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AmCham Trade & Investment Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Trade & Investment Committee

Jan 6, 2015 (Tue) - 12:15pm

President Xi’s efforts to render China into the Middle Kingdom--again-- the center of the earth and no less

Dr. Willy Lam
Adjunct Professor, History Department and the Center for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Jan 7, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

2015 Chairman Inaugural Luncheon -The Road Ahead: Envisioning AmCham 2020

Peter J. Levesque
Chief Commercial Officer, Modern Terminals Limited, Hong Kong

Jan 12, 2015 (Mon) - 12:00pm

Monthly Networking Drinks

Hosted by the Apparel & Footwear and Energy Committees

Jan 12, 2015 (Mon) - 6:30pm

Meet the new Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - The Future of Consumer Product Safety

Elliot F. Kaye
Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Hosted By the Apparel & Footwear Committee

Jan 13, 2015 (Tue) - 8:30am

The Future of Business Education

David A. Thomas
Dean and William R. Berkley Chair, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Jan 14, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

Leveraging the Power of Technology for Real-Time Supply Chain Transparency

Jessica Rivas
Business Development Manager, Good World Solutions

Hosted By the Apparel & Footwear Committee

Jan 15, 2015 (Thu) - 8:00am

Saving Time and Money: Cost Effective Resources for SMEs

Dan Harrison, Director Business Development, Palmyra Asia

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Jan 15, 2015 (Thu) - 12:30pm

Total Customer Experience Management

David Jacques
Founder & Principal Consultant, Customer input Limited

Hosted By the Communications & Marketing Committee

Jan 16, 2015 (Fri) - 12:00pm

AmCham Young Professionals Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Young Professionals Committee

Jan 19, 2015 (Mon) - 6:30pm

Breakfast & Learn Workshop: Influencing, Persuasion and Negotiation

Patrick Eng, Executive Consultant, Connect Communication Limited

Jan 20, 2015 (Tue) - 8:00am

How BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Initiative will impact MNCs in China and Hong Kong?

Patrick Cheung
Partner, Transfer Pricing Service, Deloitte China

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Jan 20, 2015 (Tue) - 12:00pm

AmCham Law Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Law Committee

Jan 21, 2015 (Wed) - 8:00am

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Make A Change, A Better Travel Program for Your Organisation in 2015

Mabel Leung, Head of Sales - Corporate Travel, Swire Travel

Jan 21, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

New Pilot Scheme for e-Discovery: Impact on corporate information governance

*Menachem Hasofer, Partner, Mayer Brown JSM
*Nathan Hughes, Business Development Director, Epiq Systems

Hosted By the Intellectual Property Committee

Jan 22, 2015 (Thu) - 8:00am

Bitcoin: Bridging the Gap between New and Old World Banking

*Larry Salibra, Founder & CEO, Pay4Bugs
*Aurélien Menant, CEO, Gatecoin
*Arthur Hayes, Co-Founder & CEO, BitMEX
*George Harrap, CEO, Bitspark

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Jan 22, 2015 (Thu) - 12:00pm

Introduction to the Consultation on the Proposed Application of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Madrid Protocol) to the Hong Kong SAR

Connie Law, Acting Assistant Director of Intellectual Property (Registration), Intellectual Property Department, The Government of the Hong Kong SAR

Hosted By the Intellectual Property Committee

Jan 23, 2015 (Fri) - 12:00pm

AmCham Human Capital Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Jan 27, 2015 (Tue) - 8:00am

Current trends and key considerations when mobilising talent to Hong Kong

*Robert Keys, Partner, International Assignment Services, PwC Hong Kong
*Bruce Lee, Director, International Assignment Services, PwC Hong Kong

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Jan 28, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

AmCham HK Benchmark Chinese Company Study Mission: SF Express

Hosted By the Transportation & Logistics Committee

Jan 29, 2015 (Thu) - 7:45am

How to Boost Hong Kong’s Entrepreneurial Culture

*Mr. Alvin Miu, COO & CFO, MF Jebsen Group; Mentor, Google-CUHK Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Program
*Dr. Edmund Lee Tak-yue, Executive Director, Hong Kong Design Centre
*Professor Kevin Au, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
*Ms. Mary Cheung, Founder, JOBDOH; Participant, Google-CUHK Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Program
*Mr. Dan Harrison, Director, Business Development, Palmyra Asia (Moderator)

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Jan 29, 2015 (Thu) - 12:00pm

