Chris Brown is an independent China energy policy analyst and consultant. For the last year he has been a consultant for Itochu and other East Asian companies as they expand their North American solar business.
Before working as an independent consultant, Chris managed China energy research projects at the Gerson Lehrman Group and Ergo Advisors in New York. He was also a senior China energy research analyst for the CENTRA consulting company in Washington D.C.
Chris was a China-Taiwan strategic issues analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific (JICPAC) from 1998 to 2004. While at DIA, he co-authored a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), briefed the highest levels of US Department of Defense leadership on China policy issues, and has written extensively on China's emerging world power status.
He received his master's degree in China Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. He spent nearly three years studying Chinese at the Beijing Foreign Studies University and teaching in Jilin City, China. He also worked as an on-air radio personality at the International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) in Taiwan for several years.
As an intelligence officer in the Army reserves, he acted as company commander and official interpreter for high-level US-China military meetings in Hawaii. He was also activated to serve as a key member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Korea Intelligence Working Group in the Pentagon. More recently, Chris has been involved in several intelligence exercises in South Korea. He is fluent in Chinese and proficient in Kyrgyz.
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2013