Featured Speakers

ROBERT A. IGERRobert Iger is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Iger is the steward of the world’s largest media company and some of the most respected and beloved brands around the globe. His strategic vision for The Walt Disney Company focuses on three fundamental pillars: generating the best creative content possible; fostering innovation and utilizing the latest technology; and expanding into new markets around the world. Mr. Iger has built on Disney’s rich history of unforgettable storytelling with the acquisition of Pixar (2006), Marvel (2009), and Lucasfilm (2012), three of the entertainment industry’s greatest storytelling companies. Always one to embrace new technology, Mr. Iger has made Disney an industry leader through its creative content offerings across new and multiple platforms.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Iger served as President and Chief Executive Officer beginning October 2005 and President and Chief Operating Officer from 2000-2005.

Disney’s exceptional entertainment experiences, widely diverse content, and unique skill in managing businesses in an integrated manner have led to strong results. In fiscal 2014, Disney delivered record revenue, net income, and earnings per share for the fourth year in a row. During Mr. Iger’s tenure, The Walt Disney Company has been recognized as one of the “Most Reputable Companies” in both America and the world by Forbes magazine (2006-2014); one of “America’s Most Admired Companies” by Fortune magazine (2009-2014); one of the “World’s Most Respected Companies” by Barron’s (2009-2014); one of the “Best Places to Launch a Career” by BusinessWeek magazine (2006-2010); and as “Company of the Year” by Yahoo Finance (2013).

Mr. Iger officially joined the Disney senior management team in 1996 as Chairman of the Disney-owned ABC Group and in 1999 was given the additional responsibility of President, Walt Disney International. In that role, Mr. Iger expanded and coordinated Disney’s presence outside of the United States, establishing the blueprint for the Company’s international growth today. As Chairman of the ABC Group, Mr. Iger oversaw the broadcast television network and station group, cable television properties, and radio and publishing businesses and also guided the complex merger between Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. and The Walt Disney Company. During Mr. Iger’s years with ABC, he obtained hands-on experience in every aspect of the television business—including news, sports, and entertainment—as well as in program acquisition, rights negotiations, and business affairs. He began his career at ABC in 1974.

Mr. Iger has been named one of Fortune magazine’s “25 Most Powerful People in Business” (2006, 2007); one of the “Top Gun CEOs” by Forbes magazine (2009); one of the “Best CEOs” by Institutional Investormagazine (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011); MarketWatch CEO of the Year (2006); and “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive Magazine (2014).

Mr. Iger joined the Apple board of directors in November 2011 and became a board member of the U.S.-China Business Council in June 2011. He also serves on the boards of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. In June 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Export Council, which advises the President on how to promote U.S. exports, jobs, and growth. Mr. Iger is also a member of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a coalition of mayors and business leaders from across the United States that supports comprehensive immigration reform. In 2012, Mr. Iger became a member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, which recognizes some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.

Mr. Iger is a graduate of Ithaca College.


nikias_color1C. L. Max Nikias is the eleventh president of the University of Southern California. He holds the Robert C. Packard President’s Chair and the Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities, and chairs the USC Health System Board. He has been at USC since 1991, as a professor, director of national research centers, dean, provost, and now president. He holds faculty appointments in both electrical engineering and the classics. Additionally, he leads freshman micro-seminars each fall on ancient Athenian democracy and drama.

Nikias is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among numerous other honors, he has received the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, the State University of New York at Buffalo’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

As president, Nikias continues to advance USC’s status as an undisputed, elite global research university. The Chronicle of Higher Education has called Nikias a “prodigious fundraiser.” In just four and a half years, USC’s campaign surpassed the $4 billion mark, a milestone that only five other universities have achieved in the history of higher education.


MichaelQuick_Headshot-horizontal-450x300Dr. Michael Quick is co-chair for the USC Global Conference. He was appointed Provost on April 1, 2015. He also serves as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and as Professor of Biological Sciences in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University and studied as a post-doctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Before coming to USC in 2002, he was on the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Quick’s scholarship focuses on how therapeutic drugs and drugs of abuse such alter the signaling properties of nerve cells.

As the university’s second-ranking administrator, he oversees the USC Dornsife College as well as the Keck School of Medicine of USC and 17 other professional schools, in addition to the divisions of student affairs, libraries, information technology services, research, student religious life and enrollment services.

Dr. Quick previously served as Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Vice Dean for Research and Executive Vice Dean of USC Dornsife, and Executive Vice Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.


MingHsiehMing Hsieh is co-chair for the USC Global Conference. He is Chairman and CEO of Fulgent Therapeutics and was co-founder, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of Cogent, Inc. Cogent is the leading provider of automated fingerprint identification systems, or AFIS, and other biometric solutions to governments, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations worldwide. Prior to Cogent, Ming co-founded AMAX Information Technologies with several USC classmates. In 2010 Cogent was purchased by 3M.

Ming received his bachelor’s degree in 1983 and his master’s degree in 1984, both in electrical engineering, from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He currently serves on the Board of Councilors of the USC Viterbi School. In 2005 Ming was a national finalist for the Computerworld Honors Program in the business and related services field. In 2006 he won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the greater Los Angeles area in the technology and services category.

A dedicated Trojan, Ming received USC Viterbi’s Mark A. Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. Also in 2006, he made a $35 million gift to USC Viterbi in support of its electrical engineering program. In his honor, the department was renamed the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering. The USC Alumni Association awarded Ming its Alumni Merit Award in 2010. Ming also gave USC an additional $50 million gift in 2010 for the establishment of an interdisciplinary research institute that will bring together the best engineers, scientists, and physicians in the battle against cancer. Ming has served on the USC Board of Trustees since 2007.


Willow Bay is a professor of professional practice and Director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. Bay brings a breadth of legacy and new media experience to her position at USC. She is currently a senior strategic advisor to The Huffington Post where she spent the past 7 years helping to manage editorial growth initiatives at the on-line news and opinion site. A seasoned TV journalist, Bay has held a variety of reporting and anchoring assignments including serving as a special correspondent and host of Women to Watch for Bloomberg TV, co-anchor of CNN’s flagship financial news program Moneyline, co-anchor of Good Morning America/Sunday. She has also served as Executive Producer and host of Lifetime Television’s Spotlight 25, a multi-platform research and television special.

Bay is also the author of Talking to Your Kids in Tough Times: How to Answer Your Child’s Questions about the World We Live In, published in 2003. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in literature and received her M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.


DongQingMs. Dong Qing 董卿 joined CCTV in May 2002, where she has become a widely recognized TV presenter in China. She has hosted the high-profile Spring Festival Gala for eleven straight years and has won China’s Golden Microphone Award twice, once in 2001 and for a second time in 2006. She also received the Golden Eagle Award for Best Programme Host in 2006 and 2009.

Born and raised in Shanghai, Ms. Dong graduated from the Shanghai Theatre Academy where she majored in Broadcasting and returned to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2009.

Dong worked in Zhejiang Television from 1994 to 1995 and OTV from 1995 to 2002 before joining China Central Television.

