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David Daokui Li

speaker location icon Beijing, China

One of China’s most influential economists

Mansfield Freeman Professor of Economics of Tsinghua University

Former Member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China

Professor David Daokui Li is a prominent Chinese economist and a top advisor to Chinese senior leaders. Having served on the Monetary Policy Committee of China’s central bank, he is currently a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), which functions in a capacity similar to that of Britain’s House of Lords.

David D. Li is the Mansfield Freeman Professor of Economics of Tsinghua University. Director of Academic Center for Chinese Economic Practice and Thinking, and the founding Dean of the Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University.

As a leading Chinese economist, Professor Li is active in policy advising and discussions. He is a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC) and a member of Sino-German Economic Advisory Council. He’s also a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum based in Switzerland. He previously served on China’s Monetary Policy Committee and was an external advisor to the International Monetary Fund.

He also makes frequent appearances on television outlets such as CNBC and Bloomberg, and his writings and quotes can be found in prominent publications such as the New York Times, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2006, he was named by Wall Street Wire as one of the ten most influential economists in China.

Professor Li holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Tsinghua University and Harvard University, respectively.

Our Comment

"One of the most authoritative voices on China’s economic development, David speaks on key issues such as: what is China’s role in the global economy after the financial crisis? Will the RMB replace the US Dollar as the global reserve currency? What lessons can the US learn from China? What are the global implications of China’s demand for resources?"

Why China's emergence is good for the West

China Economic Outlook

Tsinghua University's Professor David Daokui Li


An Insight, An Idea with Li Daokui (2013)



"The U.S. is no longer a dominant power" (2012)


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Is China ready for global economic leadership? (2012)


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