Speakers

Weiping Zhao

Chinese Consul General to Chicago

Opening Address

Born in Zhejiang Province, China, Mr. Zhao graduated from China Foreign Affairs University. From 1991 to 1994, he served as the Attache, Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. From 1994 to 1997 Mr. Zhao served as the Attache, Third Secretary, in the Chinese Embassy in Australia. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Zhao was the Third Secretary, Deputy Director, then Director of the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 2002 to 2003 Mr. Zhao was the Counsellor, Head of Political office at the Chinese Embassy in Canada. Following that, from 2003 to 2006 he was the Counsellor, Head of Congressional Affairs in the Chinese Embassy in the United States of America. From 2006 to 2010 he was the Counsellor, then Deputy Director-General, Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Zhao was the Chinese Ambassador to the Independent State of Samoa. In 2013 he was named the Chinese Consul General to Chicago.

Dr. Christian Murck

Former President, American Chamber of Commerce in China

Opening Keynote

Mr. Christian Murck is a member of the International Advisory Council of APCO Worldwide. He is based in New York, NY having returned in August 2013 after twenty-two years in Asia. He is also a trustee of the Yale-China Association, and a member of the Investment Committee of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, whose full board he will join in June 2014.

Chris served 2003-2008 on the Board of Directors of Bank of Shanghai. In 2008 he resigned to become independent director of J.P. Morgan Chase (China) Co. Ltd. He chaired the Audit and Related Party Transaction Control Committees. In 2014 he resigned in order to return to the U.S.

From 2010 to 2013, Chris was President, American Chamber of Commerce in China, leading a staff of approximately fifty people in a chamber known for its policy and advocacy work and for innovative public-private partnerships in aviation, clean energy, healthcare, agriculture and food, work safety, and export compliance. From 2001 to March 2010, Chris served variously as Vice Chairman-Asia, Chief Executive Officer-Asia and Managing Director-China of APCO Worldwide. In that capacity, he advised clients on government relations, public affairs and corporate communication in China and the broader Asia Pacific region.

Chris received a PhD in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 1978. His undergraduate education was at Yale University.

Qingtong Zhou

Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Lenovo

Ending Keynote

Qingtong Zhou is chief strategy officer, and vice president, of Lenovo, the world's largest PC company with revenues of $34 billion last year. In his current role, he leads the development and implementation of global corporate strategy. In addition, he drives post-merger management activities across the world.

Prior to his current role, Qingtong served as vice president and CFO of Lenovo's Asia Pacific and Latin America geography. He was responsible for driving strategic financial planning and investment decisions, and led a cross-cultural team of more than 160 finance professionals to support seven regions with annual revenue of US$ 8 billion.

Prior to that, Qingtong served three years as CFO of Lenovo Emerging Markets, two years as CFO of Lenovo Greater China & Russia, and one year as CFO of Lenovo Greater China. In each role, Qingtong drove each region under Emerging Markets to grow above market while improving the bottom line. Qingtong played a key role in post-merger integration of the finance functions as well as in the deal negotiation.

Qingtong joined Lenovo in 2001 after working in Bain & company and two other IT companies.

Qingtong holds a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, a Master of Management Engineering from Tsinghua University's School of Economics & Management, and a Bachelor of Engineering from Tsinghua University.