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Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch (President at USCET)

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch

President at USCET

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch is the first Asian American to hold such rank in U.S. history. She has had an extensive career in international affairs and government service, beginning in 1964 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia and culminating as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal in 1989. From 1981 to 1988, Ambassador Bloch served at the U.S. Agency for International Development as Assistant Administrator of Food for Peace and Voluntary Assistance and as Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, positions appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. She also was the Chief Minority Counsel to a Senate Select Committee; a Senate professional staff member; the Deputy Director of the Office of African Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency; a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and an Associate of the U.S.-Japan Relations Program of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard.

Fernando Vallina (Chairman at ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd.)

Fernando Vallina

Chairman at ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Mr. Vallina joined ExxonMobil Chemical in 1987. He has held a wide range of management positions in sales, marketing, technology, planning and supply chain and lived in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Mr. Vallina was Asia Pacific sales and marketing manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, based in Hong Kong from 1997 to 2001. He was global logistics and distribution manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Company before assuming the position of Chairman, ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd. on March 1, 2017.

Mr. Vallina is currently a member of the Board of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM), and the Executive Board of the Multinational Companies’ Committee of China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF).

Born in Spain, Fernando Vallina is a graduate of the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Instituto de Empresa (IE), Spain.

Horace Chow (Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft (China) Co., Ltd.)

Horace Chow

Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft (China) Co., Ltd.

Horace Chow is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Microsoft China where he is responsible for driving business performance for Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing and Operations organization across China. Horace reports to Alain Crozier, CVP, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft Greater China Region.
Since taking the role as COO in July 2017, Horace has led the China team to enhance Microsoft’s influence across the country, strengthening relationships with public-sector stakeholders, expanding local partnerships, and helping enterprise customers of all sizes across a range of different industries to achieve digital transformation. Under Horace’s leadership, Microsoft China was recognized as Microsoft’s Top Subsidiary globally in 2018. This distinction was granted for outstanding business performance, and for transforming Microsoft China into a leading Cloud and AI technology provider.
Prior to his role as COO, Horace served as general manager of Microsoft Hong Kong for five years, where he oversaw strategy, business operations and outreach for the company’s subsidiary in the region. Before joining Microsoft in 2012, Horace was vice-president and general manager of Database & Technology for SAP China. In that role, Horace was responsible for the overall strategic development of all SAP database offerings and for driving business performance in China.
Prior to SAP, Horace was the vice-president for Asia Pacific and general manager for North Asia region at Sybase, where he was responsible for financial performance and market leadership in the Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea markets. Before Sybase, Horace was a manager in the IT Consulting Practice of KPMG Management Consulting.
Horace graduated with a degree in Computer Studies from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Computer Science from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

Sylvia Pan (Vice President United Family Healthcare; General Manager and CEO of Beijing United Family Hospital)

Sylvia Pan

Vice President United Family Healthcare; General Manager and CEO of Beijing United Family Hospital

Sylvia has been with United Family Healthcare since 1996. Her career has advanced over the past 20 years due to her hard work, dedication, commitment to excellence, loyalty, and desire to constantly learn and change. Sylvia has held positions as project assistant, government relations and accreditation coordinator, assistant to General Manager, assistant General Manager and acting General Manager of Shanghai United Family Hospital.

Sylvia holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Business Administration at the University of Colorado, a Master’s degree from Peking University’s Guanghua Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in English literature. Sylvia finished her Ph.D courses of Executive health administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and she is currently taking her Ph.D courses at Tsinghua-Johns Hopkins University.

Sylvia became one of the first cohorts of JCI consultant from Mainland China in 2016.

Sylvia is a member of standing committee of Private Hospital Management Branch of Chinese Hospital Association, Vice Chairman of Chinese non-government Medical Institutions Association

Rebecca Liu (Vice President for People and Organization at Mars Wrigley China)

Rebecca Liu

Vice President for People and Organization at Mars Wrigley China

Rebecca Liu is Vice President for People and Organization at Mars Wrigley China. She joined Mars in 2005, and currently is the head of the Mars Wrigley’s HR function. At the same time, Rebecca also leads Mars China’s cross segment HR Council, people development strategies, and the efforts to promote Mars’ employer brand and enhance Associate experience.

Prior to that role, Rebecca worked as the P&O Director for Petcare China, Chocolate China, and Wrigley China respectively. She also had the experience of being the P&O Director for Mars Greece and was once the Director in charge of the people development, senior leadership program and employer branding for countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Before joining Mars, Rebecca worked for Hong Kong Hutchison Whampoa Group and Wuhan Jianghan University.

