Speaker Series 2005-2006 Academic Year

Saudi Aramco: Khalid A. Al-Falih

Friday, April 21, 2006

 Khalid A. Al-Falih,
Senior Vice President of Industrial Relations, Saudi Aramco

Co-sponsored by The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Khalid A. Al-Falih is Saudi Aramco’s senior vice president of Industrial Relations. Prior to this, he was senior vice president of Gas Operations. He is also a member of the Saudi Aramco Board of Directors.

Mr. Al-Falih joined the company in 1979. After several managerial assignments in Project Management, Engineering, Refining, and Corporate Planning he became president of the Petron Corporation, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and the Philippine National Oil Company.

On his return to Saudi Arabia in 2000, he played an instrumental role in negotiations with international oil companies involved in the Kingdom’s Natural Gas Initiative, while vice president of Gas Ventures, Development and Coordination. Ultimately, four joint ventures were created between Saudi Aramco and various leading IOCS.

In early 2003, Al-Falih was appointed to head a newly formed organization, New Business Development, and in 2004 he became vice president of Exploration, before being named senior vice president of Gas Operations.

He also serves as the Chairman of The Board of the South Rub’ Al-Khali Company, a joint venture among Shell, Total and Saudi Aramco. He was recently appointed to the Dammam City Municipal Council.

Kargman Associates: Steven T Kargman

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Steven T. Kargman,
President, Kargman Associates

Topic: Opportunities and Pitfalls in Emerging Market Restructurings: A Strategic Perspective

Steven T. Kargman is the President of Kargman Associates, a New York City-based strategic advisory firm specializing in international restructurings and cross-border insolvencies. The firm provides strategic advice to clients involved in complex and challenging international restructuring and cross-border insolvency situations, with a special focus on the emerging markets. He was formerly the senior restructuring lawyer with the Export-Import Bank of the United States in Washington, D.C. At Ex-Im Bank, he specialized in restructuring and project finance transactions n the emerging markets and served as the Lead Attorney for the Bank’s Asset Management Division (the Bank’s Division responsible for restructurings and workouts).

He has worked on major restructuring and project finance transactions throughout Latin America and Asia in such countries as Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, Turkey and Venezuela. Among other major transactions, he worked on the $13.9 billion Asia Pulp & Paper restructuring, two of the most significant project finance restructurings in Indonesia (the Paiton and Jawa power project restructurings), and the Dabhol power project restructuring in India. He has also worked on some of the largest restructuring matters in Mexico, Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America.

In his restructuring activities, he has interacted with senior officials in the private and public sectors throughout Latin America and Asia. He has also worked closely with senior officers of other creditor institutions, both public and private, in the US and abroad, and he has played a leadership role on several creditor Steering Committees and export credit agency working groups.

He previously served as General Counsel of the New York State Financial Control Board, New York State’s financial oversight agency for New York City, practiced corporate finance with the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

He has appeared on panels and lectured widely in the US and abroad on international restructuring and project finance topics. In August 2004, he served as a visiting lecturer for a course on international law in Rio de Janeiro sponsored by the Organization of American States. In addition, among other speaking engagements, he has lectured and appeared on panels before the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee on Project Finance), the Center for American and International Law (formerly known as the Southwestern Legal Foundation), the International Insolvency Institute, the International Law Association (American Branch), the International Project Finance Association, the National University of Singapore Centre for the Study of Commercial Law, the U.S.-Mexico Law Institute, and the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law.

He has published a number of articles on international finance topics in leading professional publications including the International Financial Law Review (IFLR), The International Economy, The Journal of Structured and Project Finance, and The Journal of Private Equity as well as its Special Turnaround Management Issue. His publications include a three-part series in IFLR on the major challenges of emerging market restructurings.

He has served as a member of the official United States delegation for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) project on the development of a legislative guide for insolvency law and has been an adviser to the U.S. Department of State on international insolvency issues. He served from 2001-2004 as an adjunct faculty member at American University’s Washington College of Law for a course on international project finance law.

