Past Event

Leading the Charge into China

October 30, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Time: October 30, 2020, 8:00-9:00 AM (Beijing) | October 29, 2020, 8:00-9:00 PM (New York)

Please join us for a special event with Beijing Center's advisory board member Wei Sun Christianson, Co-CEO of Asia Pacific and CEO of China for Morgan Stanley, in conversation with Lulu Chow Wang '83.

What you'll learn:

  • How Christianson is establishing Morgan Stanley’s footprint in China, an extremely lucrative market
  • The two things Americans get wrong about China
  • The qualities she looks for as she builds a team
  • Why she switched from law (she holds a JD from Columbia Law School) to investment banking

This event is organized by the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business and is cosponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing.


Wei Sun Christianson

Wei Sun Christianson is a Managing Director, and CoCEO of Asia Pacific and CEO of China for Morgan Stanley. She is also a member of the Firm's Management Committee.

She first joined Morgan Stanley in 1998 working in the Firm's investment banking division. Between 2002 and 2005 she served as Chairman for China for Credit Suisse and subsequently for Citigroup Global Markets. She rejoined Morgan Stanley at the beginning of 2006 as the Firm's CEO for China.

Before starting her investment banking career, Wei Sun Christianson was an Associate Director at the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) where she helped formulate the regulations in preparation for the Hong Kong public listings of the first group of Mainland Chinese companies in 1993. Prior to this, she was a lawyer in New York with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ms. Christianson has been named in Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women (MPW) "International list" for eleven consecutive years since 2008. She was one of the Financial Times' twelve "Women of 2013". She has also been on Fortune's "China Powerful Women" and Forbes' "Businesswomen in China" lists since 2009.

Ms. Christianson serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Estée Lauder Companies Inc. She is also a member of the Board of Advisors at Hospital for SpecialSurgery (HSS) in New York. Ms. Christianson graduated cum laude from Amherst College, Massachusetts. In 1989 she received her J.D. degree from the Columbia University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. She is married with three children.


 Lulu Chow Wang

Lulu Chow Wang is the Chief Executive Officer of Tupelo Capital Management LLC, which she founded in 1998. Before that, she was a Director and Executive Vice President of Jennison Associates Capital Corporation for ten years. At Jennison, a primary platform for public equities management at Prudential Financial, Ms. Wang managed multibillion-dollar funds for pension, endowment, and mutual funds.

Ms. Wang, a 1983 graduate of Columbia Business School, serves on the boards of Columbia Business School, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller University, Asia Society, and the Chazen Institute for Global Business. She is also a trustee emerita of Wellesley College as well as of New York Public Radio. In 2010 Ms. Wang founded the Wang Senior Visiting Scholar program to build a robust sharing of expertise and networks between the CBS community and outstanding leaders throughout Asia.