Syaru Shirley Lin

Syaru Shirley LinSyaru Shirley Lin is a member of the founding faculty of the master’s program in global political economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and teaches in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. She offers courses on theories of international political economy and cross-Strait relations at both universities. Her book, Taiwan’s China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Economic Policy, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. Professor Lin graduated cum laude from Harvard College and earned her masters in international public affairs and Ph.D. in politics and public administration at the University of Hong Kong.

Her commentary frequently appears in Chinese and English media including the Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post and the Financial Times. She has also been interviewed by CNBC, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Toronto Globe and Mail. Her current research project is focused on the challenges facing countries in the high income trap in East Asia.

Dr. Lin was a partner at Goldman Sachs, where she led the firm’s efforts in private equity and venture capital in Asia, managing investments in twelve countries. In that capacity, she spearheaded the firm’s investments in many technology start-ups and was a founding board member of Alibaba Group and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation. Previously, she specialized in the privatization of state-owned enterprises in mainland China, Singapore and Taiwan.

Dr. Lin’s present board service includes Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, Langham Hospitality Investments, Mercuries Life Insurance. Appointed by the Hong Kong government, she is a member of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation. She also advises Crestview Partners, a private equity fund based in New York, and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, a non-profit foundation supporting the development of new therapeutic medical technology based in Virginia.


Theories of International Political Economy
Taiwan’s China Dilemma
The High Income Trap in East Asia


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A.B. Harvard College
M.A. and Ph.D. The University of Hong Kong