Nicholas M. Mitsakos
Judy D. Olian
Michael J Reilly
Jimmy Z. Zhang
Joshua Berlin | Executive Editor & Director, Elsevier Business Intelligence
Joshua Berlin is executive editor & director of business development for Elsevier Business Intelligence, a global publisher that provides analysis and insight on the biopharma and medical device industries. At EBI, Mr. Berlin is responsible for generating business and editorial opportunities for a suite of industry-leading publications, including "The Pink Sheet"; IN VIVO; and PharmAsia News. He also spearheads emerging markets strategy, including the development and launch of PharmAsia News, a daily online publication that provides regulatory and business intelligence to life sciences executives doing business in China, India and other Asian markets, and the PharmAsia Summit, an annual strategic conference.
Prior to joining EBI, Mr. Berlin served as a manager in the life sciences practice at Ernst & Young LLP where he helped advise organizations on regulatory best practices. Before that, he served as a managing editor at Thompson Publishing Group in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw publications related to U.S. FDA compliance and enforcement. Mr. Berlin is a board member of the BioJudiciary Project, a 501(c)(3) organization with an educational mission to help judges better understand technical and legal issues related to biotechnology, and a member of the Loudoun County, Virginia, Science & Technology Cabinet.
Sean Blankenship | SVP of Marketing, CODA Automotive
With over 15 years of marketing and sales experience, Sean's passion is developing integrated marketing programs and engaging customer experiences. Most notably, Sean helped establish the interactive marketing group at Nissan North America and also launched the current generation Altima and Maxima in North America. After Nissan, Sean led the strategy and execution of marketing solutions for companies such as Mazda North America, Kia Motors America, and Nissan North America as the Group Account Director for iCrossing Inc.
Rick Chang '11 | Marketing Co-Director, Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference
Rick Chang is the Marketing Co-Director for the Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference and a full-time MBA student at UCLA Anderson. He currently works part-time as an Operations analyst at Tesla Motors. He serves as President of the Automotive Business Association and VP of External Events for the Asian Management Student Association at Anderson. Prior to business school, he was a Department Section head and Senior Mechanical Engineer at Northrop Grumman Space Technology. He helped to form the Raytheon Asian Pacific Professional Association (Goleta, CA branch) while working as a Senior Engineer at Raytheon. He was also the Treasurer for the Taiwanese American Professionals organization in Los Angeles.
Rick was an MBA exchange student at China Europe International Business School last fall and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Joy Chen '98 | Executive Recruiter & former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles
The Honorable Joy Chen is an American-born Chinese who overcame cultural barriers to become Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles at 31 years old. While Deputy Mayor, Ms. Chen was responsible for education and workforce development for America's 2nd-largest city. Following her time in public service, Ms. Chen has been a successful executive recruiter, helping global companies find the U.S.-based talent they need for the 21st century.
Maintaining her lifelong commitment to education, Joy created Global Rencai (www.globalrencai.com), a careers blog which helps global Chinese talent to launch their careers.
In her role as Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, Ms. Chen spearheaded major education and workforce-training programs which have become nation-wide models. Her college-access program was in 2007 signed into California state law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and has helped over 100,000 families send their children to college. Additionally, Ms. Chen created an innovative model for helping Los Angeles companies train their employees in the 21st skills they need to succeed in the global business marketplace.
Ms. Chen's recruiting work has been hailed in the Financial Times, Business Week, The Economist, CCTV, Tencent QQ, China Radio International, Marie Claire China, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Chinese World Journal, Cosmopolitan Trends, Rayli, and other leading global media.
Ms. Chen earned MBA and M.A. in Urban Planning degrees from UCLA, and a BA from Duke University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two baby daughters.
