Kennesaw State University Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO)


Inaugurated in 2011, SAUPO has become the largest Asia business conference in South. SAUPO enjoys a growing influence in strengthening investment and relationship between Asia and the U.S., for that we received recognition from The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), Georgia Asian Times, Asian American Heritage Foundation, and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. 

As an interdisciplinary conference SAUPO will present a global platform of five-way dialogue among business leaders, scholars, diplomats, government officials, and non-profit practitioners. Previous SAUPO conferences and workshops have demonstrated resounding success with outstanding attendees worldwide.

We would like to make a distinction between SAUPO Conference and SAUPO Workshop. The large scale SAUPO Conference with multiple concurrent sessions are held once every two years, such as in 2011, 2013, 2015 in a hotel in Atlanta. In the even years, we organize SAUPO Workshop, and yet still provide excellent learning and networking opportunities.

SAUPO Leadership Team

SAUPO Chair & Founder:
Dr. May H. Gao, Professor of Communication and Asian Studies, Asian Studies Coordinator
- Dr. May Gao publication on M&A

SAUPO Executive Vice Chair:
Dr. Heeman Kim, Associate Professor of Communication, Asian Studies Associate Coordinator

SAUPO Vice Chair:
Dr. Leila Borders, Professor of Marketing and Professional Sales

SAUPO Vice Chair:
Dr. Hai Ho, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Kennesaw State University 

SAUPO Vice Chair:
Dr. Sweta Sneha, Associate Professor of Information Systems & Director of M-Health, Coles College of Business