About Joel Backaler
Joel Backaler is Author of China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global. He is also a Forbes columnist, Associate Vice President at Frontier Strategy Group, and a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
Following a Fulbright Fellowship in Taiwan and advanced Mandarin study at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Backaler worked with Atos Consulting’s China state-owned enterprise practice. During his subsequent career with Frontier Strategy Group, Backaler was part of the founding team of its Asia Pacific headquarters where he worked with leading American and European multinational companies including Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, Philips and Danone.
Backaler is an award-winning blogger at TheChinaObserver.com and frequent contributor to mainstream global media outlets such as the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times and Bloomberg. He has lectured at Ivy League universities, testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and has delivered more than 70 speeches on the topic of Chinese overseas investment. Backaler, a fluent Mandarin-speaker, has worked and lived in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Singapore.
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