Speaker Bios

Erik Avaniss Aghajani

Vice President, Primex Clinical Laboratories Inc.

Avaniss-Aghajani graduated with a Ph. D in Molecular Biology from UCLA in 1995. Subsequently he was offered the directorship position for UCLA’s Sequencing and Genotyping facility which he oversaw for 4 years. In 1999 he founded his own sequencing and Genotyping facility, Laragen Inc and also started consultation for clinical laboratories in Southern California for setting up clinical molecular tests. Avaniss-Aghajani joined Primex Clinical Laboratories Inc. as a partner in 2004 and has been serving as the Vice President of Primex for the past 11 years. Primex Clinical Laboratories is currently the largest independently owned clinical laboratory in California with over 200 employees and over 40 patient service centers. Avaniss-Aghajani has multiple publications and has been instrumental in development of unique tests such as NPscreen, a molecular test for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma which is prevalent in Southern China and south east Asia. He is currently involved in a large clinical trial in the field of Pharmacogenomics.

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Linda Bai

Executive Vice President, Youcare Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd.

Lin Bai has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 13 years. She has been involved in the operations since the inception of Youcare, and has familiarity with all departments of the entire company. She also serves as general manager of Youcare Pharmaceutical Trade Co., Ltd.

Bai is primarily responsible for the company's international business, overseas mergers and acquisitions, business development, capital operations and strategic management. She was the general manager of the Nigeria branch company of Youcare and led the successful purchase of a branch factory of Actavis in California. Bai has a master degree in finance and is a licensed pharmacist. She is currently pursuing an EMBA program with the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University and Kellogg School of Management.

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Dunson K. Cheng

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cathay General Bancorp; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cathay Bank

Dunson Cheng currently serves as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cathay General Bancorp, and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cathay Bank (subsidiary of Cathay General Bancorp). In his role with Cathay Bank, he is responsible for the overall management of the Bank. Under the leadership of Cheng, the Bank has increased its total assets from $331 million in 1985 to $11.5 billion; total stockholders’ equity from $21 million to $1.6 billion; and the number of branches from three to 53 in the U.S. (California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington) and one in Hong Kong with two overseas offices in Taipei and Shanghai, respectively. The Holding Company went public in December 1990 and is listed on NASDAQ.

Prior to joining Cathay Bank as a Director in 1982, Cheng was a member of the engineering staff at Xerox Corporation where he was recruited as a member of a startup team to establish a microelectronics center to fabricate proprietary integrated circuits for Xerox Corporation. He also worked in fabrication, testing and device physics. Prior to joining Xerox, Cheng served as a research associate with the University of Oregon. He received Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wisconsin. Cheng received a fellowship to undertake graduate study in Physics at Stony Brook University in 1966, where Nobel Laureate Professor C.N. Yang accepted the Einstein chair for Theoretical Physics in the same year. Cheng received his doctorate in physics at Stony Brook in 1971. He currently serves as Director for: Asencia whose mission is to end homelessness in the Greater Glendale Area, one person, one family, at a time; DiCon Fiberoptics, one of the world's largest suppliers of innovative, high quality optical components, integrated modules, and test equipment for the fiber optics industry; and Tsinghua Education Foundation (N.A.) Inc. (TEFNA) which is devoted to facilitating exchanges between China and the United States in science, culture and education.

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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.

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John Coelho

Partner, Head of Venture Capital Investment, StepStone Global

John Coelho is a Partner based in the San Diego office. He has led StepStone’s efforts in venture capital and growth equity since the inception of the Firm and focuses on fund investments, secondaries and direct/co-investments in technology, healthcare and services. Coelho spent his entire career prior to StepStone advising and investing in emerging growth companies. Prior to StepStone, he was at ATEL Capital Group, a venture debt and asset-based lender in San Francisco. Coelho also served as a venture capital advisor to Unigestion, an alternative asset manager based in Geneva, and managed direct venture capital and private equity investments on behalf of Plantagenet Capital Management in San Francisco. Prior to this, he was in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Piper Jaffray & Co. in Menlo Park, where he executed over $4 billion of equity offering and M&A transactions in the software, communications and computing sectors. He began his career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. Coelho received his BS and MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Craig Dehmel (’98)

Executive Vice President, International Distribution, 20th Century Fox Filmed Entertainment

Craig Dehmel manages the theatrical release planning and execution of all 20th Century Fox-distributed titles in over 60 markets worldwide. His role includes strategic dating, competitive analysis, financial review, exhibitor relations, regional oversight and integrated release planning. Over his fifteen year career with Fox, Dehmel has helped plan the successful theatrical releases of hundreds of Fox International-distributed titles, including the Industry’s biggest International box office title, AVATAR ($2B GBO; 2009) and the Industry’s 2nd & 3rd highest grossing animated titles at International box office, ICE AGE 4 ($718m, 2012) and ICE AGE 3 ($694m, 2009). In 2013, he was responsible for the release planning and execution of the triumphant LIFE OF PI, which earned $487m International GBO. And more recently, Craig oversaw the hugely successful Fox summer slate of 2014, which included RIO 2 ($370m); THE OTHER WOMAN ($113m); X-MEN: DOFP ($516m); THE FAULT IN OUR STARS ($180m); HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 ($357m in the Fox-distributed markets); and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES ($502m). Under Dehmel’s leadership, Fox International broke the industry record for box office in a calendar year by over $500m, earning an unprecedented $3.73B in 2014, making Fox International the market share leader in 4 of the last 6 years. Twentieth Century Fox International is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a segment of Fox Entertainment Group. One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of FFE: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.

