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Dr. Syaru Shirley Lin

Senior Advisor

Syaru Shirley Lin is a senior advisor at Crestview.


Syaru Shirley Lin is a senior advisor at Crestview. She is currently a research professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. Shirley is also an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and currently chairs the Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation (CAPRI). Shirley retired as a partner of Goldman Sachs, where she led the principal investment area for Asia ex-Japan, managing investments in twelve countries. In that capacity, she spearheaded the firm’s investments in many technology start-ups and was a founding board member of Alibaba Group and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation. Prior to her work in private equity and venture capital, she specialized in the privatization of state-owned enterprises in mainland China and Singapore. She has served on the boards of numerous private and public companies and currently serves as a director of TE Connectivity, Goldman Sachs Asia Bank and Langham Hospitality Investments. She is a director of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, which supports the development and adoption of new therapeutic medical technologies, and she is a senior advisor to Taiwan’s Talent Circulation Alliance. Shirley has also served on the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation. She received a masters and Ph.D. in politics and public administration from the University of Hong Kong and graduated cum laude from Harvard College. Shirley is the author of Taiwan’s China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Economic Policy, which was published by Stanford University Press in 2016 and in Chinese by Business Weekly in 2019.