peng worked for a major international insurance broker in its London head office and Hong Kong regional office as the Manager, Deputy General Manager and General Manager of China Division.

Dr. Peng was a part-time professor at the Business School of Sun Yat-san University and a Research Fellow of Economic Diplomacy Center at Tsinghua University. He was also the Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Guangdong (now renamed as AmCham in South China) from 1998 to 2005. Dr. Peng is the author of a book in U.K. entitled Insurance and Legal Issues in the Oil Industry and his PhD thesis named Law and Insurance in the Offshore Oil Industry. Dr. Peng is an active speaker on Capital Market, Leadership and Management Behavior, Professional Ethics, Risk Management for Large Commercial Risks, Director and Officer’s Liability Insurance, Health Management and Health Insurance and Product Liability Insurance, etc. at various conferences and seminars in Hong Kong, Malaysia, London and Mainland China. He also writes articles on insurance and legal issues for newspapers and magazines from time to time.

Randal Phillips (Managing Partner, Asia, Mintz Group)

Randal Phillips

Managing Partner, Asia, Mintz Group


Randal Phillips is Managing Partner for Asia of the Mintz Group, and correspondingly manages the Group’s activities across Asia.

Randy spent 28 years with the Central Intelligence Agency's National Clandestine Service, most recently serving as the Chief CIA representative in China. He has an extensive background in foreign field operations, policy and program management, and leadership development. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Bahasa Indonesian.

Randy has lived and traveled extensively throughout China and elsewhere in Asia for the U.S. Government. Additionally, he has managed worldwide and regional programs from Washington. Randy has extensive relationships with officials and business leaders throughout the continent, and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

Randy has deep expertise on issues relative to Asia, with particular emphasis on China. This includes an intimate knowledge of the full range of political, economic, trade, investment and security issues involving China, from a bilateral as well as a multilateral perspective. Randy has extensive experience unraveling a variety of complex matters involving finance, trade and fraud.

Randy has a B.A. in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University, and a Masters of International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Thomas P. Pinansky (US attorney, member of the BARS of Washington, DC and Texas, Senior Foreign Attorney and Partner at Barun Law LLC, Vice Chairman of AmCham, Member of the boards of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwi (New Zealand) Chamber of Commerce.)

Thomas P. Pinansky

US attorney, member of the BARS of Washington, DC and Texas, Senior Foreign Attorney and Partner at Barun Law LLC, Vice Chairman of AmCham, Member of the boards of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwi (New Zealand) Chamber of Commerce.


Mr. Tom Pinansky is a US attorney (member of the bars of Washington, DC and Texas) and a Senior Foreign Attorney (Partner) at Barun Law LLC. Mr. Pinansky graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mr. Pinansky is a US citizen and has been deeply involved with legal and business matters in Korea for many years. He has served on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AmCham) for more than a decade and recently served as a Vice Chairman of AmCham. He is also a former Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), the regional grouping of AmChams. He currently serves on the boards of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwi (New Zealand) Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Pinansky has written and spoken extensively on legal and business issues relating to Korea. He previously practiced law with Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) in Washington, DC and with Vinson & Elkins in Austin, Texas.

Representative Matters:

 Advising on over 200 M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions in Korea for a broad range of clients including KEVA (Sale of Tesco/Homeplus, largest Korea deal of 2015), ING Life (M&A Korea Deal of the Year 2014, as selected by Asia-Mena Counsel In-House Community), Wangsu Science & Technology, Chubb, NXP Semiconductors, SDV, Wal-Mart, Bain Capital, Ford Motor Company, Gambro, Tyco, LEONI, Dallah, Oiltanking, Pharmascience, etc.

 Involvement in over 120 international arbitration matters, either as an arbitrator or
on behalf of clients (KCAB, HKIAC, WIPO, KLRCA).

 Significant involvement in a large number of cross-border disputes – including acting as counsel to Exxon, DuPont, R. Garriott, Semi-Materials - successes include multiple eight figure (USD) awards and one matter with an award of nearly USD 1 billion.

