(Yicai Global) March 23 -- The Chinese Academy of Sciences has appointed Xie Fuzhan, twice a winner of China's top award for economics excellence, as its seventh president after Wang Weiguang retired from the role this month.
Xie has nearly 20 years of experience in political fields from working under the State Council, China's cabinet. He became the governor of one of China's most populous provinces Henan in 2013 and took on the role of party secretary in 2016.
CASS was founded in 1977 and is China's highest academic institutions for philosophy and the social sciences. It has 31 institutes and 45 research centers with more than 4,200 staff members.
Xie won the Sun Yefang Economic Science Award in 1991 and 2001, and his research is focused mainly on macroeconomic and public policies, regional development and corporate reforms. He has also been a visiting scholar at Princeton, Harvard and Cambridge Universities, and has taken part in international strategies, such as the World Bank's program on China's industrial policy and the United Nations Development Progam on comprehensive economic development.