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Our leaders

The Hinrich Foundation leadership team is comprised of professionals who carry decades of experience in global trade, China-US relations and working in Asia.

Ultimately, our vision is to have the scholars of the Foundation become our future leaders. As such, the Hinrich Foundation Alumni Association (HFAA) has the mission to incubate talent for director-level and executive-level roles in the Foundation and to engage our alumni in the development and evolution of our programs and in the identification of future beneficiaries.

Merle A Hinrich

Founder and Chairman, Hinrich Foundation

Kathryn Dioth

Chief Executive Officer, Hinrich Foundation

Stephen Olson

Senior Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Alex Boome

Program Director, Hinrich Foundation

Dini Sari Djalal

Associate Director – Editorial

Theresa Fonseca

Head of Marketing & Communications, Hinrich Foundation

Our advisors

Our research program benefits from the guidance, review and support of our Advisory Board members.

Ambassador Kurt Tong

Partner, The Asia Group

Areas of expertise

East Asia diplomacy and economic affairs
Free trade agreements
US-China relations
Hinrich Foundation Advisory Board member

Henry Gao

Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University and Dongfang Scholar Chair Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade

Areas of expertise

China economic policy
International law
Hinrich Foundation Advisory Board member

Andrew Staples, PhD

Regional Head of Public Policy and Thought Leadership, Asia, The Economist Group

Areas of expertise

International political economy and macroeconomics
Foreign direct investment (FDI)
Japan, Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific
Hinrich Foundation Advisory Board member