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Tiger Profile: Merritt (Terry) Cooke

Updated: Jul 25

Scholar, diplomat, and author


Terry Cooke founded ReGen250 in 2011 as a 501c3 public-private platform to foster community regeneration through environmental initiatives with global reach. In 2014, our China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia (CPGP) initiative to bring low carbon solutions to industrial parks in China became one of only 36 competitively-selected EcoPartnerships under the U.S. Department of State’s and U.S. Departments of Energy’s U.S.-China EcoPartnership program.


In FY2019 and 2020, Terry taught a required masters-level course the University of Pennsylvania’s International Masters of Public Administration degree program under Fox Leadership International and the School of Liberal and Professional Studies. CPGP served as the principal case-study in the syllabus for “China and the U.S. in the 21st Century: Sub-National Sino-American Relations.”


Terry publishes the TEA Collaborative, a blogsite regularly examines Technology, Energy & Environment, and macro-development Ambitions in China. The Wilson Center published his book Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy in September 2012.


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 following tours in Taipei, Berlin, Tokyo & 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 Nepali.

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