Bill McCahill is a Senior Resident Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research in Seattle. He joined NBR in November 2016, focusing on Chinese domestic politics and policies, and on how those affect foreign investors and businesses in China. His professional experience in China dates from 1976.
Before joining NBR, McCahill had been Senior Advisor for China at Mirabaud & Cie., a Geneva-based Swiss private bank. Working from Hong Kong and Suzhou, McCahill advised Mirabaud’s equities traders, capital markets and private banking teams, and their clients. From 2012 through 2014, McCahill had done similar work with the emerging markets investment bank Religare Capital Markets. He had previously co-founded and managed a China-focused equities and macro-economic research firm, opened the Beijing office of a major American law firm, and operated a business consultancy in China.
A 25-year Foreign Service career preceded McCahill’s China business activities. He began his diplomatic service in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Beijing; subsequently held senior posts at US missions in Western Europe, Scandinavia, and Canada; and in 2000 retired from his last posting as Chargé d’affaires at the American Embassy in Beijing.
His academic credentials include undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston College and Harvard University in Theology, English, the History of Religion, and Sanskrit & Indian Studies.