Professor Syaru Shirley Lin

Syaru Shirley Lin is Research Professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. She is also an Adjunct Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Shirley chairs the Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation (CAPRI), a new policy think tank conducting interdisciplinary, comparative research on innovative policies that can strengthen resilience and improve governance in the Asia Pacific. CAPRI currently acts as the Asia-Pacific Hub of the Commission on Reform for Resilience and the Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience, two global initiatives that that are reviewing the response to the COVID pandemic and developing proposals for better responses in the future.

Her research and teaching focus on cross-Strait relations, international and comparative political economy, as well as the challenges facing high-income societies in East Asia. She is the author of Taiwan’s China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Economic Policy (Stanford University Press, 2016) which was also published in Chinese in 2019. Her book highlights the linkage between Taiwan’s national identity and its foreign economic policy and analyzes the implications for Taiwan’s future relationship with China. She is now writing a book on six economies in Asia Pacific caught in the high-income trap, all of which are facing problems such as inequality, demographic decline, financialization, outdated education systems, increasingly polarized societies, inadequate policy and technological innovation, and climate change. Her analysis and commentary frequently appear in English and Chinese media.

She was the youngest woman partner as well as one of the first Asian partners of Goldman Sachs, where she led the firm’s investment efforts in Asia, managing private equity and venture capital investments in 12 countries and setting up its Tokyo operation. She spearheaded the firm’s investments in technology start-ups in Asia, making it one of the earliest and most successful investors in China. In that capacity, she led the first round of institutional investments in Alibaba and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation. Prior to her work in private equity and venture capital, she specialized in the privatization of state-owned enterprises in China and Singapore.

Shirley has served on the boards of numerous private and public companies and currently serves as a director of TE Connectivity, Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, and Langham Hospitality Investments. She is a director of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, which supports the development and adoption of new therapeutic medical technologies, and a senior advisor to Taiwan’s Talent Circulation Alliance, an initiative to promote Taiwan as a hub for talent for the region and the world. She served on the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation from 2016 to 2022, advising the Hong Kong government on matters related to the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council.

A native of Taipei, Shirley has been a resident of Hong Kong for three decades. Shirley graduated, cum laude, from Harvard College and has also studied and worked in Tokyo and Madrid. After retiring from Goldman Sachs, she earned her masters and doctorate from the University of Hong Kong and launched a new career as a scholar, policy analyst, and corporate and non-profit director.

Director of Strategic Planning

Seth Hays

Seth joined CAPRI in 2023. He is an experienced non-profit manager in innovation policy with over two decades of experience working across the Asia-Pacific region.

Previously, Seth established the Asia-Pacific office for a leading intellectual property law organization in 2016, and also established the organization’s China office in Beijing in 2019 after directing its Shanghai office from 2014. He managed the organization’s strategic planning for Asia, including all government affairs, legal education, and communications, working closely with over 5000 leading attorneys in the innovation law and policy community in Asia. He has testified before the Hong Kong Legislative Council, and contributed to briefs submitted to the Supreme Courts of India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Seth was a visiting scholar at the East West Center and Korea Foundation researching United States and Republic of Korea cooperation on innovation law in Southeast Asia in 2021.

Seth is a member of the New York State Bar, and has a graduate degree in Pacific and Asian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi and an undergraduate degree in science, technology and society from Vassar College. He speaks Mandarin and has lived and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. He currently lives in Taipei with his wife and two daughters.

Director of Administration

Cecilia Yin

Cecilia Yin joined CAPRI in 2021 as part of its founding team.

Previously, Cecilia worked as an executive assistant in the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs (Asia) in the Hong Kong office from 1993 to 2015. She was responsible for administrative duties and client coordination for the Division, managing support staff and providing secretarial assistance to the Division Head.

Prior to joining CAPRI, Cecilia worked as Chief of Staff at Zheng He Capital, a private equity firm in Hong Kong, overseeing daily office operation, covering human resources-related matters and client events coordination.

Cecilia currently resides in Taipei, Taiwan.

Director of External Affairs

Yulan Hsu

Yulan Hsu joined CAPRI in 2022. Yulan has been involved in non-profit organizations (NPOs) management in Taiwan for over a decade, and currently serves as Director of Taiwan Women’s Link. She has extensive knowledge of strategic planning and interdepartmental coordination to assist decision-making in the organization and advise its long-term development.

Throughout her career, Yulan has held a strong commitment to women rights and social equality. Previously, Yulan has led and contributed to various Taiwanese NPOs, including National Alliance of Taiwan Women’s Associations, Legal Aid Foundation, Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation, Ama Museum, among others. She was also appointed as the Secretary to the Commissioner of Department of Social Welfare in Taipei City Government.

Yulan is a native Taiwanese. She holds a Bachelor degree in sociology from National Taiwan University and a Master degree in sociology from Soochow University.

Research Associate and Project Manager

Caroline Fried

Caroline Fried joined the team that founded CAPRI in 2021. She has research experience in the economics, politics, development, and history of the Asia Pacific, particularly Taiwan and China. She has also researched the cross-border flows of students in higher education and the internationalization of higher education systems.

Before joining CAPRI, Caroline was an academic editor and research assistant in Taipei. Caroline hails from North Carolina, and she holds bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and history from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Upon completing her undergraduate studies, Caroline was awarded a Fulbright grant to complete a master’s degree in Asia-Pacific studies at National Chengchi University, Taipei. She has called Taipei home since 2017.

Research Associate and Project Coordinator

Siwei Huang

Siwei Huang is part of the founding team of CAPRI. He has conducted interdisciplinary research on Taiwan, Hong Kong, and international affairs. Specifically, he has done research on evolution of identity in Taiwan and Hong Kong, especially in the context of their relations with China. He has also examined the issues of environmental sustainability and internationalization in Taiwan, as well as the policy-making process in Hong Kong and its implications for state-society relations. He closely monitors developments in US-China relations and tracks how they affect various stakeholders in Asia.