Dehmel commits a significant amount of time mentoring students, helping them learn the business of entertainment and find roles in the industry appropriate for their skills and interests. He has mentored more than 100 interns and students during his career at Fox. Dehmel has been a guest lecturer at the Anderson School of Business (UCLA) for the past 15 years, teaching a seminar on the fundamentals of the worldwide theatrical business. He is also a regular guest speaker at the Annenberg School of Communications and Peter Stark Producing Program, both at USC.

Prior to joining Fox, Dehmel was Marketing Director for Ocean Park Pictures; an independent producer of film and TV commercials. He started his entertainment career as an account executive / production manager for JP Advertising, servicing studio clients, such as Disney, MGM, Orion, and Sony Classics. He is a Philadelphia, PA native with a B.A. in History from Colgate University and an MBA in Entertainment Management and Strategy from the Anderson School at UCLA. Craig lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Suzanne, and daughters, Chloe (10) and Vienna (6).

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Ellen Eliasoph

President and Chief Executive Officer, Village Roadshow Pictures Asia

Ellen Eliasoph joined Village Roadshow Pictures Asia (“VRPA”) in 2011 after having worked in the Asia filmed entertainment sector for two decades. In her role of President and CEO of VRPA, Eliasoph leads the company in its business of identifying, developing, financing, producing, marketing and distributing feature films which are filmed principally in the Chinese language and widely distributed in the Mainland China and other Greater China markets.

Eliasoph became the first Hollywood executive to be based in China when she established Warner Bros.’ Beijing office in 1993. She imported The Fugitive to China as the first Hollywood revenue-sharing film. During her long tenure as Managing Director, Warner Bros. Pictures China, Eliasoph arranged and managed the China releases of the Matrix and Harry Potter series and many other blockbusters, and served as the Warner Bros. production executive on many Sino-foreign co-productions, including Johnnie To’s Turn Left, Turn Right; The Painted Veil, which starred Edward Norton and Naomi Watts; and Ning Hao’s Crazy Stone and Crazy Racer. Eliasoph has pioneered the creation of the deal structures by which Sino-foreign co-productions are developed, produced and exploited. Since joining VRPA, she has established and led the company’s China production efforts. VRPA’s first two releases, Stephen Chow's Journey to the West (西游降魔篇), and Leste Chen’s Say Yes! (101次求婚) dominated the Mainland China box office during the February 2013 Chinese New Year period, breaking several records in the process. VRPA’s most recent project, Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (钟馗伏魔:雪妖魔灵), released during Chinese New Year 2015. Its upcoming projects include Mountain Cry (喊山), currently in post-production; and IPO (Chinese name TBD) and Hide and Seek (捉迷藏), both of which begin filming in the second half of 2015.

Eliasoph is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale College and a graduate of Yale Law School. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. She first came to China in 1979 as part of the initial group of American students to study in China following normalization of U.S./China diplomatic relations. Long committed to the cause of cooperation between the U.S. and China in the cultural and entertainment sectors, Eliasoph was one of the co-founders, organizers and producers of the U.S.A. National Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

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Feng Feng

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, U.S.-China Real Estate Investment Center

Feng Feng is a co-founder and managing partner of the Los Angeles based US-China Real Estate Investment Center. As a seasoned architect, he has assisted real estate developers in providing design solutions as well as solving problems through different phases of the development process. The architectural profession has helped him gain deep insight into the real estate industry and prepared him for his career transition into real estate investment.

Feng has been working closely with the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce (CRECC) since the early 2000s by assisting CRECC to establish China’s first green building evaluation standard. He also served as a deputy chief editor for CRECC’s rating system for senior housing communities. In 2012, Feng was invited as a moderator for the senior housing panel at the US-China Health Care and Senior Housing Forum jointly organized by the US Commercial Service and CRECC. Feng graduated from the Dalian University of Technology in China with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. After graduation he worked for two years as an editor for the China Architecture and Building Press. He went to the United States in the early 1990s to continue his study in Architecture at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he received his master’s degree in 1996. Immediately after graduation he accepted a position as a designer at Anshen and Allen Architects in San Francisco, before relocating to Los Angeles to join VTBS Architects in Santa Monica in 2002. Feng is a licensed Architect in California and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

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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 Fully Employed MBA Program. He also serves as Faculty Director for the Applied Management Research Program in 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, China, 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, 2011 and 2014. He also served as a writer and consultant for the pilot of a Fox TV reality series, “The Partner.” Freixes previously served 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.

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Tingting Han

Managing Director, Beijing Construction and Engineering Group, U.S. Operations

Tingting Han is the Managing Director for Beijing Construction and Engineering Group (BCEG) U.S. Operations where she is in charge of BCEG’s business operations in the United States. BCEG International is a sub-division of Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) which is a 60-year- old state owned company in China, and mainly focus on the oversea business of BCEG. As a group enterprise with international competitiveness, its business spread across various industries including construction, design-build, real estate development, investment etc, and BCEG International's business covers 27 countries and regions include Africa, Asian, Canada, Australia, United States, UK, South America etc. BCEG is consistently rated as one of the Top 250 International Contractors by ENR. BCEG International's US business started in 2007, and operate in three regions include South Cal, TX, FL. In the past years, US team completed over 20 jobs as the general contractor, and started real estate development business in last year. Prior to this position, Han was in charge of BCEG’s business development across the Americas and Oceania regions. From 2009-2010, she was in charge of the budget and contracting departments of the general contractor as part of the new French Embassy project in Beijing. Prior to this, Han was in charge of the technical and submittal department of the general contractor for the new United State Embassy in Beijing. Han has a civil engineering background and graduated from Shen Yang Jian Zhu University. She is looking forward to studying an MBA in the United States.

