Duncan Clark is Chairman and Founder of BDA China (www.bda.com), a consultancy he founded in Beijing in 1994 after 4 years as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong. With over 60 professionals in Beijing, BDA is a leading adviser to institutional investors in China including private equity and hedge funds.
Duncan is a frequently cited expert on China’s digital and consumer markets in domestic and international media. Starting in 2014 he is author of a regular column on these sectors for Forbes magazine.
An early advisor to prominent Chinese Internet companies including Alibaba and Netease, Duncan is also an angel investor in a number of China-originated technology ventures including App Annie (www.appannie.com, invested by IDG, Sequoia amongst others) and Happy Latte (www.happylatte.com, invested by Index Ventures). Duncan also serves on the Advisory Board of the Digital Communication Fund of the Geneva-based private bank Pictet & Cie.
In 2010 and 2011 Duncan was invited as a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) first at the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) then the Stanford Graduate School of Business. There he researched the implications of the rapid growth of the Internet on China’s economy and the global digital economy. He helped establish the influential ‘China 2.0’ research initiative including co-chairing for four years annual conferences at Stanford and Beijing which featured keynotes leading industry figures including Jack Ma (Alibaba), Robin Li (Baidu) and Martin Lau (Tencent).
Duncan is also Executive Producer of two China-themed documentary films produced by a production company CIB Productions (www.cib-productions.com) that he co-founded in Beijing in 2008.
Duncan divides his time between his home in Beijing and fresh air outposts in the San Francisco Bay Area and London. A British citizen who grew up in the UK, US and France, Duncan was recently appointed O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for services to British commercial interests in China.