On July 26, 2018, Craig Allen began his tenure in Washington, DC, as the sixth President of the United States-China Business Council (USCBC), a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing over 200 American companies doing business with China. Prior to joining USCBC, Craig had a long, distinguished career in US public service.
Craig began his government career in 1985 at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). He entered government as a Presidential Management Intern, rotating through the four branches of ITA. From 1986 to 1988, he was an international economist in ITA’s China Office.
In 1988, Craig transferred to the American Institute in Taiwan, where he served as Director of the American Trade Center in Taipei. He held this position until 1992, when he returned to the Department of Commerce for a three-year posting at the US Embassy in Beijing as Commercial Attaché.
In 1995, Craig was assigned to the US Embassy in Tokyo, where he served as a Commercial Attaché. In 1998, he was promoted to Deputy Senior Commercial Officer. In 1999, Craig became a member of the Senior Foreign Service.
From 2000, Craig served a two-year tour at the National Center for APEC in Seattle. While there, he worked on the APEC Summits in Brunei, China, and Mexico. In 2002, it was back to Beijing, where Craig served as the Senior Commercial Officer. In Beijing, Craig was promoted to the Minister Counselor rank of the Senior Foreign Service.
After a four-year tour in South Africa, Craig became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. He later became Deputy Assistant Secretary for China. Craig was sworn in as the United States ambassador to Brunei Darussalam on December 19, 2014. He served there until July 2018, when he transitioned to President of the US-China Business Council.
Craig received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Studies in 1979. He received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1985.
Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Investigations & Compliance practiceNavigant
Alma Angotti is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Investigations & Compliance practice. With over 25 years of regulatory practice, Ms. Angotti has held senior enforcement positions at the SEC, Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). In these positions, she was responsible for conducting investigations involving securities fraud, insider trading, financial fraud, anti-money laundering ("AML") and counter terrorist financing, market manipulation, investor and market protection, and other regulatory violations. At FinCEN and FINRA, she designed and lead the AML enforcement programs. She regularly worked with criminal prosecutors in a variety of jurisdictions and the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate and bring actions jointly.
Ms. Angotti has counselled her clients, large global financial institutions, multinational companies, smaller financial institutions, broker-dealers and Fintech companies, in a variety of projects, including gap analyses, compliance program reviews, risk assessments, remediation efforts, investigations and transaction reviews. Recently, she held interim senior compliance leadership positions at several global and regional financial institutions providing day-to-day management of their compliance programs and assisting them with implementing enhancements, often in the context of a regulatory or criminal enforcement action.
She has trained and advised the financial services industry as well as other regulators and government officials worldwide on AML, sanctions, and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) and other regulatory compliance issues.
Doyle is a member of the Firm’s government affairs and lobbying group and leads the federal lobbying arm of GrayRobinson. In his early career, Doyle served for five years as Chief of Staff to Representative Bill McCollum, supporting Congressman McCollum's work as Vice Chairman of the House Banking Committee and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's Crime Subcommittee. He oversaw Bill McCollum's race for the U.S. Senate in 1999-2000 and his successful campaign for Florida Attorney General in 2006. Doyle cofounded the Eris Group in 2003 which was acquired by GrayRobinson in 2019.
From 1988 to 1994, Doyle was General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Legislative Services with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, the professional association of state banking regulators. Before his time there, he was Manager of State Government Relations at Freddie Mac. Doyle came to Washington in 1984 as staff to the House Banking Committee, supporting Congressman Bill McCollum in his position as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy. He had previously served as McCollum's district representative in Orlando, Florida.
Former U.S. Ambassador to China, Former U.S. Senator from Montana
Maxwell Sieben Baucus is a retired American politician and diplomat who served as a United States Senator from Montana from 1978 to 2014. As a member of the Democratic Party, he was a U.S. Senator for nearly 36 years, making him the longest-serving Senator in Montana history. President Barack Obama appointed Baucus to replace Gary Locke as the 11th U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, a position that he held from 2014 until 2017. Mr. Baucus has extensive experience in international trade. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, he led the passage and enactment of the Free Trade Agreements with 11 countries: Australia, Bahrain, Jordan, Chile, Colombia, Morocco, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. He also was deeply involved in orchestrating the congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China in 2000 and in facilitating China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001. Mr. Baucus also served as Vice Chairman of the Senate Joint Committee on Taxation and as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry where he led in the reauthorization of numerous Farm Bills. He was additionally selected as a member of the Senate Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) following the financial crisis of 2008. Mr. Baucus earned a bachelor’s and law degree from Stanford University.
Partner, Washington DCSquire Patton Boggs
Mitch Berger has been litigating high-value commercial and enforcement disputes for more than 35 years throughout the US, for plaintiffs and defendants, against private parties and government entities. He has tried numerous cases to judgment before judges and juries and has argued in most federal and several state appellate courts. He regularly counsels US and overseas financial institutions, multinational corporations and foreign governments, agencies and officials. He also represents targets and witnesses before committees of the US Congress, federal enforcement agencies and grand juries.
Before joining the firm, he was an assistant US attorney in Washington DC and a trial lawyer at the US Department of Justice, where he represented the government in major civil litigation in trial and appellate courts.
U. S. Practice Co-ChairLittler’s International Employment Law Practice Group
Philip M. Berkowitz is the U.S. practice co-chair of Littler's International Employment Law Practice Group and co-chair of
the Financial Services Industry Group. He advises multinational and domestic companies in a wide range of industries
on employment-related matters. He has significant experience advising multinational companies regarding U.S. and
overseas employment and executive compensation practices. He represents employers in individual and class action
lawsuits and arbitrations, and he appears in U.S. federal and state courts and before administrative agencies and
international arbitration tribunals.
Philip handles all regulatory facets of employment law, including:
• Compliance with equal employment and other statutes governing the workplace
• Employee benefits
• Executive compensation
• Employment agreements
• Restrictive covenants
• Trade secrets
• Non-compete agreements
His diverse selection of clients includes companies in financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and chemicals,
publishing, and fundraising.
A respected authority on international employment law issues, Philip conducts training worldwide on labor and
employment matters. He is a frequent speaker before the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association,
the Japan Society and other prominent international organizations. Philip is the founding chair of the Practising Law
Institute’s (PLI) Annual International Employment Law Conference.
Philip previously worked as a partner and head of international employment law at a full-service international law firm.
Former Governor of KentuckyKentucky State
Matt Bevin was elected the 62nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2015. He is a husband, father of nine children, veteran and successful small business owner.
Growing up, Bevin and his family of eight lived in an old farmhouse, sharing three bedrooms and one bathroom. The humble home stood on a farm where the family raised crops and livestock, instilling in their children a strong work ethic and solid Christian values.
Bevin later attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia on an ROTC scholarship. Upon graduation, he served on active duty as a US Army officer and left the service having achieved the rank of captain.
Former Representative from Michigan U.S. House of Representatives
Michael D. Bishop was a member of the United States Congress (2014-2018). During his tenure in Congress, Michael was appointed to and served on the House committee on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, and Higher Education. While serving in Congress, Michael championed legislation to benefit families and businesses, including being an original co-sponsor of once in a generation tax reform.
Preceding his service in the United States Congress, Michael was the General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer of International Bancard Company, in Detroit Michigan. In managing all the company’s legal affairs, his responsibilities as GC/CLO, also ncluded management of all outside counsel and working directly with the CEO and the executive leadership team to help develop and grow business opportunities. While working with the company, Michael shared his legal and business experience as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Michael was in private legal practice, prior to his role at International Bancard. As a Senior Attorney with Clark Hill PLC, an international law firm in Birmingham, Michigan, Michael concentrated his practice in the areas of Public Policy and Business Law.
Prior to joining the Clark Hill PLC, Michael was elected to and served in the Michigan State legislature. Originally elected in 1998, Michael finished his term in Michigan’s 12th Senate District in December 2010. He was nominated by his caucus and chosen by his peers to serve as the Senate Majority Leader. In his role as Senate Majority Leader, Michael oversaw all senate operations and personnel, and acted as chief negotiator in balancing Michigan’s $49 Billion annual state budget. Michael served on a number of committees in the Michigan House and Senate, including chairing the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and the Constitutional Law and Ethics Judiciary Committee.
Michael began his professional career by starting two successful small businesses to pursue his interest in practicing law and real estate investment. His legal experience involved daily courtroom appearances representing clients in criminal defense and civil litigation. Michael also served as a local prosecutor.
Michael is licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a licensed Real Estate Broker and served as President of Freedom Realty, Inc.
Michael is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his law degree from Michigan State University Law in 1993.
In addition to his accomplishments in the private and public sectors, Michael has received numerous honors, including: Credit Union National Association Federal Legislator of the Year Credit Union National Association State Legislator of the Year, Small Business Association of Michigan Legislator of the Year, Dads and Moms of Michigan Legislator of the Year, and Michigan Business and Professional Association Distinguished Service Award. In 2006, Michael was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40.
Michael is a lifelong resident of Rochester, where he lives with his wife, Cristina, and their three children, Benjamin, Gabriella, and Nathan.
Michael R. Bloomberg
Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Three-term Mayor of New York CityBloomberg L.P.
Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served as mayor of New York City for three terms. The technology startup he launched in 1981 to provide real-time data and analysis to the financial services industry has grown into a global company that now employs over 19,000 people in 73 countries.
Bloomberg led the company for 20 years before running for public office, and since leaving City Hall in 2013, has resumed leadership of Bloomberg LP.
Bloomberg was elected mayor less than two months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Under his leadership, the city rebounded faster and stronger than expected on issues ranging from education to health to economic development.
A lifelong philanthropist, Bloomberg founded, Bloomberg Philanthropies, which focuses on five main areas: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation. In 2014, Bloomberg was appointed to be the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. In 2016, Bloomberg was named the World Health Organization’s Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases.
Since November 2015, Bloomberg has served as the Chair of The Working Group on U.S. RMB Trading and Clearing. The objectives of the Working Group are to identify, evaluate, and recommend opportunities to develop and expand the trading, clearing, and settlement of RMB in the U.S. As a result of its recommendations, the first RMB clearing bank in the U.S. was designated by People's Bank of China in September 2016.
Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.
Chief Executive Representative / Fosun Group
Fosun Property Global Partner
Vice President / Fosun Property HoldingsFosun International Limited
During his 30 year career in real estate, Mr. Bo has completed more than $10 billion worth of development, redevelopment, acquisition and disposition projects. His vast experience extends across the commercial, healthcare, and residential sectors, and includes development, project management, construction acquisition/disposition, asset management, and architecture.
Mr. Bo is Vice President of Fosun Hive Holdings, at which he serves as Head of Fosun’ US practice, including 28 Liberty Street and a new ground-up 53 story new residential building at 132 Madison Avenue. He orchestrates business, leasing and marketing strategy, oversees construction, reposition and asset management, leads real estate acquisition through pursuing potential investment opportunities in the United States. Mr. Bo also serves as Chief Executive Representative of Fosun Group in the U.S.
United States Ambassador to ChinaU.S. Embassy in China
On December 7, 2016, Governor Branstad announced that he had accepted the nomination from President-elect Donald Trump to serve as Ambassador of the United States to the People’s Republic of China. He was confirmed by the Senate on May 22, 2017, and was sworn in on May 24, 2017.
Ambassador Terry Branstad was born, raised and educated in Iowa. A native of Leland, Branstad was elected to the Iowa House in 1972, ’74 and ’76, and elected as Iowa’s lieutenant governor in 1978.
Branstad was Iowa’s longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999. As the state’s chief executive, he weathered some of Iowa’s worst economic turmoil, during the farm crisis of the ‘80s, while helping lead the state’s resurgence to a booming economy in the ‘90s.
At the end of his tenure, Iowa enjoyed record employment, an unprecedented $900 million budget surplus, and the enactment of historic government overhauls that led to greater efficiencies in state government. As a result of Governor Branstad’s hands-on, round-the-clock approach to economic development, Iowa’s unemployment rate went from 8.5 percent when he took office to a record low 2.5 percent by the time he left in 1999.
