Damien Ma is director and co-founder of MacroPolo, the Think Tank of the Paulson Institute. 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, The Economics of Air Pollution in China (by Ma Jun), and a forthcoming volume from Palgrave.
Previously, Ma was a senior analyst at Eurasia Group, the political risk research and advisory firm. At EG, he mainly focused on the China and East Asian markets, covering areas that spanned energy and commodities and industrial policy to elite politics and US-China relations. He also led work on analyzing Mongolian politics and its mining sector. His advisory and analytical work served a range of clients from institutional investors and multinationals to the U.S., Japanese and Singaporean governments.
Prior to joining Eurasia Group, he was a manager of publications at the US-China Business Council in Washington, D.C., where he was also an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Early in his career, he worked at public relations firm H-Line Ogilvy in Beijing, where he served multinational clients.
In addition, Ma has published widely, including in The Atlantic, 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. In addition to media appearances, Ma has keynoted or spoken at various industry, investor and academic conferences, including CLSA and Credit Suisse Latin America.
Ma was named a “99 under 33” foreign policy leader by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
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