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Speaker Series 2003-2004 Academic Year

Ecoinvest: Carlos de Mathias Martins Jr.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Topic:  Brazilian Private Sector Initiatives for Sustainable Development

Carlos de Mathias Martins Jr.
Director, Founding Partner Ecoinvest
Brazil

Carlos de Mathias Martins Junior is a director and founding partner of Ecoinvest. In the past two years Carlos has been involved in the identification, development and negotiation of several renewable energy projects formatted to participate in the carbon-offset market within the Kyoto Protocol framework. Formerly a derivatives trader and fund manager, he holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of São Paulo and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

* Co-sponsored by the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher

Hermitage Capital Management: William Browder

Monday, March 15, 2004

Topic: Creating Corporate Governance in Russia: The Role of International Financial Institutions

William Browder
Chief Executive Officer
Hermitage Capital Management

William Browder is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, the leading international asset management firm specializing in Russian equities. The firm’s clients include high net worth individuals and major financial institutions. Hermitage Capital Management currently has approximately $1.25 billion invested in Russia.

Under Mr. Browder’s leadership, The Hermitage Fund has increased in value by 746% compared to 178.98% for the CSFB ROS Index since its launch in 1996 (to December 31, 2002). It has been ranked the World’s Best Performing Emerging Markets Fund over a five-year period by Nelsons (1996-2001). The Hermitage Fund was also awarded the Best Performing Fund in the World by Micropal (1997) and the Best Russian Fund by Lipper (1997-1998).

Mr. Browder’s position on corporate governance practices in Russia has made him a leading shareholder rights activist and outspoken fighter for better corporate governance. He has been credited for a number of breakthroughs in improving corporate standards at major Russian companies, including Unified Energy Systems and Gazprom. He also spearheaded radical changes in the Russian corporate law, which resulted in pre-emptive rights being granted to minority shareholders in all Russian companies.

Mr Browder serves as Chairman of the Russia Task Force for the Institute of International Finance, Inc., is a member of the OECD/World Bank roundtable on Corporate Governance in Russia and a Member of the International Corporate Governance Network. Mr. Browder often reports on shareholder rights issues to international financial organizations and government agencies. He was named a Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum in Davos 2001, a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and is a regular speaker at Bloomberg, CNBC, Euromoney conferences and serves as a Russia expert to FT, Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Mr. Browder started Hermitage Capital Management in 1996 in partnership with the late Edmond Safra. The firm is now a member of the HSBC group.

Prior to starting Hermitage, Mr. Browder was Vice President at Salomon Brothers where he managed the firm’s proprietary investments in Russia. Before that, he was management consultant with the East European practice of the Boston Consulting Group in London. He received an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BA in Economics with highest honors from the University of Chicago.

Manulife Financial: Paul S. Henry

Thursday, March 04, 2004 

Topic:  Fixing Global Social Security: The Private Sector's Response

Paul S. Henry
Director of Strategic Planning & Market Research
Manulife Financial, U.S. Group Pensions

Paul Henry is the Director of Strategic Planning and Market Research for U.S. Group Pensions at Manulife Financial.  Mr. Henry brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to his understanding of the needs of employers and employees, and how to provide individuals with the information they need to make sound financial decisions.  This experience has included senior management roles with Transamerica and Scudder Investments, as well as with the Charles Schwab Trust Company, Wells Fargo Trust & Private Banking and The Northern Trust Company.

Mr. Henry is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at the London School of Economics.  He received a B.A. in history from Valparaiso University and completed the Cannon Trust School program at Pepperdine University, the financial planning program at UCLA and the federal taxation program at the University of Southern California Tax Institute.  Mr. Henry is a Series 7 NASD registered representative and is committed to making it easier for American workers to achieve financial security in retirement.
U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England: Daniel Satinsky, F'90

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Topic:  Business and Economic Development in Post Crisis Russia

Daniel Satinsky F'90
President, US-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England

Daniel Satinsky is an attorney and consultant with 15 years experience working with Russian business in various areas of technology and commerce. He is an expert on the economic transformation in Russia ongoing since the Perestroika period. After graduating from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in 1990, he led business development for a number of entrepreneurial projects in Russia, including an early military conversion project importing Russian high tech materials to the U.S., a pioneering US-Russian joint venture bringing telecommunications to Russia's provinces and the foundation of a business center in the Russian city of Yaroslavl'.

