Daniel R. Joseph


  • Wrote, narrated, and produced award winning short documentary
  • Author of two books about China
  • Lived in China for 10 years; active in China for 20+ years
  • General manager of multiple foreign invested enterprises in China
  • Advised hundreds of US companies, big and small, on China operations
  • Speaks and reads Chinese;

Daniel R. Joseph is a consultant, author, and award-winning filmmaker whose work addresses the global economy, foreign affairs, and international business.  Dan’s recent documentary, Democracy Road, explores the issue of why our hopes for spreading democracy are so frequently dashed including in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.  Dan’s recent book, The China Learning Curve: Critical Differences, explains how China is different from America and how those differences should impact policy and business.


Overall Dan has a fairly broad business background including direct experience in the following functional areas: general management, manufacturing, quality control, supply chain management, finance, banking, and business development. Dan has also consulted with more than 200 foreign companies relative to their plans and operations in China. Previous experience, which encompasses positions in both finance and operations, includes corporate finance analyst at Prudential Bache Securities, project finance manager at Westinghouse Taiwan, Operations Manager at Kennametal China, and President of Axcess Manufacturing, a quality control and procurement firm based in China.

Dan is also the author of two books on China. Wen and the Art of Doing Business in China is about the 3 years Dan spent managing a joint venture as the only foreigner in a town of 500,000 Chinese. The China Learning Curve: Critical Differences explains the crucial ways in which China is different from developed markets and offers best practice suggestions as to how foreigners can adapt to those differences.

Beyond the breadth of his business experience, Dan’s distinguishing attribute is the authenticity and directness of his China experience. Dan spent most of his time in China in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tier areas, including spending 3 years as the only foreigner in town of 500K Chinese. Dan has not only worked with foreign companies big ($10+ billion) and small ($10- million) in China, he has also worked with all types of Chinese companies from old-school state-owned enterprises to leading edge companies listed on US stock exchanges.

Dan speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese. He has degrees in International Economics and Finance from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.