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.