7:00 PM-9:00 PM: Program followed by Cocktails
Marvin Zonis (Speaker)
Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, Chicago GSB
Marvin Zonis was the first professor at the GSB to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business. He also consults to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment.
Zonis is a cofounder and chairman of DSD, a software development company based in Moscow and Chicago. He is a member of the board of directors for several technology-based companies, including Go2Call and CNA Financial. He has written extensively on globalization, digital technologies, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and U.S. foreign policy.
A leading authority on the Middle East, Zonis has spent the last 40 years studying the volatile mix of Islam, terrorism, and the Middle East. He is the former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. He has lived in Iran, hitchhiked through Afghanistan in the 1960s, studied Islam in Iraq beginning in 1964, and has traveled extensively throughout other parts of the region.
His writings have been published, among other places, in the Financial Times, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Japanese journal Nikkei Weekly. His books include The Kimchi Matters: Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis Driven World, The Eastern European Opportunity, and The Political Elite of Iran. He also has appeared on various programs, including Nightline, and CNN's Larry King Live and is interviewed regularly on National Public Radio. Zonis is the international editor of WBBM-TV, Chicago, and was the Middle East Consultant to ABC/Capital Cities television.
He was educated at Yale University, the Harvard Business School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a PhD in political science in 1968, and the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, where he received psychoanalytic training.
“The world economic boom is on hold in developed countries but not in the booming emerging markets or the booming oil exporters. Vast new pools of wealth have been created which will find their way westward. In addition, growing income inequalities in wealthy countries result in other new pools of capital. Managing this wealth in the complex world of geo-politics is becoming ever more complicated. Both the new sources of wealth and the complications in managing the wealth will be examined.” Professor Zonis elaborates.
The Wealth Management Roundtable is a forum to exchange views on best practices, regulatory challenges, communications, relationship issues and learning opportunities of international wealth managers and their clients. Fairness, professionalism and mutual support extend to all aspects of the dialogue. The meetings take place three times a year in London, Frankfurt and Zurich in cooperation with a national GSB Alumni Club. They start with the presentation of a recognized industry expert, are followed by debate and continue with an informal networking reception.