Relatively large changes in our top-10 of most-sought speakers at the China Speakers Bureau for September, compared to August. At least four newcomers, although the top-2, Shaun Rein and Kaiser Kuo remain unchallenged.
Highest newcomer is the respected China-author Jasper Becker who appears on the third position. While by now every old-China hand has written their book on the Middle Kingdom, Becker has an impressive list of publication on China that cannot be matched by any other author.
The good news for our European customers is that Jasper Becker has temporarily moved his residence from Beijing to the UK, so flying him into Europe is a less complicated operation. What is good news for our customers in Europe is not-so-good news for those in Asia, of course.
With the upcoming 60th birthday of the communist party and the take off of the political season after the summer, it is not strange that two of our high-profile speakers on China’s politics, William Overholt and Victor Shih, both respected academics from the US, moved up in our raking.
Recently, we got a few – what we call – panic assignments. While we are able to move fast in most requests for speakers, a lead-time of at least three months is advised to make sure the process goes smoothly.
Our raking for September (August in brackets)