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Speaker Series 2006-2007 Academic Year

Author: Nicholas P. Sullivan, F'03

April 24, 2007

Nicholas P. Sullivan, F’03
Author of You Can Hear Me Now: How Microloans and Cell Phones Are Connecting the World’s Poor to the Global Economy
With special invited guest Iqbal Z. Quadir, Founder, GrameenPhone

    

Topic: "You Can hear me Now: How Microloans and Cell Phones Are Connecting the World’s Poor to the Global Economy"

Co-sponsored by: Fletcher's International Communications Club and The Center for Emerging Market Enterprises


Nicholas P. Sullivan, F’03 has written widely about technology and entrepreneurship, for the most part tracking the impact of the information communications technology revolution in the United States. For the past five years he has focused on global development and investment, a path he followed after hosting international Internet conferences and radio programs for entrepreneurs while he served as editor in chief of Inc.com (a sister company to Inc. magazine). He was thereafter a United Nations–accredited business interlocutor to the International Financing for Development conference (Monterrey, Mexico, 2002), and participated in several follow-on dialogues at the United Nations. He compiles the annual Wealth of Nations Index, a ranking of seventy developing countries, is publisher of Innovations: Technology/Governance/Globalization (an MIT Press journal), and a partner in the Global Horizon Fund, a private-equity fund of local funds in emerging markets.

Sullivan was a founding editor and later editor-in-chief of Home Office Computing, once known as the “bible of self-employment.” As one of the nation’s first high-profile telecommuters, he wrote the popular “Workstyles” column, which chronicled life and work in the information age, and the book Computer Power for Your Small Business (Random House/American Management Association). During that time he also served as a publishing executive at Scholastic Inc., dealing primarily with Fortune 500 telecom clients. He has chaired the Inc. E-Strategies Conference, the Inc./Cisco Growing with Technology Awards, and the US West New Ventures Seed Capital Competition.

Recent publications include “Do BITs Really Work: Bilateral Investment Treaties and Their Grand Bargain (Harvard International Law Journal) and “Clinical Economics” (Compass, Center for Public Leadership, Kennedy School of Government). Sullivan is a graduate of Harvard University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Global Emergency Group: Langdon Greenhalgh

April 18, 2007

Langdon Greenhalgh
Founder & CEO, Global Emergency Group


Topic: "Code Red: The Emergency Business of International Humanitarian Aid"


Langdon Greenhalgh  is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Emergency Group (GEG), a consulting firm dedicated to enabling emergency humanitarian aid actors to respond to those most in need more effectively so as to save more lives and reduce suffering. GEG is a for-profit consultancy organization in the process of being established. The vision of GEG's founders is to lead the professionalization of the international emergency humanitarian aid industry thereby ensuring the industry's long-term service relevance and continued trust from beneficiaries and the public.

Langdon is a professional international emergency response manager who has served as team leader for the Red Cross and other organizations in a wide range and number of emergency response operations in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. Most recently this includes operational management responsibilities for responses to the Tsunami (Indonesia), West Africa Food Crisis (Niger) and the Darfur Refugee Crisis (Chad). Previous to his work as an independent consultant Langdon served within the International Disaster Response Unit of the American Red Cross and was responsible for ensuring the delivery of high-impact emergency services globally. He first joined the Red Cross in 1999 and prior to joining the American Red Cross, Langdon was Executive Director of Horizon Institute for Policy Solutions, a Virginia based think-tank. Langdon completed his undergraduate work in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and is currently working towards his Masters Degree in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School.

Barron's: Edwin A. Finn Jr.

April 17, 2007

Edwin A. Finn Jr.
President & Editor, Barron's;
Dow Jones Business & Financial Weekly,
Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, SmartMoney



Topic: "What's Ahead for the World Economy & Financial Markets and How the U.S. Presidential Elections Will Come into Play: The View from Wall Street"

Co-sponsored by: The Fletcher Forum and The Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy


Edwin A. Finn, Jr. became managing editor of Barron's in May 1993, and was named editor in March 1995 and president in January 1998. He is also chairman and editorial director of SmartMoney, The Wall Street Journal Magazine of Personal Business, co-owned by Dow Jones and Hearst Communications, Inc. where he also oversees SmartMoney.com and its licensing business and custom-publishing operations.

