Rick Waters is the managing director of Eurasia Group's China practice. Drawing on his decades of experience in the US foreign service, Rick leads the firm's China expertise and client offerings. His research interests include China's global and regional diplomacy, US-China relations, and China's domestic political economy.
Rick joined Eurasia Group after a 27-year career as the US State Department's top China policy official, overseeing the creation of the Office of China Coordination.
Fluent in Mandarin and Spanish, Rick also speaks Arabic and worked for more than a decade on Middle East issues, including as director for Israel, Palestine, Egypt, and Jordan at the National Security Council under George W. Bush and as political counselor in Jerusalem and Islamabad. A graduate of Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, Rick is based in Eurasia Group's Washington, DC, office. When not immersed in all things China, he enjoys hiking and sailing with his wife and unruly Labrador.
Tony Jiang is the Vice President for government affairs in China, and Associate General Counsel in Legal & Policy Group of Intel Corporation. Tony currently oversees the China Government Affairs group, which is responsible for government relations, competition policy, trade policy, technical policy & standard affairs in China. Tony is a member of the Intel China leadership team.
Tony joined Intel in 2015 and has taken various roles in the company including Antitrust Counsel, Legal Policy Director, Managing Director of Government Affairs before appointed as Vice President. Prior to joining Intel, Tony worked at Alibaba Group as senior policy adviser. Before that, he spent 11 years in a central government department, where he gained rich experience in legal, trade, competition policy and international affairs.
Tony earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from Zhejiang University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of International Business and Economics.
Li Ye currently is the Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy in Merck Biopharma China. Based in Beijing, she is in charge of government affairs and market access in China.
Li Ye has over 20 years of experience in government affairs & market access in the pharmaceuticals industry. Prior to joining Merck Biopharma, she had worked for Wyeth, Bayer & AstraZeneca in China and Region Asia Pacific and had held many senior positions, the latest one as APAC Market Access Director at AstraZeneca in Singapore from 2010 to 2013. Li Ye returned to China in 2013 and joined Merck.
Li Ye graduated from the University of Westminster in London in 1999 with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She also holds a EMBA degree in Beijing International MBA (BiMBA) from National School of Development (NSD) at Peking University.
Michael Zhu is Global Vice President and Managing Director of China for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this role, Michael leads the HPE country management teams, representing HPE’s China entities with overall responsibility of country P&L.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Zhu served as Vice President of Product Marketing at Western Digital China leading the strategy and execution of its regional business functions of product marketing and Go-to- market operations. At Western Digital, he also served as Global Vice President of Joint Venture Operations overseeing its China joint venture strategy and operations.
Before Western Digital, Mr. Zhu held various global leadership roles over a decade at HPE, HP, and 3Com leading global product management teams, managing corporate strategic alliances and industry ecosystems. His global corporate experiences also include driving M&A and start-up investment initiatives for corporate development and managing post joint venture Go-to-market integrations.
Michael brings a unique blend of cross border cultural understanding and global leadership experiences in US, China and Japan, with a strong track record of formulating win-win partnerships and driving business growth. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Beihang University in China and earned an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in the US.
Michael Hart is President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China based in Beijing. He has over twenty-five years of business experience in Asia, including nineteen years in mainland China.
As President, Michael oversees all advocacy, programs, partnerships, and insights provided by the Chamber to support the business growth of nearly 900 foreign corporations operating in China, including most of the U.S. Fortune 500. The chamber’s advocacy includes the impressive American Business in China White Paper and Business Climate Survey each published annually as well as numerous interactions with both the US and Chinese governments on behalf of our members.
Prior to joining AmCham China, Michael spent most of his career in commercial real estate in Taipei, Shanghai, and Tianjin including almost 20 years for a NYSE listed property services firm. He started in the research division briefing real estate owners, occupiers, and investors on transactions and macro trends, he then opened, built, and led a branch office for the company in one of China’s largest Tier 1.5 cities for over a decade. Following this, Michael opened a private consulting and investment firm that among other projects invested in quick service restaurants.
