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  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Barbara Franklin Enterprises
  • An expert in corporate governance, auditing, and financial reporting practices
  • The 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce for President George H.W. Bush


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  • Founder & CEO of Peridona Weddings
  • An expert in event planning A-Z, lifestyle, etiquette, household management and training, gift giving-selection and wrapping, and how to be a great hostess and a great guest
  • Former Social Secretary for Vice President of the United States, The White House
Jane Horan
  • Founder of The Horan Group
  • Expert in cross cultural and women leaders
  • Author of I Wish I’d Known That Earlier in My Career: The Power of Positive Workplace Politics and How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations
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  • Leading Expert on U.S. – China Subnational Relations and Public Diplomacy
  • Served as the first-ever Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S Department of State for the Obama Administration and the lead interlocutor of the U.S.-China Subnational Dialogue which established the U.S. China Governors Forum
  • Senior Resident Fellow, the German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Congressional Director
  • Member of Hillary’s National Finance Committee 
Taiya Smith
  • Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson’s top advisor on China.
  • Designed and managed the U.S.- China Strategic Economic Dialogue, highest level dialogue between the two countries governments.
  • Architect of the U.S-China Ten Year Cooperative Framework on Energy and the Environment, which continues to serve as the foundation of the bilateral relationship on energy and environmental issues. Launched the EcoPartnership dialogue.
  • A leading advisor to international companies and governments looking to engage in China.
  • Founder and CEO, The Green Trust, a platform for innovation in environmental and clean energy technologies.
  • Co-founder and Principal, RiceHadleyGates, LLC (2009-)
  • Former Special Assistant for South Asia to Under-Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State (2005-07)
  • Member, Governor Brown’s Advisory Council on International Trade (2015-);
  • Member, Aspen India Strategy Group and Council on Foreign Relations
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  • CEO and Co-Founder of ADDO AI
  • Was most recently Co-founder and CEO of The Keys Global
  • An education, technology, and urbanization expert
  • Served on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s ASPIRE Steering Committee that developed a blueprint for transforming the national higher education system towards innovative industries
  • Founder of 21C GIRLS, a charity that delivers free coding classes to girls in Singapore
  • Founder of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group established to analyze emerging technologies and their social, economic and political implications.
Eyee Hsu
  • Host of CCTV News Up Close
  • China-U.S. Cultural Bridge and Moderator
  • Former Reporter for the American network NBC during the Beijing 2008 Olympics
Lei Wang
  • The first Chinese woman to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents and to ski to both the North Pole and the South Pole.
  • Expert and Coach on Mental Strength training, Setting Right Goals, Sustainable Motivations, Building a Passionate Team.

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