About Me

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Jeff is a private equity investor, Peking University professor, best-selling author and keynote speaker. His writing and speaking are on digital China and Asia’s latest technology trends.

Nicknamed China’s “celebrity professor”, Jeff is the #1 followed professor in China (+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 has also been cited as a global influencer by companies including Huawei and Alibaba. His online class (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class) is now available internationally, with a 30-day free trial.

Jeff is a frequent speaker at companies, boards, conferences and universities around the world. He has been seen on 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!.
  • Mobililty / 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.

His investment / advisory work is in healthcare, primarily in the US and China / Asia. Jeff was previously 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 an 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.

He is currently Managing Partner of Towson Group, a niche investment and advisory firm focused on digital health in the US and Asia. (www.towsongroup.com). 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 of Investment at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management in Beijing where he teaches private equity, valuation, digital strategy and China strategy. He also teaches at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai and is 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 (2019). 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. For media inquiries, contact me at jeffreytowson@gmail.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)

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