Michael Andreen | Producer; President, LeVision Pictures U.S.
Andreen is an Executive and Producer with extensive experience running international and domestic production teams across lines of business, including acquisition, development, and production of niche and big budget movies along with building strong relationships with creative talent and collaborating with top directors. Andreen presently serves as President of LeVision Pictures U.S., the U.S. division of the Chinese film company responsible for the Chinese success of EXPENDABLES 2 and the Chinese box-office and commercial phenomenon TINY TIMES, a four-film franchise which LeVision produced and marketed using vanguard internet and VOD strategies. LeVision will also handle the Chinese release of GODS OF EGYPT for Lionsgate, as well as EXPENDABLES 3. Andreen is responsible for driving LeVision's U.S. strategy of increasing the number and quality of Chinese-U.S. co-productions by identifying and establishing partnerships with U.S. and other international filmmakers and film companies on English language projects that will qualify for Chinese co-production but will also have wide international appeal. Andreen lived in Beijing in 2012 and consulted with LeVision, China Film Group, Chinese Mainstream Media National Film Capital, and Legendary East.
Andreen created his own company Narratology to develop narrative across a myriad of platforms. He conceived and wrote the treatment for the Warner Brothers project he is producing about the precursor of the Russian mafia, VOR V ZAKONE (THIEVES BY LAW). Film projects at Warner Brothers include: TEMPLE OF HEAVEN is an original idea with Jason Reed, written by Chad St. John, which Warner Brothers intends to develop in conjunction with a Chinese co-production partner. Andreen is also producing another project of his origination at Warners, CAMORRA, in partnership with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. For Fox, he is producing for Fox a remake of one of their Argentinian Spanish language titles, EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN, as part of an effort with Sanford Panitch to expand the Fox International Productions slate of English-language movies of international derivation.
Andreen has had a long and successful career packaging films with filmmakers who command the attention of worldwide audiences. He deepened his international credentials at Walt Disney Studios International, where he built an international production capability in China, Russia, India, the Middle East and Europe. He also repurposed U.S/ Disney intellectual content for creative development in local markets. As Senior Vice President at Disney, Andreen became the advocate for Disney's international initiative to extend its brand in emerging markets. During Andreen's tenure at Disney China became his focus and primary interest. There he was a principal in the formation of strategic partnerships with Huayi Brothers, China Film Group, the Bona Group and other Chinese film companies. He also supervised a local version HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. He also established relationships with Wong Kar Wai, Feng Xiao Geng (Aftershock), Ning Hao (Crazy Stone), and Lu Chuan (City of Life and Death.) Andreen has attended and participated on panels in the following Festivals and Conferences: Shanghai International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, Financial Times Doha Film Forum, and First Youth Festival, Qinghai Provice, China.
Chris Baca | Executive Director Meals on Wheels West, Santa Monica, CA
Chris Baca, Executive Director Meals On Wheels West, has a passion for working with communities and extensive non-profit experience. In only a few short months at Meals On Wheels West he has initiated a new partnership with Saint John's Medical Center and Marina del Rey Hospital. He also has produced a video highlighting Google's community outreach and volunteer program with Meals on Wheels West. His focus is on growing community outreach, improving client experience, volunteer recognition and creating new partnerships.
As Regional Development Director for Community Healthy Charities of America, he oversaw marketing and development efforts in the western nine states. Chris worked with Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, AMEX and other corporations to develop CSR and employee giving campaigns. Previously Baca also served as Executive Director for Community Healthy Charities California managing Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties and collaborating with a variety of private and public sector clients including Toyota and the City of Los Angeles. He created marketing campaigns for a number of clients, designing websites, logos, collateral materials, videos and writing copy. He produced events at Dodger Stadium, The Capitol Records Hollywood Tower, Petersen Automotive Museum and the Fox Studios Commissary.
Baca was a music business executive working for a decade at Capitol Records and EMI America Records in a variety of promotion and marketing positions. At EMI Records he was nominated as Major Label Rock Promotion Executive of the Year. He was as a promotion and marketing executive at RCA/Imago Record and Curb Records. Baca was again nominated by Billboard Magazine as Independent Promotion Executive of the Year for his work as a consultant with Island Records, Reprise Records and several additional labels. Later he managed three major label artists including million sellers Save Ferris and Switchfoot. A graduate of Santa Monica High School and a longtime resident of the Marina del Rey/Venice, he is excited to bring his leadership skills to Meals on Wheels West.
Damon O. Burrows | Vice President; Associate General Counsel, Allergan, Inc.
Damon Burrows joined Allergan's Law Department as Vice President in 2008. He is responsible for providing counsel on commercial, regulatory, quality, manufacturing, clinical trials and safety. Since joining Allergan, he has established a dedicated cross-functional Regulatory Law Department to pro-actively manage potential risk. His team was an International Law Office (ILO) Global Counsel Award Regulatory nominee in 2012
Burrows is a member of Allergan's Policy Committee and the North America Management Team. Previously, he worked in private practice for six years counseling healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical device companies. He also served as Senior Counsel for five years at Hoffmann-La Roche before joining Allergan. Burrows is a Board Member of the Orange County Business Council and the Constitutional Rights Foundation. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and is a member of the State Bar of California and the bar of the District of Columbia.
Siu Fung Chan | Partner, Head of Strategy Consulting, PwC China
Siu Fung Chan is the lead partner in our strategy consulting practice of PwC Consulting in China and Hong Kong. He has over 20 years of management consulting and business line management experience in China, focusing on industrials, technology, consumer business, real estate, and private equity.
He has extensive experience advising senior executives from multinational corporations and local Chinese firms on a wide range of strategic and operational issues, particularly in market entry (both China and international markets), growth strategy, sales & marketing transformation, profit and performance improvement, business restructuring, and M&A support. In particular, he has proven track records in delivering measurable values to relationship clients on multi-year transformation programs, for which he distilled the key learnings in the Chinese book published under the title of "The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing: A Guide to Growing More Profitably".
