Benjamin is a Director and General Manager of Control Risks’ East China business. In this role, he is responsible for leading market development and client relationships in East China, developing new business with domestic and multinational companies, and advising companies on areas of business risk that may impact their operations.
Benjamin Chang has over 15 years of consulting experience focusing on Strategy Advisory and Risk Management; Benjamin’s major focus sectors include Auto, Healthcare, TMT, consumer goods and industrial in the greater China region. Prior to consulting, Benjamin also had many years of finance industry experience in investment (Private Equity and Venture Capital) and financial services among other regions, including Japan, Korea, India and Malaysia.
Benjamin acquired his MBA from USC Marshall School of Business (IBEAR program) and Bachelor of Business Administration (Major in Finance) from National Taiwan University. Benjamin is fluent in both Chinese and English and gets some familiarity in Japanese.
Founding Partner and Chairman
ABC Capital Management Co. & Asia Business Corporation Group
Dr. Chen Qiwei is the Founding Partner and Chairman of ABC Capital and Chairman of ABC Corporation. Dr. Chen is also Chairman of the Private Equity Association of Shanghai. In addition he a professor at the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Dr. Chen serves on the governing boards of a number of professional associations: Deputy Chairman of Shanghai Entrepreneur Association, Council Member of China Entrepreneurs Forum, Member of Shanghai Stock Exchange Corporate Governance Advisory Committee. He is a financial advisor to several provincial governments in China.
As an expert in international finance and investment banking, Dr. Chen has extensive contact with hundreds of notable domestic and international entrepreneurs and key commercial figures. Led by Dr. Chen, ABC Corporation is a highly regarded professional group of management consultants and capital market experts.
Vice President, Talent & Learning Capability, Human Resources
As the Vice President of Human Resources at Walmart China, Patricia Chew has led teams to analyze, design, and implement Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and Learning & Development frameworks, processes, and systems in alignment with Walmart China’s business strategies. She successfully designed and facilitated Talent Assessment (the first in Walmart China) in May 2015, and is currently working on designing a Walmart China University.
Prior to her time at Walmart China, Patricia Chew served as the Director of Human Resources, North Asia for ONYX Hospitality Group in Hong Kong and the Regional Learning Advisor for Shell Oil Company in Singapore. Ms. Chew received her Executive MBA from the University of Hull in 2015 and her diploma in Human Resources Development from the Singapore Institute of Management in 2001.
International Business Education and Research MBA Program, USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA
Richard Drobnick is the director of the IBEAR MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business. He was the founding director of the School’s Center for International Business (1990-2014), which was supported by the U.S. Department of Education since 1990, as one of its 33 national resource centers on international business. Dr. Drobnick served as USC’s inaugural Vice Provost for International Affairs (1994-2005). He was the inaugural Secretary General (1997-2002) and a member of the Steering Committee (1997-2010) of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), an association of presidents of 45 leading Pacific Rim research universities (www.apru.org). He launched and led APRU’s Pacific Rim research programs on “Sustainability and Climate Change” and “Public Health”(2006-2010).
Dr. Drobnick specializes in Pacific Rim economic and business issues and U.S. and Pacific Rim trade policies. He is the author of numerous articles regarding international economics and business, as well as the co-author of Neither Feast nor Famine: Food Conditions to the Year 2000 and co-editor of Small Firms in Global Competition. He is a member of the U.S.-Asia Pacific Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society of Southern California’s Executive Committee, and is a director of the Japan-America Society-Southern California. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia (1967-1969), Drobnick served as an economic advisor to the Malaysian Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Association Movement.