Melody Xu (Head of Human Resources, Greater China at HP Inc.)

Melody Xu

Head of Human Resources, Greater China at HP Inc.

Melody serves as the Head of Human Resources for HP Inc. Greater China based in Beijing, China. She leads the Greater China HR Team supporting business growth through various organization and people solutions.

Melody has more than twenty years of full spectrum human resources experience serving a number of the world's fortune 500 enterprises, including Microsoft, Lenovo, Bayer-Schering Pharmaceutical etc. Melody acts as a trusted advisor to business leaders and had solid experience transforming Human Resources functions to be business driven and customer focused. She also has proved track record to design and implement human resources policies and processes to achieve better business results and to build up a healthy organization environment.

Melody holds MBA Degree from Peking University and Bachelor of Economics from Renmin University.

Yanping Wang (General Manager, Public Affairs, LinkedIn China at LinkedIn China)

Yanping Wang

General Manager, Public Affairs, LinkedIn China at LinkedIn China

Mr. Yanping WANG currently serves as General Manager of Public Affairs, LinkedIn China. He is responsible for developing and executing China’s policy strategy, leading LinkedIn’s Economic Graph projects in China, and overseeing platform content operations and compliance management, as well as customer service management. He also serves as a Council Member of China Society for Research on International Exchange and Personnel Development. Throughout his leadership, China Economic Graph Team has witnessed fruitful achievements since 2017. Many insightful reports including Digital Transformation of the China’s Economy: Talents and Employment, Report on the Digital Economy and Talents in the Yangtze River Delta Region, Digital Economy and Talent Development in the Guangdong-Hong Kong–Macao Greater Bay Area, Digital Transformation of Chinese Industries, the Innovative Cities and City Clusters in the Era of Digital Economy were launched. The projects were reported by many national-level mainstream media such as Xinhua News Agency, Global Times and China Daily. Some key findings were even cited by International Talent — the only national-level authoritative journal sponsored by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of Ministry of Science and Technology.

Before joining LinkedIn, Yanping was the Vice President of Dangdang.com, focusing on China’s public affairs strategy. Prior to Dangdang, Yanping was Public Affairs Director at Baidu, where he also served as the Deputy Secretary-General of Chamber of Commerce of Chinese Cultural Industry for privately owned enterprises.

Maria Yin (HRVP at Universal Beijing Theme Park and Resort)

Maria Yin

HRVP at Universal Beijing Theme Park and Resort

Maria has a 28-year experience in human resources management. She joined General Motors (Delphi Auto Parts Systems) in 1996 and then transferred to software industry in 1999. She worked as a recruitment manager for Microsoft China and human resource director for Autodesk in Asia-Pacific region. In 2007, Maria joined Google as the head of human resources in the sales and marketing department. In November 2010, she reentered the manufacturing industry and gained a position as the senior vice president of human resources at Schneider Electric, she was responsible for the overall human resources work in China and Hong Kong (2010-2016).

In 2017, Maria started her career as an independent consultant. She taught OKR courses, and provided OKR counseling to companies.

Maria joined Universal Studios Theme Park in 2018 as the Vice President of Human Resources.

Maria has a comprehensive understanding of the Chinese human resource market. With her former experience as the head of human resources for several Fortune 500 companies, she developed solid skills in organizational design and talent management. Maria is also an expert in establishing talent strategies, expanding company brands, and supporting rapid business growth in operations.

Maria has accumulated a wealth of practice in leadership curriculum design and implementation. She has successfully carried out many leadership enhancement courses for professional manager, such as innovative management, effective cooperation, and scientific decision-making.

Maria is a Google Certified Coach. She is also a certificated instructor on “7 habits of high-effective people” as well as MBTI and DiSC.

Jason Lu (President at Chipone Technology(Beijing)Co., Ltd.)

Jason Lu

President at Chipone Technology(Beijing)Co., Ltd.

Jason Lu, President, responsible for the company's overall strategy and global sales management, have over 30 years of experience in the display industry. He has held various engineering and marketing management positions at both IC design and system levels. Prior to Chipone, he held marketing management positions at Exar/iML, AMD, Amtran/Vizio, IDT, Exar/Sipex, TI/National Semiconductor and MXIC.

