Panel 1: Chinese Outbound Investment: Will the spending spree continue?

Key Topics:

  • Outbound investment reached record heights in 2015 - can you recap the factors that continue to drive outbound Chinese investment?
  • Is it likely that the current levels will be sustained, especially in the context of a slowing Chinese economy? Will financing become harder to negotiate?
  • Over the next five years, what parts of the world are Chinese companies most interested in investing? What industries?
  • What are the special regulatory issues facing Chinese companies investing overseas?
  • Are Chinese companies overpaying for assets?


Margaret Cannella

Co-founder & Managing Director, Rushton Atlantic, LLC.

Margaret Cannella is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, teaching seminars she developed entitled "From Feast to Famine and Back Again: Investing in the Credit Markets through Cycles" and "Credit Markets and Leveraged Buy-Outs: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly." She is a board member of Advance Pierre Foods, owned by Oaktree Capital, of Watford Reinsurance, an affiliate of Arch Reinsurance and a trustee of the Schroder Mutual Funds. She was a board member of Avalon Aircraft Leasing (NYSE:AVOL) until January, 2016 and an Independent Trustee of Wilshire Mutual Funds until December, 2014.



Mary Wadsworth Darby

Senior Director of CKGSB Americas
Founder and Managing Director, Peridot Asia Advisors

Mary Wadsworth Darby joined CKGSB in 2016 and is Senior Director of CKGSB Americas, helping to identify CKGSB Americas strategic initiatives and build brand awareness in both North and South America. Previously, Mary worked for Morgan Stanley in Firm Management and headed the Asia and China Desks. She also worked as head of MSIM (Morgan Stanley Investment Management) in Hong Kong. Mary has worked extensively in China and Asia for more than 25 years. She founded Peridot Asia Advisors, a strategic transactions advisory firm. She also worked closely with Henry A. Kissinger and the late Cyrus Vance. Mary earned her B.A. degree from Princeton University. A fluent Mandarin speaker, she also holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and an M.P.A. from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She is the Chair of the Hong Kong Association of New York; serves as a Senior Professional Fellow at the Chazen Institute at Columbia Business School; and was for many years a Trustee of Princeton-in-Asia. She serves as an Independent Director of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC, USA). She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



George Warnock

Global Leader, Deloitte Country Services Groups

George Warnock has 35 years of auditing and accounting experience gained on engagements with numerous international companies. He has spent his career in New York serving some of Deloitte US’s largest and most complex clients as audit partner, lead client service partner, and advisory partner. He has strong experience with US Securities Exchange Commission matters and has worked with companies with operations around the globe.

Over his career, George has taken on increasing levels of responsibility within the US firm. He is currently Global Leader of the Country Services Groups overseeing the Global Chinese, Japanese and Korean Services Groups. He is also Managing Partner for the Americas Chinese and Japanese Services Group. He previously led the New York commercial audit practice from 2006 through 2012. Prior to that he led the Japanese Services Group for Deloitte US’s Northeast region for five years, utilizing his strong background serving Japanese clients. In these roles, George has served on the region’s Industry Leadership Committee and its Audit Management Committee, as well as the Executive Committee for the Americas Japanese practice.

George is an active member of the Japan Society and is on its Corporate Advisory Council. He also is a member of the Nippon Club and the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club. He is treasurer of the University at Albany Alumni Association and a member of the Advisory Board for the university’s accounting department.

He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Albany. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York and Connecticut, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). George and his wife Lois have two children and live in Stamford, Connecticut.



Stephen Markscheid

Partner, Wilton Partners

Stephen Markscheid is a partner at Wilton Partners, a Shanghai based boutique investment bank. He serves as non-executive director of CNinsure, Inc., Jinko Solar Inc., China Ming Yang Wind Group Co. Ltd., and ChinaCast Education Corporation. Steve is also a trustee of Princeton-in-Asia.

