VBQ Speakers

Clay Chandler - Keynote Speaker

Book Clay Chandler as a keynote speaker. Clay Chandler has two decades of experience living and working in Asia, through which he has deep knowledge of the region’s “big three” economies, China, Japan and India. For more information on China speaker Clay Chandler, contact VBQ Speakers founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk on leo@vbqspeakers.com or 0044 7833 727090.


Clay Chandler

Expert On Asian Business

Speaker Themes

  • The rise of China & India

  • Chinese business

  • China’s digital economy


Hong Kong



Clay Chandler is a best-selling author and editor, an award-winning journalist, and the principal at The Barrenrock Group, a Hong Kong-­based consultancy he founded in 2014. With two decades of experience living and working in Asia, he has deep knowledge of the region’s “big three” economies, China, Japan and India.

From 2008 through 2013, Clay was Asia Editor for McKinsey & Company, the global consultancy, where he  worked with senior partners around the world to develop and share the firm’s knowledge, insight and ideas. While at McKinsey, Clay led a variety of high-­profile projects for the firm, including McKinsey’s Reimagining essay series, which he conceived, developed, and edits.

He is author of the book The Tao Of Jack: Alibaba, China’s Digital Revolution And What It Means For The World (forthcoming, May 2019).

He is co-editor with former McKinsey India chairman Adil Zainulbhai of Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower (2013), a collection of 65 essays by global thought leaders on the future of India. He co-edited Reimagining Japan: The Quest for a Future That Works (2011), which included essays on Japan’s future by more than 80 influential thinkers and was released in English and Japanese. Both books were No. 1 bestsellers in their target markets. Clay also edited Korea 2020: Global Perspectives for the Next Decade (2010), and played a key role on McKinsey teams formulating and articulating the firm’s thinking about the changing requirements for effective CEO leadership in a volatile, globalised, hyper-­connected world.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Clay was an award-winning journalist. As Asia Editor of Fortune magazine (2001-­08), he contributed cover stories from around the region and represented the magazine at high-­profile gatherings including Fortune’s Global Forum and “Brainstorm” conferences, as well as meetings of the World Economic Forum in China. Clay joined Fortune after a ten-­year stint at The Washington Post where his postings included Washington, DC-­based chief economic correspondent (1992-­99), and Hong Kong-based Asian economic correspondent (1999­2001). He also served as Tokyo correspondent for The Wall Street Journal (1989-92).

His editorial assignments have taken him to every major Asian economy; Clay has lived in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. He is a former fellow of Harvard’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, a member of the Hong Kong Forum, and serves as a director of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong.


With deep knowledge of the Chinese, Indian and Japanese economies, Clay provides expert analysis of these key markets, and the strategies organisations should be implementing to make the most of the opportunities they provide.

He is also an expert on the evolving Chinese digital economy.


Clay moderates a discussion on the outlook for ASEAN (2016)

Clay on the challenge of energy (2015)