Harry G. Broadman

Globally Recognized Authority on China’s Enterprise and Banking Reforms; 40+ Years as Senior Business Executive and Board Director Throughout the Emerging Markets; Former White House Trade Negotiator and World Bank Official in China; Author of Best Selling Book: “Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier”

Dr. Harry G. Broadman has been working professionally in China since 1986, when, as a senior U.S. Senate Chief Economist, he travelled from Urumqi across the Gobi Desert back to Beijing by mini bus, freight train, carriage and even camel along the path of the ancient Silk Road—all to assess Western China’s development prospects. In the decades following, Dr. Broadman’s on-the-ground expertise in the operations of Chinese businesses and banks has become extensive. He’s often been told by his Chinese friends that he’s been on the factory floor of more firms across the entire country than anyone they know.

As a speaker, Harry brings to audiences a unique combination of fundamentally insightful and pragmatic views about how commercial, financial and policy changes that drive international markets impact and alter Chinese enterprises and supply chains in ways few ever could have predicted. Rather than using a rear-view mirror approach to frame implications of salient business issues, he adopts a prospective perspective. Moreover, he exposes the ways markets intrinsically tend to operate in non-linear patterns. Aside from leaving audiences with concrete takeaways, his speeches are entertaining and infused with his infectious sense of humor.

Dr. Broadman is currently a member of the Faculty at Johns Hopkins University; CEO of Proa Global Partners LLC, an emerging markets-focused investment transaction advisory company; a Director on the Board of several companies; and monthly global finance columnist for Forbes, Newsweek, and Gulf News.

He recently stepped down from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he founded and led PwC’s Emerging Markets Management Consulting Practice, during which he spent many months in China; he also served as PwC’s Chief Economist. Prior to PwC, Dr. Broadman was in a private equity investment found exclusively focused on emerging markets, including China. Earlier, as a business partner with Madeleine Albright in her business diplomacy firm—now Albright Stonebridge–Dr. Broadman worked with many U.S. and non-U.S. corporations on their transactions in China.

For more than a decade, Broadman served as the World Bank’s lead interlocutor with the Chinese authorities at the central, provincial and municipal levels on all aspects of the government’s state owned enterprise (SOE) asset and corporate governance reform program, including the design and execution of some of the Bank’s largest financial operations in the country on enterprise restructuring. He also advised the government on restructuring the Special Economic Zones as well as the accession to WTO.

Earlier, he served in the White House, first as the Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and subsequently as United States Assistant Trade Representative, where was a lead negotiator of the creation of the WTO. At that time, he served on the White House Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), the entity that rules on impacts on US national security of inbound foreign investment. He was also responsible for negotiation of all U.S. Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) with foreign governments and sat on the Board of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

Previously, Dr. Broadman worked in the U.S. Senate; held positions at the RAND Corporation, the Brookings Institution; and at Resources for the Future, Inc., the think tank where the discipline of environmental economics was “invented”. He also served on the Harvard University Faculty.

Dr. Broadman is the author of the World Bank’s best-selling book Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier, the most authoritative study of Chinese overseas investment on the African continent. He is also the author of China’s Management of State Assets: The State As Shareholder.

He has appeared numerous times discussion China on television, radio and in the print media, including Bloomberg; National Public Radio; CNBC; The New York Times; FT; Wall Street Journal; Harvard Business Review; Euromoney; South China Morning Post; The Washington Post; Christian Science Monitor, among others.

Recent Speaking Topics

  • Just Where Is The Growth in the Global Economy?
  • Will China’s ‘One-Belt, One Road’, Become ‘A Bridge to Nowhere’?
  • Trump’s ‘Threatenomics’ Targets Mexico
  • Is This Globalization 2.0; or 3.0?
  • Infrastructure May Not Be Sexy, But Bring Sexy Back
  • India Is The Tortoise To China’s Hare
  • Brexit Is The UK’s Gift To A Revitalized EU
  • Africa Is Becoming Silicon Valley 2.0
  • Will Putin Succeed in Recreating the Soviet Empire?
  • Do Corporate Social Responsibility Programs Actually Pay Off?

Audience Feedback

  • dynamic… wise…
  • truly thought provoking…
  • insightful… timely…
  • creditble… practical…


Andy Xie 謝國忠

Renowned Chinese Economist

George Yip

Global Strategy and China Innovation

Bruce McKern 布鲁斯 马科恩

China’s Next Strategic Advantage: from Imitation to Innovation