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[Registration for this event has closed, but please contact daniel.rechtschaffen@amcham-shanghai.org if you would like a recording of the webinar.]

The positive momentum of 2019 carried into 2020, and enterprises were offered a more hopeful vision on the back of softening trade tensions between the US and China. Unfortunately, a novel coronavirus broke out in Wuhan, China, changing the sentiment overnight. The World Health Organization (WHO), on January 30, declared the 2019-Novel Coronavirus, newly named as COVID-19, a "global emergency". The number of cases worldwide has risen to more than 70,000 as of February 15, the vast majority of which are in China.

While COVID-19 clearly has major global implications, China is experiencing by far the most severe immediate impact. Business operations have been hit to varying degrees by it and the special directives from the government. Since it is impossible to predict the scope, severity and duration of the outbreak, companies will need to prepare for a protracted crisis that might last for months rather than weeks, with the emergence of a broad and complex set of challenges.

In this webinar, Kent Kedl, Partner and Head of Greater China and North Asia at Control Risks, will share a full analysis on the impact of COVID-19 to China and the key areas of focus for business leaders in the near future. The key topics will include:

  • The latest situation of COVID-19 in China and the government's response
  • The broad impact on China's economy and politics
  • Key risks faced by enterprises
  • What to focus and prepare for companies in the next 12 months
  • Q&A

Once your registration is approved, AmCham Shanghai will provide you a link to join the webinar. This webinar is on the record and AmCham Shanghai member companies may request a recording.


  • Kent Kedl (Senior Partner at Control Risks Greater China and North Asia region)

    Kent Kedl

    Senior Partner at Control Risks Greater China and North Asia region

    Kent Kedl is a Partner in Control Risks, Greater China and North Asia. He is responsible for Control Risks’ practices across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the Koreas and Mongolia. He has worked in Asia since the early 1980s.

    Kent has consulted with multi-national and Asian corporations on a range of risk and strategy issues, such as M&A and organic growth strategy, crisis management and operational business controls, and strategic and organisational development programs. Kent has particular expertise in the Asia-Pacific healthcare, food and beverage, and consumer products sectors.

    Formerly, Kent was responsible for the Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice throughout Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Control Risks, Kent was general manager and co-owner of Technomic Asia, a market strategy consulting firm.

    Kent has worked as a journalist and is a frequent contributor to Asia-based media outlets. The co-author of The China Ready Company (2006, China Pathways) he writes and produces The Talking Monkey, a blog and podcast on living as a foreigner in China.

    Kent has a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in East Asian studies from the University of Minnesota. He also completed graduate studies in journalism and mass communication at the China Times Centre for Mass Media and Social Studies.

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