Christopher Balding is an associate professor of finance and economics at the HSBC Business School of Peking University Graduate School. An expert in sovereign wealth funds, he has written a book entitled Sovereign Wealth Funds: The New Intersection of Money and Power published by Oxford University Press. His work has been cited by a variety of global media outlets including the CNBC, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, and he speaks regularly on the Chinese economy and financial markets. His scholarly work has been published in such leading journals as the Review of International Economics, the International Finance Review and the Journal of Public Economic Theory on such diverse topics as CDS pricing, the WTO, and the economics of adoption and abortion. Prof. Balding received his PhD from the University of California, Irvine, and worked in private equity prior to entering academia. He is married with two daughters, one son, and lives in Shenzhen, China.