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USC Global Conference News

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

Topic: Trojan Connection

Conference Close Pays Tribute to Ronnie Chan, Announces New Programs

HONG KONG (For Immediate Release)—The 2011 USC Global Conference came to a close after a whirlwind of activity, encompassing nonstop networking among the Trojan alumni; academic presentations by distinguished members of USC faculty; and a memorable evening of ceremony and splendor during the closing dinner.


USC Leadership with Keynote Speaker Thomas Friedman

In appreciation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas L. Friedman’s highly successful keynote address to the attendees of the 2011 USC Global Conference in Hong Kong, USC leadership—including USC president C. L. Max Nikias (second from left); Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; and USC Trustee and conference co-chair Ronnie Chan (far right)—presented Mr. Friedman with an athletic team jacket showing the Trojan spirit.  Fight on!

“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

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.

Musical Dispatch from Taiwan

As the 2011 Global Conference kicks into high gear, several of the professional schools are hosting Asia region events in tandem with the main conference events. The following dispatch from Taipei, Taiwan, comes courtesy of Dean Robert Cutietta of the USC Thornton School of Music:

“I just have to bring you up-to-date on an amazing event this past Tuesday night in  Taipei.  Nine Thornton alumni rented out the National Recital Hall in downtown Taipei and

Alumni Night at the Races

USC alumni were treated to a special night at the world-famous Hong Kong Jockey Club, hosted by Tony Choi, chairman of the USC Alumni Club of Hong Kong. Amid the excitement of the races, alumni from the L.A. area and the Asia region made new friendships and renewed long-held ties.

See more photos from the event.


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.