Join IU alumni, faculty members, and friends in Beijing, China, for IU is Global 2018, an IU Bicentennial conference and global alumni reunion. Hosted by the Beijing Chapter of the IU Alumni Association, the conference will include multidisciplinary panels of alumni and faculty members, as well as special guests IU President Michael A. McRobbie and alumnus Michael Uslan, BA’73, MS’75, JD’76.
The 2018 IU is Global conference will serve as a global alumni reunion, featuring multidisciplinary panel sessions, keynotes, and remarks from special guests, and an evening gala with an awards and recognition ceremony.
Indiana University’s Two Centuries of Excellence Bicentennial Remarks from IU President Michael A. McRobbie
Indiana University has experienced incredible change in recent years and is poised to build on its strengths as it educates new generations of leaders and deepens its global partnerships. In this presentation, IU President Michael A. McRobbie reflects on IU’s past, highlights current achievements and developments, and looks forward as IU approaches its bicentennial.
The Global Economy in the 21st Century: China and Innovation
Moderated by Lee Feinstein, dean of the IU School of Global and International Studies
The coming century will see the world economy’s center of gravity increasingly settle over the Asia-Pacific region. What challenges will China and other countries in the region face as they drive innovation and development, not just in Asia but across the world? This panel of leading alumni in business will discuss how individuals and organizations may position themselves to thrive in a dynamic but uncertain global economy.
Esmond K.L. Quek, BS’92, executive director, Pico Group
Jeff Tan, MBA’89, CEO, Biovites Corporation & Futera Asia
Curtis A. Ferguson, BS’80, president, Greater China and Korea, The Coca-Cola Company
The Environment and Public Health: Challenges and Opportunities
Moderated by Michael McGuire, executive associate dean of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Change and uncertainty are likely to dominate the news on worldwide environmental and public health issues in the approaching years. The panel of experts will discuss the problems—both new and familiar—facing individuals and societies, and how tools and approaches have adapted to face challenges across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.
Dr. Ka He, professor and chair, epidemiology and biostatistics, IU School of Public Health, Bloomington
Dr. Juan Zhang, PhD’09, associate professor, China Academy of Medical Science
Chanho Park, LLM’04, director and head of programs for large emerging economies, Global Green Growth Institute
Ning Zhang, MPA’14, program director, Shenzhen Green Foundation
Bloomington to Hollywood, Gotham City to Beijing: How Indiana University Opened the Door to the Global Impact of Batman
Michael Uslan, IU alumnus, author, and producer of the Batman films
With a career spanning comic books to the production of major motion pictures, alumnus Michael Uslan, BA’73, MS’75, JD’76, has truly capitalized on the power of his Indiana University education. Hear him explore how today’s professionals must master a changing world of global business guided by the spirit of entrepreneurship. Through his own experiences seizing opportunity in unlikely places, Uslan will share the value of self-confidence and the critical importance of persistence in creating a meaningful and impactful professional life.
The Changing Global Legal Profession: Society and Impact
Moderated by Leslie Davis, assistant dean for international programs, IU Maurer School of Law
This session brings together a panel of alumni experts to discuss the shifting role of law in the global economy and society. They will share their perspectives on how legal professionals in the 21st century will influence, facilitate, and participate in communities with growing prosperity and multiplying social challenges.
Thomas Yunlong Man, JD’97, professor from practice, Peking University School of Transnational Law
Gabrielle L. Goodwin, director, Graduate Legal Studies, IU Maurer School of Law
Thomas J. Treutler, JD’01, partner and managing director, Vietnam Tilleke & Gibbins
Scott J. Palmer, JD’01, partner, Perkins Coie
IU China Bicentennial Alumni Gala, Awards, and Recognition Ceremony
Join us for dinner, drinks, and a special presentation of awards to distinguished alumni. All alumni in attendance will be recognized by graduation decade and presented with a special gift.
Michael A. McRobbie joined Indiana University in 1997 as the university’s first vice president for information technology and chief information officer. He was appointed vice president for research in 2003, and in 2006, he was named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for IU’s Bloomington campus.
