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Asia Business Conference

26th Asia Business Conference

Location: University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor MI

Date: January 20th - 21st, 2017

For more detailed information such as conference schedule, faculty moderators and speakers' profile:



Keynote Speaker: 

Clement Leung

Commissioner, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, US

India Panel:

  • Faculty Moderator:

    • Prof. Jordan Siegel - Ross Strategy​

  • Speakers:

    • Kanishk Agarwal - Founder/Managing Director, AGacquisitions

    • Tel Ganesan - Chairman, Kybba

    • Arvind Gupta - Chirman, BJP Digital India Foundation

    • Nagendra Palle - Managing Director, Mahindra First Choice

China Panel:

  • Faculty Moderator:

    • Prof. Maggie Zhou - Ross Strategy​

  • Speakers:

    • Sophie Hu - CEO, CCW Investments Ltd

    • John Cheng - Director of Asia Pacific Integration, Ford Motor

    • Patrick Guo - Executive Vice President and Asia Pacific General Manager, Tenneco

    • Phil Wyckstandt, Executive Director, Global Program Management – PG Metals & Mechanisms, Adient LLC


ASEAN Panel:

  • Faculty Moderator:

    • Prof. John Ciorciari - Ford SPP​

  • Speakers:

    • Salem Ghandour - Vice President, Maybank (Malaysia)

    • Thomas Treutler - Partner/Managing Director, Tilleke & Gibbins

    • Wachirachai Koonamwattana - Head, Strategy, SCG (Thailand)

Finance Panel:

  • Faculty Moderator:

    • Prof. Linda Lim - Ross Strategy​

  • Speakers:

    • Yoshiyasu Harada - Executive Director, Nomura Securities

    • Patty C. Yang - Former Citi Investment  Banker, Asia (2005 - 2016)

    • Stephen Ng, CEO, CICC, Singapore


Consulting Panel:

  • Faculty Moderator:

    • Prof. Amy Nguyen-Chyung, Ross Strategy​

  • Speakers:

    • Deepak Mavatoor - Partner, Tata Consultancy Services

    • David Lee - Partner/Managing Director, BCG Hong Kong

    • Sumana Rajarethnam - Senior Consultant, Economist Intelligence Unit

Japan Panel:

  • Faculty Moderator:

    • Prof. Jordan Siegel - Ross Strategy​

  • Speakers:

    • Arif Iqball, formerly Benesse Holdings, McCann Holdings, Becton Dickinson, Delphi and Ford (all Japan)

    • Michinari Nishimura, Founder/CEO, Greenfield Consulting, Japan

    • Akira Tezuka, Chairman of Mizuho Corporate Advisory Co., Mizuho Bank

Erb Institute Sustainability Panel:

(Sponsored by Erb Institute)

  • Faculty Moderator:

    • Nate Springer

  • Speakers:

    • Linda Greer- NRDC

    • Pete Hardigan- Ford

    • Thomas F. Catania, Jr.- Former Vice President of Government Relations at Whirlpool Corporations

Conference Highlights


-Ross Global Initiatives & China Initiatives

-Prof. Gunter Dufey

-Center for Japanese Studies

-Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

-Center for South Asian Studies

-Ross Executive Education

-U-M Office of the President

-Mitsui Life Institute

-East Asian Management Development Center

-Nam Center for Korean Studies

-Center for Southeast Asian Studies

-Frederick A. & Barbara M. Erb Institute

-Robert "Bob" Wilson

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