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  • U.S. Ambassador to China (2017-2020)
  • Longest serving governor in U.S. history
  • During his tenure, Ambassador Branstad’s two greatest achievements were the signing of the historic Phase One Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China in January of 2020 and successfully lobbying the Chinese government to stem the flow of fentanyl into America
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  • Diplomat in Residence at the Asia Society Policy Institute
  • Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Former Special Assistant to President Obama
  • Former National Security Staff Senior Director for Asian Affairs
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  • Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS
  • An expert in foreign defense policy and international defense
  • Former Senior China Analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
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  • Former Trump for President Senior Communications Advisor
  • Former Trump Transition Team Communications Director
  • CNN Political Commentator
  • Managing Director, Teneo Strategy
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)
Melinda Liu
  • Chief of Beijing Bureau Newsweek
  • Journalist specializing in Asian culture and politics
  • President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China

 

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  • Over 30 years photographing for National Geographic Magazine and other clients worldwide
  • Frequent Keynote speaker & teacher
  • Specialist in photographing Asia
  • Publisher of 17 books
  • Educator & teacher
Rick Helfenbein

Rick HELFENBEIN is the former president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the national trade association representing more than 1,000 brands in the apparel, footwear, and accessories industry. Rick is credited with overseeing a full overhaul of the … Continued

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  • Founder and CEO of Young China Group
  • Author of Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World, which explores a wide and deep range of identity questions impacting the country’s emerging young generation
  • Fluent Mandarin speaker