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The Yale Talk series is a forum for Yale alumni in Shanghai and university-affiliated visitors to exchange information and share knowledge. The format will be a short 30 - 40 minute talk, followed by discussion. Past Yale Talks have dealt with a variety of subjects.


Upcoming YALE TALK: 

If you have any speaker in mind, please feel free to contact the club to initiate further discussion.



Blockchain Speakers’ Event (Columbia, Cornell, Duke and Yale Alumni Associations)

TIME: Friday, July 20, 2018 6:00 -8:30 PM
Check in: 5:30 PM

VENUE: Spaces, Floor 29, Shanghai Tower (Change Elevator at 23rd Floor)

(Limited to 80 people)

Co-hosted by Columbia, Cornell, Duke and Yale. Attendees will be entrepreneurs and investors already in the blockchain sector, and those who are moving into it. Salad and drink will be provided.


Topic 1: Powering Cyber-Economy of the Future

Topic2: Investment strategyies on Blockchain


1) Daniel Wang, CEO/Founder at Loopring
Daniel is an expert in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology and has worked and led various projects for companies including Boston Science, Google, Zhongan Blockchain Lab.
In 2014, Daniel founded a crypto-exchange “coinport”. Which were said with “extreme transparency”. After learning from the loads of experience on traditional digital financial system. Daniel now has come with a new solution.

2) Ethan Ding, Hash Incubator 区块链技术孵化器创始人
HI Capital 数字货币基金联合创始人
23Seed 思得投资 合伙人
荷兰格罗宁根大学战略创新管理 MBA
中国荷兰校友会华东理事会 (NANC ) 理事
曾就职于 Bureau Veritas ,同济大学建筑设计院、同济咨询、同济地产
投资代表项目 :IOST 、 BugX 、 Akte 、芬木科技、安维尔智能、米度测控、 快轮科技等
Hash Incubator 是一家区块链领域的创业孵化器,致力于将各行业的企业与区块链技术进行 深度结合,完成区块链技术场景的落地化运用,推进在金融科技、食品安全溯源、物联网、 供应链、知识产权、共享经济等场景的项目落地。 Hash Incubator 最近获得了 JRR Crypto 、 Next Blockchain Capital 、 23Seed 思得投资的天使轮投资。

Mr. Kenneth Jarrett, Yale GRD '79, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai: The 19th Party Congress of the PRC & China’s New Era: What Should We Expect?

Monday, November 06, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 PM

China's 19th Party Congress is over, but understanding what it all means has just begun. AmCham Shanghai President, former US diplomat, and Yale alum, Kenneth Jarrett will share his analysis of the Party Congress outcomes, with special focus on the Chinese President's authority, likely policy direction, and what it all means for foreign companies.

100 RMB Advance | 120 RMB At the door
Yoopay purchases are subject to a 3 RMB transaction fee.
Space is limited. Admission at the door is subject to availability.

Entrance ticket includes 2 free drinks and light canapés
(Cash bar and food also available for ordering)

Location: The Press, 309 Hankou Lu

Please RSVP and pay in advance to reserve your spot via Yoopay at:


Questions? vincent.law.jd@gmail.com

All alumni and friends of Yale are welcome - We hope to see you there!

Yale Prof. of Architecture Kent Bloomer on Visual Language of Ornament in East and West (two evening lecture and discussion)

Friday and Saturday (Oct 13/14 th 2017), 7 to 9 PM each night

Prof. Kent Bloomer has been teaching at the Yale School of Architecture for over 40 years. He will be speaking at a new state of the art campus in Pudong called THE BRIDGE. The Bridge is a stunning new venue designed by Ben Wood, the designer behind Xintiandi. Prof. Bloomer is on sabbatical this semester from Yale to work on the centerpiece ornament design for The Bridge campus. He will be discussing his design process and how he has applied it to The Bridge project design.

