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Speaker Series 2007-2008 Academic Year

Climate Change Capital: Roger S. Berry

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Roger S. Berry
Director, Group Funds Division
Climate Change Capital

Topic: A Private Equity Primer for Emerging Markets: Trends, Challenges & Questions


Roger Berry is Director of the Group Funds division for Climate Change Capital, a leading fund manager for the low carbon economy. Roger is responsible for the development of the company’s investment fund products, which include the flagship Carbon Fund ($1.2 billion), the CPE European private equity fund ($300 million), CCPF property fund, the China Circular Economy Fund and the Global Equities Fund. Roger was formerly a Managing Partner and co-founder of Liberty Global Partners, an advisory and placement firm focused exclusively on emerging markets private equity. Liberty Global Partners helped to raise significant commitments from institutional investors and played a lead role in the creation of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

Prior to the founding of Liberty Global Partners, Roger had started and led the Emerging Markets Practice for the consulting group GPC International. Roger’s clients included AT&T Wireless, Agilent Technologies, Ionics Incorporated, Lifespan International, Stone & Webster Engineering & Construction, POSCO, Hyundai, Xrosstech, MCG Global, the AIG Emerging Markets Partnership and others. Roger successfully co-led an advisory team for POSCO that facilitated the first major international real estate joint venture in Korea. The project, called New Songdo City, is now reaching a scale of over $15 billion.

Roger has an enduring interest and commitment to democratization and conflict resolution which began during his early work as an advisor to the Chairman of the Africa Subcommittee in the US Congress (1990 – 1994). Roger subsequently worked for the National Democratic Institute (1995 – 1997) in Southern Africa and served as an advisor to President Mandela’s Legal Counsel on financial disclosure and government ethics policies. During his service in South Africa, Roger was also part of a small team that organized a retreat for the top leadership of the political parties in Northern Ireland to explore and investigate the experience of South Africa’s democratic transition. The event was recognized by signatories to the Good Friday Agreement as a helpful step in the process.

For over eighteen years, Roger has been immersed in the opportunities and challenges of transitional markets. He brings skills in negotiation, facilitation, and marketing, and has advised companies, investors, or governments in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Roger is a graduate of Harvard University (1990).

The Titan Industrial Corporation: Michael S. Levin

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Michael S. Levin
Chairman, The Titan Industrial Corporation
Founder & Chairman, NewView Technologies
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Topic: The Making of a Maverick: The Theory and Practice of Entrepreneurship


 Michael S. Levin is the Chairman and principal shareholder of The Titan Industrial Corporation; a privately held group involved in steel distribution, value added manufacturing in the service center sector, and international steel trading. He has worked in Asia, Europe and Africa, specifically Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.

Mr. Levin is also the Founder and Chairman of NewView Technologies, formerly e-STEEL, originally one of the leading B2B e-commerce solutions and now a supplier of internet based supply chain software for global corporations. In a special report by B-2-B Magazine, Mr. Levin was named as one of the Top 25 Champions behind the e-Commerce revolution.

Mr. Levin holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University (1974) and a B.A. Honors from The University of Wisconsin – Madison (1972).

Michael Levin is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations where he has co-authored papers and served on several task forces. He was invited to be one of the first members of The Democratic Senatorial Technology Advisory Board, and advisor to The International Trade Commission on e-commerce risks and opportunities.

Mr. Levin was a founding advisory board member of The Pacific Council on International Policy, and has served as Chairman of the Board of The Herr-Voss Corporation of Pittsburgh and The Erick Hawkins Dance Company, as well as Board member of AIESEC, USA, The Sharon Hospital, and a consultant to The Copperweld Corporation of Pittsburgh.

Currently, Mr. Levin is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Judge of the “M.I.T. $100K” Business Plan Contest and an Honorary Trustee of PS1-MoMa in New York City.

He has many hobbies including mountaineering and has completed a number of “firsts” in the mountains of the American West and Alaska, as well as being an extreme skier, polo player and internationally competitive sailor.

Mr. Levin has been married to the former Laurence de Segonzac for 25 years; they live in Dutchess County, with their three children.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York: Michael Silva

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Michael Silva
SVP, Chief of Staff The Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Topic: “Challenging Times: The Fed's Role in Today's Global Financial System"

*Co-sponsored by the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises


Michael F. Silva is chief of staff and senior vice president for the executive group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Mr. Silva joined the bank in August 1992 as a staff attorney in the legal group, where he worked on a wide range of regulatory matters, enforcement actions, payment system issues, international transactions, and acquisitions. In September 1995, he was appointed an officer of the bank with the title of counsel.

