Speakers

Below you will find more information about the speakers presenting at the Chindia Summit.

AskildsonLance Askildson serves as Vice-Provost and Chief International Officer at Kennesaw State University where he also holds appointments as the Executive Director of the Division of Global Affairs and Associate Professor of English Language & Linguistics.

Previously, Dr. Askildson was the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures at the University of Notre Dame, where he also served as the founding Assistant Provost (AVP) for Internationalization and an Associate Professor of Second Language Education. Dr. Askildson is an interdisciplinary scholar of second language acquisition, language program administration & assessment, language learning technology and international studies. He has published numerous books, articles and edited volumes within these areas of research and has served as the managing editor of multiple academic journals and a contributing editor for many more.


Au AllenSusan Au Allen is the National President & CEO of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC Education Foundation).

Susan came to the United States from Hong Kong upon the invitation from the White House. Before joining USPAACC Education Foundation as its President & CEO, Susan practiced law in Paul Shearman Allen & Associates of Washington, DC and Hong Kong for 18 years, and is nationally recognized for her work on immigration, international trade and investment.

Susan received her J.D. from the Antioch School of Law and an LL.M. in International Law from Georgetown University Law Center.


Ken BelangerKen Belanger is the Managing Director for TMC - A Berlitz Company. Prior to joining TMC, Ken was the Director of Human Resources of Glenmede. In this role, he oversaw the development of strategic initiatives and ongoing operations, including organizational development, succession planning and talent management. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Global Human Resources of Aperian Global.

Previously, he was the Director of Human Resources, Information Technology and Business Information for the Near East Region of Novo Nordisk A/S, where he worked extensively in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2004, he led the Novo Nordisk team responsible for starting the national diabetes care system in Afghanistan, together with the World Diabetes Foundation and the Afghan Ministry of Health. Ken began with Novo Nordisk A/S as a leadership development consultant, where he was responsible for the corporate leadership programs Coaching and Leading and Managing Change, in addition to managing other strategic leadership programs. Earlier in his career, he coached the Danish Women's Fastpitch Softball team , leading the team to qualify for the 1998 World Championships .

Ken's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Languages from Georgetown University (1989), a Masters of Arts in Literature from the University of Copenhagen (1997), a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College (2002) and a graduate of the General Manager Program (TGMP12) from Harvard Business School (2003). He is a member of the SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) special expertise panel on Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.


DemblaPamila Dembla is the Director of the India China America Institute. Dr. Dembla has spearheaded a number of initiatives in India which have resulted in significant partnerships in business education and corporate trainings. She has previously held positions at University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Dembla is Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Coles College of Business. She has acted as a consultant to a number of startup technology firms and non-profit organizations. She has a number of state department grants including Model UN exchange programs and an NSF grant totaling approximately $1 million. She is a certified TMC Cultural Orientation Approach (COA) Corporate Practitioner and her interests lie in training global organizations in intercultural competency.

Her research interests include working on cross cultural issues related to global IT projects, specifically with respect to gender. To that effect, her research extends across many
cultures including the United States, India, Russia, Ukraine and Mexico.

She has published papers in several journals, including Journal of Global Information Technology Management, Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, Journal of Information Science and Technology, Journal of Information Systems Research and Communications of Global Information Technology. Dr. Dembla has also published many book chapters and presented at multiple regional, national, and international information systems conferences.


Scott EllysonScott Ellyson is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of East West Manufacturing. Scott grew up just outside of Milwaukee on Pewaukee Lake and attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana. He holds a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida and has been working in global manufacturing and distribution for over 20 years.

His key accomplishments include setting up the first privately held Joint Venture in Jiangsu province, establishing an engineering office in Ho Chi Minh in 2003 and later a factory in 2007, negotiating supply agreements with key customers, and most importantly, building and growing the exceptional management team and collaborative culture that is East West. Scott has made more than 100 trips to various regions of Asia during his career, and he has served on several boards including DiversiTech Corp., Peachstate Logistics, PDI Inc., The China Research Center, The Georgia China Alliance and the Dream House for Kid.


Ken FoxKen Fox is the managing partner of a business strategy marketing consulting firm called The Soundings Group. Mr. Fox has extensive experience working for Fortune 500 companies in marketing, new business development and business ventures. During the course of his career, Mr. Fox has led marketing research and new business development for consumer packaged goods companies (The NutraSweet Company and Hunt-Wesson Foods, now ConAgra) and in medical products (Hillenbrand Industries, Inc.).

