Judy D. Olian
Charles J. Chen '02 | Executive Vice President of Victory Microwave Corporation
Charles is the Executive Vice President of Victory Microwave Corporation, a privately held, Taiwan based manufacturer of microwave antennas and components. At Victory, Charles has been planning corporate strategy and handling general management responsibilities for the past six years. His specific areas of expertise include corporate restructuring, intellectual property matters, foreign tax issues, government sector bidding and offset programs, and negotiating sales representative agreements. Charles splits his time between Los Angeles and Taiwan, and travels regularly through Asia and Europe.
Prior to joining Victory, Charles worked as a corporate attorney at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles, where he specialized in corporate transactions, finance and securities.
Charles graduated from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was a member of the Anderson Business Honor Society and was the Barry Richman Memorial Fellowship recipient. Charles also attended the UCLA School of Law where he graduated in the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Moot Court Honors Program. Prior to his graduate work at UCLA, Charles attended Cornell University, graduating with Distinction.
Sunny Choi '01 | Director of Corporate Development at Belkin International, Inc.
Sunny joined Belkin International, one of the leading global innovators of consumer electronics products, ranging from wireless routers to iPod and laptop accessories, in 2004. In his current role, Sunny is responsible for the company’s long-term corporate strategy, new business ventures, and mergers & acquisitions. With his purview over ensuring emerging market growth, he led the development of Belkin’s China business plan with its Asia Pacific division.
Prior to Belkin, Sunny was a management consultant conducting turnaround advisory work, where he was part of the Ancora Corporation management team that successfully planned and executed a sale to Pitney Bowes. He has also played business planning and corporate finance roles at Wherehouse Entertainment and Warner Bros. Studios.
Sunny earned his MBA from UCLA Anderson in 2001 and also received his B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA.
Qian Dong | Reporter at CCTV
With an audience of several hundred million people, Dong is one of China's most influential commentators on Chinese politics, economics, and society today. Dong has been a journalist and anchorwoman for the most influential Chinese-language news channel in China for 12 years. She has anchored a number of well-known programs, including News Probe, Oriental Horizon, and People in the News. For three years, until May 2006, she anchored the landmark CCTV Forum, the first and only television commentary program in China that addressed some of the most significant and sensitive issues in Chinese politics and society. The program allowed for debate and an unprecedented range of views, even those that challenged government positions. This made it one of the most popular shows in China, and a bellwether for those in political and academic circles. Dong is famous for her probing, in-depth interviews of leading Chinese government officials, businessmen, and others, and has earned the loyalty of several hundred million television viewers in China by virtue of her deep knowledge of politics and economics and her incisive interviewing techniques. She has won several prestigious awards, including the Chinese Journalism Award and the Golden Microphone Award.
Jane Gannaway | Vice President of Engineering for Yum! Restaurants China
Jane came to Yum! China to build an Engineering team that impacts the Brands through Systematic Back of House (BOH) Thinking in equipment, process, labor content and packaging. The Yum! China Engineering team supports KFC, PHDI, PHHS and East Dawning. Jane's "Building People Capability" strengths have helped her to build Engineering teams for TBC, PH U.S., YRI and now, Yum! China.
Jane is a citizen of the United States and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering. She was an MBA Candidate at Xavier University majoring in Marketing, Finance and Management and was just short of gaining the degree prior to a corporate transfer. Jane has spent one half of her career in Manufacturing/Operations and one half in Technical support.
Prior to joining Yum! Jane worked for additional food service and consumer products companies including Procter & Gamble, International Playtex Inc., Kraft General Foods and Advantica Restaurant Group (Denny's, Hardee's, Coco's, Carrows, El Pollo Loco and CityRange Steakhouse Grill). During a sabbatical, she has also consulted with small retail, restaurant and manufacturing businesses on "turn arounds."
Michael Gisser | Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Mergers and Acquisitions, Technology and International)
Mr. Gisser actively advises clients throughout the world in a range of industries with respect to mergers and acquisitions, corporate and international transactions, including major firm clients in the real estate, technology and entertainment industries.
