Harvard Asian Alumni Summit 2014


Class Visits @ Harvard University
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Certain College classes are open to campus visitors.

No sign-up necessary; just drop in.

Space may be limited, and visitor admittance is up to the professor.

Please note that some classes do not meet on Fridays, so check the class information carefully.

Admissions and Asians/Asian Americans; plus Student Life at Harvard (open only to Alumni & their families) @ Admissions Office Conference Room
Oct 24 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

William FitzsimmonsDue to space limitations, this event is limited to alumni Summit participants, as well as their families. Join us for a special discussion with William Fitzsimmons AB ’67, M.Ed ’69, PhD ’71, Harvard College Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, to learn about Harvard Admissions trends and how they affect Asian and Asian-American students, as well as Harvard’s approach toward Asian and Asian-American applicants in the context of the national debate about affirmative action in college admissions. Afterward, a panel of current Asian-American undergrads will answer questions about life at the College.

Student guests whose parents have pre-registered them for the Summit may receive a pass to have lunch in Annenberg before the session—they will be mailed to you before the Summit. Students and their families may join the regular Admissions Campus Tour at 11 am or 3 pm. 

Please note the session with Dean Fitzsimmons is not  an instructional session on the current process of applying to Harvard College. Prospective students interested in that process may wish to attend the regular Admissions Info Session at 10 am or 2 pm.

Student Panelists

Kevin Liang COL ’16
Min-Woo Park COL ’16
Helen Zhao COL ’15

Moderator & Coordinator

Margaret Chin AB ’84

Opening Reception and Summit Registration @ Knafel Center
Oct 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Jim KimLizabeth CohenThe Summit officially begins with a greeting by Summit Co-Chair Hye-Won Choi AB ’85 and welcome remarks by Lizabeth Cohen, Dean of the Radcliffe Institute, in the lovely space that used to be known as the Radcliffe Gym. The evening’s featured speaker will be Jim Kim MD ’86, PhD ’93, President of the World Bank and former President of Darthmouth. He will be introduced by Perry Pong AB ’83. The event will include plenty of time for mingling and mixing and getting reacquainted!

The speaking portion of the program will begin at approximately 6:30.



David Han MBA ’81 and Jee-Sun Han
Hee-Jung S. Moon AB ’88 and John J. Moon AB ’89 PhD ’94

Summit After Hours @ Private home; address will be emailed to registrants.
Oct 24 @ 10:00 pm

Continue your Summit conversations, relive your student late nights…

Sponsored by Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) of HLS.

Networking Breakfast @ Knafel Center
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am – 9:40 am

Kick off the first full day of the Summit at this morning meet-up, designed to help you build meaningful connections and a better understanding of fields that interest you.

Tables will be hosted by alumni experts.

Registration @ Science Center Lobby
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Please check in as early in the day as possible, as you will need your name badge for admittance to Summit events. After 5:30, please check in at Northwest Labs. On-site registrations will be accepted only as space allows.


Opening Plenary: “Changemakers: Defining 21st Century Leadership” @ Science Center
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:25 am
Opening Speaker

Alumni who have made significant contributions in their respective fields will discuss their approaches to leadership. These visionaries will reflect on how they became trailblazers, sharing insights on how they have generated inspiration and impact.


Panel Speakers

Rakesh Khurana MA ’97, PhD ’98Dean of Harvard College and Marvin Bower Professor Leadership Development, HBS
Michael Hsieh AB ’80, MBA ’84, President, Fung Capital USA Investments, Inc.

Charlene Li AB ’88, MBA ’93, Founder, Altimeter Group. Author, Open Leadership; Co-Author, Groundswell


Deanna Lee AB ’84, Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer, Carnegie Corporation of New York



Sophia Lai AB ’04, JD ’09
Su Gao AB ’10
Sharon Kim AB ’12, HLS ’16

Gala Luncheon @ Charles Hotel
Oct 25 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Sheryl WudunnA PATH APPEARS_revisedPulitizer Prize-winning journalist/author/business executive Sheryl WuDunn MBA ’86 will deliver the keynote speech on the theme of “Making a Difference,” based on her new book with Nicholas Kristof, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Making Opportunity.

Summit Co-Chair Jinhee Ahn Kim AB ’85 and HAAAA President Bill Yao AB ’90 will greet Summit attendees, and William F. Lee AB ’72, Senior Fellow of the Harvard Corporation, will offer a welcome. James Chung AB ’88, MBA ’93 and Mitchell Dong AB ’75 will present the fun and surprising results of HAAAA’s member survey, with an introduction by Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and former Statistics Department Chair, Xiao-Li Meng AM ’87, PhD ’90.

