Schedule 2017



Preliminary 2017 Schedule

Note: The program is subject to change. Please check the schedule regularly for updates.


Monday, March 27, 2017


7:30 – 8:30am Check-in and Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 9:30am Opening Session

Welcome

James Ellis James Ellis
Dean, USC Marshall School of Business
Judy Rising Reinke Judy R. Reinke
Director General, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Washington, D.C.

Keynote Presentation

Speaker to be announced

Remarks

Richard Drobnick Richard Drobnick
Director, IBEAR MBA Program and Assistant Dean, International Outreach, USC Marshall School of Business

9:40 – 10:30am Country Outlook: Japan

Andrew Wylegala
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Tokyo

Country Outlook: Singapore

Margaret Hanson-Muse
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S Embassy
Singapore

Country Outlook: Thailand

Greg Wong
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Bangkok

Seminars

Using the U.S. Commercial Service to Expand Your Export Sales to Asia/Pacific

Maryavis Bokal
Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Export Assistance Center,
Irvine, CA
Jason Evans
Regional Manager, Asia-Pacific Advocacy Center, U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, D.C.
James Golsen
Executive Director for Asia, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Washington, D.C.

Navigating China Today: Unlocking Opportunities and Understanding Risks in China’s New Economy

Perry Moreth
Senior Vice President, Global Banking Consultant, International Group, Wells Fargo & Company
Los Angeles
Kenneth Petrilla
Managing Director, ChinaVest
San Francisco

11:00 – 11:50am Country Outlook: India

Patrick Santillo
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
New Delhi

Country Outlook: Vietnam

Stuart Schaag
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Hanoi

Seminars

Indonesia: Opportunities and Challenges in a Value-Added State

Wayne Forrest
President, American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce
New York

Why Would a $6B Revenue Company Buy a Small Independent WOFIE in China?

Christopher J. Goode
Business Development Director
Danfoss Power Solutions – Work Function Division

Hopkinsville, KY and Zhenjiang, China

Supply Chain -2025: How Globalization, Technology, and Omni Channel Will Define the Future

Nick Vyas
Executive Director, Global Supply Chain Management Center, USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles

12:00 – 12:50pm Country Outlook: China

Scott Shaw
Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy
Beijing

Country Outlook: Myanmar & Cambodia

Manoj Desai
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Yangon

Country Outlook: Mexico

Brian Brisson
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Mexico City

Seminars
Open for Business – Building and Growing a Business in Japan

Kevin McAuliffe
Founder & President, Newport Ltd.
Tokyo

North Vietnam: The Best Location to Make Money?

Frank Wouters
General Director, Deep C Industrial Zones
Haiphong City, Vietnam

12:50 – 2:15pm Networking Lunch & Keynote
Driving Innovation in China: A Venture Capital Perspective

Gary Rieschel
Founding Managing Partner, Qiming Venture Partners
Seattle

2:30 – 3:20pm Country Outlook: Korea

David Gossack
Senior Commercial Officer
Seoul

Seminars
Doing Business in Vietnam

Herb Cochran
Executive Director, America Chamber of Commerce
Ho Chi Minh City

Managing the Power of Perception/Expectations: How to Work with Chinese Effectively

Mu Dan Ping
Executive Director, World Heritage Foundation
Los Angeles

Exporting to India under President Trump

Gunjan Bagla
Managing Director, Amritt, Inc.
Malibu, CA

3:45 – 4:35pm Country Outlook: Australia/New Zealand

Douglas Wallace
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate
Sydney

Country Outlook: Hong Kong

Jim Cunningham
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate
Hong Kong

Country Outlook: Indonesia

Rosemary Gallant
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S Embassy
Jakarta

Seminars

Xi Jinping and China’s “New Normal”: What to Expect

Sidney Rittenberg
President, Rittenberg & Associates Inc.
Seattle

Doing Business in Myanmar: A New Government, U.S. Sanctions Lifted, and One of the Fastest Growing Economies in the World

Paul Wilson
Managing Director, Myanmar Capital Advisors, Pte. Ltd.
Yangon

4:45 – 5:35pm Country Outlook: Malaysia

Catherine Spillman
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Kuala Lumpur

Country Outlook: Philippines

Diane Jones
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S Embassy
Manila

Country Outlook: Taiwan

Ireas Cook
Senior Commercial Officer, American Institute in Taiwan
Taipei

Seminars

Dateline China: A Roundtable Conversation about Strategic U.S.-China Business Issues

Ira Kasoff
Advisor, APCO Worldwide
Los Angeles
Alan Turley
Deputy Assistant Secretary for China, U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, D.C.
William Zarit
Chairman of the Board, American Chamber of Commerce in China
Beijing
Moderator: Jonathan Karp
Executive Director, Asia Society of Southern California
Los Angeles

