Damien Ma
Damien Ma

Adjunct Lecturer of Global Initiatives in Management

Print Overview

Damien Ma is a Fellow at the Paulson Institute, focused on investment and policy programs and the Institute's research and think tank activities. He is the co-author of the book, In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade.

 Previously, Ma was a lead China analyst at Eurasia Group, the political risk research and advisory firm. He specialized in analyzing the intersection between Chinese policies and markets, with a particular focus on energy and commodities, industrial policy, elite politics, US-China relations, and social policies. His advisory and analytical work served a range of clients from institutional investors and multinational corporations to the US government. Prior to joining Eurasia Group, he was a manager of publications at the US-China Business Council in Washington, DC. He also worked in a public relations firm in Beijing, where he served clients ranging from Ford to Microsoft.

In addition, Ma writes regularly for the Atlantic Monthly online and has published widely, including in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, and Bloomberg, among others. He has also appeared in a range of broadcast media such as the Charlie Rose Show, BBC, NPR, and CNBC. He also served as an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Ma is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a “99under33” foreign policy leader in 2012 by the Diplomatic Courier. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.  

Print Vita
MA, 2006, Asian Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BS, 2004, Journalism, Boston University
BA, 2004, International Relations, Boston University

Academic Positions
Adjunct Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, 2011-2012

Other Professional Experience
Fellow, The Paulson Institute, 2013-present
Contributer, The Atlantic Monthly Online, 2010-present
Senior Analyst, Asia Practice, Eurasia Group, 2008-2013
Manager and Assistant Editor, US-China Business Council, 2006-2008
Communications Editor, H-Line Ogilvy, 2005-2006

Grants and Awards
99under33 Foreign Policy Leaders, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, The Diplomatic Courier
FLAS Fellowship, University of Michigan
PRC Fellowship, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan
William J. Newman Book Award, Boston University Department of International Relations

Print Research
Ma, Damien and William Adams. 2013. In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China's Ascent in the Next Decade. Pearson FT Press.

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) (INTL-473-0)
This course offers students an opportunity to learn about non-U.S. business environments within an innovative and flexible framework that combines traditional classroom-based learning with structured in-country field research. From its inception in 1989 as one class of 34 students covering the Soviet Union, the program has grown to become a cornerstone of the Kellogg experience for many students. The school currently sponsors 13 GIM courses composed of approximately 400 students traveling to 15 countries. Evanston full-time students gain admission to GIM classes through the bidding process in the fall quarter. Classroom instruction is held during the winter quarter, followed by two weeks of field research abroad and seminar presentations of written student reports during the spring quarter. (TMP and EMP GIM classes sometimes follow different schedules.) GIM courses are organized by student leaders under the guidance of a faculty adviser. If you would like to become a GIM student leader, please contact the IBMP office for more information.

Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) (INTL-473-5)