Weijian Shan, Group Chairman, CEO, and Managing Partner, PAG Asia Capital
There are very few that truly understand China’s economy. Fewer still that understand the economies of both China and the United States. Weijian Shan is one of those rare few – and he didn’t get his education purely from school. Directly after elementary school, Shan was forced into years of hard labor in the Gobi Desert, only to maneuver himself to the United States to receive a PhD and ultimately a renowned teaching position. From his time in US institutions to his current position at one of Asia’s largest private equity firms, he has seen every level of China’s economy in ways that almost no one else has. Shan will share his story and his views on how the United States and China will fare in the coming years as each face vastly different, yet intertwined, challenges.
Group Chairman, CEO, and Managing Partner, PAG Asia Capital
Weijian Shan is chairman and CEO of PAG, a private equity firm. Prior to PAG, he was a partner of TPG, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, and co-managing partner of TPG Asia (formerly known as Newbridge Capital). Previously, Shan was a managing director of JP Morgan, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a farm laborer in China’s Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia. He holds an MA and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He studied English at Beijing Institute of Foreign Trade where he also taught as a faculty member. He received no formal secondary education.