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Rex Hong

First Vice President, China Business Relationship Manager, Cathay Bank

Rex Hong is First Vice President, China Business Relationship Manager at Cathay Bank. He coordinates all China-related initiatives within the bank and works closely with the Chinese corporates, investors and high-net-worth clients to facilitate their financial needs in the United States. Before joining Cathay Bank, Hong was the Co-Managing Director of the Asia Division of PFGBEST, which was one of the largest non-clearing U.S. Futures Commission Merchants and FX Brokerage firms. He launched the company’s Shanghai Representative Office in 2007 and managed its day-to-day operations; he was also instrumental in the establishment of BESTDirect Australia Pty Ltd in June 2012, and was licensed by the Australian Security and Investment Commission (ASIC) as Responsible Manager.

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Mickey Hsu

Vice President, Recruiting Manager, Cathay Bank

Mickey Hsu is the Vice President, Recruiting Manager at Cathay Bank, a publicly held bank holding company with over $11.5 billion in assets. She has been with Cathay Bank since 2004, responsible for creating and implementing staffing strategies and processes to attract, assess, and hire talent across multiple functions and business units. Hsu also provides leadership, consultation, team development, and expertise in the area of talent acquisition. Prior to Cathay Bank, she worked in various industries including high-tech, food, and staffing industries for small to medium size companies. With this diverse work experience, she gained good insight of how different industries function and their expectations when it comes to acquiring talents. Hsu is fluent in English and Mandarin. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Human Resources.

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Wei Huang

Manager of Acquisitions, LT Global Investment Inc.

Wei Huang is Manager of Acquisitions for LT Global Investment Inc. LT Global Investment Inc. was established in March 2013 and serves as the U.S. subsidiary of LT Commercial Real Estate Limited. LT Global Investment Inc. has as its goal the development of new properties as well as the revitalization of distressed and tired commercial properties in the US, converting them into experiential and sustainable mixed-use projects for living, working, and playing. LT Global is committed to making their developments an integral part of the local communities, while providing an exciting environment that attracts visitors from all corners of the world. By tapping into the cities' local resources, we have developed a unique approach to creating synergistic mixed-use commercial properties tailored to specific contexts and needs. Huang has ten years of real estate experience that includes a range of project types including urban infill, PUD, destination resort, brown field redevelopment, LEED development, historical preservation and mixed use projects. She is familiar with various real estate investment tools and development structures including mezzanine financing, REIT’s, CFD, TIF, public private partnerships and other complex JV structures and has international real estate experience that includes China and Europe as well as the United States. Huang has a unique multidisciplinary background in design, development and finance. She holds a Master’s degree from Harvard in Real Estate and Urban Development, a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from USC and a Bachelor’s degree from Tongji University in Shanghai.

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Susan Pertel Jain

Executive Director, UCLA Confucius Institute

Susan Pertel Jain holds a bachelor's degree in Chinese language and a doctorate from the University of Hawai'i in Theater (Asian theater focus). She has worked in both the academic and professional theater worlds, taught and lectured widely on Asian theater, and served on the curatorial staff of several international arts festivals including the Los Angeles Festival, Silk Road Festival (Washington, DC), and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven). In partnership with kunqu artist Hua Wenyi, she helped launch the first professional Chinese theater company in the US. In 2007 Jain helped launched the UCLA Confucius Institute. Under her leadership the Confucius Institute has been connecting the dots, filling in the gaps, and tapping into the tremendous resources available at UCLA and in our community for the study of Chinese language and culture. In 2013 the UCLA Confucius Institute was named a Model Confucius Institute among over 450 worldwide, and in 2014 it became a Signature Partner of the Washington, DC-based 100K Strong Foundation in recognition of its work giving students from diverse backgrounds opportunities for engagement with China.

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Mark S. Karlan

Lecturer of Real Estate Finance and Investments, UCLA and Former Executive Managing Director, CBRE Global Investors

Mark S. Karlan has 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate investment business. Mr. Karlan was an Executive Managing Director of CBRE Global Investors from 2006 through 2011 where he was 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 fund, a value-added real estate fund with $1.2 billion of AUM that was 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.

Previously, 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 mortgage 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. 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. He has acquired more than 100 commercial properties and portfolios of commercial mortgage loans globally with a gross asset value exceeding $10 billion on behalf of institutional and other investors.

Karlan earned MBA, 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. Karlan teaches “Real Estate Finance and Investments” at UCLA and is a Faculty Advisor in the Applied Management Research program. He is a featured speaker at institutional and private equity conferences and was a featured speaker at the 2012 and 2013 Wilbur Woo Greater China Business Conference at UCLA.

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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 more than 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.

Karn’s 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. Karns 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. He is the immediate past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an international land economics society.

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Ira Kasoff

Member, APCO International Advisory Council; Former Deputy Assistant Director of Commerce for Asia

Dr. Ira Kasoff is a recognized expert on Asia. He has lived and worked extensively in the region – ten years in mainland China (Beijing and Shanghai), eight years in Japan, eight in Hong Kong, and two in Taiwan. From 2010-13 he was Senior Counselor at APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs consultancy, and serves currently on APCO's International Advisory Council. Before joining APCO, Kasoff served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, where he oversaw Asia trade policy for the Department, engaged in trade negotiations with officials of key counterpart governments, including China, Japan, Korea, etc., and served as the senior advisor on Asia to two Secretaries of Commerce, Carlos Gutierrez and Gary Locke.

