BSI's Management and Advisory Team


David L. James

David L. James is president of BSI. He is the co-author, with Rajeev Merchant, of The New Asia: Business Strategies for the Economic Region That Is Shaking Up the World (Praeger Books, 2013) and author of The Executive Guide To Asia-Pacific Communications (Kodansha International, 1995), Doing Business In Asia (Betterway Books, 1993), and numerous articles on technology issues. He also co-taught the seminar "Law and Society in Asia" at Stanford Law School.  Mr. James served as an executive of three international corporations active in the region: Dillingham Corporation, Crown Zellerbach Corporation, and Texasgulf Inc. He was chairman of business programs at the East-West Center, Honolulu, honorary consul of Malaysia in Hawaii, and a senior partner of Arnstein & Lehr, a prominent Chicago-based law firm. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the University of Chicago Law School, and Stanford Business School's Executive Program.

Rajeev Merchant, based in Sri Lanka, is head of Asia operations for BSI.  He is the co-author of The New Asia: Business Strategies for the Economic Region That Is Shaking Up the World.  He is also the founder and managing director of the Asia Advisory Group, which specializes in emerging economies in Asia, and of Technoscenti, a business management, technology, and research consultancy specializing in emerging economies and frontier markets. He has served on the board of directors of the Singapore India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), and as an advisor to Ashoka’s Fellows on social entrepreneurship. He holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Bombay, Mumbai, India; and an M.B.A. degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, Arizona.  


Associate Advisors

R. Sean Randolph

R. Sean Randolph is Senior Director of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, San Francisco. Dr. Randolph also served as director of California's Office of Export Development and as international director general of the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC), and previously held senior positions at the U.S. Congress, White House, and the Departments of State and Energy. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Georgetown University Law Center, and the London School of Economics.

George Cheung is a senior business executive based in Beijing, China.  He focuses on the information and digital media technology sector in China and Asia.  He was Senior Director, IBM Strategic Development, Alliances and Partnerships, Greater China, and earlier served as COO, Novell Asia, VP Nortel Asia Pacific, and VP MIH/Naspers Digital Media.  Mr. Cheung's technology focus includes Cloud, Mobile, Social and Big Data.  He is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, the University of Technology, Sydney, and the Stanford Business School, Palo Alto, California.

Karl Moskowitz is founder and president of KSA Ltd, a business development and consulting company in Seoul, Korea, with special expertise in new technology markets in Korea and Japan, and The Numbahana Company LLC in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Prior to launching KSA Ltd in 1984, Dr. Moskowitz was a member of the faculty of Harvard University, where he taught courses on modern Korean history and economic development and served as the first executive director of the Korea Institute.  Dr. Moskowitz holds an A.B. in East Asian Languages from Indiana University, an A.M. in Regional Studies – East Asia and a Ph.D. in History & East Languages from Harvard University.

Ryoji Kuniyoshi is chairman of Catalyst Associates, Japan, a consulting firm that provides services to public and private companies. He was managing director of John Swire & Sons Ltd. Japan and CEO of several other companies 1981-90, and then president and CEO of Transtech Inc. (IT products and analytical instruments) until 1998.  Born in Japan, Mr. Kuniyoshi holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tokyo University and is a graduate of Stanford Business School's Executive Program.

Nirav Modi

Nirav Modi is co-founder and director of business development of eLogic Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, India.  He is also CEO and president of eLogicTech Solutions, Inc., a U.S. company that provides computer-assisted design services and software products to the architectural, engineering and construction industry worldwide.  In addition, he is CEO of Fortune Automobiles Pvt. Ltd., a Ford Motors dealership in Hyderabad, and a director or partner of several other Indian businesses.  He holds a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and a masters degree in business administration from The Indian Institute of Management.

SteveFrambes Steve Frambes is a Managing Director of Jackson Consulting Group, Dallas, Texas, where he provides financing counsel and strategic and corporate finance advice to operating and venture companies with respect to North American, European and Caribbean stock exchanges, focusing on the industrial and specialty retail sectors.  He has originated and executed financing and research engagements for companies, hedge funds, and private equity and venture capital firms in the United States, Europe, India and China.  His specialties include investment banking, competitive analysis, strategy consulting, and venture capital and special situations research.  He is a graduate of Clemson University, BI Norwegian School of Management, and Stanford Business School's Executive Program.