CO-FOUNDERS & GLOBAL MANAGEMENT
BEIJING | SHANGHAI | HONG KONG | LONDON | NEW YORK
SAN FRANCISCO | BERLIN | SINGAPORE | BRUSSELS 
| WASHINGTON D.C.

 

CO-FOUNDERS & GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

Alistair Thornton is Co-Founder of YCW. Originally from London, he was based in Beijing 2008-2013, where he worked in economic research. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2013.  He works in product strategy at Facebook.

Raffaello Pantucci is Co-Founder of YCW. Based in London, he is a Director of International Security Studies at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), where he focuses on counter-terrorism and China’s relations with its western neighbours. His work can be found at raffaellopantucci.com.

Sue Anne Tay is Global Director of YCW. She is Director for China and RMB Internationalisation at HSBC. Based in London, she is part of the Group’s global strategy function and drives China-related initiatives across businesses and geographies. In her spare time, she documents Shanghai heritage architecture here.

Lea Yu is Director of Digital Operations of YCW. She is based in San Francisco and works in Product Operations at Facebook. She previously worked as a journalist and private equity analyst in Beijing.

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BEIJING

Julia Voo is Head of YCW Bejing and Global Head of YCW Mentorship Programmes. She is the Head of Business Environment Strategy in the Trade Policy team at the British Embassy. Julia moved to Beijing in 2011 and previously worked at the Delegation of the European Union to China and the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy.

Jordyn Dahl is Editorial and Web Coordinator at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy and a contributor at Forbes, where she writes about science and technology in China. She holds a master’s degree from Tsinghua University in Global Business Journalism and worked as a journalist in the U.S. before moving to China in 2013.

Kevin Kerrigan is Director of YCW Beijing-Carnegie Tsinghua Mentorship Programme. He is a strategic Risk and Media Affairs Research Consultant for China-i, specialised in advising Chinese organisations on “going-out” and Belt and Road strategies. He previously worked for the UK Permanent Representation to the EU on a host of issues, including EU-China relations. He has a Masters in International Relations from the LSE.

Adam CR Schmelzer is Director of YCW Beijing Operations and a Beijing-based associate with TransAsia Lawyers. Prior to legal study, he obtained a master’s in international trade in conjunction with Tsinghua University and worked with the US-China Business Council in Beijing. He returned to China in 2016 after time in Boston and Washington, D.C.

Anna Brachtendorf is Director of YCW Beijing. As a Project Manager at Friedrich Ebert Foundation she specialises in social security, labour relations and gender equality. Before moving to Beijing in 2017, she studied Political Science and International Relations in Shanghai, Paris and Nanjing and holds two M.A.s from the Universities of Konstanz and Warwick.

Rosie Levine is Director of YCW Beijing. Rosie grew up between Beijing and Boston, and upon returning to China in 2014, has worked extensively in the cultural heritage sector in Beijing. She is the Program Director at the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) and completing her Masters in History & Archeology at the Yenching Academy at Peking University.

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SHANGHAI

Dev Lewis is Head of YCW Shanghai. He is marketing and research manager at Infosys China and a researcher with Digital Asia Hub. He has an International Relations degree from Roger Williams University and has previously studied in Shanghai and Zhengzhou as a recipient of a Confucius Language Scholarship.

Serena Mu is Director of YCW Shanghai. She is a Marketing & Communication Specialist for Getinge group, a global leader in healthcare industry. She grew up in Beijing and Shanghai, and holds a M.A. in Marketing from New York University and a B.S. in Finance from University of Pittsburgh.

Nihal Kutlu is Director of YCW Shanghai. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Global Studies at Shanghai University. Prior to that, she lived in Beijing for two years and received an MA in Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy from Tsinghua University.

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HONG KONG

Emily Chew is Co-Head of YCW Hong Kong. She is Head of ESG Research and Integration at Manulife Asset Management, where she oversees the integration of environmental, social and governance-related factors into investment portfolios. Previously, she has held research roles with MSCI in Beijing and Hong Kong; and with Baker & McKenzie as a capital markets lawyer in Melbourne, her native home town. Emily is part of the Asia Society’s young leaders program, Class of 2015.

