China Expert, Millennial Explorer & Cultural Futurist
Zak Dychtwald is a lifelong fan of interesting people, big ideas, great food, new adventures, science fiction and religious meaning. A writer, consultant, and public speaker, he has traveled extensively throughout five continents to explore what makes people and cultures tick while searching for glimpses into the future. Read More >
TEDx: 3 Things the West Gets Wrong About Chinese Millennials
China’s Next Chapter | Aspen Institute Ideas Festival
Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country
China was the first to be hit by Covid-19 and among the first to recover. Today, while much of the Western world remains mired in a half-on/half-off limbo, offices, restaurants, retail spaces, and even night clubs are filling up in China. Read More >
But not all sectors have rebounded equally, and the young generation’s out-look on consumption, work, and government has been impacted to its core.
In this keynote, Zak explores how young China – the engine of China’s consumer and innovation economies – has reacted to the punch of Covid-19 and how they are shaping up as global consumer, competitor, and collaborator.
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China is nearly impossible to know from the outside, and most organizations are limited by stereotypes around ‘old China’ and a focus on government. In this keynote, Zak pushes audiences to get past the headlines and really get to know Chinese millennials on the ground level. Outnumbering American millennials by 5x, Young China is redefining every market they touch. Zak’s insight into the people, culture, and systems are a must-understand for global businesses and Investors. Read More >
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Can China’s young people be innovative? This is the question defining China’s future. Zak debunks the stereotypes of ‘Copycat China’ and provides a deep dive into China’s emerging innovative firepower. In this keynote, Zak focuses on the social psychology of innovation that could tip the scales in China’s favor in the coming decade. Based on his upcoming Harvard Business Review feature, Zak takes you to the trenches of the country’s tech and investment scene to look at how China is becoming a world-class innovator. Read More >
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Among China’s Millennials, there is a tremendous thirst for Western products and services – from laptops to lipstick from snack foods to university degrees. However, this proud, aspirational, product-hungry Millennial market does not necessarily equate “product cool” with Americanization. A new hybrid of east/west, past/future appetites are emerging. In this unique presentation, Zak Dychtwald will outline the five things you absolutely must know if you want to sell your products and/or services to China’s 400 million young consumers.
We often obsess over American Millennials. What are they loyal to? What are their values? Who will they vote for? Will they even vote? What do they want to buy? And yet, when we think China, we often just think of the “China Market”—no nuance necessary. Read More >
Chinese millennials are already becoming the most powerful consumer class in the world, redefining every industry they touch. China’s 420 million millennials outnumber American millennials by five times. It’s time to understand the world’s consumers of today and tomorrow.
This session will answer, why does China have generation gulfs compared to our generation gaps? How is “Old China” different than “Young China”? How do American millennials stack up against Chinese millennials? What do they want that is different in their products? In the workplace? For themselves, their families, and their countries? How does a generation of single children understand community, family, technology, and leisure? Read Less ^
The worldwide millennial generation is the most globally connected, aware, and cosmopolitan in human history. Their unique way of seeing the world is transforming the way all generations think, interact, and consume around the world. In this speech, Dychtwald compares and contrasts the U.S. and Chinese millennial markets and defines opportunities in technology, consumption, and branding that will decide if your company sinks or swims in the 21st century.
Son and father - Zak and Ken Dychtwald (Age Wave, Boomer expert) - will together present a fun, mind-stretching and actionable analysis of how much money and time Boomers and Millennials have to spend and how they envision family, friends, work, money, success and purpose. They will explore what keeps each cohort up at night, the ideal role of tech in their lives and what they’re looking to do, buy and be at this point in their lives.
"Dychtwald builds an intimate profile of Chinese millennials...and how, ultimately, they are changing China and the world…engaging read for anyone looking for an introduction to contemporary Chinese culture and society."
“Zak gave one of the best talks in the history of our investment group. His presentation changed the way many in our group approach China.”
“Zakary Dychtwald is an extraordinarily gifted communicator of ideas. His passion to understand China together with his deep research to uncover the country’s 400 million millennials – their aspirations, fears, interests, habits, and choices - helps inform audiences of the opportunities brought about by this demographical cohort. For people wanting to understand the dynamics shaping the world’s future, they should speak with Zak.“
“Zak Dychtwald is an incredible speaker. He has the charisma, charm and people’s skills to catch the audience’s attention and captivate them. Zak brings talent, insight, and positivity, and we cannot think of anyone better than him to take the stage.”
“Brilliant…I’m glad I didn’t have to follow him!”
“Business leaders who are concerned about the future of China should engage Zak Dychtwald... Zak’s presentation draws the audience in and makes a difficult topic approachable and understandable. My colleagues have been discussing his fascinating presentation for weeks and weeks.”
“Extremely impressive! Young China is set to change the way much of our world operates and Zak is the perfect communicator. Zak’s bold and new perspectives dazzled and challenged a room of pre-eminent policy experts at Beirut Institute Summit at Abu Dhabi. I would absolutely recommend Zak as a need-to-hear keynote speaker for those interested in the future.”
“Zak is a hoot, and worked well with both the large general audience and the more intimate business audience…He infused a good mix of information, humor and flow for both presentations. I have already gotten some effusive praise for him.”
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