Pepe Zhang is an associate director at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. Zhang coordinates the center’s post-COVID prosperity portfolio, covering regional macroeconomic, international trade and investment, health, and other key economic opportunities and issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Zhang also leads the center’s China-Latin America portfolio, which provides timely insight on the growing relations between the two through multi-perspective and forward-looking analyses and events. Zhang is the author, most recently, of “LAC 2025: Three Post-COVID Scenarios,” “China-LAC Trade 2035: Four Scenarios,” and “Moving Beyond COVID-19: Vaccines and Other Policy Considerations in Latin America.” Zhang’s analyses have been published on outlets such as Project Syndicate, World Economic Forum, and Americas Quarterly, and his English-, Spanish-, and Chinese-language commentaries have been featured by US and international media including CNN, the New York Times, Associated Press, El País, O Globo, and more.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Zhang worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, focusing on international trade and investment promotion, entrepreneurship, and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a special emphasis on China-Latin America connections. Zhang holds a master’s degree in international economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in Latin American politics and Spanish. Zhang is fluent in Spanish, English, and Chinese, and has extensive professional and academic experience across Latin America, China, and the United States.