Officers and Staff

Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Ph.D., Founding Executive Director. Dr. Blanchard also currently serves as the General Editor of the Routledge Series on the Political Economy of Asia as well as 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.

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.