Michael Kulma Brings US-China Relations Experience to New Position as Associate VP

July 8, 2014

Michael G. Kulma, who brings experience in foreign policy and international scholarship as an executive director and senior fellow at the Asia Society, was appointed the University of Chicago's Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives on July 7, 2014.

In his new position, Kulma will help to further expand UChicago’s international presence through the University’s growing network of international programs. He will help UChicago scholars forge and nurture institutional partnerships with universities, governments, research organizations, corporations, and other entities; aid deans and faculty looking to expand their global programs; and provide leadership and direction for the Global Engagement Office. Given his extensive knowledge and experience working with Asia, he also will serve as a resource to increase the University’s connections across the region. Kulma will report to Ian Solomon, Vice President for Global Engagement.

“Throughout his career at the Asia Society, Michael has not only demonstrated his impressive expertise in Asian affairs and U.S.-Asia relations, but has also maintained a consistently mission-driven and globally oriented approach,” Solomon said. “I am thrilled that he will be bringing his knowledge and experience to UChicago’s Global Engagement Office.”

Since 2000, Kulma has worked at the Asia Society, most recently as Executive Director for Global Leadership Initiatives and Senior Fellow for the Center on U.S.-China Relations. He has led a variety of programs focused on Asia and U.S.-Asia relations, including the Asia 21 Young Leaders initiative, the Diversity Leadership Forum and annual Asian Pacific American Corporate Survey, and the Women Leaders of New Asia program. Given his portfolio, he also has worked extensively with the Asia Society’s 10 worldwide centers beyond New York—coordinating conferences, senior fellow programs, hundreds of public programs, and fundraising efforts around the world, with the goal of expanding opportunities for collaboration and creating greater impact.

Kulma is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and his work has appeared in more than a dozen international publications. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago in 1990 and a doctoral degree in political science from the City University of New York in 2005. He has traveled extensively across Asia, including China, India, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and speaks Mandarin.

The University of Chicago has hundreds of global programs in more than 38 countries and on every continent. In addition to the Center in Beijing, UChicago global centers in Delhi and Paris also bring together researchers and students to collaborate across the academic spectrum. Building on UChicago’s presence in China, work is also underway on a Center in Hong Kong, which will house a University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive MBA program as well as other University programs. Chicago Booth also has campuses in London and Singapore, where UChicago faculty teach in degree–granting programs.

Adapted from a news item by Dagny Dukach

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