Following his four terms as governor, Branstad served as president of Des Moines University (DMU). During his 6-year tenure, he was able to grow the university into a world-class educational facility. Its graduates offer health care in all 50 states and in nearly every Iowa county. While there, he grew enrollment, increased the endowment and integrated new buildings, programs and initiatives.
In October of 2009, sensing a need for change in the way state government operates and wanting to “lead Iowa’s comeback,” Branstad retired from DMU and was elected governor in 2010.
During his second tenure as Iowa governor from 2010 to 2017, the Legislature passed, and Gov. Branstad signed, a two-year budget with a 5-year projection for the first time in decades. This budget provided Iowa businesses the predictability and stability they needed to grow. Gov. Branstad also signed historic investments in Iowa’s infrastructure into law, including Iowa’s roads and bridges, as well as the innovative Connect Every Acre Plan that expanded high-speed broadband internet to Iowa’s agriculture industry, schools, businesses and homes.
In April 2017, Iowa Workforce Development announced that the state of Iowa’s unemployment had fallen to 3.1%, well below the national average and 8th lowest in the country.
He and his wife Chris have three grown children: Eric, Allison and Marcus, and seven grandchildren, Mackenzie, Bridget, Sofia, Alexis, Estelle, Everett and Fitzgerald.
Managing Director, Global Corporate BankJ.P. Morgan
Lu is a Managing Director in the Corporate and Investment Bank providing corporate banking relationship coverage for the North American business of large foreign multinational companies. She spearheads the overall effort on Greater China headquartered companies at the Global Corporate Bank in North America, focusing on a number of sectors including TMT, transportation/shipping, natural resources, consumer, healthcare, and other diversified industries.
Lu has been with J.P. Morgan for more than 19 years. Before joining the Global Corporate Bank in New York, Lu was with J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in Hong Kong from 2008-2010 covering ultra high net worth clients in Greater China. Prior to that, she worked at the Investment Bank in New York City, and began her career with the firm’s investment banking analyst program.
Lu has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Relations from Colgate University. She is fluent in English and Chinese.
Global Head of Wholesale Payments SolutionsJ.P. Morgan
Lia Cao is a Managing Director, Global Head of Wholesale Payments Solutions and North America Head of Treasury Services (TS) Corporate Sales in J.P.Morgan’s Wholesale Payments business in the Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB). In her solutions role, Lia and her team design and scale uniquely integrated solutions that meet complex client needs, incorporating all aspects of the firm’s holistic payments offering: Global Payments, FX, Merchant Acquiring, Commercial Card, Trade and Digital Retail Banking. Partnering closely with the product organization, Lia is responsible for the overall global solution strategy to maximize commercialization of the firm’s capabilities with some of our largest and most strategic global clients. In her sales role, Lia leads the NA TS Corporate Sales team across all industry segments, covering ~700 NA headquartered large corporations and multi-national corporates.
Previously, Lia was the Head of Business Transformation for Treasury Services. In that role she worked across the various wholesale payments businesses within J.P.Morgan Chase and oversaw the governance of client coverage and investment prioritization. Before that, she was the Head of CIB Strategy in the Americas. She also worked in the CIB Chief of Staff Office on strategic execution. Lia joined J.P. Morgan in 2011 in the Corporate Strategy Group and was responsible for leading many cross-line of business initiatives.
Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Lia worked as an Associate Principal in McKinsey & Company, a leading global management consulting firm. She spent more than five years at McKinsey, serving a wide range of banking and capital markets clients.
Lia holds a Ph.D Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Urban Economics and Real Estate Finance. She holds Bachelor and Master Degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
Chair of Global ResearchJ.P. Morgan
Joyce Chang is Chair of Global Research for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank, a global leader in Banking, Markets and Investor Services. J.P. Morgan’s Global Research professionals study all sectors in which the firm does business, including equities, fixed income, currency and commodities, emerging markets, derivatives and structured finance.
Joyce was most recently Global Head of Research, a role she held for more than five years (2014-2019). She was previously Global Head of Fixed Income Research and began her career as an Emerging Markets Strategist. From 1997 through 2012, Joyce held top rankings in Institutional Investor surveys for Emerging Markets research, earning 25 #1 individual rankings. In 2014, she was inducted into the Fixed Income Analyst Society Hall of Fame.
Joyce was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase in 1999. She serves on the Board of Directors of Trickle Up and Girls Inc. and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. She is the Senior Sponsor for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank Women on the Move Network, the network for employees of Asian heritage (AsPIRE) and Nonprofit Board Service. She has been named as one of Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker since 2012 and included in Barron’s list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Finance since 2020.
Joyce holds an M.P.A. from Princeton and serves on its External Advisory Council for the Center for Public Policy, and has a B.A. from Columbia from where she was awarded the John Jay award for professional achievement and serves on its Board of Visitors.
Deputy Secretary for Transportation to Governor Andrew M. CuomoOffice of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Ali Chaudhry serves as Deputy Secretary for Transportation to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. In this role, he oversees policy, funding, and operations at all transportation State agencies and public authorities, including the Department of Transportation, the MTA, the Thruway Authority, the Port Authority, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. In the past, Mr. Chaudhry has served as Governor Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Economic Development, as well as Assistant Counsel to the Governor. He has provided counsel and leadership on various economic development and infrastructure projects across the State including the LaGuardia Airport redevelopment, Gateway Project, the Second Avenue Subway, the MTA Capital Plan, the DOT Capital Plan, the Empire Station Complex, the Broadband Initiative, Upstate Airports Competition, and the expansion of the Javits Convention Center. Declared “Albany’s Top 40 under 40 Rising Stars of 2017” by City & State, Mr. Chaudhry serves as the policy lead on alternative project delivery procurements, and has been involved in every piece of Design Build legislation in the State of New York. Before joining public service, Mr. Chaudhry practiced civil litigation in the private sector, focusing on employment matters.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the United States of AmericaEmbassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America
Cui Tiankai was appointed China’s ambassador to the United States in March 2013. He previously served as vice minister of Foreign Affairs. Cui was born in October 1952 in Shanghai, and worked as a farm hand in Heilongjiang province. Cui Tiankai was appointed China’s ambassador to the United States in March 2013. He previously served as vice minister of Foreign Affairs.
Cui was born in October 1952 in Shanghai, and worked as a farm hand in Heilongjiang province from 1969 to 1974. Upon his return to Shanghai in 1974, he began studying foreign language and interpretation at East China Normal University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, and continued his study at Beijing Foreign Language Institute. Cui also earned a master’s degree in 1987 at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. Upon graduation from Beijing Foreign Language Institute in 1981, he was appointed as an interpreter for the Secretariat at the headquarters of the United Nations. In 1984, he joined the Ministry of Foreign A airs (MFA) as an attaché, and held a series of successively higher positions at MFA’s Department of International Organizations and Conferences (attaché, third secretary, deputy division director, division director, and counselor). In 1996, he switched departments to become the deputy director-general of MFA’s Information Department, and in 1997 returned to New York to serve as minister counselor with the Chinese Permanent Delegation to the UN.
In 1999, Cui went back to Beijing as deputy executive director-general of MFA’s Policy Research Office, becoming that office’s director-general two years later. In 2003, Cui moved to the Department of Asian Affairs as its director-general, and in 2006 ascended to the position of assistant minister of Foreign Affairs. He held this position for one year before being posted as China’s Ambassador to Japan in 2007.
In 2009, after two years as Ambassador to Japan, Cui was appointed vice minister of MFA, where he served until his current ambassadorship. Cui is married and has one daughter.
Managing Partner, Washington DCSquire Patton Boggs
Michael has specific expertise in employee benefits law. For more than 30 years, he has advised businesses in the private, public and nonprofit sectors on a broad array of legal, regulatory, public policy and market developments within the retirement and healthcare industries. Michael's practice encompasses all matters relating to the analytical framework of ERISA (the federal law governing private sector employee benefit plans), as well as state statutes applicable to government sponsored plans, with a particular focus on counseling plan sponsors and fiduciaries regarding compliance with the complex rules governing investment and plan management decisions. Michael also has extensive experience assisting clients in their efforts to shape employee benefits legislation, regulations and public policies to ensure that their business model aligns with the current statutory and regulatory regime.
Michael has a deep and abiding commitment to public service and has served in leadership positions for a variety of organizations, including the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the Dulles Corridor Advisory Committee, the Washington Council of Governments, the Caregiver Action Network (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) and Georgetown University.
In 2011, Michael was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). Later that same year, Michael was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board, and served in that capacity in 2012 and 2013, having been unanimously re-elected Chairman in 2013. MWAA is responsible for the management, operations and capital improvements of Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and the Dulles Toll Road, as well as the construction and financing of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, known as the Silver Line, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the US. As MWAA's Chairman, and also as Chairman of the Dulles Corridor Advisory Committee, Michael successfully collaborated with federal, state and county government officials, as well as civic and business leaders, to win approval for the construction and funding of the second phase of the Silver Line. In January, 2014, Michael was appointed Co-chairman of the Board's Finance Committee, and served in that capacity through 2016, overseeing MWAA's budget, financial policies, forecasting, investments and underwriting banking syndicate, including MWAA's bond offerings and other financing transactions.
Michael served as an associate editor of the Law Review of the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, and began his career with a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Julia Cooper Mack, Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He enjoys the highest peer rating in Martindale- Hubbard (AV Preeminent) and has been named to the Super Lawyers list every year since 2011.
Michael is a Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its founding in 2011.
Mike has 20 years of experience investing in infrastructure, and prior to forming Stonepeak was a Senior Managing Director in Private Equity and co-head of the infrastructure investment group at Blackstone. Prior to Blackstone, Michael worked for over a decade at Macquarie, where he started his career and ultimately held the title of Senior Managing Director.
Michael has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce, both from the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
Richard Edelman is the CEO of Edelman, a global communications firm.
The firm was named to Advertising Age’s 2019 A-List and was honored as “PR Agency of the Decade” by both Advertising Age and The Holmes Report.
Richard has extensive experience in marketing and reputation management, having led assignments with major corporations, NGOs and family businesses. He has advised senior executives through significant disruptions within their organizations, including Samsung and United Airlines. He has counseled countries in every region of the world on economic development programs. As the creator of the annual Edelman Trust Barometer, Richard has become one of the foremost authorities on trust in business, government, media and NGOs.
In 2020, Richard was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Fame. In 2019, he was named the PR Agency Professional of the Past 20 Years by PRWeek and was inducted into the publication’s Hall of Fame; in 2014, he was inducted in the Arthur W. Page Society’s Hall of Fame. Richard is regarded as an industry thought leader and has posted weekly to his blog since 2004.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Ad Council, the Atlantic Council, Project HOOD, P33, the Gettysburg Foundation, the 9/11 Museum and the National Committee on U.S. China Relations. He is a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, World Economic Forum and PR Seminar.
Richard earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1978 and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1976.
1986, BSc, Tsinghua University; 1993, PhD, Stanford University. 1993-98, Economist and Investment Officer, World Bank; 1998, General Manager, Office of Coordination, China Construction Bank; 2001, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Shanghai Stock Exchange; 2006, Shanghai Financial Services Office; since 2013, Bureau Director, Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs.
David J. Firestein
President and CEOGeorge H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations
He is based in Austin, Texas. Prior to this, he was the inaugural executive director of The University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) China Public Policy Center (CPPC) and a clinical professor at UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. As CPPC chief, Mr. Firestein led UT’s institutional engagement with China and oversaw innovative interdisciplinary research on China-related domestic and foreign policy topics.
Before joining UT, Mr. Firestein served as senior vice president and Perot Fellow at the EastWest Institute; there, he led the Institute’s work in the areas of U.S.-China relations, East Asian security and U.S.-Russia relations.
A decorated career U.S. diplomat from 1992–2010, Mr. Firestein specialized primarily in China and U.S.-China relations. He is the author or co-author of three books on China, including two China-published Chinese-language best-sellers. Mr. Firestein speaks Chinese at the near-native level.
Throughout his career, Mr. Firestein has played an active role advancing U.S.-China and U.S.-Asia trade. He has also produced path-breaking thought leadership, scholarship and Capitol Hill testimony on a range of topics, including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, U.S.-China infrastructure investment cooperation and the role of national exceptionalism as a driver of major international conflict today. He was also a principal architect of the U.S.-China High-Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue.
