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China@Baruch: Top professionals discuss business trends in China

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Baruch alumni, students, faculty, staff and other guests gathered on April 19th for China@Baruch. This is the second event in a cultural series begun in 2015 with Brazil@Baruch. Coordinated by the Offices of Strategic Partnerships and Alumni Relations and generously funded by Municipal Credit Union, the event included a panel discussion focusing on, “The Role of China in the Global Economy.” Provost David Christy welcomed the guests to the event. Vice Provost for Global Strategies Myung-Soo Lee acted as emcee and introduced the keynote speaker, Kam Wong ’81, President and CEO of Municipal Credit Union (link to: and the panel moderator, Daniel Rosen, Co-Founder and China Practice Leader at Rhodium Group. Mr. Wong talked about his own history as a young immigrant from Hong Kong in New York, and the importance of access to education. His experience at Baruch ensured a long-lasting belief in the power and value of education.

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Mr. Rosen moderated a lively panel discussion, featuring: Steve Barclay, Director, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, NY; Rui Fen, Managing Director, Economic and Valuation Services, KMPG; John Hui ’89, Managing Director, China BioSense Medical Devices and Debra Lodge, Managing Director, HSBC Global Markets. Mr. Barclay described the role of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office and how it assists companies interested in working in Hong Kong. Ms. Fen discussed the ins and outs of the Chinese economy and how manufacturing was changing in China. Mr. Hui, a Baruch alumnus, talked about his experiences as an entrepreneur working with the challenges presented by the healthcare field in China. Ms. Lodge described how her firm assisted companies in accessing the newly opened renminbi markets in China. Panelists shared their insights into the future of the Chinese economy, as well as stories about their own paths to their careers. The panel discussion was followed by an evening of Chinese cuisine and networking among the guests.