APCO Worldwide is an independent global public affairs and strategic communications consultancy. For over 30 years and with more than 650 employees representing more than 40 nationalities, it has used its campaign instincts to help the most innovative organizations create game-changing possibilities and solve complex problems. Its mission is to enable clients to achieve their objectives through insightful counsel, authentic advocacy and creative communications. With more than 35 worldwide locations, it is also the second largest independently owned PR firm in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., APCO was founded in 1984 by Margery Kraus, who is now the firm’s Executive Chairman.
Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI)
BGI is a genome sequencing center headquartered in Shenzhen, China. It provides a wide variety of next generation sequencing (NGS) services, including: WGS, exome sequencing, transcriptome sequencing, RNA quantification. Its mission is to provide researchers and healthcare professionals with quality genomic data at rapid turnaround times with industry leading pricing. It started in 1999 as a non-governmental independent research institute intended to represent China in the Human Genome Project. It currently receives funds from private investors and the Chinese government. It is the first citizen-managed, non profit research institution in China. It provides commercial science, health, agricultural, and informatics services to global pharmaceutical companies. BGI currently operates in more than 100 countries and regions and works with more than 3000 medical institutions and more than 300 hospitals.
DASCHER Far East Ltd.
DACHSER Far East Ltd. is a global leader in the logistics industry. Its services include transportation by air, sea, and on the road; warehousing; information management; value added; and contract logistics. Dachser Far East Ltd. was founded in 1976 and is based in North Point, Hong Kong. The company has additional offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Dalian, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Tianjin, Xiamen, and Zhongshan, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and Hong Kong. In Asia Pacific, 1,672 employees are involved at any given time in connecting the flow of commodities, information, and transport companies with each other. 49 branches ensure the intelligent combination of logistics network competences and the achievement of the best possible process.
Dà-Jiāng Innovations (DJI)
DJI is a Chinese technology company that is leading the market in manufacturing easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems. Headquartered in Shenzhen, DJI benefits from direct access to the suppliers, raw materials, and talent pool necessary for sustained success. Starting from a single small office in 2006, it has expanded with offices now in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. As a privately owned and operated company, DJI focuses on its own vision, supporting creative, commercial, and nonprofit applications of our technology. Professionals in filmmaking, agriculture, search and rescue, and more trust DJI to bring new perspectives to their work and help them accomplish feats safer, faster, and with greater efficiency than ever before.
Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Daniel J. Edelman founded the company in 1952 as a small public relations agency in Chicago. Edelman introduced the concept of telling stories through the media to sell products and build corporate brands, helping them capture a market niche. With its grounding in consumer marketing, the firm then diversified into health, public affairs, technology and crisis management. As the client list grew, Edelman opened offices in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, Canada, Europe & CIS, Latin America and across the United States. Today, its work encompasses communications marketing, data-and-insight-driven approaches to integrated campaigns; advisory services; and digital strategies and solutions.
In 2015, naked Group, a leading hospitality, design, technology, and lifestyle brand in China, launched naked Hub. nakedHub is a new concept of working composed of innovative, beautiful co-working spaces and a vibrant online community. It is a unique platform for startups, SMEs and MNCs to develop synergies and grow their businesses. naked Hub provides an on/off line platform that enables businesses and people to unlock their full potential. Currently, it provides 10,000 members across 24 locations with the community and services they need to make a life, not just a living.
Walmart Stores, Inc. was founded by American retail legend Mr. Sam Walton in Arkansas in 1962. Over the past 50 years, the company has become the world’s largest private employer and retailer. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit its nearly 11,500 stores in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. Walmart continues to be a retail leader through innovative thinking, leadership through service, and above all, a commitment to saving people money so they can live better.
In 1996, Walmart entered the Chinese market and opened its first hypermarket and Sam’s Club in Shenzhen. By now, Walmart has been operating in China for 20 years with about 100,000 associates. Up to 31 Dec, 2016, Walmart has been operating 439 retail units covering 189 cities nationwide; as well as 8 distribution centers and 11 fresh products distribution centers. Walmart China partners with more than seven thousands of of suppliers in China to locally source 95% of its merchandise. All China stores are managed by local Chinese. Walmart hopes to become an integral part of China’s economic development, creating jobs and economic stimulus and working hard to build on a position as a trusted corporate citizen in China.
USC US-China Institute
The USC U.S.-China Institute informs public discussion of the evolving and multidimensional U.S.-China relationship through policy-relevant research, graduate and undergraduate training, and professional development programs for teachers, journalists, and officials. It produces compelling public events, widely-viewed documentary films, and the popular magazines US-China Today and Asia Pacific Arts. USCI was established in 2006 by USC President C.L. “Max” Nikias (then provost). In fall 2011, USCI became part of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, whose world-class programs include those on public diplomacy, new Chinese media, and economics reporting.