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Michael Pettis, China Financial
Professor of Finance, Peking University

Michael Pettis is one of China’s best-known theorists and commentators on the country’s economy and markets. Over a career that has included investment banking, merchant banking, teaching and writing, Michael has established himself as a leading independent voice on China’s economic and financial development.

Based in Beijing, Mr. Pettis is Professor of Finance at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, where he specializes in the Chinese financial markets. He is also a local partner for GlobalSource in China.

After a corporate career in which he headed a sovereign debt trading desk and an emerging markets capital markets desk, Mr. Pettis retired to teach and write full-time, specializing in research on China’s monetary and trade policy and banking and financial markets. He taught at the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, and his books include several influential works on the emerging markets and China, including The Volatility Machine: Emerging Economics and the Threat of Financial Collapse, an analysis of financial crises in emerging market economies, and Avoiding the Fall: China’s Economic Restructuring, an analysis of China’s growth model and its options for rebalancing. He is also a frequent contributor to the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as to publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and The Far Eastern Economic Review.

Mr. Pettis holds an MBA and MIA from Columbia University. He is also a member of the board of ABC-CA Fund Management Co., a Sino-French investment management firm based in Shanghai.