In December 1998, Mr. Silva was promoted to assistant vice president and became lead counsel for the Bank’s international account relationships and currency distribution. He was promoted to vice president in December 1999 with those same responsibilities. As lead international counsel, Mr. Silva represented the Bank in connection with the implementation of multiple U.S. economic assistance packages, including the 1995 Mexico Economic Stabilization Plan; the Bank’s role as collateral agent for ten “Brady Plan” sovereign debt restructurings; the enforcement of U.S. economic sanctions; the establishment of account relationships with foreign central banks and the development of new investment vehicles and banking services for foreign central banks; special purpose U.S. government international financial transactions, including privatization funds, foreign military sales, and settlement agreements for accidental military damage; and the establishment of the bank’s international cash depot system for the distribution of U.S. currency outside of the United States.

In June 2006, Mr. Silva was promoted to senior vice president and transferred from the legal group to the executive group as chief of staff. As chief of staff, he is responsible for supporting the bank’s president and its chief operating officer by advising them on and facilitating all aspects of the Bank’s policy work, operational activities, corporate governance, and internal support services. In this capacity, he is supported by two deputy chiefs of staff, one for policy and one for operations, the bank’s corporate secretary, and a staff of analysts and clerical personnel.

Mr. Silva holds a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bars.

In 2004, Mr. Silva received the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Medal and the Secretary of the Treasury’s Honor Award, both for his service in Iraq as a coalition advisor to the Central Bank of Iraq. Mr. Silva is also the author of “A Central Banker in Iraq”, Journal of International Business & Law, Spring 2004.

Prior to attending law school and joining the bank, Mr. Silva served as an officer in the United States Navy from May 1983 to September 1989. During that period, he was assigned to Fighter Squadron 142 as an F-14A Tomcat Radar Intercept Officer and then to the On-Site Inspection Agency, a joint military and civilian agency in Washington D.C. responsible for conducting the first ever arms control verification inspections in the former Soviet Union. Mr. Silva is a 1986 graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (a.k.a Topgun).

Mr. Silva resides on the Jersey shore with his wife and two daughters.

Author: Joseph H. Bragdon, F'64

Friday, November 16, 2007

Joseph H. (Jay) Bragdon, F’64

Topic: The Living Corporation: Why Firms that Put Life Ahead of Profit are More Profitable

With Guest Panelists:

Mindy S. Lubbers President, CERES


 

Philip (Mike) Morris General Manager, United Technologies/Pratt & Whitney’s Green Engine Program

**Event sponsored by The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy and The International Business Program Global Speaker Series.


Joseph H. (Jay) Bragdon is a 40-year veteran of Wall Street. He is the founder and General Partner of Conservest Management Co., an investment advisor to high net worth families.

He is author of Profit for Life: How Capitalism Excels. This book is the culmination of his research into the linkages between corporate stewardship and profitability, which began in the late 1960s at the investment research firm of H.C. Wainwright & Co. As a pioneer in the field, he co-chaired the first national Conference on Corporate Responsibility in Investments at the Harvard Business School. Jay is credited with writing the first empirical study on the economic advantages of environmental stewardship, which was published in Risk Management (1972).

Jay has pioneered the Global Living Asset Management Performance (LAMP) Index, a learning laboratory of 60 companies representing every major industry/sector that have implemented the principles of Living Asset Stewardship outlined in the book. With over $4 trillion in market capitalization, the LAMP index has on average outperformed the S&P 500 plus other domestic and global investment benchmarks.

Jay is a director of the Sustainability Institute and a member of The Society of Organizational Learning (SoL), which published Profit for Life. He holds an MA from The Fletcher School/Tufts University. He lives in Woodstock, Vermont with his wife Jeanne.


Philip (Mike) Morris has worked in Engineering and Manufacturing during his 30 year career at Pratt & Whitney. In his current position, he is responsible for meeting regulatory, corporate, and customer requirements as they pertain to product environmental impact, and to the health and safety of personnel who manufacture, service and maintain those products. Mike has a B.S., Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, and an M.S., Mechanical Engineering, and a MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Mizuho: Kohei Ohgaki and Masahiro Kihara

Monday, November 5, 2007

Kohei Ohgaki
General Manager/Syndicated Finance Structuring Division,
Global Syndicated Finance Business Unit, Global Investment Banking Group

Masahiro Kihara
Joint General Manager/Loan Trading Division,,
Global Syndicated Finance Business Unit, Global Investment Banking Group

Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.

