Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn is an international corporate strategist, investment banker, political and economic analyst, and an expert in the Chinese business market. Since 1989, he has worked with China's senior leaders and advised the Chinese government on economic and industrial policies, mergers and acquisitions, science and technology, media and culture, Sino-U.S. relations, and a variety of international communications and business matters. In 2012, he advised the then Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on his U.S. visit and gave numerous personal commentaries/interviews about Xi, who was slated to become the General Secretary of the Communist Party (2012) and later the President of China (2013).
Dr. Kuhn advises leading multinational companies, CEOs, and C-class executives to formulate and implement strategies in a variety of sectors, including science and technology, energy and resources, industrial, media and entertainment, healthcare/medical/pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and financial services. He works with major Chinese companies on structuring the financing of their capital markets and M&A activities. Dr. Kuhn is a Senior Advisor to Ernst & Young (Office of the Chairman).
Dr. Kuhn has more than 30 years of experience in M&A. He was the President and co-owner of The Geneva Companies, the largest M&A firm in the U.S. representing middle-market companies (which he sold to Citigroup in 2000). Under his leadership, more than 1,400 M&A transactions were completed, and more than 10,000 company evaluations were conducted.
Dr. Kuhn was profiled in Barron's and was one of only two Americans selected, along with Dr. Henry Kissinger, as "China Visionaries" in the series produced by Shanghai Television (SMG). For the 90th anniversary of China's ruling party (CPC) in 2011, an interview with Dr. Kuhn was featured in major newspapers (New York Times, Washington Post, Int’l Herald Tribune and Wall Street Journal). Additionally, Dr. Kuhn was selected by Oriental Outlook magazine (published by the official Xinhua News Agency) as one of the all-time top-ten influential supporters of China's ruling party/CPC.
Dr. Kuhn advises and works with China’s senior leaders on special projects. He is the author of The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin, the first biography of a living Chinese leader ever published in China and was China's best-selling book in 2005. He is the author of How China's Leaders Think featuring President Hu Jintao and China's new leaders, including Vice President Xi Jinping. Dr. Kuhn advised then Zhejiang Party Secretary Xi Jinping on his U.S. visit (2006). He wrote exclusive articles with current Politburo Member, Vice President Li Yuanchao on China's political reform and with current Politburo Member, Vice Premier Wang Yang on transforming Guangdong Province. He is a senior advisor to China Central Television (CCTV).
Dr. Kuhn is the author/editor of 25 books on business strategy and finance, including Dow-Jones Irwin's seven-volume Library of Investment Banking and China's Banking and Financial Markets. He appears as a frequent commentator on China for BBC World News/BBC World Service, CNBC, Bloomberg, Euronews, CCTV, and others and also as a senior international commentator on CCTV News. Dr. Kuhn created, wrote and hosted the official CCTV six-part television series on Expo 2010 Shanghai and the official Shanghai Television five-part production on the 18th National CPC Congress (2012). He writes for Bloomberg Business Week, Forbes and Chief Executive magazine.Dr. Kuhn received a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) in Human Biology from Johns Hopkins University, an MSc in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Ph.D. in Anatomy/Brain Research from UCLA.