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Robyn Meredith    

Foreign Correspondent and Author, "The Elephant and the Dragon"

Based in Hong Kong, Robyn Meredith is the author of The New York Times best seller, The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us, published by W.W. Norton.

A seasoned business journalist with more than a decades experience reporting on global business and economic trends from Asia, Meredith served for two years as Asia Correspondent for Bloomberg Television, where she interviewed heads of state and global CEOs.

Prior to joining Bloomberg Television, Meredith served as Senior Editor, Asia for Forbes where she covered economics, global finance, Asian markets and foreign policy. For Forbes, she wrote cover stories on Sony, General Motors, Kodak, Microsoft, Philips, Toyota, Ratan Tata, Li & Fung and Infosys. Meredith joined Forbes as its Detroit Bureau Chief in April 2000 to write about the auto industry. She moved to Hong Kong in 2002. One of her articles was included in the 2002 edition of the book The Best Business Stories of the Year.

Meredith is an award-winning journalist who previously wrote for The New York Times, USA Today and The American Banker newspaper, where her reporting exposed a pattern of insider deals at savings and loans that led to four congressional hearings and an overhaul of U.S. banking regulations governing initial public offerings.

Meredith received a B.A. in English Literature from Boston University in 1990.

Speech Topics

Japan’s Jump Start: Abenomics

Japan has launched a dramatic turnaround attempt known as Abenomics, which aims to restore economic growth after two painful lost decades. The most controversial part of Abenomics is a vast money-printing effort intended to jolt the country out of deflation—one that so far has yielded mixed results.

You’ll learn from this speech:

  • How Japan’s dramatic policy change will affect the U.S.

  • Why the new monetary policy has roiled global markets

  • What exporters—and investors in them—need to know about the weak yen

  • How Abenomics is affecting the rest of the world economy

  • How the U.S. can avoid the ‘lost decades’ Japan experienced

America’s Urgent Competitiveness Challenge

The powerful rise of China and India has Americans worried – and it should. But far from despairing about the arrival of the new economic leviathans, the U.S. needs to unlock its own massive potential with a fresh sense of urgency.

You'll learn:

  • How the rise of China and India has created a global job market

  • That colleges in China and India are already churning out more than twice as many graduates as the U.S.

  • How "disassembly lines" are connecting American stores to Asian workers

  • Steps Americans can take to compete more aggressively

  • How the bulk of China's economic muscle actually belongs to Westerners

  • If India and China can change themselves this dramatically, then so can the United States of America

All You Need to Know about India and China

The fact that these two giants are embracing globalization and capitalism represents a seismic shift in business and politics. Robyn Meredith calls this “Tectonic Economics.” The West must understand the changes at hand to thrive in this new world order.

You’ll learn from this speech:

  • How the most important business revolution in a century is connecting China and India to the West

  • How China has just gone through a fast-tracked Industrial Revolution, transforming a land of inefficient farms into a nation of modern factories

  • How India, a service-industry powerhouse, has other unseen strengths

  • How leaders can harness these powerful forces of change to help navigate the challenges of globalization

How to Win in the World’s ONLY Big Growth Markets

The road to recovery leads to Asia, with China leading the world out of recession. Today, China and India are the world's only large, fast-growing economies, while the U.S., European and Japanese economies are becalmed in the doldrums. Forward-thinking companies and investors looking for growth are targeting largely untapped markets in China and India, with more and more companies earning bigger profits in Asia than at home. But to prosper, business leaders must understand how to do business there.

Robyn Meredith shares:

  • How to profit from Asia's astonishingly fast rebound

  • How fast-growing China and India are key to revenue growth and cost-cutting

  • How smart companies are harnessing the complementary strengths of China and India

  • Just how vast the Chinese and Indian middle classes have become, how fast they continue to grow, and why that is crucial to future profitability

  • How successful companies use their China and India operations to drive innovation on the cheap

Making the Most Out of Asias Rise

China, India and other Asian economies are more closely connected than ever to the West. But they have ended the era of double-digit growth many Western companies had been counting on. Opportunities have changed, and companies must adjust their plans.

Youll learn:

  • What Asias younger consumers are buying

  • That selling to Asian customers increasingly takes place outside Asia

  • How China and India are taking very different approaches to economic growth

  • Which other Asian nations to turn to as costs rise in China

  • How successful companies use Asian operations for inexpensive innovation

Navigating Globalization

Globalization is reshaping everything from business to the environment, from labor markets to luxury markets, from military strategy to technology. And while China and the world are moving closer together economically, some forces are pushing them apart politically. Understanding globalizations changes allows better business decisions.

Youll learn:

  • Of the greater potential for clashes as Chinas economic power grows

  • About the business forces behind the U.S. military pivot to Asia

  • How North-South trade, not just East-West trade, is growing fast

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The Future of China

Chinas next president takes over in March and is expected to serve for the next 10 years. He will push for changes, including that China must go beyond being Factory to the World. This political change comes with profit potential as well as pitfalls. Chinese are spending more, and for some industries China has already become the worlds biggest market. To prosper, business leaders must understand where China is heading under new leadership.

Youll learn from this speech:

  • What Chinas goals for itself are

  • Why foreign companies may soon find it harder to do business in China

  • How Chinas next leaders face gridlock, and what that means for companies

  • Which industries and geographic regions offer the most lucrative opportunities

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