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David Dodwell

Executive Director, Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group; Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Access Limited

David Dodwell is executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Group, a position he has held since the foundation of the Group in 2010. A veteran Financial Times journalist, he is recognised as an expert on international business, global trade and economic and political developments, particularly in Hong Kong and China.

Actively involved in the Hong Kong business community, Mr Dodwell is a long-standing member of the British Chamber of Commerce General Committee, and is a former chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries, the policy think tank arm of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. He is Hon Sec of the Hong Kong Forum, a public policy think tank affiliated with the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. When in 2010 the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Group was established to support the activities of the Hong Kong APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) members and to augment the voice of Hong Kong business in trade policy developments in the Asia-Pacific region, he was appointed the Group’s inaugural executive director. 

Mr Dodwell spent 18 years as a Financial Times journalist, mostly in Asia, with a secondment to China Daily in Beijing. In the 15 years between leaving the Financial Times and the establishment of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Group, he held three senior positions in Hong Kong combining corporate communications, government relations and public policy research. These included director of corporate communications and public affairs of Jardine Fleming, the Asia-focused merchant bank, and as trade policy advisor to the chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

An honours degree holder from the University of East Anglia in the UK, Mr Dodwell co-authored The Hong Kong Advantage with Professor Michael Enright and Edith Scott, published in 1997 by the Oxford University Press. He has served as a member of a number of Hong Kong government advisory committees, is a frequent lecturer on Hong Kong issues around the world, and was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2001 for his contribution to the international community’s understanding of Hong Kong. He is a regular columnist in Hong Kong’s leading English Language newspaper, the South China Morning Post.


South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP's vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan,ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China's tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China's growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China.