Laurence Bates is a member of the iPlatform Global Advisory Council. He is President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and General Counsel for Japan at GE Global Growth and Operations, with legal, compliance, policy and regulatory oversight for GE's portfolio of businesses in Japan. He was previously an associate attorney at Morrison & Foerster in Tokyo, and before that he was an associate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York and Beijing. He was a Fulbright Senior Professional Research Scholar at Tokyo University and a China Association Teaching Fellow at Wuhan University in China. He was awarded a BA from Yale University in Chinese Studies and Economics, and a JD from Harvard Law School.