Axel Dreher

Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany


Axel Dreher is a Professor of Economics, Chair of International and Development Politics at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany, and the Editor of the Review of International Organizations. He is a CESIfo and CEPR Research Fellow and a member of the European Development Network (EUDN). His research is focused on political economy, economic development, and international economics. He has authored key articles concerning Chinese foreign aid.


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Woo Wing Thye

  • UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Woo Wing Thye is currently Vice President for Asia of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and an affiliated professor at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Professor Woo is an expert on East Asian economies, particularly China, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He has written extensively on the middle-income trap, as well as on transition economics, growth and development, globalization, exchange rate economics, and regional economic disparity.

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Barry Naughton

University of California – San Diego, US

Barry Naughton is the So Kwan Lok Chair of Chinese International Affairs at the School. He is one of the world’s most highly respected economists working on China. He is an authority on the Chinese economy with an emphasis on issues relating to industry, trade, finance, and China’s transition to a market economy. His recent research focuses on regional economic growth in China and its relationship to foreign trade and investment. He has addressed economic reform in Chinese cities, trade and trade disputes between China and the United States, and economic interactions among China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He recently wrote “The Rise of China’s Industrial Policy, 1978 to 2020”, a book detailing key developments in industrial policy in the post-Mao period.

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