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International Student Ambassador Program Invites You to 


Sponsored by USF Chinese Business Studies Initiative 

Fall ISAP 2020 Webinar: Challenges And Opportunities For International Students And Professionals In Today's Market

ISAP Fall Open House

International Student Ambassador Program Invites You To "Fall Open House" 國際交流學生大使團歡迎您來參加 Time: Friday, September 4th, 2020 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (PST) Zoom link:

Saving lives and livelihoods: Silicon Valley in the Post COVID-19 World 网络研讨会

Event time: 04/30/2020. 12:00pm(PST) CBSI invites you to join the panel of Silicon Valley (SV) experts and thought leaders to reflect on the world's #1 entrepreneurial ecosystem's evolution and transformation amid the global pandemic and economic upheaval the global economy is now facing. What SV businesses have done to flight the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 virus? Can the Valley maintain and even strengthen its lead position? Is the SV bubble now finally bursting for good with companies and jobs exiting in search of "warmer climates"? What are the unique features of the Valley's resilience and ingenuity that will continue to power its success and save millions of jobs? Panelists: Brett Bonthron VP Office of Innovation, Salesforce Gery Gutnik, Product Lead, Facebook Hope Lewis, CEO/Co-Founder, MORE Health Inc Speakers Bios: Brett Bonthron serves as Vice President and Member of the Strategic Transformation Team at the Office of Innovation in Salesforce and previously served as Strategy Managing Director at Monitor Deloitte and held management and partner positions at Microsoft, Chasm Institute, and TCG Advisors. Mr. Bonthron also teaches entrepreneurship and marketing courses at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management. Gery Gutnik is currently the Product Leader at Facebook and held senior product management positions in Eventbrite and eBay. He is extremely passionate about solving customer problems and creating new, innovative products. Mr. Gutnick is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management teaching courses in product management, product development, and strategy. Hope Lewis is the Co-Founder and CEO of MORE Health Inc., a non-profit organization, delivering medical service to U.S. companies and private clients worldwide. MORE Health trains instructors to deliver free interactive health education lessons to students in partnership with school districts. Prior to MORE Health, Ms. Lewis served as an In-House Counsel for the Chinachem Group and for the AOL-Lenovo joint venture. Hope has served on CBSI Advisory board for five years.

