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John Kirton
John Kirton

Director; Professor, Political Science, University of Toronto
G7 Research Group

John J. Kirton is director and founder of the G7 Research Group, and co-director of the G20 Research Group and the BRICS Research Group, and co-director of the Global Health Diplomacy Program, all based at Trinity College at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where he is a professor of political science and Canadian foreign policy and director of the International Relations Program. He is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China. He is the author of China’s G20 Governance (English edition, 2016), China’s G20 Leadership (Chinese edition, 2016) and G20 Governance for a Globalized World (English edition, 2013; Chinese edition, 2015). He is co-editor of BRICS and Global Governance (2018), Accountability for Effectiveness in Global Governance (2017), Global Governance on Climate Change: G8, G20 and UN Leadership (2015) and co-editor of The G8-G20 Relationship in Global Governance (2015), along wi(Show Full Bio)th many other books. He is co-editor of the series of G7/G20 summit publications, with GT Media Group and the Global Governance Project; the most recent edition is G7 Canada: The 2018 Charlevoix Summit and G7 Research Group and the G20 Research Group website. Follow him on Twitter @jjkirton.

Twitter - @jjkirton | @g7_rg | @glogovproj

Episode: 6/12/2018 @11:00 AM

Dr. Mary Lovely
Dr. Mary Lovely

Professor of Economics
Syracuse University,_Mary_E_/

Mary E. Lovely, nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute, is professor of economics and Melvin A. Eggers Faculty Scholar at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where she combines interests in international economics and China’s development. During 2011–15, she served as coeditor of the China Economic Review. Her current research projects investigate the effect of China’s foreign direct investment policies on trade flows and entry mode, the relationship between proximity to export markets and cross-city wage variation, and the influence of Chinese tariff reductions on labor shares of value in its manufacturing firms. She recently completed studies of American manufacturing employment and outsourcing to low-income countries, the role of intellectual returnees in the success of China’s photovoltaic solar industry, and the structure of Chinese reforms of state-owned enterprises. Lovely earned her PhD in economics at the University of Michigan,(Show Full Bio) Ann Arbor and a master's degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University.

Twitter - @melovely_max

Episode: 6/4/2018 @10:00 AM

Charles Ballard
Charles Ballard

Michigan State University

Charles Ballard has been on the Economics faculty at Michigan State University since 1983, when he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. In 2007, he became Director of the State of the State Survey, in MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Also in 2007, he won the Outstanding Teacher Award in MSU’s College of Social Science. In 2011, he joined the Board of Directors of the Michigan League for Public Policy. He has served as a consultant with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health & Human Services, and Treasury, and with research institutes in Australia, Denmark, and Finland. His books include Michigan at the Millennium and Michigan’s Economic Future.

Episode: 6/1/2018 @10:00 AM

Esther Lee
Esther Lee

Senior News Editor
The Knot/XO Group

Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot, covering everything from wedding industry-related news to celeb proposals and more.

A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a quality interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies and fascinating memoirs. Esther came to The Knot in 2016 from Us Weekly, where she learned that sometimes, stars really are just like Us.

Twitter - @theestherlee

Episode: 6/1/2018 @11:30 AM

Patrick Foulis
Patrick Foulis

New York Bureau Chief
The Economist

Patrick Foulis is The Economist‘s New York Bureau Chief and also writes the Schumpeter column on business, finance and management. Mr Foulis joined The Economist in 2008. Before moving to New York he set up a new editorial bureau for The Economist in Mumbai, where he was based for four years as India Business Editor. Prior to that he was Banking Editor and Finance Correspondent. Patrick has written extensively on the global financial crisis, the eurozone, business and finance in Asia and international corporations. He is the author of The Economist‘s special reports on business in Asia, business in India and banking in emerging markets. He and four colleagues won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2012 for the Economist’s coverage of the eurozone crisis. Before joining Mr Foulis worked at the Financial Times, where he was deputy editor of the Lex Column, and as a sell-side analyst in London, mainly on UBS Warburg’s number-one ranked European telecoms team. Mr Foulis graduated with a double first c(Show Full Bio)lass degree in social and political sciences from Cambridge University and was born and brought up in Scotland.

