Keynote Speakers

The Honorable Kevin Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010- 2012). 

Mr. Rudd is inaugural President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York. ASPI is a “think do tank” dedicated to second track diplomacy to help governments and businesses on policy challenges within Asia, and between Asia, the US and the West. Mr. Rudd is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School where in 2014-15 he completed a major policy report on the Future of U.S.-China Relations Under Xi Jinping. He served also as Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism where in 2015-6 he led a review of the UN system. 


He is a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London, a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Paulson Institute in Chicago. Mr. Rudd is a member of the Comprehensive Test Ban Organization’s Group of Eminent Persons. He studies China for over 30 years, is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, serves at the international advisory board of the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University, and honorary professor of Peking University. He currently undertakes a major research project at Oxford on Xi Jinping’s Worldview. 

Kevin Rudd

Commonwealth of Australia

Former Prime Minister

Opening Keynote

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific thought leader, author and noted lecturer, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications. Dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as a professor at New York University and is a Foreign Affairs Columnist and Editor at Large for Time magazine. He is the author of several books, including the national bestsellers, Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? His latest book, Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World, focuses on the future of America’s role in the world. His next book, Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, is available now. Find him on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @IanBremmer.

Ian Bremmer

Euraisa Group

President and Founder

Opening Keynote

Mr. Linpeng Wang is the Chairman and President of China Easyhome Investment Holding Group, Ltd., a Beijing-based operating giant of home furnishing and building supplies for super-malls in China, with revenues of over 60 billion RMB (~10 billion USD) in 2017. Before joining Easyhome in 1999, Mr. Wang served as the Vice President of China Hualian Group, the largest state-owned supermarket and department chain store in China in the 1990s. He received his BA from Beijing Commerce and Technology University, and finished his EMBA program from Guanghua School of Business and Management at Peking University. He also holds various positions industry-wide such as Vice President of China International Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of China National Commerce Association, as well as Vice Chairman of China Business Council of APEC. 

In late 2015, Mr. Wang attended the 23rd APEC Summit in Manila, Philipine with Chinese delegation headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping. In 2017, Mr. Wang acquired Homestyler, a division from Silicon Valley-based graphic design giant Autodesk, renamed Easyhome Homestyler. In Feb 2018, Mr. Linpeng Wang received a $865 million investment from Alibaba, the world's largest e-commerce platform in exchange for a 15% stake in Easyhome. The company is also scheduled for an IPO at the end of 2018 in Chinese Stock Exchanges, together with another approximately $1.24 billion USD investment from other leading PE/VC fires led by Sequoia Capital, Yunfeng Funds, SCHC Venture Capital, as well as Taikang Insurance Holding Ltd. 

Linpeng Wang

Beijing Easyhome Investment Holding Group

Chairman And CEO

Special Guest Speaker

Edmund Phelps, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics, is Director of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University. He has written books on growth, unemployment theory, recessions, stagnation, inclusion, rewarding work, dynamism, indigenous innovation and the good economy. His work can be seen as a lifelong project to put “people as we know them” into economic theory. His book Mass Flourishing (2013) remarks that cavemen had the ability to imagine new things and the zeal to create them and a culture liberating and inspiring the dynamism is necessary to ignite a “passion for the new.”

Edmund S. Phelps

Columbia University

2006 Nobel Laureate in Economic - Director, Center on Capitalism and Society

Closing Keynote


Alumni Speakes

 David is the Founder & CEO of WonderCV, an AI-powered online career center that aims to bridge the gap between college education and career development. Prior to WonderCV, David started his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, and later joined Affinity Equity Partners (formerly UBS Capital Asia), a $3.9 billion PE fund. In addition, he is a founding partner at Younker Capital, a founding  trustee of Global China Connection, and a co-founder of Heart2Heart Canadian Youth Society.  David is also a TEDx speaker, a mentor to Tsinghua University’s Career Coaching Program, and an op-ed writer for LinkedIn. He plays several musical instruments and enjoys producing hip-hop music at home. David graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Columbia University.

