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Opening Remarks
Alan Beebe
  • 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.

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Keynote Speech 1
Robert Forden
  • Robert Forden (Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy - Beijing)

    Robert Forden

    Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy - Beijing

    Robert W. Forden has led the United States Mission to China since October 5, 2020, following the departure of former Ambassador Branstad. Chargé Forden has served in the United States Foreign Service for more than 30 years and holds the personal rank of Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service.

    Chargé Forden is one of the U.S. State Department’s most experienced China specialists. He served twice previously in U.S. Embassy Beijing (1995-1998 and 2007-2011) and was Deputy Director and Political Chief of the Department of State’s Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs (2005-2007). He was also Deputy Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) (2015-2018) in Taipei, and headed AIT’s Kaohsiung Branch Office (2002-2005). Chargé Forden’s other assignments include serving as Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassies in Tel Aviv and Hanoi. His background in China started early; he taught English at universities in Shenyang and Beijing from 1981 to 1983.

    Chargé Forden has a B.A. in Politics from the University of California and did his postgraduate work in International Trade and Asian Diplomatic History at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. His foreign languages are Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese.

    He is from Southern California and is married to Hui-chuan (Jasmine) Chi, an American originally from Taiwan. They have two grown daughters and a son.

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Q & A
Keynote Speech 2
Ying Fu
  • Ying Fu (Chairperson at Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University (CISS))

    Ying Fu

    Chairperson at Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University (CISS)

    Fu Ying started her career with China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1978 and had long engaged in Asian affairs. She served successively as Director of Division and Counselor in Asian Affairs Department of MFA. In 1992 She joined UN peacekeeping mission in Cambodia. She was appointed Minister Counselor at Chinese Embassy in Indonesia in 1997, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines in 1998, and Director General of Asian Department of MFA in 2000. She then was appointed Ambassador to Australia (2004-2007), and Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2007-2009). She served as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs and then for Asian Affairs (2009-2013).

    Fu Ying was elected deputy to China’s 12th (2013)and then 13th (2018) National People’s Congress (NPC). She was the Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee and spokesperson of the 12th NPC (2013-2018). She is now a Vice-Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s 13th NPC (2018-2023).

    Fu Ying also serves as the Chair of Center for International Security and Strategy (CISS) since 2018, and appointed an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University in 2018. She was appointed the Honorary Dean of the Institute for AI International Governance of Tsinghua University (I-AIIG) in 2020.

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Q & A
Coffee Break
Panel 1: Launch of the 2021 American Business in China White Paper: Post-COVID Opportunities and Challenges Facing MNCs in China
Tim StratfordJing HuangJoanna MaoAlbert Xie
  • Tim Stratford (Managing Partner at Covington & Burling LLP)

    Tim Stratford

    Managing Partner at Covington & Burling LLP
  • Jing Huang (University Professor at Beijing Language and Culture University)

    Jing Huang

    University Professor at Beijing Language and Culture University
  • Joanna Mao (Deputy Managing Director of United States Information Technology Office (USITO))

    Joanna Mao

    Deputy Managing Director of United States Information Technology Office (USITO)
  • Albert Xie (Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations at General Motors)

    Albert Xie

    Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations at General Motors
Q & A
Keynote Speech 3: Views from a China CEO on the Evolving Role of GA
Fernando Vallina
  • 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.

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Q & A
Lunch & Networking
Panel 2: The value of GA & its Critical Function in MNCs' China Operations
Shauna HuangMin QinJerry GuoAnita Wei
  • Shauna Huang (VP Corporate Affairs China at NBCUniversal)

    Shauna Huang

    VP Corporate Affairs China at NBCUniversal
  • Min Qin (VP of PA at Mars)

    Min Qin

    VP of PA at Mars
  • Jerry Guo (Vice President at Qualcomm)

    Jerry Guo

    Vice President at Qualcomm
  • Anita Wei (Vice President at Danaher China)

    Anita Wei

    Vice President at Danaher China
Q & A
Closing Remarks
Bing Zhou
  • Bing Zhou (Vice President of Government Affairs at Dell)

    Bing Zhou

    Vice President of Government Affairs at Dell

    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.

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