Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Chairman & Founding Partner Russia & China Belt Road Initiative Office


Chris Devonshire-Ellis is the Founder of Dezan Shira & Associates and Chairman of the firms International Board of Equity Partners & Directors; and is the Managing Director of Asia Briefing publications.

He is based in Europe and Asia, and has enjoyed a 30-year career advising foreign companies on their Asia business strategy, including 25 years based in mainland China. He advises multinational corporations and foreign governments on their investment strategies for China and Asia, expanding this in recent years to include the Belt & Road countries, particularly in regard to European integration with China's "Belt & Road" initiative.

Chris established Dezan Shira & Associates in 1992 and Asia Briefing in 1999. Dezan Shira & Associates now employs several hundred professional legal, tax and related personnel throughout Asia and possesses 28 regional offices advising foreign investors in the region. Asia Briefing possesses subsidiary titles concerning ASEAN, China, India, Vietnam, Russia and the Belt and Road Initiative, having published over 100 books and 1,000 Asia investment advisory magazines over the past 20 years. Collectively, Asia Briefing has a readership in excess of 20 million.

Over the past 25 years Chris has facilitated several billion euros worth of investment into Asia on behalf of his clients. Chris was ranked one of the top ten most important consultants in China by Accountancy Age Magazine in 2011, and ranked 1st in influence by Asia Law in 2015. He is an occasional lecturer at Cambridge Universities Dept. of Politics and International Studies, while his books and papers are regular course material at multiple Universities across China and Europe. He is a Visiting Professor at the Higher School of Economics in St.Petersburg, while his analysis is regularly featured in international media.

Chris is a member of the Royal Overseas League and St. James Club in London, the Institute of Directors in Hong Kong, and a lifetime member of the Hanoi Press Club and Scott Polar Research Institute. He is a regular contributor to numerous regional charities, ranging from education for orphaned children in China (Care for Children) wildlife protection in Mongolia (Snow Leopard Trust) and Sri Lanka and the preservation of ancient buildings and reconstruction of hospitals and orphanages in Tibet (Surmang Foundation). He regularly travels around our offices and the Eurasian region and is an acknowledged key Asia investment influencer on a global basis.

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      Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Greek, Latin, Mongolian, Russian