Advancing sustainable growth in the United States and China

Our People

Chelsea Eakin

Manager, Public Affairs

Dorinda Elliott

Editorial and Communications Director

Evan A. Feigenbaum

Vice Chairman

Kate Gordon

Vice Chair of Climate and Sustainable Urbanization

Hortense Hallé-Yang

Associate Director, Programs

Benjamin Herst

Communications Manager

Anders Hove

Associate Director, Research

Cindy Jiang

Manager, Chinese Partner Relations

Jennifer Kellogg


Deborah M. Lehr

Senior Fellow

Lily Lou

Translation Manager

Damien Ma

Fellow and Associate Director, Think Tank

Joy Dantong Ma

Program Associate, Think Tank

Jamie Manley

Program Associate

Kevin Mo

Managing Director

Andrew Morimoto

Project and Research Associate

Rebecca Neale

Chief of Staff and CEO Council Director

Rose Niu

Chief Conservation Officer

Tina Ren

Associate Director of Communications

Jianbin Shi

Associate Director for Conservation Programs

Houze Song

Research Fellow

Bo Sun

Event Manager

Gracie Sun


Kathy Wang

Office Manager

Brenda Wesley

Executive Assistant

Jin Xu

CEO Council China Director/Director, Government Relations

Jerry Yu

Chief Representative of China Office & Managing Director

Lucy Yu

Associate Director for Conservation Programs

Cynthia Zeltwanger

Executive Director

Distinguished & Senior Fellows

Daniel Poneman

Distinguished Fellow, Former US Deputy Secretary of Energy

Kevin Rudd

Distinguished Fellow, Former Prime Minister of Australia

Andrew Batson

Senior Fellow

Mike Carr

Senior Fellow

Hal Harvey

Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment

University of Chicago Faculty Advisory Board


Chelsea Eakin is Manager of Public Affairs at the Paulson Institute. She works to help raise awareness about the Institute’s research and activities, particularly with Chinese and international audiences within China. She also provides support for the Institute’s communications activities. Previously, Eakin worked at the China Greentech Initiative, where she was Manager of the Client Services Department, overseeing the planning and execution of all client-facing activities related to the company’s annual Membership Program.

Eakin has lived in China since 2010 and previously worked as a writer and editor for two start-up travel companies, each designed to make independent travel easier for foreigners in China and to reduce the cultural gap between China and the world. Eakin earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and anthropology from Colby College. She has written about China, cleantech and travel for The China Daily, CleanTechnica, and other publications.


Dorinda Elliott is Editorial and Communications Director at the Paulson Institute. A lifelong student of Chinese culture and politics, Elliott lived overseas for 20 years—including 15 years in Asia as a correspondent for Newsweek magazine and then Editor in Chief of Asiaweek magazine.

Before joining the Paulson Institute, Elliott spent seven years as Global Affairs Editor at Conde Nast Traveler in New York, where she spearheaded the magazine’s sustainable travel initiatives and helped lead a dialogue about corporate social responsibility with travel industry leaders.

As editor, Elliott redesigned and relaunched Asiaweek with a new focus on business and China. At Newsweek, Elliott was Asia Editor in Hong Kong and before that served as bureau chief in Beijing, Moscow and Hong Kong. She won an Overseas Press Club award for coverage of Hong Kong’s handover back to Chinese sovereignty. In Beijing, she covered the dramatic reforms and turbulent events of the late 1980s. In Moscow, she documented the Yeltsin years and the rise of the Russian mafia. As a Hong Kong-based correspondent for BusinessWeek in the early 1980s, she covered China’s first experiments with economic reform and opening to the outside world, as well as the rise of Asia’s “tiger economies.”

Elliott studied Mandarin in Taiwan and at Harvard University, where she graduated with a BA in East Asian Studies. She speaks fluent Chinese, rusty Russian, and high-school French. She is married and has three sons.


Evan A. Feigenbaum is Vice Chairman of The Paulson Institute, an independent center, located at the University of Chicago, established by former US Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson. He leads the institute’s economic policy and investment-related programs, including the Institute’s think tank, which focuses principally on the Chinese economy with an emphasis on market-based structural reforms. He is also Nonresident Senior Associate in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Initially an academic, with a PhD in Chinese politics from Stanford University, his work has since spanned government service, think tanks, the private sector, and three regions of Asia – East, Central, and South.

From 2001 to 2009, he served at the US State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asia, Member of the Policy Planning Staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific under Secretaries of State Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice, and as an adviser on China to Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick, with whom he worked closely in the development of the US-China senior dialogue.