Mr. Gisser is co-practice leader of the firm's Asia-Pacific practice. For almost six years, he served as the senior partner in the firm's Hong Kong office.
Selected representations include:
* global Internet telephone provider Skype Technologies S.A. in its acquisition by eBay Inc. for approximately $3.1 billion* ("2005 Breakthrough Telecom/Technology Deal" by Investment Dealers' Digest);
* Centro Properties Group, an Australia-based retail property investment and services organization, in: its $6.2 billion acquisition in a tender offer and merger of New Plan Excel Realty Inc., an NYSE-listed REIT; its $3.2 billion joint venture acquisition of Heritage Property Investment Trust, Inc., also an NYSE-listed REIT; its acquisition of NYSE-listed Kramont Realty Trust and its operating subsidiaries by way of three mergers for approximately $1.2 billion; and Centro and Prime Retail Group in their $488 million joint-venture acquisition of 14 convenience shopping centers throughout California;
* the independent nonexecutive directors of CNOOC Limited in China-based CNOOC's proposed acquisition of California-based Unocal Corporation for approximately $18.5 billion;
* The Walt Disney Company in its acquisition of the Canadian operator of the Club Penguin children's website for up to $700 million (including an earnout);
* Plethico Pharmaceuticals Limited, a manufacturer of nutraceuticals in India, in its acquisition of Natrol, Inc., a U.S. public company that manufactures nutritional supplements, via a tender offer and merger;
* Mamata Group (India) in connection with the formation of an Indian joint venture with affiliates of Pyron Solar Inc., a research and development company that is developing (with Boeing-Spectrolab) a novel system to convert sunlight into energy;
* Moser Baer India Ltd., a manufacturer of data storage products in India, in its agreement with Imation Corp. to establish a United States joint venture for the manufacture and distribution of data media;
* JM Morgan Stanley Private Limited, Enam Financial Consultants Pvt. Limited, CLSA India Limited and Yes Bank Limited as joint bookrunners with the legal aspects of the $339 million initial public offering and Rule 144A/Regulation S placement by Suzlon Energy Limited, an Indian alternative energy company;
* Juicy Couture, a designer and manufacturer of trendy women's wear, in its sale to Liz Claiborne; and
* NatSteel Electronics Corporation of Singapore in its completed $1.4 billion acquisition by Solectron, Inc.
The Los Angeles Daily Journal has consistently listed Michael Gisser as one of California's top "Rainmakers." Mr. Gisser has been recognized as a "leading lawyer" in Corporate/M&A by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and he frequently serves as a speaker at conferences on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and international business topics.
Gary Lawrence | Urban Strategy Leader, senior adviser on Dongtan at Arup
As Urban Strategies Leader for Arup, Gary Lawrence provides thought leadership for strategic urban development throughout the firm's 70 global offices. With roots firmly planted in the Pacific Northwest, Gary turned the first shovel of dirt on the development of Microsoft's campus as Redmond City Manager. Then, as Planning Director for the City of Seattle, he led development of "Toward a Sustainable Seattle," the first sustainability-focused municipal comprehensive plan in the world.
National and international recognition of his work followed and Gary has subsequently served as advisor to the Clinton Administration's Council on Sustainable Development, the UN's Habitat II, the US Agency for International Development, the Brazilian President's Office, the British Prime Minister's Office, the European Academy for the Urban Environment in Berlin, and the Organization for Economic and Community Development (OECD) (Paris) on matters of sustainable development and environmental policy.
Gary's speeches and publications have formed the basis for the development of much of the current thinking on sustainable development and he is acknowledged by Wally N'Dow, the then UN Secretary General of Habitat, as having authored "the single most important contribution to the entire habitat process."
Gary leads Arup's Urban Strategies consulting practice out of the Seattle office, driving Arup's vision to create communities of the present and future that address human need and environmental limitations. He is actively involved in the local and national chapters of the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, and the US Smart Growth Leadership Council. In Bellingham, Gary serves as Adjunct Professor at Huxley College of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University.