Patrick Plunkett (Executive Director of Northeastern University-Global (NU-Global))

Patrick Plunkett

Executive Director of Northeastern University-Global (NU-Global)

Dr. Patrick F. Plunkett is the Executive Director of Northeastern University-Global (NU-Global). The mission of NU Global is to: build international partnerships through academic and research articulations; link recruitment and success strategies for international and domestic students through its Global Pathway program, American Classroom, US-Pathway Program, and as well as to create linguistic and cultural support systems for international students, faculty, and alumni through its Global Student Success department. As the Senior Associate Dean for Global Engagement, he is responsible for advocating and coordinating international programs, advises university faculty and administrators on international issues, and provides administrative oversight of the University’s international affiliations and contracts. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Plunkett served for two years as the acting dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. He led the college through a period of transformational change by integrating 137 full-time faculty, 38 academic programs, and five research centers formerly housed in two separate colleges into one college. Prior to serving as acting dean, Dr. Plunkett served for nine years as the associate dean for academic affairs in the Bouvé College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Thomas Podgurski (Group director, Royal Service Air-Conditioning)

Thomas Podgurski

Group director, Royal Service Air-Conditioning


Royal Service Air Conditioning Corp. is a wholly owned USA based company. Royal Service group has been established in China since 1995, expanding its operation to Shanghai, Xiamen, and Beijing and now Asia Pacific. Royal will continue to promote energy efficient Air Conditioning building design as it continues positive business growth. Tom serves as the group director, in charge of International business and systems operation for China. Royal group includes Royal industries manufacturing, Royal Project group and services Asia Pacific and the USA markets. Tom has served on the Board of Directors since 2002 and as an officer of the board serving as Secretary since 2004.

Royal group promotes American engineering and product throughout Asia Pacific. He has enjoyed working with the American Chamber of Commerce serving not only large businesses but small and medium sized business. In this challenging market place, we on the board will promote AmCham companies and help them achieve a positive results.

Patrick Powers (Director of Government Affairs for Rockwell Automation China)

Patrick Powers

Director of Government Affairs for Rockwell Automation China

Patrick Powers has 30 years of experience in international commerce, government relations and trade policy, achieved in a career that has spanned Asia but focused primarily on China. He has lived and worked in China for more than 20 years, in addition to assignments in Singapore, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

He was appointed the Director of Government Affairs for Rockwell Automation China in early 2014. Mr. Powers began his career with Bechtel, Inc., and held successive management positions at Island Creek of China Coal Ltd (Occidental Petroleum), SSM Coal BV, SHV Holdings, Tait Asia Ltd. (Vietnam), Mundoro Mining, Cargill, and Applus+.

Mr. Powers held the position of Vice President for China Operations at the US-China Business Council, the primary organization dealing with Sino-American commercial matters from 1999 to 2006. In that role, he was responsible for business advocacy and advisory services on behalf of 250 American MNC’s operating in the PRC. Mr. Powers has extensive experience in government relations and communications in China and Asia as well as a background in business development and operations in natural resources, large scale retailing, consumer goods warehousing and distribution. Now, he is Vice Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce in China.

He has spoken frequently on China-related topics at international conferences and appeared on numerous occasions in media, including CCTV, CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg, as well as contributing articles to The China Business Review.

He has a BA from San Diego State University and has pursued advanced language and professional development courses At UC Berkeley, National Taiwan Normal University, and Singapore Institute of Management. Mr. Powers is a fluent Mandarin speaker.

Bruce Quinn (Vice President, Global Government Affairs Rockwell Automation)

Bruce Quinn

Vice President, Global Government Affairs Rockwell Automation

Bruce Quinn is vice president for global government affairs for Rockwell Automation. He is based in Washington, D.C.

As the senior executive for Rockwell Automation in the U.S. capital, Bruce is responsible for government affairs, communication and strategic business development at the state, federal and global levels.

Prior to his current assignment, Bruce was vice president for strategic development, Asia Pacific (2007 – 2010), and chief representative for China (2005 – 2007). As the company’s senior corporate officer in Asia Pacific, Quinn was responsible for strategic programs and initiatives, government relations, market and competitor analysis, external communication and university programs.

Prior to joining Rockwell Automation, Bruce served nearly 20 years in various commercial, trade, and national security capacities with the U.S. Government in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Bruce served as an elected governor on the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, 2005 – 2006. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, has a bachelor’s degree in business and graduate degrees in education and business administration.

Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke (President, East-West Center)

Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke

President, East-West Center


Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke (pronounced VUL-stek) took office as the East -West Center’s 11th chief executive on 1 January 2017. A former EWC grantee and staff member, he rejoins the Center after several decades living in Asia and serving most recently as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Previously he served as president of the American Chamber in Taipei, editor-in-chief of the Taiwan Review, and area studies coordinator for the US Department of State Foreign Service Institute in Taipei. Earlier in his career, he was a research fellow in East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School as well as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Rajasthan, India.

