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 Chinese literature, and received his MBA degree from People’s University of China.

Keynote Speeches


President of China Construction USA and President of CGCC-USA

Mr. Ning Yuan started his career with China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) in 1988, and has become the President of China Construction America, Inc. (CCA), CSCEC’s subsidiary in the U.S. since 2001. He has over twenty years of working experience in international construction project contracting and management.

By leveraging on his entrepreneurial mentality and his relentless pursuit of excellence, Mr. Yuan has successfully led CCA’s transformation from a small company of only 12 employees in 2000 to a highly competitive player in the U.S. local construction market, which employs more than 1000 people and generates nearly $500 million revenue in 2011. He pioneered CCA’s financial advisory services as is evidenced by the successful implementation of the $3.6 billion Baha Mar resort project in Nassau, The Bahamas, which is the biggest overseas building project in CSCEC’s history.

Despite his formal work responsibilities, Mr. Yuan has also invested a sizable amount of his time and energy in educating youth and fostering business exchanges between China and the U.S. He travels to universities and colleges in China and the U.S., including the prestigious Peking University and Harvard Business School, to mentor young talents with his inspirational experience. In 2011, he took over the presidency of China General Chamber of Commerce-U.S.A. where he would be able to use his leadership intelligence and wisdom to have greater impact on the economic and business cooperation between China and the U.S.

Mr. Yuan’s achievements are well recognized in both China and the U.S. He is the winner of the CSCEC Young Leadership Award and the China Construction Role Model Award. He received the Asian Entrepreneur Excellence Award from the Asian American Business Development Center and the China Business Leadership Award from the U.S. –China Policy Foundation.

Mr. Yuan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Zhejiang University in China and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany. He speaks fluent English, German and Russian in addition to Mandarin Chinese.

Frank E. English Jr.

Former Vice Chairman, Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley

Mr. Frank E. English, Jr. has been Consultant/Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley since February 2009. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. English served as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley and held various senior positions in investment banking, capital markets and fixed income and research at Morgan Stanley from 1976 to 2011.

Mr. English spent a considerable part of his career at Morgan Stanley analyzing and advising companies in the automotive industry and was recognized by clients for his objective judgment and strategic insights derived from hands-on financial experience in global capital markets and with international and domestic investors. As a senior banker working with a broad range of clients, he was responsible for transactions around the world including acquisitions, recapitalizations, spin-offs, hostile defenses and initial public offerings. The Selected key clients he previously served include Ford Motor Company, McDonald’s, HSBC Finance (and predecessor Household International), Eaton Corp., Steel Dynamics, W.W. Grainger, Yum Brands, etc.

Mr. English also actively involved in capital market and financial transactions in China while at Morgan Stanley, particularly in the automotive industry. He conducted training programs to enhance corporate culture, client coverage and leadership skills for professionals at China International Capital Corporation and also particiated as a keynote speaker at the Harbin (China) International Business Conference in January, 2005.

Mr. English has been Director of Tower International, Inc. since May 2011 and also served as Board Member of Audit Committee at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. He began his career at Allicance One Institutional Services as a equity research analyst covering Auto and Auto Parts Industries from 1971 to 1975 and was a highly ranked analyst by both Greenwich Research and Institutional Investor from 1976 to1978. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Mr. English attended Columbia University Graduate School of Business prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1969. He holds a bachelor's degree in business with a major in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.


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.

Michael O'Hanlon

Senior Advisor,TPG

Michael J. O’Hanlon is a Senior Advisor to TPG focusing on financial institution and certain asset investments. He currently is on the board of Roosevelt Management Corporation, LLC, a TPG portfolio company investing in residential mortgage loans. He has served on the boards of other TPG portfolio companies including Shenzhen Development Bank, Korea First Bank and BankThai.

Until December 2005, Mr. O’Hanlon was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers where he worked for over 25 years. Mr. O’Hanlon led the firm’s commercial and residential mortgage finance efforts during the late 1980s through 1995, and in 1996, he became the head of the Financial Institutions Group. In mid-1999, he moved to Japan to head the Japanese Investment Banking and the Asian Financial Institutions Groups, among other roles. Some key projects in Asia included leading the teams for TPG’s investment in Korea First Bank and Lehman Brother’s investment in Aozora Bank.

Mr. O’Hanlon holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany, and a BS in Business Administration from The College of St. Rose.

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