East-West: The Art of Dialogue, New York Launch Event 2012.

Monday December 3rd 2012.
583 Park Avenue (morning symposium)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (evening dinner reception)
9:30 am - Registration
10:00 am - Symposium
Moderator: Erin Burnett, CNN Anchor
Erin Burnett anchors “Erin Burnett OutFront”, a modern nightly news program airing weeknights on CNN at 7 and 11 pm Eastern. OutFront has a major focus on international affairs.  Since the show’s launch, Burnett has hosted live programs from Israel, Rwanda, the UAE, and the border of Northern Mali.  In her special report from a Malian refugee camp, Burnett reported on the rise of Al Qaeda linked groups in North Africa and the human toll of extremist occupation on children and families.  Recent interviews include Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Former US President Bill Clinton. Burnett joined CNN from the NBC News family. At CNBC she anchored two daily programs including the network’s signature morning show, Squawk on the Street.  At NBC Burnett reported for NBC’s Meet the Press, the Today Show and the Nightly News. During her tenure at NBC, Burnett broadcast from five continents. She covered the Egyptian Revolution, the Nigerian underwear bomber and was nominated for an Emmy for an investigative report on American chemical giant Transammonia’s business with Iran. Burnett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Panel 1

Early Globalists? What the Orientalist travellers have to teach us today.

Nayan Chanda, Editor YaleGlobal Online, Yale Center for the Study for the Study of Globalization Nayan Chanda is Director of Publications of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and editor of YaleGlobal Online. For nearly 30 years, he was with the Hong Kong–based magazine the Far Eastern Economic Review as its reporter, diplomatic correspondent and editor. In 1989-90 Chanda was a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. From 1990-1992 he was editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly. He is the author of Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers and Warriors Shaped Globalization which has been translated into seven languages. Chanda is also the author of Brother Enemy: The War After the War. He is a regular columnist for Times of India, Businessworld and the Straits Times. Chanda is the winner of the 2005 Shorenstein Award for Journalism. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution and a member of the Advisory Council for Brookings Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies. Sanford Climan, President, Entertainment Media Ventures Sandy Climan is President of Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc., a company active in media investment and strategic advisory work, with a particular focus on innovative technologies pushing forward the boundaries of media and entertainment. Mr. Climan has also been active in both motion picture and television production, most notably as Executive Producer of the first digital live-action 3D motion picture, “U2 3D,” Co-Executive Producer of the CBS primetime series “Robbery Homicide Division,” and as Producer of “The Aviator,” the Howard Hughes biographical feature film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for which Mr. Climan was awarded a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Hussein Fahmy, Actor and Regional Ambassador of Goodwill to the Special Olympics and former President of the Cairo International Film FestivalHussein Fahmy is a leading Egyptian and Arab movie star with a film and television career spanning over 40 years. As the first UNDP Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Arab States in 1998 he worked hard to convey to his audience in the Middle East important human development messages. Mr. Fahmy was also appointed the President of the Cairo International Film Festival (1998-2001). In March 2007, Fahmy was named the first Special Olympics Ambassador for the Middle East North Africa Region. In this role, he worked to create awareness and encourage all members of the community to be involved. Lord Poltimore, Deputy Chairman, Europe & Chairman Sotheby's, RussiaLord Mark Poltimore is Deputy Chairman of Europe at Sotheby’s with special responsibility for Russia and the Middle East and regularly appears on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow as a picture expert. Lord Poltimore began his career in 1976 at the art gallery founded by his father - Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox . Later he joined Christies where he wrote a dictionary of 19th century genre (with Philip Hook) and was a pioneer of theme sales with the first sale of Orientalists in 1985, Scandinavian pictures in 1988 then Spanish and German sales. He now frequently travels to the Middle East, exploring the new markets, taking many charity auctions and raising money for the ROTA charity auction in Doha, Aid Against Addiction in Kuwait, the Royal Academy schools and Victims of Torture, amongst others.

Panel 2

Beyond Government Diplomacy: How can we address East West challenges and contribute to bridge building?

