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Barbara Franklin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, a private international consulting firm. As the 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce for President George H.W. Bush, she is currently an advocate for and adviser to American companies doing business in international markets, notably China, and is an expert on corporate governance, auditing, and financial reporting practices.
Dr. Evan Medeiros served nearly 6 years under President Barack Obama in the White House National Security Council (NSC). In 2013, he was appointed by President Obama as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs for the National Security Council. In this role, Medeiros was President Obama’s top advisor on the Asia-Pacific. Medeiros first joined the National Security Council in Summer 2009 as Director of China, Taiwan, and Mongolian affairs from 2009-2013. Prior to this, Medeiros worked for seven years (2002-2009) as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. From 2007-2008, he served as a Policy Advisor to the Special Envoy for China and the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) at the Treasury Department.
Kevin M. Rudd served twice as Australia’s Prime Minister, once from 2007-2010 and again in 2013. In between serving as Australia's top elected official, he served as Australia’s Foreign Minister from 2010 until 2012. Former Prime Minister Rudd is internationally recognized as one of the founders of the G20, the premier global economic decision-making institution.
Duncan Clark is a recognized expert on the Internet and entrepreneurship in China, where he has lived and worked for more than 20 years. Duncan is chairman of BDA China. An early advisor to leading China Internet entrepreneurs, Duncan is author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, the definitive work on China’s e-commerce and technology giant, its founder Jack Ma, and the forces and people that propelled its rise.
Jane Horan is Founder of the Horan Group, a strategic consulting firm which builds inclusive and engaged work environments, emphasizing leadership acceleration, unconscious bias, and workplace politics. An expert in Organisational Development, she worked for Kraft Foods, The Walt Disney Company and CNBC in Asia-based talent and leadership development roles.
John L. Holden is Nonresident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, co-founder and director of The Square Circle Ltd., Senior Adviser to Vermilion Partners, and a presenter and moderator of CHINA Roundtable.
Karim Sadjadpour is a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was previously an Analyst with the International Crisis Group, based in Tehran and Washington. He is the author of “Reading Khamenei: The World View of Iran's Most Powerful Leader.” He appears frequently on CNN, BBC, and NPR, and has written for The Economist, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy. He regularly briefs top U.S., European, and Asian officials and has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress. In 2007, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos. He has lived in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East and speaks Persian, Italian, and Spanish. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
Alison Friedman is the Founder and Creative Director of Ping Pong Productions, whose aim is to bring China together with the world through the performing arts. Friedman is also one of the only foreigners regularly consulted by the Chinese Ministry of Culture for her expertise in China's contemporary performing arts with a focus on contemporary dance.
Paul Haenle is Director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, a foreign policy research institution based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and Inaugural Director of the Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University teaching courses on foreign policy, and a Senior Advisor at Teneo Strategy, a global business-consulting firm. Haenle has over 20 years of U.S. government experience, most recently serving five years at the White House as the principal assistant to the President’s National Security Advisor in the West Wing and again in the White House as the China Director.
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