James H. Boettcher
Mark S. Karlan
Michael K. Woo
Greg Anderson | Principal, Pacific Rim Advisors
Dr. Greg Anderson is an author and consultant who has been either living in or frequently traveling to China for nearly two decades. Through his consulting practice, Pacific Rim Advisors, he provides advice in political risk mitigation, business-government relations and business strategy to firms ranging from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 500 multinationals with operations in East Asia. In his earlier career he held various positions in finance from commercial lending analyst to CFO, more recently serving as Finance Director for Charles Schwab's Tokyo-based joint venture. He also taught at a university in Chengdu, PRC.
Dr. Anderson's writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, HSBC's Week In China, Forbes China Tracker, and his blog, ChinaBizGov. His book, Designated Drivers: How China Plans to Dominate the Global Auto Industry, describes industrial development and business-government relations in China, revealing the strengths and weaknesses of China's unique system. It will be published by Wiley & Sons in Spring 2012. Dr. Anderson received his PhD from UCLA.
James H. Boettcher | General Partner, Focus Ventures
Jim was a founding partner of Focus Ventures in 1997. While at Focus, he has led successful investments in Cosine Communications, PA Semi (Apple), Pure Digital (Cisco), Starent Networks, Telera (Alcatel), Teknovus (Broadcom) and Netscaler (Citrix). He is currently responsible for Focus' investments in Cyan Optics, Crossbeam, Infoblox, Marin Software, MuDynamics, Pivot3 and PCH International in Shenzhen, China. Jim was recently highlighted in the upper quartile of the AlwaysOn VC 100 List and was ranked #37 on the Forbes magazine 2011 list of The Top 100 Most Powerful Venture Capitalists.
He leads Focus Ventures' business development efforts for its U.S. portfolio companies in Asia. Value-added activities include recruiting, finding manufacturing and sales & marketing partners and establishing new or joint-venture Asian entities. He established Focus Ventures Shanghai Representative Office in 2001. Jim led the Focus Ventures investment in and is on the Advisory Committee for Golden Sands River Ventures in Beijing, a successful early-stage venture fund. As a long-time senior advisor to the Cha Group in Hong Kong, he helped organize and is on the Investment Committee for the Beijing and Shanghai-based Mingly China Growth Fund, one of China's leading private equity firms managing both U.S. dollar and RMB funds in a strategic partnership with the Jiangsu Provincial private equity fund.
Mr. Boettcher has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA (as an Arjay Miller Scholar) and MA in development economics from Stanford University. He was a cofounder in 1986 and was Managing Director of a successful investment banking boutique, Amsterdam Pacific Corporation (APC) along with the Fremont Group and CITIC (Beijing), which was purchased by a large European bank in 1994. Mr. Boettcher has many years of experience and a successful track record in expansion stage investing and was a General Partner of BBU Mezzanine Funds I and II. Outside of Focus Ventures, successful investments include Alteon WebSystems (Juniper), ONI (Optical Networks Inc.), Deeptech, Hello Direct, US Filter (Vivendi), USA Waste (Waste Management Inc.) and Prism Radio Partners. Prior to forming APC, Jim worked at Ford Aerospace and was Vice President in the Telecommunications Section of the Bank of America's Investment Banking Group where he had investment banking assignments in the telecom, media, and high technology fields. He has concluded numerous complex financings in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East while based in London and Hong Kong with Bank of America and Crocker National Bank.
David Cao | Founder & President, Great Wall Club U.S.
David is a pioneer, believer, mover in smartphone space in Silicon Valley. He leads Silicon Valley Android Developers, the largest Android F2F community word wide, and Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs & Startups, a very active mobile entrepreneur community. David is Founder and President of Great Wall Club (GWC) which connects the mobile internet ecosystem of China to that of the world's . GWC Members include some of the world's most influential executives, entrepreneurs, developers and investors in the mobile Internet industry such as executives from Tencent, Alibaba, China Unicomt, DeNA and Gree. GWC is the organizer of the annual Global Mobile Internet Conference, the largest tech conference in Asia drawing 5000 tech leaders from more than 30 countries. GWC is headquartered in Beijing and has representative offices in Japan, USA, Singapore, Taiwan and Finland.