Adam Lazar | Managing Partner at Silver Age International
Adam Lazar has over ten years of international finance and acquisitions experience before joining Silver Age International as an investor and Managing Partner in 2005. Silver Age International is currently developing senior living retirement and nursing communities throughout China with the first project underway in Beijing.
Prior to investing in China, Mr. Lazar founded MAP Investments International, a boutique real estate investment firm focused on acquiring European based assets partnering with US and UK private equity real estate funds. Previously, he served as the Head of European real estate acquisitions for SpectraSite Ltd. in London and Paris, a publicly listed real estate company in the wireless telecom sector.
Prior to working at SpectraSite, Mr. Lazar worked within the acquisition and finance group of Westfield Corporation in Los Angeles, the largest property retail group in the world with 121 shopping centers in its global portfolio valued at over $44 bn. At Westfield, he performed acquisition due diligence for over 40 shopping centers and helped raise over $700 mm of debt and equity financing for new acquisitions and redevelopment projects.
Before joining Westfield, Mr. Lazar was a financial analyst before becoming an assistant portfolio manager at Unifund S.A., a $3 bn private global investment fund. There, he was responsible for the management of a $110 mm pan-Asian equity and real estate fund which outperformed the relative index by 12%.
Mr. Lazar has earned a B.A. in international political economy from The University of California, Berkeley in 1994 and has earned an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA in 1998, where he concentrated in international management and real estate finance. Mr. Lazar has worked and lived in the US, Latin America, Asia, and was a former professional tennis player competing on the ATP Tour earning world rankings in singles and doubles. Mr. Lazar currently resides in Paris, France, where he has lived since 2000.
James Liess | Public Relations Manger at Haier America
Liess currently overseas communications for Haier America based in New York City, where he is responsible for planning and directing public relations programs designed to create and maintain a positive public image for Haier America and its products. He also works closely with the National Basketball Association to leverage Haier as the Official HDTV of the NBA. Haier America was founded in 1999 and has become a leader for room air conditioner, compact refrigerator, and wine cellar sales; as well as a leading force in home appliances, compact laundry, and HDTV sales.
Prior to joining Haier, Liess spent eight years with the National Basketball Association where he promoted special events such as the NBA's interactive fan event during NBA All-Star weekend and later coordinated press coverage for local and national NBA community-building efforts through NBA Cares.
Liess is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he received a B.A. in Communications and has an MBA from William Paterson University.
David Liu | Founder and President of Danoo
Dr. Liu is the Founder and President of Danoo, a leading digital media company that delivers relevant, entertaining and localized media to people in their favorite places. Danoo was founded in 2006 with the vision of helping people better connect with the world around them by revolutionizing the way people experience media out-of-home. Danoo is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a leading venture capital firm.
Prior to founding Danoo, Dr. Liu was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he served leading companies across the global high tech value chain. His clients included fab equipment vendors, semiconductor manufacturers, chip design houses, networking/PC/server OEMs, software companies, and aerospace companies.
Previously, Dr. Liu has co-founded InformLink, a software company that developed electronic coupon distribution technologies widely used in consumer packaged good industry. Dr. Liu has also served various engineering and product development roles at HP and SGI.
Dr. Liu received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Russ Meyer | Chief Strategy Officer of Landor
As the chief strategy officer for Landor Associates, Russ Meyer has led teams and assisted in solving branding strategy and identity problems for clients, such as Andersen Consulting, Barclays Bank, Disney, DreamWorks, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, PepsiCo, and Procter & Gamble. In addition, Russ has leveraged Landor's expertise in mergers and acquisitions assisting in the brand strategy and identity creation for high-profile mergers, such as Bell Atlantic/GTE, BP/Amoco/ARCO, Compaq/Digital/Tandem, and Shell Oil/Texaco/Saudi Refining.
