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Honorary International Conference Participants

Dominic Barton (McKinsey & Company)


Dominic Barton is the worldwide Managing Director of McKinsey & Company.  In his 22 years with the Firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries - including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrial - helping transform institutions from local and regional players into global leaders.

Prior to his current role, Dominic was McKinsey's Chairman of Asia from 2004-2009, based in Shanghai, and he led McKinsey's office in Korea from 2000-2004.

Dominic is an active participant in many international fora including Davos, the Aspen Strategy Group and the World Bank and IMF meetings. He is also a prolific writer, authoring more than 80 articles on Asia, history and the issues and opportunities facing global and Asian markets. He is the co-author - with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson - of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002).  His most recent book is China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007).

Dominic is a member of the Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Leadership Committee and is the Chairman of the International Advisory Committee to the President of South Korea on National Future and Vision. He was recently appointed to the Asian Development Bank Advisory Group on Human Resources Management and in 2008 was awarded the Magnolia Silver Prize by the Shanghai Government for his outstanding contributions to the city's development.

Dominic is a Rhodes Scholar with an MPhil in economics from Oxford University. He is married and has two children.


Agnès Bénassy-Quéré (Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales)


Agnès Bénassy-Quéré is the Director of the CEPII, the French leading research institute in international economics, and a Professor at University Paris X - Nanterre (on leave).

After defending her PhD in economics at University Paris IX - Dauphine, she was appointed at the French Ministry of economy and finance (1991-1992). Then she became a lecturer at the University of Cergy-Pontoise (1992-1996), a professor at the University of Lille 2 (1997-1998), a deputy-director at CEPII (1998-2000) and a professor at the University of Paris X-Nanterre (2001-2004). In 2004, she returned to the CEPII as a deputy-director, before being appointed director in July 2006.

Agnès Bénassy-Quéré is a member of France's Commission Economique de la Nation, of the "Shadow ECB Council" and the Cercle des Economistes. She also teaches at Ecole Polytechnique. Her research interests focus on the international monetary system and European macroeconomic policy.


Dirk Berg-Schlosser  (Institute of Political Science)


Дирк Берг-Шлоссер

Born in 1943, Dirk Berg-Schlosser is currently professor and director of the Institute of Political Science, Philipps University, Marburg/Germany. He has done research and taught at the universities of Munich, Aachen, Augsburg, Eichstaett, Nairobi, Stellenbosch/South Africa, Berkeley and Marburg. From 1988 to 2000 he has been chairman of the Research Committee on "Democratization in Comparative Perspective" of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). His research interests include political culture, empirical democratic theory, Third World studies, comparative politics, comparative methodology.

Recent major publications are: Political Stability and Development (with Rainer Siegler), Political Culture in Germany (with Ralf Rytlewski), Literaturfuehrer Politikwissenschaft (with Sven Quenter), Empirische Demokratieforschung, Perspektiven der Demokratie (with H.J.Giegel), Armut und Demokratie (with Norbert Kersting), Conditions of Democracy in Europe 1919-39 (with Jeremy Mitchell), Perspectives of Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe (with Raivo Vetik). 


Joseph P.H. Fan (Chinese University in Hong Kong)


Джозеф Фан

Joseph Fan is a Professor at the School of Accountancy and the Department of Finance, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received his Ph.D. degree in finance at the University of Pittsburgh in 1996. Before joining CUHK in September 2004, he was on faculty at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (1997-2004) and the University of Hong Kong (1996-1997). Joseph's main research and teaching areas are corporate governance, corporate finance, and organizational economics. He is particularly interested in researching on how institutional factors interact with accounting, finance, and governance decisions of firms. He has presented his research in numerous educational institutions and leading international conferences, and has published his works in world top international academic journals, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Business, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Finance, and Journal of Financial Economics.

His corporate governance research has been featured by various business press, including The Economist, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post and the 21th Century Economic Report. As the Director of the Centre of Economics and Finance at CUHK, Joseph devotes himself to promote high quality research on corporate finance and governance issues in China and East Asia. Joseph's current research project includes the succession of family firms in East Asia, and the roles of public sector governance in corporate finance, organization, and governance in China. Joseph has consulting activities with the World Bank, OECD, and Asian Development Bank. He is an associate editor of several academic journals, including Journal of Corporate Finance and Pacific-Basin Finance Journal. He is a member of Asian Finance Association and American Finance Association.      


Luigi Guiso (The European University Institute)


Professor Luigi Guiso joined The European University Institute (EUI) in January 2007 from Università di Roma Tor Vergata. He has been visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.

He is a Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London and Director of the CEPR Finance Programme. He has worked as a consultant for the Bank of Italy, the European Commission and the European Central Bank.

He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Central Banking and has published in the Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Monetary Economics, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, and American Economic Review.

His current research interests focus on finance and growth, households' savings and financial decisions, firms' investment and adjustment policies, the transmission of monetary policy, culture and economic performance.


John Odling-Smee (IMF)


Mr. John Odling-Smee has been Director of European II Department of the IMF since the department was created on January 2, 1992, until October 31, 2003 when the department was dissolved.

