Listed by Panels, in Alphabetical Order by Last Name
Paul Christensen is Associate Dean and Executive Director, Global Programs and Clinical Associate Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches courses on microfinance and international business. In addition, he helps direct the school's International Business and Markets Program. Prior to Kellogg, Mr. Christensen served as the founder and President of ShoreCap International Ltd., a $28 million private equity company sponsored by ShoreBank Corporation which invests in financial institutions in developing countries throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Paul served as President and CEO of ShoreBank Enterprise Group, a $12 million-asset small business development organization in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to joining ShoreBank, Mr. Christensen was an Engagement Manager for the consulting firm, McKinsey and Company. Mr. Christensen received an MBA with distinction from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts, economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College.
PANEL 1: Marketing Strategies to One Billion Chinese Consumers
Leon Bian is Director of Global Enterprise Mobile Solutions at LG Electronics, where he develops and executes multi-generational mobile strategy for large enterprises and small and medium businesses; and manages direct and indirect channels worldwide.
He has over 12 years of global high-tech experiences in product marketing and management, business development, and strategic planning. Prior to LG Leon was a senior product line manager at Motorola, focused on developing a next-generation mobile content and services software platform. He also held engineering management positions at EMC Corporation. Leon earned his joint Master's Degree in Management and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied Chinese high-tech product firms. He also completed coursework in strategy and general management at Harvard Business School.
Ann Liu has worked in a range of consumer industries from import-exort to conducting qualitative market research for leading international companies. Prior to joining China Prep, Ann facilitated focus groups across China to investigate trends in Chinese youth interests and behavior. In addition to her backgroundin marketing ab business, Ann has produced a number of ethnographic films focusing on the challenges and triumphs of modern China. In particular she helped produce a film about hip hop in China and youth culture. Ann is a graduate of Shanghai University with a degree in Business Administration., She is a native of Shanghai, where sh currently resides and directs operations for all China trips.
Anita Tang is Managing Director of Royal Roots Global Inc., a U.S.-China business strategy advisor headquartered in Chicago with a liaison office in Washington D.C. and associates in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
Anita provides business and development strategies for both private and public entities in the U.S. and in China. She started her cross-border business strategy advisory career in 1999 and currently splits her time between the United States and China working with clients and partners mainly on economic development projects. Prior to her consulting career, Anita has 15 years of experience in the financial markets engaging in trading and investment – desk trader in four major European banks in Hong Kong, and floor trader at the Singapore International Monetary Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Anita holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, and a BBA in economics from Loyola University Chicago. She is a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science.
PANEL 2: Chinese Companies' US Market Entry Strategy
Richard Block is Vice President of Marketing for Haier America leading all marketing initiatives as well as company and product promotion through a variety of marketing platforms. He also directs the company's relationship with the National Basketball Association supporting Haier as the Official HDTV of the NBA. Bringing almost 30 years of experience as a marketing veteran, Mr. Block joined Haier America in June of 2006.
Before taking his current position with Haier, Mr. Block was the regional Vice President for Westwood One, one of the largest producers and distributor of audio content in the United States. He spent the bulk of his career building awareness for the consumer electronics retailer Nobody Beats the Wiz through a multitude of initiatives.
Mr. Block received his bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island.
Haier America is headquartered in Manhattan on Broadway and 36th Street in a landmark building formerly occupied by Greenwich Savings Bank. The company employs over 400 people, and operates additional offices in Edison, New Jersey; Bentonville, Arkansas; and Camden, South Carolina.
Warren L. Clark has 18 years of accounting and auditing experience, including 12 years based in China. He is responsible for Deloitte's Chinese Services Group in the greater Philadelphia region. In this role, he assists US companies investing and operating in China and Chinese companies seeking access to US markets.
Warren was previously based in Shanghai where he manager Asia Pacific engagements for some of Deloitte's largest clients, including General Motors, Microsoft, ITT, 3Com, and Schering-Plough. He also speaks regularly on China-related topics and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
John Luther Rogers is a businessman, attorney, strategist and lecturer with over 20 years of international business experience. Rogers practices law and is President of TANA (Transforming Asia – North America), a group which assists companies in cross-border M&A and strategic alliances. As former President of the Midwest US-China Association (MWCA), he led a coalition of 12 states seeking to attract Chinese investment to the US. He has established operations around the world and is the former CFO of a manufacturing company operating in five countries.
Rogers speaks frequently to university and business audiences and is often asked to address international corporate governance and business ethics issues. He is Guest Professor at Beijing Language and Culture University's International Finance College, and Adjunct at IIT Chicago Kent Law School where he has taught US corporate law to Chinese lawyers.
Rogers earned degrees from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (MBA), The John Marshall Law School (JD), and the University of Illinois (BA/Economics). Among civic activities, Rogers is a director and member of numerous organizations that further international cooperation, and he is a proud GlobalScot.
Kevin Wei Wang is a partner with McKinsey & Company, based in Shanghai. Kevin is a co-leader of McKinsey's Globalization Service Line focusing on Greater China. Kevin has been serving leading Chinese and multinational clients in telecom, high tech and industrial sectors. His functional areas of expertise include Global Operating Model, Post Merger Integration, Technology enabled business transformation.
Before joining McKinsey, Kevin worked many years in the financial-services and information-technology sectors. Kevin has an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, France. He also holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
PANEL 3: Investment Opportunities and Trends in Greater China
Min Guo is a Vice President at The Hina Group, an investment banking and private equity firm specialized in cross-border opportunities between China and the other countries. Prior to joining Hina, Min was the Chief Investment Officer of State Grid International Development, focusing on the Chinese SOE's overseas investment and M&A efforts. Min also worked at Goldman Sachs Gao Hua advising multiple China-based business entities on a variety of public capital raising projects, including listings on major exchanges in both Hong Kong and the U.S.
Before starting her investment banking career, Min received an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 2001. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Peking University.
Woon-Wah Siu is Managing Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Shanghai. Woon-Wah concentrates her practice in securities and general corporate law, with an emphasis on China-oriented capital markets transactions, including securities offerings and reverse mergers. She represents Chinese companies in all varieties of securities offerings, ranging from IPOs to fully-marketed and confidentially-marketed follow-on underwritten offerings, registered direct offerings, PIPEs, offerings of depositary receipts, offerings of convertible and other equity-linked securities. She also regularly counsels these issuers on corporate governance matters, securities law and SRO compliance. She also represents underwriters, placement agents and investors in China-oriented capital markets transactions. In addition, she advises U.S. and international investors in China-related M&A transactions and other FDI-related matters and has substantial experience in organizing start-up ventures and hedge funds.
Elysia Tse is currently a Vice President of the real estate equity group at BlackRock Inc. She is part of the team in developing global investment strategy and conducting global real estate market and risk analyses. She specializes in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific investment strategies. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2006, Elysia was a Vice President of the global investment research and strategy group in Citigroup Property Investors. Prior to Citigroup, she held a Vice President position at LaSalle Investment Management. She began her career in Hong Kong as a financial analyst in 1998.
Elysia was a recipient of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network's 20 Under 40 Award in 2010. She was also named one of the 10 Stars to Watch for 2010 by Commercial Property Executive. Elysia earned a Masters degree in Real Estate from Cornell University in 2001, and a Bachelors degree in Economics from Xiamen University in 1998.
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