Board of Advisors

Over a century of management experience in China

The ATLAS-China Board of Advisors provides unmatched insight on the hiring needs of top managers.

Mike Dardzinski

Mike is Counsel with the U.S. law firm, Reed Smith LLP in Beijing, China. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and the University of Hawaii. He has lived in Beijing for seven years and is one of the co-founders of Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA). Mike also helped to establish a legal education teaching fellowship with the Yale-China Association, which sends U.S. lawyers to Chinese law schools to teach and assist with the development of clinical legal education programs.

Paul Haenle

Paul is Director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Prior to joining Carnegie, he served from June 2007 to June 2009 as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former president George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Trained as a China foreign area officer in the U.S. Army, Haenle has been assigned twice to the U.S. embassy in Beijing, China, served as a U.S. Army company commander during a two-year tour to the Republic of Korea, and worked in the Pentagon as an adviser on China, Taiwan, and Mongolia affairs on the staff of the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.

Dan Harris

Dan is the founder and managing partner of Harris & Moure, a boutique international law firm that mostly represents companies doing business in emerging market countries. Dan writes and speaks extensively on Chinese law, with a focus on protecting foreign businesses in their China operations, and co-authors the award-winning China Law Blog on the legal and business trends affecting China and those who do business there. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College and his J.D. (magna cum laude) from Indiana University.

Elizabeth Knup

Elizabeth Knup serves as Chief Representative of international education and media company Pearson in China. Prior to joining Pearson, Ms. Knup was Chief Representative and Managing Director of Kamsky Associates, Inc. (KAI), a business strategy and investment advisory firm. From 1998 through June 2001, Ms. Knup served as the American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, and prior to that she worked at the National Committee on US-China Relations, an organization devoted to promoting stronger relations between the United States and China through dialogue and exchange.

Roberta Lipson

Roberta Lipson is CEO of Chindex International and Chairman of the Board of United Family Healthcare group. Since she co-founded Chindex in 1981, the company has grown to become the premier American healthcare company in China. She has been the creative force behind the United Family Healthcare concept, and central to the development and implementation of the world-class hospital and clinic network. Active in the business community in Beijing for over 30 years, she has served on the Board of Governors of AmCham-China and on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-China Business Council, and Chairs the Board of the United Foundation for Children’s Health. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in History from Brandeis University.

Jason Patent

Jason is currently American Co-Director of the Hopkins–Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. He has over two decades of experience with China, including over eight years living in China. His work has spanned the worlds of education, for-profit business, and non-profit organizations. Jason is deeply grounded in Chinese culture through a rare combination of blue chip education, language mastery, in-country experience, and scholarly research. He is known for his uncanny ability to teach, and to find practical uses for theoretical concepts. Jason is committed to using his talents to foster understanding and collaboration between people in the U.S. and China.

John Thomson

John is Director of the University of California Beijing Center at Peking University. He previously served as the first City of Chicago representative in China and Resident Director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University. John was a career diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service from 1970 to 1997, serving in Beijing in 1978-81 during normalization of US-PRC relations. He has lived a total of 26 years in Greater China, beginning with a visit to Taiwan in 1960 as a U.S. Marine. John is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.A. degree in Chinese Language, and has a M.A. degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. John is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

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