Keynote Speeches

Andrew Liveris

Global CEO & President, Dow Chemical Company

Andrew N. Liveris is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a materials, polymers, chemicals and biological sciences enterprise, with 2015 annual sales of nearly $49 billion.

A 40-year veteran of Dow and recognized global business leader, Liveris' career has spanned roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management around the world. During more than a decade as Dow’s CEO, Liveris has led the Company’s transformation from a cyclical chemicals manufacturing company into a novel enterprise – one powered by science, driven by innovation and delivering solutions to the world.

An international advocate for the criticality of manufacturing to the long-term health of national economies, Liveris is the author of Make It in America, a book which presents a comprehensive set of practical policy solutions and business strategies to achieve the Company's vision of an 'Advanced Manufacturing' economy, and served as Co-Chair of U.S. President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee. Liveris believes that a clear roadmap is vital for countries, regions and the global community to drive the future of advanced manufacturing. To this end, he has led Dow to collaborate with governments on Advanced Manufacturing Plans for the U.S., Australia, Europe and Kenya, while simultaneously driving the Company’s world-class investment and industry leadership in fast-growing regions around the globe.

In addition to his work at Dow, Liveris’ breadth of experience and expertise is broadly represented across business, government, academic and non-profit sectors. He sits on the Board of Directors of IBM, is Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable, an Executive Committee Member and Past Chairman of the U.S. Business Council, and a member of the U.S. President's Export Council and the Australian government’s Industry Growth Centers Advisory Committee. Liveris serves on the Board of Trustees for the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, California Institute of Technology and the United States Council for International Business.

Born in Darwin, Australia, Liveris attended the University of Queensland in Brisbane, graduating with a bachelor's degree (first-class honors) in Chemical Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Liveris resides in Midland, Michigan with his wife Paula. They have three adult children.

Chen Xu

Chairman, China General Chamber of Commerce - USA & Head of Americas, Bank of China

Mr. Chen Xu started his banking career at Bank of China Head Office in 1990.  Since then, Mr. Xu had worked successively in various departments including Executive Office, Corporate Banking Department, and London Branch before he was promoted to the position of General Manager of Olympic Affairs Department in 2004.  This Department was set up specially to supervise the Bank’s effort of offering the best banking services for the Olympics where Bank of China was the sole bank partner of the 2008 Beijing Games.   In August 2008, Mr. Xu was reassigned as General Manager of Financial Institutions Department, a position he held until January 2015.  In January 2015, Mr. Xu was transferred to the United States and assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of China USA.  He now supervises New York Branch, Queens Branch, Los Angeles Branch, and Chicago Branch.

Mr. Xu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information System from Tsinghua University, China, and a Master’s Degree from the University of International Business and Economics, China, major in Business Management.

Mr. Xu, born in China, is married. He has a teenage daughter.

Ning Tang

Founder and CEO of CreditEase, Chairman of the Beijing P2P Association

Mr. Ning Tang was educated at the School of Mathematical Sciences at Peking University, and continued his education in the field of Economics in the U.S. He began his career at DLJ Investment Bank on Wall Street, where he worked in a range of debt and equity capital markets roles, working on IPOs, bond issues and mergers for companies in the fields of finance, telecom, media and technology. He returned to Beijing and joined AsiaInfo in 2000.

In 2006, recognizing the contribution that the 60 million small and micro enterprises make to the Chinese economy, and inspired by the fledgling microfinance sectors in other developing economies, Ning established CreditEase. The philosophy behind the business was and remains today that everyone deserves access to credit, and that credit can generate value for all sectors of the community. This guiding philosophy has underpinned the growth of the business from a single product business in 2006, to today's diversified financial services business, and the core of the business remains focused on those sectors of the community who find it difficult to access the formal (bank) credit sectors.

Heartened by the response of clients to the initial product offering, and their high creditworthiness, Ning has expanded the business to cover new customer segments and geographies, building out the management team and internal capabilities at the same time. CreditEase now provides products and services to farmers and agricultural borrowers, microfinance clients, consumers, micro-businesses and wealth management clients covering 232 cities(including Hong Kong)and 96 rural areas across China.

Mr. Tang is a member of Tsinghua University China Entrepreneur Training Program`s advisory committee, an advisor to the Peking University Social Entrepreneurship Training Program, and was recognized as an outstanding member of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012.



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