Ms. Dong has also worked as a commentator for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.

Dong is among a group of renowned TV presenters who have taken time from their careers for overseas study. She is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California.


Bai_XuXu_200x300Mr. Bai Xu Xu 柏栩栩 was a senior accountant in KPMG and he joined SMG, the second-largest broadcasting group in China in 2008, after winning the award of “My Hero” in a television talent show. He is currently working as Morning News anchor in Dragon Television and bilingual program host in International Shanghai Channel, where he has become a widely recognized TV presenter among the Shanghai audience. In 2011, Mr. Bai was awarded the “SMG Rookie Host.”

Born and raised in Shanghai, Mr. Bai graduated from Tsing Hua University with a major in English Studies.


Iris Chi_200x300Professor Iris Chi 齐铱, the Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair for the Chinese Elderly, Director of the China Program, and Associate Director of Global Research at Edward Roybal Institute on Aging, School of Social Work, University of Southern California. Prior to joining the USC School of Social Work, she taught at the University of Hong Kong for 17 years. She was the head and chair of the postgraduate research programs, Department of Social Work, in addition, she was the founding director of Sau Po Centre on Aging. An expert in aging health and social gerontology, Dr. Chi has participated in more than 100 studies and published more than 270 articles and book chapters. Dr. Chi is an honorary professor, fellow, consultant and advisor to more than 30 local and overseas universities and research institutes. She is also editorial board member for several gerontology and social work journals including associate editor for International Journal of Social Welfare and BMC Geriatrics. Recently, Dr. Chi has been awarded as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Welfare and Social Work.


Cohen_Pinchas_200x300Dr. Pinchas Cohen is the Dean of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. He graduated from the Technion Medical School in Israel, trained at Stanford University, and held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA.

He received numerous awards for his research, including an NIA “EUREKA” Award and the Transformative RO1-Grant from the Director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Cohen pioneered the emerging science of mitochondrial-derived peptides. He holds several patents and is the co-founder of CohBar, a biotechnology company developing treatments for diseases of aging.

Dr. Cohen is leading several new initiatives at the USC Davis School, including the development of a Center for Digital Aging, and a major focus on the creation of tools for “Personalized Aging”, an approach he has been spearheading for the purpose of garnering the latest technologies such as genomics, towards individualizing healthy aging strategies, that has been featured in the Bloomberg Longevity Economy Conference and the Milken Institute Global Conference.


Robert Cutietta is dean of both the Thornton School of Music and the Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California. Since 2002, he has overseen an expansion in endowment, programs, and space while building upon the traditional quality of education that is the school’s trademark.

Under Dr. Cutietta’s leadership, the Thornton School has introduced innovative new degrees in music education, arts journalism, visual and performing arts studies, choral music, vocal jazz, and the groundbreaking popular music performance program. In the fall of 2014, a graduate degree in Music Leadership was introduced further positioning the Thornton School as an innovator in music instruction.

Under his leadership he created the Kaufman School of Dance which opened in the fall of 2015. This is the first new school at USC in 41 years. He has assembled one of the finest dance faculties and staff in the country and has overseen the construction of a new 57,000 S.F. building to house the school.

He has published a wide range of articles in journals such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, The Psychology of Music and many others. He is also author, co-author or editor of four books and has contributed chapters to several others. He has sat on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education, and Contributions to Music Education. His most recent book, Ask the Dean: Answers to questions about Classical Music you thought everyone else knew is being published by Oxford University Press.

He received his doctorate in music education and psychology from Penn State University and his undergraduate and masters degrees from Cleveland State University.


EMD_2013-b_small-e1403041064339Elizabeth M. Daley was appointed dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts in May 1991. She is the inaugural holder of the Steven J. Ross/Time Warner Dean’s Chair. Daley was also the founding executive director of the USC Annenberg Center for Communication (1994-2005) and serves as the executive director of the USC Institute for Multimedia Literacy.

She joined the school in 1989 as chair of the Film & Television Production Program. Before coming to USC, Daley served as director of the film and television subsidiary of the Mark Taper Forum, and prior to that was a producer for MGM/Television. She has also been an independent producer and media consultant, and serves on the boards of AVID Technologies, the Benton Foundation, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Media, Entertainment and Information.

Daley has been honored by American Women in Radio and Television and was twice nominated for a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award. She has received a Cine Golden Eagle and the Barbara Jordan Award, as well as the California Governor’s Award for her work with programming about the handicapped.

Daley earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin and M.A. and B.A. degrees from Tulane University and Newcomb College.


Dunham_Rick_200x300Rick Dunham is a visiting professor at Tsinghua University and is co-director of the Global Business Journalism Program. Since arriving in China, Mr. Dunham has offered regular news analysis for CCTV’s “Dialogue” program and China Radio International’s “Today” show.

Before joining the faculty at Tsinghua, where he teaches multimedia journalism, data journalism and U.S. media culture, Mr. Dunham was Washington bureau chief of the Houston Chronicle and creator of the popular blog “Texas on the Potomac.” He also served as Hearst Newspapers Washington bureau chief from 2009 to 2012.

Mr. Dunham is a veteran Washington journalist and former president of the National Press Club. He covered the White House for Business Week magazine and the Houston Chronicle and has written about every U.S. presidential election since 1980. From 1992 to July 2007, Mr. Dunham was a Washington correspondent for Business Week. He also was Washington Outlook editor and a weekly columnist for BusinessWeek.com.

Mr. Dunham was on the cutting edge of journalism technology and training in the U.S., serving as president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute from 2006 to 2013. He taught classes and hosted panel discussions at the institute on journalism skills, web content, social media and journalism ethics.

Mr. Dunham has contributed to three books (“The Founding City,” Chilton Books, 1976, “The Handbook of Campaign Spending,” Congressional Quarterly Press, 1992, and “The Almanac of the Unelected,” Bernan Press, 2006). He wrote a new foreword to the 60th anniversary edition of his grandfather Barrows Dunham’s classic philosophy book, “Man against Myth,” which was republished in 2007.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Dunham holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania.


james-ellisJames G. Ellis was appointed dean of the USC Marshall School of Business and holder of the Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration in April 2007. As dean, he is responsible for the education of some 5700 students, both graduate and undergraduate. In addition, he holds a full time appointment as Professor of Marketing in the Department of Marketing, where he has been since 1997.

Prior to being appointed Dean, Mr. Ellis was Vice Provost for Globalization, for the University, responsible for building the USC name worldwide. He also served as the Vice Dean of External Relations, at the Marshall School of Business, as well as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. He continues to teach the Freshman Leadership Colloquium class.

Holding an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School and a BBA degree from the University of New Mexico, Mr. Ellis worked in the corporate world from 1970 to 1997. He served as President/CEO of Porsche Design, a high-end accessories company owned by Europe’s Porsche family, from 1985-1990. From 1990-1997, he was Chairman/CEO of Port O’Call Pasadena, an upscale home accessory retailer, as well as being an owner/ partner in six other companies. Ellis currently sits on numerous corporate and non-profit boards of directors.

