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Michael Hart (President at AmCham China)

Michael Hart

President at AmCham China
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.

Dr. Jian Lu (Corporate VP LinkedIn; President at LinkedIn China)

Dr. Jian Lu

Corporate VP LinkedIn; President at LinkedIn China

Dr. Jian Lu is Corporate Vice President of LinkedIn and President of LinkedIn China, leading R&D for the China markets and overseeing the entire business of LinkedIn in China.

Prior to joining LinkedIn, Jian was a Partner at Hujiang EdTech and the CEO of CCtalk platform business. Previously, he was CTO of 360 Video and General Manager of 360 Live Video Cloud at Qihoo 360. He also served as VP of Multimedia Technologies and Managing Director at Shanda Innovations, Beijing, and CTO at Ku6 Media, an independent Shanda subsidiary. Earlier in his career, he worked at Apple in Silicon Valley as a Senior Scientist with the company’s Interactive Media Group and later as a Lead Principal Engineer in Apple’s ProVideo Engineering. He was also co-founder and CTO at Vobile, now a publicly traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Jian holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from China Academy of Railway Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

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Janet Chen (CHRO at Microsoft Greater China Region)

Janet Chen

CHRO at Microsoft Greater China Region

Janet Chen joined Microsoft (China) Co., Ltd. in October 2015, and is now the CHRO of Greater China Region. She is fully responsible for strategic HR planning and management in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, focusing on developing core executive teams based on talent acquisition, development and management, enhancing organizational effectiveness, and thus strengthening the core competitiveness of the organization. She uses Microsoft's global leading technology to drive digitally-driven HR management change through a new cultural transformation, and then leads the company-wide strategic digital transformation at all levels and functions. She enables the HR team to harness the power of technology to benefit all people and clients to achieve excellence through continuous innovation and breakthroughs.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Janet worked at Nestle (China) Co., Ltd. as the Human Resources Director of the Food & Beverage Division in Greater China. She has 19 years of experience in human resources management and has extensive experience in talent development, organization design, performance management, change management, and labor relations.
Janet graduated from Nanjing Normal University with a degree in English and studied at the Department of Psychology at Peking University with a specialization in Applied Psychology. She later received on-the-job training as senior executives at China Europe International Business School and London Business School.

Rich Qiu (President of New Ventures at Udemy)

Rich Qiu

President of New Ventures at Udemy

Rich Qiu is the President of New Ventures at Udemy, the largest global online learning and teaching platform. Since joining Udemy in 2014, Rich has been driving and managing strategic partnerships between Udemy and organizations around the world, as well as launching new businesses including Udemy Government. He’s responsible for the company’s initiatives to expand into new international markets and plays a critical role in advancing company’s leadership position in the markets. He is an advisor at Asian Development Bank for Digital Transformation in Education . Rich also heads Udemy China.
Rich is very passionate about leveraging technology, content and community to help individuals and organizations globally for upskilling and reskilling at scale to meet the needs of the transformations that the global economic landscape is undergoing. Rich previously held leadership roles at several technology companies in Silicon Valley and was a management consultant at McKinsey. Rich earned an MBA from University of Chicago, a PhD in Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a BS from Zhejiang University.

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

Annie Wang (HRVP at Bayer Greater China and APAC)

Annie Wang

HRVP at Bayer Greater China and APAC

Annie Wang joined Bayer in 2012, and is currently the HRVP, Bayer Greater China and APAC. Annie 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 have enabled her to appreciate different cultural environment and adopt the appropriate approach to tackle the cross-cultural issues.
Annie got her bachelor’s degree in Beijing University of Chemical Technology, majored in Business Administration. She further obtained her post graduate education in the field of Human Resources Management and acquired her CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation in Canada. She also received her MBA Diploma from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

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.

