Alistair Thornton is Co-Founder of YCW. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he invests in technology companies. He was based in Beijing 2008-2013, where he worked in economic research.

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

Sue Anne Tay is Global Director of YCW. She is a Director for China and RMB Internationalisation, Group Strategy at HSBC in London. In her spare time, she documents Shanghai heritage architecture here.

Lea Yu is Director of Digital Operations of YCW. She is a product manager in Silicon Valley, after working as a journalist and private equity analyst in Beijing for 4 years. Apart from keeping the YCW tech ship running, her latest project is AdStrike.

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Jens Schott Knudsen is Co-head of YCW Beijing and a Beijing-based senior associate with TransAsia Lawyers. He has served as a lecturer at several law schools in China and most recently taught American contract law at Tsinghua University. He is also a photographer; his work can be found at

Julia Voo is Co-Head of YCW Bejing and leads the new Carnegie-Tsinghua Center-YCW Mentorship Programme. She is also the Deputy Head of Policy and Ministerial Liaison, UK Trade and Investment at the British Embassy.

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.

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Ran Xu is Head of YCW Shanghai. She is a managing Director at Energy Maritime Associates, a research consultancy focused on offshore energy. Her professional career spans government, research and consulting in Asia for the past 11 years. In addition, she has a keen interest in the arts and has curated a number of exhibitions at Chinese museums.

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

Emily Chew is Co-Head of YCW Hong Kong. She is Vice President of ESG Research at MSCI, where she leads a team of APAC-based analysts in producing environmental, social and governance-related investment research for global institutional investors. She was previously a capital markets lawyer with Baker & McKenzie in Melbourne, Australia, her native home town. Emily is part of Asia Society’s young leaders program, Class of 2015.


Natasha Khan is Co-Head of YCW Hong Kong. She is a journalist with Bloomberg News with reporting experience across Asia. She holds degrees in law and business administration from the University of Hong Kong.


Pablo Miñana is Membership Coordinator at YCW Hong Kong. He is a Government and Public Administration graduate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong that minored in Chinese Studies. Now he is working at The Economist with past experience in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taichung.

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James Tunningley is Director of YCW London. He currently works for the British Government having previously held positions at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the China-Britain Business Council. He is on the Young Leaders Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a fellow at the Royal Asiatic Society, and a Junior Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

Matthew Phan is Director of YCW London. He writes on Chinese financials and Asian credit strategy at CreditSights, an independent credit research firm. He graduated from Columbia University and is a CFA charterholder.

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.

Cathy Watts is Director of Membership for YCW London. She currently works for The Dragon Trip and as an Event Steward at China Exchange. She was previously at CRCC Asia, after teaching English in Shenzhen with the British Council. She graduated from the University of Warwick.

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Victoria Lai is Co-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.

Thilo Hanemann is Co-Head of YCW New York. He is Research Director at Rhodium Group, an economic research firm based in New York, where he covers China’s evolving role in global trade and investment flows.

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.


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Frederick H. Tsai is Head of YCW San Francisco.  He serves as Senior Director, Strategy at Prior to, 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.

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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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Ai Ghee Ong is Head of YCW Singapore. An alumna of the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, she has worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Headquarters in Singapore.

Richard Selwyn graduated last year from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Prior to this, he studied under a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship at Taiwan Normal University. He writes long and short form fiction set in China, and is currently working as a teacher in Singapore.

Peidong Yang 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).

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Ellen Kelly is the Head of YCW Brussels.  She is a Policy Officer in the field of International Development at the European Commission.  Prior to this, she was based in Beijing where she worked for the UK Department for International Development running a UK-China project investigating the impacts of climate change in China, Adapting to Climate Change in China.

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.

Jessica Mitchell is the Director of Communications 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.

Chiara Zannini is Director of Content 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.

Michal Makocki is Director for Institutional Relations. He works as a policy analyst at the Trade Strategy Unit in the Directorate for Trade at the European Commission. He previously worked as Trade Affairs Manager at the EU Delegation to China, and in the Polish Foreign Service as Economic Affairs Consul in Barcelona and in Hong Kong.

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Joyce Lee is Head Editor of YCW. She completed a joint master’s at the London School of Economics and Peking University, and currently works at FTI Consulting in London. She previously worked at Aegis Advisory, the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, and Forbes.

Tom Hoffecker is Deputy Editor of YCW. He previously worked at Teach For China in both Yunnan and the U.S. He currently lives in New York City.

Karen Schuster is Social Media Coordinator of YCW. In her four years in China, her focus has been on digital strategy and communications. Karen previously worked at McKinsey in Shanghai, and currently works for Unruly Media in Singapore.

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.

Insa Ewert is a Marie Curie Research Fellow and Doctoral Candidate at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg. Her research focuses on EU-China relations. Insa previously worked with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Beijing and in the European Parliament.

Dev Lewis is currently enrolled in a yearlong advanced Mandarin course in Zhengzhou, Henan. He previously worked at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations. He writes about Internet governance, the Chinese Internet space, and China-India relations for various publications.

Jan Philipp Poeter holds master’s degrees from Peking University and the London School of Economics in Public Policy and Administration and currently works for Deutsche Bank in London. Before that he worked for various parliaments, multinational corporations, and business associations, lobbying in China and the European Union.

Jun Liang Yap is currently an Associate Underwriter in Zurich Insurance’s Credit & Political Risk team in Singapore. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from New York University.

Tim Yu is an MPP Candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. He was previously with the Canada China Business Council in Shanghai.


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