Manuel C. Menendez
Manuel C. Menendez III, better known as “Manny,” is a veteran international businessman and entrepreneur who has been successfully doing business in China and the Asia Pacific region for more than 30 years. He is the founder of MCM Group Holdings, Ltd., 8M8 LLC, organizations specializing in international business development and trade, and whose activities are focused on the Asian Pacific region with special emphasis on the People’s Republic of China.
Manny was active in China’s return to the world markets in the late 1970’s. In the 1980’s, Manny was President and CEO of Great Eastern Development Ltd. (GED), which was credited by the Asian Wall Street Journal with successfully completing the first US-China Equity joint venture for a major Fortune 100 company. He was also involved in the early years with establishing business activities with China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC). Manny advises numerous U.S. and multi-national companies, as well as small and medium-sized businesses, in their China/Asia Pacific Rim initiatives. Manny has also advised governments on policies related to sustainable economic development and tourism.
Manny is involved in many humanitarian endeavors and has assisted in delivering medical supplies to those in need all over the world and in recent years to Haiti, China, North Korea, Japan and Vietnam. He is a former United Nations special advisor to WHO and UNEP.
James McGregor is an American author, journalist and businessman who has lived in China for more than 20 years. He is a senior counselor for APCO Worldwide and a member of the firm’s international advisory council. A professional speaker and CNBC commentator who specializes in China’s business, politics and society, he regularly appears in the media to discuss China-related topics.
McGregor is the author of the books "No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism" (2012) and "One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China" (2005). He also wrote the 2010 report "China’s Drive for ‘Indigenous Innovation’ – A Web of Industrial Policies."
From 1987 to 1990 McGregor served as The Wall Street Journal’s bureau chief in Taiwan, and from 1990 to 1994 as the paper’s bureau chief in Mainland China. From 1994 to 2000, he was chief executive of Dow Jones & Company in China. After leaving Dow Jones, he was China managing partner for GIV Venture Partners, a $140 million venture capital fund specializing in the Chinese Internet and technology outsourcing.
In 1996, McGregor was elected as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He also served for a decade as a governor of that organization. He is a member of the Atlantic Council, Council on Foreign Relations, National Committee on US-China Relations and International Council of the Asia Society. He serves on a variety of China-related advisory boards. He and his family live in Beijing.
Christopher Quinlivan is a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service. He is currently Commercial Counselor and Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Quinlivan serves as deputy to the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, overseeing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s activities throughout China.