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Chairman of CSIC Advisory Board – CSIC
Mike serves as the Chair of the CSIC advisory panel and is the founder of Passage-Maker Sourcing Solutions. Mike, in Asia since 1994, is recognized as expert on China sourcing. Mike has been a featured presenter for a number of high profile seminars and trade shows including Global Sources Asia Expo HK, Global Sources Dubai, & the US Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Shenzhen with his wife and daughter.
Mayer Brown Law Offices
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Emma Rose Browne
Business Development Manager – Fusion Consulting International Limited
Emma Rose Browne holds degrees in Business Administration (Global Management) and Philosophy from the University of Southern California. She has lived in China for the last two years, where she works in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) field and freelances for various newspapers, magazines, and websites. She speaks English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Please contact her at Emma@FusionLimited.com for more information about this article or CSR in China. Fusion Consulting International Limited is a China-based factory management consulting company that specializes in CSR and Productivity. Fusion works with brands and factories to ensure that suppliers can meet international CSR standards and brand’s CSR goals, while also improving profitability. Fusion is based in Guangzhou, China, and consults in the Greater China and Southeast Asia region.
David B. Fisher
Business Development Manager – Asia Quality Focus
Originally from Massachusetts, heads up Asia Quality Focus’ North American office in Boston. AQF is a 3rd party inspection company servicing China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Taiwan and much of Southeast Asia. At AQF, he inspects and audits Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses. Dave has a BA from Hobart College in International Relations and Asian Studies and studied at the Peking University. He speaks English, French and Chinese and enjoys visiting China and helping clients with their quality control strategies.
Project Manager – PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions
David, originally from St. Louis, Missouri serves as a Project Manager of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions. David has lived in Shenzhen, China since 2008 and speaks English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Managing Director – LCL Consult Ltd.
Liam Cassidy has amassed over 30 years of experience managing Manufacturing Plants, improving Supply Chains, and Developing Suppliers. His work, especially in the turnaround of poor performing factories has been particularly successful, and this has been acknowledged by major international institutes and journals. He was the leading Plant Manager of Lean Practices throughout his career with Gillette and Proctor & Gamble, creating benchmark sites in Ireland, USA, India and China. He was first introduced to Lean Practices in the mid 80’s when granted a scholarship by the European Union to study Japanese Manufacturing techniques, the only one to represent his home country, Ireland. Last August, after a long and successful career, he left Proctor & Gamble to form his own company. He now provides consultancy support to organizations that need help and has bases in Ireland and Shanghai.
Owner – ChinaWhy
Steven Chow has more than 10 years experience working in factories, trading companies and sourcing companies. He is the owner of Chinawhy, which offers sourcing, supplier verification and QC service to overseas small and medium sized buyers. Steven is also the columnist for China Sourcer’s “Sourcing Dos & Don’ts.”
Principal & Owner – Alba Logistics
Patrick is the principal and owner of Alba Logistics and has worked in the logistics and supply chain business since 1987. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Institute of Technology in Cork, Ireland and the University of Oviedo, Spain. Patrick Daly is a consultant and speaker who helps world class companies to develop creative solutions that dramatically improve their supply chain and logistics operations. His process of strategic thinking and application of a systems approach to the conception, planning and execution of solutions to a wide range of technical and process problems in supply chain and logistics helps his clients improve the efficiency of their internal operations.
CEO – Silk Road International
David Dayton is the owner and manager of SRI in Shenzhen, China. David has nearly twenty years experience working in and with Asia and is a regular presenter for Global Sources’ New Buyer Training seminars in Shanghai and in Hong Kong. David, fluent in both Thai and Mandarin also heads the Silk Road International Blog- voted one of the top 10 China business blogs.
Owner – Dockter China Ltd.
Dockter China, Ltd. & Healthcare Sleep Products. MBA Thunderbird School of Global Management Expertise in Furniture Manufacturing & Building Materials. 10 years work experience in Asia.
Director, Strategic Analysis – Trends Asia Ltd.
