Speaker Series 2012-2013 Academic Year


Dr. Rajesh Chakrabarti

Executive Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy

“Bihar Breakthrough: The Turnaround of a Beleaguered State”

Dr Rajesh Chakrabarti Executive Director Bharti Institute of Public Policy Clinical Associate Professor Indian School of Business IBGC Institute for Business in the Global Context Speaker Series Fletcher School

Dr. Rajesh Chakrabarti is the Executive Director of Bharti Institute of Public Policy and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Indian School of Business. He has previously taught at Georgia Tech, USA, and University of Alberta, Canada and has held several visiting positions including at IIM, Calcutta, ISI, Delhi and the Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta. He has published in reputed international research journals in Finance, Economics and International Business; has authored or edited six books including the recent Bihar Breakthrough: The Turnaround of a Beleaguered State and several book chapters. He is a columnist for Financial Express, a leading Indian financial daily. He is an alumnus of Presidency College Kolkata, and IIM Ahmedabad and earned his PhD in Management from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Bashar Masri

Chairman of the Board, Massar International

“Rawabi: The New Palestinian Planned City”

Bashar Masri Chairman Massar International IBGC Speaker Series Fletcher School

Bashar Masri is Chairman of the Board of Massar International, a company he founded in 1994 to realize his vision for private sector development to serve as the path ("massar" in Arabic) leading to Palestinian economic development and growth. He actively promotes Palestinian private sector business opportunities to companies and individuals across the globe.

Mr. Masri is the visionary and catalyst behind Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city and the largest private sector undertaking of any kind in Palestinian history. Rawabi, as the cornerstone of a new, modern and viable Palestinian society, has garnered the attention of world leaders and business pioneers.

Mr. Masri also founded and manages Palestine's first private equity fund, the Siraj Palestine Fund, a $90 million investment initiative created to invigorate and vitalize Palestinian businesses in every sector of the economy. The Siraj Fund has attracted prominent international investors, including the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the Soros Economic Development Fund.

In the past decade, Mr. Masri launched a diverse range of Palestinian start-ups in the fields of journalism, financial services, communications, advertising and information technology.

Regionally, Mr. Masri spearheaded large and economically significant investment projects, including affordable housing communities in Morocco, commercial and residential developments in Jordan, and a residential/recreational real estate project in Egypt. Under his energetic leadership, the Massar International global portfolio now includes more than 15 successful and fast-growing subsidiaries.

Massar International Bhasar Masri Chairman IBGC Speaker Series Fletcher School

Named by the World Economic Forum as a "Global Leader of Tomorrow", Mr. Masri also serves on the boards of numerous private companies and philanthropic organizations, including the board of trustees of An-Najah National University, chairman of the Palestinian Distribution and Logistics Services Company, (PEX: WASSEL) and chairman of the Palestine Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (PEX: PMHC)


Peter Tollman

Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

“Smart Simplicity: BCG Perspectives on Achieving Organizational Advantage in a Complex Global World”

Peter Tollman

Peter Tollman is a senior partner in BCG’s Boston office. He leads the firm's People and Organization Practice in the Americas. Previously, Peter served as global leader of BCG's biopharmaceuticals sector and, before that, its R&D business.

Peter has served many leading pharmaceutical and biotech firms. His work has spanned most functions of the value chain with a focus on strategy, and organizational and operational effectiveness. He has been involved in several corporate transformations, mergers, and large-scale implementation projects.

Peter joined The Boston Consulting Group in 1989. Prior to BCG, he was founding managing director of a health care investment company, MPM Capital.

Boston Consulting Group

Peter received his PhD in engineering from the University of Cape Town and his MBA with distinction from Columbia Business School. He sits on the Board of Governors of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance at the Hebrew University and is a trustee of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts.


Stuart A. Spencer (F '89)

Chief Operating Officer, Chubb Accident & Health Worldwide

“Insuring the Future: Challenges of Leading & Managing a Global Enterprise”

Stuart A Spencer

Stuart A. Spencer is Chief Operating Officer of Chubb Accident & Health Worldwide, one of four strategic business units within one of the world’s largest property and casualty insurance groups. Mr. Spencer joined the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies as a Chief Operating Officer and head of its Life, Accident and Health division in June 2009 after more than a dozen years in the insurance industry.

Based in Hong Kong, he has global P&L responsibility and oversees the strategic development of innovative accident and supplementary health products for both consumers and businesses delivered through multiple distribution platforms.

