Officers and Staff

Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Ph.D., Founding Executive Director. Dr. Blanchard also serves as Distinguished Professor, School of Advanced International and Area Studies, East China Normal University (Shanghai, China). He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited more than half a dozen books/special academic journal issues and nearly 50 book chapters and journal articles on topics relating to Chinese foreign economic policy, foreign investment in China, Chinese outward investment, China’s sovereign wealth fund, China and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the political economy of China's relations with other political actors such as the United States and Japan. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Blanchard worked for the U.S. Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC), the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the U.S. Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), and Kelling, Northcross, & Nobriga (an investment bank). Dr. Blanchard is frequently interviewed for international print and electronic media and serves as a Business and Economics commentator for China Radio International’s Global English Service. He has published in a variety of print and electronic media in the US, China, and elsewhere. Dr. Blanchard is fluent in Mandarin, English, and has a working proficiency in French.

Bas Hooijmaaijers, Ph.D., Assistant Director. Dr. Hooijmaaijers also serves as Assistant Professor and Chenhui Research Fellow in the School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University (China). He obtained his Ph.D. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he was named an “Excellent International Ph.D. Student” in both 2015 and 2016. Dr. Hooijmaaijers also is a Free Research Associate at the LINES Institute at KU Leuven in Belgium. He has published on China and the BRICS in leading journals including the Journal of Common Market Studies and Global Governance, and has contributed to ad hoc studies for the European Parliament. His research activities include projects on European Union policymaking towards China, Chinese investment in Europe, and the global power shift towards the Asia-Pacific Region. Dr. Hooijmaaijers is fluent in multiple languages and has a functional proficiency in Mandarin.

Yi Edward Yang, Ph.D., Corporate Treasurer. Dr. Yang is Associate Professor of Political Science at James Madison University (US). He specializes in Chinese politics, foreign policy decision-making, and political psychology. His research has appeared in numerous top ranked scholarly journals and edited volumes. He also works as an independent consultant providing corporations, government agencies, and research institutes with the information they need to understand and negotiate China’s unique political and business environment. Dr. Yang earned his Ph.D. in political science from Texas A&M University (US) and B.A. in diplomacy and international affairs from China Foreign Affairs University (China). Dr. Yang is fluent in Mandarin and English.

Wei Liang, Ph.D. , Corporate Secretary. Dr. Liang is a Senior Research Fellow of the Wong MNC Center, President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies, and a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (US). She is a specialist on Chinese economic decision-making, East Asian regionalism, international trade negotiation, and global trade institutions like the WTO. She has co-authored one book, co-edited one book, and published numerous articles and book chapters. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California and has taught in leading programs in the China and the US including Peking University and U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Liang is fluent in Mandarin and English.