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Luis is at the faculty of the GW Business School where he teaches international business. He works studying the individual and institutional drivers of organizational decision making under risk and uncertainty and the consequences of such choices for firm performance and sustainability and economic development. Before receiving his PhD from Wharton, Luis spent two years in project management on industry development for the United Nations Development Program, two years as disaster risk consultant for the World Bank, six years designing and trading market-based tools to hedge uncertainty for two banks, and a summer as an intern applying household surveys and randomized controlled trials in India for the Poverty Lab (J-Pal).

George Washington University, Co-Director

Heather Berry is a Professor of International Business and International Affairs at the School of Business and the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) at the US Department of Commerce, Heather’s research analyzes the global strategic and innovation choices of multinational corporations across their worldwide operations. Prior to joining George Washington University, Heather was a faculty member at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as a Ways and Means Committee Associate for the US House of Representatives, a Policy Analyst in the executive branch and a Corporate Intern at Toyota Motor Sales. Heather has a PhD from UCLA, an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and a B.A. from McGill University.

George Washington University, Co-Director

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Diego began his internet career in 1999, working for such companies as MSFT and AOL. For 12 years he worked for Google, launching agency teams and establishing primary commercial relationships for large advertising companies in Latin America. He was the Multicultural Agency Head for the company. Since September 2019 he has developed two startups: HolaHello, a communication studio, dedicated to supporting large advertising agencies and helping them adapt their messages for the Latino community in the USA; and GetGloby, which is a global platform that translates ad campaigns in over 20 different languages. Diego has participated in different startups as an advisor and board member. He was president of IAB in several Latin American countries, participated in IAB Multicultural in NYC and taught at a number of universities.

MulticulturalIT, CEO

Wenjie Chen is an economist in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund, where she works on the World Economic Outlook. She has also worked in the African Department, where she worked on South Africa, South Sudan and Swaziland. She has contributed to the African department’s Regional Economic Outlook with her research on global value chains, trade competitiveness, and China-Africa relations. Prior to joining the IMF, she worked as an assistant professor at George Washington University where she taught economic courses in the MBA program. She received her MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan and her BA from Lawrence University.

International Monetary Fund, Global Value Chains

Colleen Cunningham is an assistant professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. Colleen's research intersects innovation, entrepreneurship, and corporate strategy. She examines the challenges and advantages of commercialising new-to-the-world inventions for firms. In projects to date, Colleen has largely focused on medical technologies, such as medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Colleen received a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia in Canada, a MA in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and a PhD in Strategy (Business Administration) from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in the United States. Colleen was awarded a 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship.

London Business School, Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Aline Gatignon is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Wharton School. She completed her Ph.D. in Strategic Management at INSEAD, and previously received a M.A. in Development Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po).

Her research explains how firms can form cross-sector partnerships (i.e., with public and non-profit sector organizations) to create and capture value in emerging markets. Her work sheds light on the mechanisms through which such cross-sector collaborations can successfully enhance the knowledge and capabilities of partner organizations by adressing socio-economic and political challenges to their operations. Her research connects individuals, the organizations they belong to and the institutional environments of emerging markets. The empirical settings that Aline studies include cosmetics and banking in Brazil, logistics and healthcare partnerships in Africa, Latin America and Asia, Corporate Social Responsibility in India, and corporate disaster response worldwide.

Her research and pedagogical case studies on this topic have been recognized with several awards, including the Strategic Management Society Best PhD Paper Award and the European Foundation for Management Development case study competition award. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Strategic Management Journal.

The Wharton School, UPenn, NPO-Firm Collaboration

Oscar A. Ishizawa is a Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice at the World Bank. His work is focused on disaster risk finance and disaster risk management policy development projects as well as co-leading the work on building disaster risk analytical tools and knowledge to inform operational engagements, including understanding the causal relationship between disasters and poverty. He is leading projects in the LAC and AFR region. Oscar has over 10 years of experience in the development of disaster risk assessment and modeling and has been working for more than eight years as a specialist in the area of ​​disaster risk management. Previous to joining the Bank, he worked as a consultant for the Peruvian Ministry of Economy and Finance, the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He was a also post-doctoral researcher with the Computational Seismology team at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a group associated with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. Oscar holds a Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics and Earthquake Engineering from the Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP), a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor’s in Physics and Mathematics from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris 6). 

The World Bank, Risk Management

Aseem is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School, University of Minnesota, which he joined in 2009, having completed his PhD in Management from the Wharton School. Aseem's research focuses on the relationship between firm scope and capabilities, examining how new capabilities and technologies are best governed and organized, and how the organizational boundary choices firms make impact their subsequent innovation. More recently, Aseem has also been exploring the social and political strategies firms adopt to influence their business environment, focusing specifically on the consequences of such strategies for social welfare.

Aseem's research has been published or is forthcoming in the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, and the Strategic Management Journal. Aseem serves as Associate Editor at the Strategic Management Journal, and sits on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Strategy Science, and Strategic Organization. His research has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Sumantra Ghoshal Research and Practice award from the Academy of Management's BPS Division, as well as multiple honorable mentions from the Strategic Management Society, and he is currently the Associate Program Chair for the Strategic Management Society's Entrepreneurship & Strategy Interest Group. Prior to joining academia, Aseem worked as a consultant with McKinsey and Company's New Delhi office.