During the intensive final phase of the US-India civil nuclear initiative, from July to October 2008, he co-chaired the coordinating team charged with moving the initiative through the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors and the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and then to Congress, where it became the US-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act. He negotiated agreements with the governments of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, including Kazakhstan’s so-called “Madrid Commitments” to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and also has extensive policy experience with North and South Korea and Japan. He received three individual and two group superior honor awards from the State Department.

Outside of government, Dr. Feigenbaum has been Head of the Asia practice group at Eurasia Group, a global political risk consulting firm working principally for financial institutions and corporate clients; Senior Fellow for Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations; and taught at Harvard University and the US Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of three books and monographs, including most recently The United States in the New Asia, and China’s Techno-Warriors, which was selected by Foreign Affairs as a best book of 2003 on the Asia-Pacific, as well as numerous essays.


Kate Gordon is Vice Chair of Climate and Sustainable Urbanization at the Paulson Institute, where she provides overall strategy and coordination for the Institute’s climate change, air quality, and sustainable urbanization programs both in the US and China. She is also a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal as one of the paper’s “Energy Experts.”

Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development. Before joining the Paulson Institute, she was Senior Vice President for Climate and Energy at Next Generation, a non-partisan think tank based in San Francisco, where she worked on California policy development as well as large-scale national communications and research projects. While at Next Generation, she helped launch and lead the “Risky Business Project,” co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, and focused on the economic risks the U.S. faces from unmitigated climate change.

Earlier in her career Gordon served as Vice President of Energy and Environment at the Washington D.C.-based Center for American Progress, where helped develop and author policy recommendations related to the Congressional cap-and-trade negotiations, Gulf oil spill, and American Reinvestment and Recovery Act implementation. Prior to CAP, Gordon was the Co-Director of the national Apollo Alliance (now part of the Blue Green Alliance). She still serves on the Apollo Alliance board, as well as on the board of Vote Solar.

Gordon earned a law degree and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.


Hortense Hallé-Yang is Associate Director for Programs at the Paulson Institute. She manages various Institute Programs in China in addition to overseeing project management and events coordination. Prior to joining the Paulson Institute, Hallé-Yang worked at China Greentech Initiative, where she managed events, set up the partner services department, led research and working groups on sustainability and sustainable industry, and coordinated departments for the program as a whole.

Hallé-Yang started working in Beijing in 2003 as a brand manager for a French dairy company, then set up an event agency specialized in art and culture. She holds an Executive Specialised Master in Marketing and Communication from the ESCP Europe Business School, and a B.A. in Chinese Language and Civilization from the Institute of Oriental Languages in Paris.


Benjamin Herst supports the Institute’s communications initiatives, including research and writing for the website and work on broader media strategy. Ben joined the Paulson Institute after working with the organization as a student associate during his time at the University of Chicago. Previously, Ben was an intern at Origami Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm. He also held positions with the Wanxiang Corporation in its solar energy and electric vehicle departments, based in Hangzhou, China.

Ben received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with highest honors from the University of Chicago. His honors thesis on US-China cybersecurity relations was advised by professor Dali Yang. Ben studied Mandarin Chinese at Renmin University in Beijing. He was named one of the “25 Under 25: Rising Stars in US-China Relations” in 2015 by Yale University’s China Hands Magazine.


Anders Hove is Associate Director for China Research at the Paulson Institute. He guides the Institute’s research work related to China air quality and climate change, developing insights related to policy, market and technology solutions. He also provides research support for other Institute programs. Hove has more than 15 years of public and private sector experience related to energy policy and markets, including nine years on Wall Street and four years in China. He began his career as an energy policy analyst with the Rand Corporation in Washington, DC, then performed equity research in the electric utilities and oil services sectors with Deutsche Bank AG and Jefferies and Co. In 2007, at the initial stages of the solar boom, Anders worked for a hedge fund making private equity investments in clean energy technologies and projects, particularly solar. In 2010, Anders relocated to Beijing, where he became director of research analytics at the China Greentech Initiative. In 2012, Anders went to Azure International where he managed the Cleantech Advisory team, working on advisory projects focused on energy storage, solar, wind and smart grid technologies.

Hove has both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from MIT, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is the author of numerous reports and studies related to the energy sector in China.


Cindy (Xinyan) Jiang is Manager of Chinese Partner Relations. She is responsible for cultivating relationships with the Institute’s contacts in the Chinese government, industry associations and the commercial sector. Before joining the Paulson Institute, Jiang worked at China Greentech Initiative, where she was responsible for developing partnerships with Chinese industry associations, SOEs, private sector companies, government entities and NGOs to develop strategic plans and carry out project implementation.