At USC in 2003, he was awarded both the “Teaching Has No Boundaries” award, given by the faculty, and the Golden Apple Award, given by the students. In 2004, he was given the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award from the USC Parents’ Association.

His finest achievement is his family. He and his wife, Gail, have five children and nine grandchildren, and live in San Marino, California.


Marilyn FlynnMarilyn L. Flynn, PhD is a transformational leader whose wide-ranging career in higher education, research, consultation, and teaching is one of exceptional breadth. She was appointed Dean of Social Work at the University of Southern California in 1997, only the second woman to hold this position in the school’s 100 year history. In 2013, she received the USC Provost’s inaugural Prize for Innovation in Educational Practice, and two years later, was installed as the inaugural 2U Chair in Educational Innovation and Social Work.

Dean Flynn’s achievements at USC include development of the nation’s largest online graduate Master’s degree in social work, with 1800 students in 49 states; implementation of the first military social work program in a global research institution; use of virtual education for preparation of graduate interns in social work; creation of a TeleHealth Clinic offering tele-therapy to the community, and expansion of internships in non-traditional occupational settings. She has also expanded the School’s research enterprise to $40 million dollars in funding over the past four years.

Dean Flynn helped found the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, and was the first President of the St. Louis Group, representing most US school of social work in major research institutions. At USC, she greatly enlarged the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services and established the nationally respected Flynn Prize for Social Work Research.

Dean Flynn received her MSW and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with specializations in social work, social policy, and public finance.


Fraser_Scott_webScott Fraser, Ph.D., has a long-standing commitment to quantitative biology, applying the tools of chemistry, engineering and physics to problems in biology and medicine. His personal research centers on imaging and molecular analysis of intact biological systems, with an emphasis on early development, organogenesis and medical diagnostics.

After training in physics (B.S., Harvey Mudd College, 1976) and biophysics (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1979), he joined the faculty at UC Irvine and rose through the ranks to become Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. In 1990 he moved to Caltech to serve as the Anna L. Rosen Professor of Biology and the Director of the Biological Imaging Center. He is deeply committed to interdisciplinary training and translational research, having helped found the Caltech Brain Imaging Center and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, as well as serving as the Director of the Rosen Center for Biological Engineering.

In fall 2012, he moved to USC to take a Provost Professorship in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering. He remains active in interdisciplinary research and serves as the Director of Science Initiatives as well as the Elizabeth Garrett Chair of Convergent Biosciences for the USC campuses.


Since becoming Dean in 2000, Dr. Karen Symms Gallagher has focused the USC Rossier School of Education on its mission to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. The School’s highly innovative graduate programs prepare students to be change agents as teachers, school leaders, and scholars. The USC Rossier School has risen to #15 in US News and World Report rankings.

Under Dean Gallagher’s leadership, Rossier launched its groundbreaking online Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 2009, which has grown the number of highly trained teachers ten-fold in three years. The School also pioneered the practitioner-focused education doctorate, the Ed.D, that is now a national model. Dean Gallagher’s team then launched its Global Executive Ed.D. program in 2012 to prepare senior education executives from around the world for the challenges of the 21st century. In Los Angeles, she and her faculty have partnered with LAUSD on a variety of field-based initiatives — the most exciting of which is USC Hybrid High School, a transformational charter school using personalized curriculum, technology and flexible schedules to assure success for students most at risk of dropping out.

Dean Gallagher was recently named a 2013 Pahara-Aspen Fellow, the first school of education dean to be so honored, as part of a cohort of two dozen nationally known education entrepreneurs and reformers. She was the recipient of the Los Angeles Urban League’s Social Responsibility Award and, in 2011, received the Phi Delta Kappa International Service Key by the USC chapter of PDK, the premiere international association for educators.


Vince Gonzales_200x300Vince Gonzales, a Professor of Professional Practice at the School of Journalism, is the Coordinator of Annenberg’s Journalism MS Program. He is also a freelance correspondent/producer for “SoCal Connected” on KCET here in Los Angeles. Prior to that he was a CNN freelance correspondent and, from 1998 to 2007, was a CBS News national correspondent (focusing on Investigative Stories) based in L-A. Gonzales has also worked as a TV news reporter in the Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas markets. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport (with bachelor’s degrees in political science and communications/journalism) and he received a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Gonzales also studied at the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia. Awards: three National News Emmys, Two Local News Emmy, three Columbia University-Alfred I. duPont awards, four RTNDA Golden Mikes, the L-A Press Club’s Best Investigative Reporting award, the L-A Press Club’s Best Documentary (TV) award, and honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, and The National Headliner Awards. Named “2005 Broadcast Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.


robert-hernandez-01-2015Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue. He is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people.

He has worked for seattletimes.com, SFGate.com, eXaminer.com, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of #wjchat and creator of Learn Code for Journalism with Me project. His most recent work has included Augmented Reality, Wearables/Google Glass and Virtual Reality. He is currently serving on the Online News Association board and a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.


I-17Hung Huang 洪晃 is a Publisher, Media Mogul, Blogger, Social Commentator and Entrepreneur. Hung, the writer, magazine publisher and promoter of Chinese design, referred to as ‘the Oprah Winfrey of China’ by Asian Wall Street Journal. Hung is a Beijing native who was educated in the United States. She is a publisher, actor, entrepreneur, an acute social commentator, and one of China’s most popular bloggers. In 2011, Time magazine selected Hung as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.




Hutkin_David_200x300_NewDavid Hutkin oversees the Strategic Initiatives, Investments & Banking Group within The Weinstein Company, which is responsible for all structured finance, corporate lines of credit, sourcing investments, film and television finance and initiating creative and strategic partnerships for the various Weinstein Company departments.

Previously, Hutkin spent 13 years working in senior structured and corporate debt underwriting within the entertainment industry at numerous banks. Hutkin began his career with Wells Fargo before moving on to Bank of America, the Lewis Horowitz Organization and ICB Entertainment Finance. Just prior to joining The Weinstein Company in 2010, he was head of the entertainment industries division at First California Bank.

David is a Part Time Lecturer in the Fall semester at the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.


Jungblut_Karen_200x300Karen Jungblut, Director of Collections at the USC Shoah Foundation, has been at the Institute for 20 years and is responsible for managing and directing the Institute’s collection efforts. Karen focuses on expanding the existing Visual History Archive to include additional testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocides and/or crimes against humanity. As part of that effort, she develops strategic partnerships and innovative collaboration with organizations globally such as leading the collection efforts in China, working closely with the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, among other initiatives. Additionally, Karen oversees the Institute’s Preserving the Legacy program, which uses the Institute’s advanced state-of-the-art infrastructure to digitize, index, and integrate videotaped Holocaust testimony into the VHA taken by other organizations around the world. Karen has led an international and multilingual staff to successfully catalog and index the initial archive of over 52,000 testimonies and has been instrumental in developing the indexing and cataloging methodology and software applications.

