A veteran of 40 years in the building of strong U.S.- China relations and past president of the US-China Business Council, Dr Robert Kapp is president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc., Port Townsend, Washington, USA. The firm provides consulting services to companies and nonprofit organizations seeking to develop successful activities with China or to engage with policy makers in the field of U.S.-China relations.
Dr. Kapp is Strategic Advisor to the U.S.-China Specialty Group at Burson-Marsteller, (www.bm.com) the prominent global public and government relations firm, and Senior China Advisor to the well known international law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (“K&L Gates”) (www.klgates.com) . Both firms maintain extensive practices in the United States and China, and serve clients throughout Asia, North America, Europe, and elsewhere.
From April, 1994 to November, 2004, Dr. Kapp served as president of The US-China Business Council the principal organization of American companies engaged in trade and investment with China. In addition to guiding the business services, publications, and program activities of the US-China Business Council from its offices in Washington, Beijing and Shanghai, Dr. Kapp regularly represented the American business community engaged with China, in both Washington and Beijing. He contributed regularly to informed U.S. dialogue on China, through Congressional testimony, published articles, frequent media appearances, and presentations to educational and community organizations nationwide. He has been widely recognized in the United States and China as a leader in the effort to sustain strong, mutually respectful relations between the two nations.
In the non-profit sector, Dr. Kapp chairs the China Committee of the Pacific Council on International Policy (www.pacificcouncil.org). He also serves on a number of Advisory Boards of organizations deeply involved in contemporary Chinese affairs and U.S.-China relations, including The U.S.-China Education Trust (www.uscet.org) and The China Economic Quarterly. He is an Advisor to LinkAsia, a program of LinkTV (www.linktv.org) .
In the field of corporate social responsibility; Dr. Kapp was the principal initiator of The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund, which provided more than a million dollars in support of a wide range of Sino-American cooperative legal initiatives between 1998 and 2012.
Dr. Kapp regularly publishes feature articles (in Chinese translation) in the respected weekly China Newsweek (http://newsweek.inewsweek.cn/). He is a listed Contributor to ChinaFile, The Asia Society’s innovative e-magazine (www.chinafile.com). Among other writings, he has recently published an article on the politics of US-China relations in Limes, the Italian geopolitical journal, and an essay on US-China intellectual property issues in U.S.-China 2022: Economic Relations in the Next 10 Years, published by the China-United States Exchange Foundation. An article by Dr. Kapp on U.S.-China relations, appeared, in Chinese, in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences journal World Economy and Politics, (2009, no. 11). A recent interview with the 20th Century Business Herald (in Chinese) with Dr. Kapp is available at: http://zhuanti.21cbh.com/2012_jingyingfangtan01/ . Dr. Kapp appears frequently in the media, and at major conferences in the US and China. Recent or forthcoming hosts include The Carter Center (Atlanta); Bloomberg Link; the National Association of Corporate Directors; Renmin University of China; the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences; the United States Air Force Academy; and others.
Dr. Kapp received his doctorate in modern Chinese history from Yale University. From 1970 to 1980 he taught Chinese history at Rice University (Houston) and the University of Washington (Seattle). He is the author of a scholarly monograph and other published academic research on 20th-century China. From 1986 to 1991, Dr. Kapp was Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Business Administration, where he received a Distinguished Teaching award. He was Editor of the scholarly publication The Journal of Asian Studies,1978-80. Communicating With China (1980), which he edited, was a pioneering contribution to effective popular communication between the United States and China.
From 1979 to 1987, Dr. Kapp was the founding executive director of the Washington State China Relations Council (www.wscrc.org) , and from 1987 to 1994 he served as president of the Washington Council on International Trade (www.wcit.org ). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the World Affairs Council, whose World Citizen Award he received in 1994. He has been a frequent visitor to China since 1977. He and his wife Catherine live in Port Townsend, Washington State, USA.