Originally from Illinois, Dr. Vuylsteke was an East-West Center grantee in the 1970s while he earned MA and PhD degrees from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, specializing in Western and Chinese political philosophy.

Prior to graduate school, he served three years in the US Army, leaving active duty as a 1st Lieutenant. While in the service, he was stationed in Hawaiʻi at the US Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) as chief of the China Desk and later seconded to CINCPAC (now PACOM) as chief of the Soviet Far East Desk.

Dr. Vuylsteke is married to Josephine Wu Vuylsteke, a former broadcast journalist; they have three sons.

Matthew Rous (Consul General, British Consulate General in Guangzhou)

Matthew Rous

Consul General, British Consulate General in Guangzhou


Matthew Rous took up his appointment as HM Consul-General Guangzhou on 21 December 2014. He leads the British Government’s engagement in the six provinces of the South China region: Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hunan and Jiangxi.
Matthew has been a career diplomat since 1991. Between 1992 and 1994, he studied Mandarin Chinese full-time at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and subsequently at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. His first diplomatic assignment was as Head of Hong Kong Affairs and Press Officer at the British Embassy Beijing from 1994 to (very precisely) 1 July 1997.
Matthew’s other diplomatic postings have included Tokyo (Head of Consumer Goods and Services), Brussels (Deputy Head of Mission), Jakarta (Deputy Head of Mission) and Baku (Interim Head of Mission). He also served as Head of IT Programmes and Portfolio Director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2010 to 2013. In the latter role Matthew graduated from the Major Projects Leadership Academy at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.
Matthew’s personal passions include travelling and learning about the world’s languages and cultures. He studied French, Russian and Linguistics at Churchill College, Cambridge, before four years with Japanese companies in the private sector. He first visited China in 1987. He speaks approximately eight languages, mostly quite badly. He hopes to do better with Cantonese, which he is now studying.
On starting his posting to Guangzhou Matthew said, “I am thrilled and honoured to have been appointed as British Consul-General in Guangzhou. The South China region contains everything that is most dynamic and most exciting about the country that I love, in an economy the size of India’s with a population as large and as highly skilled as the USA’s. I will do my utmost to nurture and strengthen relations in the service of the people of the UK and South China. The opportunities for all of us are immense.”
Matthew is married with three children.

Patrick Santillo (Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi)

Patrick Santillo

Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi


Patrick Santillo is the Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. As the Senior Commercial Officer in India, Mr. Santillo leads a team of more than 75 professionals working in seven offices across the country. This includes representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, Patent and Trademark Office and Bureau of Industry and Security. Together they promote U.S. exports, open foreign markets to American products, protect U.S. commercial and intellectual property interests abroad, enforce U.S. export control requirements and encourage foreign direct investment into the United States. Mr. Santillo has served in this position since September 2016.

Mr. Santillo previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for China and Mongolia in the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA). In this role, he was responsible for the Department’s operations in China, Hong Kong and Mongolia. He was an active leader in the U.S. Government’s inter-agency process that shaped U.S. trade policy in the region and he advised the Department’s senior leadership on trade issues regarding the bilateral commercial relationships. He helped shape the Department's trade promotion agenda, and as a member of ITA’s Senior Leadership Team, he also fostered operational excellence across the organization.

As the Regional Senior Commercial Officer-ASEAN at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore from 2011-2014, Mr. Santillo coordinated the U.S. Department of Commerce’s initiatives across the ten countries of ASEAN. He was the Department’s Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific from 2008-2011. As such, Mr. Santillo supported Commercial Service operations in 13 countries across the region. Mr. Santillo also served as the Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo from 2004-2008. There he had day-to-day operational responsibility for one of the largest Commercial Service programs in the world. His previous assignments also include tours of duty in Toronto, Athens, Washington, Osaka and Tokyo.

A member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Santillo has worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce for more than 30 years. He is a native of Buffalo, NY, and earned his Master's Degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Santillo

was a Rotary International High School Exchange Student to Japan, and he is an Eagle Scout. He is a member of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) and he is an avid fan of the Blues.

Mr. Santillo is married to Kathleen Troy Santillo, and they have two daughters.

Eric Schmidt (CEO, EventBank)

Eric Schmidt

CEO, EventBank


As CEO of EventBank, Eric Schmidt is focused on delivering cloud solutions that transform the way professional communities enable and enrich relationships. Over the last 15 years, Eric has founded and incubated several companies from the ground up. He maintains substantial experience with venture capital and private equity investments.

