Our experienced and interculturally savvy team helps you better navigate your China endeavors.
Markus Herrmann Chen (陈瑞华)
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Markus, a Swiss-Chinese, is an experienced advisor to European business and portfolio investors focusing on effects from China’s political economy and geoeconomic developments on strategic, organizational and operational engagement of foreign business in the Chinese market. Prior to CMG, Markus worked as 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, as well as Board member with both the Stein am Rhein Symposium (stars) and the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) – for the latter leading its policy and government affairs including the interface with European peers and the EUCBA. He is further engaged in the advisory board of CEIBS Zurich and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network.
Markus holds a B.A. and M.A. in Law focusing on public policy, international public, economic and WTO law from the Universities of Geneva, Bern and Fribourg, plus he studied Chinese at the Peking University as a resident student and holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies 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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Shan Huang (黄山)
Shan has accumulated extensive experience as political analyst and commentator with special focus on China’s foreign and trade policy, geopolitics, decoupling as well as the broader US-China relations. He has had deep exposure to and active engagement in a variety of international programs and dialogue fora to engage in track 2.0 discussions among Chinese and international policymakers, academics and journalists to debate foreign policy. Shan is a frequent speaker on China’s policies and has past working experience with the Eurasia Group in NYC.
Shan holds a B.A. in International Relations from Peking University, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and completed academic fellowships with both the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
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Jingjie Long (龙晶洁)
China Liaison Head / Director
Jingjie is an experienced advisor, executive and a veteran in China’s tech industry. She was the COO for a Hong Kong-listed FinTech company, where she headed over 70 offices in different cities across China and interacted closely with regulators and the capital market. Prior to this, Jingjie worked in the Beijing office of Boston Consulting Group (BCG) mainly serving financial institutions and industrial companies and started her career as an internal consultant in a U.S. defense manufacturer.
Jingjie holds a Master of Business Administration from Yale University, a Bachelor in Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is about to pursue a part-time PhD at the Central Party School on the topic of Political Economy.
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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.
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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Giacomo, a trained Sinologist with experience in analyzing China’s political and economic policies and their implications for European business, is an Associate with CMG. His prior experience includes working as business consultant for the Shanghai-headquartered global law firm D’Andrea and Partners Legal Counsel as well as holding the role of Project Executive for the China IP SME Helpdesk, supporting EU Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in protecting their intellectual property in China. He is a regular contributor to the pro bono political risk firm London Politica, focusing on China’s role in the Indo-Pacific.
Giacomo holds a double B.A. in Chinese Language and Culture from Ca’ Foscari University Venice and Capital Normal University in Beijing, as well as a M.A. in Business and Politics in Modern Asia from Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg.
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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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Lucas Erlbacher (卢睿)
Lucas is an economist specialized on China’s political economy. His research focus lies first and foremost on China’s evolving economic governance system as well as on contemporary economic thought in China. Beyond this, especially in his role as Associate Fellow at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), plus working in the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC), he has done extensive work on China’s foreign policy and Austria-China as well as EU-China relations.
Lucas holds a BSc. in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, as well as an MSc. in Economics from the Free University of Berlin. He spent several years in China prior to and during his undergraduate degree.
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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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Joel Christoph (柯卓尔)
Joel is an economist specializing in China’s development and growth model, the integration of China with the global economy as well as Beijing’s macroeconomic policymaking. He brings a wealth of experience in energy, technology, and policy to his role. Prior to joining CMG, Joel consulted for the World Bank, co-founded a renewable energy software startup, and worked with several think tanks in international affairs, including the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing, the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford, and the Atlantic Council.
Joel holds a BSc. In Economics from the University College London (UCL), a M.Law in Global Politics & International Relations from the Tsinghua University – Johns Hopkins University and a M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Joel is a Ph.D. candidate for Economics at the European University Institute.
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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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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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Zimu Li (李子木)
Zimu has over 15 years of experience in analyzing market and policy dynamics plus sustainability development and innovation ecosystems especially in China‘s chemical industry. She has special focus on corporate strategy, corporate development and M&A.
Her experience includes working with Arkema, the Shanghai Market Supervision Administration, in chemical regulatory consulting and the Association of Internal Chemical Manufacture and the Europe Chemical Industry Council.
Zimu has a Master of Microbiology from Zhejiang University and has passed the CFA I.
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