Brown China Summit – Guest Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Xiaoxi Li

Li Xiaoxi is the director of the Macroeconomic Research Department at the State Council Research Office, and the director of Economics and Resources Management at Beijing Normal University. Dr. Li is also a prolific author. He has published more than 200 articles, written primarily about price and inflation measures as well as the practice of importing overseas investment.

Charles Wong

Charles Wong is the great grand son of Sun Yat-sen. He is the Vice President of the Sun Yat-sen Foundation for Peace & Education (Sun Zhongshan Heping Jiaoyu Jijinhui) and a Trustee of the Lian Yi Chung Hui, the oldest Chinese association in Hawaii (Est. 1851), which runs the Manoa Chinese Cemetery.

Education Panel

Tingting Hu 

Ms. Tingting Hu is the co-founder of Teach For China, a Chinese non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate educational inequity in China by bringing inspired educators and leaders to resource-deprived area. In 2008, she supported the founder and CEO of Teach For China to initiate policy research and observational trips to the Chinese countryside, as well as Teach For China’s funding. Ms. Hu is now working to establish and maintain the relationship between local government and Teach For China and lays the foundation for Teach For China’s short-and long-term influence. Her work also includes school visits and selection, fellow placement, relationship building with partner schools, and regular exchange and cooperation with local government.

Stanley Xu

Mr. Stanley Xu, co-founder and CEO of Taurus Education, was awarded the Russell G. Redenbough Scholarship in Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, from which he received his MBA degree. Mr. Xu previously worked with Lehman Brothers as an investment banker and with L.E.K. Consulting in New York and London as a strategy consultant. He has advised multinational companies, including HP and Disney, on various acquisitions in China. Mr. Xu has served as an independent director at Sunshine Paper (2002.HK) since 2006. Mr. Xu co-founded Taurus Education in 2008 and has developed the company into a leading educational consultancy in China.

Jiapeng Wang

Mr. Jiapeng Wang is the chairman of Agrinos Beijing Ltd, a joint venture company of Agrinos, a biological crop-additives company that aims to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability. Mr. Wang is also the CEO of SinoNordic, a company that introduces Nordic companies to opportunities in the Chinese market. He is also a member of IB Asia Pacific Regional Council and of the United World Colleges Council. His autobiography, Hold Up the Blue Sky of Life, has been adapted into an 18-episode TV-series about his life after an airplane crash at the age of 12. During his school years at Red Cross Nordic United World College, Mr.Wang won two gold medals at the 36th Disabled Ski Championship. He also befriended the Norwegian marathon runner and disabled rights activist Ketil Moe, with whom he established the Beijing Marathon for the Disabled in 1998. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Mr. Wang was selected as a carrier in the Olympic torch relay.

Hong Zheng

Ms. Hong Zheng is currently the founder and principal of Dandelion School, China’s first government-approved middle school dedicated to children of migrant workers in Beijing. Since 2005, Dandelion School has provided an enriching learning environment and global education opportunities to its students. Ms. Zheng completed her master and doctoral degrees at the China University of Geosciences. In the early 1990s, Ms. Zheng moved from Western Australia to the U.S. to pursue her MPA (Master in Public Administration) at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Edward Steinfeld (Moderator)

Mr. Edward Steinfeld is the Dean’s Professor of China Studies and professor in the Department of Political Science, as well as director of the China Initiative. Steinfeld received his BA, MA, and PhD in political science from Harvard University. In addition to a variety of academic articles, Steinfeld is the author of Playing Our Game: Why China’s Rise Doesn’t Threaten the West (Oxford, 2010) and Forging Reform in China: The Fate of State-Owned Industry (Cambridge, 1998). He is the author of numerous articles in both academic and non-academic journals, including Comparative Politics,Political StudiesWorld Development, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the South China Morning Post. Steinfeld is a member of the board of directors of the National Committee on US-China Relations, as well as a member of the academic committee of the Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance at Tsinghua University.

Media Panel

Liming Guan

Mr. Liming Guan is a veteran journalist with extensive experience both in China and the the United States. Currently a senior staff reporter at the China Press (New York), Mr. Guan has covered a wide range of issues and major events in Sino-US economic and cultural exchanges for the past decade, including official visits to the US and UN by top Chinese leaders, US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogues and also interviewing many of the industry leaders from both the US and China. He also covers the local Chinese community extensively. He was a reporter and editor with China Daily in the late1990s, later on as a reporter for the Missouri-based financial newswire BridgeNews (formerly Dow Jones Telerate) in Beijing, as well as being the international stock market commentator for China Central Television (CCTV) . His other stints include working as a program assistant for the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund,  and as the lead researcher for the four-part television series China Rises, co-produced by the New York Times, Canadian and German TV. Mr. Guan is a graduate of Shanghai International Studies University and studied journalism and history at Temple University  and Columbia University respectively.

