Illinois-HKU Global Business Forum

Strategic Positioning in a New World Economic Order:
Asia-Pacific and Global Competitiveness

February 12, 2009
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Room 401
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai
Hong Kong


Illinois Global Business Initiative
College of Business
University of Illinois, USA

Local Host and Support

Faculty of Business and Economics
The University of Hong Kong

The Program

The recent U.S. financial turmoil and its subsequent spread to Europe and Asia have changed the world in fundamental ways. While still unfolding, this watershed event has altered the existing economic order and brought great uncertainties to policymakers in both the private and public sectors.

As with any crisis, organizations and individuals are presented not only with present dangers requiring immediate action, but also unforeseen opportunities for strategic repositioning to fit tomorrow’s realities.

To help businesses prepare for and compete successfully in this turbulent environment, we have invited an international group of experts from academia, industry, and government to “look” into the future and recommend appropriate response actions.

Specifically, the conference has three main objectives:

  • To anticipate and explore the key features of a new global economic order that is emerging from the current financial crisis.
  • To assess the potential commercial impact of this new economic order, with emphasis on Asia-Pacific firms and nations.
  • To identify and examine the regional advantages of Asia-Pacific that can be leveraged by both local and foreign firms to enhance competitiveness in the new world.

Who Should Attend

This business forum is designed for senior government officials and top-level corporate officers (e.g., CEOs, COOs, VPs, managing directors, etc.), international investors, management consultants, business entrepreneurs, industry analysts, senior headquarters and subsidiary managers, and decision makers responsible for or involved in strategy formulation and implementation that affect the global competitiveness of nations and firms. Sufficient time is included in the program for participants to engage in Q&A with panel experts during the session and networking over lunch and coffee breaks.


  • Dr. Joseph Cheng, Professor, University of Illinois and Visiting Professor, The University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Anthony Cheung, President, Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Dr. T.S. Chung, Head, Invest Korea (South Korea)
  • Dr. Andrew Delios, Associate Professor of Business Policy, National University of Singapore
  • Dr. Wolfgang Hapke, President, Market & Business Development Asia-Pacific, BASF (Germany)
  • Mr. Phil Ingram, Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade Hong Kong (Australia)
  • Mr. Edward Leung, Chief Economist, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Mr. Xiangming Liu, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, CEO&CIO (China)
  • Dr, Francis Lui, Professor of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Hwy-Chang Moon, Professor of International Business, Seoul National University (South Korea)
  • Mr. Albert Ng, Managing Partner, Far East Operations, Ernst & Young (US)
  • Mr. Clye Prestowitz, President, Economic Strategy Institute (US)
  • Dr. Zhigang Tao, Professor of Strategy and Economics, The University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Olaf Unteroberdoerster, Resident Representative Hong Kong, International Monetary Fund
  • Dr. Geng Xiao, Director, Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy (China)
  • More speakers to follow.