Join Prof. Bloomer for two nights of lecture and discussion exploring the visual language of ornament in great Eastern and Western structures and objects (such as ceramics and furniture). Professor Bloomer will also demonstrate how he is using visual language in his design of the ‘Dragon Gate’ and the giant ‘Puzzle Ball’, both of which are projects in progress, and which will be installed in spring in The Bridge.
Prof. Bloomer will define ornament as it was originally understood: Ornament holds the codes to a cul­ture. It is the visual language that synthesizes and weaves through the fabric of life, appearing on clothing, buildings, cups, etc. He will then help us to start to bridge more complex ideas together so we can learn to see how it applies to us and to our cultural heritage.
Over two nights of extraordinary talks, come to meet other alumni and to meet professionals who work in related fields. Enjoy good company and stimulating discussions sparked by the lecture while partaking of delicious food and beverages.

October 13 th & 14 th (Friday and Saturday) 2017
7 to 9 PM each night

The Bridge
665 Haike Lu, near Jinke Lu, Pudong, Shanghai, zip: 201203
上海市浦东新区海科路 665 号近金科路
2 kilometers south of Jinke Road subway station (line 2)

for both nights, including food & beverages:
800 RMB per person
(1,200 RMB without RSVP at door)

By Thursday, October 12 th to:


The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: The Rules of the Road and The Rule of Law in the Age of Twitter

The Yale Club of Shanghai and the Yale Center Beijing invite you to join us for a Yale Talk:

Noah Messing, LAW '00
Lecturer in the Practice of Law and Legal Writing Yale Law School

After the completion of a wild U.S. presidential primary season unlike any other in recent history, how can we make sense of what has happened so far? What can we expect going into the party conventions and the general election in the fall? We are delighted to have Noah Messing, a lecturer at Yale Law School and a former Counsel in Hillary Rodham Clinton's senate office and a former Associate Counsel to the 2008 Hillary Clinton for President campaign, share his perspective and lead us in a discussion about this important election.

Time and Date:
Saturday, June 25
2:30 pm-5:00 pm
(Door opens at 2:30 pm; talk starts at 3:00 pm with Q&A to follow.)

RMB 100, includes one drink and light snacks

Jupiter Bistro & Bar
301 West Guangyuan Road (near North Yishan Road)
广元西路 301 号(宜山北路 )

RSVP: vincent.law.jd@gmail.com

Jennifer M. Harris, Yale Law 06, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow

The Yale Club of Shanghai, the Yale Center Beijing and the Hopkins China Forum are co-hosting a talk in Shanghai with Jennifer M. Harris, LAW '06, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who will be discussing her new book War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft.

The talk will be held
on Monday, May 23, 2016 7:15pm

at Wooden Box
9 Qinghai Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu
青海路 9 号 , 近南京西路
Please RSVP via email to Frank Tsai <editor@shanghai-review.org>.

To keep this event FREE, please do stay after the talk and have a drink with your friends. This event is organized by the Shanghai alumni club of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in conjunction with the Yale Club of Shanghai and the Yale Center Beijing.


Yale-NUS College: Singapore, the Liberal Arts and You

The Yale Club of Shanghai and Yale-NUS College invites you to join us for a Yale Talk:
If you care about Yale and the future of liberal education, please join Austin Shiner, Office of the President at Yale-NUS College, to learn the who, what, and why of Yale’s collaboration with the National University of Singapore to build an outstanding undergraduate institution and re-imagine higher education for the 21st century. Admissions and financial aid will be addressed, as well.

Austin Shiner, Yale College '11
Alumni Affairs, Office of the President
Yale-NUS College

Thursday, December 3, 2015
7:00pm - 9:00pm

7:00 pm - Refreshments and networking
7:30 pm - Program begins with Q&A to follow

Jupiter Bistro & Bar
301 West Guangyuan Road (near North Yishan Road)
徐汇区广元西路 301 号 ( 近宜山北路 )

RMB 30*, including one free drink, pizza and finger food
*Venue and refreshment costs partially subsidized by the generosity of Yale-NUS College
**Space is limited.
Please RSVP and pay in advance to reserve your seat at: https://yoopay.cn/event/10533689


The Changing Nature of U.S. Reporting on China

David Barboza, Shanghai Bureau Chief, The New York Times


Saturday, August 22, 2015


(Door opens at 3pm; talk starts at 3:15pm with Q&A to follow. Light refreshments will be served.)


