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Ben Simpfendorfer

Managing Director & Founder

Ben Simpfendorfer is Managing Director & Founder of Silk Road Associates. He leads the firm’s strategy consultancy and executive advisory, working alongside multinationals and mid-market foreign firms to develop their commercial strategies with a focus on China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Ben is the former Chief China Economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland and former Senior China Economist at JPMorgan where he advised many of the world’s largest financial investors and multinationals on China’s economy and investment opportunities.

Ben has lived in Hong Kong for over a decade. But he started his career in the Middle East where he lived in Amman, Beirut, and Damascus, before moving to London and finally Beijing. He speaks Arabic, Cantonese, and Mandarin, and has spent nearly 20-years immersed in the Silk Road region.

He writes a regular column for FT.com’s beyondbrics and is a member of CNN’s Globex20. He appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg, while his editorials have been published in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and International Herald Tribune.

Ben is author of the forthcoming The Rise of the New East, examining commercial opportunities and complexities in Asia and the Middle East. The book is due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2014. His previous book, The New Silk Road, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009 and explored China’s commercial relations with the Middle East. It is available in six-languages.

Ben also advises a prestigious group of Chinese and foreign clients on cross-border business and investment opportunities, as part of Global Strategic Associates, an international advisory led by Ambassador Paul Speltz. He also sits on the advisory board of Dubai-based RHT Partners’ Asia-GCC fund activities.

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