David is the Founder & CEO of WonderCV, an AI-powered online career center that aims to bridge the gap between college education and career development. Prior to WonderCV, David started his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, and later joined Affinity Equity Partners (formerly UBS Capital Asia), a $3.9 billion PE fund. In addition, he is a founding partner at Younker Capital, a founding  trustee of Global China Connection, and a co-founder of Heart2Heart Canadian Youth Society.

David is also a TEDx speaker, a mentor to Tsinghua University’s Career Coaching Program, and an op-ed writer for LinkedIn. He plays several musical instruments and enjoys producing hip-hop music at home. David graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Columbia University.

David Zhu

WonderCV

Founder and CEO

 Kaye is the COO & Co-Founder of Woo Space, one of the leading co-working space startups in China. In March 2018, Woo Space merged with UrWork, creating an even stronger co-working culture in China. She holds a bachelor degree in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University. Prior to founding Woo Space, she worked as a consultant at Oliver Wyman and had extensive exposure to the hospitality industry through her time at Horwath, Extended Stay America, and Fairmont Hotel. In 2009, she co-founded Cornell GCC and later became the president of the chapter.

Kaye is the COO & Co-Founder of Woo Space, one of the leading co-working space startups in China. In March 2018, Woo Space merged with UrWork, creating an even stronger co-working culture in China. She holds a bachelor degree in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University. Prior to founding Woo Space, she worked as a consultant at Oliver Wyman and had extensive exposure to the hospitality industry through her time at Horwath, Extended Stay America, and Fairmont Hotel. In 2009, she co-founded Cornell GCC and later became the president of the chapter.

Kaye Xinqi Han

Woo Space

Co-Founder and COO

 Daniel Tedesco is an MBA student at Columbia Business School. Previously, he worked in corporate strategy for a wine seller in Shanghai and business development for two education technology startups. He joined GCC in 2009, serving as global president (2011-2012) and chair for the board of trustees (2013-2016). Daniel is a graduate of Drexel University and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Daniel and his wife Flora care a lot about building great teams and often switch between Mandarin and English when dorking out on business leadership topics.

Daniel Tedesco is an MBA student at Columbia Business School. Previously, he worked in corporate strategy for a wine seller in Shanghai and business development for two education technology startups. He joined GCC in 2009, serving as global president (2011-2012) and chair for the board of trustees (2013-2016). Daniel is a graduate of Drexel University and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Daniel and his wife Flora care a lot about building great teams and often switch between Mandarin and English when dorking out on business leadership topics.

Daniel Tedesco

Global China Connection

Former Chairman of Board of Trustees


Business Panel

The tough situation on trade does not stop ambitious Chinese companies from marching into the U.S. market in seek of investment opportunities—according to Rhodium Group, China’s foreign direct investment in the U.S. leaps to 46.2 billion in total in 2016. Big state-own lenders such as Bank of China continuously expand their branches to reach large Chinese population in the U.S., and Chinese private investors recently increase their outbound M&A activities especially in the insurance sector. What’s more, the growing local market potential and the tech-friendly environment appeal China-affiliated innovative companies in automobile, energy, communication and many other industries to enter the U.S. for production and sales of goods and services. However, along with the expansion are the competition with local companies and the challenges such as regulatory policies. In this panel, we will look at the current and future situation of China’s finance and business activities in the U.S. both from the macroeconomic perspective as well as from that of an individual business owner or investor in the money game.

 Dr. Mo is a managing director and the chief economist at AIG. In this role, he is responsible for providing macroeconomic and financial as well as international residential and commercial real estate analysis for the firm’s asset management (+$360bn AUM) and insurance businesses. Dr. Mo’s forecasts are widely used for the firm’s budgeting, internal stress testing, valuation of structural real estate products and risk management purposes. He is also a voting member of the firm’s sovereign risk review committee, which determines the size of AIG exposure in each country. Dr. Mo joined AIG December 2013.  Previously, Dr. Mo worked as a director and senior economist in the Economics Research team at Credit Suisse. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Dr. Mo worked as a research assistant at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Dr. Mo has also done DBA, EMBA, MS or executive teaching at a number of institutions, including Fordham University, Tsinghua PBC School of Finance, Beijing University, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Cheung Kung Graduate School of Business and Zhongshan University, etc. Dr. Mo has published in top-tier academic journals and has regularly presented at academic, regulatory, and industrial conferences. His research work was regularly quoted by the world’s leading financial media.