Twitter - @patrickfoulis

Episode: 5/31/2018 @11:30 AM

Federiga Bindi
Federiga Bindi

Sr. Fellow; Jean Monnet Chair, University of Rome Tor Vergata
SAIS Johns Hopkins

Dr. Federiga Bindi is a Sr. Fellow at IWPR and a Sr. Fellow at CTR at SAIS Johns Hopkins in Washington DC as well as a tenured Professor of Political Science at the University of Ro me Tor Vergata where she also holds the Jean Monnet Chair. Previously, Prof. Bindi was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prof. Bindi has an extensive experience in government: She was a Fellow in the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee under then Chairman John Kerry, Senior Advisor to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Director of the Italian Cultural institute in Brussels.

Twitter - @Fedbindi

Episode: 5/29/2018 @10:00 AM

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Episode: 5/28/2018 @10:00 AM

Dr. Garret Martin
Dr. Garret Martin

Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service
American University

Dr. Garret J. Martin is a Term faculty in the School of International Service, at American University. He has written widely on transatlantic relations, both in the field of history and contemporary affairs, and focuses in particular on security, US foreign policy, NATO, European foreign policy and defense, Europe, the European Union, France and the UK.

Episode: 5/24/2018 @11:00 AM

Alan Sykes
Alan Sykes

Professor of Law; Director, Program in International Economic Law, Business and Policy
Stanford Law School

A leading expert on the application of economics to legal problems whose scholarship is focused on international economic relations, Alan O. Sykes' writing and teaching have encompassed international trade, torts, contracts, insurance, antitrust, international investment law and economic analysis of law. In 2010, he founded Stanford Law School’s LLM program in International Economic Law, Business and Policy (IELBP). Professor Sykes has been a member of the executive committee and the board of the American Law and Economics Association, and served as reporter for the American Law Institute Project on Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of International Economic Law, a member of the board of editors of the World Trade Review, and a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law. He formerly served as an editor of the Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Law and Economics. He is a former Nati(Show Full Bio)onal Science Foundation graduate fellow in the Department of Economics at Yale University.

Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty again in 2015 (he was on the faculty from 2005 – 2012), Professor Sykes was the Robert A. Kindler Professor of Law at NYU Law School and, prior to 2005, he was the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he also served as faculty director of curriculum.

Episode: 5/23/2018 @11:00 AM

Todd Berreth
Todd Berreth

Assistant Professor, Art + Design
North Carolina State University College of Design

Todd Berreth is a designer, artist and technologist, and assistant professor in the Art + Design department in the North Carolina State University College of Design. He is a core member of the Chancellor's Visual Narrative interdisciplinary research cluster.

His research focuses on developing open design toolkits and projects which make cutting-edge human-computer interaction research accessible, to enable and enrich digital humanities and art communities and their efforts. He is interested in how emerging technologies, mixed and virtual reality, gaming environments, machine learning, computer vision, and other advances can help us see our world in new ways, alter our physical environments, expand our narrative and art-making capabilities. This work primarily involves human-computer interaction, user interface and user experience design, visual analytics and storytelling, using the breadth of computational media.

Berreth is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania Sc(Show Full Bio)hool of Design.

Twitter - @ToddBerreth
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Episode: 5/22/2018 @11:30 AM

Grace Cho
Grace Cho

Founder, CEO

Grace founded Orangenius on the premise that artists were lacking the necessary tools and resources they needed to thrive in the creative economy. With over 25 years of experience in the financial services, media and entertainment, and private equity industries, Grace has transformed global business units at GE Capital, NBCU, and Nielsen. Skilled at taking conceptual initiatives and turning them into $100 million businesses, Grace founded Orangenius to assist independent, working artists in building their own creative empires. Inspired by visionaries like Richard Branson, Walt Disney, and Ralph Lauren, Grace’s vision for the creative economy encapsulates her singular mission: to do away with the myth of the ‘starving artist’ and empower future generations of creators.

Twitter - @orangeniusceo

Episode: 5/22/2018 @11:30 AM

Julian Cardenas
Julian Cardenas

Research Professor; Former Career Diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela
University of Houston Law Center

Julián Cárdenas García is Research Professor at the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Center of the University of Houston Law Center (EENR Center), where he teaches the courses: Transnational Petroleum Law; Diplomacy and Geopolitics of Oil and Gas; Global Oil and Gas Services and Procurement Agreements; and Transnational Investment Law and Arbitration.

