Speakers Series 2008-2009 Academic Year

Environmental Investments: Roger Berry
Date April 21, 2009
Speaker Roger Berry
Specialist, Environmental Investments and Emerging Markets Private Equity
Topic “Is there a Green Premium? Climate Change Risk for the Investment World”

Roger Berry is a specialist in environmental related investing and emerging markets private equity. Roger has been the Head of Fund Strategies and Investor Relations for Climate Change Capital and prior to that he was a co-founder and Managing Partner of Liberty Global Partners.

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.

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).

Sponsored by:
TIE Boston
  The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy

Author: Yasheng Huang
Date April 13, 2009
Speaker Yasheng Huang
“Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the State”

China Program Associate Professor in International Management
MIT Sloan School of Management
Topic Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the State
Professor Yasheng Huang teaches political economy and international management at Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His previous appointments include faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School. He was also a consultant to the World Bank.

In addition to academic journal articles, Professor Huang has published Inflation and Investment Controls in China (1996), FDI in China (1998), Selling China (2003), Financial Reform in China (2005, co-edited with Tony Saich and Edward Steinfeld), and Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics (2008).

Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics is a detailed narrative account of history of economic reforms in China. It is based on detailed archival and quantitative evidence spanning three decades of reforms, this book shows that private entrepreneurship, facilitated by financial liberalization and microeconomic flexibility, played a central role in China's economic miracle.

At MIT Sloan School, Professor Huang founded and runs China Lab and India Lab, which aim at helping entrepreneurs in China and India improve their management. He has held or received prestigious fellowships such as National Fellowship at Stanford University and Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Fellowship. He is a member of MIT Entrepreneurship Center, a fellow at Center for Chinese Economic Research and Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University, a fellow at William Davidson Institute at Michigan Business School, and a World Economic Forum Fellow.

Sponsored by: The International Business Center Global Speakers Series, The Center for Emerging Market Enterprises and The Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs

ExxonMobil: Sherri Stuewer
Date March 2, 2009
Speaker Sherri Stuewer
Vice President
Environmental Policy & Planning for Exxon Mobil Corporation
Topic Oil and Natural Gas: Sustainable in a World with CO2 Restraints?

*Co-sponsored by Center for International Environment & Resource Policy and the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises.

Sherri Stuewer is Vice President - Environmental Policy & Planning for Exxon Mobil Corporation. In this role she is responsible for developing and coordinating ExxonMobil's worldwide efforts to address emerging environmental issues, including climate change.

Prior to her current assignment, Stuewer was Vice President-Safety, Health & Environment, strategic planning manager for ExxonMobil, general manager of the Exxon Company U.S.A. supply department, and manager of the Exxon refinery in Baytown, Texas. Over her 33-year career with ExxonMobil, she has held a variety of technical and managerial positions in refining, planning, and logistics.

Stuewer is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Engineering College Council at Cornell University. She is also a board member of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. She is a past chair of the Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency.

Stuewer holds a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Cornell University. She is married and has two daughters.

Date February 26, 2009
Speaker David Stark
Vice President
Consumer Traits at Monsanto
Topic Oil and Natural Gas: Sustainable in a World with CO2 Restraints?

David StarkIn his role as VP for Consumer Traits, David Stark is responsible for guiding Monsanto’s strategy to develop crops that can help improve the quality and healthfulness of food. David also leads interactions with food companies, particularly the development of business relationships that will bring these technologies to market.

David received his B.S. in Genetics from The Ohio State University and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Washington University. David joined Monsanto as a research scientist in 1989 and helped start the Food Quality Program, which resulted in the development of high starch potatoes, high solid tomatoes and higher oil in oilseeds. David has held various lead roles including program lead for biopolymers, Director, Biotechnology in the Produce Business Unit and President of Monsanto’s potato subsidiary, NatureMark. Most recently, David was Vice President, Food Industry Affairs where he was responsible for food industry relations as well as helping shape the biotechnology acceptance strategy for Monsanto.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC): Rod Morris

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Rod Morris
Vice President of Insurance
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Topic: "OPIC: Insuring Political Risk in the Emerging Markets”

Rod Morris was appointed as the Vice President of Insurance in February of 2008. He served in the same capacity from 2000 to 2003 and led the department into a number of innovations in products and relationships with the private insurance market.

In the intervening years of his time at OPIC, he was in charge of the Captive Insurance program for the State of Arizona where he developed the regulatory and marketing protocols from infancy into one of the premier captive domiciles in the world.

