First-ever MIT Sloan Asia Business Conference to spotlight stories behind Asia’s biggest business phenomena

Yuan Chen, Chairman of China Development Bank, to deliver opening key note on the future of financial institutions in China

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., October 26, 2010 — How are Asian companies creating global brands? What are the most current investment trends? And what is the best way to launch a company in Asia?

These are among the questions that executive and academic expert sources will address during the first-ever MIT Sloan Asia Business Conference to be held on Saturday, November 6 in the famed MIT Media Lab.

Yuan Chen, Chairman of China Development Bank and once named one of the “ten most prominent economic and financial elites of China” by China's Talents Publishing House will address the future of financial institutions in China. Additional key note speakers will include John Wang, Chief Marketing Officer, HTC; David Steel, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics; and Shintaro Hori, Chairman of Bain Capital Asia.

Slated panel discussions are:

  • Unstoppable Trends: How Asian Companies Create Global Brands
  • Innovation: The Asian Perspective
  • Future of Energy and Clean Technologies in Asia
  • Investment Trends and the Role of Capital in Emerging Markets
  • Founder’s Journey: Starting a Company in Asia

The Asia Business Conference offers attendees a platform to network with hundreds of renowned executives, MIT faculty, MIT MBAs, and MIT students from across the campus.

“As part of one of the world’s leading business schools, we want to connect the Sloan community with the business frontiers of Asia,” said Rita Chao, MIT Sloan MBA Class 2011 and a lead organizer of the conference. “We are eager to learn from Asian executives, and to inspire new ideas across the continent using the cutting-edge knowledge we have learned at MIT.”

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