Center For Business
Executive Summit Speakers Bio
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Andrew Browne was China Editor, Senior Correspondent and Columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
He started his career in journalism in 1982 at the South China Morning Post and then moved to Reuters News Agency, where he spent 20 years running bureaus around Asia before becoming Asia Pacific News Editor.
Andrew joined the Wall Street Journal in 2004. He was a member of a team of Journal reporters in Beijing that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2007, and an Overseas Press Club award in 2011.
Founder and CEO, SupChina
Ms. Cheng is the Founder and CEO of SupChina, www.supchina.com, digital China news with social media which aims to inform and educate English speaking millennials to boomers, Chinese diaspora, Fortune 500 companies and Chinese in China. There are close to 700,000 readers, listeners and viewers.
Anla Cheng is also a senior partner of Sino-Century, a China Private Equity Fund which pursues an Inbound and Outbound China strategy. The Inbound Strategy focuses on investing in three sectors in the mid cap space: financial information services, sustainable environment and high end manufacturing. The Outbound Strategy is opportunistic. Prior to joining Sino-Century, Ms. Cheng ran a Family Office of Asian Hedge, PE and Alternative Strategy Fund of Funds. Centenium Fund of Funds invests in alternative funds throughout the Asia Pacific region including Japan, China and India.
Previous to this, she worked at Robert Fleming, New York as SVP and Head of Japan/Taiwan/Korea Institutional Group. She started her career at Goldman Sachs on the GNMA bond desk where she completed her training program. She then moved onto Citigroup, where she started as a Pacific Basin analyst, then later, became an Asian Portfolio Manager investing in over ten countries including Australia. Ms. Cheng has a broad expertise in the area of Asian Investing into various alternative instruments throughout Asia. She brings with her several decades of experience analyzing companies, culling through and finding the best companies for investment.
Ms. Cheng received her MBA from Wharton Graduate School of Business and graduated magna cum laude from the Pratt Institute. She speaks English, Chinese, and Japanese. She is a Trustee of the following Boards: TNC (The Nature Conservancy); Committee 100; Facing History and Ourselves; China Institute; and Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Ms. Cheng is China/ Global Council Member of Brookings and a Member of NCUSCR (National Committee of US China Relations); and China Advisor to Columbia University’s Global Council. She is Vice Chair and Treasurer at China Institute; Chair of the China Project at Facing History, and spearheads TNC China/US efforts . Her past Board affiliations include: Board Chair of ThinkQuest, and former Trustee of The Riverdale Country School, The NY Community Trust and The Browning School. She has received the Legacy Award, 2009 from MOCA for outstanding philanthropy, and the Leader in Philanthropy Award, 2014 from Yue Magazine.
SVP, Director of the Center for Business
Dorinda (Dinda) Elliott is SVP, Director of the Center for Business, at the China Institute. She runs all the public and private business-related programming, including speakers programs, the Global Council, and the annual Executive Summit. Before joining China Institute in July, Elliott worked for three years as editorial and communications director at the Paulson Institute, founded by Hank Paulson, which promotes U.S.-China relations and sustainable growth in both countries.
Elliott has had a life-long interest in China, dating back to her studies at Harvard and in Taiwan as an undergraduate in 1978. She covered the beginnings of China’s economic reforms in 1984 for BusinessWeek magazine, and served as Beijing bureau chief for Newsweek magazine from 1987 to 1990. During that time, she covered China’s opening up to the outside world. Elliott later lived in Hong Kong for a decade, traveling and reporting across China. Elliott lived overseas for twenty years, as Newsweek Bureau Chief in Beijing, Moscow, and Hong Kong, then as Asia Editor. As Editor-in-Chief of Asiaweek in 2000-2001, she relaunched the magazine with a new focus on China and business.
Elliott returned to the United States as an Assistant Managing Editor at Time magazine in 2002, then joined Condé Nast Traveler, where she spearheaded coverage of global issues and corporate social responsibility in the travel industry. Elliott’s team at Newsweek won an Overseas Press Club Award for coverage of Hong Kong’s handover to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies.
Susan Yuqing Feng
Chief New York Correspondent
China Business News
Susan Yuqing Feng serves as Chief New York Correspondent for China Business News (CBN) since 2008. During her tenure, Susan interviewed Warren Buffet, Alan Greenspan, President Clinton, Zbigniew Brzeziński, Thomas Friedman and many other world economic and political leaders. Susan also organized and moderated CBN New York forum with distinguished speakers every year since 2009. The speakers include Carlyle Group LP Co-founder David Rubenstein, former President of World Bank James Wolfensohn and serveal Nobel Economics Laureates. Susan is currently New York bureau chief of Yicai global, China Business News’ English News arm.
