BAN KI-MOON: Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-2016)

"Ban has shown himself to be a cunning choice. Careful by nature...goal-oriented to the specific and achievable..."
-Tom Plate, South China Morning Post 

"Even in a constrained position like the Secretary-General, Ban has been a force for progress at the UN and around the world."
- Mark Goldberg, Huffington Post
  • Set to speak at the SAP CEO Summit in Singapore- From Leadership to Legacy: Asia and Beyond.  
  • Named "Top 100 Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy (2016). 
MAX BAUCUS: U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (2014-2017); U.S. Senator (D-MT) (1978-2013); Chair, Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014)
"For more than two decades Max Baucus has worked to deepen the relationship between the United States and China.  The economic agreements he helped forge have created millions of American jobs and added billions of dollars to our economy..."
JULIA GILLARD: 27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013); Chair, Global Partnership for Education 

"The China Day was a great success. Julia Gillard did a great speech, which helped make the event successful. Her attendance and speech on China Day was widely broadcast in Chinese media and had a very good influence."

-China APEC Development Council
DICK CHENEYVice President of the United States (2001-2009); U.S. Secretary of Defense (1989-1993)

"I was in awe of Mr. Cheney. So generous with his time and so gracious to our guests...So far we have not thought of anyone that could have provided what Mr. Cheney provided..."

- Casimir Capital L.P.

- Recently delivered a keynote at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue in Taipei on security, economic integration and trade, followed by a meeting with President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-Wen
JAMIE METZLFormer Executive Vice President, Asia Society; Regular commentator for CNN & Bloomberg
"Jamie's talk on 'Donald Trump and the Changing Geopolitics of Asia' was an absolute tour de force that blew away our members...His thought-provoking and expansive talk generated a fascinating discussion and left us seeing the world from an entirely different perspective."
-Network 20/20
- Just wrote two frank, thought-provoking and widely-shared CNN op-eds on North Korea.
- Recently spoke at HSBC's China Forums in both New York and San Francisco. 
CHARLENE BARSHEFSKY: U.S. Trade Representative (1996-2001); Board Member, America-China Society; Member, Council on Foreign Relations 

"Ambassador Barshefsky was fantastic. Her content was spot on and really set the tone for a lot of discussion that day. Her deep knowledge and obvious passion really helped us take the conference to a higher level."

-Harvard Business School

- Recently spoke at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council on the current political backlash against globalization and China's obligation to reform.
- Helped negotiate China's inclusion in the World Trade Organization. 
GEORGE PAPANDREOU: Prime Minister of Greece (2009-2011)

"The speech went very well, and we received very good feedback - serious, clear, straight-forward, structured and honest."

-Event Planner for International Bank

- Recently spent several days with Chinese President Xi Jingping discussing the One Belt One Road policy. 
APRIL RINNE: Head of the Sharing Economy Working Group, World Economic Forum; Sharing Economy Advisory Board Member, China's National Sharing Economy Commission

"Participants found April’s workshops insightful, thought-provoking and enjoyable, and were keen to have had their half-day workshops extended into full-day sessions...Her candid sharing during public lectures, including a discussion with local entrepreneurs, inspired new ideas for sharing economy related startups in Singapore."

-Singapore Prime Minister's Office & Center for Strategic Futures

- Just published an informative op-ed in Medium on the sharing economy in China. 
With security and economic issues in Asia at top of mind for businesses across industries, these HWA experts can reveal what's at stake and how to be strategic moving forward. Both instrumental in shaping and executing policies in the region, and in-demand by event planners and news outlets alike for their no-hold-barred, sharp analysis, these HWA Speakers would be terrific choices for your next event.

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