In addition to this work, Michael was a long-term AmCham member and served on the Tianjin chapter’s Executive Committee for nearly 15 years including several terms as the local Chairman.
Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on finance and banking from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the U.S. He is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese. Michael was born and raised near Kansas City, Missouri.
Mr. Wenjie Gu is the Co-Chair of AmCham China ICT Forum and China Chief Representative of Zoom Video Communications, Inc., heading government affairs, public relations, external partners and business related matters, with his team spreading across several important Chinese cities.
As the principle government interface in this fast growing Internet company, Mr. Gu is building up the company’s image, reputation and mutual trust with government, navigating policy and advocacy, and delivering the right message while maintaining the company’s substantive presence in China.
Before joining Zoom, Mr. Gu had held senior positions for nearly 20 years with the U.S hi-tech industry, including Director / Senior Director of government relations and public policy in Autodesk Software, Broadcom Semiconductor and Amazon, and China Vice President of the U.S. Information Technology Office.
Mr. Gu graduated from the English Department of Beijing Foreign Studies University, obtained his MBA degree and M.S. of Finance from the U.S. Fordham University. Upon college graduation in 1995 he began his career as a government official with China’s Ministry of Posts and Telecoms, the predecessor of the Ministry of Industry and IT, and worked there for 7 years in the Overseas Telecom Business Division.
Christopher is a China market veteran, who has lived in Beijing since 1994.
Since joining USITO in March 2016, Christopher has spearheaded public policy advocacy in China, representing 50 of the leading US and European ICT companies and five U.S headquartered ICT trade associations.
Christopher has positioned USITO as the authoritative voice of the global ICT industry in China and a force multiplier for companies seeking to deploy technologies and disrupt in this critical market. Christopher has in-depth working knowledge of China’s policy environment and US-China bilateral trade relations. He leads USITO’s engagement with government agencies, and maintains close partnerships with senior government officials, think tanks and academic institutions. He has specific expertise in cybersecurity, telecoms and cloud computing policies, internet governance, ICT standards, intellectual property, artificial intelligence, environmental protection, and industrial policies.
Christopher is a seasoned consultant and team leader, with experience across government relations, IPR, market entry and access, M&A, media and corporate communications, brand strategy, digital and social media, sales and distribution and crisis management.
Prior to joining USITO, Christopher has worked with local, regional and national government bodies, academic and research institutes, NGO’s and media outlets throughout the region. He has managed complex assignments involving customer complaints and litigation, IPR disputes, joint venture establishment, environmental protection and labor disputes, with the highest levels of government including the Supreme Court, SAIC, MOST and the NDRC.
Christopher has also counseled corporations on China market development strategies, helping them develop competitive brand advantage. He has advised large multinationals such as Procter & Gamble, Honeywell, Bayer AG and IBM and specialist niche players, including NGO’s and Internet businesses. Christopher’s long tenure “on-the-ground” in China has helped him develop a uniquely accurate and compelling perspective on Chinese customers and stakeholders.
Christopher holds a BA from Columbia University and has conducted post-graduate research at the University of Hawaii and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has been recognized by CIPRA for his work in the field of public relations in China. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English and has served as a guest lecturer at Beijing University and Tsinghua University.
Claire leads the Member Services, Government Affairs & Policy teams, and oversees the Chamber’s Cooperation Programs.
Matt is graduated from Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, majoring in Environmental Decoration Art. With 20 years of experience in the advertising industry, Matt has worked for international advertising companies such as Ogilvy Advertising and Freeman. Matt has a deep understanding and attention to avant-garde technology art, and has integrated AI, VR and other cutting-edge technologies into different type of event performance creativity.
David Song, Cummins China Supply Chain Strategy & Transformation Director, leads its China supply chain strategy and digital transformation initiatives in Industry 4.0 space. He also served multiple roles in business planning, finance and shared service operations in China, Japan and Korea. Prior to Cummins, he worked for other multinational companies in the US and Canada.