Author for the following: “China Inside Out: 10 Irreversible,” “Trends Re-shaping China and Its Relationship
with the World.” Manager for “This is China! blog”
Managing Director – Ferrari Consulting and Research Group, LLC
Bob Ferrari is the Managing Director of The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group LLC, a global supply chain consulting and research firm providing insight and assistance in supply chain business process and information technology strategies. As a supply chain industry analyst at both AMR Research and IDC, Bob has provided various thought leadership and consulting services on supply chain needs. Bob also serves as Executive Editor of the Supply Chain Matters blog, which provides ongoing commentary on global supply chain business and technology developments. Supply Chain Matters is one of the top ten blogs in supply chain management averaging over 30,000 visits on a monthly basis.
Legal Consultant – Scognamiglio International Law Firm
Francesco Giraldi has lived in Shanghai, China since 2007. Currently, Francesco is a legal consultant for Scognamiglio International Law Firm. He received his law degree in 2006 from the University of Rome. Mr. Giraldi speaks Chinese, English, French, and Italian.
Partner – Harris & Moure
Dan Harris is a founding member of Harris & Moure, a boutique international law firm with lawyers in Seattle and in Qingdao, China. He is also lead editor of the multiple-award winning China Law Blog. Dan has written on China for such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, and Advertising Age and he has been an international law analyst on CNBC, BBC, ABC, CNN, CBC, and Fox News. Dan has a B.A. from Grinnell College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Indiana University, where he was Managing Editor of the law review.
Product Liability Insurer – Hughes Commercial Insurance Services, LLC
William Hughes is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), a Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and a principal in Hughes Commercial Insurance Services, LLC.
Principal Engineer – Quality Plus Engineering
Greg is the principal engineer with Quality Plus Engineering – A Critical Infrastructure Protection- Forensics, Assurance, Analytics firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
Lawyer – Sidley Austin LLP
Brenda Jacobs is an international trade and regulatory compliance attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of the global law firm, Sidley Austin LLP. Her clients include multinational consumer goods manufacturers, U.S. importers, trade associations and governments on issues such as customs, rules of origin, export controls, sanctions, product safety, privacy laws, anti-corruption compliance, audits and internal investigations. She is graduate of Cornell University and the George Washington University National Law Center, a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and California, a licensed customs broker, and recognized as a leader in her field by Chambers, a respected legal rating service.
Regional Compliance Officer – Siemens Limited Hong Kong
Julia Kahlenberg is working for the Regional Compliance Office of Siemens Limited Hong Kong, a multinational company active in China for more than 100 years, where it holds leading positions in the three sectors: Industry, Energy and Healthcare. Prior to joining Siemens, Julia worked as a lawyer for several law-firms and headed a German branch of a global recruiting portal. She received her legal education from University Passau in Germany focusing on economic and labor law. Since 2001 she worked for Siemens as a staff speaker until she joined the newly set up compliance organization in China in 2007 – being responsible for investigations, compliance reviews and the business related controls system. In 2009 she moved from Beijing to Hong Kong to take over the role of a Regional Compliance Officer for OSRAM Asia.
She is member of the BEN Group (Beijing Ethics Network and Hong Kong Ethics Network), a platform for compliance practitioners from different companies to exchange compliance relevant topics on a regular basis, and the ACCPF (Asia Competition and Compliance Practitioners Forum) as well as steering committee member of the CBLF (China Business Leader Forum).
Global Director of Sales – PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions
Whit has over 20 years of experience in quality and lead-time intensive markets like the North American automotive industry. Whit has been working in Asia since 1994, including periods living in Singapore and Taiwan. He makes regular trips to the People’s Republic of China. Whit now heads PassageMaker North America (PMNA) and is responsible for PassageMaker’s global sales. He speaks Mandarin and is based in Salem, VA, USA.
