June 22, 2018 — Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

Event: 2018 “Raise the Bar” Manufacturing Conference & Suzhou Municipal Government Appreciation Luncheon

Topic: Managing Government Affairs and Its Impact on Stakeholder Alignment

Government affairs can support the execution of a strategic plan. This involves working with government stakeholders, identifying common ground, communicating with internal and external stakeholders, and even providing the right environment for business success. This panel will address:

  • How to seek alignment between the strategies of your company and Chinese government policies
  • Understanding regulations
  • Maintaining local government relations
  • Seeking the right connections to increase the chances of business success

Moderator: Helen Chen — Managing Director, L.E.K. Consulting


Jason Lin — Director, Global Trade Service, APAC, TE Connectivity
Thomas Shao — Associate GA Director, Abbott China
Cathy Yan — General Manager, Corporate & Government Affairs, PPG Asia Pacific


Friday, June 22, 2018      
InterContinental Suzhou
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

Time: 9:20 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.

About Helen Chen

Helen Chen is a Managing Director of L.E.K. Consulting based in Shanghai. She heads the China office and sat on L.E.K.’s Global Leadership Team, the firm’s governing board, from 2012 to 2016. Helen has over 30 years of consulting and industry experience in the U.S. and Asia, and has resided in China since 2000.

Helen produced the Shanghai government-commissioned Chinese outbound investment guides “China Funding the World: An International Private Equity Investment Guide for Chinese Companies” in 2017 and “From China to the World: An International Investment and Market Access Guide for Chinese Biopharmaceutical Companies” in 2016. She is a frequent speaker and author on the opportunities and issues in the China business, and has been quoted by publications including BioCentury, BioWorld, In Vivo, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Forbes Asia.

Prior to joining L.E.K., Helen held senior management roles at a number of technology companies in the U.S. and China. She was an associate director of finance at Genentech and a sales planner at Abbott Laboratories. She is on the organizing committee for the Medtronic Sequoia Fund and was on the Board of Pharmaceutical Management Sciences Association from 1995 to 1997.

Helen received her A.B. cum laude in applied mathematics from Harvard University.

AmCham’s 2018 “Raise the Bar” Manufacturing Conference

This year's conference focuses on the fast-changing business environment in China and what foreign manufacturers must do to remain competitive. The conference will provide manufacturing executives with a mid-year benchmarking opportunity to discuss the technologies and government policies that impact multinationals, and the strategies they are developing in response to those challenges.

The conference’s two keynote presentations and two panel discussions will focus on:

  • Assessing China's H2 economic outlook
  • Understanding the impact of new technologies
  • Dealing with new government policies
  • Developing a strategic response to change

About L.E.K. Consulting

L.E.K. Consulting is a global management consulting firm that uses deep industry expertise and rigorous analysis to help business leaders achieve practical results with real impact. We are uncompromising in our approach to helping clients consistently make better decisions, deliver improved business performance and create greater shareholder returns. The firm advises and supports global companies that are leaders in their industries — including the largest private- and public-sector organizations, private equity firms, and emerging entrepreneurial businesses. Founded in 1983, L.E.K. employs more than 1,200 professionals across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. For more information, go to www.lek.com.