Prior to that, she was a project manager and Director of International Environmental Protection Project Office of China Enterprise Confederation (CEC), an industrial association with more than 500,000 members. She has a master’s degree in business and economics.


As Controller, Jennifer Kellogg plays the central role in the development, maintenance, direction, and oversight of accounting activities at the Paulson Institute. She has the primary responsibility for the efficient processing of accounts payable, maintenance of the general ledger, preparation of monthly financial reports, preparation of grant financial reports, along with audit preparation and implementation. Jennifer reports directly to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with staff. Jennifer joins the Paulson Institute with 25 years of accounting experience in various industries.


Deborah Lehr is a Senior Fellow of the Paulson Institute. She has served in a number of positions focused on China and other emerging markets. In the private sector, she was a Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch as well as a Senior Managing Director at the New York Stock Exchange. In addition, Lehr built a successful consulting business as a partner at Mayer Brown, a top-10 law firm, as President of Stonebridge China and then with her own firm. Her clients included JP Morgan, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Sesame Workshop, Tory Burch, Goldman Sachs, Sony Music, Time Warner and Boeing.

Lehr also served in the U.S. Government in the Executive Office of the President as a Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China, where she was a lead negotiator for China’s accession to the World Trade Organization, for two intellectual property rights negotiations and on the team for the 1992 Market Access Agreement. Additionally, Lehr was a Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council and was involved in export control and trade policy issues at the Department of Commerce.

Lehr is Chairman of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University and a founding member of the International Coalition to Protect Egyptian Antiquities (ICPEA). She serves on National Geographic’s Council of Advisors, the Board of the American Institute of Archaeology, the Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and the Advisory Council of the Elliott School at The George Washington University.


Lily Lou is Translation Manager in the China office of the Paulson Institute in Beijing. She is responsible for coordinating translation for all of the Institute’s publications and website. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Lou served as translator and editor for newswires such as Dow Jones and Bloomberg, and financial institutions including the Goldman Sachs. She has more than 15 years’ experience in translation practice.

Ms. Lou holds a Bachelor’s degree of Economics from the Applied Art and Science School in Peking University.


Damien Ma is a Fellow and Associate Director of the Think Tank at the Paulson Institute. His work at the institute also focuses on investment and policy-related programs. He is the co-author of the book, In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade. He currently also serves as an adjunct lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Previously, Ma was a lead China and Mongolia analyst at Eurasia Group, the political risk research and advisory firm. He specialized in analyzing the intersection between Chinese policies and markets, with a particular focus on energy and commodities, industrial policy, elite politics, US-China relations, and social policies. His advisory and analytical work served a range of clients from institutional investors and multinational corporations to the US government. Prior to joining Eurasia Group, he was a manager of publications at the US-China Business Council in Washington, DC. He also worked in public relations firm H-Line Ogilvy in Beijing, where he served major multinational clients.

In addition, Ma has published widely, including in the The Atlantic online, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, and Bloomberg, among others. He has also appeared in a range of broadcast media such as the Charlie Rose Show, BBC, NPR, and CNBC. He also served as an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC. Ma is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a “99under33” foreign policy leader in 2012 by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.


Joy Dantong Ma is a Program Associate in the Think Tank at the Paulson Institute focusing on China’s financial markets and direct investment in the United States. Previously, she conducted economic research for the Wall Street Journal Beijing Bureau. Ma holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, a Bachelor Degree in Journalism from Renmin University and a dual Bachelor Degree in Economics from China Center for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University.


Jamie Manley is a Program Associate for the Paulson Institute’s Climate and Sustainable Urbanization program. Before joining the Institute, Jamie worked in India with the International Innovation Corps, a fellowship program that places teams of Indian and American young professionals into the Indian government to implement novel solutions to social issues. During this time, Jamie worked with Central Electronics Limited, a state-owned solar company, to develop off-grid solar projects in rural areas. Jamie also spent a summer with the Center for Neighborhood Technology working on a program to help Chicago homeowners deploy low-cost solutions to urban flooding.

Jamie graduated with honors from the University of Chicago’s East Asian Studies and Environmental Studies programs in 2014. He studied at the Beijing Normal University High School during his junior year of high school and returned to China twice in college to participate in the University of Chicago’s summer language program and the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship. Jamie’s honors thesis explored the role of national energy policy and state-owned enterprises in the rapid growth of China’s wind power capacity and was advised by professor Dali Yang.


Dr. Kevin Mo is the Managing Director of the Paulson Institute Representative Office, in charge of climate and sustainable urbanization. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategizing and implementing climate and energy policies in both the U.S. and China, with an extensive international network of central and local governments, think tanks, NGOs, research institutes, state-owned enterprises, multinational companies, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. He is a frequent speaker on energy policies and sustainable development at international conferences and workshops.