Susan directed documentary series “World Movers ” which was released in March, 2018. She interviewed the world’s top strategists and economists in the series. The film illustrates what has changed the United States and the world; and how the forces that change the world affect everyone. It focuses on the relationship between technology and globalization, it’s impact on immigration, future Sino- U.S. relationship and the new world order.
Susan joined China Business News in 2004 and start covering and analyzing news on wall street, American economy and international business. She covered 2008 financial crisis, the Great Recession and three elections since 2008. Prior to joining China Business News, Yuqing worked at China Central TV as a producer and had been in TV industry for four years.
Susan graduated from Columbia University and got her MA in International Affairs.
Co-founder and CEO
Andras is the Co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow, which harnesses the power of design, biology, and engineering to build a new world of materials, starting with the first bioleather materials brand ZoaTM.
Previously, Andras co-founded Organovo (NASDAQ: ONVO), which commercialized 3D bioprinting to create human tissues for pharmaceutical research and medical applications. Andras had also managed an international technology-focused venture fund active in US and China. He had served as a consultant with McKinsey focused on biopharma and private equity. And, formerly, he helped found Citigroup’s investment banking e-commerce group and developed award winning online products for bank.
Andras is a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the international non-profit Resolution Project. He was Kauffman Fellow with the Center for Venture Education, a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations and named to Crain’s New York “40 Under 40” list in 2016.
Andras received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and his AB with honors in Government from Harvard.
Scarlet Fu is the anchor of “Bloomberg Markets”, weekdays from 2-3:30pm ET and co-anchor of “What’d You Miss?”, Bloomberg Television’s flagship markets program, weekdays from 3:30-5pm ET.
Based in New York, Fu has moderated discussion panels and interviewed business and political leaders for Bloomberg Television, including Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo Inc. and Tony Blair, former U.K. Prime Minister. Fu covered the demise of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers and the subsequent global credit crisis in 2008.
Before joining Bloomberg Television in 2007, Fu was a U.S. stocks editor for Bloomberg News. Prior to that, she oversaw Bloomberg News coverage of Asian equities, and reported on the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997. Fu began her journalism career at CNBC Asia in Hong Kong.
Fu graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in history and concentration in Asian American Studies. She has also studied Mandarin at Peking and National Taiwan Normal Universities.
James B. Heimowitz
James went to China as a student before it opened to the West, and has formed deep relationships in China over several decades. His background, education, and on-the-ground professional experience have come together to create a unique insight into some of the country’s most important initiatives. Prior to joining CI, James spent nine years at Hill + Knowlton Strategies where he was CEO for Asia, and Chairman, China. He spearheaded international PR for the Beijing Olympics; managed financial communications for the first RMB denominated IPO in Hong Kong; and advised many of the most successful MNC’s and JV’s in the region including helping Chinese companies and SOEs face the challenges of entering new overseas markets.
After earning his MBA from the Wharton School, Mr. Heimowitz joined the Chase Manhattan Bank and led its successful re-entry to China. He opened a representative office in Shanghai and a branch in Tianjin – the bank’s first in China since 1949. Mr. Heimowitz also served as Managing Director for Corporate Strategy at Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank and Manager of the Boston Consulting Group’s World Wide Asia Team.
James is a well-known speaker and author, and his articles have appeared in The Economist, China Daily, The Far Eastern Economic Review, Business Traveller, and the Canada-China Business Review. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Independent Economic Task Force on China, which is charged with delivering policy advice to the White House. He is also a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and sits on numerous boards of companies in the media, technology and China sectors.
Sy Syms School of Business
Dr. Henry Huang is a tenured Professor at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business in Manhattan, New York. Professor Huang has published in a number of elite journals in the areas of finance, accounting, and international business including Journal of Financial Economics, The Accounting Review, and Journal of International Business Studies. Professor Huang’s practical expertise covers securities valuation and regulations, financial technology, and entrepreneurial planning. Professor Huang’s research and practice have been frequently cited by both the academic and professional communities, and has attracted much media attention. Professor Huang holds a Bachelor Law degree from Beijing University and a Ph.D. degree in accounting (with finance minor) from University of Houston. Professor Huang currently serves as the President of Peking University Alumni Association of Greater New York. He won the Outstanding Peking University Alumni Award in 2013 for his academic and practical achievements. He is also a cofounder of angel investment firm, CHLYS Capital LLC, in New York, and an advisor to a number of high-tech startup firms.