He has an MA in economics from Cambridge University, and taught economics at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and the London School of Economics in 1964-70 and 1972-75. He was economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Ghana in 1971-72. He held various positions in the UK Cabinet Office and Treasury in 1975-80 and 1983-90, including that of Deputy Chief Economic Advisor in 1989-90.

He joined the IMF staff for two years in 1981-82, and then rejoined in 1990 in the European Department, where he worked on Israel, Spain, the USSR and Yugoslavia. As Director of European II Department, he was responsible for the IMF's work in the three Baltic states and twelve Commonwealth of Independent States countries.


Klara Sabirianova Peter (Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University)


Klara Sabirianova Peter is Assistant Professor of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University. She came to GSU in the fall of 2005. Previously, she was a research assistant professor and co-director for Russia/CIS projects at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Business School and an associate professor at the Urals State University in Russia.  She also served as a World Bank consultant for the project "Labor Market Study in Russia."  Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, USAID, U.S. Department of State, Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation and other public and private organizations.  She is a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany and a research affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, UK.

Her earlier research focused on labor aspects of market reforms in Russia.  In particular, she examined wages, employment, investment to human capital, and labor mobility using the linked employer-employee dataset that she created for Russia.  In the context of other transitional economies, she also examined the effect of market reforms on the quality of life, returns to human capital, and firm efficiency.   Later, her research has broadened to more general issues of economic development such as bribery, corruption, contract violation, inequality, tax evasion, and informal economic activities.  Currently, she is pursuing a research agenda at the cross-roads of labor and public economics as applied to developing economies.  She is interested in the behavioral responses of individuals and firms to public policies in a weak institutional environment.


Maureen Pirog (Indiana University)


Maureen Pirog - Rudy Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington

Dr. Pirog received a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Boston College in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. After the completion of her Ph.D., she taught in the Finance Department of the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty in the School of Public and Environment Affairs at Indiana University in 1983 where she is the Rudy Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is the founder and co-director of the IU Institute for Family and Social Responsibility, a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus institute that provides research expertise and technical assistance to state and national social service organizations.

Dr. Pirog's teaching and research focus on a variety of social welfare policies. She is currently working on two E-Government projects for the Indiana child support program.


Feng Shaolei (School of Advanced International and Area Studies, East China Normal University)


Professor Feng Shaolei is the dean of the School of Advanced International and Area Studies (SAIAS), and the director of the Center for Russian Studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai. He is the member of the Chinese-Russian Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development as well as the member of the Committee of Social Sciences under the Ministry of Education of China. His other social positions include: Vice Secretary-General of the Society of European Studies of China, standing member of the Chinese Society of East European and Central Asian Studies, Vice President of the Society for International Strategy Research (Shanghai), Vice President of the Society of Shanghai European Studies, Vice President of Shanghai Association of Foreign Friends, etc.

He is an expert in Russian studies and the post-WWII international relations. His major research fields are: Russian politics, diplomacy, social transition, great power relations, and international politics theories. He is the author of two monograph books, chief editor or the first author of five books, and co-author of two books. Among them, Domestic Transition and Foreign Relations: Russia since 1992 was awarded the first grade prize of the Third Session of Outstanding Achievements in National Higher Education by the Ministry of Education of China.

Selected publications: "Russia in the 20th Century", (2007);"Transition Era" (2005);"Domestic Transition and Foreign Relations: Russia since 1992" (1997)     


Georges Sokoloff (Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales)


Georges Sokoloff holds an PhD in political sciences and economic geography, and he is a advisor to the CEPII. He is also an emeritus professor.

Georges Sokoloff is a Board member of the HSE, and a member of the editorial board of the Courrier des pays de l'Est, and Sponsorship Committee on the Revue d'Etudes comparatives Est-Ouest.

Georges Sokoloff has been decorated with the French Ordre National du Mérite and the Palmes Académiques.



Daniel Treisman (University of California)


Дэниэл Трейсман

Daniel Treisman is a professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was educated at Oxford University (BA Hons, 1986) and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1995). Treisman's work focuses on Russian politics and economics and comparative political economy-in particular, the causes of corruption and good government and the consequences of political decentralization.

He has published articles in leading political science and economics journals, including The American Political Science Review, World Politics, The American Economic Review, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, and The Journal of Public Economics, as well as the public affairs journals Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. Treisman is currently completing a book on Russia's political and economic development since 1985. Previous books include: The Architecture of Government: Rethinking Political Decentralization (Cambridge University Press 2007), Without a Map: Political Tactics and Economic Reform in Russia, co-authored with Andrei Shleifer (MIT Press 2000), and After the Deluge: Regional Crises and Political Consolidation in Russia (University of Michigan Press 2001).

Treisman has received fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Hoover Institution (Stanford), the German Marshall Fund of the US, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the American Political Science Association. In 2007-8, he served as Executive Editor of the American Political Science Review, and currently serves as co-editor of the journal.      


