Faculty and Facilitators 
of The International Forum

Michael O. Alexander Chairman The International Forum
Ms. Nancy A. Doyal President The International Forum
Dr. James C. Abegglen Chairman Asia Advisory Service K.K.
Mr. John Abrahamson President and CEO Enskilda Securities, Sweden
Mr. Robert M. Baylis Director The International Forum
Mr. Philip E. Barta Faculty member The International Forum
Dr. Peter Cappelli George W. Taylor Professor of Management The Wharton School
Dr. Kent Calder Director, Program on U.S.- Japan Relations Woodrow Wilson School of Public & Int'l Affairs, Princeton University
Sir Bryan Carsberg Former Secretary-General International Accounting Standards Board
Dr. Derong Chen Chief Representative Norsk Hydro, China
Mr. Don Cohn Founder Don Cohn Ltd.
Ms. Peggy Day Founder Wing-In Tours
Dr. Kenneth J. DeWoskin Prof. of Int'l Bus. & Asian Languages & Cultures The University of Michigan
Ms. Lorraine DiSimone Mezzo Soprano, Voice Teacher
Ms. Diane Durston Faculty member The International Forum
Dr. Marc Faber Managing Director Marc Faber Limited
Dr. Marshall Fisher UPS Prof. of Operations & Info. Mgmt The Wharton School
Dr. Kenneth M. Ford Director The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition IHMC
Dr. Gerrit Gong Assistant to the President for Planning and Assessment Brigham Young University
Professor Hotaka Katahira Professor of Marketing Science The University of Tokyo
Mr. Marc Peter Keane Landscape Architect Kyoto, Japan
Dr. John Kimberly Professor of Management Wharton/INSEAD
Mr. Peter Leonard Conductor and General Music Director  
Dr. John Paul MacDuffie Associate Professor of Management The Wharton School
Mr. Zymunt Nagorski Founder and President Center for International Leadership, Inc.
Dr. Gordon Redding Affiliate Professor of Asian Business Euro-Asia Center, INSEAD
Dr. Tulasi Srinivas Postdoctoral Professor Georgetown University
Dr. George Thomas Lecturer University of Pennsylvania
Professor Tianxiang Zhan Associate Professor of History Zhejiang University



  Mr. John Abrahamson

John Abrahamson John Abrahamson is President and CEO, Enskilda Securities in Stockholm, Sweden.  Prior to this and from 2001 until 2004, he was the Regional Head of SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken), based in Malmö. He also served SEB between 1984 and 2000, latest as Director, Global Head of Corporate Finance and Executive Vice President for Enskilda Securities. Enskilda Securities is the Investment Banking arm of SEB. Earlier Mr. Abrahamson held various positions in Stockholm and London in international area management, project and export finance, trade finance, trading, debt capital markets and corporate finance. In 2000 and 2001 Mr. Abrahamson worked independently on assignments out of his own company Sörmland Skåne Handels AB. He also serves on the Boards of SEB AG in Germany and SEB A/S in Denmark, as well as Eniro AB, Wireless Maingate AB and the Institute for Economic Research in Lund. From 1982-84, he served with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Stockholm. Mr. Abrahamson holds a Degree in Business Administration from Lund University.

  Mr. Philip E. Barta

Phil Barta is a member of the faculty at The International Forum. Prior to joining The International Forum in 2001, Mr. Barta was William Davidson Institute’s Director for Management Development Activities. The Davidson Institute is a non-profit educational institute at the University of Michigan Business School dedicated to developing and disseminating expertise on issues affecting corporations in transition and emerging economies. Mr. Barta was responsible for the Davidson Institute’s corporate, government, and NGO relationships and management development initiatives. During his time at the Davidson Institute, Mr. Barta was involved in The International Forum as a guest resource and faculty member at the European Forum as well as Forums in the Czech Republic and Poland. Mr. Barta has extensive experience working in emerging markets, especially Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining the Davidson Institute, Mr. Barta managed a privately funded technical assistance project focused on economic and public policy issues in the Czech Republic and Slovakia for The Foundation for a Civil Society. Mr. Barta also taught business English in Kosice, East Slovakia and studied at the University of Zagreb, (then) Yugoslavia. He has written on privatization and political economy in Central and Eastern Europe and has co-authored a case study on the restructuring of a truck manufacturer in the Czech Republic. Mr. Barta holds a BA in government from Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin and an MA in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Kent Calder