Professor of Political Economy and International Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management
Yasheng Huang is Professor of Political Economy and International Management, and he holds the International Program Professorship in Chinese Economy and Business at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He also holds special-term professorships at Fudan University School of Management, Xian Jiaotong University School of Management, Zhejiang University School of Public Administration, and an honorary professorship at Hunan University. His previous appointments include faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard University. At MIT-Sloan, Professor Huang founded and runs China Lab and India Lab, which aim to help entrepreneurs in China and India improve their management. In 2010, he was named by National Asia Research Program as one of the most outstanding scholars in the United States conducting research on issues of policy importance to the United States. He has held or received prestigious fellowships, such as the National Fellowship at Stanford University and Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Fellowship. He is a member of MIT’s Entrepreneurship Center, a fellow at the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University, a research fellow at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, a fellow at William Davidson Institute at Michigan Business School, and a World Economic Forum Fellow. He has served as a consultant at World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and OECD, and is serving on a number of advisory boards of non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Harvard Business Review
Adi Ignatius joined Harvard Business Review as Editor-in-Chief in January 2009, and oversees editorial operations for HBR magazine, the hbr.org website, and HBR’s book-publishing division. He has dramatically transformed HBR, guiding it to its highest-ever circulation and newsstand sales and earning a coveted National Magazine Award nomination for General Excellence.
Previously, Ignatius served as the No. 2 editor TIME, where he oversaw the week-to-week editing of the magazine and was responsible for many of TIME’s special editions, including the Person of the Year and TIME 100 franchises. He also wrote frequently for TIME, including cover stories on Google and the 2007 Person of the Year profile of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Ignatius was co-editor of the book Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang. The book, a New York Times bestseller, is based on the secretly recorded audiotapes of China’s former premier. Ignatius also was the editor of President Obama: The Path to the White House, which also made the New York Times bestseller list.
Ignatius worked overseas as a journalist for nearly 20 years. He served as Editor of TIME Asia, based in Hong Kong. Under his leadership, TIME Asia became an award-winning showcase for reporting, writing, photography and design. Before joining TIME, he worked for many years at the Wall Street Journal, serving as the newspaper’s Bureau Chief in Beijing, and later as Bureau Chief in Moscow. He later served as Managing Editor of the Central European Economic Review and Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review.
Ignatius was awarded a Zuckerman Fellowship at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 1990. He received his BA in History in 1981 from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland’s college in Okinawa. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society, and serves on the editorial advisory board of Foreign Affairs.
Merit E. Janow
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs
Professor of Professional Practice, International Economic Law & International Affairs
Merit E. Janow is an internationally recognized expert in international trade and investment. She has extensive experience in academia, government and business, with life-long experience in the Asia-Pacific. At Columbia University, Professor Janow became Dean of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in July 2013 after serving as a Professor at SIPA and Columbia Law School. SIPA is a leading school of international and public affairs, with over 1300 graduate students, several hundred faculty, and six degree programs that focus on global policy issues from international finance, economic development, urban policy to sustainability and security. She has written three books and numerous articles and frequently speaks before business, policy and academic audiences around the world. Professor Janow has had several periods of government service. She served for four years as one of the seven Members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body, which is the court of final appeal for adjudicating trade disputes between the 153 member nations of the WTO. From 1997 to 2000, she served as the Executive Director of the first antitrust advisory committee to the Attorney General and the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, US Department of Justice. Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty, Professor Janow was Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China (1989-93). She was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing U.S. trade policies and negotiating strategies towards Japan and China. Professor Janow negotiated more than a dozen trade agreements with Japan and China. Professor Janow is on the Board of Directors of several technology and financial services corporations including the American Funds, Trimble Co., and MasterCard. In 2009, she became a charter member of the International Advisory Council of China’s sovereign wealth fund, CIC. Early in her career, Professor Janow was a corporate lawyer specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan and is fluent in Japanese. She has a JD, Columbia Law School and a BA in Asian Studies, University of Michigan.
Gilbert B. Kaplan
Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
Department of Commerce, U.S.A.
