Founder and President, Economic Strategy Institute
Clyde Prestowitz is the author of the recently released book – The Betrayal of American Prosperity. Prior to this he was also the author of the best selling books: Three Billion New Capitalists, Rogue Nation, and Trading Places.
He is also the founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute (ESI) where he has become one of the world’s leading writers and strategists on globalization and competitiveness and an influential adviser to the U.S. and other governments. In addition, he has advised a number of global corporations such as Intel, FormFactor, and Fedex and serves on the Advisory Board of Indonesia’s Center for International and Strategic Studies as well as on the Advisory Board of Israel’s Ministry of Industry and Labor.
The New York Times has called Mr. Prestowitz one of the most far seeing forecasters of global trends. He was among the very first to warn of the approach of the recent economic crisis, the decline of the dollar, and the dangers of the global trade imbalances.
Prior to founding ESI, Mr. Prestowitz served as Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan Administration where he headed U.S. negotiations with Japan, Korea, the EU, Southeast Asia, and Latin America and served as a leader of the first U.S. trade mission to China. Subsequently, he became a Fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and was appointed Vice Chairman of President Clinton’s Commission on Trade and Investment in the Asia-Pacific Region as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
Before joining the Commerce Department, he was Head of Global Marketing with the American Can Company, Vice President-Japan for Egon Zehnder International, and Director of European Marketing and Planning for Scott Paper Company.
Clyde Prestowitz regularly writes for leading publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fortune, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, and the Straits Times.
He holds a B.A. with honors from Swarthmore College; an M.A. in East-West Policies and Economics from the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii; and an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. He also studied at Keio University in Tokyo and speaks Japanese, Dutch, German, and French.