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Paul Clifford

Dr. Paul G. Clifford

Based in Rhode Island, USA

  • President, Paul G. Clifford & Associates, LLC
  • Business strategist and historian of China
  • Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Author of the acclaimed book, “The China Paradox”
  • President, Paul G. Clifford & Associates, LLC
  • Business strategist and historian of China
  • Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Author of the acclaimed book, “The China Paradox”

Dr. Paul G. CLIFFORD, President, Paul G. Clifford & Associates LLC., has over 30 years of China experience in technology, management consulting and finance. He is currently consulting on China and Asia business issues and writing a book on the Chinese economic reforms. He is also Director on the Executive Board of China Dialogue Trust, Executive Director of Dao Le Ge Environmental Protection Consulting (Beijing) Ltd and Senior Advisor to Technomic Asia.

He has recently completed a new book on China’s economic reforms entitled The China Paradox – Report From the Front Line of Economic Transformation.

Until recently, Dr. Clifford was with Cisco Systems where he was Director responsible for strategic planning and for forming strategic alliances to support Cisco’s program for sustainable mass urbanization, first in China and then in Asia-Pacific.

His previous position was Managing Partner, China, for Oliver Wyman, providing strategy consulting to both Chinese firms (State-owned and private) and multinationals.

Prior to that he was Managing Director of Pacific Rim Resources with overall responsibility for consulting operations in Shanghai and San Francisco, and before that Vice President of The First National Bank of Chicago, first as head of China advisory services and then as a corporate lending officer.

He also has business experience across Asia, as well as in Africa and Latin America. He has taught Chinese studies at universities in the UK and Mexico.

He has a doctorate in modern Chinese history from the University of London and a post-graduate diploma from Peking University, is widely published, and is fluent in Chinese and other languages.

  • The China Paradox – the delicate balance of forces that underpins China’s hybrid developmental model. How it emerged and its future prospects
  • Strategies for China trade and investment
  • Operational issues in China
  • Chinese firms in the global market
  • Defining and mitigating China risk
  • 3rd party logistics in China
  • History of modern China