is fellow and associate director of the Think Tank at the Paulson Institute, where he co-founded MacroPolo, a leading digital platform on China’s political economy, investment and geoeconomics. He is co-author of In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade and editor of The Economics of Air Pollution in China (by Ma Jun). He currently also serves as adjunct faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Previously, Ma was a China and Mongolia senior analyst at Eurasia Group, the political risk research and advisory firm. He specialized in analyzing the intersection between Chinese policies and markets, with a particular focus on energy and commodities, industrial policy, elite politics, U.S.-China relations, and social policies. His advisory and analytical work served a range of clients from institutional investors and multinational corporations to the U.S. government. Prior to joining Eurasia Group, he was a manager of publications at the U.S.-China Business Council in Washington, D.C. He also worked in public relations firm H-Line Ogilvy in Beijing, where he served major multinational clients.
In addition, Ma has published widely, including in The Atlantic online, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Foreign Policy and Bloomberg, among others. He has also appeared in a range of broadcast media such as the Charlie Rose Show, BBC, NPR and CNBC. He also served as an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, D.C.
Ma is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a “99under33” foreign policy leader in 2012 by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
Sheila Duran is senior director for Kellogg’s Public-Private Interface Initiative. Prior to that, she headed Kellogg Case Publishing since its inception in 2003. Before that, she was marketing director for Executive Education at the James Allen Center. In that capacity, she oversaw Kellogg’s international education tradeshow presence in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Spain. This is her 12th year advising GIM classes, leading classes studying China, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Korea, Mongolia, Morocco, Qatar, Singapore, Russia, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam.
Sheila holds a B.A. in humanities from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in humanities (architecture history) from the University of Chicago. She is married, and her husband, Rick, heads an international real estate development firm. They have four children. She has traveled to more than 40 countries, but does not come near the record in the family.