Mr. Morris started his career in Kansas City, Missouri as a property and casualty Underwriter for Aetna Casualty and Surety in 1968. Subsequently, he served as an Underwriting Manager in Boston and New York for Great American Insurance where he also managed the acquisition and merger of the American Empire Insurance operations in New York and Pennsylvania. In 1976 he helped create and develop the Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company in Warwick, Rhode Island. In 1983 he became the Chief Underwriting Officer in charge of Personal, Residual and Distressed lines for C N A Insurance in Chicago. From 1990 to 1996, he served as the Senior Vice President and multi-line Branch Manager of the Omaha and Phoenix offices and in 1996 he was asked to assume responsibility for C N A’s acquisition, assimilation and reconstruction of the Continental Insurance Company’s international business.

Mr. Morris has served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois and Chicago chapters of the American Cancer Society and he has been a member of the United Nation’s Expert Group on Public/Private Risk Sharing. He has authored a number of articles and training texts on underwriting and captive insurance and has represented the US Government in bilateral, multilateral and international forums around the globe.

Sun Microsystems: Peter Ryan

Friday, November 21, 2008

Peter Ryan
Executive Vice President
Global Sales and Services for Sun Microsystems

Topic: Innovation, Global Communities and Emerging Markets

Peter Ryan is Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Services for Sun Microsystems and is responsible for driving Sun’s growth and profitability. In this role, Ryan delivers a consistent, integrated and responsive customer experience through a unified worldwide sales and services organization. Ryan’s 17,000-strong worldwide team, combined with Sun’s partner community, represents one of the largest and experience-rich channels in the technology marketplace, spanning the globe in every industry, product category, and area of technical and business pursuit.

Ryan joined Sun in 2006 and has previously served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales for the Americas Region and as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Services in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

During his 27 year career in IT, Ryan has performed a wide variety of roles from programmer to executive. Immediately prior to joining Sun, he was Chairman of three innovative, privately-owned technology companies focused on marketing Automation, Supply Chain and Advanced Indexing and Search.

His role in these companies encompassed all aspects of strategy, operations and corporate finance. He was previously part of the executive team at Aspect Development when it was acquired by i2 for $9.4B- a record transaction for a software company at the time. Prior to Aspect Development Ryan held a European Executive position within Parametric Technology.

Ryan also spent 11 years at IBM starting as a Systems Engineer and reaching the EMEA executive ranks. His career was characterized by a desire to win in the marketplace, building great teams and producing stellar growth in all of the areas he managed. His early career was spent at the UK Home Office and ICL (now part of Fujitsu).

Ryan attended the same Liverpool school as Paul McCartney and George Harrison (albeit, much later!) and is a passionate follower of the Everton Football Club.

Author: David Heenan

Monday, November 3, 2008

David A. Heenan

Topic: Flight Capital: The Alarming Exodus of America's Best and Brightest

David A. Heenan is a trustee of the Estate of James Campbell, one of the nation’s largest landowners with assets valued at over $2 billion, and a visiting professor at Georgetown University. Formerly, he served as chairman and CEO of Theo. H. Davies & Co., Ltd., the North American holding company for the Hong Kong-based Jardine Matheson. Earlier, he was the vice president for academic affairs at the University of Hawaii and, before that, dean of its business school. In addition, he has worked internationally for Caltex Oil, Citcorp and McKinsey—and is a former Marine Corps pilot.

Mr. Heenan holds the A.B. degree from the College of William and Mary, the M.B.A. from Columbia University and the Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on the faculties of the Wharton School and the Columbia Graduate School of Business. He also serves on the boards of Bank of Hawaii, Maui Land & Pineapple Company, the India Century Real Estate Fund and several other organizations.

An active writer, Mr. Heenan’s articles have appeared in such diverse publications as the Harvard Business Review (seven times), the Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor. He is the author or co-author of six books: Flight Capital, Double Lives, Co-Leaders, The New Corporate Frontier, The Re-United States of America and Multinational Organization Development. Mr. Heenan is currently working on his latest book, Against All Odds: A Survivor’s Guide to Lost Causes.