At the EENR Center, Professor Cárdenas is the coordinator of the Inter-American Hydrocarbons Regulators Dialogue, an interdisciplinary program for the development of international oil and gas industry best practices in the Americas (website: Furthermore, Cárdenas is a visiting professor in the Master’s Degree Programs in Energy Law at the University of Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico; at the Universidad del Externado, Bogotá, Colombia; and has taught courses on oil and gas law and investment arbitration at the State University of Rio de Janeir(Show Full Bio)o, Brazil; at the ITAM, in Mexico City; and on best practices in the oil and gas industry at the Paris Sud University, France.

Professor Cárdenas is an expert in the structuring of investments in the energy, mining and construction sectors. He is a frequent speaker on these topics invited by universities, companies and government agencies in the US, Canada, France, Scotland, the Netherlands, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Venezuela. He is also a specialist in international arbitration and has practiced as an expert in Venezuelan law in international arbitrations in the oil sector.

Prior to this position, he served as a career diplomat at the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he worked on multilateral issues with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations (U.N.); and bilateral matters related to on sovereign boundary issues with Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Colombia.

Cárdenas obtained his law degree and a B.A. in International Relations at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He holds a Master's Degree in Arbitration Law and an Advanced Diploma in Business Law from the Sorbonne University - Paris II Panthéon-Assas; a Diploma in Public International Law from the Complutense University of Madrid; a Master's Degree with a Certificate in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Houston Law Center; and was a Doctorate Fellow at the Research Center on the Law of Investments and International Trade (CREDIMI) at the University of Bourgogne, Dijon , France.

Twitter - @JulianJCardenas

Episode: 5/22/2018 @10:00 AM

Ray Wimer
Ray Wimer

Assistant Professor of Retail Practice, Whitman School of Management
Syracuse University

Ray Wimer is an assistant professor of retail practice at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management in Syracuse, New York. He teaches a variety of courses, including Personal Selling, Perspectives on Business and Management and Principles of Marketing. He is a three-time winner of the Oberwager Award for exemplary contributions to student life inside and outside of the classroom. Prior to joining academia and the Whitman School, Professor Wimer worked for Borders Books and Music. He holds Ph.D. and master’s degrees from Syracuse University.

Twitter - @WhitmanatSU

Episode: 5/22/2018 @11:00 AM

Steffen Schmidt
Steffen Schmidt

Lucken Professor of Political Science
Iowa State University

Dr. Steffen Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is the author of 11 books including the best-selling college textbook "American Government and Politics Today" (19th Edition) which has been read by more than 3 million college students.

He grew up in Colombia, South America. His parents were German immigrants and his father founded Optica Alemana, the largest optical company in Colombia. He has studied in Switzerland, France, and graduated from military academy in Jacksonville, Florida and Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.

Steffen obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University in public law and government. He is the receipt of numerous teaching awards, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and the Teacher of the Year Award.

Schmidt is known as "Dr. Politics" to his many readers, followers, friends and fans worldwide. He is a frequent commentator on national and international news (Show Full Bio)media including Spain's largest news service EFE, Agence France Presse, Venezuelan independent newspapers, German News, and Canada's largest cable network CTV. He analyzes politics for CNN en Espanol, Telemundo, and Univision. He is the guest every week on two radio shows on Clear Channel and on WNHN Concord, New Hampshire.

Dr. Schmidt is a founding member of Iowa State University's US Strategic Command Academic Alliance. he is the author of two books on identity theft and a frequent speaker on cyber threats to business, critical infrastructure, and the US government.

Twitter - @Drpolitics

Episode: 5/21/2018 @11:00 AM

Joseph Glauber
Joseph Glauber

Senior Research Fellow; Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Former Chief Economist, USDA
International Food Policy Research Institute

Joe Glauber is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC where his areas of interest are price volatility, global grain reserves, crop insurance and trade. Prior to joining IFPRI, Glauber spent over 30 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture including as Chief Economist from 2008 to 2014. As Chief Economist, he was responsible for the Department’s agricultural forecasts and projections, oversaw climate, energy and regulatory issues, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.
From 2007-2009, Glauber was the Special Doha Agricultural Envoy at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he served as chief agricultural negotiator in the Doha talks. He served as economic adviser at the so-called Blair House agreements leading to the completion of the Uruguay Round negotiations and was senior economist for agriculture at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He is the a(Show Full Bio)uthor of numerous studies on crop insurance, agricultural policy, and agricultural trade issues.