Prior to joining the Paulson Institute, Dr. Mo was the director of the China Buildings Program with the Energy Foundation for over five years, managing a grant portfolio of building energy efficiency, green buildings, appliance energy efficiency, and non-CO2 emissions abatement. He funded policy research projects that led to the Green Building National Action Plan, revision of national residential and commercial building energy standards, revision of national green building standards, and over 40 national mandatory appliance energy efficiency standards and labels. He also supported many initiatives, including energy big-data analytics, smart energy, zero net energy buildings, low-carbon supply chain, and digital energy label enforcement.

Dr. Mo has served as a technical advisor to the U.S. team in the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center’s Building Energy Efficiency Consortium and a senior advisor to the MOHURD building energy standard committee. Prior to that, he also served as director of international sustainable buildings projects and a senior specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), first in the Washington, D.C. office and then in the Beijing office. He also worked for six years as a research engineer with the NAHB Research Center in Maryland, conducting research in advanced building energy efficiency technologies and materials funded by the U.S. DOE, EPA, and HUD as well as the private sector. He managed a U.S. national energy efficiency housing award program and won the EEBA 25th Anniversary Legacy Award in 2007. He taught at Tsinghua University for three years and won the 2nd Science and Technology Progress Award from China’s Ministry of Culture in 1995 for a feasibility study on the National Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Mo holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree from Tsinghua University, and a bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University.


Andy Morimoto is a project and research associate at the Paulson Institute, where he supports Chairman Hank Paulson with special projects and strategy development. He previously conducted research and analysis on trade and the global economy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. His writings have been featured in a number of publications, such as Horizons, The National Interest, The Fletcher Forum on Global Affairs, and The Diplomat. He holds a MA in international relations from The University of Chicago, and a BA in political science and history from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he graduated summa cum laude.


Rebecca Neale serves as both Chief of Staff and U.S. Director of the CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization. As Chief of Staff, she is a senior advisor to Hank Paulson and oversees the implementation of his key priorities. Additionally, she manages strategy and projects for the Institute’s CEO Council.

Previously, Neale served as Director of Communications at Teach For America, where she developed and implemented national and regional communications, grassroots and public engagement strategies for the organization. Prior to that, she was Associate Director of Communications at The White House, where she executed communications and media strategies for Administration initiatives to advance public-private partnerships and international development. Additionally, she oversaw media engagement for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Prior to her work at The White House, Neale was a spokeswoman at the U.S. Department of Education and a communications advisor to the Secretary of Education. She also worked at the U.S. Department of Energy as a public affairs representative and as a liaison to the department’s program and field offices.

Neale holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.


Rose Niu is Chief Conservation Officer at the Paulson Institute, where she manages the planning and execution of initiatives to protect globally significant biodiversity and ecosystems and to promote sustainable management of natural resources, particularly in China. Before joining the Institute, Niu was Managing Director of China Programs at World Wildlife Fund-US, where she coordinated all China-related work for the organization. Prior to this position, she founded the China program at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and oversaw its strategies and operations. She also served as Chief Representative and Country Program Director in China and represented TNC in its partnership with the Government of China. Niu later served as TNC’s Deputy Managing Director of the North Asia Region in the U.S. In 2003, Businessweek named Niu one of the Stars of Asia (25 Leaders at the forefront of change.)

After earning a B.Sc in Veterinary Science, Niu worked as a Quarantine Officer in Kunming Quarantine Service of the Chinese Government for ten years. She earned a M.Sc. in Natural Resources Planning and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology. After graduating, she worked as Project Manager for a Thai company in Bangkok for four years. Niu is a native Naxi, an ethnic minority group in Lijiang, Yunnan Province of China and is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and Naxi.


Henry M. Paulson, Jr., is a businessman, China expert, conservationist and author. He is the founder and chairman of the Paulson Institute, and co-chairman of the Latin American Conservation Council of The Nature Conservancy and the Risky Business Project.

Paulson served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, from July 2006 to January 2009. Prior to that, he had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as chairman and chief executive officer beginning in 1999. Earlier in his career, he was a member of the White House Domestic Council as well as a staff assistant at the Pentagon.

Today, he serves as chairman of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, which aims to advance sustainable economic growth, a cleaner environment and cross-border investments in the United States and China. A “think and do” tank founded in 2011, the Institute’s work is comprised of programs, advocacy and research with partners around the globe.

