Doing Business in Emerging Markets (BusEmerg2008)

Venue: Cliftons Conference Centre

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Event Date/Time: Sep 10, 2008 End Date/Time: Sep 10, 2008
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“Doing Business in Emerging Markets”

“By 2025 China will be the world’s largest economy and India the world’s third largest economy. The current G7 will have been replaced by E7 “the emerging seven” which comprise Brazil, Russia, India, China, Indonesia, Mexico and Turkey. The E7 will be 25% larger than the G7 in terms of US dollars and 75% larger in terms of purchasing power parity by 2005.”

You are invited to attend a conference on “Doing Business in Emerging Markets” which will take place at Cliftons Conference Centre, 9 Queens Road, Central, Hong Kong on Wednesday 10th September 2008.

Speakers will highlight:
• Current Business climate
• Key pitfalls to avoid
• Setting up a company – typical structures
• Recruiting and retaining staff


2:30pm – 3:00pm Registration (Tea and Coffee available)

3:00pm – 3:05pm Introduction
• Mark Geary, Managing Director of
AsiaNet Consultants, Hong Kong & China and Joint President IESF

3:05pm – 3:30pm Doing Business in India
• Speaker: Vivek Ahuja, Managing Director of Confiar Consultants, Delhi

3:30pm – 4.00pm Doing Business in Russia (+ Case study on Heinz Russia)
• Speaker: Michael Bogdanov, Managing Director of Consort, Moscow

4:00pm – 4:20pm Tea Break

4:20pm – 4:50pm Doing Business in South America
• Speaker: Silvana Case, Managing Director of The Catho Group, Brazil

4:50pm – 5:20pm Doing Business in East Europe
• Speaker: Jaap Hoekstra, Managing Director of Kilpatrick Romania
• Speaker: Andrew Walker, Managing Director of Ashley Harvey Bulgaria

5:20pm – 6:00pm Q&A Session
• The Speaker Panel will answer your questions

Profiles of Speakers for Emerging Markets Conference

Michael Bogdanov, Chairman – Consort Moscow

Born in St.Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), Michael Bogdanov received linguistic education in the State University and also has a PhD in Modern Anglo-American relations. Between 1974 and 1992 he held a number of academic and journalistic positions in Moscow and London, specializing in international affairs and foreign policy issues for the Russian Government

In 1992 Michael founded Business Link-Moscow – one of the first Russian companies providing consulting services to foreign businesses entering the emerging Russian market. In 2004 the growth of operations and diversification of business by professional levels led to creation of CONSORT Consulting Group where Michael Bogdanov holds the position of Chairman of the Board.

In 1996 he was one of the founders of the Association of Personnel Search Consultants (APSC) and has been elected the Association’s President for five annual terms (1999-2002, 2003-2005). Since 2005, he has held the positions of Senior Vice-President APSC and Chairman, Board of Experts.

Vivek Ahuja, Managing Partner of Confiar Global

Vivek has over twenty years of experience in the domains of international publishing. His previous roles include the position of Managing Director India for The Random House Group Ltd, UK, the largest general English language publisher in the world. Prior to Random House, Vivek served as Director Publishing with UBS Publishers’ Distributors where he was responsible for acquiring, publishing and selling a wide range of titles - many of them bestsellers. Vivek is a frequent contributor of business and financial articles in leading newspapers and journals.

Jaap Hoekstra, Managing Director - Kilpatrick Romania

Jaap spent his early career in supply chain management in Holland and Italy before setting up his own consulting company Kilpatrick Italia in Milan Italy in 1998 to provide business strategy consulting, executive search and training. The company has grown rapidly serving major multinational clients and now has offices in Milan, Turin and Bologna as well as in Romania and Amsterdam. He has a Degree in Economics from Ubbo Emmius University in the Netherlands

Silvana Case, Managing Director, The Catho Group, Brazil

Silvana, as well as being the Managing Director of the Catho Group, Brazils largest recruitment company she is also a a leading consultant in career management consulting and a trained psychologist. She has provided consulting advice to more than 2,000 professionals, chair, board, high and middle management in pursuit of their careers, many of whom started their own consultancy. She is the author the “The Recruitment and the Resignation of Executives in Brasil” and “The Careers of Executives over 40 years of age”

Andrew Walker, Managing Director - Ashley Harvey Bulgaria

Andrew Walker is Managing Director of Ashley Harvey Associates Limited, an international executive search company with offices in London and Bulgaria. He was previously Managing Consultant of Wheale Thomas Hodgins Plc for their London and International practices. Following an early career in accountancy he then held various roles in the City of London within the Inchcape Group, The Bank of London & South America and The Sterling Credit Group latterly as Group Company Secretary. At Reed Elsevier he held a variety of positions during a 15 year career with the Group including Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Chief Executive, Vice President of Reed Wallcoverings in the USA, and Managing Director of a group of 40 weekly magazines and newspapers within their IPC Publishing Division. He has travelled extensively working across Europe, Australia, South Africa, South America. Andrew is also the Joint President of the International Executive Search Federation

Mark Geary, Managing Director, Asianet Consultants, Hong Kong

Mark Geary is the Managing Director of Asianet Consultants a business consulting and executive search firm with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Prior to joining Asianet, Mark held senior executive positions with ICI, Inchcape and InterContinental Hotels. His extensive experience extends throughout the international arena, particularly in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. He has lived and worked in UK, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. His knowledge of the Asia markets and wide network of international contacts gives him a sound understanding of different cultures, customs and industry sectors. Mark holds a Degree in Business Administration, is a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He is also the Founder and Joint President of the International Executive Search Federation, the worlds largest executive search federation


9 Queens Road, Central
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Additional Information

Amcham Members HK$ 390 Non Members HK$ 510 Contacts Amcham - Cristi Li Email Asianet - Mark Geary