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AmCham Women of Influence Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

(This meeting has been postponed to Friday, October 10, 12:30-2pm. An announcement has been posted for registration. Thanks)

Hosted By the Women of Influence Committee

Oct 3, 2014 (Fri) - 12:30pm

Changes to the Trade Descriptions Ordinance – A Year On

*Eugene Low, Senior Associate - IP & TMT Group, Mayer Brown JSM
*Alan Chiu, Partner - IP & TMT Group, Mayer Brown JSM

Hosted By the Intellectual Property Committee

Oct 6, 2014 (Mon) - 12:00pm

Monthly Networking Drinks

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Oct 6, 2014 (Mon) - 6:30pm

Best Practice Energy Saving in Buildings – A Property Owner and Manager’s Perspective

Ir. Cary Chan, Head of Technical Services and Sustainability, Swire Properties Limited and Director, Hong Kong Green Building Council

Hosted By the Environment Committee

Oct 7, 2014 (Tue) - 12:00pm

From the PRD to Southeast Asia: Comparing Manufacturing Tradeoffs in Vietnam and Beyond

Alberto Vettoretti
Managing Partner, Dezan Shira & Associates

Hosted By the Apparel & Footwear Committee

Oct 9, 2014 (Thu) - 8:00am

AmCham Human Capital Conference Planning Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Oct 10, 2014 (Fri) - 8:30am

How do leadership team in Asia perform: Trends from research and actual company experience

*Mitya New, Managing Director, Leading Organisations and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
*Prof. Elizabeth George, Professor of Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
*Karel Bakkes, Senior Advisor, Strategic Client Programme, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, China

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Oct 10, 2014 (Fri) - 12:00pm

AmCham Women of Influence Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Women of Influence Committee

Oct 10, 2014 (Fri) - 12:30pm

China's Antitrust Escalation

Nathan Bush
Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Oct 13, 2014 (Mon) - 12:00pm

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Influencing, Persuasion and Negotiation

Eric Sampson, Senior Executive Consultant, Connect Communication Limited

Oct 14, 2014 (Tue) - 12:00pm

The Megatrends for Emerging Chinese Cities

Dr. Liu Qian (Louise)
Deputy Director, China Service, Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist Group

Hosted By the Trade & Investment Committee

Oct 15, 2014 (Wed) - 8:00am

Using Small Unmanned Aerial Systems for Enterprise Solutions

Michael Perry
Public Relations Manager, DJI

Hosted By the Information & Communication Technology Committee

Oct 16, 2014 (Thu) - 12:00pm

2014 AmCham SME Forum: Where Is Your Business Heading?

*Jim Haybyrne, Chairman & CEO, Strategic Thinking Group
*Tom Gorman, Chairman & Editor-In-Chief, FORTUNE China
*Simon Squibb, CEO & Founder, NEST Investments
*Elizabeth Thomson, Chairwoman & Founder, The Amber Foundation Ltd.
*Brendan Blumer, Founder,
*Claire Fenner, Founder & CEO, Heels & Deals Ltd.
*Melissa Guzy, Managing Partner, Arbor Ventures
*Kevin Leung, CEO, Muku Labs
*Katie McGregor, Marketing Consultant & Founder, Conduit Communications
*Gabriella Zavatti, Founder and CEO, ZAVVA Concepts Ltd.

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Oct 16, 2014 (Thu) - 1:45pm

Storytelling "In The Now": How Brands and Companies Are Evolving to Meet the Challenges of A Content-Obsessed, Converging, Real-Time World

Cathy Calhoun
Chief Client Officer, Weber Shandwick

Hosted By the Communications & Marketing Committee

Oct 17, 2014 (Fri) - 12:00pm

AmCham HK Business Leadership Delegation to Guangzhou

Guangdong Government officials

Oct 21, 2014 (Tue) - 8:30am

The Economic Impact of Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Campaign

Arthur R. Kroeber
Head of research, Gavekal Dragonomics
Editor, China Economic Quarterly

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Oct 22, 2014 (Wed) - 12:00pm

The U.S. Mid-Term Elections and Beyond

Frank Lavin
CEO and Founder, Export Now

Oct 23, 2014 (Thu) - 12:00pm

Funding Healthy Urban Aging: Public/Private Partnerships – nice or necessary

*Richard Yuen, Permanent Secretary for Health, The Government of the Hong Kong SAR
*Marianne Gilchrist, Director, Head of Health Solutions, Reinsurance Client Markets Asia, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.
*Bonnie Lui, Chief Life Product Officer, AXA Hong Kong
*Geoffrey Lieu, Chairman, Hong Kong Healthcare Corporation Limited & Chairman Emeritus, Institute for Health Policy and Systems Research
*Maryan Broadbent, Group Corporate Solutions, AIA (Moderator)

Hosted By the Insurance & Healthcare Committee

Oct 28, 2014 (Tue) - 12:00pm

IP Strategy for SMEs

*Gabriela Kennedy, Partner, Mayer Brown JSM
*Ruth Stackpool-Moore, Managing Counsel, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Oct 30, 2014 (Thu) - 12:00pm

2014 AmCham Inter-Chamber Golf Tournament

Hosted By the Sports & Entertainment Committee

Oct 31, 2014 (Fri) - 10:00am

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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

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 /
For more information about program details, please contact William Lin at 2530-6915 / or Cynthia O at 2530-6928 /

The conference flyer is attached HERE for registration purposes.
To view more / agenda for reference, please visit



*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)


Date: May 9, 2014

Time: 08:00am - 03:30pm

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

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Grand Ballroom, Level 2
8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong

Ms. Beverly Yau
Subject line: "Date of event /Speaker(s) name or event title"

Media registration at 8:15am. For media inquiries, please email to

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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.