Tim Cullen


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Tim Cullen MBE, Chairman, is a leading academic and international negotiator with over 40 years of distinguished public and private sector service behind him and broad experience working in China and across Asia. Tim has extensive experience formulating policy, public positioning and constituency building with both private sector companies and multilateral organisations. He also has long track record working in China and throughout Asia. Tim founded TCA in 1999, following a 21-year career with the World Bank. The son of a British diplomat, Tim lived in the UK, Sweden and Washington, while going to school in the Isle of Man. Tim’s early career spanned both private and public sectors, having worked for Ford Motor Company and Continental Bank over the decade from 1969 to 1978, before joining the World Bank. He served as the Bank’s Chief of External Relations in Europe, based in Paris, from 1984 to 1990, before being named Director of Information and Chief Spokesman at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington, a post he held until 1996, when he became Senior Advisor for External and UN affairs. He was directly involved in a number of major global events ranging from the effort to transform the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to market economies to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He is the author of “Yugoslavia and the World Bank” (1979) and played an active role in the World Bank’s work on the reconstruction of Bosnia. In 1997 he served as the Special Representative of the World Bank in Hong Kong at the time of the Handover of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China. He has also delivered speeches and conducted teaching programmes on negotiation strategies and techniques throughout China and is a regular international commentator on Shenzhen TV. He has also taught negotiation programmes in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Tim is an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, a Senior Member of St Antony’s College, and Director of the Oxford Programme on Negotiation, which he created in 2003. He has taught at business schools around the world and for governments and major international companies. In 2015 he was named a Visiting Professor at Lingnan (University) College, the economics and management school of Sun Yat-sen University (Zhongshan University) in Guangzhou, where he will teach a negotiation elective in the MBA programme. In 2009, he became the first Executive Director of the Small Countries Financial Management Centre. For his extensive pro bono work on this initiative, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the June 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Tim has an MA from Trinity College, University of Dublin. He is also an alumnus of the “Public Sector Negotiation Program” at Harvard Kennedy School. In addition to being chairman of the parent company, Tim is also Managing Director of the Swedish branch, TCAS Consulting Filial in Malmö.