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Zhiwu Chen

Director
Asia Global Institute

Chair Professor of Finance
Victor and William Fung Professor in Economics

HKU Business School

Zhiwu Chen

Professor Zhiwu Chen is Director of the Asia Global Institute (AGI), Chair Professor of Finance and Victor and William Fung Professor in Economics at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Professor Chen is a former Professor of Finance at Yale University (1999-2017). His research covers finance theory, the sociology of finance, economic history, quantitative history, emerging markets, as well as China’s economy and capital markets. He was also a Special-Term Visiting Professor at Peking University (School of Economics) and Tsinghua University (School of Social Sciences).

Professor Chen has received research awards including the Graham and Dodd Award (2013), the Pacesetter Research Award (1999), the Merton Miller Prize (1994), and the Chicago Board Options Exchange Competitive Research Award (1994). He is a frequent contributor to media publications in China on topics of economic policy, market development, institutional reform and historical research. His work has been widely published and regularly featured in major newspapers and magazines in the United States, Hong Kong, China and many other countries. He has also received a number of book awards in China and Hong Kong, among which are 23 awards for The Logic of Finance in China and Hong Kong, and the best book award from hexun.com for Why are the Chinese Industrious and Yet Not Rich. He is currently working on a book manuscript, The Logic of Civilizations, that explores a number of human innovations, including mythology or magic and supernatural beliefs, technologies, social structures, cultural norms, religions, financial markets, and the welfare state. In Burson-Marsteller’s 2012 “G20 Influencers” report, Professor Chen was listed as one of the top ten political influencers in China.

Professor Chen has been a member of HKU Council since November 2018. He is on the board of directors of Noah Holdings. He was a member of the International Advisory Board of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), and also served on the board of directors at IDG Energy Investment, Bank of Communications, PetroChina and Lord Abbett China. He was a co-founder and partner of Zebra Capital Management from 2001 to 2011.

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