Nicholas Borst is vice president and director of China research at Seafarer Capital Partners. Prior to joining Seafarer, he was a senior analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco covering financial and economic developments in Greater China.
Previously, Mr. Borst was the China program manager and a research associate at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He also worked as an analyst at the World Bank, reviewing Chinese overseas investment projects.
His research focuses on financial reform in China, investment flows between the United States and China, and China’s shadow banking system. He was the founder and editor of the Peterson Institute’s China Economic Watch blog, the co-founder of the Federal Reserve’s Pacific Exchanges blog and podcast, and the founder of Seafarer’s Prevailing Winds blog.
Recent publications by Mr. Borst include Party Committees in Chinese Companies, SOE Reform in China – Implications for Policymakers and Investors, and The China Investment Dilemma: Risks for U.S. Investors During a Turbulent Time. He also co-wrote the China economic syllabus for the American Mandarin Society.
His research and commentary have been featured in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg, The Wire China, and South China Morning Post. He has also testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on two occasions.
Mr. Borst holds a B.A. in political science and international studies from the University of Arizona. He holds a certificate in Chinese studies from The Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing University Center and a master’s degree in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.