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USC Global Conference News

Global Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities Hong Kong, October 13-15, 2011

Topic: Business

From the South China Morning Post and Finance Asia

Media coverage of the 2011 USC Global Conference included an op-ed by USC president C. L. Max Nikias; an article on USC alumnus Frank Gehry; and an article in FinanceAsia on sustainable economic growth in the international marketplace.

“The Future of Business in a Global World” Stirs Media Attention

HONG KONG (For Immediate Release)—The USC Global Conference plenary panel on “The Future of Business in a Global World,” organized and moderated by USC Trustee Ronnie Chan—chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and Hang Lung Properties Limited—drew the attention of dozens of regional media interested in the views of some of the most influential minds of the business world in Asia as they forecasted the direction of regional and world economies in an increasingly interconnected global environment. 

The discussants included one of the most recent additions to the USC Board of Trustees, Chengyu Fu, chairman of China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC Group), Asia’s largest oil refiner.  Mr. Fu, highly regarded in the energy industry, is a USC alumnus with a master’s

Opening Night Gala

HONG KONG (For Immediate Release) The 2011 USC Global Conference opened with a roaring success—a lion’s roar, that is—as USC president C. L. Max Nikias (r.) and Hong Kong Finance Secretary John Tsang (l.) inaugurated the three-day conference with a ceremonial “waking” of a lion in a traditional Chinese lion dance. The waking was a symbol of both the beginning of the conference, and the larger emergence of the “Age of the Pacific” that is a focus of the University of Southern California.

Co-Chair Profile: Ronnie Chan

Co-chair of the 2011 USC Global Conference and a USC Trustee, Ronnie Chan is chairman of Hang Lung Group, which has been a leader in Hong Kong’s commercial property market for over 40 years.  He is also co-founder of the Morningside group, which owns and manages companies around the world that focus on manufacturing, public transport, media, healthcare, and biotech investments.

Presidential Dinner in Hong Kong

USC president C. L. Max Nikias and Niki C. Nikias hosted a private dinner on the occasion of the opening of the 2011 USC Global Conference in Hong Kong.  Guests at the special event included (l. to r.): Kenneth Koo, chairman and CEO, Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (H.K.) Ltd.; Helen Koo; Yang Ho Cho, USC Board of Trustees member, chairman and CEO of Korean Airlines; Myong Hi Cho; USC president C. L. Max Nikias; Niki C. Nikias; Eva Hsieh; Ming Hsieh, USC Board of Trustees member, co-founder, CEO and chairman of Cogent, Inc.; Feng Deng, founder and managing director of Northern Light Venture Capital; and Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering.

Renewing Trojan Connections

USC executive leadership, including USC president C.L. Max Nikias, were warmly received in several key meetings with prominent Hong Kong alumni during the days leading up to the 2011 USC Global Conference.  The C-suite meetings renewed the historic ties between the University of Southern California and the executive leadership of the Hong Kong business community.

USC Media Campaign in Asia

USC announced its presence in Asia in the October 13, 2011 edition of The Wall Street Journal Asia and the South China Morning Post (SCMP), as a precursor to the three-day Global Conference. In addition, a recent SCMP article was published featuring research by Nathanael Fast of the USC Marshall School and Stanford University and Northwestern University colleagues, on power and status.


Under the banner of “Global Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities,” USC hosts its 2011 Global Conference in Hong Kong Oct. 13 to 15. Remarks by USC president C. L. Max Nikias and a keynote address by Thomas L. Friedman set the stage for a program of leading experts providing global perspectives on technologies and the economy, global health and the environment, and governance and cultural landscapes. Follow us on Twitter #USCHK.