Seminar – title and speakers to be announced


5:35 – 7:00pm Hosted Networking Reception


Tuesday, March 28, 2017


7:30 – 8:30am Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 9:20am Country Workshop: Australia and New Zealand

Douglas Wallace
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate
Sydney

Country Workshop: Thailand and Vietnam

Judy Benn
Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand
Bangkok
Herb Cochran
Executive Director, America Chamber of Commerce
Ho Chi Minh City
Stuart Schaag
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Hanoi
Greg Wong
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Bangkok

Seminars
Materialism, Middle Class Aspirations, New Youth Lifestyles and Behavior and Growing Self-Confidence: The Implications of a Rising China for American Business

Stanley Rosen
Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California
Los Angeles

India’s Reform Scorecard: A Referendum on Prime Minister Modi’s Leadership

Ron Somers
Founder & CEO, India First Group
Washington, D.C.

9:30 – 10:20am Country Workshop: Malaysia and Singapore

Judith Fergin
Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce
Singapore
Margaret Hanson-Muse
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Singapore
Catherine Spillman
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Kuala Lumpur

Seminars

China’s Currency: Reality and Fantasy

William H. Overholt
Senior Fellow, Harvard Asia Center
Cambridge, MA

North Vietnam: The Best Location to Make Money?

Frank Wouters
General Director, Deep C Industrial Zones
Haiphong City, Vietnam

Seminar title to be confirmed

Stella Poon
Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Center
Los Angeles
Lawrence Tang
Head, Investment Promotion, Hong Kong Economic Trade Office
San Francisco

Seminar – title and speakers to be announced


10:45 – 11:35am Country Workshop: Indonesia and Philippines

George Drysdale
Chairman and CEO, Marsman-Drysdale Group
Manila
Rosemary Gallant
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S Embassy
Jakarta
Diane Jones
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S Embassy
Manila

Seminars

Tracking China: What Planet Are We Observing…Jupiter, Mars or… Could It Be?… Earth

Tom Plate Tom Plate
Distinguished Scholar of Asia and Pacific Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles and Columnist, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

Financing and Risk Mitigation: Perspectives from the Public and Private Sectors

Derek Fried
Senior Vice President, Structured Finance, Wells Fargo Global Banking
Minneapolis, MN
Richard Pearson Richard Pearson
Business Development Officer, Asia-Pacific, Export-Import Bank of U.S.
David Ross David Ross
Country Manager, Southeast Asia, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Arlington, VA
Moderator: Diane Farrell
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Global Markets-Asia, U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, D.C.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Susan Ross Susan Ross
Regulatory Practice Chair and Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Chair, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
Los Angeles
Evan Kent Evan Kent
Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Los Angeles

Seminar – title and speakers to be confirmed


11:35am – 1:15pm Networking Lunch and Keynote

The Outlook of South and Southeast Asia in 2017 and Beyond

Ambassador Robert O. Blake
Senior Director, India & South Asia Practice, McLarty Associates and Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia
Washington, D.C.

1:30 – 2:20pm Country Workshop: India

Patrick Santillo
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
New Delhi
Ken Silverman
Head, North America, U.S. Business Centers/India & Sannam S4 Consulting Pvt., Ltd.
Pasadena, CA
Ron Somers
Founder & CEO, India First Group
Washington, D.C.

Country Workshop: Japan

Kevin McAuliffe
Founder & President, Newport Ltd.
Tokyo
Andrew Wylegala
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Tokyo

Seminars

Promises and Uncertainties: America and China

Clayton Dube
Executive Director, USC U.S.-China Institute
Los Angeles

Principles and Strategies of Investing in High Growth Emerging Markets in South East Asia

George Drysdale
Chairman and CEO, Marsman-Drysdale Group
Manila

Seminar – title and speakers to be confirmed


2:45 – 3:35pm Country Workshop: China

Scott Shaw
Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy
Beijing

Country Workshop: Myanmar and Cambodia

Judy Benn
Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand
Bangkok
Manoj Desai
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Yangon
Greg Wong
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Bangkok
Paul Wilson
Managing Director, Myanmar Capital Advisors, Pte. Ltd.
Yangon

Country Workshop: Mexico

Brian Brisson
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Mexico City

Seminars

Xi Jinping and China’s “New Normal”: What to Expect

Sidney Rittenberg
President, Rittenberg & Associates Inc.
Seattle

3:45 – 4:35pm Country Workshop: Hong Kong

Jim Cunningham
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate
Hong Kong

Country Workshop: Korea

David Gossack
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
Seoul

Country Workshop: Taiwan

Ireas Cook
Senior Commercial Officer, American Institute in Taiwan
Taipei

Seminars

Art of Negotiation: Negotiating with the Chinese Effectively

Mu Dan Ping
Executive Director, World Heritage Foundation
Los Angeles

4:35pm Conference Closes