A lifelong conservationist, Paulson was Chairman of The Nature Conservancy Board of Directors and, prior to that, founded and co-chaired the organization’s Asia-Pacific Council. In 2011, he founded and continues to co-chair the Latin American Conservation Council, comprised of global business and political leaders.

Paulson co-chairs the Risky Business Project, which focuses on quantifying and publicizing the economic risks of climate change in the United States, with former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. The non-partisan initiative aims to spur action to mitigate the effects of climate change before the worst potential outcomes occur.

In his best-selling book, On the Brink, Paulson describes his experiences as Treasury Secretary fending off the near-collapse of the U.S. economy during the Great Recession. His new book, Dealing with China, details his career working with scores of China’s top political and business leaders and witnessing the evolution of China’s state-controlled capitalism.

Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968 and received an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1970. He and his wife, Wendy, have two children and four grandchildren.


Tina Ren is the Associate Director of Communications at the Paulson Institute. She is responsible for enhancing the Institute’s brand awareness and reputation in China, leading on overall communications work and managing external relations with partner organizations.

Before joining the Paulson Institute, Tina was the Associate Director of Public Affairs at Ogilvy China since 2011, where she led strategic media communications and location branding projects; planned and implemented large-scale, cross-market campaigns, and engaged strategic partners, celebrities, and influencers. She led the award-winning global city branding campaign for the Chinese city of Chengdu and served as the lead for communications strategy to drive positive awareness and perceptions of Dubai in China. She also provided media communications counsel to Chinese and international organizations including J&J Motrin, Ministry of Culture, China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd. and China Minsheng Investment Group. She successfully managed the press office operation for high profile events including the Global Fortune Forum 2013, Boao Forum for Asia (Dubai) 2014.

Tina served as Education Marketing Manager for the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy (British Council) to China from 2006 to 2011. She has managed marketing for the Education UK brand, as well as brand messaging campaigns for the Welsh Assembly Government, Scottish Executive Government, UK Border Agency and others. Tina has also led international education market intelligence work for North & Central China and has provided marketing strategy counselling to British institutions and education organizations to facilitate their marketing efforts in the China market.

Tina graduated with honours from Sichuan International Studies University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a specialized focus on Foreign Affairs Administration.


Dr. Jianbin Shi is Associate Director for Conservation Programs at the Paulson Institute, in charge of wetland conservation-related projects and initiatives. Prior to joining the Institute, Jianbin was the Head of TRAFFIC China Program for over three years, representing and managing TRAFFIC Program in China. He has contributed greatly to expanding scope and improving profile of TRAFFIC China program by integrating demand reduction as an important approach to dealing with illegal wildlife trade, supplementary to conventional supply reduction.

Before TRAFFIC, Jianbin was hired by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China Office as the program manager for EU-China Biodiversity Programme (ECBP) of over EURO 30 m. He was involved in development, management and monitoring of 17 field projects funded by ECBP across China. He worked with the Nature Conservancy (TNC) Beijing Office for two years as a programme coordinator for China’s Biodiversity Blueprint Programme, which was a joint initiative between TNC and Chinese government agencies to identify priority and important areas for biodiversity conservation in China through biodiversity mapping and GAP analyses.

Jianbin began his professional career with China’s State Environmental Protection Administration (now the Ministry of Environmental Protection) as a conservation project officer, in charge of GEF biodiversity projects within the Administration.

Dr. Shi holds a PhD in animal ecology from the University of Liverpool.


Houze Song is a Research Fellow at the Paulson Institute, where he works primarily on the Institute’s think tank activities. He previously worked as a researcher at Columbia Global Center (East Asia). Before that, he worked as a research manager at Unirule Institute, where he assisted the chairman Mao Yushi with research and project management. He holds a MA in Quantitative Methods and a MPA in International Economics, both from Columbia University.


Bo Sun is Event Manager of the Paulson Institute in Beijing. She is responsible for the administrative operations of the China office, event planning activities and other logistical support. Previously, Bo Sun served as Assistant to the Vice President in the Public Affairs Department for Trina Solar Limited. She supported and managed the business calendar for the Vice President and oversaw administrative tasks, daily operations and corporate events held in Beijing and other cities in China.

Bo Sun graduated from Sino-Australian College Dalian Maritime University and received her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Keele University in the United Kingdom.


Gracie Sun is senior advisor to Wei Lei, LLC and an advisor to the Paulson Institute. For the past 12 years, Sun has represented and advised multinational corporations on market access, intellectual property, and investment issues in China. Prior to her work with Wei Lei LLC, she was Managing Director for China with Stonebridge International, a consulting firm headed by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former U.S. National Security Advisor Sandy Berger. During her time at Stonebridge, she served as China Representative to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and represented major U.S., European and Chinese firms in the market. She also worked for MBP Consulting, a consulting practice of Mayer, Brown, a Chicago-based law firm. Sun is Senior Vice President of Sierra Asia, a China-based consultancy. She has an MBA and lives and works in Shanghai.


