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Expert Forecast: Doing Business In China

Thursday, February 23, 2017

US/China Business5:00 - 7:30 pm
KPMG, 55 2nd Street, 11th Floor, San Francisco

Please join the Financial Women of San Francisco, Asia Society Northern California, and California-Asia Business Council on the evening of Thursday, February 23, 2017 as we kick off the Year of the Rooster with an in depth look at the economic and political landscape of China and U.S.-China relations. The panel of experts, led by moderator N. Bruce Pickering, will review the the business and political climate in China and provide their forecast of issues to watch in 2017.

You Will Learn from this Extraordinary Panel of China Experts:

John Kamm, A MacArthur Fellow for his work in China, awarded the Department of Commerce’s Best Global Practices Award and Eleanor Roosevelt Award in Human Rights, and founder and chairman of The Dui Hua Foundation.

Penny Chen, Chinese Certified Tax Agent and Hong Kong Certified Tax Advisor, KPMG, with a decade of experience advising clients on China tax and business regulations.

Teresa Kong, Portfolio Manager, Matthews Asia, managing the firm's Asia Strategic Income and Asia Credit Opportunities Strategies.

N. Bruce Pickering, Vice President of Global Programs at Asia Society overseeing cross-Center program initiatives throughout the organization's global network.

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John KammJohn Kamm

John Kamm is an American businessman and human rights campaigner active in China since 1972. He is the founder and chairman of The Dui Hua Foundation, based in San Francisco with an office in Hong Kong. Kamm was awarded the Department of Commerce’s Best Global Practices Award by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights by President George W. Bush in 2001. In September 2004, Kamm received a MacArthur Fellowship for “designing and implementing an original approach to freeing prisoners of conscience in China." Kamm is the first and to date only businessman to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

John Kamm received a B.A. (1972) from Princeton University and an M.A. (1975) from Harvard University. He was the Hong Kong correspondent and representative of the National Council for US-China Trade (1975-1981) and President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong in 1990. He managed Occidental Chemical Company’s business in China and the Far East from 1981 to 1991.

Penny ChenPenny Chen

Penny is a Certified Tax Agent in China with more than 14 years of experience in advising on China tax and business regulations. She is specialised in international tax, M&A, and China corporate tax. She has extensive experience in providing tax planning and advisory services to listed companies and multinational conglomerates which invest substantially in mainland China. In addition, she has advised numerous Chinese companies on investing overseas.

Penny joined KPMG China in 2002. Starting from 2011, she spent a significant amount of time in North America advising on China taxation and business regulations for U.S. and Canada based multinational companies. She is now based in KPMG Silicon Valley office heading up the China tax team in the U.S..

Teresa KongTeresa Kong

Teresa Kong is a Portfolio Manager at Matthews Asia and manages the firm’s Asia Strategic Income and Asia Credit Opportunities Strategies. Prior to joining Matthews Asia in 2010, she was Head of Emerging Market Investments at Barclays Global Investors, now known as BlackRock, and responsible for managing the firm’s investment strategies in Emerging Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America.

She developed and managed strategies spanning absolute return, active long only and exchange traded funds. In addition to founding the Fixed Income Emerging Markets Group at BlackRock, she was also Senior Portfolio Manager and Credit Strategist on the Fixed Income credit team. Previously, Teresa was a Senior Securities Analyst in the High Yield Group with Oppenheimer Funds, and began her career with JP Morgan Securities Inc., where she worked in the Structured Products Group and Latin America Capital Markets Group. She received both a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and an M.A. in International Development Policies from Stanford University. She speaks Cantonese fluently and is conversational in Mandarin. Teresa has been a Portfolio Manager of the Asia Strategic Income Fund since its inception in 2011 and of the Asia Credit Opportunities Fund since its inception in 2016.


N. Bruce PickeringN. Bruce Pickering

Dr. N. Bruce Pickering is Vice President of Global Programs at Asia Society, overseeing cross-Center program initiatives throughout the organization's global network. Appointed in July 2012, he is based in San Francisco, where has served as Executive Director for Northern California since 2003. Pickering currently serves on the ChinaSF Advisory Board and the advisory council of USC's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBEAR).

Prior to joining Asia Society, Pickering was Director of Public Affairs and Development at the Graduate School of Journalism and Special Assistant to the Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. Before that, he was Program Director of the World Affairs Council from 1997-1999, and Executive Director of the US-Japan 21st Century Project, a commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Peace with Japan, which was signed in San Francisco in 1951. He is a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, serving from 1981 to 1993, and specializing in Political and Arms Control issues. He was Deputy Political Counsel on the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Vienna during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the creation of the "New Europe" from 1988-1992. Pickering holds a doctorate in History from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Political Science from Stanford University.


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