Kevin Chen '09 | Project Director, Trina Solar
Kevin Chen is the Director of Project Development in Trina Solar. He is leading the company's large scale solar power plant development business in North America. Prior to Trina, he was instrumental in developing the landmark 250MW solar PV program for Southern California Edison, where he was a manager of business planning and development. In addition to solar, he has developed a variety of business opportunities in traditional and renewable energy resources. Prior to SCE, Mr. Chen had broad responsibilities in GE Energy, where he delivered several large-scale international projects in electric systems, and completed product development for generation, transmission, and electricity market. Mr. Chen holds MBA from UCLA and MS in Electric Power from Iowa State University.
Pete Cooper | Head of Asia Business Development, Better Place, Inc.
Pete Cooper is a member of the global development team for Better Place, an electric vehicle (EV) service provider that is building EV recharge networks around the world. He is responsible for business development in Asia (outside Japan). This activity includes prioritizing regional markets, establishing the necessary coalition of partners and government entities, tailoring business plans to local market conditions, funding the businesses, hiring key staff and establishing early stage operations.
Pete performed similar functions in North America (Hawaii), a globally announced Better Place region during 2008 and early 2009.
Prior to joining Better Place, Pete spent over 20 years managing technology development and manufacturing organizations in the high tech electronics industry. He has an extensive background in technology, project and business management, as well as product/process development, scaling and validation. In his last position before joining Better Place, Pete was the Director of Engineering Services at REMEC Defense and Space, where he managed all of the mechanical aspects of: product development, new product introduction, production support, technology validation and business development. Pete's focus on renewable energy is directly related to sustainable transportation and the possibility to end our addiction to fossil fuels.
Pete received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Masters Degree in Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Craig Dehmel '98 | Senior Vice President, Sales & Strategic Planning, 20th Century Fox International
Craig Dehmel manages the theatrical release planning and execution of all 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight and New Regency titles, as well as acquisitions and local co-productions, in over 60 markets worldwide. His role includes strategic dating, competitive analysis, financial review, exhibitor relations, regional oversight and integrated release planning. Over his eleven year career with Fox, Craig has helped plan the successful international releases of hundreds of Fox International-distributed titles, including two of the top 5 International box office titles of all-time, AVATAR (#1, $2B GBO) and ICE AGE 3 (#4, $694m), both released in 2009.
Prior to joining Fox, Craig was Marketing Director for Ocean Park Pictures; an independent producer of film and TV commercials. He started his entertainment career as an account executive / production manager for a small advertising agency out of Burbank, CA, servicing studio clients, such as Disney, MGM, Orion, Savoy and Sony Classics. He is a Philadelphia, PA native with a B.A. in History from Colgate University and an MBA in Entertainment Management and Strategy from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Jim Feng | Director of Interactive Entertainment Group, Tencent Inc.
Mr. Feng Yi Chi (Jim Feng) is Director of Tencent IED department, and he is Producer of League Of Legends in China. Mr. Feng has been in the China online game industry for over 8 years, and he is very experienced in multi positions ranges from business development, to project management.
After graduation, he joined the Shanda Networking, the No.1 game company in China of that period. Mr. Feng starts as the internation business and then moved to game project management. He is mainly focused on international projects, such as North America projects Dungeons and Dragons series, as well as Japan projects Dead Or Alive series.
After contribution of 6 years to Shanda, Mr. Feng joined Tencent, the largest IT company in China. Mr. Feng now works as the leader of the upcoming blockbuster title League of Legends.
Most important, he is also known as a very enthusiastic hard-core gamer.
Nicholas M. Mitsakos | Chairman and CEO of Arcadia Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Mitsakos is the Chairman and CEO of Arcadia Holdings, Inc., an investment firm focused on private and public equity, and venture capital. He is also a managing director and advisor to Sardis Capital, a London-based merchant bank; Janus Asia, in Hong Kong, and Franklin Templeton China, in Shanghai, China.
Currently, along with being Chairman and CEO of Arcadia Holdings, Inc., Mr. Mitsakos is the Executive Chairman of Cardax Pharmaceuticals, the Chairman of IMEx Minerals, and a director of Meru Networks, Trident Power Corp. and Greenstone Aviation Corporation.
