Dato’ Dr Muthiah Alagappa is the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Concurrently he is non-resident Senior Associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. From 2006 to 2010 he was Distinguished Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington DC. Prior to that he was founding director of East-West Center Washington (2001-2006), director of the integrated research program at the East-West Center Honolulu, (1999-2001) and a senior fellow at the East-West Center since 1989. Dato’ Dr Muthiah was a Senior Fellow at ISIS Malaysia from 1985-1988.
Dato’ Dr Muthiah is a Senior Researcher in Comparative and International Politics. His research includes political legitimacy of governments, civil society and political change, political role of the military, democratic change, role of force in domestic and international politics, conceptualization of security, Asian practice of security, security order in Asia, nuclear weapons and security, and international governance. He has had extensive experience in research management. He integrated and directed a large research program at the East-West Center in the areas of politics, security, economics, population, health, and the environment. He managed 25 researchers with PhD degrees and a support staff of about 70 persons, with an annual budget of US$4 million.
Dato’ Dr Muthiah has held visiting professorships at Columbia University, Stanford University, Keio University, and the Nanyang Technological University. He was Leverhulme Visiting Professor at University of Bristol and Sir Howard Kippenberger Visiting Chair in the School of Government in Victoria University of Wellington.
Prior to his academic career, Dato’ Dr Muthiah served as a career officer in the Malaysian Armed Forces (1962-82) holding field, command, and staff positions, including senior army member defense planning staff in the Ministry of Defense and command of three signals regiments.
Dato’ Dr Muthiah has published widely in highly reputed university presses and international journals. His recent publications include ‘A Changing Asia: Prospects for War, Peace, Cooperation, and Order,’ Political Science, 63, 2 (December 2011): 155-185; ‘International Relations Studies in Asia: Distinctive Trajectories,’ International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 11, 2 (2011): 193-230; The Long Shadow: Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21st Century Asia (Stanford, 2008), Civil Society and Political Change in Asia: Expanding and Contracting Democratic Change (Stanford, 2004), and Asian Security Order: Instrumental and Normative Features, (Stanford, 2003).
Dato’ Dr Muthiah has a PhD (International Affairs) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and an MA (Politics) from the University of Lancaster.
Margie Buchanan-Smith has been involved in the humanitarian aid sector for over 20 years, both as a policy researcher and in operational program management. Her current focus is Sudan, especially Darfur, where she first worked in the late 1980s. During the current conflict in Darfur she has worked as part of the Feinstein International Center’s team, leading a study on the impact of the conflict on trade and markets in 2008. She has also advised and supported NGOs and UN agencies in Darfur in their livelihoods and environmental programming. Margie was formerly a Research Fellow and Coordinator for the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University, and worked for 3 years as head of the Emergencies Unit at ActionAid. Margie now combines humanitarian consultancy and research work with training, facilitation and coaching of aid workers.
Bhaskar Chakravorti is the Senior Associate Dean for International Business and Finance at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is also the founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context and its research arm, the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises, and serves on the faculty as Professor of the Practice of International Business. Prior to Fletcher, he was a Partner of McKinsey & Company, a Distinguished Scholar at MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and on the faculty of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He was a leader of McKinsey's Innovation and Global Forces practices and served on the Firm’s Knowledge Services Committee, which oversees a global network of 1,200 researchers. In a 20+ year career as consultant and educator, he has advised over 30 companies in the Fortune 500 and worked across multiple geographies: the Americas, EU, Asia and Africa. At Harvard, he taught innovation and entrepreneurship and co-led the India immersion program.
Bhaskar is the author of the book, The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World (Harvard 2003) chosen among the best business books of the year by multiple publications. He has also written over 40 articles in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals, multiple books, over a dozen HBS case studies and articles and op-eds in widely-read publications, e.g., Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC, Economic Times, etc. Bhaskar’s work and interviews are featured in multiple media, e.g., BusinessWeek, The Economist, Fortune, WSJ, BBC, Financial Times, Fast Company, CNN, Public Radio International, MSN, CBS MarketWatch, Global Post, etc. He is regularly invited to speak before a wide range of audiences, e.g. in global conferences hosted by the World Economic Forum, The Economist, Bloomberg, forums on Capitol Hill, audiences in venture capital, innovation, industry and investor communities, academic researchers in universities and in closed-door policy making sessions with a US Presidential task force or Federal regulatory bodies. His prior appointments include: Partner and Thought Leader at Monitor Group, the global consultancy, game theorist at Bellcore (formerly Bell Labs), faculty at the University of Illinois and an officer of TAS, the management cadre of Tata Group, India's preeminent conglomerate.
