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Terry Branstad (U.S. Ambassador to China at U.S. Embassy)

Terry Branstad

U.S. Ambassador to China at U.S. Embassy
Greg Gilligan (Chairman at AmCham China)

Greg Gilligan

Chairman at AmCham China

Greg Gilligan joined the PGA TOUR in late 2013 as Vice President and is the lead executive in China serving as PGA TOUR China Managing Director. Currently Chairman Emeritus, Mr. Gilligan served in an elected capacity as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, as an officer for four consecutive terms from 2011 – 2014.

Prior to the PGA TOUR Mr. Gilligan was the Managing Director of APCO Worldwide’s Beijing office. He joined APCO after serving as General Manager of Corporate Affairs for McDonald’s (China) Co., Ltd., where he developed and executed strategies to enhance McDonald's brand and corporate image among China’s regulatory bodies, consumers and other key stakeholders. Prior to that role he served as McDonald’s China’s General Manager for Southeast China.

Matthew Margulies (Vice President at USCBC)

Matthew Margulies

Vice President at USCBC

Matthew Margulies is Vice President, China Operations for the US-China Business Council (USCBC). In this role in Beijing he manages USCBC’s China operations, including strategic planning of the organization’s government affairs and advocacy efforts, as well as policy analysis oversight. Most recently, Margulies worked as director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s China Center, where he was responsible for promoting and executing U.S. Chamber advocacy and programs relating to U.S. trade and investment policy with China. Specific areas of focus included advocacy, regulatory submissions, and stakeholder management for China’s agriculture and ICT sectors. Prior to the Chamber, Margulies served as China Practice Lead and Senior China Analyst for Crumpton Group LLC, a boutique strategic analysis and political risk consulting firm. He also worked previously with USCBC as a business advisory services manager based in Washington, and as a manager of business planning and pricing for the Chinese state-owned enterprise China Unicom Group.
Margulies received his master’s degree from the Ohio State University in Advanced Chinese Language, and his bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Finance and International Business Administration. He is professionally fluent in Chinese.

Christopher Millward (via Proxy) (President and Managing Director of United States Information Technology Office (USITO))

Christopher Millward (via Proxy)

President and Managing Director of United States Information Technology Office (USITO)

Christopher is a China market veteran, who has lived in Beijing since 1994.

Since joining USITO in March 2016, Christopher has spearheaded public policy advocacy in China, representing 50 of the leading US and European ICT companies and five U.S headquartered ICT trade associations.

Christopher has positioned USITO as the authoritative voice of the global ICT industry in China and a force multiplier for companies seeking to deploy technologies and disrupt in this critical market. Christopher has in-depth working knowledge of China’s policy environment and US-China bilateral trade relations. He leads USITO’s engagement with government agencies, and maintains close partnerships with senior government officials, think tanks and academic institutions. He has specific expertise in cybersecurity, telecoms and cloud computing policies, internet governance, ICT standards, intellectual property, artificial intelligence, environmental protection, and industrial policies.

Christopher is a seasoned consultant and team leader, with experience across government relations, IPR, market entry and access, M&A, media and corporate communications, brand strategy, digital and social media, sales and distribution and crisis management.

Prior to joining USITO, Christopher has worked with local, regional and national government bodies, academic and research institutes, NGO’s and media outlets throughout the region. He has managed complex assignments involving customer complaints and litigation, IPR disputes, joint venture establishment, environmental protection and labor disputes, with the highest levels of government including the Supreme Court, SAIC, MOST and the NDRC.

Christopher has also counseled corporations on China market development strategies, helping them develop competitive brand advantage. He has advised large multinationals such as Procter & Gamble, Honeywell, Bayer AG and IBM and specialist niche players, including NGO’s and Internet businesses. Christopher’s long tenure “on-the-ground” in China has helped him develop a uniquely accurate and compelling perspective on Chinese customers and stakeholders.

Christopher holds a BA from Columbia University and has conducted post-graduate research at the University of Hawaii and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has been recognized by CIPRA for his work in the field of public relations in China. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English and has served as a guest lecturer at Beijing University and Tsinghua University.