Chairman of The Asia Foundation; Hyman Professor and Director of SAIS-China and China Studies at Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies
(Opening Keynote Speaker)
David M. Lampton is Hyman Professor and Director of SAIS-China and China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, having also served as Dean of Faculty from 2004-2012. Formerly President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, he is the author of many books including, The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds (University of California Press, 2008), with publications having appeared in: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Political Science Review, The China Quarterly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The South China Morning Post, and many other venues popular and academic in both the western world and in Chinese-speaking societies. He received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Stanford University. Dr. Lampton headed the China Studies programs at the American Enterprise Institute and at The Nixon Center (now The Center for National Interest), having previously worked at the National Academy of Sciences and having started his teaching career at Ohio State University. He has an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies, is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the American Studies Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was the inaugural winner of the Scalapino Prize in July 2010 awarded by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and is a Gilman Scholar at Johns Hopkins. His newest book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, was published by University of California Press in January 2014. He consults with government, business, foundations, and is on the board of several non-governmental and educational organizations, including being chairman of The Asia Foundation. He currently is writing a book with two colleagues on China’s railway building efforts in Southeast Asia. He was a fireman at Stanford University in his undergraduate days and was in the enlisted and officer ranks of the US Army Reserve.
Head of Market Development, North Asia at Thomson Reuters Hong Kong Ltd
Peter is the Head of Market Development, North Asia for Thomson. He has been at Thomson Reuters since 2010 and has held numerous roles across Asia Pacific. His previous role was running the Wealth Management business in Asia Pacific. This included developing key digital propositions and solutions for clients through working with the market and the Fintech community across Asia to understand the challenges and opportunities facing them today.
He has worked in financial services across New York, London and Hong Kong for 18 years. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters he last role was Director of Global Investment Banking for Dealogic working with clients across the investment banking spectrum.
Vice President, Policy & Strategy at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
(Luncheon Keynote Speaker)
Dr. Joachim von Amsberg drives the strategic direction for the Bank, including its sectoral and country priorities, its investment strategy and programming, its economic analysis and research, and its operating budget. He oversees the Bank's environmental and social policies, other operational policies, and their implementation. He previously served in a number of progressively senior roles at the World Bank where he most recently held the position of Vice President, Development Finance where he was responsible for the replenishment and stewardship of the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, and for trust fund and partnership operations.
Dr. von Amsberg holds a Ph.D. in Economic Policy Analysis and an M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia. He also holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.
Superintendent, Stamford American School – Hong Kong at Stamford American School
Mr. Malcolm Kay is an experienced leader in American and international education, leading schools that offer College Board programs, including the Advanced Placement examination and all International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. Malcolm started his international career at the International School of Geneva, a founding IB school, and has contributed to and been involved in the delivery of IB programs for more than 35 years.
As the founding Superintendent of our sister school, Stamford American International School in Singapore, Malcolm oversaw the growth of the school to a prestigious IB World authorized school with more than 3,000 students from over 65 countries. He also oversaw the first graduating class at the school, sending them to 1st tier universities in the U.S. and around the world, including Jen Kit Ker, one of only 106 international students worldwide to receive an early acceptance from Northwestern University.
As Superintendent of ACS International Schools in London for 15 years, Malcolm oversaw the growth of the school, based on American and international K-12 education, to a prestigious three school system of more than 2,600 students, representing more than 60 nationalities, and sending graduates to highly reputable universities in the USA and around the world. Malcolm also led the development of a new school, ACS Egham International School from site acquisition to fully accredited New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and International Baccalaureate status.
As an experienced accreditation officer of international schools for NEASC and an accomplished public speaker and writer, Malcolm has established world-wide community service projects including the ACS International Schools Foundation Peace Prize and the ORBIS flying eye hospital internship program.
In addition to Malcolm's wealth of educational experience, he is a Master’s graduate of Bath University, well known for its expertise in the international education arena, a Bachelor’s graduate of Nottingham University and he also studied at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Malcolm is married to Nicky and together they have two grown sons. Both boys graduated from high school as IB Diploma Program students; Jonathan is a university graduate in Project Management and Construction and Tristan is a Master's graduate in Digital Forensics.
Chief Investment Officer, HNA Group Co., Ltd; CEO of HNA Group (International) Co. Ltd.