Insights on the job market for university graduates

The international business expert panel will share thoughts and insights on the current and future job market prospects for university graduates and how the upcoming graduates should prepare themselves for the post-COVID-19 global business environment and job markets. When: April 24, 2020, 4-5 pm, Friday. Panel members: MR. KISHAN BULUSU (Founder and CEO, Trealth) Kishan Bulusu is the founder and CEO of Trealth and has more than 20 years of leadership experience at both entrepreneurial and established companies. He holds key executive leadership role at CloudFarbix Software where he leads their Global Sales and Business Development. As a managing director at JFP Holdings, a Merchant Bank for China, he advises Chinese and Global companies in adopting latest technologies and management best practices to create global footprint and participate in Chinese growth. His past work ventures include experience in banking, cross-border deals, technology and entrepreneurship. Prior to founding Trealth, Kishan was previously an MD with AnEX Global Partners, and founder and CEO of Intvo. Preceding his time at JFP Holdings, Kishan was a Managing Director at AnEx Global Partners, a New York-based financial services company focusing on cross-border transactions. There, he advised companies on investment opportunities in various industries, including logistics, technology, real estate, financial services, manufacturing and real estate, and worked extensively with a number of investor groups, including pension funds, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital firms. Prior to AnEx Global, Kishan was the founder and CEO of a mobile technology company, Intvo Inc., which developed a platform for enabling interactive mobile gaming applications. As an entrepreneur, Kishan worked with cross-border teams in the U.S., India and Europe. Before founding Intvo, Kishan consulted for several companies in leading their M&A, strategic business, technology initiatives and fundraising. Some of the companies he worked with include Proxim, KPMG, Motorola, Cisco, PBS, Tata, Godrej, GE, Crompton Greaves and JDSU. Kishan graduated with honors from Delhi University in India with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and earned his CAIA Charter in San Francisco. He is a Chartered Accountant from ICAI in New Delhi and a CMA from ICWAI in India. DR. MARY TEAGARDEN (Professor of Global Strategy, Thunderbird School of Global Management) Mary Teagarden, Ph.D., a professor of global strategy at Thunderbird School of Global Management, is a world-renowned thought leader and educator in the areas of global strategic management and strategic human resource management. She has published more than 70 articles, book chapters, and case studies in the area of strategic management, and her research focuses on global competitiveness and capability building with an emphasis on off-shore manufacturing and service, innovation, high technology transfer, sustainable development, talent management and the automotive, aviation, information technology, healthcare services, mining, and telecommunications industries. Her current research projects focus on business dynamics in the Asian Pacific Rim, Latin America, and emerging market economies, including China and India. She consults regularly with service and technology- intensive manufacturing firms and works with a variety of clients including AMEX, AT&T, Bank of China, China Telecom, Lenovo, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Sony, and many others. Dr. Teagarden is the editor of Thunderbird International Business Review and sits on seven editorial boards. She serves as a Director of GlobalVantage, a high tech design firm, and is on Advisory Boards at Career Educational Services, a training and development firm, China Strategic Development Partners, a consulting firm, 4Stones, a cross-cultural communications firm, Televerde, a near shoring firm, and Huawei, a Chinese high tech giant. MR. JEFF WU (Chief Executive Officer, Symbio) Jeff Wu has leveraged his 20-plus years of product development, P&L management, globalization strategy, corporate marketing and operation experience in large and small enterprises as the Chief Executive Officer of Symbio, a global leader in innovative IT services. From 2015 to 2017, Jeff was COO at ScaleFlux, a Silicon Valley startup company developing cutting edge data storage and computing solutions. Previously, Jeff had spent 11 years as Corporate Executive Vice President at Pactera, the largest China based global IT Services company. At Pactera, Jeff had held a succession of responsibilities, serving as BG Head running large P&Ls of varies lines of business. Jeff was also company CMO and CGO (Chief Globalization Officer), pioneered Pactera’s global reach in US, Japan and Europe. Prior to joining Pactera, Jeff Wu was Vice President of Product Development at Wenditel Inc.; Chief Technology Officer of Ospect Inc. Since 1995, Jeff also worked for Cambridge Technology Partners/Novell, EDS/HP, Chordiant/Pegasystems and Ariba/SAP in various leading roles of product development, professional services and business line management. A frequent speaker at international forums, Jeff also sits on advisory board of USF School of Management’s China Studies Initiative. Jeff Wu received his Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Southern California and his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Tongji University in Shanghai. ​ Hosted by the International Student Ambassador Program of the China Business Studies Initiative. ​ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Saving Lives and Livelihoods: What the US Can Learn from Other Nations?