Kent Calder is the former Special Adviser to the US Ambassador to Japan, Thomas S. Foley. Dr. Calder is also Director of the Program on US-Japanese Relations at Princeton University and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He has previously been a lecturer on Government at Harvard University and was the first executive director of Harvard’s US-Japan Program. Apart from academic responsibilities, he has worked with the US House of Representatives Banking Committee, the US Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Economics and consulted for a variety of multinational firms. Dr. Calder’s publications include Strategic Capitalism (1993), Crisis and Compensation (1988), The Eastasia Edge (1982), and most recently, Pacific Defense (William Morrow and Company, March 1996).

Dr. Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli
is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. Dr. Cappelli has recently published a book entitled The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce about the new challenges that are following from the decline of long-term employment commitments. He has degrees in Industrial Relations from Cornell University and in Labor Economics from Oxford where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a faculty member at MIT, the University of Illinois, and the University of California at Berkeley as well as at The Wharton School. He was a staff member on the Secretary of Labor’s Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency, a member of the technical subcommittee for Adult Literacy (Goal 5) of the National Goals for Educational Panel, and Co-Director of the US Department of Education’s National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce (EQW). Professor Cappelli’s research has examined labor relations, changes in work and the effects on skill requirements, the contribution of work place attitudes and behaviors to job related skills, and the effects on work force skills associated with choices of employment practices. He currently directs an executive education program on managing human resources and one on managing higher education institutions for The Wharton School.
Sir Bryan Carsberg

Sir Bryan Carsberg is former Secretary-General of the International Accounting Standards Committee. Prior to taking this position in 1985, he held public office over the previous eleven years, first as the first Director General of Telecommunications from 1984, and more recently as Director General of Fair Trade. Sir Bryan qualified as a Chartered Accountant and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1960. Between 1969-81, Sir Bryan was Professor of the Department of Accounting and Business Finance at the University of Manchester. He was the Dean of its Faculty of Economic and Social Studies from 1977-78; and he was the Arthur Andersen Professor of Accounting of the London School of Economics from 1981-84. In 1974, he was a visiting professor at the University of California (Berkeley). From 1978-81, he was Assistant Director for the US Financial Accounting Standards Board. Sir Bryan was a member of the UK Accounting Standards Board from 1990-94, and was its Deputy Chairman between 1990-92. In May 1988, Sir Bryan was presented with the Chartered Accountants Founding Society’s Centenary Award in recognition of his services to society through his work at OFTEL (Office of Telecommunications). He was knighted in January 1989. In December 1992, Sir Bryan was presented with the Bleau Award for his work in the field of telecommunications. Sir Bryan is the author or co-author of eleven publications on accounting, economics and finance. He was educated at Berkhamsted School and the London School of Economics (LSE) and gained his MSc (Economics) with distinction through part time study at LSE in 1967. Sir Bryan’s interests include running, theater, opera and music.

  Dr. Derong Chen

Derong Chen is the Chief Representative of Hydro Aluminium Beijing Representative Office. She joined Norsk Hydro in 1998 as Business and Organization Development Director in Beijing and subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility as General Manager of Norsk Hydro Magnesium Xi’an Co. (2001-2002) which is Hydro first wholly owned company in China, Senior Advisor for various businesses in China. Previously, she was Human Resources Manager of ICI China (1994-1998) and Organization Development Director of SmithKline-Beecham in China (1998). Dr. Chen was Dean of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in 1987-1989 when the school was set up in Beijing jointly by the European Commission and the State Economic Commission. In 1970s and 1980s, she was working with the Chinese state-owed companies for more than ten years as engineer and manager. She received her B.S. in Material Science at the Beijing University of Science and Technology in 1968. In 1986 she obtained her MBA from CEIBS at the same time she was working at the school. In 1993 she received her PhD on Organizational Behavior from Aston University, UK. She published her PhD thesis, “Chinese Firms between Hierarchy and Market: the Contract Management Responsibility System in China” by Macmillan in London and New York in 1995. Her other publications, for example, are “Three Dimensional Rationales in Chinese Negotiation” by Negotiation Eclectics, Harvard Law School in 2000, “When Chinese Companies Negotiating with their Government” by Organization Studies, 1995. At this moment she is writing her book about her father and his brothers who pursued very different career paths in terms of political choice and ideology.

