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Clay Chandler speaker

Clay Chandler

Hong Kong

Executive Editor, Time Inc. International

Co-chairman of the Fortune Global Forum

Leading analyst of business and technology trends in Asia’s key economies

Clay Chandler is Executive Editor for the international division of Time Inc., where he oversees editorial operations outside North America and develops content and programming for high-profile business conferences including the Fortune Global Forum, Brainstorm Tech and Brainstorm Design. Clay writes frequently on topics related to global business and Asian affairs for Fortune and other Time Inc. titles, and publishes the weekly China-focused edition of Fortune’s popular CEO Daily newsletter.

With two decades of experience researching, editing and reporting in Asia, Clay has deep knowledge of the region’s “big three” economies, China, Japan and India. His roles as co-chairman of the Fortune Global Forum and co-chairman of Brainstorm Tech International, to be held this year in Guangzhou, China, take him regularly to the Chinese mainland and afford him a frontline perspective of Chinese innovation and entrepreneurialism.

In 2017, Clay was appointed chairman of Brainstorm Design, a unique new conference that will explore the growing importance of design in the business strategies of Fortune Global 500 firms. Brainstorm Design, to be held each March in Singapore, will combine the editorial and marketing firepower of three of Time Inc.’s most influential titles—Fortune, TIME and Wallpaper*—and bring together the world’s most brilliant designers with leaders of its most powerful companies.

From 2008 through 2013, Clay was Asia Editor for McKinsey & Company, the global consultancy, where he worked with senior partners around the world to develop and share the firm’s knowledge, insight and ideas. While at McKinsey, Clay led a variety of high-­profile projects for the firm, including McKinsey’s “Reimagining” essay series, which he conceived, developed, and edited. He is co-editor of “Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower” (2013), “Reimagining Japan: The Quest for a Future That Works” (2011) and “Korea 2020: Global Perspectives for the Next Decade” (2010).

Prior to joining McKinsey, Clay was an award-­winning journalist, serving as Asia Editor of Fortune (2001-­08); Washington, DC-­based chief economic correspondent (1992-­99), and Hong Kong-­based Asian economic correspondent (1999-­2001) for the Washington Post; and Tokyo correspondent for The Wall Street Journal (1989-92).

Clay speaks Japanese and Mandarin. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and, before embarking on his journalism career, was a doctoral candidate in political science in the government department of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Clay is a former fellow of Harvard’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, a member of the Hong Kong Forum, and serves as a director of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong.

Clay is a lively and provocative speaker who can share insights on a wide range of topics and is highly sought after as a commentator and moderator at global business events.


Speaking Topics:

  • The Rise of China & India
  • Technology in China
  • China’s Red Carpet vs Hollywood

Our Comment

"Clay provides unique insights into the development of Asia's key economies, with emphasis on China, India and Japan, and is a valued speaker to anyone interested in understanding the opportunities and challenges of this region. Clay also offers thoughtful analysis of today’s leadership landscape, and imparts strategic advice for effective management across the board. As well as English, Clay speaks and reads Japanese fluently. "

Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower

Reimagining India brings together leading thinkers from around the world to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by one of the most important and least understood nations on earth. India’s abundance of life—vibrant, chaotic, and tumultuous—has long been its foremost asset. The nation’s rising economy and burgeoning middle class have earned India a place alongside China as one of the world’s two indispensable emerging markets. At the same time, India’s tech-savvy entrepreneurs and rapidly globalizing firms are upending key sectors of the world econ­omy. But what is India’s true potential? And what can be done to unlock it?

Reimagining Japan: The Quest for a Future That Works

In Reimagining Japan, McKinsey & Company, the world’s top management consulting firm, asked more than 80 global leaders and experts to consider these questions. In essays brimming with insight, affection and occasional humor, the authors offer their assessments of Japan’s past, present and –most important — future.

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