Beatrice Schaffreth

Beatrice Schaffreth is an international lawyer with 25+ years of experience in cross- border operational, regulatory, and crisis-management issues and challenges – particularly those encountered in China. Recognized by various regional and global organizations for her work in anti-corruption, corporate ethics and compliance, investigation, dispute-resolution, and environmental matters, she is also a regular advisor, commentator, presenter, guest-lecturer, and interviewee on these issues.

Ms. Schaffrath has spent nearly two decades living, working, and lawyering in the China region. Among her work experiences, Ms. Schaffrath was a Headquarters-level Shanghai-based executive with United Technologies Corporation (“UTC”), serving as its Global Ethics & Compliance Counsel – China. Prior to her work with UTC, she was a Beijing-based Partner with global law firm Baker & McKenzie. Before becoming a lawyer, she reported with the Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and served as a Ford Foundation/U.S. State Department International Fellow assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria.

Ms. Schaffrath is multi-cultural by birth, inter-disciplinary in mindset, and cross-functional in her collaborations. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in China Studies from the University of Washington, and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice law in several jurisdictions in the U.S., and is a past Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s China Law Committee. She is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin), with some capacity in Hindi and German.

Dr. Richard Thurston

Dr. Richard (“Dick”) Thurston is the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd., 2002 – 2014; and a consultant to Dr. Morris Chang, 2014-2017. During his tenure as TSMC General Counsel, he resided in Hsinchu, Taiwan. While at TSMC Dr. Thurston assisted the company in developing its best-in-class intellectual property and trade secret promotion and protection program (“PIP”). Furthermore, in developing TSMC’s litigation strategies, he successfully litigated around the world against defendants who had misappropriated TSMC trade secrets, such as China’s SMIC And, he was instrumental in achieving major legislative reform in Taiwan for the protection of trade secrets. Dick also managed TSMC’s compliance program, M&A activities including joint ventures/venture capital investments etc. He helped to establish TSMC’s best-in-class policies, protocols and procedures for semiconductor investments around the world, such as in China, Singapore and the US to name a few.

Upon retiring from TSMC, Dr. Thurston assumed a number of advisory roles, most recently as an independent member of the Board of Directors of Nantero, Inc.  Dr. Thurston is also Principal at RLT Global Consulting, LLC.

Before joining TSMC, Dr. Thurston was a partner with Haynes and Boone, a Dallas, Texas-based law firm. There, he was Chairperson of the firm’s International Practice Section and he established their Richardson, TX office.  Previously, he had been the Regional Counsel, Asia Pacific, and Vice President, Corporate Staff, Assistant General Counsel at Texas Instruments (1984-1996), resident in Dallas and Tokyo (1987-1990), where Dr. Thurston devoted significant efforts in: government relations in the semiconductor battles with both Japan and China; promoting and protecting TI’s intellectual property; corporate compliance; mergers and acquisitions; and international trade and investment, among other disciplines.

Dr. Thurston graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in History from Alma College (Alma, MI). He earned both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. Dick’s J.D. degree is from Rutgers School of Law – Camden, NJ. He also studied law at Soochow University (Taiwan) while researching his Ph.D. dissertation: Civil Law Reform in China, 1906-1930. Dr. Thurston has taught both law and business classes at: SMU School of Law (Dallas, TX); University of Texas, Dallas; Soochow University (Taiwan); National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan); and National Cheng-Chih University (Taiwan). Dick is admitted to the practice of law and a member of the respective Bar Associations of Texas, New Jersey, New York, and of Dutchess County, New York and NYC. He is fluent in Mandarin.

Dr. Thurston has written and lectured widely on international, transactional, and intellectual property matters, most especially trade secret protection. He has been interviewed and quoted widely on matters affecting US-Taiwan-China relations. He has received many awards and recognitions throughout his career. In 2013, he was selected from 800 nominees as the ILO Asia-Pacific General Counsel of the Year. Dick is fluent in Mandarin.

Dr. Thurston serves as the elected Town Supervisor of the Town of Wappinger, Dutchess County, NY. First elected in November 2017, Dr. Thurston is now in his sixth year of service to the Wappinger community. He is also a member of many volunteer organizations and takes special pride in his membership in the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls, where he sits on the Board of Directors.

Dr. Thurston and his wife, Yvonne, reside in the Town of Wappinger, NY. He has two children and two grandchildren.

