Confirmed Speakers

Greg Autry, Ph.D.
Greg Autry is the founding director of the Southern California Commercial Spaceflight Initiative. Autry began conducting management and economic research in the context of the commercial space industry at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business in 2003, where he was a top ranked instructor.  Autry’s work is highly regarded in the aerospace industry. He serves on the editorial board of the New Space Journal, the only peer reviewed journal dedicated to the emerging commercial space economy and was appointed by the President to the NASA Agency Review Team.
Kyle Bass

Kyle Bass is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Hayman Capital Management, an investment manager of private funds focused on global event-driven opportunities. Bass is a founding member of the Committee on the Present Danger: China. He is also Chairman of the Board of The Rule of Law Foundation. He has testified as an expert witness before the US House of Representatives, US Senate, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. In 2015, Bass was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Global Patent Market as named by Intellectual Asset Management magazine.

Bill Browder
Bill Browder is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, which was the investment adviser to the largest foreign investment fund in Russia until 2005, when Browder was denied entry to the country. Following his expulsion, the Russian authorities raided his offices, seized Hermitage Fund’s investment companies and used them to steal $230 million of taxes that the companies had previously paid. When Browder’s lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, investigated the crime, he was arrested. After Magnisky’s death, Browder campaigned for the US Congress to adopt the ‘Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act’ in 2012, which imposed visa sanctions and asset freezes on those involved in the detention, ill-treatment and death of Sergei Magnitsky.
Dean Cheng
Dean Cheng is a Senior Research Fellow with the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation. He specializes in China’s military and foreign policy, in particular its relationship with the rest of Asia and with the United States. Cheng has written extensively on China’s military doctrine, technological implications of its space program and “dual use” issues associated with the communist nation’s industrial and scientific infrastructure.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Senator Ted Cruz is currently serving as a U.S. Senator for the State of Texas. He is a sponsor of the Cruz-Markey Hong Kong Policy Reevaluation Act of 2019. Before his election in 2012, Cruz served as Solicitor General for Texas. During his time as Solicitor General and in private practice, he authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, including nine before the Supreme Court. He currently serves on the Committee on Foreign Relations, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Committee on the Judiciary, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Committee on Rules and Administration. Cruz has a J.D. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Princeton University.
Ian Easton
Ian Easton is a research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, where he conducts research on defense and security issues in Asia. During the summer of 2013 he was a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo. Previously, Easton worked as a China analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) for two years
Namrata Goswami, Ph.D.
Namrata Goswami is an author, strategic analyst and consultant on counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, alternate futures, and great power politics. After earning her Ph.D. in international relations, she served for nearly a decade at India’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) sponsored think tank, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, working on ethnic conflicts in India’s Northeast and China-India border conflict. She is the author of three books, India’s National Security and Counter-Insurgency, Asia 2030, and Asia 2030 The Unfolding Future. Her research and expertise generated opportunities for collaborations abroad, and she accepted visiting fellowships at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway; the La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; and the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast
Steven Lloyd Kwast is a Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force. Kwast is the Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He is responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel.
Nathan Law Kwun-chung
Nathan Law Kwun-chung is a politician and activist in Hong Kong. As a former student leader, he has been chairman of the Representative Council of the Lingnan University Students’ Union (LUSU), acting president of the LUSU, and secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS). Law was one of the student leaders during the 79-day Umbrella Movement in 2014. He is the former chairman of Demosistō, a new political party derived from the 2014 protests. On September 4, 2016, at the age of 23, Law was elected to serve as a legislator for Hong Kong Island, making him the youngest lawmaker in the history of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. Over his controversial oath-taking at the Legislative Council inaugural meeting, his office was challenged by the Hong Kong Government which resulted in his disqualification from the Legislative Council on July 14, 2017.
Oriana Mastro, Ph.D.