USC US-China Institute
Los Angeles, CA
Clayton Dube has headed the USC U.S.-China Institute (china.usc.edu) since it was established in 2006. The institute focuses on the multidimensional and evolving U.S.-China relationship. Dube was trained as an economic historian, has lived in China for five years (1982-85 and 1991-1992) and visited dozens of times for research, to lead delegations, or to lecture or participate in conferences. Dube has long been committed to informing public discussion about China and about the U.S.-China relationship. He was associate editor of the academic journal Modern China and oversaw the web publication AsiaMedia. He currently directs Asia Pacific Arts, and US-China Today. He’s produced and consulted on several documentaries, including the institute’s Assignment:China series on American media coverage of China. He writes the institute’s Talking Points column and he’s frequently cited in the U.S. and Chinese press. Since 2012, he’s co-moderated Chinapol, a private discussion list for academics, journalists, policy analysts, and government officials. Follow him on Twitter @claydube.
Chairman and CEO
Fan Bao is Chairman and CEO of China Renaissance Group, China’s leading financial institution serving the new economy. Fan began his investment banking career at the dawn of the internet era in the late 1990s. Inspired by his clients’ entrepreneurial zeal, he joined AsiaInfo, China’s largest IT and software services provider, as Chief Strategy Officer in 2000. He then founded China Renaissance in 2005 to connect China’s capital markets with the rest of the world, serving new economy entrepreneurs and investors on a global scale. In 2015, Fan was recognized as one of the world’s “50 Most Influential” by Bloomberg Markets. Fan serves as a trustee of the Green & Shine Foundation, a charity foundation that works to improve the conditions of rural education in China.
Managing Director, China, RPO and Professional Search
Ker Gibbs is head of Korn Ferry’s RPO and Professional Search business in China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan. Korn Ferry has over 200 people in China across the Solutions (RPO) business and Professional Search.
Mr. Gibbs has lived and worked in Asia for more than 20 years in a variety of roles. He came to talent acquisition and consulting after a successful career as an investment banker. At HSBC he was the head of the technology and media practice for greater China, responsible for clients like Alibaba, Baidu, and Huawei. He has advised clients on cross border deals and mergers involving public, private, and state owned enterprises. Before banking Mr. Gibbs held corporate development and senior executive roles for Disney (Go Network/Infoseek), Apple, and other Silicon Valley firms.
Mr. Gibbs served for four years on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and was elected by the membership as chairman for 2016 and 2017. He speaks and writes frequently on topics relating to U.S. – China business relations and consults with officials from both governments. In addition to the AmCham board, Mr. Gibbs serves on the China Council of the United Way and volunteers with a local homeless shelter, the Renewal Center. Mr. Gibbs first came to China as a student in 1985 and is a mandarin speaker. His first professional work in China was with the Boston Consulting Group in 1991. He holds a MBA from UC Berkeley and a degree in Economics from UCLA.
Co-founder and President
Mr. Bin Lin co-founded Xiaomi Inc. in 2010 and serves as its President. He is a Co-Founder of Xiaomi Corporation and serves as its an Executive Director and President.
In 1995, Mr. Lin joined Microsoft, where he served as Lead Project Engineer, Senior Develop Manager of MSRA, and Engineering Director of MSRA. Mr. Lin also contributed to the R&D of Microsoft products, including Windows Vista and IE 8. In 2006, he joined Alphabet Inc. as the Vice President of the Google China Institute of Engineering. He served as Engineering Director of Alphabet Inc. from 2006 to 2010. He was in charge of building and managing Google China’s Mobile Search and the Android App Localization teams.
Mr. Lin graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in 1990, where he obtained an electronic engineering degree. He received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science at Drexel University in 1992. Lin currently is a member of the board of advisors at the Tufts University School of Engineering.
Vice Chairman, Public Affairs, Asia Pacific
As Vice Chairman, Public Affairs, Asia Pacific of Edelman, a leading global communications marketing firm, Ian McCabe leads and strengthens Edelman’s public affairs and advisory offerings across the region. He has nearly 40 years of experience in public affairs, crisis and risk management. McCabe joins Edelman from Burson-Marsteller, where he was most recently Vice Chairman, Public Affairs and Government Communications of APAC. He previously served as Managing Director of the Asia-Pacific Public Affairs Practice, Market Leader of Burson-Marsteller Hong Kong, and Managing Director of the firm’s U.S.-centered international public affairs programs in New York.