Bhaskar’s economics PhD is from the University of Rochester where he was a University Fellow. He is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics and in economics with honors from Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College.
Kelly Sims Gallagher
Kelly Sims Gallagher is Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She directs the Energy, Climate, and Innovation (ECI) research program in the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy. She is also Senior Associate and a member of the Board of Directors of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where she previously directed the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group. Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China. She is particularly interested in the role of policy in spurring the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally.
A Truman Scholar, she has a MALD and PhD in international affairs from The Fletcher School, and an AB from Occidental College. She speaks Spanish and basic Mandarin Chinese, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development (MIT 2006), The Globalization of Clean Energy Technologies (forthcoming, MIT), and editor of Acting in Time on Energy Policy (Brookings 2009), and numerous academic articles and policy reports. She is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, National Commission on Energy Policy, and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.
Gary H. Jefferson
Gary Jefferson is the Carl Marks Professor of International Trade and Finance at Brandeis University. He studies and writes about institutions, technology, economic growth, and China’s economic transformation. At Brandeis U, Jefferson has joint appointments in the Department of Economics and the International Business School, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the economics of innovation, development economics, and China. He also teaches a course on the Political Economy of China at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.
Dr. Jefferson has a long list of publications. His most recent is “Explaining Spatial Convergence of Chinese Productivity,” (Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2012). He serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Asian Economics, the Journal of Comparative Economics, the Chinese Economic Review, and Chinese Economic Studies. He consults frequently for the World Bank. Jefferson has lived and taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at Wuhan University in China and frequently travels to China for his research and speaking engagements . He spent his last sabbatical at the Development Economics Research Center at Wuhan University, the Center for Chinese Economic Studies at Fudan University, and the Center for Chinese Economic Research at Peking University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, Masters degrees from the London School of Economics and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and his PhD in economics from Yale.
Naina Lal Kidwai
Naina Lal Kidwai, Country Head, India, and Executive Director on the board of HSBC Asia-Pacific, heads the Indian operations of the HSBC group.
She is actively engaged in trade and industry issues, and is Senior Vice President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (2012); member of the Government of India’s Industry Task Force, the Indo-German Consultative Group, and the Working Group on Banking, Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission; and on the governing boards of the National Council of Applied Economic Research and the National Institute of Bank Management. She is also a Global Advisor for Harvard Business School and the Chair of its India Advisory Board, Chairman of the City of London’s Advisory Council for India and Non-Executive Director on the Board of Nestle. Her interest in environmental issues and livelihood creation for women are evident through her representation on the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation Board, the TERI Advisory Board, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Climate Change, and the US State Department International Council on Women’s Business Leadership.
An MBA from Harvard Business School, she is the recipient of many awards and honours, and makes a regular appearance on listings of the world’s powerful since 2002. She received the Padma Shri, for her contribution to Trade & Industry, from the Government of India in 2007.
Andreas G. Koestler
Andrea Koestler has a Diploma in Geology from the University of Zurich and in structural geology as Doctor of Natural Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Dr. Koestler worked with the oil industry until he started his own NGO (Yme) in 1990. For over 15 years he built up an extensive competence in the water and sanitation sector, with both development and emergency projects all over the world. In 2006 he handed over Yme and started to work as a water and sanitation advisor in the Norwegian Red Cross. He is currently director of a consulting company and the non-profit Fontes Foundation, a humanitarian NGO focusing on water and sanitation in community development. He has lectured at post graduate and undergraduate levels in disaster management, general geology, structural geology, and water and sanitation in emergencies. He has trained expatriate and local staff in disaster management, hydrogeology, and emergency water and sanitation assessments and projects. He is a guest lecturer at the University of St. Gallen in leadership in disaster management and development aid projects. His long experience in not only disaster management but also in disaster risk reduction provides insight into the changing roles of NGOs and civil society.
