2016 Programs

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Third Annual China Institute Entrepreneurship Panel – Making Dreams Reality

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:30PM –8:00PM
FREE for Corporate Members and Patron Members (Red Envelope, Silk Purse, Jade Box, Scholar’s Circle, FOTG, YP) / $10 General Members / $20 Non-Members
Moderator:Mable Chan – Founder and President of China Personified LLC

When we think about successful entrepreneurs, sometimes we see them as big dreamers. They dare to dream. But more importantly, they test their ideas, validate them, and put them into action. It is effective execution that makes business plans and growth strategies work and turns ideas into reality.

On November 30th, China Institute is pleased to present its Third Annual Entrepreneurship Panel, featuring young entrepreneurs from a diverse group of industries. They will share their adventures from starting up their own businesses, and talk about how to be both a dreamer and a doer. They will also share some of the key lessons learned.


A Conversation with Fan Bao, Chairman & CEO of China Renaissance

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Fan Bao
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Renaissance
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
6:30PM –8:00PM

Since establishing China Renaissance in 2004, Fan Bao has led the firm to successfully close approximately US$19 billion of public offerings, financings and M&A transactions. It is now among the leading investment banks in China with particular specializations in TMT, Healthcare and Consumer. Mr. Bao will discuss the market trends for these sectors and the outlook for related private financings.

China Renaissance has its roots in advisory services and more recently has expanded into broker-dealer services. It has the unique advantage of having broker-dealer licenses in three key markets: China, Hong Kong and the United States. Mr. Bao will touch upon the interconnections among these three markets and how to leverage them to best serve Chinese and U.S. clients.

Prior to founding China Renaissance, Mr. Bao was the Chief Strategy Officer at AsiaInfo Holdings, a leading IT service and software company in China. Previously, he was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse for 7 years, where he advised on US$70 billion of equity and debt financings, M&A and restructuring transactions worldwide. He was actively involved when Tudou combined with Youku, when Baidu acquired the online video business of PPS, and when 360buy.com raised US$15 billion in a third round of fundraising. He also has advised JD.com, Jumei, Tuniu, Leju, Weibo, Qunar, LightInTheBox and Boyaa.


China’s Retail Transformation: Online and Offline Integration

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Franklin Yao
Managing Partner and Co-founder of SmithStreet
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:30PM –8:00PM

With e-commerce booming across China, traditional retailers face incredibly challenging and disruptive competition. It is increasingly difficult for strictly offline brick and mortar retailers to survive in China, and soon there might be very few left at all. China’s retail landscape is undergoing a major transformation, a convergence of offline and online channels, all happening at a rapid pace.

To provide insight on these important trends, China Institute is pleased to present an interactive conversation with Franklin Yao, Managing Partner and Co-founder of SmithStreet, a China-focused strategy consulting firm based in Shanghai. Mr. Yao is an expert on selling to the Chinese Consumer and on developing successful business strategies. He advises global clients on their China market entry, market growth, value chain optimization and e-commerce strategies. His insights into the China market have been featured in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, WWD, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Deal, Crain’s New York Business, and FOX Business News.

Prior to co-founding SmithStreet, Mr. Yao was General Manager at Opera Solutions. He also held earlier positions as a strategy consultant at Mitchell Madison Group, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and Inductis. He received a B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale University.


Hong Kong: Bridging China and the World

FEATURED SPEAKERS: John C. Tsang, GBM, JP
Financial Secretary, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
5:00PM –6:30PM

China Institute is pleased to present a conversation with Mr. John Tsang, Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He will discuss the role of Hong Kong as the connector of mainland China to the rest of the world. He will also address Hong Kong’s latest market and business developments.

Mr. Tsang has been serving as Financial Secretary since July 1, 2007. Previous positions include appointments as Director of the Chief Executive’s Office in January 2006, and as Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology in August 2003. As a member of the Administrative Service, he served in a number of posts in the Government, including Director General of the London Economic and Trade Office, Commissioner of Customs and Excise, and Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands.

Mr. Tsang spent his secondary school years in La Salle College in Hong Kong and Stuyvesant High School in New York City. He pursued his interest in architecture at MIT, and went on to receive a Masters Degree in Bilingual Education from Boston State College, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


Cross-Border Ecommerce, Online Shopping Patterns and Flash Sales in China: Perspectives from One of China’s Largest Ecommerce Platforms

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Tony Shan, Sheyna Horowitz
Senior Business Development & Merchandising Manager, VIP.com 唯品会
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
6:30PM ~ 8:00PM

China is the largest ecommerce market in the world. Online retail sales in China reached almost 590 billion USD in 2015, a 33% increase from a year earlier. What is behind this rapid growth? Is China cross-border ecommerce a good fit for your company?

