2020 was a year that caught the world unexpected, which brought immense challenges to businesses across borders. Reflecting the year in retrospect, AmCham China conducted its annual surveyto seek answers to the following questions in the 2021 China Business Climate Survey Report:

  • How did the 2020 performance of foreign companies in China fare in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and mounting presses?

  • What actions do our members hope to see both the US and Chinese governments take to ensure a more stable and sustainable US-China trade relationship going forward?

  • What best practices should foreign companies in China adopt to stay resilient and nimble amidst uncertainties?

Please join us at the Conrad Dalian on Thursday, April 15th, 2021, for a special briefing and networking to hear highlights from our survey results and their implications for your business operations in China. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with senior business leaders regarding their industries' experiences and outlooks.

We'd like to extend a special invitation to all AmCham China member companies that have operations or branches in the Northeast.

Special attention:

The event is off-the-record. If you are interested in attending this event, please register and pay online by noon, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. For any registration-related questions, please contact Melody Song at msong@amchamchina.org.

About the 2021 China Business Climate Survey Report (BCS):

For the past 23 years, AmCham China's Business Climate Survey has served to take an annual pulse check on the China business environment.

The 2021 report represents diverse views from 20+ sectors, citing data from roughly half of our member companies, and covering a wide variety of topics, including investment trends and outlooks, regulatory developments, innovation and intellectual property, and the bilateral relationship. To capture timely sentiments around recent policy developments and major events, the report also includes results from newly added questions regarding China's Unreliable Entity List, impacts of the pandemic, and implementation of the Phase One Trade Deal.


5:30 PM - 6 PM
6 PM - 6:20 PM
Opening Remarks
6:20 PM - 6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
7:30 PM - 9 PM
Networking and Dinner


  • Nancy Abella (Consul General at the United States Consulate General in Shenyang)

    Nancy Abella

    Consul General at the United States Consulate General in Shenyang

  • Colm Rafferty (Vice Chairman of AmCham China and Vice President, Asia Pacific/Chairman, China at Vermeer Corporation)

    Colm Rafferty

    Vice Chairman of AmCham China and Vice President, Asia Pacific/Chairman, China at Vermeer Corporation


    Colm Rafferty is Vice Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China), and the Vice President – Developing Markets for Vermeer Corporation and Chairman of Vermeer China Limited. Vermeer is a global manufacturer of innovative solutions used to help connect people to the necessities of life, to help manage precious natural resources, and to help feed and fuel the world. Vermeer products are used in underground utility infrastructure development, non-blast surface mining, solar field installation, waste material processing, and agricultural mechanization.

    Colm previously served as AmCham China’s Vice Chairman (2018-2019), and has been the Chief Manufacturing Representative of AmCham China. In 2019, he received the Chairman’s Service Award.

    Colm received an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Brown University. He is member of the Yale School of Management Greater China Advisory Board, and the Yale Asia Development Council.

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  • 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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  • Ladon Ghalili (Co-founder and Director of AmCham China Northeast Chapter Chair)

    Ladon Ghalili

    Co-founder and Director of AmCham China Northeast Chapter Chair

    Co-founder and Director of Epoch Technologies (Dalian) Co., Ltd.

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  • Dorman Kwan (Lead Partner for Liaoning Business at PwC Dalian)

    Dorman Kwan

    Lead Partner for Liaoning Business at PwC Dalian

    Dorman was educated in Hong Kong and received an honor degree in business administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong after his graduation. He has taken part in various auditing and consulting work in China since 1988. As a result of the continual growth of PwC’s businesses in China, Dorman was relocated to PwC Beijing in 1996 and then to PwC Dalian in 2002 as the managing partner for the further development of our businesses in Northeast China. Dorman was granted as one of the “Outstanding CICPA of Liaoning Province”.

    Dorman had led various auditing, restructuring and IPO assignments. His client portfolio ranges from Hong Kong and PRC domestic companies to multi-national corporations in various industries. He is also experienced in the audits of foreign investment enterprises and PRC companies going for public listing.

