2010 GMAC Asia Pacific Conference

11-12 November, 2010 | Kowloon Shangri-La | Hong Kong, PRC


Thank You

The GMAC® inaugural Asia Pacific Conference was a great success. With over 50 participants representing over 23 schools and 8 countries, Selecting for Change allowed conference attendees to interact with speakers and each other about how they might think about admitting applicants who can both succeed within their programme and lead in tomorrow’s economic landscape. Thank you to all who attended. 

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Speakers & Panelists

Speakers & Panelists

Carolyn Chan
Partner, Heidrick & Struggles Consumer Markets Practice

Based in Singapore, Carolyn focuses on the packaged goods, retail, and hospitality sectors for
Heidrick & Struggles. She is also a key member of the firm’s Global Human Resources Practice.
During her career in executive search in Asia, Carolyn has worked with many global multinational
corporations on leadership and functional management searches. She was head of recruitment and
training for Wal-Mart’s Global Procurement and Sourcing organisation, based in Shenzhen, China;
and regional director for business development, strategic partnerships, and alliances with the Center
for Creative Leadership’s operations in Asia, based in Singapore.

Carolyn holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the
University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Kenneth Chen Wei-on
Undersecretary for Education, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Ken has served as undersecretary for education since 2008. Among other activities, he has encouraged
the development of e-learning and promoted national education. Before joining the administration, he
was a director at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, a management consultant, and an investment banker
specialising in private equity investments.

Ken earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton
University, a master’s in applied mathematics from Harvard University, and an MBA from the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Alex Chisholm
Senior Research Analyst, GMAC

Alex has worked as an analyst in the Research and Development Department at GMAC since 2007.
In his current role, he monitors key shifts in the GMAT student pipeline and explores the effects of
macro dynamics, such as changes in demographic and economic conditions, on the supply of and
demand for higher education worldwide. He has presented on these topics at several recent industry
events, including conferences hosted by AACSB, CLADEA, EFMD, and GMAC.

Alex earned his master’s degree in economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia,
and teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.

Joseph J. DiStefano
Professor Emeritus of Organisational Behavior and International Business, IMD

An expert in cross-cultural management, leadership, and organisational effectiveness, Joe has
been actively teaching, researching, and consulting in North and South America, Europe, and the
Asia Pacific region for 40 years. His clients have included major multinational companies, the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank, and
governments and non-profit organisations. Among his many publications is the best-selling book
International Management Behavior: From Policy to Practice.

Joe’s academic appointments include serving as an executive director and professor in the
Asia-based programmes of the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MBA at
Harvard Business School, and a master’s and PhD in social psychology at Cornell University.

Fanmin Guo
Vice President of Psychometric Research, GMAC

Fanmin’s research interests at GMAC cover practical measurement issues in applications of
item-response theory and operations of computer-adaptive testing. He formerly worked at the
Educational Testing Service (ETS), where he was a lead measurement statistician and the
Statistical Analysis Group leader for both the GMAT and GRE exams.

Before coming to the United States, Fanmin was an associate professor of English linguistics and
vice-dean of the faculty of basic studies at China University of Geosciences in Wuhan. He earned
his master’s degree and PhD in research methodology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Julia Herries
Regional Director, Asia Pacific, GMAC

Prior to joining the newly established GMAC office in Hong Kong in September 2010, Julia was
director of the University of Oxford’s China office, also based in Hong Kong. She has more than 20
years of international business experience. Her past roles have included banking, inward investment,
corporate finance, and consultancy. She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s in East Asian Studies
from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Harold Y. Kim
Managing Director and Head of Retail Structured Products, CitiGroup Global Markets Asia

In his position with CitiGroup Global Markets Asia, Harold covers financial intermediary sales and
investor structuring for equity, fixed income, and hybrid products. He is also a founder of and
responsible officer for Citi First Investment Management Limited, a Hong Kong SFC-registered
investment advisor. He originally started at Salomon Brothers (a predecessor of Citigroup) in 1993.
He has since served in a variety of capacities at Salomon/Citigroup, including head of regional sales
and structuring, and senior equity derivatives trader, both in Hong Kong, and quantitative research
analyst in New York.

