Serena (Shiyun) Lin was a current affairs news producer for CGTN (formerly CCTV) America in Washington, D.C. before coming to Columbia Journalism School. She is currently working at CNBC.com focusing on feature story writing on topics of leadership, entrepreneurs, technology, and emerging markets. Her graduation thesis is on the topic of China’s quest for global dominance in artificial intelligence. Promoting understanding between U.S. and China is Serena’s passion. Serena is a Next Generation Leader of Committee 100, the prominent Chinese American advocacy organization founded by Yoyo Ma, I.M. Pei and Henry Kissinger. She is also the first Chinese-born winner of Washington Metropolitan Miss Chinese American Beauty Pageant (2010). Serena completed her bachelor’s degree at Xiamen University, China, and obtained her first master’s degree in Public Communication from the American University in Washington DC. She later received her post-graduate certificate in Business Journalism from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
She directs her passion and unique background to promoting cultural exchange between in China-US through her professional work and her hobby in dancing. She enjoys Classical Chinese dance, International Standard Ballroom, Swing Dance, Jazz, and Hip Hop.