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Monthly Networking Drinks

Hosted By the Financial Services Committee

Nov 2, 2015 (Mon) - 6:30pm

An American Outlook on the U.S. and China

John E. Silvia, Ph. D.
Managing Director, Chief Economist, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Wells Fargo & Company

Hosted By the Financial Services Committee

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

Air Quality Hong Kong – status update and what needs to be done next?

Prof. Alexis Lau, Director, Atmospheric Research Center, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hosted By the Environment Committee

Nov 3, 2015 (Tue) - 12:00pm

Update on Global Shipping Reform

Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr.
Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission

Hosted By the Transportation & Logistics Committee

Nov 4, 2015 (Wed) - 8:00am

Office Feng Shui

Susanne Schutz, Founder & Managing Director, Suzhong Consulting Limited

Hosted By the Real Estate Committee

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

Expert Series: Trajectory of the Chinese economy – will the fundamentals of growth save the day?

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

Hosted By the China Business Committee

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

AmCham 12th Annual Women of Influence Conference & Awards - Evolution or Revolution: how will you succeed and excel at work in 2030?

*Ronald Lee, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC (Opening Keynote)
*Deborah Kan, New Media Entrepreneur (Luncheon Keynote)

Hosted By the Women of Influence Committee

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

Hong Kong Property Without Tears

Christopher Dillon, author of the Landed series of real estate books

Hosted By the Real Estate Committee

Nov 9, 2015 (Mon) - 12:00pm

Is London still the best place to invest in the UK?

Robert Pearce, Director, Blackfish

Hosted By the Real Estate Committee

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

Supply Chain Panel - What is Hong Kong’s evolving role in regional sourcing?

*Anthony Sutcliffe, Managing Director, Home Retail Group (Asia) Limited
*Colin Browne, Vice President & Managing Director of Asia Sourcing, VF Corporation
*Dominic Jephcott, CEO, Vendigital Ltd
*Pansy Yau, Deputy Director of Research, HKTDC

Hosted By the Apparel & Footwear Committee

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

Cyber Security Law in China, a comparison with the U.S. and what does it mean to businesses operating in China

Ronald Cheng, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Hosted By the Law Committee

Nov 10, 2015 (Tue) - 12:00pm

10 Top Tips for How to Use LinkedIn (and some for what not to do)

Chris J. Reed
Global CEO and Founder, Black Marketing Global and Asia Pacific Office

Hosted By the Communications & Marketing Committee

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

Founding and growing a successful hyper-growth business

Greg Patti, former VP International Finance, GoPro

Hosted By the Entrepreneurs/SME Committee

Nov 12, 2015 (Thu) - 12:00pm

E-Commerce, Online Shopping and Delivering in the Digital Age

Karen Reddington, President, FedEx Express Asia Pacific

Hosted By the Transportation & Logistics Committee

Nov 12, 2015 (Thu) - 12:30pm

Evasion vs. Avoidance

Edward Ng, Attaché-IRS Criminal Investigation Division, US Consulate General Hong Kong

Hosted By the Taxation Committee

Nov 12, 2015 (Thu) - 4:00pm

60th InterCham Young Professionals Cocktail

Nov 12, 2015 (Thu) - 6:00pm

Presentation by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications

* Dorte Kristoffersen, Executive Director, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications
* Andrew Ho, Head and Registrar, Qualifications Assessment, Hong Kong Council of Academic & Vocational Qualifications

Hosted By the Education Committee

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

HKSAR Government Series: The Legal Landscape of Hong Kong: An Update

The Hon. Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, SC, Secretary for Justice, The Government of the Hong Kong SAR

Hosted By the Law Committee

Nov 13, 2015 (Fri) - 11:45am

Breakfast & Learn Workshop: Extracurricular Activities for University Admissions – Less is More

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

Nov 16, 2015 (Mon) - 8:00am

Smart Grid, Smart City - A journey to a sustainable city

Wayne Pales
Head of Smart Grid Program, CLP Power Hong Kong

Hosted By the Energy Committee

Nov 16, 2015 (Mon) - 12:00pm

AmCham Human Resources Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Human Resources Committee

Nov 17, 2015 (Tue) - 8:00am

Climate Change – The Road to COP in Paris

Dr. Jeanne Chi Yun Ng, PhD, Director – Group Sustainability, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

Hosted By the Environment Committee

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

Party Plenums, 5 Year Plans and the New Normal for Foreign Business in China

James McGregor
Greater China Chairman, APCO Worldwide, China

Hosted By the China Business Committee

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

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Finding your authentic professional voice

David Pope, Executive Voice coach, All Voice Talent Ltd

Nov 18, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

Patent trolls: the trends and how to defend against them

*Christopher Kao, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP
*Karen Cheung, Senior Business Development Manager, Orangefield

Hosted By the Information & Communication Technology Committee

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

AmCham Apparel & Footwear Committee Meeting (AmCham Members only)

Hosted By the Apparel & Footwear Committee

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

Estate and Related Tax Planning for American Expatriates in Hong Kong

*Jessica Cutrera, Founder, Managing Director, Head of Operations & Compliance, EXS Capital
*Carlo Gray, Partner, Buzzacott
*Ellen Tong, Tax Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Hosted By the Taxation Committee

Nov 19, 2015 (Thu) - 4:00pm

China’s New Normal: How Far, How Deep, and What Sort of Impact?

Brent Carlson, Director, AlixPartners Hong Kong Limited

Hosted By the Law Committee

Nov 20, 2015 (Fri) - 4:00pm

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - What does it mean to American companies’ businesses and disputes in the Asia Pacific?

*Chiann Bao, Secretary-General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
*Romesh Weeramantry, Foreign Legal Consultant, Clifford Chance

Hosted By the Law Committee

Nov 23, 2015 (Mon) - 12:00pm

What you need to know about Hong Kong’s Hospitals: A patient's perspective

Shalini Mahtani, MBE, Chairperson, The Zubin Foundation

Hosted By the Insurance & Healthcare Committee

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

The Rise of FinTech and its Impact on the Financial Services Industry in Hong Kong and Asia

* Janos Barberis, Founder,
* James Lloyd, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development, AMP Credit Technologies
* Lawrence Morgan, Chief Operating Officer, NEST Hong Kong
* Alister Musgrave, Managing Director and Founder,
* Henri Arslanian, Head of Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships, APrivacy (Moderator)

Hosted By the Financial Services Committee

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

APEC business gets “inclusive”: the Philippines puts a distinctive stamp on 2015 – and sets the scene for Peru’s 2016 chairmanship

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

Hosted By the Trade & Investment Committee

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

China's Connected Consumers - When 10,000 Chinese shop... Insights from a 2015 survey

Anson Bailey
Principal, Business Development, KPMG China

Hosted By the Communications & Marketing Committee

Nov 25, 2015 (Wed) - 12:00pm

Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon 2015


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

Wealth and Succession Planning - Series II

* Alfred Ip, Partner, Oldham, Li & Nie
* Scherzade Burden, Registered Foreign Lawyer, Private Client Group, Oldham, Li & Nie

Hosted By the Law Committee

Nov 27, 2015 (Fri) - 12:00pm

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Successfully Selling Your Ideas: If You Can't Sell, You Can't Win!

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

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

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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

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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.

* 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.