Terry Cooke

Terry Cooke

Founder of the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia, Socrates Program

Terry Cooke founded the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia in 2011 as a 501c3 public-private platform to accelerate commercial and research collaboration between the Greater Philadelphia region and China in clean energy and energy-efficient buildings. In July 2014, the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia’s work with Tianjin was one of six collaborations awarded U.S.-China EcoPartnership status by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and China’s State Councilor Jiechi Yang at the annual high-level U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue talks. He is also a Distinguished Resident Senior Scholar at the Fox Leadership Program of the University of Pennsylvania.

Terry was a 2010 Public Policy Scholar with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C., researching the U.S.-China clean energy relationship, particularly the interface of technology, policy and investment. His book Sustaining U.S.- China Cooperation in Clean Energy was published and launched by the Wilson’s Center’s Kissinger Institute in September 2012.

Terry is a frequent speaker at corporate and investor events such as The International Conference on Green Energy, The BusinessWeek Global Green Business Summit China, and the New York Cleantech Investors Forum. He publishes frequently for the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Brookings Institution, China Brief and other publications.

Previously from 2006-8, Terry served as Director for Asian Corporate Partnership at the World Economic Forum, the host of the Davos Annual Meeting and the ‘Summer Davos’ in China. In 2003, Terry retired with the rank of Counselor as a career-member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Commercial Service. During his fifteen year career, Terry served as the U.S. Government’s senior commercial officer in Taipei and Berlin, as the deputy senior commercial officer in Tokyo and as commercial officer in Shanghai.

Terry received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985, his MA from UCB in 1981 and his BA from Princeton University in 1976. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, German and limited Hindi/Nepali.

Terry serves as a board director for the Global Interdependence Center (www.interdependence.org) and as a member of the Global Advisory Committee of The Philadelphia Orchestra.