SPEAKERS

 
 
 
 

Opening Remarks

 

DAVID E. RYU

Councilmember
City of Los Angeles

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SARAH KEMP

Acting Deputy Under Secretary
International Trade Administration

KATHRYN BARGER

Supervisor
Los Angeles County


 
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Steve Olson

Partner
O'Melveny & M

 

 

The New Look of Entertainment Investment - New Deals, New Investors and New Growth

 

The panel discussion will encompass the growing number of entertainment investments and their impact on the Los Angeles market. It will focus on the sources of capital within this industry, deal structure and company experiences.

 
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DAVID SHAHEEN
[MODERATOR]

Managing Director & Group Head
Entertainment Industries Group

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WEI ZHANG
[PANELIST]

President
Alibaba Pictures
Senior Vice President
Alibaba Group

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GREG BASSER
[PANELIST]

Chief Executive Officer
Village Roadshow Entertainment Group

Jeff Small
[PANELIST]

President and Co-CEO
Amblin Partnersp


 

Keynote Speech

 
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eric garcetti

Mayor
City of Los Angeles

 
 

 
 

The Rise of Silicon Beach and LA's Emerging Hubs

 

Inc. Magazine designated Los Angeles as the second most innovative region in the entire country. While many international investors look towards Silicon Valley for the US tech industry, a strong network of venture capital and creative entrepreneurs are showing that Los Angeles can no longer be overlooked as a tech hub. Join financing executives, international investors, and growing companies as they discuss why Los Angeles is the perfect home for tech.

 
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RYAN YAGURA
[MODERATOR]

Partner
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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ADAM ZHENG
[PANELIST]

Cofounder & COO
ObEN

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STEphEn MULLENNIX
[PANELIST]

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President of Operations
SolarReserve

 
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SHIRISH NETKE
[PANELIST]

CEO
Amberoon

 
 

 
 

The Expansion of LA's Bioscience Industry Cluster

 

The bioscience industry has garnered much attention recently as an influx of businesses have planted roots in Los Angeles and outside the traditional locales of San Diego and San Francisco. This session will discuss the intersection of healthcare and technology and the importance of industry-related investments that has become one of the hottest industry clusters in LA County.

 
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DINA LOZOFSKY
[MODERATOR]

Executive Director
Biocom - Los Angeles

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ROHIT SHUKLA
[PANELIST]

CEO & Founder
Larta Institute

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WILLIE ZUNIGA
[PANELIST]

President
Grifols Biological Inc

Yiwen Li
[PANELIST]

Director, Strategy and Business Development
NantHealths


 

SUZANNE BODA

Senior Vice President
American Airlinese

 

Lunch Presentations

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JANET EVANS

Vice Chair & Director of Athlete Relations
LA 2024 Olympic Bid Committee

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MORGAN MCGRATH

Head of International Banking
JPMorgan Chase's Commercial Bank


 

FDI Report Presentation 2017

 

The release and presentation of WTCLA’s second report on Foreign Direct Investment in the Southern California region. This report will highlight the changes from the inaugural report on FDI, and take a deeper dive into the almost 10,000 foreign companies located in all six counties of Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura).

 
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JOSE MARTINEZ

Assistant Professor of Economics
College of Business Administration and Public Policy
California State University, Dominguez Hills

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FYNNWIN PRAGER

Assistant Professor, Public Administration
College of Business Administration and Public Policy
California State University, Dominguez Hills


 
 
 

The Resurgence of the Aerospace Industry in Southern California

 

A recent LA Times article quoted CEO of Vector Space Systems Jim Cantrell saying, “There’s probably more rocket engine and launch vehicle expertise in Southern California than anywhere else in the United States or probably the world.” With the likes of SpaceX and Virgin Galactic calling Southern California home, a new frontier of the aerospace industry is here. Join some of the region’s most accomplished executives in this field as they discuss what this new frontier means for Los Angeles, the country and the world.

 
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MIKE QUINDAZZI
[MODERATOR]

Managing Director
Pacific Southwest Region of PwC

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LIEUTENANT GENERAL
LARRY JAMES
[panelist]

Deputy Director
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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OWEN EIGENBROT
[PANELIST]

Lead Composite Production Engineer
Interorbital Systems

Anthony Pirozzi
[panelist]

Director of Systems Integration, Test and Launch Organization
Boeing Satellite Development Center

Van Espahbodi
[panelist]

Co-Founder, COO
Starburst Accelerators


 

Power Infrastructure and the Role of Advanced Transportation

 

With the advent of electric vehicles extending beyond personal use and to public transportation applications around Los Angeles, implications arise with the gigantic power grid system throughout the region. As such, new issues arise with regard to power consumption and storage and usage, which creates opportunity for creative solutions. This session will bring together power company executives, EV charging stations and vehicle manufacturers to comment on the challenges and solutions at hand in this burgeoning industry. 

 

JEFF JOYNER
[MODERATOR]

Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig

PAUL SERNIA
[PANELIST]

Commercial Director and co-Founder
Tritium

JOSHUA L. SCHANK
[PANELIST]

Chief Innovation Officer
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority


TONY NIE
[PANELIST]

Senior Vice President
Faraday Future

ROBERT MILLER
[PANELIST]

Chief Marketing Officer
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies


 
 
 

LA Real Estate Market: Growth and Opportunity

 

An opportunity to learn about current real estate investments coming from abroad, the processes by which the investments were made, and lessons learned. A panel will be comprised of local executives in this space as well as foreign investors placing capital in real estate throughout the region.

 
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Spencer Levy
[MODERATOR]

Americas Head of Research
CBRE

Michael H. Krupa
[PANELIST]

President
Gemdale USA

Chao Wu
[PANELIST]

Founding member and the General Manager
Greenland USA 

Doane Liu
[PANELIST]

Executive Director
LA Department of Convention and Tourism Development

Brad Cox
[PANELIST]

Senior Managing Director
Trammell Crow Company