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Think Asia, Think Hong Kong !

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Free Event, but must register at HKTDC site: Registration (

Please join us for this unique gathering of US and Hong Kong business leaders and entrepreneurs. Gain fresh insight into the world's fastest growing markets. Learn how to leverage Hong Kong's numerous advantages to tap into China and other Asian markets. This program spotlights opportunities offered by the Pacific Bridge Initiative, a US-Hong Kong Business Partnership Program. For more information, visit:

8:15-9:00am ( Registration

9:00-9:10am Opening Remarks

Mr Jay Inslee

Governor, Washington State (invited)


Hong Kong: America’s Bridge to Asian Growth

Ms Margaret Fong

Deputy Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council


Panel Discussion I – Hong Kong: Asia’s Technology Marketplace

Mr Ludwig Ng, Senior Partner, ONC Lawyers

Mr Nelson Dong, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney

Representative from Microsoft (to be invited)

To be moderated by Mr Michael Schutzler, President, Washington Technology Industry Association (invited)

(An interactive session with a panel consisting of a HK speaker explaining HK as an ideal IP platform for US tech companies entering the mainland and Asia and a US tech company sharing its experience of doing business in Hong Kong or via Hong Kong with mainland China.)


Panel Discussion II – Selling to China and Other Markets in Asia

Mr Vijay Talwar, General Manager and President of International, Blue Nile

Mr Charles Witzleben, President, Supervalu

Ms Alexandra Lafontaine, International Trade Relations Manager, Chateau St Michelle

To be moderated by Mr Sam Kaplan, President, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle

(A panel discussion with a renowned US brand on its marketing and sales strategies to sell to Hong Kong or via Hong Kong to mainland China and other Asian markets and a US government agency on its export incentive policies for US companies, with a special highlight on the Pacific Bridge Initiative.)


Panel Discussion III – Hong Kong: An Optimal Distribution Solution for Your Asian Business

Mr Tommy Lui, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions, Head of Asia, Li & Fung Logistics

Mr Jonathan Geiger, Director, Business Operations Supply Chain Management & Operations, Commercial Airplanes, Boeing (invited)

Ms. Courtney Gregoire, Co-President of the Seattle Port of Commission (invited)

To be moderated by Ms Kristi Heim, President of Washington China Relations Council (invited)

(An interactive session with a panel consisting of a HK logistics expert explaining HK as a key platform in supply chain management for US companies and local US brands sharing its experience of product distribution to and via Hong Kong.)


Closing Remarks

Mr Andy Yip

Chairman, Hong Kong Association of Washington


Luncheon with Keynote Address

Keynote Address by

Mr Mark Spiegel

Vice President & Director, Center for Pacific Basin Studies Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

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