General Manager/owner - CBI Consulting
Mr. Kennedy, General Manager of CBI Consulting, has over fifteen years experience conducting and managing commercial inquiries throughout Greater China. A U.S. Navy veteran with journalistic experience, Mr. Kennedy speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
Owner – Kirmuss & Associates
Charles Kirmuss is owner of Kirmuss & Associates of Denver, Colorado, USA and has been involved in manufacturing and distributing of electronic security, two way radio and GPS products and technologies since 1979. In 1983 he started sourcing products and manufacturers in Asia beginning with ventures into Taiwan well before his contemporaries. He migrated his activities to China in 2005 and has shared many of his experiences as a panelist for Global Sources and notes where he wished that he had access to many of the seminars sponsored by Global Sources and the many topics available from the China Sourcing Information Center before his ventures into China, this as some of his shared experiences have been painful. He also is a volunteer director for his County’s Search and Rescue team and is a worldwide speaker on technology and applications.
Senior Business Development Manager – Southern Perspectives Shenzhen
Matt Kowalak of Southern Perspective SZ has worked in manufacturing related positions in Shenzhen for the last 6 years. Matt and his team at Southern Perspective SZ are focused on staying on the cutting edge of Chinese Business Law. They help their clients to understand potential problems that may arise in the course of doing business in China. Whether you’re manufacturing, sourcing from existing suppliers, or looking to sell into the Chinese market, Southern Perspective SZ can help. For further business questions or consulting, visit www.southernperspectivesz.com.
Director – TenStep Consulting Service
Andrea Krasnoff, PMP is Director of TenStep Consulting Services. Andrea has more than 17 years experience in project management, program management, and PMOs. She has managed and delivered projects of various sizes, including rescuing and successfully delivering troubled projects for several clients. She has been responsible for development groups and consistently delivered business-related systems to meet strategic business needs.
Head of China Engineering and Project Management – Trek Bikes
Barry Lewis graduated with in Manufacturing Engineering from BYU and has worked with Aerospace Engineer and Trek Bikes for the last 11 years. He has lived in China for the last 6 years and is the Head of China Engineering and Project Management for Trek.
CPO – Kone Corporation
CPO at KONE Corporation 2005-present. Manager of a worldwide team of 180 sourcing & supplier management professionals around the world.
CEO – Logis Fashion
Founder and Managing Director – TXM
Tim McLean is the founder and Managing Director of TXM. Tim has a 20+ year experience in manufacturing, first learned Lean and Six Sigma principles as Process Improvement Engineer in the late 1980s. Tim went on to manage operations in a range of industries as an Operations Manager and General Manager before establishing TXM in 2004.
VP Sustainable Economic & Environmental Development – SEEDS Global Alliance
Dave R. Meyer is VP of Sustainable Economic and Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS) . His passion for three decades has been to drive clients to achieve environmental and sustainability program excellence, leverage regulatory compliance risks, optimize organizational effectiveness, and create upstream value in highly competitive markets. His international business advisory expertise in the public and private sector has led to award-winning program recognition, leveraged regulatory compliance risks, optimized organizational effectiveness, and upstream value creation in highly competitive global markets.
Dave is an expert contributor on green supply chain issues for the Kinaxis Supply Chain Community; a contributing Author on sustainable business performance for TriplePundit, Sustainable Business Forum, Green Conduct, 3BL Media, Environmental Leader, Green Economy Post, GreenBiz.com and numerous local, international and national publications; has spoken at numerous international conferences, and serves on the Advisory Board for the 2Degrees Sustainable Supply Chain Collaborative. You can view his blog related to sustainability best practices, green supply chain, public policy, the environment and business competitiveness at valuestream2009.wordpress.com.
Director, Energy Applications & Technology – TrendsAsia Ltd.
B.S.D. Mistry specializes in the development and set-up of renewable energy products in China specifically in Wind and Solar Energy, with extensive experience in performing formal due diligence audits on Chinese components manufacturers. He has over 9 years sourcing, developing and purchasing high technology products on the international markets. Since 2004 he has worked mainly in Tier 2 & 3 cities in China setting up supply chains and evaluating energy technologies in China.
President – TenStep Consulting Service
Tom Mochal, PMP is President of TenStep, Inc., a company focused on methodology development, training and consulting. He was awarded the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2005. He is author of numerous books and has over 600 columns published on project management, people management, & organizational process management.
