International and Marketing SIGs: China: Opportunities & Challenges



  • Joint Meeting of the International and Marketing SIGs

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    -Aimin Li, Science Counsul, Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco
    -Jihong W. Sanderson, Executive Director of Center for Research on Chinese & American Strategic Cooperation at UC Berkeley and CEO at Berkeley Consulting Associates, USA
    -Andrew Tang (Silicon Valley / China) – Managing Director, DragonFund China
    -Tom Ho, Yield Dynamics, Vice President, Product Marketing

    Panel Moderator:

    -Zhahoui-Zoe Li, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley



    Software goes to India; Hardware goes to China. It has been the trend, but will it continue? Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Microsoft as his first stop on his four-day tour in the US. Was this for logistic convenience or a symbolic gesture that China has placed IP issues at the top of its agenda?

    What has inhibited China from becoming the software outsourcing powerhouse as it did in hardware manufacturing? Yes, IP protections, language barriers, and government involvement in decision making have contributed to the current landscape. However beyond these obvious issues, what other issues and nuances may have played roles in shaping the status quo?

    How does the Chinese domestic software industry and its foreign outsourcing counterparties protect their IP and survive respectively? What conditions have to be in place before critical mass emerges? Does China have hope in the future of winning software outsourcing business and building its own domestic software industry? Can software development be a potential remedy for contributing to the Chinese economic growth without imposing an environmental burden? What social implications does software business development have? What policy has the government installed to develop its own software industry and entice software development giants to move to China?

    Please come and join the SDForum International SIG on Monday, July 10th at 6:30pm, as we present a live panel discussion of experts who will share with us a broad and balanced view of the software development opportunities and challenges facing China.



    Aimin Li, Science Counsul, Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco

    As Science Consul, Aimin focuses his work on bringing dialogue between China and US technology companies, facilitating science and technology cooperation between China and US, and introducing venture capital investment into China.

    Prior to being Science Consul, Aimin was Chief of Finance Department in Ministry of Science & Technology (“MOST”). Aimin Li participated in policy-making for China in the areas such as science and technology institute reform, long and middle term program of science and technology, statistics system of science and technology input. He was on the design team of Chinese venture capital policy and finance policy for high-tech industry. His research paper “The Venture Capital Essential in USA” was published in China Soft Science in 1997, and was the first research paper that introduced the concept of American venture capital in China. He provided advice to provincial governments on local venture capital regulation. He is also the founder of Beijing Venture Capital Association.

    He attended Duke University as a visiting scholar in 1996 and studied venture capital investment there. He received his bachelor degree in science from University of Science & Technology of China.

    Jihong W. Sanderson, Executive Director of Center for Research on Chinese & American Strategic Cooperation at UC Berkeley and CEO at Berkeley Consulting Associates, USA

    Jihong Sanderson is a leading expert in the field of emerging markets such as China’s management of technology, innovation, and strategy at UC Berkeley. She has been a faculty member at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley since 2003 and also serves as Executive Director of the Center for Research on Chinese and American Strategic Cooperations at UC Berkeley. Her recent book “Next Step, Path Options of Chinese Firms Go Global” has been published in Chinese.

    Before teaching at UC Berkeley, Sanderson had more than 18 years of professional experience working as an investment banker, a tech joint venture Vice General Manager, a conglomerate Senior Executive Vice President and in strategic consulting both in China and in the U.S. Currently, Sanderson also serves as a global strategic consultant and is the CEO at Berkeley Consulting Associates, helping MNCs and foreign investors initiate and optimize their businesses at a global level and advising Chinese firms going global.

    Andrew Tang (Silicon Valley / China) – Managing Director, DragonFund China

    Mr. Tang was born in Taiwan and spent his career in the U.S. Mr. Tang has over 15 years of operating, R&D, and investing experience in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, he was a principal and member of the investment committee at Infineon Ventures, where he oversaw and managed investments in Broadbus, Imago Scientific, Zettacom (IDTI), NuTool (ASMI), and Corrent. Prior to Infineon Ventures, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston’s technology group in Palo Alto. He worked on the Magma IPO (LAVA), as well as numerous M&A transactions. Prior to CSFB, Mr. Tang was a senior engineer and marketing manager at Intel Corporation. He was responsible for chip design as well as market enabling for the Pentium and Itanium processors. Mr. Tang holds an MBA from the Wharton School, MSEE and BSEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Texas at Austin respectively.

    Tom Ho, Yield Dynamics, Vice President, Product Marketing

    Mr. Ho has witnessed the change of outsourcing trend during his 25 years career in the silicon valley. He is responsible for managing Yield Dynamics¡¯ software outsourcing activities in China. His broad range of experience includes yield engineering positions at AMD and Performance Semiconductor; managing product engineering groups at National Semiconductor and Sierra Semiconductor; and as Vice President of Applications Services and later Vice President of the Solutions Division at HPL Technologies. He is the author of numerous publications in semiconductor yield management. He holds B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of California, Berkeley.


    Zhahoui-Zoe Li, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

    Born and college-educated in China, Zhaohui (Zoe) Li works at Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor. At Morgan Stanley, Zhaohui leads a comprehensive wealth management team helping corporate executives and professionals with concentrative stock options and customized investment strategies for their families’ long-term goals. Zhaohui has cumulative, ten years of cross-pacific work experience with premier financial institutions, including World Bank, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley. With World Bank, Zhaohui worked as an international investment manager, managing its development projects in China. At Bank of America, she worked as a technology analyst assisting $2 Bn in fixed income portfolio management. At Morgan Stanley, her area of focus includes wealth management strategies, equity and fixed income portfolio management, and risk management.

    Zhaohui Li received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and an MS in Accounting. As the moderator for the panel, Zhaohui brings her cross-pacific experience as a technology analyst at Bank of America and investment project manager for World Bank, as well as her inquisitive quest, to understand China's economic development and social change.


    Event Logistics


    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP.
    2000 University Ave.(University Circle)
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Tel: 650.833.2000
    Note: These are the tall buildings on the corner of University Avenue and Woodland Avenue on the west side of Hwy. 101. They are in the University Circle complex.



    6:30 PM registration/networking/refreshments
    7:00 PM announcements and introductions
    7:15 PM program


    $10 for SDForum Members
    $20 for Non-SDForum Members

    Pre-registration is no longer available.
    Please register at the door.

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