Prior to joining PwC, Chan was an experienced partner and co-leader of China consulting practice of Monitor Group with a 15-year tenure. Before that, he also had 6 years of business line management experience in 3 technology firms.
A native Chinese born and raised in China, he received his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and his BS in Computer and Information Sciences from the National University of Singapore under scholarships.
Lisa Chen | Managing Director, Aon China Business Group, N.A
Lisa Chen is currently running the Aon China Business Group (ACBG) based in Los Angeles. Her responsibilities include providing Chinese expertise and risk management advice to US based clients with risk exposures in China, and working with Chinese companies which have investments in the Americas region, providing risk management services and resource coordination of Aon network offices. ACBG functions as a bridge between US and China assisting clients with risk management advice in M&A, Operational and Human Capital related risk exposures.
Chen has over 20 years of experiences in risk management and insurance advisory industry. She spent more than 15 years providing risk management and insurance services to US based multinational companies with operations around the world. Her expertise is in the risk identification and analysis, program design, market negotiation and implementation of global insurance programs. She was also credited for developing a global service professional service team for Aon western region. Immediately prior to her current responsibility, Chen took on an assignment to Aon China from 2008 to 2012. She was the Chief Commercial Officer and Deputy General Manager for Aon China (AonCOFCO) with six offices including Beijing and Shanghai. As the CCO of Aon China, Chen was responsible for driving the company's top line growth strategy. She was instrumental in developing and execution of the strategic sales management plan and in the growth of large China based business segmentation.
Chen received her degree in Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1991 and obtained her Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) professional designation in 1996.
John Chiang | California State Controller
John Chiang was first elected in November 2006 to serve as Controller of the State of California, the ninth-largest economy in the world. He was elected to serve a second term in November 2010. Since taking office in January 2007, Controller Chiang took immediate action to make the State's finances more transparent and accountable to the public and to weed out waste, fraud and abuse of public funds. The Controller's aggressive audits have identified more than $7.5 billion in taxpayer dollars that were denied, overpaid, subject to collection, or resulted in revenues, savings and cost avoidance.
As Controller during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Chiang was forced to delay payments and issue IOUs in order to preserve cash to meet obligations to education and bond holders. His cash management was cited by rating agencies as a benefit to the State. Fitch Ratings lauded the Controller for using "several strategies, including payment deferrals and IOUs, to ensure continuation of priority payments." Standard & Poor's said the Controller's "extraordinary cash management maneuvers" protected the state's priority payments, and California Municipal Bond Advisor noted, "State Controller Chiang has been a hero of sorts to us during California's recent distress because he did just what he was supposed to do to protect bondholders."
He has led efforts to reform the State's public pension systems, helped local governments navigate difficult economic times, protected California's precious natural resources, reunited rightful owners with $2.9 billion in unclaimed cash and more than 230 million shares of stocks and securities that had been lost or forgotten, and launched financial and tax assistance seminars for California's working families, seniors, small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Controller Chiang has received numerous awards for his leadership and public service, including the 2007 California Association of School Board Officer's Honor Roll Award; the 2009 Jewish Labor Committee Max Mont Mensch Award; the Pat Brown Institute's 2010 Public Servant of the Year; the 2010 Crystal Eagle Award from Coro Southern California; the 2011 Marvin Greene Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association Business and Corporations Law Section; the 2011 Association of Government Accountants William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award for improving financial management practices and consistently exhibiting the highest personal and professional standards; and in March 2014, he received a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award from California Lawyer magazine for leading multi-state settlement agreements with life insurance companies to restore the value of old life insurance policies and pay beneficiaries. Chiang and his wife, Terry Chi, live in Torrance, California.
Alan Chu | Partner, China Business Network Leader, PwC
Alan Chu leads the China Business Network (CBN) for PwC US. CBN is a dedicated team of bilingual U.S.- China specialists who provide enhanced, integrated and on-the-ground support for U.S. and Chinese companies engaged in cross-border business and investment.
Chu advises on China-related business issues and coordinates specialist support for PwC's U.S. and Chinese clients across various industries in the U.S. and China. He has more than 22 years of experience working with Fortune 1000 as well as middle-market companies on inbound and outbound investments in the U.S. and China.
Chu is bicultural and fluent in Mandarin and English, and has spent more than 20 years in Asia, including 10 years living and working in China. During that time, he led numerous business process improvement/internal control consulting and internal audit projects for a number of Chinese enterprises as well as multinationals across China. He has also worked for more than 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, sales and marketing strategy in addition to accounting/taxation and other finance-related duties.
Chu is a U.S. certified public accountant, certified fraud examiner, certified internal auditor and certified information systems auditor.
Lindsay Conner | Partner and Co-Chair, Entertainment and Media Practice, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Lindsay Conner is Partner and Co-Chair of the Entertainment & Media practice group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. He has spent his entire legal career in the entertainment and media industries. He has served as chief outside entertainment counsel for several major film studios and television networks, numerous film and television production and distribution companies, and banks, and as lead counsel in several large finance, distribution, and M&A transactions for one of America's largest financial institutions and a major Wall Street hedge fund.
Conner advises clients through the entire life cycle of film, television and new media assets. He has restructured the production and distribution of a multibillion-dollar television franchise, closed half-billion-dollar feature film finance and distribution deals, and negotiated studio film slate and independent film financing deals and international television finance, production and distribution deals, as well as deals for the acquisition of companies and film and television assets. He represents film and television industry clients, as well as financial institutions and hedge funds, in equity and debt finance deals, distribution and licensing deals, and agreements with major talent. He has served as production counsel for a wide variety of feature films, as well as television series, specials, and long-form productions.
