Amy Lehr

Amy K. Lehr is the director of the Human Rights Initiative (HRI) at CSIS. The HRI was launched in June 2014 and is the only program of its kind in the Washington think tank community. From this unique position, HRI brings together key actors, catalyzing creative, game-changing solutions to the globe’s most pressing human rights challenges through a cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach.

Amy comes to CSIS after a decade with Foley Hoag LLP’s unique corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice. In this role, she carried out groundbreaking work across sectors, engaging with international financial institutions, corporations, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and governments to help them develop best practices and apply international law to address global human rights challenges. She focuses on global labor rights and the intersection of technology and human rights, in addition to the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy. Previously, Amy served as legal adviser to the UN special representative on business and human rights, John Ruggie, and in that role helped develop the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She also served as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. She previously worked for development NGOs in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand, including Save the Children. She was a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Amy is frequently interviewed by media outlets such as the New York Times and the BBC. Amy received her A.B. from Princeton University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Nate Herman

Nate Herman oversees the American Apparel & Footwear Association government relations
department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads
AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and
representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key
stakeholders. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992.

Hal Hodson

Hal Hodson is The Economist’s Asia technology correspondent, focusing on the electronics
manufacturing industry and the implications of tensions between America and China. He joined the
paper in 2016 as science and technology correspondent, based in London. Before that he worked at New Scientist in Boston and London. Hal graduated in 2010 from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in astrophysics.

Jimmy Goodrich

Jimmy Goodrich is vice president for global policy at the Semiconductor Industry Association. In this role, Jimmy leads SIA’s global policy team and works to advance SIA’s international and trade policy agenda to ensure the U.S. semiconductor industry maintains its competitiveness in key markets across the globe. Jimmy also leads SIA’s research and analysis of foreign semiconductor policies and capabilities. Jimmy is the Executive Committee Chair of the United States Information Technology Office (USITO) in Beijing, representing SIA in his capacity. An expert in China’s technology and innovation landscape, he has led and conducted significant research and analysis efforts into China’s technology and innovation capabilities.

Before joining SIA, Jimmy was director of global policy at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) in Washington D.C., where he led ITI’s China and Asia-Pacific technology policy issues relating to cybersecurity, trade, standards, and Internet governance. Prior to ITI, he worked for Cisco Systems in Beijing as director for Greater China government affairs, where he was responsible for managing the cybersecurity and technical standards portfolio. Before joining Cisco, Jimmy was a consultant at APCO Worldwide’s Beijing office, a public affairs consultancy, where he advised multinational tech firms on China’s cybersecurity and technology policy landscape. He also worked as a policy manager at USITO’s Beijing office, which represents U.S. information technology firms in China on issues ranging from cybersecurity, technical standards, to telecommunications policy.

Jimmy has a bachelor’s degree in comparative politics and East Asian studies from Ohio University. He is fluent in Mandarin.

Jon Huang

Jon Huang is the General Manager of EY Business Advisory Services Inc. He has extensive experience in management consulting and large-scale technology transformation programs with projects across Asia, Us, and Europe.

With his extensive experience, Jon assisted companies in improving Sales/Marketing, R&D, Supply Chain Operations, and Back Office Operations by design Enterprise Architecture, Program Management of the transformation program.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an
EMBA from National Taiwan University.

Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas is a Senior Research Associate at MacroPolo, the in-house Think Tank of the Paulson Institute, where he works on Chinese politics, US-China relations, and international political economy. His research for MacroPolo has featured in publications including The Economist, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Axios, Politico, and The Browser. He also serves as a Lecturer in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Neil previously worked for the Australian National University, both as a Morrison Scholar at the Australian Centre on China in the World and as a Research Project Officer at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He also spent time with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, Danwei Media, and The Texas Tribune, and has written for outlets such as Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The South China Morning Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Australian Financial Review, and the International Journal of Public Policy.

Neil holds a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was an IGA Student Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from the University of Western Australia, where he was a UWA Fogarty Scholar.

Pin Ni

Pin Ni is president of Wanxiang America Corporation, a wholly owned US subsidiary of Wanxiang Group Company, China's largest automotive components manufacturer based in Hangzhou, China. Wanxiang is one of the most successful Chinese corporate investors in the United States, having acquired and turned around numerous troubled facilities in the Midwest.

