Board of Directors, Officers, and Staff
Members of the Board of Directors (In Alphabetical Order)
Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Ph.D. Dr. Blanchard is Founding Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations. He also currently serves as the General Editor of the Routledge Series on the Political Economy of Asia, is an editorial board member of several China- and Asia-oriented academic journals, and is a member of the (USA) National Committee on United States-China Relations. He previously was the President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA). A specialist in international political economy and foreign direct investment (FDI), he is a co-author of Economic Statecraft and Foreign Policy, the editor or co-editor of and a contributor to 20 edited books and special journal issues, and the author of more than 70 articles, book chapters, and other publications related to FDI in China, Chinese outward FDI (OFDI), China and the WTO, Chinese foreign economic policy, and the political economy of China’s relations with the United States (US) and Japan. A leading expert on China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative and China’s Digital Silk Road (DSR), both component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Dr. Blanchard currently is leading research projects on Chinese seaports, China’s DSR, and the effects of Chinese OFDI. Dr. Blanchard has taught for leading Business, Public Administration, Public Policy, International Relations, and Public Policy schools in China, France, Japan, Switzerland, and the US, among other locales, and earlier was the Associate Director of a China Center in San Francisco, California (USA). He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and his A.B. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Blanchard worked for the U.S. Federal Savings & Loan Insurance Corporation and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the investment banking firm Kelling, Northcross, & Nobriga. He is fluent in Mandarin and English, and has a working proficiency in French.
C. Lawrence Greenwood, Jr. “Larry” Greenwood is Chairman of the Board of the Japan Society of Northern California and Senior Adviser at BowerGroupAsia, a strategic advisory firm that specializes in the Asia-Pacific. From 2016-2019, he was President of the Japan Society of Northern California. Prior to that position, he was Senior Managing Director for Government Relations in Asia for MetLife based in Tokyo. Joining the company in May 2011, he was responsible for working with governments, legislatures and industry associations to shape financial policies and regulations in Asia. Greenwood served from 2006-2011 as Vice President at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines where he oversaw ADB’s annual loan and grant operations of about $7 billion in East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Island countries. During his tenure, he helped lead the Bank’s tripling of both its lending and capital, increase its budget, and enhance its development effectiveness. Greenwood was a career diplomat from 1976-2006 where he served in a variety of positions in the State Department in Washington, DC and at U.S. Embassies in Manila, Dakar, Tokyo, and Singapore. He served twice in the Embassy in Tokyo from 1986-1991 and from 1996-2000. Greenwood served as U.S. Ambassador to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group from 2000-2003 and led the team supporting presidential participation in APEC Summits in Brunei, Shanghai, and Los Cabos. He retired in 2006 as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Economic Bureau of the State Department where he was responsible for international financial and development matters, including serving as lead negotiator for the restructuring of Iraqi debt in 2005. Greenwood holds a BA from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford Massachusetts. He speaks and reads Japanese.
Keagan Rubel. Mr. Rubel is the Asia Pacific Director of Sustainability and Climate Change for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has over 15 years of experience delivering sustainability advisory to the private sector and is a twice published author on carbon emissions management. He counts some of the world’s largest organizations as his previous clients such as T-Mobile, HP, and Intel. Mr. Rubel previously served as Corporate Security for the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations and also was a Business Research Fellow. Mr. Rubel earned his MBA (with Distinction) in Strategic Carbon Emissions Management, as well as accreditation in Sustainable Finance by Cambridge University, and previously taught part-time on global sustainability business solutions at Hult International Business School and for the Shanghai Center for Sustainability. Mr. Rubel has lived in Asia for over a decade and speaks fluent Mandarin.
Kai Kit Wong. Ph.D.. Dr. Wong has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations since it came into being in 2015. He also is a high-tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, and real estate developer, portfolio manager, and investor. Dr. Wong currently overseas a large portfolio of service apartments in Hong Kong and has created a half-dozen technology startups in fields such as e-Learning, Engineering, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Wong previously served as a Professor of Engineering at Cooper Union (New York) and a Professor and Administrator in the Civil Engineering Department at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to this he worked as an Engineer in the private sector. Dr. Wong takes special pride in two non-profits he has founded, one which uses technology to facilitate student learning and another which uses technology to help the elderly. Dr. Wong earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and his B.S. from the University of Hong Kong.
Officers (In Alphabetical order)
Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Ph.D., Founding Executive Director. Please see above for further information.
Bas Hooijmaaijers, Ph.D., Corporate Treasurer. Dr. Hooijmaaijers is a Business Controller, long-term care at CZ, the second largest health insurance company in the Netherlands. He also is Senior Business Research Fellow at the Wong MNC Center and Research Fellow at the Leuven International and European Studies Institute at KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium). Previously, he was Associate Research Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations at East China Normal University (Shanghai, China). He is the author of Unpacking EU Policy-making towards China (2021). He has published in leading journals and contributed to ad hoc studies for the European Parliament. Dr. Hooijmaaijers obtained his Ph.D. in 2016 from Shanghai Jiaotong University’s School of International and Public Affairs (China). He is fluent in English and Dutch and has functional proficiency in Mandarin.
May Tan-Mullins, Ph.D., Corporate Secretary. Dr. Tan-Mullins also is Dean International, James Cook University (Singapore). She previously was the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning with the University of Nottingham Ningbo China and Director of multiple CEEC think tanks in China. She also worked at Durham University, UK and the National University of Singapore. Dr. Tan-Mullins is a recipient of the esteemed Camellia Friendship Award from Ningbo (China) (2018) and the Westlake Friendship Award from Zhejiang Province (2021). Her research interests include sustainability, environmental and energy justice, the political ecology of rising China, and poverty alleviation. She has served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme, National Bureau of Asian Research (US), Revenue Watch Institute (US), and the Chinese government. Tan-Mullins is an awardee of the prestigious global Rockefeller Bellagio writing residency in Italy. One of her current research projects includes a Research Council of Norway funded project entitled “Roads to Power? The Political Effects of Infrastructure Projects in Asia” (2022-2024). She is fluent in English, Mandarin, Malay, and Thai.