Damien Ma
Damien Ma

Adjunct Lecturer of Global Initiatives in Management

Print Overview

Damien Ma is Fellow and Associate Director of the Think Tank at the Paulson Institute, where he co-founded MacroPolo, a leading digital platform on China's political economy, investment, and geoeconomics. He is the author or editor of the books, In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China's Ascent in the Next Decade and The Economics of Air Pollution in China (by Ma Jun). He currently also serves as adjunct faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Previously, Ma was a China and Mongolia Senior 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 public relations firm H-Line Ogilvy in Beijing, where he served major multinational clients.

In addition, Ma has published widely, including in the The Atlantic online, 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 in Washington, DC.

Ma is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a "99 under 33" foreign policy leader in 2012 by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

Print Vita
MA, 2006, Asian Studies, University of Michigan
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

Honors 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 / Evening & Weekend MBA
Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) (INTL-473-0)
All FT GIM classes will hold a final, mandatory class session. Please refer to each class's syllabi for the date and time.

Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) is an international experiential learning course designed to provide students with an introduction to the unique business opportunities, management practices and market dynamics of a specific region or global industry. The course combines in-class lectures, reading discussions and case studies during the winter quarter with ten days of international field research over spring break. Immersed in the culture and language of their host countries, students will have the opportunity to meet with local business and government leaders, conduct interviews and collect data for their group research projects, and experience some of the unique social and cultural facets of the region. Final presentations and written research reports are due in spring quarter after completion of the overseas portion of the class. Each class section is taught by a faculty member with deep knowledge of the region or industry and supported by an advisor from the Kellogg staff who assists students in planning the field experience. Students are financially responsible for their travel costs, and financial aid is available to those who qualify.