Last year, distinguished professors and entrepreneurs from different fields of China studies took part in the Yenching Global Symposium. They engaged in seminars, keynote speeches, and interactive sessions about China’s impact on the world and the influence that the world has on China. Check out last year's speakers:

Peking University speakers



Yuan Ming

Professor Yuan Ming is the Dean of the Yenching Academy, as well as an Associate Dean of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies. Prof. Yuan Ming was originally trained as a student of western language and literature at Peking University. China’s reform and Open Door policy allowed her to do her graduate work in the Law Department of Peking University and then to visit these distinguished institutions abroad. Since 1995, she was invited and did research at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. She travels often and is a frequent speaker at many international gatherings such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Trilateral Commission, the Club of Rome, etc. Her publications include: A History of International Relations (1648-1989), which is one of the publications and textbooks in China; Cross Century Assignment: the International Relations Studies in China. She is also the co-editor of Sino-American Relations (1945-1955), with Harry Harding, the Golden Age of U.S.-China-Japan Relations (1972-1989), with Ezra Vogel, Tanaka Akihiko.

Prof. Yuan Ming was a member of CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference) from 1998 to 2012 and also a member of its Foreign Relations Committee. She was also the trustee of the Asia Society in New York (1998-2004). In 2004, she joined the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. In 2007, she joined the Board of the United Nations Foundation.

Wang Jisi

Professor Wang Jisi is the President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University and a former Global Scholar at Princeton University. For over seven years, he has been a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee for the Foreign Ministry of China. He is also honorary President of the Chinese Association for American Studies. In 2012, Foreign Policy named Wang one of its Top 100 Global Thinkers. Previously, Professor Wang served as  director of the Institute of International Strategic Studies of the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China. Professor Wang has published extensively on U.S. foreign policy, China-U.S. relations and Asian security. 



John Holden

John L. Holden is a the Associate Dean of the Yenching Academy, a nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce, Beijing. He serves as advisor to Vermillion Partners, Ltd., as well as a number of philanthropic and educational organizations. 

Zhang Qingmin

Professor Zhang Qingmin is the Chair of the Department of Diplomacy at Peking University. He is the author of China’s Foreign Relations, U.S. Arms Sales Policy toward Taiwan: A Decision-Making Perspective, Contemporary China’s Diplomacy, and a founding editorial board member of Foreign Policy Analysis. He has also been on the editorial board of The Hague Journal of Diplomatic Studies since 2012. From 2004-2005, he was a Senior Fulbright Visiting Scholar at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs. 

Lou JianBO

Professor Lou is currently an associate professor at Peking University Law School and co-director of the Center for Real Estate Law. Between 2000 and 2005, he also lectured on Chinese commercial law at the University of Cambridge. His educational background includes a Master’s degree at Peking University’s Law School and a doctoral degree in Philosophy from the University of London. In addition to his work in academia, Professor Lou is a delegate of the 14th People's Congress in Beijing. At the Yenching Global Symposium, he shall lead a seminar discussing the special characteristics of the Chinese legal and judicial system.

Cheng Lesong

Professor Cheng Lesong teaches philosophy at Peking University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Daoism and theories of religious studies, including the history and thought of Daoism during the Wei-Jin and Nanbeichao periods, contemporary Daoist rituals, as well as anthropological approaches to religious studies. 


Professor Yan Se is a Research Professor at the Peking University Department of Applied Economics and teaches macroeconomics, economic growth and Chinese economy at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. Yan also serves as the associate editor of the Australian Economic History Review. For his contributions to teaching, he won the Teaching Excellence Award of Peking University and the First Prize for Teaching Excellence at the Guanghua School of Management. Professor Yan's research in economic history, development economics and Chinese economy has been widely recognized by international academia. 

Guest speakers

He Yafei

Mr. He Yafei is the former Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Minister of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council. Before taking this position, he was the Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and Minister of the Embassy of China in the United States, among other diplomatic appointments with the Chinese government. Yafei holds a master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, also in Geneva. His fields of interest include North America and Oceania, arms control, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan-related affairs.

Paul Haenle

Mr. Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center at Tsinghua University, where Mr. Haenle also lectures on the fields of international relations and global governance. Under his leadership, Carnegie’s Beijing center has become one of the top-ranked independent foreign policy think tanks in China, according to The 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTTI). In addition to running the Center, Paul is also senior advisor to the consulting firm Teneco Strategy. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the Director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs in the National Security Council staff of former American president George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. 