Arcadia is a global diversified holding company that owns securities, majority-owned subsidiaries, controlled companies and other interests in a variety of businesses. Arcadia's equity and debt partners include large international institutions headquartered in the US, Asia and Europe. Through Arcadia Holdings, Mr. Mitsakos has acquired or invested in over 40 companies in the U.S., Asia and Europe. He served as either a director or advisor to each company, working closely with management, the board of directors and other investors.
Arcadia's private equity and venture capital investments have ranged from worldwide manufacturing and services companies to biotechnology and other technology-based startups. Examples include and Cardax Pharmaceuticals, Hawaii; Meru Networks, Silicon Valley; IMEx Minerals, New York; China Cement Corp., China; CCT Resources, Hong Kong; MPD Packaging, Germany; and Greenstone Aviation, Great Britain. Current investment activity is focused on financial services, infrastructure, energy, manufacturing, commodities and other well-established businesses.
In 1985, Mr. Mitsakos started his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. From 1986 to 1989, he was a member of the corporate finance department at Drexel Burnham Lambert.
From 1989 to 1994, he was an affiliate of Acadia Partners, a private equity investment fund. With Acadia, he acquired six companies, and completed over ten follow-on acquisitions, totaling over $1 billion.
From 1995 to present, Mr. Mitsakos has advised Templeton International on investments in private and public companies based in emerging markets, including China. He now advises Franklin Templeton and Janus on public and private investment throughout Asia.
From 2002 to present, he has been an advisor and Managing Director to London-based Sardis Capital, a merchant bank, focused on technology and middle market merchant banking.
He holds an MBA from Harvard University (1986) and B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Microbiology from the University of Southern California (Valedictorian, 1981). He taught at UCLA's Anderson School of Business from 1992 to 1998, and is also on the board to UCLA's Center for Cerebral Palsy within the UCLA Medical School.
Ira Kalish | Director of Global Economics, Deloitte Research
Dr. Ira Kalish is Director of Global Economics at Deloitte Research. He is an expert on global economic issues as well as the effects of economic, demographic, and social trends on the global business environment. He has written reports on the economies and consumer markets of Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Mexico, and South America. In addition, he has authored over 150 publications on economic and consumer trends around the world.
Among Dr. Kalish's recent publications were the quarterly Global Economic Outlook; Global Powers of Retailing 2011; Consumer 2020; Hidden Heroes: Emerging Retail Markets Beyond China; China and India: Comparing the World's Hottest Consumer Markets; China and India: The Reality Beyond the Hype; and China's Consumer Market: Opportunities and Risks.
Dr. Kalish has given numerous presentations on topics related to the global economy. Among his audiences have been AIG, Auchan, Avon, Best Buy, Boots, CVS, Gap, KKR, Kraft, Levi Strauss, Mattel, Microsoft, Nestle, Nike, the National Retail Federation, Office Max, Oracle, Petsmart, the Retail Week Conference, SAP, Sears, Starbucks, Unilever, Westfield, and the World Retail Congress to name a few. He has given presentations to business leaders on six continents. In addition, he has been widely quoted in the news media. His remarks have been published by The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The Economist, The Financial Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, The Far Eastern Economic Review, Women's Wear Daily, and Advertising Age. He has appeared on CNN, CBS News, CNBC, PBS, and BBC World Service.Prior to his work at Deloitte, Dr. Kalish was Chief Economist at Retail Forward, a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a Vice President at Bankers Trust Corporation, Corporate Economist at the Eastman Kodak Company, and Researcher at the Institute for International Economics. Dr. Kalish holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Vassar College and a PhD in international economics from Johns Hopkins University.
David T. Liu | Managing Director, Key West Financial Services, Inc.
Mr. Liu has over 20 years of diverse and hands-on experience in Corporate Finances, Management, and Consulting. He is in charge of Key West's investment banking advisory services including
- debt or equity offerings;
- mergers and acquisitions;
- financial restructuring; and
- corporate reorganizations.
