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United States Bush China Foundation’s Former Chief Program Officer Joins CDA as Corresponding Expert

Vienna/New York, 14 June 2024 - In spring 2023 CDA President Welzl invited David J. Firestein, inaugural president and CEO of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations (Bush China Foundation, Houston, Texas), to co-host a climate and circular economy focused conference together with CDA and CDA’s institutional partner, the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, PR China). The conference preparations in collaboration between the teams in Austria, United States and China started soon after this initial bilateral talks between CDA and Bush China Foundation (BCF). Against the backdrop of BCF’s excellent and long-lasting relations to the 39th President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jimmy Carter and to underline the non-partisan nature of global climate change President Welzl suggested to invite also The Carter Center to join the conference organisers as co-host from the side of the United States. Bush China Foundation’s Chief Program Officer and Chief of Staff Euhwa Tran negotiated successfully with Yawei Liu, head of China Program of The Carter Center (Atlanta, Georgia), and they joined immediately as co-hosts from the US-side. As a result, BCF President David J. Firestein and Barbara Smith, Vice President, Peace Programs of The Carter Center, both gave remarks at our joint conference. During the preparation of the trilateral (EU-China-U.S.) symposium ‘Building the Green, Digital and Inclusive City of the 21st Century’ Euhwa Tran acted as an excellent, reliable, pragmatic and extremely well-connected US-counterpart for CDA in the conference organisation team. A seasonded expert in U.S.-China track-2 diplomacy Euhwa also facilitated the participation of Dr. Ali A. Zhaidi, personal climate advisor to the President of the United States and Head of the White House Climate Office, who gave the final remarks at the end of our two days’ symposium. It is therefore our pleasure to welcome New York based Euhwa Tran as a novel CDA Corresponding Expert in our global network of scholars and practitioners from Europe, China and the United States.

Euhwa Tran, MA 

Euhwa Tran was the chief program officer and chief of staff of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations , where she created and managed programs focused on foreign policy, digital and mental health, cross-generational dialogue, Asian-American youth empowerment, climate change, and supply chains. She is based in New York, New York. Prior to this, she was the associate director of The University of Texas China Public Policy Center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs (CPPC), where she was primarily responsible for leading the center’s programmatic activities. Ms. Tran also previously headed the Asia-Pacific program at the EastWest Institute (EWI), focusing on key political, military and security issues in the U.S.-China bilateral relationship. At EWI, she also served as the U.S. lead for the institute’s U.S.-Russia experts group on Afghan narcotrafficking. Before joining EWI, Ms. Tran worked on international comparative education and elementary reading at an education policy and research institute in Washington, DC. She also has experience teaching English as a second language to students in Taiwan and the United States. She has lived, worked and studied in Beijing and Taipei. Ms. Tran holds a bachelor’s degree (BA) in History and Asian Studies from Cornell University and a master’s degree (MA) in Asian Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.


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