According to Chambers, one of the world's top attorney-ranking publications: "Lindsay Conner is a highly respected transactional lawyer who has impressed clients with his sophisticated approach and deep industry experience. 'He is exceedingly clever; the other side respects him - he can hold his own against anyone in the world.'" He also has twice been honored as one of Variety's "Dealmakers of the Year."
Gonzalo Freixes | Associate Dean, Senior Lecturer of Accounting and International Business Law, UCLA Anderson
Gonzalo Freixes is a Senior Lecturer in the Accounting Area and is currently the Associate Dean of the Executive MBA and Fully Employed MBA Programs, and of Global Immersion Programs for all three UCLA Anderson MBA Programs. He also serves as Faculty Director for the Applied Management Research Program for the full-time MBA Program. He holds a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Loyola Law School and a Master in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California.
Freixes teaches business law, international business law, business ethics, corporate and individual taxation, and real estate law & taxation in the MBA Program and in the Undergraduate Accounting Minor Program. He has lectured in Brazil, Spain, France, Holland, Hong Kong, Argentina, South Africa, Belgium and Chile on international business & tax subjects. Previously, he taught International Business Law and Business Law at California State University, Northridge. Freixes also directs the Price Center's UCLA Summer Entrepreneurship Institute for undergraduate students, where he also teaches a course in Business Ethics and Corporate Governance. He frequently lectures in the subjects of taxation, corporate governance, business ethics, international business law and trial advocacy.
In 2011, Freixes received the Neidorf Decade Teaching Award from the UCLA Anderson faculty and in 2006, he received the Fully Employed MBA class Outstanding Teacher Award. He is the Faculty Advisor and Coach for the UCLA Mock Trial Program. UCLA won the national mock trial championship in 2004, 2005 and 2011. He also served as a writer and consultant for the pilot of a Fox TV reality series, "The Partner." Freixes currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Executive MBA Council and was Chair of the Board in 2012. He was an elected official with the Newhall School Board of Trustees (serving 2 years as its President) and also served on the State Bar of California's Judicial Nominees Commission for three years, where he evaluated the California Governor's judicial nominees for the Supreme, Appellate, Superior and Municipal Courts.
John Ho | Managing Director, U.S. Real Estate Business Division, Landsea Group
John Ho is Managing Director for Landsea Group's U.S. Real Estate Division. He is responsible for managing all U.S. operations and is focused on acquisitions, development and sales of residential properties, including value-added services in the United States.
Established in 2001, Landsea Group is one of China's top 50 real estate companies and the largest green property developer in China. Landsea has implemented a long-term strategy of differentiation using green technology in buildings. While focused on residential property development as its principal business, Landsea is also actively engaged in new businesses, such as green senior housing, green construction technology and investments in green industries. Landsea Group is a founding member of China Green Building Council, and is also a member of the German Sustainable Building Council and U.S. Green Building Council. Last year, Landsea established its first office in the U.S. with the purpose to develop for-sale residential properties in gateway cities on both the west coast and east coast of the United States. In December 2013, Landsea acquired a land parcel in the San Francisco Bay Area, followed by the purchase of another site on the New Jersey waterfront in the Greater New York Area. These sites will include the development of both single family homes and condominiums for sale to the domestic U.S. market, in addition to catering the needs of a Chinese customer.
Before joining Landsea, Ho worked at leading global real estate investment management and consulting firms, Colliers International and Jones Lang LaSalle. While working at Jones Lang LaSalle, he served as Director and Vice President. He led the firm in cross border business development, focused on delivering transactional, consultancy and other integrated real estate services to outbound Chinese businesses investing overseas. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California with an emphasis in International Relations.
Yi-Chin Ho | Litigation Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Yi-Chin Ho is a litigation partner in the White Collar Defense & Investigations and Antitrust & Competition Groups in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. Her practice focuses on representing Taiwanese and Chinese companies, based in the U..S and abroad, ranging from multinational public companies to medium and small privately held companies in antitrust and trade regulation, white collar and government investigations, securities fraud and investigations, class action, intellectual property and other complex cross-border business litigation matters. She is a regular advisor to many Chinese and Taiwanese companies, both based in the U.S. and Greater China.
Ho is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese. She represents clients in federal and state courts throughout the country. Her clients span a wide range of industries. She has substantial experience litigating commercial disputes at all stages, including arbitrations, mediations, court and jury trials and appeals, including before the California Court of Appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Ho received her JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and her BA with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also served as a Visiting Scholar at National Taiwan University.
Yungtai Hsu | CEO and President, Pacific Auto Company, Pacific Best Inc.
Since 1981, Yungtai Hsu has been the CEO and President of Pacific Auto Company supervising and managing eight warehouse distribution centers in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange, San Bernardino Riverside, and Ventura counties. He has also served as CEO and President of Pacific Athletic Center. From 2002-2010, he served as Board Director of Continental Bank of America and then from 2010-2011 as Chairman of the Board. Hsu has worked in New York, Los Angeles, London and Continental Europe. He received his D. Phil in Economic History, and M. Litt. And B. Litt in Modern History from Oxford University. He also received a Master in International Intermodal Transportation from Roosevelt Maritime Institute in New York and received his B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature from National Cheng-chi University, Taipei, Taiwan. Hsu has served as President of National Cheng-chi University Alumni Association in South California; Co-Chair and Chief Coordinator of National Cheng-chi University Alumni World Convention, Los Angeles, California; Council Member of Economic Development, City of South El Monte; and Board Director of Kairos Communication Service International. He currently serves as Director, Friend for St. John's College, Oxford University and is a Board member of the Methodist Memorial Hospital Foundation, Arcadia, California.
