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What is the Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect Scheme?

Eric Lee
Head of Brokerage and Executive Director, Guotai Junan Securities (HK) Limited

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Sep 1, 2014 (Mon) - 12:00pm

Monthly Networking Drinks

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Sep 1, 2014 (Mon) - 6:30pm

The New Asia and its Commercial Implications

Ben Simpfendorfer
Managing Director and Founder, Silk Road Associates

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Sep 2, 2014 (Tue) - 8:00am

Will Hong Kong be Marginalized in PRD Integration?

Dr. Thomas Chan
Head of China Business Centre and Director of Public Policy Research
Institute of the HK Polytechnic University

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Sep 3, 2014 (Wed) - 8:00am

Remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, Ambassador Charles Rivkin

Charles H. Rivkin
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Sep 3, 2014 (Wed) - 12:00pm

Lunch & Learn Workshop: The US Boarding School Admissions Process

*Carole R. Bird, Director, Apply Ivy Limited

*Gerry Chu, Associate Director, Apply Ivy Limited

Sep 4, 2014 (Thu) - 12:00pm

AmCham Business Delegation to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Tentative Itinerary:

- Embassy of the United States in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
- AmCham Mongolia
- Bank of Mongolia (Central Bank of Mongolia)
- Mongolian Stock Exchange
- Ministry of Mining
- Ministry of Economic Development
- Invest Mongolia/ Foreign Investment and Foreign Trade Agency (FIFTA)
- Development Bank of Mongolia
- IFC Mongolia Office
- Ministry of Finance
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- Dinner Reception with Business & Industry Partners

Sep 5, 2014 (Fri) - 7:00am

AmCham Human Capital Conference Planning Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Sep 5, 2014 (Fri) - 8:30am

AmCham Women of Influence Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Women of Influence Committee

Sep 5, 2014 (Fri) - 12:30pm

Myanmar and Sourcing Evolution

David Birnbaum
Founder, Third Horizon (THL)

Hosted By the Apparel & Footwear Committee

Sep 10, 2014 (Wed) - 8:00am

Digital Marketing Basics for Business

Itai Ndoro
Lead instructor, BSD Code and Design Academy

Hosted By the Communications & Marketing Committee

Sep 10, 2014 (Wed) - 12:00pm

AmCham Entrepreneurs/SME Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Sep 11, 2014 (Thu) - 12:30pm

Insights from a former DOJ prosecutor on latest FCPA enforcement trends and their impact on your business in Asia

Adam Safwat, Counsel, Weil’s White Collar Defense & Investigations

Hosted By the Law Committee

Sep 12, 2014 (Fri) - 8:00am

Is the Traditional CV Still Relevant in the Digital Age?

Chris Aukland, Regional Director, Michael Page Hong Kong

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Sep 12, 2014 (Fri) - 12:00pm

Asian Power Market Update and the Future of Coal

Colin S. Tam
Executive Chairman, Crystal Vision Energy Limited

Hosted By the Energy Committee

Sep 15, 2014 (Mon) - 12:00pm

Cultural Minefields: Navigating the Cultural Landscape in Myanmar and Other Emerging Asian Markets

Emma Dodwell-Groves, Intercultural Program Manager, Asia Pacific Region, Brookfield Global Relocation Services Intercultural Group

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Sep 16, 2014 (Tue) - 8:00am

New Member Welcome Breakfast

Sep 17, 2014 (Wed) - 8:00am

China’s New Model of Economic Growth

Nicholas R. Lardy
Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Sep 17, 2014 (Wed) - 12:00pm

Outlook of the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Landscape

Ada Leung, JP, Director of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Department, HKSAR Government

Hosted By the Intellectual Property Committee

Sep 17, 2014 (Wed) - 12:00pm

InterChamber Real Estate and Property Mixer

Hosted By the Real Estate Committee

Sep 18, 2014 (Thu) - 6:30pm

Demystifying Risk Culture & Behaviours - A practical guide to manage, measure & embed employee behaviours

*Adam Salzer, Managing Director - Consulting Practice, PwC Hong Kong and China
*Gregory Profeta, Partner - Financial Services Practice, PwC Hong Kong

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Sep 19, 2014 (Fri) - 8:00am

The Changing Landscape of US Business and Society

Ken Mehlman
Member and Global Head of Public Affairs, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, LLP

Hosted By the Financial Services Committee

Sep 22, 2014 (Mon) - 12:00pm

The Bling Dynasty / Why the Reign of Chinese Luxury Shoppers Has Only Just Begun

Erwan Rambourg
Managing Director, Global Co-Head of Consumer and Retail Equity Research
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and Author of "The Bling Dynasty"

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Sep 23, 2014 (Tue) - 8:00am

2014 Global Human Capital Trends and China Data Analysis

Jungle Wong
Partner, Human Capital Advisory Services, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Sep 23, 2014 (Tue) - 12:00pm

Breakfast & Learn Workshop: The Common App to Top US Universities: Uncommon Approach for Success

Mark A. Montgomery, Ph.D.
President, American Academic Advisors

Sep 24, 2014 (Wed) - 8:00am

Legal Know-how in Greater China 2014: What the best-organised firms and law departments do (and you should, too)

*Peter Davies, Head of Editorial, Practical Law China, Thomson Reuters
*Susan Finder, Editor, Practical Law China, Thomson Reuters

Hosted By the Law Committee

Sep 30, 2014 (Tue) - 8:00am

How are Chinese SOEs and POEs viewing and capitalizing on the booming insurance industry in China?

Johnny Chen, Chairman of China, Zurich Insurance Group

Hosted By the Insurance & Healthcare Committee

Sep 30, 2014 (Tue) - 12:00pm

All events in the month >

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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* 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.

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