Tiger Profile: Merritt (Terry) Cooke

Updated: Mar 22, 2021

Founding Director, China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia

Terry is founder of the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia (CPGP), a 501(c)3 non-profit platform fostering collaboration between the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and China in sustainable and resilient urban infrastructures. In July 2014, CPGP, its City of Philadelphia public partner, and the TEDA Eco-Center in Tianjin were bi-nationally recognized by Sec. Kerry and his PRC counterpart with a three-year U.S.-China EcoPartnership award (photo). In 2010, Terry was appointed as a Public Policy Scholar with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C., researching technology, policy and investment aspects of U.S.-China clean energy. His book Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy was published by the Wilson’s Center in September 2012. Previously from 2006-8, Terry served as Director for Asian Corporate Partnership at the World Economic Forum, 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 15 year career, Terry was the U.S. Government’s senior commercial officer in Taipei and Berlin, deputy senior commercial officer in Tokyo and commercial officer in Shanghai. Terry received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the UC Berkeley (UCB) 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.

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