I'm a practitioner-scholar whose focal research is intellectual property theft, subsumed under the broader area of US-China relations. I am a product of Vietnam—a former French colony, of an escape by boat and the US welfare system, of the discipline of martial arts and the emotional stillness of the Buddhist temple, of the fire of Latin dancing and the ingenuity of the American spirit.
While many immigrants to this country rejoice in pointing out its imperfections, I am grateful to have flourished off the backs of many hardworking American families. In turn, as a first-generation American, I consider myself a meaningful contributor to the country and western values, while maintaining some important eastern traditions such as respect for elders. In my career I have launched and operated several companies in the consumer space, developing knowledge of both the operating and remote business environments, especially in China. I have advised senior executives, and while those experiences have inspired, there is cause for alarm as it relates to aligning the pursuit of economic growth and preserving the nation's character.
I believe my unique life and professional experiences--along with academic preparation--converge in this unique moment in history to enable my delivery of deep insight on US-China matters of consequence to commerce, government and academia alike. To this end, I hope my research and theorizing activities will help shape both business practice and government policy.
I am focused not on success, but significance, and believe my most important work lies ahead. As I have neither the appetite for self-promotion nor inorganic social media noise (and much prefer the promotion of ideas), I created this website to disseminate, learn, and connect to those who have the gumption to believe that their sober thought leadership can help shape the world.
Noelle Borao is a researcher at the University of Denver (Executive PhD program), whose focus is US-China affairs. She additionally holds an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University, and completes a Certificate in International Security from Harvard in 2022.