David was previously VP and GM of Mobile for BeyondSoft. He was founder and CEO of ExtendLogic, a Silicon Valley based smartphone end to end solution company, which acquired by BeyondSoft in 2010.
Prior to ExtendLogic he was VP of Engineering for PlayPhone, a leading mobile entertainment in USA, and also Engineering lead for LightSurf, a leading MMS company acquired by VeriSign for 274M USD. He served as VP of Software Development for The Critical Thinking Company. He also staffed or consulted at Oracle ETravel, IBM Global Services, Sun Micro Systems and may others. David holds a master degree of Computer Network from Xidian University.
Stanley Chao'92 | Managing Director, ALL IN Consulting
Stanley Chao is managing director of ALL IN Consulting, a US based consulting company that assists mostly small and medium-size businesses in their China and Asian business development. Some of ALL IN's multinational clients include Intel, Emerson Electric, SPX, Kingston Technology, Panasonic, Baxter Healthcare, and dozens of medium-size companies. ALL IN has offices in Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Kyoto and specializes in the automotive, medical, information technology, and manufacturing industries. ALL IN has partnered with John Tu, CEO of Kingston Technology and a member of Forbes 400 richest Americans, to invest over $300M in new China-related start-up ventures. To date, ALL IN and Tu have assisted over 20 companies.
Prior to ALL In Consulting, Chao served as Kingston's Asia Pacific Executive Vice President as well as Kingston KK's CEO in Japan reporting directly to Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank. He has also worked at Philips Electronics' lighting division in Hong Kong, China and Singapore, and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. Chao is also the author of a new book entitled "Selling into China, A Small & Medium Business's Guide to Doing Business in China," which will be due out in September of 2012. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Jack Chen | Chairman & CEO, Transworld Capital Group
Mr. Jack Z. Chen is the Founder and CEO of Transworld Capital Group. He has over 16 years of experience in managing complicated cross-border M & A transactions that involve Western and Chinese companies. In 2010, Mr. Chen led Beijing-based Pacific Century Motors, a public-private acquisition consortium, to acquire Nexteer Automotive, a major unit of General Motors specializing in steering systems and related technologies, which was referred to as "one of the landmark deals of the era" by the Wall Street Journal in an article on November 8, 2010. The Nexteer Automotive transaction followed the 2009 acquisition of Delphi Corporation's braking and suspension unit by a similar Beijing-based consortium, in which Mr. Chen also acted as an advisor. Each of these two transactions comprised the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese company in the automotive parts industry at its respective time.
Previously, Mr. Chen was with Barrington Associates, the leading middle market investment banking firm in the Western United States (acquired by Wells Fargo in 2006), where he was the founding chairman of its Asia-Pacific Division. Prior to Barrington, Mr. Chen was president of MTC Direct Inc., a holding company that bought a controlling interest in Micro Technology Concepts, Inc., the world's largest independent mass storage distributor and a VAR 500 company with over $300 million in revenue. During the period from 1997 to 2000, Mr. Chen invested in, or advised, several dozen companies that covered the following industries: biotechnology, IT, transportation, food and beverage, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, building materials, automobile and heavy equipment. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Chen was the Co-Founder and COO of Bestone Investment Group, Ltd., which acquired and took control of Conch Cement, the largest cement company in China, and helped build it into the leading cement manufacturer in Asia. Conch Cement is now listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (ticker: "914.HK") with over US$10 billion market capitalization.
