Asian Studies Advisory Board (ASAB)
Mr. Ani Agnihotri, President & CEO, IIIrd Millennium Technologies; Chair, USA India Business Summit
Agnihotri is the Founder and Managing Partner of US India Business and Research Center, a management consulting company that provides custom market research and service on setting up country operations, joint ventures and M&A. He is also the President & CEO of IIIrd Millennium Technologies, Inc., an Atlanta-based company that provides IT and outsourcing solutions. In the past 23 years, Agnihotri has worked within a wide range of industries including BPO, KPO, software development, and consumer products. He currently serves as India's consultant for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as well as for the Georgia Economic Development Department. He is an Honorable Adviser to the State Government of Chhattisgarh in India. Agnihotri is Founder and Program Chair of USA India Business Summit and has served on the Georgia-Indo American Chamber of Commerce, and the Indo-Jewish Coalition. He is the current Chairman of the Asian American Heritage Foundation in Georgia. He has shared the platform with leaders such as The Honorable Mikhail Gorbachev, Former USSR President, F.W. De Klerk, Former President of South Africa, and Honorable Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India. In 2010, Agnihotri was named a finalist for the 2010 Governor’s International Awards by Atlanta Business Chronicle. In January 2011, Georgia Trend named Ani as one of the 100 most influential Georgians.
Mr. Ling Chiang, Senior Vice President, Touchmark National Bank
Ling Chiang was born in Taiwan with family roots in Fuzhou, China, and raised in Atlanta, GA. Ling is a graduate of Georgia State University with an MBA in finance. His career in the commercial lending world spans over 30 years, and his clients range from multi-national corporations to small businesses from Atlanta to L.A. His commercial lending experience encompasses commercial and industrial, commercial real estate, project finance and trade finance (import/export). For the past 20 years, Ling has worked directly with U.S. companies that import from or export to China and India. Ling is currently employed with Touchmark National Bank, SVP Commercial Lending/Portfolio Management. Touchmark National Bank is an Alpharetta, GA-based community bank that provides commercial loans including commercial and industrial, commercial real estate and trade finance to small-medium size businesses and projects.
Dr. Daniel Choi, President, Cyprus Investments
Dr. Choi was born and raised in Korea. In 2010, he was named President of Cyprus Investments. He also serves as the Vice President of Strategy and Integration for Superior Essex, in Atlanta, GA. Before these appointments, Dr. Choi served as Executive Director for Business Coordination at Superior Essex in Atlanta, GA from 2008-2009. Dr. Choi has worked at leadership positions in other parts of the world, including Korea (2003-2008), as the Director of Cooperate Strategy Division for LS Cable & System, and in Germany (1997-1998) as a Guest Research Engineer, RWTH Aachen. Dr. Choi holds a Ph.D in material science and engineering from Seoul National University (1996) and a MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics (2006).
Mr. Sandeep Dadlani, Vice President, Infosys
Sandeep Dadlani is Vice-President and Head-Americas for the Retail, CPG and Logistics Unit at Infosys. He leads a global team of more than 8000 team members in the US, India, China and Singapore for this unit. He is the executive sponsor for Infosys initiatives in the areas of digital/shopper marketing, mobile marketing and Sustainability offerings. He has authored several white papers in the areas of Innovation, Business Transformation and Shared Services. He has been often quoted in publications like Forbes, Business Week, Supermarket News, CGT, Stores, and other industry publications. He regularly speaks at industry forums like Consumer Goods Technology and at Infosys Investor/Analyst meetings. He is also on the United Nations Global Compact Advisory Board for Sustainability. Sandeep has almost 15 years of operations, product management and IT consulting experience between Citigroup and Infosys. He has helped Infosys’ Retail ,CPG & Logistics clients become more competitive by delivering results on large IT programs and embracing the global delivery model. He sits on the transformation advisory and steering committee boards on several transformation programs at CPG companies. At Citigroup, Sandeep helped transition a significant portion of Citibank’s cash management business processes to their captive operations in India. Sandeep holds an MBA (Finance) and an Electronics Engineering degree
Mr. Vikram Das, Managing Director Audit, Grant Thornton
Vikram has more than 14 years of experience in public accounting. He is a CPA and a Chartered Accountant who has extensive experience working with clients in the international space. He audits both public and private clients primarily in the consumer and industrial products industry. In addition to his role within the audit practice, Vikram is also a leader with the firms Market Entry Group, which helps corporations expand their international footprint. Vikram is a member of the AICPA and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the board of the Atlanta chapter of ASCEND, an Asian Accountants Association. Vikram earned his master’s in accounting from the University of Pune in India.
Mr. Jay Eun, President of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta, President at Golden Stella Inc.