Siam Commercial Bank: Charamporn Jotikasthira

Charamporn Jotikasthira

Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Siam Commercial Bank, THAILAND

Topic: The Impact of the Subprime Crisis on Emerging Markets: The Case of Thailand

PHYCOS International: Paul Hsu, F'66

Thursday, Sept 25, 2008

Paul Hsu, F'66
Chairman & CEO, PHYCOS International Co., Ltd TAIWAN
President, The Epoch Foundation

Topic: Fostering Private Sector Development in Greater China

**Co-sponsored by the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises & Office of the Senior Associate Dean Deborah Nutter**

Mr. Hsu is currently Chairman and CEO of PHYCOS International Co., Ltd. PHYCOS was founded on the premise that opportunities for business and government relations can be identified and developed into meaningful solutions to the development of capital market, such as mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and restructuring. This is accomplished with a thorough understanding of regulatory environments, local laws and public policy, coupled with an innovative approach towards business development. Mr. Hsu feels strongly that PHYCOS must be more than a consulting company. By partnering with a network of regional attorneys and regulatory experts, PHYCOS is able to offer its clients both insightful analysis and precise execution.

Widely recognized as an expert in cross-border economic and commercial transactions, Mr. Hsu’s specialty practice areas include corporate strategic planning, Asia Pacific regional economic cooperation, intellectual property rights, and financial services. He also participates actively in Asia Pacific regional activities, such as APEC, as well as the activities of WTO and OECD within the region.

Mr. Hsu’s current positions include:

  • Chairman and CEO of PHYCOS International Co., Ltd.
  • President of the Epoch Foundation
  • Member of the Trade and Investment Review Board of the Industrial Development Committee, Ministry of Economic Affairs, R.O.C.
  • Director of the Board of the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
  • Founding Member of the Evian Group Advisory Council
  • Member of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) Advisory Council
  • Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, Sloan School of Management, MIT
  • Member of the Fletcher Board of Overseers, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Member of the Board of Advisors of the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs

Mr. Hsu is an adjunct professor at the National Chengchi University, teaching the executive MBA course of “New Service Business Model Creation Seminar”. Mr. Hsu formerly served as a Senior Partner of Lee & Li and an adjunct professor of law at the National Taiwan University.

Born in Hong Kong, Mr. Hsu received an LL.B. from the National Taiwan University, an M.A. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.

Author: Wilford Welch and Legatum Center: Iqbal Quadir

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wilford Welch




The Tactics of Hope: How Social Entrepreneurs are Changing Our World

Iqbal Quadir

Founder and Director

Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) & Founder of GrameenPhone.

Topic: The Tactics of Hope: How Social Entrepreneurs are Changing Our World

Internationally renowned author and social activist Wilford Welch will visit the The Fletcher School to share his remarkable journey and life’s work. Welch’s career has been devoted to understanding and taking actions to address global challenges, highlighted by his work as a U.S. diplomat in Asia, a professor of international business, and the publisher of The WorldPaper, a global affairs publication that is carried in 27 countries in six different languages.

In his latest book, The Tactics of Hope: How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing Our World, Welch highlights the initiatives of 27 social entrepreneurs who have identified solutions to restore the environment and to alleviate the plight of the extreme poor. The stories of these social entrepreneurs are rich with insight and weave together a mosaic of world-changing individuals who present concrete solutions for action, often utilizing business practices for a social benefit. They all are contributing to a shared vision of progress.

Welch’s other notable achievements include his many years as an international business consultant with Arthur D. Little International Inc., where he worked for multinational corporations on their international business strategies and governments on their industrial development strategies. In 2004 he co-founded the Quest for Global Healing initiative that brings thousands of people together from around the world every other year to help transform their concerns over environmental and social challenges into concrete initiatives.

In addition to his lifelong engagement in world affairs, Welch has a deep commitment to the environment. He was Chairman of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and was a member of the 1994 Sagamartha Environmental Expedition that removed 5,000 pounds of trash from the high camps on Mount Everest. Welch and his expedition colleagues continue to present to corporate audiences regarding insights from high-altitude mountaineering, which is pertinent to business strategies development, execution, and the restoration of a sustainable planet.

Welch serves on the board of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and on the boards of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, The Yosemite National Institutes, and the Headlands Institute.

With degrees from Yale, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley, Welch presently live in Sausalito, California.

Welch will be joined by Iqbal Z. Quadir, founder and director of the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which promotes bottom-up entrepreneurship in developing countries. In the 1990s, Quadir founded GrameenPhone, which provides effective telephone access throughout Bangladesh.

Quadir is an accomplished entrepreneur who writes about the critical roles of entrepreneurship and innovations in improving the economic and political conditions in low-income countries. Quadir is often credited as having been the earliest observer of the potential for mobile phones to transform low-income countries. His work has been recognized by leaders and organizations worldwide as a new and successful approach to sustainable poverty alleviation.

