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Breakfast & Learn Workshop: Rolling Forecasts with Robust Cloud Corporate, Performance Management Solution: Your Guide to Success

Stephen Yu
Financial Planning and Analysis, One Consulting

Mar 3, 2015 (Tue) - 8:00am

Women in the Boardroom. Is Hong Kong leading or lagging in Asia?

*Vivian Lam, Partner, Paul Hastings
* Deirdre Lander, Director, OBE Organic and Director - Data, Surveys & Technology Hong Kong, Towers Watson
*Alice Au, Board Member, Spencer Stuart
*Su-Mei Thompson, CEO, The Women’s Foundation (Moderator)

Hosted By the Women of Influence Committee

Mar 4, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

Sustainable Investing: What it Means for You

Ronnie Lim
Senior Investment Specialist, Robeco Hong Kong

Hosted By the Financial Services Committee

Mar 5, 2015 (Thu) - 8:00am

Navigating the New Realities of Managing Wealth in a Volatile Global Environment

*Larry Hughes. Chief Executive Officer, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
*Don Heberle, Executive Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Hosted By the Financial Services Committee

Mar 5, 2015 (Thu) - 12:00pm

U.S. Agricultural Market Prospects

Michael T. Scuse, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington

Hosted By the Food & Beverage Committee

Mar 6, 2015 (Fri) - 8:00am

AmCham Women of Influence Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Women of Influence Committee

Mar 6, 2015 (Fri) - 12:30pm

Monthly Networking Drinks

Hosted By the Real Estate Committee

Mar 9, 2015 (Mon) - 6:30pm

Breakfast & Learn Workshop: The ABCs of college admissions are not just Amherst, Brown, and Columbia - Navigating The US College Admissions Process

Carole R. Bird, Director, Apply Ivy Limited

Mar 10, 2015 (Tue) - 8:00am

HKSAR Government Series: Healthcare Financing - Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS)

Dr. KO Wing-man, BBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Hosted By the Pharmaceutical Committee

Mar 10, 2015 (Tue) - 11:45am

AmCham Entrepreneurs/SME Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Mar 10, 2015 (Tue) - 12:30pm

2015 APCAC Business Summit

Keynote speakers includes:
*Minister Lim Hng Kiang, Ministry of Trade and Industry

*George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marina Bay Sands and
Managing Director – Global Development, Las Vegas Sands Corp.

*Jim Rogers, Global Investor and Author of Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets

Mar 11, 2015 (Wed) - 9:00am

How Smart is the Smart Grid?

Simon Pontin
Chief Technology Officer, Itron, Inc.

Hosted By the Energy Committee

Mar 11, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

Developing Strategic Shock Absorbers for Turbulent Times

Dr. Jeff Sampler
Professor of Management, CEIBS

Mar 11, 2015 (Wed) - 4:00pm

The New India Tax Act and Singapore Tax Acts

Rohan Solapurkar, Director of Taxes, Deloitte Management Services Pte. Ltd.

Hosted By the Taxation Committee

Mar 13, 2015 (Fri) - 8:00am

Intellectual Property Protection Mechanism and Effort of the Alibaba Group

David Ho, Legal Counsel, Alibaba Group

Hosted By the Intellectual Property Committee

Mar 13, 2015 (Fri) - 12:00pm

AmCham Financial Services Committee Meeting (AmCham Members only)

Hosted By the Financial Services Committee

Mar 17, 2015 (Tue) - 12:00pm

How to Drive Innovation in Hong Kong?

*Richard Lancaster, Chief Executive Officer, CLP Holdings
*Egidio Zarrella, Clients and Innovation Partner, KPMG
*Darrell Mann, CEO and Technical Director, Systematic Innovation
*Charles Mok, Legislative Councillor (IT)
Moderator: Sarah Clarke, TV Presenter, Reporter and Producer, ABC

Hosted By the Information & Communication Technology Committee

Mar 18, 2015 (Wed) - 8:00am

Security and Cloud Risk Management

Jerry Wertelecky
CPA, Fellow HKIoD, Managing Director, Cloud Transformation & Security Solutions (CTSS)

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Mar 19, 2015 (Thu) - 8:00am

Succession Planning: Why Does It Matter?

Louisa Wong, Founder and Executive Chairman, Bó Lè Associates

Hosted By the Human Resources Committee

Mar 19, 2015 (Thu) - 12:00pm

Joint Business Community Luncheon: 2015-2016 Budget

The Honorable John C Tsang
Financial Secretary, The Government of the HKSAR

Mar 19, 2015 (Thu) - 12:15pm

Breakfast & Learn Workshop: Building Trusted Relationships

Patrick Eng, Executive Consultant, Connect Communication Limited

Mar 20, 2015 (Fri) - 8:00am

[SPOTLIGHT SESSION] The Cloud Should Connect Everything in Your Business

Will O'Dwyer, Partner, Fern Ltd.

Mar 20, 2015 (Fri) - 12:00pm

The CEO Reputation Premium: Gaining Advantage in the Engagement Era

Micho F. Spring
Chair, Global Corporate Practice
President, Weber Shandwick New England

Hosted By the Communications & Marketing Committee

Mar 23, 2015 (Mon) - 8:00am

AmCham Human Resources Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Human Resources Committee

Mar 24, 2015 (Tue) - 8:00am

Reputation Risk and Crisis Management

* Melissa Fung, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
* Niall Archibald, Associate Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Hosted By the Communications & Marketing Committee

Mar 24, 2015 (Tue) - 12:00pm

New Member Welcome Cocktail

(AmCham Members Only, First-time Attendees Only)

Mar 24, 2015 (Tue) - 6:30pm

Expert Series: Recalibrating on US-China Relations

Christopher K. Johnson
Senior adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Mar 25, 2015 (Wed) - 8:00am

Tax and Financial Planning for Young Professionals: Better Now Than Later

*Alvin Yam, Executive Director, EXS Capital
*Aska Mak, CPA, Hong kong and Australia; Manager, Kenneth Chau & Co.
*Ishali Patel, Senior Manager, Buzzacott Livingstone

Hosted By the Young Professionals Committee

Mar 25, 2015 (Wed) - 6:30pm

New Indirect Transfer Rules in China: Impact on Corporate Reorganization and Merger & Acquisition Activities?

*Dr. Danny Po, Asia-Pacific & China National Leader, Mergers & Acquisitions Tax Services, Deloitte China
*William Lee, Director, Mergers & Acquisitions - Tax Services, Deloitte China

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Mar 26, 2015 (Thu) - 8:00am

Taxation of Intellectual Property, Recent Trends and Tax Planning

Pieter de Ridder, Partner, Mayer Brown JSM (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Hosted By the Intellectual Property Committee

Mar 26, 2015 (Thu) - 12:00pm

Best Business and Accounting Practices for SMEs

Veronica Dang, Founder and Managing Director, Global Accounting Outsourcing Services Limited

(Postponed from February 12)

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Mar 30, 2015 (Mon) - 12:00pm

Tax Incentives for Eco-Friendly Activity

*David Schneider, Tax Partner, KPMG US
*Lindsey O’Malley, Tax Senior Manager, KPMG US
*Daniel Hui, Tax Principal, KPMG China

Hosted By the Taxation Committee

Mar 31, 2015 (Tue) - 8:00am

Reinventing Fire - A Superefficient, Renewable, Profitable U.S. and China Strategy

Hosted by Energy & Environment Committees

Amory Lovins, Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

Mar 31, 2015 (Tue) - 12:00pm

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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.