Mi Li

Ms. Mi Li is the Global Marketing Manager at Financial Times’ NYC office. She has 8 years’ experience in digital media with extensive knowledge in media economics, technology innovation and marketing strategies. She was previously the Audience Development Director at The Fiscal Times and Online Marketing Manager at American City Business Journals. Mi Li holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication from Missouri School of Journalism and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Communication University of China.

Gang Wu

Mr. Gang Wu is the Deputy Editor-In-Chief of New Media Department of China National Radio and is a visiting fellow in Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He is also one of the co-founders of China National Radio Online. With two-year working experience in central and local governments of China, he is invited to be the adjunct professor for several universities in China and is authorized the full-fledged member of International Rooftop Landscaping Association. Currently his research in HKS is focused on the global trend of Internet development, supported by the National Social Science Fund of China. As a Rajawali Fellow, he will conduct research on knowledge economy and information society, Internet soft power, comparative study of Internet policy in the U.S. and China, crisis broadcasting system and innovation management. He received his M.S. from Central China Normal University in 1996 and D.S. from Renmin University in 2010. He is the author of various articles and books including: Research of Internet Culture with Chinese Characteristics,2013; Chinese Internet Soft Power Deficit and Future Strategy, 2012;A Comparative Research of Internet in U.S. and China,2011. He is Top 100 Distinguished Radio & Television Academic Scholars, China Radio and Television Association (CRTA). He won twice The First Prize of China News Award. His reporting was honored as Best Award for Short Form Category in 15th PRIX MARULIC-Old Text Revisited by Presidents of the Jury, Soila Valkama, John Theocharis, Head of Prix Marulic Ljubo Pauzin in HAVR CROATIA.

Zhixing Zhou

Mr. Zhixing Zhou, who has twice been selected as one of the 100 most influential intellectual opinion leaders in China, is the founder, president, and editor-in-chief of both Leaders and Financial Digest, two increasingly prominent journals in present China. Mr. Zhou was also one of the key creators of the landmark documentary Deng Xiaoping co-produced by the Central Party Literature Research Office and China Central Television (CCTV). Since Mr. Zhou turned his attention to the media in the mid-1990s, for seven years he has been an executive at Phoenix TV where he founded and became the first president of Phoenix Weekly.  Besides, he also served as CEO of ifeng.com (the official website of Phoenix TV). As an experience media professional and a distinguished political commentator, Mr. Zhou founded Consensus Net, which provides a digital platform for public political debate within China.

Qimei Luo (Moderator)

Ms. Qimei Luo works for Sina Finance, China’s leading financial news web portal, as its chief New York correspondent. She reports on all aspects of U.S. and international economic issues, including any news related to the Federal Reserve, NASDAQ and NYSE, and other major points of economic interest. She also extensively covers International Monetary Fund (IMF) news, particularly since Sina Finance is the exclusive online Chinese media partners for reporting on annual IMF Annual Meetings since 2010. She has previously conducted exclusive interviews with Dr. Edmund Phelps, winner of the 2006 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; Mr. Naoyuki Shinohara, the Deputy Managing Director of the IMF; and Mr. Jon Huntsman, Jr., Former United States Ambassador to China and 2013 Republican Presidential nomination candidate. She holds Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from the College of Staten Island, the City University of New York.

Business Panel

Michael Byrnes

Mr. Michael T. Byrnes is a native of Bristol, RI.  He lived in China and Hong Kong for more than 20 years. In the 1980s he studied Chinese in Hong Kong and Beijing. In the 1990s he worked at the US Embassy in Beijing, as defense attaché to China and Mongolia. Following retirement from the Army he was vice president, China Operations at Rockwell Automation and then the president of Tyco International, China. He was a board member of the Beijing American Chamber of Commerce. He is on the board of a US-China joint venture, and the International Engineering Program at URI.

Steven Chapman

Mr. Steven Chapman is group vice president for China and Russia at Cummins, Inc. Currently based in Beijing, Steve has lived and worked in Asia for over 20 years. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Since 1990, Steve has had responsibility for Cummins business in China. The business now exceeds $3.5 billion, including joint ventures. He was named one of the 10 most influential foreigners in the 50-year history of the Chinese automotive industry (China Automotive Review, 2008-10). Steve serves on the Board of Cooper Tire.  He has a BA from St. Olaf College and an MPPM from Yale School of Management.

