February 27, 2012

UCLA Anderson to Host Woo Greater China Business Conference

Program will explore global impact of China’s economy

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Anderson School of Management will host its sixth annual Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference, titled "The Global Impact of the Transforming Economy in China," on Friday, March 2, 2012. The event will bring together a prominent group of noted academics, business professionals and thought leaders to talk about China's macro-economy and investment opportunities, and discuss healthcare, mobile innovation and entrepreneurship, and the changing role of China's manufacturing industry.

"China has made great strides in its foreign trade and economic growth during the past decade," said Michael Woo, Los Angeles' first Chinese-American city councilman and son of conference founder Wilbur K. Woo. "The Woo Conference serves as a platform to better understand the role and impact of China's growing influence in the world stage and explore future opportunities for collaboration between the United State and China."

Keynote speakers Donald Straszheim and Mark Karlan will open the conference with an overview of China's economy that will include a look at real estate investment in the region. Straszheim is the senior managing director and head of China research at International Strategy and Investment Group, Inc. He is a former global chief economist with Merrill Lynch and served as president of the Milken Institute, a not- for-profit think tank. Straszheim also is a regular writer and commentator on China. Karlan is former president of CBRE Global Investors and member of the firm's global executive committee, and also president and founder of the firm's Strategic Partners Asia II fund, a top-performing value-added real estate fund. With more than 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate investment management business, Karlan is a member of the California State Bar, is a California licensed real estate broker and featured speaker at institutional and private equity conferences.

The conference will feature four panel discussions with speakers who will share their thoughts and insights on cross-border investing, the collaboration and competition for healthcare between the U.S. and China, the increasing interest in entrepreneurship and mobile innovation, and also discuss whether China's manufacturing industry is losing its advantage. Panelists will examine China's relevance and impact in each of these sectors.

Featured panelists include:

FINANCE: United States - China Cross-Border Investment and RMB Internationalization
Jack Chen | Chairman & CEO, Transworld Capital Group
Alan Chu | Partner & Leader, China Business Network, PwC
James Zukin | Senior Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey
Moderator: Liu Yang | Assistant Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson School of Management

HEALTH CARE: Collaboration and Competition between the United States and China
Hui Cai | Vice President, Corporate Alliances, WuXi AppTec
Yong Hei | Executive Medical Director, Amgen (China)
Joe McCracken | Global Head of Business Development & Licensing, Roche Pharma Partnering
Joyce Peng | Marketing Director, BGI Americas Corp.
Moderator: Roy Doumani | Professor, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine

HIGH-TECH: Mobile Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China
James H. Boettcher | General Partner, Focus Ventures
David Cao | Founder & President, Great Wall Club U.S.
Craig Ehrlich | Chairman, Novare Technologies, Ltd.
Moderator: Jeff Scheinrock | President & CFO, Originate.com

MANUFACTURING: Is China's Manufacturing Industry Losing Its Advantage?
Stanley Chao '92 | Managing Director, ALL IN Consulting
Everette Phillips '90 | President & CEO, China Manufacturing Network
Farhad Rostamian '99 | Partner, TMT Strategic Advisors
Moderator: Greg Anderson | Principal, Pacific Rim Advisors

"Our goal at the Woo conference is to stimulate discussions that anticipate key drivers that will influence US-Sino trade, environmental, and technology relationships," said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson.

Born in China in 1916, Wilbur K. Woo received his bachelor's degree in business administration from UCLA. He endowed the Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference at UCLA Anderson with the goal of promoting understanding of the economic ties between the Greater China region and United States. He established the Conference to show his gratitude for the training he received at his alma mater many years ago.

The 2012 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference is sponsored by Cathay Bank and East West Bank. This year's conference is organized by the Center for Global Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management in association with the Greater China Business Association and the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. For more information or to view the full schedule for this year's conference, please visit: http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/wooconference.

About the Center for Global Management at UCLA Anderson
The Center for Global Management (CGM) is a new center at UCLA Anderson designed to prepare global leaders for rapidly changing markets and organizations. CGM is the focal point for advancing the school's global agenda, and will serve as the coordinating mechanism for all of the school's global activities. Building upon and integrating the programs and activities established by UCLA CIBER (Center for International Business Education & Research), a federally funded program, CGM will serve to promote and impart a global management mindset in students, faculty, alumni and the broader community through research, teaching, and community engagement in issues that are central to the global agenda for management. The Center will foster learning, thought leadership and connections and will enhance the visibility and impact of UCLA Anderson's global footprint.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides a distinctive approach to management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in its MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs. Combining selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 37,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders. Follow UCLA Anderson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UCLAAnderson, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/uclaanderson

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