While the current U.S. Presidential contest contrasts national job creation against the perils of so-called ‘outsourcing,’ it is a plain fact that once a business is created, whether in the U.S. or elsewhere, it immediately enters a global marketplace. This marketplace is defined not only by access to new markets and audiences, but by a competition for human capital in the form of skilled workers, access to capital and expertise, as well as the challenge of protecting intellectual property and working effectively across multiple jurisdictions. This panel will, then, ask: (a.) what are the realities of global business at various scales, and second, (b.) what strategies can be put in place to engender new growth opportunities?
John W. Allen
John W. Allen is Chairman & CEO of Greater China Corporation. Involved in Asia and China for over 30 years and participated in developing several multi $billion companies. Assisted in founding AIESEC in China and Latin America and was Chairman of the Board of AIESEC, US and of AIESEC Yale. Founding member of the Chinese Cultural Foundation and the China Investment Group, LLC.
Headed the international investment subsidiary of the Bank of Boston and was Assistant to James D. Wolfensohn (former head of the World Bank) at Schroder Bank and Trust, and subsequently became President of the International Securities Exchange Corporation.
Served as Trustee of the Soros Open Society Institute and one of three Trustees of the International Science Foundation along with George Soros and Nobel Laureate James Watson.
Director of the World Policy Institute, the International Business and Academic Council, Advisor to the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights and Womensphere and previously served as Vice Chairman of the Business Council for the United Nations.
Also Chairman of Spring Investment Corporation and Turtlesnap Ventures, Inc. Frequent speaker on China, global capital markets, emerging markets and entrepreneurial initiatives. Received his BA from Yale University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Under his leadership, operations of the company have expanded, marquee customers have grown exponentially and the company’s geographic presence has extended beyond the US. His leadership style focuses on nurturing deep relationships with his team and with clients.
Balaji has been with the ITC Group since 1985 and has held diverse responsibilities across different businesses of the company. Prior to his current role, he was Head - Strategic Planning for ITC Ltd, responsible for strategizing and implementing growth through mergers and acquisitions. He also served in the office of the Chairman, ITC Ltd. His portfolio included consolidating and critiquing the integrated plan for ITC, encompassing Strategic Business Units and subsidiaries. He was also the interface with investors and analysts and enabled better appreciation of the Company’s strategies and performance.
A Bachelor of Commerce form the Madras University, Balaji is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has authored several papers, articles and presentations. His article on “Opening up the Insurance Industry” in 1991 was presented to the Finance Minister of India, and his co-authored book on “Strategies for Competitiveness” in 1996 was the background paper to the 25th National Management Convention of the All India Management Association, sponsored by ITC Ltd. More recently, Balaji has been a guest speaker at prestigious institutes including Columbia Business School, Kellogg School of Management, Cornell University, Ann Arbor (Michigan) and Harvard University. He has also been quoted widely in the media on issues related to Sustainability and technology led business transformation.
His leisure time pursuits include quizzing, golf and music.
Carlos Dominguez is a Senior Vice President at Cisco and a technology evangelist, speaking to and motivating audiences worldwide about how technology is changing how we communicate, collaborate, and especially how we work.
Dominguez gives humorous, highly animated presentations full of deep insight into how technology, and the right culture, can create winning companies. Drawing from his 20 years at Cisco, he talks about how technology is changing the rules of business and how to not get left behind. He also addresses many questions about collaboration, including what motivates people to collaborate, how to establish rewards for collaborating, how to find the right experts both inside and outside your company, and how to keep people coming together both online and in person.
Dominguez is a member of the prestigious CDC Foundation, which connects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to innovative ideas and expertise from outside partners. He is also a board member at the Institute of Large Scale Innovation (ILSI), a group of international leaders who use innovation to help solve complex global challenges.
Before his current role at Cisco, Dominguez ran Worldwide Service Provider Operations for three years, and previously was Vice President for U.S. Service Provider Sales. Under his leadership, Service Provider grew in revenue from $500 million to $2.5 billion. Prior to that, he led Cisco’s enterprise line of business in the northeastern United States, where he established Cisco in strategic markets such as financial services, media, government, and pharmaceuticals.
Prior to Cisco, he held management positions at Timeplex, Inc. in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, and at New Jersey Bell/Bell Atlanticom.
Ms. Victoria A. Espinel serves in the Executive Office of the President as the first U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. She was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in September 2009 and was confirmed by the Senate in December 2009.
Ms. Espinel is charged with developing and implementing the Administration’s overall strategy for enforcement of intellectual property.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Espinel was a professor at the George Mason University School of Law, teaching intellectual property and international trade law. While at George Mason, she acted as an advisor on intellectual property issues to the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Finance Committee, House Judiciary Committee and House Ways and Means Committee. In 2009, Ms. Espinel founded Bridging the Innovation Divide, a not-for-profit foundation focused on addressing the "innovation divide" and empowering all Americans to obtain the full benefit of their creativity and ingenuity.
In 2001, Ms. Espinel joined the Office of the US Trade Representative as the senior counsel for intellectual property issues. In 2005, Ms. Espinel was asked to serve as the first Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, creating the office of Intellectual Property and Innovation at USTR and serving as the chief U.S. trade negotiator for intellectual property and innovation. While at USTR, she testified on numerous occasions before the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Ms. Espinel holds an LLM from the London School of Economics, a JD from Georgetown University Law School, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
Dr. Daniel Gervais
Mr. Daniel J. Gervais is the FedEx Research Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School and Director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, where he also serves as Faculty Director of the Master’s Program. He is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of World Intellectual Property.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt, he was the Acting Dean, University Research Chair in Intellectual Property and Osler Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa (Common Law Section). Before he joined the Academy, Prof. Gervais was successively Legal Officer at the GATT (now WTO); Head of Section at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); and Vice-President, International of Massachusetts-based Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC). He also served as consultant to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris and the author of several books, book chapters and articles published in six different languages.
Dr. Gervais studied computer science and law at McGill University and the University of Montreal, where he also obtained LL.B. and LL.M. degrees, and received several awards. He also received a Diploma summa cum laude from the Institute of Advanced International Studies in Geneva and a doctorate magna cum laude from the University of Nantes (France). He was a visiting professor at several universities in Europe and North America and a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School.
Tom Rubin is Chief Intellectual Property Strategy Counsel at Microsoft, where he leads the company’s copyright, trademark and trade secret group. Tom spearheads complex product development, licensing, marketing, enforcement and global policy strategies across Microsoft’s business divisions, including Windows, Microsoft Office, Bing, Skype, Windows Phone, MSN and Xbox. At Microsoft since 1998, Tom is an internationally recognized expert on legal, policy and business issues related to creative content, technological innovation and the Internet.
Daniel Gervais, co-director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, notes an evolution among his students in their attitudes toward online privacy. Instead of just downloading freely, they consider whether media is available legally and whom their money benefits.