Ni also serves as the executive vice president for Wanxiang Group. He earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Zhejiang University and was a doctoral candidate in economics at the University of Kentucky.

Ed Brzytwa

Ed Brzytwa is the American Chemistry Council’s Director for International Trade. He leads ACC’s trade policy and advocacy work, with a strong focus on influencing U.S. trade negotiation and policy initiatives to strengthen the business of chemistry. Prior to ACC, Ed was a trade policy advocate in the technology sector and a trade negotiator in Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Commerce. Ed obtained two Master’s degrees from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Austria, where he was a Fulbright fellow, and from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and has a Bachelor’s degree in The Classics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Paul Krake

Paul Krake has over 25 years’ experience as an economic and political strategist. He founded View from the Peak in 2011, seeing a need for a truly global, multi-asset class research platform that focuses on the interactions between public policy, economic trends, technology and geo-politics. View from the Peak takes its name from Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island and the firm aims to look at the world from a 360-degree view with an Asian perspective. Clients include endowments, family offices, government agencies, asset managers and corporates. The firm has offices in Hong Kong, Chicago and London.

Paul, like many China watchers, has been disappointed with the tone and substance of the debate
regarding the future of US-China relations over the course of the last several years. The need for a more sensible debate forms the genesis behind the US-China Series, which seeks to rationally cover these complex issues, while being cognisant of different opinions and philosophies. The US-China series also aims to promote a message of co-ordination which is critical when discussing the future of the most important geo-political relationship of the 21st century.

Prior to forming View from the Peak, Paul spent 15 years in Investment Banking and Asset Management. He was the Managing Partner of Corus Capital Management, a multi-strategy Asian focused hedge fund based in New York. Prior to forming Corus in 2005, he held Asia focused roles at Moore Capital Management, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Bank. Paul holds a Bachelor of Economics and Politics from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Craig Allen

Craig Allen is the sixth President of the United States-China Business Council (USCBC), a private,
nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing over 200 American companies doing business with
China. Prior to joining USCBC, Craig had a long, distinguished career in US public service.
Craig began his government career in 1985 at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade
Administration (ITA). He entered government as a Presidential Management Intern, rotating through the four branches of ITA. From 1986 to 1988, he was an international economist in ITA’s China Office.

In 1988, Craig transferred to the American Institute in Taiwan, where he served as Director of the
American Trade Center in Taipei. He held this position until 1992, when he returned to the Department of Commerce for a three-year posting at the US Embassy in Beijing as Commercial Attaché. In 1995, Craig was assigned to the US Embassy in Tokyo, where he served as a Commercial Attaché. In 1998, he was promoted to Deputy Senior Commercial Officer. In 1999, Craig became a member of the Senior Foreign Service.

From 2000, Craig served a two-year tour at the National Center for APEC in Seattle. While there, he
worked on the APEC Summits in Brunei, China, and Mexico. In 2002, it was back to Beijing, where Craig served as the Senior Commercial Officer. In Beijing, Craig was promoted to the Minister Counselor rank of the Senior Foreign Service.

After a four-year tour in South Africa, Craig became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the US
Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. He later became Deputy Assistant
Secretary for China. Craig was sworn in as the United States ambassador to Brunei Darussalam on
December 19, 2014. He served there until July 2018, when he transitioned to President of the US-China Business Council.

Craig received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Studies in 1979. He received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1985.

Rep. Darin Lahood

Congressman Darin LaHood, born and raised in Peoria, serves the constituents of the 18th District of Illinois. Sworn into the US House of Representatives on September 17, 2015, LaHood quickly
transitioned into office after his special-election win on September 10. He won re-election to serve his second full-term in Congress on November 6, 2018, defeating his opponent with 68-percent of the vote. The 18th District spans 19 counties across central and west-central Illinois, ranging from McLean County (Bloomington-Normal) to Adams County (Quincy). LaHood serves close to 710,000 constituents.

Prior to his election to Congress, LaHood served four years in the Illinois State Senate, beginning in 2011. LaHood spent more than nine years as a State and Federal Prosecutor. From 2001-2006, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada. LaHood has also served as an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County and Tazewell County. From 2006 up until his election to the House of Representatives, he practiced with the Peoria law firm of Miller, Hall & Triggs. LaHood's record throughout his public service has resonated a strong, conservative record, promoting economic development and fiscal responsibility. LaHood has been an outspoken advocate for creating a better business climate in Illinois to boost the state and national economy, to create jobs for Illinoisans.

