Advancing sustainable growth in the United States and China


Dietmar Grimm is President of the Paulson Institute. He is responsible for managing the overall activities and development and execution of strategy of the Paulson Institute in the United States and China. With Chairman Henry M. Paulson, Jr., he also oversees the implementation of programs and policies that support the Institute’s mission.

Grimm’s career spans global strategy and management: in the for-profit sector for McKinsey & Company; through helping found and run Redstone Strategy Group, consulting to the world’s largest NGOs and philanthropies on achieving the highest social return on investment; as the VP for MarComm + Strategy at Trout Unlimited; and as Global Managing Director for Conservation Strategy and China Program Representative at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). He has worked on a breadth of conservation and sustainable development strategies, with a special focus in China, ranging from landscape-scale conservation deals to catch shares fisheries and sustainable aquaculture to energy development and climate-related approaches.

Dietmar moved to Beijing in October 2015 as TNC’s China Program Executive Representative to improve global-regional integration and support the China Program and its board to reshape how to deliver conservation in China, how China can shape global conservation, and help the program manage through China’s new foreign NGO law. Through this opportunity, Dietmar’s experience includes working with “Chinese characteristics,” China’s legal system, practical conservation approaches in China, high-profile Chinese entrepreneurs (e.g., Board Members), and importantly building strong cross-cultural professional relationships with Chinese colleagues.

In his free time, Dietmar likes to go on hikes with his wife and dog, take long bike rides, and keep up the painstaking process of learning Chinese.