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Mossavar-Rahmani Center names fellows

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Two regulatory affairs executives from an Italian energy company, the president of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute, and a Vietnamese professor of economics are among the incoming fellows being welcomed this spring at the Kennedy School of Government’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG).

“The engagement of business in the creation of public value is ever more critical at home and abroad. Getting it right involves combining innovative thinking and creative practices by academics and practitioners from all corners of the world,” said John G. Ruggie, director of the M-RCBG. “The center takes great pride in being a leading global venue of research and dialogue at the intersection of business and government. We welcome our visitors and look forward to their interaction with faculty, continuing fellows, researchers, students, and others.”

Visiting scholars and fellows programs are designed to reach outside the center to better understand how business and government engage in the creation of public value.

The incoming senior fellows:

Giuseppe Tribuzzi holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rome University. He is currently head of the electricity market unit in the Regulatory Affairs Department of the ENEL SpA. His research fellowship will focus on the definition of the electricity market scheme, which can provide ancillary services with the best quality standard and lowest prices.

Salil Tripathi is currently senior policy adviser for Business, Conflict and Human Rights for the International Alert organization in the United Kingdom. He holds an M.B.A. in international economics and business from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. His research will focus on business and human rights.

Francesca Valente is the current head of regulatory affairs and antitrust practices for ENEL Energy SpA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli, Rome. Her research will concern the structure of relevant electricity markets in PJM system in order to investigate the concentration index of market shares, in particular in the retail market. She will analyze how retail sales of electricity work in PJM system, comparing the European Union and Italian markets.

Bryn Zeckhauser has served as director, business development, DEKA Research and Development; as a director for Children’s Television Workshop; and as director of international business development for the American Express Corp. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Her research, sponsored by Professor Dutch Leonard, will focus on the decision-making process of senior leaders and will culminate in the upcoming book “How the Wise Decide,” to be published by Random House.

The fellows join returning resident senior fellows Jerry Grossman, Jun Kurihara, Jane Nelson, and Mark Fagan, and nonresident senior fellows Chip Feiss, John Foote, David Grayson, Mark Kramer, Malcolm McPherson, William Symonds, Mario Valdivia, Holly Wise, and Simon Zadek.

Incoming Asia Program Fellows:

Wai Man Chin (Helen) is currently a research manager at Li & Fung Development (China) Ltd. She holds an M.Sc. in economics and economic history from the London School of Economics. Her research will focus on the relationship between internal reforms and external liberalization of emerging, developing economies through comparative analyses of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) economies.

PeiJun Duan holds a doctorate in science and technology philosophy from Peking University. He is currently the dean of the teaching/research section of strategy study for the Central Party School, Beijing. His fellowship will focus on comparison research for the development models of America and China, the basic model as well as experience and lessons on American development evolution, and the essence of American sustainable strategy.

Marc Fetscherin is an assistant professor at the Crummer Graduate School of Business and the International Business Department at Rollins College. He is also an associate of the China Center at Rollins. He received his Ph.D. in economics and social science from the University of Bern, Switzerland. He will research globalization of Chinese enterprises, competitiveness of Chinese industries, and corporate social responsibility.

Peng Hong Lee is the president of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in law from Tsinghua University. His research proposals include studying the significance of Macao’s role in international relations, particularly in the implementation of cross-regional economic cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries under the principle of “One Country, Two Systems.” He will also study the competitive strategies for a small economy like Macao, and he will develop tailored strategies for economic diversification and sustainable development to prevent an overconcentration in the gaming industry.

Fei Rong holds a bachelor’s degree in material science and engineering from Tsinghua University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in public policy and management. His research will focus on the theory of advantage integration raised by Professor Yu Yonda from Tsinghua University in 2002 as it pertains to socioeconomic development of one region or country.

William Taylor is an associate professor in the department of public and social administration, City University of Hong Kong. He holds a Ph.D., University of Warwick (United Kingdom), department of sociology. His research will examine the lobbying process in the United States and the way businesses attempt to influence U.S. government policy to benefit their interests, but also to intentionally or consequentially have the potential to influence relations and labor processes with China.

Van Tran Tho holds a Ph.D. in economics from Hitotsubashi University. He currently serves as a professor of economics at Waseda University, Tokyo. His research proposal concerns the impact of globalization on the transition and development of the Vietnamese economy.

Wen Wang is currently an assistant professor in the M.P.A. Program, department of political science, East Carolina University. He holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. His research will concern public budgeting and finance, specifically issues related to capital budgeting and finance as well as education and policy. Wang’s two main research projects while at the M-RCBG will be the design of state capital assistance programs and capital budgeting and finance at the state level.

These fellows join returning Asia Fellows Koji Aoyama, Ilan Alon, Joo-Hyun Kang, Chung-ok Koo, Joo-Sueb Lee, Alec Li, Huanzhen Luo Gang Peng, Manh Hao Quach, Soichiro Takagi, Jin Xu, Gang Xue, and Yuwen Zhang.