Extensive experience, fresh perspectives
Björn Conrad 孔弼永
Björn Conrad, CEO and co-founder of Sinolytics, has almost two decades of China experience. He is a recognized expert on China’s economic, industrial and technology policy as well as its digital transformation. Prior to starting Sinolytics, he was the Vice President of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). Before, he worked as China Specialist at the World Bank/GEF in Washington D.C. and UN FAO in Rome, designing and managing projects in almost all provinces of the PRC. Earlier, he gained consulting experience with the Boston Consulting Group. He holds a Masters degree in Sinology, Economics and Politics from Trier and Peking University as well as a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
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Mirjam Meissner 梅莉
Mirjam Meissner, Director, is an expert on market regulation, industrial and technology policy and digital disruption in China and a leading specialist on China’s big data-enabled regulation of companies via the Social Credit System. She supports many companies in adjusting to the challenges of China’s regulatory ratings. In addition, Mirjam has a strong track record in consulting on the rapid technological transformation in China’s automotive, mobility, chemicals and health care sectors. Prior to Sinolytics she co-headed the technology and economics program at MERICS. She studied Sinology, Economics and Politics in Berlin as well as in Wuhan, China.
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Jost Wübbeke 龙信鑫
Jost Wübbeke, Director, is a leading expert on China’s emerging technology trends and industrial policy. He leads consulting projects for building effective digital strategies on topics such as digital ecosystems, VC/PE investment, partnership scouting and e-Commerce platforms. His core experience focuses on new technologies and innovation policies in automotive, mechanical engineering and IT. Previously, he headed the MERICS industrial policy team, where he published groundbreaking analyses on Made in China 2025. He has a PhD from FU Berlin on China’s raw materials industry. He graduated in International Relations and China Studies from Berlin and Bochum and was research fellow at Tsinghua University.
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Markus Herrmann Chen 陈瑞华
Director and Managing Director Switzerland
Markus Herrmann, Director and MD Switzerland, is an experienced advisor to European corporate and public sector clients focusing on business-policy nexus topics including regulatory ratings/CSCS, the Belt and Road Initiative, policy-based growth strategies, technology transfer- and partnerships or government affairs strategies. He combines deep business understanding with policy analysis expertise and six years working experience in China. Prior to Sinolytics, Markus worked as a Government Affairs & Advocacy Director with Bayer MaterialScience (now: Covestro) in China and as Management Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in its Shanghai, Hong Kong and Zurich offices, focusing on financial services and industrial goods. Markus holds a MLaw from the universities of Bern and Geneva with focus on international public law and WTO law as well as a CAS in Public Policy from ETHZ.
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Jaqueline Ives 颜明颖
Jaqueline Ives, Consultant, is an expert observer of China’s vibrant start-up scene and new technology companies. She also has several years of experience in analyzing China’s industrial and innovation policy. At Sinolytics, she has worked with clients from a range of industries including automotive, manufacturing and logistics. She advises on digital strategies for the Chinese market with a special focus on partner and investment scouting, licensing and standardization. Prior to Sinolytics, she worked as a research associate at MERICS focusing on China’s industrial policy and its implications for foreign firms. She studied Chinese Business and Economics in Würzburg, Shanghai and Bonn.
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Luisa Kinzius 梦洁
Luisa Kinzius, Project Leader, is a specialist on Chinese market regulation. She extensively worked on projects analyzing the impact of big-data enabled market regulation and regulatory ratings on companies. She also observes the current trends in China’s FinTech industry as well as emerging blockchain-based business models. Prior to Sinolytics she worked at the Rhodium Group, NYC, focusing on foreign investment activities in China. She holds a M.Sc.in Economics from the LMU Munich and a B.Sc in Economics from the University of Mannheim. During her studies she spend one year studying Economics and Chinese at the Nanjing University.
Tiffany Wong 黄亭嘉
Tiffany Wong, Consultant, is experienced in helping clients navigate China’s technology and eBusiness markets. Her engagements include supporting clients on issues such as AI and fintech, designing multi-channel digital and eCommerce strategies, start-up and VC scouting, and performing due diligence for clients from a wide range of industries, from auto-manufacturing to biopharmaceuticals. She retains a research focus on China’s cyber-governance policies, including standards on data security and information flow. She holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins in International Economics and China Studies and a B.A. from the University of Chicago in Political Science and International Relations.
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Jingwen Tong 童 婧雯
Jingwen Tong, Consultant, tracks China’s regulatory and policy development on trade and technology, covering a wide range of topics from the Greater Bay Area mega-project to the new eCommerce law. Prior to Sinolytics, Jingwen was a Lead Analyst at China Policy, a Beijing-based policy research company, and implemented projects on the complexities of China’s industrial zones industrial policies and regulatory procedures. Jingwen holds a Master of Public Policy from University of Oxford and a B.A. in English and International Studies from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She also studied political science as a visiting student at Columbia University.
Camille Boullenois 班开玫
Camille Boullenois, Consultant, advises clients on the regulatory challenges arising from the Corporate Social Credit System. Previously, she worked as an analyst at China Policy, and contributed to the EIU, Oxford Analytica and the ECFR on topics pertaining to China’s social and economic issues. She is also a researcher at the Australian National University and has studied at Sciences Po (Paris) and Oxford. With many years of experience in China, she has an outstanding command of the Chinese language and political landscape.
