Lunar New Year – Year of the Goat

Please join the


World Affairs Council of Orange County

Please join our Consul Generals and Business Experts to learn about how changing political and economic structures in Asia have given opportunities for American Trade and Investment.

We will be celebrating the Year of the Goat by having a special cultural performance by the Irvine Chinese School  followed by a Panel Discussion on Trade in the Asia Pacific



The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), previously named the Bangkok Agreement, was signed in 1975 as an initiative of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Being the oldest preferential trade agreement among developing countries in Asia-Pacific, APTA aims to promote economic development through the adoption of mutually beneficial trade liberalization measures that will contribute to intra-regional trade expansion and provides for economic integration through coverage of merchandise goods, services, investment and trade facilitation.

CGHorinouchi1 Consul General of Japan Harry Horinouchi graduated from Tokyo University (Faculty of Law) and entered into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980. Prior to his post as Consul General of Japan, he was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary for the Embassy of Japan in Beijing.
Dube Mr. Clayton Dube has headed the USC U.S.-China Institute since it was established by USC President C.L. Nikias in 2006 to focus on the multidimensional U.S.-China relationship. He is an expert on economic and political change in China since 1900 and its wide-reaching effects.
cg-phillippines Consul General of Philippines Leo Herrera-Lim is a career officer of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. Prior to his arrival in Los Angeles on 17 April 2014, he served as Second Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. from 1991 to 1998 and had frequent interaction with the World Bank Group, Intelsat, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Treasury. He has extensive experience with foreign governments, international organization and financial institutions. He was intricately involved in the crafting and formulation of Government policies and positions on bilateral, multilateral and special issues.
Drobnick Dr. Richard Dornick will serve as moderator. Richard Drobnick is the director of the IBEAR MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business. He was the founding director of the School’s Center for International Business (1990-2014), which was supported by the U.S. Department of Education since 1990, as one of its 33 national resource centers on international business. Dr. Drobnick served as USC’s inaugural Vice Provost for International Affairs (1994-2005). He was the inaugural Secretary General (1997-2002) and a member of the Steering Committee (1997-2010) of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), an association of presidents of 45 leading Pacific Rim research universities ( He launched and led APRU’s Pacific Rim research programs on “Sustainability and Climate Change” and “Public Health”(2006-2010).

Dr. Drobnick specializes in Pacific Rim economic and business issues and U.S. and Pacific Rim trade policies. He is a member of the U.S.-Asia Pacific Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society of Southern California’s Executive Committee, and is a director of the Japan-America Society-Southern California. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia (1967-1969), Drobnick served as an economic advisor to the Malaysian Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Association Movement.

 Wednesday February 25th, 2015

Crown Plaza Costa Mesa
3131 S. Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA  92626

  Festive Finery Welcome


 Complimentary Self-Parking

**No Valet Parking Provided**


VIP  Reception
(Open for Premium & Corporate Members)
5:15 pm
General Reception 5:15 pm
Cultural Program 6:00 pm
(reserved seating for VIP members)
7:00 pm
Panel Discussion 7:45 pm


WAC Members $65
Non-Members $85
Table of 10
(Reserved Seating)
Student $40
Student Program Only (after Dinner) $10