Anka Lee is a Senior Director at ASG, where he provides the necessary context for clients to understand the transformation of China and East Asia in order to effectively navigate the business and political environments.
Prior to his work at the firm, Mr. Lee was a Security Analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, where he produced research on the political-military dynamics in Asia, regional views of the United States, and the People Liberation Army's modernization efforts. He also participated in several "Track II" dialogues with Chinese security experts in Washington and Beijing.
Mr. Lee also served as a Senior Researcher at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, covering the worker rights and civil society portfolios. In that capacity, he assisted in the State Department's preparation for two rounds of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue and conducted briefings for senior officials at the Departments of State, Treasury, Labor, and Commerce.
From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Lee was a Journalist, primarily based in Hong Kong, chronicling the lives of Chinese civil society activists advocating on issues such as food safety, free speech, and labor rights. During the Beijing Olympics, he traveled around the country and filed reports on Chinese politics and history for NBC News. His writings have also appeared in Time, The Atlantic, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Diplomat.
Before his work in international affairs, Mr. Lee spent two years as a legislative aide at the California Legislature, and five years as a Broadcast Journalist covering national and state campaigns. From 1996 to 1998, he also founded and led a campaign in Richmond, California, that helped persuade voters to approve a $40 million bond measure—the first one in 30 years—to rebuild dilapidated school facilities.
Mr. Lee holds a AM in Regional Studies from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Government and Politics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Co-Leader of the Asia Expert Group at the Truman National Security Project, and a Member of the National Committee on U.S.-China relations. He is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Mr. Lee is based in Washington, D.C.