WUCL Alumnus Named Best Young Entrepreneur in Asia by BusinessWeek
Carlos Moncayo, a former exchange student who earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution at Willamette University College of Law, recently was chosen the best young entrepreneur in Asia by BusinessWeek magazine readers.
Moncayo is co-founder and CEO of ASIAM, a Shanghai-based offshore-manufacturing management company specializing in the garment industry. His company "provides a competitive edge to private clothing brands in Latin America, which compete with big corporations in their respective local markets," according to the BusinessWeek article.
Moncayo's connection to Asia began after he enrolled in the College of Law's summer exchange program in China, which is directed by Willamette Law Professor James A.R. Nafziger. Moncayo grew up in Ecuador and studied dispute resolution and negotiation at Willamette's Center for Dispute Resolution in 2003-04 before participating in the law school's study abroad program to Shanghai.
"I did not know anyone in China, nor did I know a single word of Mandarin," Moncayo said in the article. "I had $400 in my pocket and tons of energy and big dreams."
The summer program helped him find internships with foreign law firms, where he handled cases for midsize companies involved in manufacturing or trading disputes. Those experiences eventually led him to found ASIAM.