Dr. Mo is a managing director and the chief economist at AIG. In this role, he is responsible for providing macroeconomic and financial as well as international residential and commercial real estate analysis for the firm’s asset management (+$360bn AUM) and insurance businesses. Dr. Mo’s forecasts are widely used for the firm’s budgeting, internal stress testing, valuation of structural real estate products and risk management purposes. He is also a voting member of the firm’s sovereign risk review committee, which determines the size of AIG exposure in each country. Dr. Mo joined AIG December 2013.

Previously, Dr. Mo worked as a director and senior economist in the Economics Research team at Credit Suisse. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Dr. Mo worked as a research assistant at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Dr. Mo has also done DBA, EMBA, MS or executive teaching at a number of institutions, including Fordham University, Tsinghua PBC School of Finance, Beijing University, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Cheung Kung Graduate School of Business and Zhongshan University, etc. Dr. Mo has published in top-tier academic journals and has regularly presented at academic, regulatory, and industrial conferences. His research work was regularly quoted by the world’s leading financial media.

Henry MO

American Insurance Group

Chief Economist

Moderator

 Yiting has 15 years of experience in investment, strategy and operations. She has worked for world class companies and has started companies from scratch. She is the COO and a partner of the Coalescence Partners, and a managing partner and an investment committee member of the New Hope-Coalescence private equity investments.  Prior to Coalescence Partners, Yiting was a 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 Capital, 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.

Yiting has 15 years of experience in investment, strategy and operations. She has worked for world class companies and has started companies from scratch. She is the COO and a partner of the Coalescence Partners, and a managing partner and an investment committee member of the New Hope-Coalescence private equity investments.

Prior to Coalescence Partners, Yiting was a 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 Capital, 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.

Yiting Liu

Coalescence Partners

Partner and Chief Operating Officer

 Jonathan Krane is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of KraneShares, an asset management firm delivering China-focused exchange traded funds to global investors. KraneShares focuses on providing expert access and products for investors to gain exposure to China’s capital markets. Jonathan has spent the last fifteen years working with companies in China. He previously founded a leading media and entertainment company in China which was later sold to a publicly traded multinational corporation.  Jonathan received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Connecticut College. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Jonathan sits on the advisory board for the US-China Strong Foundation.

Jonathan Krane is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of KraneShares, an asset management firm delivering China-focused exchange traded funds to global investors. KraneShares focuses on providing expert access and products for investors to gain exposure to China’s capital markets. Jonathan has spent the last fifteen years working with companies in China. He previously founded a leading media and entertainment company in China which was later sold to a publicly traded multinational corporation.

Jonathan received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Connecticut College. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Jonathan sits on the advisory board for the US-China Strong Foundation.

Jonathan Krane

KraneShares

Chief Executive Officer

 James Berman is the president and founder of JBGlobal.com LLC, a registered investment advisory firm specializing in asset management for high-net-worth individuals and trusts. With over twenty years of experience managing client portfolios, Mr. Berman is a specialist in value investing and asset allocation. As the president of JBGlobal LLC, the general partner of the JBGlobal Fund L.P., Mr. Berman manages a global equities fund that invests in the United States, Europe and Asia.  Mr. Berman is a faculty member in the Finance Department of the NYU School of Professional Studies where he teaches corporate finance and received a 2014 Award for Teaching Excellence. He also serves as subadvisor to Eitan Ventures LLC, a venture capital fund based in New York.  Mr. Berman has appeared on CNBC and the Fox Business Channel and has been published and quoted in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Fortune, Bloomberg, and CNN Money. As a regular blogger for Forbes, he covers financial topics ranging from value investing to the economy. He is the author of Lessons from the Lemonade Stand: A Common Sense Primer on Investing, winner of the Next Generation Indie Award for Best Non-Fiction eBook of 2013. Mr. Berman received a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