Mr. Firestein currently serves on the boards of directors/advisors of about a dozen Texas-focused, China-focused, foreign affairs-focused and business-focused U.S. non-profit entities. Of particular note, he is a founding director of the United States China Heartland Association (USHCA); an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Business (TAB) – Texas’ powerful chamber of commerce – where Firestein is the Board-level leader responsible for TAB’s China initiatives; and a member of the UT LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Dean’s Advisory Council.
Since 2006, Mr. Firestein has served as a member of the graduate faculty of the University of Texas at Austin for a total of four years, most recently, during the 2017-2019 academic years. A native of Austin, Firestein holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and two master’s degrees from The University of Texas.
Mr. Foster has 30+ years of experience representing multinational companies regarding U.S. immigration law.Mr. Foster received both his J.D. and undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He lectures frequently before legal, academic and professional organizations in Texas and throughout the United States and has published numerous articles on U.S. immigration law. Mr. Foster has dedicated much of his career to the improvement of his community.
He served as senior immigration policy advisor to President George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns and as an immigration policy advisor to President Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign. He has testified before both U.S. Senate and House subcommittees on immigration matters. He is the founding chairman of the Immigration & Nationality Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and has previously served as chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Immigration, the American Bar Association’s Coordinating Committee on Immigration Law, the State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality. He also previously was the national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Houston Forum and the Houston Club.
He currently serves as chairman of Interfaith Ministries of the Greater Houston Advisory Board; chairman of U.S.-China Partnerships; Executive Committee member of the Greater Houston Partnership; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Asia Society Texas Center. He is also a board member of the Houston Ballet and the Hobby School for Public Policy.
In 1979, Mr. Foster was part of the Houston Chamber of Commerce delegation which hosted Chinese Paramount Leader Deng Xiaoping at the rodeo in nearby Houston, Texas on February 2, 1979. As chairman of the Asia Society Texas Center for 24 years, he also hosted many Chinese dignitaries, including President Jiang Zemin at a dinner in 2002 in Houston, as well as organized and spoke at numerous panels on U.S.-China relations.
In addition to his involvement in the community, Mr. Foster is the honorary consul general for the Kingdom of Thailand. He has received several high Royal Decorations conferred by His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej as well as numerous awards, including the 1997 Houston International Service Award by the Houston Jaycees and Consular Corps, the 2000 Friend of China Award, the 2013 Houston Bar Association Leon Jaworski Award for community service and the 1998 American Immigration Law Foundation Honorary Fellow. He has been named the nation’s “20 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” in immigration by Human Resource Executive. His role as an immigration lawyer was featured in the 2010 film Mao’s Last Dancer.
United States Secretary of Transportation from 2013 to 2017; Managing Partner & Founder, Related InfrastructureThe Related Companies, L.P.
On June 26, 2013, Foxx was sworn in as the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation after receiving a 100-0 confirmation vote and entered an agency under distress. Congress had not approved a long-term surface transportation bill in more than a decade. The entire government faced sequestration funding and, within six months, was shut down entirely for 16 days. Rather than scale back the agency’s ambitions, Foxx plowed forward and, as a result, had one of the most consequential runs in the history of the Department.
Foxx developed the Obama Administration’s first surface transportation bill and worked on a bipartisan basis to get its congressional incarnation, the FAST Act, passed. He consolidated the Department’s innovative financing programs and accelerated permitting policies into a new Build America Bureau and put a new executive director in place before my departure. He embraced technology by pushing forward new rules governing the commercial use of drones, blueprinted the most comprehensive national policy on autonomous vehicles in the world, and launched the Department’s first, and the Administration’s most successful, Smart City Challenge, engaging more than 70 cities to develop their own strategies to incorporate new technologies into their transportation networks. He placed nearly $30 billion in discretionary federal grants around the country, giving rise to a national pipeline of projects now poised to seek innovative financing, including the NY-NJ Gateway Project, Chicago Union Station, Florida East Coast High Speed Rail, and Texas Central Railway. Along the way, Foxx developed a web of relationships at every level of the public and private spheres.
Since leaving the Department, Foxx has started a new joint venture with the Related Companies, Related Infrastructure. The new business is acquiring and investing in transportation-related service, management and development businesses, not physical infrastructure. Additionally, Foxx advises AutoTech Ventures, LLC, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that focuses on surface transportation technology, Hyperloop One, a new transportation technology inspired by Elon Musk, and Tullco Investors, a family venture fund that focuses on artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Transportation, Foxx served as Charlotte’s 54th and youngest mayor, running successful campaigns in 2009 and again in 2011. As the then-second largest financial services center in the United States, Foxx inherited a city facing the worst recession in more than 80 years. As the nation’s second largest financial services center, the 25,000-plus job losses created an immediate crisis. Foxx quickly established a blueprint for recovery – reforming the city’s public safety pay plan to bring it into fiscal balance, developing a demand-driven workforce development model that has become a national model, crafting incentives for small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow businesses in the city, and leading the city council to pass the largest bond package in the city’s history.
Managing Director – ESG Outreach & ResearchMoody’s ESG Solutions
Rahul Ghosh is Managing Director – ESG Outreach & Research for Moody’s ESG Solutions Group (MESG). In this capacity, Rahul oversees MESG’s outreach and engagement activities globally with the sustainability stakeholder community. He also leads a team responsible for the origination and publication of market-leading thematic research on a broad range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) dual materiality, multi-stakeholder performance and sustainable finance topics.
Rahul is a regular participant at high-profile market briefings, external conferences and media engagements. He has presented on the impact of climate change on emerging market sovereigns at the G20 Green Finance Study Group and on sustainable finance trends at the International Finance Corporation’s Global Debt Mobilization Conference. He has also represented Moody’s on the UN Principles for Responsible Investment's (PRI) advisory committee on credit ratings and the Green Bond Principles (GBP) working groups.
Before his current role, Rahul worked in Moody’s Credit Strategy & Research team where he was responsible for thematic research and outreach on global emerging market (EM) credit trends, integrating top-down macroeconomic analysis with credit views across sovereigns, corporates, and financial institutions. Prior to joining Moody’s in 2014, Rahul was the Head of Asia at BMI Research (Fitch Solutions) in Singapore, leading a team of macroeconomists and industry specialists in analysing sovereign risk, sector performance and the capital markets.
Rahul is a passionate impact leader for Moody’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in London, chairing the pillar on “activating an environmentally sustainable future”. He is also an active member of the company’s UK multicultural business resource group. He holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and a Certificate in ESG Investing from the CFA Society of the UK.
George N. Grammas
PartnerSquire Patton Boggs
George N. Grammas leads our International Trade Practice Group, which includes global import and export compliance. George spends 100% of his time representing clients in export controls, sanctions, anticorruption, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) clearance and other US and global international trade regulatory and compliance matters. He has an established record of successfully representing clients in enforcement matters and offering creative and practical trade compliance advice and solutions for companies operating in a wide range of countries, including in Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific region.
Over the past 28 years of practice in export controls and sanctions, George has served as an adviser to industry associations and the US government, including as an industry adviser to the State Department’s Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs through the Defense Trade Advisory Group; co-chair of the Joint Defense Trade Committee of the Electronic Industries Alliance and the Aerospace Industries Association; chair of the export controls committee for CANEUS International, a micro/nano technology association; international trade counsel to the Electronic Industries Alliance; and legal adviser to the Society for International Affairs, the government/industry association on defense trade and export controls.
George is highly regarded as one of the leading practitioners on aerospace, military, security and space export controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). In addition, he has many years of experience in specialty chemicals and materials exports. With a background in computer programming, George began his career in electronics technologies and, through current day, he continues to focus on encryption, software, semiconductors, and electronic systems and subsystems exports. Further, over the past decade, George has spent considerable time in Europe; based in our London office, he has achieved an unparalleled understanding of the challenges, lessons-learned and best practices for non-US organizations seeking to comply with US export controls and sanctions regulations.
In today’s continually globalizing environment, companies must comply with the international trade requirements in the countries in which they operate. For numerous companies, George has navigated the labyrinth of varying regimes and requirements in export controls, sanctions, anticorruption and customs to achieve a seamless global compliance solution and to optimize trade flows and operations.
In addition, George has successfully handled hundreds of internal investigations and voluntary disclosures involving possible or suspected squirepattonboggs.com 2 violations of export controls (ITAR, EAR), sanctions (OFAC, EU sanctions), anti corruption (FCPA, UK Bribery Act) and customs matters. His experience in handling enforcement actions informs the standards of compliance in global compliance programs that we help develop for clients.
Finally, George guides non-US companies through the regulatory barriers to enter or expand their operations in the US by clearing regulatory hurdles, including CFIUS, as well as notices and clearances from Departments of Defense and State.
George was involved in some of the earliest CFIUS clearances in the 1990s under the Exon-Florio Amendment that established the current CFIUS process. His in-depth understanding of US national security industrial base and technology transfer policy guides companies in the decision-making process prior to filing and the optimal approach for clearing transactions.
Chairman and CEOC.V. Starr & Co. Inc.
Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg is Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc.
Mr. Greenberg retired as Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG) in March 2005. AIG was created by C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. Under his leadership, AIG became the largest insurance and financial services company in the world.
He serves on the President’s Council on International Activities of Yale University, Honorary Vice Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and Vice Chairman of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He is the past Chairman and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is active on the boards of many other civic and charitable organizations working in the United States and Asia.
In 1990, Mr. Greenberg was appointed by Mr. Zhu Rongji, then Mayor of Shanghai, to be the first Chairman of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai. In 1994, Mr. Greenberg was appointed Senior Economic Advisor to the Beijing Municipal Government. He was awarded “Honorary Citizen of Shanghai” in 1997. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, the International Advisory Council of the China Development Research Foundation, and the China Development Bank.
On June 6th, 2014, at the 70th Anniversary celebration of D-Day at the Statue of Liberty in New York, Mr. Greenberg was awarded the French Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for his service during World War II. He is also the recipient of The Bronze Star Medal from the United States.
In addition, on November 9th, 2015, Mr. Greenberg received the insignia of Commandeur de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur recognizing his leadership and contributions as Chairman of AIG.
Mr. Greenberg received his pre-law certificate from the University of Miami and an LL.B from New York Law School in 1950 and has been granted honorary degrees from a number of universities.
Mr. Greenberg is married and has four children.
Eugene Yujie Gu, Esq. is a senior lawyer at DeHeng with extensive transactional experience working on matters involving different practice areas and jurisdictions. He primarily advises PRC and international clients on US or HK law-related issues in capital market, M&A, foreign investment and general corporate matters.
He has represented a number of issuers, underwriters and placing agents in equity and debt offerings as well as acquirers and targets in M&A transactions. He has drafted or negotiated a variety of transaction documents, including disclosure documents, agreements, opinions and comfort letters. His recent transactional experience includes working with several leading Indian companies, an online video streaming company, a leading PRC real estate developer and operator, a leading PRC petrochemical state owned enterprise, a chemical EPC provider, a major PRC airliner, a restaurant chain, a women's footwear manufacturer, an environmental company in South China, a PRC petrochemical company, a PRC heavy industries group engaged in shipbuilding and offshore engineering, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, a provider of water and wastewater treatment services in China and a real estate developer and operator of high-end shopping malls in North China. He also advised on delisting and deregistration matters of foreign private issuers in the US and assisted clients in corporate compliance matters and filings with the US regulators and stock exchanges.
He has lived in Hong Kong for 9 years and practiced US and HK law during his residency. He has also lived in New York for more than 8 years and practiced US federal and NY laws. Mr. Gu earned his BA and MA degrees from Tsinghua University, PRC and Juris Doctor degree from Drake University Law School, USA, where he was the research editor of Drake Law Review. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Hong Kong and further has the qualification to be licensed to practice law in the PRC.
Mr. Gu is fluent in English and Mandarin.
