September 19, 2016 - 12:00PM
September 19, 2016 - 1:00PM


From Linear to Exponential—Transforming Supply Chains in a Rapidly changing world: An Asian Perspective

Three synchronous transformations are reshaping how supply chains serving the world’s consumer products markets operate.  The first is a shift of global growth momentum to Asia, accompanied by the emergence of 1.5 new Asian middle class consumers in the next decade.  The second is exponential increase in computing power, which is driving new technology into many aspects of the production and consumption process.  And, the third is the rise of sustainability considerations, as the world confronts global social and environmental challenges.  

This talk will offer perspectives on how Li & Fung, an Asia based sourcing and supply chain solutions provider serving the non durable consumer products industry is transforming its business to keep pace with, and help shape, these changes.  The talk features Leonard Lane and Pamela Mar,  respectively Managing Director and Director of Sustainability within the Fung Academy, an in-house learning accelerator and business/technology incubator within the Fung Group , based in Hong Kong. 

Talk is from 12-1pm. A complimentary lunch will be served at 11:45am. No registration necessary.

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About Dr. Leonard Lane

Dr. Lane is Managing Director Fung Academy and Group Director Leadership Development Fung 1937 responsible for overall direction and implementation of the Fung Group Leadership Academy and the Group's Senior Leadership Development programs. Leonard is a seasoned international management consultant and manger with over forty seven years of consulting and leadership experience with a strong background in supply chain and integrated logistics. Prior to returning to the United States in 1999, Dr. Lane ran his own consulting firm, LLA Pacific, Ltd. In Hong Kong where he worked with Li & Fung, DHL, Hong Kong Bank, V-Tech, Caltex, the Airport Authority, Peninsula Hotel Group, China Light and Power and helped with the formation of the Hong Kong Logistics Council. He has also consulted with BP, ARCO, AMOCO, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines and Intel.

Since receiving his Doctorate in 2003 and prior to joining Li& Fung in 2009 he has been teaching Competitive Strategy, Competitive Intelligence, Topics in Strategic Innovation and Global Strategy at the University of California , Irvine. Dr. Lane has also lectured on leadership and global strategy at the University of ChicagoMBA program, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Emory University and Duke's MBA Programs. He developed and was the lead instructor for the strategy portion of the Hong Kong Bank's Senior Executive Strategy and Managing Global Risk Program and is a member of the Academic council of the Fung Global Institute. Dr. Lane received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and MBA from the University of Southern California, his Doctorate in Management from Case Western University in 2003 and is a three-time ironman finisher.

About Pamela Mar:

Pamela manages the Fung Academy’s sustainability programs and supports the group as it moves towards more sustainable business models. In doing so, she opens up competitive advantage for the Fung Group and mitigates key sustainability risks. Pamela aspires to assist the Group to become a leader and the go-to business partner for sustainable supply chains and sustainable products. As such, the Group will foster responsible consumption while contributing to growth and development in the emerging markets. Prior to joining the Fung Group, Pamela was Director of the Global Finance Center of TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, a major Chinese television and consumer electronics manufacturer. She previously worked at the World Economic Forum as its Associate Director for China, as well as Population and Community Development Association, a Thai NGO based in Bangkok. Pamela has published widely, including four books on Asian development and business. She is a fellow of the Asia Global Institute. She has also given numerous talks on sustainability, corporate responsibility and Asia’s growth and development. Pamela graduated from Yale University summa cum laude with a degree in Philosophy and Chinese Studies. She holds an MSc Management degree from the London School of Economics.