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China Breakfast Briefing: Views From the Ground

October 26 at 8:00 am 10:00 am

3560 Lenox Road N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

With China sealed off during the pandemic and de-coupling and de-risking dominating discussions on recalibrating the relationship, it may be tempting to think that U.S.-China business has ground to a halt. 

The reality is more nuanced: Despite tough talk, trade wars and a slowing economy, China remains Georgia’s largest trading partner by far, and the inertia of the world’s factory floor is proving formidable despite a very real rush to find supply-chain alternatives in Asia or beyond. 

Join Global Atlanta, the China Research Center, Chinese Business Association of Atlanta, and GSU’s Office of International Initiatives at the China Breakfast Briefing to learn how local companies, entrepreneurs and civil society organizations are finding ways to work with China in the face of rising tensions and intensifying rivalry. 

As always, we’ll prioritize perspectives from recent travelers to China to give a sense for the mood on the ground, putting current headlines in perspective while addressing real hurdles to future engagement. 

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Meet Our Speakers

Mr. David Yang, Founder of General Financial Group Inc., is a well-known CPA based in the greater Atlanta area. Yang currently serves as the executive director of Atlanta Chinese Entrepreneur Club (ACEC) and the board director of Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

Yang has been one of the leading voices of civic and democratic engagement in Atlanta Chinese American community. During the 2020 election season Yang has organized various campaign events and hosted a series of videos features, “Conservative America”, which inspired new immigrants to appreciate the exceptional American experiences. By actively promoting the cultivation of next generation leadership with his charitable work, Yang gained the gratitude and trust of the parents as well as the local educators.

As an advocate of the entrepreneurship, Yang, with the support of ACEC board, led ACEC to step out of the Chinese American community and establish a strategic partnership with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. In recognition of ACEC’s outstanding contributions to Gwinnett communities, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce awarded ACEC the annual small business award.

Yang has an expertise on American and international politics, with a targeted focus on geopolitics and economics. He is the political and financial contributor of China’s prestigious “Economic Observer,” where his work can be found, alongside his commentating on local and national TV shows. 

Anisa Telwar Kaicker is the Founder and CEO of her namesake business, Anisa International.

She started her business in 1992 and has pioneered the leadership, product development and culture of this globally branded business through the design and manufacturing of cosmetic brushes for makeup and skin care. She partners with the most esteemed brands in the beauty industry.

At the core of her strategic approach Anisa has grounded her business in three key commitments. She sates, “Through Quality without Compromise, Innovation that Inspires and Giving Back to our communities, I know we have positioned ourselves as the go-to leader in our industry. It’s the products we produce, the ideas we encourage and the people we align ourselves with that sets us apart.”

As a trusted authority, Anisa has built a reputation on creating the highest standard of innovative, quality-driven products in the beauty brush space and attributes much of this success to an unyielding commitment to transparency within the manufacturing process. In 2003 Anisa International vertically integrated their operations by opening their own manufacturing facility, Anisa China, in Tianjin. Fast-forward to 2020 and through substantial investment in social and environmental sustainability, Anisa has expanded her operations by opening two new state-of-the-art and facilities, Anisa Tianjin and Anisa Jinghai which are committed to cleaner, safer, responsible manufacturing and employs over 500 individuals dedicated to the practice of cruelty-free and ethically made products.

“Our mission at Anisa International is to redefine beauty by creating inclusive and innovative products that take care of our consumers, partners, and society. We believe in making a difference and are proud to be paving the way in responsible beauty tool manufacturing and development, says Anisa (or ATK as she is fondly known in the business).

After almost 3 decades of providing superior products to the best brands in the business, Anisa further expanded her innovation by launching her own brand of

specialized cosmetic brushes focused on skin care and makeup application through ANISA Beauty.

ANISA Beauty found great success in its first year of operations. This new channel reaches the end consumer through a digitally native brand with an underlying intention of serving as an additional R&D platform. Consumer intelligence obtained from ANISA Beauty will provide critical feedback to further grow and support her long-standing beauty brand partners.

Anisa is a passionate creative that is bound to her professional work through a spirit of providing meaningful solutions that make consumers lives easier and more engaging when it comes to their beauty routines. Her personal reputation is equally notable and includes long-standing philanthropic contributions that span causes for homeless families, animals and the conservation of our environment.

“As business leaders, we have a responsibility to our communities. Part of this responsibility is to give back in a way that mindfully cultivates a culture of leaving a positive impact both today and for future generations.” – ATK

Zaheer Faruqi is the CEO of Aventure Aviation and is responsible for the success and strategic direction of the company.

He oversees the company’s operations, taking great interest in ensuring that the right staff are hired, and that they are provided with the proper training and facilities needed to make their jobs challenging and fun.

His favorite part about working at Aventure is forming relationships with customers, to ensure that he understands their specific parts requirements. He also takes great satisfaction in training the Aventure staff to better serve their customers.

Zaheer was first attracted to the aviation field by his childhood love of airplanes.

When not working, he enjoys reading business books, volunteering in the community, and helping those in need improve their daily lives.

Zaheer holds a Masters in Administrative Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology. He has FAA airframe and powerplant licenses, and has completed multiple courses from Airbus and Boeing.

Eric He is a seasoned HSBC banker and is now the Head of China Desk for HSBC USA Commercial Banking.

Based in New York and as a part of the International Team, Eric oversees the China inbound business to the United States since 2019. He was the Head of HSBC’s business in Chengdu city China, before moving to NYC. Eric joined HSBC as a Graduate in Shanghai back in 2004, and has extensive corporate banking experiences across different regions in mainland China, Hong Kong, Australia and the United States.