Drew Mason

Mr. Drew Mason is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Jade Capital Management LLC, a leading provider of venture and growth capital for top entrepreneurs in China’s financial services sector.  Mr. Mason is also one of the founding members of Sohu.com, one of the first Chinese companies to list on NADAQ, and China Risk Finance LLC, China’s leading consumer finance solutions provider voted Private Equity International’s Venture Capital deal of the year in 2007.   Mr. Mason was formerly the head of investment banking for the technology sector in Asia Pacific for UBS Warburg, where he worked on Asia’s M&A deal of the year in 1999, 2000 and 2001.  Mr. Mason’s operating experience includes serving as an intelligence officer during Operation Desert Storm for the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).  Mr. Mason is on the board of China Risk Finance LLC, Shanghai Harvest Network Ltd. and a member of the President of Brown University’s China Council. He has a BA in history from Brown University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and a MBA from Harvard Business School.  Mr. Mason has worked in New York, London and Hong Kong and currently resides in Larchmont, New York.

Li Wan (Moderator)

Ms. Li Wan is responsible for Cummins China Government Affairs and Corporate Responsibility strategy and implementation, including government relations, public policy, philanthropy and educational programs. Li leads on establishing, maintaining and developing the relations with both Chinese and US government agencies, representing offices, associations, think-tanks and NGOs to promote Cummins’ core values, brand reputation, business opportunities for a sustainable growth in China. Li is an active participant at AmCham-China and has been elected as Chair for Chinese Government Affairs Committee (CGAC) for four years. Li is actively involved in Woman leadership development program and social responsibility activities. Li was elected to be Board Member of AmCham China 2013 & 2014. Before joining Cummins China Investment Co., Ltd., Li worked for Caterpillar, Rockwell Automation and Aviation Industry of China (AVIC). Li holds B.A from Capital Normal University and MBA with Peking University BiMBA.

Art Panel

Shangjun Cai

Mr. Shangjun Cai is born in Beijing, Shangjun Cai is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. Since his graduation from the Central Academy of Drama in 1992, Mr. Cai has been working as a professional screenwriter, as he co-wrote the screenplays for Spicy Love Soup (1997), Shower (1999) and Sunflower (2005), all directed by Zhang Yang. He directed his first film, The Red Awn, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2007 Pusan International Film Festival and the Golden Alexander award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Later in 2011, his film People Mountain People Sea won him the Silver Lion for the Best Director at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. As an independent film director and a screenwriter, Cai is concerned with such issues as morality, alterations in social values and people’s mentality in this modernized society; his film explorations continue to give a touch on the hidden real stories of social minority.

Deanna Gao

Ms. Deanna Gao is a Chinese French artist. She was born in Shanghai and currently lives in Paris. Ms. Gao grew up in a family of renowned artists which allows her to nurture her talent as a painter, calligrapher, musician, choreographer and presenter of the show. As a painter, she hold more than forty exhibitions in museums, town halls, cultural centers and galleries. She went to Paris where she contributes to the influence of Chinese culture in France. She founded Paris Chinese Film Festival in 2004 and the festival has successfully screened more than 300 Chinese films and has invited famous directors including Yimou Zhang and Changwei Gu. Ms. Gao has been invited to several interviews with China Central Television talking about her great contribution to the communication between France and China.

Ping Bing Lee

Mr. Ping Bing Lee has been working in cinema as a cinematographer since 1977. In 1985, he started his prolific relationship with Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien with “The Time to Live and the Time to Die.” With “The Puppetmaster” and “Millennium Mambo” he won Best Cinematography at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. The work of Mr. Lee was admired by Hong Kong cineastes and he was invited to Hong Kong to work on “Hero of Tomorrow”. He won Best Cinematography at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards for “Summer Snow.” With “In the Mood for Love,” he won the Grand Technical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, along with Best Cinematography at the Golden Horse Awards and the Asia Pacific Film Festival. Mr. Lee works with not only Chinese and Asian filmmakers including Jiang Wen (China, “Sun Also Rises”), but also European directors, like Gilles Bourdos with “Afterwards” and “Renoir.”

Lingzhen Wang (Moderator)

Ms. Lingzhen Wang’s areas of expertise include modern Chinese literature and culture, Gender Studies, Feminist Theory, and Chinese cinema. Lingzhen Wang received her B.A. and M.A. from Nanjing University, P.R. China. She came to the United States as a visiting fellow at Harvard University and earned her Ph.D. in East Asian Literature from Cornell University. She joined the Department of East Asian Studies at Brown in 1998.