Afterward, Ms. WuDunn’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

Panel Session 1A • Schools of Thought: Reimagining Education @ Science Center Hall A
Oct 25 @ 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

What is the future of learning? Engage with leading experts who are spearheading novel efforts to rethink educational methods and systems. They will address the issues of techology, pedagogy, institutions and equity, and sketch out the future they envision.



Anant Agarwal, CEO edX
Connie K. Chung, AB ’97 , EdM ’99, EdM ’07, PhD ’13, Research and Program Manager, Global Education Innovation Initiative, HGSE 
John J-H Kim AB ’87, MBA ’93, Founder/CEO, District Management Council; Senior Lecturer, HBS
Angela Lin AB ’02, MBA ’10, YouTube Education


Josephine Kim, Post-Doctoral Fellow, HGSE ’06, Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education


Seng-Dao Keo AB ’01, EdM ’07, GSE PhD ’16
Marina Lee EdM ’97

Panel Session 1B • Social-Impact Investing—The New Venture Capital? @ Science Center Hall D
Oct 25 @ 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

How do we solve deep, expensive, remedial social problems? Just as the formation of the venture capital industry ushered in a new approach and mindset toward funding innovation within the private sector, impact investment has started to harness entrepreneurship and capital markets to drive social improvement. Are we on the brink of a new era in social change?



Rushika Fernandopulle AB ’89, MD ‘ 93, MPP ’94, Co-Founder/CEO, Iora Health
Andrew Park AB ’01, Head of Sustainable Finance Programs, Bloomberg LP
Tracy Palandjian AB ’93, MBA ’97, CEO and Co-Founder, Social Finance, Inc.
Kyung-Ah Park MBA ’98, Managing Director, Head of Environmental Markets, Goldman Sachs & Co



Wendy Hanamura AB ’83, Director of Partnerships, The Internet Archieve



Jiajun Gu MS ’04, PhD ’08
J. Robin Moon HSPH PhD ’11

Panel Session 2A • Out of the Box: Thinking Creatively in Any Business @ Science Center Hall D
Oct 25 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Creativity. What does it mean, and how does it apply in the business world? Alumni discuss the whys and hows of bringing creative thinking to different industries and different business strategies. Prepare for a lively discussion!


Ann Chao AB ’08, MBA ’13, CEO/Co-Founder, Sonation
Ken Hakuta MBA ’77, Entrepreneur/Inventor, aka “Dr. Fad”
Zameer Kassam MBA ’07, CEO/Chief Designer, Zameer Kassam Fine Jewelry
Amy Chu MBA ’99, Writer, DC Comics/Vertigo; Publisher/Co-Founder, Alpha Girl Comics


Brian Chu AB ’91, MBA ’97, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner, HighVista Strategies


Amy Chu MBA ’99
Brian Chu AB ’91, MBA ’97
Steph So MBA ’08
Harvard Business School Asian American Alumni Association (HBS4A)



Jinhee Ahn Kim AB ’85
Joe Kim AB ’84

Panel Session 2B • Off the Charts: Leapfrog Ideas in Healthcare @ Science Center Hall A
Oct 25 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Facing unprecedented shifts in their industry, leading innovators and practitioners will explore healthcare’s future, including “leapfrog” ideas that may bring about dramatic change—for example, how developing countries can “leapfrog” beyond developed countries in research because they don’t face the same bureaucratic constraints.


Zen Chu, Managing Director, Accelerated Medical Ventures
Sachin H. Jain AB ’02, MD ’06, MBA ’07, Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer, Merck Lecturer in Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School.
Judith Li AB ’06, MBA ’13, Principal, Lilly Asia Ventures
Reena Pande AB ’96, MD ’01, MSc ’12, Chief Medical Officer, AbilTo



Ed Park AB ’85, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, athenahealth


Cheng Gao AB ’08
Ed Park AB ’85

Panel Session 3A • Beyond Harvard’s Gates: Students Taking Action in Asia @ Science Center Hall C
Oct 25 @ 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

This panel will highlight the work that Harvard’s current undergrads are undertaking in Asia. We will focus on a number of specific undergraduate experiences and then hear about Harvard’s efforts to support such student initiatives.



Gene Corbin MPA ’01, Assistant Dean of Harvard College for Public Service
Ishaan Desai COL ’15, Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard International Relations Council, and the Harvard College in Asia Program
Katherine Ebright COL ’15, International Relations Council
Annie Lu COL ’16, Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies
Jeffrey Wang COL ’16, Harvard China Fund Student Service Learning Program

Moderator and Coordinator

Mukesh Prasad AB ’93, Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Panel Session 3B • The Future of the Sports Industry @ Science Center Hall D
Oct 25 @ 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Don’t miss this panel if:

  • You are a sports fan
  • You’re involved in Harvard sports, especially hockey, golf, baseball, soccer and rugby
  • Interested in a career in the sports industry, the media and entertainment sector, sports analytics, and the talent & sports agency world

Over $620 billion is spent every year in the global sports industry. According to the consulting firm A.T. Kearney, this industry is growing much faster than overall GDP rates, and its long-term growth prospects remain strong.