James Berman is the president and founder of JBGlobal.com LLC, a registered investment advisory firm specializing in asset management for high-net-worth individuals and trusts. With over twenty years of experience managing client portfolios, Mr. Berman is a specialist in value investing and asset allocation. As the president of JBGlobal LLC, the general partner of the JBGlobal Fund L.P., Mr. Berman manages a global equities fund that invests in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Berman is a faculty member in the Finance Department of the NYU School of Professional Studies where he teaches corporate finance and received a 2014 Award for Teaching Excellence. He also serves as subadvisor to Eitan Ventures LLC, a venture capital fund based in New York.

Mr. Berman has appeared on CNBC and the Fox Business Channel and has been published and quoted in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Fortune, Bloomberg, and CNN Money. As a regular blogger for Forbes, he covers financial topics ranging from value investing to the economy. He is the author of Lessons from the Lemonade Stand: A Common Sense Primer on Investing, winner of the Next Generation Indie Award for Best Non-Fiction eBook of 2013. Mr. Berman received a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

James Berman

JBGlobal.com LLC

Founder and President


Policy Panel

From the “America First” rhetoric during the presidential election to the ongoing China-U.S. trade tension, Trump administration has not yet presented to the world an overarching China policy that reconciles the conflict between the populist ideology of protectionism and the urgent need of China-U.S. economic integration. Meanwhile, China is confused about the attitude of Trump administration towards Sino-U.S. trade. Although the meeting at Mar-a-Lago nurtured a bonding of personal relationship between President Trump and Xi, Trump attacked China immediately later on violating WTO policies, and the administration approved controversial tariffs afterward on washing machines and solar panels imported from China. No doubt that a more trustworthy and reciprocal relationship between the U.S. and China has to be put on agenda considering the rapidly increasing trade flows across the border. What are the visions China and US hold towards each other on the trade issue, respectively? How should we interpret the ongoing tension and the direction it leads to? How likely will there be a trade war, and what might be the possible consequences?

 White House Correspondent and Chief Editor of Shanghai Media Group (SMG), China’s second largest media group. He is the first Chinese media member of White House Correspondents’ Association in its 100-year history. He has covered the US political news on daily basis and major China-US events for the past decade. He also covered Brexit, French and Germany elections, and he just returned from Russia for covering its election.

White House Correspondent and Chief Editor of Shanghai Media Group (SMG), China’s second largest media group. He is the first Chinese media member of White House Correspondents’ Association in its 100-year history. He has covered the US political news on daily basis and major China-US events for the past decade. He also covered Brexit, French and Germany elections, and he just returned from Russia for covering its election.

Ching-yi Chang

Shanghai Media Group

White House Correspondent

Moderator

 Anthony Saich is the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, teaching courses on comparative political institutions, democratic governance, and transitional economies with a focus on China. In his capacity as Ash Center Director, Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the faculty chair of the China Programs, the Asia Energy Leaders Program and the Leadership Transformation in Indonesia Program, which provide training programs for national and local Chinese and Indonesian officials.  Saich first visited China as a student in 1976 and continues to visit each year. Currently, he is a guest professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He also advises a wide range of government, private, and nonprofit organizations on work in China and elsewhere in Asia.  He holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Letters, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He received his master’s degree in politics with special reference to China from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and his bachelor’s degree in politics and geography from the University of Newcastle, UK. Away from the office, he enjoys time with his two children, movies, and soccer.

Anthony Saich is the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, teaching courses on comparative political institutions, democratic governance, and transitional economies with a focus on China. In his capacity as Ash Center Director, Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the faculty chair of the China Programs, the Asia Energy Leaders Program and the Leadership Transformation in Indonesia Program, which provide training programs for national and local Chinese and Indonesian officials.

Saich first visited China as a student in 1976 and continues to visit each year. Currently, he is a guest professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He also advises a wide range of government, private, and nonprofit organizations on work in China and elsewhere in Asia.

He holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Letters, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He received his master’s degree in politics with special reference to China from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and his bachelor’s degree in politics and geography from the University of Newcastle, UK. Away from the office, he enjoys time with his two children, movies, and soccer.

