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Edward A. Cunningham, IV
Professor Edward Cunningham is Director of the Ash Center China Programs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which has trained over 2,000 senior Chinese business executives, government officials, philanthropists and NGO leaders since 1999. He also directs the Kennedy School’s Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative and is an Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy. Edward advises private and publicly listed companies, investment banks, and venture/PE funds focusing largely on infrastructure assets, finance, energy and environmental technologies, as well as financial and technology-enabled services.
Edward’s work focuses on China’s integration into the world economy, primarily through its energy/environmental markets and governance, philanthropic sector, and international trade. His doctoral dissertation focused on how Chinese industrial policy in electric power and coal affected market structure, competition and the technology choice of energy companies in those sectors. He first lived in China in 1992, speaks Mandarin and Italian, and his work has appeared in media such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and Bloomberg.
He graduated from Georgetown University, received an A.M. from Harvard University, holds a Ph.D. from M.I.T., and studied at Peking University and later at Tsinghua University as a Fulbright Fellow.