Zak Dychtwald: The Impact of Chinese Millennials
China Expert, Millennial Explorer, & Cultural Futurist
- Author of the highly-praised book, Young China: How the Restless Generational Will Change Their Country and the World
- Founding CEO of Young China Global Group – a think tank and consultancy designed to create understanding about Eastern and Western millennials
- Analyzes how the rise of Young China will impact your marketplace, your workplace, and your life, defining opportunities in technology, consumption, and branding
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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, traveling thousands of miles throughout 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 futuristic China he saw emerging.
When the world talks about China, the focus is usually on the past: Old stereotypes, old politics, old traditions, and the older generations. But China’s future is being determined right now by their Millennials. In their lifetime, these young people have witnessed: The Internet open China up to the world, a massive longevity boom coupled with a baby bust creating a 4-2-1 demography, and surging capitalist success directed by their “Communist” government. While their parents were consumed with survival questions around food, housing, and subsistence, young China is asking: Who do we want to be? How do we want to live? What should be the purpose of money? What will China’s role be in the 21st century? He covers this and much more in his first book, Young China: How the Restless Generational Will Change Their Country and the World, which is already receiving high praise.
Through his writing, speaking, and consulting, Zak’s overarching goal is to enrich and advance the way the world understands China. He has recently relocated to New York City where he is the Founding CEO of the Young China Global Group—a think tank and consultancy designed to create understanding about Eastern and Western millennials for individuals, companies, and governments. A fluent Mandarin speaker, he spends a third of the year in China.
The East/West Millennial Mindset.
A Boomer/Millennial Smackdown: Presented By Zak and Ken Dychtwald.
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Extremely impressive! Young China is set to change the way much of our world operates and Zak is the perfect communicator. Zak’s bold and new perspectives dazzled and challenged a room of pre-eminent policy experts at Beirut Institute Summit at Abu Dhabi. I would absolutely recommend Zak as a need-to-hear keynote speaker for those interested in the future.
If you want a dynamic and insightful presentation that will reshape your business strategy, I heartily recommend Zak Dychtwald.
Business leaders who are concerned about the future of China should engage Zak Dychtwald to share his insights about Chinese Millennials and their impact on the global marketplace. Zak’s presentation draws the audience in and makes a difficult topic approachable and understandable. My colleagues have been discussing his fascinating presentation for weeks and weeks.
As the president of the FCC in Shanghai, I was very impressed with Zak's talk on Chinese millennials. His research on the habits and trends of young Chinese versus the rest of the world could be very useful for multinationals wishing to target strategies in the world's second-biggest economy.