Anthony Saich

Harvard Kennedy School

Daewoo Professor of International Affairs

 John L. Holden is CEO of the US-China Strong Foundation, which seeks to strengthen American capacity to understand China, and thus to create more productive relations between future American leaders and their Chinese peers. Prior to joining US-China Strong, Mr. Holden was Associate Dean at Peking University, where he played a key role in the launch and management of the university’s Yenching Academy – an interdisciplinary center for select college graduates pursuing Master’s degrees in China Studies – and served as Professor of Management Practice at the university’s Guanghua School of Management.  A veteran China expert, Mr. Holden was President of the National Committee on US-China Relations from 1998 to 2005, helping to grow the organization’s scope and programmatic initiatives, which included the US-China Young Leaders Forum, the Foreign Policy Colloquium, and the Public Intellectuals Program. He also led Track II dialogues and managed exchange programs on topics ranging from security and the environment to public health and education. In 2017, he received an award from China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) for his “Outstanding Service and Contribution to Education in China.”  Fluent in Mandarin, Mr. Holden has lived in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei for more than 30 years, is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is Nonresident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He earned his M.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Stanford University and his B.A. in the same field from the University of Minnesota.

John L. Holden is CEO of the US-China Strong Foundation, which seeks to strengthen American capacity to understand China, and thus to create more productive relations between future American leaders and their Chinese peers. Prior to joining US-China Strong, Mr. Holden was Associate Dean at Peking University, where he played a key role in the launch and management of the university’s Yenching Academy – an interdisciplinary center for select college graduates pursuing Master’s degrees in China Studies – and served as Professor of Management Practice at the university’s Guanghua School of Management.

A veteran China expert, Mr. Holden was President of the National Committee on US-China Relations from 1998 to 2005, helping to grow the organization’s scope and programmatic initiatives, which included the US-China Young Leaders Forum, the Foreign Policy Colloquium, and the Public Intellectuals Program. He also led Track II dialogues and managed exchange programs on topics ranging from security and the environment to public health and education. In 2017, he received an award from China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) for his “Outstanding Service and Contribution to Education in China.”

Fluent in Mandarin, Mr. Holden has lived in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei for more than 30 years, is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is Nonresident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He earned his M.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Stanford University and his B.A. in the same field from the University of Minnesota.

JOHN HOLDEN

US-China Strong Foundation

Chief Executive Officer

 Xiaobo Lu is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University and he is Acting Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. He is the founding director of Columbia Global Centers (East Asia) in Beijing. Professor Lu teaches courses on Chinese politics, political economy, comparative political corruption and it control, and comparative politics. His research interests include Chinese politics, US-China relations, politics of economic development, corruption and good governance, regulatory reforms, and government-business relations. He has published widely on these subjects and consults for business firms, civic groups, and government agencies. He has been Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Jiaotong University and Tongji University in China; City University of Hong Kong; Hertie School of Governance in Berlin; Institute of Political Science (Sciences-Po) and Paris University I-Sorbonne in Paris. Professor Lu serves on the editorial boards of several international scholarly journals.  He is a member of Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee of US- China Relations. He has appeared on PBS, CNN, BBC, and NPR on issues related to Chinese politics, macroeconomics, social change, and governance. He also gives public speeches on broader topics such as the rise of global populism, corruption, social media and their political and social impact, and politics of economic development. He has delivered speeches and briefings to organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, European Commission, the Asia Foundation, the Asia Society, World Affairs Council, National Committee for US-China Relations, American Center for International Leadership, Asia Society, the China Institute of America, and the Japan Society. Xiaobo Lu received his PhD degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Xiaobo Lu is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University and he is Acting Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. He is the founding director of Columbia Global Centers (East Asia) in Beijing. Professor Lu teaches courses on Chinese politics, political economy, comparative political corruption and it control, and comparative politics. His research interests include Chinese politics, US-China relations, politics of economic development, corruption and good governance, regulatory reforms, and government-business relations. He has published widely on these subjects and consults for business firms, civic groups, and government agencies. He has been Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Jiaotong University and Tongji University in China; City University of Hong Kong; Hertie School of Governance in Berlin; Institute of Political Science (Sciences-Po) and Paris University I-Sorbonne in Paris. Professor Lu serves on the editorial boards of several international scholarly journals.