His experience includes working on high profile consumer products such as Equal brand sweetener, NutraSweet, Wesson Oil, Orville Redenbacher Popcorn, and Peter Pan Peanut Butter, among others. He has extensive international experience assessing new markets, helping to launch and optimize new product introductions in countries such as: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and in Western Europe.

He is currently a mentor in The Citadel’s MBA program, and has taught part-time in the MBA programs at DePaul University in Chicago, Webster Univeristy (Charleston, SC, USA and Chengdu, China) and The Citadel. He has published in the Journal of Business Strategy, the Journal of Healthcare Finance, the University of South Carolina’s “Business & Economic Review,” Competitive Intelligence, and the “Charleston Regional Business Journal.”

Mr. Fox received a BBA from the University of Cincinnati and MBA from Pepperdine University.


Jairo GarciaJairo Garcia is the Sustainability Management Analyst for the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Sustainability.

Dr. Garcia performs sustainability analysis and reporting, studies and develops innovative policies and educational programs to track and implement community-wide energy, water, waste, and climate related initiatives. He also evaluates worldwide sustainability best practices, and provides recommendations to meet the Mayor’s goal to make Atlanta a top tier sustainable city.

Dr. Garcia has a vast experience in sustainability metrics and sustainability education. Dr. Garcia worked as a research assistant for the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and his teaching experience includes two teaching assistant position sat Columbia University, a faculty adjunct and thesis advisor position at Concordia University, and an instructor position for the UCLA-Extension program in Global Sustainability. Dr. Garcia holds an engineering degree, a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology, a second Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management, and a Doctoral degree in Educational Technology and Sustainability.


John GarverJohn W. Garver is Emertius Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He specializes in China’s foreign relations. He served for many years on a the editorial boards of the journals China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Issues and Studies, and Asian Security. He is  a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, has testified before the U.S. Congress, and is  the author of twelve  books and seventy–five refereed articles and book chapters  dealing with China 's foreign relations. His books include: China and Iran; Ancient Partners in a Post-Imperial World,  Protracted Contest, China-Indian Rivalry in the Twentieth Century and Face Off; China, the United States, and Taiwan's Democratization; The Sino-American Alliance; Nationalist China and U.S. Cold War Strategy in Asia, ,Foreign Relations of the People's Republic of China, Chinese-Soviet Relations 1037-1945, The Diplomacy of Chinese Nationalism,  and China's Decision for Rapprochement with the United States).  In 2016 Oxford University Press published his comprehensive history of PRC foreign relations:  China’s Quest;  The History of the Foreign Relations of the People’s Republic of China.

Garver set up and directed for many years two overseas programs:  one in the 1990s, based in China and focusing on China’s transition from a planned to a market economy;  the other based in several East Asian countries and comparing the developmental process in these countries.  He also worked for many years with the China Program of Carleton College.


Ford GrahamW. Ford Graham is the Director of International Investment at the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Graham serves in a duel role by also acting as the Managing Director of the State of South Carolina European Office in Munich. He is responsible for leading the agency in foreign economic development efforts.

Graham has been one of the leading business recruiters for the State of South Carolina since joining the Department in 2008. He is responsible for over 60 projects statewide, resulting in commitments of more than 6,500 new jobs and $2.4B in new investment.

Prior to beginning at Commerce, Graham worked as General Counsel for a real estate
development/investment firm and served as a law clerk in the 5th and 14th Judicial Circuits of South Carolina.

Graham received his juris doctor and international masters of business administration degrees from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law and Moore School of Business respectively. He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans where he was elected Student Body President.

In 2011, he was recognized by The State Newspaper as one of the “20 Under 40” emerging business leaders and in 2012, Graham was elected President of The Council of American States in Europe (CASE), a group of 15 U.S. states that provide information for European companies looking to establish or expand their business in the U.S.


Ken HarmonW. Ken Harmon is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University. Prior to his appointment, Harmon served as dean of Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business, the second largest business school in Georgia, since July 2009. Harmon, the Tony and Jack Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management and a professor of accounting, has held top administrative posts at several business schools in the Southeast in the past decade.

