Advisory Board

Jean-Pierre Lehmann


Jean-Pierre Lehmann is Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy at IMD, Switzerland, where he was appointed to the Chair of International Political Economy in 1997. He is also currently visiting professor, Faculty of Business and Economics, Hong Kong University He founded the Evian Group in 1995, an international coalition of corporate, government, and opinion leaders, united by a common vision of fostering an open, inclusive, sustainable and equitable global market economy in a rules-based multilateral framework. Previous academic appointments include: Sophia University (Tokyo), Oxford, Stirling University (UK), Tohoku University (Japan), INSEAD (France), Director of the EU-ASEAN Technology Transfer and Socio-Economic Development Programme (Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila and Singapore), Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS, Bologna Campus), London Business School, and the Stockholm School of Economics.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) from Georgetown University (1966) and his D.Phil (doctorate) at Oxford University (1976).

Duncan Freeman


Duncan Freeman is Research Fellow at the EU-China Research Centre of the College of Europe. He was Research Fellow and taught and carried out research on China’s economic and policy development in addition to EU-China relations at the Brussels Diplomatic Academy and Brussels Academy for China and European Studies, both at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). He has a BA in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester, an MSc in Chinese Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Principles from the University of London and a PhD completed at the VUB. He has previously lived and worked in Beijing and Hong Kong for a total of 17 years and is fluent in Chinese. During his time in Hong Kong, he was the editor and publisher of several leading publications on the Chinese legal and tax systems for business.

Among his areas of expertise are EU-China economic relations, especially in the area of outward investment, China’s industrial and energy policy, economic transformation and policy development.

Wang Yiwei


WANG Yiwei is Professor of School of International Studies and Senior Fellow of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies (RDCY), Director of Institute of International Affairs, Director of Center for EU Studies at Renmin University of China,. He is also Director of China-Europe Academic Network (CEAN) and senior research fellow of the Charhar Institute, Chunqiu Institute for Developmental and Strategic Studies and Contract Research Fellow of China Center for Contemporary World Studies at International Department of Communist Party of China. He was formerly distinguished Professor of Tongji University (2011-2012), diplomat at Chinese Mission to the European Union (2008-2011) and professor of Center for American Studies at Fudan University (2001-2008), Korea Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor of Yonsei University (2005) and Fox Fellow of Yale University (2000-2001). He has published more than 200 academic articles in Social Sciences in China, The Annals of American Academy of Political and Social Science etc. 20 books including the recent The World Is Connected: Logic of The Belt and Road Initiative,; The Belt & Road Initiative: What China Will Offer the World in Its Rise (in Chinese, English, Arabic) , Haishang: Revelations of European Civilization (both in Chinese and English) and China NATO Studies Series, 600 commentaries at Project Syndicate, Europe’s World, People’s Daily etc. He attended Munich International Security Conference, Shangri-La Dialogue, Boao Asia Forum, Wilton Park conference, Stockholm China Forum, Berlin Diplomatic Forum and other forums/conferences for more than 500 times. He was interviewed by BBC, FT, CCTV and other medias for more than 1000 times.