Nineteen leaders named to Duke Kunshan advisory board

Jan. 14, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

Nineteen business, civic and education leaders from around the world have been named founding members of the Duke Kunshan University Advisory Board, a group that will guide the new joint-venture university in Kunshan, China.

The board will hold its first meeting in Beijing this spring, according to the Duke announcement.

Chaired by G. Richard Wagoner Jr., former chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors, the board will advise DKU Chancellor Liu Jingnan and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Brown Bullock on issues affecting the university.

“I am delighted to welcome this exceptional group of leaders to the DKU team,” said Duke President Richard Brodhead in a statement. “Their cumulative experience in education, business and civic life will be of great benefit to DKU, and we are grateful for their willingness to lend their expertise to this new endeavor.”

Other founding DKU Advisory Board members include Dhanin Chearavanont, chairman and CEO of Charoen Pokphand Group; Gao Xiqing, vice chairman and president, China Investment Corporation; Hu Maoyuan, chairman of SAIC Motor Corporation Limited; Andrew T. Huang, president and CEO of Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center; Jin Haitao, chairman of Shenzhen Capital Group; and Lawrence J. Lau, chairman of CIC International (Hong Kong).

Also joining the board are Kenneth G. Lieberthal, former director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution; Dennis M. Nally, chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.; Thomas R. Nides, vice chairman of Morgan Stanley; Clark T. Randt Jr., former U.S. ambassador to the People’s Republic of China; David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group; Chauncey Shey, founder, CEO and managing director of Softbank China Venture Capital Pte. Ltd.; Kirk R. Smith, professor of global environmental health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; Jesse J. Wu, chairman of Johnson & Johnson China; Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo; Yuan Ming, director of the Institute of International Relations, Peking University; Zhang Xinsheng, president of the China Education Association for International Exchange; and Zhong Nanshan, director of the State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Diseases.

“I know first-hand how valuable the opportunity to learn in a global setting can be,” said advisory board member Gao Xiqing, president of China Investment Corporation and a graduate of Duke Law School, in a statement. “DKU represents a new level of educational opportunity and global enrichment for students from China and around the world, and I am honored to work with the other members of the advisory board to support DKU’s educational mission.”