Fireside Chat


Malcolm Lee


Malcolm Lee has been a participant in US-China engagement for several decades, from the negotiation of China’s entry into the WTO, to doing business, to finding paths through technology, cyber, trade, investment and IP conflicts. He served presidents Clinton and Obama at the White House (Special Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs in NEC/ NSC; Sr. Director, Office of IP Enforcement Coordinator), Commerce Department (Counselor to the Secretary and Director of Policy and Strategic Planning), and State Department (Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator, International Telecommunications and Information Policy). After leaving the Obama Administration, Malcolm was a non-resident senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at The Brookings Institution. In the private sector, Malcolm helped lead international and China policy and strategy for Microsoft Corporation in Redmond then Beijing, and global trade policy and Asia government relations at Cisco Systems. He was an elected governor of AmCham China and board member of USITO. Most recently, Malcolm was Managing Director and Head of Policy at Alibaba Group. Malcolm began his career as a trade lawyer with Akin, Gump and before law school worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. Malcolm received his B.A., cum laude, from Yale College (Economics-Political Science and East Asian Studies) and his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania School of Law.