Professor Peter Nolan

Director of the China Centre at Jesus College Cambridge

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Director of the China Centre, Jesus College
Founding Director, Centre of Development Studies
Chong Hua Professor in Chinese Development (Emeritus)
Director of the Chinese Executive Leadership Programme (CELP)
Fellow of Jesus College

Peter Nolan is Director of the China Centre at Jesus College. He also holds the Chong Hua Chair in Chinese Development and is Founding Director of the University’s Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. He is the Director of the Chinese Executive Leadership Programme (CELP), which each year brings CEOs from China’s largest firms to the University of Cambridge for a three-week training programme, taught by a combination of academics and the leaders of international firms.

The Financial Times commented: ‘Nolan knows more about Chinese companies and their international competition than anyone else on earth, including in China’.

Peter Nolan has spoken at the Chinese Government’s annual China Development Forum since its inception in 2000. He has testified at the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission of the US Congress and lectured to the Board of the US-China Business Council. He is a member of the UK Government’s Asia Task Force and the China Council of the World Economic Forum. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Copenhagen Business School.

Peter Nolan was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Diplomatic List of the 2009 New Year’s Honours List ‘for services to the integration of China into the global economy’.

Peter Nolan has researched, written and taught on a wide range of issues in economic development, globalisation and the transition of former planned economies. He has researched on comparative development in China and India; on Chinese agriculture; system change in China and the former USSR; poverty, famine, inequality and migration; restructuring large global firms in the era of the Global Business Revolution; the transformation of large Chinese firms since the 1980s; the evolution of China’s political economy; the inter-action between Chinese and the global firms in the era of the Global Business Revolution; and the contradictory character of capitalist globalisation.