Gengtian Zhang works closely with UCI’s Co-Chairs to define the Initiative’s research agenda, ensure research quality, and oversee the execution of UCI research projects. He also administrates grant making and provides leadership and mentoring for UCI researchers and interns.
Previously, Gengtian worked at China’s National Development and Reform Commission for 16 years in the areas of urban planning, general affairs, and economic governance. He was one of the core members responsible for drafting China’s 10th, 11th, and 12th Five-Year Plans for National Economic and Social Development as well as the 10th Five-Year Plan for Urbanization and Major Functioning Zone Planning. He also worked as an advisor at the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Region Urban Practice in 2003, and studied at MIT as a visiting scholar on the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies in 2001.
Gengtian holds a Master’s degree in Economic Management from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), another Master’s degree in Regional Economic Studies from Renmin University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering & Machinery.
Director of Research
Eadie (Hua) CHEN
Director of Strategic EngagementEadie Chen works closely with UCI’s Co-Chairs to lead outreach to multiple stakeholders, including policymakers, corporate leaders, academics, international organizations, and members of the international and local press. She also oversees UCI’s publications and provides input to Director of Research.
Previously, Eadie worked at Reuters News as a senior journalist covering Chinese and regional economic policy, financial regulation, and energy policy. She reported international events such as G20, G8, Sino-U.S. Strategic Dialogue, and annual meetings of World Bank, IMF and ADB from Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Sau Polo, and New York. Eadie won the Global Journalist of the Year Award at Reuters in 2008.
Eadie is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She also holds dual BA degrees in Political Science from Renmin University and International Communications from Peking University. She was previously a Mid-Career Student Fellow with the Nonprofits in China program at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University.
Communication SpecialistShu Lin is responsible for the implementation of UCI’s outreach strategies. She manages UCI’s relations with the founders, partners, experts and media. She also leads UCI’s event planning and new media communication. In addition, she is responsible for the editing and publication of UCI reports and articles.
Previously, Shu worked at Duowei News as a reporter based in Washington, D.C. She covered international relations and the U.S.’ policy toward China. She also established and maintained communications with Washington think tanks and scholars.
Shu holds an Ed. M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University. She also attended Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Program CoodinatorYiping XU works closely with UCI team to play a coordinator role on organization of Grant Project and UCI events. She also assists in custom research and produces reports. Besides, she maintains UCI website, social media and support staffing, accounting and legal coordination.
She holds a Master's degree in Social Policy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a B.A. from Renmin University of China.