Peter Allgeier is President of Nauset Global LLC, a consulting firm specializing in international trade and investment issues facing U.S. and foreign businesses. He served as President of the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI) from September 2012 until March 2016. CSI is the association representing the international trade and investment interests of the American service economy. Its membership includes major international companies from the banking, insurance, telecommunications, information technology, express delivery, audiovisual, energy services, and other service industries.
From 2009 to 2012, Ambassador Allgeier was President of C&M International, a trade consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He previously served as Deputy US Trade Representative (2001-2009) and U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization(WTO). Before his appointment as Deputy USTR in 2001, Ambassador Allgeier served in a series of senior positions: Assistant USTR for Asia and the Pacific; Assistant USTR for Europe and the Mediterranean; and Associate U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and the Woodrow Wilson Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 1988 President Reagan presented him with the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, which is the highest performance honor bestowed on career federal officials.
He has a Ph.D. in International Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University. He also was a Rockefeller Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School.
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and the author of “Spoiler Alerts” for the Washington Post. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. Drezner has written five books, including All Politics is Global and The System Worked, and edited two others, including Avoiding Trivia. He has published articles in numerous scholarly journals as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Politico, and Foreign Affairs, and has been a contributing editor for Foreign Policy and The National Interest. He received his B.A. in political economy from Williams College and an M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. His next book, The Ideas Industry, will be published by Oxford University Press in April.
Kingsley Moghalu is Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at The Fletcher School at Tufts University since 2015. He previously served as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009-2014 and led extensive reforms in Nigeria’s banking sector after the global financial crisis. He is also the Founder of Sogato Strategies, a global risk, strategy and macroeconomic advisory firm.
Professor Moghalu previously worked in the United Nations system for 17 years in strategic planning, legal affairs and executive management roles at the UN Headquarters in New York and duty stations in Cambodia, Croatia, Tanzania and Switzerland, rising from entry level officer to the highest career bracket of Director.
A noted thought leader, Prof. Moghalu has published several books including Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s ‘Last Frontier’ Can Prosper and Matter, and the forthcoming Banking on Reform; Financial Stability in a Post-Crisis World. He is a frequent guest lecturer, international keynote speaker and industry commentator in the Financial Times, CNN, BBC World TV, Bloomberg, and CNBC.
Kingsley Moghalu obtained his Ph.D. in International Relations at the London School of Economics, an M.A. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and the LL.B. from the University of Nigeria. He is an alumnus of executive education programs at the International Monetary Fund Institute, Harvard Kennedy School, Wharton, and Harvard Business School. He holds the national honor of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) conferred on him by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2012.
Frank is the Head of Credit, State-Owned Enterprises at Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency/World Bank Group. He provides risk management expertise to MIGA’s Economics and Policy Group, the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank. The Group is responsible for assessing project and country risks; for ensuring projects supported by MIGA are developmentally sound; and for verifying that operations are consistent with good economic policy and sustainable for the host country—as well as financially sustainable for MIGA. Prior, Frank worked for 11 years at Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for Merrill's country and sovereign risk management as part of the firm's credit risk department; prior to that, he was an officer and a senior analyst in the strategic analysis division of the Military Intelligence Agency in the Netherlands. Frank obtained an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) with a concentration in international business and finance. He also holds an MA in Eastern European and Soviet studies from the University of Amsterdam.
Eric Stein is a vice president of Eaton Vance Management, co-director of global income and portfolio manager in Eaton Vance’s global income group. He is responsible for leading the 45-person global income team, as well as for buy and sell decisions, portfolio construction and risk management for the firm’s global income strategies. He focuses on Asia, Western Europe and the Dollar Bloc. He also covers the policies and actions of the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury. He originally joined Eaton Vance in 2002 and rejoined the company in 2008.
Eric previously worked on the Markets Desk of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He has additional experience at Citigroup Alternative Investments.
Eric earned a B.S., cum laude, from Boston University and an MBA, with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a CFA charterholder and a member of the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, Boston Economic Club, Business Associates Club, Enterprise Club, AEI Boston Council and Boston Security Analysts Society. Eric is on the board of overseers of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. He also serves as a board member and member of the investment committee of the Boston Civic Symphony.
Eric’s commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, Reuters, Kiplinger’s and The Christian Science Monitor. He has been featured on CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business News, PBS, Bloomberg Radio and Bloomberg TV.
