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Presenters are listed with the thematic week they will participate in. During that week, their video presentations and interviews will be shown, papers and documents will be shared, and many will participate in the online discussion.

Roger Dow, President & CEO, Travel Industry Association of America

Steve Killelea, Australian Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, founder of the Global Peace Index

Walter Robb, President & Chief Operating Officer, Whole Foods Market

John Sullivan, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Moderator: Cindy Schipani, Professor of Business Law, Ross School of Business

Kellie Kreiser, Director, Thunderbird for Good, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Steve Kaplitt, United States Department of State, Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions Initiative

Sandra E. Taylor, President and CEO, Sustainable Business International

Moderator: Michael Strong, CEO and Chief Visionary Officer, FLOW

Louis D’Amore, President and Founder, International Institute of Peace Through Tourism

Timothy Fort, Executive Director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility, Lindner-Gambal Professor of Business Ethics, George Washington University Business School

Michael Strong, CEO and Chief Visionary Officer, FLOW

Moderator: Zoe Cooprider, Program Manager at Global Peace Index and Alliance for Peacebuilding

Raymond Gilpin, U.S. Institute of Peace

Elena Panaritis, Director, Panel Group

Borany Penh, Senior Political Economist, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Poverty Reduction

Pete Tashman, PhD Student at George Washington University, Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy

Moderator: Kim Bettcher, Knowledge Management Officer, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Kathleen A. Getz, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, American University

Charles Koerber, Doctoral Candidate, George Washington University Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy

Tjai Nielsen, Assistant Professor, George Washington University

Jennifer M. Oetzel, Associate Professor of International Business, American University

Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs, George Washington University

Moderator: Raymond Gilpin, U.S. Institute of Peace

Igor Abramov, Counsel, Heenan Blaikie LLP

Don Mayer, Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies, University of Denver

Tara Radin, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Moderator: Timothy Marshall, Chairman, International Institute of Peace Through Tourism

Norman Bishara, Assistant Professor of Business Law & Business Ethics, The Ross School of Business

Kimberly Eaason, Director of Strategic Relationships, TransFair USA

Virginia Haufler, Associate Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

Cindy Schipani, Professor of Business Law, Ross School of Business

Michelle Westermann-Behaylo, Doctoral Candidate, George Washington University

Moderator: Dean Krehmeyer, Executive Director, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics

Andrea Cahn, Director of Organizational Development, Special Olympics

Carol Erickson, Executive Director, Rural Education and Development (READ) Global

Don Hawkins, Professor of Tourism Policy, George Washington University Department of Tourism Studies

Stuart Levy, Assistant Professor, George Washington University, Department of Tourism Studies

Ginger Smith, Chair and Clinical Professor, Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management

Moderator: Louis D’Amore, President and Founder, International Institute of Peace Through Tourism

John Forrer, Administrative Director, George Washington University Institute for Corporate Responsibility

Marc Lavine, Doctoral Candidate and Instructor, Boston College Department of Organization Studies

Jorge Rivera, Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy, George Washington University

Moderator: Jeff Klein, Executive Director & Chief Activation Officer, FLOW, Inc.

What do leading business and NGO leaders see as the contribution business can make to sustainable peace?

Presenters

Roger Dow, President & CEO, Travel Industry Association of America
Roger Dow is President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Travel Association, the national umbrella organization representing all segments of the $740 billion U.S. travel and tourism industry. Among the many honors he has received, Dow most recently was recognized by his peers as the 2008 Association Executive of the Year, according to Association Trends. The honor reflected Dow's success in taking steps to unify the travel industry and greatly increase its effectiveness on Capitol Hill. U.S. Travel promotes and facilitates travel to and within the United States through a substantial advocacy effort that communicates industry interests to policymakers and the media. U.S. Travel also continues to host several major events to provide travel industry professionals with expert information that gives them an advantage in the competitive marketplace. U.S. Travel is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with an active presence in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Dow has served in his present position since January 1, 2005. Prior to joining U.S. Travel, Dow rose through the ranks at Marriott International in a career that began as a summer lifeguard at the sixth Marriott hotel and spanned 34 years. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Global and Field Sales, leading Marriott's 10,000-person worldwide sales organization. His many accomplishments for the company included development of Marriott Rewards, the world's leading frequent traveler program. [Back to Top]

