Event Details

In late April, the Chinese government passed the Foreign NGO Management Law, which included several changes from the draft document that was issued a year ago. This law will impact how foreign NGOs, broadly defined, interact and operate within China, including requirements on establishing a Chinese partner organization, registration with the Public Security Bureau, financial reporting, and exchange programs. In addition, many foreign companies may need to review their Corporate Social Responsibility programs to ensure they are compliant with the new law.

AmCham China is pleased to host a panel discussion of experts who have been closely following the developments around the drafting and passing of this law to discuss these and other related issues.

*Refreshments will be provided.


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration - Refreshments and snacks
6:00 PM - 6:10 PM
Presentation on Draft NGO Law Perceptions
6:10 PM - 6:15 PM
6:15 PM - 6:25 PM
NGO Law analysis Presentation
6:25 PM - 6:30 PM
Comments from US Government
6:30 PM - 6:40 PM
Broader Policy and Business Association Impacts
6:40 PM - 6:50 PM
Law impacts on CSR in China
6:50 PM - 7:30 PM
Panel Discussion and Q&A
Guests are welcome to continue conversation after the event.


  • Anke Schrader (Researcher at The Conference Board China Center for Economics and Business)

    Anke Schrader

    Researcher at The Conference Board China Center for Economics and Business

    Anke Schrader leads research on Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability at The Conference Board’s China Center, a nonpartisan think tank that conducts economic and business management research. She is responsible for developing and coordinating China Center research programs, knowledge management and outreach activities to members, institutions, co-operators, and the public.

    Schrader is the author of numerous publications, including the widely recognized report Corporate Philanthropy in China: A Practitioner's Guide for Foreign Donors. In 2013, she was selected as a research partner to the Indiana University Initiative on Philanthropy in China, a three-year research grant project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Ford Foundation, where she researches the impact of foreign grant making on civil society development in China. Schrader is also serving as vice chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in China’s Business Sustainability Committee. She blogs on and on CSR issues on CSRwire and Giving Thoughts.

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  • Brett Gerson (Commercial Policy Officer at US Embassy)

    Brett Gerson

    Commercial Policy Officer at US Embassy

    Brett D. Gerson is the Commercial Policy Officer for the Foreign Commercial Service at the US Embassy in Beijing, China. In that role, he covers a wide variety issues related to commercial rule of law and regulatory challenges that US companies face in China. Prior to his role at the US Embassy in Beijing, Gerson served as a legal advisor on China-related international trade matters at the US Department of Commerce, and he was an associate attorney in a multinational law firm’s international trade group. Gerson received his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Arizona.

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  • Ian Curtiss (Senior Manager for Policy at AmCham China)

    Ian Curtiss

    Senior Manager for Policy at AmCham China

    Ian drives AmCham China’s policy and advocacy strategies and manages the chamber’s US government affairs. Jointly hired with the Washington-based US Chamber of Commerce, Ian spearheads joint-chamber official responses to new PRC and US laws and regulations. Prior to joining AmCham China, Ian worked in local government affairs and research in Arizona on US-Mexico affairs.

    A proud Arizonan, he holds degrees from Arizona State University and Peking University, and speaks Mandarin and Spanish fluently.

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  • Jim Gradoville (International Potato Center)

    Jim Gradoville

    International Potato Center

    Jim has lived in China since 1998 and has had careers in government, the private sector and non-profits, now working for the International Potato Center, an agriculture research organization working to alleviate poverty and promote food security through crop breeding outreach programs. Jim is a board member of Notre Dame’s Alumni Association and in the past served as chairman of AmCham-China’s board of governors (2004), vice-chairman (2006-2007) and as a board member of Half-The-Sky Foundation, The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies and the Congregation of the Good Shepherd. He is married and has two Chinese adopted daughters.

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  • Katherine Wilhelm (Ford Foundation)

    Katherine Wilhelm

    Ford Foundation

    Katherine Wilhelm is the Ford Foundation’s legal program officer for China. In this role, she supports organizations and projects that strive to strengthen China’s public interest legal sector. Before joining the foundation in 2012, Ms. Wilhelm was director of the Beijing office of Yale Law School’s China Law Center, where she developed projects promoting legal education and legal reform. She has practiced law in the Beijing office of a leading U.S. law firm, and also had a long first career as a journalist and editor in East Asia.

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  • Les Ross (Partner at Wilmer Hale)

    Les Ross

    Partner at Wilmer Hale

    As former Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, former General Counsel and current Chair of the Policy Committee and of the Insurance Forum of the American Chamber of Commerce – People's Republic of China (AmCham), Les Ross is a longstanding leader of the American business and legal communities in China and in frequent contact with government officials and other stakeholders.
    Mr. Ross concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions and regulatory matters and has experience in a broad range of industries. He has represented both foreign and local companies and has particular experience advising foreign companies on competition law and regulatory compliance in China.


    Mr. Ross represents foreign companies in their strategic expansion in China through direct investments and mergers and acquisitions in industries ranging alphabetically from agriculture to water services. He also has extensive experience representing foreign banks and corporations, including Chinese entities, in their strategic expansion in the United States, particularly focusing on M&A and regulatory clearances and compliance. He has also represented clients in trade, dispute resolution and regulatory matters in China.

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Member Price
Member Price RMB 90
Member Price (Pay at the door) RMB 100
Employee of Member Company
Standard Price RMB 100
Door Price RMB 150
NGO Non-Member Price
Standard Price RMB 100
Door Price RMB 150
Standard Price RMB 300
Door Price RMB 350

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