Event Watch: “The China Model For The Next Decade” At Columbia University (March 31)

Event Includes More Than 40 Speakers

The China Business Conference will be held at Low Memorial Library

The China Business Conference will be held at Low Memorial Library

Taking place on March 31 in New York, Columbia University’s fifth annual China Business Conference will include more than 40 speakers discussing the “The China Model for the Next Decade,” debating the challenges and opportunities emerging in the rapidly changing Chinese economy. Featuring keynote addresses, panel discussions and social events, this year’s China Business Conference will bring together a wide array of executives and leaders in the fields of industry, government and academia, exploring a full spectrum of issues related to the macro-economy, capital markets, private equity, investment banking, consumer market, real estate, and entrepreneurship.

The main thrust of this year’s event is a full examination of the “China Model.” Following three decades of double-digit economic growth, recent years have seen greater scrutiny by economists and business leaders on the model’s stability. At the China Business Conference, speakers will discuss what exactly the China Model entails, why it’s worked, and whether it is as sustainable or universal as Beijing makes it out to be. Drawing on the experience of presenters with a long history of doing business in or with China, the Conference will engage speakers from China and the U.S. to debate on different interpretations of the China Model, and to discuss the implications for the Chinese economy in the decade ahead.

Additional keynote speeches and industry panels will tackle the subject from different angles, looking at peripheral questions such as: How will the environment change for entrepreneurs in China? How does the global capital market evaluate the opportunity and risk China presents? What is going to be the hallmark of some key industries such as consumer goods and real estate? What implications does the “China Model” have for the world?

Opening and keynote speakers at this year’s conference include Amir Ziv, Vice Dean, Columbia Business School; Zhu Wanjin, Deputy Consul General, Consul General of China to New York; Tian Yuan, Chairman, China Entrepreneurs Forum; Frank English, former Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley; and Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Advisor, TPG Capital.

Panels and guest speakers include:

Investment Banking & Financial Institutions: “Capital without Borders”
Wei Jiang (moderator) – Professor, Columbia Business School
Drew Bernstein – Founder & Partner, Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP
Caroline Owen – Head of Debt Capital Markets NA, Standard Chartered
Chris Ruder – Managing Director, Portfolio Advisors LLC
Yu Lü – Director of Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations, ICBC
Sam Seraphim – Managing Partner, Woodlake Group
Ming Yu – General Manager and Head of ABC New York Branch Preparation Team

Real Estate: “Rebuilding the Model”
Neng Wang (moderator) – Professor, Columbia Business School
Keith Abell – Co-founder, Sungate Properties
Fred Cooper – Senior Vice President, Toll Brothers, Inc.
Michael Meyer – President, TDC Development and F&T Group
Malcolm Riddell – President, Riddell Tseng
Chip Pierson – Principal, General Manager, and Architect, Dahlin Group

Private Equity & Venture Capital: “Rationalization & Transformation”
Marshall Sonenshine (moderator) – Chairman & CEO, Sonenshine Partner
Jason Chen – Managing Director, Knights Investment Group; President of Wall Street Ren
Gregory Mark Hill – Managing Partner, GCH Partners
Ling Liu – Managing Director, New China Management LLC
Michael O’Hanlon – Senior Advisor, TPG Capital
Dr. Hao Wu – CEO, Sino-Century China Private Equity Partners
Nick Rosa – Managing Director, Continental Grain Company – ContiAsia

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship: “The Engine of Growth”
John Leagh (moderator) – Founder of Leagh & Associates
Henry Cao – Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Department, CKGSB
John Liu – Founder & Managing Partner, Highlink Partners
Steve Sun – Chairman and CEO of Genewiz, Inc.
Michael Zhu – Manager, Continental Grain Company – ContiAsia

Consumer Market: “Defining the Evolving Chinese Consumers”
Mark Cohen (moderator) – Professor, Columbia Business School; former CEO of Sears Canada
Sara Bergson – Senior Director of Strategy & Marketing, PepsiCo
Renee Hartmann – Founder, China Luxury Network
Caroline Levy – Managing Director, US Beverage/HPC Analyst, Credit Agricole Securities (USA)
Kai Li – Head of Asia Business Development, Shopbop.com
Liqi Peng – Associate Marketing Director of Gillette Global, Proctor & Gamble
Baohong Sun – Associate Dean, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

Macro Economy: “China’s New Role in the Post-Crisis World”
Xiaobo Lü (moderator) – Professor, Columbia University
Daniel P. Ahn – Senior Economist and Strategist, Citigroup
Pingfan Hong – Chief of Global Economic Monitoring, United Nations
Mr. David Mann – Regional Head of Research Americas, Standard Chartered
Ken Miller – CEO & President, Ken Miller Capital; former Vice Chairman, Merrill Lynch Capital Markets
Malcolm Riddell – CEO, Riddell Tseng; Editor, China Debate

Capital Market and Investment: “Navigating the China Investment Landscape”
David Beim (moderator) – Professor, Columbia Business School
Kevin Carter – CEO, AlphaShares/Baochuan Capital
Andrew Hudders – Partner, Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe
Marc H. Iyeki – Managing Director, NYSE Euronext
Andrew Left – Head of Citron Research

5th Annual Columbia University China Business Conference
“The China Model for the Next Decade”
March 31, 2012, 8:30am-6:00pm
Low Memorial Library and Uris Hall, New York, NY
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