Gilbert B. Kaplan was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to become Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade in the United States Department of Commerce and appointed to that position on March 20, 2018. Gil Kaplan was a partner at King & Spalding and part of the International Trade Practice Group. His practice focused on international trade cases and trade policy issues. He represented U.S. companies and workers in a wide range of cases on antidumping (price discrimination), countervailing duties (subsidies), and Section 337 (intellectual property infringement). He also advised clients on trade policy matters, as well as trade negotiations such as those involving the WTO and international anti-subsidy agreements. Mr. Kaplan filed and prosecuted the first successful countervailing duty (anti-subsidy) case ever against China in 2007.
He is the founder of The Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing. He is also the co-founder of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative (MPI) at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the first and only university program in the country focusing on what public policy steps should be taken to revitalize U.S. manufacturing.
Mr. Kaplan published a monograph on Section 337 cases at the International Trade Commission entitled “The ITC or the District Court? Where to Protect Your International Intellectual Property,” National Legal Center for the Public Interest, 2006. He also published an Op-Ed piece in the Washington Post Outlook Section entitled, “5 Myths about the Death of the U. S. Factory,” which was republished, among other places, in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Mr. Kaplan has written frequently on trade and manufacturing issues for a variety of publications, including The Huffington Post.
Mr. Kaplan served as the first President of the Committee to Support U. S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL), from 2010-2012. CSUSTL is an organization of companies, workers, farmers, and ranchers dedicated to preserving and enhancing the U.S. trade remedy laws.
From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Kaplan served in several senior positions in the U.S. government. He was the Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, at the U.S. Department of Commerce. While there, Mr. Kaplan was in charge of administering the U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws, and conducted over five hundred antidumping and countervailing duty cases. These included cases on agricultural products, steel products, textiles and apparel, and a variety of semiconductor and high-technology products.
During his service at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Kaplan supervised the President’s Steel Program, the U.S.-Japan Agreement on Trade in Semiconductors, the U.S.-Canada agreement on lumber, and the machine tool program. In addition, he oversaw the foreign trade zones program, as well as the Office of Industrial Resource Administration, which develops and implements programs to ensure the availability of industrial resources to meet U.S. peacetime and emergency requirements. He was a principal spokesman for the administration on legislative and congressional issues related to the dumping, countervailing duty and National Security import relief (Section 232) laws.
Mr. Kaplan was also an active participant in the negotiation of the World Trade Organization Agreement. He testified before the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, as well as before the House and Senate GATT Task Forces, and traveled to Geneva to meet with GATT officials and negotiators. He also was one of the few non-Governmental representatives from the U.S. in Doha, Qatar for the kick-off of the Doha Round.
Mr. Kaplan graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, Harvard College, magna cum laude, and Phillips Exeter Academy, with high honors. He and his wife Betty Ann have two children, Katharine and Nicholas.
John P. Lipsky
Peterson Distinguished Scholar
Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC
John Lipsky is the Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the newly-created Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs of Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. Prior to joining SAIS in January 2012, Mr. Lipsky had served a five-year term as the International Monetary Fund’s First Deputy Managing Director. During May-July 2011, Mr. Lipsky was the IMF’s Acting Managing Director. Prior to joining the IMF as First Deputy in September 2006, Mr. Lipsky had been Vice-Chairman of the JPMorgan Investment Bank. Previously, he had been JPMorgan’s Chief Economist, after having served as Chief Economist and Director of Research for Chase Manhattan Bank. Before joining Chase in January 1997, Mr. Lipsky spent thirteen years at Salomon Brothers – the last five as Chief Economist – following a decade at the IMF.
Mr. Lipsky currently serves as Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Program on the World Economy, as Vice Chair of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Global Development. He also is a member of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), and of the Advisory Council of the United Nations Environment Program’s Inquiry on the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. Mr. Lipsky is a Non-Executive Director of HSBC Holdings, plc., and a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
CEFC Global Strategic Holdings
Yadong Liu is currently the CEO of CEFC Global Strategic Holdings, the NYC－based investment arm of the China Energy Fund Co (CEFC) headquartered in Shanghai.
Mr. Liu has been an investor and investment advisor for over 20 years. Prior to joining CEFC, he was the founder of Haohai Investment which focused on equity investment opportunities with a top-down approach. Before that, Mr. Liu was the head of Asian Operations at Medley Capital, a U.S.-based investment group that specializes in structured private transactions throughout the world. Mr. Liu also worked at the Chinese investment bank CICC in the early 1990s. From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Liu was a macro hedge fund advisor at Medley Global Advisors (MGA) and ran its emerging market group.
Mr. Liu started his career in the Chinese Foreign Ministry as a top diplomatic interpreter. He received his BA in English literature from the Beijing Foreign Studies University, his LLB from the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, and both his MA in International Relations and his PhD in Political Science with a focus on international political economy from Columbia University.
