Are you seeing much of an impact from the global financial crisis on the employement market in Asia? Is it a good time to pursue a career in Asia especially in the emerging markets? What are the best strategies to start a career in Asia?
This year's career panel will be mainly discussing on the global financial crisis' impact on Asia's employment market. Our panelists who worked in various industries in Asia will tell you how to successfully identify and pursue career opportunities in a changing environment.
President & CEO, NTT DOCOMO USA, INC.
Masaaki Maeda is currently the President & CEO of NTT DOCOMO USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO INC, Japan’s leading mobile telecommunications company.
Mr. Maeda began his career in the Japanese telecommunications industry in the Technical Development Department of NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation). In March 1994, he moved to NTT DOCOMO, the mobile arm of NTT which was spun off from its parent company in 1992. In 2004, Mr. Maeda launched NTT DOCOMO USA’s “namikiteru®” service in North America, a software application which allows users to read and write Japanese and displays simplified and traditional Chinese, Hangul (Korean) and Japanese characters on BlackBerry® handheld devices. This has contributed tremendously to the global mobility of bilingual business people.
Mr. Maeda holds a bachelor and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In addition, he earned an MBA at MIT’s Sloan School of Management in June 2002.
Founder & CEO, Wang & Li Asia Resources
Larry is the Founder and CEO of Wang & Li Asia Resources, an international recruitment company (and China's 2008 Recruitment Firm of the Year) that provides recruitment services to leading companies operating in China.
For the past 15 years, Larry has dedicated his career to the hiring, development, and success of Greater China's international-caliber professional talent. He is a frequent speaker at leading mainland and U.S. MBA programs, as well as HR conferences and professional organizations throughout North America and Greater China. Larry is also often sought to provide his business insights on management and human capital issues in Greater China by media, such as CNBC, CNN, CCTV, AWSJ, Business Week, and THE South China Morning Post, to name a few.
Prior to founding his company, Larry worked for 10 years in for leading consumer product and information technology multinationals. His presence in Greater China over the past 11 years has included stints in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and now Beijing, where he oversees Wang & Li's regional operations.Larry received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Jimmy Ahn is a partner in McKinsey & Company’s Corporate Finance practice, based in Boston. Jimmy recently returned to the U.S. after spending 7 years based in Hong Kong. He has worked in nearly all Asian markets including China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and even North Korea and Mongolia! Jimmy has extensive experience in structuring joint ventures / alliances, executing M&A transactions, and assisting clients with corporate strategy and growth. He focuses on the financial services and consumer goods sectors, and has worked closely with several Asian governments and stock exchanges on developing the financial sector and on their financial hub strategy.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Jimmy worked at Cornerstone Research, an economics and financial consulting firm based in Menlo Park, California. He has a BA in Economics and MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
Mr.Fagan is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Business and Government. His research centers on the role of regulation in the creation of competitive markets. Much of his recent work focuses on China. For example he has published work on the role of government in the financing of small and medium size enterprises to foster growth in China. Mr. Fagan collaborated with the Vice Minister for Science and Technology in China in a paper detailing the need for institutional innovation to support technology and globalization. He has served as an expert to Guizhou Province in coal mine safety and has just begun a project examining the feasibility of management-based regulation to improve food safety in China. In conjunction with his fellowship, Mr. Fagan has taught in the China Leaders in Development Executive Education Program and as a guest lecturer in several courses at Harvard’s Kennedy School including Transportation Policy, Microfinance, and Operations Management.
Mr. Fagan is founding partner of the management and consulting firm, Norbridge, Inc, and was Vice President at Mercer Management Consulting. He holds a Masters degree in regional planning and transportation from Harvard University.
Thomas DeLong (Moderator)
Professor, Harvard Business School
Thomas J. DeLong is the Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice in the Organizational Behavior area at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard Faculty, DeLong was Chief Development Officer and Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Group, Inc., where he was responsible for the firm's human capital and focused on issues of organizational strategy regarding people, organizational change and globalization.
At Harvard, Professor DeLong teaches MBA and executive education courses focused on managing human capital, organizational behavior and managing talent in professional service firms. Most recently, DeLong has been responsible for the first-year required curriculum for the MBA program and now serves as course head for the required course on Leadership and Organizational Behavior.This was the first course at the Harvard Business School on understanding and leading professional service firms. In addition, he has taught in various executive education programs in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Professor DeLong received his undergraduate and masters degrees from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Industrial Supervision. He was also a post-doctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.