Phoenix Consulting was originally founded tofocus on two way trade and mergers
and acquisitions between the US and China.
Prior to founding Phoenix Consulting, Clarke was formerly the Country Manager
– China for Alliant Energy and the CEO of the Peak Pacific
Investment Company, their majority-owned development
company in Beijing. Before exiting their investments,
Alliant had invested approximately US$200 million in
10 coal fired cogeneration power plants across five
During his working experience in China, Clarke held the positions of Chairman and Legal Representative of China based wholly foreign owned companies, joint ventures, and a China holding company. His tenure with Alliant Energy involved the entire investment cycle for 12 power plant projects (two were exited early) from project due diligence and investment review, documentation and approval, commercial and technical operations, including P&L responsibility, to divestiture. During this time, Clarke was also a director of 12 Singapore and one Malaysian holding companies used to hold Alliant Energy's China investments.
Prior to his joining Alliant Energy's China business,
Mr. Clarke was an electrical engineer with Alliant Energy,
designing and directing the installation of computerized
control systems in cogeneration power plants and managing
electrical and instrumentation maintenance teams and
Wendy Zhang–Trade Representative
Wendy Zhang is responsible for promoting Iowa
as a leading exporter of quality agricultural
and manufactured products, carrying out market
and industry research to help Iowa companies identify
market entry or expansion opportunities, resolving
trade issues specific to individual companies,
and maintaining updates on information and statistics
for the China market, products, legislation and
Prior to joining in Phoenix Consulting,
Wendy had more than 16 years experience in international
trade and market development, working as Beijing
Office Representative for Arlington-based Gas
Appliance Manufacturers Association, and Deputy
Director for Beijing-based China Chamber of Commerce
for Foodstuffs and Native Produce under China
Ministry of Commerce.
Wendy earned an MBA from York University in Toronto,Canada
and a bachelor degree in Economics from Renmin
University of China.
Eyre Ma – Investment Representative
Eyre Ma's responsibility is to work with Chinese companies that are interested to invest into the state of Iowa. She promotes the key areas of focus for the state in the areas of biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and information technology with various Chinese companies and in working with Chinese outbound investment organizations such as the China Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) and other government offices. Prior to joining Phoenix Consulting, Ms. Ma worked for a Danish consulting company focused on sourcing and trading of miscellaneous products between Denmark and China.
Her education background includes a postgraduate diploma
in International Hotel Management from the Glion Hotel
School in Montreaux, Switzerland and BA in British and
American Literature at Ningxia University.