  Mr. Don Cohn

Don Cohn is a freelance writer and editor in Hong Kong and the founder of Don Cohn Tours. He is the author of the 1992 book Beijing Walks: An historical guide to the City and of many articles. He worked as books editor at Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong from 1990 to 1998. Mr. Cohn, who is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese, has been involved with China since the late 1970s. In 1981-84, he worked in Beijing as an editor and translator. He founded Don Cohn Tours in 1984. Since then the firm has organized over 100 special interest tours to China, Hong Kong and other Asian countries for corporate clients and others. He is presently engaged in a project that involves researching the history of Chinese children's books.
  Ms. Peggy Day

Peggy Day is founder of Wing-It Tours and leads The International Forum in Tibet, Mongolia and Bhutan. She has worked in the Himalaya for over 20 years.  In addition to operating treks in Tibet, Bhutan and Mongolia, her involvement in development projects with the local people have given her a deep appreciation of Himalayan cultures.  Her friends and mentors include Her Majesty Ashi Tsering Pem, Queen of Bhutan, Sir Edmund Hillary, and many political and religious leaders throughout the Himalaya.  She is responsible for the construction and maintenance of a home for 17 children in Tibet.

  Dr. Kenneth DeWoskin

Kenneth J. DeWoskin is Professor of International Business and Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A former Chair of his department and former Director of Michigan’s Center for Chinese Studies, Dr. DeWoskin has been involved with China for over 35 years. He has lived and worked for several years in both Chinese countries (Taiwan) and in Japan. Dr. DeWoskin presently serves as Senior China Advisor for PriceWaterhouseCoopers Management Consultancy in East Asia. He also serves as Senior China Advisor for one of the big three auto makers. In recent years, he has worked for dozens of Fortune 200 companies on China projects in a range of industries, including manufacturing, consumer products, telecommunications, insurance, and travel. Author of numerous books and articles in China, Dr. DeWoskin recently co-edited a revised edition of The Chinese: Adapting the Past, Facing the Future. He is presently working on an on-going study of management reform in State-owned enterprises. Dr. DeWoskin is a core faculty member of The Wharton International Forum in Shanghai and author and presenter in a recently published video series, Doing Business in China. He appears regularly in press interviews with Business Week, Fortune, Asia Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Far Eastern Economic Review, and major wire services. He is also co-founder of Michigan’s Center for International Business Education, and he presents regularly in executive education programs for both Michigan and The Wharton School. Dr. DeWoskin’s experience with Mainland China goes back to 1977, when he first traveled there. Subsequently he served with former ambassador to China, Leonard Woodcock, as Executive Director of the Michigan Governor’s Commission on China. In that capacity, he worked with government, public sector, and private sector projects in China, developing partnership relationships with a variety of Chinese companies and governmental organizations. Dr. DeWoskin also consults for a number of multinational clients on their China practices, focusing on strategy and organizational effectiveness. He is presently involved in projects in the automotive sectors, telecommunications, technology, retail and distribution, and energy. Dr. DeWoskin received his BA from Columbia College in 1965, and his PhD from Columbia University in 1974. He has also studied at National Taiwan University and Kyoto University, and he is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. Dr. DeWoskin divides his time between Ann Arbor, Michigan and China.
  Ms. Lorraine DiSimone