Gregory Karns |Partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson
Greg Karns is a partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson, one of the largest real estate law firms in the country, where he manages the firm's Pacific Rim Group. For over thirty years, international investors, lenders, and developers from Greater China and Asia have depended on his broad expertise in real estate acquisitions and finance, construction and development, and entity structure and joint venture negotiation. He has a key understanding of his clients' business needs and objectives, and has been recognized for his creative, effective, and efficient approach. His clients range from large international institutions to more entrepreneurial private companies. Over his career he has worked on an extensive array of commercial real estate investment, development, and loan transactions. And within the firm, he can call upon some of the leading real estate lawyers in the country. Their combined expertise and connections within the real estate industry are unparalleled. He often speaks to local real estate and banking groups, and sits on the boards of several professional, trade, and nonprofit organizations, including the Asian Business League (past president) and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Karns is the current president of the Los Angeles Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an international land economics society.
Iris Lei | Founder and Executive President, Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum; Founder and CEO, 99people, Inc.
Iris Lei is the Founder and Executive President of Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (SVIEF). SVIEF is an international conference designed to foster innovation and promote business partnerships between the U.S. and China. Lei is also the CEO and Founder of 99people, Inc. 99people provides business matchmaking and investment consulting services between China and the U.S.
Lei has been actively contributing business services as a bridge for over 10 years. She successfully led the China Business Exchange Group, including leading Silicon Valley VCs and entrepreneurs, to visit China many times. Recently Lei brought Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak to visit China for the first time successfully, and attracted more than 50 media to cover this.
Before founding her own company, Lei used to work as a web developer at Keane, Inc., a public IT consulting company. Lei received her M.S. degree from Marshall Business School of University of Southern California (USC), and her B.A. degree from Wuhan University in China.
Phillip Leslie | Associate Professor of Strategy, UCLA Anderson
Phillip Leslie is an economist with expertise in strategic management, data analytics, demand pricing and information disclosure. His work on pricing has examined how firms can implement practical strategies for consumer-specific pricing. Much of this work has been in the context of event ticketing, making Phillip a leading expert on ticket pricing.
Leslie has also written a series of papers on information disclosure as a policy tool. For example, in one study he shows that restaurant hygiene grade cards caused a 20% decrease in the number of people admitted to hospital with food-related illnesses. Another study shows that consumers at Starbucks reduced calorie purchases by 6% due to calorie posting on the menus.
In other research, Leslie has written about managerial incentives in private equity, consumer boycotts, inspection design and the behavior of inspectors, and the returns to education. His research is published in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics and Review of Economic Studies, among others. Leslie is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Leslie was awarded the UCLA Anderson MBA best teacher in 2013 and he is an experienced executive education teacher, particularly in custom programs for client companies. He also provides data analytics consulting services. He received his Ph.D., M. Phil and M.A. in economics from Yale University and his M. Comm and B. Comm. In economics from the University of Melbourne.
John S. Long | President and CEO, Highridge Partners, Inc.
John Long is widely acknowledged as one of the industry leaders in real estate investment today. He founded Highridge Partners in 1978 on a platform of fundamental investment principles, underscored by "KNOWLEDGE EQUALS STRENGTH®", which have formed the company's investment approach and made Mr. Long's views a bellwether for the real estate industry. Long relies on a disciplined, analytical approach to invest in undervalued and often contrarian opportunities. Through independent but related operating companies, Highridge is able to implement value-added programs, and to divest profitably at stabilized market prices. Mr. Long's strategies have enabled Highridge to navigate through multiple real estate cycles and to record an extraordinary performance - across an investment portfolio of more than $9.5 billion with average annual returns in excess of 20% on equity over three decades.
Under Long's leadership, Highridge has successfully invested in all product types including office, industrial, self-storage, retail, entertainment, hotels, apartments, condominiums, single family homes and mixed use projects. Highridge's reach is global with on the ground investment expertise in Europe as well as the United States. Highridge and its team of veteran executives which head the affiliated operating companies are experienced and equipped to take advantage of the vast array of real estate related opportunities, including acquisition, development, redevelopment, financing and direct investments in private operating companies. In 2010, Highridge expanded into the affordable housing marketplace by establishing Highridge Costa Housing Partners with a portfolio of 26,000 multi-family rental units throughout the U.S. Mr. Long is also the co-founder, along with Oscar De La Hoya, of Golden Boy Partners, an investment company focused on Latino related real estate opportunities.
Working in an industry that is resistant to change, Long has sought to encourage the intellectual power of academics to pursue research and industry initiatives that would lead to redefining the role of real estate in the 21st century. To further this effort, Long established the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA in 2000, and serves as its Founding Chairman. In 2010, he expanded his focus onto global business relations, research, and education by founding the Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law at UCI. This institute will be anchored by bi-lateral relationships between the University of California schools and the leading universities in China to study, teach, and provide relevant industry research and tools for bridging Sino-American business relations.
Long's career started with international homebuilder KB Home. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the Board of Governors at the UCLA Foundation, the Board of Visitors for the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and the Advisory Board of the Asia Society of Southern California. he is also a member of the Committee of 100, a non-partisan organization dedicated to issues concerning Asian Americans and U.S.-China relations.
Sean Luo Xiangyang | President, China Mobile International (USA) Inc. China Mobile International Ltd.
Sean Luo Xiangyang has been working in the telecommunication industry for more than 20 years since he graduated with his MS degree in Electronic and Communications System from South China University of Technology.
Before coming to the United States in 2000, Luo had become one of the youngest directors during his ten-year service for China Telecom. After earning his MS in Management and Policy from State University of New York at Stony Brook, he joined CM Tel (USA) as the General Manager and made this subsidiary of China Motion Telecom, a listed company in Hong Kong, becme one of key players in U.S. telecom market. Later he was promoted to EVP to supervise all operations in both North America and Europe on behalf of China Motion Telecom. He started up his own telecommunication company Megatel in 2009 and led his team to reach nearly US$20 million in revenue in 2013.
