Ingrid Zhang has been President of Novartis Pharmaceuticals (China) since April 1, 2017. She oversees the operation and development of Novartis Pharmaceuticals across the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.
In this role, Ingrid has been focusing on driving “patient-centric” innovation in the organization and the healthcare industry. Under her leadership, the company has been accelerating high-quality innovative medicines to China in order to address the public health needs, enhancing patients’ access to innovative medicines, and developing an agile and innovative team via culture transformation.
In August 2015, Ingrid was appointed as Country Pharma Organization head & Country President, Poland. During the tenure, she has accumulated valuable experience in leading an international team and achieving significant patient impact.
Prior to joining Novartis in 2011, Ingrid held multiple management roles for multinational pharmaceutical companies like AstraZeneca and Pfizer in different locations, and different disease areas. Ingrid started her career at McKinsey & Company, focusing on healthcare practices.
In addition, Ingrid is the executive committee member of the R&D-based Pharmaceutical Association Committee of China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment RDPAC) and sponsors its Market Access Committee to provide industry insights and advice to market access policy-making and system building in China.
Ingrid received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Anna is presently the CEO and President of IKEA China, leading the totality of the Ingka companies in China mainland.
Anna has an extensive business background prior to IKEA in the legal and then retail sector in the UK. She initially joined IKEA in September 2008 and was working during the years in the finance field in the UK and IE.
In 2012, Anna moved to Poland as a Member of the Management Board. During that time, she was as well a Supervisory Board Member for Distribution Service South East Europe and IKEA Centers Poland. She then took the role of CEO Deputy IKEA Retail Poland, responsible for the commercial agenda, the multichannel implementation, sustainability, and leading agenda for common topics for IKEA Group companies in Poland.
In September 2016 Anna moved into the role of CEO IKEA Retail Poland including ownership also for the IKEA Property and wind farm companies. Outside IKEA, Anna is also well engaged in voluntary jobs, she was Client Advisory Board Member Facebook Poland and also is still a Program Board Member for UN Global Compact.
From September 2018, Anna started her new role in China as CEO and President of IKEA China leading the IKEA companies in China market.
During extensive top management experience, Anna had a proven track record of highly improving performance in a competitive environment achieved through motivation, engagement, and development of people at all levels. Anna is full of passion for growing people and business together and a promotor of authentic leadership. Her ability to inspire people to see possibilities beyond and to create togetherness has made her one of the role models of female leadership in the IKEA world.
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.
Kent Kedl is a Partner in Control Risks, Greater China, and North Asia. He is responsible for Control Risks’ practices across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the Koreas, and Mongolia. He has worked in Asia since the early 1980s.
Kent has consulted with multi-national and Asian corporations on a range of risk and strategy issues, such as M&A and organic growth strategy, crisis management and operational business controls, and strategic and organisational development programs. Kent has particular expertise in the Asia-Pacific healthcare, food and beverage, and consumer products sectors.
Formerly, Kent was responsible for the Compliance, Forensics, and Intelligence practice throughout Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Control Risks, Kent was general manager and co-owner of Technomic Asia, a market strategy consulting firm.
Kent has worked as a journalist and is a frequent contributor to Asia-based media outlets. The co-author of The China Ready Company (2006, China Pathways) he writes and produces The Talking Monkey, a blog and podcast on living as a foreigner in China.
Kent has a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in East Asian studies from the University of Minnesota. He also completed graduate studies in journalism and mass communication at the China Times Centre for Mass Media and Social Studies.
Ms. Gebi Liang is the GM of Teams & SharePoint China. She is currently leading a world-class engineering organization to help develop one of the world’s fastest-growing collaboration platforms, Teams. She is also responsible for enhancing SharePoint Online, one of the largest SaaS in the world, in addition to being accountable for the SharePoint Server business.
During her time in Microsoft before her current role, she worked for many years in Microsoft public cloud Azure area including launching a couple of Azure services starting from an idea. She established the China Cloud Innovation Center (CCIC), which played a key technical role in addressing the unique needs of China local customers as they embrace the journey of the cloud.
Ms. Liang has always been a passionate advocate for Diversity & Inclusion. She is leading multiple efforts in this space focusing on driving female employee population increase and their career development to advance Microsoft's D&I commitment in the workplace. She is also actively participating in a broad set of STEM efforts outside Microsoft inspiring more females to pursue their careers in the technology space.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Gebi was a 15-year veteran of Intel and held several key technical and leadership roles in the US & China.