Before joining CAPRI, Siwei was a research assistant at the Department of Social Sciences, Education University of Hong Kong. A native of Hunan, Siwei graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University in applied economics with First Honors and received his master’s degree in global political economy from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Having experienced the global-local nexus in Asia’s World City, Siwei values diversity and openness in the formation of a more vibrant and inclusive community.

Administrative Associate

Austen Wei


Event Coordinator

Joy Huang

Joy Yun-Ju Huang is an event coordinator at CAPRI. Before joining CAPRI, Joy was a research assistant at Taipei Forum Foundation, where she worked for 10 years. She also has experience organizing conferences in Taiwan.
Joy is also a PhD student in the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies at National Chengchi University. Her dissertation discusses the logic of China’s setting of special envoys and the difference in use of special envoys between China and the west. She received her M.A. from the Graduate Institute of American Studies at Tamkang University. Her research interests include China’s foreign policy, US-China-Taiwan relations, cross-Strait relations, and China’s rare earth policy.

Administrative and Research Assistant

Shawn Hung

Shawn Hung was selected by CAPRI from the Talent Circulation Alliance Program, which is led by the American Institute in Taiwan and Institute for Information Industry. He is a graduate of the Department of Psychology at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Born and raised in Hsinchu, Taiwan, his previous experiences include conducting brainwave technology research as a scholarship researcher from the Ministry of Science and Technology. He also led the executive team for the 2022 Youth Development Administration Deliberative Democracy Forum, which helps promote future national mental health policies. Shawn’s background in psychology and neuroscience formed the foundation for his interest in mental health policy and research. His interdisciplinary thinking has motivated him to gain experience in various fields, including design and language learning.

Communication Designer and Administrative Assistant

Sylvia Chen

Sylvia Chen is CAPRI’s graphic and website designer. She designed, built, and maintains CAPRI’s website, and she handles the graphic design of CAPRI’s research products and communications material, both digital and printed.

Ms. Chen also designed the website of the Asia-Pacific Hub, one of CAPRI’s pilot programs. In addition, Ms. Chen was previously a full-time staff member at Fulbright Taiwan (Foundation for Scholarly Exchange), where she was in charge of graphic, website, and layout design.

Ms. Chen graduated from National Chengchi University (NCCU) in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in advertising. She majored in advertising, digital marketing, and branding and has specializations in English, Japanese, graphic design, layout design, website design, and illustration.


Oliver Jongue

Oliver Jongue joined CAPRI as an intern over his summer break in 2022. He is a second-year student at the Australian National University (ANU), double majoring in Law and International Relations. Oliver’s current research interest is in US-China relations and the international political economy. However, he has completed projects on various topics, including law reform and human rights to global security. He has previously worked as a law ambassador for the ANU College of Law, spearheading the college’s marketing and on the executive of the ANU Society for the United Nations as the conference director, which promotes the discussion of global issues by organizing events such as Model United Nations Conferences. Oliver is a native of Taipei but is currently residing in Canberra. 


Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis joined CAPRI in January 2023 as part of Northeastern University’s co-op program. He is a third-year student at Northeastern majoring in Political Science and International Affairs and minoring in Chinese. He previously worked for the nonprofit organization WorldBoston, where he served as a coordinator for International Visitor Leadership Program groups visiting Boston. His research interests are in US-China-Taiwan relations and the impact of citizen diplomacy. Charles hails from Maryland but is currently living in Taipei.


Administrative Associate

Alistair Lang

Alistair Lang joined CAPRI in December 2022. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from University College London and a master’s in global governance and emerging markets from Birkbeck College. His research has included the economic and political changes in Indonesia and Mexico since the 1980’s and the role of foreign policy in Russian domestic politics.
Alistair has a background in finance, public policy, and communications. Before joining CAPRI, Alistair cofounded and managed the Reform for Resilience Commission, which was set up to address the need for more resilient and sustainable health and economic policy, as highlighted by the pandemic.
Currently based in Manchester, he is from the United Kingdom but has traveled extensively in the Asia-Pacific region and looks forward to seeing even more.

Research Associate

Jacob Libby

Jacob Libby is a recent graduate from a two-year master’s program at the Yenching Academy of Peking University, where his research focused on the geopolitics of the US-China-Taiwan semiconductor trade and the broader challenges associated with export controls, foreign direct investment, and industrial policy in the region. Previously, Jacob completed his undergraduate degree in foreign affairs and Spanish at the University of Virginia. He has worked at the US Department of State, the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, SupChina, and the Miller Center at UVA, conducting research on contemporary US-China relations and East Asian politics and economics.

He is deeply interested in the growth of East Asia’s technology sphere and plans to dedicate his career to fostering positive, productive relations between the US and East Asia toward a prosperous and innovative future in the face of collective challenges such as climate change and democratic erosion. He is currently pursuing a law degree at Harvard Law School in furtherance of that goal.


Mithra Dhinakaran

Mithra Dhinakaran has joined CAPRI for the fall 2022 semester. She is currently a senior at the University of Virginia double majoring in Economics and Global Studies Security & Justice. This Fall, she is studying Mandarin at National Chengchi University’s Chinese Language Center in Taipei. Mithra’s current research focus is US-China relations, but she has completed projects on topics ranging from rebel militant conflicts to policing data availability. She has previously worked as an Executive Education intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an event coordinator at UVA’s Economics Career Office (ECO). Mithra is a native of Virginia and will be based in the DC area starting from January 2023.

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