Offices of Glumac—Shanghai , Jiachun 753 Park, Building C 3rd Floor (753 Yuyuan Road) , Next to Jiangsu Road Station, Line 2, Exit 3

Address in Chinese: 嘉春 753 园区 , C 栋 3 层(愚园路 753 号 ) 近二号线江苏路地铁站 3 号出口


Space is limited. Please RSVP to Erwin Li by writing to: erwin.li@yale.edu


No cover charge. RMB 50 suggested donation to cover event costs, including refreshments.


Mr. Barboza is the chief of The New York Times' Shanghai Bureau and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for stories that exposed billions in secret wealth amassed by relatives of top Chinese government officials. Mr. Barboza graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in history and attended Yale University Graduate School. He will be speaking on how U.S reporting on China has changed over the years.


Internet Finance

Dr. Zhenzhou Guo on Internet Finance: From JP Morgan Chase to Quark Finance


Friday, September 19, 2014

7:00-8:30 PM


"Glo London" Restaurant & Lounge

No 1, Wulumuqi South Road, at Dongping Road


乌鲁木齐南路 1 号甲(近东平路,近美领馆,近法领馆)


Free, cash bar (extended happy hour prices for us until 9 PM: Beer, Wine, Mojitos for 30 RMB)

No need to RSVP.


Dr. Zhenzhou Guo earned his Physics PH.D from The George Washington University. He holds an MBA from the business school of Cornell University. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Science and Technology of China. As the leader of Quark Finance Company (www.quarkfinance.com), Dr. Guo has over 18 years working experience of risk management and personal loan business.


Marriage Trends in China

Yale Sociology Professor Deborah Davis will talk about the “accelerated privatization” of marriage in contemporary China.


Friday, August 01, 2014

7:00-8:30 PM


"Glo London" Restaurant & Lounge

No 1, Wulumuqi South Road, at Dongping Road



Free, cash bar (for us extended happy hour prices until 9 PM: Beer, Wine, Mojitos for 30 RMB)

No need to RSVP.

Co-hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Club of Shanghai


Over the past three decades, a distinctly new form of marriage with high rates of divorce as well as rising rates of marriage and remarriage has emerged in Chinese cities as the result of a “triple turn” by the party-state in regard to the institution of marriage: a “turn toward” marriage as a voluntary contract, a “turn away” from close surveillance of sexual relationships, and a “turn away” from protection of communal property. The one-child policy runs against these three prevailing “turns” toward privatization, but to date this contradiction has been muted by a de facto distinction between (strong) control over reproduction and (weak) control over sexual relationships. Moreover, as illustrated here through close analysis of three recent interpretations of the Supreme People’s Court and interviews with ordinary citizens in Guangzhou and Shanghai, by continuing to extend the logic of voluntary contract to intimate relationships, the party-state’s own actions (and inaction) serve to accelerate privatization of marriage in Contemporary China.


Deborah S. Davis, Professor of Sociology, Yale University


Deborah S. Davis (Ph.D. Boston University, 1979) is a Professor of Sociology at Yale University. Her primary teaching interests are historical and comparative sociology, inequality and stratification, contemporary Chinese society, and methods of fieldwork.

Davis is currently a member of the National Committee on US China Relations and in 2004 helped launch the Yale China Health Journal.

Past publications have analyzed the politics of the Cultural Revolution, Chinese family life, social welfare policy, consumer culture, property rights, social stratification and occupational mobility.

Research interests

Historical and comparative sociology; inequality and stratification; contemporary Chinese society; methods of fieldwork


B.A., Wellesley College, 1967

M.A., Harvard University, 1970

Ph.D., Boston University, 1979


Making better decisions by avoiding the usual ways of thinking

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

6:00-8:00 PM

Yale Marketing and Psychology Professor Nathan Novemsky will talk about how we approach complex situations and how we can do better by uncovering what we often miss!


"Glo London" Restaurant & Lounge

No 1, Wulumuqi South Road, at Dongping Road


Cost: free, cash bar (special offer for us: 25 RMB house drinks!) 