Eric is an elected member of AmCham China's Board of Governors (2017) and is recognized as an authority on digital technologies and business in Asia. He has been featured in media such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Baron’s, BBC, CCTV, China Daily, and numerous other outlets.

Eric once traced Marco Polo’s route from Beijing, China to Venice, Italy by bicycle – he was appreciatively sponsored by Nike and Philips.

John Schuldt (President, AMCHAM Korea)

John Schuldt

President, AMCHAM Korea


Mr. John Schuldt joined the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM Korea) as its President on January 7th, 2016. In this position, he is responsible for managing the day-to-day operation and activities of the Chamber.

Mr. Schuldt is engaged in civic activities in Seoul. He is the Advisory Council Member for United Service Organizations (USO). Also, he is the Director ex officio of Korean – American Association (KAA), a board member of Fulbright (Korean-American Educational Commission) and a member of Foreign Investment Advisory Council (FIAC).

Mr. Schuldt was the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Ford Sales and Service Korea Company (FSSK). In this role, Schuldt led the Korean team in all marketing activities and worked closely with dealers to integrate marketing messages that delivered on the business plan targets. Additionally he worked closely with other FSSK Sales and Customer Service teams to provide support to Ford dealers across the peninsula.

Mr. Schuldt joined Ford in 1985 as a Sales and Marketing trainee. He has worked in 8 US offices and also worked in various sales and marketing functions in 10 countries, all in the Asia Pacific area. He was a District Sales Manager based in the Tokyo Japan Ford Export Operations office and called on Ford Dealers across the South Pacific. He also worked in the Tokyo Japan office of Mazda Motor Corporation as General Manager for Regional Sales Office 1. In this capacity he led the team and dealer network from Tokyo north through Hokkaido. Over his 30 year career with Ford Mr. Schuldt has progressed through a series of positions, including sales zone manager, Southeast Region Lincoln Marketing Manager and US Production Planning and Sales Manager for Lincoln Mercury. He later served as the Director of Internet Tools in the Global Marketing Department at Ford Headquarters in Dearborn.

Mr. Schuldt served as the Regional Sales Manager in the Pittsburgh Office of Ford Motor Company. In this capacity he led a team that worked with 200 Ford and Lincoln dealers across 5 states and delivered record sales and market share results during the very difficult economic climate from 2008 – 2012.

Mr. Schuldt was born in Chicago Illinois and grew up in a rural area in the northwest corner of the state of Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Bowling Green State University in 1982 and a Master’s Degree in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management in 1985. He joined Ford one month after graduation in 1985.

Mr. Schuldt enjoys playing golf and squash and watches Rugby and American football when he can. He is married for 25 years to his wife Robbie. They have 2 children, Julie and Allison. Julie is 22 and is a senior at Gettysburg College in the USA. Allison is 15 and lives in Seoul with her parents. She attends 9th grade at Seoul Foreign School. The family lives in Gahoe-dong and enjoys walking through the Hanok villages in Bukchon area.

Tony Tang (CEO,  Xiamen BaseMall Electronic commerce Co., Ltd)

Tony Tang

CEO, Xiamen BaseMall Electronic commerce Co., Ltd


Tony Tang(汤宏顺), CEO of Xiamen BaseMall Electronic commerce Co., Ltd. Is originally from Ningbo, Zhejiang, born on 1st of Oct in 1975 in Qingdao. After graduated from Ocean University of China majoring in computer science and entered the field of international trade and logistics in 2000 . Since 2006 Tony Studied, and traveled in the US , to improve business English and in additional time, self-studied all the on-line classes of Yale University related finance.
In September 2012 Tony and James Brian Dey incorporated in Hong Kong BRD international Co., Ltd., meaning Best Research & Development, mainly trades logs, plywood, tires and bauxite from/to the US, Europe, Africa and Asia. Because of his work as well as personal preferences, Tony has traveled across dozens of countries on five continents.
2012 Tony entered Xiamen University after returning back from the US, to work on the Master degree of Tourism administration, the occasion coincided with surging domestic e-commerce. In Xiamen University to be taught and encouraged by professors, combine E-commerce conception and more that 10 years of international trade and logistics experience, Tony created an electronic platform called BSS-Backwards sales system. The platform uses a similar conception of crowd funding to purchase a bulk quantity of products in overseas, then have match-up trading during transport, so orders will be broken down to smaller ones. After the goods arrive, can be allocated quickly, which greatly saves time , warehousing, logistics costs, and enhance the control of cash flow, to achieve real-time prices, decrease the pressure of inventory, greatly reduce the overall cost, especially for food products with shorter quality guarantee period or frozen products. For small & medium size importers it provides a total solution from overseas original, international logistics, payments, inspection and distribution.