Steve Killelea, Australian Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, founder of the Global Peace Index
Steve Killelea, Chairman and founder of Integrated Research Ltd, has over 30 years experience in the information technology industry. Highly skilled in international marketing, business and product strategy, he has developed two highly profitable global companies with exceptional track records. Integrated Research is an international technology company listed on the Australia Stock Exchange that has customers in over 50 countries. The company has won Australian Exporter of the year along with many other awards. Steve is also active in venture capital and founded Smarter Capital in 2001, which specializes in investments into high technology companies. His strong interest in the broader community, led him to establish his own private foundation, TCF, in 2000. The aim of TCF is to substantially change the lives of as many people as possible with special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is one of the largest private charities in Australia focused on developing countries and is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia. Steve is also the founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace, and of the Global Peace Index, a new tool for measuring peacefulness of countries and identifying the drivers of peace. Developed in conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Global Peace Index has sparked a debate in the media from all parts of the world. The Global Peace Index is now considered a benchmark for measuring the peacefulness of nations. Steve has sat on private and public company boards as well as influential industry government advisory boards including AIIA, IIBAB, NICTA and the CSIRO. He currently serves on a number of Advisory Boards including the OECD’s Global Project on Measuring Progress of Societies, and is an International Trustee of the World Council of Religions for Peace. [Back to Top]

Walter Robb, President & Chief Operating Officer, Whole Foods Market
With a long and varied entrepreneurial history in natural foods ranging from retailer to farmer to consultant, Walter Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991. He opened and operated the Mill Valley, California, store until he became president of the Northern Pacific Region in 1993. Under Robb, the region grew from two to 17 stores, including four acquisitions. Robb then became Executive Vice-President of Operations in 2000, Chief Operating officer in 2001 and Co-President in 2004. He currently oversees six of Whole Foods Market’s 11 regions and serves on the Whole Planet Foundation Board of Directors. Robb served two years on the Board of Directors of the Organic Trade Association and is a founding and current board member of the Organic Center for Education and Promotion. In addition, he served on the board of PotBelly Sandwich Works. Robb was named a member of Natural Foods Merchandiser’s initial Dream Team in 1990. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1976 and is the proud father of a daughter and two sons. [Back to Top]

John Sullivan, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
John Sullivan is Executive Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As Associate Director of the Democracy Program, Sullivan helped to establish both CIPE and the National Endowment for Democracy in 1983. After serving as program director, Sullivan became Executive Director in 1991. Under his leadership CIPE developed a number of innovative approaches that link democratic development to market reforms including: combating corruption, promoting corporate governance, building business associations, supporting the informal sector, and programs to assist women and youth entrepreneurs. Sullivan joined the U.S. Chamber in 1977 in the Public Affairs Department as a specialist in business and economic education. While in the Public Affairs Department he ran a clearinghouse that specialized in assisting corporations, chambers, associations, and universities in developing their own in-house programs. Prior to joining the Chamber, Sullivan was a member of President Ford’s Election Campaign and had worked in Los Angeles’ inner-city neighborhoods helping to develop minority business programs. Sullivan's academic specialties buttress his international interests. He received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of several publications on the transition to democracy, corporate governance, and market-oriented democratic development. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as well as at George Mason University Graduate School of Public Affairs. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Russian Institute of Directors’ Advisory Board, the Bretton Woods Association, and the American Political Science Association. [Back to Top]

Moderator

Cindy Schipani, Professor of Business Law, Ross School of Business
Cindy A. Schipani is Chair of Law, History and Communication and Professor of Business Law at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She has also served as the Louis and Myrtle Moskowitz Research Professor in Law and Business. Professor Schipani received her J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1982. Professor Schipani’s primary research interests are in the area of corporate governance, with a focus on directors’ and officers’ duties. She has also recently begun a research initiative on pathways for women to obtain positions of organizational leadership. She has served as Co-Director of the University of Michigan Business School Corporate Governance Project sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Her research has included analysis of directors’ fiduciary duties, consideration of issues confronting directors in the context of employee retirement plans, consideration of the role of directors of financial institutions, issues of liability for environmental violations, the role of the corporation in fostering sustainable peace and leadership pathways for women in business. She has published articles in leading law journals including the Harvard Journal on Legislation, Northwestern University Law Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, the Journal of Corporation Law, Law and Contemporary Problems (Duke Law School), New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Columbia Business Law Review, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and the Iowa Law Review and a book with Cambridge University Press. Professor Schipani has received a number of invitations to present her research nationally and internationally. She has also received numerous awards for her research, including the Academy of Legal Studies in Business National Award for Excellence and its Holmes-Cardozo Research Award. Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Professor Schipani served as a Law Clerk for Justice Charles L. Levin of the Michigan Supreme Court. She has also practiced law as an associate with two major commercial law firms, Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago and Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen & Freeman in Detroit. [Back to Top]



What are some of the current practices of involving business in peace efforts?

