Friday, May 23, 2008 - In celebration of World Trade Week the Oakland Export Assistance Center hosted on Friday, May 23, 2008 a group of 35 Chinese State Owned Enterprise executives in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley as part of an Innovation and Energy Efficiency training program. The program participants were from mainly from the Beijing area and represented a wide variety of industries from textiles, automotive, banking, energy and water utilities. The Li Ka Shing Foundation in Hong Kong provided funding for the training module, which focused on innovaton and mangagement of technology, such as clean technology, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The customized program was a collaborative venture between Shantou University and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Engineering and Goldman School of Public Policy, as well as Stanford University. Oakland Export Assistance Center Director Rod Hirsch and Trade Specialist Cindy Ma invited clients and partners to be guest speakers, such as the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, China Energy Group, on China energy efficiency policy development, Pivotal Resources on Six Sigma management principals, OSISoft on energy efficiency software solutions and a former Executive Branch employee on innovation in government. In the audience were other clients and partners, such as the China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance, KEMA, Agape Enterprises and Han's Technologies Inc.