The 2020 U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion will take place in Taipei on May 22 – 23, 2020. More information will be made available in early January.

Pan-Asia is an annual event open to all U-M alumni, family, and friends. Guests generally attend to connect with each other, renew friendships, and reignite the Michigan spirit while learning how to engage more deeply with U-M. Started by a small group of alumni in Singapore who simply wanted to remain connected to each other, the gathering has turned into a major U-M event that celebrates our alumni and donors in the region.

Past events were held in Singapore (2010 and 2015), Shanghai (2011 and 2017), Seoul (2012 and 2018), Taipei (2013), Hong Kong (2014 and 2019), and Tokyo (2016).

Friday, May 24 2019

The Park Lane, Hong Kong
310 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

13:45 – Ross Executive Education Registration Opens

14:00 – 17:00 – Ross Executive Education Session
Leadership in a Digital World: An Interactive Executive Education Workshop:

Dean Scott DeRue will share the latest trends in technology and digital business. From the explosion of data to the creation of new business models to new skill requirements for employees at all levels, technology is re-shaping how we live, work and play in an increasingly global and virtual world. Dean DeRue will then facilitate a discussion of how these advances in technology are impacting leaders in organizations. How do leaders facilitate effective communication and collaboration in an increasingly interconnected world? How do leaders manage cross-cultural dynamics in virtual environments? How do leaders make decisions when there is exponentially more data than ever before? How do leaders predict and adapt to new technologies that can disrupt their businesses and organizations? These are some of the questions that you will engage in during this session. The conversation will be highly interactive, and you will be asked to contribute your insights and experiences throughout.

Note: Attending requires separate registration from the Pan-Asia Reunion event:

18:30 – Registration opens

19:00 – Reception begins

19:45 – Welcome
Steve Grafton, President, Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

21:00 – Reception concludes

Saturday, May 25 2019

Cordis Hong Kong
555 Shanghai St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

11:00 – Registration opens

12:00 – Lunch

13:30 – Sessions 1A and 1B

14:30 – Tea Break

15:00 – Sessions 2A and 2B

16:20 – Leadership Conversation
Martin Lau, President of Tencent Holdings
Martin A. Philbert, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

17:00 – Reception

19:00 – Schools, Colleges, and Units Dinners

      • Ross School of Business, Cordis Hotel
      • Law School, Eaton Hotel
      • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Cordis Hotel
      • College of Engineering, Tango Elements Restaurant
      • Michigan Medicine Dinner, Cordis Hotel

Only children ages 12 and up are permitted to attend the weekend of events with a full-paid ticket.

Speaker Bios

Michael S. Barr

Michael S. Barr is the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the Ford School, the Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law, and faculty director of the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and, previously, at the Brookings Institution. He co-founded both the International Transactions Clinic and the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project of the Community and Economic Development Clinic.

Professor Barr conducts research regarding financial services and writes about a wide range of issues in domestic and international financial regulation. His books include Financial Regulation: Law & Policy (Foundation Press 2016, with Howell Jackson and Margaret Tahyar), No Slack: The Financial Lives of Low-Income Americans (Brookings Press, 2012), Insufficient Funds(Russell Sage, 2009, co-edited with Rebecca Blank), and Building Inclusive Financial Systems (Brookings Press, 2007, co-edited with Anjali Kumar and Robert Litan).

Barr serves or has served in a wide variety of advisory roles. He serves on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation FinTech Advisory Council, the Advisory Board for the Future of Finance Initiative (India), the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, ideas42’s Scientific Advisory Board, the advisory board of the CFSI Financial Solutions Lab, the advisory board for the JP Morgan Chase Institute, the Research Advisory Board for the Center for Equitable Growth, and the Advisory Board of Lending Club, and he recently served as member of the Advisory Board for Ripple Labs, a member of the Russell Sage Foundation Working Group on Behavioral Economics and Consumer Finance, and the advisory board of the US Financial Diaries Project.

He received his JD from Yale Law School, his MPhil in international relations as a Rhodes Scholar from Magdalen College, Oxford University, and his BA, summa cum laude, with honors in history, from Yale University.