From 1985 to 2007, Kasoff was a diplomat, serving seven assignments in Asia with the U.S. Commercial Service, including senior positions in the US Consulates General in Shanghai and Hong Kong and the US Embassy in Tokyo. Kasoff has also worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he specialized in Asia business strategy. Earlier in his career Kasoff worked as the Beijing representative for Fuqua World Trade Corporation, where he arranged and oversaw manufacturing of consumer goods in China for the US market; and at the National Committee on US-China Relations, where he managed US-China exchange programs.

Kasoff received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1973, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1982. He is the author of a book on Chinese intellectual history, published originally by the Cambridge University Press, which has recently been translated into Chinese and published by the Shanghai Classics Publishing House. Kasoff is married to Ms. Ellen Eliasoph, CEO of Village Roadshow Asia, and has one daughter.

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Aaron U. Levy

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Transformational Ventures and Asia Strategic Growth Enterprises

Dr. Aaron Levy is the CEO of Emerging Transformational Ventures (ETV Global, Inc.), based in Los Angeles, and CEO of Asia Strategic Growth Enterprises (Asia SGE, Ltd.), based in Hong Kong. The firms engage in strategic mergers & acquisitions, financial restructuring for business development and East/West ventures partnerships. Portfolio and expertise include biotechnology, medical laboratory, communications technologies, manufacturing, media, entertainment, and real estate.

A turnaround CEO, an innovative technologist, and a published author with global operational experience, that include Asia since 1995, Levy started as a research engineer and rapidly rose to serve as CEO, president, chairman and director for several publicly traded and privately held technology companies ranging from early stage to multimillion dollar global companies. He also served as CEO of business enterprises of one of the largest Native American Tribes. Levy led several business restructuring, developed and marketed several products, built and trained international sales teams, and manufactured products in the U.S. and Asia. His experience working in Asia since 1995 includes business operation in Hong Kong, research and development in Taiwan, electronic purchasing and manufacturing in mainland China and Thailand.

Levy holds a PhD in management, specializing in leadership and organizational change from Walden University; a BSEE in electrical engineering from University of California, Irvine and MSAE in aerospace engineering, Northrop University. He was elected to three Young President Organizations (YPO) chapters, and to honor societies Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Gamma Tau, and Eta Kappa Nu. A holder of a U.S patent for a manufacturing process (1999), Levy authored a doctoral research on “Factors Influencing CEOs of Publicly Traded Companies (2010) and Digital Printing (2004). He is an internationalist, multilingual, and active in philanthropy, serving on the Jane Goodall Institute’s finance committee. An active professional, Levy is also an FAA certified commercial pilot and flight instructor. He resides in California and travels to Asia frequently and has been working closely with PrimexLab for the last couple of years.

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Shang Li

General Manager, Suning.com USA

Shang Li is the General Manager of Suning.com USA. He is responsible for developing and managing U.S.-China cross-border retail business for Suning Commerce Group. Suning Commerce Group is China’s largest non-governmental company. Suning started in 1990 as a wholesaler of air conditioners and has since transformed itself into a multinational conglomerate and a dominant player in China’s retail market and commercial real estate. Li was trained as an engineer with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. Over the years, he has become specialized in global business operations, program management, and large systems integration. He has also worked and lived in the United States, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan and is particularly known for his capabilities in building and managing multinational engineering and business teams.

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Stella Li

Senior Vice President, BYD; President, BYD Motors, Inc.

Stella Li is presently the Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited and also serves as the President of BYD Motors Inc., a Southern-California based company that imports renewable power products, green-energy products and zero-emissions vehicles from China. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Statistics from Fudan University in 1992. In 1996, Li joined BYD as the marketing manager for all global exports. In 1997, she opened BYD’s first overseas office in Hong Kong, then founded the first European office in Rotterdam in 1999. In 2011, she set up BYD’s NA Headquarters in Los Angeles. In 2010, Li was assigned to be president of BYD Motors Inc. and started promoting the BYD auto business into the North and South American Markets.

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Hua Liu

Chief Executive Officer and President, China Fisheries North America

Mr. Hua Liu is the CEO and President of China Fisheries North America, Inc. (CFNA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNFC Overseas Fisheries Co., Ltd. (COFC). COFC is a public-traded company in Shenzhen, China, and is a member enterprise of the China National Agricultural Development Group Co., Ltd. (CNADC). CFNA has engaged in seafood import/export and related businesses in the United States for 20 years. Liu has headed this company for 12 years and contributed significantly to its growing business. Liu has substantial knowledge and experience in international trade and has a strong financial background. He earned his MBA degree from City University of Seattle in Washington and he is a non-practicing member of Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA).

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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 M.S. degree in electronic and communications systems from South China University of Technology.

Before coming to the United States in 2000, Luo had become one of the youngest directors during his 10-year service for China Telecom. After earning his M.S. 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, became 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 n 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.

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Windy Ng

International Transfer Pricing Director, PwC

Windy Ng is a Transfer Pricing Director based in the Los Angeles office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, bringing over 14 years of experience in transfer pricing. She consults with companies within many industries including shipping and logistics companies, automobile and aircraft parts manufacturing companies, software companies, semiconductor companies, computer and consumer electronics companies, bio-pharmaceutical companies, apparel companies, telecommunication companies, financial services companies, and hotel casino and gaming companies.

