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Knowledge@Wharton: March 8, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Mehrsa Baradaran (Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Robert Cotten Alston Associate Chair in Corporate Law, University of Georgia School of Law), William Greenlee (Democratic Councilman-at-Large , City Council of Philadelphia), Jay Zagorsky (Economist and Senior Lecturer of Markets, Public Policy and Law, Boston University Questrom School of Business), Renée Maubornge (Distinguished Fellow, Professor, Co-director of the Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, INSEAD), Graciela Chichilnisky (CEO & Co-founder – Global Thermostat; Professor of Economics and Statistics, Columbia University), Joel Trachtman (Professor of International Law, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), and Kartik Hosanagar (Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School) on the Friday, March 8, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Joel Trachtman and Graciela Chichilnisky

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Graciela Chichilnisky, Joel Trachtman

Renée Maubornge

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Renée Maubornge

Jay Zagorsky, William Greenlee, and Mehrsa Baradaran

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Mehrsa Baradaran, William Greenlee, Jay Zagorsky

Kartik Hosanagar

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Kartik Hosanagar

Featured Guests

Mehrsa Baradaran

Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Robert Cotten Alston Associate Chair in Corporate Law, University of Georgia School of Law


Mehrsa Baradaran joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in the fall of 2012. She currently serves as the school’s associate dean for strategic inititatives and as the holder of the Robert Cotten Alston Associate Chair in Corporate Law. As associate dean, she focusses on diversity and inclusion efforts, and national and international faculty scholarship recognition. Her teaching portfolio includes Contracts and Banking Law.

Her scholarship includes the books How the Other Half Banks and The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, both published by the Harvard University Press. In 2018, The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap was awarded the PROSE Award Honorable Mention in the Business, Finance & Management category. Baradaran was also selected as a finalist at the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Awards for the book in the category of history/biography.

Baradaran has also published articles including “Regulation by Hypothetical” in the Vanderbilt Law Review, “It’s Time for Postal Banking” in the Harvard Law Review Forum, “Banking and the Social Contract” in the Notre Dame Law Review, “How the Poor Got Cut Out of Banking” in the Emory Law Journal, “Reconsidering the Separation of Banking and Commerce” in the George Washington Law Review and The ILC and the Reconstruction of U.S. Banking” in the SMU Law Review. Of note, her article “The New Deal with Black America” was selected for presentation at the 2017 Stanford/Harvard/Yale Junior Faculty Forum.

Baradaran and her books have received significant national and international media coverage and have been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Slate, American Banker and Financial Times; on National Public Radio’s “Marketplace,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” and Public Broadcasting Service’s “NewsHour;” and as part of TEDxUGA.

She came to UGA from Brigham Young University, where she taught banking regulation, property and administrative law. During her time there, she was named the 1L Professor of the Year by the Student Bar Association. Previously, Baradaran was an Academic Research Fellow at the New York University School of Law and practiced law in the financial institutions group at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York City.

She earned her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Brigham Young University and her law degree cum laude from NYU, where she served as a member of the New York University Law Review.
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William Greenlee

Democratic Councilman-at-Large , City Council of Philadelphia


Councilman William Greenlee is a lifelong resident of the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep and Temple University. He and his wife Leslie, a teacher, have been married for over 25 years.

Growing up in a tight-knit neighborhood, Greenlee developed a strong interest in the affairs of his community and the city. This led to his involvement in local politics. In 1980, he began a 26-year career working as chief aide to City Councilman David Cohen, providing constituent services and working on legislative issues.

Since 1982, Greenlee has been a Democratic Committeeperson. In 1994, he was elected Democratic Leader of the 15th Ward, an economically and racially diverse area composed of the neighborhoods of Fairmount, Francisville, and Spring Garden.

For 30 years, Councilman Greenlee has been an active member of the Fairmount Civic Association.

The Councilman was elected to Council in a special election in November 2006 and was re-elected to serve a full term in 2007 and again in 2011. He is chairperson of the Rules and Law and Government Committees and is also the Vice-Chair of the Public Property and Transportation Committees.  The Councilman also serves on the Streets and Services, Licenses and Inspections, Public Health and Human Services, and Housing Neighborhood Development and the Homeless committees.  The Councilman was elected by his colleagues to serve as Majority Deputy Whip in 2012.
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Jay Zagorsky

Economist and Senior Lecturer of Markets, Public Policy and Law, Boston University Questrom School of Business


Jay Zagorsky currently teaches at Boston University’s School of Management. From 1988 to the present his teaching has spanned a wide range of levels from senior executives taking intensive classes to high school students encountering economic theories for the first time. He has taught giant lectures of over 450 students, classes of fifty, and small seminars with fewer than ten people.

