Chairman & Current Staff
Dr TEH Kok Peng
Dr Teh Kok Peng is Senior Adviser of China International Capital Corporation Limited, a joint-venture investment bank listed on HKSE. Before his retirement in 2011, he was President of GIC Special Investments from April 1999 to June 2011. Prior to this, he was concurrently Deputy Managing Director of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Deputy Managing Director of GIC. He began his career with the World Bank.
He is currently the chairman of Azalea Pte Ltd and Lu International Pte Ltd as well as a board member of Sembcorp Industries Ltd, Fullerton Health Corporation and Taikang Life Insurance Co, Ltd. He also serves on the board of East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. He is an Advisory Board Member/Adviser to CMC Corporation, Jasper Ridge Partners and Campbell & Lutyens.
Dr Teh did his undergraduate studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and his graduate studies at Oxford University.
Mr Bert HOFMAN
Mr Bert Hofman, a Dutch national, is the director of the East Asian Institute at NUS and Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School. Before joining NUS, he has been working with the World Bank for 27 years, 22 of which in Asia, and 12 of which on China. Mr Hofman was the World Bank Country Director for China 2014-2019, the country economist 2004-2008, and the Chief Economist for the World Bank in the East Asia and Pacific region 2011-2014. He also worked on Indonesia, the Philippines, Korea and Mongolia. Before coming to the World Bank, Mr Hofman worked at the Kiel Institute of World Economics, The OECD and NMB Bank (Now ING). Mr Hofman has extensive experience in advising governments around the region on a wide range of development issues, and he has published on fiscal policy, debt issues, and China’s and Indonesia’s recent economic history.
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Assistant Director (Policy Research) and Senior Research Fellow
PhD (Contemporary International Relations), China Foreign Affairs University, 2006
MA (Contemporary International Relations), China Foreign Affairs University, 2001
BA (English), China Foreign Affairs University, 1998
China’s Political Economy
Environmental Governance in China
Transnational Cooperation against Climate Change
Dr. Chen Gang is Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow of the East Asian Institute (EAI), National University of Singapore. Since he joined the EAI in 2007, he has been tracing China’s politics, foreign policy, environmental and energy policies and publishing extensively on these issues. He is the single author of Politics of Renewable Energy in China (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2019), The Politics of Disaster Management in China: Institutions, Interest Groups, and Social Participation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), China’s Climate Policy (London and New York: Routledge, 2012), Politics of China’s Environmental Protection: Problems and Progress (Singapore: World Scientific, 2009) and The Kyoto Protocol and International Cooperation against Climate Change (in Chinese) (Beijing: Xinhua Press, 2008). His research papers have appeared in internationally-refereed journals such as Asian Survey, Asia Pacific Business Review, The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, The International Spectator, The Polar Journal, China: An International Journal, The Chinese Journal of International Politics, and The Journal of East Asian Affairs. He provides consultancy for the Singapore government on environmental and energy issues in East Asia. He is a member of the Association of Chinese Political Studies based in the United States. He is frequently interviewed by media like Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, NHK, Channel NewsAsia and Xinhua News Agency. He sometimes gives lectures at the Business School of the National University of Singapore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, and Singapore Environment Institute. He helps the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy to design the “Public Sector Risk Management” curriculum for MPA students. He is a member of the Global Emerging Voices program jointly sponsored by The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Stiftung Mercator, Torino World Affairs Institute and Australian National University. He has participated in various international research projects like the “EU-Asia Dialogue” co-funded by the European Union and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) of Germany and the Asian Energy Program sponsored by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
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Ms. LIAN Wee Li（连伟莉）
Senior Associate Director
MBA, National University of Singapore
BA (Economics, Statistics), University of Singapore
Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management, Singapore Institute of Management
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Mr. James TAN Swee Thiam（陈瑞添）
BA (Chinese Studies) (Honours), National University of Singapore
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Mrs. Katie CHEONG （洪美娜）
Management Assistant Officer (PA to Director & Professor Wang Gungwu)
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Ms. Karen WONG （黄玉明）
Management Assistant Officer
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Ms. Sandy YEO （杨惠环）
Management Assistant Officer
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Professor ZHENG Yongnian（郑永年 教授）
PhD (Political Science), Princeton University, 1990-1995
MA (Political Science), Princeton University, 1990-1992
MA (Political Science), Beijing University, 1985-1988
BA (International Relations), Beijing University, 1981-1985
Nationalism and international relations
International and regional security in East Asia
China’s foreign policy
Globalization, state transformation and social justice
Technological development and political change
Social movements and democratization
Comparative central-local relations
Zheng Yongnian is Research Professor of East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. He is Editor of Series on Contemporary China (World Scientific Publishing) and Editor of China Policy Series (Routledge). He is also a co-editor of China: An International Journal. He has studied both China’s transformation and its external relations. His papers have appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Political Science Quarterly, Third World Quarterly and China Quarterly. He is the author of 13 books, including Technological Empowerment, De Facto Federalism in China, Discovering Chinese Nationalism in China and Globalization and State Transformation in China, and coeditor of 11 books on China’s politics and society including the latest volume China and the New International Order (2008).
