Ben Simpfendorfer is a Senior Associate of Global Strategic Associates, LLC (GSA) based in Hong Kong. He is involved in all areas of GSA’s business development, advisory services, and investor relations with a particular emphasis on China, Asia, and the Middle East.
Prior to joining GSA, Ben served as Chief China Economist for the RBS in Hong Kong, where he advised many of the world’s largest financial institutions and multinationals. He remains a Senior Advisor to the bank on issues related to China and Middle East. Prior to this, he spent five years as a senior China Economist for JPMorgan. He was also formerly a Middle East sovereign economist for Dun & Bradstreet, based in London.
Ben has lived in Hong Kong for over a decade, but he started his career in the Middle East. He lived in Amman, Beirut, and Damascus before moving to Beijing. He is an Arabic and Chinese speaker, and one of the world’s leading experts on relations between China and the Middle East.
His most recent book, The New Silk Road: How A Rising Arab World Is Turning Away From The West And Rediscovering China was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009 and is available in five languages. He has spoken on the topic of China’s relations with the Middle East at the U.S. State Department, Council on Foreign Relations, and International Monetary Fund, among other institutions in over a dozen countries. In addition to his role at GSA, Ben runs the consulting firm Silk Road Associates.
Ben appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg. His editorials have been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, and Foreign Affairs. He received his M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and his B.A from Melbourne University. Ben currently resides in Hong Kong.