CEO Surge Energy America
Linhua Guan is the CEO of Surge Energy America - an independent oil company based in Houston, Texas. The company is one of the only two internationally sponsored oil companies in the top 20 oil producers in Texas - the largest oil producing state in the United States and it produces almost half of the country’s crude oil. Moreover, Surge Energy was the only upstream company recognized for both the Best Places to Work and Middle Market 50 by Houston Business Journal (HBJ) in 2020. In 2019, the company also won HBJ’s inaugural innovation award for the breakthrough in shale oil development technology which broke the cognition that a 3+ mile horizontal well was the engineering and technical limits in shale oil industry.
Mr Guan is a registered petroleum engineer in Texas and served on numerous technical and management committees and published more than 40 papers & research reports in the past 27 years. He received a BE degree in Petrophysics and an MS degree in Geology from China Petroleum University. He also received an MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA degree from Rice University.
SVP & Head of Houston OfficeICBC (US) NA
Jianzhong (James) He was assigned to be SVP & Regional Head of ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (USA) NA) Houston office in 2017. Before this current role, Mr. He served as the General Manager of the Marketing in ICBC Pakistan Operation since 2011 (A member of the preparatory team of ICBC Pakistan Operation before its opening). During his stay in Pakistan, ICBC became one of the largest foreign banks in Pakistan.
Mr. He joined ICBC in 2005, working for the ICBC Shanghai Municipal Branch in China for six years, during which he engaged mainly in corporate and investment banking.
Managing Director & CEOAmerican Infrastructure Funds
Bob co-founded American Infrastructure Funds (“AIM”) in 2006 and has been a private equity and infrastructure investor for over 25 years. He has been an investor and director in a wide variety of industries, including education, building materials, forest products, energy distribution, deathcare, health and fitness, and transportation. On behalf of AIM, he currently holds three patents on the application of the design of innovative financial security structures. Bob leads the firm’s strategy and fundraising efforts, while also heading up AIM’s efforts in infrastructure, most recently creating the New American Bridges Fund to leverage AIM’s investment in United Bridge Partners, dedicated to building replacement bridge infrastructure across the U.S.
Bob began his private equity career at McCown DeLeeuw in 1987, having previously worked as a consultant with Bain & Company, where he was one of the founding members of Bain’s Tokyo Office. Bob has served on the board of number of public and private companies. His is also a member of the Board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and President of Stanford’s DAPER Investment Fund. He received an MBA from the Harvard Business School with Baker Scholar honors, an MS in economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in economics from Stanford University. Bob lives in Atherton, CA with his wife Holly Cao and is father to two sets of twins (ages 6 and 23).
Utah GovernorUtah State
Governor Gary R. Herbert took office in 2009 and is currently the nation’s longest-serving governor. During his time in office, he has kept a resolute focus on economic development, improving Utah’s educational excellence, and working today to guarantee that Utah will continue to maintain its high quality of life far into the future. Under his leadership, Utah’s economy has risen to a position of national and international success.
Former International Trade Counsel, U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Former Head of Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Mr. Horlick is one of the highest-ranked international trade lawyers in the world in the only two rankings, Euromoney/Institutional Investor and Who's Who Legal, and is in the top tier of Chambers (which does not list individual rankings).
Mr. Horlick has worked in senior positions in the U.S. Congress (International Trade Counsel, U.S. Senate Finance Committee) and the Executive Branch (Head of Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce), where he was responsible for all U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty cases, Foreign Trade Zones, Special Import Programs, and the negotiation of the U.S.-EU Steel Agreement.
He has been Chairman of WTO and Mercosur panels, and has litigated in U.S. courts and administrative agencies; GATT and WTO tribunals; NAFTA Chapters 19 and 20 tribunals; and anti-dumping, countervailing duty and safeguard cases in over 20 countries. He has worked on issues involving climate change, textile quotas and monitoring, Generalized System of Preferences, non-market economy status, customs and tariff classification and valuation, export controls, CFIUS and investor-state disputes.
Mr. Horlick has served as counsel to businesses in the U.S. (IBM, Cargill, Arch Chemicals and others) and other countries (Pemex, Noranda, Barilla and others); the U.S. Government and other governments (UK, Canada, Mexico, Chile, South Africa,the European Union, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, and others); and trade associations (National Cattlemen's and Beef Association, Federation of the German Chemical Industry, American Forest and Paper Association, and others).
He has written numerous articles and delivered speeches on international trade and investment. He has served as first Chairman of the WTO Permanent Group of Experts on Subsidies; Chairman of the International Section of the DC Bar; Vice Chairman of the Trade Committee of the International Bar Association; and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He teaches international trade law at Yale, Georgetown, Columbia, Barcelona, and Berne Universities.
Jeffrey R Houle
Partner, Co-Chair, Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Transactional Practice DLA Piper
Jeff Houle, a US lawyer and English solicitor with more than 20 years of legal and business experience, has represented Fortune 500 companies and members of the Forbes 400 and has closed more than US$8 billion in transactions.
Jeff focuses on companies in the government services area, representing middle market and Fortune 500 companies in M&A matters. His clients include businesses and investors across a broad spectrum of industries, among them energy, government and defense contractors, technology, mining and mineral extraction, telecommunications, financial services, real estate, business process outsourcing, online gaming and manufacturing.
Based in Washington, DC, his experience is global in scope. He has represented clients on six continents and in more than 30 countries.
Jeff's practice includes representing public and private companies as well as underwriters in equity and debt offerings, and complex acquisition and disposition programs, such as mergers, joint ventures, tender offers and asset, and stock sales. He is experienced in organizing private domestic and offshore investment funds and representing such funds, and a diverse mix of individuals, sponsors, lead investors and placement agents in venture capital, strategic debt and equity investments, and other financing transactions. He has also served on the boards of directors and boards of advisors of numerous companies, private equity funds and investment banking firms.
Managing DirectorThe Carlyle Group
Ferris Hussein is a Managing Director focused on global infrastructure and energy opportunities. He is based in Washington.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Hussein served as a Vice President of ExxonMobil where he oversaw acquisition strategy. Prior to ExxonMobil, Mr. Hussein served as an attorney for the Republic of Iraq and, prior to that, for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Hussein received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, and BA from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Hussein currently serves on the Board of Directors of SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SMHI).
Director of InvestmentZhejiang Hailiang Co.Ltd
Director of Investment of Zhejiang Hailiang Co., Ltd.
Mr. JIANG is responsible for Hailiang’s global strategic investments, mergers and acquisitions since 2015. In the past five years, several important projects have been successfully executed to fulfill Hailiang’s global map. JMF Company, a US Master Distributor was acquired in 2016 which lead to an additional 5% market share growth in the US. In 2017 and 2019, a number of facilities in Asia and Europe were acquired which were previously owned by two large competitors Luvata and KME. In December of 2018, Hailiang purchased a 200-acre property in Sealy Teaxs, finally announced to make Sealy, home of its first US copper tube plant.
Prior to current role, Mr. JIANG was the Executive VP of Hailiang’s Vietnam facility from 2012 to 2014. During the stay in Vietnam, the facility’s revenue, profit and efficiency had been significantly increased.
During 2004-2011, Mr. JIANG served in Hailiang’s Export Division as Marketing Director and Deputy General Manager. During this period, Hailiang has become the No. 1 exporter of copper tube in China. Hailiang America Corporation was built in 2010 which made the first step to establish Hailiang’s distribution network in the US.
Mr. JIANG has a Bachelor of International Economics from Shandong University and an MBA from Zhejiang University.
Helen Jiang's legal practice involves litigation with a focus on financial institutions and structured financial instruments. Helen represents banks in cross-border litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, and antitrust litigation; advises financial institutions on legal risks and remediation strategies related to the LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) transition; and has counseled fintech companies on compliance with federal and state laws relating to payment systems and fund transfers. As a bilingual lawyer trained in the United States and China, Helen has also represented American and Chinese companies in general commercial disputes.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Helen represented a foreign bank in a New York federal court lawsuit involving claims under the Anti-Terrorism Act and represented its federal branch in an interpleader action in relation to customer fraud. She also handled an array of matters for banks including compliance with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regulations, privacy laws, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanction programs.
Earlier in her career, Helen worked in the international arbitration group of a Legal 500 law firm based in London, served with the World Bank International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and was a scholar at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC).
Partner, Washington DCSquire Patton Boggs
A former White House official, Robert Kapla chairs our Public Policy International Practice. In addition to advising sovereign governments on US policy, Robert regularly counsels multinational corporations on government relations around the globe. In particular, he assists foreign governments and businesses on a range of matters including international trade and trade policy, international development, foreign aid, foreign investment, energy development, elections, territorial disputes and international treaty negotiations. Robert has experience in many regions of the world, including Latin America, Africa, Europe and Eurasia, South and Central Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific.
His past government experience enables Robert to interpret and navigate the complex legislative and regulatory issues often associated with doing business in the US and abroad. For example, Robert counsels foreign and domestic companies on international trade matters before the US Congress, the Office of the US Trade Representative and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, State and the Treasury. He also provides strategic guidance to multinational companies on matters concerning international law, international trade negotiations, entry into foreign markets and tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade.
Robert's grasp of the legislative process has allowed him to develop, implement and manage targeted legislative strategies that enhance the economic success of his clients. He also provides strategic counsel to assist clients in understanding and traversing the often confusing US federal agency decision-making process.
PartnerMorvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC
Karen R. King is a partner at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello LLP. She serves as Co-Chair of the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”), and was Co-Executive Editor of AABANY’s recent paper: A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence Against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19 – Impact, Causes, Solution. Karen has been recognized by multiple organizations, including the Federal Bar Council and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, for her pro bono work on behalf of Asian police officers, survivors of domestic violence, students with learning disabilities, and victims of gun violence.
For her day job, Karen is a skilled trial attorney and advocate, representing clients in federal and state courts across the country, and before U.S. regulators. She has more than 20 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, BSA/AML and OFAC compliance and enforcement matters, securities litigation and regulation, internal investigations, and strategic advice. Karen received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Yale University. She speaks Mandarin.
Partner, Dai & Associates, P.C.Dai & Associates
Amiad Kushner (康国永) heads the litigation practice group at Dai & Associates. Mr. Kushner is a tenacious and formidable advocate with fifteen years of experience in high-stakes litigation. His experience spans a wide range of areas, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, structured products, distressed debt, and bankruptcy litigation. Mr. Kushner has significant first chair experience in jury and bench trials and arbitrations. Mr. Kushner routinely represents international clients in cross-border matters, including extensive work for China-based clients in litigation and arbitration involving U.S. law. In 2015, Mr. Kushner first-chaired an eight-day trial in an international arbitration in Hong Kong arising from a failed cross-border acquisition, which led to a $475 million award for Mr. Kushner’s Chinese client. Prior to joining Dai & Associates, Mr. Kushner was a partner with Lowenstein Sandler and an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
Elaine La Roche
Elaine La Roche is CEO of CICCUS Securities Inc. based in New York, and has been involved on Wall Street and in China for several decades. She spent over twenty years at Morgan Stanley and was involved with CICC from its inception in 1995 as the first joint venture investment bank in China, and served as its CEO in Beijing from 1997-2001.
She was Vice Chairman of JPMorgan China Securities in Beijing, Non- Executive Chairman of the Board of Linktone, a Nasdaq listed Chinese wireless company and has been a visiting Professor at Peking University in their International and Executive MBA programs.
She also serves as an Independent Director on the boards of Marsh & McLennan Companies, and the Harsco Corporation and recently retired from the Board of China Construction Bank after nine years.
The Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The US to The Republic of Latvia, Former Chairman of The Republican Party of Iowa
Ambassador Charles Larson, Jr. specializes in promoting international business and trade, as well as assisting clients with the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. federal government. Chuck’s work as an ambassador to Latvia allowed him to see the importance of trade and foreign investment for American industry. He represents several American agriculture and technology companies with a presence in China and other Eastern Asian countries. He also regularly hosts Chinese delegations in the U.S.
In 2007, President George W. Bush nominated Chuck to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Latvia. After confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Chuck was sworn in by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Jan. 7, 2008. Through his appointment, Chuck gained a unique perspective on the fast-growing U.S-China-E.U. relations and has been devoting himself to better understanding and contributing to the relationship.
