USC Global Conference 2015 Opens in Shanghai

The 2015 USC Global Conference opened at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai tonight with a record attendance of more than 700 registered attendees at the welcome dinner to start the event. Guests were treated to special performances by local artists and USC students.

The conference runs through Saturday, Oct. 31, and features presentations and discussions among USC researchers, Chinese business leaders and other global executives and academics.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias welcomes attendees to the Global Conference in Shanghai.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias welcomes attendees to the Global Conference in Shanghai.

“Our entire delegation is extremely grateful that so many have come from all corners of this country, and from all corners of the world, to be here among our faithful friends in the Trojan Family.” said C. L. Max Nikias, president of USC. “Together we find ourselves on the precipice of a new era of progress and partnership, bridging the academic and cultural divides in this extraordinary Pacific Age.”

Hosted by the University of Southern California, the event will address “Innovations for a Rapidly Changing World.” Bob Iger, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of The Walt Disney Company, will be featured in a conversation with veteran journalist Willow Bay, director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism during Friday morning’s opening session.

“Innovation is not just what we do, it is who we are,” said USC Provost Michael Quick in his welcome to the conference attendees before dinner

“Innovation is not just what we do, it is who we are,” said USC Provost Michael Quick in his welcome to the conference attendees before dinner

“Innovation does not spring from the accomplishments of the past; it springs from the opportunities of the future,” said Michael Quick, USC Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, in his opening remarks to the conference attendees.

Participants at the Global Conference will learn about cutting-edge innovations in business, science, technology, medicine, and the arts and entertainment that are already changing the world and will explore the opportunities they present for the future. These advancements reinforce the university’s commitment to addressing the world’s most intractable problems and creating solutions that have truly global impact.

Yoyo acrobatics from Shanghai’s Diabolo Star Troupe.

Yoyo acrobatics from Shanghai’s Diabolo Star Troupe.

Prominent Chinese business leaders participating in the conference include, Chengyu Fu, former chairman of China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) and USC Trustee; Jerry Ye, vice president of Wanda Culture Industry Group; Ruigang Li, founding chairman of CMC Capital Partners and CMC Holdings Limited; David U. Lee, founder and CEO of Leeding Media; and John Zhao, founder, Chairman and CEO of Hony Capital. Television personalities Dong Qing and Bai Xu Xu will emcee the event’s gala dinner on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Shanghai Theater Academy performs for USC Global Conference attendees after dinner.

The Shanghai Theater Academy performs for USC Global Conference attendees after dinner.

USC’s Global Conference series is a biennial event held in major world cities that brings together renowned academics and influential business leaders to present and discuss the latest research results across the full range of academic disciplines and their influence on the Pacific Rim. This year’s international event is co-chaired by Ming Hsieh, Chairman and CEO of Fulgent Therapeutics and a USC Trustee, and Michael Quick, USC Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs.

USC opera student Hui Jin – accompanied by Aram Arakelyan on piano – sang three selections to close the event.

USC opera student Hui Jin – accompanied by Aram Arakelyan on piano – sang three selections to close the event.

The USC Global Conference 2015 is presented by Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China. Additional presenting sponsors are Apple Foundation, a local charity foundation focused on education and healthcare services, and Antaeus Group, a prominent Beijing real estate development company.

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles – a global center for arts, technology and international business – USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

For more information about the USC Global Conference 2015, visit http://globalconference2015.usc.edu.