LaHood currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee after being selected by his
colleagues in January of 2018. The Ways and Means Committee is the House’s oldest committee and has jurisdiction over all taxation, trade and tariffs, and other revenue-raising measures. He serves on the Ways and Means Subcommittees on Tax Policy and Oversight. LaHood also serves on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and is a member of the US-Cuba working group. He currently co-chairs the US-China working group, the U.S.-Brazil Caucus, the Digital Trade
Caucus, the U.S.-Lebanon Friendship Caucus, and the Congressional Soccer Caucus.

Recognizing the need for reform, LaHood has fought to increase transparency and promote ethical
behavior. He looks to build a strong, pro-growth economy, while fighting to reduce a record deficit that threatens the future of our children and grandchildren. LaHood, a third generation Peorian, graduated from Spalding High School. He earned a B.A. from Loras College and holds a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. In 2013, he was selected as an Edgar Fellow, a program run by former Governor Jim Edgar, which highlights future Illinois leaders. In 2008, LaHood was recognized in Peoria as a 40 Leaders Under Forty award winner. An avid runner, he has completed five marathons.

Rep. Rick Larsen

Representative Rick Larson represents the Second Congressional District of Washington state, which includes portions of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties and all of Island and San Juan counties. Rick serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. These committees enable Rick to focus on creating jobs and opportunity to meet the local needs of Northwest Washington. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rick is committed to investing in transportation to drive job growth and keep the economy moving. Rick will continue to fight for strong investments in roads, bridges, highways and transit to build a foundation for future economic growth.

Rail safety is another priority issue for Rick, and he has worked hard to push for better safety standards for crude oil traveling by rail. Rick is the Chair, the most senior Democratic member, of the Aviation Subcommittee. The work of the Subcommittee is critical to jobs and the economy in Washington state and the Second District. He says, "the Pacific Northwest is the aerospace capital of the world, and I will work hard to make sure the United States invests in our aviation future. Aviation means jobs in Northwest Washington. Anything I can do to support the growth and safety of air travel will bring good jobs to our communities."

The Second District is home to Naval Station Everett and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, which are vital to the region’s economy and national security. As a member of the House Armed Services
Committee, Rick works hard to support these military bases. He is pushing to make sure our men and women in uniform get the pay and benefits they have earned and the equipment they need to keep our country safe. Rick is also focused on ensuring that veterans have access to the resources and health care they need to help them be successful in civilian life. Rick worked hard with local veterans to open a Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Mount Vernon to make health care and services more accessible for veterans in the Second District. Northwest Washington is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, and Rick is committed to protecting our natural resources for recreation and tourism, a major economic driver. He has led efforts to preserve public lands, restore critical salmon habitat, and combat climate change through investments in clean energy.

Rick is the co-chair of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group, which educates Members of Congress about U.S.-China issues through meetings and briefings with academic, business and political leaders from the United States and China. China is the largest and most rapidly growing export market for Washington state. Forty percent of all jobs in Washington state are tied to trade, and from 2000 to 2009, Washington state exports to China grew by 379 percent. Rick has visited China nine times. Rick also co-founded the Congressional Arctic Working Group, a bipartisan group to help bring more focus to U.S. policy issues related to the Arctic. Rick is a leader on this issue because he recognizes that other countries are rapidly building their capacity to traverse icy Arctic waters with commercial, research and tourism vessels. As the U.S. prepares to take the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, Rick is committed to making sure our country lives up to its environmental, economic and strategic commitments as an Arctic nation.

The Larsen family has been building a legacy in the Second Congressional District for more than a
century. Rick and his wife, Tiia, are the proud parents of two sons, Robert and Per (pronounced “Pair”), who represent the fifth generation of Larsens in the district.

Anna Ashton

Anna Ashton began her tenure at the US-China Business Council in January 2016 and is the senior
director of government affairs, developing and implementing USCBC’s advocacy on behalf of member companies. Anna has served as a China analyst in both public and private sector positions. She began her career as an intelligence officer for the Department of Defense, where she briefed the Vice President, the Secretary of Defense and top military officials on strategic China issues. Following her time at the Defense Department, Anna worked for her home state of Arkansas at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, where she helped to develop a strategy for recruiting Chinese investment, organizing and managing visits by Chinese trade delegations and identifying a Chinese consultant to represent Arkansas in Beijing. From 2008 through 2012, she worked in the International Division of the US Chamber of Commerce, primarily focused on China trade and investment issues. She then worked as an economic and trade analyst at the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission while pursuing a JD at Georgetown University.