Mr. Finn has served as a keynote speaker alongside Louis Rukeyeser at The Money Show conferences. He has also spoken at the annual Investor Relations Awards and appeared on CNBC to comment about the overall state of the economy.

Mr. Finn joined Dow Jones in 1980 as a national copyreader for The Wall Street Journal and became an editor at the foreign desk and later served as a reporter in the Journal's Dallas Bureau. He has previously held editorial positions at Forbes Magazine covering international business and finance and was editor of the American Banker, a daily trade newspaper.

Early in his career, Mr. Finn served as assistant managing editor of the weekly Blackstone Valley Tribune and as editor of the daily Southbridge News, both in his home state of Massachusetts. Mr. Finn has a bachelor's degree in English and Political Science from Tufts University (1976) and a master's degree in international banking and finance from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

APCO Worldwide: Margery Kraus

April 11, 2007

Margery Kraus
President, CEO, APCO Worldwide

 

Topic: "Business Diplomacy - Translating Political Skills to the Business Environment"


Margery Kraus, president and chief executive officer of APCO Worldwide, a global consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., specializes in public affairs, communication and business consulting for major multinationals.

Ms. Kraus has authored numerous articles in the field of public affairs management, corporate reputation and has been a guest lecturer throughout the world. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in Political Science and Public Law from the American University.

Ms. Kraus founded APCO in 1984 and has transformed it from a company with one small Washington office to a multinational consulting firm in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In September 2004 Ms. Kraus led a management buy-out of her firm from Grey Global Group, making APCO one of the largest privately owned communication and public affairs firms in the world.

Throughout the years, her approach has been to fuse the best local experience with a global perspective, resulting in an international agency with a unique culture based on seamless teamwork. Ms. Kraus’ achievements have been recognized through a number of prestigious awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Services category in Greater Washington (2006), Washington PR Woman of the Year (2006), Matrix Award for Professional Achievement (D.C. Association for Women in Communications, 2006), Lifetime Achievement (PR News, 2005), PR Professional of the Year (PR Week, 2005), Best Entrepreneur-Service Businesses-up to 2,500 employees (Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs, 2005), International PR Professional of the Year (PR Week, 2001), Businesswoman of the Year (ABC’s Washington, D.C. affiliate, 1998), Outstanding Woman in Business (WJLA Television, 1998), PR Professional of the Year (PR News, 1997), and “Public Affairs All Star of the Year” (Inside PR, 1996). Ms. Kraus was also named one of 25 “Top Women Business Builders” (Fast Company, 2005), one of 50 Most Powerful Women in PR (PR Week, 1998) and one of 50 “Women Who Mean Business” (Washington Business Journal, 2004). In addition, APCO was named Agency of the Year (PR Week, 2006), European Consultancy of the Year (Public Affairs News, 2005 and 2006) and Public Affairs Agency of the Year (The Holmes Report, 2004).

Ms. Kraus specializes in providing strategic counsel on issue-based communication, crisis management, market entry and corporate reputation across diverse industry groups. The range of her experience is reflected in APCO’s industry practice groups, which include aviation and aerospace, education, energy, environment, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications and transportation. Ms. Kraus has also pioneered one of the industry’s earliest practices in corporate responsibility and the development of public/private partnerships.

Prior to starting APCO, Ms. Kraus assisted in the creation and development of the Close Up Foundation, a multi-million dollar educational foundation sponsored in part by the United States Congress. Ms. Kraus continues to be involved with the foundation by serving on its board of directors.

Ms. Kraus is active on other institutional and corporate boards and committees, including Northwestern Mutual Life (trustee); GML Limited (advisory board); the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation (trustee); the Public Affairs Council (past chairman); the Institute for Public Relations (treasurer); the Council of Public Relations Firms; and the Eurasia Foundation.

In addition, she serves as a trustee of American University and sits on the advisory board of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, as well as the steering committee of the school’s Center for Executive Women. She is a member of the Harvard University, JFK School of Government Women’s Leadership Board and an advisory board member of the Council on American Politics of the George Washington Graduate School of Political Management.

Ms. Kraus has authored numerous articles in the field of public affairs management, corporate reputation and has been a guest lecturer throughout the world. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in Political Science and Public Law from the American University.

