Ling Li has served as Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since December 2017. He has directed the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Scholars Program since 2009 and concurrently serves as the program officer for the Foundation’s Asia Program.
Previously he served as the director of transnational initiatives at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, both in New York. He also worked for the International Organization for Migration, an intergovernmental agency, as a program officer in its Geneva Headquarters and Washington, D.C. and Vienna Missions. A native of Wuhan, China, Li studied at the Institute of International Relations in Beijing from 1988-1991 and returned to Beijing in 1996 to serve briefly as the Special Assistant to the Bureau Chief of the New York Times.
Mr. Li is the English-to-Chinese translator of a few books on art and literature, including The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman, and Confessions of a Young Novelist by Umberto Eco.
He has a B.A. in comparative literature from Brigham Young University, a Master’s degree in international relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School.