Previous Keynoters

Previous Keynoters (Alphabetical):

HELGE AASEN, Chief Executive Officer of Elkem AS 

Helge Aasen was appointed chief executive officer of Elkem AS in April 2009. He has broad experience from various business areas in Elkem, within operations, as well as sales, marketing and commercial positions. Mr. Aasen started his career in Elkem in July 1990. Previous experience includes engineering work in Norsk Ferro AS, part of Norsk Jern Holding. Mr. Aasen holds a Master’s degree in process metallurgy from the Technical University in Trondheim (NTNU) and has completed the IMD programme for executive directors in Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2011, Mr Aasen has been a member of the board of China National Bluestar Company, the owner of Elkem.
Elkem is a company that produces solar grade silicon, silicon, alloys for the foundry industry, carbon and microsilica. Elkem is owned by China National Bluestar Group Co. Ltd. (Bluestar), which bought the company from Orkla Group for 2 billion USD in 2011. The deal excluded 85 percent of the sister company Elkem Energi AS.
The company serves the construction, transport, engineering, packaging, aluminium, chemical and electronic industries. Elkem has 13 factories in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.



Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations

BlanchardDr. Blanchard serves as Assistant Dean and Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiaotong University. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited more than half a dozen books/special academic journal issues and more than three-dozen book chapters and journal articles on topics relating to China and the World Trade Organization, Chinese foreign economic policy, foreign direct investment (FDI) in China, Chinese outward FDI, and China’s sovereign wealth fund. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Blanchard worked for the U.S. Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Resolution Trust Corporation, and Kelling, Northcross, & Nobriga (an investment bank). He also served as a Senior Consultant for KWR International. Dr. Blanchard is frequently interviewed for international print and electronic media and serves as a Business and Economics commentator for China Radio International’s Global English Service. He has published opinion pieces in a variety of print and electronic media in the US, China, and elsewhere.

Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs – Norway

Børge Brende
Børge Brende is the Minister of Foreign Affairs
(Conservative Party) of Norway, who was born in 1965. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is responsible for Norwegian foreign policy, the promotion of Norway’s interests internationally and the work of the Foreign Service, which includes more than 100 embassies, permanent missions and delegations, and consulates general.

Peter Buckley, Founder Director of the Centre for International Business, University of Leeds, (CIBUL), UK.


CIBUL was rated as the top international business research group in the world based on publications in leading journals (International Business Review) 2006. He has published 27 books in English, including one in German, and many of these have been translated into other languages. He has 19 further books. He was listed as one of the most “successful Academic Writers” in The Times Higher Education Supplement (January 2006). He has published over 190 refereed articles in European, American and Japanese journals including 21 contributions to the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). His work is very heavily cited – the Social Science Citation Index lists over 2000 citations, Google Scholar lists over 16.500 citations (h index 49). He was elected a Fellow of AIB in 1985 for “outstanding achievements in international business”. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy of Management (BAM), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and a Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA). In December 1998 he was made an Honorary Professor at the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China. He is also an Honorary Member of the 48 Group Club. He was President of the Academy of International Business 2002-04 and served as Immediate Past President 2004-06. He was awarded the Viipuri Prize for his “Outstanding record in the field of International Business research” (September 2006). In August 2008 he was awarded the Academy of Management International Management Division, Booz Allen Hamilton Strategy and Business Eminent Scholar in Management Prize. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Uppsala, Sweden, 2010 and by the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, 2012. He is currently Chair of the European International Business Academy (2009-2012).

John Child, Professor Emeritus at the University of BirminghamJohn Child has an M.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Management both from the University of Cambridge, which in 1984 also awarded him a Sc.D. for outstanding scholarly work. In 1996 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Helsinki School of Economics, one of the first business schools to be founded in Europe. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Corvinus University, Budapest.

In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management and also of the British Academy of Management. In 2004, John Child received the Distinguished Contribution Award from theInternational Association for Chinese Management Research and in 2012 he received its first Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2006, he was made an Honorary Member of the European Group for Organization Studies [EGOS] in recognition of hiscontribution to the study of organization and to the work of the association. In the same year, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Child’s career started with posts in marketing and personnel at Rolls-Royce Ltd. He worked as a Research Fellow at Aston University from 1966 to 1968 and then held a faculty position atthe London Business School until 1973. In that year he was appointed Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Aston University.

From 1986 to 1989 he was Dean of the Aston Business School. During 1989-90, he was seconded to the position of Dean and Director of the China-European Community Management Centre in Beijing with which he had been connected since 1985. He took up the Guinness (later Diageo) Chair of Management at Cambridge in 1991. He was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Organization Studies from 1992 to 1996. He also founded the Centre for International Business and Management [CIBAM] at Cambridge and he is a Fellow of the Judge Business School in Cambridge. He is also a Visiting Professor at Lingnan University College, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, China.

John’s research interests include Management and economic reform in China; organization and performance of strategic alliances; internationalization of SMEs; evolution of new organizational forms.

John Garver , Professor Emeritus at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

garverDr. John Garver is Professor Emeritus at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, and an Associate of the China Research Center.  Dr. Garver is the author of eleven books and over one-hundred articles dealing with China’s foreign relations. His newest book on China’s foreign relations will be published in December by Oxford University Press.

Jean-François Hennart, Emeritus Professor of International Management at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management at Tilburg University and Extramural Fellow at Tilburg University CentER.


