H.E. Dr Mulatu Teshome Wirtu

President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Honoury Chairman of International Advisory Board

H.E. Dr Mulatu Teshome Wirtu was elected President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on 7 October 2013 by the joint session of the House of People’s Representatives and the House of Federation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Prior to his election as the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the Republic of Turkey. H.E. Dr Mulatu Teshome Wirtu was simultaneously accredited to the Republic of Georgia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan and to the Republic of Tajikistan as non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (March 2006 - October 2013). Prior to his post as an Ambassador of Ethiopia to Turkey, he was the Speaker of the House of Federation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (October 2002-October 2005). H.E. Dr Mulatu Teshome was elected speaker of the House of Federation on 10 October 2002. He is the second speaker in history to be chosen as the Speaker of the House of Federation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, which is the Second Chamber of the Federal Parliament.

H.E. Dr Mulatu Teshome has devoted his entire professional life to working for the Government. Prior to being elected Speaker of the House of Federation, he was Minister of Agriculture (2001-2002). During his tenure as Minister of Agriculture, he was: Head of the Ethiopian Delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 August – 4 September 2002, Alternate Head of the Ethiopian Delegation to the World Food Summit in Rome 10-13 June 2002, Head of the Ethiopian Delegation to the 25th Session of IFAD Governing Council in Rome 19-20 February 2002 and Head of the Ethiopia Delegation to the 22nd FAO Regional Conference for Africa, Cairo, Egypt 4-8 February 2002.

Before his appointment as Minister of Agriculture, Dr Mulatu held the position of Vice Minister (1995-2001) at the Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (MEDAC). He was in charge of international economic cooperation both bilateral and multilateral and led the Ethiopian delegation in all bilateral and multilateral negotiations and annual consultation meetings with Ethiopia's development partners since in office at MEDAC in 1995. He led the Ethiopian Delegation to all COMESA Council of Ministers and specifically represented Ethiopia at the summit level in Kenya (June 1998), Mauritius (June 1999) and Egypt (June 2000). He was also Head of the Ethiopian Delegation to all the preparatory meetings of TICAD II and assumed the role of Rapporteur in all of the preparatory meetings in Tokyo (November 1997) Dakar (March 1998), Harare (June 1998), Addis Ababa (September 1998) and finally at the summit in Tokyo (19-21 October 1998).

Before joining the Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation, Dr Mulatu was in the field of diplomatic service as: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the People's Republic of China (1994-1995), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan (1992-1994) and non-resident Ambassador to Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia and the Philippines.

He started his career as a counsellor where he held senior positions as a civil servant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in October 1991. Dr Mulatu's professional experience also includes research and teaching. He was a research and teaching assistant in international relations when he was a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (1988 – 1990). He was assistant lecturer at the Debre-zeit Agricultural College and Veterinary Institute of the Addis Ababa University (1982-1984).

Born in 1957 in Wollega, Ethiopia, Dr Mulatu is fluent in English, Amharic, Chinese, Oromifa and tries a little bit of French. He obtained a BA degree in Political Economy and Philosophy at Peking University in 1982. In 1988 he obtained LLM in International Law and a PhD in 1991 from the same university.

After finishing coursework for his PhD candidacy at Peking University, he went to the United States of America for further studies in International Relations. He was at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (administered by Harvard and Tufts University 1988 - 1990) where he acquired his MALD degree in May 1990. Dr Mulatu is married to Meaza Abreham with whom he shares a son, Paulus Mulatu. His hobbies include swimming, football, tennis and classical music.

Professor Youmin Xi

Council Chairman

Professor Youmin Xi is executive president of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool, professor of management at Xi’an Jiaotong University, executive vice dean of Shaanxi MBA College, dean of Xi’an Jiaotong University Management School and Xi’an Jiaotong University City College and former vice president of Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Professor Xi was born in 1957. He gained his BASc in physics from Xi'an Science and Technology University in 1982 and MEng in system engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1984. In 1987 he was the first person in mainland China to be awarded a doctoral degree in the field of management engineering, while in 1993 became the youngest supervisor of PhD candidates in management engineering in China.

As a visiting professor, he has conducted joint research projects and discourses at universities in Canada, United States of America, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Professor Xi’s research and teaching areas cover strategic management and policy analysis, decision-making and decision support systems, management behaviour and firm theory. He established harmony theory in 1987 and developed it to harmonious management theory.

