Speaker's Biography:

William Overholt
Senior Research Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

William Overholt is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a consultant on investing in China and other Asian countries. Previously, he held a distinguished chair at the Rand Corp. and was director of its Center for Asia Pacific Policy. From 1980 to 2001, he ran research and strategy teams for investment banks, with 16 years spent in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he worked at the Hudson Institute, where he directed planning studies for the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of State, the National Security Council, NASA and the Council on International Economic Policy as well as performing strategic planning for corporations. He is the author of six books, including The Rise of China and, most recently, Asia, America and the Transformation of Geopolitics. Overholt received a B.A. from Harvard University and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.