From 1998-2006, Steve worked for GE Capital. During his time with GE, Steve led GE Capital's business development activities in China and Asia Pacific, primarily acquisitions and direct investments. Prior to GE, Steve worked with the Boston Consulting Group throughout Asia. Steve was also a commercial banker for ten years in London, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong and Beijing with Chase Manhattan Bank and First National Bank of Chicago. His career began with the US-China Business Council, in Washington D.C. and Beijing.

Steve holds an MBA from Columbia University, an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University. He lived and worked in Asia for over twenty years, including China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand. Besides his native English, Steve is fluent in Chinese and conversant in Japanese and French. Steve lives with his wife, Veronique, and three children in suburban Chicago.



Shau Xiaoqing Zhang

Partner & Market Leader of Americas, China Oversea Investment Network, EY

Shau Xiaoqing Zhang is the market leader of Americas China Overseas Investment Network (COIN) at EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. In this role, Shau has made significant contribution in increasing EY’s visibility in the Chinese business community both in China and in the United States. Her extended network with the government and the business associations as well as outstanding services have continuously helped EY gain access to the new Chinese inbound investors and have helped EY stay competitive in this market sector

Shau started her career with EY Boston office in 1997. Prior to 2011, Shau was a tax partner managing US clients ranged from large multinational companies in the sector of real estate, asset management, private equity, university endowment funds, timber funds, sports team to corporations in biotech and manufacturing.

Over the past few years with the China Inbound tax practice, Shau has successfully built a practice with a team of eight plus core team members and approximately 50 extended team members cross all service lines in different locations.

Shau is actively involved in the Chinese business community in both China and the US. She frequently sponsors and speaks at China-related conferences, including 9th Gala of China General Chamber of Commerce, China Development Forum, International Finance Forum, Harvard China Forum, Energy Seminar for China Oil & Gas Company in the US, and Seminar of Chinese Real Estate Investment in the US.

Shau is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts, and a member of the MSCPA and AICPA. She has an MS in Accountancy and an MS in Taxation from Bentley University, Massachusetts, and BS and MS degrees in Power Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai JiaoTong University.Shau and her husband have three children and reside in Boston.



Frances Chen

Managing Director, Global Investments & Strategies, Fosun Group

Ms. Chen is a Managing Director with Fosun Group's $1bn China Momentum Fund and is focused on the fund's private equity investments in the U.S. Prior to joining Fosun in 2015, she spent over 10 years in investment banking working in Asia and the U.S. with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. She has worked on numerous cross-border mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and financing transactions across consumer & retail, healthcare, industrial and real estate sectors. Ms. Chen started her career with JPMorgan’s investment banking division in New York and also worked as a hedge fund analyst in JPMorgan’s Alternative Asset Management Group from 2000 to 2003.

Ms. Chen earned an M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Bridgeport. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.



Panel 2: China’s Macroeconomic Outlook

Key Topics:

  • Can China avoid a hard landing? How quickly can China move up the value chain? Can China transform its economy through the growth in services? How are you assessing China’s sustainable growth rate over the coming years?
  • What is your forecast for the debt trajectory and the fiscal dynamics? How concerned are you about the health of the banks in both countries?
  • How would you characterize the government’s exchange rate strategy and to what extent will authorities let market forces determine the value of their currencies? How do you assess fair value for CNY? What are the IMF and G-20 objectives with respect to coordination of exchange rate policy and its communication strategy? (China’s FX reserves continue to fall rapidly, reaching $3.23 trillion in January, with JPMorgan’s estimate that capital outflows for January reached a record $132bn before slowing to $32bn in February.)
  • What steps can the authorities take the stem further capital outflows? How are you assessing the effectiveness of the capital controls already in place? PBoC recently announced that it is opening the onshore interbank bond market to foreign institutional investors, removing all quota limits. What are the implications for capital inflows into China?
  • Who is driving economic decision-making in China? What is your interpretation of the decisions to fire Xiao Gang, China’s securities chief, and the recent arrest of Wang Baoan, the Chief of the National Bureau of Statistics?
  • Do you see any positive tail risks in the pipeline for China?