Lorraine DiSimone, Mezzo Soprano, has performed extensively in concert as well as on the opera stage. Ms. DiSimone has sung with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Eduarto Mata, in DeFalla’s La Vida Breve, Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra under Keith Lockhart and a concert performance of Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Prague State Opera under Hans Wallat. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco with the New York Grand Opera and since that time has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall in performances of Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Mascagni’s Silvan. A CD of Silvano was released on Elysium Recordings in 1995. She made her European debut in concert at La Fenice in Venice performing Socrate by Satie. Since that time she has sung as soloist with the Augsburg Philharmonic in Mahler’s Symphony No.2, Berlioz’s Nuits d’Ete´ and Romeo et Juliette. Ms. DiSimone’s opera repertoire spans mezzo roles from Rosina in Barber of Seville, Preziosilla in Forza del Destino, Nancy in Albert Herring, Savitri in Holst’s Savitri, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, and Gerhilde in Die Walküre to the pants roles of Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Nicklausse in Tales of Hoffmann, Hänsel, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Composer in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Operetta roles have included Huguette in The Vagabond King, Estrelda in Sousa’s El Capitan and Clementina in Desert Song. She has performed with the Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Texas Opera Theater, Center for Contemporary Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Boise Opera, Sarasota Opera, DiCapo Opera, New England Lyric Operetta , Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto, Italy and in Augsburg, Germany with the Städtische Bühnen Augsburg . A Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the Washington International Competition, and the American Opera Auditions, Ms. DiSimone received her Masters of Music in Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
  Ms. Diane Durston

Diane Durston is the Director of Asian Cultural Programs of The International Forum, responsible for the cultural aspects of the Forum in Asia, including Japan, China, and Thailand. She is the author of The Living Traditions of Old Kyoto and Kyoto: Seven Paths to the Heart of the City. She lectures frequently, and her articles on Japanese culture and crafts have appeared in numerous publications in the US and in Japan, where she lived for eighteen years. For the past twelve years, she has organized programs introducing Asian culture for corporations, university and museum groups. She is a consultant for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where she recently completing two projects: a month-long Japanese performing arts festival in conjunction with the "Edo: Art in Japan 1615-1868" exhibition, and a performance of 65 bronze bells from China for the opening of "The Golden Age of Chinese Archeology" exhibition. She is currently producing an interactive computer project which compares and contrasts Japanese, Korean and Chinese art and culture for the Portland Art Museum.
  Dr. Marc Faber

Marc Faber is Managing Director of Marc Faber Limited, which acts as an investment advisor, fund manager and broker/dealer in Hong Kong. He is Investment Manager of the Iconoclastic International Fund, a global fund specializing in unusual investment opportunities. He is Director of the Baring Chrysalis Fund, the Baring Taiwan Fund, the Income Partners Global Strategy Fund, the Framlington Eastern Europe Fund, the Buchanan Special Emerging Markets Fund, the Hendale Asia Fund, the Indian Smaller Companies Fund, and the Central and Southern Asia Fund, and the Regent Magna Europa Fund plc. A regular speaker at various investment seminars, and well known for his contrarian approach to investing, Dr. Faber established his own business after having served from 1978-90 as Managing Director of Drexel Burnham Lambert (HK) Ltd. From 1970-78 he worked for White Weld & Co. Ltd. in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong. Dr. Faber, who has lived in Hong Kong since 1973, publishes a widely read monthly investment newsletter, The Gloom, Boom and Doom Report, and is the author of The Great Money Illusion: The Confusion of the Confusions, which was on the best-seller list for several weeks in 1988 and has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. Dr. Marc Faber, born in Zurich, Switzerland received a PhD in Economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Zurich at the age of 24.
  Dr. Marshall Fisher

