Dr. Robert A. Kapp (柯白) is the senior advisor of the China Program at The Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm since 2004. He also serves as senior China advisor to international law firm K&L Gates. Kapp is chair of the China Committee of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Earlier in his career, Kapp served on the China faculties of Rice University (Houston) and the University of Washington(Seattle), and headed two organizations, the Washington State China Relations Council, and the Washington Council on International Trade. For ten years, he was the president of the U.S.-China Business Council. He holds a doctorate in modern Chinese history from Yale University. He is the author of a scholarly monograph and other published academic research on 20th-century China.