Officers and Staff

Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Ph.D., Founding Executive Director. Dr. Blanchard also serves as the General Editor of the Routledge Series on the Political Economy of Asia. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited nearly 20 books/special academic journal issues and more than 70 book chapters and journal articles on topics relating to foreign investment in China, Chinese outward investment, China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Chinese foreign economic policy, and the political economy of China's relations with other 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). He is a member of numerous editorial boards and a member of the National Committee on U.S-China Relations. Dr. Blanchard is frequently interviewed by international media and has published in a variety of media in the US, China, and elsewhere. Dr. Blanchard has taught in Business, Public Administration, Public Policy, International Relations, and Public Policy schools in China, France, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States, among other locales. He is fluent in Mandarin, English, and has a working proficiency in French.

Wei Liang, Ph.D. , Corporate Treasurer. Dr. Liang also is Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (US) and a Senior Research Fellow of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations. 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 previously served as President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies. 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 English and Mandarin.

Mr. Keagan Rubel, Corporate Secretary. Mr. Rubel is the Director of Sustainability Services for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and in that role provides advisory to Fortune 500 clients on global corporate sustainability strategy. Mr. Rubel is a twice published author in carbon emissions management, and specializes in MNC Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He is a Business Research Fellow with the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations and has 13 years of experience working with some of the largest multinationals in Asia. Mr. Rubel earned his MBA (with Distinction) in Strategic Carbon Emissions Management from the University of East Anglia. He has taught global sustainability business solutions at Hult International Business School and for the Shanghai Centre for Sustainability. Mr. Rubel is fluent in English and Mandarin.