Investing in Innovation: Emerging Trends

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Asia Society and the Bay Area Council are organizing a conference that will look at the trends and issues in the emerging narratives around Chinese innovation and China’s rise as a significant source of foreign direct investment into the U.S. Building on both organizations’ growing portfolio of reports and dialogues on these issues, the conference will serve as the backdrop for the release of two reports: the first of which will explore China’s drive for innovation and the second report which will provide a comprehensive look at China’s investment into California.

Join us and be a part of the conversation with California’s large and growing community of businesses, investors, and service providers across a broad range of industries (e.g. ICT, real estate, healthcare, etc.) eager to seize on the opportunities coming from China, as well as public sector leaders from the state- to city-levels, business associations, academia, and the general public.

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Speakers (more to be added!)

Kelvin Chan, Senior Vice President, Managing Director at East West Bank
David Chen, Vice President of Microsoft, General Manager of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Greater China Region
Darlene Chiu-Bryant, Executive Director, ChinaSF
Cindy Cui, President, New Silicon Valley Offshore Incubator; Chairman, Silicon Valley Global
Michael Dunne, President, Dunne Automotive
Christina Gaw, Managing Principal and Head of Capital Markets, Gaw Capital
Mingyu Guan, Principal, McKinsey & Company
Thilo Hanemann, Director and Economist, The Rhodium Group
Steve Hoffman, CEO, Founders Space
Mike Hu, Senior Vice President – Capital Markets, Gaw Capital Advisors USA
Jonathan Karp, Executive Director, Asia Society Southern California
Regis B. Kelly, Director, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences
Matthew Le Merle, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Fifth Era and Keiretsu Capital
Donald J. Morrissey, Head of Congressional Affairs, Huawei Technologies LLC (USA)
N. Bruce Pickering, Vice President, Asia Society; Exec. Dir. ASNC
Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Gary Rieschel, Co-Founder, Qiming Venture Partners
Ken Rosen, Chairman, Rosen Consulting Group
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society
John Wong, National Founding Chairman & Emeritus, AREAA
Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council
Yihang Yang, Commercial Counsellor, Consulate-General of the P.R.C. in San Francisco
Edith Yeung, Partner, 500 Startups
more speakers added soon!

Conference Agenda (Subject to Change)

9 — 10 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Networking

10 —10:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks and Introduction

10:15 — 11:30 a.m. PANEL AND REPORT LAUNCH:
Chinese Innovation: China’s Technology Future and What it Means for Silicon Valley

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute will release its new report on China’s technology trajectory, what’s driving it, and the implications for the United States, California and Silicon Valley. Presentation of the findings will be followed by discussion involving a distinguished panel of experts and audience engagement.

11:30 —12:45 p.m. PANEL AND REPORT LAUNCH:
Investing in Innovation: Chinese Investment in California

The Rhodium Group will release an update to the Asia Society’s 2016 report “Chinese Direct in Investment in California”, connecting China’s foreign investment trends in the U.S. with the country’s innovation strategy. Presentation of the findings will be followed by discussion involving a distinguished panel of experts and audience engagement.

12:45 — 2 p.m. NETWORKING LUNCH
EXECUTIVE LUNCH AND ROUNDTABLE (Invite-Only; 15-20 guests)

Enablers and Issues: Innovation and Investment in High-Tech Sectors

This session will examine activity by Chinese companies and investors in the Bay Area/Silicon Valley in priority sectors, opportunities to grow Chinese investment, and the challenges Chinese investors face now or are likely to face in the future as China’s global footprint grows.

Reading the Tide: Chinese Investment in Real Estate

This session will examine the remarkable growth of Chinese investment in residential and commercial real estate in California, and whether in the light of market and policy developments it is likely to continue.


4 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:15 p.m. — 6 p.m. Networking Reception
Event Details
Wed 15 Nov 2017
9:00 AM – 4:15 PM
UCSC Silicon Valley Campus, 3175 Bowers Ave, Santa Clara, CA

About Bay Area Council:
The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here. Founded in 1945, as a way for the region’s business community and like-minded individuals to concentrate and coordinate their efforts, makers, and other civic leaders as the voice of Bay Area business. Today, over 300 of the largest employers in the region support the Bay Area Council and offer their CEO or top executive as a member. Its economic think tank, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute works to maintain a competitive economy in California and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley. As a leading public-private partnership of business with labor, government and higher education, the Economic Institute produces authoritative analyses on economic policy issues in the region and the state, including infrastructure, globalization, energy, technology, science, innovation and governance, and mobilizes California and Bay Area leaders around targeted policy initiatives.

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