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Closing Ceremony

Sep 17 (Sun) 16:30 pm - 18:00pm

International Affairs Building 417, Columbia University

Jingxing Zhou

Political Minister-Counselor and Director of the Political Section of the Chinese Embassy in the United States


Mr. Jingxing Zhou is the Political Minister-Counselor and Director of the Political Section of the Chinese Embassy in the United States. He joined the Chinese Foreign Ministry in 1994 as a diplomatic interpreter. He has traveled to over 50 countries around the world as an interpreter for Chinese top leaders, and participated in many major diplomatic events and international conferences. He served as a congressional liaison officer and Ambassador’s speechwriter in the Chinese Embassy in the United States from 2002 to 2005. In early 2008, Mr. Zhou came back to Washington, D.C. for his second tour as a Political Counselor after serving as Division Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Translation and Interpretation Department from 2005 to 2008.


Mr. Zhou was born and raised in Shandong Province, and attended high school in Liaoning Province. He received a BA degree from the Dalian University of Foreign Languages (1992), an LL.B. degree from the Foreign Affairs University in Beijing (1994), and an LL.M. degree from Cambridge University of the United Kingdom (1998).


Manuel Pinho

Former Minister of Economy, Portugal

Manuel Pinho is an Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where he teaches a Global Energy Policy course since 2010. He is a Visiting Professor and Top Overseas Teacher at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He held teaching positions at Yale and Georgetown universities in the US, the University of Queensland in Australia and Renmin University of China.

In 2005- 2009 he was the Minister of Economy of Portugal, and in 2007 the acting President of the European Union Council of Energy Ministers. In his native country he was also Director General of Treasury at the Ministry of Finance.

Manuel Pinho has a doctoral degree from University of Paris-X, started his career as an economist at the International Monetary Fund and has honors awarded by the governments of France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Norway.

Speech: China and Globalization

David Teten

Managing Partner at HOF Capital; Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York

David Teten is a venture capitalist, a serial entrepreneur, an author, and a frequent keynote speaker. He is a managing partner at HOF Capital, and is founder and chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York.

Teten is founder and chairman of Navon Partners, a data analytics startup (on hold), and formerly acting CEO of Vertical Key, a SaaS business for managing large-scale events. He was previously a managing director with Evalueserve, a 2,500-person global research and analytics company, and founder and CEO of Circle of Experts, an investment research firm acquired by Evalueserve. He was formerly founder and CEO of GoldNames, an Israel-based investment bank focusing on the internet domain name asset class.


He is the lead author of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online, with Scott Allen.

Speech: The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space between China and America

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