Preparing for COVID-19's Coming Third Wave
COVID-19 first wave in China and second wave in Europe and the United States is a stress test for our trust, values, and competence of government. As cases continue to spread in the U.S. and Europe, COVID-19 presents the most significant test is that of our global health system and shared future. Setting our framework for international cooperation belongs to the WHO at this critical point in history. However, particularly vulnerable at this point and amid COVID-19's third wave are emerging markets, developing counties, and nations with relatively weak medical and health systems. This crisis is global and requires unprecedented cooperation across countries and disciplines. It is for that reason that this week's "Luohan On Air" webcast features panelists from a diverse set of backgrounds aiming to discuss how wealthier countries and groups such as the G20, the IMF, and the World Bank can support the Global South amid COVID-19's third wave.
The Luohan Academy invited experts from RAND Corp, a Washington D.C. based think tank to discuss the future trend of epidemic development and explore the future changes of the economy from the perspective of regional economies around the world, their potential challenges, and of course possible solutions. Jennifer Huang Bouey is a senior expert in global health strategy and health at Rand and white house consultant; Rafiq Dosssni is an expert in Asia Pacific Regional Economy. Wei Shangjin, an academic committee member of Luohan Academy, is a senior expert in Global trade research. They will discuss the evolution of the epidemic and the future of the global economy together with Professor Long Chen, managing director of Luohan Academy.
Tune in to the webcast on Friday night at 8 pm in China or Friday morning at 8 am U.S. Eastern Standard.
Jennifer Huang Bouey
Jennifer Huang Bouey is a senior policy researcher and Tang Chair in China Policy Studies at the RAND Corporation. As an epidemiologist with training in clinical medicine and quantitative methods, Bouey's research centers on global health strategies and social determinants of health. Before joining RAND, she taught qualitative and quantitative research methods at Georgetown University and led multiple studies on the health risks and health care access barriers among immigrants, rural-to-urban migrants, sexual minorities, and people at high-risk for HIV in the United States and China. Between 2015 and 2018, she organized an international multi-disciplined research workgroup on issues that are critical to the United States' and China's global health security interests, including pandemic preparedness, global health governance, and health risks among south-to-south migrants. Bouey served on study sections at the NIDA, NIMH, and Fogarty Center of the National Institute of Health, and as an expert reviewer for the China Natural Science Foundation, Hong Kong AIDS Council, and Hong Kong Government Research Fund. She also served as a consultant to the World Bank, Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Save the Children Federation, Inc., and China's National Centers for Disease Control. Bouey received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the George Washington University and her M.D. from the Peking University School of Medicine.
Rafiq Dossani is director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He works on education, finance, regional development, security, trade, and technology issues. Recent projects include academic medical center design in China, the Belt and Road Initiative, blended delivery models in higher education, security in the Korean Peninsula, smart city development in China, studies of Taiwan's security and prosperity, trade relations in Asia, and the use of artificial intelligence in elder home health care in Taiwan.
Previously, Dossani was director of Stanford University's Center for South Asia and a senior research scholar at Stanford University's Institute for International Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in finance from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a B.A. in economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.
Dr. Shang-Jin Wei is N.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy and Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and School of International and Public Affairs.
During 2014-2016, Dr. Wei served as Chief Economist of Asian Development Bank and Director General of its Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. He was ADB’s chief spokesperson on economic trends and economic development in Asia, advised ADB’s President on economic development issues, led the bank’s analytical support for regional cooperation fora including ASEAN+3 (China, Japan, and Korea) and APEC, growth strategy diagnostics for developing member countries, as well as research on macroeconomic, financial, labor market, and globalization issues.
Long Chen is currently the Director of Luohan Academy and Provost of the Hupan School of Entrepreneurship and serves on the IMFs Fintech advisory board. From 2014-2018 Chen was the chief strategy officer of Any Financial. He has previously held several leadership roles in China's internet, finance, regulatory, and research institutions, including at the People's Bank of China.
Cheng Lei anchors the Global Business show on CGTN. As well as presenting the show, she drives content innovation, contributes to guest-booking and special projects. Before returning to CGTN in 2012, Lei was the China correspondent at CNBC Asia for nine years. In that role, she reported on all things China business-related -- and contributed to the Chinese programming of CNBC’s partners SMG and CBN. It was at CNBC that she won a bronze award for “China, the next lap” series at the New York festivals in 2008.