Donald Straszheim is Senior Managing Director and Head of China Research, ISI Group. He joined ISI Group in 2009 as Senior Managing Director and Head of China Research. A regular visitor to China since 1985, Don has focused his analytical attention on China since 1998.
From 1985 to 1997, he was Merrill Lynch’s Global Chief Economist working out of New York. From 1997 to 2001, he was President of the Milken Institute, a not-for-profit economic think tank, founding the annual Milken Institute Global Conference series. From 2006 to 2008, he was Vice Chairman of Roth Capital Partners. From 2002 to 2009, he operated Straszheim Global Advisors, a consultancy with offices in Beijing and Los Angeles. Earlier in his career, Straszheim was Chief Economist of Wharton Econometrics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Don is a Visiting Scholar at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, past President of the CFA Society of Los Angeles, and has BS, MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. He is a regular speaker, writer and commentator on China (economics, markets, policy and finance), travels there extensively, and works out of ISI’s LA office.