Graham Webster

Graham Webster is editor in chief of the Stanford–New America DigiChina Project at the Stanford University Cyber Policy Center and a China digital economy fellow at New America. Based at Stanford, he leads an inter-organization network of specialists to produce analysis and translation on China’s digital policy developments. He researches, publishes, and speaks to diverse audiences on the intersection of U.S.–China relations and advanced technology.

From 2012 to 2017, Webster worked for Yale Law School as a senior fellow and lecturer responsible for the Paul Tsai China Center’s Track 2 dialogues between the United States and China, co-teaching seminars on contemporary China and Chinese law and policy, leading programming on cyberspace in U.S.–China relations, and writing extensively on the South China Sea and the law of the sea. While with Yale, he was a Yale affiliated fellow with the Yale Information Society Project, a visiting scholar at China Foreign Affairs University, and a Transatlantic Digital Debates fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute and New America.

He was previously an adjunct instructor teaching East Asian politics at New York University, a public policy and communications officer at the EastWest Institute, a Beijing-based journalist writing on technology in China for CNET News and other outlets, and an editor at the Center for American Progress. He has worked as a consultant to Privacy International, the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s China Program.

Webster writes for both specialist and general audiences, including for the MIT Technology Review, Foreign Affairs, Slate, The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, BBC Chinese, Lawfare, ChinaFile, The Diplomat, Fortune, ArtAsiaPacific, and Logic magazine. He has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Reuters, Bloomberg News, Wired, Caixin, and Quartz; spoken to NPR and BBC World Service radio; and appeared on BBC World News, CBSN, Channel News Asia, and Deutsche Welle television. Webster has testified before the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission and speaks regularly at universities and conferences in North America, East Asia, and Europe.

Webster holds a B.S. in journalism and international studies from Northwestern University and an A.M. in East Asian studies from Harvard University. He took Ph.D. coursework in political science at the University of Washington and language training at Tsinghua University, Peking University, Stanford University, and Kanda University of International Studies.

Naomi Wilson

Naomi Wilson serves as senior director of policy, Asia. Prior to joining ITI, Naomi served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where she most recently held the position of acting director for Asia-Pacific. In that capacity, she played a leading role on cybersecurity, law enforcement, and customs cooperation issues related to Asia and served as a senior advisor to Secretary Jeh Johnson. During her tenure at DHS, Naomi led development and implementation of priority policy initiatives for DHS engagement with China, including secretarial engagements and agreements. She worked closely with interagency colleagues to negotiate and implement agreements stemming from the September 2015 State visit between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, including managing the U.S.-China High-Level Dialogue on Cybercrime and Related Issues for DHS.

Prior to joining DHS, Naomi served as a staffer on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and as a research assistant at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).

Naomi holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s in International Affairs & National Security. In 2011, she completed intensive Chinese language training at Peking University. Naomi speaks advanced Mandarin and French and is a native of Connecticut.

Paul Triolo

Paul S. Triolo leads the firm's newest practice, focusing on global technology policy issues, cybersecurity, internet governance, ICT regulatory issues, and emerging areas such as automation, AI/Big Data, ambient intelligence, and fintech/blockchain. He is building a cross-issue and cross-regional team that helps clients understand and assess the risk generated by the complex intersection of politics, technology innovation, security threats, and the changing global regulatory environment.
Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Paul served in senior positions within the US government for more than 25 years, focusing primarily on China's rise as a science and technology (S&T) and cyber power. He provided analytic support to the president and senior policymakers, and was the lead drafter for a number of widely acclaimed national estimates on China S&T innovation and industrial policies, as well as cyberspace issues. Paul's technical background, including a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University and work experience in Silicon Valley, along with his extensive work on internet governance and policy issues in government, have prepared him to tackle the substantial challenges companies will face in cyberspace. Paul is a China Digital Economy Fellow (non-resident) at New America. He is also an avid early adopter of all sorts of green and information technologies and platforms, and has been the family chief technology officer for some time.

Doug Bell

In a time of increasing international complexity, Douglas advises clients on national and global cross-border economic policy developments. Douglas monitors the trade policy environment to identify strategic and operational opportunities to help clients and EY people use those insights.