Chuck remains active in Republican presidential politics. Because of Iowa’s is the first state in the nation to start the selection process of presidential candidates, he worked closely with President George W. Bush and his team on the 2000 and 2004 re-election, as well as serving on U.S. Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential kitchen cabinet. Prior to his ambassador appointment, Chuck was elected to the Iowa Legislature where he served as a state senator from 2003 to 2007 and as a state representative 1993 to 2002. While a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, Chuck chaired the House Economic Development Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Chuck was also chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa from 2001 to 2005.
Chuck also served as a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, including for a year in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat and the Combat Action Badge.
Chuck is a 1992 graduate of the University of Iowa, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He graduated with honors and distinction and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. He received his Juris Doctorate degree with distinction in 1996 from the University of Iowa College of Law. In 2009, Latvian President Valdis Zatlers awarded Ambassador Larson the Order of the Three Stars, Latvia’s highest award for his service to the country.
Brian Lea is an appellate lawyer with particular experience in high-stakes products liability cases, business disputes, and constitutional litigation. He has briefed and argued numerous multimillion dollar appeals. In addition, Brian regularly appears as trial counsel, drafting and arguing motions dealing with key substantive and procedural issues. He also advises clients regarding ways they can minimize the risk of litigation.
Brian represents or has represented clients such as The DIRECTV Group, Georgia Power Company, Lowe's Home Centers, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and ORIX USA. He has extensive experience in a wide range of substantive areas and with widely applicable issues of procedure, including class certification, admission of expert testimony, removal, transfer, and post-trial relief.
Brian maintains an active pro bono practice that includes civil rights cases and criminal and post-conviction proceedings. In addition, he has presented on legal writing, developments in federal practice, and the Supreme Court. Brian also has published articles discussing the federal courts, which have appeared in the Alabama Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.
Lisa Ledbetter advises domestic and international financial institutions in navigating complex and novel regulatory, transactional, and enforcement challenges. Lisa provides strategic advice on commercial and retail bank regulation and financial technology and counsels financial institutions and non-bank companies on new business products and services and compliance issues.
Lisa is experienced in responding to civil investigative demands, conducting internal investigations, and defending agency enforcement actions. She advises on bank equity investments and activities, Volcker Rule limitations, liquidity, capital and business planning, fintech, cybersecurity, anti-money laundering, and credit and debit cards. She represents several national financial services trade associations, assisting with public positions and comments on domestic and cross-border issues.
Prior to Jones Day, Lisa was deputy general counsel at Freddie Mac and deputy office director and head of regulation, legislation, assessments, finance, and funding at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). She previously served as banking and finance counsel at Department of the Treasury during the George H.W. Bush administration and as regulatory counsel for the American Bankers Association and Independent Community Bankers Association representing the interests of small, regional, and large banks.
Lisa is recognized as a notable practitioner in financial technology for 2019 and 2020 by Chambers. She was featured in The Secured Lender "Women in FinTech" March 2019 issue. Lisa is the sole District of Columbia recipient of the International Law Office's 2018 Client Choice Award for Banking and serves on the by invitation only Banking Law Section of the Federal Bar Association. She is immediate past-Chancellor of the Exchequer Club of Washington, D.C.
Senior AdvisorGlobal Strategic Associates
Mr. Xu (“Leo”) LIU is a Senior Advisor with Global Strategic Associates, LLC (GSA). Before joining GSA, Mr. Liu, who is an American Citizen, and has lived with his wife and two children for nearly 20 years in New York, served as a Managing Director and the CFO of Anbang (Dajia) Insurance Group U.S. and a Board Director of Strategic Hotels & Resorts. He participated in several international multi-billion dollar M&A transactions and managed real estate portfolio assets. He was also a Board Director of the China General Chamber of Commerce (US). Prior to Anbang, Mr. Liu was the Treasurer and Head of Trading at Bank of China, U.S., and managed about US$80 billion of the balance sheet and the global trading desk. Before moving to New York in 2001, Mr. Liu held various positions with Bank of China as an FX trader and fixed income portfolio manager based in Beijing, Hong Kong and Tokyo. In 2000, he worked for Brown & Shipley, a boutique private bank in London as part of a program sponsored by the British Council.
Mr. Liu is a highly motivated multi-lingual financial executive offering 20+ years of experience and leadership in capital markets, cross border M&A and real estate transactions, combined with broad corporate treasury and risk management expertise.
Mr. Liu holds a BA in International Economics from Peking University and an MS in Financial Engineering from New York University – Polytechnic Institute. He is a GARP certified Financial Risk Manager and a member of Tau Beta Pi-The Honor Engineering Society. Mr. Liu also holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 registration.
Partner, Business Litigation, Asia Practice ChairBlank Rome
Mike Margolis has been a trial lawyer for over 30 years. Chambers Global reported in 2015 that Mike “draws acclaim for his broad litigation expertise.” His major cases have included:
- M&A break-ups, failed deals, and corporate governance disputes
- intellectual property, trade secret, and non-compete litigation
- financial institution and real estate litigation
- employment, fiduciary and fraud litigation
- class actions
- cross-border and multi-jurisdiction litigation
Mike also “heads the Blank Rome LLP group dedicated to representing Chinese companies and individuals working in the USA.” (Chambers Global) He is conversational in Mandarin Chinese. For over 16 years, Mike has traveled regularly in Greater China. He has advised many Chinese companies and business owners about how to use law and strategy to succeed in the United States. Representative clients include CTBC, Esong, Gemdale, Great Wall Motor, ICBC, Tsinghua Tongfang, Bank of China, ChinaDawn, and ZTE.
Mike’s opinions about cross-border issues have been featured on National Public Radio and in the Wall Street Journal, London Financial Times’ FDI Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, China Daily, and the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong).
In 2017, in the category of International Attorneys, Mike was one of four Finalists in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Leaders in Law” awards. He is repeatedly rated a “Super Lawyer” and, by AVVO.com, “10.0 Superb.” In 2014, Los Angeles Magazine called Mike one of its “Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California.”
Chris Marlin is Founder and President of Lennar International, a division of Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) that facilitates foreign direct investment in Lennar’s U.S. real estate platform by matching foreign capital with Lennar’s varied real estate interests, including project level debt and equity and asset dispositions. Lennar International also serves as Lennar’s global engagement arm, marketing and selling Lennar homes in the U.S. to buyers throughout the world. As President, Marlin leads Lennar’s international sales and global engagement efforts.
Marlin is a leading commentator on cross border investments between the United States and Asia, Latin America, and Europe, and has been a featured speaker at a variety of global forums and events, including the Boao Forum for Asia, the International Stock Exchange Executives Emeriti Association, and MIPIM – the world’s leading property market. Chris has appeared on Bloomberg’s Daybreak Asia, CNBC’s Squawk Box Asia, and Singapore’s Channel NewsAsia. Chris is a Director of the Atlantic Council and a member of A Fellowship for International Real Estate (AFIRE) and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) – a global network of chief executives. He is also a member of the Boao Forum for Asia Intellectual Network and serves as Lennar’s representative to the World Economic Forum based in Geneva.
Marlin formerly served as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation at Lennar Corporation and has served as an attorney at international law firms, Holland & Knight and Foley & Lardner. He is a graduate of Emory University Law School, where he was active in the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta. He has also served as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where he is a Community Fellow of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity.
Partner, Washington DCSquire Patton Boggs
Kevin guides clients in responding to criminal and civil government investigations throughout the country and the parallel administrative, regulatory and civil litigation that often accompanies these investigations. He regularly represents clients in investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor, as well as inquiries and proceedings before other federal and state entities.
In addition to his government enforcement work, Kevin represents plaintiffs and defendants at the state and federal levels in disputes involving fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). He has secured favorable outcomes in mediation and arbitration. While Kevin represents clients in a broad range of industries, he has significant experience working with companies and individuals active in the financial services, healthcare and energy arenas.
Before entering private practice, Kevin was an active duty Army judge advocate,
where he gained considerable trial experience as a felony prosecutor and civil litigation attorney. While deployed to Afghanistan, he led sensitive criminal and administrative investigations into allegations of detainee abuse, fraud and war crimes.
Chief Economist of Financial ProductsBloomberg L.P.
Michael McDonough is the Chief Economist for Financial Products at Bloomberg LP where he provides guidance on economic trends, strategic insight and outreach to central banks and government financial agencies around the world.
Esq. (Washington, D.C.) Former General Counsel of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Expert on Trade and Investor-State Disputes, Partner at Sidley DC office.
JAMES MENDENHALL is a partner in the International Trade and Dispute Resolution group in the law firm of Sidley in Washington, D.C., concentrating on international arbitration, international trade policy, trade litigation, and proceedings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Mr. Mendenhall has served as counsel in numerous investor-state arbitration proceedings, including under ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. He has advised clients on international trade negotiations, market access issues, intellectual property policy, product standards, trade policy, national security regulations, and U.S. legislative matters. He has represented clients across many sectors, including e-commerce, high-tech, pharmaceuticals, financial services, telecommunications, and consumer goods.
From 2005 to January 2007, Mr. Mendenhall served as the General Counsel of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). In that capacity, Mr. Mendenhall supervised U.S. participation in World Trade Organization and NAFTA disputes and handled all legal aspects of U.S. bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade negotiations. Mr. Mendenhall also served as the principal U.S. negotiator of the United States-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement and was the USTR representative on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Mendenhall served as the Assistant United States Trade Representative (AUSTR) for Services, Investment and Intellectual Property. While serving as AUSTR, he oversaw bilateral and regional trade agreement negotiations dealing with services (including financial services), investment and intellectual property, and World Trade Organization negotiations related to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and WTO agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). Mr. Mendenhall was responsible for monitoring the adoption and enforcement of laws to protect the rights of U.S. owners of intellectual property in countries around the world.
From 2001–2003, Mr. Mendenhall served as USTR’s Deputy General Counsel. In that capacity, he handled numerous trade litigation, negotiation and legislative matters, including the development of the model investment chapter for U.S. free trade agreements that became the template for the 2004 U.S. model bilateral investment treaty.
Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Mr. Mendenhall spent nine years in private practice, concentrating in the areas of trade remedies litigation, international arbitration, trade policy and litigation before World Trade Organization panels.
Mr. Mendenhall has testified before Congress on multiple occasions related to free trade agreement negotiations, intellectual property protection in foreign markets, trade in services and financial services, and other matters.
Devjani H. Mishra draws on more than 20 years of in-house and outside counsel experience to partner with management in creating scalable and efficient solutions to complex workplace challenges. She is a leader of Littler’s COVID-19 Task Force and Return-to-Work Team, and regularly assists companies in navigating federal, state and local COVID-19 related restrictions and reopening requirements.
Prior to joining Littler, Devjani spent almost seven years as the primary in-house employment counsel for a global biotechnology company serving patients in more than 50 countries. Devjani brings this client-centered perspective to her work with companies of all sizes, from startups to multinational corporations, including:
• Planning and performing transactional due diligence, workforce integration and business restructuring
• Building corporate compliance and ethics programs, performing employment practices audits and managing internal investigations
• Supporting stakeholders in capturing best practices for recruiting, contracting, alternative staffing, performance management, and discipline
• Addressing requests for flexible work, accommodation and military, medical and family leaves of absence
Devjani is also an experienced litigator, and has successfully handled employment complaints from inception through trial in federal and state courts and agencies. She works closely with clients to set cost-effective defense strategy and to alleviate the business disruption that litigation can cause. Prior to going in-house, she was a partner in the labor and employment practice of a national law firm.
Devjani is a regular presenter on employment law topics before the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute and other professional forums.
Managing Director - Sustainable FinanceMoody’s ESG Solutions
Patrick Mispagel is Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Moody’s ESG Solutions. Serving the growing market demand for trusted reviews of organizations’ sustainability credentials, Patrick is responsible for the business unit’s Sustainable Finance product suite globally – including Sustainability Ratings, Second Party Opinions (SPOs) and Green Certifications. Patrick also oversees Outreach &Research – the team of ESG experts delivering market-leading and timely research, opinions and analysis to the broad spectrum of ESG domain market participants. He also leads the unit’s data operations function to best ensure client demand for superior and reliable ESG data is successfully met.
