Tim Summers has spent most of the last seventeen years working on China. His unique background combines a strong track record in research and analysis with practical experience in China. He set up XTEChina Consulting Ltd in 2010 to offer independent research and advice to clients with business and investment interests relating to China. Tim began his career as a British diplomat, culminating in a posting as Consul-General (senior British representative) in Chongqing from 2004 to late 2007. His work there gave him first-hand experience of working in China with government and business and provided
particular insights into the fast-developing cities of Chongqing, Chengdu and Kunming.
Tim previously worked in the Cabinet Office, London, producing political, economic and intelligence analysis on south Asia for the top levels of the British government. From 1997 to 2001 he was Political/Economic Consul in the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong.
Tim speaks regularly on China to a range of commercial, public and academic audiences, at events organized by the Economist, Euromoney, Chambers of Commerce, and the Hong Kong government on issues from China’s 12th Five-Year Programme to leadership politics in China. He has also spoken privately on strategic political and economic
issues to Boards and senior executives of corporates from the US, Japan and Europe, and to fund managers and other investors.
Tim is also a Chatham House Senior Consulting Fellow on China. He teaches Chinese Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, is a regular provider of research and policy advice to the European Union through the Europe China Research and Advice Network, and chairs the China Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. His book
Yunnan – A Chinese Bridgehead to Asia was published in May 2013.
Tim reads Chinese and speaks fluent Putonghua and Cantonese. His first degree was from the University of Cambridge and his PhD, in Chinese Studies, was obtained at The
Chinese University of Hong Kong. He lives in Hong Kong with his wife and young son. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.