About Me

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Jeff is a technology equity investor and advisor, CEIBS / Sasin professor, best-selling author and keynote speaker. His writing and speaking are on digital competition and China / Asia’s leading tech companies. His podcast and subscription newsletter (Asia Tech Strategy) covers the strategies of Asia’s tech companies.

Jeff is one of the most followed professors in Asia (+3.1M followers on LinkedIn). He was also the #1 LinkedIn Top Voice for Finance globally (2017) and a Top Voice for China (2016, 2017, 2018). He is frequently cited as a global influencer by companies such as Huawei and Alibaba.

Jeff is a frequent speaker at companies, boards, conferences and universities around the world. He has been seen on Bloomberg, CGTN, CBS News, ABC and other programs. Topics for writing / speaking include:

  • Asia’s latest and most important technology trends.
  • China’s digital giants – including Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, Toutiao, Meituan and others.
  • E-commerce / new retail – including Alibaba, JD, Pinduoduo, Xiaohongshu and others. And how this impacts consumer products and retail in China – including Starbucks, Walmart, Gome, Suning, McDonalds, Luckin and Yum!.
  • Mobility / smart cities / autonomous vehicles – Mobike, Ofo, Didi, BYD and others. And how this impacts traditional industry.
  • Healthcare – including PingAn, Fosun, and Cigna.
  • Financial services – including Ant Financial and others.

Jeff was previously the Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Alwaleed, nicknamed by Time magazine the “Arabian Warren Buffett”.

His latest books are the One Hour China Book and the One Hour China Consumer Book. Both were (are) Amazon best-sellers.

Jeff received an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, a BA in Physics from Pomona College and a Fulbright Scholarship in Biophysics from the Karolinska Institute for Biomedical Science in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jeff lives in Bangkok and Las Vegas. He is a huge fan of Starbucks and anything Marvel. An ex-Burger King employee, he claims he can make a 100 hamburgers in an hour.

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Work

Jeff is a technology equity investor and advisor with 20 years of experience across the US, China/Asia and the Middle East. He has developed projects in real estate, hotels, banks / financial services, insurance, healthcare, consumer products, retail, technology, petrochemicals, and energy / infrastructure.

His writing and speaking are on digital competition and China / Asia’s tech giants. His podcast and subscription newsletter (Asia Tech Strategy) covers the strategies of Asia’s tech companies. Previously, Jeff was Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Alwaleed, nicknamed the “Prince of deals” and the “Arabian Warren Buffett”

  • Prince Alwaleed is arguably the world’s first private global investor and his distinctions include: the world’s 4th richest person (2004, Forbes), the largest foreign investor in the USA, the largest shareholder of the world’s largest bank (Citigroup, 2007), the world’s second largest media owner and the leading Middle Eastern business person (Arabian Business).
  • Between 2000 and 2009, Jeff was one of the core investment / advisory staff at Prince Alwaleed’s Riyadh headquarters (Kingdom Holding Company).

Prior, Jeff was CEO of Kingdom Hospital in Riyadh. And prior to that, a management consultant (Senior Associate) at Booz-Allen & Hamilton in New York City where he focused on financial services and healthcare. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association and the American Medical Association Foundation.

Teaching

Jeff is a Professor at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai and at Sasin School of Management in Bangkok, where he teaches private equity, valuation, digital strategy in China / Asia. He is also a past Fellow in Finance at the Cambridge University Judge School of Business. His writing and speaking are on digital China and Asia’s latest and most important technology trends.

Books

Alwaleed, Khaled and Mohammed: An Insider’s Tell-All About the Risks of Doing Business in Saudi Arabia. This book is a tell-all of Jeff’s experiences at the highest levels of Saudi Arabian business. It is what he thinks every foreign company and investor should know before doing business in the Kingdom. He details his experiences and does a deep dive into the past projects of Alwaleed bin Talal, his son Khaled Alwaleed and others.

Foreign companies and investors can definitely do well in Saudi Arabia – but they are also frequently abused and scammed. Business behavior in Saudi Arabia spans the good, the bad and the ugly (sometimes within the same family). Through research and interviews, Jeff details the experiences of foreign companies in Saudi Arabia. And he outlines some of the most common problems and bad behaviors. For more information, go to alwaleedkhaledmohammedbook.com.

The One Hour China Book: Two Peking University Professors Explain All of China Business in Six Short Stories (2017) is a “speed read” on China’s economic trends. It was co-authored by Jonathan Woetzel of McKinsey & Company and has been on the Amazon China bestseller list for over +4 years.

The One Hour China Consumer Book: Five Short Stories That Explain the Brutal Fight for One Billion Consumers (2015) is follow-up speed read on Chinese consumers. It was co-authored with Jonathan Woetzel and was an Amazon bestseller.

What Would Ben Graham Do Now: A New Value Investing Playbook for a Global Age (FT Press, 2011) focused on investment strategies for the increasing collision of the West and the emerging markets. It was a best-seller on Amazon (#1 in Business & Investing), USA TODAY Money (#3) and Inc. Magazine (#2).

 

 

(Jeff Towson, Jeffery Towson)

6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. TUNEVIT

    April 19, 2021 at 4:23pm

    Amazing, intelligent person with philosophical overview.
    Inbound and impressive knowledge of Asian and Chinese companies.
    I am interested in Chinese and SEA stocks.
    This is why I follow Jeffrey Towson.

  2. Fu Ming

    July 4, 2021 at 8:43am

    Hi Jeff, I’m a new subscriber.

    So glad to have found this course. I have followed you on LinkedIn for several years. Now this platform is a whole other level. You certainly possess an very impressive background. We happen to share three traits, educated in Physics, working in Business, and being an investor. Looking forward to the dialogues.

    Cheers.
    Ming Fu

    • jtowson

      July 6, 2021 at 12:55am

      Hey. Thanks for subscribing. Glad to have you. I’m always reachable on LinkedIn messages.
      cheers, j

  3. Wimal Samarasinghe

    September 1, 2021 at 7:47am

    Hi Jeff,
    This is an article about the prospect of Didi setting up a union for their drivers:
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/didi-creates-union-setting-precedent-045926554.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw&tsrc=twtr

    Would you be able to check the commissions that Didi currently charges their drivers for rides?

    When I was living in Shanghai, I would ask the drivers what they pay. The commission was in the 20% range then and I felt it had room to come down.

    “the government intends to impose a cap on the commissions that ride-hailing or meal delivery providers charge their drivers or merchant partners.”

    I’m wondering how these caps might impact Didi’s revenues going forward?

    cheers,
    Wimal
    Twitter; @wimalsamara

    • jtowson

      September 1, 2021 at 9:14am

      Hey. Yeah. it’s a big deal. In theory, this could change their cost structure going forward. But they will likely just pass on the increases in prices. They have a typical take-rate and aren’t making any money yet. So unprofitable goes to maybe less profitable.

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