Dr. Glauber received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and holds an AB in anthropology from the University of Chicago. In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Episode: 5/21/2018 @11:00 AM

Thom Brooks
Thom Brooks

Dean; Professor of Law & Government
Durham Law School

Thom Brooks is an award-winning author, columnist, policy advisor and public speaker. He appears frequently on television, radio and in print media discussing immigration & citizenship, Brexit, British politics, punishment & sentencing, US politics and other topics as a highly sought after commentator and expert. His general research interests are in ethics, law and public policy.

Thom Brooks is Professor of Law and Government and the Dean at Durham Law School and an Associate Member in Department of Philosophy and Professor in School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Oxford, University of St Andrews, Uppsala University and Yale Law School at Yale University. Brooks taught previously at Newcastle University.

Twitter - @thom_brooks | @DurhamLawSchool
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Episode: 5/18/2018 @10:00 AM

Margaret Blair
Margaret Blair

Professor of Law
Vanderbilt University Law School

Margaret Blair is an economist who focuses on corporate law and finance. Her current research focuses on five areas: team production and the role of corporate boards of directors, the legal concept of "personhood," the historical treatment of corporations by the Supreme Court, the role of private-sector governance arrangements in contract enforcement, and the problem of excessive leverage in financial markets. Professor Blair joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2004 as part of the team supporting the Law and Business Program and was appointed to the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise in 2010. She had previously taught at Georgetown University Law Center, where she became a visiting professor in 1996 and served as a Sloan Visiting Professor and as research director for the Sloan-GULC Project on Business Institutions, from 2000 through June 2004. She has also been a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where she directed research and wrote (Show Full Bio)about corporate governance and the role of human capital in corporations. She served on the board of directors of Sonic Corporation from 2001 to 2006 and currently serves on the board of WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production).

Episode: 5/18/2018 @11:00 AM

Aynne Kokas
Aynne Kokas

Assistant Professor of Media Studies; Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center
University of Virginia

Aynne Kokas is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. Kokas’ work focuses on the intersections between Chinese and US media and technology industries. Her book, Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press 2017), examines the cultural, political and economic implications of US media investment in China as it becomes the world’s largest film market. Hollywood Made in China has been profiled or cited publications in ten languages and forty-five countries. Kokas’ research on China’s media industry has also appeared or is forthcoming in publications including PLOS One, the Journal of Asian Studies, Global Media and Communication, The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Communication, and In Media Res.

Kokas’ current project Border Control: China, the United States, and the Global Battle for Data Security examines how Chinese cybersecurity policies are establishing new global standards for the movement of data, aided by the support of US(Show Full Bio) capital markets, the buy-in of US companies, and the neglect of US policymakers. The project has received support from the National Committee on US-China Relations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

Kokas’ work draws on her international and industrial experience. She was a consultant for Warner Bros. Digital, in addition to a range of other Fortune 500 technology, financial services and manufacturing companies. She has been a visiting fellow at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies and a visiting professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a Fulbright Scholar at East China Normal University. Kokas is currently a non-resident scholar in Chinese media at the Baker Institute of Public Policy at Rice University, a term member in the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on US-China Relations. She is fluent in Mandarin and began her career in Chinese media by studying directing at Beijing Film Academy.

Twitter - @shotinshanghai

Episode: 5/17/2018 @10:30 AM

Terri Givens
Terri Givens

Menlo College

Terri E. Givens is Provost and Professor at Menlo College in the San Francisco Bay Area. From the Fall of 2003 until the Spring of 2015 she was a Professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin where she also served as Vice Provost for International Activities and Undergraduate Curriculum from 2006 to 2009, Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center’s European Union Center of Excellence, and Co-Director of the Longhorn Scholars Program. She directed the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies from 2004-2006. Her faculty appointments included the LBJ School of Public Affairs, European Studies, and she was affiliated with the Center for Women and Gender Studies, Center for African and African-American Studies and was a Fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Law and Security. She was a faculty member in the Political Science Department at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2003. She received h(Show Full Bio)er Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. from Stanford University. Her academic interests include radical right parties, immigration politics, and the politics of race in Europe. She has conducted extensive research in the European Union, particularly in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Britain. She is the author/editor of several books on immigration policy, European politics and security, including Voting Radical Right in Western Europe, Immigration Policy and Security and Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe. Her most recent book is Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe (Oxford University Press, May 2014).