Prior to joining Salomon, Harold was a lecturer at Princeton University and worked on Wall Street
in corporate finance at Kidder, Peabody & Co. His bachelor’s degree in economics is from Harvard
University, and his PhD in economics is from Princeton. Harold also serves as an adjunct professor
of finance at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he teaches courses in
advanced derivative applications.

Doris Sohmen-Pao
Director of Human Capital, Bain & Company’s Southeast Asia Practice

Doris is responsible for leading recruitment and training for Bain throughout Southeast Asia. She
spearheads the growth and development of Bain’s staff as the company continues its rapid expansion
in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Prior to joining Bain, Doris was the MBA director at Singapore Management University, where
she planned, launched, and ran the MBA programme; and director of the MBA programme
at INSEAD, where she oversaw marketing, admissions, operations, and career services on
the campuses in Singapore and France. Earlier in her career, she worked in media for
10 years as a consultant and entrepreneur and as part of Time Inc. in New York, London,
and Hong Kong. Doris earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s
degree from Princeton University.

Chow Hou Wee
Professor of Strategy and Marketing, Nanyang Business School,
Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Wee is widely recognised for his expertise in doing business in China and Asia and for his skill at
relating Chinese classics to modern business practices. In particular, his lectures and books about
applying Sun Zi’s The Art of War to strategic management have been recognised by organisations
around the world.

At Nanyang Business School, Dr. Wee heads the Division of Marketing and International Business.
Among his many other academic appointments, he has served on the business faculty and
administration of the National University of Singapore and as an external examiner to numerous
Asian business schools. He has more than 300 publications in various international, regional, and
local journals and proceedings; has consulted and conducted executive training for more than 250
major organisations around the world; and has served on many corporate boards. He earned his
BBA at the University of Singapore and his MBA and PhD at the University of Western Ontario.

Advisory Group

Nan Sze Chua
Director, Graduate Studies
National University of Singapore

Esther Kim
Director, International Relations
Yonsei University

Yvonne Li
MBA Director
China Europe International Business School

V K Menon
Senior Director, Admissions and Career Services
Indian School of Business

Anna Parkin
Director, Global Development
The University of Melbourne

June Qian
Planning and Quality Control Director
Tsinghua University

Doris Sohmen-Pao
Director, Human Capital
Bain and Company SE Asia

Chris Tsang
Associate Director, Post Graduate Programs
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Attending Schools

As of 9 November 2010, the following schools are registered for the 2010 APAC Conference:

  • Asian Institute of Management, Washington SyCip Graduate School
  • Bangalore Institute of Management Studies (BIMS)
  • Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, China
  • China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Business Administration
  • Chulalongkorn University, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration
  • Fudan University, School of Management
  • Hanyang University, Global Graduate School of Business
  • Harvard University,  Harvard Business School
  • Higher School of Economics, School of Global Economics and International Affairs
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The HKUST Business School
  • IESE Business Schook, University of Navarra
  • IMD (International Institute for Management Development), Business School
  • Indian School of Business
  • INSEAD, Business Programs
  • KAIST Graduate School of Management, KAIST College of Business
  • Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Business School
  • National University of Singapore, NUS Business School
  • Peking University, Guanghua School of Management
  • Renmin University of China, School of Business
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Antai College of Economics and Management
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF)
  • Singapore Management University, Lee Kong Chian School of Business
  • Sun Yat-sen University, Lingnan College
  • Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management
  • University of Hong Kong, School of Business
  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne Business School
  • University of Otago
  • University of Queensland, UQ Business School
  • University of St. Thomas (UST), Minnesota, Opus College of Business
  • Yonsei University Graduate School of Business