He has successfully supervised over 100 masters and PhD students. He has gained support from Excellent Young Teacher Fund, Trans-century Talents Tracking Support Fund, Excellent Young and Middle Age Experts’ Fund from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Outstanding Youth Foundation and National Excellent Innovation Team Foundation to host or participate in over 60 research projects. Among those, over 30 projects were key national projects. As author or co-author, he has published more than 300 academic papers and 20 books. He has received more than 10 prizes at provincial or ministerial levels including: Chinese Doctors with Distinguished Contributions, National Excellent Returned Scholars, National Young and Middle Age Experts with Distinguished Contributions, Science and Technology for Chinese Youth and Science and Technology for Chinese Young Scholars.

Professor Xi is commissioner and head of the Application Appraisal Group of the Business Management Science Department of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Suzhou National People's Congress delegate, vice director general of China Research Society for Modernization of Management, vice-chairman of China Research Society for Modernization of Enterprise, member of Suzhou Municipal People’s Congress, editor of Journal of Management and a member of editorial boards of several Chinese academic journals.

He was the convener of the Evaluation Group of Business Administration, Management Science and Engineering Division of the Academic Degree Commission of the State Council, vice chairman of Systems Engineering Society of China and commissioner of the Advisory Committee of National MBA Education of China.

Dr Yimin Ding

Institutional Support Chair of International Advisory Board

Dr Yimin Ding has been vice president of administrative affairs at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University since August 2010.

He has had a distinguished career with nearly 20 years of professional management experience in finance, human resources, information technology, commerce, procurement, project management and corporate governance.

He obtained a bachelors degree in world economy and international trade from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and an Executive Master of Business Administration and a doctoral degree in business administration from United Business Institute. He holds a management diploma from China Europe International Business School and is a member of the American Management Association.

Professor Zhiyue Bo

Secretary General of the Council and International Advisory Board

Professor Bo Zhiyue, a leading authority on Chinese elite politics in the world, is director and professor of the XIPU Institution at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.

Professor Bo obtained his Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws in International Politics from Peking University and PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

He has taught at Peking University, Roosevelt University, the University of Chicago, American University, St. John Fisher College, Tarleton State University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the National University of Singapore and Victoria University of Wellington. He is a recipient of the Trustees’ Distinguished Scholar Award at St. John Fisher College and the inaugural holder of the Joe and Theresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University. He has also been visiting distinguished professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University in China and chair professor at both National Chengchi University and National Taiwan University in Taiwan. He is founder and president of the Bo Zhiyue China Institute, a consulting firm providing services on China to heads of governments and CEOs of multinational corporations.

His research interests include China’s elite politics, Chinese provincial leaders, central-local relations, cross-strait relations, Sino-US relations, international relations theories and global governance. He has published more than 200 book chapters and articles and nine books including a trilogy on China’s elite politics, Chinese Provincial Leaders: Economic Performance and Political Mobility since 1949 (2002), China’s Elite Politics: Political Transition and Power Balancing (2007) and China’s Elite Politics: Governance and Democratization (2010). His most recent books include China-US Relations in Global Perspective (2016) (edited) and China’s Political Dynamics under Xi Jinping (2017).

Professor Bo is a popular public speaker. He has been invited to give major scholarly presentations at many universities and research institutions around the world. These institutions include Oxford University, Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Sydney, Australian National University, Aerhus University, Free University of Berlin, Charles University in Prague, University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Leuven, Sciences Po, Copenhagen Business School, Lund University, the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm, University of Turku, the University of Hamburg, Academia Sinica, National Chengchi University, National Taiwan University, Hong Kong University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Baptist University, University of Macau, Western Carolina University, Tarleton State University, the National University of Singapore and the National Press Club (United States), as well as, many universities in China and New Zealand.

He is also a renowned consultant for government agencies and business organisations. He has briefed government leaders and senior diplomats in Singapore, Thailand, Russia, the Netherlands, France, South Korea, Taiwan, China, the European Commission, and New Zealand, as well as, business leaders in the United States of America, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Europe.

Professor Bo has frequently been interviewed by international media such as BBC, ABC, CNBC, CCTV, Channel NewsAsia, New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, the Guardian, the Times and Bloomberg.

