Robert A. Kapp is president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc., Port Townsend, Washington, United States. He took his doctorate in modern Chinese history at Yale University and served on the history faculties of Rice University and the University of Washington before entering a lengthy career as a business association executive.
From 1994 through 2004, he served as president of the US-China Business Council, the principal organization of American companies engaged with the People's Republic of China. He was closely involved in the effort to establish "Permanent Normal Trade Relations" for China, by Congressional action, in the two years between US-China bilateral agreement on China's WTO accession terms and the formal Chinese accession in December 2001.
Currently, he consults for businesses and non-profit organizations focused on China, and is senior China adviser to a leading global law firm.