Announcing New Executive Director Leo Chan

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Chinese Chamber Welcomes New Executive Director Leo Chan

Brings wealth of US-China & Silicon Valley experience to the organization

CINCINNATI – December 12, 2017 – The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce has hired Leo Chan as its new Executive Director, effective December 18, 2017. A former board member of the Chinese Chamber, Chan brings a wealth of diverse and international experience in financial services, private equity investments, and the tech industry to this role. He has served in several Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations, running funds of over 1 billion RMB and investments of over 1 billion USD in mobile telecommunications infrastructure in China and other parts of the world. Chan will keynote the Chinese Chamber’s annual Lunar New Year Gala at The Ramada Plaza on Saturday, February 10th, 2018.

“The Chinese Chamber has grown significantly in membership, visibility, and influence in Greater Cincinnati in the past 2 years thanks to our previous Executive Director Tessa Xuan’s contributions. Leo Chan’s business expertise and local, national, and international connections will take us to the next level in terms of building more bridges with Greater China to expand opportunity for the local business community. We are very much looking forward to this Chamber’s even brighter future under his new leadership,” said Catalin Macarie, Board Chair of the Chinese Chamber.

As a seasoned IT visionary and expert in mobile telephony and wireless broadband access, Chan has served in roles at several telecommunication companies including France Telecom, Cincinnati Bell, and Hawaiian Telcom. In 2008, Chan formed a partnership with former Merrill Lynch executives in Asia. He led initiatives to build a merchant banking operation in Shenzhen, China, where he built strategic relationships with Goldman Sachs, Legend Capital, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, and China International Capital Corporation. After years of endeavors in the venture capital and private equity industry, Leo helped build a series of venture capital funds including TCL Capital, KB Capital, and SR Investments. By working with local municipalities, Leo was able to form public private partnership funds to fuel the startup and infrastructure build out projects in developing cities. He also led a supply chain management company that specializes in advising and helping US companies to source from strategic partners.

Chan studied International Business at Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages in Guangzhou, Asia Europe Programme at Sciences-Po in Paris, Intermediate Japanese at Dalian University of Foreign Languages in Dalian. He originally moved to the Cincinnati area to earn his MBA from the University of Cincinnati, which he was awarded in 2001.

BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: CHERYL YOUNG

Chinese Chamber Board Member Profile

Cheryl Young, Assistant Provost for Global Initiatives, Miami University

Cheryl Young is the assistant provost for global education at Miami University. She is a long time staff member at Miami University, with over 30 years of experience in higher education. Cheryl leads the Global Initiatives center at Miami, which includes Study Abroad, International Student & Scholars Services, Continuing Education, the Confucius Institute, and the Center for American & World Culture.

As an international education professional, as well as an experienced administrator in continuing higher education, Cheryl brings multiple perspectives to international education and enthusiastically embraces the ideals of extended and lifelong learning in formal, informal, and virtual settings in local and global locations.

Cheryl has an academic background in English Literature and Educational Curriculum and Leadership, with degrees from Miami University and the Wellesley Institute for Leadership & Management in Higher Education.

Cheryl in a resident of Oxford, Ohio, and enjoys traveling the world in pursuit of learning opportunities, connections to cultural diversity, and promoting Miami University global initiatives. Cheryl joined the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors in July 2016.

BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: JIN KONG

Chinese Chamber Board Member Profile

Jin Kong – Social Entrepreneur, Attorney, Adventurer

2016-17 Board Chair, Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce

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Jin Kong (孔进, 字 德昌), Esq., was born in the Gobi and grew up in Beijing. He came to Cincinnati at age 12 and attended Walnut Hills High School. After college, Jin enlisted in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and was deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in 2004 with the 1-24 infantry battalion. He was honorably discharge in 2006 and worked for The American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis thereafter. Jin attended IU Robert H McKinney School of Law at night and after graduating in 2013, he went to work for a large regional full service firm focusing his practice in health care, regulatory compliance, and international business. Jin is an Applied Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified by International Society for Six Sigma Certifications and a LEED GA by U.S. Green Building Council. He currently practices law part-time at Kong Esq., LLC and focuses on China, non-profits, social startups, health care (Medicare and Medicaid), elder law (Social Security), and community advocacy.

As a Social Entrepreneur, Jin is the Founder and Pathfinder of BrainBox ltd, a boutique consulting company focused on making sustainability simple and doing good measurable. BrainBox takes a proprietary process-based approach to help clients realize value in their triple (social, environmental, and economic) bottom-line. Additionally, BrainBox applies Lean Six Sigma principles to helping clients, non-profits and social enterprises, measure their impact by establishing logic models and data points in order to continuously improve. BrainBox offers workshops, guidebooks, and tailored consulting services based on client’s needs and budget.

In addition to BrainBox ltd, Jin is working with a team of professionals on a multilingual publishing and technology startup. The goal of this startup is to promote Cincinnati’s people and places through authentic stories, connect the city’s culture and heritage through quality content, make available a resource guide in many languages, and promote the region’s businesses, organizations, events and activities through printed books, web portals, mobile applications, and iBeacons.

Jin spends his leisure time writing on Confucian Merchant Philosophy and its overlap with modern day social entrepreneurship. His hope is to help inspire a global culture of human resilience grounded in virtue and wholeness.