Eli Lilly & Company: Sidney Taurel

March 14, 2007

Sidney Taurel
Chairman, CEO, Eli Lilly & Company

 

Topic: "Leading an Organization: The Skills that Matter Most"


Sidney Taurel is chairman and chief executive officer for Eli Lilly and Company. He became chief executive officer in July 1998 and chairman of the board of directors on January 1, 1999. Born a Spanish citizen in Casablanca, Morocco, Taurel became an American citizen in November 1995. After graduating from École des Hautes Études Commerciales, in Paris, France, in 1969, he received a master of business administration degree from Columbia University in 1971.

Taurel joined the Lilly subsidiary Eli Lilly International Corporation in 1971 as a marketing associate. He became general manager of the company's affiliate in Brazil in 1981 and was appointed to the London-based position of vice president of Lilly European operations in 1983. He was named executive vice president of Eli Lilly and Company and president of its pharmaceutical division in 1993. Three years later, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer.

Taurel is past chairman and a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). He is also a member of the boards of IBM Corporation; McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.; and the RCA Tennis Championships. And he is a member of the board of overseers of the Columbia Business School, a trustee at Indianapolis Museum of Art, and a member of The Business Council and The Business Roundtable. In early 2003, he was appointed to the President's Export Council to provide advice on international trade issues. He is an officer of the French Legion of Honor.

Holcim: Patrick Dolberg

February 6, 2007

Patrick Dolberg
President & CEO, Holcim (US) Inc. 

 

Topic: "Linking Climate Change and Business Strategy"
Recruiting Event Series
Co-sponsored by The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy


Mr. Dolberg has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Holcim (US) Inc. since March 2003. Prior to his appointment at Holcim (US) Inc., he was President and CEO of St. Lawrence Cement Inc., a publicly held Canadian corporation. Prior to St. Lawrence Cement, Mr. Dolberg was the General Manager for Queensland Cement in Australia.

Mr. Dolberg is a member of various councils and committees of the Group of Holcim companies. In addition, Mr. Dolberg serves as a director for the Portland Cement Association. He received his MBA from Brussels University. Mr. Dolberg resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Holcim (US) Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of cement and mineral components. The company operates 14 manufacturing plants and over 70 distribution facilities in the United States. Holcim (US) Inc. is a subsidiary of Holcim Ltd of Switzerland. With majority and minority interests in over 70 countries on all continents, Holcim Ltd is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement, as well as aggregates (gravel and sand), concrete and construction-related services. The Group has a workforce of over 90,000 employees worldwide.

TMT Ventures: Arshad Ashraf and Liberty Global Partners: Roger Berry

January 31, 2007

Arshad Ashraf
Founding Director, TMT-SEAF Pakistan Growth Fund 

Roger Berry
Managing Partner/Principal,
Liberty Global Partners



Topic: "The Nexus Between Private Equity and Development: A Look at Pakistan"

With generous support and sponsorship from:

  • The Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (OPEN)
  • Techlogix 
  • The Consulate General of Pakistan
  • Babur R. Mian, P.E., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Geocomp Corporation
  • Rizwan Virk, CEO, CambridgeDocs and Author, Zen Entrepreneurship

Roundtable moderated by Ambereen Mirza, Principal, Dawn Consulting, LLC and Bryan Stewart, F’07


Arshad Ashraf is Founding Director of TMT-SEAF Pakistan Growth Fund – a $100 million private equity fund jointly managed by TMT Ventures, the leading venture fund manager in Pakistan, and Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), the preeminent global private equity fund manager focused on small and medium enterprises in emerging markets. Before joining TMT Ventures, Arshad was the CEO of AKN Messaging Technologies, a joint venture between AKN Messaging Technologies Berhad (Asia's largest mobile content provider) and TMT Ventures. Previously, he was the Founder and CEO of eSmart Systems – a technology startup in Malaysia which was awarded the title of ‘Overall Champions’ by the Prime Minister of Malaysia in a nationwide business plan competition organized by McKinsey & Co and the Malaysian Stock Exchange (MESDAQ).