Luo recently joined China Mobile which is the largest mobile company in the world and was appointed as the President of China Mobile International (USA). Luo has rich experience in the international telecommunication field especially in China, North America and Europe.
Robert McCann | Associate Dean of Global Initiatives, UCLA Anderson
Robert M. (Bob) McCann is the Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and the Associate Faculty Director of the Center for Global Management at UCLA Anderson, where he is also on the School's Management & Organization faculty. Prior to his return to the United States, McCann lived in Asia for nearly 20 years. Most of these years were spent in Thailand, where he worked both in academia (at the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University) and in the private sector (in the spirits' industry).
In addition to his role in Anderson's global initiatives, McCann created, directs, and teaches the core management communication class in Anderson's full time MBA and EMBA/NUS programs. He also created the FEMBA multi-section first year persuasive communication program, as well as electives in communication at the EMBA level. Aside from communication, McCann teaches courses including Global Leadership, Persuasion & Leadership, Leading & Doing Business in Thailand, and Doing Business in Southeast Asia in Anderson's FEMBA, EMBA and Executive Education programs.
McCann's areas of research interest include intergroup communication, intercultural communication, and workplace ageism. He is the Principal Investigator on UCLA's CIBER grant. He has been published in several major refereed communication journals and has won numerous research awards. Bob also serves on the executive editorial board of the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication. His latest (2012) book, entitled Ageism at Work: The Role of Communication in a Changing Workplace is now out in Spanish, Catalan, and English. McCann is a frequent media consultant in the areas of management communication, leadership, workplace ageism, and age diversified workplaces, most recently appearing on National Public Radio and in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, US News and World Report, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, GQ, Esquire, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Capital Times, and the International Herald Tribune.
Prior to joining UCLA, McCann taught at the USC Marshall School of Business. At USC, he was the recipient of the "Golden Apple" Teaching Award, an honor bestowed by Marshall's full time, first year MBA class on its favorite professors. He has received numerous Dean's commendations for exemplary teaching. McCann received his Ph.D. in Communications from UC Santa Barbara, M.A. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA and his B.A. in International Studies from Emory University.
Owen Murray | Partner, Forensic Services, PwC
Owen Murray is a partner in the forensic services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Los Angeles. He has a wide variety of international experience and has substantial investigation experience, including FCPA, accounting-related corruption and bribery, asset misappropriation and kick-back schemes. He has been with PwC for more than 21 years. Murray regularly provides specialized advisory services to attorneys, boards of directors, audit committees and senior management in the area of FCPA and other relevant regulatory matters. His area of expertise is forensic accounting and investigations. He has led a variety of international and domestic FCPA investigations, compliance assessments and FCPA due diligence assignments. He has also designed and helped implement numerous training and compliance programs for entities facing anti-bribery and anti-corruption challenges. Industries included were life sciences, technology, apparel, manufacturing, healthcare, multilevel marketing, professional services, entertainment and financial services.
Murray is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Jerry Nickelsburg | Adjunct Full Professor and Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson
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 he is the author of two books on monetary economics and exchange rates.
Judy D. Olian | Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson
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 in January 2006 after serving more than five years as dean and professor of management at the Smeal College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University.
Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson has hired a record number of faculty from the world's best research institutions, launched new degree and certificate programs, initiated a diverse set of global degree and immersion courses, and developed targeted partnerships with an emphasis on Asia and Latin America. The School's Board of Visitors has expanded, attracting many prominent business leaders who represent diverse functional and global perspectives. The school recently completed a fundraising campaign that raised $118M to support innovative programming and management thought leadership, and to advance UCLA Anderson as one of the leading schools of management in the world.
Olian served as the 2008 chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier business accrediting and management thought leadership organization in the world.
As dean of UCLA Anderson, Olian leads an institution that annually provides management education to almost 2,000 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Masters of Financial Engineering and doctoral programs, and to over 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 37,000 graduates. Prior to her tenure at the Smeal College at Penn State, she served in various faculty and executive roles at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
Widely published in journals on human resource management, top management team composition, and the business alignment of management systems, Olian 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. She serves on the advisory boards of Beijing University's Guanghua School of Business; the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; and Luminous Capital.
Born and raised in Australia, Olian 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.
Charles Ong | General Manager, OCBC Bank (Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation), Los Angeles Agency
Charles Ong is the General Manager of the Los Angeles office of OCBC Bank, the second largest bank in Singapore with a global asset size of over US$200 billion, and ranked by Bloomberg Markets in 2011 and 2012 as "The Strongest Bank in the World". In his current capacity, he heads up the business operations of OCBC Bank in the West Coast of the United States. Ong has 25 years of experience in commercial and international banking covering global markets in the US and Asia including Singapore, South-east Asia, China and Korea. He started his career at DBS Bank, the largest bank in Singapore, and over 16 years, rose to the position of Managing Director of corporate banking in Singapore where he headed the project finance, transportation, power and utilities teams. Ong relocated to the U.S. in 2002 as the General Manager of DBS Bank, Los Angeles. Subsequently, he was recruited by Far East National Bank, a California-based commercial bank, as its Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Banking . He had also lived in Seoul, Korea, while serving as the General Manager of DBS Korea in the 1990s.
Ong holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honors) degree from the National University of Singapore and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business. He is a member of the honor societies of Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. He speaks several languages including English, Malay, Chinese (Mandarin), Fukienese and Cantonese. He served on the board of directors of the Singapore-American Business Association (Northern California Chapter) from 2005 - 2008.
