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Enjoy a three course meal with fellow Alumni at the beautiful Singapore Embassy in DC while hearing four highly respected panelists give their expert and diverse perspectives:

- Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri of Singapore: "Developments in Singapore and in the Region"

- Chicago Booth Professor Chad Syverson: "Healthcare Exceptionalism? Productivity and Allocation in the U.S. Healthcare Sector"

-Pulitzer Prize winning author Liaquat Ahamed: "The Future of the Euro"

- NY Times best selling author Peter Bergen: "Security in South Asia and the Middle East, and the Effect on the Global Economy"

- Moderator: Karen Gibbs ('78), former CNBC, PBS and FOX business anchor and news reporter.


Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
3501 International PL, NW
Washington, District of Columbia

Driving Directions:

Metro: Van Ness Station, a few blocks away

Parking: Street parking available


$89 per ticket

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Deadline: 3/21/2013

Speaker Profiles

Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri of Singapore, (Speaker)

Mr Ashok Kumar Mirpuri took up his appointment as Singapore's Ambassador to the United States of America in July 2012. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Ambassador to Indonesia from 2006 to 2012, High Commissioner to Malaysia from 2002 to 2006 and High Commissioner to Australia from 2000 to 2002. A career diplomat, Mr Mirpuri joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1984. In 1994, he was appointed Director of MFA's Policy Planning & Analysis Directorate I (Southeast Asia). In 1997, Mr Mirpuri was seconded to Shell International Ltd in the United Kingdom as Corporate Advisor (Asia Pacific). He was subsequently assigned to the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta in 1998 as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission, having previously served in Jakarta as First Secretary (Political). Mr Mirpuri graduated with an honours degree from the National University of Singapore. He received his MA at the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies under a Raffles Scholarship. He attended the Programme for Executive Development at the Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, USA. Mr Mirpuri was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 2010.

Professor Chad Syverson (Speaker)
J. Baum Harris Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth

Chad Syverson's research spans several topics, with a particular focus on the interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity. His work has been published in several top journals and has earned several National Science Foundation Awards, Olin Foundation Grants, and a Brookings Dissertation Fellowship.

"My engineering background definitely spurred my research interest in productivity. I like to visit factories and investigate how things are put together, what can go wrong when they are, and what factors influence firms' operating success (or lack thereof)."

Syverson is on the editorial board of several journals and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also serves on the board of the Chicago Census Research Data Center. Prior to these appointments, Syverson was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and a mechanical engineer co-op for Loral Defense Systems and Unisys Corporation.

He earned two bachelor's degrees in 1996 from the University of North Dakota, one in economics and one in mechanical engineering. He earned a master's degree in 1998 and a PhD in 2001, both in economics from the University of Maryland. Syverson joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008.

Liaquat Ahamed (Speaker)

"The main motive behind European unification was the desire to control the power of Germany. The irony now is that because of the logic of the single currency, Europe is confronted with a Germany that is more dominant than ever."

Liaquat Ahamed is the author of the critically acclaimed best-seller, Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, about the lead up to the Great Depression of 1929-1932. The New York Times called the book "a magisterial work" The book won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for History, the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Gold Medal, and the 2009 Financial Times-Goldman Sachs Best Business Book of the Year Award. Ahamed was a professional investment manager for twenty-five years. He is currently an adviser to several investment firms, a director of the Rohatyn Group funds, Aspen Insurance Co., and the Putnam Funds. He is on the board of trustees of the Brookings Institution, the New America Foundation, the Journal of Philosophy and the Sun Valley Writers' Conference and is a member of the State Department's Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He has degrees in economics from Harvard and Cambridge.

Peter Bergen (Speaker)
Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation/CNN’s National Security Analyst

Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist and author of four books. three of which were New York Times bestsellers and three of which were named books of the year by the Washington Post. The books have been translated into twenty languages. He is the director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C.; a fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security and CNN's national security analyst. He has held teaching positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

His most recent book, a New York Times bestseller, is Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad. The book is being translated into eight languages and HBO is producing a theatrical release documentary based upon it. The film, for which Bergen is the executive producer, is in the Sundance Film 2013 competition. The Washington Post, named Manhunt one of the best non-fiction books of 2012 and The Guardian named it one of the key books on Islamist extremism. The Sunday Times (UK) named it the best current affairs book of 2012 and The Times (UK) named it one of the best non-fiction books of 2012.

