Christine Yuan is General Manager of Corporate Relations for Rio Tinto China. She leads to develop the company’s corporate relations strategy and maintains high level engagement with various Chinese government agencies, policy-makers and think-tanks to advance a long-term strategic partnership with China. Currently Christine serves as the Vice-Chairwoman of AmCham China Government Affairs Committee.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Christine worked with leading US law firms and multinational companies, including Baker & McKenzie LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, Volvo and Corning. She has extensive experiences in various corporate functions with key focus on government affairs, legal affairs, public policy advocacy, market access, media relations and corporate social responsibility.
Christine received her master degree from Peking University School of Economics and her bachelor of law degree from National Huaqiao University Law School.
Tim Stratford is Chairman at AmCham China and Managing Partner in Covington & Burling LLP’s Beijing office and a member of the International Trade, Corporate and Government Affairs Practice Groups. Mr. Stratford’s practice is focused on advising international clients doing business in China and assisting Chinese companies seeking to expand their businesses globally. As a former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Mr. Stratford is the most senior former U.S. trade official working as a member of the U.S. business community in China. Except for the five years he spent in Washington, D.C. in government service (2005-2010), Mr. Stratford has lived and worked continuously in the greater China region since 1982.
While at USTR, Mr. Stratford was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy toward mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia. He worked closely with other senior U.S. and Chinese officials from numerous government departments and agencies to address problems encountered by companies engaged in bilateral trade and investment and co-chaired a number of important bilateral working groups and dialogues established under the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue.
Prior to serving at USTR, Mr. Stratford was General Counsel for General Motors’ China operations, where he was a member of GM’s senior management team in China and oversaw the company’s legal and trade policy work. Mr. Stratford also served previously as Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brigham Young University, and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Bing Zhou serves as the Vice President of Dell Greater China. As the leader of Greater China Government affairs team, he is responsible for Dell’s communication and cooperation with governments in Greater China region. Currently he serves as the Chairman of AmCham China Government Affairs Committee.
Prior to Dell, Bing served at senior management positions of Government affairs at GE, Novartis and other MNCs. Bing was the Deputy Director of Bo’ao Forum for Asia (BFA) and is an expert on Asian Economic Integration. Bing has also served at MOFCOM for a long period of time.
Bing earned his master degree at University of International Business and Economics and bachelor degree at Wuhan University.