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Shawn Shieh

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Deputy Director, China Labour Bulletin

Full Biography

Shawn Shieh is Deputy Director (Development and Operations) at the Hong Kong-based labor rights organization, China Labour Bulletin (CLB) since 2014. From 2007-2014, he lived in Beijing where he founded and directed the English-language operations for China Development Brief (CDB), a bilingual, independent media and research platform covering China’s civil society and philanthropy sector.  At CDB and CLB, Shawn’s work has focused on strengthening China’s grassroots, independent NGO sector.

Shawn received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University under the guidance of Andrew Nathan and Thomas P. Bernstein, and was a professor of political science at Marist College from 1995-2009. He has written and published extensively on China’s political economy, corruption and civil society. He serves as a consultant for the U.S.-based International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and has been a a consultant to the UNDP, the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Assembly and Association, the Hudson Institute, and the European Foundation Center on China’s civil society and philanthropic sector.

Shawn has given talks on civil society and philanthropy in China at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, the Ford Foundation, the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of China, the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the PRC, the National Committee of U.S.-China Relations, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the UNDP, the China Charity Fair, the Hong Kong American Chamber of Commerce, and the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Assembly and Association’s Asia Regional Consultation. In his spare time, he maintains a blog on NGOs in China at