Besides his research work, Professor Zheng has also been an academic activist. He served as a consultant to United Nation Development Programme on China’s rural development and democracy. In addition, he has been a columnist for Xinbao (Hong Kong) and Zaobao (Singapore) for many years, writing numerous commentaries on China’s domestic and international affairs.
Professor Zheng received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Beijing University, and his Ph.D. at Princeton University. He was a recipient of Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1995-1997) and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2003-2004). He was Professor and founding Research Director of the China Policy Institute, the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Senior Research Fellows and Adjunct Senior Research Fellows
Dr. GUO Liangping @ GORE Lance Liangping（郭良平）
Senior Research Fellow
PhD (Political Science), University of Washington, 1996
MA (Sociology), The Johns Hopkins University, 1988
BA (Literature), Beijing Normal University, 1985
Political Impact of the Market: CCP and China’s Capitalist Revolution State-Market Relations
Dr. Gore obtained his Ph. D in political science from the University of Washington and M.A. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University. His research interests span a wide range of topics on China and East Asia. He has done research and published on Chinese environmental politics (around the so-called “Green GDP” experiment), the reforms in China’s steel industry, energy sector, patterns of entrepreneurship in Mainland China, the economic bureaucracies of Chinese government, cadre performance evaluation, the impact of China’s socioeconomic changes on the Chinese Communist Party, industrial relations in China, elite politics and the People’s Liberation Army. He developed and taught courses on the Politics and Societies in Southeast Asia, the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Contemporary Chinese Politics, Chinese Foreign Policy and International Political Economy at Bowdoin College (US). He also taught contemporary Chinese politics and modern Chinese history at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in Boston. He has published a book titled “Chinese Communist Party and China’s Capitalist Revolution: the Political Impact of Market” (Routledge). His book “Market Communism: the Institutional Foundations of China’s Post-Mao Hyper-Growth” was published by Oxford University Press in 1998. His most recent book is Chinese Politics Illustrated: the Cultural, Social and Historical Contexts (World Scientific 2014). He is currently working on a book project on comparing the entrepreneurial roles of local governments in economic development to shed light on the so-called “China model” and the emerging shape of China’s political economy.
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Dr. LAM Peng Er （蓝平兒）
Senior Research Fellow
PhD (Political Science), Columbia University, 1994
Inter-University Centre for Japanese Studies (Yokohama) administered by Stanford University, 1991
MA (International Relations), Australian National University, 1986
Bachelor of Social Science (1st Class Hons), National University of Singapore, 1984
Japan’s peace-building diplomacy
Japan-Southeast Asia relations
Japanese domestic politics
Dr. Lam Peng Er obtained his PhD from Columbia University and is a political scientist. His publications have appeared in international journals such as the Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Affairs, Japan Forum and Government and Opposition: An International Journal of Comparative Politics. Lam’s latest single-authored book is Japan’s Peace Building Diplomacy in Asia: Searching for an Active Political Role (New York and London: Routledge, 2009). Other books include: Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia: The Fukuda Doctrine and Beyond (London and New York: Routledge, 2013) edited, Japan’s Relations with China: Facing a Rising Power (New York and London: Routledge, 2006) edited and Green Politics in Japan (London: Routledge, 1999). He is an executive editor of the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (A Journal of the Japan Association of International Relations published by Oxford University Press) and Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (Journal of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University).
