Joe Baolin Zhou has 24 years of experience in China and United States in management consulting , sourcing/outsourcing consulting and supply chain management , CRM , founding startups , fund raising , initiating and negotiating large joint ventures , marketing and sales of industrial equipment and products , marketing/developing/delivering executive education programs and applied research on China-related issues . Joe worked for six and half years for the central government in China , having served as team leader and program officer for the Ministry of Machinery and Electronics Industries . This experience enabled him to understand how decisions are made at different government and business entities and understand how to navigate through the complex rules and regulations that govern the guidelines for businesses in China today .
Joe spent four years with Oberg Industries ( OI ) , the world-wide pioneer of precision carbide tooling . At OI , Joe mastered the marketing , sales and technical support of precision equipment in China market . He later founded Beijing Oberg Consulting International ( BOCI ) in 1998 , which successfully helped five medium-sized US manufacturing companies expand their business into the Chinese market . In 1999 , Joe founded Freemarkets' China supply market team . In this outsourced role to BOCI , Joe spearheaded and trained the China sourcing team and led project execution on behalf of Freemarkets and has successfully managed their sourcing/outsourcing function in China ever since .
Joe is also a co-founder of the preparatory committee of MIT Greater China Development Center , which seeks to provide executive development and China economy-related applied research to a select group of multinational companies which he recruited and includes: GM , Delphi , Intel , Solectron , Federal Mogul , Yazaki , and others . Joe is also a consultant for Harvard Business School's executive education program in China .
In 2006 , Joe co-founded a Route 128 startup Microscale Inc . and served as CEO .
Joe started consulting with HBS Executive Education Program in 2001 and has extensive experience in executive education market in China . After living in USA for 15 years , he moved back to China in 2007 , and currently serves as Director of China Market , Harvard Shanghai Center with the responsibilities of developing strategic resources to expand the footprints of HBS and its Executive Education Program in China .
Joe holds a MBA from MIT Sloan , MPA from John Heinz III School of Carnegie Mellon University; a Bachelor's degree of management engineering and a bachelor's degree of mechanical engineering from two Chinese universities .