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Hefner China Fund and the Kennedy School, Harvard

MeiLi and Robert Hefner established the Hefner China find with the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.

The Hefners stated, “This fund will allow us, through the Kennedy School, to participate in the building of long-term positive relations between America and China, a relationship we believe to be the defining global relationship of the 21st century”. For more information about the Hefner China Fund, please visit:

  • The first Hefner Fellow, Chen Chunmei, sponsored by the Hefner China Fund to attend the 2005/06 Mason Program, graduated in June 2006.

  • The 2005/06 Hefner Awardees are:
    Ada Ho Alene Tchourumoff Cheng Zhu
    Jiming Cai Nolan Miller Phillipp Silas Kruger
    Wei Chen Wei Ha Yi Sun
    Erick Nielsen Rui Wang  


  • The 2006/07 Hefner Fellows presently at the Mason Program sponsored by the Hefner China Fund are Zhang Li and Yang Lin. They will be graduating in June 2007.

David Ellwood, Dean of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government with MeiLi and Robert A. Hefner III



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