Mr. Eun currently serves as the 28 and 29th president of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta and continues to work to build bridges with the mainstream community of metro Atlanta in economic, religious, and cultural affairs. He also has served as chairman of the Korean American Political Action Committee of Atlanta, which promoted voter registration by Korean Americans who had gained their citizenship and helped these voters get to the polls. He has been an ardent supporter of voter registration and participation in the political process as a way for Korean Americans to build bridges with mainstream American society and secure the full integration of Korean Americans into American life. He also has been active in economic development on behalf of Korean Americans and mainstream businesses.
• Republic of Korea Prime Minister Award 2004.
• 25 most influential Asian American in GA. By Asian Times & Home Depot.
• Outstanding Georgia Citizen 2009 by Secretary of State, Karen C. Handel
• 2010 Public Service Award- Gwinnett Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
• 2010 The Honorable Korean American Award- Korean American Foundation USA.
Mr. Jorge L. Fernandez, Vice President, Global Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Named the Vice President of Global Commerce for the Metro Atlanta Chamber on May 15, 2006, Jorge L. Fernandez leads the international investment recruiting arm of the Chamber’s economic development division. Prior to joining the Chamber, Fernandez was the international and alliance vice president for Delta Air Lines at its world headquarters in Atlanta. His responsibilities encompassed all Caribbean, Latin American, Paciﬁc and Transatlantic operations, including airport customer service, ﬁnance, human resources, reservations and sales activities outside of the United States. Originally from Havana, Cuba, and fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Fernandez holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in international marketing from Texas Christian University. Fernandez was named by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the “100 Most Inﬂuential Hispanics in the United States” for 2003 and is the recipient of Panama’s 2002 “Friendship Award.” In 2009, he received the International Person of the Year Award from the Governor of Georgia. For more information, please visit:
Mr. Alex Gregory, President & CEO, YKK Corporation of America
Alex Gregory began his career with YKK America Group in 1973 when he joined YKK Industries -- now YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. (YKK USA) -- as one of its first American employees. At the Company’s then new Macon manufacturing operation, he held positions of increasing responsibilities -- first as manager of the weaving department, then as assistant vice president of manufacturing, and later as vice president and senior vice president of manufacturing. In the autumn of 1991, he joined YKK Corporation of America in its Atlanta headquarters as senior vice president of corporate planning. In 2000, he was promoted to executive vice president, corporate development, and in 2001 he was named president and CEO. In 2004, he was named the first non-Japanese Group Officer for YKK Corporation in Japan. In 2008, he was elected to YKK Corporation’s Board of Directors in Japan as YKK’s first non-Japanese Director. Gregory is a graduate of Georgia Tech from which he holds a degree in textile engineering. He also holds graduate degrees from Georgia College & State University. Gregory and wife Glenda have two married children: a daughter, Kristen, and a son, Alex III. They also have two granddaughters, Emma and Mya, and a grandson, Alex IV.
Ms. Yonni Kim, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP
Ms. Kim is a native of Seoul, Korea, and works in the Corporate Practice Group for Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP, with an emphasis on business transactions and economic development. Her particular focus is on Southeastern US businesses who conduct business in Korea and Germany. She passed the first and second Staatsexamen in Germany and is qualified as a Rechtsassessorin, or German lawyer. Ms. Kim also spent five years in a variety of positions in Frankfurt, Seoul and New York City as part of a post-graduate practical law training rotation program supervised by the State Court of Hessia at Frankfurt, including a period of practice with the Seoul law firm of Kim & Chang. In addition, she serves as Director of Regional Development for the Korean-Southeast United States Chamber of Commerce, and in 2007 was named "Member of the Year." She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Georgia council for International Visitors, a nonprofit, community-based organzation whose mission is to build cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships between Georgians and leading citizens from around the world.
Mr. Randy Knott, Senior Vice President, AMEC
Currently serving as a Senior Management and Technical Leader for AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Inc., throughout the world from the Atlanta, Georgia Office, Randy is a company Vice President, Senior Principal, and Senior Project Manager. He has been with AMEC for over 30 years following four years with the US Army Corps of Engineers. He specializes in environmental protection and restoration, historic structure preservation and restoration, geotechnical and foundation engineering, construction management, and the application of geosciences to engineered construction. Randy earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his master's in civil engineering from Mississippi State University, and is a registered professional engineer in several southeastern states. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, the Association of Conservation Engineers, and several other professional organizations. Randy has received several professional local and national awards, including several awards for projects he has managed and provided technical leadership, such as the ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. He has been involved in AMEC's services and business development activities in China for over 15 years. Besides North America, Randy has worked on projects in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Central and South America, and various islands in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the Caribbean.