Laura is a Senior Vice President for Willis Towers Watson where she specializes in providing political risk insurance expertise to Fortune 1000 corporations, non-profit organizations, and capital markets transactions with investment exposure in emerging markets. With over 14 years of experience as an underwriter and broker, Laura has placed many innovative political risk programs in both the private markets of New York, London and Bermuda as well as public market placements with OPIC and MIGA.
Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson in 2014, she was Vice President of political risk within Marsh's Political Risk practice. Laura began her career in insurance with Chubb, as an underwriter trainee. She then took on various roles as underwriter, senior underwriter, territory manager, and broker. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Laura served as an intern with the U.S. Department of State (formerly the U.S. Information Agency).
Laura obtained her B.A. in Policy Studies from Dickinson College and a M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Anand Shah is a Senior Vice President of ASG’s India and South Asia practice, where he helps clients manage both short-term challenges and long-term growth opportunities. Mr. Shah brings over 15 years of experience working across the private and social sectors and has significant experience building and growing businesses in India.
Before joining ASG, Mr. Shah led global strategy for new ventures at BMW Group on urban impact and autonomous mobility. He also was an Advisor and Manager at Audi AG in the Social Innovation department, where he applied engineering, design, and manufacturing techniques to sustainable, urban innovation.
Mr. Shah founded and served as CEO of Saravajal, a technology and market-based provider of clean water to rural villages and urban settlements in Gujarat, India and he holds several patents in drinking water distribution technologies. In addition, Mr. Shah helped establish Ahmedabad University and has worked extensively in India on policy in higher education, solar energy and urban infrastructure. Mr. Shah was the founding CEO of the Piramal Foundation and a co-founder of Teach for India. He also was a co-founder and Executive Director of Indicorps, a non-profit organization, that connects the Indian diaspora with opportunities to contribute to India’s development.
Mr. Shah also serves as a TED fellow and an Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network fellow. He holds an A.B. in evolutionary biology from Harvard University and studied science, ethics and society at the California Institute of Technology. Mr. Shah is proficient in Hindi and Gujarati. He is based in Washington, D.C.
Jessica is a senior member of Pfizer’s Corporate Strategy Team, based in NYC, where she supports Pfizer’s Senior Leaders, Executive Leadership Team, and Board of Directors. Jessica specializes in long-term risk management and revenue durability. She also works closely with Pfizer’s Policy and Government Affairs, Market Access, and Economics and Finance groups to quantify macroeconomic, political and regulatory pressures and to identify potential upsides and opportunities.
Before focusing on strategic planning, Jessica was a member of the Center of Excellence for Strategic Pricing and Reimbursement. She was also the Pricing and Reimbursement Lead for key assets like Lipitor, Aricept and Lyrica, and the European Market Access Lead for Pfizer’s Primary Care portfolio. She developed sustainable and fit-for-purpose pricing and access strategies and coordinated pricing negotiations with institutional, private and government reimbursement authorities.
Prior to Pfizer, Jessica was a consultant with IMS Consulting and LEK Consulting where she advised small and large cap pharma and biotech companies. She is an advisor and active member of various industry associations focused on innovative access and corporate responsibility initiatives, and she has a background in medicine and biomedical research in the fields of virology, neurology, and infectious diseases. Jessica holds a BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and is an alumna of Fletcher’s GMAP Program (M.A. in International Affairs).
Dan serves as Principal for Global Risk Analysis based in NYC, specializing in strategic engagements with clients as they evaluate and manage political risk and opportunity. Dan is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University where he is the Program Director for the Advanced Diploma on Political Risk Management, launching Fall 2017.
Prior to Control Risks, Dan was a Director at Eurasia Group, a NYC-based political risk firm, where he managed the firm’s largest client relationships and many key growth initiatives, including corporate executive education in political risk management. For 8 years before that, Dan managed the Americas transaction team at Iridium Partners, a boutique Investment Bank and Private Equity advisory in NYC. Additionally, Dan worked as an Associate in the Corporate Development group of Marsh & McLennan Companies, and has consulted on projects alongside a former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations participating in presidential elections in Uganda, and another with the Business Council for the United Nations, UNA-USA. Dan holds a B.A. in Macro Economics from NYU and an M.S. in International Affairs from the New School.
Jonathan Brookfield, Associate Professor of Strategic Management and International Business, teaches classes on strategic management, international business, the political economy and business environments of greater China, privatization, nationalization, and the boundary between State and private sector, and business groups in Asia. He received a B.S. from Yale, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Brookfield has published several articles looking at different kinds of business networks in Asia and sits on the editorial review boards of the Asia Pacific Journal of Management and the Journal of International Business Studies. His current research interests include comparative political economy, political risk, business groups, interfirm networks, industrial districts, firm boundaries, and business in Asia.
