With tensions increasing between the U.S. and China on trade issues, what can we expect from the world's second-largest economy? These HWA experts decode what's on the horizon, and how it will impact businesses across industries worldwide. 
BAN KI-MOON: Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-2016); Founder, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens 

The program was fantastic!...SG Ban [was a] highlight. We really appreciate your help with securing [him]... I look forward to working with you on the next one!


Among the most respected and well-known statesmen of his generation, Ban Ki-moon has traveled the world engaging in the highest levels of international dialogue and decision-making. Named one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy, in part thanks to his work getting both the U.S. and China to sign the historic Paris Agreement, Ban has unparalleled insights into the inner workings of global developments.

Sought-out to speak at Deutsche Bank's upcoming dbAccess Asia, the largest investment conference in Asia, engaging in a Fireside Chat and several Q&A sessions for over 2,500 attendees.

Recently addressed government employees and entrepreneurs at the Chinese Traditional Culture International Development Forum

Sought-out to deliver a keynote at Barclay's Asia Forum in Singapore, Ban addressed a crowd of over 600 delegates, sharing key insights on potential policy stances and their implications for the United States and China. While at the Forum, he was also sought-out for his candid analysis in an exclusive interview with CNBC

Delivered a keynote on the Future of Asia and the Geopolitical Landscape at SAP's CEO Summit. 
MAX BAUCUSU.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (2014-2017); U.S. Senator (D-MT) (1978-2013); Chair, Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014)

"We hired Sen Baucus for an event which focused on the China-US economic corridors today and current implications for the future cooperation. He provided a very insightful view about the current and future relations between the 2 countries. Our clients and staff really appreciated his unique perspective. Sen Baucus was a great keynote speaker for our event. Thank you for your recommendation."

- Major Multinational Bank

"The ILF annual gala went very successfully thanks to Max Baucus's appearance. Amb Baucus delivered an inspiring keynote speech, sharing his over 40 years of public service and showing his strong and optimistic view on the US- China long-term relationship..." 

- International Leadership Foundation


Ambassador Baucus unpacks U.S.-China relations from the perspective of both countries, drawing on extensive on-the-ground experience. As a Senator, Baucus aided in the normalization of trade relations with China and the country's entrance into the World Trade Organization. As Ambassador to China, Baucus served as the United States' principle policy broker on national security and economic issues. He was in Beijing as China spearheaded the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and continued to develop their “One Belt, One Road” policy. 

Just delivered a keynote on cross-cultural dialogue between the U.S. and China for the International Leadership Foundation.

Baucus' shrewd and informative keynote on China's swift adoption of new technologies for an audience of 2,000 at the LendIt Fintech Conference in Shanghai, instantly made headline in Forbes

Sought-out for both a keynote on the Chinese Economy at the Daiwa Capital Markets Conference in Tokyo, as well as at the HSBC China Forum

Recently awarded for his Outstanding Achievements in Public Service by The U.S.-China Policy Foundation.

A fixture on major news outlets such as Bloomberg, CNN and CNBC, Baucus is regularly sought-out for his actionable insights on U.S.-China developments. From analysis on President Trump's tariffs, to what the implications of a trade war would be, Baucus is a go-to voice.  
JOHN BOEHNERSpeaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2011-2015); Senior Strategic Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs

"Speaker John Boehner was a powerful presenter... his comments were candid and insightful, recognized the multi-nationality of the board, and reflected his wealth of experience and expertise... Boehner commanded the room and held the attention of the audience for the entire session, balancing sincere and transparent remarks with interesting experiential commentary. In the Q&A portion, he tailored his answers carefully to the interests of the directors and was clear and concise in his responses, allowing us to ask many questions spanning a great diversity of topics."

- BMO Financial Group

"The Speaker rocked as our keynote….for the rest of our convention I had people coming up to tell me how much they enjoyed him….mostly because he was so candid. That’s Boehner!"

-Major Trade Association

"Speaker Boehner was a big hit with our audience. His presentation was insightful, amusing and thought-provoking, and it was an unvarnished assessment of what's going on in Washington and American politics."

-Edison Electric Institute

With unparalleled experience on Capitol Hill serving in three of the most powerful positions in Congress, Jonh Boehner provides a true insider’s perspective of policy implications and what to expect from Washington. Heralded for balancing engaging (and downright funny) anecdotes with substantive takeaways for organizations across industries, Boehner's "audacious honesty," spot-on analysis, and refreshing willingness to highlight issues on both sides of the aisle, make him a smash hit at every event.


Sought-out to deliver a keynote for some 1,600 C-suite executives and government leaders at the upcoming Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference, for which he made headlines in local news, as well as KPMG's U.S. Cross-Border Tax Conference. 

The recent subject of a highly-cited Politico profile entitled Boehner Unchained-- which was described in a BloombergView op-ed as “an absolutely must-read piece” and a “terrific piece of reporting, highly entertaining, and full of interesting tidbits about why Boehner was so good at his job.

Boehner is a go-to voice who consistently garners excited tweets from attendees on both sides of the aisle, such as:  “@SpeakerBoehner - smart, funny, real. Pleasantly surprised even if I don't agree with all he says. #respect #himss17,”and “Thanks @SpeakerBoehner for the open, honest discussion at #KPMGGEC today.
JULIA GILLARD27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013); Chair, Global Partnership for Education

"On behalf of TWFA, our sincere thanks to you for speaking at the TFWA Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore. We are delighted that you were able to find time in your schedule to address us, and found your address extremely interesting and relevant to our theme. Thank you for helping make our event a great success! "

-Tax-Free World Association

"The China Day was a great success. Ms. 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

A world leader with fresh insights on geopolitics and the global economy, Julia Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest economy in the world, during the global financial crisis and as Australia positioned to seize the benefits of Asia’s rise. Gillard commissioned the Asian Century White Paper—a landmark strategic framework for navigating "the Asian Century" that shaped global policy.


Sought-out for a keynote on Purposeful Leadership at Linkage's upcoming Global Institute for Leadership Development for 500 emerging and senior leaders, as well as Guilford College's popular Bryan Series, addressing an audience of 3,000.

Recently delivered a keynote on "A New Vision for Global Prosperity" for an audience of 4,000 high-ranking officials, CEOs, industry leaders and more at the prestigious Global HR Forum in Seoul. 

Gillard was such a smash hit at the recent International Simmons Leadership Conference in Geneva, where she was hailed as a "tremendous success," she's already been sought-out for the 2019 Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston. 

LARRY SUMMERSDirector, White House National Economic Council (2009-2010); President, Harvard University (2001-2006); Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2001)

"It was a huge pleasure to host an event with Mr. Summers...Summers spoke in front of more than 200 guests on an insider view of international politics, the US economy, the management of monetary policy by the Fed, the Chinese slowdown... and all attendees were impressed with his presentation. Nothing but great feedback regarding his appearance."

-BTG Pactual

"He was on-time, cordial and engaging."


"Larry was great and delivered exactly what we wanted from him. He is a professional and he comes across very authoritative and thoughtful."

-BCA Research

One of the world's leading economists, Larry Summers is a trusted authority on the global economy and finance. Summers’ tenure at the U.S. Treasury coincided with the longest period of sustained economic growth in U.S. history, and he is the only Treasury Secretary in the last half century to have left office with the national budget in surplus. Currently, in-demand for his insights on the global economy and tax and trade policy, Summers' recent commentary on China continues to make headlines. 


Recently invited to share an overview of U.S. and global economies for an audience of 1,600 C-suite executives at the First Abu Dhabi Bank's Global Financial Markets Forum.  

Just interviewed on CNN's "New Day" and recently interviewed on NPR on the Trump administration’s trade policies and decision to impose tariffs on China, Summers shed light on the impact of U.S.-China relations for the economy at large. He was also recently sought-out for an 11-minute interview with Christiane Amanpour, in which he delivered sharp analysis on Trump's steel tariffs, and their impact on businesses and consumers alike.

Sought-out to deliver a keynote at the China Development Forum on "China and the World: Economic Transformation through Structural Reforms," Summers also made headlines for his sharp comments on two key areas of concern. 

JACK LEWSecretary of the Treasury (2013-2016); White House Chief of Staff (2012-2013), Director Office Management & Budget (2010-2012); Citigroup Senior Executive & COO New York University

"Thank you so much for all your help to secure the Secretary as our opening speaker and with your help through the planning process! It was a huge success! We received such great feedback on his remarks, interview and the panel! One of the best we’ve had. He is just the nicest man!"

- Pershing LLC

Having served as the most senior economic official in the U.S. government, Jack Lew helped shape policies that drove the longest economic recovery in American history and oversaw all aspects of international and domestic fiscal policy. While at the Treasury, Lew helped lead the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and he remains in-demand to shed light on what to expect from bilateral relations today. 


Selected to keynote the upcoming 2018 Seoul Global Financial Conference focusing on "World Economy in Chaos: The Rise of Nationalism.

Recently delivered the keynote luncheon as well as participated in a dialogue session at the Asian Financial Forum: Steering Growth and Pioneering Innovation in Hong Kong. 

Sought-out to deliver a keynote at the Caixin Summit, one of the most forward-looking events on the Chinese economy, making headlines for his insights into China's moves to open to foreign investors. 