After the completion of the prototype design BSS on January 6th, 2014, immediately aroused the interest of several classmates, whom are senior people in the Internet industry. In this context, the September 17, 2014 the first general meeting of shareholders, declared the establishment of the Xiamen BaseMall e-commerce Co., Ltd. Mr. Tang Hongshun takes place of executive director and general manager, Mr. Yang Fan is the supervisor, Miss Lin Jing as Vice General manager. In order to repay society and almamater, the boarder decided that 10% of the company's annual profit will be donated to charity, and two percent will be donated to the chain store operation club of Xiamen University, and this is a written article of association.

Xiamen BaseMall e-commerce Co., Limited is committed to imported food products , its registered trademark ‘ CoooMall’ focused on imported food franchise chain O2O stores aims to friendly price so that people enjoy the high quality of imported food products, food safety should no longer be worried . In early 2015 the company ‘s honor that Mr. Lorne Pilgram was agreed to be product chief adviser. Mr. Pilgram has worked for a famous North American food company for decades, and himself from representing the company in 1982 first came to China, since then he has been tightly bound to China especially Fujian province. He still retains the picture with Mr. Xi, the president of China, by that time was mayor of Fuzhou city, boating at Wuyi Mountain in 1992. With Mr. Pilgram’s decades of international food trading experience, he sees great value of BSS platform, provides a large number of professional advices and gets a lot of resources to support this project.
While China is more and more open the market and the internationalize of RMB, many important favorable policies have been coming out: cross-border e-commerce pilot cities, the FTA policy, tax adjustment, etc., everyone can see China's import market, especially Food industry is facing great opportunities. This is a new era, an era of change. We believe that with ours strong team, solid background, innovative business model , we will create good values for communities, will bring tangible benefits to the people, in order to achieve the core value of our business: Join together, for a better future.
His education background:
2016 Master Degree at Xiamen University
2015 Doctor of Business program at the University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio Texas
2006 Global finance correspondence from Yale University
1996 BS Ocean University in China
He is most recent accomplishment is the invention of and implementation of (TDT) Trade-During-Trans system, also called En-route sales system program.

Jeoven Wong (Deputy Director, Liaison & Operation Dept. Organizing Committee of China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT), Director General, Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Convention & Exhibition Affairs, Deputy Director General, Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Tourism)

Jeoven Wong

Deputy Director, Liaison & Operation Dept. Organizing Committee of China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT), Director General, Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Convention & Exhibition Affairs, Deputy Director General, Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Tourism


Jeoven Wong has been a professional in MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention & Exhibition) industry, foreign affairs, modern service and cultural innovation industry for a long time. He was appointed as the first Director General of Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Convention & Exhibition Affairs, in charge of the operation work of grand expos such as ‘China International Fair for Investment & Trade’ (abbreviated as the CIFIT), Xiamen Industrial Expo, Straits Forum and etc. He holds a concurrent post of Deputy Director General of Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Tourism since November, 2014, responsible for the the local MICE industry development, including planning, research, marketing and industry fund management.
Jeoven possess 6 years working experience in Xiamen Foreign Affairs Office. He used to serve as the Chairman of Siming District Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, Vice President of Xiamen Federation of Industry & Commerce, Vice President of Xiamen General Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Director General of Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Commerce, Associate Professor of Foreign Language Department in Xiamen Huaqiao University and etc.
Jeoven is member of National League of Democracy and he holds a masters degree in Xiamen University.

Priscilla Wong (Teacher of Corporate Coaching and Leadership Development Program at Institute of China Business, Hong Kong University SPACE)

Priscilla Wong

Teacher of Corporate Coaching and Leadership Development Program at Institute of China Business, Hong Kong University SPACE


Priscilla is a teacher of Corporate Coaching and Leadership Development Program at Institute of China Business of Hong Kong University SPACE. She is Professional Certified Coach (PCC) at International Coaching Federation, a Certified Senior Trainer of Corporate Based Mindfulness Training (CBMT) Program, a Certified Coaching Clinic License Facilitator of CoachU; a Mentor Coach of Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL), a Certified Assessment Coach for Hogan Assessment, and Trainer of SATIR Psychological Training Program for Adolescents.

Priscilla is an active participant and pioneer to promote mindfulness training into corporate environment. She believes this ancient but very model scientific training will bring significant impact to those energetic and very innovative new generation by helping them to get a much more life balance. It also follows with higher performance, more creativity, better focus, clarity and stability even under stressful work environment.