(Dialogue with a Business Leader I Speaker)
Mr. WANG Shuang, aged 34, is now the Chief Investment Officer of HNA Group Co., Ltd. He is also the CEO of HNA Group (International) Co. Ltd., Co-Chairman of HNA Holdings Group Co. Ltd. and Director of Seaco SRL. Mr. Wang joined HNA Group in 2007 and was General Manager of Business Department of Changjiang Leasing Co Ltd, Vice President of GC Tankers Pte. Ltd, Assistant to President of Seaco SRL, CFO of HNA Group (International) Co. Ltd, and Deputy CFO of HNA Group Co., Ltd. Mr. Wang has more than 10 years of experience in the fields of leasing, logistics and transportation, capital market, debt market, corporate governance and investment. He worked in Beijing and Singapore and is based in Hong Kong now. He holds a Bachelor degree from Central University of Finance and Economics and Master degree of Business Administration from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (joint program with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore).
President at The American Chamber of Commerce in HK
Tara Joseph is the President of AmCham Hong Kong. In her 22 years as journalist, she has reported on hundreds of the world’s most important and high profile news stories including Russia’s financial crisis, Myanmar’s emergence from virtual isolation, China's rise on the world stage and the Beijing Olympics to name a few. Earlier in her career, Tara was the editor and main presenter of Reuters Financial Television based in London, and covered emerging markets and G7 economic issues. She has twice served as President of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest press clubs.
Chairman, President & CEO of MassMutual International LLC
(Dialogue with a Business Leader II Speaker)
Mr. Eddie Ahmed has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MassMutual International LLC since February 1, 2017. Mr. Ahmed served as Executive Vice President of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company since February 9, 2017 until March 2, 2017.
Mr. Ahmed served as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company from October 2015 to February 1, 2017. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the global financial services industry. He joined Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) from Citigroup, where he spent five years, as Managing Director of Human Resources for Europe, Middle East and Asia, as well as its Global Head of Recruitment. While at Citigroup, he led its Global Employee Shared Services department in its Operations and Technology Division, a role in which he was responsible for all technology systems and operations around the world. Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Ahmed spent 17 years with Morgan Stanley, working in New York, Tokyo, Sydney and Hong Kong. His final position with Morgan Stanley was as Head of Human Resources for Asia. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Administrative Officer, Asia, with responsibility for the execution of cross divisional strategy and direct management of regional infrastructure and support functions. Mr. Ahmed began his career in 1989 as an associate with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Temasek Management Services in Singapore and is a former member of both the Board of Directors of Citibank Turkey and the Supervisory Board of Poland's Bank Handlowy.
Mr. Ahmed holds bachelor's degrees in both computer science and international relations from Tulane University, where he also earned his MBA.
Asia Editor, Reuters Breakingviews at Thomson Reuters Hong Kong Ltd
Asia Editor Pete Sweeney joined Reuters Breakingviews in Hong Kong in September 2016. Previously he served as Reuters' chief correspondent for China Economy and Markets, running teams in Shanghai and Beijing; before that he was editor of China Economic Review, a monthly magazine focused on providing news and analysis on the mainland economy. Sweeney came to China as a Fulbright scholar in 2008, and in that role conducted research on the Chinese aviation industry and outbound M&A. In prior incarnations he helped resettle refugees in Atlanta, covered the European Union out of Brussels, and took a poorly timed swing at craft beer entrepreneurship in Quito even as the Ecuadorian currency collapsed (not his fault). He speaks Mandarin Chinese, at the expense of his Spanish.
Partner, Markets Strategy, National Head of U.S.-China Strategic Corridor at KPMG
David has spent nearly twenty years in industry and consulting roles, leading strategy projects and business transformation programs for clients in China, across Asia Pacific and in the USA. In Asia Pacific, he has worked extensively in China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam.
David appears regularly as a guest commentator in print media and on television regarding China’s economic development and US-China commercial issues. David’s views are called upon by both foreign governments and the China government, having served as an expert witness at a US Congressional Commission on China’s Five Year Plans, chairing a roundtable session at China’s prestigious Party School, and hosting numerous multi-lateral sessions with the Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council regarding the financing of China’s urbanization. He is regularly invited to participate in closed-door discussions with Ambassadors, government ministers, and company Boards on the opportunities and challenges of operating in China.
Before beginning his consulting career, David worked at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, as an aide to a prominent United States Senator in Washington, and in strategic planning roles with two global telecommunications companies. David holds a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in English literature, where he was named to the Phi Beta Kappa society. He currently lives in China with his wife and three children.
