Challenges & Opportunities for Pacific Rim Societies in the 21st Century

This conference attracted 334 USC alumni and friends from 20 economies to discuss important socio-economic, cultural, and technology issues affecting Pacific Rim societies.  The participants included academic, business, and government leaders, sponsors of USC research and internships, prospective USC students and parents, as well as eight USC trustees, nine USC deans and a dozen USC faculty.  The participant list is available at the Participants page on this website, as are two charts showing the distribution of participants by economy and by USC affiliation.

(Powerpoint presentations are linked to the Powerpoint icon icons next to the speaker names below.)

Thursday, October 28

12:00-2:00 pm
"New Vision for Higher Education;" Marshall School Alumni and Friends Luncheon Dynasty Hall II
  • Yash Gupta, Dean, Marshall School of Business
  • Jim Ellis, Vice Dean, Executive Education, Marshall School of Business
3:00-5:00 pm
Samsung's Global Strategy-Dynasty Hall III
Presentations by Samsung Executives and Marshall School Professor, C.W. Park
3:00-5:00 pm
USC Research and Scholarship on Urban Issues-Pine/Bamboo Room
This session will present the urban research and scholarship of the USC Urban Initiative.  It will also feature educational opportunities to study urban issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels at USC.  Presentations by Dr. Madeleine Stoner, Professor and Faculty Chair of the Urban Initiative; Dr. Timothy Chan, Dean of the School of Pharmacy; and Dr. Melora Sundt, Associate Dean for Research in the Rossier School of Education.
5:30-6:30 pm
Check-In and Networking Reception, Shilla Hotel-Lobby & Foyer
6:30-9:30 pm
Play Video Opening Dinner--Dynasty Hall
Including welcoming remarks by:
  • Hun Jai Lee, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economy, Republic of Korea
  • Seung Yu Kim, President & CEO of Hana Bank and President of the USC Korean Alumni Association
  • Glenn Sonnenberg, President of Legg Mason Real Estate Investors and President of the Board of Governors of the USC Alumni Association and USC Trustee
  • Y.H. Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air and USC Trustee
  • Performance by the Tosheff Duo, Students, Thornton School of Music, Vely Stoyonova and Ilia Tosheff
9:30-11:00 pm
"Post Dinner Cocktail Reception" -Lilac Room Co-hosts:

Friday, October 29

7:00-8:00 am
Breakfast-Dynasty III
8:00-8:05 am
Play Video "Welcome and Conference Overview"-Dynasty Hall I
8:05-8:30 am
Play Video "State of the University"
8:30- 10:00 am
Play Video "Korea as Northeast Asia's Business Hub"
Chair: Byung-nak Song, Professor of Economics, Seoul National University
  • Powerpoint presentation Soon-hoon Bae, Chairman, Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Business Hub
  • Powerpoint presentation Hiroshi Kanamori, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Corporation (Korea) Ltd
  • William C. Oberlin, President, AMCHAM Korea and President, Boeing International Corporation, Korea  
10:00-10:30 am
10:30-12:00 noon
Play Video "National Security Issues in North East Asia"
Chair: Yong-Ok Park, Professor and Director, Institute for Diplomacy and Security Studies of Hallym University.  Former Vice Minister of National Defense (retired Lieutenant General) 
  • Loic Bouvard, Member, l' Assemblee National, Republic of France and former President of the North Atlantic Parliamentary Assembly
  • Powerpoint presentation Hee-Sang Kim, Chairman, Emergency Planning Commission, Office of the Prime Minister, Republic of Korea (retired Lieutenant General)
  • Leon LaPorte, Commander, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea
12:00-1:30 pm
Play Video Lunch with Keynote Speaker on "Corporate Governance:  What Makes it Effective?"-Dynasty Hall II
  • Yash Gupta, Dean Marshall School of Business (Moderator)
  • Edward E. Lawler III, Distinguished Professor of Business and Director of the Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business
1:45-3:00 pm
Play Video "Museums, Art, and Urban Development"-Dynasty Hall I
Chair: Powerpoint presentation Selma Holo, Professor of Art History in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Director of USC's Fisher Gallery
  • Powerpoint presentation Robert Cutietta, Dean, Thornton School of Music
  • Gerardo Estrada, Coordinador de Difusion Cultural, National Autonomous University of Mexico and former Minister of Fine Arts of Mexico
  • Hongnam Kim, Director, The National Folk Museum of Korea  
3:00-3:30 pm
3:30-5:00 pm
Play Video "America's Changing Image in Asia: Causes and Consequences"
Chair: Geoffrey Cowan, Dean, Annenberg School of Communications
  • Powerpoint presentation Narongchai Akrasanee, Chairman, Seranee Holdings Co., Ltd., and former Minister of Commerce and Senator of Thailand
  • Tom Plate, Syndicated Columnist and Director, Media Center, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Jay-Kun Yoo, Member of the 17th National Assembly, Republic of Korea and Chairman, Special Committee on Foreign Relations and Cooperation of the URI Party
5:00-5:50 pm
Play Video "Urban Growth and Environmental Redevelopment"
6:30-8:30 pm
Reception and dinner cruise on the Han River with entertainment featuring Soprano Dr. Sun Yong Kim and the Seoul Saxophone Quartet

