Keith W. Rabin
Keith Rabin serves as president of New York-based KWR International, Inc. and Singapore-based KWR International (Asia) Pte., Ltd, (KWR); managing an Asia-focused consulting and business development practice specializing in the delivery of research, communications and advisory services with an emphasis on investment and trade development; economic, policy and industry analysis; public/investor relations, cross border transactions, business strategy and market entry programs. Wide sectoral experience includes energy and alternative energy, natural resources and agriculture, environment, infrastructure, technology, telecom, consumer and industrial products, tourism, defense, real estate, autos, macroeconomic policy and investment, trade and export services.
Mr. Rabin is a recognized expert on Asia and Southeast Asia business and investment development and promotion, having maintained a multi-decade relationship with the region since the early 1980s when he managed a global trading company that focused on the development of Myanmar-related trade and investment. More recently, Mr. Rabin served as lead author of a book titled “Business and Investment Opportunities in the ‘New’ Myanmar” which is now in its second edition. He has also been managing a long-term project for the University of Tokyo and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) to evaluate Myanmar’s electrification needs and to facilitate the development of a national integrated energy strategy. Mr. Rabin has also been responsible for numerous additional research, due diligence and business development initiatives including a soon-to-be released Myanmar Banking and Financial Sector profile.
Mr. Rabin also has extensive experience managing engagements for the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the USA, Korea Securities Dealers Association (KSDA), Federation of Korean Industries (FKI), Korea Legislative Research Institute, Province of the Riau Islands and Batam Industrial Development Authority (Indonesia), Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, CMP Media/EE Times, Columbia University and numerous foreign and local governments and business associations. Corporate clients have included several major financial institutions, consumer- and industrial-oriented multinationals, law firms and public relations, insurance and distribution companies; asset management and professional service firms; philanthropic foundations, as well as start-ups, turnarounds and venture/technology-oriented companies. Mr. Rabin was also responsible for developing alliances between KWR and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and Nippon Export Investment Insurance and another with Credit Suisse First Boston Data & Analytics, LLC.
During his prior experience as a manager and consultant, Mr. Rabin served as an officer at two of the world's top ten public relations firms. He has been a consultant to major corporations, financial institutions, donor and government agencies and professional service firms. In these capacities, he has managed projects and programs for clients, including GE Capital Global Project and Structured Finance Corporation; Business Network Corporation; Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC); SK Group; American Red Cross; International Telecommunication Union; Korea International Trade Association (KITA); World Economic Development Congress; National Development Information Office of Indonesia; Department of Export Promotion of Thailand; USAID; and Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Cooperation of Albania.
Mr. Rabin frequently speaks and is quoted on Asia-focused and global trade, investment and economic issues and has authored numerous articles for publications including Asia Times, Buyside, fDi Magazine, Financial Sense Online, Safe Haven, Kitco, 321Energy, Bridge News, Journal of Commerce, Market: Asia Pacific, Korea Herald, Asia Pacific Economic Review, Korea Economic Weekly, American Chamber of Commerce in Guangdong Journal, Vietnam Investment Review and the Korea Local Government Foundation and Federation of Korean Industries Magazines. In addition, he serves as publisher of the KWR International Advisor, a globally-focused newsletter containing economic, political and financial analysis that is currently distributed to over 15,000 senior investors, analysts, executives, journalists, government officials and other targeted individuals in over 75 countries. He has been interviewed on numerous occasions by U.S. and foreign journalists and radio and television broadcasters and served as a special advisor on the editorial board of Korean American Science and Technology News.
Mr. Rabin holds a masters degree in international business from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelors degree in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Rabin has extensive field experience in East, Southeast and South Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
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