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.
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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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  • Co-founder and Principal, RiceHadleyGates, LLC (2009 – present)
  • Former Special Assistant for South Asia to Under-Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State (2005 – 2007)
  • Member, Governor Brown’s Advisory Council on International Trade (2015 – present)
  • Member, Aspen India Strategy Group and Council on Foreign Relations
Laura Dowling
  • Former White House Chief Floral Designer
  • Author of the book Floral Diplomacy at the White House
  • Distinguished Flower Ambassador (Royal Horticultural Society of Belgium)
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  • 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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