Mr. Chen was appointed International Investment Advisor to Beijing Municipality in March 2009 and was reappointed in November 2010 due to his outstanding contributions to Beijing, as recognized by the municipality's most senior leadership and leading corporations. Mr. Chen has been a speaker at the Young President's Organization, USC, UCLA, MIT Business Forum, China Compass Conference, ACG Conference and numerous Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Chen is a Charter Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and was named one of the top ten Chinese American Entrepreneurs in Southern California by Vivid Magazine in 2007. He was also awarded Outstanding Overseas Alumni of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Alan Chu | Partner & Leader China Business Network (CBN), PwC
Alan Chu leads PwC's China Business Network, which provides enhanced, on-the-ground support for US and Chinese companies engaged in cross-border US/China business and investment. In this role, Alan is responsible for coordinating integrated, worldwide services for PwC US and PwC China clients and leads a dedicated team of bilingual US/China specialists. Alan has spent over 20 years in Asia and lived and worked in China for approximately 10 years. During that time, Alan led numerous consulting and audit engagements for US and Chinese companies, including business process improvement and internal control consulting projects. Alan also worked for over two years as a financial controller with a major multinational consumer products joint venture in China, with oversight of operational areas including credit management, procurement, and sales and marketing strategy, while also participating in restructuring and labor-related negotiations with the Chinese JV partner. Alan is bicultural and fluent in Mandarin and English, and is a US CPA, CIA and CFE.
Roy Doumani | Professor, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Roy Doumani is a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, teaching "The Business of Science" to graduate students and post-doctoral candidates. He was active in the formation of the California NanoSystems Institute and currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Zhejiang California NanoSystems Institute in China.
With a background in international finance and banking, Professor Doumani holds an equity position in and serves as Vice Chairman of the first joint venture bank in the PRC, Xiamen International Bank and has been involved with numerous financial institutions: Founder and Director of First Los Angeles Bank; Chairman of First Interstate Bank of Hawaii; Director of HonFed Bank; and Chairman of World Trade Bank in Los Angeles. He also assisted in the formation of Agensys Inc. and served on its Board of Directors.
Professor Doumani is a member of RAND's Center for Asia Pacific Policy's advisory board and Chairman of the Pacific Pension Institute's advisory board. He is also a trustee of the Norton Simon Museum. He serves on the UCLA Foundation's investment committee and has established endowed chairs at UCLA, in the Departments of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology and Urological Oncology.
Craig Ehrlich | Chairman, Novare Technologies, Ltd.
Craig Ehrlich is the former long time Chairman of the GSMA, the global trade association representing more than 700 second and third generation network operators and over 180 manufacturers and suppliers. Craig is affiliated with Bharti Airtel, the world 5th largest telecom company, as independent non-executive director of the company. He is also Chairman of Carmel Ventures Asia a leading venture capital company. In the Philippines, Craig is Vice Chairman of publicly listed ISM and board member of publicly listed Philweb, the country's leading gaming company. He recently retired as Chairman of Taiwan's largest cable television company, kbro, which was sold in December 2010. The company was primarily owned by the Carlyle Group. Craig is also Chairman of Novare Technologies Ltd., an onshoring and outsourcing software development company based in Hong Kong and serving clients throughout the world.
Craig has been involved in Hong Kong's communications industry since he first settled in Hong Kong in 1987. He joined Hutchison Cablevision as Managing Director in October 1987 and was a founding member of the team that launched STAR TV, Asia's first satellite delivered multi-channel television network. After four years with Hutchison Whampoa, Craig became the Group Operations Director at Hutchison Telecommunications and was responsible for the company's operations in 10 countries. In 1993 he left the Hutchison group and established companies involved in the introduction of cable television and paging services. He sold these companies in September 1996 and started Hong Kong mobile operator SUNDAY Communications Ltd. in November 1996. He was formerly a board member of ECI (NASDAQ) Hutchison Telecom Group, Roamware and ITU Telecom.
Craig is also a member of UCLA/Peking University Joint Research institute Advisory Committee and a founding member of the Center for Global Management at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Craig holds a B.A. degree from the University of California Los Angeles, a Masters degree from Occidental College and a postgraduate fellowship with the Coro Foundation. He has resided in Hong Kong for 24 years.