Dr. Polly S.Y. Cheung 張淑儀醫生

Dr Polly Suk-Yee Cheung completed her medical education at the University of Hong Kong. She subsequently received surgical training in general surgery at HKU, Queen Mary Hospital, and specialty training in Breast and Endocrine Surgery at the University of Michigan in 1985.

Over the past decades, while practicing as a breast cancer specialist in both public and private sectors, Dr Cheung has always taken the leading role to bring in new ideas and innovative professional practices for the advancement of breast cancer medical profession in Hong Kong. Dr Cheung devotes herself wholeheartedly to raising public awareness of the importance of breast cancer healthcare and education. In 2005, She founded the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF), which is the first non-profit organization dedicated to education, patients care, and research in breast cancer. She was awarded the “Outstanding Woman Professional” by the Hong Kong Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association in 1999, and “Leader of the Year” by Sing Tao News in 2017.

Ann Chih Lin

Ann Chih Lin is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Each year, she brings a selected group of Masters of Public Policy students to China to meet with policymakers and stakeholders for a variety of current Chinese policies. Dr. Lin’s research is on immigrant political socialization, how immigrants learn about and relate to government authority and immigration policy, and how governments select immigrants.  With Yan Chen and Kentaro Toyama, she is exploring methods to reduce bias against Muslim Americans.  She was co-principal investigator on the Detroit Arab American Study, a landmark survey of Arab Americans in Detroit, and a co-author of Citizenship in Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11. Dr. Lin is also the author of Reform in the Making: The Implementation of Social Policy in Prison, and the co-editor of two volumes:  The Colors of Poverty (with David Harris) and Coping with Poverty (with Sheldon Danziger).   Dr. Lin received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and her A.B. in History and East Asian Studies from Princeton University.

Scott DeRue

Scott DeRue is the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is also the Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business.

Scott has been named among the 50 most influential business professors in the world for his work on leadership, team performance, talent management, and organizational transformation. His book Experience-driven Leader Development provides organizations with the strategies and tactics for developing leadership talent in the new world of work, and his award-winning research has been published in top academic journals.

Scott is an accomplished adventurer and mountaineer, with successful summits of mountains such as Everest, Denali and Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. He has also led University of Michigan students and alumni to the highest point in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Thomas Finholt

Thomas A. Finholt is a professor and dean of the School of Information. His priorities as dean include expanding the number of online courses and degrees offered by UMSI, diversifying the pipeline for information technology employment, and applying research at UMSI to increase civic engagement and to improve the quality of online public discourse.

Finholt was a co-founder and then director of the Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work (CREW).  Starting in the mid-1990s and continuing for twenty years, CREW pioneered the study of human-computer interaction in organizational settings, including research on many applications that are now commonplace, such as video conferencing and shared document editing.

His current research contributions include the organization of a network of faculty across thirteen units on campus to develop an augmented/virtual/mixed reality strategy for the university. He is also active in the sports analytics initiative, where students from various disciplines work with trainers and coaches in U-M Athletics to analyze athletes’ health, safety and performance using data gathered from wearable devices.

Mary E. Gallagher

Mary E. Gallagher is the Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor of Democracy, Democratization, and Human Rights Professor at the University of Michigan where she is also the director of the Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. Professor Gallagher received her Ph.D. in politics in 2001 from Princeton University and her B.A. from Smith College in 1991.  She was a foreign student in China in 1989 at Nanjing University. She also taught at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing from 1996-1997. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar from 2003 to 2004 at East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China. In 2012-2013, she was a visiting professor at the Koguan School of Law at Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Her most recent book is Authoritarian Legality in China: Law, Workers and the State, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. She is also the author or editor of several other books, including Contagious Capitalism:  Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China (Princeton 2005), Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China (Cambridge 2011), From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization:  Markets, Workers, and the State in a Changing China (Cornell 2011), and Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (Cambridge 2010).