More and more Harvard alumni like our panelists below are influencing the world of sports as professional athletes, industry executives, media entrepreneurs, and sports team owners. Our star-studded panel Harvard Asian Alumni *ATHLETES* will explore what the future holds for the sports industry, how technology and other trends are transforming their particular sports, and their role in it.

Our alumni panel will address their career paths from Harvard athlete to what they’re up to now, plus, plus industry topics such as:

  • The impact of Asian-American stars on their respective sports and youth athletics (e.g. golfers Lucy Li and Michelle Wie to Harvard’s pro athletes like Jeremy Lin and Julie Chu, Olympic Ice Hockey star)
  • Team Ownership in the MLB, NBA, NFL, MLS and NHL
  • Sponsorship and athlete contracts
  • How major sports are catering to the Asian-American fan base
  • International expansion strategies to China and India
  • How technology is changing team operations, sponsorship and the fan experience – from sports analytics data and Bitcoin, to webcasting and social media
  • Investing in the sports sector – from film, data and technology

Don’t miss mingling with our Panelists at the dinner reception that immediately follows the panel – “Tribute to Harvard Asian Athletes – Past & Present.”

Student and Alumni Athletes, please register to participate in the Tribute reception here by today, Thursday, October 23!  See also our Athletics page.


William H. C. Chang AB ’78, | Harvard Rugby alum – Chairman, Westlake International Group; Co-owner, San Francisco Giants; Co-Owner, D.C. United (Major League Soccer), Chairman  of USA Rugby; and co-creator of “Million Dollar Arm,” a baseball reality TV show

Brad Kwong AB ’85, MBA ’93 | Harvard Hockey alumManaging Partner, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL team); Managing Director, Harbinger Capital Partners; former NHL executive

Rob Ohno, AB ’86 | Harvard Hockey Alum - Senior VP of Corporate Marketing, PGA Tour

Julie Chu AB ‘07,  Harvard Hockey Alum  - Montreal Stars pro hockey player; former college hockey coach; 4-time U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey medalist


Pablo Torre, AB ’07, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com



Monica Lee AB ’88
Eugene Shen AB ’93

Panel Session 3C • Live Debate: Is Hollywood or the Internet the Best Gateway to Entertainment Glory? @ Science Center Hall A
Oct 25 @ 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

In this Oxford-style debate, two teams of provocative and influential entertainment innovators will argue FOR and AGAINST the following resolution:

“If Asian Americans want to become breakthrough stars today, they should forget Hollywood and the ‘traditional’ entertainment industry — and head directly for the Internet.”

Asian Americans have traditionally been underrepresented in (some would say “locked out” from) the mainstream entertainment industry. But the rise of digital media and the emergence of crowdfunding has made it possible for a new generation of self-made stars to arise on online platforms. Which way should aspiring Asian American creators and performers turn — to Tinseltown or the World Wide Web? You — the audience — will get to decide, in this unique head-to-head debate!


For the Resolution:
Warren Chao AB ’89, Co-Founder/COO, My Damn Channel
Jennifer 8. Lee AB ’98-’99, Co-Founder/CEO, Plympton and Rooster

Against the Resolution:
Georgia Lee AB ’98, writer and filmmaker
Mynette Louie AB ’97, independent film producer


Moderator and Coordinator

Jeff Yang AB ’89, Columnist, Wall St. Journal Online; Senior VP, The Futures Company

Tribute to Asian Athletes & Summit Dinner Reception @ Northwest Building Atrium
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tribute to Asian Athletes & Summit Dinner Reception @ Northwest Building Atrium | Cambridge | Massachusetts | United States
Summit Dinner Reception: Tribute to Harvard’s Asian Athletes—Past & Present

This special dinner reception for all Summit attendees and ELEVATE Pitch competition participants will celebrate the achievements of Harvard’s Asian athletes over the decades.  Whether you are a sports fan or not, you will enjoy mingling with and getting inspired by this special community of Harvard Varsity and club sports alumni—many who have helped forged the path for others and have accomplished mighty goals at the national, NCAA, Olympic and professional sports levels.

This celebration will include a slideshow of athletes, a special awards ceremony, and a brief speaking presentation from several Harvard student and alumni athletes.

Current student athletes and alumni athletes are invited to this event. Special Pre-Registration is required for athletes (current and alumni) attending this reception.