Natasha Khan is Co-Head of YCW Hong Kong. She is a journalist with The Wall Street Journal. She previously spent six years reporting for Bloomberg News, where she was named a finalist for a Livingston Award for Young Journalists in 2015 for stories on cancer and bankruptcy in China. She was also part of the Bloomberg team that produced the George Polk award-winning investigation in 2012 that revealed the hidden wealth of China’s ruling elite. Natasha holds degrees in law and business administration from the University of Hong Kong.

Chi-Jia Tschang is Co-Head of YCW Hong Kong. She is involved in regional risk analysis and crisis management functions at Goldman Sachs.

Jens Schott Knudsen is the in-house counsel for Zuru Toys. He has served as a lecturer at several law schools in China including Tsinghua University where he taught American contract law and civil procedure. He is also a photographer; his work can be found at pamhule.com.

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LONDON

James Tunningley is the Head of the Young China Watchers in London. He is the Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary at the UK Government’s Department for International Trade. He is on the Young Leaders Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Pacific Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Belt and Road Initiative, Centre for China and Globalisation in Beijing. He previously held positions at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), China-Britain Business Council and Emerging Strategy in Shanghai. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

Bin (William) Xu is Director of YCW London. He works as a strategy and investment advisor in the Life Sciences and Technology space across Europe and Asia. Having previously held positions in M&A Advisory and Equity Research, William is increasingly focusing his effort on fund-raising and ensuring commercial success for earlier-stage, fast-growing ventures. He holds an MBA from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and an MSc from Imperial College London.

Julia Chen is Director of YCW London. She currently works for the UK Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Previously, she studied Mandarin at Fudan University, Shanghai, and worked for the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), an environmental NGO. She holds a BA from the University of Oxford.

June Sun is the Director of the YCW London Mentorship Programme. She works as an ICT analyst at GlobalData, focusing on Africa and the Middle East. She has previously worked on China-UK relations for the British Government. She holds a BA from the University of Cambridge and an MPhil from the University of Oxford.

Michael Yip is Director of Partnerships for YCW London. He organises the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, and has previously worked on water policy for the British Government. Prior to that, he was awarded Fellowships from the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Commonwealth Society for his campaigns in the British Chinese community. He holds a BA from the University of Warwick.

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NEW YORK

Victoria Lai is Head of YCW New York. She is an analytical lead for Google. Previously, she was an economist and editor for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s China service. She was based in Beijing between 2008-11.

Grace Hsieh is Director of YCW New York. She is the Founder of Graceful Brand Stewards, a company that manages marketing programs for global brands on Chinese digital and social media. Her background includes roles in global brand strategy and management at Landor, mcgarrybowen, Hill & Knowlton, and Marc Jacobs. Grace is also the former President of the Yale Club of Beijing.

Michael Laha is Director of YCW New York. He is a U.S.-China Dialogue Fellow at Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations and holds a M.A. in East Asian Languages and Culture from Columbia University and a B.S. from Tufts University.

Charlie Patterson is Director of Membership for YCW New York. He was a Fulbright fellow studying urbanization and aging in Xi’an between 2014 and 2015. He works as a consumer insights strategist at VaynerMedia.

 

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SAN FRANCISCO

Frederick H. Tsai is Head of YCW San Francisco.  He serves as Senior Director, Strategy at Salesforce.com. Prior to Salesforce.com, Fred spent nearly a decade based out of China, primarily at Dell Inc., where he served in several roles, including as Director and Head of China Strategy.

Caly Moss is the Director of Operations, YCW San Francisco. She is a software engineer at DocuSign. Prior to moving to San Francisco, she lived in Beijing for three years working in marketing.

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BERLIN

Angela Stanzel is Co-Head of YCW Berlin. She is Policy Fellow in the Asia & China programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Prior to that, she finished her PhD on China-Pakistan relations and has worked for the International Affairs Office of the Koerber Foundation in Berlin, for the German Marshall Fund in Brussels and for the German Embassy in Beijing.

Mikko Huotari is Co-Head of YCW Berlin. He heads the programme on China’s foreign relations at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) . His research focuses on China’s foreign policy, China-Europe relations as well as regional order in Asia. Before joining MERICS, he taught International Political Economy and Chinese Foreign Policy at the University of Freiburg.

