Robert Daly has been Director of the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland since late 2007.
From 2001 to 2007 he was American Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China.
He began work in U.S.-China relations as a diplomat with the U.S. Information Agency, and worked as Cultural Exchanges Officer at the American Embassy in Beijing from 1987 to 1991.
After leaving the Foreign Service, Mr. Daly taught Chinese at Cornell University, worked on television and theater projects in China as a host, actor (北京人在纽约), and writer, and helped to produce Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street and other Children’s Television Workshop programs.
During the same period, he directed the Syracuse University China Seminar and served as a commentator on Sino-U.S. relations and Chinese affairs for CNN, the Voice of America and Chinese television and radio stations.
Mr. Daly has lectured at scores of Chinese and American institutions, among them the Smithsonian Institution, the East-West Center, the Asia Society, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
In 2000 and 2001, he served as Director of President Clinton’s U.S.-China Housing Initiative at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
He has lived in China for 11 years and has interpreted for Chinese leaders, including Jiang Zemin, Yu Zhengsheng, Xu Kuangdi, and Li Yuanchao, and American leaders, including Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, and Zbignew Brzezinski.
In 2008 he moderated a discussion between President Bill Clinton and Hong Kong business leaders following the Clinton Global Initiative’s Asia forum.