Malcolm Riddell

Malcolm Riddell is an Associate-in-Research at the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Peking University Law School.

At the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, he was an Asia Fellow in 2009 and 2010, where he focused on problems in Sino-western negotiations. At the Harvard Business School, he as written cases on China and China real estate and is a speaker at HBS industry and Asia business conferences. At Peking University Law School, in addition to being a Senior Visiting Fellow, he is a member of the advisory board for the Law School’s Center for Real Estate Law.

His research and lecture topics at Harvard and Peking University include: how to do business in China, how to do deals with the Chinese, and how to negotiate with the Chinese; China real estate industry, China financial services industry, and Chinese outbound investment; China business and political risk and the rise of Maosim.

A Mandarin speaker, Mr. Riddell lived and worked for 15 years in Taiwan and China, and brings more than 30 years of experience dealing with Chinese issues—including Chinese business, investment, government relations, and negotiation—to his academic work and to his work on Sino-western business and transactions.

Mr. Riddell is president of RIDDELLTSENG, a boutique investment bank that advises leading international financial services and real estate companies on business, investment, and joint ventures in China, and on winning financing from Chinese investors and lenders.

He is also editor of China Debate, published by RIDDELLTSENG. China Debate is an Internet platform that provides a forum for Chinese, Asian, and western thought leaders to express their views on diverse China issues and that aggregates the best China research and analysis.

As a lawyer, licensed to practice since 1976 and board certified in international law, he brings decades of experience in handling complex international legal issues.

And, as a former United States delegate to the United Nations, where he represented the U.S. at the Sixth Committee (international law) and was a legal advisor to the U.S. delegation at the UN Security Council, and as former Undersecretary of State for International Affairs in his home state of Florida, he brings senior level experience in international and government relations and negotiations.

Mr. Riddell began his China career in 1978 as a CIA case officer in China Operations, serving also as a ‘Special Operations Group’ reserve officer, and at all times holding ‘Top Secret/Codeword’ clearances.

Besides a juris doctor degree from Stetson University, College of Law and post-graduate studies at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Program, his other graduate work includes:

  • Harvard Graduate School of Design, AMDP in Real Estate
  • Columbia University, Master of International Affairs
  • Harvard Business School, MBA

Mr. Riddell is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.