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Dr. LIM Tai Wei（林大伟）
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
PhD (Modern Chinese History), Cornell University, 2007
MA (Japanese Studies, IT Political Economy of Japan), National University of Singapore, 2001
BA (1st Class Hons) (Japanese Studies), National University of Singapore, 1999
Lim Tai Wei is Adjunct Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute (EAI) National University of Singapore (NUS). His teaching interests include East Asian History, World History and Japanese popular culture-related courses. His research interests include energy and environmental histories of contemporary Japan and China. He is an area study specialist (on contemporary China and Japan) and a historian by training.
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Dr. QIAN Jiwei（钱继伟）
Senior Research Fellow
PhD in Economics, National University of Singapore, 2010
M.Sc. in Development Economics, University of London, 2003
B.S. in Computer Science, Fudan University, 1998
Chinese Health System
Dr Qian Jiwei is Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. He is also a co-editor of the book series Social Policy and Development Studies in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan). He obtained his B.Sc. in computer science from Fudan University, China and Ph.D. degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore. His research on health economics, health policy and social policy has been published in publications such as The China Quarterly, Health Economics, Policy and Law, Health Policy and Planning, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Education and Work, Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, Journal of Social Policy, Land Use Policy, Public Administration and Development, Public Choice, Singapore Economic Review and Social Policy & Administration. His recent book is The Rise of the Regulatory State in the Chinese Health-Care System (World Scientific, 2017). He is also on the editorial board of China: An International Journal and East Asian Policy. His current research interests include health economics, political economy and development economics. His home page is located at https://works.bepress.com/jiwei-qian.
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Dr. TONG Yueting, Sarah（仝月婷）
Senior Research Fellow
PhD, University of California, San Diego, 2000
Economic Growth and Development
Dr Sarah Y Tong is Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego and held an academic position in the University of Hong Kong before joining NUS. Her research interests include international trade, foreign direct investment, economic reforms and industrial restructuring. Her publications have appeared in international journals such as the China: An International Journal, China and the World Economy, China Economic Review, Global Economic Review, Journal of International Economics, and Review of Development Economics. She co-edited a book titled China and Global Economic Crisis, published by World Scientific in early 2010. She is editor for Trade, Investment and Economic Integration (Volume 2 of Globalization, Development, and Security in Asia) to be published by World Scientific (www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/8977).
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Dr. YU Hong （余 虹）
Senior Research Fellow
PhD (Political Economy of China), University of Sheffield, the United Kingdom, 2008
MSc (Political Economy of East Asia), University of Sheffield, the United Kingdom, 2005
MSc (International Business Management), Manchester Metropolitan University, the United Kingdom, 2004
Bachelor in Finance, Guangdong University of Finance & Economics, China, 2003
Regional Economic Development in China
China’s Urbanization The “One Belt, One Road” Initiative
China’s State-Owned Enterprises Reform
Railway Sector Reform in China
Dr. YU Hong is a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. His research interests cover regional economic development in China, urbanization, the “One Belt, One Road” initiatives, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China’s state-owned enterprises and railway sector reform. Dr. Yu’s research articles have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Contemporary China; Asian Survey; China: An International Journal; Asia Policy; East Asia: An International Quarterly; The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies and Asian Politics & Policy. He is the single author of the monograph Economic Development and Inequality in China: the Case of Guangdong (Routledge, London and New York: 2011). He co-edited the book China’s Industrial Development in the 21st Century (World Scientific, Singapore: 2011). Dr. Yu is the author of the book Chinese Regions in Change: Industrial Upgrading and Regional Development Strategies (Routledge, London and New York: 2015). His most recent book in Chinese is Belt & Road Initiative, The Rise of China and International Cooperation: What Does it Mean to China and the Region? (World Affairs Press, Beijing: 2017). He is also the author of many book chapters. Dr. Yu serves as the reviewer for a number of international journals on Asian and industrial studies, including the Journal of Contemporary China, The Pacific Review, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Energy Policy, China: An International Journal, East Asia: An International Quarterly, East Asian Policy, China Perspectives and Journal of Infrastructure, Policy and Development. He is frequently interviewed as an expert on China by international and local media such as Phoenix Television and The Business Times on a range of topics.
