TITLE: Chief Operating Officer & China Director
1112A Guozhong Shangye Dasha
33 Dengshikou Dajie
Dongcheng District Beijing 100006
PHONE: +86 010 6528 2882
TWITTER: @stmchina, @BenjaminEShaw
BORN AND LIVED: Born in the US, have lived in London and Beijing.
IN MY SPARE TIME: Checking out the Beijing dining scene, reading.
FAVORITE BOOKS: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Shogun, Siddhartha, The Death of Vishnu, The Mongoliad, The Scarlet Pimpernel, His Majesty’s Dragon
PET PEEVES: Pandas.
PHILOSOPHY: Cooperation is an evolutionary advantage found at all levels in nature. Various types of cells and organs ‘cooperate’ to sustain life; species cooperate among themselves and other species. Humans have organized into increasingly large and sophisticated groups. Humankind must better cooperate to solve the existential challenges facing our species.
MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Having the vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences mention Edanz in a video interview was humbling and fulfilling.
GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW: Remove as many of the barriers facing ESL scholars as possible so they can communicate their research findings on a level playing field.
HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS: Power, within our industry and in general, is shifting toward the producers and consumers of content. “Non-traditional” markets such as those in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America are playing an increasingly important role in research and scholarly communication. The successful industry players five years from now will be those who have a deep understanding of their end users. By adopting the “lean” philosophy found in modern software development, they will provide value by increasing research productivity. Non-traditional markets will serve as a useful testing ground for new services and products that can be applied to traditional markets.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.