2018 Speakers


Wang Jianye

Wang Jianye currently serves as Managing Director at the Silk Road Fund, Dean and Professor at the Guangzhou Institute of International Finance, as well as Director of the Volatility Institute and a Visiting Professor of Economics at NYU Shanghai. Previously, he was also an Economic Counselor and Chief Economist at the Export-Import Bank of China, an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Peking University, and has held various positions at the International Monetary Fund Ltd. Prof. Wang holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Columbia University and a B.A. from Peking University.

Prof. Wang’s research areas include macroeconomics, international economics, and development economics. Recent publications include Debt, Currency and Related Reforms (China Financial Publishing House, 2012). While serving as Chief Economist of China Exim Bank (2008-2013), he directed the Bank’s economic research and semi-annual publication China and World Economic Review.


Orville Schell

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations, is a long-time China observer, author, journalist, and former Dean and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.


Richard Weitz

Director, Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute.

Richard Weitz is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute. His current research includes regional security developments relating to Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia as well as U.S. foreign and defense policies


Edward Wong

Edward Wong is an American journalist and a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. Wong served as one of the Times' primary correspondents in Baghdad, covering the Iraq Warfrom November 2003 through June 2007. He then moved to the paper's Beijing bureau in April 2008, following a sabbatical at Middlebury College and the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) in Taiwan improving his Mandarin.[2] He eventually became the Beijing bureau chief for The New York Times, before leaving in 2017 to take up a Ferris Professorship of Journalism at Princeton University. He is currently a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.


Gao Yutong (Tony)

Tony Gao, co-founder of China’s very first online tuition payment platform for all Chinese students oversea. Born in 1994 and came to the United States at 16 years-old, Tony studied at a prominent private high school Mount Michael Benedictine School and went on to USC Marshall School of Business for college, graduating in May 2017. Meanwhile, Tony has been the president of Chinese Student and Scholar Association at USC.

As a distinctive entrepreneur, Tony has been recognized as one of the youngest entrepreneurs with tremendous potential by multiple medias, including Bloomberg Business Week 2016’s “25 under 25”, CY Zone’s “30 under 30”, Harvard China Summits’ top 15 entrepreneurs that are under 25, LieYun Web’s 2016 best 90s’ entrepreneur, and Southern California Chinese Innovation and Entrepreneurship Most Anticipated Rising Star Awards.


Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo is a Chinese American freelance writer and musician. He is a former member of the rock band Tang Dynasty and has further enlivened contemporary Chinese music culture with the formation of another ethnically-oriented heavy metal rock group, Spring and Autumn. Kaiser's musical involvement also involved playing bass for Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC cover band based in Beijing.

Career Panelists


Mary Wadsworth Darby

Chief Representative of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) Americas. Throughout her career, Ms. Darby has provided strategic business advisory for companies entering the Chinese market, and has also held management positions in Fortune 100 firms, developing the firms’ activities in China. Ms. Darby was the first U.S. businesswoman to travel to China after the historic Nixon-Kissinger opening. She has negotiated numerous significant and complex transactions with her Chinese counterparts.

Ms. Darby holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MIA from Columbia School of International Affairs, and an AB degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University


Robin Matross Helms

Director of the American Council on Education’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement. In her role at ACE, Helms works with a broad range of institutions to gather and disseminate good practices for the internationalization of higher education. Helms has previously worked as a consultant to a number of organizations in the international and higher education fields, including the World Bank, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, and the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education. She has lived in China and Japan. Helms holds an MBA and PhD in higher education administration from Boston College and an AB degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University.


Peter Rupert Lighte

Sinologist, now retired from careers in international banking and teaching. After opening the first office of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in Beijing in the 1980s, Mr. Lighte went on to eventually become the the founding Chairman of JPMorgan Chase Bank China in 2007. Currently he serves on the boards of OneSky Foundation, an NGO focused on orphan care in China, the Council on International Educational Exchange, and Prudential Financial. A calligrapher and a mosaicist, he is the author of Pieces of China and Host of Memories: Tales of Inevitable Happenstance. He holds a PhD in East Asian Studies from Princeton University.

Dr. Tina Yu

Managing Partner of YuanMing Capital, a healthcare fund with offices in China and US. Dr. Yu has more than fifteen years of professional experience working in the life sciences sector and the financing world of the healthcare industry. She led the investment in BeiGene, Ascentage Pharmaceuticals, Mevion Medical Systems, etc. Prior to that, Dr. Yu worked for Vision Capital, a NYC-based investment management firm, as a Director of Investment, responsible for US biotech and China sectors. Before becoming an investor, Dr. Yu was a senior research scientist at Wyeth BioPharma, where she specialized in therapeutic protein development. She also worked for Fidelity, Morgan Stanley and Genzyme. Dr. Yu founded Matching Capital Partners to provide cross-border consulting services in the life sciences industry. Dr. Yu holds a PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a B.S. in Biology from University of Science and Technology of China.