The Rise of the Asian Tigers: Lessons for Beijing

February 20, 2014

Lowell Lowell "Jep" Gruman, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Business Development, IncellDx, Inc.

Asia's explosive economic growth has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty in the last 30 years and created many new economic success stories where plantations and jungles previously stood. As IAF begins its special focus on Asia, join Frankfort-based business executive Jep Gruman as he draws on 30 years of experience to tell the remarkable story of Asia’s rise to prominence on the global stage.

What role did personal relationships within the Chinese diaspora play? After years of pursuing “clan” politics, are these societies now on the path to true nationhood? What does their history tell us about China’s explosive development today? For thirty years, Gruman has been an insider to the phenomenal growth of key Asian economies and has worked closely with national leaders as they went from resource extraction economies to commercial powerhouses.

Gruman has led the growth of businesses in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines, Singapore and China and participated in the promotion of transparent business practices that have encouraged progress and provided a model for China’s emergence as the region’s leader. His critical private-sector role throughout the region’s dramatic transition provides the IAF audience with a unique opportunity to discuss how private and public sector policies can complement each other and promote civil well-being and security.

Gruman has held senior finance and management positions with Citibank, H.J. Heinz Company and Oaktree Capital Management, and led the restructuring of an Asian multinational agribusiness group as chief financial officer. His most recent efforts have focused on the rapidly growing medical devices field in Asia as director of IncellDX, a California-based molecular diagnostics business. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and a member of the board of Trustees of Interlochen Center for the Arts.

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