Mr. Liu has held management positions with startup to mid-cap companies including MACTEC Engineering, Avus, LLC, and Dames & Moore. As its founder, he built Avus into an Inc. 500 company (U.S. largest private company list) to revenues exceeding $130mm and raised its debt and equities financing exceeding $10mm. He also has extensive experience in M&A, and operations of affiliated companies in China and Mexico. Through his earlier life experience in China and United Kingdom, he is keenly aware of the regulatory and cultural impacts on cross-border businesses.
Mr. Liu graduated with a B.S.C. in Civil Engineering (Imperial College, U. K.), M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering (UC Berkeley) and M.B.A. (UCLA) and holds NASD Series 65 and FINRA Series 79 Licenses. He is a California Professional Engineer (Civil and Geotechnical), and holds a Real Estate Agent license. Mr. Liu was a 2009 Candidate for Diamond Bar City Council.
Jerry Nickelsburg joined the UCLA Anderson Forecast in 2006 as a senior economist. At the Anderson Forecast he plays a key role in the economic modeling and forecasting of the Los Angeles, Southern California and California economies. He has conducted special studies into the future of manufacturing in Los Angeles, the distribution of income, the economic impact of the writer's strike, the aerospace industry, the undocumented construction and manufacturing labor force, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the garment industry, focusing on the development of new data and the application of economic theory and statistical methods to sectoral issues. His current academic research is on organizational and individual learning in manufacturing, and the influence of power groups on the balance of trade. He is a regular presenter at the Los Angeles Mayor's Economic Conference and has been cited in the national and local media including the Financial Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Variety, CNBC, NBC, PBS, and L.A. Business Journal.
He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1980 specializing in monetary economics and econometrics. He was formerly a professor of Economics at the University of Southern California and has held executive positions with McDonnell Douglas, Flight Safety International, and Flight Safety Boeing during a fifteen year span in the aviation business.
From 2000 to 2006, he was the Managing Principal of Deep Blue Economics, a consulting firm he founded. He held a position with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors developing forecasting tools, and has advised banks, investors and financial institutions. He has been the recipient of the Korda Fellowship, USC Outstanding Teacher, India Chamber of Commerce Jubilee Lecturer and is a Fulbright Scholar. He has published over 40 articles on monetary economics, econometrics, aviation economics, and industrial organization.
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.
Sofie Qiao | Co-founder & CEO, LINQ Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Dr. Sofie Qiao is currently President, CEO and Co-founder of LINQ Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a transpacific small molecule drug discovery company. Prior to co-founding LINQ, she served as a business advisor for Hua Medicine for a few months. She was previously founder and President of LEAD Therapeutics, a small molecule drug discovery company adopting a US/China hybrid business model. She formulated the business plan, assembled a management team and raised Series A financing of $17 million for LEAD in 2007. LEAD was acquired by BioMarin in February 2010 for up to $97 million. Prior to embarking on her entrepreneurial efforts, she worked at Genzyme Corporation, McKinsey & Company, Syrrx (now Takeda San Diego), and Discovery Partners International (now BioFocus DPI of Galapagos) in a variety of functions. A native of Beijing, she received her B.A. In chemistry from Harvard University and Ph.D. In organic chemistry from MIT.
Michael J Reilly | Co-founder & CEO, Western States Biopharmaceuticals, Inc
Michael Reilly is the CEO and Co-Founder of Western States Biopharmaceuticals, a privately held biotech company developing novel therapies that treat inflammatory diseases while preserving immune protection. The firm has operations in Aurora, CO, Ventura County, CA, and Beijing, China.
Prior to founding Western States, Michael had over 20 years of international leadership experience in marketing, business development, strategy, and finance at Amgen, Baxter, Sanofi, Sterling Drug, and Eastman Kodak. His last position was as Head of Strategy and member of the Senior Management Team at Baxter BioScience. He was the commercial lead for Amgen's acquisition of Immunex and its drug Enbrel, the largest in biotech history at $16B. As Global Commercial Leader at Amgen, he led over ten products in development including drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease and Cancer. He was Co-Leader of Prolia (denosumab), currently pharma's most valuable R&D product valued at $11.5B.