He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on International Bankruptcy of the American Bar Association’s Business Bankruptcy Committee. He is a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute as well as a member of the International Bar Association (Section on Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights) and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is also a member of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce and the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (Northeast Chapter).

A former Luce Scholar in Singapore, he received his B.A. with Honors from Swarthmore College (Phi Beta Kappa), where he was awarded the Flack Achievement Award and Sarah Kaighn Cooper Scholarship for academic distinction. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, chairman of the Yale Association of International Law, and chairman of Yale Legislative Services.

Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming Leadership

Monday, March 13, 2006

Topic: Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming Leadership



  • Linda Coughlin, Chief Administrative Officer, Cendant Corporation
  • Ellen Wingard, Executive Coach & Co-Editor, Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership.
  • Mary Puma, J'79, Chairman & CEO, Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
  • Evelyn Murphy, Author: Getting Even. Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men and What to Do About It.
The Customer Strategy Group LLC: Dr. Fred Wiersema

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Dr. Fred Wiersema,
Business Strategist, The Customer Strategy Group LLC

Topic:Driving Customer Growth in an Increasingly International Competitive Market

Dr. Fred Wiersema is a highly respected business strategist, keynote speaker, author, and senior management educator who is best known for his work with market leaders and a series of influential books on their winning practices. Born in the Netherlands, he is an internationally renown champion of customer intimacy and solution-based marketing. For over two decades, he has worked with many of the largest multinationals, providing his incisive perspectives to guide executives around the world to sharpen their customer strategies and pursue customer growth. He is frequently featured on CNN, CNBC, BBC-TV, has published in The Harvard Business Review and has been featured in Fortune, Business Week and numerous other business publications.

His book publications include The Discipline of Market Leaders, the New York Times best-seller and #1 Business Week book he co-authored in 1994. The book urges companies to create superior value propositions by sharply focusing their business models and corporate cultures on either operational excellence, customer intimacy or product leadership. His follow-up work, Customer Intimacy, discusses how winning firms build and leverage closer connections with their most valued customers. His latest book, The New Market Leaders: Who's Winning and How in the Battle for Customers, was named "Best business book of the year 2001" by Management Team, the #1 business magazine in Holland.

Dr. Wiersema is founder of The Customer Strategy Group LLC, an advisory practice that helps senior executives to strengthen their leadership role and invigorate customer growth. Before starting his own practice in 1995, he was a senior partner with CSC Index, an international management consultancy, where he consulted with Fortune-100 companies. Prior to that, he was a high tech executive and business school professor. Dr. Wiersema holds a doctorate from Harvard Business School.

GrameenPhone: Iqbal Z. Quadir

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Iqbal Z. Quadir,
Founder, GrameenPhone

Topic: Strengthening the Hands of Citizens: The GrameenPhone Story

Iqbal Z. Quadir founded GrameenPhone in collaboration with Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and Telenor AS of Norway. GrameenPhone provides telephone access throughout Bangladesh, including to its rural poor, by adding cellular telephony to village-based micro-enterprise. In January 1999, the World Economic Forum based in Davos, Switzerland honored him as a "Global Leader for Tomorrow." Quadir worked as a vice president of Atrium Capital Corp. and was an associate at Security Pacific Merchant Bank and Coopers & Lybrand, and earlier as a consultant to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He received an MBA and an MA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BS with Honors from Swarthmore College.

**Co-sponsored by The International Communications Club.**

The Caux Round Table: Stephen B. Young

Monday, September 12, 2005 

Stephen B. Young,
Global Executive Director, The Caux Round Table

Topic: Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with Public Good

Stephen B. Young, Global Executive Director of the Caux Round Table, is a lawyer and writer. He has served as Dean of the Hamline University School of Law and as an Assistant Dean at the Harvard Law School. He has taught law and Vietnamese history.