Joyce Chang

Global Head of Research, J.P. Morgan

Ms. Joyce Chang is the Global Head of Research at JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division. Prior to this, she was the Global Head of Fixed Income, Emerging Markets and Index Research since December 2012. Previously, Ms. Chang was a Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets and Global Credit Research till December 2012 and also the Head of Global Currency and Commodities Research. Prior to joining JPMorgan in 1999, she was a Managing Director at BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division and Salomon Brothers, where she worked for a decade specializing in Emerging Markets fixed income research. Before working on Wall Street, Ms. Chang worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Philippines, Jordan and India. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue and serves on the Board of Directors of Trickle Up and Girls Inc. Ms. Chang served as a Member of Advisory Board at Eurasia Group, Ltd. She has held top individual rankings in industry surveys, including Institutional Investor, for Emerging Markets sovereign and strategy research since the mid-1990s. Ms. Chang has been named as one of Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker for the past two consecutive years and recognized by the Wall Street Journal (Top 50 Women to Watch), Newsweek (Women Leading the Way) , Crain’s Business New York (40 Under 40), the Asian American Business Development Council (Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business) and the Women’s Bond Club (Annual Merit Award). In 2014, she received Columbia College’s John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement; she was inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame. Ms. Chang received her Bachelor‘s of Arts from Columbia University and Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.



Zachary Karabell

Head of Global Strategy, Envestnet

Zachary Karabell is Head of Global Strategy at Envestnet, a publicly traded financial services firm where he works with the board on corporate strategy and with the investment committee on overall investment approaches for the firm. He is also President of River Twice Research. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Economist, and Head of Marketing at Fred Alger Management, a New York-based investment firm that manages approximately $22 billion.

He was also President of Fred Alger & Company, a broker-dealer; Portfolio Manager of the China-U.S. Growth Fund (CHUSX); and Executive Vice President of Alger’s Spectra Funds, a no-load family of mutual funds that managed the Spectra Green Fund. At Alger, he oversaw the creation, launch and marketing of several funds, led corporate strategy for strategic acquisitions, and represented the firm at public forums and in the media. In addition, he founded and ran the River Twice Fund from 2011-2013, a $25 million alternative investment fund which used sustainable business as its primary investment theme.

Educated at Columbia, Oxford and Harvard, where he received his Ph.D., Karabell has taught at several leading universities, including Harvard and Dartmouth, and has written widely on economics, investing, history and international relations. His most recent book, The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World, was published by Simon & Schuster in February 2014. His next book will be a two-century history of money, power and the making of America using the storied firm Brown Brothers Harriman as the narrative arc, to be published by Penguin Press in 2017. He is the author of eleven previous books, including The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election (which won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for best non-fiction book of the year in 2000); Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why The Worlds Prosperity Depends On It (Simon & Schuster, 2009); and Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in the 21st Century, co-authored with Aron Cramer (Rodale 2010). He sits on the board of the New America Foundation and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, and in 2003, the World Economic Forum designated him a "Global Leader for Tomorrow." He is a Senior Advisor for BSR, a membership organization that works with global corporations on issues of sustainability.

As a commentator, Karabell is a Contributing Editor for Politico. Previously he wrote “The Edgy Optimist” column for Slate, Reuters, and The Atlantic. He is a LinkedIn Influence, a CNBC Contributor, a regular commentator on MSNBC, and was a Contributing Editor for The Daily Beast. He also contributes to such publications as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Foreign Affairs.



Kevin Chen

Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Three Mountain Capital Management

Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer, Three Mountain Capital Management, a global macro hedge fund. Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University since Nov. 2012. A guest speaker at Fordham University, Pace University, and IESE Business School. Member of the Adjunct Advisory Committee of SPS, New York University. Member of the Economic Club of New York. Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Global Commodity Applied Research Digest (GCARD) at JP Morgan Center for Commodities (JPMCC) at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Co-Chair of the New York Finance Forum.

