Daniel Ling

Daniel Ling is from Rhode Island and currently works at Morgan Stanley in NYC. Born and raised in the United States, Daniel was named a US Presidential Scholar in 2012. After graduating with distinction from Princeton University in 2016, he joined Morgan Stanley as an investment analyst in NYC. Daniel was a US-China ambassador for the Ameson Foundation, as a US Presidential Scholar. He has visited China over 20 times and has traveled extensively throughout the country, visiting Beijing, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, and Suzhou, writing about Chinese economic trends in relation to the US. He has formally studied Chinese language and culture since age 6. Daniel earned his AB in applied mathematics in economics at Princeton University. He has conducted and published applied math research in economics, physics, theoretical chemistry, and computational biology. Daniel studied the mathematics track at Princeton, and his senior thesis focused on mechanism design theory and game theoretic analyses of loan markets with information asymmetry, as well as the role of government in assisting inefficient market structures. His thesis links applied math to public policy, global political economy, and international relations, with economic implications for both the US and China. As an undergraduate at Princeton, Daniel was a staff writer for several campus publications including the Princeton Journal of Science and Technology and the Daily Princetonian, discussing topics ranging from scientific developments, international/comparative law, intellectual property law, and innovation in the context of China. He was also heavily involved in Princeton’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement, through which he taught foreign policy topics to students in disadvantaged inner-city communities. Daniel served in leadership roles in the Princeton Chinese Students Association and was involved in debate on campus, often concerning topics in global affairs. He was also involved at the Princeton JRCPPF, Princeton Math Club, and his residential college council at Wilson College. Daniel organized a program that teaches public policy topics to disadvantaged students in Newark, and founded a non-profit organization to forge connections between American and Chinese secondary school students, with the aim of promoting math and science enrichment opportunities. He has conducted field research on migrant labor populations in urban Chinese manufacturing and fieldwork interviewing rural communities of central and southeastern China. Through his field research, Daniel has also studied China’s regulatory landscape, human rights law, and immigration law. As part of his work experiences at investment firms and consultancies in the US/Europe, he has researched investment opportunities in China, global macro, and relevant geopolitics. In line with his accomplishments in US-China relations, Daniel aspires to serve in a leadership role and believes it’s vitally important for any global-minded leader to have a deep understanding of China. He is also interested in using applied mathematics to rigorously inform international relations and public affairs. Daniel maintains the importance of considering the inherent information asymmetries and incentive structures involved, which largely influence and sometimes adversely affect the strategic interactions between the US and China. Daniel believes one of the most important issues in US-China relations today is international trade, given the long-term economic implications stemming from the bilateral relationship. He affirms that US-China economic cooperation is of paramount importance, not only to each nation but also globally, given the bilateral relationship’s long-term economic effects and the potential for global economic prosperity stemming from an effective one.

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