Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Alumni Forum 2003 - A Real World Approach to Doing Business in China

Preliminary Agenda

Menlo Park, CA
February 3 and 4, 2004
Preliminary Program

Tuesday, February 3, 2004

How to Get Started; How to Survive

Newcomers session for those who are new to doing business in China
11:30 a.m.Registration
12 noonNetworking Lunch

Edward Alton Parrish, WPI President
1 p.m.Introductions
(Facilitate self-introductions for all attendees)
1:30 p.m.Panel Discussion - "The Business Climate in China Today"
"Commercial Service Programs and Services in China"
Keith J. Hwang, International Trade Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce
Silicon Valley/San Jose U.S. Export Assistance Center

Representative from the China Consulate, S.F. (invited)
2:30-5 p.m.Workshop: "Start Up Essentials For Your China Business"
Jack Bresnahan '68, Senior Partner,
Li Liang, Senior Partner
China Business Solutions Group, Ltd. (CBS) and partner
3:30 p.m.Networking Break
5pmDiscussion, Wrap Up and Agenda for Next Day
John Heyl, WPI Vice President
No host dinner - location tbd
Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Doing Business in China, Today and Tomorrow

8:15 a.m.Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m.Welcome and Opening Remarks
Edward Alton Parrish, WPI President
Introductions (Facilitate self-introductions for all attendees)
9:30 a.m.Remarks and Welcome to SRI
Curt Carlson, '67 CEO, SRI International confirmed
9:45 a.m."Business Opportunities in China"
Patrick J. Powers, Director of China Operations (Beijng)
The US-China Business Council
10:30 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.Manufacturers Meeting the China Challenge
Paul Kennedy '67 President & CEO, Kennedy Die Casting
11:15 a.m.Business Opportunity in China: Guandong - The Overlooked Giant
Christine Loh, CEO, Civic Exchange; former regional director, Philips Brothers - the physical commodities trading arm of US multinational, Salomon Inc (Beijing office); member of the H.K. Legislative Council (1992-2000)
12 noonNetworking Lunch (organized by interest groups)
2 p.m.A panel session with industry leaders
Speakers will present their experiences in China

Moderator: Voon-Cheung (Roger) Ting '84, CEO, Roger Ting & Co., W. Vancouver, Canada

"Starting an R&D facility in China"
Ker Zhang '90 (Ph.D.), CEO, VIA Telecom

"Organizing a Joint Venture Relationship"
John D. (J.D.) Cattel '70, President, Digital Control Company, Largo, FL

3 p.m.A panel session with industry leaders
Speakers will present their experiences in China

Moderator: John J. Bresnahan Jr. '68, Senior Partner, China Business Solutions Group, Northborough, MA

"Developing Physical Operations in China"
Robert Falciani '68, Partner, Alfa Tech Inc., San Jose, CA

"Funding and Managing Collaborative Operations in China"
Jin Wang '87, Managing Dir., Manhattan Capital Group Holdings, LLC.

"Selling Professional Design Services in China"
Mark Ketchum, Vice President, OPAC Consulting Engineers
4 p.m.Break
4:15 p.m. "Gateway to China - The WPI Hong Kong Project Center"
Dr. Yi Hua (Ed) Ma, Professor of Chemical Engineering, WPI Founder and Director Emeritus, WPI Hong Kong Project Center
4:30 p.m.Introducing "The WPI Virtual China Network"
Denise Rodino, Exec. Director Corporate and Foundation Relations, WPI
4:45 p.m.An Invitation to Meet in China
Glenn Yee '74, CEO Pacific Can Company, Ltd., Hong Kong, one of the largest can manufacturing operations in China
5 p.m.Conference Wrap Up - Summary & Next Steps
John J. Bresnahan Jr. '68
5:30 p.m.Networking Reception for all participants
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