FACES strives to build a community for future leaders in U.S.-China affairs. We believe that a strong alumni network is crucial for our goal of promoting mutual understanding between the United States and China. Since our founding in 2001, more than 850 students, scholars, and professionals have participated in our annual conferences. Through dialogues, our alumni have built long-lasting personal relationships in the broader FACES community.
Below are introductions to just a few of our FACES alumni. For inquiries related to alumni affairs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Chen Weiss (FACES '03)
Jessica Chen Weiss was inspired to take action by the Hainan Island Incident of 2001, which sparked an explosion of tensions between China and the US. That year, she founded FACES as a Stanford undergrad, in order to dispel misunderstanding and promote constructive dialogue between the two nations. Now an assistant professor of political science at Yale University, and a research fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Professor Weiss pursues research focused on Chinese politics and international relations, nationalism, and social protest. Her book, Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press (Summer 2014). The dissertation on which it is based won the 2009 American Political Science Association Helen Dwight Reid Award for best dissertation in international relations, law and politics. Her research has appeared in International Organization and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Princeton-Harvard China & The World Program, Bradley Foundation, Fulbright-Hays program, and the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. Please click here to read our interview with Jessica.
Siqi Mou (FACES '11)
Siqi Mou is currently enrolled in a joint degree between Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, pursuing an MBA and a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID). She focuses on monetary policy, capital markets, public/private partnership and impact investing. Prior to Harvard, she worked at Morgan Stanley New York in Fixed Income sales and trading. She was part of the Central Banks and official institutions team and was responsible for institutional sales, client servicing and portfolio construction with major central banks and sovereign wealth funds in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and has been a concert pianist for almost 20 years. Siqi is a music ambassador for Carnegie Hall in New York and served as the principal pianist of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonic during her time in college. Siqi will spend this summer exploring the intersection of media and finance in Bloomberg TV doing news reporting and anchoring. Ms. Mou earned her B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
James Dee (FACES '07)
James Dee is an associate attorney at Morrison Foerster, a top corporate law firm. A FACES delegate in 2007, James graduated from Pomona College with a degree in International Relations and then Yale Law School. While at law school, James worked at Yale’s China Law Center on several projects related to Chinese legal reform, including some groundbreaking LGBT civil rights cases. James also assisted the Open Government Initiative, a program that facilitates the development of a comprehensive, open government regime in China. James has always been interested in international relations both at the top level and also at the human-to-human, grass-roots level. Please click here to read our interview with James.
Alex Song (FACES '09)
Alex Song is currently a first year student at Harvard Business School pursuing a Master of Business Administration. Prior to HBS, he spent a few years working in Boston for Bain Capital - Sankaty as an investment associate in the structured credit group, where he was responsible for managing an investment portfolio of Non-Agency Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities. Prior to Bain Capital, Alex worked at Morgan Stanley New York in Fixed Income sales and trading, where he was responsible for trading US interest rate products, with primary focus on AAA-rated corporate debt issued by Government Sponsored Enterprises such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Alex earned his B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering and B.A. in Economics from Stanford University. In his spare time, he enjoys either playing Settlers of Catan or eating kale (or both) no less than 4 times per week.
Daniel Weisfield (FACES '06)
Daniel Weisfield hopes to build businesses that create social and financial value. In the private sector, Daniel has advised Fortune 500 companies at McKinsey & Company, developed international strategy at ArcelorMittal, and founded a real estate company. In the public sector, Daniel worked as a U.S. diplomat in 26 countries, served at the U.S. Mission to the UN, and worked in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Daniel is currently completing a J.D. at Yale Law School and an M.B.A. at the Yale School of Management. He can get by in Chinese, Indonesian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Daniel is a Carnegie New Leader for Ethics in International Affairs, a Fulbright Scholar, and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is involved in efforts to build Jewish identity and interfaith tolerance, deepen U.S.-China understanding, and fight the scourge of sexual violence against kids. He is married to Atara Kelman, an architect and designer.
Egbert Cheng is currently working as Business Operation and Analytics Specialist at Export Now, an E-Commerce start-up. He reviewed Export Now's past marketing spend to revise corresponding marketing strategies/campaigns. Also, he is managing OtterBox's on-line sales account through Tmall in China. Prior to Export Now, he worked at McKinsey Taipei. He served pharmaceutical, financial, automobile, telecommunication and insurance clients in the Greater China region. He conducted corporate strategy analyses, designed organization transformation plans, and developed insights into Asian markets through various interviews and research. He once managed to carry 7 bottles of wine in his hand-carry from FRA to TPE via SIN without paying excess baggage charges (before the liquid ban in hand-carry was enforced). Mr. Cheng earned his LL.B. from National Taiwan University, and LL.M in international law from from National Taiwan University.
Kai Lukoff (FACES '07)
Kai has been on the inside of China's smartphone revolution for the last five years. He is Director of Internationalization at Wandoujia, a mobile content search engine with over 300 million Android users in China. He’s leading the company’s global expansion, starting in southeast Asia. As the founder of leading China tech blog, TechRice.com, he analyzes what matters in mobile. Kai is based in Beijing with his ear-to-the-ground, visiting internet cafes and the garages of early-stage Chinese entrepreneurs. His areas of expertise include mobile apps and games, social media, and e-commerce. Kai holds a BA from Stanford University. He first came to China with FACES in 2007 and it changed his life: he’s been living there ever since!
Karen Zhang (FACES '09)
Karen Zhang is an auto industry specialist based in Beijing for the Capital Group Company, one of the world's largest investment companies. Prior to the Capital Group, Karen spent two years developing commercial-scale solar projects in California for SunEdison, a global solar service provider. Karen earned a Master of Public Policy from Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She majored in Economics and Chinese Literature in her undergraduate years in Peking University. Karen is passionate about running and hiking, and she tries to go out whenever it’s clear in Beijing (though the chance of breathing fresh air in Beijing is very limited…) She is married to another FACES alumni Terry Tian.
Graduated from Stanford in 2009 with an undergraduate degree in Human Biology and MS in Management Science and Engineering. Academic focus on cost-effectiveness analysis, decision analysis, and healthcare policy analysis. Following graduation, interned with Stanford Professor Scott Rozelle at the Rural Education Action Project working on a childhood nutrition study. From 2010 through 2013, worked as an investment manager for local angel investor Xu Xiaoping, the co-founder of New Oriental (NYSE: EDU) and ZhenFund, China's leading angel fund. Helped establish ZhenFund II, a collaboration between Xu Xiaoping and Sequoia Capital China. Currently leads a healthcare deployment in the insurance space at Palantir.
Joyce Hau currently works at Google in its Communications & Public Affairs team based in Hong Kong. You can see her occasionally on the Wall Street Journal’s Digits show where she discusses the latest Google search trends in Asia, on such hard-hitting topics as Korean game shows and Chinese aliens. After graduating with B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, Joyce moved to Shanghai to work for McKinsey & Company where she looked after External Relations for Greater China. After getting her M.A. from University College London and a year of soul-searching, she moved to Beijing to work for Google and has been with them ever since. Her experience is proof that humanities majors can be gainfully and meaningfully employed—so take heart, ye English majors! Having been a die-hard a cappella nerd all through high school and college, Joyce really likes to sing. She is always up for karaoke with fellow FACES folks.