Michael earned a Master's degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley
Maria P. Sendra | Partner and Chair, Southern California Corporate & Securities, Baker & McKenzie
Ms. Sendra is a partner and Chair of Baker & McKenzie's Southern California Corporate and Securities Practice. She has built an emerging technologies and markets practice which leverages global capital market and technology relationships in key jurisdictions around the world, helping companies to scale innovation globally. Her practice emphasizes clean technology, renewable energy (wind, solar, biofuels), biotechnology, social media and global communications. Her most recent deals involved a California private equity investment in the Brazilian ethanol markets and a U.K. private equity investment in a California wind technology company with European and Chinese components. In addition, she was one of the first to take a California clean technology company on the AIM exchange in London when domestic markets were not as focused on the sector. Ms. Sendra was invited to participate in the French-American Conference of Entrepreneurs ("FACE") in 2008, where she spoke on global business and Cleantech panels. In addition, she has chaired the Solar Company Finance and Investment Summits, and addressed the Solar Market, Company Finance and Capital Markets in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Over the past ten years, Oxford University has invited her to participate in their annual Silicon Valley panel on emerging technologies and entrepreneurship that includes key executives and/or founders from some of the preeminent technology companies in the world.
Ms. Sendra is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Valenciano, and has studied German. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University (BA, magna cum laude), her masters degree from Indiana University (MA, with distinction), and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Her background is in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Ms. Sendra ran a research lab while working as a student at Yale University, and worked as a filmmaker at Harvard University.
Peter Shiao | Founder and CEO, Orb Media Group
Peter Shiao is the founder and chief executive officer of Orb Media Group, an entertainment company based in Los Angeles and Beijing that produces, finances and markets entertainment franchises with transformational themes, led by films and on-line games that unite the international and Chinese markets.
Among Orb's major initiatives is a comprehensive partnership with the 1500 year old Shaolin Temple to deliver films, games, television, animation, large scale live events, virtual worlds and merchandizing along its core transmedia methodology.
Formerly, Peter served as CEO of Ironpond, a US and Asia based finance/production company that specializes in Chinese-Hollywood co-productions and managed joint venture projects with the China Film Group and China Film Co-Production Corporation in film finance, digital media and co-productions. Peter also produced films under the Celestial Pictures banner that he co-founded, including RESTLESS - the first-ever official US-China film co-production.
In November of 2010, Peter reprised his role as Chairman of the US-China Film Summit and brought together key leaders from both Hollywood and China to strategize on the future of cooperation between the two spheres. He had chaired a similar summit in 1995 in association with China's SARFT and the US Department of Commerce.
Before his career in media, Peter served as principal policy consultant in the California Legislature to the Special Committee on the Entertainment Industry, Select Committee on the Pacific Rim and the Special Task Force on A New Los Angeles,
As a translator and editor, Peter translated the Chinese/Tibetan book entitled "Dragons Dancing on the Rooftops" into English for the Philosophic Research Society, developed and edited "Merging" as a book, music and immersive art exhibition, and is currently at work on adapting classic Chinese martial arts literature for the Western world.
In 2010, Peter was named to the executive board and chairman of entertainment and media of the Asia Society in Southern California. Peter graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science, and attended graduate school in public policy as a State Senate Fellow. He makes his permanent home in Los Angeles with his wife, Catherine and daughter Anneka.
Casey Silver | Producer, Casey Silver Productions
A guiding force behind such noteworthy motion pictures as "Schindler's List," "Shakespeare in Love" and "Field of Dreams," Casey Silver has played the role of production assistant, studio chief and independent producer, in a career spanning more than three decades in Hollywood.
Born and raised in New York City, Silver moved to Los Angeles with aspirations to be a screenwriter. While toiling as a production assistant on the film "Flashdance," Silver caught the eye of the director and producers, and landed the job as head of development and production for Simpson/Bruckheimer, where he worked closely with director Martin Brest on the blockbuster comedy "Beverly Hills Cop."