Yong Hei | Executive Medical Director, Amgen (China)
Dr. Hei works at Amgen. He was recently assigned a new role as the Executive Medical Director for Amgen in China. Dr. Hei has been with Amgen for 6 years and had previously overseen the clinical development of several oncology pipeline molecules.
Dr. Hei has more than 15 years of experiences working in several major pharmaceutical companies at positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to Amgen, he led a global medical affairs program at Novartis Oncology as an executive director, the US oncology medical affairs program for Roche as the medical director, and a drug discovery program at Bristol-Myers Squibb as a research investigator. Dr. Hei was trained as a physician in China and earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Canada.
Mark S. Karlan | Former President, Strategic Partners Asia, CBRE Global Investors
Mark S. Karlan has 26 years of experience in the commercial real estate investment management business. Mr. Karlan joined CBRE Investors in February 2006 as an Executive Managing Director and a member of the firm's global Executive Committee and various Investment Committees. He was the President and founder of the firm's Strategic Partners Asia II fund, a value-added real estate fund with $1.2 billion of Assets Under Management (AUM) that is one of the top performing funds of its vintage, and he led the fund's dedicated investment team with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Singapore through December 2011.
Previously, Mr. Karlan was the President, CEO, founder and a member of the board of directors of Imperial Credit Commercial Mortgage Investment Corp., a publicly traded REIT that invested in both commercial real estate and commercial property loans in the U.S. and Europe. Imperial Credit Commercial was the top performing mortgage REIT from the time of its 1997 initial public offering that raised more than $500 million of equity through the date of its sale to another public company in 2000. Mr. Karlan began his career at JMB Realty Corp. in Chicago in 1985 where he was a Senior Vice President and partner and led the acquisition of the Cadillac Fairview Company, one of the largest real estate firms in North America. Mr. Karlan has acquired globally more than 100 commercial properties and portfolios of commercial mortgages with a gross asset value exceeding $9 billion on behalf of institutional and other investors.
Mr. Karlan earned M.B.A., Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Harvard University with honors, received a John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of the highest distinction and was a winner of the Williston contract negotiation competition. He is a member of the California State Bar and is a California licensed real estate broker. Mr. Karlan has taught Real Estate Finance and Advanced Real Estate Finance at UCLA Extension, and is a featured speaker at institutional and private equity conferences.
Joe McCracken | Global Head of Business Development & Licensing, Roche Pharma Partnering
Dr. Joseph McCracken is currently the Global Head for Business Development & Licensing for Roche Pharma Partnering. In this role Dr. McCracken is responsible for Roche's Pharma's in-licensing and out-licensing activities, and he is currently based in Nutley, New Jersey.
Prior to joining the Roche Pharma Partnering organization, Dr. McCracken held the position of Vice President, Business Development at Genentech for more than 10 years. At Genentech Joe was responsible for all business development activities at the Company, including the identification and negotiation of collaboration and licensing agreements with academic institutions, biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical companies throughout the world. Dr. McCracken returned to Genentech in 2000 after a seven-year absence, during which he held positions as President of Technology Licensing and Alliances at Aventis, and Vice President of Worldwide Business and Technology Development at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer S.A. During his earlier time with Genentech, Dr. McCracken served in many capacities, culminating in positions as Director of Business Development and Representative Director of Genentech Ltd., Genentech's wholly owned subsidiary in Japan.
Dr. McCracken has more than 25 years of experience in technical, business development and market development roles with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, a Master of Science in Pharmacology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University.
Jerry Nickelsburg | Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
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 National, and California economies and the Los Angeles, Bay Area and Southern 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 investment in specific skills. He is a regular presenter at Economic Conferences is regularly cited in the national media including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Reuters. 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. He also held a position with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors developing forecasting tools, and has advised banks, investors and financial institutions.
From 2000 to 2006, he was the Managing Principal of Deep Blue Economics, a consulting firm he founded. 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 100 articles on monetary economics, economic forecasts and analysis, labor economics, and industrial organization and is the author of two books on monetary economics and exchange rates.