APEC 2015: The Philippines Means Business

Special price for booking two events on Jan 30

*Laura del Rosario, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, Philippines & 2015 Chair of the APEC Senior Officials
*Robert Wang, U.S. Senior Official for APEC, U.S. Department of State
*Doris Magsaysay Ho, President and CEO, Magsaysay Group of Companies and 2015 APEC Business Advisory Council Chair
*Bart Peterson, SVP, Corporate Affairs & Communications, Eli Lilly and US ABAC Member
*Guillermo Luz, Private Sector Co-Chairman, Philippines National Competitiveness Council & Alternate ABAC Member, Philippines
*Jeff Hardee, Director, Government & Corporate Affairs, Asia Pacific & Singapore Country Manager, Caterpillar and Alternate ABAC Member, USA
*Steven Xavier Chan, Vice President, Head of Regulatory, Industry & Government Affairs, Asia Pacific State Street Asia Limited, Hong Kong
*Monica Whaley, President, NCAPEC and Alternate ABAC Member, USA
*Charles Lawrence Greenwood, Jr., Senior Managing Director for Government Relations, Asia, MetLife

Hosted By the Financial Services Committee

Jan 30, 2015 (Fri) - 12:00pm

The Road to APEC 2015: Opportunities and Challenges for the Financial Services Industry

Special price for booking two events on Jan 30

Dr. Julius Caesar Parreñas
Senior Advisor, Nomura and APFF Coordinator

Hosted By the Financial Services Committee

Jan 30, 2015 (Fri) - 3:00pm

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EVENT DETAILS

AmCham China Conference - Managing in a Maturing China

8:00am Registration/ Coffee/ Sponsors’ Exhibitions
8:20am – 3:30pm Conference(Lunch included, 12:15pm-2:00pm)
 
Hosted by the China Affairs Group
 
AmCham’s annual China Conference is structured to provide practical, near-term insights and assessments for effective business development in Hong Kong and China.

After more than 30 years of rapid growth, China is a maturing economy. The business climate for foreign MNCs and SMEs operating in China – both old timers and new-to-market companies – face worrisome challenges from rising costs coupled with intensifying competition from domestic businesses. Nevertheless, China’s continuing urbanization, emerging middle class, aging population, and recent adjustments in various social policies offer huge potential for business growth. In this changing environment, how can foreign businesses maintain their competitiveness in China and adapt to the new market circumstances to win consumers? In addition, what role can Hong Kong play in this historic transformation of China’s business environment, particularly in services?

 
Gain insights on these and related issues at this exceptional one-day event. Take the opportunity to learn from and interact with senior business executives, policy makers and other experts through two keynote speeches and five highly interactive panels.
 
The conference flyer is attached HERE for registration purposes.
To view more / agenda for reference, please visit www.amcham.org.hk/China-Conference.html

PROGRAM (For speakers' bio, please click on their names)
Opening Keynote (8:40am - 9:25am)
Frank Lavin, CEO and Founder, Export Now; Former Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce and Former US Ambassador to Singapore
  
Luncheon Keynote: A Conversation with Jing Ulrich (1:15pm - 2:00pm)
Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Tara Joseph, Editor-in-Charge, Reuters TV, Asia (Moderator)

Panel I: China’s Mass Urbanization: Get with the Flow, or Fail (9:30am - 10:30am)
China is undergoing an unprecedented urbanization. With more than 700 million people living in the cities already, another 150 million are expected to move from the countryside to cities over the next decade. Along with urbanization, the middle class is booming, the population is aging, and the current social benefit system needs substantial reform. Does Hong Kong have a role to play in these areas? As China tries to manage this historic transformation, what are the opportunities for foreign firms to assist? How can existing foreign businesses maintain their competitiveness in China and adapt to the new market circumstances to win consumers?
 
Peter Levesque, Chief Commercial Officer, Modern Terminals Ltd. (Moderator)
Michael A. Jones, Vice President, Global Business Development, General Electric
Michael Klibaner, Regional Director & Head of Research - Greater China, JLL
Jay Walder, CEO, MTR Corporation


Three Concurrent Breakout Sessions(Panels II – IV, 11:00am-12:15pm. Please refer to booking form for selection):

Panel II: Government Hand-Outs or the Invisible Hand?
For two decades China has been trying to shift from a planned economy to a market economy, but government still plays a major role in the market. The recent CPC Third Plenum announced that market will be the decisive factor in economy. What does that mean for SOEs as well as private and foreign businesses? What are the opportunities and challenges? If the economy slows down, will the government still let the market rule?
 