In 2002, Arshad was selected as the Top 10 Entrepreneurs in Malaysia and was awarded the TiE Malaysia Chapter Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Before founding eSmart Systems, Arshad was a Consultant with Kurt Salmon Associates, a global management consulting firm specializing in the retail and consumer goods industries. Arshad’s work experience includes helping clients such as Disney, Nike and Nine West optimize their supply chain services. He has also been involved in the software industry working for Parametric Technology Corporation as an Application Engineer.

Arshad has been a keynote speaker at seminars and workshops on various topics including Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Venture Capital. He is the founding member of TeAM (Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia) and the Vice President of Boston University Alumni Club of Malaysia. Arshad holds a B.Sc. in Manufacturing Engineering and a B.A. in Religion from Boston University. He is currently a Sloan Fellow pursuing a Masters of Management degree at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Roger Berry, Managing Partner/Principal for Liberty Global Partners is experienced in various matters of emerging markets private equity and deal development bringing skills in negotiation, facilitation and marketing. For over fourteen years, Roger has been immersed in the opportunities and challenges of transitional democracies and economies. He has served as an advisor to companies, investors and governments in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. In 2002, Roger co-founded Liberty Global Partners, an advisory firm providing research, analysis and capital raising services to private equity firms and other entities investing in emerging markets. Liberty Global has helped to raise significant commitments from institutional investors and has played a lead role in the creation of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

Prior to the founding of Liberty Global, Roger had started and led the Emerging Markets Practice for the consulting group GPC International. Roger’s clients included AT&T Wireless, Agilent Technologies, Ionics Incorporated, Lifespan International, Stone & Webster Engineering & Construction, POSCO, Hyundai, Xrosstech, MCG Global, the AIG Emerging Markets Partnership and others. Roger successfully co-led an advisory team for POSCO that facilitated the first major international real estate joint venture in Korea. The project, called New Songdo City, is now reaching a scale of over $15 billion.

Roger has an enduring interest and commitment to democratization and conflict resolution which began during his early work as an advisor to the Chairman of the Africa Subcommittee in the US Congress (1990 – 1994). Roger subsequently worked for the National Democratic Institute (1995 – 1997) in Southern Africa and served as an advisor to President Mandela’s Legal Counsel on financial disclosure and government ethics policies. During his service in South Africa, Roger was also part of a small team that organized a retreat for the top leadership of the political parties in Northern Ireland to explore and investigate the experience of South Africa’s democratic transition. The event was recognized by signatories to the Good Friday Agreement as a helpful step in the process.

Roger is a visiting member of faculty at Bennington College and a graduate of Harvard University (1990).

Commission on Growth and Development: Dr. A. Michael Spence

November 29, 2006

Dr. A. Michael Spence
Chair of the Independent Commission on Growth and Development, in collaboration with The World Bank, the Governments of Sweden, Netherlands, UK, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
 

Topic: "Rapid Growth in China and India: Results, Challenges and Implications for Emerging Market Economies"

**In co-sponsorship with The Charles Francis Adams Lecture Series and the International Business Club**


 A. Michael Spence is chair of the Commission on Growth and Development, an independent, international group of leading practitioners from government, business and the policy-making arena. Set up in the spring of 2006 in collaboration with the World Bank, the commission aims to deepen the understanding of economic growth for development and poverty reduction and will publish its findings at the end of 2007. Dr. Spence is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Professor Emeritus of Management at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. From 1990-1999 he was both Philip H. Knight Professor and dean of the business school. He was also a professor of economics at Stanford from 1973 to 1975.

Dr. Spence is also a partner in Oak Hill, a venture capital firm. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to the analysis of markets with asymmetric information.

From 1975 to 1990, he served as professor of economics and business administration at Harvard University, holding a joint appointment in its Business School and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In l983, he was named chairman of the Economics Department at Harvard and George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration. Dr. Spence was awarded the John Kenneth Galbraith Prize for excellence in teaching in 1978 and the John Bates Clark Medal in 1981 for a "significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge." From 1984 to 1990, Dr. Spence served as the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard.

From 1977 to 1979, he was a member of the Economics Advisory Panel of the National Science Foundation and in 1979 served as a member of the Sloan Foundation Economics Advisory Committee. At various times, he has served as a member of the editorial boards of American Economics Review, Bell Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, and Public Policy.