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Dr. ZHAO Litao（赵力涛）
Senior Research Fellow
PhD (Sociology), Stanford University, 2004
M.A. (Sociology), Peking University, 1998
B.A. (Sociology), Peking University, 1995
Social stratification, sociology of education, organizational analysis, China’s social policy.
Dr Zhao Litao obtained his PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. His research covers China’s social transformation, governance, and policy. He has published in China Quarterly, Research in Social Stratification and mobility, International Journal of Educational Development, Built Environment, Social Sciences in China, Issues and Studies, China: An International Journal, China Information, Frontiers of Education in China, Journal of Social Policy, and East Asian Policy. His research has also appeared in Chinese journals, such as Social Sciences in China (《中国社会科学》), Sociological Studies (《社会学研究》), and Twenty-First Century (《二十一世纪》). He authored Paths to Private Entrepreneurship: Markets and Mobility in Rural China (VDM Verlag, 2008), and co-authored Singapore’s Experience in Social Development (in Chinese) (World Scientific, 2009), and Singapore’s Social Development in Transition (in Chinese) (World Scientific, 2013). His edited volumes include China’s Reforms at 30 (World Scientific, 2009) and China’s New Social Policy (World Scientific, 2010), and China’s Social Development and Policy (Routledge, 2013). He has provided consultancy for Singapore Ministry of Education on syllabus development of China Studies in Chinese. He has been invited to give lectures/seminars/presentations by Ministry of National Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Academy, Civil Service College, Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, Academy of Singapore Teachers, NUS Business School, NUS LKY School of Public Policy, EU-Asia Dialogue, ASEAN-China People-to-people Friendship Organizations, Higher Education Leadership Asia Summit, Shell Scenario Planning Workshop, and so on in Singapore, and at the World Forum on China Studies, Moganshan Forum, Southwest Forum, Development Research Center of the State Council, Peking University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Tongji University, South China University of Technology, Shanghai Party School, and so on in China. He is or was on the editorial board of China: An International Journal, East Asian Policy and Journal of Technology Management in China. He has been a reviewer for numerous journals and publishers, including American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, Social Indicators Research, China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Social Sciences in China, Journal of Chinese Sociology, Policy and Society, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Asian Journal of Social Sciences, Asia Europe Journal, Journal of Asian and African Studies, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, YOUNG, Asian Women, Issues and Studies, Mainland China Studies, Oxford Bibliographies, Routledge, World Scientific, and so on.
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Dr. ZHOU Weiguo （周衛國）
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
Doctor of Education, Bulacan State University, Philippines, 2014
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Research Fellows and Research Associate
Dr. CHAN Siaw Fume Sarah （陈晓芬）
PhD (Economics), Nanyang Technological University, 2014
Master of Social Science (Applied Economics), National University of Singapore, 2001
Bachelor of Arts, National University of Singapore, 1996
Macroeconomics Development Economics
China and ASEAN+3 Economies (fiscal, monetary, external sector, exchange rate policies, etc)
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Dr. CHIANG Min-Hua （江敏華）
PhD (Economics), Université Pierre-Mendès-France, 2008
DEA (International Political Economy), Université Pierre-Mendès-France, 2004
Master (International Business Economics), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2002
East Asia’s Economic development
Asia-Pacific economic integration
US-Asia Economic Relations
Dr CHIANG Min-Hua is research fellow at the East Asian Institute (EAI), National University of Singapore. She obtained her PhD in economics from Université Pierre-Mendès-France, now part of Université Grenoble Alpes, in 2008 (avec la mention: Très honorable avec félicitations du jury). Before joining EAI in 2011, she held research positions at the Institute of International Relations, Chengchi University (2009), Taiwan External Trade Development Council (2009–2010) and Commerce Development Research Institute (2010–2011) in Taipei. Her research interests include Asia-Pacific regionalism, trade and investment, issues related to economic growth and development in East Asia.
