Under President Xi Jinping, politics has become more dynamic than under his predecessor Hu Jintao. Anti-corruption, political reforms and increased infighting between different factions mark the news on an almost daily basis. And while everybody has an opinion, at the China Speakers Bureau we are happy to have a range of expert opinions on China´s political development. We have a selection here (but you can always ask for more).
Winston Ma is one of a small number of native Chinese who have worked as investment professionals and practicing capital markets attorneys in both the United States and China. He is currently serving as a managing partner at New York-based CloudTree Ventures. Before that, he was Managing Director and Head of North America Office for China Investment Corporation (CIC), China’s sovereign wealth fund.
At CIC’s inception in 2007, he was among the first group of overseas hires by CIC, where he was a founding member of both CIC’s Private Equity Department and later the Special Investment Department for direct investing (Head of CIC North America office 2014-2015). He had leadership roles in global investments involving financial services, technology (TMT), energy, and natural resources sectors, including the setup of West Summit (Huashan) Capital, a cross-border growth capital fund in Silicon Valley, which was CIC’s first overseas tech investment.
He wrote books and speaks on the following subjects:
The Digital War: How China’s Tech Power Shapes the Future of AI, Blockchain and Cyberspace
The Hunt for Unicorns: How Sovereign Funds Are Reshaping Investment in the Digital Economy
China’s Mobile Economy: Opportunities in the Largest and Fastest Information Consumption Boom
and additionally: China’s sovereign funds, China’s digital Belt and Road Initiative, big data and asset management, data regulation, privacy, blockchain, and digital currencies.
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 in, but 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 an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he began teaching in September 2008.
He recently published Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power after his already very successful book on Sino-African relations China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa and is one of the most quoted experts on China´s international relations.
Harry Broadman is a private equity Investor; PwC Emerging Markets Investment Leader; Chief of Staff, U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisors; World 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.
Ian Johnson is a senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), lives and works in New York, after two decades of working from China.
Awarded with a Pulitzer prize, Ian Johnson worked for twelve years for the Wall Street Journal as a 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.
At the end of 2017, he published his much-praised book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao
Arthur Kroeber is a respected writer and commentator on the Chinese economy and Chinese companies. He has been the managing director and head of research at Dragonomics since 2002.
In 2016 he published his much-quoted book China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®.
Shaun Rein, managing director of the China Market Research Group (CMR)
Shaun Rein published in 2018 his already much-quoted third bestseller The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order.
He is one of the world’s recognized thought leaders on strategy consulting in China. His book The End of Cheap China, Revised and Updated: Economic and Cultural Trends That Will Disrupt the World, published in 2012, solidified his reputation for challenging established classic ways to frame China.
He is a regular commentator on Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal, and other mainstream media.
At the end of 2014, he published his latest book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia. In that book, he explains how China from a copy-and-paste culture is now developing into one of the world´s leading innovators.
Victor Shih combines political and financial sciences as an assistant professor of 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.
Zhang Lijia is a factory worker turned author. From assembling rockets in Nanjing, she turned herself into a social commentator based in Beijing.
Her autobiography “Socialism Is Great!”: A Worker’s Memoir of the New China has been the basis of her current work on China´s fast-changing society and especially the position on women.
She is currently working on new books on prostitution in China.