Presenters

Kellie Kreiser, Director, Thunderbird for Good, Thunderbird School of Global Management
As the Director for “Thunderbird for Good,” Kellie Kreiser oversees Thunderbird’s global social outreach programs. The Thunderbird for Good initiative leverages the school’s expertise in international business to provide learning experiences for non-traditional students who can utilize business and management skills to fight poverty, secure peace and improve living conditions in their communities. Many of the programs focus on educating business women in developing countries. One of the signature programs of Thunderbird for Good is Project Artemis, where Afghan women entrepreneurs are brought to the Thunderbird campus to learn business planning skills and are then paired with American business women mentors who provide follow up support. This program first started in January 2005. Two new programs added in 2008 include: a collaboration with the American University of Afghanistan for the Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Women training program and a women’s SME business development program in Jordan. In addition, Ms. Kreiser also connects organizations that practice global citizenship with Thunderbird students and alumni who want to use their business skills to create sustainable prosperity worldwide.Prior to “doing good” for a living, Ms. Kreiser worked for 14 years in marketing and sales throughout Europe and parts of Asia. Most recently, she was the International Marketing Manager for The Butcher Company, a division of S.C. Johnson. Ms. Kreiser is also a graduate of Thunderbird. [Back to Top]

Steve Kaplitt, United States Department of State, Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions Initiative
Stephen B. Kaplitt is the first Director of the Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR) initiative at the U.S. Department of State. EESR promotes private-sector job-creation in regions where lack of economic opportunity helps fuel conflict and extremism. Previously he was Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He advised Agency leaders on a variety of subjects, including the First Amendment/ Establishment Clause, terrorist financing, USAID's relationship with the intelligence community and implementation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation's Threshold program. In December 2004 he was a member of USAID's delegation to the OSCE short-term observer mission for the presidential election in Ukraine. [Back to Top]

Sandra E. Taylor, President and CEO, Sustainable Business International
Sandra E. Taylor has served as a director of our company since 2006. Ms. Taylor served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility of Starbucks Corporation through 2007, where she had been employed since 2003, and is currently providing independent consulting services. Prior to joining Starbucks, Ms. Taylor served as Vice President and Director of Public Affairs for Eastman Kodak Company from 1996 until 2003. She has also held senior leadership positions with a number of other organizations, including ICI Americas Inc. and the European American Chamber of Commerce in the United States. In addition, Ms. Taylor sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Center for International Private Enterprise, the Seattle Public Library Foundation, the Public Affairs Council, the National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Women's Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ms. Taylor received a B.A. from Colorado Women's College, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. [Back to Top]

Moderator

Michael Strong, CEO and Chief Visionary Officer, FLOW
Michael Strong is a pioneer in education and independent learning. He is the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice, and the founder of innovative Socratic, Montessori, and Paideia schools and programs in Alaska, Florida, California, Texas, and New Mexico. Moreno Valley High School, the charter school for which Michael was the founding principal, was ranked the 36th best public high school in the U.S. on the Washington Post's 2006 Challenge Index. Michael is co-founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Visionary Officer of FLOW. [Back to Top]


What thought leaders believe it will take to manifest peace through commerce.

Presenters

Louis D’Amore, President and Founder, International Institute of Peace Through Tourism
Louis D'Amore is Founder and President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT). He has been instrumental in promoting the travel and tourism industry as the world's first "Global Peace Industry" since the founding of IIPT in 1986. Mr. D'Amore has been a pioneer in promoting a social and environmental ethic within the travel and tourism industry since the mid-70's. In 1992, following the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Summit), he developed the world's first Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism for the Canadian tourism industry.
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering travel and tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and poverty reduction; and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world. It is founded on a vision of the world's largest industry, travel and tourism - becoming the world's first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an "Ambassador for Peace". [Back to Top]

Timothy Fort, Executive Director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility, Lindner-Gambal Professor of Business Ethics, George Washington University Business School
Timothy L. Fort is the Executive Director of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and holds Lindner-Gambal Professorship of Business Ethics at George Washington University Business School. He is also an Academic Advisor for the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics and is a Fellow of the William Davidson Institute. He is the Director of the Program on Peace Through Commerce at George Washington University’s Business School and is also a Lecturer at the George Washington University School of Law. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Fort formerly served as Professor of Business Law and Business Ethics at the University of Michigan. In 2003, he was given a world-wide Award for Academic Leadership by the Beyond Grey Pinstripes report. This report, constructed by the Aspen Institute and the World Resources Institute, is the most prominent ratings initiative for corporate responsibility and Professor Fort was recognized for his leadership in academic research and pedagogy. [Back to Top]

Michael Strong, CEO and Chief Visionary Officer, FLOW
See full profile above. [Back to Top]



