Category: Risk Mgmt

A Conversation with Mr. Kenneth Jarrett, President of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai








Developing Your China Strategy, What’s Next?

MCI China is pleased to announce a unique opportunity to listen to a deeply experienced China expert as he helps US association executives seek ways to improve their China strategy in an era of major change.

Join Mr. Kenneth Jarrett, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai , as he shares his keen insight and observations on today’s Chinese government policies and the changes that may impact US association strategy and operations in China.

This special event will take place on Thursday, May 3rd from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT at the ASAE Conference Center, first floor in Washington DC.

Mr Jarrett will discuss:

  • How the operating environment for U.S. associations in China has changed as a result of the recent key Chinese government 19th Party Congress and  National People’s Congress?
  • What are the policy impacts, government restructuring,  and attitudes toward foreign investors and key Chinese government initiatives?
  • What does this mean for US associations?
  • How should this shape future US association Chinese strategy?


Mr Jarrett will entertain questions posed in advance upon registration.

To register for this special MCI China event, please follow this link.  If you have questions about this event please contact Karine Desbant at [email protected].

About the Speaker

Mr. Kenneth Jarrett has been President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai since September 2013.   Previously, he was the Greater China Chairman for APCO Worldwide, a Washington-based public affairs consultancy from 2008 to 2013.  He served also as a U.S. diplomat from 1982 to 2008.

During his 26-year diplomatic career, his postings included Consul General in Shanghai, Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong, and Director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council.  Mr. Jarrett served in Beijing, Chengdu, Singapore, and had several assignments in Washington, DC.

Mr. Jarrett has degrees from Cornell University, Yale University and the National War College. He is the recipient of the Magnolia Award (Silver) from the Shanghai government and is a member of the National Committee for US-China Relations.

October 4th Webinar On Demand Recording – AWWA Creating Community – Better India Through Better Water

On October 4th, David LaFrance CEO from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Gaurav Sood from AWWA India shared their insights gained from the first year developing community in India.

AWWA developed a Strategic Framework with the objective of expanding into seven priority markets with a mission statement “Better World Through Better Water” and opened its first office outside of North America, in Mumbai India in 2015. This session aims to share insights into both the opportunities and challenges faced by a US association in penetrating the India market and lessons learned.

In this 30 minute webinar, you’ll understand:

  • AWWA’s overview and strategy for entering India

  • Getting traction in the Indian market – initial steps and financing the effort

  • Establishing the infrastructure – working with local volunteer leaders and governance

  • Being locally relevant – gathering market insights, establishing the brand, and building network

  • Daily operations – planning the action and acting the plan


MCI thanks David LaFrance for contributing his time and insight.



Please find a copy of the slide deck here.


Navigating the EU-US Privacy Shield and the General Data Protection Regulation – Latest on What US Associations Need to Know


The past months have seen two key developments in the field of data privacy in Europe which are set to a have a significant impact on Associations operating in both the US and Europe that handle personal data; the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and the General Data Protection Regulation.



The EU-US Privacy Shield Framework, while still at a drafting stage compared to the now defunct Safe Harbour Framework, and the new EU General Data Protection Regulation, a 200-page piece of legislation that will come into effect in 2018, introduce stronger obligations and Increased fines for breaches.

The recent vote in Britain to leave the EU does not diminish the importance of these issues as there will be a mandatory two year minimum period in which the UK remains a member of the EU while an exit is negotiated. During this time all existing legislation (including GDPR) will continue as before.


MCI Brussels and Globalaw, a leading global legal network of 110 firms with over 4,500 lawyers in over 165 cities, will host a LIVE webinar on Tuesday, 12 July at 1000 am EDT.   

Essential information on the key changes expected in privacy rules, the repercussions of the GDPR, the costs of non-compliance and how Associations operating in both the US and Europe can best adapt in this transitional phase will be discussed by a panel of legal experts from the US and EU.

Featured Speakers

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Karin McGinnis, Attorney, Member, Moore & Van Allen, PLLC,  USA


Susanne Klein LL.M., Rechtsanwältin (Lawyer), GÖHMANN Rechtsanwälte, Germany



Dr. Benno Barnitzke, Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer), GÖHMANN Rechtsanwälte, Germany

 Key Topics to be addressed:

  1. Setting the scene: the Privacy Shield and the GDPR

  2. US and European Perspectives on the Schrems Case   (The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued the final ruling in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (Case C-362/14) on October 6, 2015. The Court invalidated the Safe Harbor arrangement, which governs data transfers between the EU and the US.)

  3. Transatlantic Data Transfers: Challenges and Alternative Tools to Safe Harbour

  4. The General Data Protection Regulation: the Issue of Consent

  5. Looking Ahead: Practical Steps for US Associations

Time will be reserved for questions.

To Register for the July 12 LIVE Webinar

Register now for this important session while seats last from the Globalaw website!   Follow this link to register.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.