Vivian Liu (Head of HR, Greater China at Amazon Web Service)

Vivian Liu

Head of HR, Greater China at Amazon Web Service

Vivian has 2 decades of experience with 3 years abroad in Finland and Dubai, 18+ years’ leadership and people management experience in High Tech and Telecommunication Industry. Currently Vivian is the Head of HR covers AWS CHN, HKG, and TWN, previously worked as Human Resources Director at VMware Information Technology and in Oracle directed APJC HRBP S&M team. She holds many years of HR leadership experience, built and led HR team to work on strategic and tactical human resources management, diversity program, employee retention, learning & organizational development.

Vivian also obtained International working experience when she was assigned to work for Nokia Headquarter, Finland. There she focused on worldwide HR full function management for sales marketing staff, for professional & effective capacity building. Vivian is the first AWS China HR hire to build AWS HR Team and HR function and also the Nokia first China National to build Nokia China Institute, she was responsible for various HR services: succession planning, perf. management and built APJC E-HR services. She has special expertise in organizational development, team effectiveness, and talent development.

Vivian is Career Coach for BiMBA in Peking University and Certified DDI; Situational Leadership, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Six Thinking Hats Instructor. Vivian holds HBDI; MBTI, DISC, Leadership 360 Assessment qualifications, she is also the certified CPCC Co-Active Coach, currently pursuing ORSC Organizational and Relationship System Coach.

Personality: Learn and Be Curious, driving results and building great teams. Creative thinking, high standard and data driven person. Vivian’s culture fluent and learning agility helps to adapt into diversified working environment quick. She has strong communication, interpersonal skills with never give up attitude. Education: Master Degree, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

Language Skills: Chinese: Native; English: Fluent.

Briana Graydon (Head of HR - China Enterprise Talent Initiatives at Johnson & Johnson (China) Investment Ltd.)

Briana Graydon

Head of HR - China Enterprise Talent Initiatives at Johnson & Johnson (China) Investment Ltd.

Briana Graydon has been a member of the Johnson & Johnson China Human Resources Leadership Team since August 2019. In her role, she leads the J&J China Enterprise Talent Initiatives team responsible for enhancing employee experience through people analytics insights and diversity & inclusion culture strategies. Briana joined J&J over 10 years ago in Canada before moving to the US, where she was based at world headquarters. Briana has provided strategic HR business partnership to senior business leaders in the Consumer Health as well as Medical Devices sectors at the country, region and global level.

Briana is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, where she earned her MBA and Business Administration degrees.

Michelle Zhang (Head of HR at Pfizer Investment)

Michelle Zhang

Head of HR at Pfizer Investment

Michelle is Head of HR at Pfizer China. Prior joining Pfizer in year 2010, she was working for Shell China Limited and used to take up finance, sales and HR positions with increasing management responsibilities. Michelle has been the HR lead for many country level business transformation programs, and also represented China to participate APAC/global level’s change projects. As a well rounded HR, Michelle demonstrates deep expertise in M&A, OD, HR operations and business partner areas. She graduated from South China University of Technology and obtained both B.S and B.A degree of Chemical Engineering and International Trade. She also studied in Peking University for the EMBA program for 18 months

Charise Le (Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Schneider Electric)

Charise Le

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Schneider Electric

After 15 years in a number of HR roles across Schneider Electric, in April 2020 Charise was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer. Before joining Schneider Electric, she gained experience at various international companies which were maturing their operations in China.

Having led HR teams in Businesses, Sales organizations and Country Operations, her most recent position was SVP HR Services and People Strategy. As the engine of HR in a global company, it gave her tremendous insights into HR Tech, future trends and market practices. On a personal level, she enjoys being part of a high performing team, leading transformation and digital challenges.

Charles Shao (Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry)

Charles Shao

Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry

Mr. Shao is Senior Client Partner with Korn Ferry based in Beijing Office and leads Industrial Market advisory business in Asia Pacific, helping multinational and local companies to drive and sustain superior business performance through talent and organizational interventions.

Mr. Shao brings near 20 years global experience in both corporate and consulting to clients and the Firm. He used to be the Global Head of Leadership Development and Learning & Development at Caterpillar Inc, a US Fortune 100 industrial company. Prior to that, he was Practice Leader at Hewitt Associates, advising clients from various industries, such as: industrial, real estate, pharmaceutical, financials, Hi-Tech and etc.

