We are living in challenging times. The persisting economic crisis, the clamour for change in various regions, the increasing threat to the environment, exploding urban centres...there are issues that require debates and resolutions. Equally, there has been amazing progress in various fields.
PRIME MINISTER OF THAILAND, 2001 - 2006
HON. MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DR. ABHIJIT BANERJEE,
FORD FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, MIT
WILLIAM S. COHEN,
PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE COHEN GROUP; US SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, 1997 - 2001
MANI SHANKAR AIYAR,
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, RAJYA SABHA
AJIT KUMAR DOVAL,
FORMER DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE BUREAU INDIA
DR. ASHUTOSH K. TEWARI,
DIRECTOR, PROSTRATE CANCER INSTITUTE AND THE LEFRAK ROBOTIC SURGERY CENTER, WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE
DR. SAMEER KAUL,
SENIOR SURGICAL ONCOLOGIST, INDRAPRASTRA APOLLO
INDIAN INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER
JOURNALIST AND ECONOMIST
DR. JOHN KAY,
DR. PARAG KHANNA,
DIRECTOR, HYBRID REALITY INSTITUTE
DR. ERIK JONES,
PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF EUROPEAN STUDIES, JOHN HOPKINS SAIS
FORMER INDIAN CRICKET CAPTAIN
FORMER INDIAN INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER
INDIAN INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER
SHAH RUKH KHAN,
ACTOR AND PRODUCER
DR. AMORY B. LOVINS,
CO-FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF SCIENTIST, ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE
Professor Stephen Chan OBE has twice been Dean at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies. He has published 28 scholarly books and was the 2010 International Studies Association Eminent Scholar in Global Development...
Ram Charan is a highly sought after business advisor and speaker famous among senior executives for his uncanny ability to solve their toughest business problems. For more than 35 years, Charan has worked behind the scenes...
Anatole Kaletsky is chief economist of GaveKal Dragonomics, a Hong Kong-based financial group that provides investment analysis to investment institutions around the world...
John Kay is one of Britainís leading economists. He is a distinguished academic, a successful businessman, an adviser to companies and governments around the world, and an acclaimed columnist...
Secretary William S. Cohen is the Chairman and CEO of The Cohen Group, a strategic business consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Secretary Cohen served as the 20th U.S. Secretary of Defense...
Jonathan Fenby is the author of six books on China and six others on subjects including the Second World War Alliance, France and Charles de Gaulle. His most recent book is Tiger Head, Snake Tails on contemporary...
Physicist Amory B. Lovins is cofounder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org), an independent nonprofit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources...
Professor Stephen Chan OBE has twice been Dean at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies. He has published 28 scholarly books and was the 2010 International Studies Association Eminent Scholar in Global Development. Professor Chan was an international civil servant with the Commonwealth Secretariat and helped pioneer modern election observation at the independence elections in Zimbabwe in 1980 and was afterwards twice invited to Oxford as a visiting fellow. He has worked throughout Africa, most recently in South Sudan. He was consulted by the Chinese Government on its policy towards Darfur as part of a liberalisation in Chinese policy and was also a member of the African delegation, led by the Deputy Chair of the African Union, Patrick Mazimhaka, to the Trilateral Dialogue involving Africa, China and the USA in the first decade of the 2000s. The firstborn son of Chinese refugees to New Zealand, he became a leading figure in the literary renaissance of that country in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and published five volumes of poetry and, more recently, the first of a trio of novels. Professor Chan continues to work in Africa regularly but, from this vantage point, has been able to observe both the strengths and weaknesses of Chinese expansion. His latest book, from Yale University Press, Southern Africa: Old Treacheries and New Deceits, was the most acquired library book on Africa in the USA in the first part of this year. His earlier The End of Certainty, explored international cultural norms and beliefs, including those of Indian folklore and spiritual literature. He is the Chairman of the philanthropic Kwok Meil Wah Foundation.