As dean, Harmon worked to collaborate more closely with Atlanta-area companies and raise the profile of the Coles College of Business, regarded as one of the top business schools in the Southeast. In fall 2009, the Coles College's Executive M.B.A. program was ranked among the best in the U.S. by CEO Magazine and its part-time M.B.A. was recognized by BusinessWeek magazine as one of the best. Under Harmon's leadership, the Coles College of Business had its accreditation renewed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and launched a partnership with Mumbai Business School to develop its Executive M.B.A. program, in one of India's first such collaborations with an American university.


C.N MadhuC.N. (Madhu) Madhusudan is an executive, entrepreneur and deal maker with significant experience in setting up, acquiring and operating businesses in Europe, India and the United States. His expertise areas include growth/exit strategy, M&A, and cross-border transactions.

He is the founder and CEO of VectorSpan Inc., an enterprise that enables companies plan their growth/exit strategy, engineer inorganic growth and make cross-border transactions and integration successful. 

He has consulted, trained and mentored leadership teams of a number of diverse companies and has led acquisitions of a number of founder led companies. He has significant transaction experience with private equity groups like Advent International, Bain Capital, Berkshire Partners, Furman Selz, GE Equity and global corporate acquirers like ADP, EBSCO, Eisenmann and Sodexo. 

As an early member of the team that built the NIIT Group in India, he held key roles including setting up NIIT’s Bangalore operations, turning around NIIT’s Bombay operations, and establishing NIIT’s HR, IS and Corporate Planning functions. In 1991, he relocated to the United States to establish NIIT’s first overseas presence for its software, training and knowledge process outsourcing and product businesses. Starting out as an entrepreneurial operation, he led NIIT’s US business as President and Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, NIIT USA became the NIIT Group’s largest overseas operation and was nominated twice for the Atlanta International Business Award. Later, as President of NIIT Ventures, he led several new venture investment initiatives and cross border acquisitions involving the US, Europe and India. 

As a speaker, he has addressed audiences on technology, education, innovation, entrepreneurship, M&A, cross border transactions and outsourcing at the World Bank, IFC, IMF, Institute for International Research, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Columbia Business School, IIT Mumbai, SIBF, TiE and UNESCO.  At the University of Michigan, he leads boot camps for business owners on Exit Strategy and Value Maximization. 

He is the Chairman of the Board of TiE Atlanta and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC). His board level experience includes ThinkSoft Global Services Ltd., AD Solutions AG (Germany), ROOM Solutions Limited (UK) and several subsidiaries of the NIIT group in the US and Asia.    

He studied at the St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.  His professional education includes Business Evaluation at the Harvard Business School.  


Necton MhuraAmbassador Necton D. Mhura is Ambassdor Extraordinary and Plenipotentary of the Republic of Malawi to the United States on a residential basis. He is also accredented on a nonresidential basis to the Bahamans, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

He is a lawyer by profession. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Malawi and a Master of Laws degree from University of London, University College. He lectured in law at the University of Malawi for thirty years. During part of this period, he held the position of Head of Department in the Faculty of Law and Dean of the Faculty prior to being appointed Commissioner for Lands in 2009. He held the position of Commissioner for Lands from 2009 to 2010. He was, in that capacity, responsible for land administration in Malawi.

Ambassador Mhura was appointed Deputy Chief Secretary to the Governemnt of Malawi and held that position from March 2010 to 2012. As Deputy Chief Secretary, Ambassador Mhura was the Deputy Head of the Civil Service.

Ambassador Mhura returned to the teaching of law at the University of Malawi in May 2012 until his appointment as Ambassador of Malawi to the United States. Ambassador Mhura also engaged in private legal practice from October 2012 to the time he was appointed Ambassador.

Ambassador Mhura has previosuly held positions of a member of the Board of Directors of the Malawi National Electricy Council, Shire Bus Lines (a National bus operator) and the Council for Legal Education in Malawi. He was one of the founding Board members of the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority. He was also part of the Government of Malawi team that negotiated the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact both in Malawi and Washington, D.C. in 2011.

He has done numerous consultancies in the field of law and policy and has served on two Law Reform Commissions on criminal justice and legal education in Malawi.