Roan Kang (Vice President of Marketing and Operations; AI & Internet of Things Lead at Microsoft Greater China Region)

Roan Kang

Vice President of Marketing and Operations; AI & Internet of Things Lead at Microsoft Greater China Region

Roan Kang, the Vice President of Marketing and Operations (M&O), Greater China Region, is in charge of establishing and executing products and marketing strategy and business operations in the region.
Roan Kang joined Microsoft in 2002. Prior to his new role in GCR, Roan was the General Manager of Marketing and Operations at Microsoft Taiwan, responsible for all of the products and services of Microsoft Taiwan and ensuring the effective operation of the subsidiary. At the same time, since the beginning of 2015, he also serves as the AI and Internet of Things Lead (IoT) across the Microsoft Greater China Region, responsible for the strategy and promotion of Microsoft IoT solutions in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In 2017 he also served as the Solutions Technical Unit Sales leader. Previously, he served as the Office business group lead of Microsoft Japan, business manager of the President Jean-Philippe Courtois of Microsoft International, speechwriter of Chairman Bill Gates, and worldwide launch lead of Office 2007.
In 2015 he won a Platinum Circle of Excellence award, which is given to less than 1% of employees at Microsoft.
Roan received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has an AB in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.

Laura Wei (HRVP at TAL Education Group)

Laura Wei

HRVP at TAL Education Group

Former HRVP at Starbucks and Fonterra,CHO100 member, HRA Board member
Experience in building a value + digital dual-engine driven organization

Lin Gao (Executive Coach/ Trainer/ Author/ Speaker at Message Coach)

Lin Gao

Executive Coach/ Trainer/ Author/ Speaker at 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 Tshinghua 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.

Tin Ip (Education Director of YCIS Beijing)

Tin Ip

Education Director of YCIS Beijing

Mr Tin Ip is the Education Director at YCIS Beijing. Mr Ip first joined Yew Chung Yew Wah Education in 1998 as the Head of Mathematics at YCIS Hong Kong, and subsequently held various senior leadership roles in multiple schools under the network.
Having gained his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Imperial College London in 1984, Mr Ip later obtained the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Nottingham. He completed a master’s degree in Translation from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008.
Mr Ip has deep experience working with multiple curricula including IGCSE, GCSE, GCE A Level, IBDP and HKDSE at schools in the UK and Hong Kong as an educator and senior leader.

Daimler Qiao (Vice President of China at Mercer)

Daimler Qiao

Vice President of China at Mercer

Daimler is the Vice President of Mercer China, responsible for Organization and HR consulting business. Daimler has extensive experiences on corporate strategy, organization transformation, Talent and performance management and supply chain management.
Prior to joining Mercer, he worked for McKinsey as an Associate Partner in Public sector, helped Chinese government institutions and state-owned enterprises on strategy and management transformation projects. Before McKinsey, he was the VP of CHEMCHINA Environmental BU leading Water and Environmental Engineering business. He was also a Partner of Accenture back to 2010 and he had worked for P&G on Supply Chain management for nearly 7 years.
Daimler holds Master’s Degree in Management Science from Xi’an Jiaotong University

Sonia Wang (Senior Client Partner China Market Leader, Global Life Sciences at Korn Ferry)

Sonia Wang

Senior Client Partner China Market Leader, Global Life Sciences at Korn Ferry

Ms. Wang is a Senior Client Partner and China Market Leader of Global Life Sciences Practice at Korn Ferry.
Ms. Wang was a seasoned executive with over 30 years of industry experience in Healthcare and Life Sciences. She possesses direct knowledge of the industries including hospital, NGO and Pharmaceuticals together with deep expertise in global HR consulting. She has undertaken multiple leadership roles, covering R&D, Manufacturing, Commercialization management, as well as HR and organizational transformation consulting and executive coaching.
Prior to Korn Ferry, Ms. Wang was National General Manager, Healthcare and Life sciences at a well-know foreign human resources consulting company, offering executive, top-tier and professional talent solutions to varies clients across the industry. She also conducted lots of successful coaching sessions to both senior executives and MBA students.
Previously, Ms. Wang served as CEO at a local start-up pharmaceutical company, covering R&D, manufacturing and commercialization, where she led the team to optimize the portfolio strategy, break the bottleneck of registration, initiate phase III clinical trials , greatly accelerate the commercial readiness for multiple product lines.
She was Vice President and China Executive Committee member in Eli Lilly, a leading multinational pharmaceutical company, and hold multiple leadership positions, including BU Head, Senior Marketing Director, National Sales Director spanned therapeutical areas such as oncology, CNS, diabetes, etc.. She has developed a large number of outstanding talents who are now playing leadership roles in leading companies in the industry.
Ms. Wang was a rheumatologist in hospital and a teacher in medical school. She has also worked in an international renowned NGO where she has established extensive network with government officials, academic societies and KOLs, as well as leading medical institutions.
Ms. Wang is an IECL certificated organizational coach and a core member of China Accelerator for an EU-China joint fund.