His research focuses on the comparative study of international economic institutions such as multinational firms from both developed and emerging countries, born globals, joint ventures and hybrids, modes of foreign market entry, and the internationalization of family firms. His Theory of Multinational Enterprise (University of Michigan Press, 1982) pioneered the application of transaction cost theory to international business. He is consulting editor for the Journal of International Business Studies, and is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and of the European International Business Academy. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Vaasa.

In 2012 the International Management Division of the Academy of Management named him the Booz&Co/Strategy+Business Eminent Scholar in International Management. There has been more than 14,000 citations to his articles published in top journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, the Strategic Management Journal, the Global Strategy Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Management International Review, and the Journal of Retailing

Yasheng Huang, International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business and Professor of Global Economics and Management

Yasheng Huang is the International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business and a Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Huang founded and runs the China Lab and the India Lab, which aim to help entrepreneurs in those countries improve their management skills. He is an expert source on international business, political economy, and international management. In collaboration with other scholars, Huang is conducting research on human capital formation in China and India, entrepreneurship, and ethnic and labor-intensive foreign direct investment (FDI). Prior to MIT Sloan, he held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School. Huang also served as a consultant to the World Bank.

His research has been profiled in many publications, including TheWall Street Journal,The Economist, Businessworld, Le Monde, the Economic Times, as well as in numerous Chinese publications. He also has contributed to the Financial Times, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy. Huang’s published books include Inflation and Investment Controls in China (1996), FDI in China (1998), Selling China (2003), and Financial Reform in China (2005, co-edited with Tony Saich and Edward Steinfeld). His most recent book, Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics (2008), is based on detailed archival and quantitative evidence spanning three decades of reforms. Huang shows that private entrepreneurship, facilitated by financial liberalization and microeconomic flexibility, played a central role in China’s economic miracle.

Huang has held or received prestigious fellowships, such as the National Fellowship at Stanford University and the Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Fellowship. He is a member of the Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, a Fellow at the Center for Chinese Economic Research and the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University, a Fellow at the William Davidson Institute at Michigan Business School, and a World Economic Forum Fellow.

Huang holds a BA in government from Harvard College and a PhD in government from Harvard University.

Qian Jiannong, Vice President of Fosun Group; President of Fosun Tourism & Commercial Group; Co-President of China Momentum Fund; Chairman of Club Med Holding; Chairman of Hainan Atlantis Commerce & Tourism Development Co., Ltd.


Mr. Qian studied in Germany and held position in senior management in two German companies. He then joined China Nepstar (listed in U.S) as CEO in 2006 and lead this company’s IPO successfully in NYSE in 2007. In 2010, Mr. Qian started to manage commercial investments for Fosun and accomplished a few famous investment cases. He successfully completed the investments of Club Med, Folli Follie, Vigor, Atlantis, Secret Recipe, Osborne, China CITIS, Thomas Cook, etc. Recently Fosun completed the privatization of Club Med and investment of Thomas cook under Mr. Qian’s leadership which attracted worldwide attention. He is the first practitioner of Fosun’s philosophy “Combining China’s Growth Momentum with Global Resources”

Mr. Qian used to be the board director of China Nepstar and Yuyuan Tourist Mart. He is now the board director of Club Med(France) , Folli Follie (Greece) and Osborne(Spain).

Bruce McKern, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Visiting Professor of International Business, China Europe International Business School.

Picture1Professor McKern is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he is writing on innovation in China by local and foreign companies and the strategies of emerging MNCs from rapidly developing economies. Prior to returning to Stanford, he was Professor of International Business and Co-Director of the Centre on China Innovation at the China Europe International Business School, Shanghai.

Dr. McKern gained a BE in Chemical Engineering with Honors at the University of Sydney and worked in the chemical industry with DuPont, ICI and Canadian General Electric. He obtained a Doctorate in International Business at Harvard University and subsequently worked in research and postgraduate education in Australia, Europe, China and the United States. From 1993 to 1997, McKern was Professor of International Business and President of the Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, an institution devoted to research and outreach in international management. During 2001 – 2007, McKern was the Director of the Stanford Sloan Master’s Program, a one year graduate program for executives in mid-career. Between 2008 and 2011, he directed the Merck-funded Research Program on Innovation at the United States Studies Centre in the University of Sydney.

His research interests focus on the strategies of international corporations. He is the author or editor of eight books including Multinational Enterprise and Natural Resources (McGraw Hill 1976), Transnational Corporations in the Exploitation of Natural Resources (United Nations and Routledge, 1993), and Managing the Global Network Corporation (Routledge, 2003). He has published in academic and professional journals on multinational enterprise, industrial development, and international business, and is the author of many recent case studies in the field of international business, distributed by Stanford University, Harvard Business School and CEIBS.

His current research is concerned with the strategies of emerging multinationals and with the innovation strategies of local companies and MNCs in China. Dr. McKern is a speaker and instructor in executive programs for Chinese companies and MNCs, such as Shandong Gold, Nitto Denko, Nestlé China, the Bosch Group, and Rio Tinto Corporation. He is also a commentator in the Chinese and international media on issues of MNC strategy and China innovation.

Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School.
Ph.D., Harvard University; B.S.E., Princeton University

Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has studied and worked with multinational and indigenous companies and investors in emerging markets worldwide. He joined the faculty in 1993, after obtaining an engineering degree from Princeton University (1988) and a Ph.D. from Harvard (1993), and an interim stint on Wall Street. During this time, he has served as the head of several courses on strategy and international business targeted to MBA students and senior executives at Harvard.

