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George Chen’s career spans international media, policy studies and academia. He has researched and written about China’s political and economic changes since 2002. George has also been a strong advocate for Internet freedom, which is the research focus of his proposed doctoral dissertation at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He earned his Master’s degree (distinction) at HKU in international and public affairs, with a concentration on the triangular US-China-Taiwan relations.

Most recently, George was Managing Editor for the digital-native International Edition of the South China Morning Post (SCMP), which he helped to launch. George also led SCMP’s technology news team, covering the Internet of Things and how new technology changes the society and people’s daily life. Prior to joining SCMP in 2012, George worked for Reuters and Dow Jones in various editorial and project management roles in Shanghai and Hong Kong, with numerous overseas assignments.

George was a 2014 Yale World Fellow at Yale University where he was also an affiliate member of the Council on East Asian Studies. He is the author of two books: “This is Hong Kong I Know” (2014) and “Foreign Banks in China” (2011). An award-winning journalist, George has been a two-time judge for editorial awards of the Society of Publishers in Asia. He has been interviewed by the BBC, Al Jazeera, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy and other media outlets on China and Hong Kong affairs. George is one of the most followed Hong Kong social media users.