In pursuit of the profound, the innovative, and the visionary
Rideau Canal in Downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Inducted into the Rotary Club of Charlotte (Downtown), with endorser Mike Hawley (Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites, May 16, 2017)
Inducted into the Rotary Club Dilworth South End, with endorsers Pete Heuberger and Rohan Paul (Dilworth Neighborhood Grill, November 18, 2016)
Hosted a panel on foreign direct investments into the Carolinas with Bob Morgan (President/CEO of Charlotte Chamber of Commerce), Rick Dowd (Chairman/MD, Mid-Market Investment Banking, Wells Fargo), and Damon Gregoire (former CFO of 3D Systems) (Charlotte Chamber, July 26, 2016)
Meeting SFU Alumnus and UAE General Consul to New York, HE. Majid Al-Suwaidi (Charlotte, June 14, 2016)
With Rohan Paul (former Managing Director, JP Morgan & Wells Fargo), Indian Ambassador to the US H.E. Arun Singh, and Rajnish Bharadwaj (EVP/Head, Cross-border strategy & governance, Wells Fargo) (Wells Fargo, Charlotte, April 8, 2016).
I was awarded Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year 2015 (Educator category). With winners in other categories (from left), Tiffani Teachey, Senator Jeff Jackson, Nepherterra Estrada, Amanda Pickens, Brooke Mize, and Omari Sealy (NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, April 8, 2015).
Having a breakfast with Louis T. Wells (Harvard Business School) and Karl P. Sauvant (Columbia Law School) in Dubai, UAE; we were invited to be speakers at Annual Investment Meeting of UAE (JW Marriott, April 10, 2014)
From left, with Meredith and C.D. Spangler (former President of University of North Carolina System and Harvard University’s Board of Overseers) at World Affairs Council of Charlotte (WACC) event on U.S.-China economic relations. Chatted about the quality of little Chinese visiting students in the U.S. (Hilton Charlotte, Sep 5, 2013)
From left, with Hon. Donald W. Campbell (Distinguished Fellow at Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada) and my wife Lulu (Vancouver Club, Apr 11, 2012)
From left, with my doctoral committee members Thomas B. Lawrence (now at Oxford), Jing Li, my wife Lulu (not a committee member), Rajneesh Narula (Head of John Dunning Center, Reading), Daniel M. Shapiro (Committee Chair and Senior Supervisor), and Steven Globerman after successful Ph.D. thesis defense (Segal School, Feb 27, 2012).
Gave a presentation at the 5th Harvard China Goes Global Conference (Harvard Kennedy School, Oct 4, 2011).
Shared a joke with my friend and business mentor (and a regular “coffee mate”) Martin J.G. Glynn (former Chairman, President and CEO of HSBC Bank USA and Canada) at National Conversation on Asia (NCA) Vancouver Launch Event (Bill Reid Gallery, Apr 20, 2011)
Attended the 2nd International Gateways and Corridors Conference ft. Hon. Stockwell Day (then Minister for Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative of Canada) and Hon. Li Shenglin (李盛霖) (the Minister of Transport of China). I served as a short-term Economic Officer at the Coordination Directorate of the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative as the Vancouver representative of the Ottawa office (Sutton Hotel Vancouver, Nov 17, 2010).
With Jim O’Neill (then Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management; Father of “BRIC”) at 2009 Canadian International Council (CIC) Seminar on BRIC. Chatted about the forming of Group 2 (Cecil Green, Vancouver, May 28, 2009).
From left, with David T. Fung (past Chair of National Board of Manufacturers and Exporters Associations of Canada), Victor Gao (高志凯) (former Interpreter for Deng Xiaoping, then retiring SVP of CNOOC), and Kenny Zhang (Research Director at APFC) at Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC boardroom, Feb, 2009).
Attended a roundtable on Canada-China foreign investment issues with officials from Department of Industry and Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Government of Canada (DFAIT boardroom, Ottawa, 2007).
First meeting of Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) partners and friends (Columbia University, March 17, 2017)
After a thought-provoking symposium on Global social evolution with Jared Diamond (UCLA, Pulitzer Prize recipient) and John Cantwell (Rutgers) at 2016 Academy of Management Meeting (Anaheim Convention Center, August 9, 2016).
I serve as an advisor on the Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts’s Charlotte-China Business Council (Charlotte, June 14, 2016)
With my doctoral supervisor Dean Daniel M. Shapiro (left) after his winning of 2014 Best Educator (Dean) of Academy of International Business, and Alain Verbeke (Incoming Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Business Studies) (Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, June 23, 2014).
2014 MBA Class of Managing the Multinational Enterprise after the final challenge game, prepared and judged by Wells Fargo Country Risk Analytics Director Philip Stafford. This year’s winner is “Five Girls and a Boy” – a hypothetical American wine company in Argentina (UNC Charlotte City Center, April 28, 2014)
With Timothy Beardson (Crosby) at World Affairs Council of Charlotte (WACC) on his China book event (Hilton Charlotte, Sep 19, 2013)
Invited for a visit to the Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University (Tsinghua Yuan, Dec 19, 2011)
Attended National Conversation on Asia (NCA) Vancouver Launch Event ft. Hon. David Emerson (former Minister of International Trade, Foreign Affairs, and Asia Pacific Gateway of Canada) (Bill Reid Gallery, Apr 20, 2011)
Attended Canada-China Business Council (CCBC) Roundtable with China Managing Director Daniel Cheng (程颖峰) (APF boardroom, Dec 8, 2010).
Attended Asian Development Bank President luncheon ft. Haruhiko Kuroda (Austin Center Vancouver, Sep 24, 2010).
Attended Canada-Mongolia Business Forum ft. Mongolian Prime Minister Sükhbaataryn Batbold (Harbour Centre, Oct 1, 2010).
With Hon. Earl Drake (former Canadian Ambassador to China, Indonesia) at 2009 Canadian International Council (CIC) Seminar on BRIC (Cecil Green, May 28, 2009).
Invited by then-Chairman Stephen Wortley of Lang Michener (now merged to McMillan) to attend 2009 Spring Banquet of Hong Kong - Canada Business Association (HKCBA) (Canada Place, Vancouver, Mar 4, 2009).
Attended a roundtable on Canada-China foreign investment issues with officials from Department of Industry (IC), Government of Canada (IC boardroom, Ottawa, 2006).
From left, with Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University; 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences), Karl Sauvant (Columbia Law School), Sheng Bin (盛斌) and Yan Bing (严兵) (Nankai University) at International Conference on the Rise of TNCs from Emerging Markets (Columbia Law School, New York, Oct 24, 2006).
Supported by UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Industry Canada, MOFCOM and Nankai, I co-organized Transnational Corporations (TNC) Review’s launching event in Ottawa; With Hafiz Mira (Chief of Investment Issues at UNCTAD) after the conference closing session (Marriott Ottawa, Aug 3, 2007).
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