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Biography

 

John Naisbitt’s book Megatrends sold more than 14 million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years, mostly as #1. It was one of the biggest successes in publishing history. Megatrends was followed by the NYT bestsellers Reinventing the Corporation and Megatrends 2000. He wrote about the increasing importance of women in business in Megatrends for Women in 1992.  In 1995 Megatrends Asia anticipated the extraordinary rise of Asia and China, which John Naisbitt has been studying and visiting since 1967. The successful professional collaboration with his German language publisher resulted in a private unification when the couple married in 2000 on the banks of the river Danube.

Asia continued to be the center of interest of John and Doris Naisbitt, and they divided their time living in Vienna, Austria and in Tianjin, China. In 2007 together with Chinese partners the couple established the independent, non-for-profit Naisbitt China Institute at Tianjin University. As a result of their research John and Doris Naisbitt co-authored China’s Megatrends:The 8 Pillars of a New Society. The book is has been published in more than 15 countries and is a bestseller in many of them. John and Doris Naisbitt’s latest book Innovation in China: The Chengdu Triangle was published in China in December 2011. It has become China’s #1 translated book.

 

John Naisbitt is the recipient of 17 honorary doctorates in the humanities, technology and science. He is a professor at Nanjing University, professor at Nankai University, Yunnan University, and Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, and Skolkovo University in Moscow.

 

After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, John Naisbitt studied in Utah, Harvard and Cornell. After university he worked for IBM and Kodak, and the National Safety Council. In 1963 he went to Washington where he became the Assistant Secretary of Education to President Kennedy, and later Special Assistant to President Johnson. Since the global success of Megatrends and the 12 books that followed, he has traveled around the globe several times a year and has spoken to almost all the major corporations of the world.

  • Studied at Utah, Harvard and Cornell.
  • Former executive with IBM and Eastman Kodak
  • Assistant Secretary of Education to President Kennedy
  • Special Assistant to President Johnson
  • Former visiting fellow at Harvard University, visiting professor at Moscow State University, and faculty member at the Nanjing University in China
  • Distinguished International Fellow, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia -- the first non-Asian to hold this appointment
  • Recipient of 17 honorary doctorates in the humanities, technology and science
  • Visiting Professor at Nankai University
  • Visiting Professor of Tianjin University of Finance and Economics
  • Visiting Professor of Yunnan University
  • Chairman of Naisbitt China Institute, Tianjin