Moderator

Zoe Cooprider, Program Manager at Global Peace Index and Alliance for Peacebuilding
Zoë Cooprider has experience in both the private and non-profit sectors, in which she has held research, development and management positions. Zoë serves as the Program Manager for the GPI through a partnership with the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a coalition of applied conflict resolution organisations working together to build sustainable peace and security worldwide. Previously, Zoë was a Research Assistant at the US Institute of Peace where she helped launch a centre on Economies and Conflict. During her tenure at USIP, she contributed to special reports on post-conflict employment generation and conflict-sensitive infrastructure planning. Zoë has also worked at Search for Common Ground, the Business Humanitarian Forum (Geneva, Switzerland), and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Previously, she led operational management of a highly acclaimed fine-dining restaurant. Zoë holds an MA in International Affairs from Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where she lead the Conflict Resolution Forum and from which she was awarded the 2007 Alumni Prize, and graduated with honours from Vassar College. [Back to Top]

New academic research on the relationships of economic development, freedom and peace.

Presenters

Raymond Gilpin, U.S. Institute of Peace
Raymond Gilpin directs USIP’s Sustainable Economies Center of Innovation. He leads the Institute’s work on analyzing complex economic relationships during all stages of conflict (including prevention, mediation, resolution and post-conflict). Gilpin collates sound practices from practitioners and experts and designs appropriate capacity-building and reach-back tools for conflict environments. Before joining USIP, he served as academic chair for Defense Economics at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University (2003-2007); where he pioneered work on development economics and resource management in Africa’s security sector. He was also lead faculty for Center’s work on energy, maritime security and China. Prior employment includes: director for International Programs, Intellibridge Corporation (now part of Eurasia Group); senior economist at the African Development Bank Group; research director at the Central Bank of Sierra Leone; and economist at the World Bank. Gilpin holds a doctorate from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. His thesis was on Macroeconomic Stabilization and Parallel Markets (1993). He also holds an Executive Certificate in International Finance and Capital Markets from Georgetown University. [Back to Top]

Elena Panaritis, Director, Panel Group
Elena Panaritis, author of Prosperity Unbound, is an expert in property rights, creating markets in illiquid real estate assets, and public sector management. She currently heads Panel Group, a specialized advisory group that invests in undervalued property and provides counsel on transforming informal real estate and related public policy. She teaches housing finance and public policy reform, with a focus on property and institutions at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, and elsewhere. In her eleven years working as an economist at the World Bank, she spearheaded property rights reform in Peru. http://www.prosperityunbound.com/author.html [Back to Top]

Borany Penh, Senior Political Economist, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Poverty Reduction. [Back to Top]

Pete Tashman, PhD Student at George Washington University, Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy
Pete Tashman is a PhD student in the department of Strategic Management and Public Policy in the George Washington School of Business. He is currently researching issues related to self-regulation initiatives used by corporations to improve their social performance, the linkages between ethical organizational cultures and global corporate citizenship efforts, theoretical descriptions of base of the pyramid business strategies, and the relationship between corporate strategies addressing climate change and corporate impacts of climate change. His emerging collection of publications includes an article published in the 2008 Academy of Management Best Paper proceedings and an article published in International Journal Forecasting. Prior to joining the PhD program, he was president and founder of Mica Heli Guides, a helicopter skiing operation in eastern British Columbia. Pete received undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and European Studies from the University of Vermont in 1993. [Back to Top]

Moderator

Kim Bettcher, Knowledge Management Officer, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
Kim Bettcher leads CIPE’s knowledge management initiative, which captures lessons learned during more than two decades of democratic and economic institution-building around the world. The program identifies the core ingredients of successful reform projects, offers practical guidance in program design and implementation, and facilitates knowledge-sharing among CIPE partners and staff. Dr. Bettcher came to CIPE from the Harvard Business School where, as a research associate, he wrote case studies for the MBA program. He received a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. At CIPE he has written and edited papers, toolkits, and case studies, especially the case collection Strategies for Policy Reform: Experiences from Around the World. He has also published articles in the Harvard Business Review, Party Politics, SAIS Review, and the Business History Review. [Back to Top]


New academic research on how managers balance corporate risk exposure and economic development in conflict-sensitive zones.

