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Sean Stein (Chair at AmCham China)

Sean Stein

Chair at AmCham China

Sean Stein is the Co-Chair of Covington and Burling’s China Public Policy Practice, advising international businesses on political risk, public affairs, communications, and US and China government relations. He regularly assists companies resolve acute or long-term issues in China and to navigate challenges caused by conflicting US and Chinese policies and perceptions. Sean provides strategic advice to US and international clients on market access, safety and security, risk, and compliance.

Prior to joining Covington, Sean served for nearly three decades as a US diplomat, including stints as Consul General in both Shanghai and Shenyang and in leadership positions at the former Consulate in Chengdu, the office of Chinese Affairs in Washington, DC, and various countries throughout the Asia Pacific region.

He also has a particularly long history of working with AmChams. In the early 2000s when the Sichuan authorities threatened to close the AmCham office in Chengdu, Sean helped negotiate an agreement that allowed it to continue to operate. Nearly a decade later, Sean supported the establishment of AmCham in NE China. His second term as Chair of AmCham Shanghai concludes at the end of this year. Now based in Beijing, Sean is looking forward to channeling his energy and experience to serve AmCham China and its members around the country.

Michael Hart (President at AmCham China)

Michael Hart

President at AmCham China

Michael Hart 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 nineteen years in mainland China.

Xiaolian Hu (Vice Chairman at China Center for International Economic Exchanges)

Xiaolian Hu

Vice Chairman at China Center for International Economic Exchanges

Xiaolian Hu is Vice Chairwoman of China Center for International Economic Exchanges. She is also a member of the Standing Committee and the Economic Committee of the 13th CPPCC National Committee.

She was Vice Governor of the People's Bank of China and Chairwoman of the Export-Import Bank of China.

Jin Fang (Vice Chairman and Secretary General at China Development Research Foundation (CDRF))

Jin Fang

Vice Chairman and Secretary General at China Development Research Foundation (CDRF)

Dr Jin Fang is Senior Research Fellow at DRC and Secretary General, of CDRF. His research is focused on medium to long term challenges facing China’s economic and social development. He coauthored the book A Trap or A Wall: The Real Challenges and Strategies Facing Chinese Economy, which won the 2013 Sun Yefang Economic Prize, the highest honor for excellence in economic research in China. He holds a Doctoral degree from School of Economics, Peking University, a Master degree and a Bachelor degree of Economics from Macquarie University in Australia.

Jinyong Lu (Director of China Research Center for Foreign Direct Investment at University of International Business and Economics)

Jinyong Lu

Director of China Research Center for Foreign Direct Investment at University of International Business and Economics

Prof. Jinyong Lu is a second-level professor at the School of International Economics and Trade, University of International Business and Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and serves as a doctoral supervisor, vice-chairman of the college professor committee, director of China Research Center for Foreign Direct Investment.

He's an expert receiving special government allowances from the State Council, a leading figure in the national key discipline of International Trade, and the chief expert of major projects of the National Social Science Fund.

Prof. Lu graduated from Renmin University with master’s degree in economics in 1987. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from University of International Business and Economics in 2003.

Bing Zhou (Vice President, China Corporate Affairs at Intel China Ltd.)

Bing Zhou

Vice President, China Corporate Affairs at Intel China Ltd.

Bing Zhou serves as the Vice President, China Corporate Affairs for Intel, he is responsible for Intel’s communication and cooperation with governments at all levels in China.

Prior to Intel, Bing served at senior management positions of Government affairs at GE, Novartis, Dell 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 graduated from University of International Business and Economics and Wuhan University.

Qiang Lv (Divisional VP, Global GA at Abbott Laboratories Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.)

Qiang Lv

Divisional VP, Global GA at Abbott Laboratories Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Mr. Qiang Lv is Divisional Vice President of Global Government Affairs at Abbott Laboratories. He is based in Beijing and leads the North Asia Regional Government Affairs team, reports directly to the headquarter. Qiang joined Abbott in 2014 as Vice President of Abbott China, responsible for corporate government affairs and supports the rapid development of Abbott's nutrition, medical devices, diagnostics and established pharmaceuticals in China.

