Keynotes
Welcome Remarks

Amir Ziv

Vice Dean, Professor of Accounting and Samberg Faculty Director, Columbia Business School

Professor Ziv was on the faculty of Yale School of Organization and Management, on the faculty of Columbia Business School and on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) (where he also has founded and headed the executive education unit) before rejoining Columbia Business School as a Vice Dean and a Professor of Accounting. Professor Ziv also serves on the editorial board of the Review of Accounting Studies since 1997.


Professor Ziv teaches Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting in MBA, Executive MBA, various Executive Education programs, and in Doctoral programs. He taught in Executive Development programs for, among others, Goldman Sachs, Paine Webber, Philip Morris, and Lafarge. His research deals with the effects of accounting regimes and alternatives on economic environments, and is important to the understanding of accounting institutions and phenomena. Specifically, he deals with the role of accounting information in organizational design, financial disclosure, performance evaluation, auditing, product quality, and information transmission among strategic players.


Professor Ziv has received various honors and awards. Most recently, he won the 2007 and 2008 “Award for Excellence,” awarded by the graduating EMBA Global class – a joint program of London Business School and Columbia Business School. Between 2001 and 2007 he won, for seven years in a row, the “Award for Excellence,” awarded by the graduating Executive MBA class of the Columbia Business School. In 2000, 2001 and 2004 he was one of the finalists for the Presidential Teaching Awards, Columbia University. Professor Ziv was also the Keynote speaker in the 2007 Graduation Ceremony of EMBA Global – a joint program of London Business School and Columbia Business School and in the 2004 Graduation Ceremony of the Executive MBA program, Columbia University. In 1998 he was recognized by Business Week as one of the “Most Popular Professors,” and as an “Outstanding Faculty,” and in 1996 he received the annual “Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence,” Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He also won the 1985 Berliner Prize of the Erhard Center for Higher Studies and Research in Insurance for “Best Theoretical Work,” Tel-Aviv University.


Professor Ziv’s major publications include: “Unbalanced Information and the Interaction between Information Acquisition, Operating Activities and Voluntary Disclosure,” with Eti Einhorn, The Accounting Review; “Reduced Quality and an Unlevel Playing Field Make Consumers Happier,” with Nahum Melumad, Management Science; “Performance Evaluation and Corporate Income Taxes in a Sequential Delegation Setting,” with Tim Baldenius, Review of Accounting Studies; “Dividend Changes and Future Profitability,” with Doron Nissim, Journal of Finance (this paper was also cited in Time magazine and in the New York Times); “Information Technology and Optimal Firm Structure,” Journal of Accounting Research; “Comparing Alternative Hedge Accounting Standards: Shareholders Perspective,” with Nahum Melumad and Guy Weyns, Review of Accounting Studies; “Economic Consequences of Alternative Adoption Rules for New Accounting Standards,” with Eli Amir, Contemporary Accounting Research; “Information Sharing in Oligopoly: The Truth Telling Problem,” RAND Journal of Economics.


Professor Ziv received his B.A. from University of Haifa in 1984, his M.Sc. at University of Haifa and Technion in 1986 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1990.


Opening Remarks

Wanjin Zhu

Deputy Consul General of the People's Republic of China in New York

Mr. Zhu is a senior diplomat with some economic background. He assumed the current post, Deputy Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, since July 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Zhu served as Counsel (of Director-General level) in National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China.


Mr. Zhu joined NDRC in 1989 and started from staff member, all the way up to Deputy Director-General in charge of Research and European affairs in Department of International Cooperation. During his service in NDRC, he has been assigned twice to Chinese Embassy in Germany. The first period is from 1992 to 1996, and the second is from 2004 to 2008, as the Commercial Counselor in the Embassy.


Mr. Zhu graduated with a bachelor degree and a master degree both of German literature, and received his EMBA degree from People’s University of China.


Keynote Speeches

Xiaojie Huang

CEO, Kunwu Jiuding Capital

Dr. Huang is the CEO and a founding partner of Kunwu Jiuding Capital, a leading private equity firm in China with over $3 billion in AUM. To date, Jiuding Capital has invested in over 100 portfolio companies spanning the consumer products and services, agriculture, healthcare sectors, and others. More than 20 of Jiuding’s portfolio companies have successfully completed IPOs on China’s Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges (Chinese A-Share markets). In 2011 and 2012, Zero2IPO ranked Jiuding as the No. 1 Private Equity firm in China. In 2012, Dr. Huang was named the PE Capitalist of the year.