Presenters

Kathleen A. Getz, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, American University
Kathleen A. Getz is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Global Corporate Citizenship at the Kogod School of Business, American University, Washington, DC. Her current research focuses on issues at the intersection of corporate responsibility and development, with an emphasis on corruption policy and on the private sector’s roles in countries experiencing violent conflict. Her research has been published in Business & Society, Cornell International Law Journal, Business Ethics Quarterly, American Business Law Journal and other outlets. She has spoken on ethics, social responsibility and businessgovernment relations to varied audiences, including the Washington Board of Trade, the Department of State International Visitors Program, and the American Psychological Association. She is associate editor of Business & Society, Past President of the International Association for Business and Society, and an active member of the Academy of Management. She is a Fellow of the International Association for Business and Society. She was an Aspen Fellow in 2000 and in 1997 received a Citation of Excellence from Anbar Electronic Intelligence Service for authoring one of the year’s top 50 scholarly papers in business. [Back to Top]

Charles Koerber, Doctoral Candidate, George Washington University Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy
Chuck Koerber is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy in the George Washington University School of Business. He is currently a Visiting Instructor at American University in Washington, D.C. His research interests include beyond compliance behavior by corporations; social, ethical, and environmental reporting and auditing; and the role business can play in reducing violence in the world. [Back to Top]

Tjai Nielsen, Assistant Professor, George Washington University
Dr. Nielsen concentrates on conducting impactful research on topics ranging from work team effectiveness to predictors of diaspora investment, delivering quality learning experiences to students, and partnering with clients to improve their effectiveness. He is currently an assistant professor at George Washington University, School of Business (GWSB) and an international faculty member at Copenhagen Business School. He teaches in the full-time, part-time, and executive MBA programs and leads the primary research methods course for GWSB doctoral students. Dr. Nielsen’s academic work has resulted in more than 20 research articles and book chapters and more than 30 refereed paper resentations at national conferences. Recently, Dr. Nielsen received a Best Reviewer Award from the Academy of Management and he currently serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Group & Organization Management. The majority of his current research concentrates on work team effectiveness, leadership development, and international investment. Dr. Nielsen also integrates a significant background in consulting with his academic work. Prior to joining GWSB, Dr. Nielsen worked as a management consultant for RHR International, a premier executive consulting firm founded in 1945. In this role he partnered with different organizations to assist them with executive selection and development, succession planning, team development, and executive coaching. Dr. Nielsen has worked with a variety of organizations within the financial services, consumer products, retail, pharmaceutical, and utility industries in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. He continues to consult and provide executive education services to several client organizations. Dr. Nielsen earned his doctorate in Industrial and Applied Psychology from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), his master’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina (WCU), and he holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. [Back to Top]

Jennifer M. Oetzel, Associate Professor of International Business, American University
Jennifer M. Oetzel is Associate Professor of International Business at the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C. Her research focuses on how businesses are affected by the political context in which they operate, which strategic alternatives are available to firms to address the political risks and challenges they face, particularly violent conflict risk, and in turn how the activities of MNEs affect the political and economic environments of the host countries where they are located. Professor Oetzel's work has been published in the American Business Law Journal, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Development Policy Review, and the International Journal of Electronic Commerce. In 2006, she was selected by BusinessWeek magazine in their 2006 profile of undergraduate business programs as one of the top three "Prominent Faculty" members in the Kogod School of Business at American University. [Back to Top]

Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs, George Washington University
Professor of International Business and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She holds a BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies, a MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. She is a member of a United Nations’ advisory panel concerning diaspora investment and entrepreneurship policies. Dr. Riddle is the co-principle investigator of a multi-year research study, the Diaspora-Homeland Capital Investment Project. Dr. Riddle has conducted fieldwork in Egypt and Turkey and among diaspora communities in the USA and Europe (Afghan, Armenian, Cuban, Ghanaian, Iranian, Liberian, and Palestinian communities). Dr. Riddle is the acting director of the Diaspora Program within GW’s Elliott School for International Affairs’ Institute for Global Studies (http://www.gwu.edu/~elliott/researchcenters/diaspora.cfm). She also serves on the Executive Committee of GW’s Institute of Middle East Studies (http://www.gwu.edu/~imes/). Dr. Riddle teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including Managing in Developing Countries, International Marketing, Survey Research Methods, and Introduction to International Business. She has received Best Reviewer Awards from the Academy of International Business and the Academy of Management. She has received numerous GW teaching awards, including the School of Business' Teaching Excellence Award. Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Riddle worked in the field of market research on both the client and supplier side of the industry. Most recently she held the position of the Director of Research for the international market research firm, FH&R in Houston, Texas. She has served as a consultant for several organizations, including the World Bank, the US Department of State, the Grameen Foundation, IBM, and other private-sector clients. [Back to Top]

Moderator

Raymond Gilpin, U.S. Institute of Peace

See full profile above. [Back to Top]

Specific flashpoint issues in doing business in zones of conflict and post-conflict areas.

