Kennesaw State University Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO)


Inaugurated in 2011, SAUPO has become the largest Asia business conference in U.S.. SAUPO enjoys a growing influence in strengthening investment and relationship between Asia and the U.S., for that we received recognition from The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), Georgia Asian Times, Asian American Heritage Foundation, and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. 

As an interdisciplinary conference SAUPO will present a global platform of five-way dialogue among business leaders, scholars, diplomats, government officials, and non-profit practitioners. Previous SAUPO conferences and workshops have demonstrated resounding success with outstanding attendees worldwide.

SAUPO Leadership Team

SAUPO Chair & Founder:
Dr. May H. Gao, Professor of Communication and Asian Studies
- Dr. May Gao publication on M&A

SAUPO Executive Vice Chair:
Dr. Heeman Kim, Associate Professor of Communication, Asian Studies Coordinator

SAUPO Vice Chair:
Dr. Leila Borders, Professor of Marketing and Professional Sales

SAUPO Vice Chair:
Dr. Hai Ho, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology

SAUPO Vice Chair:
Dr. Sweta Sneha, Associate Professor of Information Systems & Director of M-Health

SAUPO Vice Chair:
Dr. Shelbee NguyenVoges, Associate Professor of Education, Dept. of First-Year & Transition Studies

SAUPO Assistant Vice Chair:
Dr. Douglas Moodie, Professor of Management

SAUPO Director of Registration:
Ms. Hyun Chu Kim, Associate Professor of Library Science; Asian Studies Librarian