Anita Ninan

Anita Ninan is Of Counsel in the International Business Practice. She is admitted to practice in the State of Georgia and is a certified lawyer admitted to practice in India. Ms. Ninan focuses her practice on corporate and business immigration law. She advises corporate clients and foreign nationals regarding all aspects of employment-based U.S. immigration law. Additionally, she advises U.S. companies on Global Mobility issues pertaining to the business and work related travel of their employees..

Prior to joining Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, Ms. Ninan served as Legal Counsel with Standard Chartered Bank in Mumbai and New Delhi, India, in their Legal and Compliance Division. Standard Chartered Bank is a leading international banking group with significant operations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. While there, she advised the bank on legal and regulatory issues related to commercial banking in India, advised and coordinated with the bank’s external counsel to manage litigation arising from banking operations, and liaised with the Reserve Bank of India regarding the bank’s operation of Foreign Currency Non-Resident (FCNR) Accounts.

Ms. Ninan previously also served as counsel for Indian matters with a law firm in Washington DC on an anti-dumping duty petition on Sulphur Dyes from India, filed with the International Trade Commission.


Daniel RochbergDaniel Rochberg is Chief Strategy Officer of Emory University’s Climate@Emory initiative and an Instructor in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and College of Arts and Sciences, where he focuses on climate change and sustainable development.

Daniel has spent fifteen years with the U.S. Department of State, where he served as Special Assistant to the lead U.S. climate negotiators under Presidents Bush and Obama, and has been a member of U.S. delegations to multiple UN climate and development conferences, including the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, and the 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen. He played an active role in shaping the President’s Global Climate Change Initiative, the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy, and Secretary Clinton’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative. He entered the State Department as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2000, took a 5-month leave of absence in 2003 to work as a consultant with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and in 2006 served a 3-month tour as the regional environmental officer at the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana.

Daniel is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has received the State Department’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards and Emory University’s Sustainability Innovator Award. He holds a B.A. in Human Biology with honors in environmental science, technology, and policy and an M.S. in Earth Systems, both from Stanford University.


Eri SaikawaEri Saikawa is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and at the Department of Environmental Health in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is an associated faculty in the East Asian Studies Program as well, as her research is focused on Asia, mainly China. Eri works on the diverse projects that cover: 1)environmental policy/politics (analyzing the impacts of environmental standards and trade as well as analyzing policy making processes); 2) atmospheric chemistry (modeling air pollution in Asia); 3)environmental health (assessing the adverse health impacts of air pollution); 4) climate science (estimating greenhouse gas emissions, especially in Asia); and 5) indoor air pollution (assessing emissions due to yak dung burning in Tibet). She has a B.E. from the University of Tokyo, M.P.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.


Jagdish ShethJagdish Sheth is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, and has held previous positions at the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois, Columbia University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sheth is well known for his scholarly contributions in consumer behavior, relationship marketing, competitive strategy and geopolitical analysis.

Professor Sheth is a highly sought after keynote speaker at industry events and academic and public forums. He has worked for numerous industries and companies in the United States, Europe and Asia, both as an Advisor and as a Seminar Leader. His clients include AT&T, BellSouth, Cox Communications, and many other high-profile businesses. Dr. Sheth is frequently quoted by leading business publications like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Fortune.

With decades of experience in Marketing and Academia, Dr. Jagdish (Jag) N. Sheth decided to share his knowledge and good fortune by founding The Sheth Foundation in 1991, and continues to be very involved today.


 

Kathy SchwaigKathy Schwaig is Dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management and Professor of Information Systems in the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Schwaig joined the faculty at KSU in 2002, bringing over 20 years of teaching and professional experience to the classroom. Dr. Schwaig has served in several administrative roles at the department and college levels. An authority on the topic of information privacy and policy formulation, her research has been published in some of the leading journals in the information systems field including Information Systems Research, Communications of the ACM and Journal of Management Information Systems. She currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Information Security and Privacy.

A native of central Texas, Dr. Schwaig earned a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Information Systems from Baylor University and a PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of South Carolina. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Schwaig serves on the following boards: Junior Achievement - Georgia, the Alliance for
Children Everywhere, a non-profit focused on serving the needs of children in Zambia, Children’s Healthcare Cobb Community Board, and the advisory board of The Edge Connection, a non-profit organization providing business education to micro-entrepreneurs. In addition to her research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Schwaig serves as a consultant and board member to an Atlanta based IT staffing firm. She formerly served on the board of the Atlanta Care Center.