Melody Xu (Head of People Organization at HP Inc. Greater China)

Melody Xu

Head of People Organization at HP Inc. Greater China

Melody serves as the Head of People Organization for HP Inc. Greater China based in Beijing, China. She leads the Greater China People Organizatin 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.

SHARON YANG (CHRO at SPD Silicon Valley Bank)


CHRO at SPD Silicon Valley Bank

Sharon Yang is the Managing Director and Chief Human Resources Officer of SPD Silicon Valley Bank (“SSVB”). SSVB is the first technology and innovation bank in China serving as an independent legal entity, and it provides unique financial products and services to the technology and innovation industry in China.
Over her past twenty-year career, Sharon’s experience spans a number of HR roles across a variety of industries and locations. Apart from being the China HR head for companies in Banking, Real Estate Consulting, and Renewable Energy industries, Sharon was also once based in HK and served as the global HR business partner for an international engineering firm. In the early stage of her career, Sharon took multiple roles in a Shanghai-based group before she went to Singapore in 1997 and worked years there.
Sharon holds an MSc in Human Resource Strategy from the University of Sheffield, UK. Sharon is a proactive HR member in China HR society. She is the founding member of VHR, a Shanghai-based HR NGO, and a career mentor of three distinguished universities.

Sherry Li (Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Nestlé Zone Greater China)

Sherry Li

Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Nestlé Zone Greater China

Sherry was appointed Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Nestlé GCR in 2014, and in her current role subsequent to the GC Region became Zone GC in January 2022.
Before joining Nestlé, she was Sr. HR Director of Wyeth Nutrition GCR since 2012. She was Sr. Talent Acquisition Director and then Sr. HR Director of Pfizer Asia between 2009 and 2012. Earlier, from 2004 to 2009, she was Sr. HR Director of Wyeth China/HK.
Sherry joined Nestlé in end 2012 following the acquisition of the Wyeth Nutrition business from Pfizer.
Sherry has more than 20 years of experiences in Human Resources in multi-national enterprises. Her specialties are in change management, leadership and talent management, and strategic business partners in human resources. Sherry led the human resources team to establish a human resource strategy, which enabled the company to become a high-performance organization to ensure talent development and sustainable business development.
Sherry holds a MBA degree from CEIBS.

Kenneth Zhou (Partner at WilmerHale LLP)

Kenneth Zhou

Partner at WilmerHale LLP

Kenneth Zhou is a partner in the firm's Asia Corporate Practice Group. He joined the firm in 2004.
Mr. Zhou's practice focuses on foreign direct investment, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity/venture capital, joint ventures and strategic alliance, general corporate, anti-trust and regulatory matters, FCPA and investigations, and international dispute resolution. He has advised many foreign companies in high-tech, media and entertainment, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, banking and financial services, publishing, consumer product and services industries with respect to their strategic expansion, investments and business operations in China. Mr. Zhou has also advised leading Chinese companies on their outbound investments, M&A and strategic expansion in the U.S. and Europe. In addition, he is also experienced in capital market, foreign trade and WTO matters.
Mr. Zhou is a former governor and General Counsel of AmCham China. He currently serves as Chair of the Outbound Investment Forum of AmCham China.
Mr. Zhou is the author of the Business Organization Chapter published in Business Law in China: Trade, Investment, Operations and Finance. ICC Publ. No. 672, 2d rev. ed. He is also one of the authors of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law – The First Five Years, published by Wolters Kluwer in 2012. He has written articles in such periodicals as China Law & Practice, Asia Pacific Antitrust and Trade Review, Capital and others on a wide range of topics including M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity/venture capital investment, foreign direct investment in China, tax and regulatory matters.
Mr. Zhou was interviewed and spoke at events organized by CNN, Bloomberg, CCTV, The American Lawyer, Cai Jin Magazine, South China Morning Post, American Chamber of Commerce China, 21st Century, Top Capital, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA), Asia Risk, and others on a variety of topics including cross-border M&A, anti-monopoly filings in China, equity financing, outbound investments of Chinese companies, dispute resolution, PE/VC investments, Internet law, SOE restructuring, qualified foreign institutional investors (QFII), qualified foreign limited partnership (QFLP), VIE structures, anti-monopoly law and national security review.