On July 27, YCW London hosted Tim Clissold, investor and award-winning author of ‘Mr. China’, for their second book club discussion. They explored not only Tim’s book, but also his thoughts on how the “China story” has unfolded, 30 years after his adventure.
About Tim Clissold
Tim Clissold has three decades of business experience in China, with a unique background in complex corporate governance issues, contract negotiation and dispute resolution. Over that time, he has personally completed more than 100 transactions with value in excess of $1 billion.
He was one of the founders of Asian Strategic Investments Corporation, which invested more than $400 million into China’s manufacturing industries in the early 1990s. Tim then led Goldman Sachs’ non-performing loans recovery business in China, before he co-founded and another business to originate carbon offsets in China under the UN Clean Development Mechanism with start-up capital of €100 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust.
Currently, Tim is a non-executive director of the London quoted Henderson Far Eastern Income, one of the UK’s flagship investment trusts that invests in Chinese and Far Eastern equities. He is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Braemar Energy Ventures, the $600m New York venture capital fund focused on energy efficient technologies. Finally, Tim is also a Senior Research Associate at the Jesus College China Centre at Cambridge University.
Tim has written three books on China. The first, Mr China, was described by Time Magazine as “an instant classic”, named as the 2004 Book of the Year by The Economist and has been translated into fifteen languages. It is currently under development by Lionsgate Films.
Tim is fluent in Mandarin and read Natural Sciences (Theoretical Physics) at Jesus College, Cambridge University.