Twitter - @TerriGivens
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Episode: 5/17/2018 @10:00 AM

Jacques deLisle
Jacques deLisle

Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science; Director
University of Pennsylvania's Center for East Asian Studies

Jacques deLisle’s research and teaching focus on contemporary Chinese law and politics, including: legal reform and its relationship to economic reform and political change in China, the international status of Taiwan and cross-Strait relations, China’s engagement with the international order, legal and political issues in Hong Kong under Chinese rule, and U.S.-China relations. His writings on these subjects appear in a variety of fora, including international relations journals, edited volumes of multidisciplinary scholarship, and Asian studies journals, as well as law reviews. DeLisle is also professor of political science, director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Penn, deputy director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has served frequently as an expert witness on issues of P.R.C. law and government policies and is a consultant, lecturer and advisor to legal reform, development and e(Show Full Bio)ducation programs, primarily in China.

Twitter - @PennLaw

Episodes: 5/15/2018 @11:00 AM, 4/23/2018 @10:00 AM, 4/5/2018 @10:00 AM, 3/23/2018 @10:00 AM, 3/12/2018 @10:00 AM, 2/27/2018 @10:00 AM, 1/5/2018 @10:00 AM, 11/10/2017 @11:00 AM, 11/6/2017 @11:00 AM, 8/23/2017 @10:00 AM, 8/14/2017 @10:00 AM, 6/5/2017 @10:00 AM, 4/6/2017 @10:00 AM, 2/13/2017 @10:00 AM, 1/24/2017 @10:00 AM, 1/23/2017 @11:00 AM, 12/8/2016 @10:00 AM, 11/15/2016 @10:00 AM, 8/15/2016 @10:30 AM, 1/20/2016 @11:00 AM, 11/2/2015 @11:00 AM, 9/29/2015 @10:00 AM, 8/25/2015 @10:00 AM, 7/8/2015 @10:00 AM, 6/25/2015 @10:00 AM, 5/20/2015 @10:00 AM, 5/13/2015 @11:00 AM, 4/20/2015 @10:00 AM, 3/3/2015 @10:30 AM

Richard Dasher
Richard Dasher

Director of Stanford University's U.S. - Asia Technology Management Center
Stanford University

Richard Dasher has been Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994 and, concurrently, Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems since 1998. His research and teaching focus on innovation systems and the impact of new technologies on industry structure and dynamics. Dr. Dasher serves on selection and review committees of major government funding programs for science, technology, and innovation in Canada and Japan. He is an advisor to start-up companies, business accelerators, venture capital firms, and nonprofits in the U.S., China, Japan, and S. Korea. Dr. Dasher was the first non-Japanese person ever asked to join the governance of a Japanese national university, serving as an outside Board Director and member of the Management Council of Tohoku University from 2004 - 2010. Dr. Dasher received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University. From 1986 – 90, he was Director of the U.S. State Department’s Advanced Language and Area Traini(Show Full Bio)ng Centers in Japan and Korea that provide full-time curricula to U.S. and Commonwealth Country diplomats assigned to those countries.

-Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations-
Board Director, Japan Society of Northern California (2011 - Present)
Board Director, Keizai - Silicon Valley U.S.-Japan Business Forum (2002 - Present)
Program Committee member, World Premier International Research Center Initiative, JSPS, Japan (2007 - Present)
Co-chair, Review Panel, Canada Excellence Research Chairs (2009 - Present)
Chair, Steering Committee, Japan - U.S. Innovation Awards (2011 - Present)

Twitter - @rdasher8 | @Stanford | @AsiaTechSU

Episodes: 5/15/2018 @11:00 AM, 4/25/2018 @10:00 AM, 3/12/2018 @10:00 AM, 2/26/2018 @10:00 AM, 2/7/2018 @11:00 AM, 1/5/2018 @10:00 AM, 10/27/2017 @11:30 AM, 10/19/2017 @11:00 AM, 9/19/2017 @10:00 AM, 8/14/2017 @10:00 AM, 7/31/2017 @11:00 AM, 5/23/2017 @11:30 AM, 5/10/2017 @10:00 AM, 4/13/2017 @11:30 AM, 2/13/2017 @10:00 AM, 2/8/2017 @10:00 AM, 1/24/2017 @10:00 AM, 1/10/2017 @10:00 AM, 10/11/2016 @10:30 AM, 6/30/2016 @10:30 AM, 2/26/2016 @10:00 AM, 1/29/2016 @11:00 AM, 11/10/2015 @10:30 AM, 9/10/2015 @10:00 AM, 7/23/2015 @10:30 AM, 3/19/2015 @11:00 AM