Saturday, October 30

7:00-8:30 am
Breakfast--Emerald Room
7:00-8:15 am
Working Meeting for Alumni Leaders-(Pine room 23rd floor)--this is a time change, session originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon)
7:30-8:30 am
Play Video "Preparing Your Child for College and Getting into the Right School"-Dynasty Hall I
8:30-10:00 am
Play Video "China's Business Environment in the Years Ahead"
Chair: Ronnie Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Group and USC Trustee
  • Powerpoint presentation Qiwei Chen, Chairman & CEO, Asia Business Corporation, Shanghai
  • Seung-Hoon Lee, Vice President, Investor Relations and M & A, SK Corporation
  • Powerpoint presentation C.Y. Lin, Chairman, TaipeiBank, Taiwan 
  • Powerpoint presentation Xiang-Dong (X.D.) Yang, Managing Director and Co-head of Asia, The Carlyle Group, Hong Kong
10:00-10:30 am
10:30-12:00 noon
Play Video "Public Health Issues in an Increasingly Integrated Asian Economy: Strategies for Prevention and Strategies for Coping"
Chair: Powerpoint presentation Carl Anderson Johnson, Sidney Garfield Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director, Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Keck School of Medicine 
  • Krasae Chanawongse, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Thailand and former Minister of University Affairs and former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Powerpoint presentationLee, Liming, President, Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Vice President of Peking University's Health Science Center and former founding Director of China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Powerpoint presentationBong-Min Yang, Dean, School of Public Health, Seoul National University
12:00-2:00 pm
Play Video Lunch with keynote speaker on "Information Technology:  Strategy & Trends"-Dynasty Hall II
  • Jung Uck Seo, Chairman, Korea Foundation for International Cooperation of Science and Technology, and former Minister of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
2:00-3:30 pm
Play Video "Democratization Trends in Asia: Different Causes, Different Models, Different Consequences"-Dynasty Hall I
Chair: Jin-Hyun Kim, Chairman, World Peace Forum and former Minister, Science and Technology, Korea
  • Powerpoint presentation Mazlan Ahmad, Chairman, Education Service Commission, former Director General of the Public Service, and former Lord Mayor of Kuala Lumpur
  • Sung-Min Jang, Member of the 16th National Assembly, Republic of Korea and Executive Committee Member, Millennium Democratic Party 
  • Anugerah Pekerti, Management lecturer and consultant and former President Director of the Institute for Management Education and Development (IPPM), Jakarta 
3:30-4:00 pm
4:00-5:30 pm
Play Video "Japan's New Economy for Foreign Investors"
Chair: Toshiaki Ogasawara, Publisher of The Japan Times and USC Trustee
  • Glen Fukushima, Co-President and Representative Director, NCR Japan, Ltd., and former President, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan 
  • Thierry Porte, Vice Chairman, Shinsei Bank, Ltd., Tokyo
  • Takashi Saito, Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
6:00-7:00 pm
7:00-9:30 pm
Play Video Closing Dinner--Dynasty Hall
Traditional Korean Dance and Drums provided by the Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theatre

Sunday, October 31

9:00-10:30 am
IBEAR Family and Friends Reunion-Shilla Hotel