Mr. Liu was an inaugural fellow of the Young Leaders Forum under the auspices of the National Committee on US-China Relations.
COO and Partner
Coalescence Partners Investment Management
Yiting Liu is the COO and a partner of Coalescence Partners Investment Management. Prior to Coalescence Partners, Yiting was a co-founding partner of HuiEn Capital and advised Chinese institutions and family offices looking to invest in the US and/or to joint ventures with U.S. institutions. Prior to HuiEn, Yiting was a co-founder and COO of Ray Shi Capital, an investment management company focused on small- and mid-cap Chinese equities. Prior to Ray Shi, Yiting focused on the investment and management of Vision Opportunity China Fund (primarily private equity and PIPE). As the Vice President and head of Greater China, she was actively involved in the formation of Vision Opportunity China Fund and its IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to Vision, Yiting worked at PepsiCo’s corporate strategy and development group at its global headquarters. Yiting started her career at the Boston Consulting Group in New York.
Yiting received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Math with an Applied Field in Economics from Harvard University. She is a Board Member of the Asian Financial Society.
Stephen Markscheid is a venture partner at DealGlobe, a Shanghai based investment bank. He serves as independent non-executive director of Fanhua, Inc., Jinko Solar Inc., Ener-Core Inc., ZZ Capital International Ltd., and Hexindai. Steve is also a trustee of Princeton-in-Asia.
From 1998-2006, Steve worked for GE Capital. During his time with GE, Steve led GE Capital’s business development activities in China and Asia Pacific, primarily acquisitions and direct investments. Prior to GE, Steve worked with the Boston Consulting Group throughout Asia. Steve was a commercial banker for ten years in London, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong and Beijing with Chase Manhattan Bank and First National Bank of Chicago. Steve began his career with the US-China Business Council, in Washington D.C. and Beijing.
Steve earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 1976, an MA in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University in 1980, and an MBA from Columbia University in 1991, where he was class valedictorian. He lives in suburban Chicago with his wife and three children.
Winston Wenyan Ma
CFA China Silkroad Investment Capital (CSIC)
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer (CIO)
After 10 years as a Managing Director at China Investment Corporation (CIC), Winston Ma in March 2018 moved to China Silkroad Investment Capital (CSIC), a newly-established global alternative asset management platform, as Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. At CIC’s inception in 2007, he was among the first group of overseas hires by CIC, where he was a founding member of both CIC’s Private Equity Department and later the Special Investment Department for direct investing (Head of CIC North America office 2014-2015). He had leadership roles in global investments involving financial services, technology (TMT), energy and natural resources sectors.
Prior to that, Mr. Ma served as the deputy head of equity capital markets at Barclays Capital, a vice president at J.P. Morgan investment banking, and a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. He has served as adjunct professor at NYU Stern Business School and Tsinghua School of Economics and Management.
Mr. Ma is the book author of China’s Mobile Economy (Wiley 2016, among “best 2016 business books for CIOs”; Chinese version “Digital Economy 2.0”, September 2017) and Investing in China (Risk Books, 2006). He was selected a 2013 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and in 2014 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from New York University (NYU).
Mr.Ma earned his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross Business School (Beta Gamma Sigma) and his master of comparative jurisprudence from the New York University School of Law (Hauser Global Scholar). He earned bachelor of science and bachelor of law degrees from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Mr. Pin Ni is the President of Wanxiang America Corporation, a wholly owned US subsidiary of Wanxiang Group Company based in Hangzhou, China. Mr. Ni also serves as the Senior Executive Vice President for Wanxiang Group.
Mr. Ni has been serving as president of Wanxiang America Corporation since inception in 1994. The company’s revenue grows from zero to $ 4.0 billion to date, crossing the area of automotive, clean energy, and real estate with operations in 26 states in USA. In January, 2016, He was honored as “The Most Influential Business Person of the Year” by China General Chamber of Commerce – U.S.A.
Mr. Ni is very active in community services. He serves as vice chair of China General Chamber of Commerce – USA (CGCC-USA), board director of World Business Chicago, member of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, member of the Corporate Leadership Council of the US-China Strong Foundation , and member of the Advisory Board of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy.
Mr. Ni received his Bachelor degree and MBA degree from Zhejiang University, after which he joined Wanxiang and has been with the company ever since. He has also studied in the PhD program in University of Kentucky’s Department of Economics.
