David Zweig (Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 1983) is Professor Emeritus, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is also Director of Transnational China Consulting Limited and Vice-President of the Center on China and Globalization (Beijing). He lived in mainland China for four years (1974-76, 1980-81, 1986 and 1991-92), and in Hong Kong since 1996. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard in 1984-85. From 2004 to 2019 he was director of the Center on China’s Transnational Relations at HKUST. In 2013 he was awarded the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Internationalizing China: domestic interests and global linkages and Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles: Resource Diplomacy under Hegemony. His forthcoming paper in the Journal of Contemporary China is entitled, ‘The best are yet to come’: State programs, domestic resistance and reverse migration of high-level talent to China.” His two on-line courses managed by Coursera have enrolled over 15,000 students.More information about speaker
Andrew Polk is a co-founder at Trivium/China and head of the firm’s economic research. Before Trivium, he was a senior economist at The Conference Board China Center for Economics and Business in Beijing. Previously, Polk worked at the Institute of International Finance, where he conducted macroeconomic analysis on emerging markets in the Asia/Pacific region. His research focus has included monetary policy, capital flows, and financial market development throughout East and Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on China. He has also conducted growth and inflation forecasting and country risk analysis for the region.
Polk has held research positions at the East Asia Desk of the U.S. Treasury Department, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Foreign Policy magazine. He earned his BA in American studies and communication at Texas A&M University and holds an MA with distinction in economics and China studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.