Cliff Tan is Visiting Scholar and formerly Consulting Professor at the Stanford Center for International Development (part of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research). At SCID, Mr. Tan conducts research on financial crises and microfinance, both topics on which he has presented. He is working with a partner to launch a microfinance fund and in recent years has consulted with the Asian Development Bank and a large Bay Area hedge fund.
Previously, Mr. Tan headed up local markets (foreign exchange and local fixed income) strategy for Citigroup in Asia. With 21 years of experience of research on Asia and Japan, Mr. Tan has also worked as FX/Interest Rate Strategist and co-head of Asian Economics at Warburg Dillon Read (now UBS), Japan/Asia Economist at Wellington Management Company and in proprietary trading at Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Tan has been voted a top five currency strategist several times by Asiamoney (including a #1 ranking in 2003) and has also been cited as both an economist and strategist by The Asset magazine. Before entering financial markets, Mr. Tan covered Greater China for the US Federal Reserve Board, and was a Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and a Visiting Fellow at the Korea Development Institute. He received M.Phil. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Yale University, an A.M. in East Asian Regional Studies from Harvard University and an A.B. (magna cum laude) in Journalism and East Asian Studies from the University of Southern California. His recent publications include a short book review on the global credit crisis for the April 2010 issue of Business Economics.