Brian Andrews is a Partner with The Asia Group, where since 2013 he has assisted clients seeking to enter and succeed in the vibrant Asia-Pacific market. Specializing in Japan and the emerging markets of China and Southeast Asia, Brian provides strategic risk advisory services and direct investment support across a range of industries, including energy, health, and tourism.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Brian served in the U.S. Department of State from 2008 to 2013 as a civil servant across the President Bush and Obama administrations. In 2012, he received the State Department Superior Honor Award for his efforts to advance U.S. diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region. While in government, Brian helped establish a series of policy initiatives to strengthen U.S. economic positions in Asia, including the “Commitment to Connectivity: U.S.-ASEAN Business Summit,” and the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for a Sustainable Energy. He was detailed to the White House National Security Staff in 2012 as an Advisor for President Obama’s participation in the East Asia Summit and to the Department of Defense in 2009 as a Country Director for China in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His assignments at State included the China Desk, special assistant for Asia to Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and political-economic officer in Embassy Rangoon.
A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Brian previously served on the international staff at NATO in Brussels. Additionally he spent several years as a management consultant, first with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations Practice, then DFI International (now Avascent) where he focused on aerospace, defense and advanced technology issues.
Brian has appeared on Japan’s NHK channel to discuss regional security issues and has been published in foreign policy outlets including The National Interest and Chatham House. A native of New Jersey, Brian graduated from Pomona College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he focused on international relations and national security.