Russ has held several other roles at Landor including brand group leader, executive director of strategic services, and director of verbal branding and naming during his 13-year tenure. He managed programs for clients, such as Apple Computer, AT&T, Bayer, Electronic Arts, Lucent Technologies, Philips Electronics, and Rockwell International.
Russ is a frequent commentator on brands, business, and sustainability, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of California's Haas School of Business and San Francisco State University. He has been quoted in Advertising Age, the New York Daily News, BusinessWeek, and CMO magazine, and has appeared on CBS's MarketWatch and KPIX's CBS5 Evening News in San Francisco. He is also the co-author of Beyond the Fourth Wall: Marketing for Non-Profit Theaters.
Russ received his BA from the University of Minnesota and holds an MFA in design from Northwestern University in Chicago. He also graduated from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management with an MA in management.
Courtney McColgan | Analyst at Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Courtney McColgan is an Analyst at Draper Fisher Jurvetson where she focuses on clean technology. Prior to joining DFJ, Courtney worked as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Morgan Stanley. Previously, Courtney founded Wokai, a person-to-person online lending platform for microentrepreneurs in China. The organization was an extension of a post-graduate research project Courtney completed during a Fulbright grant as well as work she was involved in during her undergraduate studies. Courtney is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley with an AB in Chinese and Economics. She is fluent in Mandarin.
John Morris | Managing Director of GKM Ventures
John M. Morris has enjoyed a 25-year career in venture capital and early stage investing with earlier career experience in public accounting, financial management, investment banking and venture capital. John is currently a Managing Director of GKM Ventures, an expansion stage venture capital firm managing a portfolio of emerging information technology companies. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest angel investor organization in the country, and was past president and co-founder of TCA's Los Angeles network. John has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies. He currently serves as Entretech's vice chairman, a non-profit Los Angeles-based entrepreneurial services organization that operates a mentorship program called Nitro. John serves as a LAVA director (Los Angeles Venture Association). He was an economics major at UCLA and has a graduate business degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He enjoys golf, scuba diving, adventure travel and digital photography.
Judy D. Olian | Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management
Judy D. Olian, Ph.D., is the eighth dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and is the John E. Anderson Chair in Management. She began her appointment on January 1, 2006 after serving five and a half years as dean and professor of management at the Smeal College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University.
Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson is executing a comprehensive strategic plan to expand the school's global presence and partnerships and is engaged in an aggressive growth campaign, which will result in hiring a record number of faculty from the world's best research institutions. The school is developing a global foot print with a series of targeted global partnerships, especially in China, India and Mexico. Since arriving at UCLA Anderson, the School celebrated the launch of the Laurence and Lori Fink Center for Finance and Investments, the newest of the School's six research centers. Dean Olian is expanding the School's Board of Visitors, attracting executives who bring diverse functional and global perspectives. The school is also in a significant campaign to assure its financial footing as one of only two public schools of management included routinely among the ranks of the leading schools of management in the world.
Olian served as the chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier business accrediting and management thought leadership organization in the world. She also has chaired two industry-wide AACSB commissions addressing the future of management education, and the looming crisis of shortages in business Ph.D. graduates.
Olian has been widely published in journals on human resource management and business alignment of management systems, wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column and hosted a monthly television show on current topics in business. She is a sought-after speaker and has consulted for major corporations. Olian's honors include the American Council on Education Fellowship and the Maryland Association for Higher Education Award for Innovation.
As dean of UCLA Anderson, Judy Olian leads a school that annually provides management education to more than 1,700 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and more than 35,000 alumni worldwide.
Prior to her tenure at Smeal, she served as acting dean, senior associate dean and professor of management and organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
Born and raised in Australia, she holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Alexander Pan, Ph.D., CPA | International Tax Partner of the Chinese Business Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Alexander Pan is a Tax Partner within PricewaterhouseCoopers' Asia-Pacific Practice in Los Angeles, who has broad and deep expertise with respect to cross-border investment into the People's Republic of China ("PRC"), Taiwan and Hong Kong. His knowledge extends not only to the operation of the tax systems within these countries, but also to their respective business and financial environments. Alex' understanding of the legal and commercial systems within the PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong enables him to provide practical, effective tax and business advice to companies investing within these countries.