In his prior career, Douglas worked with the US Government, including with the Treasury, US Trade Representative, and the White House. Doug holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS from MIT’s Sloan School. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Margaret Myers

Margaret Myers is the director of the Asia & Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. She established the Dialogue’s China and Latin America Working Group in 2011 to examine China’s growing presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Myers also developed the China-Latin America Finance Database, the only publicly available source of empirical data on Chinese state lending in Latin America, in cooperation with Boston University’s Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI).

In addition to maintaining the Dialogue’s China and Latin America and 美洲对话 blogs, Myers has published numerous articles on Chinese leadership dynamics, international capital flows, Chinese agricultural policy, and Asia-Latin America relations, among other topics. The Political Economy of China-Latin America Relations and The Changing Currents of Trans-Pacific Integration: China, the TPP, and Beyond, her co-edited volumes with Dr. Carol Wise and Dr. Adrian Hearn, respectively, were published in 2016. Myers has testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the China-Latin America relationship and is regularly featured in major domestic and international media, including the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, El Comercio, Folha de São Paulo, CNN en Español, CCTV, and Voice of America. In 2018, she was identified by Global Americans as part of the “new generation of public intellectuals.”

Before arriving at the Dialogue, Myers worked as a Latin America analyst and China analyst for the US Department of Defense, during which time she was deployed with the US Navy in support of Partnership of the Americas. Myers also worked as a senior China analyst for Science Applications International Corporation, a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, a faculty member at Georgetown University, and for Fauquier County Schools, where she developed the county’s first Mandarin language program. Myers received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and conducted her graduate work at The George Washington University, Zhejiang University of Technology, and the Johns Hopkins University/Nanjing University Center for Chinese-American Studies. Myers is a Council on Foreign Relations term member. She was the recipient of a Freeman fellowship for China studies and a Fulbright Specialist grant to research China-Colombia relations in Bogotá.

Soumaya Keynes

Soumaya Keynes is the Trade & Globalisation Editor for The Economist based in Washington DC. She also co-hosts the podcast Trade Talks, a weekly discussion of the economics of trade policy, with Chad Bown of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Prior to her current posting she held the positions of US Economics Editor, and Economics Correspondent based in London. Prior to joining The Economist she worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the British Treasury. She has an undergraduate degree and MPhil in economics from the University of Cambridge.

Nina Xiang

Nina Xiang is an expert on the Chinese venture capital and technology sector with nearly twenty
years of professional financial and business media experience. She is the author of Red AI:
Victories and Warnings From China’s Rise In Artificial Intelligence. She is currently an agenda
contributor for the World Economic Forum, and is awarded as the Female Entrepreneur of the
Year 2019 in the ChinaBang Awards.

After graduating as the valedictorian in high school, she went on a distinguished journalism
career serving in editorial positions at Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Euromoney Institutional
Investor, China Radio International and China Business Network in Beijing, New York, Shanghai,
and Hong Kong.

She founded China Money Network, an artificial intelligence-based platform tracking China’s
smart investments and technology innovation, in 2011. China Money Network is a premium
online media intelligence and data platform bridging China's rising VC/tech industry with the

John Foote

John Foote advises companies on policy, compliance and enforcement issues, with a particular emphasis on international trade. He regularly speaks and writes on issues relating to public policy and international trade.

Prior to joining the Firm, John was a law clerk for the Hon. Gregory W. Carman at the US Court of International Trade. He has a strong commitment to pro bono legal work.

Rosemary Coates

Rosemary is the Founder and Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and President of Blue Silk Consulting. She is a Chinese Manufacturing Expert Witness, a Global Supply Chain Management Consultant, with an MBA, 25+ years experience in Management Consulting. She is often selected as a Keynote speaker at business events and conferences.

She serves as an Expert Witness for legal cases involving global supply chain matters and Chinese imports.

She is Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute (501c3 non-profit) in conjunction with six US universities and partner universities in Europe. www.ReshoringInstitute.org. Their focus is Reshoring research and assisting companies in bringing manufacturing back to America."The Reshoring Guidebook"​ is available on Amazon.

Prior to BSC and the Reshoring Institute, she was a Senior Director at SAP, Supply Chain Practice Leader at Answerthink Consulting and KPMG Peat Marwick, and Regional Manager at Hewlett-Packard.

