Robert Azar is a US-Asia business and cultural expert with thirty-eight years of executive level success. As a strategy advisor, he specializes in achieving excellence in global business development, intercultural management and problem resolution.
R. Azar previously lived in the Far East for seven years; worked in Japanese corporations for ten years; and developed and managed U.S. businesses in Asian markets for twenty-five years. He has logged a million flight miles traveling to, from and within Asia. He is fluent in the Japanese language – including reading, writing, and speaking – and familiar with Korean.
Mr. Azar attended the White House’s welcome ceremony for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for U.S.-Japan trade discussions (April 28, 2015). He was one of four hundred leaders in U.S.-Asian affairs to attend President Clinton’s major policy speech before his summit meeting with then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Washington, D.C. (October 24, 1997).
Prior to commencing his thirty-eight year career in international business and intercultural management, R. Azar completed a decade of formal academic training and field research in Asian culture. He earned a double major BA degree in International Relations and East Asian Studies from New York University; completed an MA degree in East Asian political, economic and cultural affairs at Columbia University; and studied international marketing, global management and business law at Harvard University. He is the published author of two books and numerous articles and reports on US-Asian business, economics, foreign policy and culture – published both in America and Japan, in English and in Japanese – and has extensive experience teaching U.S.-Asian business and culture.
In 2002 Mr. Azar was honored to have earned the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation, the management consulting industry’s highest recognition for demonstrated achievements and excellence in client satisfaction, professional standards and ethical business practices. To date, the CMC designation has been awarded to fewer than 1,000 consultants in the U.S. and 20,000 consultants worldwide.