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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.
With over 20 years of experience in financial technology, intellectual property and consultancy services across Asia Pacific, and over a decade spent in leadership positions with P&L responsibility, Joanne is motivated by supporting organizations to excel in Asia.
Joanne has held leading positions in new business development, sales & marketing, corporate branding, legal strategy and investors relations across various sizes of firms. Her achievements include establishing presence across Asia Pacific for various MNCs to open doors, build brands, and expanding market share and profitability for them. She creates and leads corporate and people strategy execution that underpins growth and vision.
Before Broadridge, Joanne was the Head of APAC for Dealogic. She also led a number of multi-national companies including CPA Global and Thomson Reuters in Asia Pacific. Joanne holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Management from the University of London. Born in Hong Kong and having spent most of her life there, Joanne is very passionate about social and business matters. She is a committee member at the YWCA Hong Kong, responsible for Corporate Business.
Yukon Huang is a senior fellow with the Asia Program. He was formerly the World Bank’s country director for China and earlier director for Russia and the Former Soviet Union Republics. He is an adviser to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and various governments and corporations. His research focuses on China’s economy and its regional and global impact.
Huang has published widely on development issues in both professional journals and the public media. He is a featured commentator for the Financial Times on China, and his articles are seen frequently in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Foreign Affairs, the National Interest, and Caixin. His books include East Asia Visions, Reshaping Economic Geography in East Asia, and International Migration and Development in East Asia and the Pacific. His latest book, Cracking the China Conundrum: Why Conventional Economic Wisdom Is Wrong, was published by Oxford University Press (2017).
He has a PhD in economics from Princeton University and a BA from Yale University.
With some 25+ years of communication strategy experience gained working and living in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, France, and the United States, it’s only natural that Walter Jennings is the CEO of Asia Insight Circle, a business leadership association, consultancy, and events management company based in Hong Kong and doing business all over the world.
Walter also serves in a dual capacity as a Management Consultant at The Tantalus Group, a Hong Kong based global management consulting firm, providing CEO advisory, corporate communications strategy, and influencer relations consulting and strategy for the firm’s clients.
Walter recently served as Vice President, Global Corporate Communication at Huawei Technologies in their corporate headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Huawei is the world’s leading telecommunications technology company with 200,000 employees in 170 countries and 2017 revenue of US$93 billion.
Cheng Li is Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center, and a Director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Dr. Li is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at University of Toronto, a Nonresident Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He is the author/editor of numerous books, including China’s Leaders: The New Generation (2001), China’s Emerging Middle Class (2010), Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership (2016) and The Power of Ideas: The Rising Influence of Thinkers and Think Tanks in China (2017). Li grew up in Shanghai. He received an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton 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.
Maaike Steinebach is Visa's General Manager for Hong Kong and Macau. She is responsible for the full business operations, strategy development and management of Visa’s businesses in the two territories. She is also the founding member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong.
Maaike brings more than 20 years of experience working in institutional, commercial and private banking in Europe, Asia, and Greater China.
Before joining Visa, Maaike served for five years as Country Executive of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Hong Kong), and before that as Country Executive for ABN AMRO (Hong Kong) and Regional Head Asia for the corporate bank. Prior to Hong Kong, Maaike spent five years in Shanghai as Country Manager for Fortis Bank Greater China.
As founding member of Women in Tech HK and Women Chief Executive Group HK, Maaike is active in the advocacy for full and equal participation of women and girls in Hong Kong economy and society. She is also an active member in the fintech community in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.
Maaike has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.
Ben Simpfendorfer is Founder and CEO of Silk Road Associates, a data-driven strategic advisory based in Hong Kong.
Ben has worked in Asia and the Middle East for the past 20 years. He advises a range of Fortune 500 multinationals on their commercial strategies in Asia, providing global boards and regional strategy teams with data-based solutions into fast-moving markets and their value-chains. His extensive specialist networks add further insights into today’s key operating challenges.