APCO Worldwide’s Greater China Region
James McGregor is chairman of APCO Worldwide’s greater China region and author of two highly regarded books: No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism, published in October 2012, and One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China, published in 2005. He was a veteran reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and prior to joining APCO, he was founder and CEO of a China-focused consulting and research firm for hedge funds. He also held previous roles as a senior adviser for Ogilvy Public Relations China and the China managing partner for GIV Venture Partners, a venture capital fund that focused on technology and Internet investments in China and India.
Mr. McGregor was a reporter in the Washington bureau of Knight-Ridder newspapers during the Reagan administration. After serving as the Taiwan bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal from 1987 to 1990 and China bureau chief from 1990 to 1994, he spent seven years building Dow Jones’ media business in China as CEO of Dow Jones’ China. During this time, he established CNBC in China and created the Chinese language website of wsj.com, Dow Jones’ Chinese-language newswires, Chinese stock-market indexes and the first weekly business-television show in China. He was also a Series A investor in Sohu.com and served on the Sohu board for several years. After successfully preventing Xinhua News Agency from obtaining a monopoly on financial information in China, he received the Barney Kilgore award, Dow Jones’ highest employee accolade.
Mr. McGregor is a professional speaker, regular television and radio commentator and a contributor of essays and opinion articles for a variety of publications. He has lived in China for more than two decades and can speak and read Chinese. He was an active member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham) for nearly a decade and served as chairman in 1996. He also previously served as chairman of the U.S. Government Relations Committee for AmCham, and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council, a Global Council member of the Asia Society, a board member of the U.S.-China Education Trust and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Manoj Mehta is the CEO of naked Group, a resorts, yachting and co-working space company. Mehta first moved to China in 2005 when the company he was working for, Goodyear, moved its Asia headquarters from Akron, Ohio to Shanghai. He helped Goodyear establish a global sourcing business in China, building the branch up from scratch, hiring new people, and putting best practices in place. After nine years at Goodyear, where he moved upwards across ten different roles, he left the company to become CEO of naked Group.
Managing Director Far East
DACHSER Far East Ltd.
Edoardo Podestá, born 1962 in Italy, has been Managing Director Air & Sea Logistics Asia Pacific since 2014. He is in charge of 12 business areas of DACHSER’s Asia Pacific Business Unit. Prior to this, Podestá was Managing Director at Züst Ambrosetti Far East Ltd., a joint venture with DACHSER. In 2003, when DACHSER took full control of the company and renamed it DACHSER Far East Ltd., Podestá ensured a smooth transition. He has steered the growth of the Far East entity before extending his scope of responsibility to the Asia Pacific region. Podestá has held a variety of positions in the logistics industry in Asia for more than 25 years. Edoardo Podestá began his career in the logistics field in Spain and the UK.
Vice President, Commercial Finance
Qiao JiaZeng is the VP Commercial Finance at Walmart China. She brings 14 years of consulting experience, including six years at a professional management consulting firm and five years in in-house consulting. She has led large-scale APAC Enterprise Transformation projects that include design and deployment of new operating models for enterprise functions, including streamlining of processes, systems
implementation, organization design and change management. She has a deep expertise in the design and implementation of global business services / shared services centres / business process outsourcing, Financial Planning and Analytics activities as well as non-Finance functions (e.g. HR, Procurement, IT, Sales Admin, Digital content production.)
Prior to Walmart China, Qiao JiaZeng served as the Managing Director at Accenture in Singapore, the Branch Head of the Ministry of Defence of Singapore, and the Head of Sourcing & Partnerships at the Ministry of Finance in Singapore. She graduated from Stanford in 2002 with a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering.
