Dr. Henry Huiyao WANG is the Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a leading Chinese nongovernmental think tank accredited with UN “Special Consultative Status” and ranked 64th among think tanks worldwide in 2020 Global Go to Think Tank Index (GGTTI) by the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2015, Dr. Wang was appointed by the Chinese premier as Counselor to the State Council of China. In addition, he serves as Vice Chairman of MOFCOM’s China Association for International Economic Cooperation (CAIEC); Vice Chairman of China Talent Research Society; a Director of MFA’s Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation); Vice Chairman of China Public Relations Association. He is also Professor and Dean of the Institute of Development at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics and a member of Advisory Committee for Global Competence Development at Tsinghua University. Currently, he is a Steering Committee Member of the Paris Peace Forum and Metropolis International; and he also sits on the Advisory Board of Duke Kunshan University and Richard Ivey Business School.
Dr. Wang was an official with the then Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (now Ministry of Commerce) focused on China’s outbound investment. Later in Canada, he was appointed by Quebec government as the Chief Trade Representative for Quebec Government Office in Hong Kong and Greater China. His senior corporate positions include Director of Asia at SNC-Lavalin and Vice President for AMEC-Agra in Canada. He also had extensive experiences in international organizations, having served as Advisory Board Member of UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), and an advisory expert for the World Bank, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Alliance of Global Talent Organization (AGTO).
After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Dr. Wang pursued advanced studies and earned an MBA and a PhD degree in international management with distinction at University of Windsor, the University of Western Ontario and University of Manchester successively. After that, he undertook further training at Harvard Business School and was appointed as a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He was a Visiting Fellow at Brookings Institution, a Senior Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, and a Policy Fellow of IZA Institute of Labour Economics; and taught as an adjunct professor at Peking University, Tsinghua University, China University of Political Science and Law, University of Western Ontario Richard Ivey Business School.
His expertise covers a wide range of areas, including China and Globalization, global governance, international relations with a focus on US-China relationship, global trade and investment, global migration, talent and diaspora studies. He is the author/editor of nearly 100 books. His English-language publications include: Consensus or Conflict: China and Globalization in the 21st Century (Springer Nature, 2021); The Globalization of Chinese Enterprises: Trends and Characteristics (Springer, 2020); Handbook on China and Globalization (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019); China’s Domestic and International Migration Development (Springer, 2019), China Goes Global: The Impact of Chinese Overseas Investment on Transforming Business Enterprises, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Dr. Wang is also a prolific op-ed writer. His opinion pieces appear in Bloomberg News, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, China Daily, and Global Times on a regular basis. He has been frequently interviewed by BBC, CNN, CNBC, CNA, CGTN, NBC, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other major global media outlets.
Dr. Wang is a think tank leader known outside of China for being a candid interlocutor about China’s domestic and foreign policy issues. He has been invited by leading global think tanks such as Brookings, CSIS, Heritage Foundation, ASPI, CATO Institute, Hudson Institute, Wilson Center, AEI, RAND, Carter Center, and Europe’s Brugel, ifri, ispi, EPC and CERRE, Singapore’s RSIS, etc. to participate in track-two talks and discussions. In 2021, he became the host of CCG Global Dialogue Series which welcomed global thought leaders and leading policy experts including Thomas Friedman, Graham Allison, Joseph Nye, John Thornton, Susan Thornton, Angus Deaton, Adam Posen, David M. Lampton, John Hamre, Wendy Cutler, Stephen Roach, Kishore Mahbubani, Pascal Lamy, Wolfgang Ischinger, Martin Wolf, Jim O’Neil and others.
Dr. Wang is frequently invited to speak at Davos World Economic Forum, Munich Security Conference, Paris Peace Forum, WTO Public Forum, Munk Debate, China Development Forum, Berlin Foreign Policy Forum, Milken Global Forum, Astana Club and other prestigious international conferences, being a leading Chinese voice in the international arena.