Prior to founding Jiuding in 2007, Dr. Huang served as the Director of the Graduate School of the People’s Bank of China. Additionally, he serves on the expert panel for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) board, is a member of the Examining and Approving Committee for Securities Markets Practitioner’s Qualification of Securities Association of China, and a member of the Liu Hongru Financial Education Foundation Council. He has co-authored or edited several books including Investment Planning and China’s Financial Sector Reform: Theory, Path and Strategy etc.


Dr. Huang holds a PhD in finance from the Graduate School of the People’s Bank of China.

Bruno Di Leo

Senior Vice President, Sales & Distribution, IBM Corporation

Bruno Di Leo is Senior Vice President, Sales & Distribution for IBM Corporation, accountable for revenue, profit, and client satisfaction in the 170 global markets in which IBM does business. In this role, Mr. Di Leo is responsible for IBM's worldwide results, which exceeded $104 billion in 2012.

Previously, Mr. Di Leo was General Manager, IBM Growth Markets, based in Shanghai. His mission was to drive business success in high growth economies across Asia Pacific, Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa..

He also held executive positions as General Manager, IBM Northeast Europe, General Manager for IBM Global Technology Services in Southwest Europe, General Manager for IBM Latin America and General Manager of IBM Brazil.

In 2003, Mr. Di Leo was named International CEO of the Year by Latin Trade.  In 2001, he was named one of Brazil’s most influential executives by InfoExame Magazine.  He holds a Business Administration degree from Ricardo Palma University and a postgraduate degree from Escuela Superior de Administracion de Negocios, both in his native Peru. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, English and Italian.

Shi Wang

Chairman and Founder, China Vanke Co., Ltd

Mr. Wang Shi is the Chairman and Founder of China Vanke Co., Ltd. Since Wang founded Vanke in 1984, he profoundly shaped Vanke’s corporate visions, ethics and management strategies. Under his leadership, Vanke has grown quickly into China’s largest home developer, as well as the benchmark for Chinese real estate industry and pioneer in green home construction.
In recent years, Wang Shi led environmental initiatives among Chinese private sector companies particularly in the areas of natural habitat preservation, garbage recycling, and forest conservation. In 2004, he co-founded Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology, China’s largest environmental networks involving private sector business leaders. He was elected Chairman of China Entrepreneurs Forum in July 2012.

As a passionate mountaineer, Mr. Wang reached the peak of Mount Everest from North and South ramps in 2003 and 2010 respectively. He is the 11th people in the world to accomplish “7+2” – reaching the Seven Summits in 2004 and North and South Poles in 2005. The adventurist experience inspired his global vision of environmental sustainability. Mr. Wang is sitting on the board of World Wildlife Fund US and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability, with particular dedications to forest conservation, biodiversity, and climate change.

Wang Shi is now a visiting research fellow at Harvard University specializing in business value and ethics.

Jerry I. Speyer ’64

Chairman and Co-CEO, Tishman Speyer New York

Mr. Speyer is Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Tishman Speyer. He is one of the two founding partners of the company, which was formed in 1978.

Mr. Speyer is chairman of the Museum of Modern Art. He is vice chair of New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is the former chairman of the Board of Directors, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; chairman emeritus of Columbia University; chairman emeritus of the Real Estate Board of New York; chair emeritus, Partnership for New York City; and past president of the Board of Trustees of the Dalton School.

Mr. Speyer’s other board affiliations include Yankee Global Enterprises, the Economic Club of New York, the Municipal Art Society of New York, Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, the Asia Society, the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board. Mr. Speyer is a Trustee of the Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Business Roundtable.

Mr. Speyer graduated from Columbia College and received an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Ken Miller

Senior Advisor with Teneo Holdings

Mr. Miller is a Senior Advisor with Teneo Holdings.

Prior to joining Teneo, Mr. Miller was the President & CEO of Ken Miller Capital, llc. (“KMC”), a closely held merchant banking firm with headquarters in New York’s Rockefeller Center and affiliates in China and Europe. KMC provides strategic financial advice to clients and occasionally invests in transactions with an international dimension.

Mr. Miller has served successively as Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and Credit Suisse First Boston. With each firm he acted as financial advisor to wealthy individuals and a number of the world’s largest corporations.

Mr. Miller has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Viacom, Inc., Intelsat Corporation, Kinder Care Learning Centers, CNA Surety, and, now, Loews Corporation (NYSE: “L”), the company which controls Diamond Offshore Corporation (NYSE: “DO”), CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: “CNA”), Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, l.p. (NYSE: “BWP” and which is also active in the gas exploration business through HighMount Exploration & Production, llc. as well as the hotel business through Loews Hotels.

Mr. Miller is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Board member of the Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the Asian Cultural Council. In addition, Mr. Miller acts as advisor to the US State Department through its Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and likewise as senior advisor to Contour Venture Partners, a venture capital fund he helped create whose purpose is investing in early stage East Coast businesses.