Senior Portfolio Manager, Credit Agricole/Amundi Asset Management from Aug. 2008 to Oc. 2011. Director of Asset Allocation at Morgan Stanley August 2004 to August 2008. Manager at China Development Bank, September 1998 to August 2000. PhD in Finance from the Financial Asset Management Engineering Center at University of Lausanne, Switzerland at October 2004. Master’s degree in Finance, Center for Economic Research, Tilburg University in the Netherlands at August 2001. B.A. degree in Economics from the Renmin University of China in Beijing, China, July 1998.



Xiaobo Lu

Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

Xiaobo Lu is Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University and is the founding director of Columbia Global Centers (East Asia) and former director of Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. He is adjunct professor at Tongji University. He was a Fulbright vising professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin in Spring 2014. Professor Lu teaches courses on Chinese politics, post-communist political economy, comparative political corruption and it control, and comparative politics. His research interests include Chinese politics, corruption and good governance, regulatory reforms, and government-business relations. He has published widely on these subjects and consults for business firms, civic groups, and government agencies. He is the author of several books including Cadres and Corruption and Taxation without Representation in Contemporary Rural China. His new book manuscripts, From Player to Referee: Politics of the Rise of the Regulatory State in China is forthcoming. He has been visiting professor at Waseda University in Japan, Tsinghua University and Jiaotong University in China; City University of Hong Kong; Institute of Political Science (Sciences-Po) and Paris University I-Sorbonne in Paris. Professor Lu serves on the editorial boards of several international scholarly journals.

He is a member of Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee of US-China Relations. Xiaobo Lu received his PhD degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.



Entrepreneur Sharing


Yihan Fang


Ms. Yihan Fang is the CEO of, a CreditEase company. Yihan has 15 years of experience in product, technology and marketing in internet and financial services. Prior to joining CreditEase, Yihan served as director of marketing products at Nelnet/CUNet in 2011, a leading provider of digital enrollment marketing solutions. Prior to that Yihan worked at IAC/ for 8 years, as Vice President of Global Search and Answers overseeing strategy and product development of various key search and question/answer products.

Yihan received a Master of Philosophy and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Arts in Astronomy from Columbia University. She completed her undergraduate study in Special Class for Gifted Young at University of Science and Technology of China.



Panel 3: Is the tide turning? The future of inbound Chinese real estate investment

Key Topics:

  • Is there a slowdown of Chinese inbound investment into the US and what has been driving this trend?
  • What should we expect from Chinese lawmakers and regulators as they tackle the issue of domestic growth, and what affect will this have on Chinese investment overseas?
  • What obstacles do Chinese investors still face when investing into the US and how have different types of investors adapted their business models successfully to the US market?
  • What have been some lessons learned in light of the market vola tility and has this changed the profile of recent and potential acquisitions?


Leanne Lachman

President of Lachman Associates; Executive in Residence, CBS

M. Leanne Lachman is president of Lachman Associates, an independent real estate consulting company. Previously, Ms. Lachman spent 13 years as a partner at Schroder Real Estate Associates, a boutique real estate manager that was acquired by Lend Lease, a global institutional investment manager, where she spent four years. Her early career was with Real Estate Research Corporation, where she served as chief executive officer. A highly sought after speaker and widely published author of books and articles on the real estate industry, Ms. Lachman is also a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a Governor of the Urban Land Foundation, a director of Lincoln National Corporation and a member of Liberty Property Trust. She received her BA from the University of Southern California and her MA from Claremont Graduate University. Areas of interest: real estate, demographics (U.S. and global trends), corporate governance, and offshoring.



Jeffrey Dvorett

Executive Vice President & Head of Development, Kuafu Properties

Jeffrey Dvorett is the Executive Vice President and Head of Development for Kuafu Properties, where he is responsible for the planning, development, management, marketing and sales of new developments.