Henry M. Paulson
Founder and chairman
Henry M. Paulson, Jr., is a businessman, China expert, conservationist and author. He is the founder and chairman of the Paulson Institute.
Paulson served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, from July 2006 to January 2009. Prior to that, he had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as chairman and chief executive officer beginning in 1999. Earlier in his career, he was a member of the White House Domestic Council as well as a staff assistant at the Pentagon.
Today, he is chairman of the Paulson Institute, which aims to advance sustainable economic growth, a cleaner environment and cross-border investments in the United States and China. A “think and do” tank founded in 2011, the Institute’s work is comprised of programs, advocacy and research with partners around the globe.
Paulson is co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Economic Strategy Group, along with former White House chief of staff, Erskine Bowles. The Economic Strategy Group convenes, in a non-partisan spirit, a diverse range of distinguished leaders and thinkers to address significant structural challenges in the U.S. economy.
A lifelong conservationist, Paulson was Chairman of The Nature Conservancy Board of Directors and founded and co-chaired the organization’s Asia-Pacific Council. In 2011, he founded and continues to co-chair the Latin American Conservation Council, comprised of global business and political leaders.
In his best-selling book, On the Brink, Paulson describes his experiences as Treasury Secretary fending off the near-collapse of the U.S. economy during the Great Recession. His most recent best-seller, Dealing with China, details his career working with scores of China’s top political and business leaders and witnessing the evolution of China’s state-controlled capitalism.
Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968 and received an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1970. He and his wife, Wendy, have two children and four grandchildren.
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer
Office of the Executive Director
Scott Pattison serves as executive director and CEO of the National Governors Association (NGA), the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors.
The group speaks with a collective voice on a wide range of issues—everything from health and education to cybersecurity, energy and transportation—and works to influence the federal government on innovative ideas that can be implemented nationwide. NGA seeks innovative solutions to today’s most pressing public policy challenges, identifying those exciting solutions happening every day at the state level.
Pattison works with governors to identify and prioritize issues facing states, identifies challenges and solutions to those challenges and oversees the day-to-day operations of the association. He brings a wealth of pioneering experience in tackling trade issues; financial and resource planning; and understanding the nuanced relationship between state and federal governments, especially in how budgets can be drivers of success in achieving results. He’s frequently interviewed by news organizations, including The New York Times, NPR and The Washington Post, about public policy issues. Prior to joining NGA, Pattison served for over 14 years as director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, supporting governors’ chief financial officers and budget directors by providing expert analysis to guide state budget practices and decisions.
He started his career in the federal government at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the late 1980s. At the FTC, Pattison held roles as attorney-advisor, special assistant and staff attorney. Following his tenure at the FTC, Pattison served as the executive director for the National Consumer Coalition, where he honed skills in nonprofit management and developed partnerships with members of Congress. Pattison also served as state budget director and head of the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget, as well as counsel in the office of the Virginia Attorney General.
Pattison understands the crucial role education plays at all levels of public service. He recently served on the board of Old Dominion University and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond. He is also a fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration, serves on the board of the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and is a former chair of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University, Pattison went on to receive his law degree from the University of Virginia.
Scott grew up in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Chien Chung Pei
Chair, Board of Trustees
Trustee since 2004
C.C. Pei founded Pei Partnership Architects in 1992 with his brother, L.C. Pei. He is the middle son of I.M. Pei. Mr. Pei spent the first 20 years of his professional career contributing to many of I.M. Pei and Partners’ most celebrated projects. He has nationally recognized expertise in museum architecture and medical facility design. He was the designer-in-charge and project architect of the Grand Louvre in Paris, the West Wing extension of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the Xiangshan Hotel in Beijing. Mr. Pei pioneered the development of health care architecture dedicated to developing design as an integral part of the healing process. He led the design for New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital Guggenheim Pavilion and the Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, AL. Major projects since 1992 include the recently completed Bank of China Head Office Building in Beijing, China, and the Westwood Replacement Hospital at UCLA. Current work includes the Suzhou (China) Museum, the Chancery for the Peoples Republic of China in Washington, DC, the U.S. National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg, VA. Internationally, he has projects in Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. In China, he has projects in the Forbidden City and at Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing and in Qingdao. Mr. Pei is a member of the Delano-Aldrich Foundation Committee of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a Trustee of the Collegiate School. He received a B.A cum laude in Physics from Harvard College and Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Laura Phillips is the Senior Vice President for Global Sustainability at Walmart. In this role, Laura works with associates, suppliers, nonprofits, government officials and academics to develop and implement Walmart’s global sustainability strategy – aligned with the mission to Save people money, so they can live better. Laura’s work is focused on reducing costs in energy and waste, while providing access to products sourced sustainably.