His new book, Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping Their Futures and Yours, was published in February 2008 by Harvard Business School Press (Penguin in South Asia), with translations into several languages underway. It focuses on the drivers of entrepreneurship in China and India and builds on over a decade of work with companies, investors and non-profits in developing countries worldwide.

His scholarly work has been published in a range of economics and management journals, several of which he also serves in an editorial capacity. Articles in the Harvard Business Review (e.g. China + India: The Power of Two, 2007; Emerging Giants: Building World Class Companies in Emerging Markets, 2006) and Foreign Policy (e.g. Can India Overtake China?, 2003) distil the implications of this research for practicing managers. His work is frequently featured in global newsmagazines as well as on TV and radio.

He serves on the boards and advisory boards of several companies in the financial services, automotive, life sciences and agribusiness sectors. He actively invests in and mentors startups in Asia, and volunteers time with non-profits in India, e.g. the Parliamentary Research Services in New Delhi, which seeks to provide non-partisan research input to India’s Members of Parliament in advance of legislative sessions with a view to enhancing the quality of democratic discourse.

In 2007, he was nominated to be a Young Global Leader (under 40) by the World Economic Forum. He makes his home in Newton, MA, with his wife, daughter and son.

William C. Kirby, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University, Ph.D., Harvard University; A.M., Harvard University; A.B., Dartmouth College
William C. Kirby is the Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University. He is a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. He serves as Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Chairman of the Harvard China Fund. A historian of modern China, Professor Kirby’s work examines China’s business, economic, and political development in an international context. He has written on the evolution of modern Chinese business (state-owned and private); Chinese corporate law and company structure; the history of freedom in China; China’s environmental challenges; relations across the Taiwan Strait; and China’s relations with Europe and America. His current projects include case studies of contemporary Chinese businesses and a comparative study of higher education in China and the United States. He is Honorary Visiting Professor at Peking University, Nanjing University, Chongqing University, and Fudan University.

He has held appointments also as Visiting Professor at the University of Heidelberg and the Free University of Berlin. Before coming to Harvard in 1992, he was Professor of History, Director of Asian Studies, and Dean of University College at Washington University in St. Louis. At Harvard, he has served as Chair of the History Department, Director of the Asia Center, and most recently, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

As Dean of Harvard’s largest school from 2002 to 2006, he initiated major reforms in undergraduate education in Harvard College; enhanced Harvard’s international studies at home and abroad; increased substantially financial aid in the College and in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; supported the growth of the Division (now School) of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and oversaw the construction of major new buildings in the Life Sciences, Engineering, and the Arts. During his tenure the Faculty expanded at its most rapid rate since the 1960s. Professor Kirby holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and (Dr. Phil. HonorisCausa) the Free University of Berlin. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

John Ling, President of Council of American States in China

JohnLingJohn Ling is a Chinese native and a naturalized US citizen. He received his MBA from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina.
After graduating, Mr. Ling worked as managing director for a U.S./China joint venture, Metallic Building Systems (Asia) Inc.  He worked with home appliances maker-Haier, to set up the first Chinese-owned green-field manufacturing operation in the US in 1999. He moved to Shanghai in 2005 to open South Carolina’s first office in China, with main responsibilities to recruit Chinese investment to South Carolina and assist South Carolina companies looking for export opportunities there. China-affiliated and owned companies invest almost $1 billion and employ close to 4000 individuals in South Carolina. He has received numerous interviews by LA Times, Washington Post, BBC Worldwide and Wall Street Journal. More recently, Fortune magazine had a cover-page story highlighting his work with different Chinese investment projects in South Carolina. In August 2015, Mr. Ling has been retained by the state of Georgia as its managing director for Investment in China
Mr. Ling also currently serves as president of Council of American States in China

Sarianna M. Lundan, Chair in International Management and Governance at the University of Bremen

SariannaLundanSarianna M. Lundan received her PhD from Rutgers University (US), and has held prior appointments at the University of Reading (UK) and at Maastricht University (The Netherlands). She has published widely in journals and books, and has co-authored with John H. Dunning the second edition of Multinational Enterprises and the Global Economy, which has become an influential reference work in the field of international business. She has also consulted extensively with the United Nations and the World Bank on issues related to the development impact of foreign investment. She is an elected Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA), and currently serves on six editorial boards, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal and the International Journal of Emerging Markets. Her current research interests focus on the co-evolution of multinational enterprises and the institutional environment in which they operate.

Yadong Luo, Emery M. Findley Distinguished Chair of Graduate Business Studies and Professor of Management at University of Miami
Dr. Yadong Luo is the Emery M. Findley Distinguished Chair of Graduate Business Studies and Professor of Management at University of Miami, where he served as Chairman of Management Department. He is also an elected fellow of Academy of International Business and distinguished honorary professor at Sun Yat‐Sen Business School, China.

Professor Luo has emerged as the world’s top research scholar in international management since the mid‐90s. He has published over 150 articles in major refereed journals in international business and management, including AMJ, ASQ, AMR, SMJ, JIBS, JAP, Org. Science, among others. He also authored more than a dozen books and about a hundred other publications. His research interests include global corporate strategy, global corporate governance, international joint ventures, and management in emerging economies, among others. Professor Luo’s research record includes seminal pieces on important and timely topics, such as co‐opetition in international business, business-government relationships, cross‐cultural cooperative strategies, multinational enterprises in emerging markets, and international expansion of emerging market enterprises.