Dr. Alec Gallimore

Alec D. Gallimore is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. In 2019, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering–among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. From 2011 to 2016, Alec served first as the associate dean for research and graduate education and then as the associate dean for academic affairs at Michigan Engineering. Alec served as an associate dean at U-M’s Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies from 2005 to 2011.

He is a leader in the field of advanced spacecraft propulsion and heads a laboratory that is developing the plasma drive system that may ultimately propel humans to Mars. Prior to joining Michigan’s faculty in 1992, he boosted his credentials as a rocket scientist first at Rensselaer (RPI), where he received his BS degree in aeronautical engineering, and then at Princeton, where he received his MA and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering with a focus on plasma physics and advanced spacecraft propulsion.

He is the author of over 360 publications, has worked at NASA (JPL and GRC) and has been the advisor to 40 Ph.D. students and 14 master’s students.

Steve Grafton

As CEO and President of the Alumni Association since 1994, Steve Grafton has always believed that you must be relevant to your audience in order to have value. It is that belief that guided him in creating an organization that is today focused on connections and success for all 575k+ alumni, as well as a supporting partner of the University. From the LEAD Scholars program to developing upcoming online communities organized around interests, identities, etc. to launching an education portal that puts U-M educational resources at alumni fingertips, Grafton is transforming the Alumni Association to be one that is of utmost relevance for U-M’s Leaders & Best.

Hailing from Mississippi State University, where he earned a BS in Political Science and a Masters in Public Policy, Grafton has been a past President of the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE); Chair of the Advisory Council for the U-M Museum of Natural History; and a member of the Provost’s Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. He has also served as executive director of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association and as legislative director for U.S. Sen. John Stennis, D-MS.

Grafton and his wife, Carol, are proud parents to two Michigan alumni.

Nicholas Calcina Howson

Nicholas Calcina Howson is a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.  A former partner of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, he worked out of that firm’s New York, Paris, London and Beijing Offices, finally as a managing partner of the firm’s Asia Practice based in the Chinese capital.  

During this time, he acted for clients in precedent-setting transactions, including the first SEC-registered IPO and NYSE-listing by a PRC-domiciled issuer and the first private placement of shares to foreign interests in a newly privatized PRC company limited by shares and subsequent IPOs on the domestic Chinese capital markets.  Howson has also taught at the Berkeley (Boalt), Columbia, Cornell, and Harvard Law Schools, and served as a consultant on Chinese law matters to the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the Asian Development Bank, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and has advised the National People’s Congress of the PRC on the amendment of the PRC Company Law and the PRC Securities Law.  

He acts regularly as a Chinese law expert or party advocate in U.S. and international litigations and/or U.S. government enforcement actions. Professor Howson is a designated foreign arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) in Beijing and the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHAIC).

Martin Lau

Martin joined Tencent in 2005 as Chief Strategy and Investment Officer, responsible for corporate strategies, investment, M&A and investor relations. In 2006, Martin was promoted to President and managed the day-to-day operation of Tencent. In 2007, he was appointed an Executive Director of the board.

Prior to joining Tencent, Martin was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C’s investment banking division and the Chief Operating Officer of its Telecom, Media and Technology Group. Prior to that, Martin worked at McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Martin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Kenneth Lieberthal

Kenneth Lieberthal is a senior fellow emeritus in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where from 2009 to 2016 he was a senior fellow in both the Foreign Policy and the Global Economy and Development programs; from 2009 to 2012, he also served as director of Brookings’ John L. Thornton China Center.

Dr. Lieberthal is also professor emeritus of Political Science and of Business Administration at the University of Michigan. He joined the U-M faculty as Professor of Political Science in 1983, and in 1995 was named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Political Science and William Davidson Professor of Business Administration. He was director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Chinese Studies for 1986 to 1989. Lieberthal authored, coauthored, and edited more than 20 books and monographs, many of which are also available in Chinese editions, and authored about 75 articles and chapters in books. His publications focus particularly on China’s elite politics, domestic and foreign policy decision making, and political economy and on the evolution of U.S.-China relations.

