McBride Center for International Business

2008 Global Forum Speakers

Forum Speakers
(listed alphabetically by surname)

Joshua Eisenman

Joshua Eisenman is a Fellow in Asia Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) and a Ph.D. candidate in political science at UCLA. He received an MA in China Studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to joining the AFPC, Mr. Eisenman worked as a professional policy analyst on the staff of the Congressionally mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Mr. Eisenman is coauthor of China and the Developing World: Beijing's Strategy for the 21st Century (ME Sharpe, 2007). He has written articles on China's domestic development and foreign policy for a variety of publications including The Far Eastern Economic Review, Current History, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun and Newsday.

Pat Horner

J. Patrick Horner
is Chairman and CEO of The Horner Group, a venture capital firm, and Chairman E5 Systems, a software development outsourcing company based in Jinan, China. Mr Horner has over 30 years of experience in the information technology outsourcing (ITO) and business process outsourcing (BPO) industries. He was one of the Founders, Board Members and first President & Chief Operating Officer of Perot Systems, growing the business from start up to $250M revenues/$2.5B backlog in five years. Horner also was Senior Vice President of the EDS Government Systems Group from its start up through high growth 10 year period to $750M in revenue and $5B backlog. For the last decade Horner has been involved in a dozen public and private high growth companies in various roles including investor, board member, CEO and Chairman.

Mr. Horner holds a BBA in quantitative analysis from Baylor University, an MA in Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, and was a Pilot and Instructor Pilot in the US Air Force. He currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of the Hankamer School of Business of Baylor University.

Dr. Gary Jefferson

Dr. Gary Jefferson is the Carl Marks Professor of International Trade and Finance at Brandeis University, where he has joint appointments in the Department of Economics and the International Business School, and he also teaches a course at the Fletcher School at Tufts. Jefferson is the author of Enterprise Reform in China: Ownership, Transition, and Performance (Oxford University Press, 2000), and his journal articles have been published in American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Development Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Journal of Comparative Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, and other outlets. Jefferson's research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.

Professor Jefferson holds an A.B. degree in history from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, an M.S. in economics from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. He has lived and taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at Wuhan University in China and frequently travels to China for research and speaking engagements. He spent his spring 2007 sabbatical at the Development Economics Research Center at Wuhan University, the Center for Chinese Economic Studies at Fudan University, and the Center for Chinese Economic Research at Peking University.

Dr. Wolfgang Klenner

Dr. Wolfgang Klenner
is Professor of East Asian Economics at the Ruhr–Universität Bochum in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. He completed a Diploma in Economics at the Free University Berlin and a Ph.D. in economics at the Ruhr–Universität Bochum. During the early 1980s, he served as head of the China section at HWWA, the Institute for Economic Research in Hamburg, and consulted with China's National Planning Commission on the formulation of its programs of reform. Dr. Klenner has served in visiting positions at the University of Tokyo, the University of Nagoya, the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, the National University of Singapore, and the University of California.

Dr. Klenner is the author or co-author of many books and monographs, including Chinese Financial and Monetary Policy After the Asian Crisis (Lucius & Lucius Verlag, 2006) and China and the EU: Trade, Capital Flows, Strategic Issues (East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, 2004). His journal articles have appeared in Harvard China Review, Intereconomics, China: An International Journal, and many others. Dr. Klenner is a member of the standing committee on Asian studies of the European Science Foundation.

Dr. Haiyang Li

Dr. Haiyang Li is assistant professor of strategic management and innovation at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in economics from Renmin University of China and a Ph.D. from City University of Hong Kong. Before joining Rice University, he was on the faculty of Department of Management at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Li's research interests focus on technology entrepreneurship and innovation, strategic alliances and multinational firms' innovation in emerging markets, and the growth of China's high tech science parks. His articles have appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Marketing, Organization Science, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Management and Organization Review, Journal of High Technology Management Research, Journal of International Marketing, International Business Review, and others.

Ted Li

Ted Li
is Vice President of China Development for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. He leads a team that is launching a BCBSA Representative Office in Beijing, laying the groundwork for deeper entry into the Chinese market. Li is a senior member of the BCBSA Strategic Services Division, which is spearheading major Blue Cross and Blue Shield strategic initiatives, including international expansion opportunities. Before joining BCBSA, Li worked with Chinese government agencies to develop private market opportunities in the high-tech and energy sectors. He consulted extensively with China's State Council, the executive branch of power including the Premier and top Administration leaders, and the Central Party School, an educational arm of the Chinese leadership.

Li has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. He resides in San Antonio and maintains BCBSA offices in Chicago and Beijing.