Kathy Wang is the Office Manager of China Office in the Paulson Institute Beijing office, responsible for the administrative operations in China.

Before joining the Paulson Institute, she worked as the Office Manager at Sports & Entertainment Asia, responsible for office management, assisting on the business schedule for the Director Manager, and coordinating with accounting. She also supported on some projects.

Kathy Wang graduated from Heibei Normal University for Nationalities, and received a Bachelor degree in English Teaching.


Brenda K. Wesley supports Cynthia Zeltwanger, Executive Director, and Evan Feigenbaum, Vice Chairman, among others, with administrative needs that include scheduling, travel, expense reports and meeting planning. In addition, Brenda assists with the day to day operation of the Hyde Park office. Brenda comes to The Paulson Institute with over 25 years of administrative, office management, human resources, and event planning experience in the financial industry.


Jin XU is responsible for managing the overall activities in China of the CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization, based in the Paulson Institute’s Beijing Representative Office. Prior to joining the Institute, Jin was the Head of the China-based Energy & Sustainability Practice and part of the Industrial Sector Practice for the world-leading leadership search & advisory firm Heidrick & Struggles, where she engaged with the private and public sectors covering energy, petrochemical, industrial and non-profit organizations.

Before Heidrick & Struggles, Jin was Vice President of both Arthur D Little (ADL) and Schlumberger Business Consulting (SBC) in China. She advised international and national energy companies, conglomerate petrochemical companies and private energy companies on growth strategies, organizational structure, development strategies and performance improvement issues. She was also responsible for setting up ADL’s Energy Practice in China.

Jin dedicated the first 11 years of her career to leading the China market entry of IHS Energy and Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA – part of IHS Inc.), later becoming a key member in the group’s senior management team in the Asia Pacific Region. Jin had duel-managerial roles at IHS and CERA as Regional Business Director and Chief Representative of China Operation. Through CERA, she provided C-level strategic & advisory consulting services to the industry.

Jin’s industry knowledge and network ranges from corporate operational to C-levels. Her professional background in China, Europe and the United States enables her to add unique value to engage at the senior level.

Jin holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from The Imperial College of the University of London and a Master of Science, Information Technology from Kingston University, UK.


Jerry Yu is Chief Representative of China Office & Managing Director for the Paulson Institute in Beijing, where he manages the Institute’s daily operations in China. Previously, Yu was director of the World Economic Forum’s Community of Global Growth Companies in Beijing. He also has served as a senior manager for corporate affairs at eBay and as Chief Executive Officer of ASEA Convention and Exhibition Company. From 1995 to 2001, he worked for the Exhibition Department of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).Yu holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and International Studies from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing and a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgetown University.


Dr. Lucy (Guangzhi) Yu is Associate Director for Conservation Programs at the Paulson Institute, where she works on the Institute’s projects and initiatives related to establishment of national park system in China. Prior to joining the Institute, Lucy was Project Development Coordinator/Protected Area Planning and Management Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she managed the planning and formulation process of the Main Streams of Life Programme, a US$26 million GEF funded wetland conservation initiative comprising of seven projects. At the UNDP, she provided technical inputs and coordinated a project preparatory team.

Lucy began her conservation career in 2003 with The Nature Conservancy China Program, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of conservation strategies for China’s protected areas, including providing technical support and guidance to nature reserve managers, adapting conservation methodologies, building capacity of partners locally and nationally, developing conservation plans based on the best available science, and demonstrating conservation practices on the ground.

Lucy earned a doctorate degree in conservation biology from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Cynthia Zeltwanger is Executive Director of the Paulson Institute. In this role, she manages daily operations and workflows of the Institute’s staff in the U.S. and China. In concert with Chairman Henry M. Paulson, Jr. she also oversees the implementation of programs and policies that support the Institute’s mission. Previously, Zeltwanger served as the Founder of C Zelt Enterprises, a consulting firm focused on leadership development and executive coaching. She also was Co-Founder of Atlas5 Financial, a management consulting firm providing strategic advice, performance enhancement and other restructuring services for financial institutions.

Prior to her consulting experience, Zeltwanger was the global chief operating officer for NEWEDGE Group. During a 17-year career at FIMAT USA, a subsidiary of Societe Generale, she served in multiple capacities, including chief executive officer and managing director for the Americas, chief operating officer and general manager of the Chicago office, general manager of the New York office, and general counsel.

