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Tuesday April 6, 6pm-7pm MDT
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As the first installment of a virtual series focused on highlighting American business and institutions working in Greater China, Committee of 100 is excited to present "American Higher Education in China: Opportunities and Challenges." This conversation will feature representatives from two iconic educational institutions: New York University in Shanghai and Schwartzman College of Tsinghua University. Chancellor Jeffrey Lehman and Dean David Pan will share their stories as pioneers in running US-affiliated universities in China. Tune in to hear their firsthand experiences among the growing number of American univeersities that are playing an increasingly prominent role in higher education in China. The discussion will also be livestreamed on our youtube channel. Register Today!

▦  Moderator: 
Eric Zheng 
Chairman, Heng An Standard Life Insurance Company Limited (HASL) 
Greater China Regional Chair & Member, Committee of 100 

Eric Zheng is Chairman of Heng An Standard Life Insurance Company Limited (HASL), a 50-50 joint venture between Standard Life Aberdeen of the UK and TEDA International of China. Headquartered in Tianjin, HASL has 10 branches in the country and has achieved significant, profitable growth in recent years. It is the first foreign-invested insurance company in China to have been granted regulatory approvals to establish a pensions insurance subsidiary in the country and to acquire a life insurance company in Hong Kong.

Eric served as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai from 2018 to 2019. With over 3,000 members, AmCham Shanghai is the largest American chamber of commerce in Asia Pacific. Eric was President & CEO of AIG Insurance Company China Ltd. from 2013 to 2018. In his 14-year tenure with AIG, Eric played a key role in establishing AIG’s wholly-owned subsidiary in China in 2007 and in growing it into one of the most profitable general insurance companies in the country. 

Prior to AIG, Eric served as the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou from 2002 to 2004. Eric has been honored by the Shanghai municipal government with the prestigious Magnolia Gold Award in 2016 and the Magnolia Silver Award in 2013 for his significant contributions to the development of Shanghai. Eric received an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a BA from Fudan 

▦  Speakers: 
Jeffrey Lehman 
Vice Chancellor, New York University in Shanghai 

Jeffrey S. Lehman is the inaugural vice chancellor of NYU Shanghai, the first “Sino-American Joint University.” 

He was previously president of Cornell University, dean of the University of Michigan Law School, and founder of the Peking University School of Transnational Law. He has also been a tenured professor of law and public policy, a practicing lawyer, and a law clerk to Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.  

His honors include China’s Friendship Award, Shanghai’s Gold Magnolia Award, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s National Equal Justice Award, a year as senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, presidency of the American Law Deans Association, membership in the Council on Foreign Relations, and life membership in the American Law Institute.

In 2018, China named him one of the 40 “most influential foreign experts” during the country’s 40-year period of “reform and opening up.” 

David Q. Pan 
Executive Dean and Professor, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

David’s career has crossed over entrepreneurship and academics. He worked in four companies in the IT industry (1994-2004), serving as an Engineer, Director of R&D, VP, CEO and Chairman. He was granted various awards for scientific and technological innovation.
From 2004 to 2014, he served as Director of the Development Office of the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University (Tsinghua SEM). He was in charge of the activities of SEM’s Advisory Board, which consists of top executives of the world’s largest corporations and top Chinese government officials. He also has taught courses including Managerial Economics, Corporate Governance, FDI and MIS, and has conducted research in the areas of corporate governance, corporate development and Chinese economic history.
Since 2013, he had served as Executive Director of Schwarzman Scholars program, and then has been the Executive Dean of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University.
David received a BE in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Tsinghua University in 1985. He obtained a Master’s in Economics and Ph.D. in Finance at Tsinghua SEM, earned a Master of Science from Stanford University. He is appointed as the “Jingshi Distinguished Professor”.