Dr. Alex Payette (Founder and CEO)

With a PhD from the University of Ottawa in Canada’s capital, Dr. Payette has extensive policy advisory and academic experience on the topic of China. In addition to his vast compendium of published articles in peer-reviewed journals, he also has spent a large portion of his career conducting field work in the People’s Republic. Some of his publications can be found on databases such as Questia, Cambridge University Press, Cairn, Koreascience, and Springerlink, to name but a few.

Dr. Payette is regularly consulted by journalists covering the country and publishes policy papers for journals maintained by governments and independent think tanks.

Dr. Payette is a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Toronto, a lecturer at the University of Ottawa's School of Political Studies, an Adjunct faculty at the Political Science department of the Glendon College (York University), and is the recipient of multiple highly competitive funds issued by the Canadian government, such as the Insight Development Grant (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - SSHRC), the Banting Fellowship, the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Fonds de Recherche Société et Culture. Dr. Payette concurrently supervises the research of graduate students.


 Cercius Group’s team comprises economists, statisticians, financial and policy analysts, as well as established academics, who all have substantial experience in dealing with China. The majority of our team has spent a substantial amount of time in the People’s Republic, as academics and professionals.