Ker Gibbs first came to China in 1985 and has worked in various roles giving him broad exposure to US-China relations and business issues facing American companies operating in Asia.
In the 1990s Mr. Gibbs worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Shanghai. Since then he has split his time between Asia and Silicon Valley, serving in executive positions with Apple, Disney, and high-growth Internet businesses. He moved to Shanghai in 2002 as head of Asia Pacific for a Nasdaq-listed network security company that was acquired by McAfee. His career in high tech led him to banking; he became head of technology and media in greater China for HSBC. As an investment banker he worked with Alibaba, Baidu, and other firms advising on mergers and cross-border transactions.
From banking Mr. Gibbs moved to direct investments. He was a founding investor in the Crystal Orange hotel group, helping grow the company to 130 properties and 1,500 employees in China. He also led successful investments in real estate, e-commerce, and medical technology companies.
Before his appointment as president, Mr. Gibbs was elected three times to the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and served as chairman for 2016 and 2017. He also sits on the board of the United Way in China and volunteers with Renewal, a local homeless shelter. He is an op-ed contributor to the Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, and other publications.
Ker Gibbs holds a BA in economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
As the Regional Managing Principal for Greater China, Xiaomei leads Gensler’s growth and development in the region, spearheading the best in design excellence strategies across its diverse practice areas.
With close to 25 years of architectural and design experience, she has directed a significant list of projects, often on a complex scale, spanning urban design and master planning, tall building architecture, renewal and repositioning, mixed-use, retail, hospitality, education, health and wellness, art and culture and most recently airports and sports. Her portfolio is a reflection of the transformation of the region itself. Notable in this portfolio is Xiaomei’s leadership in delivering China’s tallest building, the renowned and highly awarded 632-meter-high Shanghai Tower, a landmark on the city’s skyline today.
Recognized by Fast Company as one of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” Xiaomei also serves as a key contributor in Gensler in what is acknowledged as the most admired and largest architecture firm in the world. Under her stewardship in Greater China, she has shaped Gensler’s Greater China region into a thriving center for design innovation.
In recognition of her innovation and business leadership, Xiaomei served on the Gensler Board of Directors and serves on Global Management Committee. Xiaomei is a Global Governing Trustee for the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She is an active member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and was a juror at their CTBUH 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Global Awards. Xiaomei is the Vice Chairwoman of the Council on International Exchange Affairs of Tall Buildings of the Architectural Society of China.
Emily Chang is the CEO of McCann Worldgroup, China. Prior to accepting this new role, she took a year off to write a book called The Spare Room, the topic of her first TEDx Talk. Before that, she served as CMO for Starbucks China, where she was responsible for marketing, sales, loyalty, customer engagement, and the digital ecosystem (eCommerce, loyalty, payments, partnerships). She led the teams that tripled digital tender across stores, helped open the first Starbucks Roastery outside of Seattle, and launched the brand’s delivery program.
Prior to Starbucks, Emily was the Chief Commercial Officer for IHG, Greater China, where she was responsible for all commercial functions across Greater China. Looking after 320+ hotels and an extended team of 5,200 Sales & Marketing members, Emily spearheaded the market share turnaround of six hotel brands and the contribution mix of three loyalty programs.
A strategic business leader with over 20 years of experience, Emily is known for crafting O+O customer experiences and cross-cultural team leadership. She began her career at Procter & Gamble and Apple.
Outside of work, she sits on the board of SOS Children’s Villages and loves to teach, read and write in her free time. Most of all, Emily enjoys spending time with family: her husband of 20 years, her 11yr daughter Laini, Holly Berry their rescued mutt, and Jellybean, their pygmy hedgehog.
(held in parallel, choose one)
1. Wellbeing & Nutrition
(Facilitator: Dr. Jiayu Wu, Internal Medicine Physician, Shanghai United Family Hospital
Facilitator: Najma Mohamed, Founder, Vitality Health Nutrition
Facilitator: Xinyi Huang, Founder, Creative Shelter)
2. Avery Dennison Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Creation Workshop
(Facilitator: Sophie Song, HR Director, Avery Dennison Greater China)
3. Build Your Personal Brand
(Facilitator: Yuhong Li, CEO, Ylab)
(held in parallel, choose one)
1. Financial Planning
(Facilitator: Han Shen Lin, Assistant Professor of Practice in Finance at NYU Shanghai & Board of Governors at AmCham Shanghai)
2. Google #IamRemarkable
(Facilitator: Lillian Lv, Market HR Lead for Mainland China And Hongkong, Google)
3. Dale Carnegie High Impact Presentations (Chinese Session)
(Facilitator: Jackson Liang, Master Trainer, Dale Carnegie Training)