Mr. Shao focuses on helping Chinese companies going global and multinational companies to succeed in China through leadership assessment and development, talent management, succession management, org design, HR transformation, executive coaching, M&A and etc.

Mr. Shao holds Master of Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, the Netherlands and Bachelor of Economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He is accredited for several leadership assessment instruments and trained for executive coaching.

Annie Wang (HRVP, China & APAC at Bayer (China) Limited)

Annie Wang

HRVP, China & APAC at Bayer (China) Limited

Annie Wang has been the HRVP, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Division in China since 2012. She is a seasoned HR practitioner in different industries. Over the past 20+ years, Annie had held different HR management positions with multinational companies, such as DHL, Nortel Networks, Edelman, and Schneider Electric. Her study and work experience in China as well as in Canada has enabled her to appreciate different cultural environment and adopt the appropriate approach to tackle the cross-cultural issues.

Lin Gao (Executive Coach/ Trainer/ Writer/CEO of Message Coach)

Lin Gao

Executive Coach/ Trainer/ Writer/CEO of Message Coach

Lin has over 20 years' experience with Fortune 500 companies both in China and the U.S. across the areas of government affairs, IT, supply chain and marketing. She held the position of senior director of Global Government Affairs at Motorola Solutions China, and was responsible for managing relationship with various government bodies and trade associations for business advocacy. She was also responsible for corporate governance across Asia Pacific.

As an active member of the community, Lin has been serving on the board of American Chamber of Commerce since 2013 and is the first Chinese woman holding the vice chair role. Lin gives back to the society by advising a number of domestic and international NGOs including U.S. China Strong Foundation. She is also a mentor for Tsinghua Schwartzman program.

Lin held a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Nottingham Trent University and an MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As a certified Marshall Goldsmith leadership coach and Erickson professional coach, Lin helps executives to further improve their leadership and communication skills. Lin is also a sought-after MC, trainer, column writer and speaker in cross cultural business communication, influencing, women leadership, government relations and strategic philanthropy. Lin Gao is the writer of one of the best sellers "职得", and her new book “Influence through Storytelling” had been sought after by the community.

Gloria Xu (Public & Government Affairs General Manager, Greater China at Dow Chemical Company)

Gloria Xu

Public & Government Affairs General Manager, Greater China at Dow Chemical Company

Gloria Xu is Public and Government Affairs General Manager, Greater China, the Dow Chemical Company, responsible for the company’s policy advocacy, government engagement, and strategic communications in the Greater China region. Prior to joining Dow, she led the China government affairs functions of DuPont and Standard Chartered Bank respectively for over 10 years with rich experiences in policy development and regulatory issues.
Gloria was China Public Relations Manager of Alibaba.com Group and helped build up brand awareness of the company at its start-up stage at the beginning of this century.
From 1993 to 2000, Gloria was a political correspondent with China Daily, covering legislative and foreign affairs, military, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan news.
She is a board member of China American Chamber of Commerce and Deputy Secretary General of Multinational Companies Committee, China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation.
Gloria graduated from Nanjing University with a BA in English Language and Literature.

Alan Beebe (President at AmCham China)

Alan Beebe

President at AmCham China

Alan Beebe is President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China based in Beijing. He has over twenty-five years of business experience in Asia, including seventeen years in mainland China.

As President, Alan oversees all advocacy, programs, partnerships and insights provided by the Chamber to support the business growth of nearly 900 foreign corporations operating in China, including most of the U.S. Fortune 500. He leads major advocacy initiatives related to trade tariffs, market access, cybersecurity, Made in China 2025, China’s NGO law and structural imbalances in U.S. – China trade and investment.

In 2018, he launched AmCham China’s Technology & Innovation Initiative, focused on the business and policy implications of disruptive digital technologies - such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and cloud computing – for U.S. companies in China.

Prior to joining AmCham China, Alan held various senior executive positions in China with EY, IBM, and management consulting firms AT Kearney and PRTM. He also led a Beijing based start-up for five years, the China Greentech Initiative, which merged in 2014 with the Paulson Institute, founded by Hank Paulson.

Alan has advised a wide range of corporations and global investors on investing and operating in China. His clients have included global private equity firms, high technology companies, energy related companies, and major state-owned and private Chinese enterprises.

He holds a Master’s degree from Yale University in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the U.S. He is a Board of Advisor of the Yale Club of Beijing and in that capacity promotes academic and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and China. He is a fluent speaker of mandarin Chinese, and reads and writes Chinese. Alan was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.