Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University
Dr. Denis Fred Simon is Executive Vice Chancellor at Duke University's new joint venture campus in Kunshan, China. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Practice, China Business and Technology, at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. Moreover, he also serves as one of Duke’s thought leaders regarding innovation and higher education developments in contemporary China.
Along with a successful academic career, Dr. Simon was first President of Monitor Group (China) in 2001, which was one of the world’s leading business strategy consulting firms. Prior to Monitor, he served as Director of the China Strategy Group at Andersen Consulting. He also served as the General Manager for Andersen Consulting’s China practice in Beijing from 1998-2000. In October 2006, he was awarded China’s highest medal given by the Chinese government to a “foreign expert” — the China National Friendship Award — by Premier Wen Jiabao in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Director of Strategy and Globalization Center at Fuqua School of Business
Editor in Chief of Management and Organization Review
Arie Y. Lewin (乐文睿) is Professor Emeritus Strategy and International Business at Duke University Fuqua School of Business and Editor in Chief Management and Organization Review, a journal that focuses on management research in context of China and other rising economies. He is also the Founding Editor in chief of Organization Science (1989 – 1998), and past Editor in Chief Journal of International Business Studies (2002 – 2008).
CEO and Co-founder of NYIS Law
Xing Tian (田行) is the CEO and Co-founder of NYIS. Through his schoolmates and friends, Nathan found out the helplessness of international students and new immigrants when they are in need of legal services. Nathan founded NYIS, aiming to provide holistic services to the increasing number of international students and new immigrants in the U.S. They could always dial NYIS's free consultation hotline when they need legal services.
Director of the Environmental Research Center at DKU
Associate Professor of Environmental Economics at the Nicholas School of the Environment
Junjie Zhang (张俊杰) is Director of the Environmental Research Center and the International Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) Program at Duke Kunshan University, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He is a co-editor of China Economic Review.
He also serves as a vice chair for the Chapter of Environmental Economics in the Chinese Academy of Environmental Science, an advisory board member for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and a board member for the Professional Association for China’s Environment.
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury
Faculty Fellow in the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Billy Pizer is the Susan B. King Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research at the Sanford School of Public Policy and Faculty Fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, both at Duke University. His current research examines how we value the future benefits of climate change mitigation, how environmental regulation and climate policy can affect production costs and competitiveness, and how the design of market-based environmental policies can address the needs of different stakeholders.
He has been actively involved in creation of an environmental program at Duke Kunshan University in China. From 2008 until 2011, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, overseeing Treasury’s role in the domestic and international environment and energy agenda of the United States.
Senior Fellow in the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Former Director of Asian Sustainability at the Asia Society Policy Institute
Jackson Ewing holds a joint appointment as a senior fellow at Duke University's Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions and an adjunct associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He works closely with the Duke Kunshan University Environmental Research Center and International Masters of Environmental Policy programs to build policy research collaboration across Duke platforms in the United States and China.
His current focus includes interactions within China’s suite of climate change mitigation policies, and the environmental and geoeconomic implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Ewing was director of Asian Sustainability at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York, where he led projects on Asian carbon market cooperation and sustainable resource development in the ASEAN Economic Community.
Associate Provost of Duke University
Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development at Duke Kunshan University
Noah Pickus is Associate Provost and Senior Advisor at Duke University, Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development at Duke Kunshan University, and Professor of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy. An American Council on Education Fellow at Franklin & Marshall College, he currently co-directs the Arizona State University-Georgetown University Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership Intensive Program.
He previously co-directed the Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable and is the author of True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism, Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century, Liberal Arts and Sciences Innovation in China: Six Recommendations to Shape the Future, and articles and opinion pieces on innovation, globalization, and higher education.
Shu Cao Mo
East Asia & Oceania Regional Manager at Minerva Schools
Shu Cao Mo recently joined TalentsJoin Global LLC as Director of Education from Minerva where she served as Regional Manager, East Asia and Oceania. Prior to Minerva, she coordinated curriculum design with The Center for Arts Education, organized professional development workshops at China Institute, and led exhibition education tours for students in New York City.
She brings experience from her own social innovation projects in migrant education and female empowerment in China. Her work has been reported by The Huffington Post and major Chinese publications. Shu Cao has presented her writing on Rousseauian educational philosophy at a modern political theory panel at Northeastern Political Science Association Conference, and she has commented on China’s educational issues on Sydney Morning Herald and This American Life (NPR). Born and raised in Hangzhou, China, Shu Cao Mo received an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard University and a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Duke University (graduated with high distinction).