Prior to this he was the Senior Vice President for Development at Extell Development Company, one of the most active developers in New York City. While at Extell, Mr. Dvorett managed and oversaw the development of over two million square feet of mixed used, residential and hospitality projects including the Hyatt Times Square, a 487 key hotel located in the heart of Times Square and ONE57, the most luxurious residential building in New York. ONE57 achieved numerous records for residential and hotel sales. It features 94 ultra¬-luxury residences above the 210 key flagships Park Hyatt Hotel.

Prior to joining Extell, Mr. Dvorett was a member of the development team at the Clarett Group, a New York residential development company. He has also served as a strategy and operations consultant to some of the world’s largest multinational corporations. He is a frequent guest lecturer and construction to economic trends in real estate development and served on the board of directors of several leading New York real estate organizations. Mr. Dvorett received an MBA from Harvard Business School and BS in Industrial Engineering and Management Science with Departmental Honors from Northwestern University.



Arthur Margon

Partner, Rosen Consulting Group

Arthur Margon is a Partner at Rosen Consulting Group in charge of the firm’s New York office, having joined the firm in November 1998. He was formerly a Principal at Rosen Real Estate Securities. Mr. Margon has more than two decades of experience in real estate consulting and market analysis, which included developing securitization models, restructuring bank loan portfolios, managing due diligence projects, and serving as an independent fiduciary in a major pension fund reorganization.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Margon was Director of the New York University Real Estate Institute, where he directed the real estate Master’s Degree program. As head of his own consulting company in the early 1990s, he advised corporations on location decisions, and individual investors on sales and leasing transactions. In the early 1980s, Mr. Margon was the Research Director and served as Senior Vice President at the Real Estate Board of New York.

Mr. Margon was a tenured faculty member at the City University of New York with a specialty in Urban History and Development. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Brooklyn College. He has published numerous articles and reviews over the course of three decades, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.



Michael Ridloff

Director of Investments, Vanke Holdings USA LLC

Michael is the Director of Investments for Vanke Holdings USA LLC. Prior to joining Vanke, Michael worked on the acquisitions teams of Lane Capital Partners and Madison Capital originating, analyzing and executing core plus, value add and opportunistic real estate investments, distressed loan acquisitions and commercial joint ventures in major US markets across all property types. Previously, Michael served as an acquisitions officer at DTZ Real Estate Investors and a loan originator at Eurohypo AG after beginning his career on Wall Street at Bear, Stearns & Co. and BlackRock, Inc. Michael holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.



Darcy Stacom

Vice Chairman, CBRE

Crowned the “Queen of the Skyscrapers” by the Wall Street Journal in 1997, Darcy Stacom has sold both the largest residential and office transaction in history.

Ms. Stacom’s prolific resume is as diverse as to deal type as size, ranging from $2 million trust and estates dispositions to the $5.4 billion sale of Peter Cooper Stuyvesant Town for Metropolitan Life. In her career, she has completed over $84 billion in sales, financing, joint venture, leasehold and development transactions.

Ms. Stacom is a Vice Chairman and head of the Investment Properties group for CBRE’s New York Office. As the gateway to the global marketplace capital flows, the role is dynamic and ever-changing. In the last four years, Ms. Stacom has twice been the #1 Professional at CBRE globally, and twice the #1 Investment Professional globally. In 2012, she won the Robert T. Lawrence Memorial Award from REBNY.

With over 30 years of real estate experience, Ms. Stacom’s expertise is often sought evidenced by her speaking engagements for numerous industry and educational organizations including Urban Land Institute, Harvard, New York University, Columbia, Wharton, AFIRE, Practising Law Institute and many others.