Currently he has a private legal and consulting practice through his own company, B.E.A. Associates, Inc.  Over the past several years, he has concentrated on assisting Russian companies entering the U.S. market, primarily in software development and other technology fields.

Daniel Satinsky is President of the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England. He has written of his experience of the economic changes in the Russian province of Yaroslavl as the author of "Industrial Giants, Entrepreneurs and Regional Government-The Changing Business Environment in the Yaroslavl' Oblast 1991 - 98" in Regional Russia in Transition: Studies from Yaroslavl', edited by Jeffrey Hahn, Woodrow Wilson Press, 2001. He is a graduate of Northeastern University Law School and holds a Master of Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School/Tufts University.

* Co-sponsored by the Fletcher Global Business Club
Archer Daniels Midland: Margaret (Margo) Loebl

Thursday, November 13, 2003 

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

Topic:  Agribusiness Trade in the 21st Century

Margaret (Margo) Loebl is Group Vice President-Finance for Archer Daniels Midland Company, which is headquartered in Decatur, Illinois. Ms. Loebl is responsible for the development of a global finance service group to satisfy the growing needs of ADM's global operations. She currently oversees treasury, foreign exchange, credit and payroll operations and assists in acquisitions, mergers, tax planning, and structured trade finance activities. Ms. Loebl joined ADM in 2002 and has had several years of experience in international finance. Ms. Loebl served most recently as Vice President, Corporate Finance of NIKE, Inc. where her responsibilities included treasury, tax and risk management of its global corporate finance functions. Prior to joining NIKE, she spent more than 13 years with General Motors Corporation in various finance and control positions around the world. Ms. Loebl, 42, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in German from Wellesley College in 1982 and her Masters in business administration from The University of Chicago in 1986.  

Recognition: Kaleil Izasa Tuzman

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003

Kaleil Isaza Tuzman
President & Managing Partner, Recognition Group

Topic:  Exploring Venture Capital in Latin America: A Conversation with a Serial Entrepreneur

Kaleil Isaza Tuzman is an expert in corporate restructuring and an influential voice on entrepreneurship. As President and Managing Partner of Recognition Group, LLC, Kaleil has overall responsibility for the company’s corporate restructuring advisory practice, as well as its proprietary investment activities. In his role at Recognition Group, Kaleil has served as an interim CEO for companies in the retail, media, software, and business services fields.

Prior to founding Recognition Group, Kaleil was the co-founder and CEO of govWorks, Inc., a leading software services firm serving the state and local government marketplace. govWorks (now called govONE Solutions, Inc.) was a pioneer in the e-government field, and was backed by over $60 million in venture financing. Kaleil navigated govWorks through a re-organization in the turbulent markets of late 2000, ultimately resulting in a sale of the company to First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC).

Previously, Kaleil co-founded Enicial Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in Latin American and Hispanic-focused technology companies. Kaleil spent five years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked in the Investment Banking and Equities Risk Arbitrage areas in the New York office.

Kaleil has appeared in numerous national media outlets, including CNN, NBC News, CNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Barron’s, Charlie Rose and most recently, he was profiled on ABC's Nightline UpClose. Kaleil is also active in the realms of public policy and Hispanic issues. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Advisor to the World Bank’s Gateway Development Project, a Sponsor of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, and a Board member of the MicroMentor Program of the Aspen Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Junior Achievement of New York and the Network. Kaleil is on the faculty of the Venture Capital Institute, has chaired several industry conferences on Corporate Restructuring and Distressed Investing, and is a member of both the Turnaround Management Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Kaleil graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Government and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

IFC: Robin Glantz

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

Robin Glantz
Senior Portfolio Manager, Europe
Global Manufacturing and Services Department
International Finance Corporation

Topic:  The IFC:  Its Mission and Challenges

Robin is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Global Manufacturing & Services Dept. of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group. She currently manages a portfolio of general manufacturing companies, for approximately $370 million, in Central and Eastern Europe. Robin is also responsible for training and development for the Global Manufacturing Dept., comprised of 160 staff members, of which about 40 are in over 17 offices around the world.

