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Anla Cheng – Founder and Chairman
Anla is the founder of SupChina. She has been a Senior Partner of Sino-Century, a cross-border PE firm, and has decades of experience in hedge funds and private equity in the U.S. and major Asian financial markets. Ms. Cheng is a trustee of the boards of the China Institute, Committee of 100, The Nature Conservancy, and MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America). She is also a member of the China Council of Brookings and the National Committee on United States–China Relations.

Soraya Darabi – Lead Adviser
Soraya is the co-founder of, a company that Forbes magazine described as the Whole Foods of fashion. She has managed digital partnerships and social media for The New York Times, co-founded Foodspotting (acquired by OpenTable), and been featured on the cover of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” issue. Soraya was named an Inc. magazine “30 Under 30” and a Fortune magazine “40 Under 40.” She is a member of the World Economic Forum.

Jeremy Goldkorn – SupChina Editor in Chief and Sinica Podcast Co-Host
Jeremy is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast. He lived in China from 1995 to 2015, where he founded and ran a number of print magazines and websites. He founded the groundbreaking website Danwei, which reported on and translated Chinese media and internet news and was acquired by the Financial Times in 2013.

Kaiser Kuo – Sinica Podcast Founder and Co-Host and SupChina Editor at Large
Kaiser is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast. In his more than 20 years in China, he co-founded Tang Dynasty, China’s first heavy metal band, worked for many years as a tech journalist, and served as director of international communications for leading Chinese search engine Baidu.

John Pomfret – Editor at Large
John was formerly the Beijing bureau chief of the Washington Post and recently became a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Beijing. His newest book is The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present. John has been a foreign correspondent for 15 years, covering conflicts in countries such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Iraq, and northeastern Iran. During his career, he received several awards, including the Osborn Elliott Prize for the best coverage of Asia by the Asia Society in 2003 and the Shorenstein Prize for coverage of Asia in 2007.

Michael Yamashita – Photographer
Michael has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, combining his dual passions of photography and travel. He has received numerous industry awards, including from Pictures of the Year, Photo District News, the Art Directors Club, and the Asian-American Journalists Association.

Sky Canaves – Editor
Sky reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. She has worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong.

Lucas Niewenhuis – Associate Editor
Lucas has researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. At SupChina, he helps curate daily news and produce the company’s newsletter, app, and website content.

Jia Guo – Associate Editor
Jia comes from Qingdao, a beautiful coastal city in northeast China. She received a B.A. in journalism at the University of Minnesota in 2012 and an M.A. in multimedia journalism at NYU in 2013. As a multimedia journalist, she produces video content for SupChina and helps with all aspects of web production. She previously worked at Facebook and Bloomberg TV in New York City.

Jiayun Feng – Intern
Jiayun is a Chinese native and was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attends the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for the Global & Joint Program Studies, which allows her to pursue a journalistic career along with her interests in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.

Daniel Xin – Associate Editor
Daniel was previously a reporter with The Wall Street Journal in New York, where he wrote about finance, technology, and veterans issues. He manages original content for SupChina and contributes his own reported stories.

Rebecca Liao – Contributing Editor
Rebecca Liao is an international corporate attorney, writer, and China analyst based in Silicon Valley. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, The National Interest, Bloomberg View, ChinaFile, and the Huffington Post. She is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and the Brookings Society.