Zeltwanger is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including Women’s Leadership Collaboration West and Women in Listed Derivatives which, under her direction, created and successfully implemented the ongoing mentorship program to promote the advancement of women in financial services. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the Women’s Leadership Lab, where she will continue to facilitate periodic leadership programs. She earned her J.D. from Kent College of Law and a B.A. in Business Administration from Ball State University.


Former Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman was nominated by President Obama to be Deputy Secretary of Energy on April 20, 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate one month later. At the Energy Department, Mr. Poneman also served as Chief Operating Officer and, between April 23, 2013, and May 21, 2013, as Acting Secretary of Energy. Mr. Poneman first joined the Department of Energy in 1989 as a White House Fellow. The next year he joined the National Security Council staff as Director of Defense Policy and Arms Control. From 1993 through 1996, Mr. Poneman served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Nonproliferation and Export Controls at the National Security Council. For eight years, Mr. Poneman served as a principal of The Scowcroft Group, providing strategic advice to corporations on a wide variety of international projects and transactions. For nine years, he practiced law in Washington, D.C., as an associate at Covington & Burling and a partner at Hogan & Hartson. Mr. Poneman received A.B. and J.D. degrees with honors from Harvard University and an M.Litt. in Politics from Oxford University. He has published widely on energy and national security issues and is the author of Nuclear Power in the Developing World and Argentina: Democracy on Trial. His third book, Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis (coauthored with Joel Wit and Robert Gallucci), received the 2005 Douglas Dillon Award for Distinguished Writing on American Diplomacy. Poneman is a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Kevin Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister between 2007 and 2010, and subsequently as Australia’s Foreign Minister from 2010 until 2012. He served again as Prime Minister in 2013. Mr. Rudd was elected as Leader of the Labor Party in 2006 and was only the third Labor leader to win government from opposition since World War II. As Prime Minister, Mr. Rudd led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis. Mr. Rudd is internationally recognized as one of the founders of the G20, the premier global economic decision-making institution. He is recognized as a major driving force behind the 2010 decision to expand the East Asia Summit to include the United States in this important regional institution. As Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr. Rudd also oversaw the doubling of Australian foreign aid over five years, making Australia the seventh largest aid donor in the world. Mr. Rudd remains engaged in major international challenges, including global economic management, the rise of China, and the global challenge of sustainable development. He was a co-author of the 2012 report of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, Resilient People, Resilient Planet.


Andrew is director of China research at the independent research firm Gavekal Dragonomics. He manages its team of researchers in Beijing, writes and comments regularly on the Chinese economy, and frequently speaks to business and academic audiences.

Andrew has lived and worked in China since 1998, and over the course of his career as an analyst and journalist has written hundreds of articles on Chinese business, government, economics and society. Before joining Gavekal in 2011, Andrew was an award-winning reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires in Beijing and Hong Kong. He has also been a software engineer, a consultant and treasurer of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China. Andrew was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and educated at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.


Mike Carr is a Senior Fellow at the Paulson Institute and a partner at Boundary Stone Partners. He served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Senior Advisor to the Director of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis. He was a member of the leadership team advising the Secretary on clean energy policy and deployment, in addition to being a guiding force on the R&D and deployment agenda within EERE.

Since 1996, Mr. Carr has advised on law and policy both inside and outside of government, with a particular specialization in environment and natural resources law. Prior to serving the President at DOE, Mike served as Senior Counsel to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 2004 to June 2012. There, his portfolio primarily focused on technology development programs and financing and early commercialization of emergent clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. In that influential role, he conceived of, drafted, and guided through Congress a number of incentive programs and laws that now direct major Department of Energy programs. Prominent examples include the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program (used by Tesla, Ford, and Nissan to significantly expand US manufacturing of cutting-edge vehicles), and the L-Prize (which helped catalyze the commercial introduction of consumer LED light bulbs), among other programs.

In private practice, Mr. Carr specialized in litigation involving NEPA, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. He managed environmental and appropriations issues for Representative David Skaggs (D-CO) until 1998, then worked in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior through 2002. He holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark College and a Bachelor’s from the University of Colorado – Boulder.


