FOUNDED BY 4 INDIVIDUALS WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE WORKING, LIVING AND STUDYING IN CHINA. WE ALL SHARE THE FOLLOWING COMMON BELIEFS:
We strive to produce unbiased and evidence-based analysis. We refrain from succumbing to political or ideological considerations. Our work and our reputation are judged on the quality of our content, and we do not compromise on that.
We let our interviewees tell their stories in their own words. We ask simple, straightforward questions and encourage our interviewees to speak candidly and not edit themselves. Our Voices of the Belt and Road podcasts are created like artists approaching a blank canvas.
We are not afraid to tread the untrodden path. We seek to unveil the untold stories of the Belt and Road Initiative; at a country, sector, project and individual level.
We only work on projects and activities we can be proud of and feel comfortable being associated with.
Grzegorz stec (葛瑞)
Grzegorz Stec (葛瑞) is an Associate Researcher at the European Institute for Asian Studies and a former Yenching Scholar at Peking University. He is a graduate of MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies at Oxford University, which he completed as a recipient of Jenkins Scholarship, and of three BA programs at Jagiellonian University in Poland. He researches ties between China and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as well as Digital Silk Road projects. Grzegorz was recently recognized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as having made “remarkable contributions” in the field of China and Central & Eastern European relations. He previously worked for the Polish Embassy in Beijing.
James Lalonde (朗龙杰)
James LaLonde (朗龙杰) started his career as an early employee of Microsoft. He led the Japan subsidiary’s rise to the first billion dollar revenue subsidiary of a software company in history. After his nearly 15 year corporate career which culminated in a role as CEO of a NASDAQ listed software company, James became an entrepreneur. Currently based in Beijing, James has co-founded 2 companies in China in the last 5 years. The first, Yodo1, is now the largest private publisher of mobile phone games in China. The second, yoli, is the innovative new way to learn English or Mandarin all in WeChat; bringing the study anywhere, anytime Uber-style model to language learning. James has published best-selling business books in English, Chinese and Japanese and writes regular articles in Chinese for his own WeChat account and other media. James holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Maximilian Römer (麦礼安)
Maximilian Römer (麦礼安) is an MPP candidate at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Maximilian’s research focuses on greening the Belt and Road and the impacts of the initiative in Central Asia and Europe. Having led tour groups in North Korea, Max also follows developments on the Korean Peninsula closely and has written on the subject of engaging North Korea with the Belt and Road Initiative. Previously, Maximilian worked with the International Energy Agency, Deloitte and the German Parliament. Maximilian is a graduate of the Yenching Academy of Peking University and holds a B.A. in International Studies from Leiden University.
Ravi Prasad (潘睿飞)
Ravi Prasad (潘睿飞) is a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and Research Associate at the Institute for New Structural Economics in Beijing. He has worked with Chinese enterprises undertaking projects in African countries, focusing on infrastructure financing and the manufacturing sector, as well as advising governments on their special economic zone programs. Ravi has a keen interest in the confluence of infrastructure, finance and economic development and in 2012 was recognized by the Royal Economic Society as one of three top young economists internationally. He previously worked for Goldman Sachs, HM Treasury and holds a B.A. in Economics from Cambridge University.