Ambassador Craig Allen President at US-China Business Council Ambassador Craig Allen President at US-China Business Council
On July 26, 2018, Craig Allen began his tenure in Washington, DC, as the sixth President of the United States-China Business Council (USCBC), a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing over 200 American companies doing business with China. Prior to joining USCBC, Craig had a long, distinguished career in US public service.
Craig began his government career in 1985 at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). He entered government as a Presidential Management Intern, rotating through the four branches of ITA. From 1986 to 1988, he was an international economist in ITA’s China Office. In 1988, Craig transferred to the American Institute in Taiwan, where he served as Director of the American Trade Center in Taipei. He held this position until 1992, when he returned to the Department of Commerce for a three-year posting at the US Embassy in Beijing as Commercial Attaché. In 1995, Craig was assigned to the US Embassy in Tokyo, where he served as a Commercial Attaché. In 1998, he was promoted to Deputy Senior Commercial Officer. In 1999, Craig became a member of the Senior Foreign Service. From 2000, Craig served a two-year tour at the National Center for APEC in Seattle. While there, he worked on the APEC Summits in Brunei, China, and Mexico. In 2002, it was back to Beijing, where Craig served as the Senior Commercial Officer. In Beijing, Craig was promoted to the Minister Counselor rank of the Senior Foreign Service. After a four-year tour in South Africa, Craig became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. He later became Deputy Assistant Secretary for China. Craig was sworn in as the United States ambassador to Brunei Darussalam on December 19, 2014. He served there until July 2018, when he transitioned to President of the US-China Business Council. Craig received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Studies in 1979. He received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1985. ### The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of roughly 200 American companies that do business with China. For over four and a half decades, USCBC has provided unmatched information, advisory, advocacy, and program services to its membership. Through its offices in Washington, DC; Beijing; and Shanghai, USCBC is uniquely positioned to serve its members’ interests in the United States and China. Professor Michael Enright A “World Reigning strategy guru” ; Professor, School of Business, University of Hong Kong; Director of Johnson Electric Holdings; Former Faculty of Harvard Business School Professor Michael Enright A “World Reigning strategy guru” ; Professor, School of Business, University of Hong Kong; Director of Johnson Electric Holdings; Former Faculty of Harvard Business School
Called “one of the world’s reigning strategy gurus” by the Academy of International Business, Michael Enright is a world leading expert on competitiveness, national and regional economic development, and international business strategy. He is Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Director of Competitiveness Programs at the Hong Kong Institute for Economics and Business Strategy, and Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member of The Competitiveness Institute, a global professional body with affiliates in more than 100 nations. He is Director at Enright, Scott & Associates, an economic and strategic consultancy, an Independent Non-Executive Director of Johnson Electric Holdings, and a former faculty member of the Harvard Business School.
Professor Enright has directed major reviews of the competitiveness of more than 20 economies on five continents and has co-authored or co-edited fifteen books, including China Into the Future: Making Sense of the World’s Most Dynamic Economy, The Greater Pearl River Delta, Regional Powerhouse: The Greater Pearl River Delta and the Rise of China, The Hong Kong Advantage, Australia: From Lucky Country to Competitive Country, Studies in Swiss Competitiveness, Venezuela: The Challenge of Competitiveness, and Upgrading New Zealand’s Competitive Advantage. His work on competitiveness and on the economies of Hong Kong and China has been featured in Asian Business, Asia Inc, the Asian Wall Street Journal, Business Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Financial Times, Fortune, the Harvard Business Review, Newsweek, the South China Morning Post, the Straits Times, Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, WorldLink, the Yale Review of Books, and many others. His Developing China: The Remarkable Impact of Foreign Direct Investment, sponsored by the Hinrich Foundation (https://hinrichfoundation.com/trade-research/fdi-in-china/), is a comprehensive and ground-breaking study of foreign investment in China and its impact on China’s economy. Most recently, he has completed a nine-month study of the Greater Bay Area sponsored by the 2022 Foundation (http://www.2022foundation.com/publications.html). Professor Enright received his A.B. (with honors), his M.B.A. (with distinction), and his Ph.D. (in Business Economics as a Dean’s Doctoral Fellow) all from Harvard University. Before coming to Asia in 1996, Enright spent six years as a Professor in the Competition and Strategy Group at the Harvard Business School, where he helped found the modern school of competitiveness analysis. Dr. Harley Seyedin President at AmCham South China Dr. Harley Seyedin President at AmCham South China
Special Advisor, President George H. W. Bush China-U.S. Relations Foundation
Winner of 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award, Awarded by the Committee of Nobel Laureates in Peace and Economics Among less than 20 individuals to be awarded the Thomas Jefferson Initiated “Peace Through Commerce Medal” by the U.S. Government since its inception in 1790 and the only person in history to have been awarded both the Oslo Business for Peace Award and the Peace Through Commerce Medal. 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. President, the American Chamber of Commerce in South China President, Allelon Energy Partners Visiting Scholar, Jinan University, PRC In August 2018, Dr. Harley Seyedin was appointed as the Special Advisor to Chairman at President George H. W. Bush China-U.S. Relations Foundation. On March 28, 2017, Dr. Harley Seyedin and Elon Musk won 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 228 years since its inception. This Medal is the highest honor awarded to an individual by the U.S. Department of Commerce.