Alex is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has made numerous academic and professional presentations in the United States, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.
Alex was born in Taiwan and received his Master of Economics degree from Soochow University, Taiwan. In the United States, he received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with emphasis in Finance, Master of Business Taxation (MBT), and a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Southern California. The "International Tax Review" named Alex as one of the top international tax advisors within accounting firms for the year 2002.
Andrew M. Pan | Chief Representative and Managing Director of North American Representative Office of Shenzhen, P. R. China (NAROS)
Andrew M. Pan is the primary official contact of the City of Shenzhen in North America and oversees the daily operation of Los Angeles based NAROS which is a bilateral trade and investment promotion office of Shenzhen that gives support and free services for North American companies to do business in Shenzhen and other parts of China, as well as for Shenzhen companies to do business in the North America.
With his years of experience both in China and the U.S., Mr. Pan is a seasoned consultant on market entry, business development, sourcing and outsourcing, as well as government relations for overseas companies to do business in China and for China based companies to develop “Go Global” strategies.
Prior to NAROS, Mr. Pan served as the director of Foreign Investment Promotion of Shenzhen Bureau of Trade and Industry (SZBTI), the director of Economic Development of Shenzhen Free Trade Zone Administration (SZFTZ), and the senior manager of Shenzhen Foreign Investment Service Center (SZFIS).
Mr. Pan received a master of economics from Shanghai University of Economics and Finance and a bachelor of economics from University of International Relations, Beijing.
Valerie Romley | Moderator + Director of Operations of Moving Target Research
Valerie Romley is the founder of Moving Target Research. Driven by a passion to understand people's motivations, desires, hopes, fears and dreams around the globe and a desire to make a difference in the quality of people's lives, led Valerie to develop Research Without Borders, a global network of localized experts and partners which help organizations create innovation and improve the everyday lives of people in the emerging markets. A transcultural consumer herself, Valerie understands the roles that culture and context play in influencing beliefs, attitudes and behavior and is the author of Beyond Translation; The Marketer's Field Guide to Understanding Today's Transcultural Consumer which delivers insight and strategy into connecting with the consumers of the top three emerging majorities in the US: the Hispanic/Latino, Pacific-Asian and Asian-Indian markets.
Valerie has worked as an independent qualitative research consultant since 2003. Prior to launching Moving Target Research, she worked at America's leading research houses where she developed and honed her skills from the ground up, literally; recruiting participants in the field, interviewing respondents on-site, moderating dyads and triads in-language, managing and fielding multiple consumer projects across time zones.
In her previous life, Valerie was a producer and managed all aspects of global advertising production for general market, Hispanic and International clients. Twenty years of cross-cultural business experience combined with a hands-on approach means Valerie lives by the golden rule of never taking anything for granted by anticipating and preparing accordingly. She is a graduate from The New School Parsons and holds her degree in Communication Design.
Born in Paris, France, Valerie has crossed the transcultural divide time and again, having lived in London, Madrid, Manhattan, South Beach, and Malibu. A self-proclaimed aging hipster, she now resides amongst them, sans tattoo in San Francisco's Mission District.
Currently, Valerie is developing "A Day in the Life of the Next 4 Billion". From Mumbai to Mexico City, Shanghai to Sao Paolo, this ethnographic documentary series features the personal stories, rituals and intimate moments of the every day lives of next 4 billion.
Anthony Rubenstein | Managing Director of SinoTransPacific Ventures (Former Chairman of Californians for Clean Energy - Yes on 87)
Anthony Rubenstein is a business strategist specialized in value growth by creating significant competitive advantage as measured by financial, social and environmental metrics. His firm Beyond Green Strategies provides services to investors and ventures in the areas of CleanTech, Eco-Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Tony is also co-founder and Managing Partner of SinoTransPacific Ventures, a cross border investment advisory firm focused on CleanTech opportunities in China. SinoTransPacific is currently engaged with TianWei Group Ltd, of Baoding China, a major Chinese State-Owned electric power equipment conglomerate, to help grow their entire portfolio of clean energy ventures by global business development including joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, and technology transfer.
