Mr. Chen Fashu is the founder and Chairman of the New Huadu Industrial Group, a very successful private enterprise. Mr. Chen is considered one of the savviest investors in China. He grew up under impoverished circumstances and was unable to complete his compulsory education. He has tried his best to contribute back to society through his wealth-building years. On October 20, 2009, driven by his perseverance and commitment to charity, he established the New Huadu Foundation in his personal capacity to focus on education issues.
More information on New Huadu can be found here: http://en.nbs.org.cn/
Sir Harold Evans is the author of The American Century (Knopf, 1998) and a history of 200 years of innovation entitled They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators (Little, Brown, 2004), which was the basis of a four-part PBS series The American Experience. An innovative educational company, Contemporary Learning Systems, prepares interactive college courses on innovation starting in 2009 based on They Made America.
Evans was the President and Publisher of Random House Trade Group from 1990-1997. From 1997-1999 he was Editorial Director and Vice Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, the New York Daily News, The Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company, a position from which he resigned in January 2000 to devote himself full-time to major writing and television projects. (Evans remains a Contributing Editor at U.S. News & World Report).
Before moving to the United States, Evans was the editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981, and editor of The Times from 1981 to 1982. His account of these years was published in his No. 1 UK best-seller Good Times, Bad Times.
Mr. Finlay was formerly Chairman and CEO of Clay Finlay Inc., a global investment management firm based in New York, which he co-founded in 1982. The firm was acquired in 2000 and Mr. Finlay stepped down from an executive role in 2006. Earlier in his career, Mr. Finlay held senior investment management positions at Morgan Guaranty Trust in New York and Lazard Freres in New York and previously Paris, and was a member of the investment committees of both institutions.
Educated at Oxford University, he is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College and a member of the Chancellors Court of Benefactors. Mr. Finlay served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Business 1981-1986. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Zhiyi He is Professor and Chairman of New Huadu Business School and Executive Editor of Peking University Business Review. He earned his Ph.D from the School of Management, Fudan University and his Post-doctor from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.
Mr. He has performed excellently in the fields of academics, government and enterprise. As a scholar in the science of management, he is committed to formulating the management modes of Chinese enterprises and integrating the management practice into theoretical framework. Accordingly, he built the center of enterprise case studies, focusing on the cases of Chinese enterprises and their management, setting up the corpus of case studies and promoting the case study as a part of teaching curriculum. In issuing the Peking University Business Review, Mr. He bridged management practice with the theory of Chinese enterprises. As a businessman, he has engaged with both state-owned and private enterprises, which still play a prominent part in the market. As a social worker, he devotes himself to the promotion of corporate social responsibility (CSR) of Chinese enterprises and the active involvement of charity. He sponsored the establishment of CSR League, and started the ranking of the Most Respectable Enterprises in China. In 2010 he was appointed as the Chairman of New Huadu Business School with a view to combining education with charity, and innovation with traditional culture.
Robert E. Kiernan III is the Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Portfolio Management LLC (APM), an investment management company based in New York City, and a Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where his research is focused on socially responsible investing (SRI).
Before forming APM, Mr. Kiernan spent eighteen years in the capital markets, based in New York and London with Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers, during which he was responsible for building, managing, and leading several global fixed income and investment banking businesses. Prior to entering the private sector, he held foreign policy positions in the first Reagan administration at USIA, the National Security Council, and the Department of State.
Mr. Kiernan received an AB and AM from Boston College, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Educate Girls Globally, the Research Foundation Review Board of the CFA Institute, the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (London), and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Alfredo F. Navarrete is CFO of Grupo IAMSA, the leading passenger transportation group in Mexico. Alfredo is also CEO of Efficientia Soluciones Integrales, a consulting firm, and member of the board of Deutsche Bank. He is also member of the Circulo Contemporáneo of the Rufino Tamayo Museum.
Alfredo holds a PhD in Economics from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Richard Robb is CEO of Christofferson, Robb and Company (CRC), a New York- and London-based fund management company that invests in asset backed securities and renewable energy assets in Europe and emerging markets. He is also Professor of Professional Practice in International Finance at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, where he teaches courses in microeconomics, economic foundations of capital markets and finance.
Before co-founding CRC, he was the global head of the derivatives and securities subsidiaries of the Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.
Leo M. Tilman is President of L.M. Tilman & Co., a strategic advisory firm that serves governments, financial institutions, corporations, and institutional investors worldwide. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Tilman held senior positions with BlackRock as well as Bear Stearns, where he was Chief Institutional Strategist and Senior Managing Director.
Mr. Tilman teaches finance at Columbia University. He is the author of Financial Darwinism: Create Value or Self-Destruct in a World of Risk (Wiley, 2008), co-author of The Risk Paradigm (forthcoming from Oxford, 2009), co-author of Risk Management (Wiley, 2000), and editor of Asset/Liability Management of Financial Institutions (Institutional Investor, 2003).
Mr. Tilman is a contributing editor of The Journal of Risk Finance has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.