Peter Rohan, Senior Member of Ernst & Young’s Education Industry Group

Forum: Driving Learning Experiences

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Peter is a senior member of Ernst & Young’s Education Industry Group. He has extensive experience both locally and internationally. Peter’s key expertise is in public policy reform, strategy & operational improvement and organisational change. He has over 25 years’ experience in leading and managing important projects across a variety of organisations and a diverse range of stakeholder groups.

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Jeffrey Selingo, Contributing Editor, “The Chronicle of Higher Education”; Professor of Practice, Arizona State University

Wed 10/1, 9am – 10am EST
Forum: Engaging New-Generation Students & Employees

Jeff Selingo is a best-selling author and award-winning columnist who helps parents and higher-education leaders imagine the college and university of the future: how families will pay, what campuses will look like, how students will learn, and what experiences will lead to success in a fast-changing economy.

His book, College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, was a New York Times best selling education book in 2013. His latest book, MOOC U: Who Is Getting the Most Out of Online Education and Why, was published in September by Simon & Schuster, and he is working on his next book about the post-college job market due in 2016 from William Morrow/HarperCollins.

A contributing editor to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jeff is also a professor of practice at Arizona State University. He is the former top editor of The Chronicle, where he worked for 16 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles. His writing has also appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, and Slate, and he is a contributor to LinkedIn, where you can follow his blog posts on higher education.

Jeff’s work has been honored with awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press. He has been the keynote speaker before dozens of associations and universities and appears regularly on regional and national radio and television programs, including NPR, ABC, and CBS.

Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Scott Simon, Former Managing Director of PIMCO

Wed 10/1, 6:30pm – 7pm EST
Forum: Cultivating Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Scott Simon has thirty years of experience investing in mortgage backed securities. During his tenure at PIMCO from 2000 to 2013, he was a Managing Director and Head of Mortgage and Asset-Backed Securities Portfolio Management, a rotating member of the firm’s Investment Committee and co-head of the firm’s Private Equity style funds. Scott spearheaded PIMCO’s research and views on residential real estate starting in 2005, positioning the firm’s accounts for outperformance through the extreme housing and MBS volatility that followed.

Prior to joining PIMCO, Scott was the Co-Head of MBS Trading at Bear Stearns from 1995-1999 and Head of MBS Trading at UBS from 1989-1995. Scott spent 1984 to 1989 as a mortgage and arbitrage trader at Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs.  Though his role was always as a trader, he was voted onto the Institutional Investor All-America Fixed Income Research Team seven times, including first place awards for mortgage strategies and Mortgage Backed Securities.

Mr. Simon attended Stanford University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and a self-designed Bachelor’s Degree.

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Richard Straub, PhD, President & CEO, Peter Drucker Society Europe, Senior Advisor IBM Global Education Industry, Director of Corporate Services & EU Affairs, EFMD

Wed 10/1, 9am-10am EST
Forum: Challenging the Business Model of Education

In his 32 years with IBM Dr. Richard Straub has held key international executive positions such as Deputy General Manager for PC Europe and Global Chief Learning Officer. Since 2006 he has started a new career working with non-profit organizations – as part time executive and as social entrepreneur. He is currently executive committee member at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Secretary General of the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG).  In addition he holds a strategic advisory role for the IBM Global Education Industry.
 
In 2008 he founded the Peter Drucker Society of Austria and in 2010 the Peter Drucker Society Europe as non-profit organizations. He is the president of both. The Peter Drucker Society has as its mission to be a catalyst for the improvement of Management as a vital role in modern society. As the crystallizing yearly event the Drucker Society organizes the Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna – the sixth edition will be held in November 2014. 

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Rebecca Taylor, PhD, Dean and Professor of Economics, The Open University Business School

Wed 10/1, 11am – 12pm EST
Forum: Supporting 21st Century Competencies

Professor Taylor is Dean and Professor of Economics at the Open University Business School. She holds a degree in Economics from Queen’s University, Canada, an MSc in Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada and a PhD in Economics from the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Rebecca started her career in financial services at the Toronto Dominion Bank. Following the completion of her PhD she spent several years lecturing in quantitative economics, international trade and economic development. She joined the Open University in 2011 from Nottingham Business School where she was Head of Economics for five years and Associate Dean of a further year.

