Robert A. Kapp is president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc., Port Townsend, Washington, USA. The 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 provided services to such leading corporations and organizations 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, the Indiana University Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business, and the most recently china dialogue USA, an affiliate of the innovative bilingual website and blog Chinadialogue.net, focusing on China's global discourse on environmental and climate change challenges. He is additionally a Director of the Wilton Park (U.S.A.) Foundation.
From April, 1994 to November, 2004, Dr. Kapp served as president of The US-China Business Council the principal organization of major American companies engaged in trade and investment with China. In addition to guiding the business services, publications, and program activities of the US-China Business Council through its Washington, D.C. headquarters and its Beijing and Shanghai representative offices, Dr. Kapp 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 Fund uschinalegalcoop.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 and 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, and from 1970 to 1980 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. An article by Dr. Kapp on U.S.-China relations appeared in the scholarly journal World Economy and Politics January, 2010.