Zak Dychtwald is a world-traveler, writer, consultant, and public speaker. A lifelong fan of interesting people, big ideas, great food, science fiction and religious meaning, he has traveled extensively throughout five continents to explore what makes people and cultures tick.
Today, Zak is the founder and CEO of Young China Group, a think tank and consultancy focusing on China’s emerging identity on the world stage and the evolving East and West millennial mindset. He is the author of Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World (St. Martin’s Press; 2018), which explores how the country’s young generation, born after 1990, feels about everything. A 29-year old Columbia University graduate, he has spoken at forums and summits across four continents as a rising authority in his field
After graduating from Columbia University in 2012, he moved to China to explore the country and get to know China’s young people on their own turf. Over the next four years, through living in tenements, hostels, and high rises, on long train rides through both the Eastern megacities as well as China’s developing interior, interviewing locals from Guangzhou to Chengdu to Shangri-La, Zak realized that the China we talk about in the West is far different than the new China he saw emerging.
Through his writing, speaking, and consulting, Zak’s overarching goal is to change the way the world understands China: to expand the narrative away from headline politics towards identity and cross-cultural understanding. He has recently relocated to New York City where he is the founding CEO of the Young China Global Group - think tank and consultancy. A fluent Mandarin speaker, he spends a third of the year in China.