Please RSVP by Sunday, June 02, at:


Open to all, Yalies and friends, but RSVP needed.


Professor Nathan Novemsky is Professor of Marketing in the Yale School of Management (SOM) and has an appointment as Professor of Psychology in Yale’s Department of Psychology. His is an expert in the psychology of judgment and decision-making, an area that overlaps heavily with behavioral economics and consumer behavior.

He teaches Problem Framing, a course unique to the Yale School of Management. This course teaches managers how to give structure to unstructured situations in a way that maximizes their chances of making good long-term decisions. It also teaches them about how to avoid the pitfalls characteristic of behavioral economics by understanding how natural psychological tendencies can derail optimal decision-making.

He is also an active member of the Yale Center for Customer Insights. As part of the Center, he actively partners with practitioners to develop new insights into customer behavior that are both relevant to practitioners and new to the academic literature.

Professor Novemsky has been at Yale since 13 years.

Ph.D. Social Psychology, Princeton University

M.A. Social Psychology, Princeton University

B.A. Physics, Math (with Honors), Psychology, Wesleyan University


Venture Capital in China: Excitement and Challenges

Thursday, April 26th, 2012, 7:00 pm

at OV GALLERY, 50 Moganshan Road, Building 4, Room 207 (Aomen Road intersection)

SUGGESTED DONATION OF 50RMB for wine & snacks

RSVP to: Esther Young at esther.z.young@gmail.com

Three Elis will talk about investing in today's uncertain economy. How do you evaluate the risks? How do you vet the numbers?

MODERATED BY: Michael Qin (Yale SOM '98), Founder, ChildRoad Inc.


1) Ms. Ellen Hui, Managing Director, VisionChina Capital Management: Ms. Hui is the Managing Partner of VisionChina Capital Management, a local Chinese fund management firm. Before that, she was Partner and Head of Private Equity for both RMB and USD funds at Greenwoods Asset Management Ltd. in Shanghai. Previously, she was a Principal with Prax Capital in Shanghai, and a Vice President with Cathay Capital in Hong Kong. Prior to that, Ms. Hui was an economist with Bank of China (Hong Kong), an analyst with Hamlin RRH Capital Management in New York, and a cofounder and CEO of Shanghai Source Trading Co., Ltd. A native Mandarin speaker, Ms. Hui is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She graduated with a BA degree from Fudan University in 1995 and with an MBA degree from Yale School of Management in 2003.

2) Mr. Dr. Peter Lu, Venture Partner, Balloch Group: Balloch Group is a Canadian PE firm that manages both dollar and RMB fund. Previously, Dr. Lu was a partner of Infinity Group, an Isreali PE/VC firm and 250 million USD AUM. In his capacity as a co-founder of Infinity RMB fund, Dr. Lu raised 800 million RMB. He also developed Infinity China team and led investment of 600 million RMB with the fund. Before joining Infinity, Dr. Lu served as the China GM of Toucan Capital Corp., a 150 million USD US venture capital firm focusing on life science, new material and new energy. Dr. Lu gained his MD from Beijing University and MBA from Yale SOM.

3) Ms. Ping Ping, Partner & Managing Director, Chengwei Capital: As a managing director of Chengwei Capital, Ping has over ten years of experience in building companies and developing strategies. Before Chengwei Capital, Ping worked for McKinsey & Company as a consultant at its Beijing office. She worked on strategic and operational projects covering state-owned, private and multinational companies in diverse sectors. She was also part of the founding team of an internet company serving business customers with online applications in 2000. Since Ping joined Chengwei Capital in 2003, she was responsible for investment covering diverse sectors including consumer and services, internet and mobile, energy, healthcare and manufacturing. Ping serves as a director on the boards of a number of companies. Ping graduated from Peking University, majored in International Economics and has MBA degree with Yale School of Management.