After starting his career at American Express TRS in New York, where he held several senior marketing positions, Mr. Spencer joined American International Group in 1996 as Executive Vice President of AIG International Services, Inc., and was later named President of the unit. Between 2000 and 2004, he managed AIG’s Accident & Health General Insurance operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2004, he moved to Hong Kong to run the AIG Life Companies Accident and Health business for Southeast Asia.


In 2006, Mr. Spencer was promoted to President of Accident and Health Worldwide, for AIG Life Companies, managing a multi-billion dollar P&L spanning more than 75 countries.

Mr. Spencer is an alumnus of Brandeis University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard Business School.



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Craig Owens

Senior Vice President, CFO and CAO, Campbell's

“Financial Statement Analysis: A CFO’s Perspective”

Craig Owens, SVP, Campbells

Craig Owens was appointed Campbell's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer in October 2008. He reports to Denise Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Craig has responsibility for business unit Finance as well as Campbell’s Controller’s, Treasury, External Development, Tax, Real Estate, Investor Relations, Global Supply Chain, and IT departments.

Craig has more than 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. He came to Campbell from Delhaize Group, where he spent seven years as Executive Vice President and CFO. One of Campbell's large global customers, Delhaize Group is a food retailer headquartered in Belgium with approximately 3,450 stores in 11 countries and more than $30 billion in annual revenues. The company's Delhaize U.S. division includes the well-known supermarket chains Food Lion and Hannaford.

Before that, Craig held general management and senior financial positions with The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola bottlers from 1981 to 2001, including Alpine Region Director of Coca-Cola HBC, the largest European soft drink company, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Entreprise France, and Controller of all Coca-Cola Company-owned bottlers in the U.S.

Craig earned a B.A. degree in politics from Washington and Lee University, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He also earned his M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.A. degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.




Katie Smith Milway

Partner & Head of Knowledge, The Bridgespan Group

“Scaling Social Impact: From Influencing Individuals to Growing Platforms for Change”

Katie Smith Milway

Katie Smith Milway is a partner at Bridgespan and head of the knowledge unit. She works with Bridgespan teams to capture learnings from case work, shape research projects, and distill and share content and tools via a variety of media. She brings to the job a background in journalism, nonprofit management, strategy consulting, and corporate publishing.

Prior to joining Bridgespan Katie was a senior director and founding publisher at Bain & Company. Katie has also worked as a business journalist with The Wall Street Journal/Europe, the Montreal Gazette, and as a stringer for TIME

Katie recently co-authored "The Challenge of Organizational Learning," (SSIR, Summer 2011), "Growing Global NGOs Effectively," (Monday Developments, Winter 2010), and "Nonprofit Mergers & Acquisitions: More Than a Tool for Tough Times" (Bridgespan.org, Winter 2009). Katie has also authored several books and articles on sustainable development. Her most recent children's books include: "One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference," and "The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough."

Bridgespan Group

Katie has a BA in English from Stanford University, her Masters in European Studies from the Free University of Brussels, and her MBA from the European Institute of Business Administration, INSEAD.



Bill Carroll (F '87)

Outgoing CEO & President, Lasermax Roll Systems

“Achieving a Shared Understanding: The Ultimate Challenge for the International Organization Leader”

Bill Carroll

A F'87 alum, Bill Carroll was CEO for an international SME that navigated its way through a sea of existential threats following a challenging merger with its arch competitor. He has lived, worked or managed in most geographies and counts his cross-cultural experiences among his richest personal gains.

Now engaged in executive coaching, consulting, and instructing, Mr. Carroll aspires to author a work on his ideas for connecting leadership more intimately with the organizations they lead.




Paul Schulte (F '88)

Former Global Head of Financial Strategy, China Construction Bank

“Banks Trump Government: The Paradox of Asset Prices and Political Instability”

Paul Schulte

Paul Schulte is currently a Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is Managing Director at his own consulting firm called SGI Ltd. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Paul Schulte's career in equity and fixed income research spans 25 years on both the buy and sell sides covering the Asia and Emerging Markets. He frequently has been ranked in top-five positions in Euromoney, Asiamoney and Institutional Investor polls and surveys since 1991. In Institutional Investor's 2010 poll, he received top rankings in Nomura’s All-Asia Banks Team, Asia Equity Strategy Team and Asia Economics Team. He also has experience in the military, public policy and academia.

Schulte was most recently Global Head of Financial Strategy at China Construction Bank International Securities, the second biggest bank globally by market cap. He was one of the first westerners to be hired by a Chinese bank for research. He created the Greater China Banks Research platform which included Equity and Fixed Income Strategy products. He marketed to sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds and long only institutions globally and spent much time with Chinese regulators.

