J. Matthew Szymanski is a senior advisor to the US-Asia Institute. Since 2007, he has been vice president for corporate relations at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) in Shanghai, China. Previously, Mr. Szymanski practiced law and served in government in the Washington, D.C. area for 17 years. From 2002-2007, he served the U.S. Congress as chief of staff for both the House Small Business Committee and the U.S.-China Interparliamentary Exchange. In the latter role, he helped manage U.S.-China relations by organizing 20 U.S. delegations to China and hosting many Chinese delegations in the United States.
At SMIC, Mr. Szymanski continues to promote U.S.-China relations through regular hosting of U.S. and Chinese delegations. In his spare time, he lectures on U.S.-China law and relations at East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Fudan University, and Peking University School of Transnational Law. From 2009-2011, he served as an adjunct professor for Council on International Educational Exchange, teaching international business law to American undergraduates studying abroad at East China Normal University.
In 2008, Mr. Szymanski established the US-Asia Institute Szymanski Rule of Law Program, which hosts small groups of his Chinese law students in Washington, D.C. To date, 24 students have attended 609 scheduled events and met 732 American hosts, including 42 senators, 43 representatives, 372 congressional staff, 106 administration officials, 29 judges, 6 court staff, and 134 private sector participants. Mr. Szymanski arranged the meeting schedules and accompanied the students whenever possible. He also has been developing a separate lawyer exchange program with a Shanghai district government.
In 2010, Mr. Szymanski received Shanghai’s Leading Professional award. He lives with his family on SMIC’s Shanghai campus and has visited every province-level region of China.