Karen received an M.A. in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin and a B.A. in History and International Affairs from Hunter College, New York. While studying in New York, Karen worked at the United Nations for three years. She has been published in the Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, ed. Dinah L. Shelton, 2005, and in NS-Gewaltherrschaft -Beiträge zur historischen Forschung und juristischen Aufarbeitung, ed. Gottwaldt, Kampe und Klein, 2005.


Kamali_Tayeb New Aug 17_200x300Dr. Tayeb A Kamali is the Chairman of Emirates Driving Company and former Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) – the United Arab Emirates’ largest higher education institution with 17 campuses throughout the UAE catering for 20,000 male and female students.

For over two decades Dr Kamali has spearheaded education, training, research and applied technology programs in the UAE. This has been achieved by establishing and leveraging relationships with global leaders in academia, business and government. Dr Kamali has played a significant role in the introduction of numerous international conferences, focused on leadership, education, innovation and entrepreneurship, such as Education without Borders, Festival of Thinkers and the HCT Global Entrepreneurship 2010. Dr Kamali also founded the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) in 1996, the commercial, research and training arm of HCT. Under his leadership CERT became an institutional member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies.

He is a founding Board Member of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP); a member of the World Economic Forum’s Regional Agenda Council on the Middle East & North Africa; a 2012 Rolex Awards for Young Laureates Jury member, and a member of the Cleveland Clinic International Advisory Board. He was a moderator at the Arab Business Leaders’ Forum and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2012.

Dr Kamali holds a Doctorate in Engineering from George Washington University, USA and an honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

He has received many education and leadership awards throughout his career including France’s highest award for education, the Ordres des Palmes Académiques in 2006 and the Human Resource Leadership Award from the World Human Resource Development Congress in 2006 and 2009, and the Institute of Directors (IoD) Distinguished Fellow Award in 2015.


Annette Kim_200x300Annette M. Kim is an associate professor in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She is the founding director of the Price School’s spatial analysis laboratory (SLAB), http://slab.today, which advances new visualizations of urban life. Through spatial ethnography and critical cartography, SLAB’s work unveils overlooked peoples and spaces in the contemporary city in order to develop more humane and inclusive paradigms for designing and governing the 21st century city.

Dr. Kim’s research focuses on rapidly growing cities in the Pacific Rim. Her work has garnered international media attention for illuminating startling aspects of rapid urbanization, including Beijing’s market for subterranean housing and the street vending economy in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. She has also published research on the development of real estate markets in transition countries in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Her books include Learning to be Capitalists: Entrepreneurs in Vietnam’s Transition Economy (Oxford University Press, 2008) about the first generation of private real estate developers in Vietnam, and Sidewalk City: Re-Mapping Public Space in Ho Chi Minh City (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Before joining the Price School, Dr. Kim was a visiting professor and researcher at Peking University and an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Dr. Kim received her Ph.D. in city and regional planning and M.A. in visual studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard University. Dr. Kim has consulted with numerous governments, multi-lateral development organizations, and NGOs on urban planning issues, as well as designed affordable housing projects, and juried international urban design competitions. She has also exhibited her artwork internationally.


Kimball_Chip_200x300Dr. Chip Kimball serves as superintendent of Singapore American School, the largest single-campus international school in the world serving nearly 4,000 students. Singapore American School (SAS) has a worldwide reputation for excellence, high student achievement, and innovation. Since his arrival, Dr. Kimball has led SAS through a process of continuous improvement of the already high-performing school. This “R&D” process is resulting in more project-based learning, interdisciplinary courses, curriculum supporting 21st century learning outcomes, personalized learning, language immersion programs, advisory, and new advanced topics course offerings. Under Dr. Kimball’s leadership, professional learning communities have become central to the school’s work, resulting in recognition as one of the only model PLC schools outside of the US.

Dr. Kimball joined SAS after sixteen years in the Lake Washington school district (WA) where he served as chief technology officer, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent before becoming superintendent in 2007. His work in Lake Washington resulted in multiple awards and recognition as one of the most innovative school districts in the United States. In 2010, Dr. Kimball was awarded a national award for technology leadership and was also awarded Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Library Media Association. Prior to Lake Washington, he worked for the California Center for School Restructuring, providing leadership to 144 schools in 101 districts implementing education reform.

Dr. Kimball holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Whitworth University, a master’s degree in science education from Eastern Washington University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from University of Southern California.


Knott_Jack_200x300Jack H. Knott serves as the dean of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and holds the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair. He is a leading scholar in the fields of public policy and public administration.
In recognition of his substantial contributions to the field of public administration, Knott was named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2007.
Before joining USC, he served on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he directed the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Before joining the University of Illinois, he was a professor at Michigan State University. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Arizona and the University of Warwick in the U.K, and fellowships at the Russel Sage Foundation in NYC and the Institute of Management in Berlin, Germany.
Knott earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, a master of arts from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor of arts from Calvin College.


Lee_David newDavid U. Lee李威达, founder and CEO of Leeding Media, is one of the most accomplished and experienced entrepreneurs that bridge the U.S. and China film entertainment industries. Under Lee’s leadership, Leeding Media has become the premier aggregator and marketer of world-class films in China. Since inception the company along with its partners, marketed 12 feature films theatrically while controlling the exclusive digital distribution rights to 400 titles in China. Films include Academy Award and Golden Globe winners/nominees Million Dollar Baby, Whiplash, Nightcrawler, Rush, Bobby, A Single Man and Kinsey. In 2014, the company helped orchestrate the launch and ongoing operation of Lionsgate Entertainment World, which is the subscription streaming service between Alibaba Group (NASDAQ: BABA) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF).

In 2015, Leeding Media launched Leeding Management, a full-service boutique talent management company that bridges unique opportunities for talents between the U.S. and China. Among the clients of Leeding Management is legendary filmmaker and actor, Jiang Wen, who was cast for a groundbreaking role for an Asian actor in Star Wars: Rogue One.

Since 2007, Lee has played instrumental roles in 5 groundbreaking film productions in China. Most recently Lee was a post-production producer in Jiang Wen’s Gone With The Bullets. In 2011, Lee produced Inseparable starring two-time Academy award winner, Kevin Spacey. In 2009, Lee advised China Film Group Corporation on the structuring of The Karate Kid co-production starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

In March 2009, Lee was named an inaugural member of The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation Asia, which celebrates the 20 most impressive young men and women in entertainment in Asia. Lee received both his MBA and BA degrees from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.


Lee_R May_200x300R. May Lee is the Dean of the School of Entrepreneurship and Management at ShanghaiTech University, a new university, modeled after MIT and Stanford, created by the Shanghai Municipal Government and Chinese Academy of Sciences. As the inaugural Dean of the School of Entrepreneurship and Management at ShanghaiTech University, May’s mission is to create a 21st century business school that connects creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, science and business.

Prior to joining ShanghaiTech, May led New York University’s (NYU) initiative to establish a full-degree granting campus in Shanghai, the first-ever American university given such permission. She applied her strategic, business operations and multi-cultural expertise and oversaw all aspects of the effort taking the seed of an idea, envisioning the design of a new academic and research program to the execution of a new campus. She led negotiations with NYU’s Chinese counterparts, obtained appropriate governmental approvals in China (at local and central government levels) and managed US stakeholders including the Board of Trustees, deans, faculties across six schools, and the heads of all relevant operational functions.