Ng's transfer pricing practice focuses on matters relating to planning, evaluating, and documenting global and local transfer pricing studies, transfer pricing audit defenses, and Advance Pricing Agreements. She has been involved in advising clients on licensing of intellectual property; cost sharing of technology and research activities, manufacturing services, distribution of tangible goods, management services, and financial transactions including investment fund management, loans, and financial guarantees. Her audit defense experience includes developing alternative approaches to minimize income and tax adjustments, negotiations with tax authorities, and preparing responses for defense against tax authorities’ inquiries. Windy also has extensive experience in negotiating Advance Pricing Agreements with the Internal Revenue Service and has spent a significant portion of her time in helping multinationals in planning and developing strategies for transfer pricing issues globally.

Ng has lectured on transfer pricing issues in various conferences, seminars, and events, including the Shenzhen Tax Bureau in China; Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Press Conferences hosted by Economic Daily News and Apple News in Taipei, Taiwan; ATLAS Symposium on International Transfer Pricing in Las Vegas, and American Institute of CPAs in Los Angeles. She is a Certified Public Accountant, California; Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and received a Master of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California.

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Jerry Nickelsburg

Adjunct Professor of Economics, UCLA Anderson; Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast

Jerry Nickelsburg joined the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2006. He teaches economics in the MBA program with a focus on Asian economies. At the Anderson Forecast he plays a key role in the economic modeling and forecasting of the National, and California economies. He has conducted research in the areas of labor economics, industrial organization, statistics, and international monetary economics, focusing on the development of new data and the application of economic theory and statistical methods to policy issues. His current academic research is on specific skills, structural unemployment, and the seasonal adjustment of time series. He is a regular presenter at Economic Conferences is cited in the national media including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Reuters.

Nickelsburg 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, FlightSafety International, and FlightSafety 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, Nickelsburg 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. Nickelsburg has published over 100 scholarly and popular articles on monetary economics, economic forecasting and analysis, labor economics, and industrial organization and he is the author of two books on monetary economics and exchange rates.

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Jon Niermann (’95)

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, FarWest Entertainment; Former President, Electronic Arts Asia

Jon Niermann spent 15 years with The Walt Disney Company and was president of Walt Disney International Asia Pacific from October 2000 until November 2003. While head of Disney Asia-Pacific, he was responsible for regional business development and operations for the company, Disney’s branded television business, live entertainment, radio and the corporate functions within the region, including all brand and marketing activity consisting of strategic marketing and planning, brand management, research, strategic alliances and communications. He also was responsible for creating business integration across all Disney business units, including movies, television, products, attractions, online/wireless, interactive, publishing and music.

Niermann joined Electronic Arts, the world’s leading interactive/video game developer and publisher, as its president of Asia in November 2003, combining the Japan and Asia-Pacific businesses. He stayed with EA until April 2010 and had full P&L responsibility for all of EA’s publishing, product development and new business development for all EA brands across the Asia region, including Greater China, Japan, Australia/New Zealand, Southeast, India and South Africa. He also was responsible for the EA Asia Studios and EA Partners local content development in Asia opening and managing three studios across the region. Asia then led the way for EA’s entry into the online, mobile and digital game business with hits such as FIFA Online and Battlefield Online in Korea which became EA’s biggest online games globally.

In 2010, Niermann left EA to start his own venture FarWest Entertainment HK Ltd, a multi-platform (television, music, live, animation, digital) media and entertainment company that focused on bridging Asia-inspired content with the West in addition to Western formats to the East. Niermann also used this opportunity to explore the creative and production side of the industry to gain more hands on experience in that sector. The company’s first project, “Asia Uncut,” was a late night talk show broadcast on Fox’s Star World network across 53 countries and 250 million homes in Asia and the Middle East. Hosted by Niermann in his first “on camera” role, the show achieved early success and recognition. It was nominated for “Best Talk Show” and “Best Entertainment Host” in its first two seasons at the Asian Television Awards, and Niermann won the award for “Best Entertainment Host in Asia” in his first season. Asia Uncut remains the only English language pan-Asian talk show in the region. In June, 2010, FarWest launched its second initiative, “Project Lotus,” a global multi-platform initiative bridging the East and West through music, television and digital content. The goal was to find Asian singers who could be successful in the West since they had not been to date. This project culminated in the formation of the world’s first Pan-Asian girl group featuring 5 girls from 5 countries called “BLUSH” consisting of talent from Korea, China, Japan, India and the Philippines designed to appeal to a global audience. The legendary Quincy Jones signed on as Executive Producer of BLUSH in 2012 and the group was recently signed to the legendary Capitol Records. FarWest Entertainment also develops and owns a growing library of original TV formats, 6 of which will start production in 2014 from China to Australia to the US. The other aspect of FarWest’s business is its brokerage business where the company pairs top Asian companies, projects or artists with top companies in the West. FarWest also has done several partnerships with Chinese TV companies to bring Western format to China. With multiple other projects in development, FarWest has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Singapore and partnerships in the US, UK and across Asia.

Niermann earned his undergraduate degree at The University of Denver and his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. From 1998-2012, the Niermanns lived in four different Asian cities: Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and Shanghai. He and his wife, Stacey, a fellow University of Denver and UCLA alumna, have two daughters and a son.

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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 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, and professor and senior associate dean at the Smith School at the University of Maryland.

Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson has hired a record number of faculty, launched new global degree and certificate programs, and initiated and developed targeted partnerships in Asia and Latin America. Recently, UCLA Anderson transitioned into a new financial model for the University of California. Under her leadership, the School has raised over $200M to support innovative programming and management thought leadership, and to advance UCLA Anderson as one of the leading schools of management in the world.

