Mr. HE Zhigeng (Peter), currently serves as Secretary-General of the Charhar Institute, and a member of Expert Committee of World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (WCCO), an NGO based in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.
Mr. HE was born in October of 1956 in Beijing, China. After graduation from high school, Mr. HE answered the call to work in an agricultural brigade as a farmer in suburbs of Beijing from 1976 to 1978 till his enrollment to Beijing No. 2 Foreign Languages Institute in October of 1978. He graduated in 1982 with B.A in English Language and continued his education the same year at College of Foreign Affairs majoring in Public and Private International Law and International Relations, and graduated from with diploma in 1983.
Mr. He was on the internship program offered by the Washington, DC-based US-Asia Institute in 1987 for four months studying the legislative process of US Congress. He successfully won the fellowship from the British Council to study at University of Hull in United Kingdom in 1989 majoring in Public International Law and Politics, and graduated with MA in 1990.
Mr. HE began to serve in the American Division of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) in 1983, and remained with CPIFA throughout his career life. During which he served overseas a couple of times: Second and First Secretary in the Chinese Embassy in USA from 1993 to 1998; Senior Director at Legal and Liaison Office of Boao Forum for Asia Secretariat from 2001 to 2002; Consul in the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, USA from September of 2003 to December of 2005; First Secretary and Counselor in the Chinese Embassy from December of 2005 to February of 2010. Council Member of CPIFA from 2010 to 2011. He served as Director of the Department for Asian, African and Latin American Affairs of CPIFA and Director of the Department for North American and Oceanian Affairs of CPIFA from 2011 to 2014 successively. Starting from August of 2014 till November of 2016, he worked as Counselor for Political Affairs (DCM) in the Chinese Embassy in the State of Eritrea. Retired in December of 2016.
Mr. HE is married, and has one son.