Topic: "Structural Reform of the Japanese Banking Model"

**Co-sponsored by Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs


Kohei Ohgaki is a General Manager at Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. He currently leads the Division responsible for the origination and structuring of syndicated loans for domestic companies in Japan. Mizuho Corporate Bank puts strong emphasizes on this business and the Bank has held No1 position in this area since the evolution of syndicated loans in Japan. Previously he has been responsible for, not only for a team of about 10 professionals covering secondary loan trading of both investment grade and distressed loan assets, but also for a team of about 10 professionals covering origination/syndication for leveraged finance in Japan.

He joined The Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. (consolidated into Mizuho Financial Group in 2002) in 1979 and is in charge of the Syndicated Finance Structuring Division since April 2007.

He has also served number of positions in Asia and U.S. At Labuan Branch he was a general manager of the branch and At Singapore Branch he was in charge of corporate banking business as a Joint General Manger. In the 1990s, he worked for The Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. in charge of money market business at Chicago Branch.

Before joining the Global Syndicated Finance Business Unit, he worked at Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. as General Manager of Group Strategic Planning Division.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.

Masahiro Kihara is a Joint General Manager at Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. He is currently the Head of the Loan Trading Team, responsible for trading both investment grade and non-investment grade loan assets in the loan secondary market, which is a rapidly growing market in Japan. Previously he was a Senior Manager at the Syndicated Finance Coordination Division where he was in charge of promoting both internally and externally the syndicated loan business and development/implementation of new products. Also in this capacity he was the Secretary General for Japan Syndication and Loan-trading Association, which is a not for profit organization dedicated to the establishment of infrastructure beneficial for the expansion of the syndicated loan market and loan secondary market.

He joined The Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. (consolidated into Mizuho Financial Group in 2002) in 1989 and is in charge of Loan Trading since July 2007.

Before joining the Global Syndicated Finance Business Unit, he has long worked at the Global Market Unit where he was in charge of Bank’s ALM, proprietary trading in bonds, swaps, futures and also planning for the Unit.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. Also he has received LLM degree from Duke University School of Law, Durham NC.

Cone: Carol Cone and Mindy Gomes-Casseres

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Carol Cone
Chairman and Founder
Cone Inc.

Mindy Gomes-Casseres
Account Director, Corporate Responsibility

Topic: Cause Branding SM , Marketing and Corporate Responsibility: Trends and Cases

**Co-sponsored by Net Impact



Carol Cone is nationally recognized for her work in the Cause Branding® and strategic philanthropy arenas. As the Chairman of Cone, Inc., she has embraced a steadfast commitment to building substantive and sustainable partnerships between companies and social issues for more than 25 years. Cone has pioneered vibrant new alliances for private/public partnerships to create signature programs for a host of Fortune 500 companies, including the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, ConAgra Foods’ Feeding Children Better, PNC Grow Up Great, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women program, Reebok’s Human Rights Awards, Rockport’s Fitness Walking, and the Gillette Prostate Cancer Challenge, among others. Overall, Cone’s signature cause programs have raised more than $750 million for various social causes. Today, Cone, Inc. is acknowledged as the nation’s leading Cause Branding consultancy.

Since her student days at Brandeis University during the turbulent and socially conscious Vietnam era, Cone’s career has been ignited with a keen passion for social justice. Intuitively grasping the benefits of authentic links between companies and social issues, Cone, Inc. helps companies and nonprofit organizations integrate values and social issues into brand equity and organizational identity to gain significant bottom-line impacts. Cause Branding, a term trademarked by the firm, creates dimensionality for the brand that cannot be easily replicated, vibrancy within the organization that builds pride and loyalty, and a bond with consumers and communities that leads to trust and l ong-term commitment.

To move knowledge forward and empower corporations and consumers alike in their association of doing well for themselves while doing good for the world, Cone commissioned the Cone/Roper research series, the nation’s only nine-year longitudinal studies on consumer and executive attitudes towards cause-related marketing. The studies serve as a benchmark and overwhelmingly confirm that Americans solidly support cause-related activities and that companies see benefits to their reputation, image and bottom line.

This research, along with her leadership in engineering key cause programs for national companies, has made Cone a frequently requested speaker on the topic of Cause Branding for the Conference Board, The Public Relations Society of America and The Cause Marketing Forum, among others. Cone is also considered one of the nation’s experts in the field and is often solicited by the national media, including USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek and the Harvard Business Review.