Rising through the executive ranks of Hollywood, Silver went on to serve as Vice President of Tri-Star Pictures before moving over to Universal Studios, where he eventually was named Chairman, overseeing such blockbuster franchises as "Jurassic Park," "The Mummy" and "American Pie," as well as Martin Scorsese's "Casino," Ron Howard's "Apollo 13" Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight" and the Academy Award-winning "Erin Brokovich." Among the critically acclaimed films under Silver's watch were Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List," as well as "Shakespeare in Love," and "Gladiator."
Silver formed his own company, Casey Silver Productions, and went on to produce "Hidalgo," the epic true story of an American horseback rider competing in race across the Arabian Desert, "Ladder 49," an action drama focusing on the courage and sacrifices of inner city firefighters and their families, "Leatherheads," director George Clooney's screwball comedy set in the rough and tumble early years of professional football, and "Forbidden Kingdom," a martial arts adventure story featuring the first on-screen pairing of Jackie Chan and Jet Li, which went on to become one of the most successful films in mainland China, where it was exclusively filmed.
Steve Tao '89 | President, Board of Directors, The Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE)
Steve Tao started his career in entertainment as an intern for Walt Disney and Touchstone Pictures. During his tenure, he worked on movies including THE DOCTOR, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, and OPERATION DUMBO DROP and WHITE SQUALL.
In 1995, he moved to ABC Television as Director of Drama Series. During his tenure, he rose to Head of Dramatic Series and oversaw the development and current production of the Emmy Award winning THE PRACTICE, ONCE AND AGAIN, and NYPD BLUE. He served as Senior Vice President of New Line Television, overseeing the series BREAKING NEWS for TNT. He ran original series, movies, and specials at VH1 as Senior Vice President of Programming out of both the New York and Los Angeles offices, overseeing ONE HIT WONDERS, ROCK THE HOUSE, and PLAY'D: A HIP-HOP STORY.
As producer, he started up Gale Anne Hurd's television company Valhalla Television, where he independently set up projects at all of the broadcast and cable networks, as well as developed feature films. He then headed up scripted development at FremantleMedia North America, producer of AMERICAN IDOL, and got the company into the scripted comedy (NBC, Fox) and cable markets (FX, Showtime, Lifetime). He also initiated development of online series to television, and made the company's first sale to Comedy Central. Most recently, he is consulting and executive producing for Participant Media to help launch their television division.
A native Californian, he earned his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. He also earned an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He currently sits on the board of directors of CAPE, the CMC Alumni Association, The Claremont Entertainment Mafia, and has served as judge for the James Beard Foundation and the National Association of Minorities in Cable.
Yingfei Wei | Chief Scientific Officer & Vice President for Business Development, 3SBio, Inc
Dr. Yingfei Wei is currently the CSO of 3SBio, Inc., a NASDAQ listed Chinese biotechnology company. She has over fifteen years of research and development experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Before joining 3SBio, Dr. Wei was the Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elixirin Corporation from 2004 to 2005, responsible for overseeing contract research, manufacturing, regulatory approvals and marketing of anti-aging products in the U.S. and China. Prior to that, she was Director of Biotechnology Research at Bayer HealthCare Global from 1998 to 2004 and group leader at the discovery research department of Human Genome Sciences Inc. from 1993 to 1998. Dr. Wei is the inventor of 37 patents and has authored several publications, primarily in the areas of protein and antibody drug discovery and genomics.
Dr. Wei was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's School of Public Health in 1993. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California in 1990 and a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Beijing University in 1983. Dr. Wei was the president of SAPA-West in the year 2002-2003.Elaine Woo | Beth & Wilbur Woo Family Foundation
Elaine Woo has been a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times since 1983. She has covered a wide variety of stories, including national and local issues in education, newsmaker profiles and obituaries on such figures as J.D. Salinger and Julia Child. Prior to joining The Times, she was a feature writer at the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. A Los Angeles native and graduate of Occidental College, she is married and has two children. She is one of five children of Wilbur K. Woo.