Rebecca is a highly experienced educator at undergraduate and post graduate level. She has taught a range of courses, including: Doctorate in business administration- survey based statistical research; economics of international trade; international trade policy; Britain and the international economy; statistics for economists; and fundamentals of quantitative economics. She has also worked with the Economic and Social Research Council and the Higher Education Academy on addressing the identified skills deficit in quantitative methods across Social Sciences.

Rebecca is a Board member of the European Foundation for Management Development and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. She regularly contributes to conferences and workshops related to developments and innovation in education.

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Howard Thomas, PhD, LKCSB Distinguished Term Professor of Strategic Management, Management Education Director, Academic Strategy and Consulting Unit, Singapore Management University

Forum: Supporting 21st Century Competencies

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Professor Howard Thomas has had a distinguished, global career in business and management education spanning almost 50 years.

He has been a business school Dean on three continents: University of Illinois, USA; Warwick Business School, UK and Singapore Management University, Asia.

His teaching and research interests encompass strategic management and management education. He is a highly-cited scholar, who is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, USA, the British Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of Social Sciences. He is also a Companion of the Association of Business Schools, UK.  He is a past Chair of the Board of the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the Association of Business Schools (ABS) and the Global Foundation of Management Education (GFME). He also served as President of the Strategic Management Society.

He has held visiting and permanent academic posts at institutions worldwide: the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) in Sydney, London Business School, Sloan School of Management, MIT, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern, EIASM, Brussels, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He serves as a board member of State Farm Bank, USA, and the European Foundation for Management Development, (EFMD), Brussels.  He is also a Member of the Financial Research Council (FRC) of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

He recently authored ‘The Business School in the 21st Century’ (with Peter Lorange and Jagdish Sheth) Cambridge University Press, 2013, ‘Promises Fulfilled and Unfulfilled in Management Education’ Emerald, 2013 and ‘Securing the Future of Management Education: Competitive Destruction or Constructive Innovation?’ Emerald, 2014.

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N. Venkatraman, PhD, David J. McGrath Jr. Professor of Management at Boston University Questrom School of Business

Forum: Increasing the Value of Management Education

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N. Venkatraman is the David J. McGrath Jr. Professor of Management at Boston University Questrom School of Business. Previously, he taught at MIT Sloan School (1984-1993) and London Business School (1999-2001). He was awarded the 2004 and 2006 IBM Faculty Fellowship for his work focusing on business

challenges in the network era. His research and teaching lie at the interface between strategic management and information technology with a particular focus on how companies position to win in a network era. He has been recently recognized by Thomson Financial/ISI as one of the most cited researchers in strategy and information technology. His 1989 paper in Management Science is considered as one of the highly cited papers over the 50 years of the history of the journal. His research has won awards from The Academy of Management (AT Kearney Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research) and Strategic Management Society (McKinsey Honorable Mention) and his doctoral students have been awarded prizes for their thesis work.

He writes papers for managerial audience and academic publications. His papers for managers have been published in the Sloan Management Review over the last decade. He has also published in IBM Systems Journal (1993 Special Issue on Strategic Alignment; the Turning Points issue in 2000), Business Strategy Review (London Business School) and Financial Times. His academic research has been published in Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Information Systems Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and others. He has consulted and/or lectured for many corporations in the USA, Europe and South Africa including IBM, Microsoft, CSC, BP, Novartis, Ericsson, Canal+, ABN-AMRO, Zurich Financial, McKinsey & Co., Federal Express and others.
He holds a B. Tech degree from IIT, Kharagpur (1976), an MBA from IIM Calcutta (1979); and Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh (1985).

See other Boston University VIPs: Robert A. Brown, Ken FreemanJames Post, Michael Salinger

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David Weil, PhD, Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, United States Department of Labor, Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management, Boston University Questrom School of Business (On Leave)

Wed 10/1, 10:30am – 11:30am EST
Forum: Fostering Ethical Leadership

David Weil was sworn in as the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division on May 5, 2014. Dr. Weil is an internationally recognized expert in public and labor market policy; regulatory performance; industrial and labor relations; transparency policy; and supply-chain restructuring and its effects.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Weil has served as professor of economics and Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Boston University Questrom School of Business. He also served as co-director of the Transparency Policy Project at the Ash Institute at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has written three books on labor market policy, including the recently published The Fissured Workplace. He has authored numerous articles and publications in a variety of economics, public policy, management, and industrial relations journals and books, as well as numerous publications in non-academic outlets.

