AAFA EXECUTIVE THINK TANK
November 7, 2019   |  8:00 AM – 6:00 PM  
Hotel ICON | Hong Kong

Agenda

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8:00 – 8:25 AM
REGISTRATION AND SPONSOR TABLES
SilverBox Foyer/Sky Bridge
8:30 – 9:15 AM
OPENING PRESENTATION: NEXT STEPS IN BOUNDARYLESS RETAIL
On the cusp of Singles Day, hear how the Alibaba platform has evolved, what new technology is improving the user experience and what’s on the horizon for new retail.
Michael Yao, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Finance, Alibaba Group
Introduction by Rick Helfenbein, President and CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
9:15 – 9:40 AM
A LOOK INSIDE WASHINGTON, DC
Facing a truly unprecedented political environment, the U.S. political climate is both ambiguous and confusing. Get an inside view of what is really taking place in Washington, DC.
Rick Helfenbein, President and CEO, AAFA
Introduction by  Chris Alt, President, American & Efird LLC
9:40 – 10:40 AM
THE SUPPLY CHAIN OF THE FUTURE – A Look Inside the Factory
The supply chain is at an inflection point. No longer enough to be efficient, safe, and innovative, hear how we can transform production and pioneer textile innovations through a circular system for transparency that satisfies both stakeholders and consumers.
Edwin Keh, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel
PANEL:
Guido Schlossmann, Group President and CEO, Synergies Worldwide Ltd
Wilson Zhu, Chief Operating Officer, Li & Fung
10:40 – 11:15 AM
COFFEE BREAK – Sponsored by Super Dry
SilverBox Foyer/Sky Bridge
11:15 – 12:00 PM
THE SUPPLY CHAIN OF THE FUTURE – A Look Inside Compliance
As production continues its radical transformation, compliance must shift and keep pace to validate safety, stewardship, and sustainability. Learn about breakthrough initiatives to take your company beyond compliance.
Kate Barry, General Manager, TESTEX Melbourne and New Zealand
Ed Gribbin, Chief Engagement Officer, Impactiva
Moderator: Nate Herman, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, AAFA
12:00 – 1:00 PM
LUNCH – Sponsored by Impactiva
Silverbox Foyer and Silverbox Ballroom
1:00 – 1:40 PM
KEYNOTE
THE BIGGEST RETAIL MARKET IN THE WORLD: What’s Your China Strategy?
Luen Thai Enterprises is a company engaged in the distribution of numerous apparel and shoe brands in China and Southeast Asia. Willie Tan shares his experience in joining the bandwagon of global retailers trooping to China when the country opened its doors wider at the start of the new millennium - including dealing with huge but fickle trade and retail customer bases, responding to the market’s complexities, and adopting new retail practices and technologies.
Willie Tan, CEO, Luen Thai Enterprises Limited and CEO, Skechers China Limited
Introduction by Rick Helfenbein, President and CEO, AAFA 
1:40 – 2:15 PM
UNLOCKING THE E IN E-COMMERCE
Deborah Weinswig,Founder and CEO, Coresight Research
2:15 – 2:45 PM
COFFEE BREAK
SilverBox Foyer/Sky Bridge
2:45 – 3:15 PM
OUTLOOK ON ASIA
Andrew Stevens, Award-Winning Journalist and Former Foreign Correspondent for CNN talks about Asia’s current political, social, and economic landscape.
Introduction by Rick Helfenbein, President and CEO, AAFA 
3:15 – 3:50 PM
THE BUSINESS OF TRADE – A Fireside Chat
The world's fastest growing cities and companies are reshaping global business. Coupled with extraordinary changes in trade, markets are also moving at lightning speed requiring decision makers to think differently about commercial enterprises. Join Andrew Stevens with Ben Simpfendorfer - a member of the Foreign Experts Committee that recommends policy for the 'Belt and Road' initiative and Co-Chairman of the China Business Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong - as they discuss what business success looks like in Asia and the Middle East.
Ben Simpfendorfer, CEO, Silk Road Associates
Andrew Stevens
, Award-Winning Journalist and former foreign Correspondent for CNN
3:50 – 4:30 PM
LEADING TO A NEW TOMORROW
Environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility are the backbone to safeguarding the planet. Explore how every brand, retailer, and the industry at large must come together before we hit the climate change point of no return.
Sean Cady, Vice President, Global Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing, VF Corporation
Tracy Nilsson, Senior Director Global Environment (Supply Chain), Social & Environmental Affairs, adidas Group
Moderator: Gary Simmons, Director, Intradeco Apparel, Inc., AAFA Chairman
4:30 PM
CLOSING REMARKS 
Rick Helfenbein, President and CEO, AAFA
4:45 – 6:00 PM
NETWORKING and COCKTAIL RECEPTION
SilverBox Foyer/Sky Bridge

*Speakers/time subject to change

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