Jamie P. Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation

Wed 10/1 4pm – 5pm EST
Forum: Supporting 21st Century Competencies

Jamie P. Merisotis is president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation committed solely to enrolling and graduating more students from college.  Under his leadership, Lumina employs a strategic, outcomes-based approach in pursuing the Foundation’s mission of expanding college access and success particularly among low-income, minority and other historically underrepresented populations.  Lumina’s goal is to ensure that, by 2025, 60 percent of Americans hold high quality degrees, certificates and other credentials—up from the current level of less than 40 percent.

Before joining Lumina in 2008, Merisotis founded and served 15 years as president of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Higher Education Policy, one of the world’s premier education research and policy centers.  He previously served as executive director of the National Commission on Responsibilities for Financing Postsecondary Education, a bipartisan commission appointed by the U.S. president and congressional leaders. Merisotis also helped create the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), and serves on numerous national and international boards of directors, including Bates College in Maine, Anatolia College in Greece, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

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Martin Nisenholtz, Former Chief Digital Officer, The New York Times Company

Forum: Harnessing Digital Technology

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Martin is a Venture Partner at Firstmark Capital in New York and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He recently completed a Fellowship at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he co-developed Riptide: An Oral History of the Epic Collision between Journalism and Digital Technology, 1980 to the Present (www.digitalriptide.org).  Martin currently serves on the boards of PostMedia Networks (PNC/A), Yellow Media (Y:CN), Exelate, Sulia and RealMatch. He is an advisor to Carmel Ventures and the Online Publishers Association.

From 1995-2012, Martin managed digital operations for The New York Times Company and was the founding leader at nytimes.com in 1996.  In 1983, Martin founded the Interactive Marketing Group (IMG) at Ogilvy & Mather. IMG was the first digital agency at a major US advertising firm.  In 2002, Martin founded the Online Publishers Association, today the leading trade association among quality content providers. Martin began his career as a research scientist and assistant professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication, where he serves on the Alumni Board.

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John North, Director of Global Operations, Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative

Wed 10/1, 4am – 5am EST
Forum: Fostering Ethical Leadership

John North is a next generation integrational entrepreneur operating across the boundaries of society, business and academia. Following an international strategy consulting career which included founding Accenture’s sustainability practice in Ireland, his passion to make a difference in his home country brought him back to South Africa where he combines local advisory work with an international role as Director Operations of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. John is one of the lead contributors to the 50+20 vision “Management Education for the World” and recently directed the design and delivery of a 50+20 Innovation Cohort for Deans and Directors of Business Schools. He holds Information Science and MBA degrees from the University of Pretoria where he founded 2 online businesses during his undergraduate studies, and where he now holds an advisory board position. John and his family lives in the Garden Route of South Africa.

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Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Dean of IE Business School and the President of IE University

Forum: Challenging the Business Model of Education

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Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño is the Dean of IE Business School and the President of IE University. He holds a Degree in Law and a Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy and Jurisprudence (Complutense University, Spain) and an MBA (IE Business School). He was a Recognized Student at Oxford University, UK.

Iñiguez has worked as a management consultant and has played an active role in the field of quality control and development of management education in Europe. He is the Chairman of GFME (Global Foundation for Management Education) and Chairman of the European Advisory Council of AACSB International, He serves on the boards of CENTRUM (Universidad Católica, Perú),Antai Business School (Jiao Tong University, China), Renmin University Business School (China) and Mazars University (France), FGV-EASP. Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Brazil). He was portrayed by the Financial Times as “one of the most significant figures in promoting European business schools internationally”. Iñiguez is also President of the IE Fund in the US.

Iñiguez is Professor of Strategic Management at IE Business School. His book, “The Learning Curve: How Business Schools Are Reinventing Education” (https://thelearningcurvebook.com ), published in 2011, deals with the future challenges of management education. He is co-editor of www.deanstalk.net, a blog focused on management education issues. Iniguez is a regular speaker at international conferences and frequently contributes in different journals and media on higher education and executive development. ​

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George Pappas, Chancellor of Victoria University

Wed 10/1, 7pm – 8pm EST
Forum: Supporting 21st Century Competencies

George is the Chancellor of Victoria University, a position he has held for the last 4 years.  He was the Chairman of Committee for Melbourne from 2005 til 2013 where he led the Committee’s efforts to support the Higher Education Sector as well as new and innovative industry development.

George has over 30 years commercial experience in strategy consulting work for the largest companies in the United States, Japan, Asia and Australia.

He co-founded the business strategy consultancy, Pappas Carter Evans and Koop (PCEK) in 1979 and later became Managing Partner of Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG’s) Australasian offices following BCG’s acquisition of PCEK in 1990. He was also a member of BCG’s worldwide Executive Committee

Since retiring from BCG in 2002, George served as Under Secretary in the Department of Premier and Cabinet for the State of Victoria, as Member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Monash Faculty of Business and Economics, Chairman of the Monash Institute of Medical Research. He has also served on several other private sectors and not for profit boards.

