Keynote Speakers

Georg Kell

Executive Director of the UN Global Compact

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Georg Kell is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with 7,000 corporate participants in 135 countries. A key architect of the Global Compact, he has led the initiative since its founding in 2000, establishing the most widely recognized multi-stakeholder network and action platform to advance responsible business practices. Mr. Kell also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact's sister initiatives on investment and business education, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Mr. Kell started his career as a research fellow in engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Innovation in Berlin. He then worked as a financial analyst in various countries in Africa and Asia. He joined the United Nations in 1987, and has been at the leading edge of the organization's private-sector engagement ever since. A native of Germany, Mr. Kell holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University Berlin. He is married with children.

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Dr. Lant Pritchett

Harvard University

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Lant Pritchett is Professor of the Practice of International Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has worked in several positions in the research complex of the World Bank and has been on the team that produced a number of World Bank Reports. He also works as a consultant to, is a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Global Development, and is a senior fellow of BREAD. He is co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics. In addition to economics journals his work has appeared in specialized journals in demography, education, and health. He is the author of Let Their People Come: Breaking the Gridlock on Global Labor Mobility, an exploration of the political and ethical issues surrounding increasing migration across national borders. Professor Pritchett graduated from Brigham Young University in 1983 with a B.S. in Economics and in 1988 from MIT with a PhD in Economics. He has been married since 1981 to Diane Tueller Pritchett and they have three children.

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Lunch Address

Frederick W. Axelgard

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Frederick W. Axelgard is a Visiting Fellow at the Wheatley Institution and Vice President of Middle East Business Development at Axsys Technologies, a division of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. From 2002 through 2010, he worked as Director of International Business Development for General Dynamics.

Axelgard's professional career has focused on the politics and security of the Middle East. He served in the U.S. Department of State in a variety of capacities, including as Liaison for U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida; as a coordinator for Iraqi opposition groups at the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; and as a counselor for political-military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was a special assistant for regional security for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and the director of the WMD proliferation policy and policy analysis Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs. His op-ed pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Atlanta Constitution-Journal, and his articles include "Saudi Arabia: The Islamic State" (2001), "U.S. Support for the British Position in Pre-revolutionary Iraq" (1991), "A New Iraq? The Gulf War and Implications for U.S. Policy" (1988), and "Revitalizing U.S. Leadership in the Middle East" (1988).

Fluent in German, French, Arabic, and Armenian, Axelgard holds an MA in law and diplomacy and PhD in international studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He and his wife Robyn have five children and six grandchildren.

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