Executive Summit Speakers Bio


Andrew Browne
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.


Anla Cheng
Founder and CEO, SupChina

Ms. Cheng is the Founder and CEO of SupChina, a 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. Cheng is also a senior partner of Sino-Century, a China Private Equity Fund which pursues an Inbound and Outbound China strategy.


Dorinda Elliott
SVP, Director of the Center for Business
China Institute

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.


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.


Andras Forgacs
Co-founder and CEO
Modern Meadow

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 banking.


Scarlet Fu
Anchor, Bloomberg

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.



James B. Heimowitz
China Institute

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.


Henry Huang
Sy Syms School of Business
Yeshiva University

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.


Yasheng Huang
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.


Adi Ignatius
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.


Merit E. Janow
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs
Professor of Professional Practice, International Economic Law & International Affairs
Columbia University

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.

She has written three books and numerous articles and frequently speaks before business, policy and academic audiences around the world.


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.


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.


Yadong Liu
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.


Yiting Liu
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.


Stephen Markscheid

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.



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.


Pin Ni
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.




Henry M. Paulson
Founder and chairman
Paulson Institute
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.


Scott Pattison
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.


Chien Chung Pei
Chair, Board of Trustees
China Institute
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.


Laura Phillips
Senior Vice President for Global Sustainability

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.


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.



Eric Roston
Sustainability Editor

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.


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.

His most recent titles are Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited, The Euro, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy and The Great Divide.


Sing Wang
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.


Steven Witkoff
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.



Ning Yuan
China Construction America (CCA)
Chairman and President

China Institute

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.

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.