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Robyn Meredith and Jong Nam Oh
  Robyn Meredith and Jong Nam Oh

EVENT: Asia Business Conference begins Jan. 20

1/16/2006 --

Agenda includes student case competition, two keynotes and panel discussions.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Robyn Meredith, senior editor of Forbes Magazine, Asia, will deliver the opening keynote address at the 16th annual Asia Business Conference (ABC) at 5 p.m. Jan. 20 in Hale Auditorium at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Meredith, who will speak about the implications of the rise of India and China, joined Forbes as Detroit bureau manager in 2000. Prior to Forbes, she was the Detroit correspondent for The New York Times. She also was a business reporter for USA Today and the Washington bureau of the American Banker newspaper. She received her BA degree, cum laude, from Boston University in 1990 and was a journalism fellow at the University in 1999.

Jong Nam Oh, executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will deliver the closing keynote, "Regional and International Financial Issues Facing Asia," at 3:45 p.m. Jan. 21 in Hale Auditorium. Oh is the first Korean to serve in his position and represents 14 countries. Prior to joining the IMF, he served in the Korean government for 29 years, working with the Economic Planning Board and the Ministry of Finance and Economy.

Oh earned his bachelor's degree in law at Seoul National University, Korea, and his MBA and PhD in economics from Southern Methodist University.

Conference attendees will participate in nine panels, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Greater China, Japan, Indian Subcontinent, Korea, healthcare, women in business, finance and development.

The first Asia Business Conference Case Competition, held by the Emerging Markets Club, will take place from Jan. 1521. Presentations on six Asian countries, sponsored by the Student Government Association and Exxon Mobile Corporation, will be presented by students as part of the International Education Series Asia Pacific event held Jan. 17-19.

Conference sponsors include Northwest Airlines, Mitsui Life Financial Research Center, Center for International Business Education, Center for Japanese Studies, Executive Education at the Ross School, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for South Asian Studies and Center for Chinese Studies.

The ABC provides members of the business school community with the opportunity to learn about Asia from people who are directly involved in shaping the economic future of the region. The conference is open to all University of Michigan students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as students from other business schools.

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For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone: (734) 936-8421