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AmCham 2015 China Conference: Managing the "New Normal" - What does it mean for business?

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
*Christopher Johnson, Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (Opening Keynote)
*Gordon Orr, Chairman, McKinsey Asia (Luncheon Keynote)

Sep 1, 2015 (Tue) - 8:00am

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Nearing Retirement? Assess Downside Risk, Upside Potential

Rob Williams, CFP®
Managing Director, Fixed Income and Income Planning, Schwab Center for Financial Research, Charles Schwab & Co.

Sep 2, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

One-Day Workshop Supporting Increased Capacity in International Schools: Why Inclusion? Embracing Opportunities and Busting Myths

*Kevin Bartlett, Founder, Next Frontier Inclusion
*Kristel Solomen Saleem, Learner Support Director, Hong Kong Academy

Hosted By the Education Committee

Sep 4, 2015 (Fri) - 8:30am

CPSC Product Safety Training for Buyers and Sourcing Professionals

*Patty Adair, Director, Division of Combustion & Fire Sciences, USCPSC
*Jake Miller, Regional Product Safety Officer, Beijing Office of Int'l Programs, USCPSC
*Steve Williams, Int'l Program Manager, Office of Int'l Programs, Bethesda, USCPSC
*Li Liping, Beijing Office of Int'l Programs, USCPSC
*Dr. Richard Vuylsteke, President, AmCham HK
*Katleen Hendrix, Legal Officer, Toy Safety Team, DG Enterprise & Industry, European Commission
*Alan Kaufman, Senior VP, Technical Affairs Toy Industry Association
*Gareth Brooks, VP, Footwear Value Chain, VF Asia, HK
*Andre Leroy, Sales Director - Sustainability Officer - CTC Greater China
*Andrew Schroth, Managing Partner, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt
*Dr. Vincent Tam, Advisor, Hong Kong Toys Council
*Andrew Farhat, Regulatory Services Manager, UL
*Simon Tse, Senior Technical Manager – Softlines, UL VS HK Ltd
*Dominique Billeret, Senior Technical Adviser, Toy Industries of Europe (TIE), EU

Hosted By the Apparel & Footwear Committee

Sep 7, 2015 (Mon) - 8:00am

Monthly Networking Drinks

Hosted by Communications & Marketing Committee

Hosted by Food & Beverage Committee

Sep 7, 2015 (Mon) - 6:30pm

Opportunities and Challenges of Outbound Real Estate Investments

Justina Fan, Head of Outbound Investment Greater China; Executive Director Capital Markets Asia Pacific, Cushman & Wakefield

Hosted By the Real Estate Committee

Sep 8, 2015 (Tue) - 8:00am

Luncheon Meeting with Shandong Vice Governor

Sep 9, 2015 (Wed) - 12:45pm

Breakfast & Learn Workshop: How to avoid the three most common mistakes in presenting

Katie O’Hara, Executive Consultant, CONNECT COMMUNICATION

Sep 10, 2015 (Thu) - 8:00am

Wealth Planning for the American Abroad

Joan Crain
Senior Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Sep 10, 2015 (Thu) - 12:00pm

AmCham Women of Influence Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Women of Influence Committee

Sep 11, 2015 (Fri) - 12:30pm

How to become a Strategic HR Business Leader to influence C-Suite Peers

Shanthi Flynn, Managing Director, S Flynn Consulting

Hosted By the Human Resources Committee

Sep 15, 2015 (Tue) - 8:00am

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Transforming the Customer Experience -
The Difference between Winning & Losing

David Goldsmith, President, Goldsmith Organization, LLC.; Author of the best selling book "Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future"

Sep 15, 2015 (Tue) - 12:00pm

Outlook of the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Landscape

*SK Lee, Deputy Director of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Department, HKSAR Government
*Michelle Chong, Assistant Director (Copyright), Intellectual Property Department, HKSAR Government

Hosted By the Intellectual Property Committee

Sep 16, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

Choose Utah

* Gary R. Herbert, Governor, State of Utah
* Val Hale, Executive Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Sep 16, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

Investing in the U.S. Real Estate Market: U.S. Tax Considerations

*Peter Guang Chen, Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm
*Wade R. Wagatsuma, Principal-In-Charge (US Tax), KPMG China

Hosted By the Taxation Committee

Sep 17, 2015 (Thu) - 4:00pm

InterChamber Real Estate and Property Mixer

N/A

Hosted By the Real Estate Committee

Sep 17, 2015 (Thu) - 6:30pm

HKSAR Government Series: Getting Ready for the Full Implementation of the Competition Ordinance

The Honorable Anna Wu Hung-yuk, GBS, SBS, JP, Chairperson, Competition Commission

Hosted By the Law Committee

Sep 18, 2015 (Fri) - 12:00pm

Energy Transitions in Asia

Justin Wu
Head of Asia-Pacific, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Hosted By the Energy Committee

Sep 21, 2015 (Mon) - 12:00pm

New Member Welcome Breakfast (AmCham Members Only, First-time Attendees Only)

Sep 23, 2015 (Wed) - 8:00am

Phenomenon of Marketing Restrictions in Hong Kong & Asian Markets and Relevant WTO Concerns – Child Nutrition Products & Other Beverages as Case Studies

Warren Maruyama, Partner, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Hosted by the Law Committee and the Food & Beverage Committee

Hosted By the Food & Beverage Committee

Sep 23, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

ASEAN Development Drivers & Port Development

Dr. Richard D Colwill, Managing Director, BMT Asia Pacific Ltd

Hosted By the Transportation & Logistics Committee

Sep 24, 2015 (Thu) - 8:00am

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Improving Your Attitude - The Key to Achieving Breakthrough Performance

Joseph Palumbo
Gallup-Certified Executive/Career Coach, Corporate Trainer & Facilitator
MBA, FCPA, FCMA, C. Dir, ACC, MHKIoD

Sep 24, 2015 (Thu) - 12:00pm

An Evening for Entrepreneurs

*Christopher Chau, Co-Founder, IvySpace.com
*Timothy Kau, Co-Founder, IvySpace.com
*Xania Wong, Founder & CEO, JOBDOH
*Hilary Szymujko, Head, blueprint

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Sep 24, 2015 (Thu) - 6:30pm

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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.