Ben leads the firm’s strategy consultancy. He has a unique view on the challenges of operating and investing across the Silk Road region, having worked in China, Hong Kong, and the Middle East for the past 20 years, advising some of the world’s largest companies and investors.
Ben is the former Chief China Economist for the Royal Bank of Scotland and Senior China Economist for JPMorgan, based in Hong Kong. He has lived in Hong Kong for over a decade, as well as Beijing, Beirut, Damascus, and London. He speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and Arabic.
Ben is the author of ‘The New Silk Road’, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009 and examines China’s relations with the Middle East. He has spoken on the topic at the U.S. State Department, Council on Foreign Relations, and IMF, among other institutions in over a dozen countries.
Ben is also a Director of Global Strategic Associates (Asia), an advisory with offices in New York, Beijing, and Hong Kong, for which he supports a select group of foreign and Chinese clients. He is also an advisor to the Asia-GCC fund activities of RHT Partners, a Dubai-based private equity firm.
Ben writes a regular column for FT.com’s ‘Beyond BRICs’ and is a member of CNN’s ‘Globex20’.
Ben also advises a prestigious group of Chinese, Middle Eastern, and other foreign clients on cross-border business and investment opportunities, working for Global Strategic Associates, an international advisory led by Ambassador Paul Speltz, a 40-year veteran of China and the region.
Ben is the author of The New Silk Road, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009. The book examines China’s relations with the Middle East and has been published in five-languages. He has spoken on the topic at the U.S. State Department, Council on Foreign Relations, and IMF, among other institutions in over a dozen countries.
He is also an adjunct Professor at Shanghai's Fudan University, teaching on the subject of direct investment in emerging markets, and is an advisor to the China Energy Fund.
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