Frequently in-demand to deliver insights into the global economy, Lew was just interviewed about the impacts of steel tariffs on China's economy on Bloomberg
MOHAMED EL-ERIANChief Economic Advisor, Allianz; Chair, President Obama’s Global Development Council (2012-2017); CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer, PIMCO (2007-2014); Columnist, Bloomberg View

"Mohamed did an excellent job. He tailored his remarks to our audience really well. He was also very gracious when interacting with our guests and senior management at the cocktail reception...Here is a sampling of the open-ended feedback: “perfect start”; “he was excellent and very happy to see the high caliber of keynote speaker”; “fantastic, very informative”; “Excellent delivery taking complicated thoughts but delivering them in real life experiences.” I look forward to working together again next year."


"Dr. El-Erian’s participation at the Global Financial Markets Forum was extremely well-received indeed. We have been inundated with glowing feedback and comments... they all found Dr. El-Erian’s insights valuable, interesting and enjoyable, and in fact many of them have stated that they felt that his session was the best of the entire forum! He has an incredible ability to convey what are quite complex matters in a relatively simple way that everyone in the audience can understand, and furthermore he connects with people in a remarkable way... "

-National Bank Of Abu Dhabi

International markets hang on Mohamed El-Erian's insight and analysis. An internationally respected economist whose regular Bloomberg View columns rack up thousands of views and shares, including a recent column on China's potential for economic growth, El-Erian is heralded for delivering keynotes that are as dynamic and genuinely interesting as they are deeply informative. 


Having made headlines for his analysis and keynote at the 2017 Barclays Asia Forum, El-Erian has already been sought-out for the 2018 Barclays Asia Forum in Singapore. 

Selected to deliver a keynote on the changing global economic outlook for 1,000 asset managers and investors at the Context Leadership Summit

Recently delivered a keynote at the GCC Financial Forum, addressing 700 C-suite issuers, investors, governments and policy makers. His keynote generated tweets of praise such as: “Amazing speech and straight forward insights and directions policy makers should really pay attention to. #emGCC is rocking alreadyandgreat opening keynote speech by @elerianm highlighting key opportunities for global growth”.
STEVE FORBESChairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media; Bestselling Author

"Steve Forbes was absolutely fantastic! His remarks on the interface of economics and politics were well received... We had a sell out for the event and that was due in large part to the popularity of Steve as our Annual Meeting speaker. I would highly recommend Steve to any group looking for a speaker that will be a draw and will give a most informative presentation."

- Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

"He was the BEST, as always. I would book him for every event if I could. He’s just a gracious, humble man. Our clients really enjoyed him and loved that he was roaming around during cocktail hour chatting. It makes my life so much easier when speakers are like him."

-Willis Towers Watson

A business icon and internationally respected authority on economics, finance, politics, and corporate leadership, Steve Forbes offers audiences thought-provoking insights and riveting anecdotes that make each of his engagements a smash hit. Recently named one of the top 10 most influential libertarians by Newsmax, Forbes is a fixture on major news outlets for his candid analysis on tax and trade policy. 


An incredibly in-demand speaker thanks to his engaging, interactive style and willingness to dive into the issues, Forbes is already set to deliver keynotes at over a dozen events in 2018, including the Stansberry Conference, the Healthcare Costs Innovation SummitBryant University's Entrepreneurship ConferenceThe Windy City Summit, and Woodard's Scaling New Heights 2018.

Recently delivered a keynote for hundreds of representatives from regional and national banks at Deluxe Exchange.
Just shared a widely-read op-ed Restart The TPP With China In Exchange For "U.S. Belt, U.S. Road" proposing a creative approach to building a constructive relationship with China. 
CHARLENE BARSHEFSKYU.S. Trade Representative (1996-2001); Board Member, America-China Society; Member, Council on Foreign Relations

"She was amazing! The crowd loved her! "

-Textron Inc.

"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 for world trade issues really helped us take the conference to a higher level."

-Harvard Business School

"Charlene Barshefsky was terrific. One of the most articulate, substantive and informative speakers we have had in the series. Plus a genuinely nice person! I'm so glad we had her - feel free to use me as a reference if other colleges want a testimonial."

- Transylvania University

Known globally as the architect and negotiator of China’s WTO agreement, Ambassador Barshefsky is one of the world’s most renowned experts on China. With two decades of experience, she offers highly expert, in-depth knowledge about conducting business with a rising China and draws on the skills she used to spearhead hundreds of trade and investment agreements to enlighten every audience. 


Just discussed anti-globalization and China's accession to WTO with Yicai Global, in an informative interview and video

Sought-out to shed light on the misconceptions surrounding China and trade at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Tokyo. 

In-demand for her shrewd insights into global trade, Barshefsky serves as the Chair of the Public Responsibility Committee at American Express as well as the Chair of the Finance Committee at Intel Corp. 
With growing uncertainty surrounding the future of U.S.- China relations, and the market's subsequent volatility, these trusted experts are able to provide actionable analysis on potential outcomes and how to best prepare. Substantive, concise and engaging, they would make excellent speakers for your next event.