Presenters

Igor Abramov, Counsel, Heenan Blaikie LLP
Igor Y. Abramov is a Counsel to Heenan Blaikie LLP and a Lecturer in Law at Stanford University Law School on Ethics and Corporate Governance. Mr Abramov focuses his practice on international trade and investment, corporate governance and corporate responsibility matters. Prior to joining Heenan Blaikie in March 2008, Mr. Abramov worked for 11 years in the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce as senior advisor and as director of the Good Governance Program, where he advised both U.S. businesses and the United States and foreign governments on good governance practices, trade, investment, and market access issues. He is author, co-author, or editor of numerous articles and three books on anti-corruption, corporate governance, business ethics, commercial dispute resolution, and intellectual property rights. His book Business Ethics: A Manual for Responsible Business Enterprise in Emerging Market Economies and the Basic Guidelines for Codes of Business Conduct have been translated in 7 languages and adapted in 20 countries. A member of the California State Bar, he earned a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He was a founding member and editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. [Back to Top]

Don Mayer, Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies, University of Denver
Don Mayer is Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver. He teaches law and public policy and the ethics of leadership and management. He is co-author of International Business Law, 5thEdition (Pearson/Prentice Hall), and has published previously in the Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Business and Society Review, and various law journals. [Back to Top]

Tara Radin, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Tara J. Radin is a visiting assistant professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a PhD in Management from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. [Back to Top]

Moderator

Timothy Marshall, Chairman, International Institute of Peace Through Tourism
Mr. Timothy Marshall is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Business Resource Center (JBRC). Mr. Marshall was President of T.H. Marshall and Associates. In this capacity, he co-established an annual Telecommunications Management Symposium at Penn State University’s Graduate School of Communications and served as Program Development and International Corporate Marketing Consultant for a Global Conference on the Environment sponsored by the United Nations, International Chamber of Commerce, World Travel and Tourism Council and the International Institute for Peace. Among numerous awards, the U.S. Department of Commerce recently presented Mr. Marshall with one of three national awards for “Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy. [Back to Top]

Partnership approaches to advancing business’ contribution to peace – with NGOs and with employees.

Presenters

Norman Bishara, Assistant Professor of Business Law & Business Ethics, The Ross School of Business
Norman Bishara's research interests include the areas of corporate governance, international legal reform and business ethics in the developing world with a focus on the Middle East, the role of law and ethics in the commercialization of new technologies, business and peace, and covenants not to compete. Professor Bishara also teaches courses focusing on business law and the intersection of law, ethics and technology and nonprofit management. His recent academic field research includes a position as the principal researcher and project consultant with the Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA) in Beirut, an affiliate of Transparency International. At LTA, he coauthored the first Lebanese Code of Corporate Governance, a new set of business laws for small/medium enterprises, and conducted related governance, business development and anti-corruption research in the region. Professor Bishara's article entitled "Balancing Innovation from Employee Mobility with Legal Protection for Human Capital Investment: 50 States, Public Policy, and Covenants Not to Compete in an Information Economy" appears in a recent volume of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. While in private practice in New York State he represented a diverse group of corporate and individual clients in corporate, insurance, and commercial litigation matters. He has previously taught Business Enterprises at Michigan State University College of Law and worked with the United Nations Development Programme-RBEC. He is a member of the Alumni Board of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a Social Enterprise Research Fellow with the William Davidson Institute. He is an Assistant Professor of Business Law and Business Ethics at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He received his JD from Cornell University, MPP from the University Of Michigan, and BA from Colgate University. [Back to Top]

Kimberly Eaason, Director of Strategic Relationships, TransFair USA
Kimberly is the Director of Strategic Relations at TransFair USA, and has played a leadership role in the organization since the launch of the Fair Trade Certified (FTC) label in 1999. In her current role, Kimberly spearheads the organization’s partnerships with key NGO, government, producer and industry allies. Working with multiple stakeholders in FTC product categories, her objective is to generate greater understanding and collaboration that will benefit Fair Trade producers and the FTC system as a whole. During more than fifteen years in the coffee business, Kimberly Easson has dedicated herself to strengthening relationships between producing and consuming countries and helping industry participants generate win-win trading relationships that make a difference. She is Founder and President of JavaVentures, which organizes educational tours to coffee-producing regions. Kimberly is a frequent speaker at trade conferences throughout the Americas, has written numerous articles published in trade press, and has been quoted by the national and regional media in articles about coffee, trade and social responsibility. She served four years as member of the Board of Directors of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and Chair of the Marketing Committee. Kimberly currently serves on the Sustainability Committee leading a project for the Association on the UN Millennium Development Goals. She is also President and co-founder of the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA). Kimberly holds a Masters degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina. She began her coffee career in Costa Rica in 1991 as an international Rotary Scholar, where she spent four years working in all aspects of the coffee industry; including production, roasting, export, tourism, marketing and sales. [Back to Top]