Marshall Fisher is the Stephen J. Heyman Professor of Operations and Information Management at The Wharton School and Co-Director of the Fishman-Davidson Center for Service and Operations Management. After teaching assignments at the University of Chicago and Cornell University, Dr. Fisher joined the faculty of The Wharton School in 1975. His pioneering research in logistics and supply chain coordination has been implemented by many companies and recognized by numerous awards. In 1981, he co-founded Distribution Analysis, Research and Technology, Inc., a consulting company that provided optimization software and strategy consulting. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of this company until 1990, at which point the company was merged with Manugistics Inc. In 1990, Dr. Fisher developed Accurate Response, an integrated framework linking operational changes and planning approaches to improve a firm’s ability to match supply with the demand for new products. Accurate Response was initially implemented at Sport Obermeyer which credits the approach with doubling profits and improving customer service. Dr. Fisher is currently engaged in a multi-year study funded by the Sloan Foundation to investigate how retailers are exploiting information technology and flexible manufacturing to improve the merchandising of fashion products. In 1994, Dr. Fisher was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He also served as President of the Institute of Management Science during 1988-89 and as Departmental Editor of Management Science from 1979-83. He is a recipient of the 1977 Lanchester Prize for the best paper in operations research in that year, the 1983 Edelman Prize from the Institute of Management Science, the E. Grosvenor Plowman Award from the Council of Logistics Management for contributions to logistics and the 1995 and 1996 Wharton School MBA Core Curriculum Cluster Award for teaching excellence. Dr. Fisher earned an SB in electrical engineering and an MBA and PhD degrees in operations research from MIT.
  Dr. Kenneth M. Ford

Kenneth Ford is Founder and Director of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) at the University of West Florida. IHMC has grown into a well-respected research institute with over 60 researchers investigating a broad range of topics related to understanding cognition in both humans and machines with a particular emphasis on building cognitive prostheses to leverage and amplify human intellectual capacities. Dr. Ford, who has an interdisciplinary interest in understanding cognition in both humans and other machines, is the author of over a hundred scientific papers and five books. Dr. Ford’s broader interests include Internet-based applications, computer-mediated learning, academic entrepreneurship and emerging technology enable business models. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of AAAI/MIT Press, involved in the editing of several journals, and is a Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) Associate. Dr. Ford has received local and national teaching awards. In 1995, he was elected Councilor of the AAAI (American Association for Artificial Intelligence) and is also Chair of the publications committee. He is past President of FLAIRS (Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society). In 1997, Dr. Ford received the University Research and Creative Activities Award at the University of West Florida. In January 1997, Dr. Ford was asked by NASA to help transform it into an information technology agency by developing and directing its new Center of Excellence in Information Technology at the Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley. He accepted the mission, and having done it, he is returning to private life while still serving as Chief Technologist for NASA’s Ames Research Center. In July 1999, Dr. Ford was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. Dr. Ford was educated at Tulane University, where he received a PhD in Computer Science.
Dr. Gerrit Gong

Gerrit Gong is the Assistant to the President for Planning and Assessment at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  Prior to taking this position in 2001 Dr. Gong was the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and has directed the CSIS Asian Studies Program since 1989. He is also a Director of The International Forum.  He has taught and researched on the faculties of Oxford, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities. Dr. Gong’s State Department assignments include serving as Special Assistant to two US Ambassadors at the American Embassy in Beijing. He was in China during the Tiananmen period. He also served as Special Assistant to the Senior Career Officer in the State Department, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Dr. Gong was also assigned for a year at the American Institute in Taiwan. Dr. Gong accompanied then-Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court Warren E. Burger as Personal Advisor on the Chief Justice’s official visit to the PRC.  He serves as executive director for senior, bipartisan Congressional (both House and Senate) and private-sector delegations visiting Asia. Dr. Gong was executive officer for the state visit to China of then President and Mrs. George Bush. He writes, lectures and consults on a range of East Asian developments and issues in Europe, Asia and North America. Dr. Gong is a Rhodes Scholar with PhD and Master’s degrees from Oxford University in International Relations.

  Professor Hotaka Katahira

Hotaka Katahira is Professor of Marketing Science, the Business Studies Department at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Economics. Professor Katahira, who became Professor in 1989, is also a Director of the Japan Institute of Marketing Science, a Founding Director of Executive Marketing Forum of UT, and a fellow of the World Economic Forum. Professor Katahira has written numerous articles and books, including The Principles of Power Brands. He most recently has published, Leveraging Japan- Marketing to the New Asia with George Fields of Fields Associates and Jerry Wind of The Wharton School (Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 2000). He has also published a comprehensive positioning analysis software series, LOGMAP, and a brand health monitoring system, BEEPS. Professor Katahira has been a visiting professor at The Wharton School and the University of California at Berkeley. He has consulted many Japanese and non-Japanese firms including Honda, Nestle, NEC and Heinz. He received a BA from International Christian University, Tokyo in 1970, and an MA in Economics from the University of Tokyo in 1972.
  Mr. Marc Peter Keane