He is also an expert in research on several frontier issues, such as dynamic capabilities in global business, cultural friction in international interactions, organizational justice in inter‐firm relationships, anti‐corruption in organizations, opportunism in inter-firm exchanges, global language design, and global dimensions of corporate governance. His writing on the recent development of business and management in emerging markets, notably China, is particularly path‐breaking and offers a wealth of understanding of this critical context and business activities that are unfolding there.

Dr. Luo was ranked the world’s most productive author in leading international business journals between 1996 and 2008 by International Business Review in 2010 and between 2001 and 2009 by Management International Review in 2012, and the world’s most prolific and cited author on Chinese management between 2000 and 2006 by Asia Pacific Journal of Management in 2007. According to Google Scholar, his works have been cited nearly 10,000 times by other scholars.

Professor Luo received his Ph.D from Temple University. Prior to coming to the United States, he was a provincial official in charge of international business in China. He currently is a consulting editor of JIBS, editor of JWB, senior editor of MOR, advisor of GSJ, guest editor of AMJ, and review board member of SMJ. He is the recipient of a dozen´s research and teaching awards at U. of Miami and U. of Hawaii where he taught before joining UM, including the Faculty Senate Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009 (first ever by UM business school faculty) and Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research in 1999 (first ever by UH business school faculty).

Klaus E. Meyer, Professor of Strategy and International Business, CEIBS Shanghai, China

KlausEMEyerKlaus Meyer has been a Professor of Strategy and International Business at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai, China since summer of 2012, and he is also an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School (DK). Previously, he was a Professor at the University of Bath and the University of Reading in England, and spend eight years Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. I also held visiting in Hong Kong and Taipei.

Prof. Meyer graduated with a PhD from London Business School, UK in 1997 with a dissertation on “Determinants of Direct Foreign Investment in the Transition Economies in Central and Eastern Europe”, which received the best thesis award by the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies. He also have a Diplom-Volkswirt (MSc Econ) degree from University of Göttingen, Germany in May 1992, and spend two years in banking with the Nord/LB in Braunschweig, Germany.

His research focuses on strategies of multinational enterprises in emerging economies. He is in particular interested in how firms adapt their business strategies to the specific conditions prevailing in each emerging economy. He thus investigated foreign investor’s choice of entry mode and foreign acquisitions in transition economies. Recently, he has re-focused on multinational enterprises originating from emerging economies, such as China, with a focus on how the context of the home country affects the strategies driving their outward investment.

Prof. Meyer has, with Mike Peng, written a textbook “International Business”, which provides a comprehensive introduction to the field and is primarily aimed at students in courses taught in English across Europe. Hence, the book specifically incorporates issues and contexts relevant to European businesses. Moreover, Prof. Meyer holds various responsibilities in scholarly associations and journals, including the role of Vice President of the Academy of International Business (AIB) with responsibility for the 2014 program in Vancouver.

Dr. Marshall W. Meyer, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA

Marshall W. Meyer was named Tsai Wan-Tsai Professor in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania effective July 1, 2010, where he is also Professor of Management, Professor of Sociology, Associate Member of the Center for East Asian Studies, and a member of the Executive Committee of the newly formed Center for the Study of Contemporary China. Previously Meyer has held the Anheuser-Busch and Richard A. Sapp Professorships of Management at Wharton. Meyer has taught at Harvard University, Cornell University, the Riverside, Irvine, and Los Angeles campuses of the University of California, and Yale University, and has been a visiting professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, and the School of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Meyer was also a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in 1993-94.

Meyer is executive senior editor of Management and Organization Review, the journal of the International Association for Chinese Management Research. He is also an advisory editor of Harvard Business Review—China. Meyer was Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly from 1987¬ to 1995 and has served on the editorial boards of the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Contemporary Sociology, the Arnold and Caroline Rose Monograph Series of the American Sociological Association, Organization Studies, Social Science Quarterly, and Computational Statistics and Data Analysis.

Meyer’s books include Permanently Failing Organizations, with Lynne Zucker, Sage Publications, 1989; Structures of Power and Constraint: Papers in Honor of Peter M. Blau, with W. Richard Scott and Craig Calhoun, Cambridge University Press, 1990; The New Economic Sociology: Developments in an Emerging Field (ed., with Mauro Guillen, Randall Collins, and Paula England), Russell Sage Foundation, 2001; Rethinking Performance Measurement: Beyond the Balanced Scorecard, Cambridge University Press, 2002. Rethinking Performance Measurement has been translated into Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and Russian. Meyer’s most recent journal publications include “Subjectivity and the Weighting of Performance Measures: Evidence from the Balanced Scorecard” (with Christopher Ittner and David Larcker), Accounting Review, July 2003, and “Managing Indefinite Boundaries: The Strategy and Structure of a Chinese Business Firm” (with Lu Xiaohui), Management and Organization Review, March 2005; “China’s Second Economic Transition: Building Domestic Markets,” Management and Organization Review, March, 2008; and “Which Way through the Open Door: Notes on the Internationalization of Chinese Firms,” Management and Organization Review, November, 2008.

Meyer is Vice President and a member of the executive committee of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and a member of the Advisory Board of National Analysts Worldwide. He also serves on the boards of Knowledge@Wharton, the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management, is a member of the Faculty Research Committee of the Wharton Global Family Alliance, and directs Wharton’s strategic partnership with the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University.

