Lyric Hughes Hale is an accomplished China analyst and speaker. Her research focuses on the challenges faced by China as a result of the world economic downturn, Chinese monetary policy, and the role of China in the media.
She studied at Northwestern University and graduated from the University of Chicago, with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She has traveled to more than 50 countries. Her global network reflects her many interests in the worlds of media, technology, academia, and government policy.
In 1998 Ms Hale founded China Online, a pioneering website for English speakers based upon original Chinese-language sources. China Online was named one of the “Top Ten New Internet Companies” by Inc Magazine, “Top Ten Website” by CNN, and was included in Forbes “Best of the Web” in 1999 and 2000. Ms Hale was included as one of the “25 Women of Small Business” by FORTUNE Magazine in 2001 for her visionary efforts utilizing new communications technologies to cross national boundaries and meet the growing need for information about the Chinese market.