Contemporary Architecture in China: Lessons for the Future

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012, 7:00 pm

at Mogoo Cafe, No. 77 Fenyang Road
(between Fuxing Road & Yongjia Road)

Happy Hour drinks price will be extended till 9pm
Pay as you order (full menu of drinks/sandwiches/pasta available)

RSVP to: Esther Young at esther.z.young@gmail.com

What's next for Shanghai's skyline? Three Elis will talk about the art of building the world's tallest skyscrapers, and the true meaning of 'urban design.'

Dana Wu ('10) of Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
David Riedel (ARC '08) of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
Bu Bing, Owner of One Design Inc.


Starting from Scratch: Tales and Travails of Start-Up Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, December 7th 2011, 7:00 pm

at Mogoo Cafe, No. 77 Fenyang Road
(between Fuxing Road & Yongjia Road)

Happy Hour drinks price will be extended till 9pm
Pay as you order (full menu of drinks/sandwiches/pasta available)

RSVP to: Esther Young at esther.z.young@gmail.com

What does it take to start a business in China? Let experience speak for itself, as three Elis talk about their business, their challenges, their triumphs, and what makes the China market so unique to their entrepreneurship.


1) Michael (Feng) Qin, Yale SOM (1998)
Michael (Feng) Qin is the co-founder of Childroad Inc., a child education and book online publishing company. Michael has extensive experience in general management, business/IT strategy development and execution, IT outsourcing and BPO, solution/product management, sourcing and supply chain strategy planning and execution, business process improvement, ERP and B2B eCommerce implementation. He previous worked at Unisys Corporation, Shanghai, and Andersen Business Consulting in New York. Michael Qin's current business, ChildRoad Inc., creates a digital library for children around the world, providing a Netflix model for unlimited reading and listening of fresh and popular children books which we license from publishers in multiple languages. ChildRoad launched in 2011 its phase one service with 1,500 Chinese story titles in 500 digital books.

2) E. David Kennan, Yale College (December 1984)
David has done high-tech work in the software development tool industry and Internet/telecommunications, in Israel. From 1996-2011, he was R&D manager and Chief Technical Officer for Logical Design Solutions, a management consulting and Internet design company, based in Florham Park, NJ. He has spoken on Web 2.0 at several Internet business conferences. He is also a founding board member of Moving Traditions, an avid surfer (the ocean sport), fluent in English and Hebrew and is studying Mandarin. David's current business, Increpreneur, will enable people to become low-risk entrepreneurs via an Internet platform that supports "micro-innovation". In this platform, engaged users join with technologists to enhance and extend existing services, then share in rewards for their contributions.Read David's blog at www.increpreneur.com

3) Michael Jay Yuann, Yale College (May 2004)
Michael graduated with an MBA from UCLA Anderson in International and Entrepreneurship. His previous work experience includes being Associate Director of Technology at Trigger, a marketing agency that builds websites and casual games for Hollywood blockbusters, Senior Operations Manager at The9 Interactive, a Operations Manager and Employee #1 at THQ*ICE, a joint venture focusing on Free-to-Play MMOs in North America. He has founded several enterprises, including BrightPC Corporation, a New York-based Internet consultancy. Michael Yuann's current business, Game Concourse, is a recently formed game development studio focusing on the mobile and social games. Our initial games blend fun, casual gameplay with eco-friendly concepts. Our long term vision is to provide the world with game content that increases awareness about the world's current issues.


Current Perspectives on US-China Relations

Friday April 29th 2011 6:30 PM, Speaker: Mr. Kenneth Jarrett

RSVP (mandatory) to: esther.z.young@gmail.com 50 (fifty) RMB Location: Main Garden, James Cohan Gallery, Lane 170, Yueyang Road, No. 1, Xuhui District, Shanghai

The US-China relationship is often described is the most important bilateral relationship of this century. It is a relationship characterized by both cooperation and competition. Kenneth Jarrett will offer his views on some of the political and economic issues that feature prominently in US-China ties as the two governments prepare for the May meeting of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue.