Young writes monthly for the web magazine Fifthcolumnmag.com. He has written Moral Capitalism, the Tradition of Human Rights in China and Vietnam, and Cuoc Chien Thang Bi Bo Lo (Nguyen Van Hung, Translator). He has published law review articles on ethics, jurisprudence, the law of negligence, fiduciary theory, the status of refugees, Chinese moral and political theory, Vietnamese history, the cultures and politics of Thailand and Vietnam, He has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times. He has written on foreign affairs for the Pioneer Press, politics and culture for the Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics, and commentary for the StarTribune. While Dean of the Hamline University School of Law he initiated the Journal of Law and Religion.

As an attorney, Young has both served corporate clients in business transactions and litigated in state and federal courts.

Young has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the American Law Institute. He served with USAID in village development in the Republic of Vietnam and was Honorary Consul General of Singapore in Minnesota.

Young was a court appointed arbitrator for the Prudential Securities Inc. litigation and has arbitrated cases under Minnesota’s No Fault automobile accident statute.

In 1966 Young discovered the bronze-age site of Ban Chiang in northeast Thailand, now a UNESCO world heritage site.

After attending high school in Bangkok, Thailand, Young studied anthropology and government at Harvard College, participating in the Chiapas field research project and he took his law degree at Harvard Law School where he was Chair of the Board of Student Advisors.

Young has studied Latin, French, Tzotzil, Thai, Vietnamese and classical Chinese characters.

In 1975 Young initiated efforts to open the United States to refugees from South Vietnam and later served on the Citizens Commission for Indochinese Refugees. He later suggested the framework of a United Nations trusteeship interim administration for Cambodia as a means to end the civil war in that country.
Monster Worldwide: Marcel Legrand

Monday, October 3, 2005 

Marcel Legrand
SVP, Strategy & Corporate Planning, Monster Worldwide

Topic: A Day in the Life of an International Corporate & Marketing Strategist

Marcel Legrand serves as Sr. Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Planning for Monster Worldwide (NASDAQ: "MNST"), the leading global online network for careers, connecting the most progressive companies with the most qualified career-minded individuals. He is currently responsible for the overall strategic and directional influence of the business in addition to overseeing partnerships, acquisitions, and expansion efforts. Earlier in his career with Monster, Marcel was responsible for Product Management. Before that time, he led the firm's expansion efforts from four (4) sites to a network of seventeen (17) sites worldwide, as Sr. VP of Global Development. Prior to joining Monster, Marcel held various positions at parent company, TMP Worldwide (now Monster Worldwide) in New York. His eight-year career at the NY headquarters spanned multiple divisions, to include Direct Marketing, Advertising and Communications, and Corporate. Legrand's tenure at Monster Worldwide coincided with the firm's aggressive growth and Monster leveraged his expertise in corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions, marketing management, and service operations. Marcel holds an MBA and also received a Master's Degree in Economics and International Business from Columbia University. He is married, has 3 children and enjoys reading, percussion instruments, soccer, competitive triathlons and desserts.

Lord Abbett: Milton Ezrati

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 

Milton Ezrati
Senior Economic Strategist, Lord Abbett

Topic: The Economics and Politics of Asian Currency Policy, Exports, and Investments

Milton Ezrati is the Senior Economic Strategist at Lord Abbett and an Affiliate of the Center on Human Capital and Economic Growth in the Department of Economics at State University of New York, Buffalo. Milton is a 25-year Wall Street veteran, a well-known expert on a range of global and domestic financial issues and is a regular contributor to a wide range of national business publications. Has published in American Economic review and is on the peer review committees for the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking and the Asian Journal.

Milton is also a columnist for The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan’s leading financial daily, and the author of the celebrated book, Kawari: “How Japan's Economic and Cultural Transformation Will Alter the Balance of Power Among Nations” (Addison Wesley, 2000).

In addition, Milton is an expert on topics ranging from policy and regulation to global market movement to personal finance, and has written for Barrons, The International Herald Tribune, The Harvard Business Review, and Investors Business Daily. From 2000-2001 Milton was a guest commentator on CNBC’s Morning Call, and is currently a guest host on “Open Exchange” on Bloomberg TV.

