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Ronnie C. Chan
Mr. Ronnie C. Chan is the Chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Limited. Both are publicly listed companies in Hong Kong, with the latter being a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index. Founded in 1960, it has been expanding into mainland China since 1992. For the year of 2011, Hang Lung Properties reported a net profit of US$743.27 million. Following successes in Shanghai, since 2005 Hang Lung has been investing US$6.9 billion and building a number of world-class commercial complexes in several major Chinese cities – Tianjin, Shenyang, Jinan, Wuxi and Dalian. The first of these projects, Shenyang Palace 66, was completed and opened in June 2010, which heralds an era where one or more design-award-winning malls will open each year.
Mr. Chan co-founded the Morningside group. In the past two decades, Morningside and its associates owned and managed companies focusing on manufacturing, public transport operations, outdoor advertising, media, healthcare, online game operators, high tech and biotech investments in mainland China, developmental capital investments in Southeast Asia, manufacturing and distribution in Europe, and service industries, biotech and other venture capital investments in North America.
In Hong Kong and the mainland of China, Mr. Chan is Chairman of the Executive Committees of the One Country Two Systems Research Institute and of the Better Hong Kong Foundation, Convenor of the Hong Kong Development Forum, a Vice President of the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, a Governing Board member of the China-United States Exchange Foundation, an Advisor and former Vice President of the China Development Research Foundation of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and a former Trustee of China Foreign Affairs University. He founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund which restores cultural relics in China. He is also a co-founding director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing. He is a former government appointed Non-executive Director of The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, the founding Chairman Emeritus of the Asia Business Council, and a former Chairman of the Hong Kong-United States Business Council.
Internationally, Mr. Chan is a Co-Chair of the Board of the Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, a founding Trustee of the African-Asian Society and a Director of the Board of the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, the Committee of 100, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta. Mr. Chan is a former director of Standard Chartered PLC and Motorola, Inc. He is also a former member of the governing boards of the World Economic Forum, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.
Mr. Chan is involved in many educational endeavors. He is a Court member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a Trustee of the University of Southern California, and a Governing Board member of the Indian School of Business. He serves on the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University, the International Advisory Council of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, the International Advisory Committee of The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, and the International Advisory Committee of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University. He also co-chairs the International Advisory Board of The Culture and Civilization of China, a joint project of Yale University Press and China International Publishing Group. He currently serves as Advisor on Strategic Development to Tsinghua University and Chairman of Hang Lung Center for Real Estate at Tsinghua University. He is also a Guest Professor at Tsinghua University and Nanjing University. He is a former Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Real Estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a former Brittingham Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mr. Chan is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has published numerous articles in International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Newsweek, Fortune, Asian Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review and Japan Times. Mr. Chan holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and an honorary doctorate in social sciences from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In 2004, he received the Asia Society Leadership Award for strengthening economic, cultural and political ties between China and the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Persons Award for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural Relics and the Highest Alumni Award of the University of Southern California. He is 61 years of age and resides in Hong Kong with his wife. They have two grown sons.
Tony F. Chan
Prof Tony F Chan assumed the presidency of HKUST on 1 September 2009. Prior to joining HKUST, Prof Chan was Assistant Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in charge of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate, which is the largest directorate at NSF. In that position, he guided and managed research funding of about HK$10 billion a year in astronomy, physics, chemistry, mathematical science, material science, and multidisciplinary activities.
Prof Chan’s scientific background is in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. He received his BS and MS degrees in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He pursued postdoctoral research at Caltech as Research Fellow, and taught Computer Science at Yale University before joining the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) as Professor of Mathematics in 1986. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Mathematics in 1997 and served as Dean of Physical Science from 2001 to 2006. He also holds honorary joint appointments with the University’s BioEngineering Department and the Computer Science Department.
Prof Chan was one of the principal investigators who made the successful proposal to the NSF to form the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA. He served as IPAM’s Director from 2000 to 2001.
Prof Chan is an active member of many scientific societies, including the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the American Mathematical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and was elected as a SIAM Fellow in March 2010. Prof Chan is also a member of Committee of 100 and has served on the editorial boards of many journals in mathematics and computing, including SIAM Review, SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing, and the Asian Journal of Mathematics, and is one of the three Editors-in-Chief of Numerische Mathematik. He co-wrote the proposal to start a new SIAM Journal of Imaging Sciences and serves on its inaugural editorial board. He formerly served on the NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee and the US National Committee on Mathematics, and represented the US to the 2006 General Assembly of the International Mathematics Union in Spain.