Leaders, experts, and students gathered virtually to share their thoughts on medical and economic aspects of the Covid-19 On April 15, 2020, China Business Studies Initiative (CBSI) at the University of San Francisco hosted its first webinar: “Saving Lives and Livelihoods: What can the US Learn from Other Nations?” This webinar took up the interconnected medical and economic aspects of the COVID-19 crisis as it has unfolded across the globe, with a focus on containing the virus while avoiding wholescale economic collapse. In particular, the event highlighted how US deficiencies in both coordinating the public health response and implementing international collaboration can be compared to the successes in East Asian and other nations, and offered suggestions for how to reallocate resources in the future fight against this and other diseases. The event opened with welcome remarks from the Director of CBSI, Prof. Xiaohua Yang. She began by giving her warmest welcome to the audience, and went on to provide the context for the event and pointed out the important role of CBSI in providing a platform for the discussion of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis on lives and livelihoods of people both around the world and here in the US. She ended her opening speech with special thanks to the student team, sponsors, and the coordinator and moderator, Prof. Stephen Roddy, who led the organization of this panel. As Roddy and other speakers noted, by learning from nations where neither death tolls nor unemployment have reached catastrophic levels, and reorienting its spending priorities away from military and other nonproductive sectors, the US could still turn the tide of this pandemic. The highlight of the evening was the informative speech delivered by Jeremy Howard, an entrepreneur, business strategist, developer, and Senior Researcher in the USF program in informatics. By analyzing the successes of controlling the pandemics in East Asian and other nations, Jeremy Howard emphasized the impact of requiring public masking. He used the Czech Republic, which has enacted a nationwide law requiring the wearing of masks, as an example. The results, he mentioned, are impressive: “It already looks like the number of cases has been tailing off more quickly than any of its neighbors.” He encouraged Western countries to learn from studies published outside of Europe and North America. “People in the West are just not reading the Chinese literature,” he said, “even though a lot of what's being written is in English in English language journals.” One attendee asked for clarification on the cultural versus the medical or practical ramifications of wearing a mask. Howard responded that in some cultures, choosing to wear a mask may evoke negative reactions and even hostility, but this could be mitigated by making it mandatory. “When we say everybody has to wear a mask, it removes that signal,” Howard said. This event was co-hosted by USF Office of International Initiatives

Asia and Your Career

Hosted by CBSI and Co-sponsored by Asia Society ​ Industry executives will discuss Asia business and offer advice on your career and the International Student Ambassador Program(ISAP) alumni and current students at USF will share their learning experiences. Time: 5:00-6:30 pm Date: November 1st, 2019 Location: McLaren Room 251, USF main campus Agenda 5:00-5:10 pm Welcome 5:10-5:50 pm Executive Panel Discussion 5:50-6:10 pm ISAP Alumni Panel Discussion 6:10-6:30 pm Networking ​

Trumping Tariffs: Will Blockchain Technology Revolutionize Global Trade?

On March 23, 2018, the White House imposed steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, triggering retaliation from China in the form of import duties on 128 U.S. products totaling $3 billion. The Trump Administration has also announced plans to slap tariffs on Chinese imports worth $50 billion for alleged violations of American-owned intellectual property. Is a potential trade war brewing? ​ Trade has been historically shaped by policies and politics with significant shifts happening with newtechnology introduction. Technologies like Blockchain are positioned to rapidly change traditional manual trade processes and open trade networks at a rapid pace. ​ Our invited speakers examine how modern trade wars would be impacted by Blockchain technologies and how companies can shape their strategies to navigate through the changes in the global economiclandscape. Specifically, the following issues will be addressed at the forum: Who are the winners andlosers of a potential U.S.-China trade war? What is the impact of imposed trade tariffs (or IP trade war) on Silicon Valley tech firms and startups? What will happen to the current and future Chinese investors intechnologies? What are some of the unintended consequences for both countries and the world if a trade war between U.S. and China materializes?

Hong Kong, China and the New Global Economy

On Monday, February 22, USF and the China Business Studies Initiative (CBSI) hosted a talk by the Honorable Clement Leung, Commissioner of Hong Kong to the United States, to discuss Hong Kong’s unique economic position and its implications for international business. Leung oversees the three Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices that are located in Washington D.C., New York and San Francisco. He also leads the Hong Kong government’s efforts by promoting U.S.-Hong Kong economic and trade ties.

Opportunities and Challenges: China’s Financial Reform Conference

USF’s China Business Studies Initiative hosts the first academic and business interactive conference.

China - California Trade: Opportunities and Challenges

This China Conference explores current issues in trade and commerce between China and California. The aim of the conference is not only to understand trade developments, but also to encourage a mutual learning process for the community at large.

Working in China after Graduation

The University of San Francisco is proud to announce the “Working in China after Graduation” Conference on April 28, 2012. This conference will address the challenges and opportunities for American college graduates to work in China.

China: Innovation and Sustainability in a Globalizing Economy

This China Innovation Conference focused on the challenges and opportunities that come from China's transition from an export-driven economy to become the new consumption-led and innovation-oriented economy.
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