Speaker Bios

Keynote Address

Ronald Arculli has been a Non-Official Member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government since 2005 and is the Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited. He is also the Chairman as well as Board Director of the World Federation of Exchanges ("WFE"). He is the senior partner of King & Wood, the Hong Kong Office of one of the largest law firms in Mainland China. In addition, he serves on the boards of several major listed companies in Hong Kong. Mr. Arculli has a long and distinguished record of public service as a former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (1988-2000) and has served on many commissions and boards, including the Board of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Board of Governors of the London Business School. In 2005, the City University of Hong Kong conferred on Mr Arculli an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Social Sciences. In 2010, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology conferred on him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws. Mr. Arculli was called to the English and Hong Kong Bars and is currently a solicitor in England and Wales and in Hong Kong.

"Regional Economy and Trade"

Merit E. Janow is a professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and School of Law. Her recent publications include an edited volume on The WTO: Governance, Dispute Settlement, and Developing Countries (Juris, 2008). Professor Janow was appointed to a four year term as a member of the World Trade Organization Appellate Body from 2003 to the end of 2007. She previously served as executive director of an international advisory committee to the attorney general and assistant attorney general for antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice. She was a deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for Japan and China from 1990 to 1993. Prior to that, she specialized in mergers and acquisitions at the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Professor Janow received her JD in 1988 from Columbia's School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received a Parker School Award in comparative law.

Yadong Liu founded Haohai Investment in 2009, focusing on equity investment opportunities that arise as a result of changes in macro policies. From 2006 to 2009, Liu was a Principal and head of Asian operations at Medley Capital, a U.S.-based investment group that specializes in structured private transactions throughout the world. From 1998 to 2005, he worked as a macro hedge fund advisor at Medley Global Advisors (MGA). Liu started his career in the Chinese Foreign Ministry as a top diplomatic interpreter. He received his BA in English literature from the Beijing Foreign Studies University, his LLB from the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, his MA in International Relations and his PhD in Political Science with a focus on international political economy, both from Columbia University.

W. Gage McAfee is Managing Director of The Asia Pacific Capital Group, a pan-Asian private equity asset manager. He also holds directorship in a number of Asian-based companies. He served as Chairman of the Main Board Listing Committee and the GEM Listing Committee of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and as a member of Dual Listing Advisory Committee of Securities and Futures Commission. In 1992, McAfee founded Asia Pacific Capital, the original company of the Asia Pacific Capital Group. A former chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, McAfee received an AB in Government from Harvard University and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.

Antonio Simoes is Group Head of Strategy & Planning, HSBC Holdings plc. He is responsible for shaping overall strategy; portfolio management; executing acquisitions and disposals; leading major strategic projects; and coordinating the planning process and oversight for the HSBC Group. Simoes joined HSBC in September 2007 from McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner in the company's London office. During his ten years at McKinsey, he worked in financial services across several geographies. Simoes has also worked at Goldman Sachs in Investment Banking. He holds an MBA with honours from Columbia University and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Yue Chim Richard Wong is Professor of Economics and Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy at The University of Hong Kong. He was Founding Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics. He is also Founding Director of the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research and the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy. Professor Wong's main research interest is in the applications of economic analysis to public policy. His recent publications include The Fifth Dragon: Emergence of the Pearl River Delta, Port Facilities and Container Handling Services, On Privatizing Public Housing, Made in PRD - The Changing Face of HK Manufacturers, and Retaking Economic Center Stage - Integration and Transformation of the Yangzi River Delta Economic Region. He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 1999 by the Government of HKSAR for his contributions in education, housing, industry and technology development, and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2000.

"Hong Kong's Impact on China and Vice Versa"

Joseph M. Chan is Professor of Journalism and Communication at the School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he served as a former director. His research interest lies in the intersection of international communication, political communication and journalism studies. His publications appear in journals such as Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Media, Culture, and Society, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, New Media & Society, China Quarterly, etc. Awarded the Changjiang Chair Professorship for which he was affiliated with Fudan University in 2006-2009, he is the founding editor-in-chief of the Chinese journal Communication & Society.

Fernando Chiu Hung Cheung is a Lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Department of Applied Social Sciences. He was a member of the Legislative Council from 2004 to 2008, representing the social welfare sector in Hong Kong. He holds a PhD degree in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters degree in social work from the California State University at Fresno, and a Diploma in social work from the Hong Kong Baptist College. Dr. Cheung has been active in championing concerns for the wealth gap, poverty, social security, and the rights and dignity of many vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities, women who suffer from domestic violence, new immigrants, and low-income families. He is also the Chair of the Forthright Caucus, an advocacy group dedicated to empowering the disadvantaged in Hong Kong.

Frank Ching is a journalist and writer who has reported and commented on events in Asia, particularly China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, for many years. He has worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Far Eastern Economic Review. He opened The Wall Street Journal's bureau in China in 1979 after the normalization of U.S.-China relations, thus becoming one of the first four American newspaper reporters to be based in Beijing since 1949. Currently, in addition to weekly commentaries, he is also Adjunct Associate Professor with both the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the author of Hong Kong and China: For Better or For Worse (Asia Society & Foreign Policy Association, 1985), Ancestors: 900 Years in the Life of a Chinese Family (Morrow, 1988), and The Li Dynasty: Hong Kong Aristocrats (Oxford, 1999). He received a Bachelor's degree in English from Fordham University, a Masters degree in philosophy from New York University, and a Certificate in Advanced International Reporting from Columbia University as a Ford Foundation Fellow.

Xiaobo Lü is Professor of Political Science and a faculty member at Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute. He served as the founding Director of Columbia Global Centers | East Asia in Beijing in 2008-10. His research interests include post-socialist transition, corruption and good governance, regulatory reforms, and government-business relations. He is currently working on a book manuscript, From Player to Referee: the Rise of the Regulatory State in China. He is the author of the book Cadres and Corruption (2000) and a co-author of Danwei: Changing Chinese Workplace in Historical and Comparative Perspective (1997). Professor Lü has been a visiting professor at Tsinghua University and Jiaotong University in China; City University of Hong Kong; Institute of Political Science (Sciences-Po) and Paris University I-Sorbonne. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Committee of 100. He is a regular commentator on China and U.S.-China relations on PBS, CNN, BBC, and NPR and has delivered speeches and briefings to organizations such as the Asia Foundation, World Affairs Council, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society, and Japan Society.

Geng Xiao is Director of Columbia Global Center for East Asia in Beijing. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong and an Independent Director of the HSBC Bank (China) and the Genesis Emerging Markets Fund. Previously Professor Xiao was the founding Director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a tenured professor of economics at the University of Hong Kong, Head of Research and Advisor to the Chairman at the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, Vice President of the Chinese Economists Society in the U.S., a member of the board of supervisors at the Shenzhen Development Bank, a Faculty Associate at Harvard University, and a Consultant at the World Bank. He obtained his BSc in Management Sciences from the University of Science and Technology of China and his MA & PhD in Economics from UCLA.


Hong Kong's Future in a Changing Asia
Sunday, May 22, 2011

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