His current research interests include mathematical image processing and computer vision, Very Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) physical design and computational brain mapping. He has published over 200 refereed papers and is one of the most cited mathematicians. He has mentored over 25 PhD students and 15 postdoctoral fellows.
Mr. Chen Guocai is the Vice President of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd (CSCEC Ltd.) and CEO of Overseas Operations of CSCEC Ltd. China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd is the largest construction conglomerate in China. It is a Fortune Global 500 company, ranking 147 in 2011 and one of ENR’s Top 225 Global/international Contractors since 1984. The Overseas Operation of CSCEC Ltd controls and manages overseas business for CSCEC in Asia, Africa and America.
Mr. Chen received a Bachelor degree of Engineering in University of Harbin Architecture and Engineering in China, where he had his study from 1978 to 1982. He finished his EMBA program in University of Chicago from 2003 to 2005.
Mr. Chen has rich overseas working experience. He has once worked, on long term basis, in Iraq, Jordan and Singapore. He was the founder and managing director of China Construction (South Pacific) Development Co., Pte. Ltd, a subsidiary of CSCEC in Singapore. Under his leadership from 1992 to 2005, the company had well established its Singaporean presence and achieved a great market share in the Southeast Asian construction market. Mr. Chen is currently still the chairman of China Construction (South Pacific) Development Co., Pte. Ltd.
Mr. Lixin Cheng was appointed as President of North America Region of ZTE Corporation and CEO of ZTE (USA), Inc. in June 2010. Cheng has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry with expertise in the areas of sales, marketing, R&D management, supply chain management, M&A, and executive management in joint ventures, start-ups and public companies. He has extensive business experience and a network that spans 57 countries around the world. Before moving to the United States in 2001, Cheng held the position of Vice President of Sales and Supply at Ericsson Panda Ltd. where he increased annual sales tenfold to $1.6 billion and localized the supply chain in China, all within a three year timeframe. From September 2001 to January 2004, Cheng served as Director at Ericsson Wireless Inc. in San Diego, California where he was responsible for developing Ericsson’s CDMA business in various international markets. Cheng then joined Axesstel Inc. as President where he increased the start-up’s sales from $4 million to over $95 million in less than two years, playing a critical role in Axesstel’s successful public listing in 2005 on the American Stock Exchange. Cheng founded ALA Group, Inc. in late 2006, providing consulting services to technology companies wanting to increase their penetration in the U.S, and Asia markets.
Wei Sun Christianson
Wei Sun Christianson is a Managing Director and Morgan Stanley China CEO. She is also a member of Morgan Stanley’s Firm Management Committee.
Wei is responsible for all aspects of the Firm's China business, including formulating China strategies and executing various firm initiatives. She has successfully strengthened Morgan Stanley’s China franchise by significantly broadening its footprint in China and providing more comprehensive services to its clients, including RMB commercial banking, RMB asset management and RMB trust services.
Since joining Morgan Stanley in 1998, and subsequently in positions held at other firms, Wei has been involved in and led the executions of many of landmark privatizations critical to China's corporatization and economic liberalization process, involving the often complex restructuring and then initial public offerings (IPO) of state-owned enterprises in New York, London and Hong Kong. These include China Life, Sinopec, Chalco, Sinotrans and China Oilfield Services Ltd. She has also led the execution of several significant M&A transactions by overseas listed Chinese companies.
In addition to Morgan Stanley, Wei also served at Credit Suisse as a Managing Director, Chairman and Country Manager for China, and at Citigroup as a Managing Director and Chairman of China for Citigroup Global Markets, between 2002 and 2005. She rejoined Morgan Stanley at the beginning of 2006 in her current role.
In the early nineties, Wei was an Associate Director of Corporate Finance Department at the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). While at the SFC, she helped formulate the rules and regulations of the local securities market in preparation for the public listing in Hong Kong of the first group of Mainland Chinese companies in 1993. Before relocating to Hong Kong for this assignment, Wei was a lawyer in New York with Orrik, Herrington and Sutcliffe, where she specialized in U.S. securities transactions, including the public listing and private placement of U.S. equities and bonds.