His 2011 New York Times bestseller, was The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda. New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani writes, "For readers interested in a highly informed, wide-angled, single-volume briefing on the war on terror so far, "The Longest War" is clearly that essential book." Tom Ricks also writing in the Times described the book as "stunning." Longest War won the $30,000 Gold Prize for best book on the Middle East of 2011 from the Washington Institute. Newsweek and the Guardian named Longest War as one of the key books about terrorism of the past decade. And Amazon, Kirkus and Foreign Policy named Longest War as one of the best books of 2011.

His previous book was "The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader" (Free Press, 2006). It was named one of the best non-fiction books of 2006 by The Washington Post. "The Osama bin Laden I Know" was translated into French, Spanish and Polish, and CNN produced a two hour documentary, "In the Footsteps of bin Laden," based on the book. Bergen was one of the producers of the CNN documentary, which was named the best documentary of 2006 by the Society of Professional Journalists and was nominated for an Emmy.

Bergen is also the author of Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Bin Laden. (Free Press, 2001). Holy War, Inc. was a New York Times bestseller, has been translated into eighteen languages and was named one of the best non-fiction books of 2001 by The Washington Post. A documentary based on Holy War, Inc., which aired on National Geographic Television, was nominated for an Emmy in 2002. Bergen was the recipient of the 2000 Leonard Silk Journalism Fellowship and was the Pew Journalist in Residence at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 2001 while writing Holy War, Inc.

Bergen has reported on al-Qaeda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, counterterrorism, homeland security and countries around the Middle East for a range of American newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, TIME, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, Newsweek, Washington Times and Vanity Fair. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and writes a weekly column for His story on extraordinary rendition for Mother Jones was part of a package of stories nominated for a 2008 National Magazine Award. He has also written for newspapers and magazines around the world such as The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, International Herald Tribune, Prospect, El Mundo, La Repubblica, The National, Der Spiegel and Die Welt. And he has worked as a correspondent or producer for multiple documentaries that have aired on National Geographic, Discovery and CNN.

Bergen is on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, a leading scholarly journal in the field, and has testified before multiple congressional committees about Afghanistan, Pakistan and terrorism issues. He is a member of the Homeland Security Project, a successor to the 9/11 Commission, and also of the Aspen Homeland Security Group. He is the editor of the AfPak Channel, a joint publication of Foreign Policy magazine and the New America Foundation that can be found at The AfPak Channel was nominated in 2011 for a National Magazine Award for Best Online Department.

Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics and Religion is a collections of essays about the Taliban that Bergen edited with Katherine Tiedemann that will be published by Oxford University Press in January 2013.

In 1997, as a producer for CNN, Bergen produced bin Laden's first television interview, in which he declared war against the United States for the first time to a Western audience. In 1994 he won the Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow award for best foreign affairs documentary for the CNN program "Kingdom of Cocaine," which was also nominated for an Emmy. Bergen co-produced the CNN documentary Terror Nation which traced the links between Afghanistan and the bombers who attacked the World Trade Center for the first time in 1993. The documentary, which was shot in Afghanistan during the civil war there and aired in 1994, concluded that the country would be the source of additional anti-Western terrorism. From 1998 to 1999 Bergen worked as a correspondent-producer for CNN. He was program editor for "CNN Impact," a co-production of CNN and TIME, from 1997 to 1998.

Previously he worked for CNN as a producer on a wide variety of international and U.S. national stories. From 1985 to 1990 he worked for ABC News in New York. In 1983 he traveled to Pakistan for the first time with two friends to make a documentary about the Afghan refugees fleeing the Soviet invasion of their country. The subsequent documentary, Refugees of Faith, was shown on Channel 4 (UK).

Bergen has a M.A. in Modern History from New College, Oxford University. He won an Open Scholarship when he went up to New College in 1981. Before that he attended Ampleforth. He was born in Minneapolis in 1962 and was raised in London.

He is married to the documentary director/producer Tresha Mabile.

Karen Gibbs (Speaker)
President, The Gibbs Perspective

Veteran Business Television Anchor and Correspondent, Karen Gibbs is President and Founder of The Gibbs Perspective, a company concerned with and dedicated to financial literacy and investor education ( A noted speaker and moderator, Gibbs is now a contributor to PBS' Nightly Business Report and the financial expert for Maryland Public Television's Get In Charge campaign ( Most recently Gibbs was a host for The Video Network ( Gibbs was also a contributor to Retirement Living Television's The Prudent Advisor and Daily Cafe. Before that, Gibbs was co-anchor of the weekly PBS business program, Wall $treet Week with FORTUNE from 2002 to 2005. Prior to joining Wall $treet Week with FORTUNE, Gibbs spent five years as a senior business correspondent for FOX News Channel, contributing to and serving as substitute anchor on Your World with Neil Cavuto and Cavuto on Business where she was also a regular panelist.


Aaron Stopak, '03 
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