Milton has been listed in the Who’s Who of Finance and Industry, and Who’s Who-America for the past 5 years. He is a member of the National Association of Business Economists, the American Economic Association, and the National Associations of Scholars.
The McGraw-Hill Companies: Luis A. Viada

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Luis A. Viada
Senior Vice President,
Global Resource Management, The McGraw-Hill Companies

Topic: The Case for Global Offshoring
As part of Prof. Richard Thoman's "Managing the Global Organization" class

Luis A. Viada is the Senior Vice President for Global Resource Management for the McGraw-Hill Companies. Until recently, he was Managing Director for Global Development where he directed the corporation’s business development activities outside of the U.S., including acquisitions, joint ventures, and alliances across all business segments.

Prior to joining the McGraw-Hill Companies, Mr. Viada was the Latin American region head for the Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services where he had overall management of the company’s analytical resources, business development, and operation in the region. Mr. Viada came to Standard & Poor’s after 16 years of international corporate banking with Citibank, where he held senior positions in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Mr. Viada serves on the boards of the Council of the Americas, Pro Mujer International, and the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Council of La Raza, and is a Trustee of the Turtle Bay Music School. He is an active member of the Inter-American Dialogue, the Hispanic Federation, and the US-China Business Council. He holds a MS degree from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and a BA degree in Political Science from Tufts University.

Archer Daniels Midland: Margaret (Margo) Loebl

Monday, November 14, 2005

Margaret (Margo) Loebl
Group Vice President - Finance
Archer Daniels Midland

Topic: Agribusiness...another global revolution!

Margaret (Margo) Loebl is Group Vice President-Finance for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), which is headquartered in Decatur, Illinois. Ms. Loebl joined ADM in 2002 and has had several years of experience in international finance. Loebl is responsible for the development of a global finance service group to satisfy the growing needs of ADM's global operations. She currently has direct responsibility for ADM’s corporate planning and business development, global treasury, credit, private equity, foreign exchange, marketable securities and payroll. She also sits on the boards of ADM’s various financial service companies. Just prior to joining ADM, Ms. Loebl served as Vice President, Corporate Finance of NIKE , where her responsibilities included treasury, tax and risk management of its global corporate finance functions. Prior to joining NIKE in 2000, she spent 13 years with General Motors Corporation in various finance and control positions around the world. Loebl has worked or lived in Germany, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil. She speaks German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Ms. Loebl received her Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Economics from Wellesley College in 1982 and she received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago in 1986.

Genzyme Corporation: Tomye Tierney

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Ms. Tomye Tierney
Vice President and General Manager of Emerging Markets, Genzyme Corporation

Topic: HBS Case Study review and discussion of Genzyme’s Gaucher Initiative: Global Risk and Responsibility

As part of Prof. Nathalie Laidler-Kylander's International Marketing Class

Tomye Tierney is a Vice President and General Manager of Emerging Markets at Genzyme Corporation in Cambridge, MA with the company for 15 years. Tomye has pioneered many of the international markets in the Therapeutics business. She has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and Asia. After an expatriate assignment in Singapore, Tomye returned to the States in 1998 to conceptualized and implement an innovative partnership between Genzyme and an NGO partner (Project HOPE) which would give patients with rare, genetic diseases in developing countries, access to the company’s life-saving drugs regardless of ability to pay.

Building on the success of the first humanitarian program, additional programs have been developed for successive new products at Genzyme. Working relationships have been developed with other non-profits such as Partners in Health, ANERA, World Reach and others to ensure patients everywhere can be served.

Tomye spent 14 years with the Hyland Division, Baxter International, progressing from Market Research Analyst through increasing positions of responsibility in the international arena, to Regional Director, Europe/Africa/Middle East.

She received a BA degree in Economics (Magna cum laude) from California State University, Long Beach in 1979 and followed with an MBA from the University of Southern California in 1983.

Tomye serves on several of the following boards: WorldBoston/World Affairs Council, Advisory Board, The Genzyme Charitable foundations, Inc., President’s Circle, The Asia Society, and International Advisor- Northeastern University, International Studies.

Co-sponsored by The Net Impact Group