Priscilla is a MBA graduate from University of East Asia, Macau; and studied Applied Psychology at Beijing Normal University; and Human Resources Management at those early days at Hong Kong Personnel Management Association.

In 1999, Priscilla founded EPC Consulting Ltd. with her partner and was appointed as the General Manager of EPC in Beijing. The company offered dynamic HR Consulting Services in executive search, executive coaching, talent outsourcing, and project management training in China. Before moving and resided in Beijing, Priscilla was the HR Manager of Asia Pacific Regional Headquarter of Waste Management Inc. in Hong Kong; and then she worked as HR Manager for Belmont Capital Ltd., a China investment arm of Baring Brother Investment Inc. Before Belmont, she was in various roles in Hutchison Whampoa China Trading Division covering HR & Administration and China local trading business.

Apart from the corporate work, Priscilla also actively participate in charitable activities. She is currently the Board of Director of Beijing Maple Psychology Counselling Centre, Master Coach of Career Intelligence – a non-profit Training Organization, Advisor to China Children Teenager Foundation, and Advisor to Taiwan Godot Theatre’s History Alive non-Profit Organization on their development in China. Before that she was the Chairman of Project Committee, and Chairman of Vocational Services; and Vice President of Rotary Clubs in Beijing.

Dr. Xu Xuan (Dean, Intellectual Property Research Institute, Jinan University)

Dr. Xu Xuan

Dean, Intellectual Property Research Institute, Jinan University


Xu Xuan, is the Dean of Intellectual Property Research Institute of Jinan University, also the vice president of School of Law / Intellectual Property Institute, Jinan University. In addition, she is doctoral tutor and the chief expert of the national social science major issue: the implementation of intellectual property strategy research.

Vice President, China Intellectual Property Law Research Association China Executive Director, University Intellectual Property Research Association
Executive Director, Chinese science and Technology Research Association
Vice Executive President, Guangdong Province Intellectual Property Law Research Association
Vice President, Law Jurisprudence Research Association, Guangdong Province Executive Director, Judicial Theory Research Association, Guangdong Province Consulting Experts, Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court
Supervisor, Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court of Justice
Supervisor, Procuratorate, Guangdong province
Invited Experts, Judgment Theory and Trial Business, Guangdong Court
Chinese occupation lawyer,
Part-time lawyer

1. Third Prize, The Fourth Outstanding Paper of the Humanities and Social Sciences issued by Ministry of education.
2. The First “National Intellectual Property leading Talent”, issued by the State Intellectual Property Office on December 27, 2012
3. The First “Qianbaishi Talent of Intellectual Property”, issued by the State Intellectual Property Office on October 2010
4. First Prize, “Outstanding Achievements in Philosophy and Social Sciences in Guangdong province (2013)”. “The Interpretation of Intellectual Property Rights under the Fusion of Horizons" published in the "Chinese Social Sciences" the fifth, 2011

Main academic contributions
Professor Xu Xuan is trying to create a law theory (intellectual property rights) which has Chinese characteristics. She has made the preliminary results and achieved academic success.In addition, she completes the academic monograph, explaining “price theory” of intellectual property rights, publishes a number of excellent academic papers.

(1)Finishing the price theory of intellectual property rights. From the aspect of positive law, she reveals the internal mechanism of intellectual property law , and provides an analysis tool for the research of patent law, copyright law, trademark law, competition law, international intellectual property law. What’s more, she provides a theoretical basis and methods of intellectual property rights and helps the development and construction of Chinese innovation. Peking University Zheng Shengli writes Intellectual Property Dictionary which includes "price theory of intellectual property rights" as an entry. China Social Science claims that " Xu Xuan, professor of Jinan University School of law/School of intellectual property rights, suggests that people should use dialectical logic, understand intellectual property system from the existing intellectual property system to promote the sharing of wisdom, build a preliminary framework under the theoretical framework of intellectual property rights.

(2)Creatively coming up with a kind of legal thinking of balanced consideration. (published by the People's Court on July 16, 2011, Xu Xuan and Her Balanced Consideration of the Rule of Law)

(3)The study of the Marx doctrine was admitted by the experts of the Marxist Theory. “From the perspective of law and economics, the author thinks that Marx has contributed to a new interpretation of the principle, method and practice of the innovative country, which is based on the creative mechanism of property rights and the purpose of eternal innovation (Zhong Jun).” The Director of Mark doctrine and the Modern Research Center, the editor of Marx doctrine and the Reality, Li Huibin praises Professor Xu Xuan’s paper “Marx and Coase's theory of property right analysis” is a “great, very meaningful work.”

