Dr. Robert A. Kapp 柯白博士is president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates, 柯氏策略咨询公司Inc., Port Townsend, Washington, USA, and former President of The US-China Business Council. His 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 Senior Advisor to The China Program of The Carter Center, Atlanta Georgia, participating in strategic planning, accompanying President and Mrs. Carter on China visits, executing conferences and exchanges on U.S.-China relations, and writing essays for the China Program web site. His widely-viewed “Suggested Readings on China” is updated weekly at that site, www.uscnpm.org.
He is Senior China Advisor 高级中国事物顾问to the global law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP高盖茨律师事务所 (“K&L Gates”) (www.klgates.com) . The firm maintains extensive practices in the United States and China, and serves 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 美中贸易全国委员会, 会长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.
Dr. Kapp chairs the China Committee of the Pacific Council on International Policy (www.pacificcouncil.org). He also sits 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. Dr. Kapp sits on the Board of The Blakemore Foundation, Seattle, Washington. The Foundation Board awards generous grants to Americans pursuing advanced study of Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian languages.
In the field of corporate social responsibility; Dr. Kapp was the principal initiator of The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund （美中法律合作基金）, 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 writes for a variety of publications. He is a listed Contributor to ChinaFile, The Asia Society’s innovative e-magazine (www.chinafile.com). He has published a series of feature articles (in Chinese translation) for the magazine China Newsweek. Other commentaries have appeared in American, Chinese and European publications. He has appeared at major conferences in the US and China. Recent hosts have included The Carter Center (Atlanta); The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, the University of Colorado, Bloomberg Link; the National Association of Corporate Directors; Renmin University of China; the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences; Central China Normal University, 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.
Prior to his presidency of the US-China Business Council, Dr. Kapp served as the founding Executive Director of the Washington State China Relations Council (华州中国交流理事会, 理事长) (wscrc.org) from 1980 to 1987, and from 1987 to 1994 as president of the Washington Council on International Trade （华盛顿州国际贸易委员会，会长 (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.
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