He is a member of Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee of US- China Relations. He has appeared on PBS, CNN, BBC, and NPR on issues related to Chinese politics, macroeconomics, social change, and governance. He also gives public speeches on broader topics such as the rise of global populism, corruption, social media and their political and social impact, and politics of economic development. He has delivered speeches and briefings to organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, European Commission, the Asia Foundation, the Asia Society, World Affairs Council, National Committee for US-China Relations, American Center for International Leadership, Asia Society, the China Institute of America, and the Japan Society. Xiaobo Lu received his PhD degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Xiaobo Lü

Columbia University

Acting Director of Weatherhead East Asian Institute


Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship panel could potentially mark the start of numerous longlasting mentorship relationships between budding entrepreneurs and business professionals running successful ventures. These professionals, with their valuable experiences and innovative mindsets, will provide insights into identifying untapped opportunities within an increasingly globalized market, as well as some of the challenges they face while trying to self-sustain. The panel also features representatives from reputable venture funds, whose mission nowadays is to study recent trends in the development of various industries in both the Chinese and the U.S. markets, and to create the platform for startup businesses to collaborate with industry leaders worldwide, thus expanding their channels overseas and promoting their brands to potential customers and investors.

 Carol began her career in New York at Bankers Trust Company (BT) where she specialized in private capital raising for corporate and sovereign clients. Following BT, she was Managing Director in Tokyo for The Whitney Group, an international executive search firm. During her years in Hong Kong, she was advisor and an angel investor to AsiaInfo which became the first China-based tech company to go public on the NASDAQ. Since returning to New York, she has been investing and advising startups and founded the Rattray Kimura Foundation.  Carol is currently a member of the board of trustees of Bates College, The Asian Cultural Council and the Re Foundation founded by Tan Dun. She is an advisory board member of Global China Connection, the Columbia Business School's Lang Center for Entrepreneurship and its South Asia Business Association, Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Advisory and Cornell University Councils and The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. Carol received an MBA and MIA from Columbia University and a BA from Cornell University.

Carol began her career in New York at Bankers Trust Company (BT) where she specialized in private capital raising for corporate and sovereign clients. Following BT, she was Managing Director in Tokyo for The Whitney Group, an international executive search firm. During her years in Hong Kong, she was advisor and an angel investor to AsiaInfo which became the first China-based tech company to go public on the NASDAQ. Since returning to New York, she has been investing and advising startups and founded the Rattray Kimura Foundation.

Carol is currently a member of the board of trustees of Bates College, The Asian Cultural Council and the Re Foundation founded by Tan Dun. She is an advisory board member of Global China Connection, the Columbia Business School's Lang Center for Entrepreneurship and its South Asia Business Association, Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Advisory and Cornell University Councils and The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. Carol received an MBA and MIA from Columbia University and a BA from Cornell University.

CAROL RATTRAY

Zoomdojo

Co-Founder

Moderator

 Paul Marks founded Argosy in 1988. Argosy is now the leading supplier of advanced composite materials and related supplies to the aerospace and composites industries throughout Asia. The company, with headquarters in New York and facilities located throughout the US, Asia and Europe, manufactures aluminum honeycomb products in a joint venture with Xian Aircraft Company. Argosy distributes both aluminum and aramid honeycomb products to the global marketplace. Argosy provides composite kits from its Taiwan kitting facility and honeycomb kits from its Huntsville Alabama facility. Argosy also blends, under license from AKZO NOBEL, aerospace coatings and provides comprehensive logistics services worldwide.  Mr. Marks is chairperson of the boards of Argosy International Inc. and its six global subsidiaries as well as Argosy’s joint venture, Argosy XAC Composite Materials Ltd., and a member of the board of directors of Argosy Fung Lee Industrial Company, Ltd. Mr. Marks is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, where he is chairperson emeritus of the Chamber's Export Compliance Working Group. He is a member of SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering) and on the boards of SAMPE China as well as the SAMPE Foundation, which supports the educational needs of the next generation of material scientists and engineers. Mr. Marks is a founding member of and frequently serves as a session chairperson of the “International Forum on Composite Material Applications for Large Commercial Aircraft” sponsored by the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Mr. Marks is also a trustee of Bates College, a coeducational, nationally ranked college of the liberal arts and sciences in Lewiston, Maine.  Mr. Marks did graduate work in Asian studies at Columbia University, National Taiwan Political University, and Chinese language studies at Beijing Foreign Language Institute and National Taiwan Normal University. His undergraduate degree is in Chinese history from Bates College. Mr. Marks is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin). He currently resides with his wife in both Shanghai and New York.