Nagesh SinghThe Hon. Nagesh Singh is Consul General of India in Atlanta. Prior to his appointment, Singh has served as Joint Secretary/Officer on Special Duty to the Vice President of India (September 2012 – June 2015), Director (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran) in the Ministry of External Affairs (February 2010– August 2012), Counsellor (UN Administrative & Budgetary Affairs) in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York (June 2006 – February 2010), Private Secretary to the Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India (June 2003 – May 2006) and Under Secretary (Pakistan) in the Ministry of External Affairs (September 2002 – May 2003).

He has also served as Second Secretary in Embassy of India in Dakar (Republic of Senegal), with concurrent accreditation to Cape Verde, Guinea, Bissau, Mali, Mauritania and The Gambia (July 2000 to August 2002) and Third/Second Secretary, Embassy of India in Paris (June 1997 – June 2000). He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1995.

Nagesh Singh did his B.A. (Hons) in Economics from University of Delhi and Master’s in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. He speaks Hindi, English and French. He is married to Pragya Singh and they have a son and a daughter.


Tarun TalwarTarun Talwar is founder and president of Mindspan Systems, an Atlanta based IT solutions and services firm. 28 years of experience in IT industry, including the past 18 years in USA and prior to that in India, Europe and South East Asia. Leading a dynamic and highly respected company offering world class solutions and services in the areas of software product development, interactive marketing, and business intelligence. He is also founder and president of Prayas, a non-profit organization that promotes and supports educational efforts internationally, including financial support to economically disadvantaged students.

Talwar served on the Board of Directors of USPAACC (US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce) South-East chapter, the oldest and largest national organization representing all Asian American groups in business, sciences, arts, sports, education, public and community services. He also served on the Board of Directors of SPIN Atlanta (Software Process Improvement Network), a reputed organization that promotes knowledge exchange and interaction among software engineering and process improvement professionals.


Henry Yu joined Asian Investors Consortium in October 2015 as an Executive Director.  Asian Investors Consortium of Asia invests in projects in Greater China and in Asia Pacific. Henry is also a Senior Advisor to ChinaPlus Capital Ltd of Shanghai, a company that focuses on bridging US/China business.

Yu, a seasoned banker of about 34 years, has had an excellent banking career covering domestic banking and global business. He was Managing Director of the Global Financial Institutions of Fifth Third Bank from 2012-September of 2015. Previous affiliation included Bank of America in HK, Comerica Bank, National City Bank, SunTrust Bank, Standard Chartered Bank China, and East West Bank. Henry is a well-rounded banker having been involved in Investment Banking, Commercial and International Multinational Lending, Treasury Management, Credit Administration, Compliance, Foreign bank relationship management, Trade Finance, and Global Supply Chain. From 2003 through 2007, Yu held Series 7 and 62 Certification from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Henry Yu is also an avid volunteer promoting U.S./China and U.S./Emerging Markets business relationships and transactions. Through Henry’s 25 plus years of coverage on Emerging Markets, Asia, and in particular Greater China, he is a frequent speaker and lecturer on Asian/U.S./China business to universities in Georgia (Emory University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Georgia Perimeter College), and universities in China, namely Sichuan University, Suzhou Institute, Jiliang University, and Jinan University.


Li ZhengLi Zheng is founder and president of Techtop Industries Inc, Li obtained his BS degree in Management from University of Science and Technology of China in 1991, and a Ph.D. degree in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1997. After graduated from Notre Dame, Li spent 10 years on academic research and consulting for various water resources and sustainable development projects in the western United States, Northern China, Tibet Plateau, and the mountainous regions of Nepal and India. In 2008, Li retuned to his family manufacturing business, founded and operated the Techtop Industries Inc from Atlanta with a focus on on market development, services/support and product solutions.

Zheng is a board member and senior VP of National Assocation of Chinese American (NACA), Atlanta 2010-2016; Program Chair for NACA Mentorship Program 2015-2016; Board Member of Atlanta Young Singers 2015 - 2017; Member of Leadership Atlanta Class 2014.

He is a first generation immigrant from China who came to US in 1991 as a student, and was naturalized in 2009.

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