Joyce Peng | Marketing Director, BGI Americas Corp.
Dr. Joyce Peng has established herself as a prominent voice for the application of state-of-the art technologies in the life sciences field. Dr. Peng has been promoting bioinformatics and related products at various organizations and is now marketing director at BGI Americas Corporation. She helped define the product line for Oracle in life sciences as a senior product manager. Subsequently, Joyce established proteomics product directions for Rosetta Biosoftware (a subsidiary of Merck) and managed bioinformatics product sales for North America at Life Technologies. In her position as the Strategic Alliance and Growth Manager at Illumina, Joyce managed the partnership with BGI and advanced the application of various sequencing technologies. Now, in her role as marketing director at BGI Americas, Dr. Pang is active in promoting collaborations and alliances with pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations for the application of BGI's world-renowned sequencing services. Dr. Peng holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Caltech.
Everette Phillips '90 | President & CEO, China Manufacturing Network
Everette Phillips is President & CEO of the China Manufacturing Network, a company that he helped cofound almost a decade ago. CMN is a contract manufacturing firm and international sourcing organization with production and resources in the US and Greater China. Two years ago, the company expanded its brand to include Global Manufacturing Network both in response to its growing capabilities in Southeast Asia and additional Pacific Rim Countries and in response to its US customers seeking partners with a broader supply base than only Greater China. China Manufacturing Network supplies custom Bill of Material parts to its US customers who assemble them into products. Production capabilities include precision sheet metal fabrication for cabinets, control panels and kiosks in addition to precision sheet metal components, machining of precision metal parts for aerospace, industrial and medical equipment uses, wire harnesses for gaming, medical equipment and telecom equipment, precision plastic molded parts for water and chemical applications and precision plastic machined parts for medical equipment.
Everette is an active entrepreneur and is involved in other start ups and small companies as a member of management or advisor or board member. Everette's career has always had ties to manufacturing in a variety of industries. his early career was focused on robotics and advanced manufacturing technologies, even being selected as a "Rising Star in the Field of Robotics" by Robot World Magazine. After graduating from Anderson in 1990, Everette spent time in Europe as General Manager for Robotics and Factory Automation for Seiko Europe. He then returned to California as General Manager for Seiko Instruments Advanced Manufacturing Technology Division for North America. After coordinating the sale of Seiko's robotic group to Epson, Everette created a new business unit dedicated to equipment for the assembly of computer hard drive components, which evolved from his involvement with high-precision machine tools, assembly machines, industrial robots, vision systems and related factory automation products. Everette then cofounded China Manufacturing Network.
Everette is active in the Anderson community and serves on the Orange County Alumni Board, where he mentors recent graduates and promotes the use of social media to enhance the Anderson networking experience. Everette also serves on the board for the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association and on the board of entrepreneurship@Cornell.
He holds a BS in Bioengineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He and his wife, Isabelle, a physician, have five children and live in Newport Beach, CA.
Farhad Rostamian '99 | Partner, TMT Strategic Advisors
Over the course of a 20-year career, Farhad Rostamian has worked across the consumer electronics, multimedia, and wireless industries, serving in Fortune 100 companies as well as start-ups. Until 1999, he held various engineering and technology management positions at Xerox Corporation. After receiving his MBA at UCLA Anderson ('99), Rostamian concentrated on the commercialization of advanced technology at a Cal-Tech start-up called Photobit, a powerhouse in the field of imaging and camera technologies. As VP of Product Management, Rostamian helped Photobit develop and successfully market the imagers for the first web cams, the pill camera, and one of the early devices for mobile phone cameras. After Micron Technology Inc. acquired Photobit, Rostamian continued as Mobile Imaging Segment Director and led a global marketing team to achieve $500M in sales in 2006 capturing top market share for imaging devices. He has worked extensively with global companies such as Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola, RIM, Apple, Sony, Panasonic, and Qualcomm. From 2008 to 2010 he was Senior VP / GM at Interlink Electronics where he commercialized advanced touch sensors for mobile phones and medical devices.
