Empower the Transfromation

Sino-U.S. Panel

Opening Ceremony

A New Historical Epoch?
Cooperations and Conflicts in Comparative and Historical Perspectives

It is an unusual time for US-Sino Relation. China is undergoing a dramatic change of economic, foreign and domestic policies. The United States is in the midst of rising populism and political polarization, and its foreign policy is moving toward isolationism. It is an epoch of crisis. However, like the literal translation of the Chinese Word for “crisis”- Danger and Opportunity, although it might be a time for potential conflict, it is also an epoch of unimaginable opportunities for greater bilateral cooperations and mutually beneficial developments.

With participants of political scientists, sociologists, educators, and business executives, the Sino-US Relation Panel is a multidisciplinary arena that discusses a wide range of issues on contemporary Sino-US Relations. ​

Zhao Jian
Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago
James Holloway

​Vice Provost, University of Michigan

Brad Killaly

Associate Dean,
Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Ronald Inglehart

Political Scientist, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Suisheng Zhao
Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation, University of Denver

Opening Ceremony Speakers

O.R.G. Sports Panel

Silk Road 2.0: the Next Chapter of American Sports League
From Import to Originality: Chinese Sports Event IP

As the globalization of sport started to take off, a trillion-dollar industry in China is waiting to be explored. This year’s sport panel will take you into the future of U.S. professional sport leagues in China.


Our panel will share the inside story of NBA in China over the past decade: its road to popularity, its business model for profitability, its association with Chinese professional basketball, and its impact on Chinese popular basketball culture.


The panel will then focus our discussion on the future opportunities and challenges for MLB, NFL and NHL in China from two perspectives: the market potential and resistance facing US leagues; as well as their impact on Chinese sports culture and talent development.


Yunjie Zhou

Chairman of O.R.G. Packaging, The Hockey News 100 People of Power

John Lewicki

Vice President of NHL
Eric Grand
Former Vice President of NBA

Business Panel

The Next Decade: Technologies Empower Business Development

The industry of Big Data Analytics will keep its momentum and double-digit growth into the early 2020s. The success of Big Data Analytics represents the arrival of the Industry 4.0 era characterized by digitalization across all industries. Big Data Analytics has enabled traditional suppliers, B2C platform providers to re-imagine its business model and given birth to a new generation of businesses known as fintech (finance-technology). In the US, the early beneficiaries of Big Data Analytics include e-commerce maverick Amazon and social media giant LinkedIn who utilize data to optimize business decisions; in the Eastern world, China’s business landscape has recently been re-shaped by ambitious fintech companies, such as Alipay, eager to expand their influence abroad. This panel brings together the two most influential industry forces from the US and China. Together, we aspire to seek new growth opportunities for Sino-US companies in the next decade in the context of big data.

Jerry Lou
Founding Partner of Everpine Capital Limited
Former Morgan Stanley Deputy
Linglong He
Chief Information Officer of Quicken Loans Inc.

Shunrui Guo

CEO & CO-founder of ParcelX

Brian Wu

Associate Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Will Yuan
Director, Strategic Business Development of Arm Inc.

Environment Panel

Energy Transition

China has experienced significant economic growth in the past few decades but with that has come a reputation for dangerous levels of pollution. The transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy has been the key to economic growth and energy security in China. Despite nearly mature solar, wind and hydropower technologies, how to better put such technologies into the wider market is becoming a problem we need to solve in the future. Improving battery efficiency of electric vehicles, expanding charging infrastructure, and introducing supportive benefits and policies for electric vehicles will be the key to reducing air pollution, and making transportation and cities cleaner. The cap-and-trade regime is featured with its market-based regulation and economic incentives, giving each regulated company limited permission of GHG emission and allowing trade of permission between companies. However, a deeper and more comprehensive look into the cap-and-trade system is needed to help mitigate climate change. Although the Chinese government aims to reduce energy intensity by a total of 15% between 2016 and 2020 and is already well on its way toward achieving that goal, the challenge to transform the world’s energy systems is far from being solved.

Ranping Song
Developing Country Climate Action Manager, World Resources Institute

An Feng

Founder of Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation and U.S.-China Clean Tech Center

Peter Adriaens

Professor of School for Environment and Sustainability, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
John Jullens
Partner, Strategy at KPMG

Education Panel

EduTech: Shaping the Future of Education

Science and technology are the enlightenment of education. Driven by the globalization of science and technology, education is constantly evolving. However, there are questions worthy of our consideration: How can we improve teaching efficiency and promote student development in the new era? Is the rise of science and technology the dawn of education fairness or the awakening of teaching quality?


In the past 40 years, the educational cooperation between China and U.S has steadily deepened, especially in the field of science and technology education. At present, the trade between China and the United States is fluctuating. The continuous development of China and U.S higher education and the mode of such international cooperation also face new challenges: What will be the direction of China-U.S higher educational cooperation in the "new era"?


The 2018 Michigan China Education Forum, as the first sub-forum in the field, will explore the impact of science and technology education regarding its development. Let us look forward to this forum together - a place where thoughts collide and inspirations evoke.

Elizabeth Birr Moje
Dean for the School of Education, University of Michigan
Kevin Miller
Professor, School of Education, University of Michigan

Rebecca Quintana

Learning Experience Design Lead of Academic Innovation, University of Michigan

Fiona Zhou

Head of North Tower Capital North America
Shucao Mo
Regional Manager, East Asia for Minerva University at KGI

Fireside Chats


The Entrepreneurship Panel aims to be the bridge connecting the entrepreneur ecosystem of US and China. It will gather startup founders, venture capitalist, universities and regulators to discuss the experience of building up the environment to stimulate and sustain startups.



The theme of the panel will revolve around the keyword, ecosystem. We will explore topics such as high-caliber talents development, regulation of business innovation protection, the commercialization of IP in universities. Through these topics, we hope to not only promote communication between entrepreneur stakeholders, but also stimulate learning from experience of the other side of the Pacific.

Yutong Gao
Co-founder of Easy Transfer, Bloomberg Business Week 25 under 25, Forbes 30 under 30

Chen Li

CEO & Cofounder at Liaoyuan & Spark Blockchain

Jesse Yang

Co-Founder & President of Providence Academy
Yunpeng Ding
Director of International Business Development, GXChain

Jerry Sun

Founder of Wall Street Tequila (WST)

Yimei Cui

Founder and CEO of Easymay


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