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

Conference Schedule

All events held at the JW Marriott Hong Kong.

Thursday, October 13 (Registration opens at 2:00 p.m.)

  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception
  • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Opening Dinner

Friday, October 14 (Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.)

  • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome by C. L. Max Nikias, 
President, University of Southern California
  • 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote Address by Thomas L. Friedman, “The Next Phase of Globalization”
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: “The Future of Business In A Global World.” Speakers: Ronnie C. Chan, USC Trustee; Chairman, Hang Lung Group Limited and Hang Lung Properties Limited
; David Eldon, Senior Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Chairman, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited
; Chengyu Fu, Chairman, China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC Group); 
Frank Ning, Chairman, COFCO Corporation; P. Chandran Nair, Founder and CEO, Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), and Chairman of Avantage Ventures.
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Session 1 “The Grand Challenges of Engineering.” Speakers: Yannis C. Yortsos, Dean, USC Viterbi School of Engineering (Moderator)
; Ewa Deelman, Research Associate Professor, USC Computer Science Department
; John O‘Brien, Executive Vice Dean, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and Professor, USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering
; Terence Sanger, Associate Professor, USC Biomedical Engineering, Biokinesiology, and Child Neurology Departments.
  • 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Session 2: “Opportunities for Collaboration Between the China and U.S. Cinema Industries.” Speakers: Elizabeth M. Daley, Dean, USC School of Cinematic Arts (Moderator)
; Stanley Rosen, Professor and Director of USC East Asian Studies Center, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; 
Nansun Shi, Film Workshop Co. Ltd.; 
Ying Wai Wilfred Wong, Chairman, Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.
  • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Break
  • 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Session 3: “Pacific Rim Disasters and their Effects on Mental Health.” Speakers: Marilyn L. Flynn, Dean, USC School of Social Work (Moderator)
; Fang Fan, Professor of Psychology, South China Normal University; 
Daisuke Fujita, Professor of the National Mental Support Center for School Crisis, Osaka Kyoiku (Normal) University; 
Lawrence Palinkas, Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health, USC School of Social Work; 
Marleen Wong, Assistant Dean, Clinical Professor, Director of Field Education, USC School of Social Work.
  • 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Session 4: “Resilient Urban Environments.” Speakers: Jack H. Knott, Dean, USC School of Policy, Planning and Development (Moderator); 
Suprayoga Hadi, Ministry for the Development of Disadvantaged Regions, Republic of Indonesia; 
Luxin Huang, Chinese Academy of Urban Planning & Design
; Stephen Jordan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, October 15

  • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Session 5: “Is University-based Research Relevant in the Fight Against Terrorism?” Speakers: Eric Heikkila, Professor, USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (Moderator); 
Maria A. Ressa, Author-in-Residence at the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
; Erroll Southers, Associate Director of Research Transition, USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
; Milind Tambe, Professor, USC Computer Science and Industrial Systems Engineering Departments.
  • 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Session 6: “2012 and U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations” Speakers: Frank Ching, Columnist and former Wall Street Journal reporter
; Clayton Dube, Associate Director, USC US-China Institute
; Daniel Lynch, Associate Professor, School of International Relations, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
; David Zweig, Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Session 7: “Financial Crisis.” Speakers: James Ellis, Dean, USC Marshall School of Business (Moderator)
; Cheuk Wan Fan, Managing Director, Head of Research Asia Pacific, Private Banking Division, Credit Suisse; 
Richard K. Green, Director, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
; Steven Watson, The Capital Group.
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Session 8: “The Power of the Arts in Cultivating Cultural Landscapes.” Speakers: Stanley Rosen, Professor and Director, USC East Asian Studies Center, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (Moderator); 
Meiling Cheng, Associate Professor and Director of Critical Studies, USC School of Theater; 
Velina Hasu Houston, Associate Dean of Faculty, USC School of Theatre
; Mina Yang, Associate Professor, USC Thornton School of Music.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Session 9: “Harnessing Technology and Scale for the Common Good.” Speakers: Adlai Wertman, Professor of Clinical Management and Organization, USC Marshall School of Business (Moderator); 
Steve Atamian, Founder, Global Brigades
; Josh Cohen, Managing Partner, City Light Capital
; Karen Symms Gallagher, Dean, USC Rossier School of Education.
  • 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Session 10: “A Revolution of Conscience—Can Holocaust and Genocide Testimonies Help Prevent Violent Societies in the Future?” Speakers: Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (Moderator); 
Sara Greenberg, Board Member, Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Resource Center; 
Freddy Mutanguha, Director, Kigali Genocide Memorial, Rwanda
; Kosal Path, Research Fellow, Center for Khmer Studies.
  • 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Break
  • 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Session 11: “Old and New Environmental Threat.” Speakers: Jonathan M. Samet, Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair for the Department of Preventive Medicine and Director of Institute for Global Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC (Moderator)
; Junfeng (Jim) Zhang, Professor of Environmental and Global Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC
; Emily Chan, Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong; 
Chit Ming Wong, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong.
  • 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Session 12: “Future Cities: Collaborative Approaches to Visual Art, Architecture, Design, and Urbanism.” Speakers: Rochelle Steiner, Dean, USC Roski School of Fine Arts (Moderator)
; Scott Fisher, Professor and Founding Chair, Interactive Media Division, USC School of Cinematic Arts
; Qingyun Ma, Dean, USC School of Architecture
; Lars Nittve, Executive Director, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong.
  • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Gala Reception
  • 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Gala Dinner


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.