Elizabeth Haenle
Co-founder and President

Elizabeth HAENLE is Co-founder and President of SAGE Worldwide, a female-led speakers agency that works around the globe to match top speakers with clients who are looking for external expertise on a range of topics from geopolitics to diversity and inclusion. Under Haenle’s leadership, SAGE Worldwide set up operations in China and was the first Western speakers agency to enter the Chinese market. SAGE is one of the few international speaker agencies to be led by a woman. In her capacity as President, she has a particular passion for promoting messages for women by women and bringing diversity and inclusion to her team and speaker roster. She is also the Co-founder of Park Bridge Partners, a strategic advisory firm whose focus is working with US and Asia-based companies on growth and expansion.

Haenle serves as a leading Advisory Committee member and advocate for the US-China Strong Initiative at Asia Society. The US-China Strong program, started by Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao, continues to focus on providing opportunities for America’s youth to learn about China. Prior to starting two companies, Haenle worked at the White House as the Social Secretary and Residence Manager to the Vice President of the United States. Her main responsibilities included planning events at the official residence of the Vice President and traveling internationally on behalf of the President and Vice President to conceptualize, organize, and set up meetings and events. She was also responsible for overseeing the décor, management, and upkeep of the official residence for the Vice President and his family.

Earlier in her career, Elizabeth served as an aide to former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Barbara Hackman Franklin, with a strong focus on U.S.-China trade relations. Elizabeth joined Barbara Franklin Enterprises after planning events for a Member of Congress on Capitol Hill and coordinating the travel and events for two candidates for President of the United States.

Elizabeth also worked for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, where she planned events and visits to Atlanta for the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

She enjoys creating global opportunities for young people and investing in women.

Elizabeth is married to Paul Haenle, Maurice R. Greenberg Director’s Chair at Carnegie China. They have two children born in Beijing, Thomas, age 13, and Mabel age 6. They split their time between Singapore and their home on Cape Cod.

Paul Haenle
Co-founder and Senior Advisor

Paul Haenle is the Maurice R. Greenberg Director’s Chair at Carnegie China and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Paul Haenle holds the Maurice R. Greenberg Director’s Chair at Carnegie China and is currently based in Singapore as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. Since 2018, Haenle has served on the board of directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

In addition to his role at Carnegie, Haenle is also a senior advisor at Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC as well as Chairman, Asia Pacific Region, at the global CEO advisory firm Teneo where he assists U.S. and foreign businesses with their cross-border business strategy, including the development of key government relationships, crisis management, and public relations.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Haenle served as the White House China director on the National Security Council under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. From June 2007 to January 2009, Haenle also played a key role as the White House representative to the U.S. negotiating team at the six- party-talks nuclear negotiations. Beginning in 2004, Haenle served three years in the West Wing as special assistant to U.S. National Security Advisors Condoleezza Rice and Stephen Hadley.

Trained as a China foreign area officer in the U.S. Army, Haenle has been assigned twice to the U.S. embassy in Beijing, served as a U.S. Army company commander during a two-year tour to the Republic of Korea, and worked in the Pentagon as an adviser on China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Affairs on the staff of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Early assignments in the U.S. Army included postings in Germany, Desert Storm, Korea, and Kuwait. He retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in October 2009.

Haenle received an M.A in Asian studies from Harvard University, and a B.S. from Clarkson University.