Cone’s commitment to social issues forms the core of her agency’s values and culture. Cone was a founding member of Business for Social Responsibility, a national organization of businesses with two bottom lines – profit and social responsibility. At Cone, she personally funded a Habitat for Humanity home to honor and recognize the firm’s employees, who built the house in summer 2000.

Cone’s recognitions include:

  • Voted One of the Top Ten Bosses in Boston – Women’s Business 2007
  • Changing the Game Award, Advertising Women of New York, May 2007
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, PR News 2005
  • One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Public Relations, PRWeek
  • Social Responsibility All-Star, Reputation Management
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Boston University
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, Arthur Young/Venture Magazine

Carol was a contributing writer to the Big Moo, a collaboration of 33 of the world's smartest business thinkers and their best ideas on how to be remarkable, edited by renown author Seth Godin. The book made the Wall Street Journal bestseller list within two weeks of its release. Cone was also a contributing writer/editor to the Cause Marketing for Nonprofits by Jocelyn Daw.

She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with a B.S. in Fine Arts, and Boston University with a Masters in Communications. In 1991, Cone completed the Owner/President Management Program at the Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Business Advisory Council of Simmons School of Management, the sole women only MBA program in North America. Cone also serves as a marketing advisor to Save the Children and the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy.

Mindy Gomes-Casseres is an account director on Cone’s Cause Branding and Corporate Responsibility teams. Gomes-Casseres has worked with clients on corporate responsibility strategy, communications and development of signature cause programs. Current and past clients include Starbucks, Mattel, The Home Depot, eBay and Toyota. Gomes-Casseres has also developed Cone’s Return on Investment tool to help clients, including PNC Financial Services and Allstate, evaluate the social and business returns on investment of their cause branding programs. In addition to client work, Gomes-Casseres helps Cone develop new research studies and methodologies in the field of corporate responsibility. She often speaks on Cone’s behalf through Cone’s Executive Speaker Series at events hosted by organizations such as The Conference Board, PRNews and Net Impact.

Gomes-Casseres began her career as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington DC where she conducted organizational, financial and process improvement analyses for Federal clients. Gomes-Casseres then worked for the USDA Forest Service to help manage creation of a Federal rulemaking to protect 60 million acres from most logging and road building. She also developed an economic assessment and rural development strategy for a Native Alaskan Tlingit tribe. While in graduate school, Gomes-Casseres worked for Holcim (US) Inc. and developed the company’s first US-based Sustainable Development report highlighting the firm’s financial, social and environmental goals and performance. Gomes-Casseres also assisted the Massachusetts Chapter of the Nature Conservancy with the creation of its three-year strategic plan.

Gomes-Casseres received her B.A. from Bowdoin College and her M.B.A. and M.S. through the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. A highlight of her business school career includes coauthorship of a chapter in C.K. Prahalad’s book The Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profits. She lives outside of Boston with her husband.

Rodman & Renshaw: Tariq Jawad

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tariq Jawad
Director, Investment Banking
Rodman & Renshaw

Topic: A Modern Spice Market: Exploring MENASA Cross-Border Trade and Finance

**Co-sponsored by The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies


Tariq Jawad is a Director of Investment Banking for Rodman & Renshaw. Tariq joined Rodman in late 2002 and runs Rodman's Deal Origination Team for transactions outside of the United States, focusing primarily on growth sectors in emerging economies include Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Tariq is a graduate of Harvard University and Chair of the Harvard Club Of New York's Arab World Group. In 2006, he became a member of the Dubai-based Young Arab Leaders group and an Executive Director of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association. He also sits on the Board of ProjectExplorer and Arte East, as well as on the Benefits Committee of Musicians For Harmony.

IDC: Donald Best, F'07

October 11, 2007

Donald Best
Senior Vice President
Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Strategy IDC

Topic: "Eat, Pray, Love International Business Development"


 As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Strategy, Donald Best is responsible for leading IDC's global sales efforts, and its worldwide marketing strategy. In addition, Mr. Best is responsible for managing IDC's annual strategic planning process.

As head of global sales, Mr. Best oversees all aspects of sales strategy and implementation. As IDC's senior marketing officer, Mr. Best is responsible for the development and implementation of key programs in corporate branding, business development, demand generation, and customer service. As the executive responsible for product management, Mr. Best oversees the process tasked with product development, introduction, and life-cycle management.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Best was IDC's Vice President for Consulting Sales, Marketing, and Operations. As one of the founders of IDC's current consulting operation, he helped grow this business from its infancy to become the leader in customized IT market intelligence. IDC Consulting's projects include market modeling, competitive analysis, and market entry strategies.

