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Colm Rafferty (SOM '04) and his wife Carol Rafferty (Morse ‘00) will be organizing a cocktail reception & dinner for the Yale SOM 2014 China Study Trip, led by Professor Zhiwu Chen. This year's trip will include 22 Yale SOM students who will visit Beijing & Shenzhen for two weeks in March. The guest speaker for the event will be Mr. Ding Xuedong, Chairman of CIC, the China sovereign wealth fund. At the end of Chairman Ding's talk and Q&A, there will be a special performance by the visiting 11-Yale College student all-girls acapella group "Something Extra of Yale", who will be on tour in Beijing during that time. The event is for Yale Alumni only. Due to space limitations, the event venue can only accommodate a limited number of attendees, and so seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis, based on the RSVP below. Event: Yale SOM China Study Trip Dinner Date: Friday, March 14, 2014 Time: 6pm – 9:00 pm, Cocktail reception, dinner, guest speaker, music performance Cost: 600 RMB/person. The Rafferty family will sponsor the costs for all Yale Club of Beijing dues paying members that attend the event. RSVP: Please contact crafferty@vermeer.com . In your email, please note if you are a Yale Club of Beijing dues paying member or not. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis. Location: This will be provided to those RSVP's that have been accepted. Guest Speaker: Mr. Ding Xuedong, Chairman, CIC Mr. Ding is the Chairman of Central Huijin. He is concurrently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CIC. Prior to this, Mr. Ding served as Deputy Secretary General of the State Council. He held several positions in the Ministry of Finance, including Vice Minister, Assistant Minister, Director General of the Department of Education, Science and Culture, Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Director General of the Department of State-owned Capital Administration. In his earlier career, Mr. Ding served as Director General of the Department of Property Rights, and Director General of the Department of Human Resources& Head of the General Office, State-owned Asset Administration Bureau. Mr. Ding was born in 1960 and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Research Institute for Fiscal Science, Ministry of Finance. Trip Leader: Professor Zhiwu Chen, Yale School of Management Professor Chen is an expert on finance theory, securities valuation, emerging markets, and China's economy and capital markets. Dr. Chen started his career by publishing research papers in top economics and finance journals on topics related to financial markets and theories of asset pricing. Around 2001, Dr. Chen began to expand his research focus by going beyond mature markets and investigating market development and institution-building issues in the context of China's transition process and other emerging markets. What institutions are necessary for markets to develop? Why is finance important for society? How does financial development affect social structure and individual freedom? His work has been featured in newspapers and magazines in the United States, Hong Kong, China and other countries. He is a frequent contributor to media publications in China on topics of economic policy, market development and legal reform. His list of books published in China includes: How Is Wealth Created? (2005), Media, Law and Markets (2005), Why Are the Chinese Industrious and Yet Not Rich? (2008), Irrational Overconfidence? (2008), The Logic of Finance (2009), 24 Wealth Lectures (2009), and Assessing China's Economic Growth of the Past 30 Years (2010). Special Performance: Something Extra In the fall of 1978, Yale undergraduate Lori-Ann Wynter marched a group of tuxedo-clad young women on stage at a Dwight Hall jamboree. The emcee, taken aback, improvised: "And to conclude the night, here's alittle...something extra!" Yale a Cappella has never been the same. Something Extra has earned a reputation as Yale's finest all-female a Cappella ensemble. The group has toured throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, performing at venues from the White House and U.S. embassies, to the homes of Presidents Bush and Clinton, to the set of "Jeopardy!" Something Extra performs pop, jazz, indie rock, folk, and spirituals, as well as traditional Yale songs. Though none of the group majors in music, Something Extra's repertoire is almost exclusively self-arranged: http://www.somethingextrayale.com

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