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SupChina/YCW Career Series

How to use your China skills to land a job at chambers of commerce and business councils

March 16 | 9:00am EDT | 1:00pm GMT | 9:00pm China | Online

On March 16, Join the Young China Watchers and SupChina as we talk to the people currently working in chambers of commerce and business councils and ask them what it is exactly that they do, and how a young China scholar can get a job at their organizations.

AmCham, BritCham, MexCham, USCBC, CCBC, CGCC, and EUCCC and other business organizations play vital roles in global business relations with China. But what exactly do they do and how can a China studies major utilize their skills to develop that kind of career?

On March 16, join The Young China Watchers and SupChina for the 6th installment of our event series on China-focused career paths. This time we will sit down with the people working at these organizations and ask them what they do and what advice they have for someone that would like to pursue a career in a chamber of commerce or a business council.

Anna Ashton

Moderator

Anna Ashton

Anna Ashton is Senior Fellow for Asia Pacific Trade, Investment, and Innovation at the Asia Society Policy Institute. Her research focuses on the United States and China’s respective economic engagement in the region and implications for the U.S.-China bilateral relationship, as well as U.S. policy more broadly. Prior to joining ASPI, Anna led the U.S. China Business Council’s government affairs work, developing and implementing advocacy on behalf of member companies and representing the Council in engagements with the policy community and the public. Anna began her career as an intelligence officer for the Department of Defense, analyzing and briefing officials on strategic China issues. She later worked for her home state of Arkansas to recruit Chinese investment and also spent several years analyzing trade and investment issues for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. 

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Noah J. Fraser

Speaker

Noah J. Fraser

Noah Fraser has over 15 years of progressive international career growth across multiple industries, including government & corporate affairs, manufacturing, education and life sciences. His depth of experience includes the public, private and non-profit sectors, and he is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and French. He has spent a combined 8 years working and studying in Mainland China and Hong Kong.
He currently serves as Managing Director, China at the Canada China Business Council, based in Beijing. The CCBC is the de-facto chamber of commerce between Canada and China, with over 40 years of history and 350 corporate members across both markets. Noah is responsible for all China operations, strategic business advisory services relating to China & Canada, special events management, national P&L, and public relations.


Stephanie Sam

Speaker

Stephanie Sam

Stephanie Sam is the Communications and Business Manager at the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, focusing on government affairs and EU-China advocacy within the energy, environment, and petrochemicals industries. Her hybrid role also includes leading the Chamber’s communications strategy on horizontal issues to present to the EU delegation, Chinese governmental bodies and serving as the main contact for media engagement in Shanghai. Prior to her role within EU-China relations, she worked at the British Embassy Beijing in the immigration department. A UK native, she has lived in China for 5 years including stints in Beijing and Chengdu, with the last 4 years based in Shanghai. Stephanie is passionate about non-profit communities and leads the Shanghai chapter of Young China Watchers, a China-policy focused organisation with 10 global chapters and 5000+ members worldwide.

Ken Jarrett

Speaker

Ken Jarrett

Kenneth Jarrett is a Senior Advisor at ASG, where he draws on decades of business and diplomatic experience in China and across East Asia to provide perspective and advice to businesses, investors, and other organizations with interest in the region. Most recently, Mr. Jarrett spent five years as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Under his leadership, the Chamber helped numerous member companies navigate operational and regulatory challenges. Previously, Mr. Jarrett was a distinguished diplomat whose positions included service as Consul General in Shanghai, and as Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong. His 26-year foreign service career also included postings in Beijing, Chengdu, and Singapore. His government roles in Washington, D.C, included serving as Director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council.  Following his government service, Mr. Jarrett served as Chairman of Greater China for APCO Worldwide.

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