Navigating the Complex U.S.-China Relationship
Former U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad is a sought-after expert in providing guidance and strategic solutions to policymakers, corporate leaders, and investors navigating the complexities associated with conducting business in China and the U.S. In this riveting talk, he leverages significant experience in the public and private sector to offer unparalleled insights.
From Iowa to International Affairs, Here’s How Terry Branstad Cultivates Understanding
Former U.S. Ambassador to China and longest-serving U.S. Governor Terry Branstad shares the secrets to a leadership style effective from Des Moines to Beijing. Strengthen your partnerships both at home and abroad with Branstad’s key tactics for understanding, negotiation, and longevity.
As President of the World Food Prize, Amb. Terry Branstad will draw on his experience governing a major agricultural state
After his successful tenure as U.S. Ambassador to China, former Iowa Governor TERRY BRANSTAD assumed presidency of the World Food Prize Foundation, which convenes global leaders in Des Moines yearly to address innovations in agriculture and food industry and policy. With stellar skills in aligning stakeholders by bridging cultural or partisan differences, Branstad’s leadership will support the World Food Prize in its mission to address food insecurity. Chair of the World Food Prize Foundation, Paul Schickler, told the Des Moines Registry, “We are excited to bring on a leader with both global vision and strong roots in agriculture.”
Terry Branstad has spoken to decision-makers such as the U.S. Meat Export Federation, National Pork producers, and more on the future of food markets. As Governor of Iowa, Branstad managed a behemoth of food production. The state is home to 36 out of the 100 largest food manufacturers in the U.S. Branstad combines his understanding of international trade with his insider knowledge of domestic politics to help corporate leaders and investors navigate the agricultural industry.
Amb. Terry Branstad applies his ambassadorship experience to the private sector with the Branstad Churchill Group
Former U.S. Ambassador to China TERRY BRANSTAD leverages his firsthand experience with U.S.-China negotiations to aid the private sector as a founding partner of the Branstad Churchill Group. The Branstad Churchill group provides strategic business consulting including market strategy solutions for business development, investment and trade opportunities, regulatory and political analysis, and public affairs guidance. The Branstad Churchill Group uses the same savvy ambassadorship which led to the signing of the historic Phase-One Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China in 2020, an effort spearheaded by Branstad himself.
Knowing the nuances of the financial opportunities available to the private sector seeking to access the world’s largest middle classes, Terry Branstad provides advice, guidance and solutions to organizations, corporate leaders and investors seeking to navigate the complexities associated with conducting business in China and the United States. With experiences spanning private and public sectors, few, if any, thought leaders are as primed to give advice on affairs pertaining to U.S.-China trade as Branstad.
Former U.S. Ambassador to China (2017-2020) Terry Branstad is the president of the World Food Prize Foundation, and the longest serving governor in the history of the United States (1983-1999/2011-2017). In addition to his role as president of Des Moines University Medical School, his public service includes election to the office of Lt. Governor and three-terms in the Iowa House of Representatives.
He is a founding partner of the Branstad Churchill Group, a strategic consulting firm that provides advice, guidance and solutions to organizations, corporate leaders and investors seeking to navigate the complexities associated with conducting business in China and the United States.
During his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to China, Branstad’s two greatest accomplishments included the signing of the historic Phase-One Trade Agreement in January of 2020 and successfully lobbying the Chinese government to stem the flow of fentanyl into the United States. Phase-One secured $200 billion in Chinese commitments to purchase U.S. goods and services, achieved stricter enforcement of Intellectual Property protections, and opened China’s restrictive financial sector to U.S. banks and other financial services companies. And the Chinese government’s decision to schedule fentanyl as a controlled substance in May of 2019 virtually stopped fentanyl shipments from China directly to the United States.
His time in Beijing was marked by the advent of the outbreak of Covid-19 that led to a mass evacuation of U.S. citizens from Wuhan and the sudden closure of the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu by the Chinese government. To ensure the safety of the foreign service officers serving in China, he oversaw the largest drawdown of staff in American history; and to protect the health of U.S. citizens at home, he launched a Task Force that delivered 5,000 tons of urgently needed medical supplies to combat Covid-19.
Last year, Branstad was named “Ambassador-In-Residence” at Drake University in Des Moines, where he received his Juris Doctorate. He continues his public service as the national co-chair of the capital campaign to modernize the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa.