2018 Speakers and Panelists


Peter Hua

Dr. Peter Hua is a co-founder and Managing Partner of SB China Capital (SBCVC, previously known as Softbank China Venture Capital), a leading venture capital and private equity firm in China with spotlight portfolios such as Alibaba, Taobao, Focus Media, BGI, Dian Diagnostics, Navinfo, and GDS. He was ranked as a top venture capitalist by Forbes and other professional journals. Prior to co-founding SBCVC, he was with McKinsey (Shanghai) and Siemens (USA).

Peter holds a B.S. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and a Ph. D. from University of Wisconsin.

Cynthia Meng

Cynthia Meng has over 19 years of experience in global TMT industry. She is now an angel investor in technology and Internet, and founder and managing partner of Credence Investment Holding, an investment advisory and consultancy based in Beijing and HK, helping entrepreneurs with fund raising, evaluating investment and M&A opportunities. Cynthia worked as a publishing senior equity research analyst on Wall Street for 11 years until mid-2016, covering Chinese Internet, technology, telecom services and education companies such as Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, JD.com, China Mobile, ZTE, New Oriental, and Tal Education. During this time, she led many successful major Internet and technology company IPOs in the US and HK when working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Jefferies. Cynthia is a strong believer in the advancement and positive changes in people's lives enabled by technology innovations. Her investment and work have a particular focus on consumption upgrade, industrialization, and long-term shift in China's population demographics.

Cynthia graduated with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

May Wu

May Wu is the Chief Strategy Officer of Homeinns Hotel Group, a leading economy hotel operator in China, and has served in this capacity since April 2010. She is responsible for the Company’s new and strategic business initiatives development, evaluation, and execution. She was Homeinns’ Chief Financial Officer from July 2006 to April 2010, and led the Company’s US IPO in October 2006, as well as the Company’s subsequent capital raising. Other major experience of Ms. Wu includes First Vice President at Schroder Investment Management North America Inc., Vice President at JP Morgan Asset Management, Independent Director of Swire Properties, Noah Holdings, eLong, Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Company Limite, E-House (China) Holdings Limited, etc.

Ms. Wu holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Fudan University in China, a master’s degree in economics from Brooklyn College at the City University of New York and an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

David Rank

David Rank is currently the leader of global business advisory firm The Cohen Group's China practice. Prior to his current role, David spent 27 years as a State Department Foreign Service Officer, including his final assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy to China. In this capacity, David ran the Embassy’s day-to-day operations, worked closely with his counterparts in Washington and Beijing, and served as the Chargé d’Affaires for the six months prior to Ambassador Terry Branstad’s arrival in Beijing. David served in five other positions in the region: two prior posts at the US Embassy in Beijing, two at the America Institute in Taiwan, and one at the US Consulate General in Shanghai. He has also served at the US Embassies in Afghanistan, Greece, and Mauritius. David's domestic assignments included Director of the State Department’s Office on Afghanistan Affairs, Senior Advisor to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and the Desk Officer for the Republic of Korea.

David speaks Mandarin, French, Dari, and Greek. A native of Chicago, David attended the University of Illinois.

Sam Hsu

Sam Hsu is executive vice president of Strategic Planning & Commercial Digital Solutions for Ecolab Inc. During his 21-year career with Ecolab, Sam has held several leadership positions in Global Services, Global Strategic Planning, Greater China, International Healthcare, Latin America, Treasury and Corporate Development. Prior to Ecolab, Sam was a financial analyst at Merrill Lynch Asset Management and held various strategic and clinical positions in the healthcare industry. Sam also served as a government official for the Ministry of Health in Taiwan.

Sam received a bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan University and master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Hunter Williams

Hunter Williams is a partner at Oliver Wyman, based in Chicago and Shanghai. He has many years of experience as a strategic consultant in East Asia. Prior to Oliver Wyman, Hunter was a partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants. Hunter is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Hunter received a Masters of Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Finance and East Asian Languages from the University of Florida.

Fei Yin

Fei Yin is the CEO of Guotai Junan Securities USA, Inc., the US subsidiary of leading Chinese investment bank Guotai Junan. He is an experienced M&A banker with over $20 bn in executed transactions, over 10 years of experience working on a variety of transactions in TMT, automotive, metals and mining, industrials and healthcare industries. He specializes in complicated, cross border deal making. Prior to Guotai Junan, he worked at UBS Investment Bank and Evercore Partners.

Fei holds a Master's of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1998.

Ricky Ng

Ricky is the founder of iClick Interactive and i-house.com. He has more than 10 years of experience in digital marketing and entrepreneurship, and served as an early employee and then Senior Business Manager of Yahoo Asia – Yahoo! Search Marketing.

Ricky graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor in Engineering, E-commerce and Financial Engineering.

Ted Fishman

Ted is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and former derivatives trader. He is the author of two influential books: the international bestseller, China, Inc., in which where he describes the effects of China's emergence as a world power on the lives and businesses of people everywhere. His second important book, Shock of Gray, explores how the aging of the world’s population and the worldwide trend toward smaller families drive globalization and change our most important relationships. His books have been published in 27 languages and over 50 foreign editions. His essays and reports appear in many of the world’s most prominent publications, including The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Chicago Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, Money and Harper's. Ted has been a fellow at the think tank for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Longevity. He has also been faculty director and lecturer with programs for global executives through Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. Ted has lived and worked in Japan and Indonesia, and is fluent in Bahasa Indonesian.

Ted is a graduate of Princeton University and currently lives in Chicago.

Stephen Markscheid

Stephen is a Corporate finance professional with 30+ year’s experience in the US, Asia and Europe, specializing in M&A, strategic investments, joint ventures and new business development across industries in emerging markets. He has extensive experience across diverse industries including healthcare, technology, banking, and finance, working and living in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and London. He is fluent in written and spoken English, Mandarin Chinese as well as conversational Japanese and French.

Stephen holds a Bachelor degree in East Asia Studies at Princeton University and an MBA degree at Columbia University.

John Robinson

John has operated as a strategy and operations consultant in the water/wastewater business for 9 years, and is largely responsible for deal sourcing and execution of Mazarine's investments. John has lead over 30 consulting engagements that have included top-line and bottom-line initiatives, developing a track record driving performance improvement for water/wastewater technology executives. John completed undergraduate studies at Denison University and graduate work at Johns Hopkins University SAIS. He lived in China for 7 years, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and maintains large network in China's water/wastewater technologies industry. John is Co-chair the Connect platform at Chicago-based Current, a non-profit water technology innovation hub.

Greg Hanifee

Greg Hanifee, Associate Dean of Kellogg's Executive MBA Global Network. He brings to Kellogg more than 25 years of international management experience in telecommunications, consulting and higher education, including 8 years in China. Most recently he was assistant dean of executive programs at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Dashun Wang

Dashun Wang is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management. His work has been applied to understand and predict social interactions, human mobility, creativity and scientific impact. His research has been published in general audience journals such as Science, and PNAS as well as top specialized venues in computer science and physics, and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Economist, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, among other major global media outlets.

Dashun received his PhD in Physics from Northeastern University.