On July 1, 2007, he became IU’s 18th president. Under McRobbie’s leadership as president, IU has seen:
A major expansion in the size, quality, and diversity of its student body; the largest academic restructuring in its history, in which ten new schools have been established;
A reinvigoration of its global engagement that supports the university’s international academic and educational programs;
The construction or renovation of more than 100 major new facilities across all campuses, with a total value of around $2.5 billion;
The launch of the largest fundraising campaign in IU’s history and one of the largest ever by a public university. The “For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign” has a goal of raising $3 billion by IU’s Bicentennial in 2020.
A native of Australia, McRobbie received a PhD from the Australian National University in 1979 and has honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland (2007); Sung Kyun Kwan University in Korea (2008); the Australian National University (2010); the South East European University in Macedonia (2011), which IU helped found; and Griffith University in Australia (2014). He was honored by the Australian National University as Alumnus of the Year in 2015.
In 2012, McRobbie became the first sitting IU president to be elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the United States. He received the Anti-Defamation League’s Man of Achievement Award in 2014, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, justice, and equal opportunity for all.
The International Center of Indianapolis presented McRobbie with the 2016 International Citizen of the Year Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the globalization of Indiana. That same year, he was elected as a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.
McRobbie holds faculty appointments in computer science, philosophy, cognitive science, informatics, and computer technology, and has been an active researcher in information technology and logic during his career. He has been the principal investigator on many major grants, has published a number of books and many articles, and has served on numerous editorial boards and conference committees.
A professor at Indiana University’s Media School, alumnus Michael Uslan, BA'73, MS'75, JD'76, was the speaker at the 2006 IU commencement. His address at IU has been named one of the top graduation speeches of all time by USA Today, NPR, and Graduationwisdom.com. Beginning in the 1970s, he wrote Batman stories for DC Comics before moving into films by acquiring the motion picture and allied rights to the iconic character in an effort to bring a dark and serious Batman to the silver screen. In 1989, he was executive producer on Tim Burton’s Batman; and has since served as executive producer on all the modern Batman films to date (including last year’s The Lego Batman Movie and the upcoming The Batman).
Other films to his credit include National Treasure (2004), Constantine (2005), and The Lego Movie (2014). An Emmy Award winner for Best Animated Series based on the popular computer game, Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego?, Uslan’s memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman, has been published by Chronicle Books.
With his son, David Uslan, BA’02, as a producing partner, Michael has spent the last six years building relationships and friendships throughout China. Together, they are working to bring Chinese partners together to develop and produce content, across all global media outlets, that is culturally sensitive and authentic to China, and which can also be distributed in countries around the world as global branded franchises.
Executive Director, Pico Group Principal, Ed Bernays Brand Consultancy
Esmond K.L. Quek accumulated a decade of experience working in Southeast Asia and extensively across the Asia Pacific. He spent the last 21 years conducting business in China and has lived in Beijing for the last 17 years. Currently, he is an executive director of Pico Group – a Hong Kong based comprehensive communication agency. He is the principal of Ed Bernays Brand Consultancy, a firm that specializes in brand management work that covers brand positioning, public relations, advertising, executive visibility, and crisis management. He is also the chairman of the Enactus Board in China, an organization whose mission is to improve the community through commerce.
Quek’s career straddles across multiple industries and between corporate and startups. In 1997, he was in a general management position running British American Tobacco in China. He has since dabbled in asset management and corporate financing, been involved in M&A, and taken over management and operations of local Chinese firms. He has also held the position of Asia Pacific CEO of Velti. He won Best Executive in Asia Pacific in 2007, awarded by the International Business Association – the Stevie Awards. He is not only the first China-based executive to win the prestigious award, but also the first Singaporean to win this coveted recognition. He sits on the board of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce in China.
Quek is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business. He now serves on the Global Dean’s Council; and is an honorary research fellow at Fudan University. He is a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Psi. Socially, Esmond has been knighted a Chevalier, Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and is a founding member of the International Food and Wine Society in Beijing. He is a foodie who claims he can ski, hustles at pool, and struggles at golf.