Bilingual children’s literature writer based in NYC
Founder and Creator of Panda Cub Stories
Linda Yi (易琳达) is a Brooklyn based writer/illustrator, educational consultant, and the creator of the @PandaCubStories webcomic. Her passions lie in the intersecting spheres of the arts and education – with a keen emphasis on fostering cross-cultural appreciation and understanding between China and the USA.
As an educator and artist, Linda’s work centers on creating story-based content aimed at making learning Chinese approachable and engaging. Prior to launching Panda Cub Stories, Linda worked as China Programs Coordinator at the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), and helped implement the Duke TIP Summer Studies program at Duke Kunshan.
Host & Co-Founder of The Sinica Podcast
Former Director of International Communications at Baidu
Kaiser Kuo (郭怡广) is the host of the Sinica Podcast and the chief editor of the Sinica Podcast Network, which now includes 10 weekly and biweekly podcasts on China. Kaiser returned to the United States in 2016 after 20 years in Beijing, where he worked most recently as director of international communications for Chinese search engine Baidu.
Prior to that, he worked mainly as a reporter, serving as Asia bureau chief for Red Herring and contributing to numerous publications. In 1989, Kaiser co-founded the seminal Chinese heavy metal band Tang Dynasty and went on to play lead guitar in the band Chunqiu (Spring & Autumn) from 2001 to 2016. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.
CEO of Obsidian Labs
Former Star Capital Senior VP
Former Director of Founder’s Securities
Dr. Zijing Wu (吴梓境) currenly serves as the Consultant of Haier Financial Group. Prior to that he was senior VP of Founder's Securities. With years of working and research experience in Chinese PE and VC, Dr. Wu is also Assistant Professor of EMBA Program of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Dr. Wu receiced Post Doctor's degree from Peking University.
President and CEO of MSQ Ventures
Echo is the founder and CEO of MSQ Ventures, a New York-based cross-border advisory firm that bridges the healthcare industry globally by offering deep knowledge and local insight of China’s market. Echo is on a mission to make technology accessible by bridging the gap between western companies and Chinese corporations and investors.
Echo is unique in that she has 20 years of experience in cross-border transactions for Fortune Global companies, such as IBM, Lenovo, and J&J. In recent years, making the global movement of the healthcare industry has been Echo’s focus. She has been advising hundreds of western pharmaceutical and medical devices companies on advancing their success in China including subsidiaries of Novartis, Daichi, and other top global healthcare companies.
Craig B. Allen
President of the U.S.-China Business Council
Former U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam
In 2018, Ambassador Craig B. Allen began his tenure as the President of the United States-China Business Council (USCBC), a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing over 200 American companies doing business with China. Prior to joining USCBC, Craig had a long, distinguished career in U.S. public service, including the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam (December 2014–July 2018), Deputy Assistant Secretary for China (2012–2014) in the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA), and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia (2010–2012).
CEO of Sunstone Management
John Shen is the CEO of Sunstone Management and he graduated from Duke University. In 2013, he served as chairman of Duke University admissions interview committee in China and was awarded the “Forever Duke” Distinguished Alumni Prize. In 2016, he became the member of James B Duke Society and a member of President Society Council.
Co-Founder and CEO of Easy Transfer
Yutong Gao, President of Easy Transfer, China’s largest online financial services platform for overseas Chinese students. Yutong has been recognized as one of the youngest entrepreneurs with tremendous potential by numerous media, including Bloomberg Business Week 2016’s “25 under 25”, CY Zone’s “30 under 30”, Fortune Magazine “30 under 30” and Forbes 2017 Finance & Venture Capital’s "30 under 30 Asia".
Medical Mandarin Instructor at the UNC School of Medicine Family Medicine Department
Daniel is an Instructor at the UNC School of Medicine Aycock Family Medicine Center. He teaches first year medical students clinical skills in Mandarin. He is also a Medical Interpreter at the Orange County Health Department. In this role, he assists healthcare providers in the effort of serving local population in a variety of healthcare tasks. Daniel received his medical training in Sun-Yat-Sen University School of Medicine and is also a prominent member of CUHSSA. Daniel’s focus has always been on bridging the gap between China and US healthcare systems. He also built a telemedicine service agency that provides patients in China a second opinion from top doctors in the U.S.. Over the years he has helped hundreds of patients and plan to continue to help more in the future.
CEO of Wall Street Tequila
Jerry Sun graduated from Middlebury College and worked at J.P. Morgan, one of the top investment banks in the world. He is the only Chinese male to receive full-time offer from nine U.S. investment banks in 2014. He founded Wall Street Tequila in 2014 and has helped more than 900 clients get offers from world-renowned firms. He is featured by Forbes in the 2018 "30 under 30" and is the only professional on that list coming from an education field.