Syaru Shirley Lin is a member of the founding faculty of the master’s program in global political economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and teaches political science at the University of Virginia. She offers courses on theories of international political economy and cross-Strait relations at both universities. Her book, Taiwan’s China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan's Cross-Strait Economic Policy , was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. Professor Lin graduated cum laude from Harvard College and earned her masters and Ph.D. from the department of politics and public administration at the University of Hong Kong.
Professor Lin retired as a partner at Goldman Sachs, where she led the Principal Investment Area for Asia ex-Japan, managing investments in more than fifty companies across multiple industries 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, Taiwan and Singapore.
Professor Lin’s present board service includes Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, Langham Hospitality Investments and Mercuries Life Insurance. Appointed by the Hong Kong government, she is a member of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation. She also advises Crestview Partners, a private equity fund based in New York, and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, a Virginia-based foundation that supports the development of new therapeutic medical technology.
林教授曾任高盛集團合夥人，負責亞洲地區私募投資，首創高盛在亞洲的創業風險投資，同時更啟動日本的投資業務，她著名的投資項目包括阿里巴巴、中芯國際、新浪網、寶成集團、巨大集團。林教授也曾參與中國大陸、新加坡及台灣國有企業私有化工作 ，她現任高盛集團亞洲銀行、三商美邦人壽與朗廷酒店集團獨立董事，也身兼各項私募基金和維吉尼亞聚焦超音波研科基金會的高級顧問。 更受香港政府委任成為太平洋經濟合作香港委員會成員，協助香港經濟發展。除了投資與學術領域之外，林教授也熱心社會公益，積極參與慈善教育事業。