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The Roles of Higher Education in Competitiveness and Global Productivity: Session III

VIDEO October 15, 2018

Speaker / Author

Ann Kirschner

Dean Emerita, Macaulay Honors College at CUNY and University Professor, CUNY Graduate Center

Ann Kirschner is president of Comma International, consultants in media, culture, technology, and education, and University Professor at The City University of New York. An entrepreneur and board member, she is the author of Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story and Lady at the OK Corral: the True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp, and a frequent speaker on innovation in media, technology, and education. As University Professor and Faculty Fellow at the Futures Initiative, she is currently teaching and writing about the impact of technology, demographics, and globalization on the future of work. Her experience spans a wide range of organizations and ... Read More

James O’Brien

Senior Vice-President of University Affairs & Chief of Staff, Office of the President Arizona State University

James O’Brien serves as Senior Vice President of University Affairs and Chief of Staff to President Michael Crow of Arizona State University. He is responsible for implementing complicated strategic and tactical objectives of the Office of the President.  He also works across the institution to identify, facilitate and coordinate opportunities and initiatives which involve multiple units within and affiliated with the institution.  This includes advancing opportunities and initiatives with university public affairs, state and federal policy affairs, global engagement, corporate relations, and university athletics.  Jim is an attorney who previously worked as corporate counsel to several publicly traded companies as ... Read More

John Fry

President, Drexel University

John Fry, appointed Drexel University’s 14th president in 2010, has served higher education for his entire professional life. Through his roles as a consultant, board member, chief operating officer and chief executive, he has acquired a deep and broad understanding of the challenges of leading a major educational institution. Fry set out to transform Drexel into a private research university with a strong public purpose — an institution that harnesses both its long-established and still-emerging strengths to serve its students, its neighborhood, its city and the nation. Under Fry’s leadership, Drexel is setting a new standard for online and hybrid education, ... Read More

Catherine L. Mann, Ph.D.

Global Chief Economist, Citibank

Dr. Catherine L. Mann is the Global Chief Economist at Citibank since February 2018 where she is responsible for thought leadership, research guidance of a global team of economists, and cross-fertilization of research across macroeconomics, fixed-income, and equities. Prior to this position, she was Chief Economist at the OECD, where she also was Director of the Economics Department and was Finance Deputy to the G20 (2014-2017). Prior to the OECD, she held the Barbara '54 and Richard M. Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at the International Business School, Brandeis University, where she also directed the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance ... Read More