Nicholas C. Niggli, Head of the Economic, Trade & Finance Section, Embassy of Switzerland in the UK

Mr Nicholas C. Niggli works for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He is currently based at the Embassy of Switzerland in London, where he heads the diplomatic team representing, promoting and defending Switzerland’s economic, trade, finance, science and business interests in the United Kingdom. Mr Niggli is a Member of the Board of the City Swiss Club, the Association of Economic Representatives in London (AERL) and the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) London Chapter Committee.
Previously, Mr Niggli worked for Swiss trade diplomacy and was based at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the WTO & EFTA. There, he covered the Doha Development Round, the International Services Agreement plurilateral negotiations, Accessions to the WTO as well as budget, administration and institutional issues.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

University Distinguished Service Professor, and former Dean of the Kennedy School. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a PhD in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology.In 2004, he published Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics; Understanding International Conflict (5th edition); and The Power Game: A Washington Novel. In 2008 he published The Powers to Lead and his latest book published in 2011 is The Future of Power.

Mike W. Peng, Provost’s Distinguished Professor of Global Strategy at the University of Texas at Dallas
Mike Peng.Mike is the Provost’s Distinguished Professor of Global Strategy at the University of Texas at Dallas.Mike Peng graduated from the University of Washington in 1996.He has published three books, 39 journal articles, and 24 non-refereed publications.His publications on strategies employed by domestic and international companies competing in Greater China have appeared in AMJ, AMR, JIBS, JM, JMS, OS, and SMJ. Mike’s principal contribution to the literature lay in his advocating an institution-based view of strategy as one of the three legs in a “strategy tripod” – the other two legs are the more established industry- and resource-based views.Mike is also the editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Management.

Ravi Ramamurti, Northeastern University, USA

Ravi Ramamurti is CBA Distinguished Professor of International Business & Strategy, and Director of the Center for Emerging Markets at Northeastern University, Boston. . He is also an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB). Professor Ramamurti obtained his B.Sc. (Physics) from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi University (1972), his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (1974), where he graduated at the top of his class, and his Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School (1982). Professor Ramamurti has been a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, CEIBS-China, IMD-Switzerland, the Fletcher School at Tufts U., and the Wharton School, U. of Pennsylvania. Prof. Ramamurti’s research and consulting have focused on firms operating in, or from, emerging economies. He is the author or editor of five books and dozens of articles in leading management journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, California Management Review, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Management Science, and World Development. Prof. Ramamurti was elected in 2003 to serve on the Executive Council of the Academy of Management’s International Management Division (IMD). He has also been closely involved with the Academy of International Business for more than two decades, and serves on the editorial boards of several international business journals.
Professor Ramamurti has done research in or consulted with firms and governments in more than 20 emerging economies. He has been a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, USAID, and Fulbright. He was the Principal Consultant to The Economist group for its new online courses on competing in emerging markets. He has also consulted with several private firms in the U.S. and abroad, including Arthur D. Little, Bosch, Cognex, EG&G, EMC Corporation, General Electric, Hasbro, KPMG International, Nielsen, Petrobras, Praxair, Reutgers, SK Group (South Korea), Steel Authority of India Ltd., Tata Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific, The Economist Group, and Wipro. He is quoted frequently in the business press, including in BusinessWeek, CIO Magazine, Economic Times, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, Times of India, and the Wall Street Journal.

Gordon Redding, Secretary-General of The HEAD Foundation, and former Director of the Euro-Asia Centre at INSEAD

Gordon Redding is based in Singapore as Secretary-General of the HEAD Foundation, a think tank devoted to the analysis of social capital in Asia and with particular reference to the role of higher education in sponsoring societal progress. He also holds an adjunct professorship at INSEAD, where he was earlier Director of the Euro-Asia Centre based in Fontainebleau. Prior to that he spent 24 years at the University of Hong Kong where he founded and directed the HKU Business School.

His education includes an initial degree at Cambridge, ten years as an executive in the UK, then a Ph.D at Manchester University in organization theory. He also holds an honorary doctorate of the Stockholm School of Economics. His research has been mainly on alternative systems of capitalism, focusing especially on the Asian variations seen comparatively against their western equivalents. His main empirical work has been on forms of Chinese capitalism both inside and outside the mainland. In 2006 he was given the biannual Distinguished Scholarship Award by the International Association for Chinese Management Research.

Alan M. Rugman, Professor of International Business at the Henley Business School of the University of Reading

Alan Rugman is Head of International Business & Strategy. He joined Henley Business School as Professor of International Business in 2008-9. Previously he has held tenured appointments at University of Oxford, Indiana University, University of Toronto and Visiting Appointments at Harvard University, Columbia Business School, UCLA and other leading universities in North America, Europe and Asia. Professor Rugman has published numerous books and refereed articles examining the strategies and performance of the World’s 500 largest multinational enterprises. These works have been influential in building the field of International Business Scholarship leading to several thousand citations. His most important book develops the theory of internalisation in an North American context, “Inside the Multinationals”, Columbia University Press 1981, reissued 2006. Professor Rugman has been a consultant to leading MNEs, to the Canadian Government during the negotiations for NAFTA, and to the United Nations. He is co-author of a leading textbook, “International Business”, 6th Edition, FT/Prentice Hall, 2012.

