Global Sources Ltd.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Merle A. Hinrichs

Chairman and CEO

Under Mr. Hinrichs’ leadership, the company was the leader in the use of the Internet for international trade, launching Asia’s first B2B online marketplace in 1996. The Economist magazine recognized Mr. Hinrichs as “Asia’s e-commerce king”, while Forbes Global magazine has repeatedly voted Global Sources “Best of the Web”.

A keen desire to advance education opportunities, drive business innovation and leverage technology are guiding principles of Mr. Hinrichs’ approach to developing international commerce and philanthropy. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Mathematics, and from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a Master’s Degree in International Trade. In 1996, the University of Nebraska awarded Mr. Hinrichs an Honorary Doctorate Degree.

Mr. Hinrichs merged his passion for higher education, information and technology by spearheading the creation of a state-of-the-art library at Thunderbird, which opened in 1994.

In China, Mr. Hinrichs’ education initiatives include the Global Sources Information Centre, an electronic information library at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai, which ranks among the top MBA schools in the world. He has made a significant commitment to the advancement of journalism in China by promoting the Global Sources Hall at the influential Tsinghua University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Beijing.

Mr. Hinrichs remains committed to educating Chinese management executives. He conceived and formulated training for the one-of-a-kind Excellence in Export Marketing program. This intensive three-day, executive-level course is held throughout the year across China in association with the prestigious Beijing University.

He developed Chief Executive China magazine to provide best-practice international management expertise for China’s high-level executives and managers. It is the widest-circulated BPA-audited (Business Publication Auditing) management publication in China. More than 1,000,000 senior managers read the magazine each month and use its complementary website (

As an advisor at the Hong Kong Baptist University, Mr. Hinrichs has promoted innovative theoretical and applied educational models for academic curriculum and intern development for students from around the world.

He is co-founder and former Chairman of The Society of Hong Kong Publishers, an active member of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, and a board member of the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington, D.C. He is also an Investment Promotion Ambassador with Invest Hong Kong.

Mr. Hinrichs actively supports the Kearny Alliance (, an internationally focused foundation with offices in Scottsdale, Arizona. With a mission of Aid through Trade, the Alliance focuses on innovative trade-related educational initiatives, and on assisting developing countries in export facilitation and business skills development to create jobs and alleviate poverty.

Leveraging his decades of international trade expertise, Mr. Hinrichs has lent this expertise in the creation of a social entrepreneurship model that is successfully connecting small and medium-sized, economically challenged producers with the global economy, thereby creating sustainable employment in developing economies of Asia, including Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and Afghanistan. Kearny Alliance’s core program is the Export Service Centre ( based in Denpasar, Indonesia.

Mr. Hinrichs and his wife Miriam reside in Hong Kong.