Dr. Mauricio Mesquita Moreira

Dr. Mauricio Mesquita Moreira
is Head of Research for the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He received a PhD in Economics from the University College London. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked in the Research Department of the Development Bank of Brazil (BNDES), and taught at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His publications have appeared in World Development and Economia, and in volumes published by IDB, Harvard University Press, and the Institute for International Economics.

Dwight Nordstrom

Dwight Nordstrom
has 24 years experience in doing business in China. Since 1990, he has been the chairman of Pacific Resources International (PRI), a USA-holding company with support functions of consulting and engineering. PRI specializes in planning and implementing small to medium high-technology manufacturing start-ups, mergers, and acquisitions – over 20 since 1990. PRI currently operates in 20+ locations in China and has equity interests in 10 business operations producing Ni-Ti wire, medical stents, metal halide lamps, specialty chemicals, and other products. Along with its business activities, PRI has formed strategic alliances with several non-profit groups, supporting healthy local communities with strong ethical and spiritual values.

Mr. Nordstrom has been General Manager of 6 factories in China, and served as China country manager for one of GE's divisions in the late 1980s. He is co-chairman of Sourcing Forum for American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and previously served as President of the US High-Technology Forum in China. He holds a B.A. from Texas Christian University and an Executive MBA from the University of Houston, and completed all class work for a Masters degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School.

Dr. Penelope Prime

Dr. Penelope Prime
is Professor of Economics at Mercer University and Director of the China Research Center, which promotes collaboration between 10 colleges and universities in the southeastern United States. After majoring in Chinese studies and studying Mandarin as an undergraduate at the University of Denver, she earned a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan. She was among the first U.S. graduate students to conduct dissertation research in China after relations were normalized in the late 1970s. Dr. Prime has directed study abroad programs in China for more than 200 students, has conducted field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, has lived in Nanjing and Beijing for extended periods of time, has analyzed China's economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and has consulted companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding.

Dr. Prime serves on the Research Board of the ICA Institute, on the secretariat of the West China Development Studies Consortium, and on the board of the Georgia China Alliance. Her articles have been published in Applied Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Pacific Economic Review, Osaka Economic Papers, and Business Economics, among others, as well as in journals in China. She serves on the editorial boards of China Economic Review and the Indian Journal of Economics and Business.

Dr. G.S. Seitkassimov
Dr. Gabdygapar S. Seitkassimov is Rector of the Kazakh University of Economy, Finance and International Trade in Astana, Kazakhstan. He is a Doctor of Economic Sciences, a Professor, and an Academician of the Kazakh Academy of Sciences. He completed his higher education at the Kazakh Institute of Economics and Agricultural Organization and at Kazakh State University, named for S. M. Kirov. In the 1960s, before he began his long and distinguished academic career, Dr Seitkassimov worked as an accountant in a large leather factory in Djambul and a senior economist of a large state farm in the Turgaiskaya region.

Dr Seitkassimov has held teaching and administrative positions at several institutions, including Karaganda State University and the Kazakh State Management Academy in Almaty. He is the author of many publications on monetary and international economics.

Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart is a Partner in the Dallas office of the Jones Day law firm. During the 1990s, he served as Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Hong Kong office, and he became the the first Chief Representative of Jones Day's Shanghai office in 1999. In Hong Kong, Tony served on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of its Legal Committee. He was the first U.S. lawyer with unconditional certification to practice as a Hong Kong solicitor, and the first to be appointed to the editorial board of the Law Society's official journal, The Hong Kong Lawyer.

Since his return to Texas, he has maintained an emphasis on Asia-related and domestic M&A, joint venture, private equity and other investment transactions. Currently Tony co-chairs the China Task Force and serves on the International Business Council and the International Legislation Committee of the Greater Dallas Chamber. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law, a director of the AFI Dallas International Film Festival and an advisor to the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Council on certification matters.

Tony earned his B.A. degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Reed College, and his JD from the Yale Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the International Law Journal and on the Moot Court Board of Directors. He is a member of the American, New York, and Dallas bar associations, and the Law Society of Hong Kong.

Dr. Aigul Toxanova

Dr. Aigul Toxanova
is Vice President of the Economic Research Institute of the Kazakh Ministry of Economics and Budget Planning. Previously, she served in faculty and senior administrative positions at the Kazakh University of Economy, Finance and International Trade (Astana), the Institute of Economics and Management (Kokshetau), the Karaganda Politechnical Institute (Kokshetau), and the Rudney Industrial Institute (Kostenai region).