Business Development Manager – Fiducia Management Consultants
Thaddaeus Mueller holds a master degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Catholic University of Eichstaett, Germany and has also studied in South Africa and Italy. Before joining Fiducia Management Consultants in 2004, he worked in the automotive industry and in the fabrics and fibres division of a large US technology company. Thaddaeus is the Business Development Manager at Fiducia, and oversees client relationships as well as marketing activities for Hong Kong and China. He has gained substantial experience in advising international clients on trading and sourcing structures in Hong Kong and China from industries as diverse as toys, machinery, packaging, textiles, lighting and consumer.
writer, anthropologist – China Latin Diaries
Susana Muñoz is a Mexican cultural anthropologist with a master’s degree in Sociology at Sichuan University. She contributes regularly to the blog of China Latin Diaries at www.ChinaLatinDiaries.com.
Derek Paylor is a graduate of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He holds degrees in International Relations and Asian Studies. Currently based in America, Derek has experience in translations, editing, and education. His interests include Chinese culture and language, sourcing, and law. He speaks English, Spanish and Chinese.
Principal – Cornerstone International
Cornerstone is a Chicago-based strategy consulting firm that specializes in providing water-treatment industry executives support in relation to the international component of their business, whether overseas sales, sourcing, or manufacturing.
Customer Service Manager – Asia Quality Focus
Executive Vice President – MDI Consultants
Alan P. Schwartz has been providing strategic planning on FDA regulatory compliance issues since 1978. Prior to MDI, he was a supervisor of field operations for the US FDA. MDI was the official consulting company to CCPIT/CCUS and worked closely with the Chinese government to assist them with understanding the FDA regulations. MDI has many Clients in China. Mr. Schwartz is on the editorial advisory board of the GXP Journal.
General Manager – Art Van International
Jeff Sears is the General Manager for Art Van International located in Shenzhen, China. He has resided in China for the last 3 years. He has worked in furniture and logistics for the last 18 years. Jeff travels throughout SE Asia performing QC, product development, and sourcing activities. Jeff is also the Chairman of the Board for the International Furniture Transportation and Logistics Council.
General Manager of Corporate Affairs – Global Sources
China Import Specialist – Complete Support Pillow
David Sternlight is the CEO of multiple companies specializing in the invention and import of products in the gift, pet and travel industries. Prior to this, he worked in the real estate industry and played basketball professionally, his team winning the European championship in 2000-2001. He, his wife and his 2-year old son live in Los Angeles, California.
Founder – Luxerge LLC
Eri Swager holds a master’s degree in technology management from the University of Denver and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. She provides project management services to her clients through her company Luxerge, LLC, founded in 2007.
PhD Candidate – Delft University of Technology
Mirjam Visser is a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology in Design for Sustainability , she holds an M.Sc of the same University and has consulted companies for 20 years on improving their supply chain, production and product development processes. She has been living and working in Shanghai for the last 5 years. Living there inspired her to start Desisgn-4-sustainability.com, an open platform for and by designers offering inspiration, knowledge and tools to design more sustainable products.
Director of Business Development – Southern Perspectives SZ
Jamon has worked with Southern Perspectives-Shenzhen for 2 years and has been living in China for six years with experience in manufacturing and quality control. Jamon graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Master’s in Chinese Business law.
Partner – JunZeJun Law Offices
Lynn Li is a partner in the JunZeJun law offices which are based in Beijing. Lynn Li helps manage the Shenzhen branch of JunZeJun specializing in litigation and IP protection for foreign buyers. Educated in London, England, Lynn Li has been practicing law for over twenty years helping foreign buyers successfully gain damages from suppliers in China.
Business Development Manager – Octet Trading Ltd.
Octet Trading Ltd. is a Hong Kong based enterprise that exists to help exporters trade more effectively. As a 3rd party financier, Octet allows buyers and sellers to avoid the hassles when using Letters of Credit. Danny Young serves as a Business Development Advisor for Octet in Shenzhen.
Phoebe Yanxia Zhou
International Business Lawyer – Yingke Law Firm
Yingke Law Firm is an international law firm which has 17 branches in China and more than 10 liaison oversea offices and branches. Wherever you have a legal problem, Yingke can help you. Phoebe Yanxia Zhou serves as an International Business Lawyer for Yingke in Shanghai.