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Kern Kwong, Ph.D.

Chairman – Asia Pacific

Pasadena, Hong Kong and Guangzhou


Dr. Kwok Keung “Kern” Kwong is a tenured professor of Business and Economics at California State University Los Angeles. He pioneered a program in International Business Practices for mid-level Chinese executives. Many of the program 5,000 graduates have been promoted to leadership positions in Chinese business and government.

His American education and experience as a senior executive of US-based firms has made him keenly aware of the cultural divide between the US and China. Kern has is particularly effective in complex international transactions. Kern negotiated the sale of a plastic card manufacturer owned by Hong Kong residents managed by a former HSBC Chinese banker. The company was sold to an American Indian Private Equity Group.

Kern represented a US-based laser distributor to negotiate enhanced credit terms and lower prices with its Shanghai-based supplier. Both companies prospered. The US company gained a 57% market share of the North American dental laser market. Kern negotiated a joint venture between a Los Angeles petroleum com-pounder/blender and a Chinese wholesaler. Difficult issues of valuation, management responsibilities and cash contributions were resolved through Kern’s intervention on behalf of his com-pounder/blender client.​




Kern is an internationally recognized leader in solving business problems arising from cultural differences and directing M&A transactions. His extensive network of former students and clients regularly assist Janas in finding new opportunities for clients.

Education & Certifications

Georgia State University – Master of Business Administration in International Business (MBA) and a Ph.D. in Operations Management and Strategic Management.

Publications. Author of 63 articles and papers which focus on business forecasting, manufacturing and sales practices in China, Japan, Korea and the U.S. and computers in the workplace.

First Vice-President of the International Association of Business Forecasting.