Darrell West
Darrell West

Founding Director, Center for Technology Innovation; Author of "Megachange: Economic Disruption, Political Upheaval, and Social Strife in the 21st Century"
Brookings Insitution

Darrell M. West is vice president and director of Governance Studies and holds the Douglas Dillon Chair. He is founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and Editor-in-Chief of TechTank. His current research focuses on educational technology, health information technology, and mobile technology. Prior to coming to Brookings, West was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University.

West is the author or co-author of 22 books including Megachange: Economic Disruption, Political Upheaval, and Social Strife in the 21st Century (Brookings Institution Press, 2016), Going Mobile: How Wireless Technology is Reshaping Our Lives (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust (Brookings Institution Press, 2014), Digital Schools: How Technology Can Transform Education (Brookings, 2012), The Next Wave: Using Digital Technology to Furth(Show Full Bio)er Social and Political Innovation (Brookings, 2011), Brain Gain: Rethinking U.S. Immigration Policy (Brookings, 2010), Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era (Brookings, 2009), Digital Government: Technology and Public Sector Performance, (Princeton University Press, 2005), Air Wars: Television Advertising in Election Campaigns (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2005), Cross Talk: Citizens, Candidates, and the Media in a Presidential Campaign (University of Chicago Press, 1996) The Sound of Money: How Political Interests Get What They Want (W. W. Norton, 1998), Biotechnology Policy Across National Boundaries (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), and Patrick Kennedy: The Rise to Power (Prentice-Hall, 2000), among others.

He is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Don K. Price award for best book on technology (for Digital Government) and the American Political Science Association’s Doris Graber award for best book on political communications (for Cross Talk). He has published more than three dozen scholarly articles in a wide range of academic journals. In 2014, he was honored by Public Administration Review for having written one of the 75 most influential articles since 1940. This was for his article “E-Government and the Transformation of Service Delivery and Citizen Attitudes.”

He has delivered nearly 150 lectures in a dozen different countries around the world, including China, Japan, Russia, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Bahrain, and the United States. He has been quoted in leading newspapers, radio stations, and national television networks around the world.

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Episodes: 5/15/2018 @10:30 PM, 1/4/2018 @11:40 AM, 3/31/2017 @11:30 AM, 10/18/2016 @10:30 AM

Matt Gold
Matt Gold

Adjunct Professor of Law; former Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for North America
Fordham University School of Law

Matt Gold is an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching International Trade Law. He is also a consultant advising U.S. businesses on the United States’ rights under international trade treaties to protect U.S. investments in foreign countries, and to ensure access for U.S. goods and services to foreign markets. Professor Gold has been consulted by the White House, National Security Council staff, State Department, and members of Congress on issues at the intersection of trade and national security, and he assisted President Obama’s reelection campaign in the area of trade policy.

Professor Gold previously held an appointment within the Executive Office of the President as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for North America, in which he was the United States’ lead negotiator and policy advisor focused on North American trade. In that capacity, he was a trade advisor to the President for the North American Leaders Summit, and among the trade advisors supporting the Presiden(Show Full Bio)t for G8, G20, APEC, and Americas summits. Also in that position, he was a participant in the talks that brought Canada and Mexico into the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, a principal negotiator at the NAFTA Free Trade Commission meetings, and the Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber talks.

Professor Gold began his legal career with a federal clerkship in Chicago in 1985-86. He then practiced international trade and customs law in New York for more than fifteen years representing U.S. clients in every sector engaged in trade with every part of the world. Also during that period, he served as the Chairman of the U.S.-Middle East Trade Subcommittee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

In 2001-02, Professor Gold served as the Chairman of a United States-Canada Binational Panel convened under NAFTA to stand in place of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and rule on a Canadian appeal of a U.S. International Trade Commission determination that had maintained U.S. antidumping duties and countervailing duties on certain Canadian goods.