Tony has extensive knowledge of the Chinese CleanTech sector and is a nationally recognized expert on U.S. state and federal government policy as well as marketplace issues regarding eco-sustainability. He has consulted for clients in the solar, wind and bio-fuel sectors ranging from start-ups to multi-national ventures.
Tony was co-founder and Senior Policy Analyst for the 2008 California No on Proposition 10 Campaign. Tony's analysis, messaging and strategic leadership helped to galvanize a history-making broad coalition, dubbed "Everyone Versus Prop 10". Despite being out-funded more than 20-1, by helping unite unusual allies, Tony helped defeat Prop 10 by 60% no to 40% yes.
Tony was founder and Chairman of Californians for Clean Energy, the force behind California's 2006 Proposition 87, the largest Clean Energy referendum in U.S. history. Tony recruited and led the group of renowned scientists, businessmen, environmentalists and others who formulated Prop 87's policies, headed a $54 million fundraising effort, and recruited leaders in the Clean Energy sector including the Solar Energy Industry Association, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the American Council on Renewable Energy. Prop 87 was narrowly defeated, with support from 45% of California voters.
Tony was previously an entertainment industry executive, screenwriter and film producer.
Tony holds a B.A. from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from the UCLA.
Cheng Si-Wei '83 | Former Vice Chairman Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
Mr. Cheng Si-wei, a native of Xiangxiang, Hunan Province, Cheng was born in June 1935; and obtained MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Prof. Cheng is a famous Chinese scholar in economic, financial and managerial fields as well as in chemical industry. He devoted himself in the reform and opening up of China for 30 years. He used the approach of complexity science to study the economic reforms in China and put forward many valuable and influencing proposals to the top leaders of China, and implemented his thoughts in his work as the Vice Chairman, Standing Committee of National People's Congress of China and the Chairman, Central Committee of China National Democratic Construction Association. He initiated the school of fictitious economy and has a deep influence in China's economic and financial circle. He also promoted the venture capital business in China and build up high reputation in this field. He is also very active in international academic community and was invited to give keynote speeches in many countries and international forums.
Prof. Cheng has been working in the fields of chemical industry for 41 years. In the first 20 years of his career life, he was engaged in scientific research and development of inorganic chemicals, including borax, boric acid, chromium compounds, etc. He is the pioneer and academic leader in China's borax industry.
Prof. Cheng was engaged in the R&D management of chemical industry for over 20 yeas. Firstly as a principal engineer managing R&D in inorganic chemical industry, he lead the development of chromium compounds and published a book titled "Technology of Chromium Compounds". He also made many contributions in advising the R&D of sodium chlorite, hydrogen peroxide, titanium dioxide, etc. Then as a chief engineer managing R&D in chemical industry, he organized and advised a series of R&D programs in fertilizer, pesticides, etc. and published many papers regarding R&D management, reform of R&D system, science and technology policy, etc.
Beginning from 1980s, he has been actively engaged in the studies of soft science and management science. The research project named "System Study in Developing China's Phosphate Resources" leading by him won the second class national prize of science and technology progress and first class of science and technology progress prize of the Ministry of Chemical Industry. Another research project named "Strategy of Application of polymers in Automobile Industry" advising by him won the third class national prize of science and technology progress and second class of science and technology progress prize of the Ministry of Chemical Industry.
Prof. Cheng has been striving to develop theory and methodology in soft science studies. He put forward the POSMEP procedure in soft science study, developed the modeling and solution techniques in large scale goal programming, established models for planning China's phosphate resources development, and the goal programming models for developing China's chemical industry.
As the director general of the Dept. of Management Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, he is actively promoting the development of management sciences in China, and has formulated the discipline structure and development strategy of China's management sciences.