William Zarit (Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group, Chairman, AmCham China)

William Zarit

Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group, Chairman, AmCham China


William Zarit advises U.S. and Chinese companies on investment and government relations strategies, serves as a Senior Counselor at The Cohen Group, and is AmCham China 2017 Chairman.

As Minister for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Mr. Zarit led the U.S. Department of Commerce’s trade promotion and trade policy activities in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang. Mr. Zarit holds the title of Career Minister.

Prior to his posting to Beijing, Mr. Zarit was Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Operations, for the U.S. Commercial Service, overseeing Commercial Sections in U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. Mr. Zarit also served in Washington as the U.S. Commercial Service’s Regional Director for East Asia/Pacific.

Mr. Zarit previously served as Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at both the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and at the American Institute in Taiwan.

Before joining the U.S. Commercial Service Mr. Zarit was Economic and Commercial Program Officer for the New York-based National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Prior to that he served as Marketing Manager/China for the California-based telecommunications firm Pacific Telesis International, preceded by his work as Project Manager for the high-tech marketing firm China Business Associates, both positions based in Beijing. Mr. Zarit also served as Mandarin Chinese Interpreter for State Department Language Services.

He earned an M.B.A. with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Eric Zheng (President & CEO, AIG Insurance Company China Limited)

Eric Zheng

President & CEO, AIG Insurance Company China Limited


Eric Zheng is President & CEO of AIG Insurance Company China Limited (AIG China). Headquartered in Shanghai, AIG China is the largest wholly-owned international property-casualty insurer in China with a history dating back to 1992 when China first opened its market to foreign insurance companies. Prior to his current position, Eric served as General Manager of AIG Shanghai Branch, the largest branch operation of AIG China. Before his branch management role, Eric was Head of Strategic Planning for AIG China responsible for planning and executing business expansion strategies for AIG’s operations in China.

Prior to joining AIG, Eric served as the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou. As the most senior commercial officer representing the U.S. Department of Commerce in South China, Eric was responsible for marketing U.S. products and services and for assisting American companies with their operations in China. He spearheaded strong advocacy efforts for U.S. companies pursuing major business opportunities in both manufacturing and service sectors in China.

Before working for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Eric was a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the U.S. During his eight-year tenure with the largest professional services firm in the world, Eric had increasing levels of responsibility including managing the China Desk, a consulting service that advised multinational companies on doing business in China. In that capacity, he counseled numerous clients on market entry and operating strategies for China.

Eric is deeply involved in the local community by serving a number of voluntary roles such as Vice Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Vice President of Shanghai Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment, Vice Chair of the Committee of Foreign Insurance Companies under the Insurance Association of China, Adjunct Academic Advisor to the graduate students from the Insurance Master’s Program of Fudan University, Advisory Board member of Enactus China, and Council Member of Shanghai Make-A-Wish Charity Foundation. Eric holds a BA degree from Fudan University in Shanghai and an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He has been honored by the Shanghai municipal government with the prestigious Magnolia Gold Award in 2016 and the Magnolia Silver Award in 2013 for his significant contributions to the development of Shanghai.

Hanson Zheng (Chairman, Guangzhou Esoonby Information Technology Co.,Ltd; Chairman, 16 Area Wines; Co-founder, Guangzhou Winhong Information Technology Co.,Ltd; Vice President, Committee of American Investment of American Chamber of Commerce in South China; President, American Wine Club of American Chamber of Commerce in South China; Vice President, Guangdong Alcoholic Drinks Association, Wine Chapter)

Hanson Zheng

Chairman, Guangzhou Esoonby Information Technology Co.,Ltd; Chairman, 16 Area Wines; Co-founder, Guangzhou Winhong Information Technology Co.,Ltd; Vice President, Committee of American Investment of American Chamber of Commerce in South China; President, American Wine Club of American Chamber of Commerce in South China; Vice President, Guangdong Alcoholic Drinks Association, Wine Chapter


All began with wine.At the start of 16 Area Wines, Hanson Zheng already pointed out the destination for company. 16 Area Wines would only be agency and operate for good-quality wine brands. We took the advantage of the channel resource of upstream products to introduce the high-quality American wine into Chinese market, which aimed at making our people able to drink original import wine with high quality and high price ratio! In order to achieve this goal, Mr.Zheng makes great effort.