Ram Charan is a highly sought after business advisor and speaker famous among senior executives for his uncanny ability to solve their toughest business problems. For more than 35 years, Charan has worked behind the scenes with top executives at some of the world's most successful companies, including GE, Verizon, Novartis, Dupont, Thomson Corporation, Honeywell, KLM, Bank of America, and MeadWestvaco. He has shared his insights with many others through teaching and writing. Charan's introduction to business came early while working in the family shoe shop in the small Indian town where he was raised. He earned an engineering degree in India and soon after took a job in Australia and then in Hawaii. When his talent for business was discovered, Charan was encouraged to pursue it. He earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar. After receiving his doctorate degree, he served on the Harvard Business School faculty. Charan is well known for providing advice that is down to earth and relevant and that takes into account the real-world complexities of business. Among his recommendations for achieving profitable growth, for example, are to search for "singles and doubles" as well as home runs and to develop what he calls a "growth budget" to instill discipline on growth initiatives. Identified by FORTUNE as the leading expert in corporate governance, Charan is helping boards go beyond the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley and the New York Stock Exchange by providing practical ways to improve their group dynamics. Boards, CEOs and senior-most human resource executives often seek his advice on talent planning and key hires. Many people have come to know Charan through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards. He won the Bell Ringer award at GE's famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern. He was among BusinessWeek's top ten resources for in-house executive development programs. Over the past decade, Charan has captured his business insights in numerous books and articles. In the past five years, Charan's books have sold more than 2 million copies. These include the bestseller Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and Confronting Reality, both co-authored with Larry Bossidy, What the CEO Wants You to Know, Boards at Work, Every Business Is a Growth Business, Profitable Growth, and Boards That Deliver. A frequent contributor to FORTUNE, Charan has written two cover stories, Why CEOs Fail and Why Companies Fail. His other articles have appeared in The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Director's Monthly and Strategy and Business. Charan has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance and was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He is on the board of Austin Industries and Tyco Electronics. Charan is based in Dallas, TX.
Anatole Kaletsky is chief economist of GaveKal Dragonomics, a Hong Kong-based financial group that provides investment analysis to investment institutions around the world and manages $1.5bn of Asian and US assets. He is also an award-winning columnist, writing a weekly column for Reuters and the International Herald Tribune on global economics and politics. Before creating GaveKal and joining Reuters he worked as a journalist for the Financial Times. The Economist, and The Times in New York, Washington and Moscow, as well as in London. His writing has won many awards, including Newspaper Commentator of the Year and European Journalist of the Year. His recent book, Capitalism 4.0, about the reinvention of global capitalism after the 2008 crisis, was nominated for the BBC's Samuel Johnson Prize and was translated into Chinese, Korean, German and Portuguese. In 2012 Anatole became Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, a foundation he helped create after the 2008 financial crisis, with $150m of grants from George Soros, Paul Volcker, Jim Balsillie, Bill Janeway and other leading financiers, to support academic research in economics outside the dominant paradigm of "efficient markets" and "rational expectations".