Andrew Yan

The Founding Managing Partner of the venture capital fund SAIF Partners, Mr. Andrew Yan, also serves in directorial, advisory positions at 12 other companies listed prominently on international stock exchanges. Mr. Yan (Princeton University; Peking University, Master’s in Sociology) has taken leading positions in numerous institutions, such as the Emerging Markets Partnership, the AIG Asia Infrastructure Fund, and the World Bank. His collection of professional recognitions also includes being considered as one of the “Fifty Finest Private Equity Investors in the World” by the Private Equity International in 2007, and the “No. 1 Venture Capitalist of the Year" by Forbes (China) in 2008 and 2009. In 2012, Yan was added in the Forbes Midas list, which annually ranks the best dealmakers in high-tech and life science venture capital.

Hervé Machenaud

Mr. Hervé Machenaud is the Chief Representative and Chairman of EDF (China), the leading European company in the generation and distribution of energy. He has worked with the Asia-Pacific Division of EDF for over 10 years, after various experiences in Africa, notably at the World Bank and at the Ministry of the Plan and Coordination in Ivory Coast. He had extensive experience managing energy development projects for EDF in China, Laos and Vietnam. Currently, he is developing partnerships with major Chinese companies to boost China’s nuclear grid. He was originally trained at the Ecole Polytechnique (1968), at the Political Studies Institutes ("Sciences Po") of Paris and is an engineer of the Ponts et Chaussées


Kenneth Jarrett

Mr. Ken Jarrett is the President of the American Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Shanghai, a position he has held since 2013. His previous professional experiences include being the Chairperson for greater China at the Chamber from APCO Worldwide, a Washington D.C.-based public affairs consultancy, and the U.S. Consul General in Shanghai from 2005 to 2008. His 26-year diplomatic career includes postings as the Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong and Director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council. Mr. Jarrett is also a member of the National Committee for US-China Relations. 

Alexander Storozhuk

Professor Alexander Storozhuk is the head of the Department of Chinese Philology at Saint Petersburg State University and preeminent translator of classical Chinese poetry and prose into Russian. Professor Storozhuk also serves as the Chairman of the Saint Petersburg Russian-Chinese Friendship Society. At the Yenching Global Symposium, he will discuss the influence of Buddhism in Chinese policy and foreign relations during the Tang dynasty. His main research interests include classical Chinese poetry, history, literature, ethnography and religion.

Guillermo Pulido

Professor Guillermo Pulido is the head of the Center for Mexican-Chinese Studies of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Beijing and professor and researcher on topics related to economics, political and social sciences and international relations at UNAM. Professor Pulido's extensive work with UNAM since 1980 ranges from directing UNAM-San Antonio to establishing new campuses across North America. Previously, he has served as the Counselor of Culture and Education in the Mexican Embassy to the Peoples Republic of China (2008-2010) and consultant to the Federal Institute of Access to Information for projects relating to civil rights of Mexican communities living in the United States. 

Hannah Ryder

Hannah Ryder is the Head of Public Policy and Partnerships for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China and coordinates research and partnerships on behalf of the organization to support Chinese cooperation with other countries. Ms. Ryder is a Kenyan and British national, an economist by training and has worked extensively in areas of climate change and development. Before living in Beijing, Ryder served for the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development in London, focused on supporting climate change action in developing countries. 

Tong Lihua

Mr. Tong Lihua is the director of Beijing Zhicheng Law Firm and Beijing Child Legal Aid and Research Center, the largest NGO for legal aid to children in China. He also serves as director of the National Chinese Lawyers' Association’s Special Committee for Child Protection. Among Lihua’s major projects, he initiated the most encompassing law suit against the tobacco industry in China - involving twenty-five large tobacco companies - and also established a children's rights protection legal network across China. In the last ten years, more than 400,000 minors and migrant workers have benefited directly from the free legal services provided by Lihua and his team. For his work, he was awarded “China’s Top Ten Outstanding Juvenile Protection Citizen,” “Top Ten Outstanding Workers’ Rights Protection Attorney," and “National Model Worker,” among other prizes. 

Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo is the head of international public relations at Baidu, the leading search engine in China, and host and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast. Kaiser is also a freelance writer and former guitarist with Tang Dynasty, China's seminal heavy-metal act. Before holding his current position at Baidu, Kaiser's work experiences have also centered around the Internet and China, as a consultant for Kaiser is interested in Chinese culture, technology and politics and speaks frequently on a broad range of China-related topics.