Oriana Mastro is an assistant professor of securities studies at Georgetown University, an officer in the US Airforce Reserve, and a senior China Analyst at the Pentagon. Mastro researches the intersection of interstate conflict, great power relations, and the challenges of rising powers with a focus on China and East Asia. Mastro is a Jean Kirkpatrick Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where she is currently writing a book about China’s approach to global leadership, and she won the Individual Reservist of the Year Award for her work on US strategy in Asia. Mastro authored the book The Costs of Conversation: Obstacles to Peace Talks in Wartime, and she is a past fellow of the Asia-Pacific Security program at the Center for a New American Security.
Matteo Mecacci
Matteo Mecacci, a former Italian member of Parliament who advanced a human rights and democracy agenda both in Italy and globally, is the president of the International Campaign for Tibet. Mecacci formerly served as a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and was a member of the Italian delegation to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Panos Mourdoukoutas, Ph.D.
Panos Mourdoukoutas is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at LIU Post in New York. He also teaches at Columbia University. Panos has published several articles in professional journals, and magazines, and books. He has traveled extensively throughout the world giving lectures and seminars for private and government organizations, including Beijing Academy of Social Science, Nagoya University, Tokyo Science University, Keimung University, University of Adelaide, Saint Gallen University, Duisburg University, University of Edinburgh, and Athens University of Economics and Business. His interests include global markets, business, and investment strategy.
Bradley J. Murg, Ph.D.
Bradley J. Murg teaches as an assistant professor of political science and Asian studies and serves as director of the program in Global Development Studies at Seattle Pacific University. Murg’s research, supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council and the International Research and Exchanges Board, focuses on legal reform, the political economy of foreign aid, and economic development in China and the former Soviet Union. He works regularly as a consultant/adviser to the Asian Development Bank on development issues in East Asia. Murg is also an affiliate faculty member of the Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington. Murg acts as an adviser for the "Le Forum des Idées pour le Québec" in Montreal, Canada. He also holds appointments as Distinguished Fellow at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he is also Senior Research Fellow at the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace.
Scott Pace, Ph.D.
Scott Pace was appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017 to serve as the Executive Secretary for the National Space Council, which streamlines and coordinates America's space policy and strategy. Previously, Pace was the director of the Space Policy Institute and Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has also served at NASA, the White House Office of Science and Technology, and the RAND Corporation’s Science and Technology Policy Institute. Pace has received numerous awards including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the U.S. Department of State’s Group Superior Honor Award, GPS Interagency Team, and the NASA Group Achievement Award, Columbia Accident Rapid Reaction Team.
Carlos Ponce, Ph.D.
Carlos Ponce is the Senior Fellow & Director of Latin American Programs at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Previously, he was director for Latin American programs at Freedom House and the General Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy. His career has been dedicated to the strengthening of civil society, developing mechanism to protect human rights leaders, and strengthening democracies throughout Latin America.
Josh Rogin
Josh Rogin is a columnist for the Global Opinions section of The Washington Post and a political analyst with CNN. Previously, he has covered foreign policy and national security for Bloomberg View, Newsweek, the Daily Beast, Foreign Policy magazine, Congressional Quarterly, Federal Computer Week magazine and Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
Derek Scissors, Ph.D.
Derek Scissors is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the head economist for the China Beige Book, one of the world's only aggregators of large-scale data about the Chinese economy. His research explores the rise of the Chinese economy and its weaknesses. Before AEI, Scissors worked for the Heritage Foundation as a Senior Research Fellow in the Asian Studies Center, an economist on China for Intelligence Research Ltd., and as an Action Officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Dan Tobin
Daniel Tobin is a member of the China Studies faculty at the National Intelligence University in Bethesda, Maryland. He has served as a China specialist in the Department of Defense since 2004, most recently as Senior Analyst at the United States Indo-Pacific Command’s China Strategic Focus Group.
Adrian Zenz, Ph.D.
Adrian Zenz is a Professor at the European School of Culture and Theology of Korntal, Germany. He researches China’s policy toward ethnic minorities, specifically the Uyghurs and Tibetans. Zenz is a leading researcher of the escalating crackdown on Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. He is the co-editor of the “Mapping Amdo” series published by the Amdo Tibetan Research Network. His work on China securitization measures have been widely cited in publications like The Washington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, China Quarterly, and China Brief. He received his M.A. from the University of Auckland and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.