Carlson School, University of Minnesota, Organizational Scope and Governance

Howard Kunreuther is James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy, and Co-Director of the Center for Risk Management and Decision Processes at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Howard has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a distinguished fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of the 2015 Shin Research Excellence Award from the Geneva Association and International Insurance Society (IIS) in recognition of his outstanding work on the role of public-private partnerships in mitigating and managing risks.

Howard served on the National Academy of Science’s committees on Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, and the Roundtable on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events. He was a Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 2, “Integrated Risk and Uncertainty Assessment of Climate Change Response Policies” for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 5th Assessment Report. He currently serves on the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Howard’s recent books include “Insurance and Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry” with M. Pauly and S. McMorrow (Cambridge University Press), “The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Underprepare for Disasters” with R. Meyer (Wharton Digital Press), and “Mastering Catastrophic Risk: How Companies are Coping with Disruption” with M. Useem (Oxford University Press).

The Wharton School, UPenn, Global Risk Management

Catherine Magelssen is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. Her research focuses on multinational firm strategy, with particular interests in intra-firm structure, internal versus external contracting relationships, and firm response to environmental shifts. Her research studies the different ways in which multinational firms allocate ownership rights to their strategic assets inside the firm and the implications for firm knowledge sharing and innovation. Another stream of research focuses on firm contracting and understanding the differences between internal and external firm contracting. Catherine received her PhD in Strategy from Rutgers Business School and her BS from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

London Business School,Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Ray Mataloni is the Assistant Division Chief for Research and Analysis of the Balance of Payments Division of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. He has over thirty years of experience at the Bureau in measuring and analyzing the U.S. economy, with a primary focus on international economics, particularly foreign direct investment. He is a member of the NBER Conference on Research on Income and Wealth and a Bureau member of the OECD Working Group on International Investment Statistics. He is also an adjunct professor of economics at the University of Mary Washington.

Bureau of Economic Analysis, Foreign Direct Investment and Trade

Roberto Matus is Vice President and Head of Latin AmericaGovernment Relations at MetLife, a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. In his role, he leads the U.S. support for MetLife’s government and industry relations for the company’s international businesses inLatin America. Matus represents MetLife’s interests before U.S.and foreign governments, and manages relationships with international trade and industry associations. Matus holds a professional degree in Commercial Engineering and has completedpost-graduate studies in the U.S. in the areas of international trade and strategic management.

Vice President and Head of Latin AmericaGovernment Relations at MetLife

Mr. Rex Pingle has 40 years of experience in commercial and investment banking focused on emerging markets. Mr. Pingle specializes in completing private sector investments and financing and in providing related investment advice to governments, corporations, and financial institutions. Mr. Pingle has been the President and CEO of PMD International, Inc. (“PMD”) since its establishment in 1987. Mr. Pingle is responsible for PMD’s worldwide activities. From 1981-1988, Mr. Pingle was Senior Vice President of Lazard Frères & Co. in New York and Director of the International Government and Corporate Finance Group, responsible for all emerging markets activities, including corporate and project finance, government advisory and debt restructuring assignments. From 1980 to 1981, he served as Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. From 1973 to 1979, Mr. Pingle was a Vice President of Chemical Bank, New York; Director of Chemical Asia Ltd., Hong Kong; and a member of the Credit Policy Committee of the Bank. Mr. Pingle graduated with a B.A. in History form the University of Virginia in 1968. In 1971, he obtained a Diploma in International Economics from the Free University of Brussels. Subsequently, he completed doctoral course work in economic development and international trade at The Johns Hopkins University.

PMD International, Emerging Markets

Laszlo Tihanyi is Professor of Management and the Robyn L. ’89 and Alan B. Roberts ’78 Chair in Business in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in strategic management from Indiana University. His main research areas are corporate governance in multinational firms, internationalization, and organizational adaptation in emerging economies. His current research explores the involvement of institutional investors in foreign direct investment, the institutional environment of internationalization decisions, and the effects of social movements on multinational firms.

Professor Tihanyi’s papers have been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, and others. His service to the profession includes associate editorships at the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Management Studies and editorship at the Advances in International Management. He has been a Chair of the Corporate Strategy Interest Group and is currently a Co-Chair of the Best Ph.D. Student Paper Prize at the Strategic Management Society.

Mays Business School, Texas A&M, Organization Change and Adaptation

Michael Useem is Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management and Faculty Director of the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His university teaching includes MBA and executive-MBA courses on management and leadership, and he offers programs on leadership and governance for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He works on leadership development with many companies and organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He is the author of The Leader’s Checklist , The Leadership Moment, Executive Defense, Investor Capitalism, Leading Up, and The Go Point. He is also co-author and co-editor of Learning from Catastrophes; co-author of The India Way, Leadership Dispatches, Boards That Lead, and The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap; and co-author of Fortune Makers: The Leaders Creating China’s Great Global Companies (2017), Go Long: Why Long-Term Thinking Is Your Best Short-Term Strategy (2018), and Mastering Catastrophic Risk: How Companies Are Coping with Disruption (2018). Mike is co-anchor for a weekly program “Leadership in Action” on SiriusXM Radio Channel 132, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School, and he can be reached at

The Wharton School, UPenn, Cross-National Leadership and Governance

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