Dean Olian leads a school that annually provides management education to almost 2,000 students in MBA, Masters and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professionals through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 36,000 graduates.

The School’s Board of Visitors has expanded, attracting many prominent business leaders who represent diverse functional and global perspectives. 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.

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 Catalyst; the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; Westwood Technology Transfer Inc; and Ares Management.

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.

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Brian Peck

Deputy Director, International Affairs & Business Development, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Brian Peck serves as deputy director in charge of international affairs and business development for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). GO-Biz is the lead state entity for economic strategy and marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, economic growth and international trade and investment. Appointed in August 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Peck is responsible for promoting California as a destination for international investment as well as California exports of goods and services in the global marketplace. Brian’s office identifies opportunities to ensure California’s infrastructure and business climate are globally competitive.

Prior to joining GO-Biz, Peck was an international trade and intellectual property attorney, advising multi-national clients on international trade, regulatory and compliance matters, international government and policy affairs, global IP asset management and trade-related IP matters. He is an adjunct professor for international trade policy and also international intellectual property at USC Gould School of Law. Peck served as Senior Director for Intellectual Property at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 2003-2005, and Director of Japanese Affairs at USTR from 2001-2003. He was the lead negotiator for the intellectual property chapters in several Free Trade Agreements, including the U.S.-Colombia, U.S.-Peru and U.S.-Panama FTAs. He also oversaw the implementation of intellectual property provisions in the U.S.-Chile FTA and the CAFTA-DR Agreement. As Senior Director, Peck led an interagency team responsible for developing and implementing policies to strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights in Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and Latin America; and was also responsible for overseeing U.S. trading partners’ compliance with bilateral and international obligations to protect and enforce IP rights. As Director for Japanese Affairs, he co-chaired the U.S.-Japan Information Technologies Working Group, and worked on regulatory reform initiatives in Japan’s legal regime for IP rights, as well as in the IT, e-commerce, and telecommunications sectors. He also led bilateral talks with several Asian countries under the WTO negotiations to liberalize international markets for services; and led the U.S. delegation at the WTO TRIPS Council meetings on IP matters.

Prior to his work for the U.S. Trade Representative, Peck was an attorney-advisor with the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration at the Department of Commerce from 1998-2001, where he participated in a number of antidumping and countervailing duty cases. He also participated in litigation before the Court of International Trade and international dispute settlement panels, including an appearance before a WTO Panel in Geneva. Peck graduated Order of the Coif and received his law degree, cum laude, from the University Of San Diego School of Law, where he served as a member of the San Diego Law Review. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Alan Pomerantz

Senior Counsel, Pillsbury

Alan Pomerantz is a senior counsel in the law firm's Real Estate practice and has been a national leader in the legal profession for many years. He has significant experience as the senior member of the deal teams of some of the largest and most complex joint ventures, project developments, acquisitions, public and private financings and restructurings. His clients include real estate investment advisors, private equity funds, global investment banks, global asset managers, real estate developers, REITs, pension funds and other institutional investors and corporations.

Chambers Global has recognized Pomerantz as one of the "World's Leading Lawyers." He is also consistently recognized by the International Financial Law Review's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Law Business Research's International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and New York Times' New York Super Lawyers. In addition, Pomerantz received the Dougherty-Fulbright Scholarship from the University of Concepcion in Chile. He has published numerous articles on investments, joint ventures, development, capital markets, financing and restructuring, which have appeared in The Bankers Magazine, Journal of Property Finance, Banking Law Journal, Real Estate Finance Journal, New York Law Journal, The Daily Deal, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Shopping Centers Today and The American Banker. Pomerantz has also lectured extensively on investing, joint ventures, capital markets, project development, financing, leasing and restructuring in the United States, Europe and Latin America, including at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York University School of Law, the University of Amsterdam, University of Concepcion in Chile, the Canadian Institute, the Bar Association of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association, The Real Estate Syndicators and Securities Institute, The Institute for International Research, The Urban Land Institute, The International Council of Shopping Centers and the Real Estate Lenders Association. Prior to joining Pillsbury, Pomerantz was Co-CEO, President and member of the Investment Committee of ERE Advisors LLC, the general partner of Evercore Real Estate Partners LP.

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Eugenia Rao

Tax Partner, PwC

Eugenia Rao is a tax partner with 18 years of experience in U.S. tax consulting and compliance services, including experience in federal, multi-state, and cross border/foreign taxation for corporations, partnerships and individuals. She leads the PwC China Business Network (including China, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong) in California, which was created to provide enhanced, integrated, and on-the-ground worldwide support for U.S. and Chinese companies. She also leads the PwC Asian Inbound practice in Northern California and has experience in various industries including real estate, distribution, entertainment, manufacturing, retail and technology. Rao is bicultural and fluent in Mandarin and English, having spent over 15 years in Asia including 2 years with PwC Taipei where she helped build a U.S. tax practice. She also previously spent 18 months in the PwC New York office where she served as Chief of Staff for the PwC U.S. Tax Leader.

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Stephen Saltzman

Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Stephen L. Saltzman has broad experience in domestic and international transactions in the entertainment industry. He represents U.S., European, and Asian producers; production companies; studios; distribution companies; broadcasters; digital media companies; banks; film funds, directors and talent. His experience encompasses the legal and business aspects of the development, production, sale, distribution and financing of feature film, television, videogame and digital media projects, as well as related ancillary products such as print publications, merchandise and new technologies.