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James Post, PhD, John F. Smith, Jr. Professorship in Management, Boston University Questrom School of Business

Forum: Fostering Ethical Leadership

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James E. Post holds the John F. Smith, Jr. Professorship in Management. He is a member of the Business Policy & Law Department and teaches courses in strategic management, professional ethics and responsibility, and corporate governance. He is the author or co-author of many books, including “Redefining the Corporation,” with L. Preston and S. Sachs, a study of governance and accountability.

 

See other Boston University VIPs:  Ken FreemanRobert A. Brown, Michael Salinger, N. Venkatraman

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Claire Preisser, Senior Program Manager, Business and Society, The Aspen Institute

Wed 10/1, 10am – 11am EST
Forum: Engaging New-Generation Students & Employees

Claire Preisser is Senior Program Manager at the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program. In this role, she focuses on dialogue-based projects with business academics and executives; she currently leads the Aspen Undergraduate Business Education Consortium, and the annual Aspen Institute Business Education Symposium. Claire was Program Manager and Associate Director of the Business and Society Program from 2001-7. In 2008-9, Claire was Development Director at the Tobin Project, which seeks to connect academic research agendas with pressing public policy issues. She has also served as freelance writer on several projects examining corporate leadership.

Claire’s early career experiences include two years at a boutique management consulting firm specializing in systems thinking and seven years in direct service roles with the elderly, women in recovery, and political refugees. Claire holds a BA from The College of William and Mary and an MBA from The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

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Ananth Rao, PhD, Chief Academic Officer, Professor, University of Dubai

Wed 10/1, 5pm – 6pm EST
Forum: Producing Research with Impact

Dr. Ananth Rao is a Professor of Finance & Banking and Chief Academic Officer (CAO) at University of Dubai (UD). Dr. Rao obtained his PhD in Applied Economics-Banking from University of Minnesota (USA) in 1991, and MS in the same subject from Purdue University (USA) in 1985.

Prior to joining academics in 1997, Dr. Rao served State Bank of India – a premiere commercial bank in India in various Managerial roles for 15 + years. He passed the coveted Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Level 1 examination in June 2000 conducted by the CFA Institute (formerly Association of Investment & Management Research – AIMR) USA. He is an active professional member of Financial Management Association (FMA) International – USA and Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) – USA.

As CAO, he is involved in monitoring and controlling performance of all academic units at UD. Dr. Rao is an active researcher in the areas of Enterprise Risk Management, Investments, Bank Management, ALM, Corporate Finance, Stability of Emerging Financial Markets, Derivatives, and Efficiency of Financial Services Firms. He has more than twenty research publications in refereed international financial journals. Dr. Rao is currently teaching Risk Management, Investments & Portfolio Management, and Strategic Management to MBA students. He was instrumental in earning and maintaining AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) international accreditation to UD business school.

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John B. Reid-Dodick, JD, Chief People Officer, Dun & Bradstreet Corp.

Wed 10/1, 5pm – 6pm EST
Forum: Driving Learning Experiences

As Chief People Officer of Dun & Bradstreet, John and the HR team are supporting the company’s growth by helping create an authentically human place where top talent committed to the company’s brand and values and obsessed with customers, content, trends, and technology can grow and thrive.

John previously served as Chief People Officer of AOL from 2011 to 2013.  He joined AOL from Thomson Reuters, where he headed HR for Thomson Reuters Markets, which provided content and technology for financial and media markets. Following the Thomson acquisition of Reuters in 2008, Reid-Dodick led the people and culture integration of Reuters and Thomson Financial.  Previously, he held a range of senior HR roles at Reuters in New York and London.

An expert in leadership, talent, and organizational culture and change, John has led a number of initiatives that have received industry awards of excellence and been featured as best practice in publications such as Stephen Bungay, The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps Between Plans, Actions and Results (2011); Jeff DeGraff and Shawn Quinn, Leading Innovation: How to Jump Start Your Organization’s Growth Engine (2006); and Simon Barrow and Richard Moseley, The Employer Brand (2005).

A lawyer by training, John joined Reuters in 1995, serving as General Counsel for Reuters America from 1997 to 2000.  Prior to Reuters, he was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell and a law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Sweet of the Southern District of New York.

John graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988, where he was Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He holds a Masters degree in Politics from New York University and a Bachelors degree in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba.

John is married to his high school sweetheart, Darlene, and they have three children – Cassie, a management consultant with Accenture Strategy; Jorie, a 2014 education graduate from Lynn University; and Cody, a sophomore at Georgetown University.

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Matthew Robb, Partner at Parthenon

Wed 10/1, 4pm – 5pm EST
Forum: Driving Learning Experiences

Matt joined Parthenon in the autumn of 2010, after working in both public and private sectors within theeducation industry. Matt previously worked at McKinsey & Co., where he led strategy and organization work in a wide range of contexts, from highly successful FTSE 3 companies and mid-caps to public sector institutions and government departments. For seven years, Matt worked in the education support services sector, holding P&L responsibility. He led teams working on school improvement (National Challenge), academy development, the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, and on children’s services technology and management information. Since joining Parthenon, Matt has led our education work in the UK and Europe. He has led work across every stage and sub-sector of education in the UK and across Europe, including public and private schools (K-12), vocational and further education, universities and support services. He has worked in buy and sell-side diligence, international strategy, marketing and sales force strategy and general corporate strategy. Matt holds a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and was the Gatsby Scholar.

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