Myron is executive vice president and head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Myron drives the global business strategy of the organization as head of the largest international affairs team of any U.S. business association in the United States - representing the Chamber and its member companies before foreign governments and the U.S. government. In his position, Myron has directed successful advocacy campaigns for congressional passage of PNTR for China, trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, as well as legislation to establish a level playing field for U.S. companies in Russia.
Myron also leads the Chamber’s ongoing work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the U.S.-EU trade pact, and directs a robust program of work with China, including the U.S.-China high level Track II dialogue comprised of senior executives and former government officials. His responsibilities also extend to 11 Chamber-hosted business councils that work to enhance trade and investment ties to Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Korea, and South Africa, among other nations.
Myron is frequently quoted in the media on issues relating to international business and trade policy, and is a regular guest on CNBC, CNN, and other news programs. Myron serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council, the U.S. Council for International Business, the Center for International Private Enterprise. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and National Committee on United States-China Relations and serves as an economic development adviser to the governor of China’s Guangdong Province.
Myron was previously an attorney with Stewart and Stewart in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and his B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland.
Harry Edelson is the managing partner of Edelson Technology Partners, which managed a series of four strategic venture capital technology funds for ten multinational corporations (AT&T, Viacom, 3M, Ford Motor, Cincinnati Bell, Colgate Palmolive, Reed Elsevier, Imation, Asea Brown Boveri and UPS) and two large pension funds. The funds invested in over 100 early stage technology companies ten of which achieved valuations ranging from $1 billion to $80 billion. Harry previously worked for Merrill Lynch, Drexel Burnham Lambert and CS First Boston and was ranked by Institutional Investor Magazine as an All Star analyst. Prior to his career on Wall Street, he was a telecommunications engineer, computer engineer, and head of Management Information Systems at a major industrial company. He was the first securities analyst to cover both computers and telecommunications.
Harry is a former president of the Analyst Club, the oldest club on Wall Street, founded in 1925, and is Chairman and a founding member of the China Investment Group, an organization formed to provide a forum to update and exchange its members’ knowledge of China. Harry is a member of the Asia Society and a founder and advisor of the China Cultural Foundation. Harry was on the Juilliard Council for over ten years and a trustee of the Eugene O’Neal Theatre. He received the Israel 50th Anniversary award along with Dame Margaret Thatcher and he is the author of a book, “Positivity, How to Be Happier, Healthier, Smarter and More Prosperous.” Harry received a B.S. from Brooklyn College, an MBA from New York University Graduate School of Business and completed the Graduate Program in Telecommunications Engineering at the Cornell Graduate School of Electrical Engineering.
Thai Lee has served as President, CEO and the majority shareholder of SHI International Corp since 1989, which she transformed from a $1 million regional reseller in 1989 into a $6 billion plus global provider of information technology products and solutions, with over 3,000 employees across 30 offices around the world. Over the past 26 years, SHI has generated over 40% CAGR, achieved organically, without mergers or acquisitions and without outside investment or incurring debt.
Ms. Lee graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA and Amherst College with a B.A. in Biology and Economics. She has served on the Board of Amherst College and as President of Amherst College Alumni Society. In 2014, Thai received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Amherst College and in 2013, she received Distinguished Alumni Award from Harvard Business School. Thai is a recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is currently serving on the Board of Dean’s Advisors for Harvard Business School, Harvard College COUR Committee, HBSCNY Board, and as Regional Vice Chair for HBS Campaign.
Alexander Leyviman is founder and chairman of Atlant Capital and one of the founders of AFK Sistema (Sistema), the largest publicly traded diversified financial corporation in Russia and the CIS. Sistema’s broad array of operations includes telecommunications, high-tech, oil and energy, aerospace, banking, retail, mass-media, radio, tourism and healthcare – serving over 100 million customers. During his 15 years at Sistema, Mr. Leyviman held various senior positions including CFO, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Board Member of the group, CEO of Sistema Mass Media, CEO of Intourist. He also served as a director on Sistema’s various boards, including MTS.
Mr. Leyviman led the IPOs of the first two Russian companies to go public on the NYSE: telecom company Vympelcom (NYSE:VIP) in 1996 and TeleSystems (NYSE:MBT) in 2000. He also led the IPO of Sistema in 2005.
Mr. Leyviman graduated from Moscow Mendeleev Chemistry and Technology Institute and has over 40 registered patents to his name in the field of chemistry. He is the author of 16 scientific research reports.
Ron currently serves as a Partner for New York investments with SoftBank Capital. Previously, he was Managing Director of Seed Capital Partners, an early stage technology venture fund that he co-founded in 1999 in association with the SOFTBANK Group.
Ron is an experienced executive with an expertise in founding and leading companies and technology development. He has founded two billion dollar companies and led them to successful exits, and has operated three venture funds where he has realized upper quartile returns.
In 1990, Ron co-founded UCA, later known as SOFTBANK Services Group, where he served as co-CEO and Chairman. Ron was also the founder of Software Distribution Services, the predecessor company to Ingram Micro (NYSE:IM), a leading wholesale computer products distributor with over $23 billion in annual revenue.
Ron is active in the community and serves on the boards of CUBRC, the Board of Trustees of the University at Buffalo Foundation and is an Advisor to the Faculty at UB. In addition, Ron serves on the boards of several portfolio companies.