Founder and CEO of Gao Feng Advisory Company
Dr. Edward Tse is founder and CEO, Gao Feng Advisory Company, formerly Chairman of Greater China for Booz & Company and Managing Partner, China for The Boston Consulting Group. With over 20 years of experience in management consulting and senior line management, he is widely known as “China’s leading global business strategist.” Dr. Tse has extensive experience in the definition and implementation of strategy, organizations and corporate transformation. He has assisted hundreds of corporations – both headquartered in China and outside of China – and public-sector organizations on all critical strategy and business issues related to China and China’s role in the world. His experience covers a broad range of industries and was/is on the board of three major Chinese state-owned enterprises. He has also consulted to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank as well as the Chinese government on policies, state-owned enterprise reform and competitiveness. Dr. Tse has published over 200 articles and four books including the award-winning The China Strategy (2010) and China’s Disruptors (2015). He received an SB and SM in Civil Engineering from MIT and a PhD and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.
Senior Partner, Greater China and North Asia at Control Risks Pacific Limited
John is a Senior Partner in Control Risks, Greater China and North Asia. He is responsible for Control Risks’ overall consulting practices across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the Koreas and Mongolia. He also works closely with the region’s team of political risk analysts and experts.
John is an expert in complex problem-solving, advising companies on how to successfully manage the challenges posed by political and regulatory environments, integrity and security issues. He has consulted extensively with multinational companies across all industries, assisting them to identify, manage and develop strategic responses to crisis management and complex governance and compliance reviews. John is one of the region’s leading experts in responding to regulatory investigations and in commercial and labour disputes.
John has held various roles with Control Risks: Director of Crisis and Security Consulting, based in Shanghai; General Manager in Hong Kong; Manager for Global Client Services and Senior Consultant in Crisis and Security Consulting for Australia Pacific. He has extensive experience developing and implementing crisis management plans, conducting enterprise vulnerability assessments, in stakeholder management and communication, and delivering training programmes. He has worked with senior executive management teams in the food and fast-moving consumer goods, finance, heavy manufacturing, pharmaceutical and resource sectors.
John has a degree in social science (international relations) from the University of NSW and qualifications in risk assessment.
Co-founder and Group Executive Director of Envision Energy Limited
Felix Zhang is the Group Executive Director of Envision Energy, a world leader in renewable energy and technology space, and is Partner of Silicon Valley based evergreen venture fund, Envision Ventures. Currently Felix runs Envision Energy’s international business, oversees strategy, business growth, new initiatives, finance and other key functions in all international markets.
Previously, Felix had operations experience, investment banking at Morgan Stanley, capital markets at CIBC and investing as a partner at a global multi-strategy investment company.
Director/Partner of Artemis Associates
John Dawson joined Artemis, a leading HK-based boutique focused on reputation and crisis management, as Director/Partner in May 2015 following a 20 year career at Bloomberg Television, where he was a prime-time TV Anchor in Europe and Asia. He was renowned for breaking news, global exclusives and interviewing heads of state, Nobel Laureates and world leaders in industry and finance. Past interviewees include UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, US President Bill Clinton, Philippine President Aquino and Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi. John is also an in-demand conference moderator/speaker, having chaired numerous panels and reported from global conferences, including the World Economic Forum in Davos and the politically-charged EU, IMF and OPEC meetings.
John’s career has propelled him to the heart of the business community, where he’s established a strong rapport with Fortune 500 CEOs and developed a very healthy network of contacts across media, business, finance and politics. John’s exclusive, news-breaking interviews with General Electric’s Jack Welch and BP’s Lord Browne won him Bloomberg’s sole nominations for the U.K. Business Journalist of the Year award. As a writer, his work featured regularly on the Bloomberg newswire and in publications around the world, including the IHT, Financial Times and Business Week. He joined Bloomberg in 1995 on the Graduate Internship program.
John graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor’s Degree in English & Classics. He moved to Hong Kong from London in October 2010.
President at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Professor Tony F Chan became the 3rd President of HKUST on 1 September 2009.
President Chan’s scientific background is in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. President Chan taught at Yale University before joining UCLA as Professor of Mathematics in 1986. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Mathematics in 1997 and served as Dean of Physical Sciences from 2001 to 2006. From 2006 to 2009, President Chan was Assistant Director of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the US National Science Foundation (NSF).
President Chan is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), an elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and an elected fellow of both the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was one of the world’s most cited mathematicians.
