8am Registration and coffee
9am Welcome by Emcee Susan LaBelle, UW Office of Corporate Relations, and greetings from UW leadership
9:15-9:50am Opening remarks and Q and A on Chinese economic trends with Dr. Nicholas Lardy, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, based in Washington, D.C., and author, most recently, of Markets Over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China (2014).
10am Panel on the Wisconsin Experience in China
  • Paul Mueller, EVCO Plastics, DeForest
  • Connie Li, TraffiCast, Madison
  • Jennifer Lu, Economic Development Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
  • Will Hsu, Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises, Wausau
Moderated by Kurt Bauer, President and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
11:30am Lunch break in Fluno dining room
12:45pm Panel on Addressing the Fear Factor to Entering or Expanding in the China Market
  • Andrew Schutz, alum (BA 2000), international trade lawyer, GDLSK Milwaukee
  • Kening Li, alum (JD and PhD), IP/International Lawyer, Partner, Pinsent Masons, D.C. and Shanghai
  • Bert Barabas, CTO, MIOsoft, Madison
  • Fude Wang, Vice President, Discover Financial, Shanghai
Moderated by UW Law Professor John Ohnesorge
2:30pm Panel on Wisconsin Tools for China Success
  • Damian Felton, Milwaukee Director, U.S. Commercial Service
  • John Kao, Professor and Director, University of Wisconsin Shanghai Innovation Office
  • Neil Karolek, Founder and CEO, TLX Technologies (which has recently used state and local tools for its China expansion)
  • Ryan Murray, Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Moderated by Zach Brandon, President, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce


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