Professor Adam Przeworski

Council/Board Member

Adam Przeworski is the Carroll and Milton Professor of Politics and (by courtesy) Economics at New York University. Previously he taught at the University of Chicago, where he was the Martin A Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor and has also held visiting appointments in India, Chile, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1991, he is the recipient of the 1985 Socialist Review Book Award, the 1998 Gregory M. Luebbert Article Award, the 2001 Woodrow Wilson Prize, the 2010 Lawrence Longley Award, and the 2010 Johan Skytte Prize. He recently published Democracy and the Limits of Self-Government (New York: Cambridge University Press. 2010).

Professor Andrew Walder

Council/Board Member

Professor Andrew G Walder is the Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Sciences and senior fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

A political sociologist, he has long specialised on the study of contemporary Chinese society and political economy. He taught at Columbia University before moving to Harvard in 1987. From 1995 to 1998, he headed the Division of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

At Stanford, he has served as chair of the Department of Sociology, director of the Asia-Pacific Research Center and director of the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences. His most recent books are Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement (2009) and China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed (2015).

He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Brantly Womack

Council/Board Member

Professor Brantly Womack holds honorary positions at Jilin University, East China Normal University and Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University. He completed a visiting research professorship at the East Asia Institute of National University of Singapore and was visiting researcher at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and at East China Normal University in Shanghai.

He is Professor of Foreign Affairs and holds the Miller Center’s C K Yen Chair at the University of Virginia. He received his BA in politics and philosophy from the University of Dallas, studied philosophy at the University of Munich and received his MA and PhD in political science from University of Chicago. After post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, he taught at Northern Illinois University and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) before his appointment to University of Virginia.

Professor Womack is the author of a number of books including Asymmetry and International Relationships (Cambridge University Press, 2016), China Among Unequals: Asymmetric International Relationships in Asia (World Scientific Press 2010), China and Vietnam: The Politics of Asymmetry (Cambridge University Press 2006), Politics in China (Little Brown, 1986) and Foundations of Mao Zedong’s Political Thought, 1917-1935 (Hawaii, 1982). Chinese translations of his books include中国与越南:政治的非对称性 (2010), 中国政治 (1994, 2003) and毛泽东政治思想的基础 , 1917-1935 (2006). He edited or co-edited Borderlands in East and Southeast Asia: Emergent Conditions, Relations and Prototypes (Routledge 2017), Rethinking the Triangle: Washington-Beijing-Taipei (World Scientific, 2016), China’s Rise in Historical Perspective (Rowman and Littlefield 2010) and Contemporary Chinese Politics in Historical Perspective (Cambridge University Press 1991). He has authored more than a hundred articles and book chapters, primarily on Asian politics.

He has visited all of the provinces of China and most of the countries of East and Southeast Asia. His research interests include the long-term development of a multinodal global economy and the evolving situation of asymmetric parity between China and the United States. He is also interested in political reform in China and in relations between China and Southeast Asia. Recent publications on these themes have appeared in International Affairs, Chinese Journal of International Politics, China: An International Journal, 世界经济与政治, and Pacific Affairs. In more theoretical areas, he is researching a general theory of democracy as well as the methodological foundations of the social sciences.

In 2011, Professor Womack received the China Friendship Award for his work with Chinese universities.

Professor Shantong Li

Council/Board Member

Professor Shantong Li is a senior research fellow and former director general of the Department of Development Strategy and Regional Economy of Development Research Center of the State Council, People’s Republic of China.

She was a member of the National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. She holds professorships at both Peking University and Tsinghua University. Professor Li has participated in joint development projects with the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Asia Development Bank.

She has done systematic research on issues concerning China’s medium-term and long-term development, with a particular focus on regional economic and social development. She has formed an applicable Computable General Equilibrium model, named DRC-CGE model of China and has also trained a team of scholars working on this field. This model has been applied in many research projects both in China and internationally.

Professor Li received the Fudan Management Excellence Award in 2014.

Professor Langhui Huang

Professor Langhui Huang is a renowned statistician in China. He obtained his Bachelor of Machine Engineering from Wuhan University of Science and Technology and began his career in statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics of China in 1982.

From 1986 to 1987, Professor Huang was a visiting scholar at Statistics Canada where he conducted extensive research on international statistics. He was also Senior Statistician in 1992.

From 1988, he respectively held the positions of director-general of the Department of Enterprises Survey, director-general of the Department of Urban Survey where he was in charge of price statistics, urban households income and expenditure and urban basic statistics) and director-general of the Department of International Statistics Information.

By virtue of his outstanding achievements on the nation-wide survey and economic analysis, he was conferred the title 'Prominent Expert on Social Science' by the State Council of the People's Republic of China.