She has consulted with 80+ global and domestic clients on systems and processes. She has considerable international experience and has worked for extended periods in Asia and Europe. Her experience spans a broad range of industries including High Technology, Chemicals, Health Care, Consumer Products, Industrial Products, Food Distribution, Transportation and Warehousing, Publishing, Retail, Oil & Gas.

She is a global Supply Chain Architect and Strategist and author of five books: "42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China"​ (a Best Seller at Amazon.com); "42 Rules for Superior Field Service,"​ "The Reshoring Guidebook," and "Legal Blacksmith - How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes." All of these books are available on Amazon.com

Frank Dubois

Professor DuBois is Associate Professor of International Business and Chair of the International Business Department. His research focus is in global supply chain management, customs facilitation, country of origin impacts and industrial cluster theory. He is also author of the Kogod Made in America Auto Index. His work has appeared in The Journal of International Business Studies, International Marketing Review, Journal of Global Information Management, the International Trade Journal, the Production and Inventory Management Journal and other publications. DuBois has taught at Old Dominion University, Moscow Institute of Electronics Technology, Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, IMD in Switzerland and has consulted for a variety of organizations including the Organization of American States, Korean Science and Engineering Foundation, World Economic Forum, National Institute for Science and Technology, USAID, Volvo-Penta, UPS and ITT Gwaltney. His main teaching responsibilities include international business courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He also leads MBA study tours to such locations as Brazil, China, Argentina and Chile.

Monica He

Government relations strategist with ten-plus years of experience in biopharmaceutical, medtech, and health care markets in China and Asia. Expertise in U.S. international trade policy and navigating US-China relations for businesses. Recognized for leveraging skillsets in policy, partnership building, and execution to be a change agent to enhance quality of life and deliver next-generation biomedical therapies for patients. Fluent in Chinese.

Ralph Ives

Ralph F. Ives is Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Analysis of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). Ives is responsible for the Association's efforts to provide adequate reimbursement and open market access for medical technology products worldwide.

Before joining AdvaMed's staff in August 2004, Ives worked in the Executive Office of the President as Assistant United States Trade Representative (USTR) for Asia-Pacific and Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Affairs, and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Pharmaceutical Policy. Ives previously had served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Latin America (1993-96), Europe and the Mediterranean (1996-99), and Agriculture (1999-2000), and in various director positions at USTR.

From 1974 until joining USTR in 1988, Ives was an international economist in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

From 1971-74, Ives served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Ives received his B.S. from the University of Maryland, his M.A. from American University, and his M.Ph. from George Washington University. 

Alexander Titus

Ralph is the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at ARMI where he thinks big thoughts about biotechnology, and was previously the first-ever enterprise head of biotechnology at the Department of Defense. Despite professional titles, his primary focus in life is balancing his professional responsibilities with personal pursuits.

Before ARMI, he was the head of biotech at the Department of Defense where he was the principal advisor to the CTO on biotechnology and was leading the team developing the DoD's enterprise biotechnology strategy.

Ralph joined the DoD with a rich set of private sector experiences. He was one of the first three people to be hired as a Defense & Security Specialist at McKinsey & Company where he focused on the national security community and high-priority issues related to organization effectiveness, leadership, and analytics. He also has experience in commercial data science, having previously worked at the venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, as a member of their B.Next group, as well as a data scientist at Amazon on the Alexa AI team and at Dartmouth in the Geisel School of Medicine.

He's a nerd at heart and hold a PhD in biomedical data science from Dartmouth and a BS and BA in biochemistry and biology (respectively) from the University of Puget Sound. 

Michael Ganio

Dr. Ganio joined the staff at ASHP as Director of Pharmacy Practice and Quality in January of 2018. As a member of the Center on Medication Safety and Quality team, his responsibilities span the practice of pharmacy and include drug shortages, pharmaceutical quality, sterile and non-sterile drug compounding practices, hazardous drug handling, and the ASHP Standardize 4 Safety initiative.

Dr. Ganio earned his Pharm.D. from the Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and his Master’s degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. He completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Ganio is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).

Dr. Ganio has over 18 years of hospital and health-system experience. His previous job roles have included clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy informatics and technology, and operations management of outpatient oncology infusion pharmacies. He has extensive knowledge of pharmacy informatics and automation, medication billing and reimbursement, sterile compounding, and outpatient infusion and ambulatory care models.