Mr. Best joined IDC in June 1984, as an account executive in New York, with a client base made up of leading financial institutions, followed by a series of sales and management assignments covering most of IDC's customer base. Prior to IDC, Mr. Best was with the research firm of Frost and Sullivan in New York, first as an industry analyst and then as a markets specialist in the IT sector. Mr. Best has a B.A. from The College of New Jersey, and is a candidate for a M.A. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he has completed his thesis on intellectual property protection. Mr. Best continues to conduct research on the role of private interests in the development of trade policy.

NYSE Euronext: Marshall N. Carter

September 19, 2007

Marshall N. Carter
Chairman, New York Stock Exchange
Deputy Chairman, NYSE Euronext

Topic: "The Changing Nature of International Capital Markets"



Sponsored by Korn/Ferry International in collaboration with The Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy


 Marshall N. Carter is Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and Deputy Chairman of the parent company NYSE Euronext. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the predecessor, New York Stock Exchange for two years prior to the merger. Mr. Carter served as a director of the NYSE since November 2003.

Mr. Carter, 67, most recently was a lecturer in leadership and management at the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where from 2001 to 2005 he was a Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership and the Center for Business and Government.

Prior to the Exchange, Mr. Carter served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the State Street Bank and Trust Company, Boston, and of its holding company, State Street Corporation. He joined State Street in July 1991 as President and Chief Operating Officer, became CEO in 1992 and Chairman in 1993. During his nine years as CEO, the company grew more than six fold. State Street is a leading servicer and manager of financial pension and mutual fund assets worldwide. Prior to joining State Street, Mr. Carter was with the Chase Manhattan Bank for 15 years, in positions related to finance, operations and global securities businesses.

A former Marine Corps officer who was awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart during two years’ service as an infantry officer in Vietnam, Mr. Carter served from 1975-76 as a White House Fellow at the State Department and Agency for International Development. Major projects during that year were the application of satellite technology to agricultural activities in West Africa, the use of high-level U2 photography for disaster relief activities in Guatemala and the use of sensor-surveillance equipment as a member of the project team that installed the U.S. Sinai Surveillance Mission in Israel after the 1973 Middle East War.

Mr. Carter holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; (1962) an M.S. in operations research and systems analysis from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California (1970); and an M.A. in science, technology and public policy from George Washington University (1976) which he attended on the GI Bill.

Mr. Carter is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Medical Center, the primary inner city hospital for Boston. Long active in industry affairs, he co-chaired the U.S. Working Group of Thirty, which developed recommendations for revamping world securities clearance and settlement processes after the securities markets problems of October 1987. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Honeywell International from 1997-2005. Mr. Carter also chaired the Massachusetts Governor’s Special Advisory Task Force on Massport and Logan Airport following the events of September 11, 2001. In 2006, Mr. Carter was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He was born in 1940 and grew up in Washington DC, Alaska and Colorado.

Amazon.com: Marc Onetto

September 13, 2007

Marc Onetto
SVP, Worldwide Operations & Customer Service Amazon.com

Topic: The Secrets of Landing & Succeeding in Your Dream International Career

Co-sponsored by Fletcher’s Office of Career Services.


 Marc Onetto is Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations and Customer Service at Amazon.com. He leads the supply chain, transportation and customer support operations of the largest e-retailer in the world. His responsibility covers the activity of 10,000 personnel in USA, UK, Germany, France, Japan and China.

From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Onetto was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations for Solectron, a $10 billion global leader in electronics manufacturing and integrated supply-chain services. He lead the company turnaround and was the inspiration behind the creation of the Solectron Production System, the most advanced application of lean and six sigma to electronics manufacturing.

Prior to Solectron, Mr. Onetto had a successful 15 years career with GE where his last assignment was Vice President of GE European operations.

From 1988 to 2002, Mr. Onetto held several senior leadership positions at GE Medical Systems as Europe Service VP, global CIO, head of global quality and finally officer in charge of global manufacturing and supply chain.

He was one of GE¹s Six Sigma pioneers and spearheaded the globalization and the quality transformation of GE Medical Systems. He was recognized for this contribution by Jack Welch in his autobiography book: “Jack straight from the guts”.

Prior to GE, Mr. Onetto served 12 years with Exxon Corporation in petroleum product trading, information systems and finance.

Marc is a graduate MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie-Mellon University and a graduate engineer from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France.