    His prestigious multi-national clients include such as BMW, Fidelity, Johnson Controls, Goodyear, RHI, Kerry Group / Shangri-La, Toyota, Nidec, Toshiba, Volkswagen, Jebson, Evonik, Thyssenkrupp. In addition, Dorman had served many PRC domestic enterprises or foreign investment companies successfully listed in Hong Kong, China or overseas.

    Dorman is very familiar with PRC, Hong Kong and international accounting standards and listing regulations. He had been invited by government and agency organizations to give various speeches and act as advisor for the development and amendment of relevant laws and regulations.

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  • Foad Ghalili (President and Co-Founder of Epoch Technologies (Dalian) Co., Ltd.)

    Foad Ghalili

    President and Co-Founder of Epoch Technologies (Dalian) Co., Ltd.

    Foad Ghalili is the President and Co-Founder of Epoch International Enterprises, a US-based company providing design and manufacturing services to the global electronics industry.
    His China experience began in 1987, which led to his appointment as President of Dalicap, one of the early Chinese American joint venture companies in Dalian.
    Prior to his experience in China, he worked in the electronic manufacturing industry in the United States, managed a team of multinationals in Israel, and began his early experience with Bechtel Power Corporation in the nuclear power industry.
    Foad was born in Iran; he attended his primary and middle schools in India, completing his high school and university in the United States. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering.
    He is married to Ladon Ghalili; they have three children raised in Dalian attending local primary and middle schools.

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  • LL

    Lisa Liang

    CEO of Dalian American International School

    Doctor of Education : Early Childhood Education
    University of Houston - Downtown - Houston, TX
    • Abd: Completed all Doctoral Courses but dissertation
    • Thesis: Language and its effect on children's cognitive understanding of numbers
    Master of Education : Curriculum And Instruction, 07/1987
    University of California Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA
    Bachelor of Arts : Psychology, 06/1986
    University of California - Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA

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  • Kevin Song (Director of Rockwell Automation Software (Dalian) Co., Ltd.)

    Kevin Song

    Director of Rockwell Automation Software (Dalian) Co., Ltd.

    Kevin is running a full-service software development center in Dalian, the largest software development center in Asia Pacific Region of Rockwell Automation with currently over 300 employees, and is responsible for around 30 core products of Rockwell Automation Software and Control Business, covering control system design, digital design, visualization and human machine interface, information software.

    Kevin joined Rockwell Automation in 2003. In the nearly 20 years’ management experiences in Rockwell Automation, he leads the Dalian software development center to transform from an execution center to a design center with a focus on quality, innovation, and customer service. And leads the adoption of industry-leading Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and DevOps methodologies to improve the high-quality products delivery and innovation capability.

    Kevin holds both an MBA and master’s degree in mechanical manufacturing and theory from Dalian University of Technology. He led Dalian software development center to win three Dalian Best Employer Awards consecutively.

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  • Vicky Guo (General Manager at Fraser Suites Dalian)

    Vicky Guo

    General Manager at Fraser Suites Dalian

    1997-2000 InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) Crowne Plaza Dubai
    2000-2004 Hilton Hotels Corporation Hilton Dalian
    2004-2018 Ascott Group Somerset Singapore/Djakarta/Xi'an/Tianjin/Dalian
    2018- Frasers Property Fraser Suites Dalian

    Member of China Democratic National Construction Association
    25 years strong leadership and management in Hospitality Industry with passion, greetful, dedication, and inheritor
    Together with team and aim to be a leading global hospitality group that anticipates and exceeds the guests' evolving expectations through continuous innovation with intuitive service deliver to our guests.

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Member Price RMB 200
Employee of Member Company
Standard Price RMB 240
Standard Price RMB 300
AmCham NE Partner
Standard Price RMB 240


The Grand Ballroom, 3 Floor of Conrad Dalian大连康莱德酒店三层大宴会厅

31 East Renmin Road, Zhongshan District

Dalian, Liaoning, China

If you have any questions please contact Melody Song

Contact Organizer

+86 15242622051

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