Patrick joined Moody’s Investors Service in 2001 and has held various senior analytical positions spanning Corporate Ratings, Project & Infrastructure Finance Ratings and Public Finance in the firm’s New York, Hong Kong and London offices. Patrick is an active steering committee member of Moody’s EMEA LGBTA Business Resource Group.
PartnerKirkland & Ellis LLP
Sanjay Mullick has a broad range of experience providing counsel on export controls administered by the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR); the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); and the Department of Energy’s rules on nuclear exports, as well as economic sanctions administered by the Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). He also advises on compliance and enforcement matters concerning the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and foreign trade zones (FTZ). Mr. Mullick advises companies, sponsors and investors on export controls and sanctions risk assessment in conjunction with investments, offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He also conducts internal investigations, handles voluntary self-disclosures, and designs and implements trade controls compliance programs. Mr. Mullick assists companies with navigating the export control aspects of software deployment, including global encryption controls, cloud computing, and offshore outsourcing. In addition, he counsels companies and financial institutions on compliance with economic sanctions, including considerations for market entry and implementation of corporate policies and procedures. Mr. Mullick has advised companies and governments in international arbitration and litigation, including dispute resolution proceedings under the investment provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs), administered under the rules of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Committee on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Mr. Mullick has represented U.S. companies and foreign governments in trade remedy proceedings, including antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and suspension agreements before the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission and the Court of International Trade.
Entrepreneur, film producer and political activist.
Mr. Mundell was an adjunct professor at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, and is an honorary professor at Tsinghua University in China.
In 2005, Mr. Mundell formed Californians For Fair Redistricting to advance fair redistricting reform. In 2010, he was the executive producer of Gerrymandering, a national documentary which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and focuses on the use of gerrymandering to fix elections and protect incumbents. It was widely credited with creating sweeping political reform in California.
In 2013, he embarked on a feature documentary movie titled Better Angels about the US-China relationship.
Rajeev Muttreja focuses on appellate litigation, motions practice, and trial strategy in federal and state courts. He has argued before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits and has drafted briefs in the United States Supreme Court, many other appellate courts, and trial courts across the country. Rajeev has extensive experience defending False Claims Act cases, particularly within the health care industry. He also has significant experience with issues of federal jurisdiction, RICO, class actions, corporate governance, securities law, administrative law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and many other areas of law.
In his work involving the False Claims Act, Rajeev has played a significant role in such cases alleging Anti-Kickback Statute violations, off-label pharmaceutical marketing, Medicare and Medicaid overbilling, and other purported statutory or regulatory violations. Recently, Rajeev drafted motions to dismiss that won three such cases, in federal courts in New York, Virginia, and Georgia.
Rajeev helped draft the successful petition for certiorari and winning merits briefs in Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations v. Brown, 131 S. Ct. 2846 (2011), which clarified the law of personal jurisdiction. He also argued and won Evans v. Zych, 644 F.3d 447 (6th Cir. 2011), a habeas corpus case presenting a question of first impression on which other circuits had split.
Rajeev maintains an active pro bono practice. He has worked extensively with the National Immigrant Justice Center and is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit's pro bono panel.
PresidentWanxiang America Corporation
Mr. Pin Ni is the President of Wanxiang America Corporation, a wholly owned US subsidiary of Wanxiang Group Company based in Hangzhou, China. Mr. Ni also serves as the Executive Vice President for Wanxiang Group.
Mr. Ni received his Bachelor degree and MBA degree from Zhejiang University, after which he joined Wanxiang and has been with the company ever since. He has also studied in the PhD program in University of Kentucky’s Department of Economics.
With an in-depth understanding of the regulations that apply to safety and health in the workplace, Melissa K. Peters assists employers in complying with these requirements and provides counsel surrounding workplace incidents.
Her primary focus is on California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters. Previously, while at Cal/OSHA, she regularly advised on enforcement and investigation-related matters and represented the Division in administrative appeals and third-party litigation arising from workplace fatalities. She worked closely with Cal/OSHA’s High Hazard, Research and Standards, Labor Enforcement Task Force, and Elevator units and handled numerous cases involving workplace violence, heat illness and bloodborne pathogens.
During law school, Melissa worked in the Labor Relations Department of the NFL Management Council as a member of their year-long clerkship program and served as an associate editor of the Fordham International Law Journal.
Claiborne (Clay) W. Porter is Head of Investigations and a Managing Director in the Global Investigations & Compliance practice at Navigant. Through his supervisory roles and as a Trial Attorney in the United States Department of Justice's ("DOJ") Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section ("MLARS"), Clay gained extensive experience managing complex, international, and domestic financial investigations in matters relating to money laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act ("BSA")/AML laws and regulations, U.S. economic sanctions, and anti-corruption/anti-bribery laws.
Prior to joining Navigant, Clay held several senior positions in MLARS. As the Acting Principal Deputy Chief of MLARS, Clay supervised the work of approximately 150 attorneys and staff in connection with the various litigating, policy, and forfeiture program management units within MLARS. Additionally, he was part of the supervisory team that led the government's efforts to trace, find, and forfeit the proceeds of high-level foreign corruption and prosecute the companies and individuals who launder corruption proceeds. Clay also assisted DOJ and interagency policymakers in developing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives to combat global illicit finance, in addition to supervising the DOJ's efforts to find and return forfeited criminal proceeds to victims of crime.
As Chief of the Bank Integrity Unit, Clay supervised the attorneys who were leading the Department's efforts to investigate and prosecute companies and their employees who violate the BSA and U.S. economic sanctions laws and regulations, as well as companies and individuals who launder the proceeds of bribery and corruption. Additionally, Clay interacted daily with US and foreign law enforcement, bank regulators, OFAC, and FinCEN.
Prior to his federal government service, Clay was an associate with two international law firms in New York City and an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, where he prosecuted violent crime.
Chief Lending Officer, Executive Vice PresidentBank of China USA
Mr. Raymond Qiao joined Bank of China USA in June 1998 and currently is the Bank’s Chief Lending Officer and Executive Vice President. His main responsibilities are to supervise all the corporate banking and credit businesses for the Fortune 500 companies, project finances and commercial real estate loans for Bank of China’s USA operation. He also supervises the operation of Financial Institution business and Bank of China Los Angeles Branch’s operation. He was ranked #6 in 2015, #1 in 2016 and #16 in 2017 of the 50 Most Important Figures in Commercial Real Estate Finance by Commercial Observer. He was awarded the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business in 2015.
Prior to Bank of China, Mr. Qiao worked in commercial lending areas at EAB Bank in New York and the Agricultural Bank of China in Beijing.
Mr. Qiao earned his MBA degree from Lubin Business School of Pace University in New York. He also received a Master of Economics degree from Xiamen University, China.
Brian C. Rabbitt
Brian Rabbitt is a seasoned litigator with deep experience resolving complex problems and handling sensitive investigations and enforcement matters at the highest levels of government. He provides strategic counseling and representation to clients facing high-profile, high-stakes civil and criminal matters involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), state attorneys general, and other government authorities. Brian also has extensive experience responding to congressional inquiries and preparing senior officials for appearances before Congress.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Brian was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ's Criminal Division. As head of one of DOJ's largest criminal enforcement components, Brian led hundreds of federal prosecutors responsible for investigating and prosecuting white collar cases (including securities, commodities, and health care fraud), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, and money laundering (AML), public corruption, computer crime, intellectual property, and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) matters. Under Brian's leadership, the Criminal Division resolved several of the largest and most significant corporate criminal matters in DOJ history; prosecuted billions of dollars in health care fraud; and led the federal government's response to COVID-19-related stimulus fraud.
Before heading the Criminal Division, Brian also served as Chief of Staff in the Attorney General's office, in senior roles at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and in the Office of the White House Counsel. Brian began his career at a leading Washington law firm, where his practice focused on litigation involving state attorneys general and enforcement matters before various government authorities.
Managing Director & Chief Communications Officer
Government, Public and Business RelationsBank of China USA
Mr. Reisman joined the bank in 2017 and leads a new group focusing on government and public relations, business development, marketing, and corporate social responsibility. Mr. Reisman has almost 30 years of experience working with Chinese private and government entities advising on cross-border investments and bilateral trade negotiations with the United States, China and Israel. Mr. Reisman received a Masters in Law from Peking University Law School, a Juris Doctor Degree and LL.M. from Columbia Law School and spent six years in Israel working for the government in both a legal and advisory capacity focusing on issues relating to China and other countries in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Reisman is fluent in Mandarin and Hebrew, and is a member of the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations and the advisory board for AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Government and Public Relations Committee for the China General Chamber of Commerce- U.S.A.
Founder, Chairman & CEOLoop Capital
James Reynolds, Jr. is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital. Mr. Reynolds, along with Albert R. Grace, Jr., founded Loop Capital in 1997 with a simple motto as a guide: "To provide client service beyond expectations." The motto still serves as the foundational driving force of the firm. Mr. Reynolds currently oversees all aspects of Loop Capital, including investment banking, brokerage and financial advisory services.
A 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, Mr. Reynolds held senior-level positions at several global Wall Street firms prior to founding Loop Capital—then a municipal bond firm. Since, Loop Capital has grown into one of the most dynamic and diversified investment banking firms in the country, expanding into corporate finance, global equity trading, taxable fixed income trading, tax-exempt fixed income trading, mergers and acquisitions, public finance, infrastructure investment and financial consulting. As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Reynolds spearheaded the accelerated growth and diversification of the firm, which is now one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the United States.
A passionate advocate of giving back to the community, Mr. Reynolds currently serves on the boards of buildOn, Chicago Community Trust, Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy, Chicago United, Get IN Chicago and The University of Chicago Medical Center. Additionally, Mr. Reynolds is Vice-Chair of the board for the Chicago Urban League and a member of the CFA Institute. In February 2013, he was chosen by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to co-chair the board of Get IN Chicago, which aims to prevent violence through intensive mentorship and intervention in the lives of at-risk youth. Previously, he was appointed to serve on the boards of World Business Chicago and The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority by the Mayor Emanuel in 2011.
Mr. Reynolds holds a Master of Management in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the AIMR in 1991 and holds series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses.
The 39th U.S. Secretary of CommerceU.S. Department of Commerce
Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as 39th Secretary of Commerce on February 28, 2017. Secretary Ross will be the principal voice of business in the Trump Administration, ensuring U.S. entrepreneurs and businesses have the tools they need to create jobs and economic opportunity.
Secretary Ross is the former Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of WL Ross & Co. LLC and has over 55 years of investment banking and private equity experience. Mr. Ross has restructured over $400 billion of assets in the airline, apparel, auto parts, banking, beverage, chemical, credit card, electric utility, food service, furniture, gypsum, home-building, insurance, marine transport, mortgage origination and servicing, oil and gas, rail car manufacturing and leasing, real estate, restaurants, shipyards, steel, textiles, and trucking industries. He has been chairman or lead director of more than 100 companies operating in more than 20 different countries.
Named by Bloomberg Markets as one of the 50 most influential people in global finance, Mr. Ross is the only person elected to both the Private Equity Hall of Fame and the Turnaround Management Hall of Fame. He previously served as privatization advisor to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the board of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund. President Kim Dae-jung awarded Mr. Ross a medal for helping South Korea during its financial crisis and, in November 2014, the Emperor of Japan awarded him The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star.
As a philanthropist, Secretary Ross recently served as Chairman of the Japan Society, Trustee of the Brookings Institution and Chairman of its Economic Studies Council, the International Board of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Blenheim Foundation, the Magritte Museum in Brussels, and the Palm Beach Civic Association. He was also an Advisory Board Member of Yale University School of Management.
Secretary Ross is a graduate of Yale University and of Harvard Business School (with distinction). He and his wife Hilary Geary Ross have four children, Jessica Ross, Amanda Ross, Ted Geary, and Jack Geary.
Lanier Saperstein is a partner at Jones Day, a member of the CGCC-USA’s Legal Counsel Committee, an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, and a co-chair of the NYCBA Compliance Committee’s Subcommittee on International Developments. Lanier represents financial institutions and companies, with a focus on disputes and regulatory matters involving cross-border and extraterritorial issues. He has been recognized as an "international banking expert" by the Washington Post and as a "China specialist" by The National Law Journal.