Curt Ferguson has been with Coca-Cola since 1983, starting in Atlanta, transferring to management positions in Asian subsidiaries, and then rising to president of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Coca-Cola. In 2002, under his leadership, Coca-Cola Egypt was given the U.S. State Department Award for Corporate Citizenship by then Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Ferguson also works diligently to improve his local communities. In 2012, the Middle East North Africa business unit, which he led at the time, was awarded the Woodruff Cup, Coca-Cola’s most prestigious award for business performance and community leadership. In 2013 and 2014, Forbes ranked him the ninth most influential executive in the Middle East.
Christine Jih took on the role of CEO of BNPP IP Taiwan in April 2010. BNPP IP in Taiwan was formerly the combined entity of Fortis Securities and ABN AMRO Securities Investment Consultants, and she joined the original company in 2007 as its general manager. Jih has more than 20 years of experience in investments and has worked at a number of international firms, including Citibank, Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Securities, and Fidelity Investment Trust. Jih was the chair of the asset management committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei from 2009–2012.
Tan is the CEO of Biovites Corporation/Futera Asia. He brings over 25 years of business experience to his current company. He has experience in sales, branding, finance, and human capital management with several Fortune 100 Corporations, Malaysian companies, and Chinese P.R.C companies. Tan has a creative mindset and visionary direction that have helped him resolve complex business issues. This mindset has also helped him to manage both start-up and restructured pharmaceutical and fast moving consumer goods businesses.
Dr. He is a professor and the chair of department of epidemiology and biostatistics at Indiana University. He received his doctorate from Harvard University. He was an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University and a tenured associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an elected fellow of American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Epidemiology (ACE), and American College of Nutrition (ACN). His primary research interests lie in nutrition and environment epidemiology, specifically, dietary and environmental factors in relation to the development of chronic diseases. He’s research is continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Juan Zhang is an associate professor of behavioral science and health communication at School of Public Health, Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) & China Academy of Medical Science (CAMS). She conducts research on risk factors of noncommunicable disease (NCD), such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, nutrition, physical activity, using policy, socio-ecological, and behavioral approaches. Prior to joining PUMC, Zhang has had diverse working experience over 10 years including a national government agency, WHO, academic institutions, and a multinational pharmaceutical company. She has led the design, implementation, and evaluation of a nation-wide, and government-led program on NCD control and prevention, “China Healthy Lifestyle for All” from 2011 to 2014. She also has led the evaluation of the National Demonstration Area of NCD prevention and control. She has served as liaison from 2007 to 2011 between Indiana University and Chinese Ministry of Education, Ministry of Sports, and Ministry of Communist Party, in implementing and evaluating the policy of participation in a minimum of one hour per day of physical activity in students.
Zhang holds a Ph.D. in health behavior from Indiana University Bloomington. She has published in the areas of chronic disease epidemiology, economic cost and behavioral determinants of obesity, and public health program evaluation. She serves as a member of several professional societies, like Committee of Diabetes Prevention and Control of Chinese Preventive Medicine Association (CPMA), Committee of NCD Disease Prevention and Control of CPMA, and Committee of Health Communication of China Health Education Association
Zhang graduated from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2014 and holds an MPA with a nonprofit management concentration. Zhang worked for the New York City Parks and Recreation Department as a Million Trees NYC outreach coordinator from 2014–2015. In July 2015, she joined Ginkgo Foundation in Beijing, an organization that works to find and support social entrepreneurs in China. Currently, Zhang is working as a program director at Shenzhen Green Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to advocate for a greener and more sustainable lifestyle to Shenzhen citizens and engage them in the development of the green space of the city of Shenzhen.