REGISTER TO ATTEND the Tribute here by Sunday, October 19

Don’t also miss the fantastic panel that just precedes this Tribute:  The Future of the Sports Industry, with alums at the forefront of pro and amateur sports.  (Alumni athletes not registered for the full Summit can register to attend this panel plus the reception via the Tribute registration link above).  See also our Athletics page.


William H. C. Chang AB ’78, Chairman, Westlake International Group; co-owner of the San Francisco Giants and D.C. United; Chairman of U.S.A. Rugby and Harvard rugby alum;
Christina Gao COL ’17, Harvard sophomore; nationally ranked figure skater
Julie Chu AB ‘07,  Four-time U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey medalist; Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey alum


Monica Lee AB ’88
Eugene Shen AB ’93

HAAAA Distinguished Alumnus Athlete Award

Julie ChuJulie Chu AB ‘07, USA Women’s National Ice Hockey Team and Montreal Stars; Four-Time Olympic medalist

ELEVATE Pitch Competition Finals @ Northwest Labs B-103
Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come watch the exciting Live Pitch Finals of HAAAA’s Second ELEVATE Pitch Competition. Finalists will vie for cash prizes and services and will receive invaluable feedback from a panel of expert judges. The audience will also get to vote on their favorite pitch!



Sameer Bhargava AB ’95, MBA ’00, Managing Director and Director of Corporate Development, The Carlyle Group
Lisa Hsia AB ’80, Executive VP, Bravo and Oxygen Digital Media
Michael Hsieh AB ’80, MBA ’84, President, Fung Capital USA Investments, Inc.
Samuel Sia PhD ’02, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University


Melissa Lee AB ’95, MBA ’00, Host, “Fast Money” and “Options Action,” CNBC


Amy Wu AB ’09
Eric William Lin AB ’09

Summit After Hours @ John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Oct 25 @ 10:00 pm

Cambridge is the city that never sleeps, right? Share your high points of the day with other Summit-goers and see if you can get the ELEVATE judges and finalists to reveal what was going through their minds during the competition. Cash bar. 

Sponsored by the Asian American Business Association (AABA) of HBS.

Closing Breakfast with Chef Joanne Chang @ Science Center Lobby
Oct 26 @ 8:45 am – 10:45 am

One last chance to make new Summit connections and deepen ones made earlier in the weekend.

Plus enjoy the famous Sticky Buns and other goodies from Boston’s renowned Flour Bakery while chatting with pastry chef Joanne Chang AB ’91, who will join us from 9:45 am – 11:00 am to sign copies of her two cookbooks, Flour and Flour, Too. 

Start-up Tales from the Tech Frontier @ Science Center Hall A
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:45 am

Tech entrepreneurs spill the good, the bad and the ugly that they encountered on their roads to success—and to the occasional failure.

Afterward, the speakers will meet with participants in small groups to offer more specific background and guidance.



David S. Chang, MBA ’01, COO, PayPal Media Network
Kenneth Kim AB ’81, MD ’86, Founder/CEO WCCT Global
Susan Kim AB ’96, MBA ’03, CEO, Plum District
Vanessa Liu AB ’96, JD ’03, COO, Trigger Media Group


Moderator and Coordinator

Amy Wu AB ’09, Director of Operations and Corporate Development, NewsCred

What Really Drives–and Defines–Success? A Conversation between Amy Chua and Vivian Louie @ Science Center Hall D
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

A look at the role that ethnic culture plays in determining the outcomes of individuals’ lives and what definitions of success are most meaningful in today’s world. 



Amy Chua AB ’84, JD ’87, John M. Duff Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Vivian Louie AB ’88, Visiting Professor, Hunter College



Jeff Yang AB ’89, Columnist, Wall St. Journal Online; Senior VP, The Futures Company



Tony Hung MS ’09, GSAS ’15
Nelson Wang AB ’92-93

VOICES Storytelling Slam @ Science Center Hall D
Oct 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Summit will end with a bang—or a Slam! Join us for the exciting live finals of HAAAA’s first VOICES Storytelling Slam. Five finalists will compete to win over the audience—and take home special prizes. Check out the entry requirements and other details.


Ellie Lee AB ’92, independent filmmaker; storyteller featured by “The Moth”


Michelle Chen AB ’99, Producer, Thirteen/WNET NY Public Media
Ju Yon Kim, Assistant Professor, English, Harvard
Darshak Sanghavi AB ’92, physician, healthcare columnist, bestselling author
Julie Wu AB ’88, author, The Third Son, and physician

HAAAA General Meeting @ Science Center Hall A
Oct 26 @ 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Come share your thoughts with HAAAA’s officers about future goals and activities for the organization.