Jagdish Bhagwati is a Professor at Columbia University and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Currently, he is an External Adviser to the WTO and a member of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's High-level Advisory Group on the NEPAD process in Africa. Professor Bhagwati's latest book ‘In Defense of Globalization’ was published to worldwide acclaim.
Takashi Fukaya served as Japan’s Minister of International Trade and Industry, Posts and Telecommunications, as well as Home Affairs. During his tenure as Trade Minister he substantially improved Japan’s position in international trade. Fukaya is known for his pragmatism and prowess and is regarded as maverick in Japanese politics. He enjoys tap-dancing and painting landscapes.
Sung-Joo Kim is the President and CEO of Sung Joo International, one of Asia’s most prominent and popular retail chains. The daughter of a leading businessman, she was raised to be an obedient wife through an arranged marriage. Instead, she rebelled and went abroad. She is known for her support of women’s initiatives, and has started Iwillb.com, which provides opportunities for women.
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has been Prime Minister of Malaysia 1981-2003. A doctor by training, he first entered parliament in 1964 and held several ministerial posts in the 1970s. Dr. Mahathir is widely credited with industrializing and modernizing Malaysia. He often speaks strongly in favour of nonalignment, economic development, and the world's less-developed countries.
Heinz Riesenhuber was German Minister for Research and Technology from 1982 to 1993. Professor Riesenhuber is a member of the German parliament and chairs several advisory panels and supervisory boards. He played a crucial role in strengthening Germany's scientific and technological capacities and he successfully designed a blueprint for a competitive and knowledge-driven Europe.
Jenny Shipley was New Zealand's Prime Minister between 1997-1999. Famously
pragmatic and often controversial, she refocused New Zealand on a path of
sustainable economic growth. She attracted government ministers from around the
world to a 'ministerial on ice' in Antarctica to promote the continent's
conservation. She continues to actively engage in world affairs, through
commercial directorships, professional speaking and consultancy.
Young-kwan Yoon served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of South Korea
until 2003. He is now a visiting professor at the Asia-Pacific Research Centre
at Stanford University. He has been President of the Korean Institute for
Future Strategies and a Professor at Seoul University. He has written numerous
books and articles books on world politics and international affairs.