Gebi holds a master's degree in Computer Science from the College of William & Mary and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Beijing Normal University.
Selina Yuan leads the international division of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, heading a global team and enabling cloud technology for millions of customers around the world. Selina brings more than 20 years of experience in leading and growing technology businesses globally.
Selena Chu is currently the Vice President for Greater China and the Asia Pacific CIO for Dow. She provides leadership and general management of Dow Greater China: oversight of country strategy sites management, and people & culture development. She also provides leadership to APAC IS/digitalization teams to drive digital solution development and implementation, covering areas of Digital Innovation, Advanced Analytics, ERP Development, IT Infrastructure/Operations, and Information Security. Partners with regional businesses and functions to enable regional business strategies and plans.
She joined Dow in 2008 as a Master Black Belt and served in a number of leadership roles in the Asia Pacific region, including R&D Operation, Innovation Strategy, Technical Information Service, etc. Prior to Dow, she was the AP R&D Engineering Digitization lead for GE Plastics division and had many years of experience in 6 Sigma and Lean, and their application in the field of new product & process development. She worked for KPMG Consulting Co. before joining GE.
Chenyi is the founder and head of Odyssey Game Publishing studio in ByteDance. Chenyi has led Odyssey through several business deals in the gaming space and was previously TikTok’s Head Of Operations in Europe, where she oversaw the dramatic growth of the business and team. Prior to joining ByteDance, Chenyi built her internet career through various roles at Adobe Advertising Cloud, Omnicom Media Group, and Y&R in New York.
Chenyi wrote her first book while still in High school (GeZhi High school in SH), followed up by a second while in college. She has a master's in Communications Mgmt from Simmons College in Boston. She is a Shanghai native who has watched this dynamic city evolve almost as quickly as the internet industry. While growing her team at ByteDance keeps her very busy, she enjoys traveling and playing the Pipa in her spare time.
Erik Walenza is the CEO of IoT ONE Inc., the Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Smart Factory Task Group (SFTG), and the Shanghai Director of Startup Grind. IoT ONE is a leading source of information and insight regarding Industrial Internet of Things vendors and solutions. Companies work with IoT ONE to develop their customer bases, partner ecosystems, and innovation strategies. As Chair of the IIC SFTG, Erik works with IIC members to reduce the risk for early adopters of Industrial IoT technologies in manufacturing. Through Startup Grind Erik supports the development of Shanghai's innovation ecosystem.
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.
Marie-Claire Swärd Capra is a diplomat at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs since August 1989. Born in 1962, she is a lawyer by training and has graduate and post-graduate degrees in Law from Lund University (LLM) in Sweden and Sorbonne University (D.E.A), France. Throughout her diplomatic career, Mrs. Swärd Capra has worked on a wide range of issues, notably foreign and security policy, European affairs, and trade. She has served at several Swedish diplomatic missions abroad, including Seoul, Copenhagen, Paris, Washington, and Geneva. Upon Sweden becoming a Member of the European Union in 1995, Marie-Claire Swärd Capra joined the services of the European Commission in Brussels before returning to national diplomatic service in 1998. She was Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR) to the OECD for two tenures, 1998-2003 and 2011-2016. Mrs. Swärd Capra served as Sweden’s Ambassador to the WTO in Geneva between 2007 and 2011. She served as Sweden’s Ambassador to Algeria between 2016 and 2020. She is fluent in French and English.
Since joining the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs almost twenty years ago Wendy has served in the Irish Embassies in Mozambique, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, and Hungary before taking up duty in China last year. She has also worked on different desks in the home Department in Dublin, including EU affairs and the Africa desk.
Before joining the Irish diplomatic service, she held a variety of jobs across a range of countries including at different times teacher, tour guide, and administrative jobs in different fields. The breadth of experience has all been useful in some way in her current role.
She is from Sligo, on the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way, and graduated in Economics, Sociology, and Politics, from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Carmen FONTES MUÑOZ has been the Consul General of Spain in Shanghai since August 2018. She joined the diplomatic service in 1979 and has since been posted to Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Chicago, and Shanghai. She was also the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry and Director-General for Communications. She became an Ambassador of Spain, the highest diplomatic rank for Spanish Diplomat when she was Ambassador to Slovenia in 2005.
Milliken & Company is a diversified family-owned business with 155 years of history from South Carolina, United States. Its business covers commercial tiles, special chemicals, protective materials, and healthcare products.