Dr. Spence was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1983 and was awarded the David A. Wells Prize for outstanding doctoral dissertation at Harvard University in 1972. He is a former member of the boards of directors for General Mills, Siebel Systems, Nike, Torstar and Exult. He is a member of the American Economic Association, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Econometric Society.

Dr. Spence received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University, his BA/MA in Mathematics from Oxford University, and his BA summa cum laude in Philosophy from Princeton University. He was a Danforth Fellow and Rhodes Scholar.

Rothschild: Ignacio Munoz-Alonso

November 20, 2006

Ignacio Muñoz-Alonso
Managing Director,
Head of Rothschild España

 

Topic: "European Dynamism or Fragmentation: Trends in M&A and Investment Banking"

View news story here.


Ignacio Muñoz-Alonso is a Managing Director of Rothschild and Head of Rothschild España. He has more than 16 years investment banking experience having worked in M&A, Debt Capital Markets and Financial Engineering. Prior to Rothschild he spent 7 years at Lehman Brothers, in London and Madrid, where he was responsible for the Iberian coverage of Debt Capital Markets and the Media and Telecommunications sectors in the Advisory practice at a later stage. During his career he has worked for a large number of Iberian corporates, such as BBVA, Banco Santander, Banesto, Banco Espirito Santo,Telefonica, Auna, Jazztel, Tele 5, Endesa, Iberdrola, Union Fenosa, EdP and the Kingdom of Spain and the Republic of Portugal among many others.

Ignacio is an economist by the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, with a major in Economic Theory. He completed his post-graduate studies in International Economics at the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany and in Mathematical Economics at the London School of Economics. He is also Associate Professor of Advanced Corporate Finance in the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. He has published several articles in Corporate Finance topics and is a frequent speaker on business and financial matters.

Rodman & Renshaw: Tariq Jawad

November 16, 2006

Tariq Jawad
Director, Investment Banking,
Rodman & Renshaw

Topic: "Deal Me In: The Private Equity Game in Emerging Markets"


Tariq Jawad is a Director of Investment Banking for Rodman & Renshaw. Tariq joined Rodman in late 2002 and is part of the team that has completed the most number of private placement financings on Wall Street over the past three years with over $3.5 billion raised. Tariq runs Rodman’s Deal Origination Team. He is also a partner and manager in The Global Horizon Fund, a fund of local funds that invests in the top private-equity funds in emerging regions around the world.

Tariq is a graduate of Harvard University and Chair of the Harvard Club of New York’s Arab World Group. In 2006, he became a member of the Dubai-based Young Arab Leaders group and an Executive Director of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association. He also sits on the Board of ProjectExplorer and Arte East, as well as on the Benefits Committee of Musicians For Harmony.

The Roseview Group: Richard Narva

November 15, 2006

Richard Narva
Partner,
The Roseview Group

Topic: "International Entrepreneurship: Renewing and Reinventing the Family-Owned Business"

**Co-sponsored by The Tufts Entrepreneurial Leadership Program**


Richard Narva advises entrepreneurs and family controlled enterprises in Latin America and Europe by helping them preserve their values and vision while addressing organizational, strategic, governance and human capital issues. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1975 and practiced corporate law specializing in mergers and acquisitions before succeeding his father as president of Morton Shoe Companies, Inc., thus becoming the third generation in his family to head this American Stock Exchange-listed firm founded by his grandfather in 1921.

Mr. Narva became a partner at The Roseview Group in April 2005 after a twenty year career as principal and co-founder of Genus Resources, Inc. For many years, Mr. Narva has also consulted to dozens of universities and has written for and edited leading texts on the subject of university based family business programs. He is the editor of the International Family Business Program Association (IFBPA) Directors Manual, a guide to creation and management of university based family business programs. He continues to support family business as an academic discipline through his annual contributions to the Stetson University Family Business Gathering. His articles, "The Four Questions" and "Heritage and Tradition in Family Business: How Family-Controlled Enterprises Connect the Experience of their Past to the Promise of their Future," appear as chapters in the published conference proceedings. He has also served on many boards of family controlled businesses.

