AmCham HK spotlights on “Managing in a Maturing China” in Its 2014 China Conference on May 9

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The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham) will assemble more than 20 experienced senior executives and experts from world-class companies and organizations to assess “how foreign businesses can best manage in a maturing China” at its Annual China Conference, to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong on May 9, 2014.

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

As China is becoming a maturing economy after more than 30 years of rapid growth, the business climate for foreign MNCs and SMEs operating in China – both old timers and new comers – face worrisome challenges from rising costs coupled with intensifying competition from domestic businesses.

Nevertheless, China’s continuing urbanization, emerging middle class, aging population, and recent adjustments in various social policies offer huge potential for business growth. In such a changing environment, how can foreign businesses maintain their competitiveness in China and adapt to the new market circumstances to win consumers? In addition, what role can Hong Kong play in this historic transformation of China’s business environment, particularly in services?

The Chamber is honored and pleased to have keynote speakers Frank Lavin, CEO and Founder of Export Now, Former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade and Former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore; and Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Chase.

The rest of the conference is organized around small, highly-interactive panels that include time for audience Q&A. Again this year, the China Conference has a superb selection of senior executives in five panel discussions to share their experience and insights.

In short, the emphasis is not on having a long string of individual presentations, but instead to have an interactive, sharing approach that will give all participants tremendous food for thought, good advice for action, and plenty of time to ask questions and network.

*Opening Keynote

  • Frank Lavin, CEO and Founder of Export Now, Former US Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Former US Ambassador to Singapore

*Luncheon Keynote: A Conversation with Jing Ulrich

  • Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Chase 
  • Tara Joseph,  Editor-in-Chief, Reuters TV, Asia (Moderator)

Panel I: China’s Mass Urbanization: Get with the Flow, or Fail

  • Peter Levesque, Chief Commercial Officer, Modern Terminals Limited (Moderator) 
  • Michael Jones, Vice President of Global Business Development, General Electric 
  • Michael Klibaner, Regional Director & Head of Research - Greater China, JLL
  • Jay Walder, CEO, MTR Corporation

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

Panel II: Government Hand-Outs or the Invisible Hand?

  • Robert Grieves, Chairman & CEO, Hamilton Advisors Limited (Moderator) 
  • Brian Murray, Founder, Group Chief Economist of Investment Department, AIA Group Limited
  • William Overholt, President, Fung Global Institute
  • Yu Liming,  Vice President, China Merchants Group

Panel III: Lead or Follow? HK’s Role in PRD Integration

  • Wei Gu, Editor of China Wealth and Luxury, The Wall Street Journal (Moderator)
  • Colin Browne, VP and Managing Director of Asia Sourcing, VF Asia
  • Ben Simpfendorfer, Founder and Managing Director, Silk Road Associates
  • Alan Turley,  Vice President for International Affairs in Asia Pacific, FedEx Express

Panel IV: China E-Commerce: the Most Important Business Battleground in the World

  • Josh Goldman, Global Leader for Digital Shopping Measurement, Nielsen (Moderator)
  • Frank Lavin, CEO and Founder, Export Now Group 
  • Sujith Abraham, Vice President, Asia Pacific Strategy & Sales Development, Oracle 
  • Thibault Villet ,CEO, Glamour Sales China

Panel V: China’s Financial Reforms: Over-hyped or the Real Thing?

  • Beth Smits, Head of Public Affairs & Communications, Asia Pacific, SWIFT (Moderator) 
  • Simon Gleave, Regional Head of Financial Services, KPMG
  • Anthony Neoh, Former Chief Advisor, China Securities Regulatory Commission
  • Wang Dongming, Chairman, CITIC Securities Co., Ltd

Media and Event contacts
Mr. Dannio Chan / Ms. Cynthia O
Tel: +852 2530 6917 / +852 2530 6928
Fax: +852 2810 1289
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]


With roughly 1,700 members, 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.