Kevin J. Cottrell

Head of Research

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As BowerGroupAsia’s head of research, Kevin Cottrell works closely with each of our teams to drive the company’s top-line research agenda, ensure that BGA’s analytical products meet our exacting standards for quality and client relevance, and manage the training of new staff.

Kevin joined BGA as the research director for mainland Southeast Asia, servicing clients in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Covering a range of sectors including technology, digital economy, healthcare, energy and infrastructure development, his specialties included political risk analysis, issue monitoring and crisis management.

Prior to joining BGA, he worked for Sorini, Samet & Associates, a government relations and public policy consultancy firm in Washington D.C. specializing in international trade policy, where he performed international trade data and risk analysis for U.S. textile and apparel manufacturers and foreign embassies.

Kevin received a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, concentrating in Southeast Asia studies and economic policy, and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University. During his studies, he interned at APCO Worldwide in Bangkok, where he was responsible for drafting updates on intellectual property rights, healthcare, information and communication technology and political issues.

Kevin speaks, reads and writes fluent Thai and has studied a variety of other languages including Russian, French, Dutch, Korean, Lao and Burmese.