For four years, Quadir taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, focusing on the impact of technologies in the politics and economics of developing countries. In 2005, he moved to MIT. His particular research interest is in the democratizing effects of technologies in developing countries with some of his initial thoughts published in the Summer/Fall 2002 issue of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs.

In 2006, Quadir co-founded the journal Innovations, published by MIT Press, which highlights private efforts in public service. Quadir spent most of the 1990s founding and building GrameenPhone Ltd., which has now become Bangladesh’s largest telephone company, with net income of $250 million in 2006. His childhood exposure to the conditions in rural Bangladesh combined with his later venture capital experience in New York led Quadir to recognize that the ensuing digital revolution could facilitate the introduction of telephony to 100 million people living in rural Bangladesh. In 1994, he formally launched this effort by convincing angel investors to establish a New York based company, Gonofone Development Corp (meaning “phones for the masses”) to help him organize what subsequently became known as GrameenPhone.

Quadir’s vision of a large-scale, commercial project that could serve all urban areas and 68,000 villages in Bangladesh led him to organize a global consortium including Telenor AS, the primary telephone company in Norway and an affiliate of micro-credit pioneer Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. He attracted these investors by complementing his vision with a practical distribution scheme whereby small entrepreneurs, backed by loans from Grameen Bank, could retail telephone services to their surrounding communities. With the support of these investors, GrameenPhone, established in late 1996, started building a new cellular network and providing services to the public soon thereafter. To date, it has built the largest cellular network in the country with investments of nearly $2 billion and a subscriber base of nearly 20 million. Its rural program is already available in more than 60,000 villages, providing telephone access to more than 100 million people, while helping to create 250,000 micro-entrepreneurs in these villages.

Quadir appeared on CBC, CNN and PBS and was profiled in feature articles in The Economist, Boston Globe, Financial Times and The New York Times, and in several books. The World Economic Forum, based in Geneva, Switzerland, selected him as a “Global Leader for Tomorrow.” In 2006, Quadir was awarded the prestigious Science, Education and Economic Development (SEED) award in Bangladesh. In spring 2007, Wharton Alumni Magazine selected Quadir for its list of 125 Influential People and Ideas on the occasion of the 125-year celebration of the Wharton School. His work is referred to in 20 books and is prominently featured in the 2007 book, You Can Hear Me Now, by Nicholas Sullivan (Jossey-Bass).

Earlier in his career, Quadir served as a vice president of Atrium Capital Corp., an associate of Security Paciļ¬c Merchant Bank, both in New York, and a consultant to the World Bank in Washington DC. He received an MBA and an MA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BS with honors from Swarthmore College.


Pick n' Pay: Gareth Akerman

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Gareth Akerman

Pick n’ Pay Holdings Ltd
South Africa




Topic: People, Planet, Profit: Doing Good is Good Business

Gareth Ackerman is currently Chairman of Pick ‘n Pay Holdings Limited (Pikwik) and sits on all the group’s Board committees.

Mr. Ackerman’s expertise is built on many years of industry experience across multi-levels and aspects of the retail industry, Family Business, Philanthropy and Consulting. In his role at Pick ‘n Pay, South Africa, he worked in a number of operational areas, including two years in the founding of its first Australian operations and as Managing Director of Blue Ribbon Butcheries before becoming Joint Managing Director of the Pick ‘n Pay Group in 1992. During this time he established, amongst other projects, the Franchise Division, Pick ‘n Pay Financial Services and the purchase and development of Score Supermarkets and Pick ‘n Pay Group Enterprises of which he was the first Managing Director.

His international experience has been acquired through his work in a USA Supermarket company, UK and the Philippines, and as the Chairman of CIES Young Executives. He chairs the Summit Committee of CIES the World Food Forum and sits on its Board. He is a board member for a number of companies and a trustee for numerous Foundations and Trusts, including the Ackerman/Pick ‘n Pay Foundations.

Mr. Ackerman is also responsible for the Ackerman Family Office and is the investment manager for his family interests. As executive chairman and co-founder of Pleiad Capital, he is very involved with Pleiad’s Private Equity investment and Corporate Finance and Strategic Consulting advisory activities.

Mr. Ackerman holds a BSocSci degree from The University of Cape Town and a CMS in Family Business from Oxford. He speaks frequently at international retail conferences and is a regular lecturer at universities.