May is a recognized business leader, an innovator, an educator, and entrepreneur. Her culturally sensitive approach to tackling business challenges is informed by her legal training, a variety of business leadership roles, and experience bridging American and Chinese cultures. Her 25 years of experience holding senior positions at organizations, such as Goldman, Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Kamsky Associates, NYU, and ShanghaiTech, enables her to thrive in environments that require a combination of strategic, operational and entrepreneurial skills.

May currently resides in Shanghai with her husband and daughter.


hao_li_102Hao Li黎颢 joined the University of Southern California in 2013 as an assistant professor of Computer Science and works at the intersection of computer graphics, computer vision, and virtual reality. Before his faculty appointment, he was a research lead at Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm, where he developed next generation real-time performance capture technologies for visual effects. Prior to joining the force, he was a postdoc at Columbia and Princeton Universities. Hao obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich and MSc degree in Computer Science in 2006 from the University of Karlsruhe. He has also worked at Weta Digital, EPFL, and Stanford University.

Hao is known for his work on 3D human digitization and realtime facial animation using geometric optimizations and data-driven techniques. His research has wide impact in both academia and industry. His non-rigid registration algorithms are used by leading medical imaging companies and hospitals for realtime radiation treatment.

He has been named one on the world’s top 35 innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2013 and won a Google Faculty Research Award in 2015. His research is funded by IARPA, ONR / U.S. Navy, Oculus VR & Facebook, Disney Research, Adobe, Nvidia, Intel, and Panasonic. He has also received numerous film credits for his contributions in visual effects (“Furious 7”, “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies”, “Noah”, “Captain America”, “Star Trek Into Darkness”, etc.). His work is regularly feature in popular media including ABC news, BBC news, MIT Technology Review, Wired, Engadget, Le Monde, etc.


Li_Ruigang_200x300Ruigang Li 黎瑞刚 is the Founding Chairman of CMC Capital Partners and CMC Holdings Limited, which are China’s most prestigious investment and operation platforms with an extensive portfolio of champions and emerging leaders in media and entertainment, internet and mobile, and lifestyle across the entire spectrum of content, service and platform. Key sub-sectors in CMC’s portfolio scope include film, TV, animation, sports, music, live performance, location based entertainment, online game, financial media, financial data service, advertising, talent agency, ticketing, e-commerce, home shopping, education, social network, and smart TV. Li successfully transformed Shanghai Media Group into the media conglomerate with the highest market cap in China from a provincial broadcaster over his tenures as its chairman and CEO. Li is a Non-Executive Director of WPP (LSE: WPP, NASDAQ: WPPGY). He was Deputy Secretary General, and Chief of Staff of Shanghai Municipal Government.


Li_Youping_300x200Youping Li 李幼平 is the founding Director of the ChiCC (Chinese Cochrane Center), the ChiCTRP of the WHOICTRP, the Ministry of Education Virtual Cooperative Research Centre of EBM, and the Key Lab of Transplant Engineering and Immunology, MOH. She is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Evidence Based Medicine and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Evidence Based Medicine. She has worked in the West China Hospital of Sichuan University since 1986. She is currently the director and professor of EBM Research Centre and the Transplant Lab of West China Hospital of Sichuan University.
In Transplantation Immunology field: she co-chief-edited and published the first “Transplantation Immuno-biology” book (Since press, 2000). She has published 45 English papers (2008-2015), as the first author or corresponding author, including 23 in SCI, 7 in Medline, 15 in EMBASE.
In EBM field: She was the chief editor of the National Text Book for undergraduate students( Higher Education Press, Version 1-3, 2006, 2009, 2013) and the first text book for postgraduate students (The People’s Medical Publishing House. Version 1, 2014). She has published 246 papers (2008-2015), as the first author or corresponding author, including 19 in SCI, 44 in Medline, 183 in EMBASE, mainly focused on EML, High Tech HTA, Medical Rescue of Earth Quake, Risk Management, etc.


Ma_Qingyun_200x300Qingyun Ma 马清运 is a designer, educator, and advocate for creative communities. He has been the Dean of the USC School of Architecture since 2007. In his time at USC, Ma has elevated the School’s profile, enhanced the research agenda, and expanded the graduate program. He has developed the School’s ties with China and launched a number of global initiatives, including the USC American Academy in China.

Named one of the world’s most influential designers by BusinessWeek, Ma is also principal of MADA s.p.a.m., established in 1996. The firm’s work has innovatively transformed urban dynamics and fostered social interaction.

Ma was the chief curator of the 2007 Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale, and he is frequently invited as a speaker and juror, including for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Rome Prize, and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Ma likes and makes (in no specific order) wine, art, and architecture. His newest venture “CAN” (Culture-Agriculture-Nature) applies design innovation to benefit disadvantaged agricultural communities.

Ma received a BS in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University and an M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania.


NBCUniversal Executives - Season 2015Ron Meyer is Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal. He provides strategic guidance and counsel on all aspects of the company, including its valuable portfolio of film and television assets, as well as the global theme park businesses.

He was promoted in September, 2013 after serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Studios since 1995.

Prior to joining Universal Studios, Mr. Meyer was President of Creative Artists Agency, which he founded in 1975 with four fellow agents from the William Morris Agency. Over the years they built the company into the preeminent talent agency, representing many of the industry’s most influential and talented people, and later expanding its range of services to include consulting with leading American and international corporations.

Previously, Mr. Meyer was a television agent with the William Morris Agency from 1970 to 1975. Prior to that, he worked as a messenger at the Paul Kohner Agency in Los Angeles from 1964 to 1970. Before joining the Paul Kohner Agency, Mr. Meyer served in the United States Marine Corps.

He lives in Malibu, California with his wife, Kelly Chapman, and has three daughters and a son.


Erica Muhl is dean of the USC Roski School of Art and Design and founding executive director of the USC Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, which welcomed its first freshman class in fall 2014. After 
23 years as tenured faculty in the USC Thornton School of Music, she now holds a dual appointment as professor of fine arts and composition.

As a composer, Muhl’s works have been commissioned, performed, and broadcast by leading organizations such as Minnesota Opera, New World Symphony, Italy’s Orchestra della RAI, Venezuela’s National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Arditti Quartet, National Public Radio, Mexican National Television and Radio-Televisione Italiana. Her music has been featured at national and international festivals and competitions, including the Aspen Festival, the International Festival of New Music in Caracas, the International Forum of New Music in Mexico City, the Festivale Nuovi Spazi in Rome and the International Percussion Competition in Luxembourg. She has received grants and awards from such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts and Opera America. She has been awarded residencies and fellowships from – among others – Italy’s Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the American Academy in Rome, the Cultural Ministry of Venezuela, the Richard-Wagner-Stätten in Dresden and the State of Saxony, Germany.