Prof. Cheng is striving to promote the integration of system engineering with chemical engineering, especially the integration of technical optimization with economic and environmental optimization.Zhu Shen, Ph.D., MBA | Chief Executive Officer of BioForesight
Dr. Zhu Shen is an award-winning business leader, prolific author, and media personality. She is the CEO of BioForesight, a strategic consulting company providing licensing, partnering, investment advisory, cross-cultural training, and media/public relations services to life science clients in North America, Europe, and China. She also held positions at The Wilkerson Group/ IBM, Bayer, Chiron, and most recently as Vice President of Business Development at ItherX Pharmaceuticals (formerly Immusol), with increasing responsibilities in business development, marketing, strategic planning, corporate communications, and public relations.
Dr. Shen is a widely recognized thought leader in US/China business. She is an organizer, speaker, and chair of numerous life science business conferences on licensing, venture investing, and cross-Pacific partnering/CRO trends. She has authored a number of feature articles on cross-Pacific life science trends in financing, outsourcing, and licensing, published on Pharmaceutical Executive, PharmAsia News, Ernst & Young Global Pharmaceutical Reports, and BioExecutive International. She has been featured on Business Week, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, Pharmaceutical Executive, China Economic Review, Genetic Engineering News, Drug Discovery News, Cornell Enterprise, San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego Business Journal, Voice of San Diego, The Daily Transcript, Asia Talk Radio, and ASIA Media.
Dr. Shen sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of PharmAsia News, an online media owned by F-D-C Reports, Inc. and Elsevier, with news and analysis covering biopharmaceuticals, biologics, devices and diagnostics in the Pacific Rim. She serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Pacific Alliance & Entrepreneurship Committee of Sino-American Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SABPA), the largest and most influential Chinese American life science professional organization in Southern California. She also serves on the BIOCOM Asia Task Force Steering Committee, the Athena San Diego Bioscience Committee and CFO Committee.
Dr. Shen is involved in various non-profit and charitable organizations. She is the Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board of the America Chinese Culture & Education Foundation (ACCEF), a San Diego-based charity organization that raises funds to build new elementary schools for under-privileged children in rural China. She is also on the board of directors of Asian Art Coordinating Council.
Dr. Shen was honored with the Annual Asian Heritage Award in 2006 and the SABPA Achievement Award in 2006 and 2007. She was also nominated for the annual Athena Pinnacle Award in 2007 and 2008, and the San Diego Business Journal's "Women Who Mean Business Award" in 2008.
Dr. Shen received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado, where she won an award for "Outstanding Research". She earned her MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University where she was cofounder and treasurer of the Biotech Club. She attended Peking University and Peking Union Medical College in China, the latter founded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Elizabeth Turner | CEO of Turner Fox Productions and organizer of U.S. China "GREEN" Business Exchange
Elizabeth Turner currently serves as the Director of Global Sales for Market China, Inc., a new media company headquartered in Guangzhou, China. In this position, Ms. Turner is responsible for identifying prospective global brand clients, and developing and implementing a strategy to further the knowledge of, and sales of, their brands to targeted 18 to 35 year olds in China. She is currently working with McDonalds and Proctor and Gamble's brand, Pringles, among others.
In addition to working with Market China, Ms. Turner consults with several United States based companies in helping them to develop their China markets. These projects have ranged from licensing mobile entertainment content through China Mobile and China Unicom, to facilitating the installation of specialized equipment for SINOPEC oil tank farms.
Prior to this, Ms. Turner served as Regional Vice President, Business Development, for DeWolff Boberg and Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in company turn-arounds through the development and implementation of management training systems. Ms.Turner has also served as Vice President Business Development/Region Manager for Arthur Consulting Group, with responsibility for direct sales of the company's financial consulting services to the CFO / CEO level of the Fortune 1000.
Before that, Ms Turner co-founded, and served as President of AmerAsia, Inc. through which she and her partner developed a program for business and cross-cultural training for the leaders chosen to run China's major state ministries as they were transformed into the key state-owned national corporate enterprises. In this capacity, she developed close personal relationships with thousands of today's leading Chinese executives.