Karl P. Sauvant, Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC),

Karl P. Sauvant, Ph.D., is Resident Senior Fellow at the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University; Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School; Fellow, Academy of International Business; Honorary Fellow, European International Business Academy; and Senior Advisor, Investment Advisory Committee, China International Investment Council (formerly the China Federation of Investment Promotion Agencies). He is also Guest Professor at Nankai University, China.

Until February 2012, Dr. Sauvant was the Founding Executive Director of the VCC. There, he sought to make the VCC a leading forum for discussions by scholars, policymakers, development advocates, students, and other stakeholders of issues related to foreign direct investment (FDI) in the global economy and the regulatory framework governing it, focussing in particular on the contribution of FDI to sustainable development. Toward that objective, he launched the Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy, the Columbia FDI Perspectives, the Columbia FDI Profiles, the annual International Investment Conference, the Investment Law and Policy Speaker Series, and the Emerging Markets Global Players project. He teaches a seminar on FDI and public policy and has published widely in the international investment area. Until October 2011, he was also the Co-Director of the Millennium Cities Initiative at the Earth Institute, responsible for helping African cities attract investment.

Until July 2005, Dr. Sauvant was Director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD’s) Investment Division (DITE), the focal point in the UN system for matters related to FDI, as well as a major interface with the private sector. His responsibilities included managing the Division; promoting international consensus-building in the areas of FDI, technology and enterprise development; providing intellectual leadership for policy-oriented research; and conceptualizing and supervising technical assistance activities in this field. Dr. Sauvant had joined the United Nations in 1973 and, as of 1975, focused his work on matters related to FDI. In 1988, he became responsible for the Organization’s policy analysis work on FDI. In 2001, he became Director of DITE. While at the UN, he created, in 1991, the prestigious annual World Investment Report, of which he was the lead author until 2004. In 1992, Dr. Sauvant founded the journal Transnational Corporations, serving as its editor until 2005. He provided intellectual leadership and guidance to a series of 25 monographs on key issues related to international investment agreements, which were published in 2004/05 in three volumes, and he edited, together with Dr. John H. Dunning, a 20-volume Library on Transnational Corporations (published by Routledge). His name is associated with a great number of United Nations publications on FDI over his three decades of service in the UN.

Jagdish Sheth, Kellstadt Professor of Business and Founder, India-China-America (ICA) Institute

JShethProfessor Jagdish Sheth is a renowned scholar and internationally recognized thought leader. He has published more than 400 research papers and more than 40 books on various disciplines and topics. His insights on global competition, strategic thinking, geopolitics, and emerging markets are considered revolutionary.
As a thought leader, Professor Sheth has made hundreds of presentations to business leaders, academic scholars, and public policy makers from around the world. He is frequently quoted and interviewed by Fortune, Financial Times, The Economic Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also a regular guest and frequent commenter for major news networks: BBC, CNBC India, and CNN.
Professor Sheth’s timely advice aids business leaders, and policymakers looking to develop long-term strategies for positioning for the future.

Hellmut Schütte, Vice-President and Dean, Distinguished Professor of Management, CEIBS, Shanghai

SchuetteProfessor Hellmut Schütte is  Vice-President and Dean of CEIBS after having served as Distinguished Professor of Management and holding the European Chair for Global Governance and Sino-European Business Relations for three years. CEIBS is the leading business school in China that is jointly owned by the Government of China and the European Commission. It is consistently rated by the Financial Times as the top school in Asia. He is particularly interested in the competition and cooperation between emerging market corporations and established Western/Japanese multinationals.

He is also Emeritus Professor of International Management at INSEAD whose faculty he joined in Fontainebleau, France, in 1981 after a career in the areas of marketing and investment banking. Professor Schütte studied economics and business administration in Germany and obtained his doctorate from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He was visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, visiting professor at Boston University, and visiting scholar at Harvard University. Up to the fall of 2006, Professor Schütte was the Dean of INSEAD’s fast growing Asia Campus located in Singapore.

China is Professor Schütte’s tenth country in which he lives and works. He has taught in seminars in another 40 countries all over the world. He is a well-known speaker in conferences and business meetings and is actively involved in various executive programmes, board and advisory roles and consulting assignments. Among others, he is an Executive Director and Partner of BAF Spectrum, a business angel firm that invests in young enterprises.

Oded Shenkar, Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management, Professor of Management & Human Resources, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University

Oded Shenkar holds degrees in East-Asian (Chinese) Studies and Sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD from Columbia University, where his dissertation on the Chinese bureaucracy involved work in the department of Sociology, the Graduate School of Business, and the East-Asian Institute. He is currently the Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management and Professor of Management and Human Resources at the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, where he heads the international business area, and is also a member of the Centers for Chinese Studies and for Near East Studies. Professor Shenkar has been a Senior Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Peking University, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), and the International University of Japan, among many others.

Professor Shenkar has published a hundred scientific articles in leading journals such as The Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations, Journal of International Business studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Harvard Business Review, among many others. His books include Organization and Management in China 1979-1990 (M.E. Sharpe), International Business in China (Routledge, w. L. Kelley), Global Perspectives on Human Resource Management(Prentice-Hall), The Handbook of International Management Research (University of Michigan Press, with B.J. Punnett), International Business (Wiley; Sage -2nd edition-  with Yadong Luo), the Handbook of Strategic Alliances (Sage, with Jeff Reuer), The Chinese Century (Wharton School Publishing), which has been translated into twelve languages, and Copycats: how smart companies use imitation to gain a strategic edge (Harvard Business Press), which has been translated into six languages.