McKinsey Global Institute Director and Senior Partner, Shanghai
McKinsey & Company
Based in China since 1985, Dr. Jonathan Woetzel has been instrumental in building McKinsey & Company’s China office. In addition to his work helping Asian businesses prepare for global growth, Jonathan is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. He also leads McKinsey’s Cities Special Initiative and is responsible for convening McKinsey’s work with city, regional, and national authorities in more than 40 geographies around the world. He is a co-chair of the non-profit think tank, the Urban China Initiative,a joint venture that aims to develop and implement solutions to China’s urbanization challenges.
Jonathan’s public sector work is extensive. He has advised national governments in Asia on improving the environment for foreign investors, national energy policy, and economic development strategies. He also leads work with local government authorities, having conducted more than 60 projects throughout China to support local economic development and transformation. Jonathan works in the private sector as well, most often on topics related to corporate strategy, operations, and organization. He has served clients in industries such as energy, metals and mining, health care, telecommunications, and transportation. He supported the largest company in China in a fundamental restructuring that led to the then-largest foreign listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
Jonathan actively participates in a number of international forums and lectures at the Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School, and is also an honorary lecturer at Jiaotong University’s Antai Business School. Published widely in both Chinese and international publications, Jonathan has written five books on China, including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2003) and Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2007).
Senior Vice President, Research and Development
Paul Wu is the Senior Vice President of Research and Development of UBTech Robotics. He has extensive experience in product and business development, as well as a deep understanding of China’s business environment and practices.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Wu was Vice President, Greater China of Cisco in Shanghai (2014-2017) and General Manger of EC Wise, an e-commerce startup, in Chengdu, China (2011-2015.) Mr. Wu started his career at Microsoft in 1991 where he worked for 19 years, first as a Software Engineer, then as a Senior Program Manager, and finally as the Director of Microsoft Asia Center for Hardware (MACH.) As the Director of MACH, he founded the center in Shenzhen, China, where he setup hardware and software cross functional development and manufacture management group.
USC Alumni Club of South China
Mr. Yang is currently the General Manager at Hexlena, a full service strategy consultancy firm, and serving as President of the USC Alumni Club of South China. Prior to his current position, Mr. Yang worked for Merrill Lynch, Prudential Financial, Goldman Sachs in the United States. In China, Mr. Yang lead Coby Electronics Corp.’s investment, financial and IP/legal works; represented TCL in number of cross-boarder M&A transactions, joint venture companies, IP matters and Hollywood ent. related investment projects.
With strong experience in the capital market, muti-national corporation, Mr. Yang is specialized in cross boarder transactions, M&A, Intellectual Properties, and corporate strategies.
Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Zhang Ping has been serving as the Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles since November 2017. He has extensive experience representing the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the United States. From 1992-1996, he served as Vice Consul and Consul at the Consulate General of the PRC in New York, and from 2006-2011, he served as Counselor and Minister-Counselor at the Embassy of the PRC in the United States of America. He has also represented China in other countries, like Vietnam and Australia. Most recently, before his current position. He served as Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, from 2011-2015, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the PRC to the Republic of Fiji, from 2015-2017.
Marketing and Communications Director
As the Marketing and Communications Director, Shaojun Zhu is responsible for GE Aviation China’s business growth strategy, leading GPB and go-to-market strategy. He leads integrated communication teams to drive regional communication strategy and execution on internal and external communications, including marketing and trade show events. Prior to his current position, Zhu also served at GE Aviation as BGA & Integrated Aircraft Systems Business Director, Greater China; Commercial Aircraft Program Marketing Director, Greater China; Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (Customer and Product Support); GE Aviation Operations Center Senior Program Manager; and Aircraft Engine Field Service Engineer and Program Manager.
Zhu graduated from Northwestern Polytechnic University (CN) with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. He then went on to work as an Aeroelestic Design Engineer at the Xi’an Aircraft Design institute and as an Aircraft Line maintenance team leader at the Aviation Service Company of Xi’an Xianyang airport co. before joining GE Aviation.