Wei graduated cum laude from Amherst College, Massachusetts, where she currently serves on the board of Trustee. In 1989 she received her J.D. degree (with Honors in International Law) from the Columbia University School of Law. She is a lawyer admitted to practice in the State of New York.
Wei has received many awards and accolades. Among others, she has been listed on the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women “International Power 50” list in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and the Wall Street Journal’s “50 Women to Watch” List from 2006-2008. Wei is also on the list of Forbes “Power Women in the Wings” and Financial Times “Women at the Top: The Ones to Watch”. Wei is married with three children and lives in Beijing.
Victor K. Fung
Dr. Victor K Fung is the Group Chairman of the Li & Fung group of companies, which comprises major subsidiaries in Trading, Distribution and Retailing, including publicly listed Li & Fung Limited, Convenience Retail Asia Limited and Trinity Limited.
Dr. Fung holds a number of civic and professional appointments. He is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a vice chairman of China Centre for International Economic Exchanges of the People’s Republic of China. He is Chairman of the Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council. He is also a member of the Commission on Strategic Development of the Government of Hong Kong SAR. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Fung was Chairman of the Council of The University of Hong Kong, from 1999 to 2008, Chairman of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, from 1996 to 2003, Hong Kong representative on the APEC Business Advisory Council and from 1991 to 2000, Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
Dr. Fung is Honorary Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce headquartered in Paris, Chairman of Asia Advisory Board of Prudential Financial, Inc (USA) and an independent non-executive Director of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited and Baosteel Group Corporation (People’s Republic of China).
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Fung holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Doctorate in Business Economics from Harvard University. He also taught as a professor at Harvard Business School for four years before returning to Hong Kong in 1976. Dr. Fung is married with three children.
Mr Kwok is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Economics & Finance, University of Hong Kong since November 2008, after resigning from the job of Government Economist for the Hong Kong SAR Government, a post that he served from 2004 to 2008. Before joining the Government, Mr Kwok was the Regional Chief Economist of Standard Chartered Bank for the East Asia region. He was also a former Senior Economist of HSBC.
Mr Kwok has served on numerous committees and boards in Hong Kong, covering areas such as town planning, land & housing, trade & industry, regional economic cooperation, technology & research, education & training, and environment. He is now a member of the Currency Board Sub-Committee of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, helping to monitor the operation of the linked exchange rate system in Hong Kong.
Mr Kwok was an active member of a number of chambers of commerce when he worked in the private sector. He served as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Services Industries, the Vice Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, and the Honorary Economist of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Mr Kwok was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 1999 and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2003 by the Hong Kong SAR government, in recognition of his long and dedicated public service.
Mr Kwok got his B Soc Sc degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1976, a M Phil (Econ) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1984 and a M Soc Sc in Public Administration from the University of Hong Kong in 1986.
Antony Leung is Senior Managing Director, Chairman of Greater China of The Blackstone Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is based in Hong Kong.
Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Leung was the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong from 2001 to 2003. From 1997 to 2001, he was a non-official member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Education Commission.
Prior to his appointment as Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary, Mr. Leung had 32 years of financial services experience. He was the Chairman of Asia for JP Morgan Chase based in Hong Kong. Before that he worked for Citi in Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila and New York for 23 years in various positions including Country Corporate Officer for China and Hong Kong, Regional Treasurer for North Asia, Head of Investment Banking for North Asia, South West Asia and Head of Private Banking for Asia.
Other community service that Mr. Leung engaged in included Chairman of the University Grants Committee, member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, board of Hong Kong Airport Authority, director of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange, Preparatory Committee of Hong Kong Special Administration Region and Election Committee and Hong Kong Affairs Advisors to the Chinese Government. Past board membership included independent director of China Mobile, American International Assurance, international advisory board member of China Development Bank and European Advisory Group.
Mr. Leung graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1973, and attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development and Advanced Management Program. For his public service in Hong Kong, he was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong Government and an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was conferred an honorary Doctor of Law by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Mr. Leung is currently independent director of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Vice Chairman of China Bluestar Group, International Advisory Board member of Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, and chairman of Heifer International Hong Kong.
Liew Mun Leong
Mr Liew Mun Leong is President & CEO of CapitaLand Group. A publicly listed company in Singapore, CapitaLand invests, develops, operates and manages a complete value chain of real estate businesses in more than 110 cities in over 20 countries in Asia Pacific and Europe.