Virginia Haufler, Associate Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
Virginia Haufler is an Associate Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland College Park. She earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University, and has taught at Cornell, UCLA, and Tianjian University in China. Her research focuses on the relationship between global governance and the private sector, focusing in particular on industry self-regulation and corporate social responsibility. Currently, she is working on two major projects: in one, she explores the emergence and institutionalization of the business and conflict prevention agenda; and in the other (with Deborah Avant) she examines the security planning strategies of corporations and non-governmental organizations. She has a forthcoming edited book that examines evaluation of voluntary conflict prevention initiatives, in addition to a number of chapters analyzing the financial sector and its leverage over other companies. She is affiliated with the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda and the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. She has consulted for international organizations and non-profit groups. Her books include A Public Role for the Private Sector: Industry Self Regulation in the Global Political Economy, Private Authority in International Affairs (ed., with Claire Cutler and Tony Porter), and Dangerous Commerce: Insurance and the Management of International Risk. [Back to Top]

Cindy Schipani, Professor of Business Law, Ross School of Business
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Michelle Westermann-Behaylo, Doctoral Candidate, George Washington University [Back to Top]

Moderator

Dean Krehmeyer, Executive Director, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics
Dean W. Krehmeyer is the Executive Director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics. He is responsible for the design, development and implementation of major research and instructional projects in the field of business ethics, including program conceptualization, strategic design of educational and research programs, coordination of the Institute’s Advisory Council – a body comprised of CEOs from major corporations and leading academicians in ethics, and communication with the media and corporate clients. Krehmeyer is the co-author of the Institute report, “Breaking the Short-Term Cycle: Discussion and Recommendations on How Corporate Leaders, Asset Managers, Investors, and Analysts Can Refocus on Long-Term Value.” He also has facilitated Institute seminars for Boards of Directors and senior corporate executives, specifically in the areas of corporate governance and business ethics. Mr. Krehmeyer is a regular commentator in the media, including Fortune, CFO Magazine, NPR Marketplace, Financial Times, New York Times, BBC World News, and CNBC. [Back to Top]

Perspectives from an industry most vested in peace: the tourism industry.

Presenters

Andrea Cahn, Director of Organizational Development, Special Olympics
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Carol Erickson, Executive Director, Rural Education and Development (READ) Global
Ms. Erickson has dedicated her professional career to improving access to information for researchers, students, and the general public. She spent over 15 years working in and traveling throughout the former Soviet Union, administering Fulbright programs and assisting PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers to get access to library and archival material throughout that region. As a Senior Program Officer with the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), Ms. Erickson helped to establish one of the first American non-profit offices based in Moscow. Ms. Erickson was the Director of International Relations of the American Library Association, where she worked to establish a number of programs to improve information access to immigrant communities in the United States, including formal partnerships with the Guadalajara International Book Fair and Zimbabwe International Book Fair. As a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation she directed efforts to provide public access computers and Internet access in public libraries serving low-income communities throughout Canada, Chile and Mexico. [Back to Top]

Don Hawkins, Professor of Tourism Policy, George Washington University Department of Tourism Studies
At the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., Dr. Hawkins is engaged in tourism and hospitality management education and conducts policyrelated research. He was appointed as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Tourism Policy (an endowed chair) in 1994. In 2003, he received the first United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ulysses Prize for individual accomplishments in the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the area of tourism policy and strategic management. He coordinated the UNWTO Tourism Policy Forum focused on using tourism as a development assistance strategy, conducted at GW, October 18-20, 2004. He received the UNWTO Themis Foundation Science Fellow Award, in April, 2005 in Andorra. He has extensive international consulting experience over the past 30 years for multilateral and bilateral development assistance agencies, governments and the private sector, including investment promotion, strategic planning, policy development, and human resource development. He currently serves as Chairman of Solimar International-an international tourism development firm with offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America. [Back to Top]

