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Nicolas Berggruen
Nathan Gardels
Nils Gilman
Dawn Nakagawa
Bing Song
Nicolas Berggruen
Committed to ideas, art, and architecture, Nicolas Berggruen is Founder and Chairman of the Berggruen Institute. As chairman, he has fostered the study and design of systems of good governance suited for the 21st century which has led to the Institute’s formation of the 21st Century Council; the Council for the Future of Europe; and the Think Long Committee for California. Mr. Berggruen seeks to find and reward those philosophical, sociological, and technological ideas that have the capacity to shape the future for the better through projects like the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture and the Berggruen Fellowship Program. He sits on the boards of the Museum Berggruen and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and is a member of the International Councils for the J. Paul Getty Trust, Tate Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. He has collaborated on architectural projects with renowned architects such as Shigeru Ban, David Adjaye, and Richard Meier and is presently planning the Institute’s new Los Angeles headquarters with the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. Mr. Berggruen is the co-author of Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century and is co-publisher of TheWorldPost—both with Berggruen Institute Executive Advisor Nathan Gardels. He is also Chairman of Berggruen Holdings.
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Nathan Gardels
Senior Advisor, Board of Directors, BPCC Advisory Board

Nathan Gardels is the editor-in-chief of The WorldPost and a senior adviser to the Berggruen Institute. He has been editor of New Perspectives Quarterly since it began publishing in 1985. He has served as editor of Global Viewpoint and Nobel Laureates Plus (services of Los Angeles Times (Syndicate/Tribune Media) since 1989. These services have a worldwide readership of 35 million in 15 languages.

Gardels has written widely for The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Harper's, U.S. News & World Report and the New York Review of Books. He has also written for foreign publications, including Corriere della Sera, El Pais, Le Figaro, the Straits Times (Singapore), Yomiuri Shimbun, O'Estado de Sao Paulo, The Guardian, Die Welt and many others. His books include,"At Century's End: Great Minds Reflect on Our Times" and "The Changing Global Order”. He is coauthor with Hollywood producer Mike Medvoy of "American Idol After Iraq: Competing for Hearts and Minds in the Global Media Age."

Since 1986, Gardels has been a Media Fellow of the World Economic Forum (Davos). He has lectured at the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in Rabat, Morocco and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China. Gardels was a founding member at the New Delhi meeting of Intellectuels du Monde and a visiting researcher at the USA-Canada Institute in Moscow before the end of the Cold War. He has been a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, as well as the Pacific Council, for many years.

From 1983 to 1985, Gardels was executive director of the Institute for National Strategy where he conducted policy research at the USA-Canada Institute in Moscow, the People's Institute of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, the Swedish Institute in Stockholm and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Bonn. Prior to this, he spent four years as key adviser to the Governor of California on economic affairs with an emphasis on public investment, trade issues, the Pacific Basin and Mexico.

Gardels is co-author with Nicolas Berggruen of Intelligent Governance for the 21st Centurya Financial Times Book of the Year.

Gardels holds degrees in Theory and Comparative Politics and in Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lilly, and two sons, Carlos and Alexander.

Nils Gilman
Vice President of Programs
Dr. Nils Gilman joined the Vice President of Programs at the Berggruen Institute in August 2017. From 2013 to 2017 he served as Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff to the Chancellor at U.C. Berkeley, and as the Founding Executive Director of Social Science Matrix, Berkeley’s flagship interdisciplinary social science research center. Earlier in this career, he worked as a research director and scenario planning consultant at the Monitor Group and Global Business Network, and in software companies such as Salesforce.com and BEA Systems. He is the author of Mandarins of the Future: Modernization Theory in Cold War America (2004), Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century (2011), as well as numerous articles on intellectual history and political economy. He holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in History from U.C. Berkeley.
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Dawn Nakagawa
Executive Vice President
Dawn is the Executive Vice President of the Berggruen Institute which was launched in 2010 with Dawn as its first employee. In this position, she develops strategy, develops and launches projects, oversees management of finances and operations and builds the team. The mission of the organization is to deepen our understanding of the great transformations of our time and develop social and political institutions adapted to them.  The key projects of the institute include the Future of the Democracy, Transformations of the Human, Globalization and the New Multilateralism, and Economic Transformations. Special initiatives include, the Berggruen Prize and The WorldPost.  

Dawn is co-director of the Future of Democracy program area and oversees special projects such as the Renovating Democracy for the Digital Society project, which she launched in 2016 with Matt Browne, the founder of Global Progress. The project works with policy makers and academics to understand the impact of changes in communications technology on democratic institutions and how to adapt.  

Prior to joining the Berggruen Institute, Dawn was the Executive Vice President of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a global affairs organization based in Los Angeles. In her position, she oversaw all aspects of the organization and drove several special initiatives including the Energy and Security Committee and the Equitable Globalization Committee. She also co-directed the California Adaptation Advisory Council to the State of California under Governor Schwarzenegger. 

Prior to joining the Pacific Council, Dawn worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company where she developed growth strategy for Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, focusing on the high tech and biotech industries. She holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the McGill University in Canada. Dawn sits on the Advisory board of Blueprints and the Values Schools charter organization, Think Long Committee, Inc. Dawn is a founding member of the LA chapter of Awesome Foundation. She lives in Hermosa Beach California with her husband Gene and two children, Ty and Jada. 
Bing Song
Director, Berggruen Institute China Center
As Director, Bing Song is responsible for the strategy and overall development of Berggruen Institute China Center, ranging from the institutional development of the Center, branding strategy, and relationship management with partner organizations as well as the China-based fellowship programs.  Prior to joining Berggruen Institute, Ms. Song had a successful legal and banking career.  Her more recent roles included General Manager of Goldman Sachs Gao Hua Securities, in addition to COO and General Counsel for Goldman Sachs China.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Song undertook academic and policy research and published broadly in the areas of administrative law, competition law and comparative procedural laws.