The Economics of Innovation


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The 2013 Annual Conference of the Hawaii Economic Association. Tuesday, October 15th from 7:30am – 3:00pm at The Halekūlani Hotel Ballroom. Keynote addresses by United States Senator Brian Schatz and Dr. Vassilis Syrmos, UH VP for Research and Innovation.

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The Economics of Innovation

  1. 1. Program: 7:30 – 8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:00 - 8:10 Welcome Remarks • Dr. John M. Knox, 2013 HEA President • Frederic Berg, Conference Chair 8:10 - 8:30 Keynote Speaker – Dr. Vassilis Syrmos, UH Vice President for Research and Innovation 8:30 – 9:30 Entrepreneurship: Building Global Businesses in Hawaiʻi Panel Moderator: Karl Fooks • The HI Growth Initiative, a new state investment program to support high growth businesses Karl Fooks, President, Hawaiʻi Strategic Development Corporation • Born in Hawaiʻi, Made for the World Joe Ganahl - President, Intova • Commercializing UH technology for global markets Dustin Shindo - Chairman and CEO, Pono Pharma 9:30 – 9:45 Break/Networking 9:45 – 10:45: Industry Update – Ag, Energy, Fashion: Innovation Drivers on the Horizon Panel Moderator: Lisa H. Gibson, President, Rising Tide Economics • The Impact of Innovation on Hawaiʻi’s Food Chain Security Dr. Maria Gallo, Dean, UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources • Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) – Energy Market Changer? Dr. Kang Wu, Senior Advisor, FGE-Facts Global Energy • Hawaii on the Global Fashion Map Melissa White – Hawaiʻi Fashion Incubator 10:45 – 11:00 Break/Networking The Hawaiʻi Economic Association Presents: 2013 Annual Conference, with Theme: THE ECONOMICS OF INNOVATION On October 15th at the Halekūlani Hotel Ballroom Keynote addresses: United States Senator Brian Schatz Dr. Vassilis Syrmos, UH VP for Research and Innovation Panels: • Entrepreneurship: Building Global Businesses in Hawaiʻi • Innovation Drivers for Hawaiʻi's Legacy Industries: Ag, Energy and Fashion • New Structures and Leaders for thee 21st Century: Sustainability, B-Corporations • State Economic Forecasts: Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Tourism, Military visit for registration and program information Email registration to, mail checks to Hawaiʻi Economics Association
  2. 2. Program (continued): 11:00 – 12:00 Structuring for the 21st Century: A New Generation of Leaders Panel Moderator: Jennifer Barra, Legislative Aide to State Senator Laura Thielen • Business Trends Towards the New Economy Shanah Trevenna, Founder and Director, Smart Sustainability Consulting LLC • Policies Which Support Business Sustainability Chris Lee, State of Hawaiʻi Representative, District 51 • How to Become a B-Corp Amy Brinker, Director of Policy, KYA Sustainability Studio 12:00 – 1:30: LUNCHEON 12:40 Lunch Keynote Speaker – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz 12:45 Harvey Shapiro Economic Education Scholarship 1:30- 3:00 Economic Forecast: The Economy, Real Estate, and the Federal Spending Panel Moderator: Dr. John Knox, President, John M. Knox Associates, Inc. • State Economic Forecast Dr. Eugene Tian, State Economist, DBEDT • Commercial Real Estate Mike Hamasu, Director of Consulting and Research Colliers International • Federal Spending Kalbert Young, Director, Hawaiʻi State Department of Budget and Finance • Tourism and Residential Real Estate Dr. Paul Brewbaker, Principal, TZ Economics REGISTRATION: visit or • Email RSVP by Oct 9th to Lisa Gibson: • Send check with form and to the Hawaii Economic Association, PO Box 2982, Hono, HI 96802-2982 • No-shows will be billed CONFERENCE FEE (incl. breakfast, luncheon, parking) HEA Members: $90 Non-HEA Members $110 Walk-in registration: HEA members: $100 Non-HEA members: $120 *** SORRY, NO REFUNDS **** Make check payable to: Hawaiʻi Economic Association Mail in before October 9, 2013 to: Hawaiʻi Economic Association P.O. Box 2982 Honolulu, HI 96802 - 2982 NAME COMPANY STREET CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE PHONE EMAILPHONE EMAIL Cosponsors: Many thanks to Johnson Controls for supporting student attendees