Mr. Miller received his B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan (1964), M.A. from Yale University (1965 – Chinese Studies), and J.D. from Harvard University (1969). Academic honors include: Phi Beta Kappa, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and Yale University Fellowship. Publications include articles on China, venture capital, economic development, international relations, and the merger market in Foreign Affairs, Time Magazine, The Harvard Journal of Legislation, The Business Lawyer, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The New Republic, The Deal, The Nation, and Fortune magazine.

Mr. Miller speaks French and Mandarin Chinese.

Terrence Keeley

Managing Director, Head of Official Institutions Group, BlackRock

Terrence Keeley, Managing Director, is the Global Head of the Official Institutions Group (OIG) at BlackRock and is responsible for overseeing the development of relationships and services that BlackRock provides to central banks, sovereign wealth funds and supra-nationals around the world. He also supports the BlackRock Investment Institute, participating in Forums and running an OIG publishing program.


Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Mr. Keeley was the founder and Senior Managing Principal of Sovereign Trends, LLC, a New York based advisory firm. From May 1988 to July 2010, he worked for UBS' investment banking and asset management subsidiaries in a variety of managerial positions, operating out of London, New York and Chicago. From 1994 to 2010, Mr. Keeley was a Senior Managing Director at UBS with relationship oversight responsibilities for central bank and sovereign clients globally. The teams he managed were responsible for all asset management assignments, transactions, credit exposures, debt underwritings, and restructurings with governmental agencies globally. In addition, he was the senior calling officer at a large number of multilateral organizations, ministries of finance, central banks and sovereign wealth funds. Prior to his private sector career, Mr. Keeley worked for Congressman David Stockman, and for President Ronald Reagan's Council of Economic Advisors, where he wrote speeches for the Chairman, Dr. Murray Weidenbaum. As an adjunct to his work at Sovereign Trends, Mr. Keeley has been a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame in business and ethics, and a Bloomberg TV Contributing Editor.

Mr. Keeley serves or has served on advisory boards for the Asian Development Bank, the University of Notre Dame and Oxford University (Christ Church). He is also the founder of the Financial Hippocratic Oath movement, Cambodia Collegium and the Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Awards program, which honors outstanding teachers and athletic coaches in the Adrian Public Schools system in southeast Michigan. He has published widely on a number of macroeconomic and investment topics in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs and Bloomberg/ Businessweek. Mr. Keeley earned a BA degree in politics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, and completed his M.Phil/D.Phil studies in history and economics at Oxford University (Christ Church) in 1986.

Yuan Tian

Chairman, China Entrepreneurs Forum

Dr. Tian Yuan is one of top thinkers, former policy makers and entrepreneurs in China. He is the Chairman of the influential “China Entrepreneurs Forum”, the founder and former Chairman of China International Futures Ltd. (CIFCO)


Dr. Tian worked at National Research Center of the State Council as a pioneer policy maker for pricing reform in 1980s. He served the director for foreign economic collaboration in the Ministry of National Production Materials in 1990s and facilitated international business between China and the world. He published many articles on economic policies, market reform and business development. His work directly influenced China’s transition from planning economy to market economy.


Dr. Tian is also a successful entrepreneur. In 1992, He founded the first China futures company CIFCO and led it to be the leading business in trading futures and commodities today. His work actually led the establishment of China future markets. Today, CIFCO has been the largest financial company yet. It provides the latest market information and high quality services for the customers and clients across the futures and commodities markets. In 1997-2002, Dr. Tian also led one of largest government-own enterprise – China Chengtong Group – to a successful turnaround and it became one of largest logistic businesses in China. Today it has $5billion assets.


Dr. Tian was awarded national top young scholar and prestigious expert in science, technology and management. In 2011, he won the China Economic Theory Innovation Award, the most prestige national award in economy which is voted by more than 200 top Chinese Economists, for his contributions to Double-track Price System Reform in 1980s.


Since 1987, he sustained advisory positions in various organizations, such as China Securities Regulatory Commission, China Association for Material Logistic, Pacific Business Collaboration Organization, etc. In 2001, he was elected to be the Chairman of China Entrepreneur Forum, which today has fifty CEO of leading Chinese enterprises to serve as board directors.


In April 2010 and 2011, Dr. Tian co-organized an US-China Business Leaders Roundtable in New York and brought more than 50 Chinese top entrepreneurs. They exchanged thoughts and ideas with American businesses leaders from Goldman Sachs and JP Mogen Chase, etc.


Dr. Tian, Yuan graduated from Wuhan University with BA, MA and PhD in economics.

 
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