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).
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 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 associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he began teaching in September 2008.
He recently published 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.
Paul French author and editor, based in London.
A prolific author of books on China and North Korea, including subjects like obesity, foreign correspondents and even a best-selling historical novel about a murder in Beijing. With a typical British touch, Paul knows how to challenge any audience.
He earned his business stripes as a retail analyst in China, and a much wanted speaker on China´s fast changing business and political climate. With villain British humor he analyzes the capital mistakes by both foreign and Chinese companies in trying to do business.
As a China specialist he has been quoted in a wide variety of publications including the FT, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal Asia, the South China Morning Post and the LA Times.
Sara Hsu is based in the US, she is one of the more prolific writers on China´s financial troubles, and a solid analyst of its announced reforms.
Income inequality, shadow banking, the Renminbi trade: there are no financial subjects Sara does not address. Your ideal speaker for any financial conference with a link to China.
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
Arthur Kroeber is 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 Policy, Brookings-Tsinghua Center.
Tom Manning is 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, managing director of the China Market Research Group (CMR)
Shaun Rein is one of the world’s recognized thought leaders on strategy consulting in China. His bookThe End of Cheap China, Revised and Updated: Economic and Cultural Trends That Will Disrupt the World, published in 2012, solidified his reputation of 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 bookThe End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia. In that book he explains how China from a copy-and-past culture is now developing into one of the world´s leading innovators.
Victor Shih combines political and financial sciences as a assistant professor 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.