From 2007 to 2010, he was Managing Director and Head of Multi-Strategy and Asia Banks' Research for Lehman Brothers and then at Nomura International. He created a highly ranked research product line which integrated equity, credit and currency research. He was one of the first at Lehman Brothers in Asia to lead the integration of fixed income and equity research.

From 2001 to 2006 he was a Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets research at a $350 mn hedge fund called Big Sky Capital which was based in Santa Monica, CA. He also managed a portfolio of emerging market equities. In 1992, he set up the research effort from scratch at Credit Suisse First Boston in Hong Kong and spent many years there.

Prior to that, he served as an economic advisor to the Minister of Finance in Jakarta, Indonesia. Before that, he worked for the National Security Council at the White House in Washington, DC. He had internships with the US House of Representatives and the US International Trade Commission.

In addition to his work in investment banking, Mr. Schulte has been teaching MBA students for the past 13 years. He taught for 6 years at the Conrad Hilton School of Business at Loyola Marymount University from 2000 to 2006. He has spent the past 6 years teaching in the MBA program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has also given many seminars to hundreds of students of MBA programs at the Stern School at NYU, the Anderson School at UCLA and the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

China Construction Bank

Mr. Schulte graduated Summa cum Laude with a BA in Philosophy in 1985 from The Catholic University of America based in Washington, DC. He then received an MA in Political Economy in 1986 from Catholic University where he was a Theodore Basselin Fellow. He received a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1988 where he was a Henry Cabot Lodge Fellow. He also received certification as a Counselor in the area of drug and alcohol addiction from Loyola Marymount University in 2006. His avocation is military history. He is a tennis player.


Amanda Judge (F '09)

Founder & CEO, Andean Collection

“Social Enterprise in the Real World: Idealism vs. Reality”

Amanda Judge

Amanda Judge is the proud Founder & CEO of Andean Collection, which she started while interviewing rural Ecuadorian women for her master’s thesis on poverty reduction strategies.

Amanda holds an M.A in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Tufts University and a B.A. in Finance from Santa Clara University.

She is fascinated by development in South America and gave up a steady salary in the financial services industry to work in some of the most desolate areas of Central and South America on poverty reduction projects. Select projects include: Working with UNICEF on determining the pattern of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nicaragua and isolating flaws in the country’s health reporting systems; Developing a micro-enterprise project for women knitters with FINCA Peru, both as a knitwear designer and as a business consultant.

Amanda is an innovative social entrepreneur, who is intent on showing that business acumen and social good are not mutually exclusive. She has been interviewed on TV networks, including Fox and CNN on the company’s triple bottom line of profits, poverty reduction, and planet. She is a regular attendee at CEO and social entrepreneur events such as OnCue and Summit Series, and was recently named a ‘Better Business Babe’ by Women’s Health Magazine (May, 2012). Amanda contributes a fresh perspective and raw sense of humor to any event, and frequently speaks on issues pertaining to poverty reduction and fashion brand building.

Andean Collection

In her childhood, she designed her own clothes and started a rouge jewelry store out of her friend’s garage at the age of 12. To this day, her entrepreneurial spirit lives on and she still likes to make pretty things. More than anything, Amanda likes to come up with grand new ideas to make this world a little better for all.




Alnoor Ebrahim

Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

“Measuring the Performance of NGOs: Essential or Impossible?”

Alnoor Ebrahim

Alnoor Ebrahim is an Associate Professor in the General Management Unit, and in the Social Enterprise Initiative, at the Harvard Business School. His research and teaching focus on the challenges of performance management, accountability, and governance facing social sector organizations. He is also a principal of Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

Professor Ebrahim is author of the award-winning book, NGOs and Organizational Change: Discourse, Reporting, and Learning (Cambridge University Press, 2003 and 2005), and is co-editor, with Edward Weisband, of Global Accountabilities: Participation, Pluralism, and Public Ethics(Cambridge University Press, 2007), which compares accountability dilemmas in nonprofits, business, and government. He has been the recipient of awards for best article in the journals Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

He teaches the MBA required course on "Leadership and Organizational Behavior" (LEAD), and previously taught an elective course on "Leading and Governing High-Performing Nonprofit Organizations." In the HBS executive education portfolio, Professor Ebrahim servers as Chair of "Governing for Nonprofit Excellence" while also teaching in programs on "Performance Measurement of Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations" and "Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management."