To answer these questions, China Institute is pleased to welcome Tony Shan and Sheyna Horowitz from VIP.com. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012, VIP.com has 180 million registered users and is working with more than 18,000 brands. With 40 billion RMB (6 billion USD) of revenue in 2015, VIP.com has become the largest flash sales platform globally, as well as the third largest online retailer in China.

Tony Shan is the Senior Business Development & Merchandising Manager at VIP.com for the Americas region. Prior to joining VIP.com, he had experience at Amazon, Coach, Inc., Macy’s and Mervyn’s. Sheyna Horowitz is the Senior Business Development & Merchandising Manager for the Food, Baby and Home categories. She previously worked for Target, Home Depot and Amazon.


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China’s Investment Challenges and Opportunities: Perspectives From a Local Long/Short Fund Manager

FEATURED GUEST: George Jiang; Joseph Zeng
Monday, June 13, 2016
6:00PM ~ 7:30 PM

China is now the 2nd largest economy in the world and perhaps the most controversial. With 2016 being the first year of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan, and with China’s economy entering a major period of transformation – the question arises: What are the investment challenges and opportunities for China focused funds?

To help answer these questions, China Institute is fortunate to welcome speakers George Jiang and Joseph Zeng from Greenwoods Asset Management, one of the largest China hedge fund managers in the world. The firm specializes in managing funds investing into China companies and currently has over $6.5 billion in assets under management. Both speakers are alumni of China’ central bank (PBOC), and these strong China policy insights help their team perform in-depth original research on China’s economy, differentiating Greenwoods from most of its peers. In 2015, the most tumultuous year in Chinese equities in a decade, Greenwoods’ flagship Golden China Fund returned almost 22 percent. It joins three other Asia-based funds near the top of Bloomberg’s ranking of the 50 best-performing hedge funds worldwide. Golden China Fund is a long/short equity fund with a cumulative net return since inception (July 2004) of 1421.30%, or 26.0% annualized, versus 8.2% for the MSCI China USD Index.


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A Thirst for Chinese Wine

FEATURED GUEST: Chris Ruffle
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
6:00PM ~ 8:00 PM

For wine enthusiasts and China enthusiasts alike, this program presents a unique opportunity to learn about China’s wine market. Wondering what varieties are grown in China and are popular there? Thinking about exporting your wine to China? Should you consider importing any wine from China? This March, China Institute welcomes two individuals taking very different approaches to tackling China’s wine market. Chris Ruffle makes wine in China. Noel Shu makes wine in California for export to China. We hope you will join us to hear their stories and taste their wines.


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Do you have a five-year China plan? Insights into China’s 13th Five Year Plan

FEATURED GUEST: Cheng Li
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
6:00PM ~ 8:00 PM

Do you have a five-year China plan? China plans five years ahead, providing a road map that foreign companies and investors can follow when mapping out their own long term China plan. With China’s 13th Five-Year Plan expected to approved in Spring 2016, leading China expert Cheng Li will look at China’s development priorities for the next five years. In addition to his position as Director of Brookings’ Thornton China Center, Dr. Li is also a director of the National Committee on US-China Relations, a member of the Academic Advisory Team of the Congressional US-China Working Group, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


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The Next Wave of Chinese High-Tech Companies

FEATURED GUEST: Kai-Fu Lee
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
6:00PM ~ 8:00 PM

What is the China market like for technology start-ups? Does China have its own versions of Silicon Alley? Is China VC money a possibility for my company? Please join us as we welcome Kai-fu Lee, Chairman and CEO of Innovation Works, to China Institute this February. Founded in September 2009, Innovation Works is a leading early-stage investment company targeting Chinese high-tech companies and mentoring the next-generation of Chinese entrepreneurs. Prior to starting Innovation Works, Dr. Lee was the President of Google China, and he previously held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI and Apple.


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The 2016 China Outlook – A View from Top Chinese Journalists

Moderator: James Heimowitz
Panelists: Yuqing Feng, Yuhan Liu, Jackie Pang, Ye Xie
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
6:00PM ~ -7:30 PM

Many big news stories came from China in 2015, from its stock market volatility and anti-corruption campaign, to growing environmental concerns and the launch of the AIIB. What will be the top headlines coming out of China in 2016? Please join us on January 27th to hear from leading Chinese reporters on their insights and observations for what will make news this year in China. This informative panel discussion should be of interest to anyone looking to identify new developments in China for 2016.

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