Sponsors and Partners

Lead Sponsor: Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations agency with offices in 81 countries around the world. The firm’s success is built on its deep commitment to client service, our people, creativity, collaboration and harnessing the power of Advocates – engaging stakeholders in new and creative ways to build brands and reputation. Weber Shandwick provides strategy and execution across practices such as consumer marketing, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate and crisis management.

Its specialized services include digital/social media, advocacy advertising, market research, and corporate responsibility. In 2010, Weber Shandwick was named Global Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report for the second year in a row; an ‘Agency of the Decade’ by Advertising Age, Large PR Agency of the Year by Bulldog Reporter, a Digital Firm of the Year by PR News, and Top Corporate Responsibility Advisory Firm by CR Magazine.

The firm has also won numerous ‘best place to work’ awards around the world. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG).

For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com or http://www.webershandwick.asia


Lead Partner: AmCham China

The American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China (AmCham China) is a non-profit organization which represents US companies and individuals doing business in China. It’s mission is to help American companies succeed in China through advocacy, information, networking and business support services.

AmCham China’s membership comprises more than 3,800 individuals from over 1,000 companies. In addition to its headquarters in Beijing, the chamber has chapters in Central China (Wuhan), Northeast China (Dalian), and Tianjin.

It has more than 35 industry- and issue-specific forums and committees, holds a wide range of networking and informational events, and meets with US and Chinese officials to discuss challenges and opportunities facing US firms doing business in China.

For more information about AmCham-China, please click here.


Executive Search Partner: Taylor Bennett Heyman


Taylor Bennett Heyman is a global Executive Search expert in corporate communications, government affairs and investor relations. With offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, London, New York and San Francisco, we draw on our international network to fulfil the needs of our clients and candidates.

Taylor Bennett Heyman provides retained Executive Search services to companies, academic institutions, major non-profits and associations that value the corporate affairs function and demand a tailored fit when filling senior-level roles in their organizations. Operating across Asia Pacific and Australasia, Taylor Bennett Heyman brings together Taylor Bennett and Heyman Associates: two market-leading corporate communications, government affairs and investor relations Executive Search specialists with, jointly, almost 60 years’ experience of service excellence and successful placements in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Australasia.

Now more than ever, communications officers and government affairs executives play a critical advisory and integration role in serving the executive leadership team. We have built a reputation as trusted advisors by focusing on one thing and doing it well: helping organizations identify and secure the highest calibre communications and government affairs leaders. What sets us apart is the depth of our relationships, which we measure in years or even decades: many of our clients were once candidates we championed and advised as they were building their own careers. Our experience, our deep professional links, and our proven process and proprietary talent assessment ensure the highest level of success for our clients. We know what it takes to succeed in public relations, media relations, government affairs, public policy, social and digital media, crisis communications, executive communications, investor relations, branding and internal communications.

Every week, we have conversations with hundreds of senior communications and government affairs professionals. We know the challenges they face and the issues they care about. That puts us in a unique position to comment on trends in the profession, and we feel it is our responsibility to do so. Through our parent company’s work with The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and other organizations, we share what we have learned for the benefit of everyone in this field, from top leaders to those whose careers are still in their nascence.

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Partners Include:

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The US Information Technology Office

The United States Information Technology Office (USITO) is an independent, non-profit, membership-based trade association, representing the U.S. information communication technologies (ICT) industry in China.

Founded in late 1994 by the leading U.S. ICT industry associations, USITO seeks to provide new insights and approaches to the many complex challenges facing the ICT industry in China, which sits at the heart of the U.S.-China trade relationship.

USITO serves to create effective channels for engagement between our members and the Chinese & U.S. governments, academia and other industry groups focused on improving policy and regulation.

USITO serves as the China representative of four leading trade associations in the U.S., including:

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)
Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

 USITO also represents approximately 50 leading US-based companies actively engaged in China, drawn from across the spectrum of information and communication technologies.


Food Industry Asia


FIA was formed in 2010 to enable major food companies to speak with one voice in Asia, principally in response to the region’s rapid economic growth and complex challenges in areas such as food safety, harmonised regulatory standards and effective public health approaches. From its base in Singapore, FIA positions the industry as a constructive, trusted partner in the development of food policy throughout the region.

It provides an important hub for advocacy and debate and brings together the region’s most respected industry leaders to champion initiatives that promote sustainable growth. FIA members are leading manufacturers and retailers of food who share common values on food safety, international competitiveness and the delivery of public health outcomes that are relevant to their products. Together, they support local industry groups in the region and reach out to stakeholders who share their common vision.

