Dr. Daniel Ping Yu

Dr. Daniel Ping YuTrustee

Sofia University is honored to have Dr. Daniel Ping Yu on our Board of Trustees. With a Ph.D. and LL.M in Asian and Comparative Law, he brings a rich background as an Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at prominent institutions. His leadership roles, including Executive Director at Columbia University and Independent Director for various organizations, coupled with his experience as a consultant, showcase his multifaceted expertise and commitment to law, business, and education.



  • Ph.D., University of Washington School of Law: Asian and Comparative Law
  • LL.M, University of Washington School of Law: Asian and Comparative Law
  • GDL, Fudan University.
  • LLB, East China University of Political Science and Law.



  • 03/2019 – present: Adjunct Professor, Tianjin University School of Law
  • 10/2018 – present: Adjunct Fellow, China University of Political Science and Law,
  • 05/2008 – 2016: Adjunct Fellow, Beijing Normal University Research Institute of Criminal Law Science
  • 06/2000 – 06/2010: Senior Fellow, New York University School of Law US-Asia Law Institute, New York, NY, USA.
  • o Researched and taught the courses of the Criminal Law and Law & Society in China
  • 11/1998 – 10/ 2000: Senior Fellow, Open Society Institute, New York, NY, USA
  • 06/1987 – 10/1992: Assistant Professor, Fudan University Department of Law, Shanghai, China


Board Directorships:

  • 04/2021 to present: Executive Director, Columbia University Teachers College Education for Persistence, and Innovation Center
  • 05/2019 – present: Independent Director, Chuying Nongmu, LLC
  • 05/ 2016 – present: Independent Director, STRI Holding, LLC
  • 03/2013 – 06/2014: Country Director, American Bar Association (ABA) Rule of Law Initiative China Office
  • 07/2010 – 02/2013: Managing Director, UDA Consulting Group, advising Chinese and American corporations in joint ventures



  • 02/2014 to 03/2021: Independent Consultant,
  • 10/ 2007 – 05/ 2008: Consultant, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • 09/ 2007 – present: Business Representative, China Capital Investment Group (CCIG) International

More board members:

Kathryn LaurinChair of the Board of Trustees

Allen Huang, Ph.D.Vice Chair to the Board of Trustees.

Menglin Cao, Ph.D.Trustee

Geoffrey M. CoxTrustee

Miao YangTrustee

Greg BrandesTrustee

John WiddowsonTrustee

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