Our Team

Brian Connors 康为

Brian Connors 康为

Executive Director

As executive director, Brian Connors leads MCIC’s efforts to build clean tech collaboration between the U.S. and Greater China. He brings decades of experience with China and business development to the work and leverages especially his background in developing business between Michigan and China, accumulated over a decade while serving the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). In his work for the state, he promoted Michigan business opportunities to China, forged relationships with hundreds of companies and partners, and landed investment projects in Michigan totaling $4.5 billion in economic impact.
Before returning to his home state of Michigan, Brian opened a successful café chain in Beijing. Brian received his B.A. from Williams College, Certificate in Chinese Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Yahang Zhang 张亚航

Yahang Zhang 张亚航

Market Research Specialist

At the Michigan-China Innovation Center, Yahang is fueling her passion for sustainability through leveraging her rich experience in market research to locate companies from the Greater China region with clean technologies and business development potentials, connecting them with major organizations and local governments in Michigan, and designing customized solutions to help them successfully thrive in Michigan. Originally from Henan Province, China, Yahang holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the Michigan-China Innovation Center, she worked for a leading market research company in Michigan as a research analyst focused on the automotive industry. In her free time, Yahang is an avid meditator, houseplant lover, recycler, and organic composter!

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Michigan-China Innovation Center is here to connect clean technology businesses across borders.

The Michigan-China Innovation Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building a greener future by
advancing clean technology business cooperation between the U.S.,  Mainland China, and Taiwan.