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Center for Business Studies
and Innovation in Asia-Pacific


Founding Director’s Message

(December 2023) This is the first year CBSI has operated as a formal university research center. Following a busy spring semester, the center has been operating non-stop in the fall pursuing our mission of facilitating collaboration among students, faculty, government and business, and continuing to serve as a bridge connecting the US and Asia.  

In the fall we hosted many events related to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in San Francisco. Among them were a panel discussion featuring Ambassador Chantale Wong, the US Director of the Asian Development Bank, and a leadership training program with the international nonprofit Global Women Asia. Our Global Student Ambassador Program (GSAP) students had the extraordinary opportunity to participate as delegates in the APEC Business Advisory Council’s first-ever APEC Multistakeholder Forum (AMF). At the closing of APEC, we had the high honor of co-hosting and partnering with The Carter Center on the inaugural “Jimmy Carter Conversation on US-China Relations.”

CBSI’s programs, research and the opportunities we provide students—ranging from attendance at a CBSI-hosted international conference in China, to company visits in the US and Asia, to participation in the epic 2023 APEC Leaders’ Summit—would not be possible without the generosity of individual donors and corporate sponsors.  We are very grateful and ask for your continuing support. Please consider making a gift to CBSI today.

I invite you to take a moment to explore the highlights in this newsletter. We are excited about the New Year as we will celebrate CBSI’s 10th anniversary in 2024 with a series of program offerings including international conferences, forums, seminars and GSAP activities. Please stay tuned.

We at CBSI wish you and your loved ones very Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!

Warm regards,

Xiaohua Yang, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Center for Business Studies and Innovation in Asia-Pacific
Professor of International Business

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2023 CBSI Impact Report

APEC 2023 Events
CBSI—Bridge for the Asia-Pacific Region

We invite you to become a corporate sponsor or an individual donor of one of the vibrant research centers designed to be the San Francisco/Silicon Valley-based thought-leader, learning hub, and bridge builder for the U.S. and Asia-Pacific business communities. By becoming a corporate sponsor or an individual donor, you will be in the league of c-suite executives with steep knowledge of Asian markets and world leading experts on Asian studies and policy makers shaping the trade and investment landscape; you will be invited to by-invitation only meetings and cocktail receptions and banquets during APEC San Francisco week ( Please click below for more CBSI’s APEC programs. Please contact for more information.

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The Center for Business Studies and Innovation in the Asia-Pacific (CBSI-AP) informs and equips current and future leaders with cutting-edge business knowledge and practices. With a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, the Center leverages its unique location in San Francisco and Silicon Valley to facilitate broader and deeper interaction between the academic, business, and broader communities in the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific. 


Focus on new research on the innovation of Asia-Pacific

Priority on new publications and case-studies covering the larger Asia-Pacific

Industry Engagement

Follow our upcoming Events and Conferences for opportunities to engage.

 CBSI-AP is the San Francisco/Silicon Valley-based thought-leader, learning hub, and bridge builder for the U.S. and Asia-Pacific business communities.

Global Student Ambassador Program

GSAP is designed to provide future leaders with opportunities to develop business and cultural capabilities of and immersion experience in the Asia-Pacific region. The GSAP was commenced in 2016 by the China Business Studies Initiative (now CBSI-AP) to nurture the University of San Francisco (USF) students in their professional and personal development related to innovation, entrepreneurship, and knowledge of the Asia-Pacific business community.