Qualifications

Dr. Fariborz Ghadar is a noted expert on future business trends, global economic assessment, global corporate strategy and implementation, leadership development, e-business, and international finance and banking. He is the William A. Schreyer professor of global management, policies and planning, and founding director, Center for Global Business Studies at Penn State. He serves as senior advisor at The Center for Strategic and International Studies. Frequently quoted in such internationally circulated publications as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Christian Science Monitor, Ghadar adds insight to news stories that help educate business leaders and the general public.

Topics

Global Tectonics

Global Tectonics is an ambitious effort at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that begins with a question – What will the world look like in 2025? How about 2030, 2040, or even 2050? In answering these questions, Global Tectonics identifies and analyzes the distinct and driving forces of change that will transform the planet and govern our interaction. The goal of the project is to promote strategic, forward-looking thinking among current and future leaders by considering what these changes will mean for decision-makers worldwide.

The Global Tectonics presentation is a visual assault of pictures, graphs, facts, movies, and sound. The purpose is to generate questions and spark a dialogue about the future rather than provide solutions. For this reason, the question and answer session that follows the 45-55 minute presentation is as important as the presentation itself. The dissection of issues, testing of priorities, and serious debate with one of CSIS’s leading scholars is the first step toward identifying actions that will positively affect our future.

Global Tectonics is a challenge to leaders-a challenge to go beyond the triage reactions of today and think seriously about the events that are over the horizon, a challenge to formulate and carry out policies in the near term in order to affect longer-range consequences.

Global Corporate Strategy and Implementation

FG’s research, expertise and experiences have provided him with the knowledge to discuss global strategies and proper implementation of them with business leaders. This century will bring a decade of accelerated change in the global business environment, which is increasingly becoming more rigorous. The successful companies of this century will be streamlined and flexible, with a staff well equipped to anticipate the challenges of the global marketplace. The 21st century is also one of accelerated opportunities. A variety of strategic alliances will be formed to develop technologies, launch products as well as penetrate markets. The characteristic of our product and services portfolio along with our core competencies will clearly influence our strategy for our business units.

Immigration

With a number of years of research under his belt and his own first-hand experience as an immigrant to the United States, FG is equipped to talk about the country’s currently heated immigration debate. With findings from his book called Becoming American: Immigration’s Policies, People, and Promises — set to hit the shelves in February of 2014 — FG has been able to dispel a number of commonly-held myths about immigration

Worldwide Energy Use

As a leading authority on the petroleum industry and future business trends, FG speaks about countries’ future dependence, or lack of it, on Middle Eastern oil reserves. Namely, he has conducted research on China’s increasing dependency on Iraqi oil and on the United States’ declining interest in Middle Eastern oil, thanks to new developments in technology. In addition to presenting the facts, he is also able to discuss what these trends mean for the world at large, its business leaders, and its governments.

Clusters

Through his ongoing research, FG has been able to identify four fields —nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and robotics — expected to benefit greatly by the imminent emergence of their respective clusters. Given his extensive research on the subject, FG is able to talk about the current state of these fields, where these clusters are assumed to form and what that means for the future of the United States, the world, and its business leaders and governments.

International Finance and Banking

Global Economic Assessment

E-Business