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Registration Opens / Networking
Opening Remarks by Robert Grieves (Chairman, AmCham HK)
Opening Keynote
Evan S. Medeiros
  • Evan S. Medeiros (Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies at Georgetown University)

    Evan S. Medeiros

    Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies at Georgetown University

    Dr. Evan S. Medeiros is the Penner Family Chair in Asia Studies in the School of Foreign Service and the Cling Family Distinguished Fellow in U.S.-China Studies. His research and teaching focuses on the international politics of East Asia, U.S.-China relations and China’s foreign and national security policies. He has published several books and articles and regularly provides advice to global corporations and commentary to the international media.

    Dr. Medeiros’ expertise is a unique blend of research expertise and practical experience. He previously served for six years on the staff of the National Security Council as Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia - and then as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia. In the latter role, Dr. Medeiros served as President Obama's top advisor on the Asia-Pacific and was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific across the areas of diplomacy, defense policy, economic policy, and intelligence. He was actively involved in all aspects U.S.-China relations for six years, including several U.S.-China summits.

    In recent years, Dr. Medeiros advised multinational companies on Asia in his role as Managing Director for Asia-Pacific at Eurasia Group, the global political risk consultancy. Prior to joining the White House, Dr. Medeiros also worked for seven years as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. From 2007-2008, he also served as policy advisor to Secretary Hank Paulson working on the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue at the Treasury Department.

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Panel I — The Greater Bay Area: Opportunity or Marketing Hype?
Joanne HonJohn SiuLisa SunBen Simpfendorfer (Moderator)

“The future is now for Hong Kong with respect to opportunities afforded by the Greater Bay Area” - Robert Grieves, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, in his inaugural address on January 23, 2019.

Will Hong Kong’s rule of law, transparency and level playing field for business be able to shape how business is conducted in the GBA?

What are the specific opportunities right now and how can international firms access those opportunities? We gather experts from the financial services, insurance & healthcare and retail sectors to look closely at the ways the GBA will affect the future of businesses.

  • Joanne Hon (General Manager, North Asia, Regional Director, Broadridge Asset Management Solutions, Asia Pacific of Broadridge Asia Pacific Ltd)

    Joanne Hon

    General Manager, North Asia, Regional Director, Broadridge Asset Management Solutions, Asia Pacific of Broadridge Asia Pacific Ltd
  • John Siu (Managing Director, Hong Kong of Cushman & Wakefield)

    John Siu

    Managing Director, Hong Kong of Cushman & Wakefield
  • Lisa Sun (President & CEO of AIG China)

    Lisa Sun

    President & CEO of AIG China
  • Ben Simpfendorfer (Moderator) (Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Silk Road Associates)

    Ben Simpfendorfer (Moderator)

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Silk Road Associates
Networking Break
Fireside Chat
Panel II — The Next 40 Years of The US-China Relationship
Yukon HuangCheng Li

What factors will drive the US-China relationship over the next 40 years? How will the two largest economies in the world interact in terms of business? Will both powers be able to cooperate to help alleviate climate change, hunger and disease? How do businesses and people navigate the turbulence between power and norms, discourse and expectations?

What is the safest business bet for today that will also be relevant tomorrow?

  • Yukon Huang (Senior Fellow, Asia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

    Yukon Huang

    Senior Fellow, Asia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Cheng Li (Director and Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center of Brookings Institution)

    Cheng Li

    Director and Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center of Brookings Institution
Quickfire Keynotes (10-Minute Keynotes)
Maaike Steinebach

Different Takes: A Vision for the Next 40 Years

Speaker 1) China’s Economy OR China’s perspective on global supply chain

Speaker 2) Tentative: The Future of Payment (Maaike Steinebach)

Speaker 3) Environmentalism in China

  • Maaike Steinebach (General Manager, Hong Kong and Macau at Visa Inc.)

    Maaike Steinebach

    General Manager, Hong Kong and Macau at Visa Inc.
Networking Lunch
Lunch Keynote- The US and China: Protectionism, Bilateral Relations, and the Global Trading System
Charlene Barshefsky
  • Charlene Barshefsky (Partner at WilmerHale)

    Charlene Barshefsky

    Partner at WilmerHale

    Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky is WilmerHale's Senior International Partner. She joined the firm after serving as the US Trade Representative—the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States—from 1997 to 2001, and acting as deputy USTR from 1993 to 1996. As the USTR and a member of the President's Cabinet, she was responsible for the negotiation of hundreds of complex market access, regulatory and investment agreements with virtually every major country in the world. She is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China's historic WTO Agreement, as well as global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, intellectual property rights, high-technology products and cyberspace. She is recognized as a central figure for international business and international economic and trade issues. Her 25-year legal career in the field has encompassed international litigation, commercial negotiations, investment and regulatory advice, and dispute resolution, and she has written and lectured extensively both here and abroad.

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Boom & Bust: Is the China Model Sustainable?
Sitao Xu

The China model of development has proven to be one of the great successes in modern history, catapulting China into becoming the world’s second-largest economy and lifting more than 700 million people out of poverty.

Is the China model sustainable today, or are red flags waving in the wind?

  • Sitao Xu (Chief Economist, Partner at Deloitte China)

    Sitao Xu

    Chief Economist, Partner at Deloitte China
Networking Break
Panel III — 5G-Myths & Realities
Walter JenningsDan Strumpf (Moderator)

5G technology promises to usher in a new era of hyper-connectivity, automation, AI and advanced robotics, creating exciting new possibilities for our future. However, geopolitical conflicts, diplomatic controversies and security risks cast looming shadows over the development of 5G networks. Our expert panelists will discuss what 5G can and cannot do, and the future of technological development.

6G, anyone?

  • Walter Jennings (CEO of Asia Insight Circle)

    Walter Jennings

    CEO of Asia Insight Circle
  • Dan Strumpf (Moderator) (Reporter at The Wall Street Journal)

    Dan Strumpf (Moderator)

    Reporter at The Wall Street Journal
Panel IV — Victor or Victim: Hong Kong’s Role Between the Battling Giants

With the growing realization that US-China trade tensions will likely become the “new normal,” and as unprecedented scenes of political unrest throw a spotlight on Hong Kong’s deep social divisions, the city finds itself at a crossroads.

How can Hong Kong pick a path between the battling giants and maintain its status as Asia’s preeminent global financial and commercial hub? How might Hong Kong provide leadership through these times of crisis? Our speakers will decipher Hong Kong’s role, options and future.

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