Harinder Kohli is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Centennial Group International as well as Founding Director and Chief Executive of the Emerging Markets Forum. Prior to founding the Centennial Group, Mr. Kohli spent over 25 years at the World Bank in a series of senior positions. Mr. Kohli spearheaded the World Bank’s thinking on private participation in infrastructure in the mid-1990s. Earlier, he managed its work on privatization, industrial policy, and financial sector reforms, and led its information technology group for a number of years. He has extensive experience in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Mr. Kohli has been a keynote speaker at industry conferences and was invited to address the World Economic Forum meetings as well as the APEC Business Forum. Mr Kohli is Vice Chairman of the Institute-level Advisory Board of the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok and a member of the Board of Directors of ISG Novasoft, an information technology firm based in the US with operations in India. He is on the Advisory Board of Holcim India. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked in private industry in India (Union Carbide) and France (Pechiney Group).
Mr. Kohli has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School (elected Baker Scholar with High Distinction) and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Punjab University, India (First Class Honors). He completed an Executive Development Program jointly developed and delivered by the Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government, Stanford University and INSEAD.
Annette D.S.M. Nijs
Annette Nijs is a macroeconomist. Nijs is the Executive Director Global Initiative of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), one of the leading global business schools, based in Shanghai.
She is a former Cabinet Minister for Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands and a former member of the Dutch Parliament. Before joining CEIBS, Nijs established the Europe China Institute at Nyenrode Business University in her role as Managing Director. She started her international career working for Shell where she gained more than 10 years experience in the energy industry in Europe, US, Middle-East and Asia.
Nijs is a seasoned advisor to organizations and companies. She currently is a member of the supervisory board of the West Foreign Investment Agency, The Netherlands, member of the advisory board of De Maatschappij (the oldest Dutch network of Entrepreneurs) and the Netherlands China Friendship Association. She also is a senior advisor of the EFMD, European Foundation of Management Development in Brussels and advisor to the board of various international companies in the field of theatre productions, human resources, information technology and public affairs.
Nijs is a regular guest speaker at international forums (such as the European Business Summit, Horasis Global China Business Summit and the Peter Drucker Society), for senior executive teams around the world (for example of Mirae Securities, Deloitte, DSM, Ernst&Young, KPMG, Larsen & Toubro, Philips, Shell, Tata Group, TNT and WPP) and at business schools (such as London Business School, Said Business School-Oxford, and Nyenrode Business University).
She is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, holds an Executive MBA of London Business School, and a Masters Degree in macroeconomics of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Nijs published her first book on China in 2009 in her home country the Netherlands. 'China met andere ogen' ('China through a different lens') which discusses the Chinese drivers of business success and personal happiness. She is a regular guest columnist and speaker on China, the global economy, world trends and leadership.
As Senior Associate Dean of The Fletcher School, Deborah Winslow Nutter is responsible for new strategic initiatives and managing relations with its Board of Overseers and its Asian and European advisory groups. Dr. Nutter is founder and Director of GMAP where she teaches foreign policy leadership. She serves on the Dean's cabinet to advise on key strategic and administrative issues, as well as make budgetary recommendations for the school. Dean Nutter also serves as a special advisor to the Provost of Tufts University for its International Board of Overseers. Prior to Fletcher, she served as the primary architect of internationalization at Simmons College in Boston. As Professor and Chair of the Political Science and International Relations Department, she taught courses in international politics, security studies, international organization, American foreign policy, Soviet and Russian politics and foreign policy, and foreign policy leadership. She also taught at Bowdoin College.
Urs Schoettli has reported since the 1980s from the Far East. For almost twenty years he was Asia correspondent of the Swiss daily, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and lived in Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. Since 2010 he has been an independent consultant on Asia. He has published widely on topics of liberalism, development policies, and international security issues in Latin American, American and European newspapers. He has published numerous books on Asia, citizenship issues, and the environment, most recently India - Profile of a New Great Power (2009).
In 1978 he was appointed Secretary General of Liberal International, a world-wide federation of liberal and democratic parties, headquartered in London. From 1983 to 1993 he was Executive Vice-President of the Liberal International. From 1986 to 1990 he served as representative of the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in India. In 1993 and 1994 he served as Director of the Political Academy of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Sintra (Portugal). Dr. Schöttli was co-editor of the reviews “Indo Asia” (Stuttgart, Germany), “Libro Aperto” (Rome, Italy) and “Debate Abierto” (Madrid, Spain). He studied philosophy at the University of Basel.