Adela Mehic-Dzanic

Adela has 8+ years of international experience in leading sales and business development in the telecommunication and Internet of things (IoT) industry. Adela is currently leading the global business development team at the software company – MAVOCO AG, that is specialized in the IoT industry for the largest, Tier-1 telecom operators in the world. She holds a Master degree in Telecommunications from the University of Electrical Engineering as well the MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree from the Vienna University of Economics and the Technical University of Vienna.

Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation accelerated her career and opened new opportunities to expand her professional network, enhance her leadership skills and management know-how.

Adela is the Vice President of the Female Leaders Network in Vienna as well of the Association of Business Women of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Vienna.

Dr Wendong Zhang

Dr. Wendong Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University since August 2015. His research seeks to better understand U.S. farmland market, agricultural nutrient runoff, conservation practice adoption, and Chinese agriculture. Dr. Zhang is also affiliated with Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD).

Dr. Zhang is the leading researcher of the Iowa Land Value Survey, the Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey, as well as the ISU Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference. He also developed the Iowa Farmland Portal as well as co-founded the new ISU China Ag center jointly with Dr. Dermot Hayes in collaboration with Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from the Ohio State University in July 2015, and he also holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Fudan University in China.

Lisa Schroeter

As the Global Director of Trade and Investment Policy for The Dow Chemical Company, Lisa oversees the global function and cross-business priorities for the global trade agenda as well as developing strategy on the international aspects of key corporate issues. Based in Washington, DC, Lisa’s responsibilities focus on trade policy and legislation, trade negotiations, and investment issues that foster growth in Dow’s global businesses through identification of policies facilitating market access and reducing global distribution costs.

Before joining Dow, Lisa was the Executive Director of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD). TABD is a unique trade-facilitation process by which American and European corporations work with the U.S. Administration and the European Commission to implement practical, detailed recommendations. Lisa was responsible for staffing the U.S. Chair CEO, working with the issue committees to develop and promote their recommendations, and facilitating business and government interaction.

Ms. Schroeter joined TABD in 1999, and managed the process on behalf of the Boeing Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, United Technologies Corporation and Xerox. Lisa is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); President of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and a Board Member of the Washington International Trade Association, US Council for International Business and the US-ASEAN Busienss Council. She serves as the Chair of the ICCA Trade Network and Global Regulatory Cooperation task forces as well as the US Business Committee of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN)

Mara Hvistendahl

Mara Hvistendahl is an investigative reporter with The Intercept and the author of The Scientist and The Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage (Riverhead 2020), which The Washington Post called “a riveting whodunit” and The Wall Street Journal described as “captivating and well-researched.” Her first book, Unnatural Selection, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Mara’s writing has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Scientific American, WIRED, and other publications. She has testified before Congress, been a keynote speaker at conferences, and appeared on the BBC, CBS, MSNBC, NPR, and other radio and television outlets. 

Before joining The Intercept, Mara was a founding member of Deca, a cooperative of award-winning writers creating narrative journalism about the world. Her work has been supported by New America and the Minnesota State Arts Board. For eight years, Mara was based in Shanghai, where she worked as China bureau chief for Science, wrote the longform true crime story And The City Swallowed Them, and had a Paleozoic fossil named after her. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. 

Jason Alexander

Jason assists clients in the industrials, consumer products and financial services industries and has more than 15 years of experience serving large multinational clients with particular emphasis on SEC clients, Fortune 500 and middle market companies. Jason has previously advised clients in the areas of accounting, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, process design and improvement, internal audit, regulatory compliance, internal and external financial reporting and information technology system implementation. Strong record of accomplishment of people, team and practice development across North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Jason is also on the Board of Directors of the RSM US Foundation and a member of RSM’s cutting edge Industry Eminence Program, which positions its senior analysts to understand, forecast and communicate economic, business and technology trends shaping the industries RSM serves.

Tu Le

Tu Le is the founder of Sino Auto Insights, a Shanghai based management consulting firm. Tu brings an abundance of experience from both the high-tech and automotive sectors having spent time living & working in Detroit, Silicon Valley, and China. Tu is recognized as an automotive & mobility expert in Asia by respected media outlets such as The Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Nikkei Asia Review as well as Wired and Technode. Tu contributes his insights to our weekly newsletter that's a must-read for investors & industry folks alike who have to know what's really going on in the space.
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