Mr. C.N. (Madhu) Madhusudan, Founder & CEO, VectorSpan Inc.
Madhu Madhusudan is an accomplished executive with over 25 years experience in setting up, acquiring and operating businesses in Europe, India and the United States. Madhu specializes in launching new businesses, turning around management, outsourcing, strategic investments, and acquisitions. As an early member of the team that built NIIT in India, Madhu held key roles in setting up NIIT’s Bangalore operations, turning around NIIT’s Mumbai operations, and establishing NIIT’s HR, IS and Corporate Planning functions. In 1991, Madhu relocated to the U. S. to build NIIT’s first overseas presence. Under his leadership, NIIT USA became its largest overseas operation and was nominated twice for the Atlanta International Business Award. Madhu is currently the founder & CEO of VectorSpan Inc., an enterprise focused on enabling companies to plan their growth/exit strategy, cross border transactions and integration. Madhu is the President of TiE Atlanta, and has served as Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. He is a member on the Board of ThinkSoft Global Services Ltd. In 2007, Madhu was named one of the "Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award" for innovation, leadership and vision in business. He studied at the St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Viren Mayani, Principal, Commensurate Consulting
Viren has led many non-profit organizations to achieve their global visions. He has served on the Board of Directors in the Gandhi Foundation of USA, Asian American Heritage Foundation, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, the iSchool Initiative, the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Legends and Leaders Awards Conference, the India China America Institute. Viren was the Executive Office Business Manager to Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, one of Time Magazine’s top five mayors of America. He was the COO for the second largest alternative news-media company, Creative Loafing. Viren has worked with three Nobel Laureates: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Grace Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Banker or the Poor, Dr. Muhammad Yunus. Viren is also a published author. He was highlighted in the cover story of the 25th Anniversary issue of Georgia Trend Magazine. For the inaugural SAUPO Conference in 2011, Viren invited and hosted as Keynote Speaker Mr. Patrick Santillo, the Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, who was previously the Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service.
Dr. John McIntyre, Director, Georgia Tech CIBER
Dr. John R. McIntyre is center director of the Georgia Tech CIBER, professor of management and international relations, with joint appointment in Georgia Tech’s College of Management and Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. He received his graduate education at Northeastern University and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in September 1981, he was Research Associate for International Management at the Dean Rusk Center of the University of Georgia Law School. In addition to numerous books, Dr. McIntyre has published in journals such as Technology and Society, Public Administration Quarterly, International Management Review, Defense Analysis, Studies in Comparative and International Development, The Journal of European Marketing, Politique Internationale, International Executive, and International Trade Journal.
Mr. Roger Neuenschwander, President, tvsdesign
Roger began his architectural career with tvsdesign in 1973 serving as an apprentice architect with the Omni International Project Team. As a registered design professional, he developed both a deep interest in and a keen appreciation of the special nature that business applications have on an architectural practice. Based on his work experience and desire to expand on his business management skills, he returned to school and received his MBA in 1976 from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. By focusing his attention exclusively on the daily management and financial operations and issues that influence the professional practice, Roger demonstrates that good business and design excellence are inseparable and he provides reliable and thoroughly sound direction for the firm and its staff members.
Mr. Jin-suk Park, Partner, Arkin Gump
Mr. Park is an international lawyer at Arkin Gump in Washington D. C. He focuses on patent litigation and intellectual property transactions. Mr. Park has litigated patents in the U.S. district courts, as well as Section 337 cases before the ITC in several scientific and technical fields, including telecommunications, computer semiconductors, integrated circuits, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and genetic engineering. He has also advised clients on patent portfolio valuation, licensing and risk assessments. Mr. Park holds a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law (2001), an MBA from Boston University (2001), and a bachelor of arts in biology from Johns Hopkins University (1996). Mr. Park is fluent in English, Korean and Spanish.
Dr. Penelope B. Prime, Professor of Economics, Georgia State University
Dr. Prime is professor of international business at the Institute of International Business, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. Her teaching and research focus on development of emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China's economy and business environment. Her most recent books are Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game? (co-edited with Eva Paus and Jon Western, Palgrave McMillan, 2009) and Taiwan’s Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges, (co-edited with Robert Ash and John W. Garver, Routledge, 2011). Dr. Prime’s experience includes directing study abroad programs, taking over 300 students to China; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; traveling across most of China and living in Nanjing and Beijing for extended periods of time; analyzing China’s economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding. Dr. Prime is also the founder and director of the China Research Center (ChinaCenter.net), a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about contemporary China. Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Prime taught at Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Carleton College.