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Populism is part of a long-term “political risk supercycle” says Longview’s DJ Peterson. After taking a "wait-and-see” position, investors and companies are starting to respond. Dr. Peterson will talk about the questions Longview clients are asking—regarding both markets and functions, such as location strategy, talent, brand, risk management, and corporate positioning.
In many languages, “populism” or its equivalent is a pejorative term, referring to political movements that are authoritarian, make unrealistic promises, or define The People in narrow and exclusive ways. But there are also traditions of populism that emphasize diversity, freedom, and popular participation in self-governance. Arguably, these traditions of genuinely democratic populism represent the most powerful responses to authoritarianism, more promising than challenges by elites. If the best answer to authoritarian populism is democratic populism, what role should business and corporate leadership play?
Large corporations have traditionally treated business ethics as primarily an issue of legal compliance, while sustainability teams focus on philanthropy, environmental responsibility, and reporting. However, public trust in business is at an historic low, and companies are increasingly asked to respond to stakeholder concerns over issues such as inequality, transparency, corruption, human rights, and climate change -- issues that make up the fabric of political risk. Taylor will examine current corporate approaches to these larger questions of risk, responsibility, and ethics, and propose some ideas for how they might evolve in future.
After the end of many longstanding, left-leaning governments and the advent of incisive and widespread anti-corruption investigations, the practical aspects of dealing with political, corruption, and operational risks in Latin America have generated particular interest among investors. In particular, investors have closely scrutinized local partners and a range of pre- and post-investment risks. This session will seek to discuss different approaches to analyzing these risks in the context of increasing transparency and accountability in certain countries in the region, while bearing in mind that previous parameters of "business as usual" are still at play.
This session will explore the origins of the tension between government control and popular demands in cyberspace, and how each side currently works to defend its relative power position. New concentrations of power and reduced faith in traditional institutions have driven governments to arrest their perceived loss of control with a series of power grabs in cyberspace grounded in a nationalist perspective of the globe that directly abrades against the free-flow nature of the Internet. The direction and vigor of this struggle will have profound implications for businesses, citizens, and governments alike. Participants will learn about and discuss the ongoing challenges we face in reconciling our dependence on the Internet with humanity’s nationalist tendencies.
The surge of populism has resulted in an overwhelming anti-globalization trend in many western countries. The same countries that for the past few decades had led the establishment and enforcement of the post-war world order are now turning against it. Trade protectionism, xenophobic sentiments, and general skepticism towards economic integration and multilateral institutions have prevailed in the politics of many nations and present serious challenge to globalization. In the meantime, newly emerged players that rely heavily on free trade and free flow of investments are being forced to take a leading role in ensuring an open and orderly international environment.
This breakout session will cover the key changes the world is experiencing as result of the surge of populism and the anti-globalization trend it led to, as well as risks and opportunities these changes present to countries and businesses. The presenter will also give the audience a brief overview about the political risk insurance product that play an increasingly important role in supporting businesses in capturing opportunities and mitigating risks in the international market.
Corporate executives and directors uniformly report that their primary concerns when making a foreign investment is political, legal and regulatory risks. So why then do only a small fraction of these decision-makers believe that their companies take the necessary steps to adequately address these risks? One reason is that most experts who manage these risks know only a part of the whole picture. Robert Ginsburg will identify the spaces between recognition and action and discuss his unique methodology for bridging the gap.
Business leaders and investors turn to Longview Global Advisors for a relevant world view. DJ Peterson’s mission is to help them monitor and make sense of the political, economic, and social trends they care about. In 2013, DJ founded Longview Global Advisors, a consultancy that works with clients on a range of tasks from strategic planning to market intelligence to thought leadership, and executive positioning. To tackle their needs, the firm draws on a network of over one hundred country, sector, and issue experts around the world. Backed by this well-sourced team, DJ develops insights that “bring the outside in” and enable executives to think and talk about the world, not just the business.
DJ has advised firms in a range of sectors, including financial services, insurance, consumer goods, automotive, industrial products, energy and mining, life sciences, technology and telecommunications, and professional services.