Robin's career spans over 20 year with IFC in a broad spectrum of roles. Robin joined the World Bank Group through the Young Professionals Department. She spent her first 12 years working mainly on Latin America, in various countries and sectors, including general manufacturing and infrastructure (e.g. ports, power). Robin began her managerial career as Division Manager in Oil & Gas, in IFC's Oil, Gas & Mining Dept. She then obtained a corporate overview by working as a Senior Manager for the Vice President of IFC's new investment operations. In 1998, when IFC created its Credit Department and portfolio management function, Robin started up the portfolio function in the Central & Southern Europe Dept, where she was responsible for significantly improving the quality of portfolio management.

Robin has a BA and MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Prior to going for her MBA, Robin worked for Cargill Inc. for 3 years, in currency trading and finance, in New York, Geneva Switzerland, and Minneapolis.

Author: Ford Harding

Friday, October 17, 2003

Ford Harding, Author - "Creating Rainmakers The Manager's Guide to Training
Professional to Attract New Clients" and "Rain Making : The Professional's
Guide to Attracting New Clients"
Workshop: How to Build Relationships and Generate Job Leads

Sponsored by: The Office of Career Services, Hitachi Center for Technology & International Affairs, and the International Business Program.

OTF Group: Michael Fairbanks

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Michael Fairbanks
Chairman of the Board, Head of Country Competitiveness, OTF Group

Topic: How Innovators Get Out of Their Own Way:  A Framework
for Political, Technology and Business Leaders

Michael leads the vision for OTF Group and its competitiveness work around the world. The Country Competitiveness™ team is currently advising the President of Rwanda on a two year multi-million dollar National Innovation and Competitiveness Program.
Over the past decade, Michael has advised business and government leaders in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East on making strategic choices in a changing global economy.

He began his career as a US Peace Corps teacher in Kenya and continued to live and work in Africa for the next ten years. He became the economic advisor to the US ambassador in the People’s Republic of Congo and then shifted his focus to the financial sector to work for Chase Manhattan Bank and the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank throughout Africa.

Recognized globally for his strategy ideas, in 1991 Michael led the creation of Monitor’s Country Competitiveness group, which was then carved out of Monitor to become OTF Group. Michael has led projects in more than 35 countries and 20 industrial sectors, from petrochemicals in Colombia to defense conversion in the former Soviet Union. Michael is currently an adjunct professor at The Fletcher School teaching a course on International Entrepreneurship every spring. Michael holds a B.A. Philosophy and B.S. Chemistry from the University of Scranton and a Masters degree in International Relations and African Politics from Columbia University. He is the author of “Changing the Mind of a Nation: Elements in a Process for Creating Prosperity (2000) and “Plowing the Sea: Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Growth in the Developing World” (1997).

*Co-sponsored by The Office of Career Services

International Paper: Thomas C. Jorling

Monday, October 6, 2003

Thomas C. Jorling
Vice President, Environmental Affairs
International Paper

Topic: Incentives for Sustainability

Tom Jorling joined International Paper in 1994 and currently serves as Vice President, Environmental Affairs, with national and international responsibility for corporate environmental, health and safety affairs.

From 1987 to 1994, Tom served as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

He also has been a member of the faculty at Williams College in Massachusetts, serving as professor of environmental studies and as director of the College’s center for environmental studies. (1979-87)

From 1977 to 1979, Tom served as Assistant Administrator for water and hazardous material with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tom has a degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame. He received his Master’s in forest ecology from Washington State University and a law degree from Boston College.

** Co-organized and co-sponsored by the International Environment and Resource Policy Program

Mercer Oliver Wyman: Charles Bralver, F'75

Thursday, Oct 2, 2003

Charles Bralver, F'75
Vice Chairman Mercer Oliver Wyman
Topic: The Evolution and Future of the Financial Services Industry

Charles Bralver, Head of North America, Mercer Oliver Wyman, leads the firm’s North American business.  He was a founding partner of the former Oliver, Wyman & Co. and from 1999-2002 was Vice Chairman of the firm’s Corporate Strategy and Global Client Management unit. From 1991-1999 he led the firm’s Capital Markets practice and from 1988-1991, he was based in the London office, serving as the Managing Director for Europe.

