Ambassador Pete Peterson
Ambassador Pete Peterson served for 26 years in the United States Air Force with worldwide assignments covering Europe, Africa. Middle East, and Asia. While on his 67th combat mission over North Vietnam in 1966, he was shot down, captured, and spent the next six and a half years as a prisoner of war. Upon retirement from military service in 1981, he engaged in various private business enterprises; in 1985, he joined the faculty of Florida State University as the Director of a specialized psychological treatment program for juvenile offenders; in 1989 he entered US federal politics and was subsequently elected to United States House of Representatives where he served for 3 consecutive terms. Following his resignation from the U.S. Congress in 1997, he was appointed by President Clinton to be the first American ambassador to post-war Vietnam.
Ambassador Peterson is currently President and co-founder of Peterson International, Inc., a private business consulting firm, and is a Senior Director at Stonebridge International, LLC. a global consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He is also the President and co-founder of The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC), a global child injury prevention foundation whose mission is to help reduce child death and disability rates due to preventable injury in developing countries. Ambassador Peterson remains heavily involved in Vietnam affairs through his business consulting work and as Chairman of the US/Vietnam Trade Council and through the philanthropic work of his foundation, TASC.
Mr Jake van der Kamp
A well-known personality in Hong Kong, Mr. van der Kamp is the financial columnist of the South China Morning Post and writes the daily Monitor column in the business pages. He took up his present position as a financial columnist in 1998. Prior to his current position, Mr. van der Kamp was chief strategist for ABN Amro Asia (1992-1998), where he achieved consistent rankings in the top-three (Institutional Investor, Asiamoney, Reuters).Mr. van der Kamp has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1979 and combines experience as chief strategist, regional research director, and investment analyst covering Asian markets for, among others, Morgan Stanley Asia, ABN Amro Asia, Sun Hung Kai Securities, and Sassoon Securities. Mr van der Kamp is a native of the Netherlands and was raised in Canada where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of British Columbia.