From its humble beginnings as a Singapore-centric developer, CapitaLand is now the leading foreign real estate developer in China, the largest shopping mall developer, owner, manager in Asia, the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator and the leading Asia-based real estate fund and Reit (real estate investment trust) manager.
Mr Liew has more than 40 years of experience in engineering, construction and the real estate business. He has constructed and developed government buildings and infrastructure, including military camps and airbases, as well as Singapore Changi airport during his 22 years' service with the government. After his public service stint, he managed a leading construction and engineering group. He is currently leading CapitaLand in investing, developing and managing residential homes, shopping malls, offices, serviced residences and mixed development.
Presently, he is Chairman of Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Private Limited and Director of Singapore Stock Exchange Limited. He is a Board member of Singapore China Foundation, a trustee member of CapitaLand Hope Foundation (the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand). He is also a member of the National University of Singapore Business School Management Advisory Board, National Productivity and Continuing Education Council, Governing Council of the Human Capital Leadership Institute and the Board of Trustees of Chinese Development Assistance Council.
From 1997 to 1998, Mr Liew served as the President of ISO, the World Body in Geneva for setting international standards.
He was awarded the Public Administration Medal by the Singapore Government in 1979 for his illustrious career in the public service.
In 2006, Mr Liew was named Outstanding CEO of the Year in the Singapore Business Awards. In 2007, he was conferred the CEO of the Year award in The Business Times' Singapore Corporate Awards. In 2008, Mr Liew was named Asia's Best Executive of 2008 (Singapore) by Asiamoney and Best CEO in Asia (Property) by Institutional Investor. In May 2011, he was named Best CEO in Singapore by FinanceAsia.
Mr Liew received the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal from the President of the Republic of Singapore at the Singapore National Day Awards in August 2011 for his chairmanship of the Changi Airport Group, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in public service and community work in Singapore.
Mr Liew, 65, graduated from the University of Singapore with a Civil Engineering degree and is a registered professional civil engineer.
On March 9, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Gary Locke to be the 10th Ambassador of the United States of America to the People’s Republic of China. He was confirmed by the Senate on July 27, 2011 and was sworn in on August 1, 2011. He assumed duty as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the People's Republic of China on August 13, 2011.
Previously, Ambassador Locke served as the Secretary of Commerce where he helped implement President Obama's ambitious agenda to turn around the economy and put people back to work. As the administration’s point person for achieving the President’s National Export Initiative, he presided over a 17 percent increase in exports from 2009 to 2010, while exports to China saw a 32 percent increase. Ambassador Locke also oversaw a significant first step in the president’s export control reform effort that strengthens national security, while making U.S. companies more competitive by easing their licensing burden for exports to partners and allies.
Before his appointment to the President’s Cabinet, Ambassador Locke served two terms as Governor of Washington, the nation’s most trade-dependent state. He expanded the sale of Washington products and services by leading 10 productive trade missions to Asia, Mexico and Europe. During the eight years of the Locke administration, Washington State gained 280,000 jobs despite two national recessions.
As both Governor and Commerce Secretary, Locke’s innovations in government efficiency, customer focus, and priority based budgeting, as well as successful and under-budget management of high risk initiatives, have won him acclaim by nationally recognized authors and organizations, including Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Along with his longstanding commitment to public service, Ambassador Locke has extensive experience working with China. As Secretary of Commerce, he co-chaired two sessions of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade that resulted in important changes to Chinese trade policy, helping to level the playing field for U.S. businesses exporting to and operating in China. As Governor of Washington, he successfully strengthened economic ties between China and Washington State, more than doubling the state's exports to China to over $5 billion per year. As a partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, he co-chaired the firm's China practice.
Ambassador Locke is the first Chinese-American to serve as Ambassador to China, as Secretary of Commerce and as Governor. His grandfather emigrated from China to Washington State, initially finding employment as a servant, working in exchange for English lessons. His father, also born in China, was a small business owner, operating a grocery store where Ambassador Locke worked while receiving his education from Seattle's public school system.
Ambassador Locke earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University and a law degree from Boston University. He is married to Mona Lee Locke and they have three children together: Emily, Dylan, and Madeline.
