The American Chamber of Shanghai will release its China Business Report (CBR) on September 23. The China Business Report is one of the longest running surveys of US business in China that began in 1999. The report provides views of the business community on their experience in doing business in China and includes information on investment trends, business outlook and challenges. AmCham Shanghai and the University of San Francisco's China Business Studies Initiative will launch the report in the United States with a presentation on the key findings of the report by AmCham Shanghai President Ker Gibbs and a panel discussion of experts and business leaders on the China business climate. This is an exclusive discussion on how the business environment is evolving in China and how American companies are adjusting their strategies in this dynamic market.

*Due to recent changes of COVID policy at the University of San Francisco, this event will be held online.

To register, please follow the link here.


3:30 PM - 3:35 PM
Welcome Remarks
3:35 PM - 3:55 PM
Featured Speaker
3:55 PM - 4:20 PM
Presentation on AmCham Shanghai China Business Report
4:20 PM - 5:15 PM
5:15 PM - 5:30 PM


  • Ker Gibbs (President at AmCham Shanghai)

    Ker Gibbs

    President at AmCham Shanghai

    Ker Gibbs is the president of AmCham Shanghai. He 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.

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  • Hao Lin (Head of MNC Business Development at Alibaba Cloud)

    Hao Lin

    Head of MNC Business Development at Alibaba Cloud

    Hao Lin is the Head of MNC Business Development in the US. In this role, Hao leads the efforts in helping some of the largest multinationals adapt and flourish in China and APAC regions with global infrastructure, digital transformation, and consumer engagements, and more. Prior to this role, Hao spent 10 years at Oracle in various sales and business development roles. In these roles, Hao was able to develop his expertise in the entire cloud computing stack through his experiences working with some of the largest enterprises globally. Prior to Oracle, Hao served in a variety of sales roles in several start-ups and enterprises. Hao has been an active speaker in various industry forums in US, Canada, and China. Hao graduated from University of California, Davis and holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science & Engineering. Hao resides in California with his family.

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  • Peter Lorentzen (Professor at University of San Francisco)

    Peter Lorentzen

    Professor at University of San Francisco

    Professor Peter Lorentzen is a member of the Economics Department at the University of San Francisco and director of the MS Applied Economics program. His research on the development and governance of China has been published in prestigious academic journals and featured in a variety of popular media outlets. He earned his PhD from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and his BA from Dartmouth College. He has also studied at the London School of Economics, Beijing Normal University, National Taiwan University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a member of the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on US-China Relations.

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  • Vivien Wang (Senior Partner at Deloitte)

    Vivien Wang

    Senior Partner at Deloitte

    Vivien Wang has over 20 years of public accounting and international tax experiences, providing tax consulting, compliance and tax accounting assurance services to various high-tech and venture capital clients. Her experience includes structuring and globally managing both U.S. inbound and outbound investments. Vivien assisted in the planning and implementation of the worldwide restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, and IP migrations for multinational clients. Vivien is also the National Tax Leader of Deloitte’s U.S. Chinese Services Group, specializing in China strategy planning for U.S. companies and investment funds and U.S. inbound investment issues for China based investors. Vivien is Deloitte’s U.S. Inbound Practice leader for the West Region, focusing on serving foreign company’s investments in the U.S. through both M&A and greenfield investment. U.S. inbound clients of Vivien’s have included Marvell, Baidu, Wanhua Chemical, VeriSilicon, Montage, GCL Energy, 85 Degree, Lite-On, Via Technology, Acer, West Summit Capital, Tsing Capital, GSR Venture, and Wuxi Pharm Capital.

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  • Don Williams (Partner at Hogan Lovells International LLP)

    Don Williams

    Partner at Hogan Lovells International LLP

    Don Williams specialises in private equity and venture capital matters, regularly advising funds on technology-related M&A deals. Mr. Williams has represented private and public companies across many industries over the years, including Alibaba, Alipay, Bridge Pharmaceuticals, Cisco Systems, Sigma Designs, and many more. Today, Don's practice encompasses a broad range of clients and provides general corporate and transactional advice in the PRC and elsewhere around the world. Don is recognized as one of the top China-based private equity/venture capital lawyers by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2009 through 2021). Don has also been recognized by Legal 500 and was awarded a "China Top 15 M&A Lawyer" ranking by Asian Legal Business in 2019.

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  • Xiaohua Yang (Professor at University of San Francisco)

    Xiaohua Yang

    Professor at University of San Francisco

    Dr. Xiaohua (Shaowa) Yang is Professor of International Business and the director of China Business Studies Initiative in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. She has published numerous referred journal articles on the topics of internationalization of firms, international R&D strategic alliances, corporate social responsibility in multinational corporations, and innovation. She has taught and lectured in the USA, Australia, China, Taiwan, and Europe. Professor Yang is a recipient of multiple Best Paper Awards from prestigious international conferences, the outstanding research awards from the USF School of Management. Dr. Yang has served on numerous boards and has consulted companies and government agencies in a number of countries, including US, China, Australia, Finland, and Armenia. She has been interviewed by CBS, KTUV (Channel 2), San Francisco Business Times, Daily Economic News, Wenzhou Daily, Sing Tao Daily, Chinese Biz News and Armenia National TV. She is a frequent speaker at both academic and industry conferences.

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