Paul Marks founded Argosy in 1988. Argosy is now the leading supplier of advanced composite materials and related supplies to the aerospace and composites industries throughout Asia. The company, with headquarters in New York and facilities located throughout the US, Asia and Europe, manufactures aluminum honeycomb products in a joint venture with Xian Aircraft Company. Argosy distributes both aluminum and aramid honeycomb products to the global marketplace. Argosy provides composite kits from its Taiwan kitting facility and honeycomb kits from its Huntsville Alabama facility. Argosy also blends, under license from AKZO NOBEL, aerospace coatings and provides comprehensive logistics services worldwide.

Mr. Marks is chairperson of the boards of Argosy International Inc. and its six global subsidiaries as well as Argosy’s joint venture, Argosy XAC Composite Materials Ltd., and a member of the board of directors of Argosy Fung Lee Industrial Company, Ltd. Mr. Marks is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, where he is chairperson emeritus of the Chamber's Export Compliance Working Group. He is a member of SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering) and on the boards of SAMPE China as well as the SAMPE Foundation, which supports the educational needs of the next generation of material scientists and engineers. Mr. Marks is a founding member of and frequently serves as a session chairperson of the “International Forum on Composite Material Applications for Large Commercial Aircraft” sponsored by the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Mr. Marks is also a trustee of Bates College, a coeducational, nationally ranked college of the liberal arts and sciences in Lewiston, Maine.

Mr. Marks did graduate work in Asian studies at Columbia University, National Taiwan Political University, and Chinese language studies at Beijing Foreign Language Institute and National Taiwan Normal University. His undergraduate degree is in Chinese history from Bates College. Mr. Marks is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin). He currently resides with his wife in both Shanghai and New York.

PAUL MARKS

Argosy International Inc.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 Xiaochen leads the design and implementation of FinTech4Goods’s strategy which aims to introduce impactful fintech and blockchain solutions to frontier markets through incubation, acceleration and investment. He brings more than 16 years of thought leadership and global experience to build impactful solutions and scale up innovative ideas in North America, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia.  He is the Chairman of the Global Blockchain4SDGs Alliance, and serves on the Crowdfunding Professional Association Board of Directors, UNESCAP Digital Economy Task Force and as a senior advisor of the China Social Entrepreneurs Foundation and Inter-America Development Bank. He is also the founder of Blockchain Frontier Group and a co-chair of several blockchain labs.  Prior to FinTech4Good, Xiaochen advised government agencies and multinational organizations on innovation, emerging technologies, and investment in positions at the World Bank, United Nations, and other international partnership platforms. He also taught innovation and venture building at leading business schools and served as mentors for many innovative businesses.

Xiaochen leads the design and implementation of FinTech4Goods’s strategy which aims to introduce impactful fintech and blockchain solutions to frontier markets through incubation, acceleration and investment. He brings more than 16 years of thought leadership and global experience to build impactful solutions and scale up innovative ideas in North America, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

He is the Chairman of the Global Blockchain4SDGs Alliance, and serves on the Crowdfunding Professional Association Board of Directors, UNESCAP Digital Economy Task Force and as a senior advisor of the China Social Entrepreneurs Foundation and Inter-America Development Bank. He is also the founder of Blockchain Frontier Group and a co-chair of several blockchain labs.