Eugenia Rao | Tax Partner, PwC
Eugenia Rao is a tax partner in the San Francisco Private Company Services Group and she has over seventeen years of experience in public accounting, including experience in federal, multi-state, and foreign taxation for corporations (including S corporations and limited liability companies), partnerships, individuals, and trusts. Her responsibilities include providing tax consulting services to various clients in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, technology, entertainment, real estate and professional services industries. Rao focuses primarily on corporate and pass-through entities by providing tax consulting for each phase of the client's tax operation, from the initial formation and start-up phase, to the designing of an optimal organizational structure in the U.S. and globally, and finally to the integration of tax planning of the corporation / partnership with the overall shareholders' / partners' family tax plan. She also manages the annual compliance requirements for her clients, and spends a significant amount of time developing and implementing value-added tax strategies for her clients.
From 2008 to 2009, Rao served as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Tax Leader of PwC in the New York office. During her 18-month rotation, she worked closely with the Tax Core and Extended Leadership teams, developed action plans, monitored progress and ensured strategic alignment of initiatives and activities, and managed relationships within the U.S. Tax Practice and across the global firms. Rao is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has both a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
Peter Shiao | Founder and CEO, Orb Media Group
Peter Shiao is the founder and CEO of Orb Media Group, a Los Angeles and China based cross border producer, financier and marketer of films, television and new media content for a new Hollywood-China global footprint. He is considered an expert, pioneer and thought leader in the area of Hollywood-China collaborations. The Company is preparing a variety of large scale film and transmedia projects between Hollywood and China in three different categories: English language projects, Chinese language projects, and animated features. In November of 2013, the company also announced the relaunch of Ironpond as its China based production, financing and marketing entity.
Formerly, Shiao was the founder and CEO of Ironpond - a film finance and production entity in partnership with the China Film Group and Endgame Entertainment of the US - that was the first company to establish a private equity style fund in the People's Republic of China for the purpose of financing films and media. He has also served as the Hollywood based brand manager for the Shaolin Temple - the first place of Chinese martial arts. Since 2008, Shiao has served as the chairman of the annual US-China Film Summit with the Asia Society, The Motion Picture Association, the Producer's Guild of America, and the China Film Co-Production Corporation. He also serves as the chair of Entertainment and Media programs (EMASIA) for the Asia Society of Southern California. His other production credits include RESTLESS, the first ever US-China film co-production, K-Star: The Search for the Next Martial Arts Action Hero. He has also served as the Hollywood based brand builder for the Shaolin Temple.
A sought after speaker, Shiao has spoken at Variety's Future of Film Summit, Harvard China Forum, The Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment, The Game Summit, the US-China Film Summit and is frequently quoted in the media on all things Hollywood-China. Prior to his start as an entrepreneur, Shiao served as policy and political staff in the California State Senate and was responsible for the California Senate Committees on the Pacific Rim, the Entertainment Industry, and Rebuilding Los Angeles. He graduated from UCLA with a BA degree in political science with an emphasis on mass communications, and was a California Senate Fellow.
Elana Siegel | Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Princess Cruises
Elana Siegel oversees all aspects of Human Resources for 25,000 shoreside employees and crew members onboard, including Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards & Compliance, HRIS, HR Operations, Learning & Organizational Development, Employee Relations & Engagement, and Internal Communications & Marketing.
Before joining Princess in January of 2013, she spent six years at the Las Vegas Sands Corp. where she served as Corporate Vice President, Human Resources. She has extensive experience working overseas, including nearly two years in Singapore leading the HR team for the opening of the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort and several months in Macao at the Venetian Macao. Prior to her roles with Las Vegas Sands, she worked as a recruiter in the financial services industry in New York.
Siegel is a native of Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and son. She attended Carnegie Mellon University where she earned a bachelor of science degree, triple majoring in Chinese, international relations, and policy and management.
Eric Sussman | Senior Lecturer of Accounting, UCLA Anderson
Since 1995, Eric Sussman has been a lecturer in accounting and real estate at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, where he has been voted Teacher of the Year thirteen times by Anderson's MBA students, and has been awarded the Citibank Teaching Award (1998) and the Neidorf Decade Teaching Award (2008), both voted upon by a committee of faculty members. He has also received recognition by Businessweek as one of the Top Ten Most Popular Business School Professors. He teaches in the areas of cost/managerial accounting, financial accounting (beginning through advanced), financial statement analysis, corporate financial reporting, and real estate investment and finance to undergraduate, graduate, and Executive Education students. He created Insight FSA, an analytical software tool to automatically and critically measure, evaluate, and report upon the financial accounting and corporate reporting risk for all public companies via Edgar On-line.
Sussman has advised numerous Full-time and Fully Employed MBA field study teams and consulted for large and small firms, nationally and globally, and is a frequent lecturer on varied financial, accounting, and corporate reporting topics. He has led student travel groups to Brazil, China, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi. He has served as an expert witness and consultant for commercial litigation, involving matters of corporate financial reporting and disclosure, audit effectiveness, valuation, real estate due diligence and related practices, and overall damage analyses.
Outside of campus, Sussman is president of Amber Capital, Inc., Manager of Fountain Management, LLC, and Managing Partner of Sequoia Real Estate Partners and the Pacific Value Opportunities Fund, which collectively employ approximately 20 individuals, and which have acquired, rehabilitated, developed, and managed over two million square feet of residential and commercial real estate in the past 18 years. The firms' portfolio presently consists of industrial, multi-family residential, and retail properties (approximately 2,000 residential units and some 500,000 square feet of commercial space). Sussman is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Causeway Capital's group of funds (International Value, Emerging Markets, Global Value, and Global Absolute Return Funds, which collectively have in excess of $2.0 billion in assets), sits on the Board of Directors of Pacific Charter School Development, Inc. and Bentley-Forbes, LLC; and was former Chairman of the Presidio Fund and former Audit Committee Chair of Atlantic Inertial Systems, Inc., a producer and manufacturer of electromagnetic sensors. He received his MBA from Stanford, with honors, in 1993, after graduating Summa cum Laude from UCLA in 1987. He is a licensed CPA in the State of California.