In addition to teaching, since 1995 he has held the position of Research Scientist at Ohio State University, where he collects data as part of the National Longitudinal Surveys on income, wealth, and life experiences of thousands of Americans. His personal finance research has been widely quoted in the media and has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, Good Morning America, Scientific American and numerous other news outlets. Besides publishing numerous scholarly articles he wrote the book Business Information: Finding and Using Data in the Digital Age for McGraw-Hill/Irwin and has edited books on the National Longitudinal Surveys.
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Renée Maubornge

Distinguished Fellow, Professor, Co-director of the Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, INSEAD


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Graciela Chichilnisky

CEO & Co-founder – Global Thermostat; Professor of Economics and Statistics, Columbia University


Graciela Chichilnisky worked extensively on the Kyoto Protocol, creating and designing the carbon market that became international law in 2005, and wrote the wording for the carbon market into the Kyoto Protocol at the COP in Kyoto in December 1997. The Washington Post calls her an “A-List Star” and Time Magazine calls her a “Hero of the Environment”. U.S. Congressman, Jay Inslee wrote that her work is “revolutionary for the international community”. In 2015 Graciela Chichilnisky was selected “2015 CEO of the Year” by IAIR at the Yale Club in New York City, and Fast Company Magazine selected her company Global Thermostat “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies” in energy. A professor of Economics and Statistics at Columbia University, NYC, Dr. Chichilnisky is currently a Visiting Professor at Stanford University and the CEO of Global Thermostat.

A world-renowned economist, Chichilnisky is the creator of the formal theory of Sustainable Development and acted as Lead US Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to create Green Capitalism. She acts as a special adviser to several UN organizations and heads of state and is CEO and Co-Founder of Global Thermostat, (www.Globalthermostat.com) a company in which she co-invented a “Carbon Negative Technology”™ that captures CO2 from air and transforms it into profitable assets such as biofuels, food, beverages, polymers, and valuable building materials. She previously founded and led two successful companies: FITEL, a financial telecommunications company that was sold in Japan, and Cross Border Exchange, a global technology communications company sold to JP Morgan.

At Columbia University Chichilnisky is Professor of Economics and Mathematical Statistics and a University Senator at Columbia University, and the Director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management (www.Columbiariskmanagement.com), where she has developed a landmark methodology, with support from the U.S. Air Force, for a new foundation of probability and statistics in an approach to catastrophic risks that allows more realistic treatment of rare but important events. She is the author of fifteen books and some 320 scientific articles in preeminent academic journals. Her two most recent books are “The Economics of Climate Change” and “Saving Kyoto.”

Dr. Chichilnisky holds two Ph.D. degrees, in Mathematics and Economics from MIT and University of California Berkeley. She is a frequent political and economic speaker on CNN, ABC, BBC TV News, and Bloomberg News, as well as a frequent keynote speaker at leading international conferences and universities. She taught previously at Harvard, Essex and Stanford Universities, appeared in Time Magazine on “Heroes of the Environment,” and was elected one of the Ten Most Influential Latinos in the U.S. Chichilnisky has two children and was born in Argentina. She is a US citizen and resides in New York City.
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Joel Trachtman

Professor of International Law, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Kartik Hosanagar

Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School


Kartik Hosanagar is a Professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Kartik’s research work focuses on the digital economy, in particular Internet media, Internet marketing and e-commerce.

Kartik has been recognized as one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40. He has received several teaching awards including the MBA and Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching awards at the Wharton School. His research has received several awards including the best paper award at the Consortium on Technology Policy and Management. Kartik is a cofounder of Yodle Inc, a venture-backed firm that has been listed among the top 50 fastest growing private firms in the US. He has served on the advisory board of Milo Inc (acq by eBay) and is involved with other startups as either an investor or board member. His past consulting and executive education clients include Google, Nokia, American Express, Citi and others.

Kartik graduated at the top of his class with a Bachelors degree in Electronics and a Masters in Information Systems from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS, Pilani), India, and he has an MPhil in Management Science and a PhD in Management Science and Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.
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