Our experienced and interculturally savvy team helps you better navigate your China endeavors.
Markus Herrmann Chen (陈瑞华)
Markus is an experienced advisor to corporate and public sector clients on the Chinese market and an expert in China’s economic, trade and S&T policies, political cooperation and government affairs strategies with strong cross-cultural skills. Prior to CMG, Markus worked as Director with Sinolytics, Government Affairs Director with Bayer MaterialScience in China and as Management Consultant with Boston Consulting Group in its Shanghai, Hong Kong and Zurich offices. Markus is a Strategic Advisor Europe to Caixin Global and is engaged in advisory boards with CEIBS Zurich, SCCC, UZH and the Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy.
Markus holds a B.A. and M.A. in Law from the Universities of Geneva, Bern and Fribourg, participated in a Chinese language certificate program at the Peking University and holds a CAS from ETHZ in public policy and a CAS from the University of Zurich in applied ethics.
Michael Settelen (孙明夏)
Michael is an expert in China’s economy and economic policies with extensive working experience at the nexus of policy and business including at the Economic Section of the Swiss Embassy in Beijing, the EU Chamber of Commerce (EUCCC), a Beijing-based boutique consultancy specialized in regional development and market entry projects and as academic lecturer at the ZHAW School of Management and Law teaching courses on China’s economy. Prior to CMG, Michael worked as an economic editor for Asia at the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) with a special focus on analyzing and commenting on economic, technology and political developments in the Chinese market.
Michael holds a B.A. in Business Administration from ZHAW School of Management and Law and a dual degree-M.A. in Chinese-European Economics and Business Studies from the Berlin School of Economics and Law and the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu.
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Valentin Krüsmann (柯兰霆)
Valentin is an economist with expertise in China’s economic, financial and industrial policies, as well as China’s foreign policy and EU-China relations. He has extensively analyzed China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative and the related development cooperation diplomacy and infrastructure engagement in third countries. Prior to CMG, Valentin worked at the European External Action Service (EEAS) China Division in Brussels and the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ) in Beijing.
Valentin holds a BSc. in Economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business and a MSc. in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London. Aside from 10+ years living experience in China during young adulthood, he holds a Chinese language certificate from Yunnan Normal University in Kunming. He is also pursuing a PhD on Chinese infrastructure engagement along the BRI.
Helen Tang (唐昱)
Helen is a public policy expert specializing in China’s social and health policies as well as industrial policies with focus on the automotive sector. She has further worked on China’s fast evolving cyber security framework analyzing the regulatory impact on foreign companies. Prior to CMG, Helen has worked in a boutique consultancy in Beijing serving the industrial sector as well as interned with both the UN in New York and the ILO in Geneva.
Helen holds a BSc. in Economics and Finance from Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management (SEM) and a MSc. in Science in Social Policy at the School of Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.
Nicolas Winkler (温世同)
Nicolas is a political scientist with Sinology background specializing in China’s social and governance policies with a special focus on population control measures as well as challenges arising from demographic transition. In his research, he has focused on the conceptualization of modernization narratives in contemporary China, as well as the role ordinary citizens are given in this process.
Nicolas holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sinology from the University of Zurich and an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford. Before and during his studies, Nicolas obtained a one-year Chinese language certificate from Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China, as well as spent extensive periods of time in Chinese language environments both in Tianjin and Taipei.
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Alexandra Zagaynova (杨雅莉)
Alexandra’s research combines international relations (IR), geopolitics and public policy to analyze the impact of China’s foreign policy initiatives on the global business and political landscape. She previously worked at the Institute for International Studies at MGIMO University, as well as the THINK Initiative, a think tank with the goal of developing comprehensive European strategies vis-à-vis China’s Belt and Road Initiative..
Alexandra holds a DipHE in Management and Psychology from the University of St Andrews, a B.A. in International Relations from St Petersburg State University as well as a M.A. in International Relations with geopolitical focus from MGIMO University. During her studies, Alexandra spent two semesters in China, studying at Fudan and Qingdao Binhai Universities.
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Alex Zhou (周正)
Alex is a finance and investment specialist with experience working with in China’s technology and FinTech sectors. In his earlier roles, he conducted market and company research to evaluate investment opportunities in banking, ICT, enterprise services and Fintech. Prior to CMG, Alex worked for the Postal Savings Bank of China (HQ), the International Data Corporation (Beijing) as well as Liquidity Capital Co., Ltd., a tech-investor.
Alex is pursuing an MAS in European and Chinese Business Management at the University of Zurich. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies with a specialization in International Politics and Economics from the Beijing Foreign Studies University.
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Salomé Meier (梅心乐)
Salomé is a business management expert with Sinology background and experience in strategy development and market expansion consulting for European SMEs. Her expertise areas span e-commerce, distribution channels, branding and related regulatory aspects.
Salomé holds a BA in Sinology and Business Administration from the University of Zurich. As part of her studies, she spent one year at Sichuan University for language training, and later completed further courses on language and entrepreneurship at BLCU and Tsinghua University respectively.
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Yuchen Du (杜宇宸)
Yuchen’s research combines political economy, public policy, and economic analysis to decode China’s business environment and economic governance. Prior to CMG, he worked for the Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council, where he conducted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) program evaluations, and ByteDance, where he evaluated China’s economic reform history and business environment.
Yuchen is pursuing a Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Harris School of Public Policy, the University of Chicago. He holds a Bachelor of Law in International Political Economy with a minor in Finance from the Central University of Finance and Economics.
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Dr. Helena Ting (丁昕)
Helena is an experienced advisor on China-related business strategy and operations topics, and an expert in economic analysis and development. She has industry expertise particularly in the health sector with over 10 years of advisory and operational experience. She is a tenured business consultant with management consulting experience from McKinsey and BCG, for the latter acting as core member of its healthcare practice based in Shanghai. She also worked for MNCs in various leadership and functional roles in both the US and in China.
Helena holds a PhD in Development Economics from The Graduate Institute in Geneva. She also holds an MS in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health and a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the Washington University in St. Louis.
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Based in China
Hailin Wang (王海林)
Hailin Wang, Consultant, has extensive experience researching and analyzing industrial policy and corporate performance, especially in the areas of energy policy, regulatory compliance including cybersecurity and social credit system, sustainability and environmental protection. Prior to CMG, he worked at Greenpeace East Asia assessing companies’ environmental performance and multiple industrial policies as well as at Sinolytics on a variety of China topics.
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Based in China
Jonathan Wang (汪京力)
Jonathan is an engineer with rich experience in sustainable development, policy lobbying as well as regulations and standards drafting. His extensive working experience includes Covestro, the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers, or the China National Chemical Information Center.
Jonathan obtained a B.A. in Polymer Materials from Beijing University of Chemical and Technology and holds an Engineer Certificate from Hong Kong ThizLinux Education Institute
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Based in China
Alysia is an experienced strategy expert with a particular expertise in China’s technology, media, telecom, internet and financial services industries. After launching her career in strategy consulting with BCG in Tokyo, she has also worked for Sony, Tencent or Ping An in business analysis or strategy development roles.
Alysia holds a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Fudan University.
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Based in China
Peining Wu (吴培宁)
Peining is a TMT specialist with experience working in China's TMT industry. In her earlier roles, she worked as a lawyer in China providing TMT compliance/data protection/venture capital financing advice to major multinational TMT companies and startups. Prior to CMG, she worked at a boutique law firm in Beijing serving multinational TMT companies as well as interned with Kirkland & Ellis.
Peining holds a BSc. in Finance from Shandong University, and a Juris Master from Peking University.