Helena Na Xiao

Helena Na Xiao

Helena Xiao oversees all the programs and operation that involve the Columbia Global Centers | Beijing as the associate director. She is also responsible for identifying and establishing collaborative partnerships among Columbia University, other Columbia Global Centers, and local partners.

She collaborates with the Beijing Advisory Board as well as Faculty Advisory Committee to create a special resource for Columbia and to serve as an anchor facilitating research opportunities on globally relevant interdisciplinary topics, and opportunities for learning and internships for Columbia students, as well as providing a point of ongoing engagement for international alumni.

Prior to joining the Center, Helena has built extensive experience in cross-border program and external relation development and management through years of work with governmental agencies and international organizations. She worked with United Nations Development Programme in New York, Washington D.C., and China, and International Poverty Reduction Center in China under the State Council Leading Group in Poverty Alleviation and Development and others.

She holds a master degree in public health policy from Johns Hopkins University. Before that, she studied Business & Civil Law at Beijing Normal University, and holds a Certificate of National Legal Profession Qualification in China.  She is the leading editor and translator of Chinese Edition of The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance by Lester M. Salamon (Peking University Press).