Associate Professor of International Business, San Jose University
Managing Director, Executive Briefing, Economist Intelligent Unit
CBA Distinguished Professor of International Business and Director of the Center for Emerging Markets, Northeastern University
Moderator: GIDEON LICHFIELD
Deputy Editor, The Economist online
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Isabelle Lescent-Giles is Associate Professor of International Business at San Jose University.
Paul Lewis is Managing Director, Executive Briefing of the Economist Intelligent Unit.
Gideon Lichfield is the editor in charge of news at Quartz. He joined after a 16-year career at The Economist, which took him from the science desk in his native London to postings in Mexico City, Moscow, and Jerusalem, covering uprisings, wars, trade disputes, business feuds, political rivalries, social protests, philosophical arguments and bar-room brawls. In 2009 he moved to New York City, where his work on various digital projects for The Economist and teaching budding journalists at NYU set him to thinking about the future of the profession. The main thing he remembers from all his travels are the languages, of which he knows five well enough for interviewing evasive politicians, two more well enough to read, and one just well enough to haggle in. He is obsessed with finding better ways to do the kind of journalism that makes sense of the world instead of just keeping up with it, and with answering the question that has haunted his career: Why can't they all just get along?
Ravi Ramamurti, CBA Distinguished Professor of International Business and Director of the Center for Emerging Markets, Northeastern University
Isabelle Lescent-Giles, associate professor of international business at San Jose University, discusses the uniqueness of Silicon Valley, which she argues cannot be easily duplicated because it's more than just a high-tech hub. "The Silicon Valley has had five or six different reinventions of itself," she says. "And that, I think, we definitely cannot reproduce."