Category Archives: Featured Speakers

Gillis, Paul

Paul Gillis is a leading expert on accounting and auditing issues in China. As a retired partner at PWC (1976-2004) he teaches accounting, auditing and finance at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking university since 1997. He travels from Beijing.

Schaub, Mark

Mark Schaub a partner at King & Wood and Mallesons, the largest law firm in China and Australia combined. He is a prolific speaker who wastes no time in avoiding the real challenges in doing business in China.

As a lawyer he had extensive experience in negotiating deals, firing people and otherwise dealing with the ignorance of companies entering the Chinese business minefield. He travels from Shanghai

Johnson, Ian

Writer focusing on civil society, culture and religion. Awarded with a Pulitzer prize, Ian Johnson worked for twelve years for the Wall Street Journal as feature writer and bureau chief. He is now a regular contributor to the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, and National Geographic. He travels from Beijing and Berlin.

Bean, William Bao

Investment Partner at SOS Ventures and Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, the first and longest running startup accelerator program in China based out of Shanghai

Towson, Jeffrey

Best-selling author at Peking University and expert on how Chinese companies and consumers are disrupting global markets. He is based in New York and Beijing.

Zhang Lijia

Zhang Lijia is a writer, journalist, and social commentator. She is the author of the popular memoir “Socialism is Great!” She is currently working on a book on prostitution in China. She travels from Beijing.

Rein, Shaun

Shaun Rein is the Managing Director of the China Market Research Group, the world’s leading strategic market intelligence firm focused on China. He is one of the world’s recognized thought leaders on strategy consulting in China. In 2012 he published the bestseller “The End of Cheap China.” He travels from Shanghai.

Kuo, Kaiser

Kaiser Kuo is an American-born writer, rock musician, technology watcher and cultural commentator. In June 2010 he became director international communication at China’s largest search engine, Baidu.com. Baidu was the first Chinese company to become part of the NASDAQ-100 index.

Hoogewerf, Rupert

Rupert Hoogewerf is founder and compiler of the Hurun China Rich List. The list is the flagship product of Hurun Report, a luxury publishing and events company founded by Hoogewerf in 1999, which produces 20 Chinese-language magazine issues a year aimed at China’s wealth creators. Hoogewerf’s close personal relationship with many of China’s leading entrepreneurs provides the basis for the company’s busy calendar of events. He travels from Shanghai.