GBCC's Global Advisory Board


The following are members of GBCC's Global Advisory Board:

Ambassador Michael B. Smith (United States of America)
From 1983 to 1988, Ambassador Smith was Senior Deputy United States Trade Representative, and from 1979 to 1983 he was the first U.S. Ambassador to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and Deputy USTR in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, he had served as Chief Textile Negotiator of the United States. His work in international trade established the conceptual and structural foundations for the Uruguay Round and the North American Free Trade Agreement. Ambassador Smith was a founding member of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, former chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations Working Group on Trade and the Environment, and former chairman of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Senior Advisory Group on Trade and Environment. He graduated from Harvard University and holds an A.B. in Government.

Toshiichi Kobayashi (Japan)
Toshiichi Kobayashi is a certified public accountant and a member of the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was formerly a Senior Partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International, conducting the largest number of initial public offerings within the whole group, which included Jafco, Paramount Bed, Meiko Shokai and Horipro. Over many years he has advised a broad range of Japanese companies by offering a wide spectrum of experiences and expertise in management and system consulting services. He is the founder and managing partner of Brain & Work, a leading independent auditing and consulting group in Japan. He graduated from Keio University and holds an economics degree.

Alan Kitchin (United Kingdom)
Alan Kitchin studied law at Cambridge University where he was a Squire University Scholar and on graduation in 1975 he was awarded a Tapp Postgraduate Scholarship. He is a partner of Ashurst Morris Crisp, the international law firm. He has worked on many major corporate acquisitions, financings, and projects throughout the world. Mr. Kitchin has worked on several acquisitions involving Labsystems Japan KK, Musashi Holt, Morgan Crucible and Mitsui & Co. He also advised the Japanese consortium taking a stake in the Fascel Gujarat mobile telecommunications project in India. Mr. Kitchin is one of the authors of the book "International Trade for the Non-Specialist".

Jinzhang Peng (China)
Jinzhang Peng is one of the leading international consultants and scholars for the Chinese markets. From 1978 to 1989, being a key member of China’s Social and Scientific Technology Department. Mr.Peng was Chairman of China Development Company Limited where he played an active role in advising a large number of companies investing in China through direct investments and joint ventures. He served as an adviser to a broad range of leading Japanese corporations. He lectured at universities and has authored several publications on many subjects of Chinese markets. Mr. Peng graduated from Beijing University of Foreign Studies in 1970.


Paul A. Deiters (The Netherlands)
Mr. Deiters is one of the two founding partners of Halder Holdings, a leading international private equity investment company in the Netherlands. He was responsible for organizing the European risk capital funds, Halder Investments I, II and III, the Amion Fund and Participatie Maatschappij Damrak as well as for the investments made by these funds. He is currently a director of a number of Halders’ portfolio companies. Mr. Deiters has a BA degree in business economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a MBA from the University of Delft.

Chung-hsun Yu (China & Taiwan)
Chung-hsan Yu was Professor of International Relations at Asia University. He lectured on many subjects including Asian, emerging and overseas ethnic Chinese economies at a number of universities. He was formerly Professor at International University Graduate School and the Head of its Asian Development Institute. He has written many books and lectured on a number of occasions as a mastermind of overseas ethnic Chinese issues. Mr. Yu was Governor of the Association of International Economy, Modern China Association and the Asian Political Economy Asociation. He was Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Taiwan Association, and Advisor to the Overseas Ethnic Chinese Economic Almanac and the Association of Overseas Ethnic Chinese History. Mr. Yu graduated and received a Doctor of Economics from Kobe University Graduate School of Economics.

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