Helena Xiao

General Manager, Beijing Columbia International Consulting Co., Ltd.

Campaign Statement

Dear Fellow AmCham China Members,

It is my great honor to run for the 2020 AmCham Board of Governors, as the only representative from the higher education sector.

In the era of constant and fundamental changes, I’m confident that you agree that institutions of higher education hold one of the most important roles in shaping the future of our society, for its mission is to promote people’s achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by not only fostering educational excellence but also encouraging interactions and inclusive development as a whole.

Built on three decades of efforts to promote and maintain a thriving environment in which all the members can succeed in China, AmCham China now enters into a new decade to rise to unprecedented challenges and lead new pathways with a stronger role ever. It could use collective wisdom from the education sector to tap into academic and creative approaches to further its mission, along with the traditionally strong members from various industries.

As the global pandemic adds to the long list of global challenges that continue to impact our daily lives and businesses, humbly on behalf of my peers in the education area, I hope to join the effort to build a more open, integrated, and resilient dynamic in the community to facilitate mutual understanding, enhance trust and collaborations among our members and local counterparts.

Your vote to me will help motivate new agents of change to join the endeavor altogether. Thank you for your support. 


Biography

Helena Na Xiao, General Manager of Beijing Columbia International Consulting Co., Ltd., oversees all the programs and operation that involve Columbia Global Centers | Beijing as the Associate Director and the person in charge, the regional hub covering the greater China area of the Columbia University in the City of New York. She is also responsible for identifying and establishing collaborative partnerships among Columbia University, other Columbia Global Centers worldwide, and local partners.

She collaborates with the Beijing Advisory Board as well as Faculty Advisory Committee to create a special resource for Columbia and to serve as an anchor facilitating research opportunities on globally relevant interdisciplinary topics, and opportunities for learning and internships for Columbia students, as well as providing a point of ongoing engagement for international alumni.

Prior to joining the company, she worked at United Nations Development Programme in New York, Washington D.C., and Beijing, responsible for international program and external relations development and management. She also worked in policy making and international collaborations with governmental agencies such as the international Poverty Reduction Center in China under the State Council Leading Group in Poverty Alleviation and Development.

She holds a master degree in public health policy from Johns Hopkins University. Before that, she studied Business & Civil Law at Beijing Normal University, and holds a Certificate of National Legal Profession Qualification in China. She is the leading editor of Chinese Edition of The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance by Lester M. Salamon (Peking University Press).