André CHIENG, born in 1953 in Marseilles from Chinese parents, has been educated the Chinese way in his family and the French way at school. Initially interested by the classics, he turned to mathematics and sciences, and entered Ecole Polytechnique of Paris. Once graduated, he was attracted by economy which he studied in the National School of Statistics and Economic Administration and the Political Studies Institute in Paris. In 1978, he decided to go to China for two years and taught economics at university in Beijing. When he returned to France, he joined Louis Dreyfus' group which asked him to become General Manager of the company Brambilla, one of the oldest trading companies that specialized in French trade with China. In 1988, Brambilla became AEC and with André Chieng as its Chairman. He decided to move to Beijing in 2001.
André Chieng has published several books about China. In 1987 he co-wrote the book Les Nouvelles Routes de la Soie, published by Economica. In 2006 he published La pratique de la Chine, en compagnie de François Jullien with Grasset editions. This book was a big hit among people with an inquiring mind about China and is also translated into Chinese. In 2010 he published the 100 words of China with PUF editions.
André Chieng's expertise is recognized in the French and Chinese business community and abroad. He has been Vice President of the France-China Committee and Foreign Trade Advisor of France in China since many years. He is also Member of Honour of the Chinese Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
André Chieng is Knight of the Legion of Honor. In 2009 he received a prestigious award for his contribution to the economic development in China. He was elected the sixth winner of China's Top Ten Economic Talents annual ceremony organized by the Beijing Cultural Development Research and Chinese leading publishing groups.