Panel 4: Uprising Consumer Trends in China – The luxurious opportunities and more

Key Topics:

  • What are the key rising consumer trend in China recently?
  • How would you characterize those customers of the premium luxury products? Who are they and how would you develop their loyalty to the brand?
  • What are some of the initiated business model and strategies in response to the upcoming consumer behavioral trend?
  • How would the premium luxury and commercialized luxury brands go differently on brand / business expansion?
  • Would M&A be an effective brand expansion method to consider?


Mariana Kou

Senior Investment Analyst, CLSA Limited

JMariana Kou is a senior investment analyst covering Consumer and Education sectors at Asia’s leading investment bank CLSA Limited. She won the Industry Analyst Award as #1 Top Stock Picker in HK/China for Retailing and Overall Analyst Award – #6 Top Stock Picker in Asia by Thomson Reuters Starmine for 2015. She has worked on the IPOs of luxury brand Prada, China’s largest auction house Poly Culture, and China’s largest international school operator China Maple Leaf. Prior to getting her MBA from Columbia, Mariana worked in New York at investment bank Lehman Brothers.

Mariana has extensive experience with media and press from her stock coverage and work on the annual Feng Shui Index at CLSA. She has been frequently quoted by Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, Financial Times and local Chinese press, and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, CCTV, etc. She is also very active in community service. She is a staff sponsor for Helping Hand, a charity organization that operates elderly homes and care centers for senior citizens in Hong Kong and China, at CLSA Chairman’s Trust. She previously held project leadership roles at New York Cares, New York City’s largest volunteer organization that focuses on the underprivileged community and social issues including education, hunger, and welfare.

Mariana is a MBA graduate from Columbia Business School and a graduate of Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate program. She also graduated from the University of Notre Dame with magna cum laude honor for overall academic results and Raymond P. Kent Award for perfect score in Finance courses. She is a CFA charterholder and is also a member of global business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma and economics honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon.



Anna Hu

CEO, Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie

Anna Hu grew up studying classical music with a ferocious passion, becoming a nationally celebrated cellist at a very young age. When severe injuries to her shoulder derailed her thriving musical career, she turned to her second love: jewelry. She studied at the Gemological Institute of America (Graduate Gemologist), F.I.T. (jewelry design), Parsons School of Design (Masters in 19th century French Jewelry), and Colombia University (Masters in Arts Administration). After working for storied companies and brands including Christie’s New York, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston, she founded her namesake brand, Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie, at the age of 30 and opened her first boutique in 2008 in New York’s famed Plaza Hotel.

Anna Hu is the only Asian American jewelry designer to work exclusively with French-trained artisans in elite workshops between Paris and New York. Her work combines eastern and western influences, often inspired by classical music and nature but she also draws references from Impressionism and Art Nouveau. Anna is as much a scholar as she is an artist and her designs reflect that rarity and sophistication. Anna presented her first global exhibition at the Louvre’s Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris in July 2012 at the age of 35 and celebrated the launch of her first book, “Symphony of Jewels, op. 1,” published by The Vendome Press and Thames & Hudson shortly thereafter. It’s a limited edition art book printed in Verona, Italy, featuring 100 pieces from Anna’s illustrious body of work. Her goal is to publish 10 opuses in her career, each featuring a curated selection of one-of-a-kind works of jewelry art.

Recognized internationally for her work, Anna received ELLE Taiwan’s “Jewelry Designer of the Year” award in 2013, ELLE China’s “International Jewelry Designer of the Year” award in 2012, alongside Christian Louboutin and Viktor & Rolf, and the China Institute’s “Artistic Vision” award in 2011 in New York; the first time it was ever given to a jewelry designer. Her jewelry has been worn by style-influencers the likes of Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Naomi Watts, Emily Blunt, Drew Barrymore, Oprah Winfrey, the acclaimed contemporary artist Cindy Sherman, and the Queen of Bhutan. She and her jewels have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, W, ELLE, The New York Times, InStyle, Robb Report, The Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue Gioiello, and leading Chinese publications including South China Morning Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, ELLE, L’officiel, InStyle, Marie Claire, and Soon.



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