AmCham Shanghai Suzhou Center cordially invites you to our monthly general managers' network breakfast on Sep 18th, Wednesday from 8:30-10:00am at the W Suzhou (Studio 4, 3F) for the release of the 2019 China Business Report. As one of the longest running surveys of U.S. business in China, the China Business Climate Survey is conducted by AmCham Shanghai.

The annual report on the business environment in China is based on our survey of over 300 member companies operating in Shanghai and the wider Yangtze River Delta area. This event is a once-a-year opportunity to learn what industry peers think about the operating environment in China – profits, margins, investment trends, etc. The report also provides insight into companies' attitudes toward tariffs, investment reciprocity and recent US-China tensions. Distinguished panelists will interpret the data, as well as how to mitigate the impact of trade war on supply chain management.


Ian Driscoll, Director of Communications and Publications, AmCham Shanghai


  • Pawel Celmer, APAC operation director, Pentair Suzhou
  • Hank Hulick, Consultant, Tractus Investment Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
  • Christian Lépolard, Business Director Suzhou, Hays China
  • Thomas Shao, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, Abbott China


8 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration & Networking
8:30 AM - 9 AM
9 AM - 9:40 AM
Panel Discussion
9:40 AM - 10 AM


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    Ian Driscoll

    Communications and Publications Director of Amcham Shanghai

    Ian Driscoll is the Communications and Publications Director at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai). Previously, Ian worked as a freelance journalist and as a reporter at Reuters in New York. His writing appeared in the Financial Times, Asia Money and several other newspapers and magazines. Born in Singapore, Ian has worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, New York and Sydney. His background includes a master’s degree in international affairs with a concentration in East Asian studies.

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  • Christian Lepolard (Business Director of Hays)

    Christian Lepolard

    Business Director of Hays

    He joined Hays China in January 2016 after relocating from Russia where he spent 12 years. He has more than 15 years of work experience in the recruitment industry, among them more than 13 in mid to senior recruitment and 2 in executive search. During his career, Christian worked on many assignments, with a strong focus on sales and marketing roles across all sectors (B2B, B2C and retail), logistics positions (in-house and in the transportation sector) and senior roles (general management, directors). His management experiences include growing teams of recruiters from scratch, turning around businesses or opening new countries.

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  • Thomas Shao (Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Abbott China)

    Thomas Shao

    Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Abbott China

    With a Master’s Degree in International Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Thomas Shao started his career in Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce in 2000. He served as the Chief English Interpreter for Mayor of Shanghai for 7 years before he was promoted to Assistant Director for Foreign Investment Promotion Department in 2007. In 2012, he joined Evonik Degussa China as Senior Manager for Public Policy. In 2014, he joined Abbott as the Associate GA Director. Now he is
    GA Director of Abbott China, responsible for policy & strategy and crisis management as well as supporting manufacturing operations in China.

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Member Ticket
Member Price Free
Member Employee
Standard Price Free
Non-Member Ticket
Standard Price RMB 500


W Suzhou (Meeting Room 4)

Studio 4, 3F, W Suzhou
(Building 7 Suzhou Center, Corner of Xinggang Avenue and Suhui Road, Suzhou Industrial Park, 苏州W酒店,苏州工业园区7号楼,星港街和苏惠路交叉口)

Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Sun

Contact Organizer

+86 51262960132

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