Prior to join Abbott, Qiang was the Corporate Affairs Director of Mars Wrigley. He served several senior positions for corporate affairs and market development in Siemens and Sandoz, the generic division of Novartis before he joins Mars Wrigley.

Qiang was born in Beijing. He was professionally trained in the area of stomatology and medical engineering and received bachelor’s degree from the Fourth Military Medical University of China. He holds EMBA of INSEAD and Tsinghua University.

Tim Stratford (Partner at Covington & Burling LLP Beijing Representative Office)

Tim Stratford

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP Beijing Representative Office

Tim Stratford is Chairman Emeritus at AmCham China and Managing Partner in Covington & Burling LLP’s Beijing office and a member of the International Trade, Corporate and Government Affairs Practice Groups. Mr. Stratford’s practice is focused on advising international clients doing business in China and assisting Chinese companies seeking to expand their businesses globally. As a former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Mr. Stratford is the most senior former U.S. trade official working as a member of the U.S. business community in China. Except for the five years he spent in Washington, D.C. in government service (2005-2010), Mr. Stratford has lived and worked continuously in the greater China region since 1982.

While at USTR, Mr. Stratford was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy toward mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia. He worked closely with other senior U.S. and Chinese officials from numerous government departments and agencies to address problems encountered by companies engaged in bilateral trade and investment and co-chaired a number of important bilateral working groups and dialogues established under the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue.

Prior to serving at USTR, Mr. Stratford was General Counsel for General Motors’ China operations, where he was a member of GM’s senior management team in China and oversaw the company’s legal and trade policy work. Mr. Stratford also served previously as Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brigham Young University, and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

William Zarit (Senior Counselor at The Cohen Group)

William Zarit

Senior Counselor at The Cohen Group

The Honorable William Zarit advises western multinationals working in the Chinese commercial market and helps Chinese companies navigate the U.S. business environment. A Senior Counselor with The Cohen Group, he is also Chairman Emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

Until May 2014 Mr. Zarit was Minister for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, in charge of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s trade promotion and trade policy activities in its operations in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang. He retired with the diplomatic rank of Career Minister.

Prior to that Beijing posting, Mr. Zarit oversaw Commercial Sections in U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide as Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Operations, for the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), which is the Federal Government’s front line trade agency, promoting both U.S. exports and foreign investment into the U.S., and protecting U.S. commercial interests overseas. Before that he served as the FCS Regional Director for East Asia/Pacific. Prior positions included Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Deputy Senior Commercial Officer both at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and at the American Institute in Taiwan.

Before to joining the U.S. Commercial Service Mr. Zarit was Economic and Commercial Program Officer for the New York-based National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, preceded by his work as Marketing Manager/China for Pacific Bell’s international operations. He had earlier as Project Manager for the first IBM PC dealer in China, China Business Associates. Mr. Zarit also served as a Mandarin Chinese Interpreter for the U.S. State Department Language Services.

He earned an M.B.A. with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Weijia Wang (Vice President of Government Affairs at Dell Technologies)

Weijia Wang

Vice President of Government Affairs at Dell Technologies

Mr. Weijia Wang serves as the Vice President of Dell Technologies. As the leader of Greater China Government affairs team, he oversees communication and cooperation with governments, trade associations and relevant organizations to support Dell’s business in Greater China region.

Prior to joining Dell in 2017, Weijia Wang served at senior management positions of Government Affairs at leading consulting firms where he provided strategic counsel and professional services specializing in government relations, public policy, strategic development, and issues and crisis management to a range of multinational companies across industries in China.

Before that, he worked for the Ministry of Commerce of China (MOFCOM), where he was responsible for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), regional economic cooperation and free trade negotiations. He also served as Commercial Consul at the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, USA.

Weijia Wang graduated from the School of Foreign Studies of Nanjing University.