Prior to Milliken & Company, Allison served multiple leadership roles at DuPont Nutrition & Health Business for five years as Marketing Director, Chair of China Growth Strategy Management Office, and Business Director.
Before becoming a corporate business executive, Allison worked for the leading management consulting firm Monitor Group (Deloitte Consulting) for five years.
Allison is an ICF certified Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and Organization & System Coach (ORSC) and is co-chair of AmCham Shanghai’s Women Executive Network Committee. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and M.S in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Holly Lei has taken over as President of Covestro China based in Shanghai, effective July 1, 2019. With more than 20 years of experience in cross-cultural management around the world, Lei is the first local female leader for this position.
With a strong technical background in chemical engineering and material science, Lei started her career at Bayer MaterialScience (the predecessor company of Covestro) in 1999 as a technical representative and has since held various management positions of increasing responsibilities focusing on sales, technical service, and R&D in Greater China and the APAC region. As a seasoned leader strong at managing dispersed teams, she devoted her cross-industry insights and customer-centric mindset to develop focus industries for Covestro’s Business Unit Polycarbonates in Greater China and the APAC region.
In her role as Global Head of Electrical, Electronics & Appliances (EE&A), BU Polycarbonates, Lei helped Covestro strengthen its industrial leadership by enhancing the global CMF (color, materials, finish) capabilities, transforming Covestro from a material supplier to an innovation partner.
Apart from her business success, Lei is also an affectionate people leader and excels at fostering an environment that allows people to flourish and develop to their fullest potential. As an avid ambassador of diversity and inclusion (D&I) at Covestro, she is actively involved in promoting D&I and equality in the workplace.
Lei holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Dalian University of Technology in China and a master’s degree in material science from Université de Sherbrooke in Canada. She has also received executive training at INSEAD Business School in France. Lei is married with a grown-up son.
Lei is also a supervisory board member of GEA Group AG, a board member of the Shanghai Chapter of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, and Vice-Chairman of the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park International Experts’ Consultancy Forum.
Ms. Dan Wang is currently the Chief Economist of Hang Seng Bank (China), responsible for China-related research, macro forecast, Sino-US relation, and geopolitical risk analysis.
Dan previously worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) where she spent 5 years as China Chief Analyst, leading forecast and research. Prior to that, she was a postdoc fellow in the Chinese Academy of Sciences as an economist, specializing in agriculture. Dan holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington, with a focus on environment and econometrics.
Oma Lee is Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is in charge of the Foundation's China multilateral and bilateral strategies for Policy and Advocacy, which covers vaccines, malaria, and China Africa exchange. She has advised or served at Bloomberg Media, Asia Society New York, Stanford Law School, and the China Philanthropy Research Institute, where her team co-drafted China’s first Charity Law.
Oma co-founded the Beijing Women’s Network, a local community platform for advancing synergies among thousands of women across Beijing. She received her law degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and attended Williams College in Massachusetts, USA. She was honored as Young China Watcher of the year in 2018 and was awarded the Richard Rockefeller Fellowship by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for her work.
Erica is the Global Program Management Officer at ByteDance. At ByteDance, Erica leads teams covering core business strategy and operations for TikTok. She covers a range of topics including content, growth, organizational design, privacy, and children’s safety.
Erica studies the role of innovation across enterprises and has advised start-ups on a variety of expansion-related challenges. She has launched over 100 physical and digital products from concept through ship.
Prior to ByteDance, she was a global PM at PepsiCo, where she sat on the global innovation leadership team. She was also Director of Innovation at Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures-backed start-up Soylent, where she led the domestic and international growth pipeline. Earlier in her career, Erica was a financial analyst in the consumer sector and worked with direct-to-consumer and B2B businesses globally.
Athena is the co-founder of Women Alliance Group, leading the strategy and general management. WAG is a cross-company platform that empowers organizations in the area of
EDI and professional women in personal growth and career development. Member companies are industrial leading companies such as McKinsey, Google, Alibaba Local Service, Didi, Intel, LinkedIn, Standard Chartered Bank, I-Mab and CStone.
Athena started her career at McKinsey as a business consultant since 2017, helping 15+ global leading consumer brands, local banks & financial institutes, and global manufacturing companies in strategic planning, transformation, mkt & sales and growth.
In 2019, Athena found her passion for people development and women empowerment, so she made a career shift in McKinsey to pursue her mission. She transferred to lead the development of McKinsey China’s All-In, Diversity and Inclusion, and co-founded the Women Alliance Group, help companies outside McKinsey to cultivate EDI culture and develop female individuals. Within one year, WAG has more 14 leading companies joined, and more than 30 thousand persons participated.
