Professor Davis' academic work and governmental engagement focuses on public policy. He served as the Foundation Chair of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. As the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Professor Davis presided over transformative changes in teaching and outreach practices. Concurrently to his scholarly work, he served as Queensland's most senior public servant, the Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Professor Gertler is one of the world's foremost urban theorists and policy practitioners. His publications on the geography of innovation and the economies of city-regions have had significant impact in his field, and gained him visiting appointments at the University of Oxford, University College London, and UCLA. He served as an advisor to regional and national governments in North America and the European Union, and cooperated with international agencies such as the OECD. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in December 2015 was appointed to the Order of Canada.
Elizabeth J. Perry
Elizabeth J. Perry is Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government and Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, former President of the Association for Asian Studies, and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. Professor Perry is a comparativist with expertise in Chinese politics. She is a member of the editorial boards of over a dozen major scholarly journals, and holds honorary professorships at eight Chinese universities.
Dame Alison Richard
Professor Dame Alison Richard is a recognized researcher of the evolution of complex social systems among primates. She taught anthropology at Yale University, where she also served as the university Provost and the Director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. In recognition of her work as Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, in 2010 she was awarded a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for her service to higher education. Professor Richard sits on the boards of many organizations, WWF International among them, and has received numerous honorary doctorates.
Shih Choon Fong
Professor Shih is renowned for his contribution to the branch of engineering focused on nonlinear fracture mechanics and computational methods for fracture analysis. He is a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a consultant to NASA. He is the founding Director of Singapore's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, and in 2000 became the President and Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Singapore. Serving on a number of national level committees, Professor Shih contributed to creating strategies for wide-ranging reforms in Singapore.
Professor Spence's work focuses on economic policy in emerging markets, the economics of information, and the impact of leadership on economic growth. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001. A Rhodes Scholar and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, he is the recipient of many honors and awards. He taught at Harvard University and Stanford Business School, and is involved in a global policy group focused on strategies for producing rapid and sustainable economic growth and reducing poverty.
Henry T. Yang
Dr. Yang is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He specializes in aerospace structures, and has received a number of recognitions for his research, teaching, and public service. He was a member of scientific advisory boards for the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. He also serves on the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science and sits on the board of the Kavli Foundation.
Zhang Xudong is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Chinese at New York University, where he also serves as the Director of the NYU China House. He is a renowned scholar of modernism and China with interests ranging from critical theory, modern Chinese literature, culture and thought, to aesthetics and political philosophy. He also directs the International Center for Critical Theory, a research consortium currently based at Peking University.