Kenneth Jarrett, Chairman for Greater China of APCO Worldwide, was Consul General of the United States in Shanghai from July 2005 to August 2008. Previously he served as Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong, and as Director of Asian Affairs in the National Security Council, The White House, Washington, DC. During his twenty-six year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Mr. Jarrett also served as vice consul at the U.S. embassy in Manila; political officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York; political officer in the State Department’s office of Chinese and Mongolian affairs; consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu; chief of the political unit at the U.S. embassy in Singapore; political officer in the State Department’s office of Israeli affairs, and; deputy political counselor at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Mr. Jarrett is a 1975 graduate of Cornell University and holds MA’s from Yale University and the National War College. He also studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center at Nanjing University in 1989, Chinese University in Hong Kong and the Taipei Language Institute. Prior to working for the U.S. government, he was an English teacher at the Shanghai Foreign Languages Institute from 1979-1981. Mr. Jarrett is a native of New York. He is married to Ms. Ann Yen and has two daughters.


What does China Want? Consumer Research in the World’s Most Dynamic Market

Thursday, 17 March 2011, 7:00 PM, Speaker: Mr. P.T. Black

Understanding the Chinese consumer is one of the greatest challenges businesses face today. The combination of rapid change and cultural dynamics has created a China-unique consumer mindset. So how can brands succeed? It all starts with a researcher.


PT Black has done extensive consumer profiling for A-list clients ranging from Chanel to Coca Cola while he was at Jigsaw International. Mr. Black will talk about the fine art of consumer research and why understanding the consumer is a crucial foundation for market success.

PT Black graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies. While he was a partner at Jigsaw International, a consumer research firm in Shanghai, Mr. Black grew the company into one of the leading research groups in China. In January of this year, Mr. Black joined Thoughtful Media, a Los Angeles-based company generating media content. In his role as the company's Senior Creative Director, Mr. Black is responsible for overseeing media licenses, character development and online programming for the company’s Greater China operation.


Returnees, Incentives & Impact on China's High-Tech Innovation

Saturday, 22 January 2011, 6:00 PM , Speaker: Mr. Ty Hu

Special Guests: Ms. Dale Binglei Chen of Zhangjiang High-Tech Park in Shanghai, Mr. Ronghui Gao of  Taizhou High-tech Park, Jiangsu Province

In the 1980s, China was facing a severe brain-drain with the best and the brightest leaving the country in droves. Now, the situation has reversed, with many of the top talents returning to work and invest in the world's most dynamic economy.

As China takes on the rest of the world in high-tech innovation, what are the special incentives it offers to the returnees (Chinese educated abroad) and how have the incentives changed in the last few years? 


Ty Hu is the founder and CEO of InnoMed, a medical company that designs and manufactures interventional cardiovascular devices in China. Mr. Hu is also the founder and Managing Director of Gateway Medical Innovation Center in Shanghai, the first large animal model GLP preclinical facility in China compliant with the global regulatory requirement. 

A graduate of Yale School of Public Health ( MPH), Mr. Hu received his medical education from China Medical University in Shenyang and finished his post-doctoral training in medical oncology at the Yale Medical School. Before moving back to Shanghai in 2005, he was the R&D director at Cordis Corp in Miami Lakes, Florida and the program manager for Guidant Corporation (now Abbota Vascular) in Santa Clara, California.


Trick or Treat: How to Achieve Justice by Clean Hands (or Extra Techniques) in Mainland China

Thursday 02 December 2010, 7:30 PM, Speaker: Mr. Dr. Nanping Liu

Unlike its Western counterpart, the Mainland judicial system is often mistrusted because of its lack of independence and reported corruption. However, this does not mean that justice cannot be achieved by clean hands. Dr. Nanping Liu will talk about the different steps necessary to make sure one gets a fair hearing in China. Among some of the issues addressed will be: some tell tale signs of possible interference; dealing with non-transparency; and knowing the difference between executable decision and final judgment.


Dr. Nanping Liu is the founder of the law firm Liu & Wang, with offices in Shenzhen, Guanzhou and Shanghai. A graduate of Yale Law School (JSD, LLM) and Wuhan University, Dr. Liu has taught at Hong Kong University as a Faculty of Law and has published articles about the legal system in China. A qualified PRC lawyer since 1987, Dr. Liu specializes in cases involving international trade, anti-dumping, and cross-border issues.

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