NEW YORK, June 17, 2013 - Vali Nasr, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), speaks with Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal about U.S. and Chinese priorities in light of the changing political situation in Iran, Syria, and throughout the Middle East region. Asia Society Trustee Hamid Biglari introduces the program. (1 hr., 20 min.)
Hamid Biglari is Vice Chairman of Citicorp, the strategic arm of Citigroup.
Dr. Biglari has held a number of senior roles within the organization, including Chief Operating Officer of Citigroup's Institutional Clients Group, which represents the global investment banking and trading and sales arm of Citigroup/Citicorp.
Prior to joining Citigroup, Dr. Biglari was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, the international management consulting firm, where he co-led the firm's investment banking consulting practice. His experience spans the entire spectrum of consumer and wholesale financial services.
Prior to that, he was a theoretical research physicist at Princeton University's Plasma Physics Laboratory, the nation's leading center for controlled thermonuclear fusion research.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustee of the Asia Society, and a Board member of the US-China Business Council. In 2009, Dr. Biglari was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, given for outstanding contributions by immigrants to the United States.
He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University. Prior to that, Dr. Biglari received a B.S. in Applied Physics and a B.A. in Mathematics from Cornell University.
In addition to being on the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board in New York and host of OpinionJournal on WSJ Live, Mary Kissel was editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal Asia, based in Hong Kong from 2005 until 2010. She joined the Journal in Hong Kong in 2004 as writer of the Money & Investing section's "Heard in Asia" column. Previously, she worked for Goldman Sachs, an investment bank, in New York and London.
Ms. Kissel has a master's degree in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor's in government from Harvard University. She is a native of south Florida.
Vali Nasr is Senior Adjunct Fellow on the Middle East for the Council on Foreign Relations.
Additionally he is Professor of Middle East and South Asia Politics and Associate Chair of Research at the Department of National Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.