President Chan is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, President’s Advisory Council of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna, International Advisory Board of Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Board of Trustees of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Russia, RIKEN Advisory Council (RAC) of Japan, and the United States Committee of 100. President Chan is also a Founding Member and Board Director of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, the President of the Hong Kong Institution of Science, a fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a member of the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industralisation of the Hong Kong Government. He was a member of the Selection Committee for the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences in 2012 and 2013, and a member of the Advisory Committee on Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong Government for 2015 to 2017. President Chan is the Chair of Nevanlinna Prize Committee for the International Congress of Mathematicians 2018 (ICM 2018) (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). He is an Honorary Doctor of the University of Strathclyde.
Managing Director, Cisco Services, Asia Pacific Japan China of Cisco Systems (HK) Limited
Ms Kong has over 26 years of experience in business management, professional services delivery, information technology strategic planning, architecture design and software application development, programme and project management of large-scale systems integration solutions in multi-vendor and end-user environments, with diversified industrial experiences.
Leading Digital Transformation & Advanced Services organizations at Cisco Systems Inc., Ms Kong is managing a strategic professional services practice specializing in Digitalization and Internet-of-Everything Solution comprises of a vast portfolio of products ranging from hardware, software, services, and third-party offerings.
Ms Kong has championed many iconic Smart City and Internet-of-Things engagements in the region, including Cisco’s flagship Smart & Connected Communities projects in South China, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She also possesses in-depth expertise and experience of China marketplace with strong understanding and relationship with local government driving innovation projects at provincial and city level in the mainland.
Prior to Cisco, Ms Kong held various directorship and senior management positions at renowned global companies. She holds membership at several industry forums and chapters, and serves as the technology advisor to government boards and committees. She is also a frequent speaker at public events.
Chief Executive Officer, CLP Holdings Limited at CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd
Richard Lancaster is Chief Executive Officer of CLP Holdings, the parent company of the CLP Group.
Mr Lancaster has more than 30 years of experience in the power industry and in other industrial operations in Australia, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
Prior to assuming the role of CEO in September 2013, he was Managing Director of CLP Power for three years, responsible for its electricity generation, transmission and distribution business and service to its customers in Hong Kong.
Mr Lancaster joined CLP in 1992 and has held a variety of managerial positions in CLP. His experience covers project management, power plant operations, commercial, finance, legal and corporate functions.
Besides serving in various subsidiary companies of the CLP Group as Director, Mr. Lancaster is the Chairman of Business Environment Council and a founding member of the Advisory Council of The Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong & Macau. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Management Association and a council member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and a member of its Climate and Energy Cluster Board. He is also chairman of the Hong Kong Membership Committee of the UN-accredited World Energy Council.
Earlier in his career, the electrical engineering graduate of the University of New South Wales worked in the electricity supply industry in his home country Australia and later in an international brewing company in the UK.
Managing Director, Hong Kong of Cushman & Wakefield
Mr John Siu is responsible for managing the Cushman & Wakefield Hong Kong Office which provides a full range of real estate transaction, consultancy and management services to their clients in the Hong Kong markets.
John has been working in the real estate industry for over 28 years with key focus on transaction advisory services. He has extensive experience in Tenant Representation & Strategies in the office, industrial and data centre markets in Hong Kong and Southern China; Landlord Advisory for Grade-A oce developments in Hong Kong; and Corporate Account Management in the Asia Pacific Region. He is a popular real estate professional who has been frequently interviewed by the Hong Kong media.
Before joining Cushman & Wakefield, John worked in Jones Lang Wootton for seven years and was responsible for landlord instructions, general office leasing and sales transactions.
Founder & Chairman of Hamilton Advisors Limited
Robert T. Grieves is Founder and Chairman of Hamilton Advisors Limited, a strategic communications firm established in Hong Kong in 2009. Following a 12-year career in journalism for The Times (London) and The Economist, both in Beijing, and Time magazine and Forbes, in New York, Robert served in top-tier regional and global communications roles. His communications career includes senior positions at Burson-Marsteller, Head of Marketing and Communications for Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific, Global Head of Communications for The Bank of New York and President, Hong Kong, for Edelman.
Robert is a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and a former Chairman (2015-2017) of the Council of Public Relations Firms of Hong Kong. He has lectured at Tsinghua University in Beijing, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and in Nanjing as a speaker at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council conference on Chinese brands.
Robert graduated from Hamilton College magna cum laude with a B.A. in British literature and East Asian history, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.S. in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a concurrent certificate from Columbia’s East Asian Institute.