Poh Kam Wong (National University of Singapore)


Dr. Wong is currently a Professor at National University of Singapore (NUS)'s Business School and concurrently serves as Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at NUS. He also holds professorship appointment (by courtesy) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the NUS Engineering School.  He obtained two BSc.'s., an MSc. and a Ph.D. from MIT. As director of NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, he spearheads the university's entrepreneurship education programs and various university technology spin-off support programs including incubation, seed funding and mentoring.   He has published widely on innovation and technology entrepreneurship in leading international journals including Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Research Policy, Journal of Management, IEEE Trans. Engineering Management and Small Business Economics. 

He has also consulted widely for international agencies such as the World Bank, major government agencies in Singapore (e.g. MTI, A*STAR, EDB, IDA), and many high tech firms in Asia.  He has played a leadership role in innovation and entrepreneurship education in NUS,  including initiating an MSc (Management of Technology) Program, pioneering a Technology Entrepreneurship Minor program for all NUS students, developing a global entrepreneurship internship program for NUS students in 6 global high-tech hubs (incl. Silicon Valley, Stockholm, Beijing and Bangalore), and founding of StartUp@Singapore, the leading annual national business plan competition in Singapore since 1999.  An active business angel investor with high tech start-up investments in Singapore, Silicon Valley, China and India, he is the founding chairman of Business Angel Network (Southeast Asia) and BAF Spectrum Pte Ltd, an angel investment fund co-invested in by the Singapore government through SPRING SEEDS Capital.   He serves on the evaluation panel of a number of government innovation grant committees, including the TEC grant scheme under the Prime Minister's Department and the SPRING POC/POV grant scheme.


Fareed Rafiq Zakaria (Newsweek International)



Fareed Rafiq Zakaria is editor of Newsweek International, a Newsweek and Washington Post columnist, weekly host for CNN, and a New York Times bestselling author.  He was described in 1999 by Esquire Magazine as "the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation" and in 2007, Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines named him one of the 100 leading public intellectuals in the world.

Since October 2000, Dr. Zakaria has overseen all of Newsweek's editions abroad.  His cover stories and columns - on subjects from globalization and emerging markets to the Middle East and America's role in the world - reach more than 25 million readers each week.   While his articles have received many awards, his October 2001 Newsweek cover story, "Why They Hate Us," remains the most decorated. 

Prior to joining Newsweek, Dr. Zakaria served an eight-year term as managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a widely-circulated journal of international politics and economics.  He was appointed to the position when he was 28 years old. 

In 2008, he began hosting Fareed Zakaria GPS, a weekly foreign affairs program that airs Sundays worldwide on CNN.  Dr. Zakaria's in-depth interviews with the Dalai Lama, heads of state including Barak Obama, Manmohan Singh, King Abdullah II, Dmitry Medvedev, Moammar Gadhafi and Lula da Silva, as well as countless intellectuals, business leaders, politicians and journalists have been broadcast in more than 200 million homes in over 210 countries.  Within its first year, GPS garnered an Emmy nomination for an interview with Premier Wen Jaibao.

The Post-American World, which is Dr. Zakaria's most recent book, was heralded in the New York Times book review as "...a relentlessly intelligent book" and The Economist called it "...a powerful guide" to facing global challenges.  Like The Post-American World, his previous book, The Future of Freedom, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into over 20 languages. 

Born in India on January 20, 1964, Dr. Zakaria went on to receive a B.A. from Yale College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He has received honorary degrees from numerous universities including Brown, the University of Miami, and Oberlin College.  He currently serves as a Trustee of Yale University. He lives in New York City with his wife, son and two daughters.


Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA, Bonn University)


Клаус ЦиммерманнKlaus F. Zimmermann is Full Professor of Economics at Bonn University and Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA Bonn) since 1998. He is the President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) since 2000. From 2001 on, he is also Honorary Professor of Economics at the Free University of Berlin, and Honorary Professor at Renmin University of China since 2006. He has been a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London since 1990.

Klaus F. Zimmermann studied economics and statistics at the University of Mannheim, where he received his degree as Diplom Volkswirt, his doctorate and his habilitation. From 1989-1998, he was Full Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Munich, and Director of the SELAPO Center for Human Resources in Munich; from 1993-1995, he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Munich.

Since 1988 Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics, previously (1995-1998) Managing Editor of Economic Policy.

Associate Editor of the following journals: Recherches Economiques de Louvain (since 1991), International Journal of Manpower (since 1998), DIW-Wochenbericht (since 2000) and DIW-Vierteljahrshefte (since 2002), Wirtschaftsdienst - Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts­politik (since 2007), and Applied Economics Quarterly (since 2008).

Special research interests: Labor economics, population economics, migration, industrial organization, econometrics.

Publications: Author or editor of 33 books and over 210 papers in refereed journals and collected volumes, among others: American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Public Choice, Sociological Methods and Research, Review of Economics and Statistics, Applied Economics, Kyklos, Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Economics Letters, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Open Economies Review, Politica Internationale, Quality & Quantity, Recherches Economiques de Louvain, Scientometrics, International Migration Review, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.