Marc Peter Keane is a Landscape Architect in Kyoto. After graduating with a degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, he worked in New York City and Burlington, Vermont, for six years before moving to Japan. He spent his first two years in Japan as a research fellow at Kyoto University. Since then he has been creating and building gardens for companies, temples, and private individuals. He teaches a design workshop as an Adjunct Professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, and is a staff member of the Research Center for Japanese Garden Art at the same university. He is also the Chairman of ISSK, International Society to Save Kyoto, a multinational society working to preserve Kyoto's historic environment. His first book, Japanese Garden Design, was published by Charles E. Tuttle Company in 1997.
  Dr. John Kimberly

John Kimberly is the Novartis Professor in Healthcare Management at INSEAD, France and is the Henry Bower Professor in the Departments of Management and Health Care Systems at The Wharton School and in the Sociology Department in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University. Dr. Kimberly joined The Wharton School faculty in 1982, following several years as a member of the faculty in the School of Organization and Management and Institution for Social Policy and Studies at Yale University. He has also held faculty appointments at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Cornell University, ESSEC, and the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. He has consulted with a number of public and private sector organizations as well as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris and the governments of Brazil and Portugal. Dr. Kimberly is a specialist on problems of organizational change, innovation, and design. His teaching and research interests include venture initiation, markets for executive talent, and organizational change strategies. His most recent work has focused on problems of technology diffusion, organizational innovation and public formulation in health care organizations and the conditions for successful entrepreneurial management in both small and large firms. He is currently working on new relationships between employers and those employed and how these are likely to revolutionize the workplace. Dr. Kimberly received his BA degree from Yale University and his MS and PhD degrees in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University.
  Dr. John Paul MacDuffie

John Paul MacDuffie is an Associate Professor in the Management Department at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His research is centrally concerned with the rise of Alean@ or Aflexible@ production as an alternative to mass production, focusing on the world automotive industry. He has investigated the consequences of lean production for economic performance; the diffusion of this approach across company and country boundaries; patterns of collaborative problem-solving and knowledge transfer within and across firms; and the implications of these changes for individual managers, engineers, and workers. Dr. MacDuffie has worked for many years with M.I.T.’s International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP); his research on the comparative performance of manufacturing plants worldwide was featured in the best-selling IMVP book The Machine That Changed the World. His current work examines the applicability of a “build-to-order” business model to the auto industry, as a possible “post-lean” production paradigm. He is exploring how “build-to-order” may be facilitated by e-business initiatives (both B2B and B2C) and by experiments with modular design and production involving automakers and first-tier suppliers worldwide. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. degree from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T. He also formerly held the Harman Fellowship in the Program on Work, Technology, and Human Development at Harvard University.
  Mr. Zymunt Nagorski

Zygmunt Nagorski is Founder and President of the Center for International Leadership in Washington, DC. The Center specializes in custom made seminars and workshops for American and European companies dealing primarily with values, ethics and leadership-related issues. Prior to establishing the Center on January 1, 1986, Mr. Nagorski was Vice President and Director of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies’ Executive Seminars program. His other professional experiences include Program Director of the Council on Foreign Relations (1969-78); Vice President, the Lehrman Institute (1978-80); and a decade spent in the US Foreign Service with diplomatic posts in Cairo, Egypt; Seoul, South Korea and Paris, France. Mr. Nagorski came to the United States in 1948, from Poland, and started his career as a Reporter and Copy Editor on the Chattanooga Times. Later he worked as a Special Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Post and other publications. His books include Armed Unemployment, published in Britain; The Psychology of East-West Trade, published in New York in 1975; and US-Japanese Economic Relations, published in 1980. He is a contributor to such national publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Nagorski was educated in Poland at the University of Cracow Law School and in France.


