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Julian Chang

Julian Chang

Julian Chang is the Executive Director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. The RFIA brings together public and private sector Chinese and Western leaders to enhance public policy research and teaching on Asia.

Julian is co-founder and Senior Partner at the Cambridge China Group. Comprised of world-class China and Asia thought leaders at the Harvard Kennedy School and other leading universities, CCG provides client-focused assistance on navigating through the business and political environments of China ( He is also a member of X-RG, a Hong Kong consultancy that develops and implements China strategies for leading international companies (

His professional and academic focus is Chinese outbound investment. He is co-founder of the Kennedy School's annual 'China Goes Global' conference, and he is currently leading a Harvard-based leading a team looking at the nature and dynamics of the outbound investment activity of Chinese enterprises – large and small, state and private. He is co-editor and contributor of China Rules: Globalization and Political Transformation. And, he is a visiting professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China, where he works on projects relating to Chinese enterprises going global.

He first visited China in 1977 and returned to work there in the mid 1980s. Since 2001, when he took over the daily management of the Harvard Kennedy School's Asia Programs, he has made several trips a year to China and Asia.

Besides China Rules, he has co-edited and contributed to: Economic Reform and Cross-Strait Relations: Taiwan and China in the WTO; and Presidential Politics in Taiwan: The Administration of Chen Shui-bian.

Julian earned his BA from Yale and his PhD from Harvard University in political science with a dissertation on political marketing in China.

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