Francesco Sisci, Senior Researcher at Renmin University of China
Francesco Sisci graduated at the University of Venice and he specialised in Chinese language. Subsequently he studied at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and in 1988 he became the first foreigner who was admitted to the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). He obtained his PHD in Chinese Classical Philology and Philosophy. He began his career as the correspondent of the Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA) in Beijing and later he contributed to Asia Times as Greater China correspondent. He worked as a correspondent for several major Italian newspapers such as Il sole 24 Ore, Corriere della Sera and later La Stampa. He has been a senior consultant for the Italian Ministry of Environment in China since 1999 and creating the framework of the most important Environmental cooperation with China, the Italian-Sino Environmental cooperation. He also held the position of the director of the Italian Institute of Culture in China for two years. He has been the coordinator of the largest cooperation program between and Italy and the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China since 2004. He was the Asia Editor of La Stampa from 2005 to 2010. He will present his latest publication “A Brave New China” to the ThinkIN China public on April 2nd, 2015.