Athena is also a key opinion leader in personal development. She created a blog named AthenaYan, a podcast named “Self-Evolution” and an interview program and got 1 Mn+ views
and followers. Athena believes by bringing the nature of human beings back to the business world, organizations and individuals would reach their fullest potential and benefit from their
creativity and vitality.
With over 25 years of strategy, business development, sales, marketing, product, and consulting experience primarily in the Internet, digital media, and technology space, Scott has been successful in developing and growing businesses in the United States and Asia (including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Singapore). Doing business in Asia since 1999 and living in China since 2005, his experience includes senior executive roles in public companies, start-ups, and global consultancies.
Scott made a purpose-driven career shift in 2017 to become a certified scale-up business coach, delivering MEANINGFUL IMPACT helping entrepreneurial CEOs (and their leadership teams) who are passionate about growth to successfully scale their businesses with ease, speed, and confidence. He also serves on multiple advisory boards; is a founding board member of Kehilat Shanghai (a dynamic community of Jews from around the globe living in Shanghai); and is an Adjunct Partner (Entrepreneur in Residence + CEO Mentor) at SOSV – Chinaccelerator and Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX).
In his last operational executive role as Executive Vice President and China Managing Director for Thoughtful Media Group, Scott successfully launched China’s first and largest multichannel network (MCN) of online video creators, which helped a roster of blue-chip brand clients to reach and influence consumer audiences. Earlier, as Partner in charge of Gallup Consulting’s Shanghai office, as Director of McKinsey’s Insights China, and as Senior Strategy Director, China for WPP’s Wunderman, he led organizations that helped Fortune 500 clients make key strategic decisions for their China businesses based on a specific market and consumer intelligence.
Scott holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and he received both an MBA in finance and a JD from UCLA. He is fully conversational in Mandarin Chinese and lives in Shanghai with his wife and young daughter. Beyond business, Scott likes to take both his girls on plenty of dates; he participates in marathons and triathlons as well as likes to get out on the tennis court and golf course, and he serves as an amateur wine master in his local Beefsteak & Burgundy club.
Sophie Song is the HR Director of Avery Dennison, Label and Graphic Materials, Greater China. Sophie is a seasoned HR leader with extensive international exposure, she has broad experience in managing vision/purpose as well as organization development/change management.
Sophie is a passionate pioneer in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DE&I) as well as innovation. As one of the key DE&I architects in Avery Dennison Greater China, Sophie has a pragmatic approach to bridging DE&I with business and value chain, sparking creative ideas of doing things differently. Being authentic, be different, be you, we are all on the journey!
Sophie has an engineering background and an International MBA from The University of British Columbia. Prior to joining Avery Dennison in 2017, Sophie has extensive experience in various multinational companies, such as General Motors and Intel.
On a personal level, Sophie is a true believer in coaching. We choose to meet the people before we come to this world, and we need to ensure we cherish the opportunities and help each of us to live our lives to the fullest. Everybody has the full resources to make the best decisions, the entire universe is inside you.
Yuhong, named as both a Woman to Watch in APAC and CEO of the year by Campaign Asia, is the founder of the company with the “Highest Potential for Growth,” the “Most Innovative Company,” and the “Boutique Agency of the Year”: Ylab. Representing a new generation of brand strategy consultancies, Ylab is an industry dark horse that has quickly gained prestige in the two years since its founding. Ylab has become a trusted brand consulting agency and long term partner for fortune 500 firms such as Bayer AG, Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive, AB-Inbev, The North Face, Unilever, and more; providing global and Chinese brand strategy consulting and large scale innovative marketing platforms to all clients. Our client work has won several international awards, including a Grand Slam of bronze, silver, and gold awards from Transform, the international authority on the consulting industry.
Yuhong specializes in innovating business models, brand and product strategy, and platform-based marketing. As an entrepreneur, CEO, and Chief Growth Officer, she explores and implements long-term sustainable growth for companies in the VUCA era.
Yuhong is also very passionate about the human and social aspect of marketing; over the past 10 years she has combined anthropological, sociological, and psychological research to compare the generations of the 1980s, early 1990s, and late 1990s to gain insight into the inter-generational changes of Chinese youth. She also studies mothers and the modern woman. Her research has been featured in publications such as Forbes, China Daily, and other industry media.