Create a layout of supply chain resource about the upstream core produces with American winery.At the preliminary stage, 16 Area Wine already cooperated with American famous winery. Since 2010, the company signed a strategic cooperation agreement with many great wine producers, became the single agency of the winery brands in Asian Pacific area, and finished the layout of supply chain resource about the upstream core produces. These producers include Castello di Amorosa,Oak Ridge Winery, Sawyer Cellars,King Estate,Willamette Valley Vineyards,Belle Vallee Cellars,and Hedges Family Estate.

Be active to join industrial cooperation, and regulate ourselves. Under the lead of Chairman Zheng, 16 Area Wine became a member of Guangdong Alcoholic Drinks Association, which provided a stage to communicate widely with industry insider and wine enthusiasts, and to improve the influence of American wine. 16 Area Wine was voted as “The Model Enterprise of Assured Wine Circulation”,“Excellent Agency of the Year”. Chairman Zheng was honored as “Excellent Entrepreneur of Wine Industry in Guangdong”.

Support American Chamber of Commerce in South China for every activity, and take part in kinds of activities about U.S.-China economic and cultural communication.
Since 2012, 16 Area Wine signed the agreement with Amcham South China and American Consulate General in Guangzhou to become the designated wine supplier of activities and member reception. Supporting the activities zealously for American Consulate General in Guangzhou, Amcham South China, and American School of Guangzhou, the company gained a lot of admiration. In August 2016, 16 Area Wine cooperated with Amcham South China to launch “ American Wine Club”, the first interest club in Amcham South China,to organize bountiful activities, build the social platform of wine, and promote the culture of American wine.

Participant grand exhibitions of alcohol all around the country,hold high-level tasting wine meetings, promote the culture of American wine. In recent years, 16 Area Wine takes part in different kinds of exhibitions of alcohol. Especially, the company held the first Party of Wealthy Families, “Screaming Eagle”dinner. The famous persons from all kind of works, wine experts, and media persons, all together sixty persons, were invited. This activity arose huge repercussion. 16 Area Wine and partners also regularly co-host free tasting activities with diverse forms, so that mass consumers have more opportunities to taste American great wine.

As for the expanding market, under Chairman Zheng’s integrated layout, except Pearl River Delta, 16 Area Wine entered the market of Northeast and Southeast,China, and stabilized the position in South and Middle China. The company enriched product line,and upgraded the structure of products.According to different sale channels, the company released diverse products to protrude their unique advantages. With the opening of grand club and professional winery, 16 Area Wine set up the direct selling model to provide customers with all-aspect,one-stop experience of wine culture.

Pioneer of big data in China. 2014, Chairman Zheng leaded the establishment of Guangzhou Esoonby Information Technology Co.,Ltd. The company provides services including software development,system integration,information safety,custom-made Internet product,developing and carrying out large website. Esoonby connects pain point of enterprises with the creative way, and solute the problems through the combining pain point with new technology. Especially,it ranks on the top of technology of collecting and analyzing big data.

Joe Zhou (Managing Director,Valuation Advisory Services,Duff & Phelps)

Joe Zhou

Managing Director,Valuation Advisory Services,Duff & Phelps


Joe is a managing director of both Duff & Phelps and DP International Appraisal Limited, who leads the valuation services for China requirements such as tax filing, financial reporting, state-owned enterprises related transactions, joint ventures, initial public offering, etc. for both multinational and Chinese domestic clients. He is responsible for financial consulting services and business development in relation to multinational corporations’ inbound investments and Chinese enterprises’ foreign listings and acquisitions. Joe has successfully served many multinational companies and Chinese domestic companies with valuation, and consulting services for merger and acquisition, stock listing, due diligence, financial reporting, joint venture and other purposes.   
Joe had been a part-time professor at Peking University and the tutor of a master program of Valuation at Zhongnan University of Economics and law. He has been often invited to speak for the Chinese government and governmental/regulatory authorities, chambers of commerce, professional bodies, stock exchanges, and media organizations. Joe is also active in the international and Chinese business communities. Joe had served as the Co-Chair of IPR Committee of American Chamber of Commerce in South China and has been the Governor of American Chamber of Commerce in South China since 2003. In Jan 2012, Joe was awarded a certificate by the U.S. Department of Commerce for his contribution to Sino-US trade.

Master of Business Administration, Southern Cross University, Australia
Doctor of Business Administration, University of Newcastle, Australia

Professional Affiliations
The International Association of Registered Financial Planners (IRFP)
Institute of Financial Accountants (FFA)
Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
The International Association of Consultants, Valuators and Analysts (ICVS)