Elizabeth Haenle
Co-founder and President

Elizabeth HAENLE is Co-founder and President of SAGE Worldwide, a speakers bureau and event consulting company based in Washington, DC, and Beijing, China. She serves as the Vice Chairman of the board for the US-China Strong Foundation, an initiative started by Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao that focuses on providing opportunities for U.S. students to study Chinese. Haenle is also a director for Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA), a non-profit organization aimed at providing underprivileged American high school students with opportunities to study abroad in 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 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 on Capitol Hill for a member of Congress and planning the logistics 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 is also a committee member of the Royal Asiatic Society Beijing Chapter, whose mission is to bring China and the world together.


Paul Haenle
Co-founder and Senior Advisor

Paul HAENLE (韩磊) is the Maurice R. Greenberg Chair and Director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing. He is also a Senior Advisor at Teneo Strategy and RiceHadleyGates LLC. Haenle served in the White House under U.S. Presidents Bush and Obama from 2007 to 2009 as China director on the National Security Council, and was the White House Representative to the Six-Party Talks nuclear negotiations with North Korea. Haenle also served for 3 years in the West Wing as executive assistant to the National Security Advisor from 2004 to 2007. Haenle was trained as a China foreign area officer in the U.S. Army, 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 a China adviser on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Haenle serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and in 2002 was an inaugural fellow in its US-China Young Leaders Program. He earned his master’s degree in Asian Studies from Harvard University and a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.