Sir Graeme Lamb, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University and former Commander of the UK Field Army at Land Command Sir Graeme Lamb is a senior fellow at Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University and former Commander of the UK Field Army at Land Command.  After stepping down as Commander of the UK Field Army in 2009 Sir Graeme returned to Afghanistan at the direct request of General David Petraeus and General Stanley McChrystal of the US Army, to scope a programme to mimic the success in Iraq and persuade insurgents to surrender their arms. Sir Graeme was instrumental in convincing his U.S. colleagues in Iraq to adopt the principle of a process requiring "patience, subtlety, and a willingness to accept that Iraqis' own proclivities were going to drive much of the war's outcome", and the need to talk to the insurgents leading to a "strategic engagement initiative'’ that reduced violence.
Brian Sullivan, "Street Signs" Co-AnchorBrian Sullivan is co-anchor of CNBC’s Street Signs. He joined CNBC in May 2011 and is based at the network's Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.Sullivan has more than 15 years of financial broadcasting experience, having served as an anchor at Fox Business Network (FBN) and prior to that as producer, reporter and anchor at Bloomberg Television. He is recognized as one of the first financial journalists to highlight the risks of the housing bubble and his 2007 special “Subprime Shockwaves” won the NY CPA Society Excellence in Financial Journalism award and was nominated for the prestigious Loeb Award. Prior to joining Bloomberg in 1997, Sullivan traded chemical commodities for Mitsubishi International. Sullivan has a BA in political science from Virginia Tech, a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and is an avid auto racer.
Senator John Sununu, 2003 - 2009Senator John Sununu cut a unique path from the private sector to public office, serving for three terms in the House of Representatives and for six years as the youngest member of the United States Senate. Before entering public service, Sununu worked for emerging high-tech firms as an engineer, strategy consultant, and a Chief Financial Officer. In Congress, he put his expertise to work for the country, serving on Senate committees such as Commerce, Finance, Banking, and Foreign Relations. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Central Asia, leading delegations to monitor the Palestinian Presidential elections in 2005, and the Lebanese Parliamentary elections in June 2009. He is a member of the Mid-East Working Group at the U.S. Institute for Peace. As one of the few members of Congress with a technical background, Sununu rose quickly to earn a seat on the House Appropriations Committee and serve as Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee. During his term in the Senate, Sununu provided leadership in areas of finance and technology, figuring prominently in debates addressing funding for the National Science Foundation, telecommunications policy, and medical information technology. He led the effort to protect the Internet from regulations, and negotiated a seven-year ban on Internet taxes, as well as legislation that ensured better protection for civil liberties under the PATRIOT Act. From 2008-2009, Sununu served as a member or the Congressional Oversight Panel for the $700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. He currently serves as Co-chair of Broadband for America, a 300-member coalition supporting broadband investment, deployment and access, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Time Warner Cable and Boston Scientific.
Senator at the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Senate and Executive Group Vice-Chairman & MENA CEO, Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLCMazen Darwazeh joined Hikma in 1985 as a medical representative and has held several positions, including Chairman and CEO of Hikma Pharmaceuticals Limited (Jordan). He is a Chairman of Trust Pharma Limited (Algeria), Pharma Ixir Co Ltd (Sudan), and Jordan International Insurance Company. Board Member of: Hikma Pharma (Egypt), IBN Al Baytar (Tunisia), Hikma Pharmaceuticals (Lebanon), Promo Pharma (Morocco), and Capital Bank of Jordan. Member of Board of Trustees: Yarmouk University (Jordan). Advisory Board Member: Lebanese American University (LAU) Lebanon; International Organization for Migration – IOM Geneva, Switzerland; Dean's International Council - Harris School - University of Chicago, and Buck Advisory Council – San Francisco. Mazen holds a BA in Business Administration - (LAU), Lebanon - and an AMP (Advanced Management Program) from INSEAD.
James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute Dr. James J. Zogby is president and founder of the Arab American Institute (AAI) as well as co-founder of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Following the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, he was asked by Vice President Al Gore to lead Builders for Peace, a private sector committee dedicated to promoting U.S. business investment in the West Bank and Gaza. Dr. Zogby hosted “A Capital View” on the Arab Network of America and then the award-winning “Viewpoint with James Zogby,” which airs on Abu Dhabi Television and several satellite networks in the USA. Dr. Zogby has written for the weekly column Washington Watch, which is published in 14 Arab and South Asian countries and is the author of Arab Voices and What Arab’s Think: Values, Beliefs, and Concerns.