Chris Lu assumed the role of Deloitte China CEO on October 1, 2008 and he is also now a member of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTTL) Global Executive Committee. From 2006-2008, he was the Co-Chair of Deloitte's Global Chinese Service Group and before that served as the Managing Partner of Eastern China from 1999 to 2008 and was additionally appointed as the Managing Partner of National China Clients & Markets from 2006. Mr. Lu joined Deloitte in 1981 as a member of the US practice in Los Angeles, transferring to Deloitte Taiwan in 1989 where he served as the Head of the International Service Department before his relocation to Deloitte China in 1994.
Mr. Lu’s professional experience includes serving both domestic and multinational corporationsspanning a range of industry sectors, in expertise areas such as managing local statutory audits, consolidating accounts for international clients, preparing accounts for companies seeking listings, and conducting due diligence reviews and joint-venture negotiations. He has also led a number of Deloitteinitiatives in support of national policies and programs such as those of the State-owned Assets Supervision & Administration Commission (SASAC).
Mr. Lu’s professional and personal contributions have been recognized by the community. He is a two times winner in 2003 and 2005 of Shanghai’s prestigious Magnolia Award, which recognizes expatriates for their deep friendship with and significant contributions to the development of the city of Shanghai. He was also appointed 2009 Rotating President of the China Mergers and Acquisitions Association.
John Sexton, the fifteenth President of New York University, also is the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law and NYU Law School's Dean Emeritus, having served as Dean for 14 years. He joined the Law School's faculty in 1981, was named the School's Dean in 1988, and was designated the University's President in 2001.
President Sexton is Chair of the American Council on Education, Chair of the New York Academy of Sciences and immediate past Chair of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a past member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (2003-2006) and Chair of the Federal Reserve Systems Council of Chairs (2006). He served as a Board Member for the National Association of Securities Dealers (1996-1998), and was Founding Chair of the Board of NASD Dispute Resolution (2000-2002). He also serves on the Board of the Institute of International Education. While Dean of the Law School he was President of the Association of American Law Schools.
President Sexton received a B.A. in History (1963) from Fordham College; an M.A. in Comparative Religion (1965) and a Ph.D. in History of American Religion (1978) Fordham University; and a J.D. magna cum laude (1979) from Harvard Law School.
He is an author of the nation's leading casebook on Civil Procedure. He also is the author of Redefining the Supreme Court's Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court System (a treatment of the Supreme Court's case selection process) in addition to several other books, numerous chapters, articles and Supreme Court briefs.
He holds honorary degrees from Fordham University, Saint Francis College; Saint John's University, Saint Joseph's College, University of Rochester and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The student editors of NYU's Annual Survey of American Law dedicated their Volume 60 in his honor. He was named by Emory University "Outstanding High School Debate Coach of the Last 50 Years" for work he did from 1960-1975. He has been honored at the Harvard Law Review Annual Banquet, and has been named "Alumnus of the Year" both at Fordham and at his high school, Brooklyn Prep. In July 2008 he was named a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, the national order of the Legion of Honor of France.
Before coming to NYU, President Sexton served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice Warren Burger of the United States Supreme Court (1980-1981), and to Judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal of the United States Court of Appeals (1979-1980). For ten years (1983-1993), he served as Special Master Supervising Pretrial Proceedings in the Love Canal Litigation. From 1966 - 1975, he was a Professor of Religion at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, where he was Department Chair from 1970-1975. President Sexton is passionate about teaching; indeed, he may be the only university president who teaches at least a full faculty schedule. In Academic Year 2010-2011, he is teaching four full courses.
Professor Lap-Chee Tsui is the fourteenth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong.
Prior to his present appointment in September 2002, Professor Tsui was Geneticist-in-Chief and Head of the Genetics and Genomic Biology Program of the Research Institute, at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He was also the holder of the H.E. Sellers Chair in Cystic Fibrosis and University Professor at the University of Toronto.
Born in Shanghai and awarded his bachelor and master's degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Tsui is a native of Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. After a brief training in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he joined the Department of Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children. He received international acclaim in 1989 when he identified the defective gene that causes cystic fibrosis, which is a major breakthrough in human genetics. He has also made significant contributions to the study of the human genome, especially the characterization of chromosome 7, and, identification of additional disease genes. He has 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 65 invited book chapters and papers.
