Russell J. Cheetham, Ph.D.

Seattle, United States

Professional Practice:

Before his retirement in October 1996, Russell J. Cheetham was Vice President of the World Bank responsible for operations in the Asia Pacific Region. He was based in Washington, D.C.

His career with the World Bank spanned more than 25 years, mainly in operations in East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, and the former Soviet Union. He has traveled extensively throughout these areas and has well-established relations with political and business leaders in these regions. He has lived in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Moscow. His work at the World Bank included advising governments and business in these regions on a wide range of policy matters, including in particular, those related to the activities of private business and investors. He has extensive experience in the design, preparation, financing and implementation of many different kinds of projects in these regions, and in the management of risks associated with such investments.

Dr. Cheetham provides a range of services to businesses and governments in the Asia-Pacific region and the former Soviet Union. His clients include large corporations in Asia, the United States and Europe active in manufacturing, mining, infrastructure, financial services, airline operations, and consultant and management services.

Dr. Cheetham speaks regularly to professional and business groups in the United States, Asia and Europe on economic and political trends in Asia.

Professional Activities:

  • Chairman of U.S. PECC Financial Markets Committee
  • Member of the Seattle World Affairs Council
  • Member of the Washington Council on International Trade
  • Member of the Washington State China Relations Council


An Australian national, Russell Cheetham’s educational background includes a B.Sc. in Agricultural Science from Sydney University, Australia. After coming to the United States as a Fulbright Fellow in 1966, he obtained an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.