Asian Development Bank President to Speak at APEC Week Business Symposium


Trade ministers of Australia and New Zealand will also be featured

HONOLULU (Nov. 2, 2011) – Asian Development Bank President and Chairman Haruhiko Kuroda has joined the roster of high-level speakers at the Asia-Pacific Business Symposium that will be held at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa during the upcoming APEC Leaders’ Week. Other featured speakers include the trade ministers of Australia and New Zealand, along with numerous business leaders, experts and officials from a broad range of Asia Pacific nations.

The Nov. 9-10 Symposium, which is open to public, has discounted its participation fee to $375, due to generous funding support from the APEC 2011 Hawai‘i Host Committee together with other community leaders. To register for the two days of seminars, lunches and an evening cocktail reception, go to

During Mr. Kuroda’s tenure, which began in 2004, ADB has tripled its capital base from $55 billion to $165 billion, enabling the bank to push forward on mainstreaming climate change and strengthening support to countries in fragile and conflict-affected situations, among other projects. Before joining ADB, Mr. Kuroda was Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and a professor at the Graduate School of Economics at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.

Sponsored by the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) and the East-West Center (EWC), the Asia-Pacific Business Symposium will feature sessions on:

  • Current trends and challenges impacting Asia-Pacific economies;
    Energy security and solutions;
  • Green growth strategies, including new building materials and innovative energy technologies, and smart grids;
  • Investment interests of the People’s Republic of China
  • Disaster preparedness;
  • Food security and safety; and
  • The recently added session on investing in health as a driver of economic growth in APEC.

Featured speakers include:

  • Craig Emerson, Australian Minister for Trade, will speak on why the global trading system and APEC matters to small and medium sized enterprises;
  • Mark Spiegel, Vice President of International Research and Director of the Center for Pacific Basin Studies at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco featuring Economic Insights and Trends of the APEC Economies;
  • David Robson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tethys Petroleum Limited, United Kingdom, will speak on sources of clean fuel to power the Pacific.
  • Keith Williams, President and CEO, Underwriters Laboratories will discuss public-private partnerships to foster a sustainable future; and
  • Yu Ping, Vice Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade will address the audience on the implications of China’s 12th Five Year Plan.

Other panelists include:

  • Tim Groser, New Zealand Minister of Trade, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister of Climate Change Issues (International Negotiations).
  • David Cepla, Managing Director, Envergent Technologies;
  • Margaret Davidson, Director of Coastal Services, NOAA;
  • Jim Fletcher, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect, Tivoli Industry Solutions and Smarter Buildings Architecture;
  • Alex Gorsky, Vice Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
  • Volker Hartkopf, Director, Carnegie Mellon Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics; Chair, United Nations Environment Programme Sustainable Building Construction Initiative;
  • Ned Harvey, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute;
  • Johann Kellerer, CEO, Waste and Energy Solutions, Korea;
  • Charles Lake II, Chairman, AFLAC Japan
  • Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness, FEMA
  • David Meltzer, Senior Vice President International Services, American Red Cross;
  • Satoshi Morozumi, Director, Smart Community, New Energy and Industrial Development Organization, NEDOQiang Yao, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Thermal Engineering Tsinghua University, People’s Republic of China;
  • Chris Tindal, Deputy Director for Renewable Energy, Deputy Asst. Secretary of the Navy;
  • Stan Tseng, President and Founder, Global Tracking Systems
  • Derek Williams, Executive Vice President, Oracle;
  • Wilfred Wong, Executive Deputy Chairman, Hsin Chong Construction Group, Hong Kong; 
  • Zhang Dongxia, Deputy Director of Development Strategy Research Center, China Electric Power Research Institute.

Attendance to the Symposium is limited. Expected participants include individuals from business, government, academia and non-profit organizations, including senior executives from multi-national corporations and small- and medium-sized businesses from Asia, the U.S. and the Pacific, as well as local business executives and CEOs. For a complete schedule of events and to register, go to


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