Stuart Levy, Assistant Professor, George Washington University, Department of Tourism Studies
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Ginger Smith, Chair and Clinical Professor, Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management
An active researcher, Dr. Ginger Smith has published a new volume entitled Tourism Policy and Planning: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (with David L. Edgell, Sr., Maria Allen, and Jason Swanson, Elsevier, 2007). She also publishes frequently in peer-reviewed texts and scholarly journals across disciplines, in areas including environmentally sustainable destination policy, planning and management, tourism information communication technologies, traveler safety and security, and sociocultural and heritage tourism. She also lectures and publishes in the areas of higher education curriculum and blended/online academic program development and delivery. She enjoys teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the traditional classroom, as well as in blended and fully online environments. Previously, Dr. Smith was the Associate Dean for the College of Professional Studies (CPS) and Associate Professor for Tourism Studies, School of Business, at the George Washington University (GW), Washington, DC. Dr. Smith’s primary responsibility as associate dean of CPS was the development and design of multidisciplinary undergraduate through master’s degree programs for adult learners in partnership with industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. These included undergraduate and graduate certificates, A.S., B.A., and M.P.S. degree programs in such areas as police science, healthcare, corporate compliance, law firm management, service firm leadership and management, paralegal studies, strategic public relations, public leadership, and landscape design and sustainable landscapes. In conjunction with new program and curriculum design, Dr. Smith also created standards for faculty recruitment and professional development, innovative blended (classroom/online) curriculum delivery, and teaching excellence. [Back to Top]

Moderator

Louis D’Amore, President and Founder, International Institute of Peace Through Tourism

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Presenters

John Forrer, Administrative Director, George Washington University Institute for Corporate Responsibility
John Forrer received his Ph.D. from George Washington University and is Director of the GW Center for the Study of Globalization; Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Public Administration; Director, International Programs GW School of Business; and Assistant Adjunct Professor of International Business. He teaches courses at GW on privatization and global governance. His current research activities include the economic consequences of economic sanctions, privatization, and public-private partnerships and global governance. [Back to Top]

Marc Lavine, Doctoral Candidate and Instructor, Boston College Department of Organization Studies
Marc Lavine is a doctoral candidate and instructor in the Department of Organization Studies at the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College. His current research explores how corporate social performance influences employee engagement and ethical meaning construction. He explored this topic extensively when he co-authored the book Making the Impossible Possible: Leading Extraordinary Performance (Berrett- Koehler 2006) chronicling the dynamics of extraordinary organizational performance in the context of the largest nuclear weapons cleanup in world history—The Rocky Flats nuclear arsenal in Colorado that was closed enormously ahead of schedule, under-budget, and to a cleaner standard than initially projected. For more than a decade Marc led, founded nonprofit, educational, leadership development and social justice initiatives in the United States, Latin America and Northern Ireland. He consults to companies and nonprofits on issues of leadership development, organizational learning, strategic growth and social responsibility. He has also served on numerous nonprofit boards. Lavine teaches graduate courses in leadership development and nonprofit management at Boston College.He holds a Master of Science degree in Organization Studies from Boston College, a Master in Business Administration and a Master in Education from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College. [Back to Top]

Jorge Rivera, Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy, George Washington University
Jorge Rivera's research focuses on studying the relationship between business strategies and public policy in the US and developing countries. In particular, Mr. Rivera is now pursuing work that seeks to understand business responses to the creation and implementation of environmental and social protection policies. His research has also been studying how institutional pressures are associated with corporate environmental protection strategies.  This work has evaluated whether participation in voluntary environmental programs is associated with business competitiveness and higher corporate environmental performance.

Moderator

Jeff Klein, Executive Director & Chief Activation Officer, FLOW, Inc.
As CEO of Cause Alliance Marketing™ Jeff produces collaborative, multi-sector, causerelated marketing programs that address social issues while addressing the business objectives of alliance partners.He currently serves as Executive Director and Chief Activation Officer for FLOW, an organization dedicated to liberating the entrepreneurial spirit for good, founded by John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, and innovative educational entrepreneur Michael Strong. In connection with his work with FLOW, Jeff is producing three cause alliance marketing campaigns: Peace Through Commerce®,Conscious Capitalism®, and Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs™. Jeff has worked in marketing, business development, and general management in the music, natural products, and fitness industries, building companies and talent including Private Music, Yanni, Seeds of Change, Spinning, and ChiRunning. He has consulted to and designed programs for The Esalen Institute, The National Geographic Society, GlobalGiving, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and Peace Cereal (a brand of Golden Temple of Oregon). In connection with his work with Peace Cereal in 2005 and 2006, Jeff initiated Working for Good® - a program dedicated to supporting burgeoning conscious entrepreneurs. He is currently writing the book Working for Good: A Practical Guide to Building a Successful Conscious Enterprise (Sound True, 2009). Jeff’s focus on facilitating “the good” has been a lifelong affair, and he has purposefully cultivated awareness and skills to facilitate his and others’ ability to work for the good. In addition to his learning and practice “in the field” Jeff has practiced Yoga and mediation for nearly three decades. For several years he trained in Process Facilitation with Arnie Mindell and others associated with Mindell’s Process Work Center of Oregon, and applies process facilitation extensively in his work. In early 2007 he took Interaction Associate’s Essential Facilitation training, and has designed and facilitated dozens of meeting and events since then. [Back to Top]


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