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Joel D. Backaler

Advisor Greater Los Angeles Area, US

Expert in China business, international expansion strategy, global marketing

Expert in China business, international expansion strategy, global marketing

2 vouches

Involved In


The China Observer


Managing Director Frontier Strategy Group October 2015 - present
Author, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global Palgrave Macmillan December 2013 - present
Member National Committee on US-China Relations June 2013 - present
Founder and Author The China Observer July 2008 - present


Fulbright Scholar (Taiwan)
Georgetown University - The McDonough School of Business
Tsinghua University Advanced Chinese Language Training (Business Chinese Focus)
Connecticut College Economics, East Asian Studies

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Financial Services
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Real Estate
  • • Travel
  • • Edutainment
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Content
  • • Movies/Film
  • • News

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Whether you're considering international expansion for the first time, or already have a presence in several markets, I'm your guy. I'll help you avoid common pitfalls, and surface new opportunities for growth.

I have experience in a variety of emerging markets, with the greatest expertise doing business in China, dealing with Chinese companies, and building a portfolio of markets across Asia.

I have built companies, opened international offices and advised everyone from SMEs to Fortune 500 executives on global business best practices. I'm a published author on this topic, have given keynotes around the world and regularly appear in mainstream business media.

I believe that when it comes to today's business environment, you need to act global - either you need to be ready to expand your firm overseas, or you need to be prepared to compete effectively with new international competitors coming to you. Whichever path you choose, I'll be there to help you succeed.

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

I value your time, and I expect you to do the same for me. While I find it important to build a relationship with the founders and teams I work with, when it comes to my professional capacity as an advisor, I try to be as direct and to-the-point as possible.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Ryan Crownholm
They're my friends  •  President, Crown Capital Adventures Inc.. Previously CEO, Dig & Demo.
If you are a business, large or small, looking to enter the Chinese market Joel has a remarkable skillset. His thoughtful and deep knowledge ... of the culture, economics, and business landscape is unrivaled in his field. He is a respected author, speaker, and regular contributor to major financial news outlets.
Craig Smith
Vice President US Operations, Coupang. Previously Vice President, Distribution Management Association of Southern California.
Joel is expert and insightful on all things China. He speaks fluent Mandarin, has lived in China, and can help you bridge the gap between we ... stern and eastern business norms and cultural considerations.