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Robert W. Koepp.

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Robert Koepp is the founder of Los Angeles-based Geoeconomix, an independent, creative source for insights into the forces moving global societies, markets, technologies, organizations, and governments.

An internationally active thought leader, Rob founded Geoeconomix following years of international experience in research, analysis, and executive management in the fields of economics, finance, innovation, technology, strategy, and media. His latest project is a documentary film on the geopolitical dimensions of global cybersecurity.

Rob serves as Director of the Asia-Pacific Geoeconomics and Business Initiative and as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. Prior to these academic roles, he led the Corporate Network in Hong Kong for The Economist Group, a position in which he served as both a senior editor and chief economist. Rob has authored two full-length books, Betting on China: Chinese Stocks, American Stock Markets, and the Wagers on a New Dynamic in Global Capitalism and Clusters of Creativity: Enduring Lessons on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Silicon Valley and Europe’s Silicon Fen. His prior work in global media also includes both entertainment as well as infotainment. Immediately prior to its acquisition by Disney, Rob was the Chief Representative in Asia for Marvel and was the English editor and translator of a best-selling Japanese manga biography on George Soros.

 

Rob has written a wide range of in-depth reports covering such topics as geopolitical shifts from Covid-19, disruptive technologies, digital economics, Big Data, China’s sports industry, China's Belt and Road Initiative, Asian business trends, and comparative government technology industrial policies. He frequently appears on television and at public forums discussing trends in economics, geopolitics, media, and business.

 

A graduate of Pomona College (where he was a Truman Scholar and Watson Fellow) with a degree in Asian Studies, Rob earned an MBA from the University of Cambridge. Despite years of study in Britain and working at a British company, he maintains a distinctively West Coast American accent. He is also fluently literate in Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese.