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The Tripartite Agreement between Los Angeles, Guangzhou and Auckland was signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Mayor Chen Jianhua and Mayor Len Brown, on Sunday, November 16, 2014 in Guangzhou, China.

This historic Tripartite Economic Alliance sets the stage for a new and innovative approach for how cities engage and remain competitive in the complex global market, while leveraging specific economic outcomes for mutual benefit. This benchmark agreement offers tremendous potential for economic development and job growth for all three cities.

Los Angeles, Guangzhou and Auckland are sister-cities and strategic trading partners with shared economic goals. This strategic agreement provides a platform for growing trilateral cooperation that fosters trade, innovation and investment opportunities between the public and private sectors of the three regions.

On June 11-12, 2015, Los Angeles is pleased to host the first of three Summits to commence the implementation of the Tripartite Agreement, and facilitate business and trade connections and opportunities for the business community. Mayor Chen of Guangzhou and Mayor Brown of Auckland will be leading high-level government and business delegations to strengthen business ties with Los Angeles.

The program of the Tripartite Summit will focus on business-to-business matchmaking for key sectors including: Transportation, Infrastructure Development & Design, Retail and Consumer Products, Biomedical Technology, Media, Entertainment, Investment and Innovation.

This event is a partnership of the City of Los Angeles and the World Trade Center Los Angeles with generous support from the Los Angeles Business Council, the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board.

Registration for this event is now closed.



June 11, 2015 – Mayor Chen Jianhua, Mayor Len Brown and Mayor Eric Garcetti, with keynote speaker Phoebe Hayman, CEO, Seedling


Los Angeles, Auckland, Guangzhou

June 11-12, 2015, Los Angeles

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90071


7:00 AM                      Registration

7:50 AM                      Welcome Breakfast – General Session

8:00 AM                      Welcome Remarks, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Mayor Chen Jianhua, Mayor Len Brown

8:45 AM                      Keynote Speaker – Innovation and the Future, Phoebe Hayman, CEO, Seedling

  • Clean technology, bridging the gap between engineering & design, start-up capital, incubation and acceleration

9:00 AM                    Introduction to Los Angeles: Outlook and Opportunities, Bill Allen, CEO, Los Angeles County Economic Development CorporationIMG_0072edit

  • Structure, pathways into LA Market, incentives, industries

9:30 – 10:30 AM       Panel Discussions

  • Panel A – Capital/Investment (Real Estate and Finance – framework for partnerships, investment opportunities, venture capital trends)
    • Moderator: Kamran Paydar, Senior Sales Director, CBRE
    • Panelists: Noor Menai, CEO, CTBC Bank; Andrew Pan, Senior Vice President, East West Bank; Ed Renwick, Partner, Yucaipa Companies, LLC/CEO, Raineth Holdings
  • Panel B – Biomedical Technology (Innovation and Manufacturing)
    • Moderator: Dr. Qing Liu-Michaels, Program Director, USC Stem Cell Center
    • Panelists: Rohit Shukla, CEO, Larta Institute; David Meyer, CEO, LA BioMed; Willie Zuniga, CEO, Grifols

10:30 AM                  Industry Networking: Capital/Investment; Biomedical Technology

11:00 AM -12:00 PM  Panel Discussions

  • Panel A – Media and Entertainment (screen/film, digital, co-production opportunities, tri-city partnerships)
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      LAEDC president Bill Allen thanks the mayors for making the summit possible.

      Moderator: C.Y. Wang, Partner, Ernst & Young

    • Panelists: Lisa Day, Director of Energy Initiatives, 20th Century Fox; Andrew Jameson, Partner, Primary Wave Media; Thomas See, Vice President – Sales, Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Panel B – Infrastructure and Architecture Design (Urban Planning, Best Practices)
    • Moderator: Liz Falletta, Associate Professor, USC
    • Panelists: David Hart, President, Steinberg Architects; Tom Bishop, President, Americas Design & Consulting, AECOM; Barbara Bouza, Managing Director, Gensler Los Angeles

12:00-12:30 PM         Industry Networking: Media/Entertainment; Infrastructure/Architecture/Design 

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12:30-2:00 PM       Luncheon (All Mayors) – Hosted by Guangzhou

2:15-3:15 PM              Panel Discussions

  • Panel A – Transportation (Public, ports, airports – innovation, design, and best practices)
    • Moderator: Stephen Cheung, President, World Trade Center Los Angeles
    • Panelists: Martha Welborne, Chief Planning Officer, METRO; Chris Cannon, Chief Sustainability Officer, Port of LA; Lisa Trifelleti, Director of Environmental and Land Use Planning, LAWA; Debra Leonard, Vice President, Micronova Manufacturing
  • Panel B – Manufacturing and Distribution
    • Moderator: Carlos Valderrama, Vice President, Global Initiatives, LA Chamber of Commerce
    • Panelists: Vincent Iacopella, COO, The Janel Group; James Watson, President & CEO, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting

3:15-3:45 PM              Industry Networking: Transportation; Consumer Products and Retail

4:00 PM                       Program concludes


8:30-9:00 AM            Breakfast Buffet

9:00 – 9:45 AM         Technology Innovation Presentation

  • Moderator: Alan Arkatov, Katzman/Ernst Chair in Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation, USC Rossier School of Education
    • Panelists: Linc Gasking, CEO, 8i; Nancy Perlman, Director of Technology, Office of the Mayor; Mitra Best, U.S. Innovation Leader, PWC

9:45  -10:00 AM         Q&A

10:15-10:45 AM         Government Contracts Presentation

  • Panelists: Tricia Carey, Director of Contracts and Purchasing, Port of Los Angeles; Hannah Choi, Bureau of Contract Administration, City of Los Angeles; Karen Tozer, Director Procurement Services, LAWA; Wayne Okubo, Director, Contract Administration, METRO

10:45 – 11:00 AM      Q&A

Additional Evening Programming

7:30 PM – Guangzhou Cultural Performance (Nokia Theater)

We thank our generous sponsors and partners for their support of the Tripartite Summit:

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For additional information, please contact Rick Moelis, Manager, Event Programs, LAEDC, at [email protected]