Dr. Chanho Park is director and the head of programs for the Middle East, Latin America, and Caribbean at Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and has been managing UAE, Qatar, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Caribbean, and GGGI’s Global GHGs MRV programs. Previously, he has been engaged in leading the programs in the Africa and Middle East portfolio. Park has been actively leading programs on developing and implementing green growth policies and strategies. Currently, he is focusing on facilitating partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders from governments, private sector, and academia to share knowledge in the field of green growth across large emerging economies
Before joining the GGGI, Park was the head of the Global Legislation Research Center in the Korea Legislation Research Institute (KLRI). He was responsible for enacting “the Presidential Decree (Regulation) of Low Carbon and Green Growth”, “the Korean Green House Gases(GHGs) Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) Act and Regulation”, and Carbon Market in Korea through collaboration with the Korean Presidential Committee on Green Growth (PCGG) and other relevant ministries. He has multiple publications in the field of comparative legal research on climate change, corporate law, legislation, and governance. He was involved and contributed to the development of green growth policies and the establishment of regulations on green growth by establishing the GHGs Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system via joint work. Park has also contributed to other Korean and outside countries governmental agencies. Park has more than 10 years of teaching experience in international trade law, commercial, and economic laws at various universities.
Goodwin's research and teaching interests focus on legal writing, discourse analysis, and cultural heritage law. Before law school, she was a lecturer of English as a foreign language at universities in the United States and abroad. Goodwin has a graduate degree in linguistics, and she has completed PhD coursework in applied linguistics.
As part of a USAID-funded and IU-directed program, Goodwin spent two years in the Republic of Macedonia, helping to establish a new tri-lingual university. She founded and administered the language center, trained English teachers, and taught English language courses. While in law school, Goodwin was a semifinalist in the inaugural National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition and was a student editor on the Seventh Circuit Review. She also completed internships at the EEOC, Chicago and the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent, practicing employment discrimination and civil rights litigation.
Goodwin was appointed director of graduate legal studies in 2016 and is responsible for curriculum development, recruiting, and academic advising for the law school's graduate studies programs.
Thomas Y. Man’s academic interests encompass evidence law, comparative judicial process, cross-border business transactions, and legal history. In addition to various academic appointments with Peking University and Harvard-Yenching Institute of Harvard University, he has 17 years of law practice in cross-border M&A and corporate transactions with a number of leading international law firms in Chicago, Shanghai, and Beijing, including as a partner with Baker & McKenzie; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Hogan Lovells; and Morrison & Foerster. During his law practice, he participated and led numerous cross-border transactions, including several projects that were named “Deal of the Year” in the China market by leading law publications. He was listed as a “Leading Lawyer” in the Mergers & Acquisition and Project Finance categories by International Financial Law Review in 2011. In 2015, he was appointed to the Council for the International Association of Evidence Science.
Man also teaches as an adjunct professor at China University of Political Science and Law.
Palmer began his legal career in China over 15 years ago, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and receives international recognition for his counsel to top brands and companies in such industries as apparel, retail, hospitality, automotive, software, musical instruments, entertainment, life sciences, cosmetics, transportation, and green energy. Scott has been listed in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia as a “Leading Lawyer” since 2011 and has received recognition from The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and World Trademark Review.
Palmer is chair of the AmCham China IP Forum and serves on the China Global Advisory Counsel of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He is the vice-chair of INTA’s China Trademark Office Practices Committee and serves as the first chair of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Global Advisory Board.
Thomas J. Treutler is the managing director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offices. Treutler is registered to practice as a foreign lawyer in Vietnam and has been providing legal services there for 24 years. He is an attorney licensed by the State Bar of California.
Treutler, who serves as the Chairman of AmCham Vietnam’s IT, Telecom & IPR (ITTI) Committee, regularly advises in the area of media and technology law. Recognized as a leading lawyer in intellectual property by Chambers, The Legal 500, and Managing IP, Treutler has extensive experience in patent and trademark counseling and IP enforcement. He has secured a number of landmark patent infringement victories for foreign companies operating in the life sciences and technology sectors.
East Asia International Institute of Beijing
East Asia International Institute of Beijing (EAIB) provides advanced international financial professionals to a wide variety of enterprises in China.
IU is Global 2018 would like to thank all of its partners for making this conference possible.
Maurer School of Law, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, School of Public Health, Kelley School of Business, School of Global and International Studies, & Office of the Vice President for International Affairs
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