Professor Tsui has received numerous awards and honours for his outstanding work over the years. His honours include Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of London, Fellow of Academia Sinica, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In addition to many national and international prizes, he was awarded honorary doctoral degrees by University of King's College, University of New Brunswick, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, St. Francis Xavier University, York University, Tel Aviv University, University of Toronto, University of Aberdeen and King's College London and University of Edinburgh.
Professor Tsui has served on the editorial boards for 24 international peer-reviewed scientific journals, numerous scientific review panels, and many national and international advisory committees. He is currently member of the Executive Committee of the Commission on Strategic Development and the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the Hong Kong SAR Government. He received the Order of Canada (Officer), the Order of Ontario, Knight of the Légion d'Honneur of France, the title of Justice of the Peace and the Gold Bauhinia Star of the Hong Kong SAR.
The full curriculum vitae for Professor Tsui may be obtained from www.hku.hk/vcoffice/menu/cv.htm.
H. Roger Wang
Mr. H. Roger Wang founded Transpacific Management Co. in Los Angeles, CA since 1978 and worked as President. The company provides management services to its investment portfolios within Southern California. Mr. Wang is the Chairman and CEO of Golden Eagle International Group. Founded in 1992 with headquarters in the historic former Chinese capital of Nanjing, Golden Eagle began as a real estate development company in a newly opened China, focusing primarily on the province of Jiangsu. With its 19th anniversary quickly approaching, Golden Eagle has evolved into a conglomerate, maintaining not only its initial focus on real estate but also expanding its retail business into a chain of high-end department stores with a total turnover exceeding CNY 15 billion in 2010.
The Golden Eagle Real Estate Group has developed over 0.9 million square meters of commercial and residential space throughout the Jiangsu Province, Shanxi Province, Anhui Province,Shanghai and Kunming. A total of 4.7 million square meters of land is currently under construction with an additional 5 million square meters in the initial planning stages.
With the opening of Golden Eagle Retail Group's first department store in Nanjing in 1996, its immediate success in supplying upper-middle to high-end goods secured its position as the number one fashion retailer in the city, offering the perfect base for regional expansion. Established as the Company headquarters, the Nanjing flagship became the model for all future stores to come: premium selection of high-quality merchandise, a prime location in the heart of downtown, and the unwavering mission to provide value to each and every customer. Focusing on secondary cities characterized by growing spending power, there are now more than twenty department stores. Due to the strength of the Company's local market knowledge, most stores are located within the Jiangsu Province. With utmost confidence in its product and business model, Golden Eagle's expansion has pushed beyond Jiangsu into Shanxi Province, Yunnan Province and the international city of Shanghai. In March 2006, Golden Eagle Retail Group Ltd. (3308.HK) was successfully listed on the Hong Kong Main Board. Now it has a market value around HK$40 billion, indicating that Golden Eagle Retail Group Ltd. aims to be the best trader for the growth and development of the high-end retail fashion chain business in China.
With abundant capital and seasoned management expertise, Golden Eagle has made a series of successful mergers, acquisitions, and asset-reorganizations. In 2004, Golden Eagle successfully purchased a state-owned commercial enterprise, Nanjing Xin Bai Investment Holdings Group Co., Ltd., and became the largest shareholder of Nanjing Xinjiekou Department Store Co., Ltd. (600682.SH).
Founder of the first foreign-invested group company in Nanjing, Mr. Wang is one of the most respected businessmen in the city and has received the honorable title of "Honorary Citizen of Nanjing" and “the friendship award of Jiangsu”, being distinguished as the most excellent foreign investor on many occasions. Mr. Wang has also received great recognition for his many charitable donations to various children's institutions. Under his guidance and initiative, the Group has established the Golden Eagle International Charity Foundation, setting up funds to aid China's disabled. At the invitation of Nanjing University, Mr. Wang is a guest lecturer for the MBA program and an Associate Professor at the internationally renowned academic institution.
Mr. Wang grew up in Taiwan and obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics from Chinese Culture University in 1969. After immigrating to the United States in 1970, Mr. Wang received his MBA degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1973 and was honored the university’s 2009 Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Wang resides in Beverly Hills with wife Vivine and daughters, Janice and Dorothy.
Brad Williams is a seasoned business leader who brings more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, quality assurance, sales and marketing, and corporate-level management to his role as co-founder, president and CEO of MVP RV, Inc. A champion of excellence in manufacturing, Brad has developed key manufacturing systems to improve processes and enhance products for customers.
