Sidney Rittenberg is founder and president of the China consulting team Rittenberg Associates, Inc. He lived and worked in China for thirty-five years after World War II, when he joined the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in China following his US Army training in Chinese Language and Area Studies. During the Mao Zedong era, Rittenberg was held in solitary confinement for sixteen years on suspicion of being an American spy.

Rittenberg is former Frey Distinguished Professor of Chinese History at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and is currently is Visiting Professor of China Studies at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. He is a frequent keynote speaker at business seminars and has been the subject of numerous TV and media interviews, in both the USA and China. Rittenberg is co-author, with Pulitzer Prize winner Amanda Bennett, of The Man Who Stayed Behind (2001). He studied at the University of North Carolina and the U.S. Army Language School, Stanford University.

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