Dr. Toxanova earned her masters degree in management and doctoral candidate degree in economics from the Moscow Institute of Management, and completed her advanced doctoral degree in economics and management from the L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University. She has participated in continuing education programs at Baylor University, the Kazakh-Japanese center of Human Development, the International Project Management Association, and the TACIS- MASHAV Center for Support of Business Initiatives.

Dr. Toxanova has conducted research in the United States as a Fulbright fellow, and is the author of more than 130 publications and reports, including two books on the development of entrepreneurship in the United States and Kazakhstan. She was recognized as "The Best University Professor in the Republic of Kazakhstan" in 2006 and, in 2001, she was awarded for, "best research in the field of entrepreneurship" in the national competition, "Best Entrepreneur of the Decade in the Republic of Kazakhstan."

Dr. Wing Thye Woo

Dr. Wing Thye Woo
is Professor of Economics at the University of California at Davis, is a Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, and is Director of the East Asia Program in the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Born in Malaysia, he earned undergraduate degrees in economics and engineering from Swarthmore College, a masters in economics from Yale, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard.

Professor Woo has published more than 100 articles in economics journals and books. One of these was identified by the Journal of International Economics to be among the 25 most-cited articles in its 30-year history. From 1994-96, Professor Woo led an international team to study the reform experiences of centrally-planned economies. Their report, Economies in Transition: Comparing Asia and Europe, was published by the MIT Press in 1997. Professor Woo headed the project, "Asia Competitiveness Report," for the 1999 meeting of the World Economic Forum. The updated report was published as The Asian Financial Crisis: Lessons for a Resilient Asia (MIT Press, 2000). In 2001, he helped establish the Asian Economic Panel (AEP), a forum of about 50 leading specialists who meet semiannually to discuss economic issues of importance to the region. Selected papers from their meetings are published by the MIT Press in Asian Economic Papers.

Professor Woo has served as a special advisor to Chinese Ministry of Finance, the U.S. Treasury Secretary, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, and the Millennium Project of the United Nations. In 2004, the University of California at Davis awarded him its Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, and the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Malaysia appointed him a Distinguished ISIS Fellow. In 2004, he delivered the Chang Chi Ming Cambridge Public Lecture on Chinese Economy at the University of Cambridge. In 2006, he was appointed a Chang Jiang Scholar by the Ministry of Education of China at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.

Dr. Larry Wu

Dr. Larry Xianghong Wu
is a private-sector business consultant with broad experience in public policy and diplomacy. In his consulting practice, he is affiliated with Manatt & Jones Global Strategies of Washington, D.C. He also serves as Vice President for China Operations of NewMarket Technology Inc., a Dallas-based public company with US $100 million revenue; and as the Chinese Chairman of Software Service International.

During late-2003, before moving to the private sector, Dr. Wu served in the Chinese State Council Research Office as a Senior Advisor to the Premier, Mr. Wen Jiabao, and other officials. During 2000-2003, he worked at the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC, leading the Embassy's efforts to promote trade, investment and R&D collaboration between China and the USA, in technology sectors such as IT and telecommunication, commercial electronics, biotech and health care.

His other professional experiences include three years of service in the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and two years in a large private holding company as the executive assistant to the managing vice president.

Dr. Wu is the author of three books and numerous articles in Chinese, American, and European publications. He has written for major business magazines, newspapers and internet portals, including New Fortune, Chinese Entrepreneur, Securities Times, Southern China Metropolitans, and

In 2006, Dr. Wu was named one of "50 Business Opinion Leaders" by the magazine "Talents." He serves on the business committee of the Capital Club in Beijing. He earned his PhD in Public Policy on Science and Technology at Renmin University and held a visiting research position at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Lan Xue

Dr. Lan XUE
is professor and Executive Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management and Executive Vice President of the Development Research Academy for the 21st Century at Tsinghua University. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution. He is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a Fellow of IC2 Institute at University of Texas, Austin. His teaching and research interests include public policy analysis and management, science and technology policy, and crisis management.

Dr. Xue holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and taught at the George Washington University in the U.S. before returning to China in 1996. He has served as a policy advisor for many Chinese government agencies and has consulted for the World Bank, APEC, IDRC, and other International organizations. He is a recipient of 2001 National Distinguished Young Scientist Award. He serves as a Vice President of China Association of Public Administration, Vice President of Chinese Association of Science of Science and S&T Policy, Deputy Secretary General of the National Steering Committee for MPA Education, member of the Policy Committee on Developing Countries, International Council for Science Unions, Advisory member of Research On Knowledge Systems, IDRC, and others. He is on the Board of SciDev.Net, an international non-profit organization aimed at promoting S&T for international development.

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