Ms. Shelly Riera, AT&T Director of Advertising
Ms. Shelly Riera has more than 10 years of advertising and marketing experience with a focus on international and multicultural advertising. She currently manages AT&T’s multi-platform advertising and marketing programs targeting Asian, African American, Disabilities and Military consumers. Prior to joining AT&T, Riera developed international marketing campaigns targeting Latin American consumers for Turner Broadcasting System International. Originally from Washington D.C., Riera has lived in St. Louis, Atlanta and has also spent time in Spain. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Nitin Shah, Chairman & CEO, Embassy National Bank & President, Imperial Investments Group
Mr. Shah serves as president of Imperial Investments Group Inc., a Georgia-based hospitality company he founded in 1984, which currently has assets approaching $100 million, including 15 hotels plus a variety of commercial real estate projects. He is also chairman and CEO of Embassy National Bank, an Atlanta-based community bank he helped establish in 2007 which has grown to $70 million in assets and is a leading lender to small businesses in the southeastern United States. Mr. Shah dramatically demonstrated his ability as an entrepreneur who can translate a good idea into a great bottom line when in 1999 he collaborated with a colleague to develop the URL “www.hotels.com” into a solid business venture which was eventually sold to the Hotel Reservations Network (HRN). In addition, Mr. Shah was a founder of and has served as Chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), one of the world’s most influential and respected hospitality groups, with over 10,000 members. Together, AAHOA members own more than 20,000 hotels with a combined market value of almost $130 billion. Born in Mumbai, Mr. Shah earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Bombay and his MBA at Georgia College and State University.
Dr. Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School of Emory University; Director of the India, China, America Institute (ICA Institute)
Dr. Jagdish (Jag) N. Sheth is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He has taught at University of Southern California, University of Illinois, Columbia University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sheth is well known internationally for his research in consumer behavior, relationship marketing, competitive strategy and geopolitical analysis. A prolific author, in 2000 Dr. Sheth and Andrew Sobel published a bestseller, Clients for Life (Simon & Schuster). The Rule of Three (2002, Free Press), coauthored with Dr. Rajendra Sisodia, altered the current notions on competition in business. It has been translated into German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese; and was produced as a seven-part television series by CNBC (India). His most recent books include Firms of Endearment; The Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies…And How to Break Them; Tectonic Shift; and Chindia Rising: How China and India Will Benefit Your Business. Winner of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Sheth has consulted for corporations world-wide, including AT&T, BellSouth, Cox Communications, Delta, Ernst & Young, Ford, GE, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nortel, Pillsbury, Sprint, Square D, and 3M.
Mr. Henry Yu, Managing Director, Fifth Third Bank
Henry Yu recently joined the Fifth Third Bank. Formerly, Mr. Yu worked at East West Bank as its Senior Vice President from July 2011 to August 2012. From January to June 2011, Henry Yu was the President of Shanghai Bosun Capital Advisors. From January 2008 to December 2010, Mr. Yu was a senior manager for the Standard Chartered Bank of China. Prior to 2008, he was the Managing Director of Global Trade Solutions for SunTrust Bank of Atlanta, USA. At SunTrust, Mr. Yu also served as Compliance Task Force member of the Corporate and Investment Banking Group, Diversity Council member, and Head of Asian Bankers Initiatives. His past affiliation included a senior management position at Comerica Bank and National City Bank. Mr. Yu started his banking career with the Hong Kong branch of Bank of America in 1981. His experiences cover trade and trade finance, credit administration, structure finance (asset-backed securitization, CDO/CLO distribution), domestic and global cash management, securities investment, capital markets, wealth management, multi-national client relationship management, and financial institution relationship management. In addition to bank clients from Asia, Mr. Yu handled banking and finance needs of many Asian companies such as Acer Computer (Taiwan), Winbond Electronics (Taiwan), Astra Group (Indonesia), Reliance Group (India), Korean Electric Power, Asia Pulp and Paper (Indonesia & Singapore), Hong Leong Group (Malaysia), V Tech (HK), China's CITIC Group, Sino Pac, COFCO, COSCO, and many Japanese automakers in the USA such as Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Subaru-Isuzu, as well as top five Japanese trading companies.
Ms. Bing Zeng, Managing Director, Harvard Group International
Bing serves as Managing Director of Harvard Group International, a hybrid executive search and business consulting firm based in Marietta, Georgia. Bing has over 14 years of diversified experience in executive management, sales and marketing, strategic business consulting, coaching, and international business development for various industries with operations in China, North America, and the Middle East. Prior to her tenure with HGI, Bing was a Managing Director for the Imaging and Photographic industry, where she established a new market (China) for the world’s largest non-profit trade association. In her past career, she served in International Marketing department with a focus on Europe, Asia and the Middle East for Delta Airlines and Project Management and Strategic Business within the Oil and Gas industries. Bing holds an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.