Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University today announced 11 new fellows for the spring 2009 term. As representatives from academic, government, and business sectors in Asia, fellows will pursue independent research while residing at the Ash Center's Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia. For over eight years, the Rajawali Fellows Program has been leveraging the considerable talent of academics and practitioners from countries throughout the world and encourages the generation and dissemination of research in the fields of governance, innovation, and important policy areas focused on Asia.
“It is our hope that in welcoming such an esteemed group of Rajawali Fellows for the spring term, the Center can build upon its culture of collaboration, while driving substantial policy research within Asia and the U.S.,” said Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. “These scholars and practitioners promise to enhance our strategic dialogue in a range of areas including Chinese administrative reform, urban governance, emergency management, public goods provisions, climate change, capital formation, and U.S.-China relations.”
Research & Scholarship While at the Ash Center
With the assistance of the Institute for Asia, fellows will expand upon existing research or launch new research projects during their February to June term. Fellows have the opportunity to audit classes with instructor approval and have access to libraries, office space, and other resources to further their research goals. Throughout their tenure, fellows benefit from collaboration and networking with peers and the Harvard community through informal events and more formal research seminars with Harvard faculty. Fellows produce a final paper summarizing their research at the term’s end.
The Ash Center welcomes the following Rajawali Fellows for the spring 2009 term:
Amy Cheng holds positions as managing director and head of the Metal & Mining Team at the Bank of China International Holdings, Limited. She is also the deputy director of China Democratic League Committee for Economic Development. Cheng has led and participated in numerous initial public offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions in Asian capital markets. Cheng holds an EMBA degree from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University in China. During her Rajawali fellowship, Cheng will study mergers and acquisitions in the minerals industry.
Jianxun (Jackson) Chu
Dr. Chu is currently an associate professor at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and a member of the International Communication Association, and the Committee of System Dynamics in Systems Engineering Society of China. At the age of 27, Jianxun was the youngest principal investigator for several academic projects of the National Science Foundation of China, the National Social Science Foundation of China, and the fund of “President’s Prize” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. While at the Ash Institute, his research will focus on crisis communication policy during large disasters along with knowledge sharing in collaborative social networks, especially for organizational communication in complex systems. He holds a Ph.D. in management science and engineering from USTC, in Hefei, China.
Zhixin Du is currently a senior program officer at the China Development Research Foundation. His research interests focus on human development and sustainable development in China. He is currently engaged in work on the urbanization of China. Du holds a M.A. in sociology from Peking University. During his Rajawali fellowship, Du will research means for promoting efficiency and equity in China urbanization policies.
Dr. Guo is a deputy director of the Economic Committee at Minhang District People’s Government, Shanghai Municipality, China. Previously, he served as the Committee’s principal staff member. During his six-year government career, he has conducted a wide variety of research projects regarding regional economic cooperation and industrial developmental planning. While at the Ash Center, he will research urban governance and public goods provisions in the Chinese metropolitan rural-urban fringe zone. Guo holds a Ph.D. in history from East China Normal University.
Dr. Usha Haley is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. She was a tenured professor of International Business and founding director of the Global Business Center at the University of New Haven. In addition, Dr. Haley has held full-time faculty positions at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Australian National University, National University of Singapore, and ITESM-Monterrey of Mexico. Her research focuses on business- government relations, FDI, strategic decision-making, sanctions, subsidies, and non-tariff barriers. She has authored more than 150 publications, 22 journal articles, and six books, including Multinational Corporations in Political Environments and The Chinese Tao of Business. She has testified before the Congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and the Committee on Ways and Means, and presented before the U.S. International Trade Commission on U.S.-China trade. Dr. Haley holds a Ph.D. in management and international business from the Stern School of Business, New York University. During her Rajawali fellowship, Dr. Haley will research governance and strategy in Chinese Outward FDI.
Dr. Huang is a professor of Information Systems (IS) at the Department of Management of Information Systems (MIS) at Ohio University’s College of Business. Dr. Huang holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems. He is currently a senior editor of the International Journal of Data Base and the executive editor of the International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management. During his fellowship, Dr. Huang will research China's National "Thousand Hundred Ten (THT) Project and the Ambitious Plan to Globalize its Service Industry: Business Opportunities and Implications to U.S. Corporations.”
Malcolm Riddell is president of RIDDELLTSENG, a boutique investment bank he established in 1988. As a Mandarin speaker living in China and Taiwan for nearly 20 years, he advises leading international financial services, insurance, and real estate companies on foreign direct investment in China, and represents them directly in negotiating these deals. Before RIDDELLTSENG, Riddell was an investment banker in real estate finance at Salomon Brothers (now part of CitiGroup); a U.S. delegate to the UN; and a CIA case officer in China Operations as well as a CIA Special Operations Group reserve officer. During his Rajawali fellowship, Riddell will be researching the political economy of capital formation in the Chinese real estate industry.
Mingyang Tao is a senior financial expert at the Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC). His major responsibilities at the PSBC include daily management, strategic planning, and research on operations and development of the Bank. During his Rajawali fellowship, Tao will research the enhancement of rural financial services in China with a specific focus on the feasibility of micro-finance, bank management, and investment operations in rural areas. Tao earned a M.A. in art at China’s Remin University and a M.A. in management at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University.
Professor Wang is the deputy director and associate professor of the Socialism Department, Shanghai Administration Institute. China’s international strategy, Sino-American relations, and the Taiwan issue are his main research subjects. In addition to his 2006 book, Conservatism and the U.S. Foreign Policy toward China after the Cold War, Professor Wang has published more than 80 academic papers, nearly half of them published at core journals in China. He holds a Ph.D. from the International Politics Department at Fudan University. During his fellowship, Professor Wang will study the transition of the international system and the new features of Sino-U.S. Relations.
Professor Luozhong Wang is an associate professor of the Department of Public Administration, School of Management, Beijing Normal University. His research interests focus on public policy analysis and Chinese administrative reform. During his fellowship, Professor Wang will research the mechanisms for orderly civic participation in the policymaking process. Through analysis of Chinese and American situations, he will identify lessons that China should learn from America and propose different kinds of participatory approaches for China. Professor Wang received his B.A. in political science and M.A. and doctoral degrees in public administration from the School of Government, Peking University.
Professor Zhang is an associate professor of the School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University (BNU). Dr. Zhang earned his Ph.D. from the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University. His research interests focus on emergency management and policy processes. He is a member of the editorial board of China Emergency Management. In May 2008, he founded the Wenchuan Earthquake Taskforce (WET) with the mission to promote links and synergies between, and the coordination of, Wenchuan earthquake rehabilitation, reconstruction, and redevelopment activities in the socio-economic, humanitarian, and development fields, as well as to support policy integration in all functional areas with his colleagues at BNU. WET operates as a think tank in research, training, policy and regional counsel, and international programs. At WET, Dr. Zhang worked in the Sichuan disaster area for more than four months. Dr. Zhang was also a member of State Wenchuan Earthquake Experts Council. During his fellowship, Dr. Zhang will research the emergency capabilities of China’s township management.
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The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens. The Ford Foundation is a founding donor of the Center. Additional information about the Ash Center is available at www.ash.harvard.edu.