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About Therese Shaheen

Over the course of her career, Therese Shaheen has demonstrated an in-depth and insightful knowledge of Asian economic systems. She stands out as the first woman to serve as chair and managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan, a position that she accepted by appointment from former President George W. Bush. Therese Shaheen represented United States interests in Taiwan from 2002 to 2004, a crucial period in the two powers' relationship with the People's Republic of China (PRC). Ms. Shaheen has also distinguished herself as founder, chairman, and CEO of USAsia International Inc., an investment and technology development group focused on emerging Asian economies.

A contributor to several mainstream media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The National Review and the Taipei Times, Therese Shaheen has commented on the Chinese economy and its effect on nearby systems. She has written extensively on the People's Republic of China and the factors that would bring about it's inevitable economic slowdown and crisis, which she predicted by approximately 10 years. She accurately predicted that the PRC would not succeed in outpacing the United States as a leading economic power while also cautioning nearby Asian countries to reduce overall dependence on China. Therese Shaheen is viewed as having an unwavering view and detailed prescience on the current course of the Chinese economy and state actors.

Work experience

Jan 2002Jan 2004

Chairman & Managing Director

American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)
Jan 1981Jan 1984


Yamatake Honeywell Corp.


Jan 1987Jan 1989


Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Jan 1980


Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service