2018 Speakers

2018 Speakers

Richard Drobnick

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.

Clayton Dube

Executive Director,
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.

Grant Horsfield

naked Group
Shanghai, China

Grant Horsfield is the founder of Shanghai-based resort and co-working space operator naked Group. This South Africa-born entrepreneur moved to China in 2005 and founded naked Group in 2007, after an awe-inspiring trip to the secluded bamboo forests of Moganshan. His belief in the potential of nature-inspired getaways let him to found the company and, together with his architect wife, Delphine Yip, begin creating a boutique hotel in Moganshan that the couple called “naked Home”. Since then, naked Group has expanded to include multiple resorts in Suzhou, Shaoxing, Chengdu, and Chongqing. It has also hosted over 1 million guests from China and around the world. In 2015, Horsfield opened naked Hub in Shanghai, which offers shared office spaces with cool and lively ambiances. Going forward, he plans plans to grow naked Hub across Asia, while finding innovative ways of making the co-working spaces promote physical and mental well-being.

Ian McCabe

Vice Chairman, Public Affairs, Asia Pacific
Hong Kong

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.

James McGregor

APCO Worldwide’s Greater China Region
Shanghai, China

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.

Edoardo Podestá

Managing Director Far East
DACHSER Far East Ltd.
Hong Kong

Edoardo Podestá established DACHSER’s Regional Head Office in Hong Kong where he is Managing Director Far East. He is responsible for the Hong Kong set up, which was the first milestone of DACHSER in the Far East region. He is also responsible for setting up an office in Taiwan since 2004, two Wholly-Owned Foreign Enterprise (WOFE) – one set up in Shanghai in 2006 and the other established in Shenzhen in 2007- as well as the newly opened organization in Vietnam (2012).

Born in Chiavari, Italy, in 1962, Podestá started his career in the logistics field in Valencia, Spain, joining Contship Container Lines, a company he worked for from 1987 to 1995. During that period, Podestá held a variety of positions in Europe, as well as in Asia – in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong – gaining a great deal of insight into the business practices in Asia. In 1994, he held the position of an owner’s representative at Contship Container Lines in Hong Kong, until he joined Zust Ambrosetti and moved to Malaysia. Podestá was Managing Director of Zust Ambrosetti Far East Ltd. until June 2003, when Dachser took full control of Zust Ambrosetti Far East Ltd. and renamed to DACHSER Far East Ltd. Podestá remained in charge of the company, ensuring a smooth transition.

Zhang Ping

Consul General
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.