His work has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Daily Mail (UK), Liberation (France), the International Herald Tribune, Time, Business Week, the Economist, Chief Executive magazine, the Associated Press, Reuters, Nikkei Financial Daily, the China Daily, Reference News (China), and The China Business Weekly, as well as on radio (e.g., NPR, CBS) and TV (BBC, CNN, Reuters, ABC, Canada Business TV, Korean TV, Bloomberg).

Professor Shenkar has been an advisor to firms in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, China and Israel (e.g., Battelle, Diamond Power International, Netafim, Shepherd Coloring, Wal-Mart Stores), governments (e.g., Department of Business and Economic Development, State of Hawaii) international institutions (e.g., ILO) and universities (e.g., the Chinese University of Hong Kong). He appeared before the US-China Economic & Security Review Commission and the Western Governors Association, among others, and is a past Vice President and Fellow of the Academy of International Business.


Wang Shiyu, Managing Partner of P&C Fund, Chairman of Fargo Fortune Capital Group.


Mr. Wang is a renowned business leader in China. As China’s first generation investment banker, he is the advocate of “Global M&A, Chinese Integration”, a catchphrase that he initiated and that resonates in China’s business world.

Over the past three decades of business excellence, Mr. Wang has mastered over a hundred enterprise restructurings, reorganizations, listings, merger & acquisitions, and numerous investment and financing practices.

As a senior investment banker, he advised numerous multinational companies and private equity firms on mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and other related transactions. He has rich resources in China’s capital market, the public sector, corporations across all industries, as well as some of China’s most influential families.

As the core member of D’ Long Group, once China’s largest and most powerful privately held conglomerate in the early 2000s, Chairman Wang is admired and followed by many business elites across China. D’ long is widely regarded as China’ s first business empire in the capital market, which has inspired and influenced a generation of the most senior financiers and business leaders in China.

Mr. Wang also played leading roles in some of China’s most prominent companies and institutions.

He serves as General Manager of Investment Department at Vantone Group, Managing Director and co- founder of Wan Meng Investment management Co., Ltd., Managing Director and co-founder of Hainan Shun Feng Group, etc. Besides, Mr. Wang is the leading expert on China’s REITs inception. He is also the mastermind behind China’s rural land trust circulation scheme, which was piloted in Hunan Province and later implemented across China.

Denis F. Simon, Vice Provost for International Strategic Initiatives at Arizona State University

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of California, Berkeley; B.A., State University of New York

Professor Denis Simon’s scholarship focuses on international and comparative business strategy, technological innovation, and global management of technology, with special reference to China and the Pacific Rim. He has established deep government, business and academic relationships in China and is well-known for both his scholarly and entrepreneurial accomplishments.

Prior to joining the Penn State School of International Affairs, Professor Simon served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY’s Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce in Manhattan. Previously, he was dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a member of the faculties of the Fletcher School at Tufts University and the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T.

A successful businessman who has provided leadership and development direction to national and international entities, Professor Simon is a past president of the Monitor Group (China) Ltd. in Beijing and the founder and former president of China Consulting Association in Boston. He also has served as managing director of the Business Strategy and Innovation Center for Scient International in Singapore, and as director of the China Strategy Group and general manager for Anderson Consulting in Beijing.

A frequent advisor to global corporations and the U.S. government, Professor Simon is a member of the China Project Team at the Council on Competitiveness; the Advisory Committee on United States Science and Technology Cooperation with China of the National Science Foundation; and the Board of Directors of the United States-Israel Science and Technology Foundation. He also has worked closely on several projects with the National Academy of Sciences and on the National Innovation Initiative for the Council on Competitiveness.

The government of the People’s Republic of China recognized Professor’s Simon extensive contributions to U.S.-China science and technology relations by selecting him in 2006 to receive the China National Friendship Award, the highest award granted by the Chinese government to a foreign expert. He also received the 2006 Liaoning Province Friendship Award and the 2005 Xinghai Friendship Award for his contributions to the development of science and technology in Dalian. In addition, he holds honorary professorships at several prestigious Chinese universities.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Association for Asian Studies, and the National Committee for US-China Relations, as well as an associate member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing.

His teaching interests include international business strategy and operations, global management of technology, international technology transfer, comparative S&T policy, East Asian government-business relations, and contemporary Chinese political economy.


JINGZHOU TAO, Managing Partner at Dechert LLP

Jingzhou Tao is the Managing Partner at Dechert LLP responsible for developing the firm’s Asian practice. He has almost 30 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on China-related matters. His areas of practice include international mergers and acquisitions, arbitration, and corporate work. Jingzhou has represented major Chinese, European, Japanese, and American companies in hundreds of transactions in China on such matters as merger and acquisition; tax planning; strategic alliances; and intellectual property protection. He has acted as counsel, chief arbitrator or party nominated arbitrator in over a hundred international arbitration proceedings involving merger and acquisition, letters of credit, construction projects, management contracts, joint ventures, tax planning, strategic alliances, technology transfers, trademark licensing agreements, agency agreements, and international sales of goods.


Mary Teagarden, Professor of Global Strategy at Thunderbird School of Global Management

mary_teagardenMary Teagarden, Ph.D., is a world-renowned thought leader and educator in the areas of global strategic management and strategic human resource management. She is recognized and sought after in academic, corporate and government sectors for her teaching, executive training and consulting.

