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How to use your China skills to land a job at a think tank
This event is Part 4 of the Young China Watchers and SupChina summer event series looking at China-focused career paths and the best ways of pursuing them.
At this event, we will hear from several speakers that are currently working at and running think tanks across the world. They will share about what it means to be working at a think tank, what steps you can and should take to move your career in that direction, and how China skills can be best utilized at these institutions.
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Raffaello Pantucci is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institutes (RUSI) and a Senior Fellow in the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. His research focuses on counter-terrorism as well as China's relations with its Western neighbors. Prior to joining RUSI in 2013, Raffaello lived for over three years in Shanghai, where he was a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS). Before that, he worked in London at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. He has also held positions at the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) and at King's College, London. He is also the co-founder of YCW.
Dr Janka Oertel is the Director of the Asia Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. She previously worked as a Senior Fellow in the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Berlin office, where she focused on transatlantic China policy including on emerging technologies, Chinese foreign policy and security in East Asia. Prior to joining GMF, she served as a program director at Körber Foundation’s Berlin office. She holds a PhD from the University of Jena. Her dissertation focused on Chinese policies within the United Nations. She was a visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP Berlin) and worked at United Nations Headquarters, New York, as a Carlo-Schmid-Fellow. She has published widely on topics related to EU-China relations, US-China relations, security in the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese foreign policy, 5G and emerging technologies as well as climate cooperation.
Damien Ma is Managing Director and co-founder of MacroPolo, the Think Tank of the Paulson Institute. He is the author or editor of the books, In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade, The Economics of Air Pollution in China (by Ma Jun), and China’s Economic Arrival: Decoding a Disruptive Rise, published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is also adjunct faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Previously, Ma was a Senior Analyst at Eurasia Group, the political risk research and advisory firm. At EG, he mainly focused on the China and East Asian markets, covering areas that spanned energy and commodities and industrial policy to elite politics and US-China relations. He also led work on analyzing Mongolian politics and its mining sector. His advisory and analytical work served a range of clients from institutional investors and multinationals to the US, Japanese, and Singaporean governments.
Over the past few years, Kevin has been involved in and managed trade policy monitoring, conducted industry research, and has supported events involving former ambassadors and ministerial-level figures. As part of North Head’s Public Affairs team, he provides copy-editing, project research, crisis monitoring, speech & report drafting services. Notably, Kevin currently collaborates with other North Head colleagues to deliver speech writing, talking point and statement drafting services for the UAE’s ambassador to China. Prior to North Head, Kevin has interned and worked at a broad range of organizations, including the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the Asia Society Policy Institute, Fosun International, Ruder Finn Shanghai, and APCO Shanghai. Kevin is originally from New York and speaks English and Mandarin. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Chinese Language from Baruch College in New York and a MMSc. in International Public Policy from Fudan University in Shanghai. Kevin also serves as a Director with the Beijing Chapter of the Young China Watchers, a global network of China-focused young professionals.