Lieberthal took leave from the U-M to serve as special assistant to President Clinton for national security affairs and senior director for Asia on the National Security Council for 1998 through 2000.

Lieberthal has consulted widely on Chinese and Asian affairs and has advised, inter alia, the U.S. Departments of State, Defense and Commerce, the World Bank, the Aspen Institute, the United Nations Association and corporations in the private sector. He has served on numerous academic and NGO advisory committees and boards and on the editorial boards of six academic journals.

Mingyan Liu

Mingyan Liu is the Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan. She received her B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering in 1995 from Nanjing University of Aero. and Astro., Nanjing, China, M.Sc. degree in systems engineering and Ph.D. Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. She joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in September 2000, where she is currently a Professor. Her research interests are in optimal resource allocation, sequential decision theory, incentive design, and performance modeling and analysis, within the context of large-scale networked systems.

Her most recent research activities involve online learning, modeling and mining of large scale Internet measurement data and the design of incentive mechanisms for cyber security. She is the recipient of the 2002 NSF CAREER Award, the University of Michigan Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Award in 2003 and 2014, the 2010 EECS Department Outstanding Achievement Award, the 2015 College of Engineering Excellence in Education Award, the 2017 College of Engineering Excellence in Service Award, and the 2018 Distinguished University Innovator Award. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.

Fred Lui

Lui is the managing director of Cosmetech Mably International Limited, a manufacturer of packaging and promotional materials for the cosmetic industry worldwide. He served as President of the U-M Hong Kong Alumni Club for many years, and became the first international member on Alumni Association of the University of Michigan (AAUM) Board of Directors. Lui received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2016.

He is active in community service in Hong Kong, serving numerous government boards and committees, including the Hong Kong Town Planning Board and nine years as member and chairman of the board of directors of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. He was appointed as Justice of Peace by the Hong Kong Government in 1997.

Lui received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Jonathan Massey

Architect and historian Jonathan Massey is an accomplished scholar of modern architecture and a leading authority on architecture and planning education. He holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Princeton University as well as a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA. His professional training includes practice experience at Dagmar Richter Studio, Brantner Design Associates, and Gehry Partners along with teaching experience at several schools.

Before joining Taubman College in 2017 as professor and dean, Massey was dean of architecture at California College of Arts in San Francisco. Prior to that, at Syracuse University, he served as a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence and chaired the Bachelor of Architecture program and the University Senate. In addition, he co-founded the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, which transforms the ways that history and practice of architecture and urbanism are understood and taught.

Massey’s research shows how architecture mediates power by forming civil society, shaping social relationships, and regulating consumption. In Crystal and Arabesque: Claude Bragdon, Ornament, and Modern Architecture (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), Massey reconstructed the techniques through which American modernists engaged new media, audiences, and problems of mass society. His work on topics ranging from ornament and organicism to risk management and sustainable design has appeared in many journals and books, including Aggregate’s essay collection Governing by Design: Architecture, Economy, and Politics in the 20th Century (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012). With Barry Bergdoll, Massey edited Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions (Lars Müller, 2018), which shows how this leading Bauhaus and Brutalist designer shaped the institutions of 20th century society.

Elizabeth Birr Moje

Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje is the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor in Education and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She also serves as a faculty associate in the university’s Institute for Social Research, in Latino/a Studies, and in the Joint Program in English and Education. Prior to becoming dean, she was associate dean for research and community engagement for the School of Education for six years and a faculty member for over 20 years.

A former high school history and biology teacher, Moje’s research examines young people’s navigations of culture, identity, and literacy learning in and out of school in Detroit, Michigan. She has long-standing relationships with schools and youth organizations in the city with whom she partners as she engages in public scholarship.

Martin A. Philbert

Dr. Philbert is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs as well as a professor of toxicology in the School of Public Health, where he was formerly dean.  As provost, he is both the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer for U-M.

Dr. Philbert’s research has focused on the development of flexible polymer nanoplatforms for optical sensing of ions and small molecules and the early detection and treatment of brain tumors. Other research interests include the mitochondrial mechanisms of chemically-induced neuropathic states. He is the author of more than 200 peer- reviewed scholarly manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters.