From 2006 to 2012, DJ built and led the Corporate Advisory Services practice at Eurasia Group, where he and his team of 13 business developers and client-relationship managers served large-cap clients in North America, Europe, and Japan. DJ also founded and led the firm’s Operating Committee, capping his years of driving growth in areas such as business development, client services, product innovation, business planning, project management, and human capital.
From 1998 to 2006, DJ was a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he led major research ventures in areas such as Russian politics and policy, natural resources management, homeland security, and technology futures. In addition, he organized and led the firm’s Environment, Energy and Economic Development Program.
DJ received his B.A. in Area Studies and Russian from Duke University and his M.A. and Ph.D.in Political Science from UCLA. He is based in Los Angeles, California.
DJ frequently speaks to and writes for top-level business audiences, and has been quoted in publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and CNN.
Alison leads BSR’s energy and extractives practice and co-leads the sustainability management practice. She focuses on approaches to sustainability through risk management, strategy, stakeholder engagement, transparency, ethics and governance, and organizational change. Previously, Alison was a senior managing director at Control Risks, where she helped companies operate with integrity, particularly in high-risk environments. She has also worked at Transparency International, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IHS Global Insight. She has experience in strategic intelligence, market entry assistance, risk consulting, due diligence, internal investigations, enterprise risk management, and ethics and compliance. She speaks and writes regularly on risk and organizational culture. She is a board member of the ethics organization Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance. Alison holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford University.
Christian is Veracity’s Latin America practice leader and has handled political risk matters and stakeholder engagement in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Prior to joining Veracity, he worked in the mining and metals industry, where he analyzed political, social, environmental, and reputational risks linked to major logistics and mining projects. Christian has also developed financial compliance and investor relations projects in Latin America and Asia. He earned his BS in foreign service from Georgetown University and completed training in finance and management at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Christian has lived and worked in Brazil, China, and Singapore. He speaks Portuguese, Mandarin, Italian, and Spanish.
Yue is Vice President and Regional Risk Manager for XL Catlin Political Risk, Credit and Bonds. He has worked in the political risk and credit insurance industry since 2006, previously at Exporters Insurance Company and QBE Americas before joining XL Group in 2011. Yue manages a team of risk analysts based in New York, London and Singapore that is responsible for the credit and country risk analysis of the group. Yue’s area of expertise is focused mainly in the emerging markets, including Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, MENA and Sub-Sahara Africa. He has ample experience with risks of expropriation, nationalization, political violence, currency convertibility/transfer, state contract alteration and sovereign credit default. He also works with credit risks involved in structured and project financing transactions in a wide array of industries.
Yue holds an MBA degree in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business, and a BA in Political Science and Economics from University of Michigan. Yue is based in New York City and is fluent in English, Chinese and Spanish. He has published various academic papers and articles about political and economic issues in the emerging markets.
Will is a senior analyst and research director for FireEye’s Horizons team that conducts strategic forecasting to anticipate risks posed by emerging technologies and geopolitical developments. He serves as a China subject matter expert for FireEye, and has written extensively on topics including cyber warfare, connected vehicles, and smart cities. He is also a frequent public speaker on topics at the intersection of geopolitics and cyberspace. Before joining FireEye in 2015, Will spent over six years working on cyber security and intelligence issues in a variety of assignments in the U.S. Defense Department, private industry, and non-profit communities.
As an attorney and a political economist, Robert Ginsburg is an expert on all stages of cross border transactions. Since 1999, Robert has advised foreign investors and host governments on the financial rewards and political, economic, and legal/regulatory risks associated with foreign direct investment projects and trade projects. Prior to starting RBG Global, Robert managed the foreign direct investment program for the State of Illinois. While working for Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer and the US Department of State, Robert represented foreign investors and host governments in disputes arising out of international investment treaties. Robert also assessed and managed clients' risk exposures in emerging market countries while working for Aon and ACE Insurance.
He holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where his studies focused on international business and corporate law. Robert also has a master’s degree in International Relations from American University and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Syracuse University. Robert is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Washington, DC.
Robert is also an Adjunct Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he developed and teaches two courses based on his experiences in international business and his focus on international law.
Peter Levine is the Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life. He has a secondary appointment in the Tufts philosophy department. He was the founding deputy director (2001-6) and then the second director (2006-15) of Tisch College’s CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, which he continues to oversee as an associate dean. Levine graduated from Yale in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. From 1993-2008, he was a member of the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. He is the author of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, 2013), five other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Street Law Inc., the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Discovering Justice, the Kettering Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee’s for Public Education, the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.