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.


Teng Biao

Teng Biao is a human rights activist and lawyer in China. Teng is a lecturer at the University of Politics and Law in Beijing. He has been a vocal supporter of human rights activists such as Chen Guangchen and Hu Jia. He has been arrested at least twice, in March 2008 and in February 2011. He is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School.


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.