Robert Kapp serves as the president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates.
Founded in 2014 in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, Kapp's firm provides consulting services to companies and nonprofit organizations seeking to develop their productive engagements with China or to engage with policy makers in U.S.-China relations. The firm has served leading corporations and organizations such as Cargill, UPS, Monitor Group, The Asia Foundation, Mary Kay, and United Airlines.
Dr. Kapp is senior China advisor to Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP ("K&L Gates"), a global law firm with more than twenty offices in Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East, including strong facilities in Greater China (including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei), London, California, and Washington, D.C. He chairs the China Committee of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
In addition, Dr. Kapp serves actively on a number of advisory boards of organizations deeply involved in contemporary Chinese affairs and US-China relations. These include The China Economic Quarterly and the Indiana University Research Center for Chinese Politics Business. Most recently, he has been advising China Dialogue - USA, an affiliate of the innovative bilingual website and blog Chinadialogue.net, which focuses on China's global discourse on environmental and climate change challenges. He is also a director of the Wilton Park USA Foundation.
From April, 1994 to November, 2004, Dr. Kapp served as president of The US-China Business Council, which is the principal organization of major American companies engaged in trade and investment with China. He guided the organization’s business services, publications, and program activities through their Washington, D.C. headquarters and Beijing and Shanghai representative offices. Dr. Kapp also contributed regularly to informed U.S. dialogue on China through congressional testimony, published articles, frequent media appearances, and presentations to educational and community organizations nationwide. He has been widely recognized in the United States and China as a leader in the effort to sustain strong, mutually respectful relations between the two nations. In the field of corporate social responsibility, he was the initiator of The US-China Legal Cooperation (Funduschinalegalcoop.org), a corporate-supported program supporting bi-national projects for the development of China's legal and judicial systems. Since its inception in 1998, the Fund has provided more than a million dollars in support of a wide range of innovative and successful programs.
From 1979 to 1987, he was the founding executive director of the Washington State China Relations Council. From 1987 to 1994 he served as president of the Washington Council on International Trade, a not-for-profit trade information and education association primarily concerned with trade policy issues. Dr. Kapp has been a frequent visitor to China since January, 1977.
Dr. Kapp received his Ph.D. in modern Chinese history from Yale University. From 1970 to 1980, he taught Chinese history at Rice University (Houston) and the University of Washington (Seattle). From 1986 to 1991, Dr. Kapp was Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Business Administration, where he received a distinguished teaching award. He edited the scholarly publication The Journal of Asian Studies (1978-80). He has published one scholarly book and many articles, including one on U.S.-China relations which appeared in the scholarly journal World Economy and Politics in January, 2010.
从1994年4月到2004年11月，Kapp博士担任美中贸易委员会主席，主要组织美国公司与中国进行贸易和投资。除了通过美中贸易全国委员会(US-China business Council) 位于华盛顿特区的总部、北京和上海的代表处指导美中贸易全国委员会的商业服务、出版物和项目活动外，Kapp博士还通过国会作证、发表文章、频繁出现在媒体上、向全国各地的教育和社区组织发表演讲的方式，定期为美国对华对话提供信息。他在美国和中国被广泛认为是两国保持强有力、相互尊重的关系的领导者。在企业社会责任领域，他是美中法律合作基金会(US-China Legal Cooperation Funduschinalegalcoop.org)的发起人。自1998年成立以来，该基金已为一系列创新和成功的项目提供了100多万美元的支持。
此外，Kapp博士还积极地参与了一系列与当代中国事务以及中美关系密切相关的组织的顾问委员会。其中包括《中国经济季刊》(China Economic Quarterly)、印第安纳大学(Indiana University)中国政治与商业研究中心(Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business)，以及最近的“中国对话美国”(Chinadialogue USA)。此外，他还担任Wilton Park基金会的董事。
Kapp博士是全球律师事务所Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP(“K&L Gates”)的高级中国顾问，该事务所在亚洲、北美、欧洲和中东设有20多个办事处，包括在大中华区(包括北京、上海、香港和台北)、伦敦、加州和华盛顿特区都拥有强大的设施。 他担任太平洋国际政策委员会中国委员会主席。
Robert A. Kapp是Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc的总裁。该公司为寻求与中国合作和发展的公司和非营利组织提供咨询服务，或与美国的中美关系政策制定者进行接触。该公司同时也为Cargill，UPS，Monitor Group，the Asia Foundation，Mary Kay，和United Airlines等领先企业和组织提供服务。
Kapp博士从耶鲁大学获得了现代中国历史博士学位，从1970年到1980年，他在莱斯大学（休斯顿）和华盛顿大学（西雅图）教授中国历史。从1986年到1991年，Kapp博士在华盛顿大学工商管理学院担任讲师，在那里他获得了杰出教学奖。他编辑了学术刊物《亚洲研究杂志》(1978 - 80)。他曾出版一部学术著作和许多文章。Kapp博士关于中美关系的一篇文章就曾发表在2010年1月的学术期刊《世界经济与政治》杂志上。