Senior Adviser

David has over 25 years of experience in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Europe helping governments, firms, and financial institutions to interpret and find opportunities in geopolitical and geoeconomic dynamics. He has served as senior adviser to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand. He has also held senior roles at McKinsey & Co, including as a senior fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute, the company’s in-house economic think-tank. Before joining McKinsey, David was the founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute, a privately funded, non-partisan economic think tank, and was a Principal Adviser at the New Zealand Treasury.

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General Politics

Declining private investment casts shadow over China’s economic outlook

General Politics

A GC team has just returned from Hong Kong, where we held discussions with a series of private domestic and foreign investors about the outlook for China. Many pointed out how private investment, from both domestic and foreign sources, is declining just as China needs more of it. Geopolitics is partly to blame, but an uncertain domestic political environment is also…

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