AmCham HK Eyes on China's Future Reforms in Its 2013 China Conference on May 10

The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong will hold its annual China Conference on May 10 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong. This year the conference will focus on Hong Kong’s Role in China’s Next Round of Reforms.

AmCham Hong Kong’s annual China Conference is structured to provide practical, near-term insights and assessments for effective business development in Hong Kong and China.

As China’s new leadership continues implementing the policy goals stated in its 12th Five-Year Plan, Hong Kong is also assessing what policy, regulatory, and other fine-tuning actions are needed to remain a strong, international economy that serves a gateway into and a springboard out of China. What are the challenges and prospects for China’s next round of reforms? To what extent will Hong Kong be a model and a player in these reforms, particularly in service industry sectors?

AmCham is honored to have Laura Cha, Chairman, Financial Services Development Council, as our opening keynote speaker who will speak on “Hong Kong's Role in China's Financial Market Reform: A Personal Perspective.”

Our honorable luncheon keynote speaker, Francisco J. Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, is leading a group of U.S. companies to Hong Kong as part of the Trade Winds Asia mission. His remarks will focus on the critical role that Hong Kong plays in the U.S.-China commercial relationship, and its importance as a gateway for trade and investment in the region.

The Chamber is also honored and pleased to have more than 20 renowned CEOs and top scholars in five panel discussions to share their experience and thoughts in a highly interactive setting.


  • Opening Keynote: Laura Cha, Chairman, Financial Services Development Council
  • Luncheon Keynote: Francisco J. Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce

Panel I: Managing in China's New Business Landscape

  • Tom Gorman, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, FORTUNE China (Moderator)
  • David Cunningham, President of Asia Pacific Division, FedEx
  • Michael J. Enright, Sun Hung Kai Professor, School of Business, University of Hong Kong
  • Andrew Weir, Regional Senior Partner & Global Chair of Real Estate and Construction, KPMG

*Panels II, III, and IV are Concurrent Breakout Sessions (11:00am-12:15pm)

Panel II: China's War for Talent

  • Seth Peterson, Lead Industrial Consultant, Heidrick & Struggles Hong Kong Ltd (Moderator)
  • Heather Wang, Vice President of HR, GE Global Growth & Operations
  • John Allison, Vice President of Human Resources, Asia Pacific Division, FedEx
  • Kate Bravery, Regional Solutions Champion, Leadership & Talent Practice across Asia, Middle East and Africa, Mercer
  • Bin Wolfe, Managing Partner of People, Asia Pacific, Ernst & Young

Panel III: 2020 -- Hong Kong's "Best Before" Date?

  • Eden Woon, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Moderator)
  • Jim Thompson, Chairman & Founder, Crown Worldwide Group
  • Ronald Gould, Managing Director, Promontory Financial Group China
  • Liu Mingkang, Ex-Chairman, CBRC/ Distinguished Research Fellow & Honorary Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Panel IV: The Fast-changing Digital Markets in China

  • Philip Leung, Managing Partner, Commence Technology Partners (Moderator)
  • Sujith Abraham, Vice President – System Sales of Asia Pacific and Japan, Oracle
  • Peter Koo, National Leader of Security, Privacy and Resilience of Greater China Region, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Richard Ji, Ex-Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific Internet/Media Investment Research, Morgan Stanley

Panel V: China's Financial Reforms: the Implications for Hong Kong

  • Ewan Copeland, Vice Chairman, Global Corporate Bank, Citi (Moderator)
  • Gao Yingxin, Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited
  • Simon Ogus, CEO, DSG Asia Limited
  • Lieven Debruyne, CEO, Regional Head of Distribution, Asia, Schroder Investment Management (Hong Kong) Limited
  • Mark Austen, CEO, Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

About AmCham HK

The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham) is one of the largest American Chambers outside the United States, the largest international chamber in Hong Kong, and one of the most dynamic and influential international business organizations in the Asia-Pacific region.


AmCham’s mission is to foster commerce among the United States, Hong Kong, and Mainland China; and to enhance Hong Kong's stature as an international business center.

Fast Facts

  • Hong Kong Citizen

AmCham is a non-partisan, non-profit business organization registered in Hong Kong. Since 1969, AmCham has been promoting business and fostering greater trade ties and community service in Hong Kong for more than 40 years.

  • Members

Nearly 2,000 members (over 30 nationalities), from over 800 organizations, including multinational firms, small & medium sized enterprises, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations.

  • Committees

28 committees covering industry sectors, professional service sectors, and special segments of the membership. These include Financial Services, Real Estate, Energy, Trade & Investment, Environment, China Business, Young Professionals, and many other committees.

  • Activities

More than 400 programs, seminars and conferences each year, featuring top business and government leaders, industry experts, and professional facilitators who address timely and relevant business issues.

  • China Affairs

Keep members informed about business developments and opportunities in Mainland China by organizing trade delegations to Chinese provinces and cities and participating in conferences and events. Develop and provide business briefing programs to facilitate member companies to do better business in China and to help members promote services in assisting Chinese companies successfully going global.

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