Kelly Wu | Senior Vice President/Manager Corporate Banking & Global Business Coordination Unit , Union Bank of California
Mr. Wu is currently a Senior Vice President of the Corporate Banking and Global Business Coordination Units for Union Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, one of the world's top 5 largest financial services companies. Over the past 18 years, Kelly has provided financing solutions totaling about $2 billion to upper middle market companies (including US multinationals) across a variety of industries, including consumer products, retail, aerospace, automotive, technology and manufacturing/distribution. Over the years, Mr. Wu has structured and provided senior debt and subordinated debt to U.S. multinational companies with subsidiaries and/or operations located in PRC, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and other parts of Asia. These U.S. multinational companies are typically seeking growth capital, working capital solutions, cross-border financing, acquisition financing, and debt restructuring.
Prior to joining Union Bank, Mr. Wu served in transactional and portfolio roles for CIT Corporate Finance, Wachovia Capital Finance, and Bank of America. He began his career with Ernst & Young and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.
He currently serves as a Board of Director of two non-profit organizations, Breathe of California Los Angeles and the Monte Jade Taiwanese Science & Technology Association for Southern California.
Veena Wu | Business Development Manager, BYD
Veena Yan Wu is a Business Development Manager at BYD America. She is responsible for leading BYD New Energy Business Development in the U.S. She works in New Energy area, which is recognized as the fastest growth area of BYD business. BYD's New Energy includes Solar, Energy Storage, LED lighting, Electric Vehicles and its charging system. Veena Yan Wu joined BYD America in 2009 as Account Manager for top tier technology companies such as Original Design Manufacturers for cell phones and other electronic consumer devices. Prior to this, Veena Yan Wu joined BYD China in 2006 after her graduation from Harbin Engineering University. She was Project Leader for BYD's 1st JRD, Join Research and Design, project. She also worked as an Assistant Manager of Project Department in BYD Precision Manufacture Division in 2008.
Jimmy Z. Zhang | Senior Vice President, Synergenics, LLC
Dr. Jimmy Zhang is a Senior Vice President at Synergenics, LLC, a professional service and investment company founded and led by Dr. Bill Rutter, one of the founding fathers and pioneers of the biotech industry, and who played a major role in building UCSF and developing the Mission Bay Campus. Synergenics-invested companies cover areas such as therapeutic human monoclonal antibodies, gene therapy, cancer genomics, diabetes, diagnostics, healthcare IT, nutriceutical, vaccine, and biological manufacturing. Jimmy is responsible for the business development of Synergenics and its portfolio companies, and their businesses in China. In addition, Jimmy represented a U.S. public company and led the negotiation of a biotech incubator and industrial real estate investment in a top 3 China city, amounting to $100M.
Jimmy was previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company traveling and working in China, US and Germany. He worked on a wide range of issues and challenges faced by different industries (for example, pharmaceutical, chemicals, steel, investment funds, consumer, energy, government) encompassing, for example, strategic planning, global and country strategies, market entry and expansion strategies, M&A/business development, operations, organizations, marketing etc.
Tami Zhu | Director of International Business Development and Marketing, Alibaba.com Americas
Tami Zhu is the head of international business development and marketing for Alibaba.com Americas in Santa Clara, CA. Zhu brings more than 13 years of internet experience to her current position. Before joining the Alibaba.com team, Zhu was the vice president of strategy and business development for Dictionary.com and held executive positions in Corporate M&A, AOL Venture Investments, and Truveo Video Search Business Development for AOL. Prior to AOL, Zhu was a part of the founding team at Excite@Home International where she led the launch of the broadband international joint ventures in the Netherlands, Australia, and Japan. Early on in her career, Zhu was a software developer on the C++ compiler team at Borland International.
Zhu holds BS degrees in both Information Science and Psychology from Beijing University in China, as well as a MS in Computer Science from UC San Diego, and an MBA from MIT Sloan.