China Business Group meeting will be on Tuesday June 19th, 2012. The speaker will be Bryan O'Byrne, Senior International Trade Specialist of U.S. Department of Commerce, who will discuss his thoughts on "Guanxi and the WTO Agreements in China and East Asian Trade Relations".


Chicago Booth Alumni Office, DC
1730 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, District of Columbia

Event Details

The Group provides a platform for Booth alumni and business professionals in the Washington DC area to discuss and learn about developments that are impacting the business landscape involving China and US. Future speakers will likely include Ted Dean, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing (and a Booth graduate), representatives from the China Embassy, and Chinese business and government staff visiting the US.


No Charge


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Deadline: 6/19/2012

Speaker Profiles

Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce

Since joining the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration in 2004, Mr. O'Byrne has served on over 30 U.S. delegations to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva and related United Nations (UN) bodies. Mr. O'Byrne built coalitions in multilateral institutions and followed-up with in-country bilateral meetings in Beijing, New Delhi, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Riyadh, Ankara, Brussels, and Ottawa. Mr. O'Byrne has participated in numerous WTO and U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations, including the on-going Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Mr. O'Byrne has similarly led U.S. delegations to China and throughout Southeast Asia, developing relationships and collaborating with foreign government regulators and trade officials, leading to the successful resolution of dozens of regulatory and standards-related trade barriers.

Mr. O'Byrne previously served in the U.S. Congress on the staff the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee; represented the U.S. medical technology industry before the Government of Japan at AdvaMed (Tokyo); served as a consultant on international competition and intellectual property litigation at King & Spalding, LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP (Washington, DC); and was a lecturer of political science and international affairs at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (Japan).


Yuanyuan (Selina) Milligan 
Business Development Manager

Other Information

For questions, please contact Les Johnson/ Yuanyuan (Selina) Milligan at or 202-580-6520