John Kay is one of Britainís leading economists. He is a distinguished academic, a successful businessman, an adviser to companies and governments around the world, and an acclaimed columnist. His work has been mostly concerned with the application of economics to the analysis of changes in industrial structure and the competitive advantage of individual firms. His interests encompass both business strategy and public policy. Today he is probably most widely known for his weekly column in the Financial Times, which ranges over topical issues in economics, finance and business. A guide to his recent writing can be found on his website www.johnkay.com He was born and educated in Scotland, at the Royal High School, Edinburgh, and at Edinburgh University before going to Nuffield College, Oxford, as a graduate student. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has been awarded an honorary D.Litt by Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He began his academic career when he was elected a fellow of St Johnís College, Oxford at the age of 21, a position which he still holds. As research director and director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies he established it as one of Britainís most respected think tanks. Since then he has been a professor at the London Business School and the University of Oxford, and is currently a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. He was the first director of Oxford Universityís Said Business School. In 1986 he founded London Economics, a consulting business, of which he was executive chairman until 1996. During this period it grew into Britainís largest independent economic consultancy. He has been a director of Halifax plc and remains a director of several investment companies. Now his time is principally devoted to writing. He is a frequent writer, lecturer and broadcaster. Two collections of his writings have been published, Everlasting Light Bulbs in 2004, and The Hare & the Tortoise in 2006. He is the author of Foundations of Corporate Success (1993), and The Business of Economics (1996). The Truth about Markets (2003) is a balanced assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of market organisation and of the role of financial markets in it. (A US version, Culture and Prosperity, appeared in 2004). The Long and the Short of It, published in January 2009, is an explanation of how the financial system operates, a critique of its provision for personal investors, a guide to the elements of financial economics, and a survival manual for individuals bereft of advice they can, or should, trust. The Long and the Short of It illustrates some of the ways in which mistaken concepts of rationality distort decisions in finance, business and politics. This theme was developed in his latest book Obliquity, published in March 2010 in Europe and will be published in the US in the spring of 2011 and in translations in eleven other languages. Obliquity is the idea that complex goals are rarely best achieved when pursued directly: the happiest people are not those who pursue happiness, the wealthiest people are not the most materialistic, the most profitable companies are not the most profit-oriented. The book explores the way in which bogus notions of rationality are used in modern politics, business and finance to justify decisions which are made (and necessarily made in different ways. In July 2011 Vince Cable, Secretary to State for Business Innovation and Skills in the UK government, asked him to lead a review of equity markets and long term decision making. The review, which has an advisory board with representatives of business, asset management, and the beneficiaries of equity investment, is supported by a team from the department. The review will produce an interim report in February 2012 and a final report in July 2012. He commutes between London, Oxfordshire and the south of France, and his favourite recreation is walking in the mountains behind the French Riviera, an opportunity for reflection which provides many of his best ideas.
Secretary William S. Cohen is the Chairman and CEO of The Cohen Group, a strategic business consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Secretary Cohen served as the 20th U.S. Secretary of Defense, from January 1997 to January 2001, where he oversaw the largest organization in the U.S. with a budget of $300 billion and three million military and civilian personnel. As a three-term United States Senator (1979 to 1997), he was a recognized expert on defense and international issues, health care, and government procurement. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives for three terms (1973 to 1979), and as mayor of Bangor, Maine (1971 to 1972). Secretary Cohen was born in Bangor, Maine and received a B.A. in Latin from Bowdoin College (1962), and a law degree from Boston University Law School (1965).
Jonathan Fenby is the author of six books on China and six others on subjects including the Second World War Alliance, France and Charles de Gaulle. His most recent book is Tiger Head, Snake Tails on contemporary China which has been a critically acclaimed best-seller. His widely-praised Penguin History of Modern China was chosen as a book of the year by both the Economist and Financial Times. He is China Director of the research service, Trusted Sources (www.trustedsources.co.uk) which has a strong record in analysing and forecasting political, economic and social developments in the Peopleís Republic. He has been editor of The South China Morning Post, The Observer and Reuters World Service, and held senior editorial positions with The Economist, The Independent and The Guardian. He lectures and contributes frequently to press and broadcasting stations on China and international affairs. He is a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and Knight of both the French Legion of Honour and Order of Merit.
Physicist Amory B. Lovins is cofounder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org), an independent nonprofit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources. An advisor to major firms and governments in over 50 countries for the past four decades, he is author of 31 books and over 450 papers, and recipient of the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 11 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he is a former Oxford don, an honorary U.S. architect, a Swedish engineering academician, a member of the National Petroleum Council, and a Professor of Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has taught at nine other universities, most recently Stanford Universityís School of Engineering. In 2009, Time named him one of the worldís 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. His latest books are the coauthored business classic Natural Capitalism (1999); the Economist book of the year Small Is Profitable: The Hidden Economic Benefits of Making Electrical Resources the Right Size (2002, www.smallisprofitable.org); the Pentagon-cosponsored Winning the Oil Endgame (2004, www.oilendgame.com), The Essential Amory Lovins (Earthscan, London, Sept. 2011); and Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era (Chelsea Green, Oct. 2011, www.reinventingfire.com).