Dr. Koo is Managing Director and C.E.O. of International Strategic Alliances, Inc., a firm established since 1988 specifically for the purpose of assisting American high tech companies and major international corporations form cross border strategic alliances on the Pacific Rim.
Prior to assuming the leadership of ISA, Dr. Koo was in charge of the international partnering activities at H & Q Technology Partners. Dr. Koo was a founder, director and CFO of Tiara Computer Systems, a PC LAN company whose lead investor was ACER, Taiwan's largest PC company. Previously, he left Bear Stearns to establish Microelectronic Business International, a vehicle for the purpose of investing Far East capital in emerging companies with potential technology transfer and offshore manufacturing requirements. He founded Bear Stearns China Trade Advisors and represented U.S. high tech companies in the People's Republic of China, after leading similar efforts at Chase Manhattan Bank. Prior to that, he directed management consulting to the chemical industry at SRI International. His earlier affiliations include Alza, Allied-Signal, and Boeing.
Born in China, Dr. Koo immigrated to Seattle as a child. He received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sc.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. His technical expertise is in polymer material science. He is a board member of Aeolus-Thomson Corporation, a Sino-American joint venture. He is the 1996-97 Chairman of Asian American Manufacturers Association and has been chairman of several past conferences on Asian financing and alliances sponsored by the AAMA and held in Silicon Valley. Dr. Koo is a frequent speaker in various public forum on how American business can succeed in Asia and is currently an economic development advisor to Xi'an Hi-Tech Development Zone and overseas advisor to the Shaanxi Province in China. He is also a member of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Mountain View and the Committee of 100, a national organization of prominent Chinese Americans.