Diane was born in Beijing and spent part of her childhood with her parents in a labour camp in a remote region of China. She has a BA from Peking University and a MBA and a Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon University. She was a former award-winning business professor in the USA and the UK.
Diane is the author of a memior, LAKE WITH NO NAME, and two novels featuring Beijing private detective Mei Wang: THE EYE OF JADE and PAPER BUTTERFLY. Her novels have been translated into 23 languages and published in 28 countries and territories.
Diane is a commentator on China and appears frequently on the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4 and ITV. She has written for The Times, Prospect Magazine and The Financial Times. She is a contributor for Conde Nast Traveler. She lives in London.