Hal Harvey is the CEO of Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC. He is also a Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Paulson Institute. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of ClimateWorks Foundation, a network of 13 regional foundations and expert teams who promote polices to reduce the threat of climate change. From 2001-2008, he served as Environment Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. From 1990 through 2001, Mr. Harvey served as founder and President of the Energy Foundation, a joint initiative of six large U.S. Foundations. Mr. Harvey has served on energy panels appointed by Presidents Bush (41) and Clinton, has published two books and dozens of articles on energy and national security issues, and speaks widely on energy topics. He is President of the Board of Directors of the New-Land Foundation, and Chairman of the Board of MB Financial Corporation, a $10 billion Chicago bank holding company. Earlier in his career, he designed and built solar homes. In 2005, Mr. Harvey served as Rhodes Chair and Lecturer in Public Policy at Arizona State University. Mr. Harvey has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in Engineering, specializing in Energy Planning.


Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Professor of Economics and Director of the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at Chicago. His other current positions and affiliations include Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Editor of the Journal of Political Economy, Faculty Director of the E2e Project, Head of the JPAL Environment and Energy Program, co-Director of the International Growth Centre’s Energy Research Programme, and Nonresident Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Prior to rejoining the faculty at Chicago, Professor Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT. Greenstone’s research estimates the costs and benefits of environmental quality and society’s energy choices. He has worked extensively on the Clean Air Act and examined its impacts on air quality, manufacturing activity, housing prices, and human health to assess its benefits and costs. He is currently engaged in large-scale projects to estimate the economic costs of climate change and to identify efficient approaches to mitigating these costs.

His research is increasingly focused on developing countries. This work includes an influential paper that demonstrated that high levels of particulates air pollution from coal combustion are causing the 500 million residents of Northern China to lose more than 2.5 billion years of life expectancy. He is also engaged in projects with the Government of India and four Indian state governments that use randomized control trials to test innovative ways to improve the functioning of environmental regulations and increase energy access.

Greenstone also has extensive policy experience. He served as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2009-10. In addition, he was the Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, which studies a range of policies to promote broad-based economic growth, from 2010-2013 and has since joined its Advisory Council.

Greenstone received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a BA in economics with High Honors from Swarthmore College.


Randall S. Kroszner served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System from March 2006 until January 2009. During his time as a member of the Federal Reserve Board, he chaired the committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. In these capacities, he took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis and in undertaking new initiatives to improve consumer protection and disclosure, including rules related to home mortgages and credit cards, and was director of NeighborWorks America. He represented the Federal Reserve Board on the Financial Stability Forum and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. As a member of the Board, he was also a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee. Before becoming a member of the Board, Dr. Kroszner was a professor of economics at the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago where he is now returning to assume a newly-created chair titled the Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics. Dr. Kroszner was Director of the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State and editor of the Journal of Law & Economics. He was a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a director at the National Association for Business Economics. Dr. Kroszner also was a member of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Department of Labor.

Dr. Kroszner was a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) from 2001 to 2003. While at the CEA, he was heavily involved in formulating the policy response to corporate governance scandals as well as in advising on a wide range of domestic and international issues, including banking and financial regulation, government-sponsored enterprises, pension reform, terrorism risk insurance, tax reform, currency crisis management, sovereign debt restructuring, the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), international trade, and economic development.

Dr. Kroszner has been a visiting scholar at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the IMF, the Stockholm School of Economics, the Stockholm University, the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and the London School of Economics. He was the John M. Olin Visiting Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School and the Bertil Danielson Visiting Professor of Banking and Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Dr. Kroszner’s research interests include international financial crises, the Great Depression, regulation of financial institutions, corporate governance, debt restructuring and bankruptcy, and monetary economics.

Dr. Kroszner received an Sc.B. (magna cum laude) in applied mathematics-economics (honors) from Brown University in 1984 and an M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1990), both in economics, from Harvard University.


Dali L. Yang is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He is the founding Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, a university-wide initiative to promote collaboration and exchange between UChicago scholars and students and their Chinese counterparts. He also directs the University of Chicago Confucius Institute, which is designed to enhance research on China’s development and support Chinese language instruction on the UChicago Hyde Park campus.Professor Yang has previously served in a number of other academic leadership roles. He was Chairman of the Political Science Department, Director of The Center for East Asian Studies, and Director of the Committee on International Relations, all at the University of Chicago. He also previously served as Director of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore.

An engineering graduate from Beijing Science and Technology University, Yang received his Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University, specializing in international relations and comparative politics. He joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1992.

Professor Yang’s research interests are political institutions, political economy and political behavior, with special reference to China. He is a member of professional associations such as the American Political Science Association and the Association for Asian Studies. He has also served on the editorial boards of various journals, including American Political Science Review, World Politics, Asian Perspective, Journal of Contemporary China, and Journal of Chinese Political Science and as co-editor of China: An International Journal. He has been a co-director of the University of Chicago Workshop on East Asia: Politics, Economy and Society.

Professor Yang is the author of many books and scholarly articles on China’s political economy and governance.