A noted speaker on classical and contemporary classical music, Muhl has been regularly invited to present talks for such organizations as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, and the New York Philharmonic, as well as colleges, universities, and concert series throughout the U.S. She is also currently featured as an on-camera expert for A&E Network’s online version of their celebrated biography series, Biography.com.


Mutlow_John_200x300Professor John Mutlow, FAIA is a teacher, researcher, and architect who has focused a majority of his academic and professional life on the design of affordable and social housing in community settings for a mix of residents, including the elderly, persons with special needs, and the less economically advantaged. He is a graduate of the Architectural Association, London, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California, where he is currently the Director of Global Programs.

His architectural firm, John V. Mutlow Architects, Inc., has focused on the design of affordable housing for the less advantaged, with an emphasis on special needs and social considerations. Projects have included adult (senior) centers, childcare centers, private schools, historic renovations, and single-family residences. The office has received national recognition through the publication of his projects in international magazines and books and is the recipient of numerous design awards.

Professor Mutlow was recognized in 2006 by Residential Architect as one of “10 Architects Making a Difference” in the area of residential architecture. He received from CCAIA an “Excellence in Education” Honor Award in 2001 and has received from Mayor Tom Bradley and the City of Los Angeles commendations for his dedicated services to the Pico Union Community, his participation in the 84/85 Olympics and for services to the City of Los Angeles. He was recognized as an ACSA Distinguished Professor in 2013.


Carmen A. Puliafito, Dean Keck School of Medicine of USCCarmen A. Puliafito, M.D., was appointed dean and holder of the May S. and John Hooval Dean’s Chair at the Keck School of Medicine of USC on November 1, 2007. He also serves as a professor of ophthalmology and health management, and as the primary academic officer of the Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center.

A renowned ophthalmologist, Puliafito is widely recognized for his innovative advances in treatment, including his co-invention of optical coherence tomography (OCT), a technology that has revolutionized the study of the human macula in health and disease. For his work on OCT, he was awarded (along with James Fujimoto and Eric Swanson) the 2002 Rank Prize – the world’s most prestigious award in optoelectronics.

Before joining USC, Puliafito chaired the Department of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine from 2001 to 2007. Prior to his work at Bascom Palmer, he served as founding director of the New England Eye Center and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Tufts University from 1991 to 2001.

Puliafito started his career at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School, where he was the founder of the Laser Research Laboratory and served as associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School until 1991.
A cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Puliafito earned his M.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency and fellowships in ophthalmic pathology and vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Saxon_Photo_new-200x300Leslie Saxon, M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Medicine (Clinical Scholar) at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and preventing sudden cardiac death. She has had a storied research career at UCLA, UCSF, and for the last nine years at the University of Southern California. Dr. Saxon has completed over 100 publications in various medical journals and is an active member of a multitude of organizations, including the American Heart Association, and the Heart Failure Society of America. She is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.

She is also the Executive Director of the internationally-acclaimed USC Center for Body Computing (CBC). The CBC is currently a place for all USC schools including medicine, engineering, business and cinematic arts to form interdisciplinary relationships and accelerate the future of fully integrated, “connected” medicine. Dr. Saxon participates in the pre-clinical and clinical development and testing of wearable and implanted technology, including networked devices used in medicine, wellness, and fitness disciplines. With her clinical expertise, she is a valuable strategist in developing device models and software solutions that offer engaging user-feedback based on real-time physiologic data. Her cultivation of critical innovative partnerships to jointly commercialize products within the CBC is essential for furthering and improving the dissemination of medical information, enhancing communication, and improving health outcomes. Dr. Saxon has spoken at various forums including TEDMED, SXSW, and WIRED Health and is regularly quoted in popular press (WSJ, NYT, BBC, and FastCompany).


Shaw_Roman_200x300Roman Shaw 邵俊 is a founding partner of DT Capital Partners. He was the former founding CEO of DragonTech Ventures, one of the earliest China-focused venture capital firms. Prior to that, Roman served in various management positions and directorships for five years within the Shanghai Industrial group, a major investment arm of the Shanghai municipal government with its flagship company listed in Hong Kong. In 1998, Roman co-founded a joint venture asset management company between Salomon Brothers and Shanghai Industrial focusing on the greater China market. Roman began his professional career with Merrill Lynch in 1992.

Roman has over 15 years of investing and operating experience. He led the investment in a number of innovative and high growth companies, including Suntech Power, the first Chinese company listed on NYSE; 91 Wireless Websoft Limited, acquired by Baidu, Inc. in September 2013 for USD 1.96 billion; Chongqing Chuanyi Automation Co. Ltd (603100 SH); Porton Pharmaceutical Technology Ltd (300363 SZ) and the leading preserved food chain store Laiyifen Co. Ltd and etc.

Roman received his MBA degree from USC Marshall School of Business, and he did his undergraduate study at Shanghai Fudan University majoring in international finance.

In 2005, Roman was elected as “Top 10 Most Active Venture Capitalist” for the third time by Zero2IPO. In 2014, he was named to the Forbes China Midas List for the seventh time, and he was awarded as “Excellent Capitalist” by Shanghai Security News. Roman is currently a governor of China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) and vice Chairman of PE Association of Shanghai (PEAS).


Simonds_Robert_200x300Robert Simonds is one of Hollywood’s most prolific and profitable film producers and entrepreneurs, responsible for 30 major studio titles that have generated more than $6 billion in worldwide revenue.

For more than two decades, Mr. Simonds has honed an approach to filmmaking that is based on tailoring projects to globally branded movie stars. He founded STX Entertainment on the principle that talent-driven, mid-budget motion pictures present the greatest opportunity in the current motion picture marketplace.

Mr. Simonds graduated summa cum laude from Yale University.


Smith_Stephen_200x300Dr. Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education, is committed to making the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust and of other crimes against humanity a compelling voice for education and action. As the first Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Chair, Dr. Smith is focused on finding strategies to optimize the effectiveness of the testimonies for education, research, and advocacy purposes.
He founded the UK Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire, England and co-founded the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity and genocide. He was also the inaugural Chairman of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, which runs the National Holocaust Memorial Day in the United Kingdom.
In October 2013, Dr. Smith was named the inaugural UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education.
Dr. Smith is also involved in memorial projects around the world. He is currently a delegate of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. He was the founder of the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda and Trustee of the South Africa Holocaust and Genocide Foundation.

A lauded international speaker and author, Dr. Smith lectures widely on issues relating to the history and collective response to the Holocaust, genocide, and crimes against humanity.

Dr. Smith is a member of the Order of the British Empire and received the Interfaith Gold Medallion. He holds two honorary doctorates, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Nottingham Trent University and Honorary Doctor of Laws from University of Leicester.


Song_Gilsun_200x300Gilsun Song is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Zhejiang University in Hanghzhou, China. She also serves as Director of the Institute of International Comparative Education at Zhejiang University. Dr. Song previously served as a Senior Research Fellow at Tsinghua University and as an Associate Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

In addition to her duties at Zhejiang University, Dr. Song served as a Senior Research Fellow in the Office of Innovation & Technology at the Stanford University School of Education (2013), and as a Visiting Scholar at the Seoul National University College of Education (2015) and at Salasiana University in Rome, Italy (2012).

