Visiting Scholar of Political Studies; Senior Fellow, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities
Primary Academic Program: Political Studies
Biography:John Pang has worked on policy and strategy in government, business, and civil society across East Asia. He has held senior fellowships at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York University’s Stern School of Business, and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, where he was a lead member of the Center for Multilateralism Studies. As director of a leading investment bank in Southeast Asia, he founded a research institute and later a council of business leaders to support regional economic integration. As a strategy consultant, and later as a senior member of an intelligence-led risk and strategy advisory firm, he advised decision makers in telecommunications, aviation, energy, infrastructure, tourism, and financial services. He has also helped advance reform and regional integration by working directly with cabinet-level government leaders in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, and Myanmar. Pang has supported private/public sector coordination in major connectivity and investment projects such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative and has worked on the design of special economic zones in Malaysia and Indonesia. He chaired the Global Agenda Council for Southeast Asia of the World Economic Forum and served on the global board of Open Society Foundations. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy and economics from the London School of Economics, and did research in philosophy and religion at Stanford University. He is interested in framing the political theology of international relations discourse, especially as it applies to China, East Asia, and the question of global order.
BSc, MSc, London School of Economics; PhD candidate, Stanford University. At Bard: 2019–20.