USF Hosts China Conference on Sustainability

Exploring developments in a global economy with keynote speaker Steve Westly

SAN FRANCISCO—(Feb. 24, 2012)

The University of San Francisco will host the 2012 China Innovation Conference on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 1:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in Fromm Hall on USF’s main campus. The conference will explore current developments in China’s innovation policy and the country’s changing role in the global value chain as well as broader issues surrounding innovation and sustainability in a globalizing economy.

Steve Westly, managing partner of the Westly Group and former California state controller, will deliver the program’s keynote speech at 1:30 p.m. He will share thoughts on innovation in a global context, the role of Silicon Valley and the state of California, and the growth of the Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship.

Following Westly’s address, a notable panel of industry leaders and experts will examine the unique challenges and obstacles facing China’s transition from an export-driven to innovation-oriented economy. Topics for panel discussion include the role of the Chinese government in adapting policies that promote an innovative ecosystem, the implications of China’s transition for multinational corporations, and the future drivers of improvement for China, as well as the key challenges the country will face. Panelists include academics from the USF School of Management and executives from Achievo Corp., Chic Group, SVB Financial Group, and IBM’s Watson Research Center.

“We are most honored to have such a distinguished group of speakers and panelists bringing a wealth of real experience and insight to this conference,” said Stanley Kwong, managing director and term assistant professor of the Greater China Programs at the USF School of Management. “Because China has experienced one of the greatest economic booms in history, it provides a terrific case study to examine the transition from a simple export-driven model into one of the fastest growing major players. Through panel discussions and the exchange of knowledge, we hope to better understand the significance of China’s steady economic development and how innovation fits into the bigger global picture.”

For media inquiries about the event, or the University of San Francisco School of Management, please contact Anne-Marie Devine at or (415) 422-2697.

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