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  • U.S. Ambassador to China (2017-2020)
  • Longest serving governor in U.S. history
  • During his tenure, Ambassador Branstad’s two greatest achievements were the signing of the historic Phase One Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China in January of 2020 and successfully lobbying the Chinese government to stem the flow of fentanyl into America
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  • Diplomat in Residence at the Asia Society Policy Institute
  • Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Former Special Assistant to President Obama
  • Former National Security Staff Senior Director for Asian Affairs
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  • Author of I am My Mother’s Daughter: Wisdom on Life, Loss, and Love
  • Author of Crush Cancer and the Crush Cancer Workbook
  • Creator of crazyperfectlife.com with over 200,000 followers
  • Speaker
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  • Former CNN Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent
  • Dean of foreign correspondents in China with 30-year media experience 
  • Founding President, Peking University Overseas Students’ Alumni Association (2012-Present)    
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  • Founder of The Horan Group
  • Expert in cross cultural and women leaders
  • Author of I Wish I’d Known That Earlier in My Career: The Power of Positive Workplace Politics and How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations
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  • Director for academics at Schwarzman Scholars
  • Former Director, Emerita, Columbia Global Centers | East Asia
  • Lecturer,  Global Health, Harvard Medical School
  • Adjunct Professor of Global Health Policy, Tsinghua University
  • Expert on Globalization and Global Education, Global Health and Development, Women’s Health and Rights, and Population, Family Planning, Reproductive Health (with focus on China)
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  • President & CEO of Ken Miller Capital, LLC (“KMC”)
  • Former Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and Credit Suisse First Boston
  • An active member of the Council on Foreign Relations
Kishore Mahbubani
  • Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, NUS
  • Founding Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS
  • Former President, UNSC (Jan 2001 and May 2002)
  • Former Permanent Secretary (CEO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
  • Honorary International Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Visiting Fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Paul Haenle
  • Director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
  • An expert in China-US relations and the Asia-Pacific region
  • Former Principal Assistant to the US President’s National Security Advisor and the China Director in the White House
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  • Senior Fellow, Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia.
  • Award-winning journalist and author
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