David Unger | Talent and Literary Agent, Resolution Agency
David A. Unger is a talent and literary agent at Resolution and is a member of Resolution's media finance group. Unger joined Resolution on February 20, 2013, the same day that he resigned from International Creative Management (ICM). Resolution was created by former ICM chairman and chief executive officer, Jeff Berg. Unger was the first ICM agent to join Berg at Resolution. The company was founded in January 2013 with a capitalization of approximately "$200 million.
Unger "represents leadings artists in the U.S., UK, France, India, China and Russia." His clients include: Ray Winstone, Stephen Dorff, John Hurt, Michelle Yeoh, Naomi Campbell, Gong Li, Anil Kapoor, Natalia Vodianova,[ Courtney Love, Johnny Hallyday, Emmanuelle Seigner, Olivier Martinez, Vincent Perez as well as directors Johan Renck, Malcolm Venville, Michael Haussman, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Roger Avary, among others.
Prior to joining Resolution, Unger was a vice-president and talent agent at International Creative Management for 15 years. He represented actors, directors, writers, models, and recording artists, as well as advised the agency's branding and film financing groups. Unger began his career at Propaganda Films, a division of PolyGram, where he nurtured the careers of directors David Fincher, Michael Bay, Antoine Fuqua and Mark Romanek among others. He developed award-winning commercial projects for Coca-Cola, Levi's and Nike as well as music videos for artists such as Madonna, The Rolling Stones and U2.
At the age of 27, Unger was chosen for the The Hollywood Reporter's Annual "Next Gen" special issue, which lists "the town's best and brightest - 35 men and women, age 35 and under, poised to become the industry's future leaders." He was also recognized by Fade in Magazine as one of their "Top 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know.' Unger was born in London, England, and raised in London, Madrid, Paris and Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Boston University and has lectured at Harvard Business School.
Esther Wee | Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing & CRA Officer, Cathay Bank
Esther Wee is responsible for managing Cathay Bank's community and marketing outreach. Cathay Bank, the oldest operating U.S. bank founded by Chinese Americans, knows Asia and has helped many customers capitalize on the changing trade dynamics in Greater China.
Wee's banking experience encompasses commercial lending, trade finance, cross-border financing, foreign exchange and capital markets. She drove cross-border and international trade financing while at: Chinatrust Bank as EVP, Head of Commercial Banking (C&I); Bank of the West as SVP & Manager, Pacific Rim Corporate Banking; and Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank as VP and Manager, Southern California Asian Team. She currently serves on the boards of the American Red Cross San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter and Operation Hope Southwest Region.
Michael K. Woo | Dean, College of Environmental Design, Cal State Poly University, Pomona
Michael 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 was, until recently, a long-time member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. He chairs the board of directors of Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, the nonprofit organization which runs the Hollywood Farmers Market; and recently was appointed to the California Parks Forward Commission, a blue-ribbon panel which will propose new directions for the state parks system, and was elected vice chair of the board of directors of the new Los Angeles County Grand Park Foundation.
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.
Roland Xu |Transaction Services Partner, PwC
Roland Xu is a Partner in the Transaction Services group in our Shanghai office. He graduated from Fudan University (B.S. degree) and joined PwC in 1995. From late 1998 to mid 2001, he worked in an international company with leading chemical and household products as financial controller, gaining valuable experience in business operation, financial control and corporate finance. Roland has spent over 13 years in our M&A Transaction Services group including nearly 2 years in our Transaction Services London Office.
Roland has provided financial due diligence services to both multinational companies seeking to invest in China and domestic enterprises investing overseas. Clients that Roland has serviced include both strategic buyers (such as corporate) and financial buyers (such as private equity and venture capital funds).
Roland Xu has extensive industry experience in industrial products, chemicals, technology and internet, automotive, energy, pharmaceutical, food and beverage businesses. Some selected (and announced) projects that Roland has led include:
- Buy-side financial due diligence in the investment of Warburg Pincus and Citic Capital in Harbin Pharmaceutical;
- Buy-side financial due diligence in L'Oreal's acquisition of Mininurse;
- Financial due diligence in Daimler-Benz 's joint venture with Foton;
- Buy-side financial due diligence in Tiger Funds' investments in Ctrip, Dangdang and other internet companies;
- Buy-side financial due diligence in eBay's acquisition of Eachnet;
- Vendor due diligence in the divesture of some ICI and Bayer AG businesses globally
Roland Xu is a Certified Public Accountant in China and is a passed finalist of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA of UK).
William Yu | Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
William Yu joined the UCLA Anderson Forecast in 2011 as an economist. At Forecast he focuses on the economic modeling and forecasting of Los Angeles economy. He also conducts research and forecast on Asian emerging economies, especially China, and their impacts on the US economy. His research interests include a wide range of economic and financial issues, such as time series econometrics, stock, bond, real estate, and commodity price dynamics, human capital, early childhood education, and economic sustainability. He has published over a dozen research articles in Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Forecasting, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Health Care Finance, Journal of Education Finance, Economic Affairs, and Global Economic Review, etc. He is a presenter at the Los Angeles Mayor's Economic Conference and has been cited in the national and local media including Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, U-T San Diego, LA Daily News, LA Daily Breeze, NBC, ABC, CNBC, and CNN as well as various local Chinese media.
He received his bachelor's degree in finance from National Taiwan University in 1995 and was an analyst in Fubon Financial Holding in Taipei from 1997 to 2000. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Washington where he was also an economics instructor and won two distinguished teaching awards. In 2006, he worked for the Frank Russell Investment Group for Treasury and corporate yields modeling and forecasting. From 2006 to 2011, he served as an assistant and an associate professor of economics at Winona State University where he taught courses including international economics, forecasting methods, intermediate macroeconomics, introductory macroeconomics, money and banking, and Asian economies.