Dr. Teagarden received her Ph.D. in Global Strategic Management from the University of Southern California. She has published more than 70 articles, book chapters, and case studies in the area of strategic management, and her research focuses on global competitiveness and capability building with an emphasis on off-shore manufacturing and service, innovation, high technology transfer, sustainable development, talent management and the automotive, aviation, information technology, healthcare services, mining, and telecommunications industries. Her current research projects focus on business dynamics in the Asian Pacific Rim, Latin America and emerging market economies, including the People’s Republic of China and India—and developing leaders’ Global Mindsets.

She consults regularly with service and technology-intensive manufacturing firms in India, Mexico and China, as well as with governments in the same countries, and with the governments of Colombia, Albania and the People’s Republic of China.

Rosalie L. Tung, President of the Academy of Management

Rosalie TungDr. Rosalie L. Tung recently completed a five-year stint as vice-president, president and past president of the Academy of Management (2000-2005). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of Management, and the Academy of International Business, she also won the 1998 Vancouver YWCA Woman of the Year award in Management, the Professions and Trades; in 1997 she won the American Society for Advanced Global Competitiveness Research Award.
Rosalie joined the Beedie School of Business in 1991 after serving on the facultiesof a number of American universities, including a Wisconsin Distinguished Professorship with the University of Wisconsin System and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting professor at universities around the world, including Harvard, and has served on the United Nations Task Force on Human Resource Management. Rosalie is also involved in management development and consulting activities around the world.
Rosalie has published widely on the subjects of international management and organizational theory and is the author or editor of 11 books.

Jing Ulrich, J.P. Morgan’s Managing Director and Chairman of China Equities and Commodities

Jing Ulrich is J.P. Morgan’s Managing Director and Chairman of China Equities and Commodities. She is leading the expansion of J.P. Morgan’s China equity business both in China and worldwide as well as developing business opportunities that arise from China’s demand for commodities.

Educated at Harvard and Stanford Universities, Jing is one of the most prominent advisors to the world’s largest asset management companies, pension and sovereign wealth funds. She also serves as an advisor to Chinese institutions seeking to invest overseas.

Jing has received numerous industry accolades for her work as a China watcher. She was ranked as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Global Businesswomen in September 2009. In 2008, she was named one of Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. China’s Business Watch Magazine listed her among the country’s 25 business women elite, and in May 2009, the Chinese journal Contemporary Manager named her one of the top ten business leaders in China.

Louis T. Wells, Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management at the Harvard Business School

Professor Louis T. Wells is the Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management at the Harvard Business School. He has served as consultant to governments of a number of developing countries, as well as to international organizations and private firms. His principal consulting activities have been concerned with foreign investment policy and with negotiations between foreign investors and host governments.

His research interests include multinational enterprises; international business-government relations; foreign investment in developing countries; and foreign investment by firms from developing countries. He was the Coordinator for Indonesia Projects, Harvard Institute for International Development, Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1994-5. His associations include: Fellow -Academy of International Business, member – Foreign Advisory Board – Lahore Business School, and member – Council on Foreign Relations.

Professor Wells received a BS in Physics from Georgia Tech and his MBA and DBA from the Harvard Business School.

Li Xuecheng, Chairman and Vice Party Secretary of Jihua Group Corporation Limited

Jihua Group General Manager, Li Xue Cheng

Mr. Li Xuecheng, born in 1962, MBA of Peking University, Master’s degree, Senior Economist, currently holds the position of Chairman and Vice Party Secretary of Jihua Group Corporation Limited. He started to work since July 1984 and successively served as Munitions Production Management assistant in the General Logistics Department of PLA, Deputy Director of the Department of Comprehensive Planning in CHINA XINXING CORPORATION(GROUP), then Director, staff in the Integrated Production Planning Bureau of General Logistic Department of PLA, Deputy Director of Light Industry department of XINXING CATHAY INTERNATIONAL GROUP, Vice Chairman of 3543 factory, then Chairman, Chairman and Party Secretary of Jihua 3543 Knitting Garment Co. Ltd., Vice General Manager of Jihua Light Industry Group Co. Ltd., Board Member, General Manager and Vice Party Secretary of Jihua Group Corporation Limited.

David Zweig is Chair Professor of Social Science, and Director of the Center on China’s Transnational Relations at HKUST (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)


David Zweig (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1983, Harvard Post-doc, 1984-85) is Chair Professor of Social Science, and Director of the Center on China’s Transnational Relations at HKUST (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology). His research interests include China’s “resource diplomacy,” China’s human resources and talent, Chinese politics and political economy, Sino-American relations, and Hong Kong Politics. His research grants include “Resource Diplomacy under Hegemony” (Research Grants Council of HK (RGC), 2010–13), “Hong Kong People on the Mainland: A Force for Integration?” (Central Policy Unit, HK Government, 2007–09), and most recently, “Coming Home: Reverse Migration of Entrepreneurs and Academics in India and Turkey in Light of the Chinese Experience,” RGC (HK), 2015-17. He won the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship, RGC of Hong Kong in 2013-2014. His most influential book is Internationalizing China: Domestic Interests and Global Linkages (Cornell University Press, 2002), while has just completed editing a new book, Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles: Resource Diplomacy under Hegemony, which is coming out in paperback from Routledge in December 2016. He is currently working on a book on reverse migration of highly skilled talent to China.