Fariborz Ghadar

Earlier in his career, Dr. Ghadar served as an investment banker at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank); as president of the Export Promotion Center of Iran, a Vice Ministerial position in the Shah of Iran’s government; as well as the research coordinator of the Harvard Multinational Enterprise Project.

He has served as a consultant to a score of major corporations, governments, and government agencies, and conducts programs for executives of major multinational corporations here and abroad. He has also taught in executive education programs at Penn State, Dartmouth, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, and Harvard Business School.

Dr. Ghadar is a three-time recipient of the Weyerhaeuser Educator of the Year Awardand was recognized by CIO Magazine’s Global Leaders Award. BusinessWeek also named him one of the Top 10 Stars of Finance. In the book Profiles in Coaching: The 2005 Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching: 50 Top Executive Coaches Reveal Their Secrets, he was named as one of the top 10 thought leaders and practitioners of strategy coaching.

Dr. Ghadar recently authored a book on immigration titled: The Danger of Devaluing Immigrants:  Impacts on the U.S. Economy and Society, published November, 2022This book is a culmination of two years of in-depth research on some of the United States’ most successful immigrants and is a follow-up to his previous book titled, Becoming American: Why Immigration Is Good For Our Nation’s Future, published in 2014. Additionally, Dr. Ghadar is the author of 15 books on global economic topics, including the release of Global Tectonics:  What Every Business Needs to Know, and a more recent updated version of Global Tectonics which more accurately reflects the current and future global business environment.  Financing Growth in Developing Economies, and New Information Technology and Its Impact on Global Business Management, as well as numerous articles.

Dr. Ghadar has been quoted in internationally circulated publications, such as the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and the Christian Science Monitor.  He has also been a featured speaker and interviewee on major television networks as well as on the business broadcasts of CNN, CNBC, andthe Nightly Business Report. Dr. Ghadar has testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, as well as on the oil industry.  He is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Monetary Institute (IMI), Renmin University of China, is a former member of the board of directors of the Ohio Farmers Insurance Company and served on the board of directors of Westfield Insurance Company. He received his BA and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and his MBA and Doctorate from the Harvard Business School.

Recent Projects

The Danger of Devaluing Immigrants

Impacts on the U.S. Economy and Society

Released November 30, 2022, this book examines the integral role immigrants play in the U.S. economy, and how we shoot ourselves in the foot by discriminating against or excluding them.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and the Global Oil and Gas Industry

Date Recorded:

Wednesday, June 15, 2022


As the world gradually transitions to renewable energy, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought into sharp focus the world’s deep and continuing dependency on hydrocarbons, much of it from unstable and vulnerable regions. This dependency limits government actions and company options to provide the energy our economies require.  While European countries have reached a near-total consensus on banning Russian oil imports and are exploring other alternatives, their dependence on natural gas continues to leave them vulnerable. The reliance on hydrocarbons by various economies and concern for global warming raises the question on how to address the new geopolitical realities as we phase out of hydrocarbon dependence.

While we must act now to dampen the shocks from the Ukraine conflict, it is also crucial to anticipate future geopolitical risks in this critical industry. It’s time to reassess public policy and the role of the oil and gas industry from the perspective of government, company, and consumers. This webinar discussion explored strategies to make the oil and gas supply chain more robust in the face of geopolitical volatility and market uncertainties. 

Featured Speakers:

  • Mr. Frank Verrastro, Senior Adviser, Energy Security and Climate Change Program
      Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Mr. Hossein Ebneyousef, International Oil and Gas Consultant


  • Dr. Fariborz Ghadar, The William A. Schreyer Chair and Professor of Global Management, Policies, and Planning at the Smeal College of Business, Penn State University
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