Our Team

  • Hae Jeong Cho
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    Hae Jeong Cho
    Hae Jeong Cho
  • AJ Cortese
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    AJ Cortese
    AJ Cortese
  • Ruihan Huang
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    Ruihan Huang
    Ruihan Huang
  • Annie Inacker
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    Annie Inacker

    Annie Inacker is Associate Director of the Think Tank at the Paulson Institute, where she leads the creative team on conceptualization, product design, UI and UX, web development, and content distribution efforts. In addition to leading the creative team, Annie collaborates regularly with the research team to bring their analysis and products to life, in a way that’s both intellectually engaging and highly accessible. She has trained in user research, testing, and UX principles, and has expertise in prototyping, data visualization tools, and industry leading design software. She also works closely with the director on the overall creative strategy of the think tank. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Annie was the managing editor of the university’s independent student newspaper, The Chicago Maroon.

    Annie Inacker
  • Damien Ma
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    Damien Ma

    Damien Ma is Director of the Think Tank at the Paulson Institute, where he co-founded MacroPolo. He is the author or editor of the books, In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade and The Economics of Air Pollution in China (by Ma Jun). He currently also serves as adjunct faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Previously, Ma was a Senior Analyst at Eurasia Group, the political risk research and advisory firm. At EG, he mainly focused on the China and East Asia markets, covering areas that spanned energy and commodities and industrial policy to elite politics and US-China relations. He also led work on analyzing Mongolian politics and its mining sector. His advisory and analytical work served a range of clients from institutional investors and multinationals to the US, Japanese, and Singaporean governments. Prior to joining Eurasia Group, he was a manager of publications at the US-China Business Council in Washington, DC, where he was also an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Early in his career, he worked at public relations firm H-Line Ogilvy in Beijing, where he served multinational clients. In addition, Ma has published widely, including in The Atlantic, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, and Bloomberg, among others. He has also appeared in a range of broadcast media such as the Charlie Rose Show, BBC, NPR, and CNBC. In addition to media appearances, Ma has keynoted or spoken at various industry, investor, and academic conferences, including CLSA and Credit Suisse Latin America. Ma is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a “99under33” foreign policy leader by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

    Damien Ma
  • Yna Mataya
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    Yna Mataya
    Yna Mataya
  • Chris Roche
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    Chris Roche

    Born in Evanston and now a resident of Chicago’s north side, Chris turned his passion for coding and creativity into a web development career he loves. With previous experience in retail management and front-end-development, Chris landed his dream job with the PI/Macropolo team and loves turning the team’s research into amazing visual experiences on the web. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Chris is a Chicagoan through-and-through but also takes every chance to travel to fantastic places and spent a year teaching English while wandering around China. He’s a pretty happy guy but he’s much happier when the Bears and Cubs are winning…

    Chris Roche
  • Houze Song
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    Houze Song

    Houze Song is a Research Fellow at the Paulson Institute, where he works primarily on the Institute’s think tank activities. He previously worked as a researcher at the Columbia Global Center (East Asia). Before that, he worked as a research manager at the Unirule Institute, where he assisted the chairman Mao Yushi with research and project management. He holds an MA in quantitative methods and an MPA in international economics, both from Columbia University, and a BA in economics from Peking University.

    Houze Song

Affiliates

  • Bill Adams
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    Bill Adams
    Bill Adams
  • W. Gyude Moore
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    W. Gyude Moore
    W. Gyude Moore
  • Jessica Beinecke Muir
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    Jessica Beinecke Muir
    Jessica Beinecke Muir
  • Paul S. Triolo
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    Paul S. Triolo
    Paul S. Triolo