The 2009 Conference Keynote Speakers

Sara Yang Bosco President
Emerson Electric Asia-Pacific

Michael Barbalas President
American Chamber of Commerce - China 

Sara Yang Bosco
Emerson Electric Asia-Pacific

Sara Yang Bosco is president of Emerson Electric Asia-Pacific. Yang Bosco reports to Edward L. Monser, chief operating officer of Emerson, and is responsible for Emerson’s corporate activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Yang Bosco joined Emerson as general counsel, Asia-Pacific in 2005, where she was responsible for overseeing the company’s legal affairs in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as providing legal counsel to divisions on corporate and commercial matters.

Prior to joining Emerson, Yang Bosco had a long history of supporting Emerson as external legal counsel, in her capacity as a partner with the Hong Kong offices of Baker & McKenzie and Perkins Coie respectively. Admitted to practice law in New York, Yang Bosco has practiced law in New York and Taipei.

Named as one of Asia’s leading business lawyers practicing in China and in M&A in AsiaLaw’s leading lawyers surveys since 2001 for four consecutive years, Yang Bosco brings over 20 years of legal experience, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, cross-border investment, and joint ventures, particularly with respect to the PRC. A mid-westerner of Chinese descent, Yang Bosco is fluent in English, speaks and writes Mandarin Chinese.

Yang Bosco holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Notre Dame and a juris doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Based in Hong Kong, Yang Bosco is married with two children.

Michael Barbalas
American Chamber of Commerce - China 
Michael Barbalas is the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China with over 1,200 member companies and 2,700 individual members. He previously served on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and was Vice Chairman in 2005.

Prior to joining AmCham, he was Managing Director, Andrew Telecommunications (China) Co. Ltd., from 1997 to 2006. Under his leadership the company grew to be the largest and a leading manufacturing and R&D site for Andrew Corporation globally. He previously worked in management positions in Tianjin, China for Management Technologies International, and in Hong Kong for Friends of China Foundation. He holds a B.S degree in Chemistry from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University. Michael reads and speaks Chinese.

Michael is a frequent speaker on operational excellence, leadership development and foreign investment in China. He has been interviewed on programs by China’s Central TV. He currently also serves on the board of Soochow University. From 2001 – 2003 he chaired the Shanghai Manufacturers Business Council with executives of over 140 US manufacturers. He has a keen interest in cross-cultural aspects of management and leadership development.

Thank you to our 2008 Conference Keynote Speakers:
Mr. Michael L. Ducker
President, International, FedEx Express

Mr. Huagang Zhang
President, Gemdale Corporation