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AmCham Hong Kong 2015 China Conference - “Managing the New Normal: What does it mean for business”

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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.

Date: May 9, 2014
Time: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Program Highlights
Opening Keynote
Frank Lavin CEO and Founder, 
Export Now
Former US Under Secretary of
Commerce for International Trade
Former US Ambassador to Singapore
Luncheon Keynote
Jing Ulrich Tara Joseph
Managing Director &
Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific, 
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Reuters TV, Asia
Panel I: China’s Mass Urbanization: Get with the Flow, or Fail
Peter Levesque
Michael Jones
Chief Commercial Officer,
Modern Terminals Limited
Vice President,
Global Business Development, 
General Electric
Michael Klibaner Jay Walder
Regional Director & Head of Research,
Greater China, JLL
MTR Corporation
Three Concurrent Breakout Sessions (11:00am-12:15pm. Please refer to the conference flyer and indicate ONE choice of breakout sessions):
Panel II: Government Hand-Outs or the Invisible Hand?
Robert Grieves
Brian Murray
Founder, Chairman & CEO,
Hamilton Advisors Limited

Group Chief Economist, 
Investment Department, 
AIA Group Limited

William Overholt Yu Liming

Fung Global Institute

Vice President,
China Merchants Group
Panel III: Lead or Follow? HK’s Role in PRD Integration
Seth Peterson
Colin Browne
Heidrick & Struggles
VP and Managing Director of Asia Sourcing,
VF Asia Ltd
Ben Simpfendorfer Alan Turley
Founder and Managing Director,
Silk Road Associates
Vice President - International Affairs,
Asia Pacific, FedEx Express
Panel IV: China E-Commerce: the Most Important Business Battleground in the World
Josh Goldman
Sujith Abraham
Global Leader,
Digital Shopping Measurement,
Group Vice President,
Asia Pacific Strategy & Sales Development,
Frank Lavin Thibault Villet
CEO and Founder,
Export Now
Glamour Sales China
Panel V: China’s Financial Reforms: Over-hyped or the Real Thing? 
Beth Smits
Simon Gleave
Head of Public Affairs & Communications,
Asia Pacific,
Regional Head,
Financial Services,
Robert Kung Anthony Neoh
China Country Executive and Head of
Global Client Management,
BNY Mellon
Former Chief Advisor,
China Securities Regulatory Commission