Dr. Song earned her Ph.D. in Education (Comparative Education) from Beijing Normal University and her M.A. in Education from the Sangmyung Women’s University in South Korea. She is an Associate Partner in the UNIKE Project (EU) and several British Council Projects, numerous Chinese government projects (such as the 985 project), and in South Korea’s KEDI project.

Dr. Song’s research focuses on the internationalization of higher education in Asian countries, including topics such as international student mobility, asymmetrical power relations in higher education in the Asia-Pacific region, global citizenship education in China, and world-class university rankings.

Her publications include Internationalization of Chinese Higher Education Development and World-Class University – Asia and Latin America and over 40 other published conference articles and 30 articles published in academic journals in China and internationally.


Haluk Soydan_200x300Haluk Soydan is Research Professor, Associate Dean of Research, and Director of the Hamovitch Center for Science in Human Services, USC School of Social Work.

Haluk Soydan has a Ph. D. in sociology from Uppsala University, Sweden. He has a long professional career as faculty, academic dean and dean. Before joining USC in 2005 he has served for ten years as Research Director at Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare. His scientific publications include over eleven books and twenty five book chapters, and a large number of journal articles. He is editor of two international journals.

Dr. Soydan’s international experience is extensive. In 2002, on behalf of the Swedish Government, he was responsible for the research seminar “Evidence-based Knowledge and Sustainable Social Development” at the United Nations, NYC. He has been an invited expert to WHO’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health, launched in 2005 and to the Public Health Agency of Canada. He serves several other scientific advisory groups in the USA and internationally. He is a co-founder and co-chaired of the international Campbell Collaboration 2000-2007.

Dr. Soydan has received a dozen of awards including the Pro Humanitate Award for “Intellectual Integrity and Moral Courage.” Swedish Government award for “Zealous and Devoted Service to the Kingdom”, the International Campbell Collaboration’s Recognition of outstanding contribution to the Campbell Collaboration award, and USC School of Social Work’s award “Excellence in Leadership and Creativity.” He is member of the Honour Society Phi Kappa Phi.


Stevens_Raymond_200x300Raymond Stevens is a professor and the founding director of both the iHuman Institute at ShanghaiTech University and Bridge Institute at the University of Southern California (USC). He pioneered the area of high throughput structural biology — essential work for understanding the human body at atomic resolution as well as critical for pharmaceutical drug development.

He has helped develop several therapeutic molecules that have become breakthrough drugs to treat conditions ranging from rare childhood diseases to neuromuscular disorders and diabetes. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications in the area of human cell signaling and holds a series of patents. His laboratory has launched four biotech startups (Syrrx, acquired by Takeda; MemRx, acquired by Novartis; Receptos, which had an initial public offering (RCPT) in May 2013; and RuiYi, located in Shanghai) and three NIH Centers.

Stevens earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Southern Maine and his Ph.D. in chemistry from USC where he worked with Professor Robert Bau and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry George Olah (1994 Nobel Prize). He then conducted postdoctoral research in structural biology at Harvard University with Professor William Lipscomb (1976 Nobel Prize). Thomson Reuters named Stevens as having one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for 2014. His research accolades include the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, Beckman Foundation’s Young Investigator Award, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Outstanding Performance Award, Jouan Robotics Award, Sidhu Award, the Qian Ren Award, and the Zhao Chenggu SIMM Award for International Drug Discovery.


Ticktin_Cory_200x300Cory M. Ticktin, FAIA, RIBA, LEE AP has three decades of professional experience leading large-scale complex design efforts globally. His work includes a broad range of building types including corporate headquarters and campus environments, low and high-rise residential projects, retail and entertainment venues, hospitality projects and convention centers, civic and government buildings, transportation, public safety complexes and higher education facilities. Mr. Ticktin has an established reputation for design excellence and leadership with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the most distinguished commissions of the last decade, which include the Rama 9 Mixed Use Tower in Bangkok, Thailand, the Century RMV Residential Tower in Bangalore, India, the Korea Development Bank Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, and most recently a new Headquarters for the Westminster Police Department in Westminster, California. His work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He has earned international recognition from distinguished institutions including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), McGraw Hill and the City of Seoul, South Korea. He now resides in China as the Design Leader for the Beijing and Shanghai Offices as well as the Asia Region.

Mr. Ticktin received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California and was a faculty member at the USC School of Architecture as well as serving on the Executive Board of the USC Architectural Guild.


TogaArthur W. Toga, is the Director, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, Director, Institute of Neuroimaging and Informatics, Provost Professor, Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurology, Psychiatry, and the Behavioral Sciences, Radiology and Engineering at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

His research is focused on neuroimaging, informatics, mapping brain structure and function, and brain atlasing. He has developed multimodal imaging and data aggregation strategies and applied them in a variety of neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders. His work in informatics includes the development and implementation of some of the largest and most widely used databases and data mining tools linking disparate data from genetics, imaging, clinical and behavior, supporting global efforts in Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease. He was trained in neuroscience and computer science and has written more than 1,000 papers, chapters and abstracts, including eight books.

Recruited to UCLA in 1987, he formed and directed the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging. This 110-member laboratory includes graduate students from computer science, biostatistics and neuroscience. It is funded with grants from the National Institutes of Health grants as well as industry partners. He has received numerous awards and honors in computer science, graphics and neuroscience. At UCLA, he was a Distinguished Professor Neurology, held the Geffen Chair of Informatics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Associate Director of the UCLA Brain Mapping Division within the Neuropsychiatric Institute, and Associate Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal NeuroImage and holds the chairmanship of numerous committees within NIH and a variety of international task forces. In the fall of 2013, he and the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging were recruited to the University of Southern California.


Wang_Lin_200x300Lin Wang is a professor in the Department of Architecture at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (2008-2009) focusing on urban studies and environment. She studied urban planning and received her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Tongji University. Professor Wang has worked at the Shanghai Planning and Land Resource Administration Bureau for 16 years. She joined Shanghai Urban Planning Administration Bureau in 1998 and became the deputy director of historic preservation Administration Department; and director of Master Plan Department and Landscape and Sculpture Administration Department. She was also the Deputy Director of Shanghai Urban Planning Design and Research Institute (2011-2012) and Director of Transportation Planning Institute.

Professor Wang has been intensively involved in key urban planning in Shanghai, including the Master Planning of Shanghai and Strategy Planning of Shanghai Metropolitan Area, Redevelopment Planning of Shanghai waterfronts, and conservation planning of Shanghai Historical Areas. She also oversaw conservation, renovation and urban design guidelines for Shanghai Historical Areas. She is also the director of Shanghai Sculpture Center and organized severalsSculpture exhibitions, such as “Sculpture a Century” and “Pursuing Dream.” She is also the point curator of the 2015 Shanghai Urban Space Art Season. She is an adjunct professor of Tongji University and a member of Shanghai Planning Expert Committee and Urban Land Institute.