Hailin Wang 王海林
Hailin Wang, Consultant, has extensive experience researching and analyzing industrial policy and corporate performance, especially in the areas of energy policy, sustainability and environmental protection. Prior to Sinolytics, he worked at Greenpeace East Asia assessing companies’ environmental performance and multiple industrial policies. Hailin obtained a B.A. in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (Chengdu) and holds an M.A. in Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy from University of Bern (Switzerland). He also studied Global Legal Studies at University of Luzern and has passed CFA level I.
Martin Catarata 丁子涵
Martin Catarata, Analyst, tracks Chinese investments along the Belt and Road Initiative and analyzes geopolitical and socio-economic shifts it causes. He has worked extensively on projects evaluating strategic opportunities and risks of the BRI for European companies. Currently, he is finishing his M.A. in European and East Asian Governance at Trier University and is about to start a dissertation on the topic of China’s maritime connectivity advised by Prof. Heilmann. He holds a B.A in Sinology and Political Science from Trier University and studied the Chinese political system and Chinese language at Sichuan University.
Sishi Xie 谢思诗
Sishi Xie, Analyst, tracks and analyzes Chinese central and provincial policies relating to China’s global logistics ambitions, deriving insights on the interlinkages of Chinese policies and company activities on the ground. She also researches Chinese market regulations and government rating mechanisms (Corporate Social Credit System), supporting international companies to maintain a good CSCS performance. Prior to Sinolytics, she gained working experience in both manufacturing and logistics sectors. She worked in Asia-Pacific purchasing team of BOSCH Thermotechnik and marketing team of HMM China HQ. She also gathered consumer service experience from Maersk and DB Schenker in Shanghai during her undergrad. She is currently finalizing her M.Sc in Economics at University Trier and holds a B.Sc of International Economics and Trade from the Shanghai Maritime University.
Juliana Bouchaud 白明薇
Juliana Bouchaud, Associate, carries out cross-sectoral research and analyses on China policy, regulatory and economic developments, supporting Sinolytics consultancy projects. Previously, she worked as part of the research team of a consultancy firm in Beijing, focusing on the educational sector. She holds a Ba in Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge where she completed her dissertation on the latest use of AI in Chinese courtrooms. She also spent time in China as a student at Peking University, in Taiwan at NTNU and in Hong Kong at HKU.
Ge Chen 陈格
Ge Chen, Associate, tracks and analyzes China’s national and provincial S&T policies, innovation and technology partnerships, business opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiatives and the development of China’s environmental policies. Ge held research and business development positions with ENI S.p.A., the Danish Embassy in Beijing, and the China Environment Forum at the Wilson Center. She holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins in International Economics and China Studies and a B.A. from Beijing International Studies University in Translation and Interpreting. She has also studied cross cultural and regional studies as an exchange student of the University of Copenhagen.
Valentin Krüsmann, Analyst, specializes in China’s macroeconomic and financial systems as well as Chinese foreign policy. Prior to Sinolytics, he has supported the GIZ in Beijing, researching and developing policy advice on sustainable transport and worked with the European External Action Service’s China Division in Brussels. He has also been active in organising dialogue-promoting study programmes to politically contentious regions such as the DPR Korea and Transnistria. Valentin has spent over eleven years living in China and has studied Chinese at Yunnan Normal University in Kunming. He holds a B.Sc in Economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business and a M.Sc in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London.
Celine Li 李丹宁
Celine Li, Associate, conducts research on the regulatory challenges that stem from the Social Credit System and contributes to related consulting projects. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she specialized in Behavioral Economics and Econometrics. Prior to joining Sinolytics, she worked as a Marketing and Sales Assistant in Shanghai as well as in the HR Department of a German consulting firm.
Fynn Heide 冉繁德
Fynn Heide, Associate, carries out consulting work and research on Chinese industrial, and cybersecurity policy. He previously interned at Trivium China and the Mercator Institute for China Studies, and he worked on China-related policy for a member of the German Bundestag. He worked on several Sino-German cultural exchange and preservation projects in Beijing and Berlin. He holds a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Warwick, where he wrote his dissertation on the corporate social credit system.
Bin Yan 严斌
Bin Yan, CFA, is a specialist on the financial sector of China. He combines strong expertise in the Chinese financial markets and work experience in European companies. Prior to Sinolytics, Bin worked in the private equity area of China as an investment manager for eight years, mostly in China New Enterprise Capital. Previously he worked in the transaction department of PricewaterhouseCoopers Beijing office. Bin holds a B.A. in Accounting from Peking University and is about to complete his M.A. in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen
Yiwei Zhao 赵一苇
Yiwei Zhao, Associate, is an experienced law and policy advisor with a strong focus on their practical implications on clients’ social credit records, market strategies and transaction negotiations. She combines literature and empirical study in her research of various industries. Prior to Sinolytics, she worked at leading Chinese law firms representing Chinese and foreign companies in domestic and cross-border investments. She has advised equity investors, start-ups and publicly listed companies in sectors including energy, internet, technology, and manufacturing. She completed her Master of Law degrees and trainings at Nanjing University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Free University Berlin.