Henry Levine is a highly regarded US expert on China who brings to USCET thirty years of experience in promoting US-China relations in the government and private sector.
Hank spent 25 years as a State Department Foreign Service Officer. During this time he served twice at the US Embassy in Beijing, twice in the State Department's Office of China and Mongolia Affairs, and as US Consul General in Shanghai. In the latter capacity he supervised a staff of 140 people, Americans and Chinese, and served as the senior US government official in East China, working closely with local governments, academic institutions, and the US business community to promote stronger US-China relations. During his tenure the Consulate General in Shanghai was a leader among US diplomatic posts in China in promoting US-China exchanges, in person and via video conferences.
After his assignment in Shanghai, Hank served for three years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the US Commerce Department. In that capacity he was the senior China advisor to two secretaries of Commerce and a lead negotiator for the annual US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.
Following his retirement from the Foreign Service, Hank led the China practice for the Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic advisory firm in Washington, DC, where he continues to maintain an affiliation.
Hank is a frequent speaker on US-China relations before academic and business groups. He also served for two years as the Chair of the Intensive China Area Studies Course at the US State Department's Foreign Service Institute.
Hank has a B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University. He did graduate work in international affairs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is a graduate, with distinction, from the US National War College.
Hank is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin). His wife, Vivian Chang, is a former Chinese language Senior Diplomatic Interpreter for the US State Department. He has two children, both of whom are studying Chinese.