Timothy Beardson is the Chairman of Ilex Partners Limited, an investment banking firm specializing in linking China with the West. During 1984-99, Timothy Beardson founded and later sold Crosby Financial Holdings, which became the largest independent investment bank in the Far East. In 1989,
YCW was founded in Beijing in 2009. As it is located in China's capital, the chapter has garnered strong interest from the diplomatic, business, academic and journalistic circles. YCW Beijing has hosted distinguished speakers including:
- Zhu Feng, professor of Peking University's School of International Studies and Executive Director of the Collaborative Innovation Center for South China Sea Studies at Nanjing University.
- Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group
- David Dollar, the former Economic and Financial Emissary to China for the US Treasury
- Barry Naughton, Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs of University of California, San Diego.
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Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China and a Fellow of St Cross College. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning A
Alexander Cooley is professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York where he teaches international relations. He is the author of dozens of articles and four academic books. His most recent book, Great Games, Local Rules: The
Raffaello Pantucci is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a London based think tank where his work looks at, among other things, China‘s relations to the West. His work has been featured in pubications like
Jo Lusby is Managing Director of Penguin North Asia. She joined the company in 2005 to establish Penguin’s China operation. Today, the company employs 30 people around the region, where Penguin acquires books for English language publication, establishes local language publishing partnerships, and imports