During his 20-year tenure with Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., then the world’s largest recreation vehicle manufacturer, he strengthened the organization’s dealer network and achieved sales records with its travel trailer line. After being selected to serve as president of Thor California, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Brad and his partners purchased the company, which in 2008 became MVP RV.
In recognition of his stature in the industry, Brad was recently asked to join the Board of Directors of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, a premiere trade organization representing America’s recreation vehicle manufacturers and their component parts suppliers.
Today, under Brad’s direction, MVP RV occupies a 500,000-square-foot manufacturing space located on 37 acres in Southern California, where it designs and builds motor homes and travel trailers for the domestic and international markets. MVP RV plans to export more than 30,000 RVs to China over the next few years, which was cited by The White House as a significant step in the development of the recreation vehicle industry in China.
The company has its sights set on the future with the development of innovative new products like all-electric recreation vehicles and fast-charging electrical systems with the support and inventor of the life source lithium-ion battery and Chinese clean energy pioneer, Winston Chung. In late 2010, MVP RV was the first company in the world to introduce an all-electric Class A motor home at the EVS 25 Show in Shenzhen, China. In late 2011, MVP RV developed the all-electric Class C motor home – a first for the United States recreation vehicle Industry.
Under Brad’s leadership and worldwide business strategy, MVP RV survived the Great Recession gripping the world in recent years. Through trust and confidence in his business strategy, Brad and Winston came together to build a stronger, multinational company integrating clean energy to build pure electrical-powered vehicles for the world.
Early in his career as a manager at Pella Corporation, Brad contributed to developing a synchronous manufacturing system that helped the 86-year-old window and door company improve performance while saving money. He also instituted a quality process that reduced defects and improved customer satisfaction.
Brad earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Iowa State University, College of Business.
As Director of Research, Xiao Geng directs oversees and coordinates the Institute's research projects. he also undertakes and leads research projects as a Senior Fellow.
He is also a Special Advisor for Strategic Development for the Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong, and an Independent Director of the HSBC Bank (China) and the London-based Genesis Emerging Markets Fund. Previously, Professor Xiao held positions in a number of institutions including Director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, tenured professor of economics at the University of Hong Kong, Head of research and Advisor to the Chairman at the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, Vice President of the Chinese Economists Society in the US, member of the board of supervisors at the Shenzhen Development Bank, Faculty Associate at Harvard University, and Consultant at the World Bank.
Professor Xiao has a BSc in Management Sciences from the University of Science and Technology of China. He obtained his MA and PhD in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Professor Xiao has done extensivec empicical and policy research on the Chinese Economy, especially in areas of macroeconomics, exchange rate, finance, productivity, enterprise and institutional economics. he contributes frequently to public policy debates in domestic and international media and conferences.
Xu Sitao is Chief Representative of the Economist Group in China and Director of Advisory Services for Economist Corporate Network in China since 2004. He recently took up an additional role of Director of Global Forecasting, China, at EIU, with a mandate of serving the increasing needs of the overseas drive by Chinese companies. Xu Sitao was the Economist for Indonesia, Korea, and Thailand in Singapore, working for MMS International of Standard and Poor’s Group in 1995. He then joined Standard Chartered Bank as Regional Treasury Economist in 1996. Following this, he became Societe Generale’s Chief Economist for Asia (ex-Japan) in 2001. Most recently, Xu Sitao worked for ICBC (Asia), the overseas flagship of China’s largest bank (the world’s largest bank based on market capitalization), as the Head of Economics. Xu Sitao holds a B.A. in Economics from Peking University, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, and a M.S. in Finance from Boston College. He has been a columnist for Caijing and 21st Century, China’s leading business publications and has contributed frequently to leading regional and international publications, such as YaleGlobal Magazine, the Asian Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. He appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg, and other TV shows as a commentator on Asia and an accomplished public speaker and lecturer. Xu Sitao is on the Speaker Retainer Programme for the Virginia-based CFA Institute and speaks regularly on asset allocation strategy in the context of China to institutional investors, central banks, endowment funds, and regulators in Asia, Europe, South Africa, and the US. Xu Sitao is a non-executive director of Hunan Valin, one of major steel companies in China, which is partially owned by ArcelorMittal.