Through his research and case writing, Ebrahim examines the challenges of performance measurement and accountability facing social sector organizations, impact investors, and their boards. He is currently involved in research with a range of social sector organizations, from new socioeconomic hybrids to well-established global NGOs and foundations. His professional work has included commissioned reports on civil society relations with the World Bank, on NGO accountability at the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as projects with a number of nongovernmental organizations over the past two decades, such as CIVICUS: The World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., the Tata Energy Research Institute in New Delhi, and the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in western India.

Harvard Business School

Prior to joining the faculty of the Harvard Business School, Alnoor Ebrahim was the Wyss Visiting Scholar at HBS, and a Visiting Associate Professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also taught at Virginia Tech for several years, where he was a founding codirector of the Institute for Governance and Accountabilities. He holds a BSc degree from MIT (1991) in civil and environmental engineering, and a PhD from Stanford University (1999), where he studied environmental planning and management.


Susan Avarde

Head of Global Branding, Citi

“Why Brands Matter: The New and the True”

Susan Avarde

Susan Avarde is a senior leader and has 25 years of industry experience having worked in most major industries including: banking, broadcast, telecommunications, airlines, retail and fashion. She led award-winning brand programs for Fortune 14 firms and has worked with companies such as: ESPN, AT&T, Barclays, Vogue, Accenture, Comcast, Visa, BP and Air France.

During her time at Citi she has developed various programs, including the recent 200yrs anniversary campaign running in 200+ countries. Over the years her work around brand and innovation has variously contributed to business growth and significant increase in saliency. Susan was key in Citi’s lead sponsorship of the Smithsonian exhibition, Cities, at the United Nations exhibition last year, where innovation is being put to positive social effect in such cities as Caracas, Nairobi and Mumbai. Susan also sits on the Citi Women committee, helping guide development opportunities for professional women.

She lectures at various organizations i.e. Columbia Business School, Yale and the Economist. She is a judge and board member for various organizations such as the Advertising Education Foundation and Peace Direct, an organization supporting local peacemakers in conflict zones. She was an invitee by Michelle Obama to the White House in 2011 to honor the best in American Design.


Susan was born and educated in London during a time of extraordinary creativity and has made her home on three continents. She values the power of ideas to drive enterprise, and the talent of a team to make them happen.




Hemant Beijal

Vice President, Senior Business Leader, Global Public Policy at MasterCard Worldwide

“Financial Inclusion: Are Emerging Payment Products the Magic Bullet?”

Hemant Baijal

Mr. Hemant Baijal is a Senior Business Leader, Global Public Policy at MasterCard. In this role he provides support to MasterCard business units and country operations on key public policy issues related to national retail payment systems and financial inclusion. He also manages relationships with key policy influencing non-governmental organizations and international financial institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, regional development banks, USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Alliance for Financial Inclusion and others.

Prior to joining the MasterCard public policy team he was a Senior Payment Systems Specialist in the Payment Systems Development Group of the World Bank where he provided technical expertise and advice to various governments and international bodies on payment systems policy and payments infrastructure design. He was responsible for leading the efforts to develop the recently released General Guidelines for Government Payment Programs. Additionally, he was also involved in the development of the World Bank’s mobile payments policy framework and the recently released “Retail Payments Policy Package” which includes technical advice to governments on addressing policy and payments infrastructure constraints in retail payments. While at the World Bank he co-authored a piece on “Innovation in Retail Payments” which is included in a forthcoming book on payment systems for central bankers – Payment Systems: Design, Governance and Oversight, edited by Bruce J. Summers.

Before joining the World Bank, he worked as a Global Product Manager for government prepaid programs at MasterCard for five years. During this time he was responsible for launching various government payment programs including the Direct Express program with the US Treasury for disbursement of social security benefits to the unbanked. Prior to MasterCard, he worked at Citi and JP Morgan to develop payment products and services catering to the government and corporate sectors.

MasterCard Worldwide

In the 1990s he worked as an economist at the World Bank and Crown Agents (UK) mostly on private sector and financial sector related issues. His primary focus was on South and South-East Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

He earned his graduate degree in Economics from George Mason University in Virginia. He also attended the George Washington University and University of Rajasthan in Jaipur, India.



David Simmons

Chairman & CEO, PPD

“Cultivating Global Leadership Skills: A CEO's Career Journey”

David Simmons

David Simmons joined PPD in June 2012 to serve as chairman and chief executive officer. In this role, he establishes and supports the strategic direction of PPD and leads its global workforce of more than 12,000 employees in the design, implementation and execution of drug discovery and development programs on behalf of its biopharmaceutical clients.