For more information, please visit www.foodindustry.asia

The CBI: the voice of business.

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The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is the UK’s largest independent, business-fundedlobbying organisation. Members include multinationals, SMEs and trade associations.

Established in 1965, the CBI represents more than 240,000 companies, employing one-third of the UK’s private sector workforce.

The CBI’s role in China:The CBI’s China office was established in 2006 to advance the interestsof its member companies in China. It is a uniquely positioned businessorganisation, drawing on the resources and expertise of its UK HeadOffice, as well as those of its international offices in Brussels,Washington DC and New Delhi.Services: Member services in China include representation, networking, and provision of business intelligence and analysis.

Representation: We represent member companies across China and articulate their interests in policy-influencing circles in China, and back to the UK government.

Networking: We collaborate closely with partner organisations, companies and government to ensure an optimal business environment for members. Wealso work with Chinese government partner organisations and stakeholders in addition to key UK, US and European policy and lobbying bodies.

Intelligence: We provide economic intelligence and unrivalled business insight via a variety of platforms including China Direct, a members’ business blog,our website and other online multimedia channels.

For more visit: www.cbi.org.uk/about-the-cbi/world/china/


The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai


The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, known as the “Voice of American Business” in China, is the largest and fastest growing American Chamber in the Asia Pacific region. Founded in 1915, AmCham Shanghai was the third American Chamber established outside the United States. As a non-profit, non-partisan business organization, AmCham Shanghai is committed to the principles of free trade, open markets, private enterprise and the unrestricted flow of information.

Vision: The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai strives to be the leading international business association in China.
Mission: To support the success of our members by promoting a healthy business environment in China, strengthening U.S.-China commercial ties and providing high-quality business information and resources.

For more visit: http://www.amcham-shanghai.org


The European Chamber of Commerce in China

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The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China was originally founded by 51 member companies based in China on 19th October 2000. The rationale for the establishment of the Chamber was actually based on the need of the European Union and local European businesses to find a common voice for the various business sectors. Eleven years since its foundation, the European Chamber now has a total of more than 1,700 members in nine cities: Beijing, Chengdu & Chongqing, Nanjing, Pearl River Delta (Guangzhou and Shenzhen), Shanghai, Shenyang and Tianjin. The Chamber is recognised by the European Commission and the Chinese Authorities as the official voice of European Business in China.

For more visit: http://www.europeanchamber.com.cn/en/home

Austcham Beijing


Founded in Beijing in 1996, The China-Australia Chamber of Commerce’s (AustCham Beijing) overriding goal is to advance Australian Business in China. It functions to provide members with the information, resources and contacts they need to succeed in China.

The Chamber maintains a good working relationship with the Australian Embassy and with the various Australian government departments in China. AustCham is a non-profit organisation which operates independently from government. It is funded entirely by our membership and Chamber activities.

Together with our sister AustChams in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, we work to promote strong trade and investment links between Australia and China. AustCham Beijing is also an approved body of The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) in its endeavour for members to be granted APEC cards.


IMA Asia

IMA Asia provides clients with a sounding board for corporate strategy in Asia. We currently support the regional management teams of over 250 MNCs in the region. IMA Asia’s services are delivered by way of monthly peer group discussions for regional CEOs (Asia CEO Forum); CFOs (Asia CFO Forum); and for direct reports to the regional CEO (Asia Management Program). The discussions range from country analysis and corporate structure to managing acquisitions and competitive strategy. While some of the region’s best speakers and experts are brought in to lead discussions, the primary focus is on shared insights based on experience.

In addition to IMA Asia’s own team of analysts, we are backed by a network of country associates who each run peer group programs for country-level CEOs in Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and India. IMA Asia’s peer group briefings are supported by a range of regular reports, which include our signature Asia Pacific Executive Brief, Asia Forecast Book and Asia Demand Watch.’

For more visit: http://www.imaasia.com/

The China-Britain Business Council

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) is the UK’s leading source of practical services to British companies doing business with China.CBBC supports British companies of all sizes – new entrants and established operations -providing business services, practical in-market assistance and industry initiatives. Services provide companies support to access the potential of the China market and to develop a sound business strategy. Working closely with UK Trace & Investment, for whom CBBC offers Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) services on behalf of, CBBC’s services are delivered through a network of seven offices in the UK and presence in 11 Chinese cities.Membership offers further benefits including discounted prices for services, special member-only events and information. CBBC’s status allows it to play a vital role in lobbying both UK and Chinese officials on matters important to the success of British business in China.

For more information visit: www.cbbc.org

For more information on the benefits of becoming a partner organisation contact Mark O’Brien