Last week, I had an opportunity to attend the talk entitled “Made in China 2025: The Future of Manufacturing and Sourcing.” The speaker was Dr. Neale O’Connor, who had interviewed 1,000 manufacturers and visited 15 factories for the past three months in China.

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Dr. Neale O’Connor, the speaker of the “Made in China 2025: The Future of Manufacturing and Sourcing” event at the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. The event was attended by executives from various industries.

The talk was an initiative to upgrade Chinese manufacturing industry and achieve intelligent manufacturing, which is applying the tools of information technology to production. It also highlighted the importance of innovation-driven manufacturing, quality over quantity, green development, structure optimization and talent cultivation and development.

Having the chance to sit through this discussion gave me knowledge and insight – not just on China’s current and future manufacturing states, but also the valuable lessons on what it takes to succeed in business.


Having an engaging conversation leaves a good first impression, most especially if you’re speaking to important people, and one way of doing this is by being a being an open and emphatic listener.

This specific quality is one thing known and successful people have in common. They make you feel at ease even when you are not too affluent in speaking and appreciate it when you express your thoughts and ideas. By having these qualities, they get an opportunity to learn new things, as well as make a lasting and pleasant impression to the people they’re speaking with.


The event itself was just as valuable as the insights it gave. There, I bumped into Hinrich Foundation’s CEO, Kathryn Dioth, who made me sit with her and guided me all throughout the talk. I felt special and a nervous at the same time, but she was quite nice and made me feel at ease, which I really appreciated.

I also got to meet people from various industries including logistics, footwear, apparel, technology, business development, talent acquisition and consultation, which made me realize that going to seminars was a good way to pick up new insights and expand one’s network as well.

Learning by listening

I could have felt intimidated being the youngest person at the event and being surrounded by people who were clearly more experienced than I was, but I didn’t. I found it interesting and enjoyed the things I learned by observing and listening.

One of these days though, I hope to be the one to share my experiences, give insight and make a contribution to the industry.

About the author – Sunil Bishnoi

Sunil Bishnoi

Sunil is an HF – VF Corp Global Trade Leader Scholar pursuing his master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Prior to this, he worked as an export consultant for three years at the Hinrich Foundation in India and also worked for Reebok in its footwear research and development center for more than two years.

Sunil has a degree in business administration and footwear technology.