Advisory Board (in alphabetical order)

Mr. Naoyuki Haraoka is Executive Managing Director, Japan Economic Foundation (Japan). Prior to this, he served as Director-General of Japan’s Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) Training Institute; Chief Executive Director of JETRO San Francisco; and the METI Research Institute of Economy Trade and Industry, which he helped to found. He previously served in various administrative and research roles for the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, METI’s predecessor organization, in Japan and abroad. He earned his Master of Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and his BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo.

Mr. Kenneth Jarrett is a Senior Advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic advisory firm based in Washington, D.C. (USA). He previously served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (China). Prior to that he was the Greater China Chairman for APCO Worldwide and before that a United States (US) diplomat. He previously served as the US Consul General in Shanghai. He is the recipient of the Magnolia Award (Silver) from the Shanghai government and is a member of the National Committee for US-China Relations. He has degrees from Cornell, Yale and the National War College.

Dr. Jorge Heine is Research Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University (USA) and a Wilson Center Global Fellow (USA). He was previously Chilean ambassador to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007), and to South Africa (1994-1999) as well as a Cabinet minister in the Chilean Government. A past vice-president of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), he was the CIGI Professor of Global Governance at Wilfrid Laurier University (2007-2017) and has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Konstanz, Oxford, Paris, and Tsinghua. He has published fifteen books, including The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy.

Mr. Frank Lavin is President, ExportNow. In government, he served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the United States (US) Department of Commerce, where he was the senior policy official in the Department responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations. Prior to this, he served as US Ambassador to the Singapore. In the private sector, he served in senior finance and management positions in Hong Kong as well as Singapore with Edelman, Bank of America, and Citibank. He is a widely published commentator. He has an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (US).

Mr. Jason Lo is Vice President, Commercial Excellence & Strategy at Honeywell Ltd. (China). He has held a number of regional leadership roles since joining Honeywell in 2005 including Senior Director, Commercial Excellence & Strategy, Head of Strategy, China, and Director, Strategic Marketing. In 2016, he was honored with Honeywell’s Premier Achievement Award, one of eight recipients in the entire company. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, both from the University of Waterloo in Canada, and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

Dr. Scott MacDonald is Chief Economist, Smith’s Research & Gradings. Prior to that, he was the head of research at MC Asset Management LLC; head of credit and economic research at Aladdin Capital Management; and chief economist for KWR International. He also served in various analyst and research roles for leading investment banks and the former United States (US) Comptroller of the Currency. He currently also holds a role as Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (US). He has published numerous books and articles relating to political-economy with a focus on Latin America.

Dr. Frank Plantan is Co-Director of the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania (US), and a Partner in Gotham Orient Partners, an investment advisory firm. He also currently serves as the National President of Sigma Iota Rho, an international Honor Society for International Studies. He previously served as Executive Secretary of the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy; has undertaken numerous consulting projects including serving as a consultant to the World Bank as a member of the Corporate Restructuring Team in Seoul during the 1998-1999 Asian economic crisis. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sean Randolph is Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute and a member of the State of California’s Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission. He previously was President and CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute; Director of International Trade for the State of California; Managing Director of the RSR Pacific Group; and International Director General of the Pacific Basin Economic Council. He also has extensive experience working for the US Department of State in various capacities. Dr. Randolph obtained his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.