Prior to FinTech4Good, Xiaochen advised government agencies and multinational organizations on innovation, emerging technologies, and investment in positions at the World Bank, United Nations, and other international partnership platforms. He also taught innovation and venture building at leading business schools and served as mentors for many innovative businesses.

Xiaochen Zhang

FinTech4Good

President

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Bing WU

Shimo Docs

Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Arts & Culture

Over the past decade, China has opened up to the world with spectacular speed and color. A new generation of Chinese artists thrived in the new age, their creativity transformed into artworks that embody Chinese culture particularly in the global context. On one hand, such cross-cultural communication presents new opportunities to Chinese artists and cultural industries who are likely to discover new meanings in their work or businesses; on the other hand, intermediary agencies such as museums and media undertake the responsibility to construct and present an authentic narrative of China to the western audience. But is it possible to translate the myths and belief that are so deeply ingrained in Chinese culture? In the Arts & Culture panel, Chinese artists, western audience, curators and art organizations will discuss whether such “cultural translation” between China and the western world is possible in the art market today.

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Nancy Yao Maasbach

Museum of Chinese in America

President

Moderator

 Since 2002 has Mrs. Cui created hundreds of art programs from perspective of international thinking and cross-system cooperation, benefited over 10 millions visitors in China and abroad. And she has successfully initiated China’s official exchange policies focusing on non-governmental cultural cooperations, especially for support of new generations.   Cui has served on the selection committee for Chinese films for the Berlin International Film Festival, as director of the Public Relations Department and Cultural Projects Department of the Goethe Institute (China), vice director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Chinese consultant of the Mercator-Stiftung in Germany, China Representative of BMW Foundation, senior expert of the "EU-China Policy Dialogues" of the Ministry of Culture and European Commission (DG EAC), lecturer of Central Academy of Cultural Administration, speaker of the China-EU Culture Summit, guest lecturer of the Korean Youth Leadership Forum, and jury of the China Design Challenge of Beijing Design Week, among others.

Since 2002 has Mrs. Cui created hundreds of art programs from perspective of international thinking and cross-system cooperation, benefited over 10 millions visitors in China and abroad. And she has successfully initiated China’s official exchange policies focusing on non-governmental cultural cooperations, especially for support of new generations.

 Cui has served on the selection committee for Chinese films for the Berlin International Film Festival, as director of the Public Relations Department and Cultural Projects Department of the Goethe Institute (China), vice director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Chinese consultant of the Mercator-Stiftung in Germany, China Representative of BMW Foundation, senior expert of the "EU-China Policy Dialogues" of the Ministry of Culture and European Commission (DG EAC), lecturer of Central Academy of Cultural Administration, speaker of the China-EU Culture Summit, guest lecturer of the Korean Youth Leadership Forum, and jury of the China Design Challenge of Beijing Design Week, among others.

Cui Qiao

Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation

President

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Haiyin Lin

Fashion Photographer

 Xinde Shen is the president of North American Chinese Calligraphers Association. He has more than 40 years of learning experience in Calligraphy. He is committed to promoting and developing Chinese Calligraphy in the United States. Xinde Shen received a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from University of Wisconsin. He is also the lead application developer at Putnuam Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services.  Awards:  - 1985, Awarded first prize of Calligraphy competition in Ministry of Commerce in China   - 2014, Received grand art prize from Korean Culture Institute  - 2014, Curated 2014 New York International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition  - 2017, Curated 2017 Second New York International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition

Xinde Shen is the president of North American Chinese Calligraphers Association. He has more than 40 years of learning experience in Calligraphy. He is committed to promoting and developing Chinese Calligraphy in the United States. Xinde Shen received a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from University of Wisconsin. He is also the lead application developer at Putnuam Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Awards:

- 1985, Awarded first prize of Calligraphy competition in Ministry of Commerce in China 

- 2014, Received grand art prize from Korean Culture Institute

- 2014, Curated 2014 New York International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition

- 2017, Curated 2017 Second New York International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition

Xinde ShenG

North America Chinese Calligraphy Association

President