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Dr. QI Dongtao （祁冬涛）
PhD (Sociology), Stanford University, 2009
MA (Sociology), Stanford University, 2003
MA (Sociology), Peking University, 2002
BA (Info Science & Business Mgt), Nankai University, 1995
Social Movement and Contentious Politics
University and Think Tank
QI Dongtao is Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. He obtained his PhD in Sociology from Stanford University and conducts research in the field of political sociology, especially on state-society relation, nationalism, social movement and contentious politics in Taiwan and mainland China. His papers have appeared in China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, China: An International Journal, International Journal of China Studies, East Asian Policy and so on. He published a book The Taiwan Independence Movement in and out of Power (World Scientific Publishing, 2016), some book chapters on Chinese working class and trade unions, Chinese think tanks, Taiwan’s politics, social movement and social welfare system, and co-edited three books on China’s social policies and social transformation. He has also published over 20 commentaries on Taiwan’s politics and cross-Strait relations in Lianhe Zaobao. His on-going research is on the politicisation, bureaucratisation, professionalisation and commercialisation of Chinese universities, development of Taiwanese nationalism, and China-Taiwan-US triangular relations in a new era of great powers’ competition. He is finishing a book manuscript tentatively titled Taiwan Independence Movement Returns to Power which uses three analytical frameworks, respectively, to explore the new development and challenges in Taiwan’s politics, China’s Taiwan policies and cross-Strait relations since 2016.
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Dr. SHAN Wei（单 伟）
PhD (Political Science), Texas A & M University, 2007
MA (International Politics), Peking University, 2000
BA (International Politics), Peking University, 1997
Political Attitudes and Behaviour
Shan Wei received his BA and MA in International Studies from Peking University and PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the political behaviour of citizens and elite in the context of political and economic development. Topics he has covered include Chinese citizens’ political participation, changes in political culture, mass-elite relations, political leadership, and factional politics within elite group. He is the co-editor of a book and the author of several journal articles and book chapters.
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Dr. TSENG Hui-Yi （曾蕙逸）
Doctor of Juridical Science, University of Wisconsin, 2010
L.L.M., New York University School of Law, 2003
L.L.M., University of Cambridge, 2002
L.L.B., National Chengchi University, 2001
Chinese Anti-Dumping Regulations and WTO Trade Remedy Law
WTO Dispute Settlement Procedure
International Commercial Arbitration and Chinese Commercial Arbitration Trade & Environmental Conflict in WTO Systems
Public International Law
Dr. Hui-Yi Katherine Tseng is a Research Associate in East Asian Institute.
After her master degree in Cambridge and NYU, she attended the WTO negotiation team for Taiwan Government. She thus delved into WTO dispute settlement scenarios, with a special focus on anti-dumping measures, and food safety issues in Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary scenario. International negotiation experiences opened her views and further strengthened the idea to explore fundamental questions like conflicts between trade and environmental interests in her doctoral studies.
After obtaining her doctorate degree with UW-Wisconsin, Madison, she went to Beijing China and spent some time with The Beijing Arbitration Committee (2010, Spring), studying arbitration issues in current China. She then joined the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (2010, Autumn), and had a good chance looking at how states and private sectors worked to resolve their disputes. Subsequently, she joined the East Asian Institute around the end of 2010. These experiences greatly enrich her perceptions toward conflict management and dispute resolutions in international community, enabling her to see these issues from different angles rather than mere legal ones.
Her research interests expand from international trade dispute resolutions in World Trade Organization to maritime conflict management and disputes resolution in East Asian areas. Currently, she is working on the research concerning maritime territorial issues involving China, ASEAN countries, and Taiwan. Eyeing the thriving events that rapidly change the political landscapes in the world map, Dr. Tseng hopes that her research and the coming book can help shed lights on certain new directions that have and will revolutionalize legal orders established by international law.
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