He has also designed and taught continuing professional education courses to lawyers, accountants and other professionals. He pioneered continuing professional education on family business topics, conceiving and chairing the 1994 continuing legal education conference at Northeastern University, The Artful Practitioner: Effective Legal Representation of Family Controlled Enterprise. He also designed the inaugural continuing legal education conference of Attorneys for Family Held Enterprise ["AFHE"], the national association of lawyers who serve family controlled businesses, and edited both the AFHE newsletter, The Family Business Lawyer, and The Family Business Practice Series, a series of monographs on topics in legal practice for attorneys for family business. Mr. Narva has also presented at the Thirteenth Annual American Law Institute-American Bar Association ["ALI-ABA"] Course of Study on "Sophisticated Estate Planning Techniques," the 2000 NYU Federal Tax Institute and many other continuing legal education programs.

Mr. Narva earned his A.B from Brown University and J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Bank of America: Daniel F. Wheeler III

November 7, 2006

Daniel F. Wheeler III
Country Risk Executive
Bank of America

Topic: "Managing Enterprise Risk in a Global Financial Marketplace"


Dan Wheeler is the Country Risk Executive as a part of Enterprise Credit Risk, where he is responsible for country risk information reporting, information analysis, country risk ratings and the setting of country limits in conjunction with Country Executives and Portfolio Management. He is a member of the Country Risk Committee.

Dan came to Bank of America in 2004 through the merger with FleetBoston Financial. Dan had been an Executive Credit Officer at Fleet with responsibility for Global Financial Institutions, Treasury, Global Markets, Asia and Latin America. Until his recent appointment as Country Risk Executive, Dan was a GCIB Global Portfolio Executive with responsibility for Latin America, Mexico and Asia. In this function his responsibilities included strategic, country and credit risk management of various business lines throughout the three regions. Dan joined Fleet’s predecessor, BankBoston in 1992. He held LOB assignments within Commercial Banking and as head of the High Technology Group with offices in Boston and Palo Alto. Dan joined the risk organization within BankBoston in 1998 and has held various assignments as Senior Credit Officer for middle market, real estate, principle investing and international. He was Vice Chair of the Senior Credit Committee.

Prior to joining BankBoston Dan was an Executive Vice President of Security Pacific National Bank where he had started his banking career which included a variety of assignments both in California and New York. Dan graduated from the University of Denver where he majored in history. He completed the Harvard Executive Management Program and holds a Series 7 and 63 license.

Dan has served as a Trustee of numerous non-profit organizations over the years in California, Maine and Massachusetts.

Teshkeel Media Group: Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, A'94

October 5, 2006

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, A94
Founder & CEO
Teshkeel Media Group


Topic: "From Mecca to Metropolis: Creating Superheroes for the Islamic World. A Conversation with a Socially Minded Entrepreneur"

 

**Co-sponsored by The Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University and The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies.
**Read more about Dr. Al-Mutawa in the Newsmakers section of The Tufts Magazine


Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is the founder and CEO of Teshkeel Media Group, a company based in Kuwait that has a primary focus on creating cartoon and comic superhero characters for Islamic children and young adults. All of the characters are based on Islamic culture. The intent is to create a popular culture for the Islamic world consistent with Islamic traditions. Toward this end, Teshkeel was capitalized for several million dollars by 54 investors in 8 countries.

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa's involvement in the field of human rights and tolerance dates back to his college years where he interned at the United Nations Convention of Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. While at college in the United States, Al-Mutawa wrote widely read columns for both the Arab and American press that focused on social and political commentary. His writing began with a series of children's books designed to introduce children (and adults) to concepts of tolerance.

A PhD in clinical psychology from Long Island University, Al-Mutawa completed his Masters in Business Administration and his Masters in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, where he triple majored in clinical psychology, English literature and history.

Dr. Al-Mutawa has had extensive clinical experience working with former prisoners of war in Kuwait as well as at the Survivors of Political Torture unit of Bellevue Hospital in New York. He has seen first hand the cancer that intolerance can bring to any society. His direct contact with the horrors of prisons in the third world and with people tortured because of their religious and political beliefs, led to his writing a timeless children’s tale that won a UNESCO prize for literature in the service of tolerance. His children’s series is now used in schools throughout the Arab World and as a resource in Master's level education classes by a handful of universities, including the American University of Beirut where it has been part of the curriculum for the last 7 years. The series has sold tens of thousands of copies to date in the Arabic language.