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Jeff Towson

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Expert on Digital China and Asia’s latest tech trends

Professor of investment at Peking university

Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Alwaleed

Jeff Towson is a private equity investor, Peking University professor, best-selling author and keynote speaker. Jeff is an investor and advisor with 20 years of experience across the US, China/Asia and the Middle East.

Nicknamed China’s “celebrity professor”, Jeff is professor of investment at Peking University and is the #1 followed professor in China (+2.9M followers on LinkedIn).

Previously, Jeff was Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Alwaleed, nicknamed the “Prince of deals” and the “Arabian Warren Buffett”

Prior, Jeff was CEO of Kingdom Hospital in Riyadh. And prior to that, a management consultant (Senior Associate) at Booz-Allen & Hamilton in New York City where he focused on financial services and healthcare. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association and the American Medical Association Foundation.

Speaking topics:

  • Asia’s latest and most important technology trends.
  • China’s digital giants – including Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, Toutiao, Meituan and others.
  • E-commerce / new retail – including Alibaba, JD, Pinduoduo, Xiaohongshu and others. And how this impacts consumer products and retail in China – including Starbucks, Walmart, Gome, Suning, McDonalds, Luckin and Yum!.
  • Mobililty / smart cities / autonomous vehicles – Mobike, Ofo, Didi, BYD and others. And how this impacts traditional industry.
  • Healthcare – including PingAn, Fosun, and Cigna.
  • Financial services – including Ant Financial and others.

The One Hour China Book: Two Peking University Professors Explain All of China Business in Six Short Stories

This is the China book for everyone – whether an expert or novice. It can be read in an hour and gives you most of what you need to know about China business today – and its increasing impact on the rest of the world.

This “speed-read” book is the distilled knowledge of two Peking University business professors with over 30 years of experience on the ground in China and the emerging markets. According to authors Jeffrey Towson and Jonathan Woetzel, “if we had the undivided attention of someone from Ohio, Brighton or Lima for just one hour, this little book is what we would say.”

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