Tulasi Srinivas is a native of Bangalore, India, and that is the field site of most of her anthropological research. Currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, she has taught at Wheaton College, MA and at Boston University. Her areas of research and writing are religion, food and culture.

Growing up in idyllic Bangalore in the late 1970’s, she retains a unique happy memory of the city, and has followed its stupendous growth into a major IT hub with mixed emotions. She considers herself a “true” Bangalorean. She is intimately connected to the fabric of Bangalore; her father, the sociologist M.N. Srinivas grew up in Mysore, and moved “back” to Bangalore to start the Institute for Social and Economic Change in the early 1970’s; her mother Rukmini Srinivas, a cultural geographer, did the first geographical maps of the city for a study of the slums of Bangalore in the mid 1970s, her sister Lakshmi Srinivas, a sociologist of media, also studies Bangalore; and Tulasi’s spouse, Popsi Narasimhan, a software architect and manager with Hewlett Packard, is also a native Bangalorean. She loves being in the city and showing it to people, and though she has lived in many places, she still considers Bangalore her “home”.

Srinivas has written widely about India, cultural globalization and religion. Between 1998 and 1999 she was the site director for the Indian section of a ten nation study on cultural globalization undertaken jointly by the Center for the Study of religion and World Affairs (CURA) at Boston University, and the Harvard Academy of International and Area studies at Harvard University, which was funded by the Pew foundation and the Smith Richardson foundation published in the volume “Many Globalizations” (Oxford Press : 2001). She has held several prestigious fellowships and awards and presented at several international and national conferences. Her most recent work on the transnational Sathya Sai movement, cultural globalization and religious pluralism tentatively titled, “Frontiers of Faith: Rethinking Religion and Globalization” looks at what the Indian example can productively offer the ongoing debate on religion and globalization.

Between her life in Bangalore and becoming an anthropologist in Boston, she also picked up a Masters’ degree in Architecture at the University of Southern California and worked in Los Angeles as an urban planner.

She is fond of reading (historical biographies) and gardening (a challenge in New England) eating (authentic food) and cooking (teaching as well as practice).  Her greatest loves are her two spoiled African grey parrots called “Monty” and “Carnie”.

  Dr. George Thomas

George Thomas is a lecturer in Historic Preservation and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Fine Arts. Dr. Thomas also has taught at the Philadelphia College of Art, Community College of Philadelphia, Drexel University and Bryn Mawr College. He is the author or co-author of a number of books, including Frank Furness: The Complete Works, Drawing Towards Building: Philadelphia Architectural Graphics 1732-1986 and Cape May: Queen of the Seaside Resorts. He has organized exhibitions at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Brandywine Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Since 1977 Dr. Thomas has consulted for 25 National Register Historic Districts. He was a founding partner of the Clio Group in 1977.
  Professor Tianxiang Zhan

Tianxiang Zhan has been a member of the Faculty of the History Department at Zhejiang University (formerly Hangzhou University) in Hangzhou, China, since 1982. In 1997, he completed a one-year sabbatical in Portland, Oregon at Portland State University, where he conducted research and taught classes in Modern Chinese History and Chinese Culture. He also taught T’ai chi for the North West China Council in Portland. From 1993 to the present, Dr. Zhan has worked as an academic advisor with the China Center developed by the Friends World Program at the Long Island University. From 1986-93, Professor Zhan served as Vice Director of the department. From 1984-85, he was a visiting scholar in prehistory in the Anthropology Department at Indiana University. From 1968-79, he was a high school teacher. Professor Zhan is the author of a number of books and articles, including The Brief Biography of Figures in World History and Compilation of Great Events in World History. He also contributed articles on a number of topics, including the Hassuna, Halaf, Eridu and Uruk cultures, to the Volume of Archeology in The Chinese Encyclopedia. Professor Zhan is a member of the National Association for the Ancient and Medieval World History and Vice Head of its Prehistoric Branch. He also is Vice Chairman of the Historical Association in Zhejiang Province. He received a BA in Russian from Hangzhou University in 1967, and an MA in History from in 1982.