Farhad has been a consultant for technology and venture capital clients since 2006, most recently as a partner with TMT Strategic Advisors, a boutique consulting firm. Recent projects include business and strategy consulting for: A developer and manufacturer of 3D imaging products (such as projectors) as well as auto-stereoscopic displays (3D without glasses) for mobile phones; A developer and marketer of location-based mobile marketing platform to enhance customer relationship and commerce; ASTRI - Hong Kong Advanced Science and Technology center, on commercialization of technology to incorporate optical zoom and stability features into mobile phone cameras.
Since mid-2011, as Founder/Partner he has joined forces with a Chinese company to establish Meljun Industries, a manufacturer and international trader. Responsible for the company's operations and financial system, he designed and built a new factory focusing on custom-made goods such as backpacks, sports bags, and promotional items for companies like Fiat, Tissot, Armani, and Swatch. Rostamian has taught strategic marketing and product innovation at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing. In addition to his MBA, he has a doctoral degree in Engineering from UCLA, holds 5 US and international patents, and has spoken at numerous international exhibitions and conferences on technology and business topics.
Jeff Scheinrock | President & CFO, Originate.com
Jeff Scheinrock is currently the President & CFO at Originate (Originate.com). A pioneer in Venture Resources, Originate invests capital and elite engineering talent and startup expertise into high potential opportunities. Originate's expertise includes software development (mobile, web, embedded), strategic consulting (turn-around, product development, market research), and fund-raising. At Originate, Jeff has spearheaded opening Originate China, a HangZhou based branch of the company that employs 30 engineers. Jeff drew upon his previous experience at Packard Bell where he opened their China office, as well as other offices throughout Asia.
Formerly CEO of Scheinrock Advisory Group, the company merged with Originate Labs in April, 2010 to form Originate, Inc. Prior to that Jeff was a member of GKM Newport Generation Funds, a fund of funds managing in excess of $950 million for investments into venture capital funds and private equity buyout funds from 2003-2007. Prior to founding Scheinrock Advisory Group in mid-1997, Jeff served as Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Kistler Aerospace Corporation from 1996 through May 1997. While at Kistler, Jeff formulated the capital raising plan and all documents for a successful raise of $350 million in equity. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Scheinrock served as Vice Chairman of Finance and Strategic Planning for Packard Bell NEC Electronics, Inc. While at Packard Bell, Jeff negotiated equity investments from Groupe Bull and NEC. Jeff also set up operations throughout Europe and Asia and negotiated tax incentives from the different countries. Jeff negotiated in excess of $1 billion in bank debt and $3 billion in trade credit from companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Panasonic, Tatung, Lite-On, Seagate etc. Jeff also handled the negotiation and structuring of all acquisitions including Zenith Data Systems and Ark Interface Software among others. Prior to joining Packard Bell NEC, Mr. Scheinrock was Senior Partner in charge of the Entrepreneurial Services Group of Arthur Young and Company's Los Angeles office. He has extensive experience in international financial markets, corporate finance and capital structure, acquisitions and strategic investment, and is a CPA. Jeff is a Director of Andrews Space and Technology.
Richard M. Soll | Senior Vice President Integrated Services and Head of Corporate Alliances, WuXi AppTec
Dr. Richard M Soll is currently Senior Vice President of Integrated Services and Head of Corporate Alliances at WuXi AppTec (NYSE: WX). Dr. Soll has advanced numerous programs across major target classes and therapeutic indications from hits to clinical candidates on behalf of its customers in pharma and biotech. Previously he was the Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, R&D at the San Diego based company TargeGen where he led innovative clinical-stage drug discovery and development programs for isoform-specific PI3K inhibitors as therapeutics for inflammation, respiratory disease and cancer, mutitargeted src/VEGF inhibitors as the first topical kinase inhibitors for age-related macular degeneration and highly selective JAK2 inhibitors for the treatment of myeloproliferative disorders, ultimately culminating in the acquisition of TargeGen by Sanofi based on early clinical performance of the JAK2 inhibitor. Dr. Soll was the Vice President of Chemistry at Ontogen and also founded the chemistry department at 3-Dimensional Pharmaceuticals where he served as Vice President, Chemistry.