Robert Grieves, Chairman & CEO, Hamilton Advisors Limited (Moderator)
Brian Murray, Group Chief Economist, Investment Department, AIA Group Limited
William Overholt, President, Fung Global Institute
Yu Liming, Vice President, China Merchants Group

Panel III: Lead or Follow? HK’s Role in PRD Integration
The greater PRD area offers great potential for Hong Kong business development and social/economic integration, especially in services. How can Hong Kong help drive world-class developments in the planned PRD Free Trade Area, maximizing new transportation links between Hong Kong and PRD? Will Hong Kong be a leader or a follower in this regional integration? How can the Hong Kong government and the business community best ensure a strong role for Hong Kong in PRD development and economic maturation? 

Seth Peterson, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles (Moderator)
Colin Browne, VP and Managing Director of Asia Sourcing, VF Asia Ltd.
Ben Simpfendorfer, Founder and Managing Director, Silk Road Associates
Alan Turley, Vice President - International Affairs, APAC, FedEx Express
 
Panel IV: China E-Commerce: the Most Important Business Battleground in the World
China e-commerce is at the intersection of the two most important business trends in the world today: the rise of the Chinese consumer and the rise of e-commerce.  Not only are these two trends shaping China’s economy, China e-commerce is increasingly setting the pace for the world.  The good news is international companies are increasingly able to compete and win in this strategic space.  Find out how your company can develop an effective China e-commerce strategy.
 
Josh Goldman, Global Leader, Digital Shopping Measurement, Nielsen (Moderator)
Sujith Abraham, Group Vice President, Asia Pacific Strategy & Sales Department, Oracle
Frank Lavin, CEO and Founder, Export Now
Thibault Villet, CEO, Glamour Sales China

Panel V: China’s Financial Reforms: Over-hyped or the Real Thing? (2:00pm - 3:15pm)
China appears to be speeding up its financial reforms and new measures are being floated in Qianhai and in the new Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. As China's foreign exchange reserves continue to climb and booming internet financing brings unprecedented competition on traditional financing, are financial reforms over-hyped or will there be real traction? What needs closest watching? What could impact risk assessment most for foreign businesses invested in Mainland China and Hong Kong? 
 
Beth Smits, Head of Public Affairs & Communications, Asia Pacific, SWIFT (Moderator)
Simon Gleave, Regional Head, Financial Services, KPMG
Robert Kung, China Country Executive and Head of Global Client Management, BNY Mellon
Anthony Neoh, Former Chief Advisor, China Securities Regulatory Commission
 

Supporting Organizations will benefit from AmCham member rates. For the supporting organizations registering through AmCham, please click on the “flyer” , complete the form and check the “Supporting Organization Rate”, and fax it to Beverly Yau, AmCham at +(852) 3753-1202.

Sponsorship form is attached HERE. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact
Mary Simpson at 2530-6922 / msimpson@amcham.org.hk
 
For more information about program details, please contact William Lin at 2530-6915 / wlin@amcham.org.hk or Cynthia O at 2530-6928 / cyo@amcham.org.hk

The conference flyer is attached HERE for registration purposes.
 
To view more / agenda for reference, please visit www.amcham.org.hk/China-Conference.html

 

SPEAKER(S)

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
*Frank Lavin, CEO and Founder, Export Now; Former Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce and Former US Ambassador to Singapore (Opening Keynote)
*Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Luncheon Keynote)

REGISTRATION

Date: May 9, 2014

Time: 08:00am - 03:30pm

Fees:
Member: HK$1,580
Non-member: HK$1,880
Corporate table: HK$20,000

Venue:
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Grand Ballroom, Level 2
8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
[MAP]

Inquiries:
Ms. Beverly Yau
Email: byau@amcham.org.hk
Subject line: "Date of event /Speaker(s) name or event title"

Media registration at 8:15am. For media inquiries, please email to publicaffairs@amcham.org.hk


Media: Open to Media

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Terms and Conditions

* Presentation materials will be distributed to MEMBER ATTENDEES only.

* To ensure that we capture all your online registrations on time before the event, the online booking system will be deactivated 48 hours prior to the event

* An email confirmation will be sent to the registered participant's email. Online bookings will generate an automated confirmation via e-mail.

* Membership is on an individual basis. Non-members can only attend at non-member price.

* All cancellations must be notified in writing at least two working days prior to the event, or six working days prior to the conference. No-shows will be charged.

* Faxed or mailed booking forms received without payment (check/cash) will be considered void, unless valid credit card details are given as guarantee.

* When Typhoon 8 (or above) or Black Rainstorm Signal is hoisted, all events will be cancelled.