In 2001-03, Professor Gold served as the first Chairman of the Cargo Security Subcommittee of the American Association of Exporters and Importers, working with the U.S. cargo security rules developed for the post-9/11 environment.

During 2003-10, Professor Gold served three civilian tours in Iraq working in the trade capacity component of democracy building. In this work, he advised Iraq’s Prime Minister, Trade Minister, Transportation Minister, Director General for International Trade Relations, Director General for Customs, and other officials. During his first tour, as a senior U.S. Defense Department official, he led the successful effort to gain Iraq Observer status at the World Trade Organization (WTO). In addition, he worked on problems importing food through the seaports and assessed armament factories for conversion to peacetime output. During his second tour, also with the Defense Department, he was a principal negotiator for Iraq of its $6 billion of aircraft and related procurements for the national airline. He also supported Iraq’s procurement of services to rehabilitate the seaports, cement industry, and other infrastructure and industry. During his third tour, with the State Department, he supported Iraq’s accession process for WTO membership, and trained Iraqi Customs managers on the application of WTO- and WCO-compliant customs laws. He received a citation for distinguished service presented by the Presidential Envoy to Iraq.

LLM, Fordham University School of Law
JD, New England School of Law
BA, Binghamton University

Twitter - @ProfMattGold | @FordhamLawNYC

Episodes: 5/15/2018 @11:00 AM, 5/7/2018 @10:00 AM, 4/5/2018 @10:00 AM, 4/2/2018 @10:00 AM, 3/23/2018 @10:00 AM, 3/16/2018 @11:00 AM, 3/5/2018 @10:00 AM, 2/27/2018 @11:00 AM, 2/1/2018 @10:00 AM, 1/24/2018 @11:30 AM, 10/19/2017 @10:30 AM, 8/23/2017 @11:00 AM, 5/30/2017 @10:00 AM, 5/2/2017 @10:00 AM, 4/26/2017 @10:00 AM

Richard Mcgowan
Richard Mcgowan

Associate Professor in the Finance Department; Economics Editor
Carroll School of Management at Boston College; Gaming Law Review and Economics

Richard McGowan, S.J., is associate professor of the practice in the Finance Department at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. The focus of his research is on the interaction of the business and public policy processes. Professor McGowan has published six books that focus on a variety of topics that included gambling, tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. Three of these books focused on the gambling industry with the latest entitled “The Gambling Debate.” He is currently writing a book on the “Ethics of Disgust, Public Policy and the Sin Industries.” He also has studied how microfinance influences the economic development of El Salvador.

Twitter - @BCCarrollSchool

Episodes: 5/15/2018 @11:30 AM, 2/9/2018 @11:00 AM

Felix Mormann
Felix Mormann

Associate Professor
Texas A&M University School of Law

Felix Mormann is Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law and Faculty Fellow at Stanford University's Steyer–Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Professor Mormann's research interests lie at the intersection of law and innovation in the context of environmental and energy law and policy. Drawing on his background as an internationally trained corporate and energy lawyer, Mormann currently investigates domestic and international regulation and policy related to clean-energy technologies. His often–comparative research starts from the premise that environmentally sustainable energy solutions require an economically sustainable policy landscape to leverage necessary investment.

Professor Mormann's recent publications include Constitutional Challenges and Regulatory Opportunities for State Climate Policy Innovation, 41 Harvard Envtl. L. Rev. 189 (2017), Clean Energy Federalism, 67 Fla. L. Rev. 1621 (2015), Beyond Tax Credits – Smarter Tax Policy for a Clea(Show Full Bio)ner, More Democratic Energy Future, 31 Yale J. Reg. 303 (2014), and Enhancing the Investor Appeal of Renewable Energy, 42 Envtl. L. 681 (2012). Professor Mormann's work has been widely cited, including before the U.S. Senate. He advises federal policymakers on clean energy and energy efficiency.

Previously, Mormann was a research fellow and lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he conducted research for his doctoral dissertation. Mormann worked as a corporate and energy lawyer for some of Germany's premiere law firms. As a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, he advised international clients from the high-tech sector. Professor Mormann holds a German JD and a JSD from the University of Passau School of Law as well as an LLM from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Episode: 5/15/2018 @10:00 AM