Dr. Philbert served as the inaugural chair of the US-EPA Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee and was a standing member of the Agency’s Science Advisory Board. He also served a four-year term on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, served as chair of the US-EPA Board of Scientific Counselors, chair of the US-FDA Science Advisory Board, and provides consultation to federal agencies on a variety of issues surrounding emerging nanotechnologies, nanomedicine, health and safety.

Richard Rogel

Richard Rogel (BBA ’70, LLD Hon ’09) served as the co-chair for the recently completed Victors for Michigan campaign.  In 2018, the U-M cancer center was renamed the Rogel Cancer Center in honor of a historic $150M commitment from Rich and his wife, Susan.

Their generosity has reached at least 17 different areas across U-M over four decades, including the Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, the Medical School, the Ross School of Business, the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, the Athletic Department, the School of Social Work, the University Musical Society, and many other areas. More than 540 U-M students have received support from the Rogels through the Rogel Award for Excellence or the Rogel Medical Scholars. Both of the Rogels hold multiple volunteer leadership roles at the university. Rich serves on the President’s Advisory Group and chairs both the Michigan Medicine portion of the Victors for Michigan campaign and the Global Student Support committee, among many other volunteer positions.

Dr. Marschall Runge

Dr. Marschall Runge has been the executive vice president for medical affairs and chief executive officer (CEO) of Michigan Medicine since March 2015. He has also served as dean of the Medical School since January 2016.

After graduating with bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Vanderbilt University, he earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed a cardiology fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital and subsequently served on the faculty at Harvard University.

Before coming to Michigan, Runge was executive dean for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and he also served as the principal investigator and director of the National Institutes of Health-funded North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute.

A physician-scientist his entire career, Runge focuses on combining translational research with patient care and education.

He has authored over 200 publications and holds five patents for innovative approaches to healthcare.

Dowson Tong

As the President of Cloud & Smart Industries Group, Dowson Tong leads Tencent’s efforts to serve industries pursuing digital transformation. He is responsible for the company’s cloud business and enterprise-facing services, also co-lead Tencent’s social advertising business. Dowson serves as the chairman of the board for Tencent Music Entertainment Group.

Dowson joined Tencent in 2005 and directed Tencent’s Open Platform, QQ messaging and Qzone social networking platforms. Before joining Tencent, Dowson worked at Sendmail Inc., where he led the development of operator-scale email and messaging systems. He also worked at Oracle, where he managed the development and testing of its servers and applications.

Dowson earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.


The U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship provides important financial aid in support of outstanding undergraduate students from across Asia attending U-M. Established by our Hong Kong alumni in 2014 to honor the Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion, the Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship unites the U-M family around Asia, deepens connections to U-M, and builds esprit de corps. Each year alumni and friends in Asia and around the globe contribute to the U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship in celebration of each other and future generations of students. To date, over $250,000 has been raised from more than 500 gifts and pledges.

Past Recipients

2018 – Bach Nguyen, BSE ’22, Vietnam
2017 – Abrar Iqbal, BSE ’21, Bangladesh
2016 – Ivory Yang Sijie, AB ’20, Singapore
2015 – Pricilla Mukudan, BSE ’19, Malaysia

“With the continuous support of U-M alumni in Asia, the Fund will evolve into a tradition, providing the benefits of the U-M experience to more students from the region.”
–Richard Yang, JD 1999

“I was supported by many warm hearts for me to be going to Michigan. I believe it is now my turn to return the favor to the future leaders and best. Join me!”
–Makoto Ariga, MBA 1993

“The Pan-Asia Reunion is something that we all look forward to every year, and we remember how Michigan has changed our lives. This feeling is something we want to pay forward by contributing to the Pan-Asia Scholarship fund. We hope to be able to help deserving students to realize their dream, the dream that we’ve lived and the one they aspire towards. This is truly the heart of the scholarship.”
–Choon Peng Ng, MBA 2004

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