Bernhard Bartsch is Co-Head of YCW Berlin. He is a senior expert in Bertelsmann Stiftung’s program “Germany and Asia”, where he heads the foundation’s China activities. Before joining Bertelsmann Stiftung, he spent more than a decade in China, working as East Asia Correspondent for major German language media such as “Neue Zuercher Zeitung”, “Frankfurter Rundschau” and “brand eins”. He studied Chinese, Politics, Economics and Journalism in Hamburg, Beijing and London.

Mareike Ohlberg is Co-Head of YCW Berlin. He is a research associate at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in the Research Area Politics, Society, and Media. Prior to joining MERICS, she held postdoctoral appointments at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and at the Cheng Shewo Institute for Chinese Journalism in Taipei.

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SINGAPORE

Ai Ghee Ong is Head of YCW Singapore. She is an alumna of the Johns Hopkins SAIS and Hopkins-Nanjing Center. She was previously with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat in Singapore. She is working for her family business and is concurrently co-founding a tech start-up. In her spare time, she paints portraits of political leaders here.

Peidong Yang is Director of Partnerships, YCW Singapore. He is a sociologist based at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. Originally from China, and educated in Singapore and the UK, Peidong is interested in social, cultural and political issues in contemporary Singaporean and Chinese contexts. He is the author of International Mobility and Educational Desire: Chinese Foreign Talent Students in Singapore (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Weng Hong Chan is Director of Operations, YCW Singapore. He is a graduate from the Singapore Management University (SMU). He is currently working in dispute resolution at an advocacy organisation. He loves history and is a keen follower of security and economic developments around Asia Pacific.

Jiaxin Lu is Director of Membership, YCW Singapore. She is currently working as an economist at Continuum Economics. Originally from China, Jiaxin was educated in Singapore and the UK. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Jiaxin has previously worked as a teaching assistant at LSE Confucius Institute for Business London.

Pearlyn Chiang is Director of YCW Singapore. She is an investment professional and an entrepreneur. An alumnus of New York University and University of Pennsylvania, she has lived and worked in multiple countries and is a keen follower of political, business and economic development issues in the Asia Pacific and the US, as well as science and technology developments. In her spare time, she organises professional development talks for the CFA Singapore Society and conducts professional level classes for various corporates and industry bodies.

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BRUSSELS

Chiara Zannini is Co-Head of YCW Brussels. She works at Polint, a UK-based EU Consultancy operating in Brussels, specialised in EU Public Affairs and EU-Asia Relations. She is also Associate at the European Institute for Asian Studies. She holds degrees from Bologna University and SOAS, University of London in Chinese studies and Chinese Politics.

Jessica Mitchell is Co-Head of YCW Brussels. She is an innovation systems Policy Analyst for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Prior to this she was the Science & Innovation Attache at the EU Delegation to China in Beijing.

Lei Zhang is the Director of  Membership, YCW Brussels. She is a lecturer and researcher in law at Free University of Brussels (VUB). Prior to this, she was a journalist and director with the China Central Television Station in Beijing and a legal consultant with law firms in Belgium.

Marta Irene Garda is Director of Operations, YCW Brussels. She works in Trade Defence in the Directorate for Trade at the European Commission. She has studying and working experience in China and holds degrees from Venice and Milan Universities in Chinese studies and International Relations.

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WASHINGTON D.C.

Will Heidlage is the Head of YCW DC. He is a Research Director with BowerGroupAsia, an international government relations consultancy. He has lived in Beijing, Hangzhou and Nanjing and received an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Andrew Coflan is Director of YCW DC. He works as an analyst specializing in the Chinese economy and financial system. He is an alumni of the Johns Hopkins SAIS China Studies program and of Teach for China.

Katie Lebling is a Director of YCW DC. She is a Research Analyst at the World Resources Institute where she works on international climate policy. She has previously lived and studied in Beijing and Nanjing and has an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Marcus Chiu is Director of YCW DC. He completed a joint master’s degree in international affairs at the London School of Economics and Peking University, and currently works at Gartner in Washington, DC. Prior to this, he briefly worked at the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

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