A proven leader, Simmons came to PPD following 15 years with Pfizer Inc. In his most recent position, he was president and general manager of the emerging markets and established products business units. His duties also included responsibility for the company’s biosimilar development program. Previously, Simmons served as regional president for Pfizer’s Eastern Europe pharmaceutical division; president of its pharmaceutical division in Greece; and vice president of marketing in Canada. In his early years at Pfizer, he held director-level roles in information technology. Simmons began his career as a software engineer in the steel industry, where he advanced his career to management positions before transitioning to pharmaceuticals.


He earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and industrial management from Carnegie-Mellon University.




Jonathan Low

Partner & Cofounder, Predictiv

“The Wealth of Nations: Intangibles and the Global Economy”

Jonathan Low

Jonathan Low is a Partner and Co-founder of Predictiv Consulting and PredictivAsia. Predictiv assists corporations, government agencies, family-owned businesses and not-for-profits improve management performance, organizational effectiveness, marketing and strategy. Predictiv has particular expertise in evaluating the impact on financial results of factors such as strategy execution, reputation, brand and post-merger integration. Clients have included Southwest Air, Pfizer, Major League Baseball, Petrobras, General Motors, UPS, United Technologies, Trump Holdings, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Novartis and Visa.

Earlier in his career, Jon took a leave of absence from the investment firm High Street Associates to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor (Acting) for Work and Technology Policy. Jon served on the SEC Steering Committee on the Future of Accounting and Financial Reporting, the Conference Board Working Group on Corporate Performance and represented the U.S. Government at the inaugural OECD Conference on Corporate Governance.

Prior to founding Predictiv, Jon was a Senior Fellow at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation. Under his leadership, CGEY produced major business strategy reports including Measures That Matter, Success Factors in the IPO Transformation Process and The Value Creation Index. He organized and co-hosted with Forbes ASAP an annual conference entitled Measuring the Future.

Jon has served in a number of positions related to his work such as Co-Chair for Strategic Organizational Issues of The Brookings Institution’s Task Force on Intangible Sources of Value. He has presented his findings to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the European Commission, Chinese Ministry of Technology and the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

His work has appeared in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Management Update, New York Times and Business Week. Jon has appeared on ABC, CNN, CNBC, PBS and other electronic media. He was co-editor of Enterprise Value in the Knowledge Economy, a joint publication of the OECD and Ernst & Young in 1997. He co-authored the book Invisible Advantage, published by Perseus Press in 2002. He has contributed chapters to Business Power; Creating New Wealth from IP Assets (Wiley, 2007) and From Assets to Profits (Wiley 2009).


Jon currently serves on the Board of the Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College whose Nominating Committee he chairs; is a Director of the Athena Alliance, a Washington, DC-based policy research organization; a Director of Classical South Florida, an NPR affiliate radio station; is a member of the Audit Committee of American Public Media Group, and a member of the Palm Beach County Economic Council’s Six Pillars Executive Committee. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale University’s School of Management.


Shawn Johnson

Senior Managing Director & Investment Committee Chairman, State Street Global Advisors

“"'Fat Tails' and Other Creatures: An Asset Manager's View of Managing Risk in Today's Global Markets”

Shawn Johnson

Shawn C.D. Johnson is Senior Managing Director of State Street Global Advisors and SSgA Investment Committee Chairman. In addition to managing SSgA's team of economists, strategists and merger/acquisition activity globally, Shawn oversees SSgA's private equity investments including Global Alliance, LLC. He is a member of SSgA's Independent Fiduciary Committee, the Tuckerman Real Estate Investment Committee and a director of SSgA Funds Management, Inc. He is also a member of SSgA's Executive Management Group. Earlier in his career at SSgA, Shawn was the Director of Global Fundamental Research, managing a group of global equity, high yield and investment grade bond analysts.

Shawn is Chair of the Association of Institutional Investors Board of Directors, a group organized to represent the institutional asset managers and the interests of their clients in matters of important public policy, legislation and regulation. Shawn is a former Chairman of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), the private sector organization that coordinates homeland security and critical infrastructure issues with U.S. federal financial regulators.

Prior to joining SSgA, Shawn was Vice President of Business Development for MGA Software; a Manager for Braxton Associates, Deloitte & Touche's Corporate Strategy Consulting Group; President of TMT Software Company; and a Manager for General Electric's Aerospace Business Group. He also served as an Intelligence Officer with the United States Naval Reserve.


Shawn earned a BS in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), as well as an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College. Shawn is also a trustee of Berea College and a member of the Board of the Virginia Tech Foundation.