Mr. Walker has recently authored Powerful, Different, Equal: Overcoming the Misconceptions and Differences Between China and the US (LID publishing, 2019) to dispel many of the misperceptions about China and the United States. The book is available in Europe and the United States.
Peter speaks often on US-China relations. Some of his recent venues include the SupChina’s forum, the Wharton China Summit, the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, Harvard University, the Union Club, and the Peking University Alumni Association of New York.
During his career, Peter visited China over 80 times, meeting with business leaders, regulators, experts, and everyday people. His visits led him to become increasingly aware of the disconnect between his first-hand experience in China and the often-negative portrayal in the West.
Beyond his extensive professional experience, Mr. Walker has dedicated over 15 years to studying Chinese history and culture. This combined perspective gives him an uncommon ability to understand what drives Chinese thinking, behavior, reactions, and decisions and how US perspectives can be in conflict with those of the US. His holistic approach allows him to take complex situations and boil them down to understandable and predictable realities.
During his 46 years with McKinsey, Pete served a wide range of financial institutions globally with a focus on the insurance industry. For the last 12 years of his career at McKinsey, Mr. Walker focused on insurance companies in China.
Peter Walker presently resides in the metro New York area with his wife.