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China Roundtable: Participant Biographies

Steering the Right Course with the Middle Kingdom


Participant Biographies

David L. Cunningham, Jr. is President of the Asia Pacific Region of FedEx Express, where he is responsible for developing and executing all corporate strategies and operations for the region that includes the North Pacific operations based in Tokyo; the China operations based in Shanghai and the South Pacific operations based in Singapore. He assumed his current position in November 1999 after serving as regional vice president. Mr. Cunningham joined FedEx in 1982 and has held management positions in operations and finance including Managing Director of Worldwide Financial Planning in the United States and Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance for Asia Pacific. He is a member of the U.S. Association of South East Asian Nations (US-ASEAN) Business Council, the National Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, the Pacific Basin Economic Council and the U.S.-China Business Council. In addition he serves on the board of governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Memphis

Michael Ducker is Chief Operating Officer for FedEx Express and President of its International Division. In these roles he leads all customer-facing aspects of the company's U.S. operations and sets the strategic direction for its international business, spanning more than 220 countries and territories. He also oversees the company’s efforts to open markets, improve customs procedures, and support international economic policy reforms around the world. During his FedEx career, he worked eight years in the Asia Pacific region, including four years in Hong Kong as president of the FedEx Express Asia Pacific region. He also led the South East Asia and Middle East regions from Singapore, and served as vice president of Southern Europe, based in Milan, Italy. He applies his extensive global management experience outside of FedEx as well, serving as chairman of the International Policy Committee, executive board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and board member of the Coalition of Service Industries and Junior Achievement Worldwide. Mr. Ducker earned his business degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Charles Freeman, III holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He concentrates on the political economy of China and other parts of East Asia and on US-China relations, particularly trade and economic relations. A second-generation “China hand,” he has lived and worked between Asia and the United States for his entire life. During his government career, he served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs, where he was the United States’ chief China trade negotiator and played a primary role in shaping overall trade policy with respect to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, and Mongolia. In that capacity, he also oversaw US efforts to integrate China into the global trading architecture of the World Trade Organization. Previously, he was legislative counsel for international affairs in the Senate. Outside of government, as a lawyer and business adviser, he has counseled corporations and financial institutions on strategic planning, government relations, market access, mergers and acquisitions, corporate communication, and political and economic risk management in China. He currently is a Senior Adviser to McLarty Associates and serves on the boards of directors of the National Committee of US-China Relations and the Harding Loevner emerging market fund group. Dr. Freeman earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Tufts University, concentrating in economics. He has studied Chinese economic policymaking at Fudan University in Shanghai and Mandarin Chinese at the Taipei Language Institute, where he received highest honors in language fluency exams.

Admiral Timothy J. Keating retired in December 2009 after serving for three years as the Commander, United States Pacific Command. His area of responsibility included over 3.4 billion people and half the surface of the earth. Prior to his tour at Pacific Command, Admiral Keating was Commander of the United States Northern Command, responsible for protecting the United States homeland and providing support to federal, state and local officials in time of crisis. Simultaneously, he was Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, providing aerospace warning, air sovereignty and defense for the United States and Canada. Previous tours include service as the Director of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, command of the United States Fifth Fleet and all naval forces in the United States Central Command headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy and Operations) in the Pentagon, command of the USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group stationed in Yokosuka Japan, and Deputy Director for Operations (Current Operations) on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. Admiral Keating is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

David Michael Lampton is Dean of Faculty at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Professor of Chinese Studies at Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy, his articles have appeared in numerous major publications. In addition to his academic post, Mr. Lampton is also Senior International Advisor on China for Akin Gump, and a member of both the Executive Committee of the National Committee on US-China Relations as well as the Council on Foreign Relations; he served as the National Committee's President from 1988 to 1997. Mr. Lampton received his doctorate from Stanford University as well as an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Far Eastern Studies. He served in the enlisted and commissioned officer ranks of the U.S. Army Reserve.

James Shinn is National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the CIA and a Visiting Professor at Georgetown, where he teaches courses on technology and foreign policy. His research focuses on the effect of private sector high technology on foreign policy outcomes, particularly information technology and recombinant DNA techniques; East Asian political economy; and global corporate governance. After serving in the East Asian Bureau of the State Department he spent fifteen years in Silicon Valley, first at Advanced Micro Devices and then at Dialogic, a software firm, which he co-founded. Dialogic is now a division of Intel. Dr. Shinn was the Senior Fellow for Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations in the mid-1990’s and then returned to academia. He earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University and a business degree from Harvard University.

Miller Center Staff

Admiral Joseph W. Prueher is the Miller Center’s James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor. He is also a consulting professor at Stanford University’s Institute of International Studies, and Senior Advisor on U.S.-China security matters for the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration between Stanford and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Admiral Prueher served as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China for Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush from 1999 to 2001, after completing a 35-year career in the U.S. Navy. His last post was Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, the world’s largest military command, comprised of more than 300,000 people. A 1964 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Admiral Prueher earned his master’s degree in international relations from George Washington University and graduated from the Naval War College

Heather Mullins Crislip is a Visiting Fellow coordinating the Miller Center’s Policy Programs. She also served as the Staff Director of the David R. Goode National Transportation Conference at the Miller Center. She previously served as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor at the University of Hawaiʻi, where she oversaw all external and government relations and stewarded the university through several large institutional reorganizations. Ms. Crislip also worked on a major reform of the financing of the K-12 system as Chief of Staff to the Chair of the Senate Education Committee in the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. Before moving to Hawaiʻi, she was a Policy Assistant to the Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, and Director of the regional Welfare to Work center during the implementation of welfare reform and the Workforce Investment Act. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College and a law degree from the University of Connecticut.

Taylor Reveley is the Associate Director of the Miller Center. He has served as the coordinating attorney for the Center's National War Powers Commission, co-chaired by Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher. Mr. Reveley previously was an attorney with Hunton & Williams. His national corporate practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, nonprofit organizations, and higher education. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a masters in divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.