2010 - Keynote & Highlighted Speakers

The Honorable Paul Volcker

Paul Volcker is the 1st Chair of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He served in the federal government for almost thirty years during five presidential administrations. Appointed as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, he was re-appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. After leaving the Federal Reserve in 1987, he became professor of international economic policy (now emeritus) at Princeton University and served as chairman of the firm of James D. Wolfensohn & Co. until his retirement in 1996.

Recently he has been called upon to lead an independent investigation into the Iraqi Oil for Food Program of the United Nations and a review of the World Bank's anti-corruption efforts as well as chairman of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Group of 30 (G30), an international organization which examines the impact of economic and financial decisions by the public and private sectors. As chairman of the first National Commission on the Public Service (the "Volcker Commission") in 1988 and the second Volcker Commission in 2002, he established himself as one of the nation's strongest advocates for the revitalization of the public service.

John A. Quelch

John Quelch is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School where he teaches Marketing to senior executives on the School’s Advanced Management Program. He has served as Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School, the Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing and Co-Chair of the Marketing Unit at Harvard Business School.

Over the past twenty years, his case studies have sold over 3.4 million copies, third highest in HBS history.  He has been a director of twelve publicly listed companies in the USA and UK and is currently a non-executive director of WPP Group plc, Inverness Medical Innovations and BBC Worldwide Americas.

Professor Quelch is known for his executive teaching materials and innovations in pedagogyand has served as an independent director of twelve publicly listed companies in the USA and UK industry, along with associations and government agencies in more than fifty countries.

Professor Quelch is the author, co-author or editor of twenty-five books, including Greater Good:  How Good Marketing Makes for Better Democracy (2008), Business Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Social and Economic Value(2007), The New Global Brands (2006), Global Marketing Management (5th edition, 2006), The Global Market (2005), Cases in Advertising and Promotion Management (4th Edition, 1996) and The Marketing Challenge of Europe 1992 (2nd edition, 1991). He has published eighteen articles on marketing strategy issues in the Harvard Business Review, most recently“How To Market In A Downturn” (April 2009), and many more in other leading management journals such as McKinsey Quarterly and Sloan Management Review. Professor Quelch has degrees from Exeter College, Oxford University (BA and MA), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA), the Harvard School of Public Health (MS) and Harvard Business School (DBA).

Peter G. Peterson

Peter G. Peterson, is chairman of The Blackstone Group, a private investment banking firm he co-founded in 1985. He is chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and founding chairman of the Institute for International Economics (Washington, DC). Mr. Peterson is also co-chair of The Conference Board’s Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise.

Mr. Peterson joined the White House staff as assistant to President Nixon for international economic affairs and was later named secretary of commerce. At that time, the president also asked Mr. Peterson to assume the chairmanship of National Commission on Productivity.  Mr. Peterson was also the chairman of the US-Soviet Commercial Commission that negotiated the comprehensive trade- Ex-Im credits, arbitration, copyright and lend-lease agreements that were signed in November 1972. President Ford appointed Mr. Peterson chairman of the Quadrennial Commission on Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries. For 1978 and 1979, Mr. Peterson was chairman of the US Council of the International Chamber of Commerce. In February 1994, President Clinton named Mr. Peterson as a member of the Bi-Partisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform co-chaired by Senators Kerrey and Danforth.

He was Chairman & CEO of Lehman Brothers and is a former director of Sony Corporation, 3M Company, Federated Department Stores, Black & Decker, General Foods, RCA, The Continental Group, and Cities Services. He was the CEO of Bell & Howell, where corporate sales doubled and operating income quadrupled. He has received numerous awards including “Business Statesman of the Year” by Harvard Business School Club of Chicago, the New York Board of Trade Award, and the Gotshal Award for “Exceptional Service in the Field of International Arbitration.” He was declared a Living Legend by the New York Historical Society and was also honored for a leadership award by the Harvard Business School. Mr. Peterson graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. (summa cum laude). He received his master’s in business administration with honors from the University of Chicago.

Maurice R. Greenberg

Maurice R. Greenbergis a Director and the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of C. V. Starr. He joined C. V. Starr as Vice President in 1960 and was given the additional responsibilities of President of American Home Assurance Company in 1962.  He was elected Director of C. V. Starr in 1965, President and CEO in 1968 and Chairman and CEO in 2005.  Mr. Greenberg retired as Chairman and CEO of AIG in March 2005, after four decades of leadership that created the largest insurance conglomerate in history and generated unprecedented value for the shareholders.

Mr. Greenberg has a long history of involvement in China and currently serves on the International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai, Han Zheng. In 1994, Mr. Greenberg was appointed Senior Economic Advisor to the Beijing Municipal Government. He was awarded "Honorary Citizenship of Shanghai" in 1997 and the "Marco Polo Award" in 2005. In addition, Mr. Greenberg is a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Development Bank, a member of the Council of International Advisors of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and a member of the US-China Business Council.

Mr. Greenberg is the former Chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the largest Federal Reserve Bank in the U.S. Federal Reserve system, and is a former director of the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Greenberg is Honorary Vice Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, former Chairman and current member of U.S. Korea Business Council and former Chairman of the Asia Society. He is the founding Chairman of the U.S.-Philippine Business Committee and Vice Chairman of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council. Mr. Greenberg is also Chairman of The Starr Foundation in the U.S. Mr. Greenberg received his pre-law certificate from the University of Miami and an LLB from New York Law School in 1950. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1953. He has been granted honorary degrees from a number of institutions, including New York Law School, Brown University and Middlebury College.

Dr. Joseph A. Stanislaw

Dr. Stanislaw serves as an independent senior advisor to the Energy & Resources practice of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. Dr. Stanislaw is founder of the advisory firm The JA Stanislaw Group, LLC, specializing in strategic thinking and investment in energy and technology, and cofounder and former president and chief executive officer of Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).

As an energy industry leader, advisor, strategist and commentator with more than 30 years of industry experience, Dr. Stanislaw advises our U.S. and global energy industry leadership on future trends in the global energy market, and assists in shaping responses to those developments for the organization's clients, focusing on sustainable emerging technologies and innovation.