David W. Schner is President and Executive Editor of LEADERS Magazine. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial, production and advertising departments of the publication. David also oversees the international operations of the Magazine including country section development, international projects and special foreign sections.
David has traveled extensively and has interviewed a number of heads of state and business leaders worldwide throughout the past years. He has been with LEADERS since 1990 and has held a number of different positions within the Company. Prior to joining LEADERS, David worked for two years at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.
David graduated from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut in 1988 where he studied political science and government. He was also captain of the basketball team.
Former Chief Strategic OfficerNational Governors Association (NGA)
Tiffany Shackelford serves as chief strategic officer and the director of communications and strategic planning for NGA. She works with a variety of the organization’s stakeholders, including governors and their staff, to implement effective strategies.
Prior to NGA, Shackelford was the executive director at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. There she focused on pushing the media industry forward through research and development of smart digital tools, strategic partnering for monetization streams and community and demographics development.
Shackelford also served as director of communications and marketing at Phase2 Technology, where she built and oversaw a robust publishing practice. From 2007 to 2010, she served as executive director of Capitolbeat, the association of capitol reporters and editors, a group she helped found in 1999.
She founded Stateline.org, a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site affiliated with the Pew Research Center that reports on emerging trends and issues in state policy and politics. While at Pew, she incubated several prominent research projects and helped shape the web and outreach strategy.
Shackelford established and is a co-organizer of the Washington-area Online News Association DC group, with more than 1,500 members. In addition, she has consulted for multiple media and nonprofit organizations, including the National Association of State Budget Officers, United Press International, News21, KQED and the International Women’s Media Foundation. She has also acted as an advisor for multiple nonprofits and startups.
Shackelford holds a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University. The daughter of a Naval aviator, she has lived in countless locations, but now calls Virginia home.
Chairman and CEOPAG
Weijian Shan is chairman and CEO of PAG, a leading Asia-focused private equity firm. Prior to PAG, he was a partner of the private equity firm TPG, and co-managing partner of TPG Asia (formerly known as Newbridge Capital). Over two decades, Weijian Shan has led a number of landmark transactions that have returned billions of dollars in profit to his firms’ investors. Previously, Shan was a managing director of JP Morgan, and an assistant professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In his youth, he spent several years working as a laborer in the Gobi Desert of China. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco. Shan is the author of Money Games: The Inside Story of How American Dealmakers Saved Korea's Most Iconic Bank (2020) and Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America (2019). His articles and commentary have been published in the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The Economist and many other publications.
Edward J Shapiro
Partner Latham & Watkins LLP
Mr. Shapiro has been deeply involved in clearance of foreign investment in sensitive United States companies throughout his career.
Mr. Shapiro regularly assists both US target businesses and foreign acquirers in obtaining CFIUS approval for their transactions, both by presenting to the government the characteristics of the parties and the transaction to support deal clearance, and by structuring governance arrangements (including mitigation agreements of various kinds) to satisfy conditions imposed by CFIUS. He is also deeply experienced in post-closing counseling to ensure that the twin needs of compliance and efficiency are met on an ongoing basis.
Relatedly, Mr. Shapiro regularly assists businesses that contract with the United States government and require security clearance to do so—including those who sell supplies and services to the US military—to maintain the highest levels of security clearance following foreign acquisition of control. He has helped them by advocating transaction clearance to Department of Defense and other clearance authorities, structuring corporate governance agreements that permit the private parties to comply with US government requirements in a way that meets their business needs, and implementing these agreements successfully. He has also assisted cleared contractors in their response to investigations of compliance with the conditions of their clearance.
From 1986-88, Mr. Shapiro was Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Defense (Legal Counsel), where he and his staff were responsible for advising on, among other matters, defense industrial security matters and special investigations.
Megaprojects Director, Northern Virginia DistrictVirginia Department of Transportation
Susan Shaw is a transportation engineer with more than 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. She currently leads the Virginia Megaprojects Office for the Department of Transportation in Northern Virginia, overseeing more than $3 Billion in major design-build and P3 transportation projects, that include I-66 Outside and Inside, 395 Express Lanes, and Route 28 Corridor Improvements. Susan is currently managing the Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway project, a $2+ Billion multimodal project to improve the I-66 Corridor between I-495 and Gainesville. In addition, she oversees the 8 mile extension of the 29 mile I-95 Express Lanes reversible system that opened in December 2014 traversing Stafford, Prince William, and Fairfax Counties.
PartnerMorrison & Foerster, LLP
John E. Smith, former Director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), is co-head of Morrison & Foerster’s National Security practice, and a member of the Global Risk + Crisis Management group and Investigations + White Collar group. After serving 11 years as a top official at OFAC and three years as its Director, Mr. Smith brings to the firm unmatched experience in economic sanctions, enforcement, and national security.
Both in the United States and globally, clients turn to Mr. Smith for his deep experience and unique perspective on the complexities and escalating risk of U.S. and multilateral sanctions. He is a trusted advisor for clients navigating significant civil and criminal enforcement actions by U.S. and other government prosecutors and regulators.
Chief RepresentativeThe People’s Bank of China (PBC) Representative Office for the Americas in New York
Name: Xiangyan Song
Birth Year: 1963
Birth Place: Hunan Province, People’s Republic of China
2014.9-Now Chief Representative, The People’s Bank of China (PBC) Representative Office for the Americas in New York, USA, responsible for facilitating financial cooperation and policy coordination between PBC and central banks in American countries
2010.11-2014.8 Deputy Director General, International Dept., PBC, responsible for financial cooperation of PBC with other central banks in Asia, and cooperation with international development banks, such as Inter-American Development Bank and African Development Bank
2007.9-2010.10 Director, International Dept., PBC
2004.1-2007.8 Representative, PBC Representative Office for the Americas in New York, USA
1999.2-2003.12 Deputy Director, International Dept., PBC
1996.1-1999.1 Programs Officer, Programs Department (East), Asian
Development Bank in Manila, Philippines
1991.9-1995.12 Deputy Director and Section Chief, International Dept., PBC
1990.8-1991.8 An Executive Intern, United Bank of Colorado, First Interstate
Bank of Denver and Colorado State Government, USA
1987.7-1990.7 Section Chief, International Dept., PBC
1983.9-1984.7 Teacher, The Third High School of Shaoyang City, Hunan
1990.8-1991.8 Diploma of MBA Course at the Graduate School of Business
Administration of the University of Colorado, U S A
1984.9-1987.7 Master Degree in Economics at the Graduate School of the
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
1979.9-1983.7 Bachelor Degree in Economics at Hunan Normal University
Partner, Washington DCSquire Patton Boggs
Jeff focuses much of his practice on public policy issues related to tax and trade policy issues, energy legislation, sanctions policy and a host of other public policy issues. In addition, he advises companies in connection with investments and transactions reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Jeff has led teams on "bet-the-company" projects, including ones in which Congress will have a major role in the outcome.
Partner, Washington DCSquire Patton Boggs
With respect to corporate transactions, Dan routinely advises clients on issues arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He assists clients in conducting due diligence and identifying and mitigating risks. He also assists clients in developing or upgrading FCPA compliance programs and frequently offers FCPA training.
With respect to imports, Dan assists clients on matters relating to the full range of Customs issues, whether it be valuation, classification, country of origin labeling or the availability of a particular tariff preference program (GSP, CBI, AGOA, etc.). He prepares and files protests, requests for internal advice, letter ruling requests and represents clients in administrative penalty matters. When necessary, he litigates on behalf of his clients before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also assists importers with respect to requirements imposed by agencies other than Customs, including the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Products Safety Commission.
With respect to exports, Dan assists clients, both domestic and foreign, in understanding and complying with US export controls. These include State Department regulations that govern the international transfer of defense articles, defense services or technical data, and Department of Commerce regulations that govern "dual-use" products and technology. Dan obtains rulings, to help clients apply for and obtain licenses, and represents clients in administrative compliance and enforcement actions.
Dan focuses on the policies and regulations imposed by the US that seek to sanction or embargo foreign countries such as Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Burma. He assists clients in obtaining licenses, counsels them with respect to changing US policy and represents them in enforcement proceedings. He has also worked to change US policies with respect to certain embargoes, sometimes incrementally in connection with a single license application, and sometimes more broadly, as with the US embargo of Cuba.
On broader trade policy issues, Dan represented foreign governments in GSP proceedings, fought to defeat the imposition of new export controls and lobbied on various trade-related bills before the Congress. He also assists clients in the structuring, negotiation and drafting of international sales, distribution and agency agreements, assists clients in the resolution of disputes arising from international trade transactions and advises on issues relating to US anti-boycott regulations.
Dan represents the only licensed deepwater port, a facility that transports more than 10% of all crude oil imported into the US, on a broad variety of legislative, regulatory and commercial matters. He has worked closely with companies in the oil industry around the world.
Chief Political CorrespondentCGTN America
Wang Guan is currently the chief political correspondent for CGTN America’s Mandarin Service based in Washington D.C. He has covered virtually all major events shaping and defining China-U.S. relations for the past eight years, from both Beijing and Washington.
Before his relocation to the United States, Wang Guan was the chief China correspondent for CGTN’s English language news network, CGTN News, in Beijing. He has broken stories from virtually all of China’s 34 provinces.
His reporting journeys have taken him deep inside North Korea, Pakistan and Russia, among other regions, to investigate regional and global geo-political and economic issues. He has met and interviewed prominent newsmakers including Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, former Pakistani President Asif Zardari, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, IOC President Jacques Rogge, and former Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing.
Senior Vice President & Head of Human ResourcesBank of China USA
Alan Wong is a Senior Vice President and Head of the Human Resources Department, Bank of China, U.S. Branches, which currently employs over 800 individuals in four U.S. branches in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Mr. Wong oversees and is responsible for the Human Resources (“HR’) strategy and program in all four branches of the Bank.
Partner, Washington DCSquire Patton Boggs
Ben Wood assists clients in federal and state litigation at the trial and appellate levels, and in government investigations and enforcement matters.
Ben has represented corporations, individuals, political organizations, campaigns and foreign governments in matters involving economic sanctions, money laundering, bank fraud, public corruption, industrial disasters, healthcare fraud and campaign finance litigation.
Managing PartnerDai & Associates
Mr. Wu is the Managing Partner of Dai and Associates. His practices focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, US-inbound and China outbound investments, capital markets, project finance, real estate, and cross-border litigations.
Mr. Wu possesses an exceptional breadth of knowledge and experience in the areas of infrastructure, energy, transportation, real estate, technology transfer, both domestically and in emerging markets. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Wu serves as a consultant to the International Law Institute in Washington DC, and he is an adjunct law professor with the Southwest University of Political Science and Law.
Former Representative from MarylandU.S. House of Representatives
Albert R. Wynn is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Maryland’s 4th Congressional District. While in the House, he served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, most recently as Chairman of its Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, and as a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality. While on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Albert also served on the Health and Telecommunications Subcommittees. In the early part of his congressional career, he was a member of the Financial Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee. He was appointed a Senior Democratic Whip and served as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee (PAC).
Albert helped craft the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, in part, by adding a provision authorizing $10 billion in federal grants for an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (ECBG) program to support city, county, and state initiatives for energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy. He was also able to obtain increased funding for hydrogen fuel cell research with anamendment to the FY08 Energy Appropriations Bill. As a conferee on the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Albert authored language providing for the expansion of electricity transmission networks to ensure greater reliability, increase competitive electricity rates, and promote a stronger national electricity grid. In conference, he led efforts, which added almost $3 billion, to the authorization for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Albert also sponsored an amendment creating 15 demonstration projects for hydrogen production from solar, wind and nuclear energy sources.
As a member of the Subcommittee on Health, Albert worked on myriad health issues, including health information technology, the Medicare prescription drug program, Food and Drug Administration reauthorization, medical device approvals and generic drug issues. In the 110th Congress, working with various stakeholders, he advocated for the inclusion of dental benefits for children under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
Albert was highly involved in the strategic planning to fund construction of the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge linking Maryland and Virginia. He also secured appropriations for a major expansion of the Washington, D.C. subway system. Additionally, Albert obtained funding for numerous federal highway and environmental projects.
