Age of the Pacific Lecture

Throughout the MIM program, students attend the Age of the Pacific Lecture Series (AOP). The evening speakers are primarily global leaders in business, government and academia.  The AOP Lecture Series provides a truly unique opportunity for MIM students to listen to and learn from individuals who have given significant thought to global business, economic, social and or political issues.

Increased global population, environmental threats, food shortages and poverty are some of the global imbalances the world will face in the next 50 years. However, in crisis there is always opportunity so says Dr. Hock Guan Chong, and he is taking advantage of this opportunity by using his knowledge of environmental engineering and his passion to improve the management of business practices.

Chong is the President and CEO of GMP Worldwide and GMP Environmental Consultants. His company HCGprovides training and consulting on topics such as environmental, quality management and green technology. GMP has locations in Malaysia, UK, Ghana and the USA.  GMP’s main purpose is working with companies to set up and or improve Environmental Management Systems (EMS) that adhere to ISO 14001.

Chong, he has been able to align his passion and expertise to create a business that is thriving and bringing positive changes to companies all over the world. I enjoyed listening to him speak, he is upbeat, funny and full of life. And like all AOP events there was a reception following the lecture where students were able to talk one-on-one with Chong, I enjoyed speaking to him about his experience consulting with Samsung and LG.

Susan Forrester


Susan Forrester is a full-time student in the Masters in International Management program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Portland State University. After living in Seoul, South Korea for two years she was interested in finding a career that linked Oregon and Asia together through trade. Susan enjoys the diverse background of the MIM student body that allows her to frequently practice her beginner level Chinese.


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