During his 21 years of servicing investment, universal and commercial banks, Bralver has directed complex projects on a broad range of issues across all the major corporate banking, finance and securities sectors in North America, Europe and Asia. His responsibilities also include managing the strategic implications of converging fixed income and credit businesses, in the context of heightened shareholder pressures and new Basel II capital guidelines. Bralver also initiated Mercer Oliver Wyman’s thought-leadership development on the Future of Financial Services and its implications for the corporate development of global and regional financial institutions. 

Prior to joining Mercer Oliver Wyman, Bralver spent five years working at Chemical Bank in New York and London, and two years with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. 

Bralver holds an AB in History and International Relations from Dartmouth College and a Masters degree in Law and Diplomacy, with a specialization in Energy Economics, International Business and International Security from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.

Fidelity Investments: Stephen Ganis

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Stephen Ganis
Vice President and Anti-Money Laundering Officer
Fidelity Investments

Topic: Why International Anti-Money Laundering Experts are Necessary to Fight the Global War on Terrorism

Title: VP of Fidelity & Anti-Money Laundering sheds some light on what is being done to counter terrorist financing

 

Ford: Alex Trotman

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Alex Trotman
Former Chairman and CEO, The Ford Motor Company

Topic: "The Challenges of Leading and Surviving in Today's Political and Economic Environment"

Alex Trotman was chairman and CEO of the Ford Motor Company from November 1993 to December 1998. Alex joined Ford in 1955 as a management trainee after serving with the Royal Air Force in Britain. He rose through Ford's management ranks, filling senior roles in Europe, Asia and the US, before he was named president of the Ford Automotive Group and elected to the Board of Directors in January 1993. Later that year he became Chairman and CEO. He retired from Ford in January 1999. He was knighted in 1996, and in 1999 he was created a life peer in recognition of his contributions to industry.

Alex Trotman became Chairman of ICI in January 2002, having previously served on the ICI Board since 1997. In addition to his responsibilities with ICI, he is a member of the board of directors for IBM, and recently retired from the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange. He is chairman of CMI (The Cambridge, MIT Institute), a trustee of Shakespeare's Globe and President of the Hakluyt Foundation.

He also chairs the University of Edinburgh Fundraising Campaign Board.

Alex Trotman was born in July 1933 in Middlesex, England. He was educated at Boroughmuir School in Edinburgh, Scotland, and holds a Master's degree in business administration from Michigan State University.

Citicorp/Citibank: Walter Wriston, F'42

Thursday, September 4, 2003

Fireside Chat with Walter Wriston, F'42,
Retired Chairman and CEO of Citicorp/Citibank

Walter Wriston, F’42, Chairman and CEO of Citicorp/Citibank from 1967 to 1984, is widely regarded as one of the most innovative titans of the banking industry. A proponent of the use of technology to increase business efficiency and communications, Wriston transformed Citibank’s information infrastructure, making it a pioneer in networked capital and the world’s largest bank by the early eighties. Wriston, exemplifying the Fletcher alumnus, has successfully bridged the political and economic spheres. Before joining Citibank, he spent a year in the State Department. After his retirement from Citicorp, he was Chairman of President Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board, Chairman of the Business Council and Co-chairman of the Business Roundtable. Wriston is the author of the best-selling book, "Twilight of Sovereignty" (Scribner, 1992), whose central thesis is the liberating phenomenon of the information revolution that is tearing down traditional geopolitical and economic boundaries, freeing individual talent and becoming the currency of trade itself. "Information about money," Wriston is oft quoted as saying, "is more important than money itself." Human intelligence and intellectual resources are the new global capital, and traditional government and corporate power is waning relative to the individual. Wriston stresses, however, that technology is of secondary importance to the transformation of our public and private institutions, brought about by a shift of executive power as data becomes readily available to those of every level of authority in enterprise and government. New management philosophies and structures will be a necessary outcome of the information revolution, and to that end, Wriston has led a crusade to clean up business practices, forming a committee of executives pursuing common standards of corporate governance. Wriston, also the author of "Risk & Other Four Letter Words" (Harper & Row, 1986), is currently working on his third book, "The Quick and the Dead," which focuses on new global accounting standards.