Saltzman concentrates his practice on innovative and complex international co-production and co-financing transactions, as well as on the representation of financiers, distribution and production companies/producers in sophisticated motion picture and television financing and structuring transactions. He frequently utilizes his language capabilities and in-depth knowledge of both the U.S. and non-U.S.-based film and television industries in representing the interests of international companies and individuals in Hollywood. Saltzman frequently participates as a featured speaker and panelist in seminars and symposiums in the United States, Europe and Asia, and his German-speaking practice has been profiled in various German publications.

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Simon W. Shao

Chief Executive Officer, Green Pasture International Inc.; Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Landwill, LLC.

For over 20 years, Simon Shao has been engaged in Sino‐U.S. business in Los Angeles. He founded Green Pasture International, Inc. with college classmates to focus on quality forage production and trade, including alfalfa hay and DDGS across the Pacific regions. Green Pasture’s acquisition to Escalante Ranch in 2011 and Pelican Lake Farm in 2013, both in Utah, makes Shao a pioneer of the new‐generation to invest in America’s agricultural sector. Mr. Shao earned his master’s degree in Ecology from Shandong University.

Shao’s other business ventures include import and export, manufacturing and real estate. He is now one of the biggest toy importers of the Western U.S. In 2013, he acquired Landwill, LLC with current projects spanning across Southeast Asia and China.

Over the years, Shao’s philanthropic contribution to the Los Angeles and Chinese community has been widely acclaimed. He previously served as Governor of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Shao now serves as Director of All‐China Federation of Returned Overseas, and Chairman of China American Educational Foundation, continues to extend his influence to promote social welfare and inter‐cultural understanding.

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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, games and new media using a tech savvy transmedia approach. The company is in preparations on two projects for 2015, including the aerial combat action adventure Shimalaya, and the fantasy action, The Chronicles of the Immortal Swordsmen. Formerly, he was the founder and CEO of Ironpond - a film finance and production entity in partnership with the China Film Group and Endgame Entertainment -- that was the first company to establish a private equity style film fund in China. Shiao is the founder of the annual US-China Film Summit which has become a significant gather place of thought leaders in the Hollywood-China space. It is being held annually with the Asia Society, The Motion Picture Association, the Producer’s Guild of America, and the China Film Co-Production Corporation. 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 Harvard Business School, 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 B.A. degree in political science with an emphasis on mass communications, and was a California Senate Fellow.

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Skip Whitney

Executive Vice President, Partner and China Services Leader, Kidder Mathews

A native of San Francisco, Skip Whitney founded Whitney Cressman Limited in 1974, a real estate advisory service focusing on both commercial leasing and domestic and international commercial investment sales. In addition to his work with U.S. clients, Whitney has consistently been successful in advising clients from China, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia on commercial and investment properties on the West Coast of America. In 2006, Whitney Cressman merged with Kidder Mathews where he is an Executive Vice President/Partner with the firm. Kidder Mathews has grown to become one of the largest independent commercial real estate firms on the West Coast with experts in 9 offices, performing $6 billion in transactions over the last 3 years, executing 1,300 appraisals annually, and managing a portfolio of over 30 million square feet of space.

Whitney leads Kidder Mathews China Services, one of the only China-focused cross-Pacific real estate groups in the U.S. The group offers advisory, brokerage and property management services to Chinese companies looking to invest in the United States and vice versa. Kidder Mathews has teamed up with Binswanger, a global real estate firm headquartered in Philadelphia, and Synergis, a Chinese real estate services company listed in Hong Kong. On behalf of the former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Whitney handled the real estate negotiations for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). He is also one of the driving forces for San Francisco’s Mission Bay Science and Technology Park, a 12 million square foot mixed-use development project, consisting of commercial, residential, life science, cleantech, IT, and UCSF research center. Over his career, he has been involved in over one billion USD investment transactions and hundreds of lease and sale transactions. Whitney was the founding Co-partner of the Bryant Street Pier International Cruise Terminal, a 750,000 square feet mixed use project, which was to be built at Pier 30-32 of San Francisco in 2001. Other partners included PSA / Maple Leaf of Singapore, China Maritime Transport of Hong Kong-Taiwan and Lend Lease of Australia.

As a key influencer and advisor in Bay Area and China relations, Whitney is the Co-founder of Bay Area Council’s China Initiative and Signatory to the Council’s Memorandum of Understanding with China Yangtze Council. He also co-founded San Francisco City’s economic initiative ChinaSF, with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Passionate about wine, film and giving back to the community, Skip is an Ambassador-at-Large for the California Film Institute, and co-founded the Singapore International Film Festival. He is the representative of several wineries in Napa Valley to promote California wines into Chinese market, including Opus One Winery. Whitney currently serves as a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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Richard (Dick) Wollack

Founder, Managing Principal, Fulton Capital Advisors

Dick Wollack is involved in two disparate areas of real estate-related businesses: Wine/Vineyards: He founded Premier Pacific Vineyards (PPV) in 1998. PPV was the largest developer/manager of high-end vineyards in the U.S. with 25 vineyard properties in California (Santa Barbara, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Napa counties) and Oregon. Nearly 100 of the finest wineries in the U.S. buy grapes from the vineyards PPV developed. The properties were owned in partnership with CalPERS and Commonfund through the end of 2011. Building upon this background he now acts an advisor to investors/lenders/wineries in the wine industry. Wollack is also a founding partner in two wine brands: Expression (Pinot Noir from three regions: Oregon, Anderson Valley/Mendocino and Sonoma) and Tetra (Bordeaux blend from Napa). Real Estate Securities: Wollack has been in the real estate investment business since 1971 as a principal in dozens of real estate entities with a combined capitalization of more than $7 billion. He was the founder and Chairman of Global Real Analytics (GRA) that since 1980 specialized in forecasting real estate market prospects and managing money in REITs. GRA was sold to Charles Schwab Investment Management in 2007. He is now creating an innovative REIT investment strategy to offer to institutional investors that achieves investment goals previously unobtainable via the various real estate investment channels open to them.