Dr. Soll's drug discovery and development experiences span numerous clinical indications and cover a wide range of molecular targets including inhibitors of kinases, serine proteases, GPCRs and protein-protein interactions. Through his contributions more than 7 clinical compounds have entered the clinic for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and ocular indications. Dr. Soll serves as a scientific advisory board member to biotech companies and advisor to investors.
Dr. Soll has extensively published in peer reviewed journals and is an inventor of numerous issued and pending patents.
Donald Straszheim | Senior Managing Director and Head of China Research, International Strategy & Investment Group, Inc.
Donald Straszheim is Head of China Research (offices Shanghai and Los Angeles), a Partner, and Senior Managing Director at International Strategy and Investment Group Inc. (ISI), a boutique Wall Street research firm serving institutional investors worldwide (NYC headquarters). He has been with ISI since 2009, works from Los Angeles, and has spent full-time on China for over a decade.
From 1985 to 1997, Don was Global Chief Economist at Merrill Lynch in New York with economics teams located worldwide. From 1997 to 2001, he was President of the Milken Institute (not-for-profit think tank) in Los Angeles. From 2006 to 2008, he was Vice Chairman of Roth Capital Partners. From 2002 to 2009, he operated Straszheim Global Advisors, a consultancy (Beijing and LA offices). Earlier he was Chief Economist of Wharton Econometrics (U Penn).
Don has BS, MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. He is a Visiting Scholar at UCLA's Anderson School of Management, and is a regular writer and commentator on China, traveling there frequently.
Michael K. Woo | Dean, College of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona
Michael K. Woo, the son of Wilbur K. Woo, is the Dean of the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona, one of the leading schools producing architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and graphic designers working in California. He was the first Asian American and the first trained urban planner elected to the Los Angeles City Council, on which he served eight years as a representative of Hollywood and surrounding neighborhoods.
In his spare time, Michael Woo continues to be active in community affairs. He is a senior member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. He chairs the board of directors of two organizations: Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, the nonprofit organization which runs the Hollywood Farmers Market; and Smart Growth America, the national coalition advocating compact urban development and sustainable transportation alternatives.
Michael Woo also is a trustee of the Lingnan Foundation, a U.S.-based charitable foundation which supports academic innovation and international opportunities at Sun Yat-Sen University (which has incorporated Wilbur Woo's alma mater Lingnan College) in Guangzhou and Lingnan University in Hong Kong.
Liu Yang | Assistant Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Liu Yang is an assistant professor of finance at UCLA Anderson. Her research interests include theoretical and empirical corporate finance in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, corporate governance, and financial institutions.
Professor Yang has published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies. She received her PhD in Finance from University of Maryland her MS in both Economics and Statistics from University of Illinois. Prior to earning her doctorate, she worked as a Senior Financial Analyst in the structured finance group in Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.
James Zukin | Senior Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey
Mr. Zukin is the Co-Founder of Houlihan Lokey. He focuses on the firm's Sovereign Advisory and China strategies.
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) and the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC). He frequently speaks at business conferences in the United States and Asia on M&A, financial restructuring and shareholder liquidity, among other topics. He has delivered keynote addresses at the UCLA Anderson School of Management/Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference and at Indianapolis University for their "U.S.-China Business Cooperation Conference" in Bloomington, Ind.
Mr. Zukin has served on the faculty of various World Bank, IFC, and IMF conferences. He serves as a delegate to the Paris Club meetings involving the private sector. He has also delivered keynote speeches at the NAST and TIE conferences.
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 earned a B.A. with honors in economics and English (poetry) from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School.