About Duncan Clark 

Founder, investor and leading advisor on China’s dynamic technology and consumer sectors, Duncan is author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, published in 2016 in English by HarperCollins/Ecco. The book has also been released in China by CITIC Press and in a total of over fifteen other languages.


‘Alibaba’, shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, has received glowing reviews from The New York Times ("breezy", and an "engaging" biography), The Economist (“fascinating”), and The Wall Street Journal ("Duncan Clark tells the story with flair... A fine writer"). 

Duncan has been based in China since 1994 where, after four years as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley, he founded BDA China, the leading investment advisory firm which today comprises 100 professionals in Beijing.

A senior China policy advisor to institutional investors, corporations and governments, Duncan is also a cofounder or early stage investor of a number of technology ventures including AppAnnie, and Radish Fiction. He is an independent director of Bangkok Bank (China) in Shanghai, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society in New York and a member of the advisory board of the Pictet Digital thematic mutual fund, managed by Pictet Asset Management in Geneva.  Duncan also serves on the international board of WildAid, the San Francisco non-profit whose mission is to end the trade of illegal wildlife products in our lifetime.

Duncan recently was named Visiting Senior Fellow of the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics; and a former Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He previously served as Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in China, and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to UK-China trade and investment.

A UK citizen raised in the UK, US and France, Duncan is a graduate of the London School of Economics.