Jeanne-Marie is often affectionately described as a ‘think tanker’. A barrister by profession and a curious mind by choice, Jeanne-Marie has lived in China since 1989 and founded one of the earliest private advisory firms for global business (cga).
After 15 years of experience (in China and across other emerging economies), she became convinced that global businesses needed to know more and better: insight rather than facts, humanity as well as economics, consciousness as well as knowledge. One result was a private dialogue programme for individual leaders wanting to explore the globe through conversations on the ground. Another result was a virtual think tank which has produced a series of wide-spectrum perspectives on fundamental issues which underpin our world (beginning with urban China in 2006) – designed in formats that time-pressured CEOs could (and would willingly !) read.
Since 2009, Jeanne-Marie has become advisor to an expanding portfolio of leading CEOs seeking trusted counsel on strategic and practical responses to a changing world, with a particular focus on ‘harder-to-access’ and ‘tough-to-crack’ geographies and issues.
Jeanne-Marie is also the author of the soul states website, and is presently working on a quartet of related books. Her first book, All under Heaven? China’s dreams of order, will be published in spring 2015.
BECOMING CHINA: The Story Behind the State is written by her. Weaving together inspirations, ideas, wars and dreams to reveal the heart of what it means to be Chinese and how the past impacts on the present, JeanneMarie Gescher have written a complete account on China.