No stranger to the Department’s mission or its work, Dr. Weil has served as an adviser to both the Wage and Hour Division and to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as to a number of other government agencies. He also has served as mediator and adviser in a range of labor union and labor/management settings across the globe. In addition to his work for the Department, his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, among others.

Dr. Weil received his B.S. at Cornell University and M.A. and Ph.D. in public policy at Harvard University.

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Peter Wexler, Cofounder, SpiderCloud Wireless

Forum: Cultivating Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Peter Wexler is an Engineer, entrepreneur, and Investor currently focusing on Internet and mobile technologies. He has been instrumental in helping to evolve the computer networking industry into the globally connected, broadband environment that we know today. During the past 25 years, he has led the development of key products that form the foundation of the Internet and today’s rapidly growing mobile networks. Currently he is a co-founder, investor and Director of Spidercloud Wireless. The company, develops devices and systems that provide very dense indoor licensed spectrum to feed the proliferation of smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices. 

Peter was the founding Vice President of Engineering at Juniper Networks. During his tenure at Juniper, Peter grew the engineering organization from 17 to 600, helped lead the company from initial product through IPO, and oversaw the delivery of multiple generations of high-performance routers that power much of today’s high-speed Internet. Subsequently he managed Juniper’s Mobile Business Unit and was a Director of the Ericsson-Juniper joint venture company. Previously Peter has held Engineering and management positions at a number of Companies including Bay Networks, Wellfleet communications and Siemens.

His good fortune has enabled him to help take a number of companies public, raise many rounds of venture financing, work with insanely great people, and to be part of global organizations ranging in size from 10 to 440,000. He has also shared in the heartbreak of, on occasion, developing great technology 5 years before there was a market.

Peter serves on a number of private company boards and is a member of the University of Illinois Engineering Advisory Board as well as the Boston University Questrom School of Business Advisory Board. He has an MBA from Boston University, an MSE from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BSEE from SUNY Stonybrook.

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Marie Wilson, PhD, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law), University of South Australia Business School

Wed 10/1, 2pm – 3pm EST
Forum: Challenging the Business Model of Education

Chat: Wed 10/1, 11am – 11:30am EST
The Importance of Student Exchange/International Travel to Business Education

Professor Marie Wilson is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law) of the University of South Australia Business School, a position she commenced in August 2013. She leads the top business school in the state, the study destination of choice for more than 8000 students located in Adelaide, Australia, and across the globe.

Professor Wilson has had a distinguished career that has spanned multinational corporations, high technology start-ups, NGOs, not-for-profits and universities. She is a graduate of AICD, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management.

In the 1970s Professor Wilson graduated from Florida State University with a first degree in Science and followed that with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Neuroanatomy. For several years she worked in vocational rehabilitation in Florida.

In the 1980s Professor Wilson completed a Master of Science in Management and Statistics at the University of Arizona, before moving on to study Law, and working as a Legal Research Associate for a local law firm. During this period she was also working as an Assistant Professor in Science and Mathematics on the Navajo and Hopi lands of northern Arizona.

She completed a PhD in Management and Law at The University of Arizona, then worked at NCR Corporation in Ohio as Director, Corporate Compensation and Manager HR Development, while also holding the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor in Management and Executive Education at the University of Dayton.

In 1991 Professor Wilson joined the University of Auckland Business School; in 1995 she was promoted to Foundation Dean of the Graduate School of Business, and then in 2006 to Head of Department, Management and International Business. Professor Wilson secured more than $2 million in research funding and five teaching awards during her time at the University of Auckland.

From 1991 to 2008 Professor Wilson was Managing Director of Wilson and Associates in New Zealand where she developed and delivered training and solutions for organisational development, strategic management and leadership to more than 50 New Zealand organisations and businesses, including the Ministry of Commerce, NZ Post, and the Bank of New Zealand.

In 2009 she was appointed Academic Dean at Griffith University’s Business School, where her responsibilities included quality improvement, accreditation and performance excellence in teaching, research and industry engagement.

Professor Wilson’s teaching and research has focussed on human performance in the workplace and its links to innovation and enterprise. She has published more than 30 refereed journal articles and five books and monographs along with eight book chapters.

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