Adam Segal is the Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Dr. Segal currently leads the Cyberconflict and Cybersecurity Initiative. His recent book Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge (W.W. Norton, 2011) looks at the technological rise of Asia. He is a research associate of the National Asia Research Program and was the project director for a CFR-sponsored independent task force on Chinese military modernization.
Before coming to CFR, Dr. Segal was an arms control analyst for the China Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists. There, he wrote about missile defense, nuclear weapons, and Asian security issues. He has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for International Studies, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and Tsinghua University in Beijing. He has taught at Vassar College and Columbia University. Dr. Segal is the author of Digital Dragon: High-Technology Enterprises in China (Cornell University Press, 2003), as well as several articles and book chapters on Chinese technology policy. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He currently writes for the blog, "Asia Unbound."
Dr. Segal has a BA and PhD in government from Cornell University, and an MALD in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Terje Skavdal was appointed as the Chief of the Field Coordination and Support Section (FCSS) of the Emergency Service Branch of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), Geneva in February 2011. In his present position he is responsible for the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC) and the Secretary of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG)
Born in Norway in 1952, he is a graduate from the Norwegian Army Military Academy; he has his university degree in economics and public administration from the University of Oslo. In addition he has studied disaster management at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, US and senior management at the Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway
Terje Skavdal has a broad disaster management background with more than 30 years of experience from leading position within Governments, NGOs, private sector and the UN.
As a disaster manager he has been involved in disaster responses in both natural disasters and in complex emergencies in Africa, Central America, Middle East, Europe and Asia. He did join the UNDAC team in 1995 and has prior to his present position served OCHA as the Regional Disaster Response Advisor in Asia, based in Kobe, Japan and as the Head of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Simon SC Tay is a public intellectual and adviser on political and economic issues. He teaches international law and public policy at the National University of Singapore and is concurrently chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, a leading independent think tank in Asia. His 2010 book, Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post Crisis Divide from America has been endorsed as “one of the most intelligent and reliable guides to the region.”
In 2009, he was with the Asia Society in New York, as Schwartz Fellow, directing a Task Force report on US-Asia relations under the Obama administration, and continues as the Society’s Global Council co-chair.
From 2002-08, he chaired the National Environment Agency, Singapore’s major agency for environmental protection. Prior to that, he was a Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament (1997 – 2001) and led public consultations on Singapore in the 21st century, the national concept plan, and the Singapore Green Plan 2012. He has also directed the Singapore Volunteers Overseas, the country’s “peace corps”. In 2006, he received the Public Service Medal, a Singaporean National Day award.
He has served as a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has spoken or chaired events for international business meetings including the World Economic Forum. He has been featured in the international media, including the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Channel NewsAsia and Financial Times and and his column features regularly in TODAY newspaper in Singapore, the South China Morning Post, Jakarta Post and the Nation (Thailand). He also has advised Temasek Holdings and other multinational corporations on regional business investments and currently serves on Boards for Toyota globally, and for the Far East Organization and Hyflux Ltd, major Singaporean companies. He is also Senior Consultant with a major Singaporean law firm, WongPartnership with practices in China, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Singapore.
He was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School, where he won the Laylin prize for the best thesis in international law. In Jan 2000, the World Economic Forum (Davos) named him a “global leader of tomorrow”. In 2002, he was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship in the USA. He is also an award winning writer with five books of stories and poetry. He holds an LLB from the National University of Singapore and an LLM from Harvard.
Walker is the Director of the Feinstein International Center and Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security at Tufts University since September 2002. He has been active in development and disaster response since 1979 and Peter has worked for a number of British-based NGOs and environmental organizations in several African countries, as well as having been a University lecturer and director of a food wholesaling company. Peter joined the international federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Geneva in 1990 where he was director of disaster policy for 10 years before moving to Bangkok as head of the Federation’s regional programs for Southeast Asia. He has travelled extensively in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and has published widely on subjects as diverse as the development of indigenous knowledge and famine early warning systems, to the role of military forces in disaster relief. Peter was the founder and manager of the world’s disasters report and played a key role in initiating and developing both the code of conduct for disaster workers and the sphere humanitarian standards.