Prior to this role, Laura led Walmart’s Enterprise Strategy team on Omni-Channel Assortments and served for 20 years in various leadership roles in U.S. Merchandising including dry grocery, wireless, video games, toys and as the General Merchandise Manager of Entertainment. Laura joined Walmart in 1994, as a store intern in Florida.
Some of her key accomplishments include: Founding member of the Walmart Sustainability Network, 2007 Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur award recipient, member and former chair of the President’s Global Council for Women’s Leaders, Board Advisory member of the Bentonville Film Festival and serves on the board for the Walton MBA Alumni Council.
Laura earned her BA of Science in Finance from the University of Florida in Gainesville, an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and is a Graduate of the Global 2020 program at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth. She resides in Rogers, AR with her husband, John and their two children, Jack and Kate.
Daniel H. Rosen
Daniel H. Rosen is a founding partner of Rhodium Group and leads the firm’s work on China, India and Asia. Mr. Rosen has twenty-six years of professional experience analyzing China’s economy, commercial sector and external interactions. He is widely recognized for his contributions on the US-China economic relationship. He is affiliated with a number of American thinktanks focused on international economics, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University. From 2000-2001, Mr. Rosen was Senior Adviser for International Economic Policy at the White House National Economic Council and National Security Council. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and board member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. A native of New York City, Mr. Rosen graduated with distinction from the graduate School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University (MSFS) and with honors in Asian Studies and Economics from the University of Texas, Austin (BA).
As sustainability editor of Bloomberg.com, Eric Roston oversees coverage of energy, climate change, and natural resources.
Roston is the author of the critically acclaimed book THE CARBON AGE: How Life’s Core Element Has Become Civilization’s Greatest Threat. He joined Bloomberg after serving as a senior analyst on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and before that, at Duke University’s climate change policy think tank, the Nicholas Institute.
Previously, Roston wrote for TIME, in New York and then Washington, where he covered science, technology, and politics. Fluent in Russian, Roston holds an M.A. in Russian history, and a B.A. in modern European history, both from Columbia University.
Joseph E. Stiglitz
Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (US president’s) Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2001 and received that university’s highest academic rank (university professor) in 2003. In 2011 Stiglitz was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz’s work focuses on income distribution, risk, corporate governance, public policy, macroeconomics and globalization. He is the author of numerous books, and several bestsellers. His most recent titles are Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited, The Euro, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy and The Great Divide.
Mr. Wang is currently the Chairman of TKK Capital. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Director of CM Seven Star Acquisition Corporation since 19 Feb 2018.
Mr. Wang was a Senior Advisor to TPG China, Limited (Growth Platform) from Sept 2015 till end of Dec 2017 and was the Chairman of Evolution Media China (a newly-established media and internet investment platform closely associated with TPG Growth and Creative Artists Agency, the leading Hollywood professional firm) from 2016 to Nov 2017. From May 2006 to Aug 2015, Mr. Wang was a Partner at TPG, served as a Co-Chairman of TPG Greater China and the Head of TPG Growth North Asia. He was the non-executive director of China Renewable Energy Investment Limited (HKEx: 987) from June 2011 to October 2015, and MIE Holdings Corporation (HKEx: 1555) from June 2010 to November 2015. He was a member of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong from June 2011 to May 2013. He also previously served as the Chairman of the Industry Policy Committee (IPC) of China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) from May 2011 to Nov 2015.
Mr. Wang is the Vice General Manager (non-executive) of CMIG Capital Company Limited since May 2017. He was the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of China Minsheng Financial Holding Corporation Limited (HKEx: 245) from February 2016 to May 2017. He was also a Standing Committee Member of the 9th, 10th and 11th Yunnan Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference from Jan 2003 until Jan 2018. In 1991, he founded Amerinvest Group of companies, personal investment companies that focus primarily in real estate, forestry, natural resources and start-up high-tech companies, etc. Since 2015, he is the Chairman of Texas Kang Kai Group of Companies. In July 2017, he was appointed as the Independent Non-Executive Director and a member of the Audit Committee of Sands China Limited.
Mr. Wang graduated from Yunnan University, China, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He holds a Master of Science degree in Forestry and its Relation to Land Use, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an Oxford Master of Arts, all from the University of Oxford, UK.
