Our experienced and interculturally savvy team helps you better navigate your China endeavors.
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Markus Herrmann Chen (陈瑞华)
Markus, a Swiss-Chinese, is an experienced advisor to European 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. Prior to CMG, Markus worked as Director with Berlin-based Sinolytics LLC, 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, a Board member with the Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy (Foraus) and a Foundation Board member with the Stein am Rhein Symposium (stars). He is further engaged in advisory boards with CEIBS Zurich, the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) and the UZH AOI.
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.
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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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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.
Hailin holds a B.A. in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, a M.A. in Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy from the University of Bern in Switzerland and has passed the CFA level I.
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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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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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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.
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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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David Klug (鲁大卫)
David has a background in Chinese studies, social sciences, and business management. His current research focuses on China’s contemporary society, foreign policy as well as fast evolving ESG topics. In the past, he has extensively studied the political culture and colonial history of Hong Kong..
David completed his B.A. in Sinology, sociology, and Japanese from the University of Zurich. He also studied Chinese language for one year at the Sichuan University in Chengdu under the Chinese Government Scholarship Program.
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Boyu Wen (温博宇)
Boyu has a background in finance and international political economy with particular experience in China’s financial, insurance and securities markets. Prior to joining CMG, she worked as an analyst for different Chinese financial institutions, among others conducting market and equity research on new energy companies and Chinese energy policies.
Boyu holds a B.A. in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu.
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Raphael Angieri (李少轩)
Raphael is an international relations specialist with a research focus on the social, economic, and geopolitical ramifications of Belt and Road cooperation between China and countries of Africa and the Middle East. Prior to CMG, he consulted for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a supply chain due diligence researcher concentrating on Greater China, and recently completed an assignment as Fulbright ETA Fellow in the Palestinian town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye.
Raphael holds a B.Sc. in International Affairs from Georgetown University and an M.Sc. in International Development from Sciences Po Paris. First encountering China as a high-schooler through the immersion program School Year Abroad, Raphael has nearly half a decade of experience in Chinese-language environments, with stints in Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei. He speaks English, French, Mandarin, and Arabic, and is currently based in the Middle East.
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Chelsea Begole (李美华)
Chelsea has a background in contemporary US-China relations, international economics, and Chinese studies with particular experience in researching China’s agricultural and foreign policy, and their implications for foreign companies. Prior to joining CMG, Chelsea worked with Albright Stonebridge Group’s China Practice, the US-China Education Trust, and the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances.
Chelsea holds a B.A. in Economics with an additional major in Chinese from Michigan State University. She also studied Chinese language and international economics for one semester at Fudan University in Shanghai. Before her undergraduate studies, she spent one year in Anhui Province, China as a high school exchange student where she deepened her understanding of the Chinese culture and language. She is currently finalizing a master's degree in China Language and Economy at the University of Würzburg in Germany.
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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
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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