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Notes from the Boao Forum - Marc Berger, Nyhus Communications

Wednesday, September 10 | 7:30-9:00 AM| Perkins Coie, Seattle



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The Boao Forum Seattle Conference in early September will convene about 400 delegates for discussion on the theme “Energy, Resources, and Sustainable Development.” The conference, an interactive and engaging platform for public-private dialogue, will focus on trends in energy, innovation, education, investment, infrastructure, health and sustainable development in Asia, and their impacts on the rest of the world. The Boao Forum is an invitation-only event. Marc Berger will share his notes from the Forum and give his insights on implications for Washington businesses, our economic engagement with Asia, and the clean tech community.

About Boao Forum for Asia

As a non-government, non-profit organization, Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) is the most prestigious and premier forum for leaders in government, business and academia in Asia and other continents to share visions on the most pressing issues in this dynamic region and the world at large. The Forum is committed to promoting regional economic integration and bringing the countries of Asia even closer to their development goals.

Over the past several years, government leaders addressing the forum have included Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, as well as heads of state from countries as diverse as Australia, Pakistan, Norway and Kazakhstan. The event has drawn a broad spectrum of participants, including philanthropist Bill Gates, former NBA star Yao Ming and Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People’s Bank of China.

The Boao Forum Seattle Conference will be held Sept. 4-6, 2014, convening about 400 delegates for discussion on the theme of “Innovation and Sustainable Development.” The conference, an interactive and engaging platform for public-private dialogue, will focus on trends in energy, innovation, education, investment, infrastructure, health and sustainable development.

About Marc Berger

Marc Berger has over a decade of experience living in, studying, and engaging professionally with China. Marc serves as manager of the Nyhus Communications China Practice, where he devises strategies and enhances engagement for Chinese companies looking to successfully expand their businesses in the US market, and American firms seeking greater connections with the People’s Republic. He also serves as a manager in the Nyhus executive communications practice, where he assists in developing thought leadership and executive messaging on behalf of clients.

Prior to joining Nyhus, Marc spent five years at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the nation’s foremost organization promoting constructive Sino-Americans relations.

Marc received his master’s degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University, where he focused on Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and Chinese media. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and has studied at Tsinghua, Beijing, and Zhejiang Universities in China.

About Nyhus Communications

Founded in 1994, Nyhus Communications is an award-winning firm of highly-accomplished communications professionals and advocacy experts. Nyhus provides strategic communications counsel and services to innovative enterprises around the world.

2014-2015 WCTA Breakfast Series


WCTA Breakfast Series Sponsor

WCTA Breakfast Series Sponsor

The 2014-2015 WCTA Breakfast Series will be kicking off on September 10th at the beautiful Perkins Coie in Seattle. The Breakfast Series will run on the second Wednesday of each month September through May with the exception of November. This year we are offering a “Series Ticket”.

Members – $160 ($20 each)
Non-members – $240 ($30 each)

Tickets are for all 8 breakfasts and are transferable. Reminder, if your employer is a member, so are you! 

Dates and topics:

September 10 – China
October 8 – Education
December 10 – TBD
January 14 – TBD
February 11 – TBD
March 11 – TBD
April 8 – TBD
May 13 – TBD


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