Steven Witkoff is chairman and CEO of The Witkoff Group, which he founded in 1997. With extensive experience in all aspects of the development process, from financing and acquisitions through construction, he has successfully led the repositioning of over 70 properties comprising some 18 million square feet in major central business districts in the United States and abroad.
Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Witkoff co-founded Stellar Management Company, where he acquired and repositioned a portfolio of residential buildings in New York City. Mr. Witkoff previously practiced as an attorney in real estate law at Dreyer & Traub and Rosenman & Colin, where he represented a number of large developers and investors.
Mr. Witkoff holds a BA from Hofstra University and a JD from Hofstra’s Deane School of Law, and he currently serves as a member of Hofstra’s Board of Trustees. He served on the Executive Committee for the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and as a trustee for the Intrepid Foundation.
China Construction America (CCA)
Chairman and President
China General Chamber of Commerce-U.S.A. (CGCC)
Vice Chairman & the 3rd and 4th Chairman
Mr. Ning Yuan began his career with CSCEC in 1988 and became president of China Construction America (CCA), CSCEC’s subsidiary in the Americas, in 2001. He has more than 20 years of experience in international business with significant expertise in construction and real estate.
Leveraging his entrepreneurial acumen and relentless pursuit of excellence, Mr. Yuan successfully led CCA’s transformation from a small company of just 12 employees in 2000 to a highly competitive and well-recognized player in the US construction and real estate market. CCA is now the 37th largest general contractor and the 10th largest bridge contractor in the United States and ranked the Top 25 Contractors in General Building. It is also the second-largest builder in South Florida and fourth-largest builder in New York City. Under Mr. Yuan’s leadership, CCA has completed more than 1,000 projects, many of which have garnered prestigious awards, including the Tien-yow Jeme Civil Engineering Award, Lu Ban Award, Construction Achievement Project of the Year Award by the American Society of Civil Engineering, Project of the Year by New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Top 10 Bridges award by the Roads & Bridges Magazine, Award of Merit by ENR and the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award.
Under Mr. Yuan’s leadership, CCA completed its acquisition of Plaza Construction in 2014, which has enhanced CCA’s building business and put the company in a more competitive position in the United States. Meanwhile, CCA has successfully expanded into the Caribbean and Latin America markets, with a strong presence in The Bahamas and Panama.
Mr. Yuan also initiated and succeeded in establishing CCA’s investment and development platform to serve the company’s business expansion in the Americas. With a portfolio of $1.5 billion, CCA continues to make considerable contribution to the local economy and create jobs.
In addition to being a successful businessman, Mr. Yuan is a keen educator. Committed to supporting initiatives that promote the delivery of quality education to youth, he travels to Harvard Business School, the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and other prestigious universities to mentor young talents with his industry expertise and inspirational experience. He also helped teaching two Harvard Case Studies published in 2011 on CCA’s successful operations in the United States to MBA students at invitation.
In 2011, Mr. Yuan assumed office as chairman of CGCC. During his tenure, CGCC achieved substantial growth and became the most influential China-US business association based in the United States, making significant contribution to bilateral business exchanges. Mr. Yuan’s exceptional work has led to his re-election in 2013 for a second term. Currently he continues to serve the chamber as vice chairman. In 2017, Mr. Yuan assumed office as trustee of China Institute, one of the most prestigious non-profit organization for China-US cultural exchanges.
Christine Y Zhao
Partner of YuanMing Capital. Previously she was the Group Chief Financial Officer for Best Inc., a pre-IPO unicorn company in China with valuation over $3bn (now NYSE listed) and major investors including Alibaba, Goldman, Walden, IDG, Softbank, IFC, China Everbrite and Citics PE. Prior to this, she was a Managing Director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch and an Executive Director in JPMorgan, where she held senior positions in HQ and global corporate and investment banking units, including as regional CFO/COO. She also worked at American Express in various capacities including strategy and corporate venture investing, and at Goldman Sachs in investment banking. She has worked in New York, London, Singapore, Hong Kong and China, and has managed teams across four continents.
A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Christine holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics with distinction from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She is an independent Board member of Nasdaq listed company BeyondSpring Inc.(Nasdaq: BYSI), as well as a Board member of the Chinese Finance Association (TCFA), a non-profit organization with over 6,000 members worldwide, a Board member of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Westchester & Hudson Valley chapter, and a member of BayHelix, an organization of leaders of Chinese heritage in the global life sciences and healthcare community. Christine was a graduate of Shenzhen High School, and is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese.