Ian Johnson
Ian Johnson

Making sense out of China has always been challenging, although the questions companies and people have to ask themselves change permanently. From a rather uregulated booming economy, now dealing we a tsunami of new rules, anti-corruption and a – relatively – slowing economy changes the strategic questions you have to deal with And while everybody has an opinion, at the China Speakers Bureau we are happy to have a range of expert opinions on China´s strategic challenges. We have a selection here (but you can always ask for more).

Shirley Ze Yu

China has emerged as the second-largest economy in the world but has a hard time telling the world its story. Dr. Shirley Ze Yu is one of the very few exceptions in profiling herself as a solid China-voice, giving an alternative viewpoint on a mostly Western take on the developments of China and the world economy. Shirley Ze Yu is LSE scholar, fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and former Chinese national television (CCTV) news anchor Shirley Ze Yu.

You can read her stories here.

Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers is the Chairman of Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, In and Co-founder of the Quantum Fund

Two decades ago Jim Rogers moved to Singapore as he emerges as a major bull on Asia. Since then he stuck to his guns as a successful investor, made sure his daughters were fluent in Mandarin and became a leading voice on investments in China, Asia and elsewhere.

Now he is predicting a bear market, the worst we have ever seen. Most recently he published Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets

Recently he sold his US shares for Chinese equity. One of the main assets of China, Rogers says, is the One-Belt, One-Road program.

Are you looking for more recent stories by Jim Rogers? Do check out this list.

Are you interested in having Jim Rogers as a speaker? Do get in touch.

William Bao Bean

William Bao Bean is Investment Partner at SOS Ventures and Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, the first and longest-running startup accelerator program in China based out of Shanghai, assisting 150 startups to discover a future.

SOSventures is a US$700m+ evergreen fund known as the “Accelerator VC” with six partners running five global accelerator programs: HAX for hardware in Shenzhen, Indie.bio for biotech in San Francisco and Ireland, Food-X for food in New York and Chinaccelerator for Internet in Shanghai.  SOSventures invests in over 140 companies per year and over its 22 years has a net realized IRR of 36% putting it in the top 3% of VCs in the world.
The focus is on Internet, helping companies from China and across Asia attack the global market and companies from across the world enter China and SE Asia.
Are you interested in more stories by William Bao Bean? Do check out this list.
Tom Doctoroff
Tom Doctoroff

Tom Doctoroff is the leading authority on on the Chinese soul, and how to sell to them. His successful bookWhat Chinese Want: Culture, Communism, and China’s Modern Consumer has found its way to the shelves of almost every company working in China. Mr. Doctoroff switches in his speeches easily from a hand-on approach to a higher level, and prevents any confusion by telling again many real life stories from the dynamic marketing scene in China.

In a very visual style, loaded with telling examples Mr. Doctoroff tells the compelling story of China’s emerging consuming middle class. His humor and dynamics makes his subjects attractive for highly diverse audiences.

You can read some of Tom´s quotes here.

Howard French
Howard French


Howard French has called Africa, the Americas, Japan and China as his home, and got the best out of it. As a professional photographer, he had a very keen eye for those details that matter. As a correspondent for the New York Times, he was not only an alert observer of the society he was able to compare and connect between those worlds, much to the benefit of his audience.

In the summer of 2008 he left Shanghai for a position as associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he began teaching in September 2008.

In 2017 he published Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power.

Before that he wrote his first bestseller China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa 

Howard French is one of the most quoted experts on China´s international relations.

You can read some of his recent stories here.

Ian Johnson
Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson is a journalist, working and living in Beijing.

Awarded with a Pulitzer prize, Ian Johnson worked for twelve years for the Wall Street Journal as feature writer and bureau chief. He is now a regular contributor to the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, and National Geographic.

He has been coming to and living in China from 1984, longer than almost any other foreign journalist. He can cover a wide range of subjects including China’s economic prospects, foreign relations, elite politics, migration. He is fluent in English, Chinese and German.

Early 2017 he will publish The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao

You can see his first stories here.

Arthur Kroeber
Arthur Kroeber

Arthur Kroeber is former chief editor of the leading China Economic Quarterly. He is one of the leading bulls on China´s development and one of the first to dismantle the next China doomsday scenario. Arthur Kroeber is managing Director and Head of Research, GaveKal Dragonomics, Senior Fellow, Foreign PolicyBrookings-Tsinghua Center.

In 2016 he published China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®

You can read his recent articles here.


Kaiser Kuo
Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo is a leading voice on the interaction between society and technology. Until May 2016 he served as director communication of China´s largest internet company Baidu, he was at the forefront of change.

As an independent voice, he is able to work as a bridge builder between China´s developments and the outside world.

You can read some of his contributions here.



Harry Broadman

Harry Broadman is a private equity Investor; PwC Emerging Markets Investment Leader; Chief of Staff, U.S. President’s Council of Economic AdvisorsWorld Bank Official; Harvard Faculty; Author, Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier

A globally recognized authority on China’s enterprise and banking reforms; 40+ years as a senior business executive and board director throughout the emerging markets; Pioneering thought-leader on global business growth strategy, risk and innovation.

You can read some of his recent articles here.



Tom Manning

Tom Manning is a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, former CEO of companies in China, Asia, Europe and the United States.

Tom Manning is a Fortune 500 board director, a corporate adviser on China-related issues, and an educator who previously served as the CEO of companies in Asia, Europe and the United States.

Based in Hong Kong for 17 years, he served as the CEO of Cerberus Asia, Indachin Limited, Capgemini Asia, and Ernst & Young Global Consulting Asia, and as a partner with Bain & Company. While with Capgemini, he managed the firm’s Global Strategy & Technology business from Paris.

Earlier in his career, he was with McKinsey & Company, CSC Index, and Buddy Systems in the United States.

He is currently on the adjunct faculty of The University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches courses on corporate governance in China, private equity in Asia, U.S.-China relations, and innovative solutions in business, law, and society. He also serves as an independent board director of three publicly-listed companies: Dun & Bradstreet, the leading global provider of corporate information (NYSE), where he is also Lead Director; CommScope, a leading telecommunications technology company (Nasdaq); and, Clear Media, China’s largest outdoor media management company (HKSE).

Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein, managing director of the China Market Research Group (CMR)

In December 2017 he published his third book on China, The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, setting strategies for making money doing business with China.

Earlier he published The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, his second agenda-setting book on China.

Shaun Rein is one of the world’s recognized thought leaders on strategy consulting in China. His first book ´The End of Cheap China. Economic and Cultural Trends that Will Disrupt the World´, published in 2012, solidified his reputation of challenging established classic ways to frame China.

You can read some of Shaun´s recent contributions here.

Mark Schaub

Mark Schaub

Mark Schaub, Partner at King&Wood and Mallesons, the largest law firm in China and Australia combined.

Mark Schaub is a prolific speaker who wastes no time in avoiding the real challenges in doing business in China.

As a lawyer he had extensive experience in negotiating deals, firing people and otherwise dealing with the ignorance of companies entering the Chinese business minefield.

Mark Schaub has 20 years of legal experience in China and was the first foreign lawyer to enter a Chinese law firm.

You can read about Mark Schaub´s recent activities here.

Victor Shih

Victor Shih combines political and financial sciences as the Ho Miu Lam Chair associate professor in political science at UC San Diego. Victor Shih was the first to explore China´s enormous debts, a huge financial burden, dragging down its economic development. In his book Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation he analyzed the political and financial interactions of different political factions in China´s political elite.

You can read some recent articles here.






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