She also provides consulting services to investment companies and internet firms, where she acts as a branding expert. She helped the mobile game “Dance Up” grow from 0 users to 100 million users and become a top mobile game. Prior to founding Ylab, Yuhong was the Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director of an International 4A advertising agency.
Yuhong’s heart and home is in Italy, but she lives and works in Shanghai. She sees beauty in any good thing, and is a lover of literature, poetry, art, and travel.
Lillian is Market HR Lead for Mainland China and Hongkong for Google. She’s had extensive experience on working with the engineering and cross functional teams in Google in the past 9 years and expertised in organization culture, team effectiveness, and coaching for career development. She held an executive MBA degree from Hongkong University and before Google she was with Microsoft in different functions. In spare time, Lillian is a professional coach(ICF PCC) and has had extensive coaching experience across different industries.
Han Shen Lin is an upcoming Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice in the finance department of New York University in Shanghai (Starting July 1, 2021).
Prior to this, he was a Senior VP, and Deputy General Manager of Wells Fargo Bank, China. In this capacity, Han helped to lead the bank’s China governance, and oversaw Wells Fargo’s China corporate and commercial banking client coverage, strategy, and business development.
Han graduated from the University of Michigan Ross Business School (B.B.A). He later completed a Master of International Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a Master of Science in Global Finance at the joint HKUST-NYU Stern program, and a Master of Chinese Commercial Law at Fudan University Law School.
Han serves on the American Chamber of Commerce (Shanghai) Board of Governors, and previously served as Chair of its Financial Services Committee. He lives in Shanghai with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Wu has long been engaged in the clinical practice of common chronic diseases in internal medicine, especially in metabolic diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. She is experienced in the management of chronic diseases, adapting therapy in consideration of coexisting and concurrent diseases, and giving patients guidance in diet and exercise, guiding self-care and evaluation.
Dr. Wu received her Master's degree in Medicine from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2007. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Lariboisiere Hospital in 2006. In 2010, she participated in medical research of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in Novel Hospital Civil in Strasbourg in France. She was later awarded a Medical Doctor’s degree in 2018 from Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Dr. Wu has over 10 years of clinical experience. Before joining Shanghai United Family Hospital, Dr. Wu served in Shanghai Xin Hua Hospital Geriatric Intensive Care Unit, experienced with common chronic diseases in internal medicine, as well as the treatment of critical patients with cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous system diseases.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Wu has published in medical journals, including the Chinese Journal of Digestion and Preventive Medicine.
Vitality Nutrition was founded by Najma Mohamed, a Holistic Nutritionist. Najma was educated in Canada and finished her clinical internship in the US. Vitality Nutrition aims to improve the performance, productivity, and energy of employees by providing them with the tools to make and eat a healthier diet and reduce illness. After all, PHYSICALLY fit employees make a company FISCALLY fit.
Xinyi is the Founder of Creative Shelter, who is also an art curator and serial entrepreneur, has been practicing and learning mindfulness around the world for over 10 years. She is also a certified Gong master. She has lived, studied, and volunteered on projects across multiple different continents and founded Creative Shelter in her Shanghai living room 2 years after her first start-up was acquired by a business group in China. Now Creative Shelter has grown into a community-driven well-being space in Shanghai aiming to bring a higher level of sustainable well-being in China through encouraging individuals to recognize and fulfill their true potentials in life.
Mr. Jackson Liang is currently a Dale Carnegie Master trainer, he has over 25 years of experience helping people to build greater self-confidence, stronger people skills, better communication, and leadership skills while reducing stress through interactive training.
Clients including Shanghai Municipal People's Congress, Shanghai Municipal Communist Youth League, Shanghai Foreign Economic and Trade Commission, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, Shanghai Municipal Women's Federation, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, WAL-MART, Metro, LVMH, Microsoft, Kering, Edrington, Intel, HP, PHILPS, SMIC, TI, Ericsson, NOKIA, Fuji Xerox, Dow Corning, Continental, BP oil, TNT China, Carter Biller, AKZO NOBEL, Johnson Controls, Maersk, GSK, Bayer, Novartis, Johnson&Johnson, Roche Diagnostics, Abbott, TONYWEAR, TING HSIN, HOdo, Fosun Group, TCL, ASE group, Ping An Insurance, AIA, Cathay Life Insurance, SHANGTEX, GALAXY AMC, Shenzhen Development Bank, Jinjiang, Shanghai GM, Shanghai Volkswagen, SAIC, Mercedes Benz, Ford, FedEx, Budweiser, PayPal, UnionPay, Citi.
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.