Wilson_Ernest_230x300Ernest James Wilson III, Ph.D., is the Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication and Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He serves on the boards of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from 2000 to 2010, the last year as chairman.

Dean Wilson’s experience at the intersection of communication and public policy spans the private and public sectors, serving on the senior staff of the White House National Security Council and on Capitol Hill. He has been an advisor to leading international agencies such as the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the United Nations. He has authored and edited many books and journals, and led research centers and academic departments at institutions of higher education. His current research analyzes global needs for talent, which he terms ‘Third Space Talents’.

In China, Wilson was a plenary speaker at the second Boao Forum, and has testified on China-US relations before committees of the US Senate and China’s Peoples Political Consultative Conference, and addressed senior officials of the State Council. He co-chairs the US-China Bi-National Commission on Trust Building and has published on China in Asian Affairs and the Harvard International Review. He was recently named a Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Dr. Wilson was a member of President Barak Obama’s Transition Team with responsibilities in public diplomacy, international communications, and technology policies. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Berkeley.


Xia_Shuqin Sept 2Born in 1929, Shuqin Xia is a well-known survivor of the Nanjing Massacre. She lost seven family members on December 13th, 1937, when her family’s belongings and home was looted by the Japanese army. Her grandparents were shot dead and her mother and three sisters were raped and then murdered. Shuqin Xia herself was stabbed three times before losing consciousness. The massacre of Shuqin’s family was filmed by John G. Magee, a US missionary and then chairman of the International Commission of Nanking Red Cross. After the war, Magee’s films were shown at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East as an important evidence.

In 2006, Shuqin Xia was awarded 1.6 million RMB in compensation after winning a lawsuit in Nanjing against two Japanese rightist historians who had claimed that she had not been a witness of the Nanking Massacre. The case was later pursued in the Japanese courts. In 2009 the Supreme Court of Japan ordered Shūdō Higashinakano, one of the deniers to pay JPY 4 million in damages to Shuqin Xiao, asserting that he had libelously defamed her.

During recent years, Shuqin Xiao has devoted herself to various testimony programs.


Ye_Jerry_200x300Mr. Jerry Ye 叶宁 is currently the vice president of Wanda Culture Industry Group, a board member of Wanda Cinema Line Corporation, board member of AMCE Theaters, Chairman of Wuzhou Film Distribution Company, Ltd., the vice president of China Film Circulation and Projection Association, a council member of the China Film Fund and a council member of the China Film Association.

Mr. Ye has made his outstanding contribution to the rapid development of Wanda Group during his tenure as the general manager of the Department of Development at Wanda Commercial Development Company and General Manager of Wanda Cinema Line Corporation. As the vice president of Wanda Culture Industry Group, Mr. Ye is currently in charge of Wanda Media Company, Ltd., China Times, Popular Movies as well as Wuzhou Film Distribution.


Yannis C. Yortsos was appointed dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 2005. He is the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and also holds the Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering.
Yortsos is well known for his work on fluid flow, transport and reaction processes in porous and fractured media, with applications to the recovery of subsurface fluids and soil remediation. He has been actively involved in the peer review of the Yucca Mountain Project for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste.

Yortsos joined the USC faculty in 1978 and chaired the department of chemical engineering from 1991 to 1997. He has been part of the senior leadership team at USC Viterbi since July 1, 2001, and served as interim dean for a year before his appointment to the position.

An invited scholar at several institutions in the United States and abroad, Yortsos has received many honors for research, teaching and service. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and serves as the Secretary of Section 11 to the National Research Council. He is an associate member of the Academy of Athens and received in 2014 the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Yortsos also serves on the executive committee of the Engineering Deans Council, and completed his tenure as member of the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council.

Yortsos received his B.Sc. from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering.


Yu Yu_Christina_WebChristina Yu Yu 喻瑜 is the Director of USC Pacific Asia Museum, the only museum dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and Pacific Islands within a major research university. Prior to joining USC, she served as Assistant Curator of Chinese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she co-curated the exhibition Chinese Paintings from Japanese Collections, and oversaw the display of LACMA’s Chinese art galleries. This was the first major exhibition in the United States to look at the story of Chinese Paintings in Japan over the course of six hundred years, and features nearly forty masterpieces.

Prior to joining LACMA and moving to Los Angeles, Dr. Yu Yu’s previous experience includes positions with Chambers Fine Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and MoMA in addition to being on the curatorial team at the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan and the International Center of Photography in New York.

Her research interests include the arts of the literati in China, particularly paintings and calligraphy from the tenth to the eighteenth centuries, and contemporary art practices in Asia. She has published and lectured internationally on these topics. Christina received her B.A. from Wellesley College, M.A. from Boston University, and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago.


Zhang_WenjunProf. Wenjun Zhang 张文军 was appointed as Dean of USC-Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry on April 30, 2015. He is a Fellow of IEEE. His main research fields are digital video coding and wireless transmission, multimedia semantic processing and intelligent video surveillance. He is the chief scientist of the Chinese National Engineering Research Center of Digital TV (NERC-DTV) and the national research and development project of next generation television technologies. He is also the chairman of Future Broadcast Television Initiative (FOBTV) Management Committee. He was one of the main contributors to the Chinese Digital Television Terrestrial Broadcasting Standard (DTMB) issued in 2006. He successfully led the team to develop the first Chinese HDTV prototype system in 1998. Prior to that, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Philips in Nuremberg, Germany, where he was actively involved in developing HD-MAC system. He received his Ph.D. degree of electronic engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1989.


JohnZhao_PhotoJohn Zhao 赵令欢 is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China. Mr. Zhao also serves as Executive Vice President of Hony’s sponsor firm, Legend Holdings Corporation, one of China’s best known companies and the parent of Lenovo Group (HK.0992).

Under Mr. Zhao’s leadership, Hony Capital currently manages over USD 7.0 billion of assets and has invested in more than 80 companies domestically and abroad.

Prior to launching Hony Capital, Mr. Zhao held a number of senior management positions in US companies. He was Managing Partner at eGarden Ventures, Chairman and CEO of Infolio Inc. and Vadem Inc., VP and GM at US Robotics Inc. (NASDAQ: USRX) and R&D Director at Shure Brothers, Inc.. Mr. Zhao also serves on the boards of several Hony’s portfolio companies and other prestigious companies including Lenovo, Zoomlion, Chengtou Holdings, Jin Jiang International Hotels, etc.

Mr. Zhao holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, dual master’s degrees in electric engineering and physics from Northern Illinois University, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Nanjing University.


Zhu_Chengshan_200x300Chengshan Zhu 朱成山 is the curator of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, and one of the most internationally prominent scholars of Chinese history, museum studies, and peace-building. Director Zhu has held leadership positions at many research institutions, including the Nanjing International Peace Research Institute, the Chinese Association of Museums, the Historical Society of the Nanjing Massacre, Chinese Writers Association, and the Historical Society of the Chinese People’s War Against Japanese Invasion. He is a master advisor at Nanjing Normal University and the chief editor of Japanese Invasion of China History Research.


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