Kennesaw State forum to examine global trends impacting U.S.-Asia partnerships

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 MEDIA ADVISORY  Ethan Allen CEO among business leaders and scholars discussing…

Georgia (Apr 10, 2013) —  MEDIA ADVISORY

 Ethan Allen CEO among business leaders and scholars discussing technology, health care, work force

 KENNESAW, Ga. (April 10, 2013) — The impact of changes in technology and trends in global health, the work force, banking, finance and entertainment on successful U.S.-Asia business partnerships will be the focus of a Kennesaw State University forum Friday, April 19, at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta.


The Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO), organized by Kennesaw State’s Asian Studies Program, is the South’s largest Asia business conference. It provides a forum for business leaders, educators and policymakers from the U.S., India, Japan, Korea, greater China and Vietnam to exchange ideas, share information and establish networks.  This year’s symposium will present insights into managing a global work force, and the impact of global trends in health care, technology, innovation, entertainment and investment. Featured sessions include:

  • Opportunities and challenges in the changing global health landscape
  • The global entertainment industry
  • Global technology and innovation
  • Challenges and obstacles for investing in Asia
  • Global human resource management


Farooq Kathwari, chairman, president and CEO of Ethan Allen Global and a commissioner for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, is the keynote speaker.  In addition, more than 50 speakers are participating. Among them:

  • Jenni Adams, international relationship manager, HSBC Bank, Shanghai, China  
  • Bin Chung,vice president of technology, MAXXIS International, Taiwan             
  • Ganapathy Krishnan, president, Apollo Telemedicine Network Foundation, India
  • Roger Neuenschwander, president, tvsdesign, Atlanta-based multinational
  • John Ceallach, Hollywood writer/producer/actor and CEO/COO, Retribution Pictures
  • May Gao, SAUPO chair and associate professor of communication and Asian studies at Kennesaw State University, who will unveil results of her five-year research analyzing Home Depot’s failure in China


Friday, April 19, 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


St. Regis Hotel, 88 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Ga., 30305



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit