Anthony Desir is a senior investment banker with a +35 year career which started on Wall Street and matured into a private investment and consultancy advisory practice based in Hong Kong since 1990. He is recognized as one of the region’s experts on China’s economic and investment policies. His practical insight includes an understanding of actual and unknown stratagems behind China’s economic advocacy. He is able to convincingly engage an audience on topics related to the hidden details and unintended policy effects, including addressing subjects that are rarely discussed openly by affiliated professionals who may need to avoid analysis which might challenge orthodox government or corporate positions. His practical knowledge of China practices and policy comes from having lived and worked in China and Hong Kong, and through his interaction with China SOEs, state governments, financial institutions and corporate clients predating the Hong Kong Handover in 1997, following China’s WTO admission in 2011, and since China’s economic ascendency after the Global Financial Crisis.
Anthony has recently been a featured keynote presenter on policy matters at private and closed government and corporate functions, with some public engagements related to investment and finance. He is an author and columnist who has been profiled and interviewed in financial publications which promote independent market analysis. His insights have been sought by global media including CNBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Asian Wall Street Journal, CCTV, China Daily, The SCMP and others.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (Hons.) where he was a founding editor of The Dartmouth Review. His current advisory practice includes public institutions at the presidential, ministerial, and ambassadorial rank, and corporate clients primarily involved in financial services. He has also worked in the US as a political adviser, election consultant, and speech writer for various candidates, including President Ronald Reagan.