Jeffrey R. Williams, external expert
Jeffrey R. Williams is a corporate director and independent consultant with over 30 years experience in the financial services and education industries in Greater China.
In 2004, Williams became the first foreigner to lead a Chinese bank -- Shenzhen Development Bank -- since the founding of the PRC. Previously, he had served in various roles for Citibank in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and as the Taiwan general manager for American Express Company and Standard Chartered Bank. Most recently, Williams was the inaugural Executive Director and General Manager of Harvard Center (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Harvard University’s base of operations in China.
In 1979-80 Williams taught at Peking University, shortly after the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and the United States.
Williams has extensive experience at the board level in private and listed companies as well as non-profit organizations in Greater China and the USA. Williams is currently an independent director at China Universal Asset Management, a Shanghai-based mutual fund company, and a director of Shanghai FRoad Commercial Services Co., a provider of mobile banking solutions to smaller banks across China.
He is also a trustee of the China Medical Board based in Cambridge, MA. Williams formerly served as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei and chairman of Taipei American School. He has been the President of the Harvard alumni clubs of Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Williams graduated magna cum laude in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard College in 1978 and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982, and is currently a Rajawali Senior Fellow at the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.