Before establishing Silk Road Associates in 2010, Ben spent over a decade tracking China’s business landscape as chief China economist for RBS and senior China economist for JPMorgan based in Hong Kong. He started his career in Beirut during the early 1990s where he worked as a management consultant, later joining Dun & Bradstreet based in London as the firm’s senior analyst for the Middle East & North Africa.
Ben speaks Mandarin and Arabic. He is author of The Rise of the New East (Palgrave: 2014), examining commercial opportunities and complexities in the Asia market, and The New Silk Road (Palgrave: 2009), exploring China’s commercial ties with the Middle East. The book is translated into six languages including simplified and traditional Chinese. He appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN, and his articles have been published by the FT and WSJ.
Ben has delivered keynotes and CEO briefings worldwide. He is a member of the Foreign Experts Committee providing recommendations to China's central leadership on the 'Belt and Road' initiative under the auspices of SAFEA. He is Co-Chairman of the China Business Committee for AmCham HK. He also sits on the advisory board of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) in Hong Kong.
John Siu is responsible for managing Cushman & Wakefield’s Hong Kong Office which provides a full range of real estate transaction, consultancy and management services to our clients. He is also the convener of the China Business Platform and one of the key leaders of the Guangdong | Hong Kong | Macau Greater Bay Business Platform of Cushman & Wakefield. John also currently serves as the Co-chairman of the China Business Committee of The American Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Real Estate & Infrastructure Committee of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.
With over 30 years of industry experience, John’s expertise include tenant representation & strategies in the office, industrial/logistics and data center sectors; landlord advisory for Grade-A office developments; and corporate occupier account management. His expertise has made him a resource for interviews by Hong Kong and international media.
Dan Strumpf covers tech in Asia out of The Wall Street Journal's Hong Kong bureau. Previously, he covered energy and financial markets for the Journal in both Hong Kong and New York, and has worked for the Associated Press and several local newspapers in the U.S.
Lisa Sun is President & CEO of AIG China, the largest wholly-owned foreign P&C insurance company in China.
Prior joining AIG, Lisa was CEO for Mercer Hong Kong and South & East Asia Zone, and she is also the Chairman for Marsh & McLennan Companies for Hong Kong. With operations in 7 countries and serving clients in 13 territories, Lisa is focused on bringing the best of Mercer’s capabilities in advancing the health, wealth and career of the most vital asset of our clients in Asia – their people.
Lisa brings more than 20 years of experience in markets of varying maturity and geographic locations. Prior to Mercer, Lisa worked at Zurich in a variety of positions, starting as the Deputy Head of Life Protection for Global Life Asia Pacific & Middle East Region (APME) with full P&L responsibilities and then later serving as the Head of Proposition Management and Development for Zurich Topas Life, Indonesia and Zurich Life Singapore. Earlier in her career, Lisa was Deputy Chief Actuary and Vice President for Worldwide Accident and Health for AIG Life Companies; Regional Actuary and Associate Vice President for AIU Accident and Health SEA and Greater China Region; and Assistant Actuary for Liberty Mutual Group in Boston (USA).
Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and computer science from Clark University in Massachusetts, USA. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS/2003) and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA/2002).
Xu Sitao is Chief Economist and Partner of Deloitte China, spearheading Deloitte's economic and industry research. Prior to Deloitte, he was Chief Representative of China and EIU forecasting director at the Economist Group from 2004 to 2014.
Sitao worked for MMS International of Standard and Poor’s
Group in Singapore as the Economist for Indonesia, Korea and Thailand in 1995. He joined Standard Chartered Bank as Regional Treasury Economist in 1996. From 2000 to 2002, he was Societe Generale’s Chief Economist for Asia. In 2003, he became the Head of Economics of ICBC (Asia).
He is often invited by leading MNCs to their board rooms, to present key issues on China.
Sitao holds a B.A. in Economics from Peking University, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, and an M.S. in Finance from Boston College. He was a visiting scholar at Hoover Institution at Stanford University in 2012.