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Who is Xi? An Assessment of China's President Three Years after Taking Office

Professor Kerry Brown
Executive Director of China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics, University of Sydney

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Oct 2, 2015 (Fri) - 8:00am

AmCham Women of Influence Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Women of Influence Committee

Oct 2, 2015 (Fri) - 12:30pm

Monthly Networking Drinks

Hosted by Information & Communication Technology Committee and Law Committee

Oct 5, 2015 (Mon) - 6:30pm

Discovery Without Boundaries

Professor David Roblin, FRCP FFPM, COO and Director of Scientific Translation, The Francis Crick Institute

NOTE: Change of meeting room. Thanks.

Hosted By the Insurance & Healthcare Committee

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

The Scenes at Home behind Xi’s Visit to the U.S.

Professor Chenggang Xu
Chung Hon-Dak Professor in Economic Development, The University of Hong Kong

Hosted by Financial Service Committee

Hosted By the China Business Committee

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

World Justice Project Rule of Law Index

Dr. Alejandro Ponce, Chief Research Officer, World Justice Project

Hosted By the Law Committee

Oct 8, 2015 (Thu) - 8:00am

Challenging Times Ahead for Hong Kong Banks

* Paul McSheaffrey, Partner and Head of Banking for KPMG Hong Kong, KPMG China
* Wilson Pang, Partner, Financial Advisory, KPMG Business Advisory (China) Co. Limited

Oct 8, 2015 (Thu) - 8:00am

US Tax, Estate Planning and Investment Issues for Americans Residing Abroad

*Erik Wallace, Partner, Withers Hong Kong
*Mark Scher, Senior Wealth Manager, MAESCO Private Wealth
*Wayne Bewick, Partner, Trowbridge Professional Corporation

Hosted By the Taxation Committee

Oct 8, 2015 (Thu) - 4:00pm

Recovery or Bust? Prospects for Asian Markets

*Aaron Scott Boesky, CEO, Marco Polo Pure Asset Management
*Simon Cox, Managing Director and Investment Strategist, BNY Mellon Investment Management Asia Pacific
*Ernest Ng, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Sumeru Capital
*Steven Xavier Chan, Vice President, Head of Regulatory, Industry and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, State Street (Moderator)

Hosted By the Financial Services Committee

Oct 9, 2015 (Fri) - 12:00pm

Visit to the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Intellectual Property Committee

Oct 12, 2015 (Mon) - 10:15am

AmCham Entrepreneurs/SME Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Oct 13, 2015 (Tue) - 12:30pm

Jing Ulrich on China

*Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
*John Dawson, Director, Artemis Associates (Moderator)

Hosted By the China Business Committee

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

Lunch & Learn Workshop: International School or Local School

Dr Maggie Koong, the Chief Principal of VEO and school director of VSA

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

College Education in the New Era

David Oxtoby
President, Pomona College

Hosted By the Education Committee

Oct 14, 2015 (Wed) - 2:15pm

Navigating US Enforcement Risk in Asia

Adam Siegel, Regional Managing Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, US LLP

Hosted By the Law Committee

Oct 14, 2015 (Wed) - 4:00pm

AmCham Taxation Committee Meeting (Members Only)

Hosted By the Taxation Committee

Oct 15, 2015 (Thu) - 4:00pm

Gateway to the STARs: Want to sell your services outside Hong Kong? Using APEC's STAR Database as a key to entering new markets

David Dodwell
Executive Director, the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Group and
Chief Executive, Strategic Access Limited

Hosted By the Trade & Investment Committee

Oct 16, 2015 (Fri) - 8:00am

Global Residential Investment Markets On Focus: Australia, Canada, London, and America

*Doris Lam, Senior Manager, Head of North America Desk, Hong Kong, Savills
*Gareth Hart, Director, Colliers International
*Martina Hui, Leading Edge Real Estate
*Sam Van Horebeek, Managing Director, East-West Property Advisors

Hosted By the Real Estate Committee

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

What drives your leader in a VUCA world: Global leadership

*Ken Belanger, Managing Director, TMC
*Lynne Elaine Putz, Managing Director, Client Services, TMC
*Lingfu (Jeffrey) Dong, PhD, Director of APAC, Berlitz Corporation

Hosted By the Human Resources Committee

Oct 19, 2015 (Mon) - 8:00am

“Against the Odds” - Asian leaders share what it took to get to the top of a multinational company

*Yat-Chung Koh, President Asia, American Express International, Inc.
*Christine Ip, Managing Director / CEO Hong Kong, United Overseas Bank Limited
*Elaine Lo, Senior Partner, Chairman of the Asia Board, Mayer Brown JSM
*Linda Garrett, Managing Director, Garrett Global Consulting (Moderator)

Hosted By the Human Resources Committee

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

Analytics: How business leaders can drive greater value from big data and create a competitive advantage

* Scott Likens, Analytics and Digital Consulting Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
* Philip Reschke, Director, Analytics Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Hosted By the Information & Communication Technology Committee

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

Technical Analysis in Patent Litigation

*Peng Meng Kou, Ph.D., Polymer Science and Materials Chemistry Practice, Exponent
*Nareg Sinenian, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Practice, Exponent

Hosted By the Intellectual Property Committee

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

Domain Management and Protecting Brands in a Changing Environment

Troy Fuhriman, Director, Domain Management of MarkMonitor, Thomson Reuters

Hosted By the Communications & Marketing Committee

Oct 26, 2015 (Mon) - 12:00pm

What Does HR Need to Know About the Competition Ordinance?

*Julia Gorham, Head of Employment, Asia, DLA Piper
*Anita Lam, Of Counsel, Solicitor Advocate, DLA Piper

Hosted By the Human Resources Committee

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

A View from Washington & Why it Matters for Global Companies

Juanita Duggan
President and CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association

Hosted By the Apparel & Footwear Committee

Oct 27, 2015 (Tue) - 12:00pm

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Influencing, Persuasion and Negotiation

Eric Sampson, Executive Consultant, Connect Communication Limited

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

Breakfast & Learn Workshop: Organizational Change Through “Systemic Coaching”

Adrian G. Tsukamoto
Partner, Executive Coach, COACH A (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd

Oct 29, 2015 (Thu) - 8:00am

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Summer programs and study options in Hong Kong, USA and Switzerland

*Jonathan Hilton, Director of Admissions, Far East, Leysin American School in Switzerland
*Gerry Chu, Director, Kaplan International
*Valerie Cheung Koo, Asia Pacific Regional Manager, School Choice International

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

Securing Better Access for Hong Kong's Goods, Services and Investments Abroad: Update on Latest Developments

Kenneth Mak
Director-General, Trade and Industry
Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China

Hosted By the Trade & Investment Committee

Oct 30, 2015 (Fri) - 8:00am

Building HR capability for a future focused HR function

*Chris Meyrick, Vice President, Human Resources, Asia Pacific, American Express
*Kabir Julka, Director HR, Hong Kong & Taiwan, American Express

Hosted By the Human Resources Committee

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

B2B Marketing: What’s New and What’s Working

Ruth P. Stevens
President, eMarketing Strategy

Hosted By the Communications & Marketing Committee

Oct 30, 2015 (Fri) - 4:00pm

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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

Media: Open to Media

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* 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.

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