As a member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Albert helped shape policy on issues of net neutrality, spectrum management and auctions, cable TV pricing and service, broadband deployment, media ownership, Federal Communications Commission oversight, telecommunication mergers, and media content.
While in Congress, Albert served as a Senior Democratic Whip, Regional Whip, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, member of the Democrats’ message team, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Task Force on Small Business, and Co-Chair of the Hydrogen and Wireless Caucuses. While there, he was selected to serve as delegate to numerous interparliamentary meetings involving both the Caribbean and EU organizations.
Prior to being elected to Congress in 1992, Albert was a Maryland State Senator and a Maryland State Delegate.
Chairman of ICBC US Management Committee, General Manager of ICBC New York BranchICBC
Mr. XIAO Yuqiang is the Chairman of ICBC US Management Committee, the General Manager of ICBC New York Branch, the Chairman of ICBC (USA) NA and the Chairman of ICBC Financial Services LLC. He also held the title of senior economist of ICBC.
Prior to his current role, Mr. XIAO had been serving as the General Manager of ICBC Paris Branch since 2010 (as head of the preparatory team of ICBC Paris Branch before its opening). Thanks to its remarkable business growth since establishment, ICBC Paris Branch soon became one of the most important foreign banks in France and was awarded as Best Investor of Ile-de-France in 2011.
During 2005-2010, Mr. Xiao worked for ICBC Tokyo Branch. He was appointed the Assistant General Manager of ICBC Tokyo Branch first and then further promoted to the Deputy General Manager in 2007.
Mr. XIAO joined ICBC in early 90s, working for the Jilin Branch in China, during which Mr. Xiao engaged mainly in international business and accumulated great experience in banking industry, especially in the areas of credit, international trading and business development. With his excellent skills and performance, Mr. XIAO was promoted to Executive Vice President of a key sub-branch in April 2001.
Chairman / China General Chamber of Commerce - USA President & CEO / Bank of China USABank of China USA
Mr. Chen Xu started his banking career at Bank of China Head Office in 1990. Since then, Mr. Xu had worked successively in various departments including Executive Office, Corporate Banking Department, and London Branch before he was promoted to the position of General Manager of Olympic Affairs Department in 2004. This Department was set up specially to supervise the Bank’s effort of offering the best banking services for the Olympics where Bank of China was the sole bank partner of the 2008 Beijing Games. In August 2008, Mr. Xu was reassigned as General Manager of Financial Institutions Department, a position he held until January 2015. In January 2015, Mr. Xu was transferred to the United States and assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of China USA. He now supervises New York Branch, Queens Branch, Los Angeles Branch, and Chicago Branch.
Mr. Xu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information System from Tsinghua University, China, and a Master’s Degree from the University of International Business and Economics, China, major in Business Management.
Mr. Xu, born in China, is married. He has a teenage daughter.
Principal, Financial ServicesEY
Qingji is a Principal in EY’s Financial Services practice. Based in New York, Qingji leads EY’s Financial Services Risk Management (FSRM) practice of the Americas. He has 20 years of professional services experience advising leading global financial institutions in addressing their business, technology and operations, and regulatory issues.
The FSRM practice that Qingji leads offers a wide array of advisory services in the financial services sector covering enterprise risk management; financial risk management including market risk, credit risk, counterparty credit risk, capital, and treasury and liquidity risk management; recovery and resolution planning; non-financial risk management including operational risk and cyber risk; regulatory compliance including financial crime (BSA/AML and sanctions) compliance, consumer compliance and enterprise compliance; structured finance; and quantitative advisory services. Qingji also has oversight responsibilities for services in capital markets operations improvement and technology.
Qingji holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Rochester. Prior to his professional services career Qingji spent a few years in academia teaching and conducting research in mathematics focusing on stochastic analysis and probability theory. He has numerous publications in stochastic differential equations, Ito’s formula, Brownian motion and partial differential equations. Qingji regularly organizes industry events and forums focused on risk management, BSA/AML and regulatory matters.
John C. YANG
President and Executive DirectorAsian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
John C. Yang is the president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC.
At Advancing Justice | AAJC, John leads the organization’s efforts to fight for civil rights and empower Asian Americans to create a more just America for all through public policy advocacy, education, and litigation. His extensive legal background enables Advancing Justice | AAJC to address systemic policies, programs, and legislative attempts to discriminate against and marginalize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and other minority communities.
John has been a leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander and broader civic community. In 1997, John co-founded the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the direct service legal needs of Asian Pacific Americans in the D.C. metropolitan area. He served as chair of the Asian American Justice Center (former name of Advancing Justice | AAJC) after serving as treasurer of the organization and as a member of its National Advisory Council. John was president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) from 2003 to 2004, and since 1998, he has served as Co-Chair of NAPABA’s Judiciary and Executive Nominations & Appointments Committee. In that capacity, he has worked extensively with the White House and the U.S. Senate in securing the nomination and confirmation of over 20 Asian American and Pacific Islander federal judges and numerous other Senate-confirmed Presidential appointments.
John’s other leadership positions have included: Member, American Bar Association House of Delegates (2008–present; Minority Caucus Chair, 2014–16); Board Member, ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession (2009–12); Advisory Committee on Pro Se Litigation for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (1998–2002); General Counsel, Organization of Chinese Americans (2000–02); Board Member, ABA Rule of Law Initiative (2013–present).
A significant portion of Grayson's practice involves representing and advising clients concerning economic sanctions and export controls. He has extensive experience in assisting companies with compliance with the sanctions and embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and anti-boycott laws. He also assists clients with other aspects of international compliance including issues involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), transactions involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and determinations concerning Foreign Ownership, Control, and Influence (FOCI).
Grayson also provides regulatory and dispute resolution advice to companies concerning government contracts issues. He assists clients with False Claims Act (FCA) matters (including qui tam litigation), laws governing false statements and fraud, inquiries into bidding practices and contract negotiation, suspension and debarment issues, and compliance counseling. He also advises national security and defense companies on the legal and regulatory compliance requirements that arise in those industries, with a particular focus on information security.
Grayson's practice includes enforcement and compliance elements. He assists clients in conducting internal investigations, assessing disclosure issues, resolving disputes with government agencies, and defending matters in litigation. In addition he helps clients develop compliance programs and work through regulatory issues.
PresidentChina Communications Construction (USA)
Luping (Norman) Yi is the President and a Board Director of China Communications Construction (USA), Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), a global Fortune 500 company. Mr. Yi has more than 30 years of experience in the infrastructure industry, having previously worked for China Harbor Engineering Company, KBR and the Texas Department of Transportation. Mr. Yi graduated from HoHai University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Yi has served in several leadership roles, including Board Director of Macquarie Development Corporation (MDC) and Board Director of Jamaica North South Highway Company (JNSHC). MDC is a joint venture between Macquarie Capital, CCCC, and Banco Modal, which was formed for the purpose of investing in pre-construction infrastructure development projects in Latin America. JNSHC invested in and developed the 68 km toll road between Kingston and St. Ann’s Bay in Jamaica, which is China’s first overseas highway concession project.
Executive Director of CGCC-DC Director of Corporate Communications, China Telecom (Americas) Corporation
Mr. Ge Yu (于戈) serves as the Director of Corporate Communications for China Telecom (Americas), and the Executive Director of China General Chamber of Commerce – Washington D.C. Chapter.
As an award-winning communications professional, Mr. Yu has more than a decade of public relations, public affairs, marketing communication, internal communication, and crisis management experience, in both agency and in-house settings. His previous clients and employers included Fortune Global 500 corporations, major nonprofit organizations and industry leaders in telecom, technology, energy, manufacture, retail, gaming, pharmaceutical and entertainment.
Chairman & PresidentChina Construction America
Mr. Ning Yuan began his career with CSCEC in 1988 and became president of China Construction America (CCA), CSCEC’s subsidiary in the Americas, in 2001. He has more than 20 years of experience in international business with significant expertise in construction and real estate. Leveraging his entrepreneurial acumen and relentless pursuit of excellence, Mr. Yuan successfully led CCA’s transformation from a small company of just 12 employees in 2000 to a highly competitive and well-recognized player in the US construction and real estate market. CCA is now the 37th-largest general contractor and the 10th-largest bridge contractor in the United States and ranked the Top 25 Contractors in General Building. It is also the second-largest builder in South Florida and fourth-largest builder in New York City. Under Mr. Yuan’s leadership, CCA has completed more than 1,000 projects, many of which have garnered prestigious awards, including the Tien-yow Jeme Civil Engineering Award, Lu Ban Award, Construction Achievement Project of the Year Award by the American Society of Civil Engineering, Project of the Year by New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Top 10 Bridges award by the Roads & Bridges Magazine, Award of Merit by ENR and the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award. In 2014, Mr. Yuan led and completed CCA’s acquisition of Plaza Construction, which has enhanced CCA’s building division and put the company in a stronger competitive position in the United States. As a leader with vision, he successfully expanded CCA’s business into The Bahamas and Panama and aims to have CCA expand into other countries in the Americas. Mr. Yuan also initiated and succeeded in establishing CCA’s real estate and infrastructure investment and development platforms to serve the company’s business expansion in the Americas. With a portfolio of $1.5 billion, CCA has created thousands of jobs. In addition to being a successful businessman, Mr. Yuan is a keen educator. Committed to supporting initiatives that promote the delivery of quality education to youth, he travels to Harvard Business School, the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and other prestigious universities to mentor young, talented people with his inspirational experience. In 2011, Mr. Yuan assumed the office of chairman of China General Chamber of Commerce-U.S.A. During his tenure, he demonstrated his commitment to fostering business exchanges between China and the United States and having a greater impact on the economic and business cooperation between China and the United States, which contributed to his reelection in 2014. He continues to serve the chamber as vice chairman. Mr. Yuan holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Zhejiang University in China and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany. He received the Asian Entrepreneur Excellence Award from the Asian American Business Development Center and the China Business Leadership Award from the US–China Policy Foundation. In addition to Mandarin Chinese, he is fluent in English, German and Russian.
Senior CounselorThe Cohen Group
The Honorable William Zarit advises major Chinese companies on how to navigate the US investment market, and helps US multinationals working in the Chinese commercial environment. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for the American Chamber of Commerce in China.
Until May 2014, Mr. Zarit was Minister for Commercial Affairs at the US Embassy in Beijing, overseeing the US Department of Commerce’s trade promotion and trade policy activities in its operations in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang. He retired with the rank of Career Minister.
Prior to his posting to Beijing, Mr. Zarit was Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Operations, for the US Commercial Service, overseeing Commercial Sections in US Embassies and Consulates worldwide. He previously served as US Commercial Service’s Regional Director for East Asia/Pacific, Senior Commercial Officer at the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the US Embassy in Beijing, and Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the American Institute in Taiwan.
Before joining the US Commercial Service, Mr. Zarit was Economic and Commercial Program Officer for the New York-based National Committee on US-China Relations. Prior to that, he served as Marketing Manager/China for the California-based telecommunications firm Pacific Telesis International, preceded by his work as Project Manager for the high-tech marketing firm China Business Associates. Both positions were based in Beijing. Mr. Zarit also served as Mandarin Chinese Interpreter for the US State Department Language Services.
He earned an MBA with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA with Honors in Political Science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Shau Zhang is EY’s market leader of Americas China Overseas Investment Network (COIN), where she is responsible for serving the dynamic needs of cross-border investors. Her recent client assignments include several of the largest China-US cross-border Fortune 500 transactions.
Shau is a member on the Business Advisory Council of the Asia Society in New York and has been recognized as one of the Top Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business.
Shau manages a multi-disciplinary team across EY service lines (tax, transactions, audit and advisory). She has been with EY for 21 years and is a tax partner with experience across sectors including real estate, asset management, private equity, university endowment funds, timber funds, sports team to corporations in biotech and manufacturing.
Shau has an MS in Accountancy and an MS in Taxation from Bentley University, Massachusetts, and BS and MS degrees in Power Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai JiaoTong University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts, and a member of the MSCPA and AICPA.