Jim Zhan | Chief Representative, Los Angeles Office and Director of Mobile Business, China Telecom (Americas) Corporation
Mingfei Zhan is the Chief Representative of the Los Angeles Office and Director of Mobile Business, China Telecom (Americas) Corporation. China Telecom is an integrated information full services operator and the world's largest wireline telecommunications, CDMA mobile network and broadband Internet services provider. China Telecom Americas, the largest international subsidiary of China Telecom, has built, continues to expand, and operates the most technologically advanced suite of telecommunication services in support of MNC's mission critical operations. It also penetrated its service into individual mobile market at the end of 2013.
Zhan has been working for China Telecom for 25 years. He started his work in local and provincial branches of China Telecom in Jiangsu, China after his graduation from Nanjing University in 1989. In different positions, such as network operation and maintenance, customer development and service, IT system integration and operation, network development and plan, he acquired strong experience in telecom operation and management. In 2008, he was assigned to be the director of Network in China Telecom (Hong Kong) International Ltd. After his three years work, a competitive network infrastructure in APEC area had been established, which supported China Telecom to be a more important player in the market. He relocated to China Telecom (Americas) in 2011 and took the position of Director of Strategic Business Operation, including IP, IDC, ICT and mobile service. Now he is focusing on mobile business development and operation in U.S. market as well as in Canada and South America market.
Jinshu "John" Zhang | Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
John Zhang is a partner in Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP's Los Angeles office. He has extensive experience working on mergers, acquisitions, private placements and public offerings of securities, and other sophisticated business transactions in the United States and elsewhere. He has served as lead corporate counsel to clients in a wide spectrum of industries ranging from investment banking, private equity, renewable energy, electronics, videogames, furniture, automotive parts, to information technology and entertainment. His current focus is on Chinese outbound investments. He represented China Investment Corporation (CIC), the $500 billion Chinese sovereign wealth fund, in a $1.2 billion investment in a Hong Kong publicly traded company. He regularly counsels foreign investors on dealing with U.S. regulatory agencies, including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
In addition to his regular corporate practice, Zhang, skilled in cross-cultural negotiations, has also successfully served as the lead settlement counsel in a number of high-profile, high-stakes international litigation matters.
A graduate of China's most prestigious school, Zhang is among the best known Chinese-speaking lawyers in the United States. He was featured in the front-page headline story in the March 1994 issue of California Bar Journal and another front-page headline story in the May 1, 2006 issue of the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He has been interviewed or quoted on various legal matters by major U.S. and Chinese news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Chicago Tribune, The Deal, Reuters, Bloomberg, The People's Daily, China Daily, and South China Morning Post.
Zhang is a highly recognized authority on overseas investments by Chinese companies and writes a column for Caixin, a major financial publication in China. Zhang received his B.A. from Peking University, M.A. from UCLA and J.D. from UC Berkeley.
Michael Zhang | Chief Financial Officer, Transfuels; Vice President, ENN Group
Michael Zhang is Chief Financial Officer of Transfuels and has been the Vice President of ENN Energy Chemicals Group since August 2012, investing in the U.S. energy sector. Founded in 1989, ENN Group has grown into one of the largest renewable energy companies in China. During his career, he has worked for State Owned, private and also multinational companies. From January 2010 to February 2012, Zhang was the Vice President and Board Director of A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltd. Zhang is Independent Director of China Packaging Group Inc. and has also served as Executive Director of Beijing Kingstar Consulting Firm Limited since September 2009 and as an independent director of Well-Tech (Changzhou) Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. since May 2009. From August 2007 to May 2009, Zhang was Executive Director of Business Risk Services with Ernst & Young (China) Advisory Limited. From April 2005 to April 2007, he was the Director of Enterprise Risk Services with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd. Zhang graduated from Northwest University with a Bachelor's Degree in Computational Mathematics. He received an MBA in Finance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Zhang is designated as a Certified Internal Auditor by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Bill Zhou | Founding Partner, U.S.-China Real Estate Investment Center
Bill Zhou has over 20 years of experience in mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and investment Management. He is a founding partner of the U.S.-China Real Estate Investment Center (REIC). U.S. China REIC is focused on equity investment in value-add and opportunistic strategies in the U.S real estate market. Prior to U.S. China REIC, Zhou was the CFO of two fast growing companies in California, which he helped successfully sell to strategic buyers. Previously, he held various corporate finance positions in a fortune 500 Company and various investment banking positions for a middle market M&A firm, where he was in charge of the Greater China region. He earned his MBA from the University of Southern California and is a frequent lecturer at Stanford University where he teaches M&A classes to executives from China.
James H. Zukin | Co-Founder, Houlihan Lokey
James Zukin is the Co-Founder of Houlihan Lokey. He 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Onno F. Zwaneveld | Executive Vice President, CBRE Brokerage Services
Onno Zwaneveld has over 27 years of commercial real estate experience. He joined CBRE in 2006 by way of the company's acquisition of the Trammell Crow Company. He specializes in partnering closely with both public and private sector clients to design and execute comprehensive, commercial real estate strategies. As a team leader, he leverages his extensive experience and deep market knowledge to offer a broad range of services, including investment sales and development. Recently, Zwaneveld led the CBRE team that represented the seller of the Metropolis development site in downtown Los Angeles to Shanghai based Greenland Group , a 6.3 acre site entitled for 1.65M sf of mixed use development located in the Entertainment District . He has been leading CBRE's efforts in the region with in-bound Mainland Chinese investors in collaboration with CBRE's 15 China offices. Zwaneveld received his B.A. from UCLA.