UCLA Anderson Examines Increasing Role of China in Global Economy

Feb 25, 2010, 07:00 ET from UCLA Anderson School of Management

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- UCLA Anderson School of Management will host its fourth annual Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference, titled "China: Driving the Global Economy Recovery," on February 26, 2010. The all-day event will join an elite group of thought leaders, business professionals, and noted academics to explore China's increasing role in the global economy and discuss various topics including sustainable growth, online expansion, financial recovery, and healthcare reform.

"China has proven its resilience in the face of the global economic crisis with a stimulus plan that has resulted in an even higher growth forecast than previously expected," said Michael Woo, Los Angeles' first Chinese-American city councilman and son of conference founder Wilbur K. Woo. "The Woo Conference will serve as a forum for individuals to emphasize the influence that China has had on the world economy and discuss future opportunities to strengthen relationships in the flourishing China market."

Luomei Shu and Shaun Rein will keynote the conference with a discussion about China's macroeconomic outlook for 2010. Since 2008, Shu has served as the commercial counselor of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China with the mission to promote economic cooperation between China and the U.S. Shu previously held dual positions with the Ministry of Commerce of China including Director for Sino-U.S. Economic & Trade Relations. Rein serves as managing director of China Market Research Group. As a recognized leader in strategy consulting, Rein is frequently featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Financial Times. He is also a columnist for Forbes on leadership, marketing, and China and contributes to BusinessWeek's Asia Insight section.

The conference will feature four panel discussions covering the topics of finance, healthcare, sustainability, and the internet with panelists examining China's relevance in each of these sectors. Speakers will also be taking an in-depth look at how global financial recovery will stimulate growth in China, the Chinese government's efforts to initiate healthcare reform, the country's private investments in green technology, and upcoming trends in the Chinese (and the world's largest) internet market. An afternoon 'Executive Exchange' session will feature Xun Wang, President of Syngenta Biotechnology Co. Ltd., Linda Ding, APAC Regional Manager, Laserfiche and Terry Horsmon, Managing Partner of True North Strategies, Metan Media Group, for an open dialogue about the various successes they have had as pioneers in their professional arenas. Moderating the exchange will be producer of KAZN-AM Radio in Los Angeles, Allen Shen. The event will conclude with a keynote speech delivered by Wei-Tai Kwok, vice president of marketing at Suntech Power.

"China's growth has been central to global trade, financial and technology markets of the last decade, and its economic performance has a pivotal impact on the speed and shape of the world's recovery from the financial crisis," said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. "This year's Woo Conference will focus on China's essential role in global economic recovery and as one of our most important trading partners."

The inaugural Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference was held in 2007 and was created in order to promote understanding of economic ties between the United States and China. Born in China in 1916, Wilbur K. Woo received his bachelor's degree in business administration from UCLA and endowed the first annual conference three years ago. The 2010 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference is sponsored by Cathay Bank and presented by the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management in association with the Greater China Business Association. For more information or to view the full schedule for this year's conference, please visit: http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/wooconference .

About the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson:

The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management is an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research. With a distinguished faculty as its cornerstone, the Center oversees activities that advance the theory and practice of entrepreneurship as well as the related fields of technology and innovation, venture capital and private equity, and social enterprise. Well known for the impact of its outreach programs, the Price Center fosters a spirit of innovation in individuals, enhances the managerial capacity of organizations, and prepares entrepreneurial leaders who will provide significant, sustainable and economic value to society.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management:

UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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