Sidney Rittenberg is founder and president of the world-class China
consulting team, Rittenberg Associates, Inc. He lived and worked in
China for 35 years after World War II when he joined the United Nations
Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in China following his US
Army training in Chinese Language and Area Studies.
reason for Sidney’s success as an internationally renowned
consultant is that he and his family are a legend in China. During
the Mao Zedong Era, he was held in solitary confinement for 16 years
on suspicion of being an American spy. His final vindication, and
his complete lack of bitterness, have given him trust and easy entrée
with China’s leaders – he has known personally all of
them from Mao and Zhou Enlai to Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin, to
many of the present leaders. Even more important than his wide network
of contacts are his rich experience at shaping and helping negotiate
successful business deals.
wife/business partner Yulin, and their talented daughter Jenny have
served dozens of top-ranking American and British companies.
Sidney is former
Frey Distinguished Professor of Chinese History at the University
of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), where an endowed chair has been
announced in his name. He currently is Visiting Professor of China
Studies at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. He is
a frequent keynoter at business seminars and has been the subject
of countless TV and media interviews, in both the USA and China.
He has done four “Sixty Minutes” specials with his close
friend, Mike Wallace, and has arranged three trips to China for
another close friend, Billy Graham.