Mary Wadsworth Darby

Founder and Managing Director, Peridot Asia Advisors, LLC & Senior Research Scholar, Jerome A. Chazen Institute, Columbia Business School

China Foreign Policy in Perspective: Will the Real China Please Stand Up?

About the Speaker

Mary W. Darby is Senior Research Scholar at the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of Columbia Business School, and Senior Visiting Fellow, Tsinghua University, Beijing. She leads faculty seminars and conducts research on China’s economy and financial system and cross-border investment. She is also Founder and Managing Director, Peridot Asia Advisors, LLC, a consulting and advisory firm on Asia business.

Ms. Darby was the first US businesswoman to travel to China after the historic Nixon-Kissinger opening in 1973. Fluent in Mandarin, Ms. Darby has had more than 25 years of China and Asia-related experience working in the financial services industry and with Fortune 100 companies. Ms. Darby has worked with different firms to develop their strategy with respect to China. Also, she has advised on and negotiated multi-million dollar transactions with her Chinese counterparties. These efforts included helping Chase establish its first banking presence in China, the first IBM computer sale to the Bank of China, and Fluor’s first cost-reimbursable contract with China, the first long-term hydroturbine technology agreement for Allis-Chalmers, and at Morgan Stanley to help establish an institutional sales capability for greater China; as well as other significant transactions.

She received her BA from Princeton University, and her MBA and MIA degrees from Columbia University. Ms. Darby currently serves as trustee, International House; board director, Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College; trustee, Princeton-in-Asia; board governor, Princeton Club; board governor, HK Association of New York; and board governor, Off-the-Record Lecture Series. Ms. Darby is a member of the Council Foreign Relations.