SAUPO Day: 8:00am to 5pm, Friday April 7, 2023,
KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr., Kennesaw GA 30144
The face-to-face SAUPO 2023 will also be live-streamed online at Zoom.

SAUPO 2023 Itinerary
Friday April 7, 2023 from 8:00am to 3:30pm

8:00am-9:00am: Registration & Breakfast 

9:00am-9:30am: Opening & Introductions

Sponsored by KSU Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • May Gao, SAUPO Chair, Professor of Communication & Asian Studies, KSU
  • Catherine “Katie” Kaukinen, Dean, Radow College of Humanities & SS., KSU
  • Ivan Pulinkala, Provost and Senior VPAA, Kennesaw State University 
  • Honorable Mio Maeda, Consul General of Japan in Atlanta
  • Honorable Andre Omer Siregar, Consul General of Indonesia in Houston
  • Tyler Reinagel, Interim Vice President for Research, KSU

9:30am-10:30am: Sponsored by KSU WellStar College of Health and Human Services

SAUPO Panel #1: Opportunities & Challenges in ASIA-USA Partnerships

Moderator: Monica Swahn, Dean, KSU WellStar College of Health and Human Services

  • DeAnn Golden, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HS Georgia Properties
  • Jessica Cork, VP, Comm. Engagement & Corp. Comm, YKK Corporation of America
  • Steven Jahng, Director for External Affairs, SK Battery America
  • Jae Kim, Korean Practice, Aprio

10:30am-11:00am: Sponsored by YKK Corporation of America

Morning Networking Break

11:00am-12:00noon: Sponsored by KSU Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology & AanseaCore

SAUPO Panel #2: Post Pandemic Technology and Innovation

Moderator: Ian Ferguson, Dean, KSU Southern Poly College of CEET

  • Hajime Yokoyama, Vice President, Marketing, Kajima International Inc.
  • Marcy Sperry, Founder, Vivid IP
  • Nagendra Roy, CEO, AanseaCore
  • Bill Strang, President, TOTO USA 
  • Dimitris Horiatis, Deputy Head of Business & Talent Attraction, InvestHK 

12:00noon-1:30pm: Sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties (BHHSGA)

SAUPO Networking Lunch with Keynote Speakers

  • Honorable Matt Murray, U.S. Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Honorable Jianying Zhao, Deputy General Representative, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT); China Chamber of International Commerce 

1:30pm-2:30pm: Sponsored by KSU Coles College of Business

SAUPO Panel #3: Trends in Global Manufacturing and Business

Moderator: George Mui, Managing Partner, Global Consultants United

  • Allan (Yun-Chin) Lin, CEO, Winmate Inc.
  • John Rustin, Founder, Yereq Geo Energy
  • Stella Xu, Managing Director, Greater China Region & Initiative, Georgia Dept. of Eco. Dev.
  • Masae Okura, Partner, Taylor English and Duma

2:30pm-3:30pm: Sponsored by KSU Journey Honor’s College & Yereq Geo Energy

SAUPO Networking Reception

  • Dr. Karen Kornweibel, Dean, KSU Journey Honor’s College


SAUPO 2023 goes from 8:00am to 3:30pm, Friday April 7, 2023, in person.