Ms. Turner has lived and/or worked in China since 1986, and speaks fluent Mandarin. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Management from Northeastern University in conjunction with Beijing Normal Teachers Training College, and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
Michael Woo | City Planning Commissioner for the LA City Planning Commission
Michael Woo was the first Asian American and the first trained urban planner elected to the Los Angeles City Council. He gave up his Council seat in 1993 to enter the race for Mayor of Los Angeles, ultimately receiving 46 percent of the citywide vote. At USC Woo teaches urban planning and at UCLA he is teaching a new course on "China's Urban Sustainability Challenges."
He chairs the national board of Smart Growth America, the governing board of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and the nonprofit board which runs the Hollywood Farmers Market. Mayor Villaraigosa appointed Woo to serve on the L.A. City Planning Commission, where he is helping to draft new land use and transportation policies to promote more sustainable future development.
Steven Xi | Managing Director Riverwood Capital
Steven Xi is a Managing Director of Riverwood Capital, a technology focused private equity firm based in Menlo Park. Prior to joining Riverwood, Mr. Xi was a Managing Director at The Hina Group Fund I, where he focused on expansion-stage investments in the technology, media and consumer-related space. Since 1998, Mr. Xi has either invested or participated in investments in several successful companies, including Framedia (sold to Focus Media (Nasdaq: FMCN) for $183 million), VanceInfo Technologies (NYSE: VIT), Oak Pacific Interactive and Hengan (1044.HK).
Before joining Hina, Mr. Xi co-founded and managed an ecommerce start-up with locations in the Silicon Valley and Beijing, China. Prior to his entrepreneurial experience, Mr. Xi had spent six and half years in investment banking and principal investment, in both New York and Hong Kong.
Mr. Xi earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MA in economics from the University of Southern California and a BS in physics from Jilin University. Mr. Xi also spent one year in graduate studies at the Ford Foundation Economic Training Center at the Remin University of China. Mr. Xi is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Howard Zhou | Senior Research Analyst of Roth Capital
Howard Zhou is a Senior Research Analyst at ROTH Capital Partners since January 2008 focusing on China-related securities. His sector coverage includes agriculture, education, and consumer products. Previously, he was an equity analyst at B. Riley & Co.. Prior to that, he worked as a senior financial analyst at Belkin Corporation. From 1996 to 2001, he took various roles and responsibilities in sales and marketing with Royal Dutch/Shell (China), most recently as a marketing and business development manager.
Mr. Zhou received his M.B.A. in Finance from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.A. in International Business from Shanghai University in China.
James Zukin | Chairman of Asia and Senior Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey
Mr. Zukin is the Chairman of Asia for Houlihan Lokey, and a founding member of the Board of Directors of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, where he spearheads the firm's emerging-market strategy. He is also a board member of Houlihan Lokey K.K, and the Board Chairman of Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin (China) Ltd.
Mr. Zukin often presents on Chinese M&A and restructuring issues to various Chinese officials, including the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), the Chinese Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), and China CINDA Asset Management Company (CINDA). He speaks frequently at business conferences in the United States and Asia on M&A, financial restructuring and shareholder liquidity, among other topics. He has appeared as an expert witness in superior courts and served on the faculty of various World Bank and IFC conferences.
His government clients include the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Office of Thrift Supervision, and the Korean Asset Management Company (KAMCO). In 2004, he formed Houlihan Lokey's Sovereign Advisory Services practice, whose clients include Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Liberia, the Republic of Iraq and the Russian Federation.
Mr. Zukin serves as a delegate to the Paris Club Meetings involving the private sector. He is a member of both the Institute of International Finance (IIF) and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an advisory board member of XMBA, the M&A Institute formed by NYU's Stern School of Business, Guanghua School of Management (Peking University) and Judge Business School (Cambridge University).
Mr. Zukin earned a B.A. with honors in economics and English from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is registered with FINRA (formerly the NASD) as a General Securities Representative (Series 7 and 63).