The author of two books on real estate and investing, Wollack has also been an adjunct professor at both Stanford Graduate School of Business and the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Business and was a member of the California Senate Commission on Corporate Governance, Shareholder Rights and Securities Transactions. He holds an MBA with distinction from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (1969) and a BA from the University of Illinois (1967), where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. In 2010 Wollack was named to the Vintners Hall of Fame Board of Stewards, affiliated with the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley. He and his wife Sue live in San Francisco.

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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 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 was appointed a member of the California Parks Forward Commission, a blue-ribbon panel which proposed new directions for the state parks system.

Michael Woo also is a trustee of the Lingnan Foundation, a U.S.-based charitable foundation that 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. Like his father, Michael Woo is a product of the University of California. He earned his B.A. in Politics and Urban Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his Master of City Planning degree from UC Berkeley.

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Frank Xu

President, A&J Capital Investment Inc.

Frank Xu begin his career in civil engineering over three decades ago. He worked at Beijing Capital Iron & Steel Company (“Shougang”) as a structural engineer for six years before he moved to the United States in 1994. While in Michigan, he worked in the auto industry for over 13 years as a Senior FEA Engineer, responsible for design and analysis of car safety and performance. With Xu’s ties back to China, his keen interest in finance and in immigration opportunities for Chinese nationals interested under the EB-5 Program, in 2010 Xu moved to Los Angeles to pursue EB-5 financing opportunities. He founded A&J Capital Investment, Inc. in 2011, which is a strategic partner with Henry Global Group based out of China, providing services including but not limited to, underwriting, structuring investing and monitoring of investment services for clients. A&J Capital Investment, Inc. has underwritten over $1 billion in EB5 investments across various asset classes.Under Xu’s guidance, leadership, and track record, A&J Capital Investment, Inc. has become a leading commercial real estate and private equity investment management firm specializing in private equity, real estate, risk management, and other investment asset classes. Its services include deal sourcing, execution, project management, and investment management and monitoring services. Commercial real estate projects encompasses construction of hotels, residential towers, office buildings, senior living facilities, energy facilities, retail properties, mixed-use properties and other structures.

Xu received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Department of Civil Engineering at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, and received his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University, in Michigan.

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Susan Yao

Regional Manager, Broad USA

Susan Yao is the regional manager at Broad USA Inc. Since 2002, she has been working in Broad Group’s various offices, including Tianjin, Beijing and California. Her rich experience and professional background has led her to build cooperation with global companies and well known clients, including Qualcomm, Princeton University, City of Hope and UCSD. Yao and her highly trained team have been recognized three times as the “Sales Champion Team.” Broad Group is an organization based on the vision of unique technologies and the tenet of preserving life. All of the company’s products and services are essentially optimizing human life and the environment. Broad supplies non-electric central air conditioning that is powered by natural gas and waste heat together with a packaged water distribution system, which is twice as energy efficient as traditional central air conditioning. Broad Air Quality Co. Ltd. supplies heat recovery fresh air machines that can filter 99%PM2.5, mobile air quality monitors. Broad Sustainable Building Co. Ltd. provides factory-made sustainable buildings featuring 90% pre-fabrication that are five times more energy efficient, 99%PM2.5 filtration and can withstand a 9-magnitude earthquake.

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David L York

Market Recruiting Leader - SoCal/Phoenix/Las Vegas, PwC

David York currently serves as the Recruiting Leader for the Southern California-Phoenix Market of PwC. He oversees both campus and experienced recruiting for Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Prior to PwC, he was Director of Talent Acquisition for a privately held dental company with 250 offices in the western half of the United State and was the Pacific Area Leader for experienced hire recruiting at KPMG. York began his career in external audit at Coopers & Lybrand. He is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Business Economics and has a Masters in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.

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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 developed the City Human Capital Index and the Los Angeles City Employment Estimate and has been cited in the local, national and overseas media frequently including Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Time, Bloomberg, CBS Money Watch, Al Jazeera, U-T San Diego, LA Daily News, LA Daily Breeze, Straits Times, NBC, ABC, CNBC, CNN, and NPR, as well as various 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 forecasting methods, managerial economics, international economics, intermediate macroeconomics, introductory macroeconomics, money and banking, and Asian economies.

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Jinshu ‘John’ Zhang

Partner, Dentons

John Zhang is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Dentons, which is now the largest law firm in the world. 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, including investment banking, private equity, renewable energy, electronics, video games, furniture, automotive parts, information technology and entertainment.

In addition to his regular corporate practice, Zhang has successfully served as the lead counsel in a number of high-profile, high-stakes international litigation matters. A graduate of China's most prestigious school, he is among the best known Chinese-speaking lawyers in the United States. Zhang's current focus is on Chinese outbound investments. He represented China Investment Corporation (CIC), the US$500 billion Chinese sovereign wealth fund, in a $1.2 billion investment in a publicly traded Hong Kong company. He regularly counsels foreign investors on dealing with US regulatory agencies, including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

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2015 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference