Keynote Speakers

Jin-Goon Kim
CEO, Li-Ning
Partner, TPG Capital

Mr. Jin-Goon Kim is CEO of Li-Ning, China's leading sportswear brand, and Partner of TPG Capital, leading global private equity firm. Mr. Kim is recognized as one of more successful serial transformation CEO's in China. Under his leadership, Li-Ning became the first in industry to transform its business from wholesale to retail-oriented fast fashion brand. As the CEO of China Grand Auto from 2007 to 2011, Mr. Kim built China's leading auto retail and service network by pioneering roll-up business model. Mr. Kim also led transformation of China's leading capital leasing and lady shoes companies. Prior to TPG, Mr. Kim led transformation and rapid growth of Dell's Korea business, built high tech ventures for a venture capital firm in Cambridge, and was Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Kim received his undergraduate degree from Harvard, conducted research in Nanjing-Hopkins Centre in China, and returned to Harvard to pursue his Master of Public Policy.

William C. Kirby
Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies

William C. Kirby is T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. Professor Kirby serves as Chairman of the Harvard China Fund and served as Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies from 2006-2013.

A historian of modern China, Professor Kirby's work examines China's business, economic, and political development in an international context. He has written on the evolution of modern Chinese business (state-owned and private); Chinese corporate law and company structure; the history of freedom in China; the international socialist economy of the 1950s; relations across the Taiwan Strait; and China's relations with Europe and America. His current projects include case studies of contemporary Chinese businesses and a comparative study of higher education in China, Europe, and the United States.

Before coming to Harvard in 1992, he was Professor of History, Director of Asian Studies, and Dean of University College at Washington University in St. Louis. At Harvard, he has served as Chair of the History Department, Director of the Harvard University Asia Center, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Drew Mason
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Jade Capital Management, LLC

Drew Mason is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Jade Capital Management, LLC, a leading provider of venture and growth capital for top entrepreneurs in China’s financial services sector. Mr. Mason is also one of the founding members of Sohu.com, one of the first Chinese companies to list on NADAQ, and China Risk Finance LLC, China’s leading consumer finance solutions provider voted Private Equity International’s Venture Capital deal of the year in 2007. Mr. Mason was formerly the head of investment banking for the technology sector in Asia Pacific for UBS Warburg, where he worked on Asia’s M&A deal of the year in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Mr. Mason’s operating experience includes serving as an intelligence officer during Operation Desert Storm for the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Mr. Mason is on the board of China Risk Finance LLC, Shanghai Harvest Network Ltd. and is a member of the President of Brown University’s China Council.

He has a BA in history from Brown University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and a MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Mason has worked in New York, London and Hong Kong and currently resides in Larchmont, New York.

Yukon Huang
Senior Associate, Carnegie Asia Program

Yukon Huang is a senior associate in the Carnegie Asia Program, where his research focuses on China’s economic development and its impact on Asia and the global economy.

Previously, he was the World Bank’s country director for China (1997–2004) and for Russia and the former Soviet Union Republics of Central Asia (1992–1997). Before that, he served as lead economist for Asia and chief for Country Assistance Strategies. He has also held positions at the U.S. Treasury and various universities in the United States, Tanzania, and Malaysia. He is the A-List commentator for the Financial Times on China, and his articles also appear frequently in other major media such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Foreign Affairs, and CNN.

Huang has published widely on development issues, recently co-editing the book East Asia Visions, a collection of papers by noted Asian scholars on future prospects for the region. He recently completed a volume entitled Reshaping Economic Geography in East Asia. He is an adviser to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, as well as to various governments and companies.