Tony Nash

Tony Nash is the CEO and Founder of Complete Intelligence, a globally integrated machine learning platform enabling the digitalization & automation of enterprise & financial market forecasting.

Previously, Tony built and led the global research business for The Economist (EIU) and the Asia consulting business for IHS (now S&P). He has also been a social entrepreneur, media entrepreneur, writer and consultant.

Tony is a frequent public speaker and leader of closed-door dialogues with business and government leaders on markets, economics, risk and technology. He is a contributor to leading global media (BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, etc) and has served as an advisor to government and think tanks in Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, Washington DC and others.

Tony is an International Advisory Board member for Texas A&M University has been a non-executive director with Kredit Microfinance Bank in Cambodia. He has a master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in Business Management from Texas A&M University.

Bonnie Glick 

Bonnie Glick  is an American diplomat and businesswoman who served as the Deputy Administrator/Chief Operating Officer of the United States Agency for International Development from 2019 to 2020. Nominated for the post by President Donald Trump in April 2018, she was confirmed by the United States Senate by unanimous consent in January 2019. Following her service at USAID, she served as the inaugural Director of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, a start up think tank focused on the premise that technology developed in the United States and allied countries must advance freedom.

Glick began her career as an American diplomat and served for 12 years as a Foreign Service Officer at the United States Department of State. She later worked for IBM as a global account executive, where she co-authored three patents as part of IBM Research. Glick served as the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging from 2017 until 2019 under Governor Larry Hogan.

John Teichert

John is a recently-retired brigadier general and a national security expert. He has vast whole-of-government leadership experience that includes military, diplomatic, intelligence, and industrial instruments of power – from cutting-edge technology to our nation’s most sensitive international relationships.

John retired as the Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, responsible for world-wide international engagement on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force while leading the services’ entire security cooperation portfolio. Prior to that, John was the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to Iraq, leading on the front lines of whole-of-government national security strategy and policy in the most challenging of circumstances. He has been an F-15E combat pilot and an F-22 test pilot, and has commanded Joint Base Andrews and Edwards Air Force Base. He has written and spoken extensively on leadership, national security, security cooperation, risk management, and international affairs, and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. Additionally, he is the founder and president of Capital Leadership LLC, passionately developing the leaders our nation needs.

Carl Hodson-Thomas

Mr. Hodson-Thomas holds a Master of Applied Finance from the University of Western Australia, and is currently studying a Master of Data Science, specializing in advanced statistics.

Mr. Hodson-Thomas is the MD and Portfolio Manager at Rosherville Investments, an Australian investment manager, with over a decade of trading and investing experience.

Previously, Carl was a strategist and derivatives trader for a long volatility biased hedge fund.

George Magnus

George Magnus is an independent economist and commentator, and Research Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

From 1995-2016, he was the Chief Economist, and then Senior Economic Adviser at UBS Investment Bank, and served for a few years as the Chair of the Investment Committee of the UK pension and life assurance fund. He had previously worked as the Chief Economist at SG Warburg (1987-1995), and before that in a senior capacity before ‘Big Bang’ at Laurie Milbank/Chase Securities.

George writes and is cited regularly in media outlets such as the Financial Times, Times, Daily Telegraph, Bloomberg, South China Morning Post, Prospect Magazine,, and CapX and is a contributor to UK and international TV and radio programmes. His written work and a blog can be found on his website at

George’s current book, Red Flags: why Xi’s China is in Jeopardy was published in 2018 by Yale University Press, and then in paperback in August 2019 with newly commissioned material. His earlier books addressed demographics in The Age of Aging (2008), and emerging markets in Uprising: will emerging markets shape or shake the world economy? (2011).

Fraser Howie

Fraser Howie is co-author of three books on the Chinese financial system, Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundations of China’s Extraordinary Rise (named a Book of the Year 2011 by The Economist magazine and one of the top ten business books of the year by Bloomberg), Privatizing China: Inside China’s Stock Markets and “To Get Rich is Glorious” China’s Stock Market in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

He studied Natural Sciences (Physics) at Cambridge University and Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University and for over twenty years has been trading, analyzing and writing about Asian stock markets. During that time he has worked in Hong Kong Beijing and Singapore.

He has worked for Baring Securities, Bankers Trust, Morgan Stanley, CICC and from 2003 to 2012 he worked at CLSA as a Managing Director in the Listed Derivatives and Synthetic Equity department. He writes on a regular basis for the Nikkei Asian Review, Reuters and Japan’s GRICI and is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg and the BBC.