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5/5/2017 to 5/6/2017
When: Friday, May 5 to Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:00 PM
Where: Peninsula Hotel
Avenue Kleber
Contact: Jake Strickler

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Join TIAA on Friday and Saturday, May 5 - 6, 2017, as we journey to Paris for the TIAA Spring Business Summit.  TIAA conferences are like no other.  Held at the exquisite Peninsula Hotel, a stone's throw from the Arc de Triomphe, TIAA's Spring Business Summit promises to be exceptional. We bring together dignitaries, fine dining, casual elegance, and most importantly, our amazing Thunderbird alumni; the most important element of all.


Confirmed Speakers (full bios below):

  • Christopher Dickey is the Paris-based foreign editor of The Daily Beast, and is a contributor to NBC/MSNBC News.
  • Pierre Cohade has decades of global experience in Consumer Goods and Industrial Products with companies such as Eastman Kodak, Goodyear, ChinaVest, and Triangle Tyre. His presentation will be titled "Dancing with China, Inc."
  • Dr. Eloi Laurent is the Senior Economist and Scientific Advisor at the French Economic Observatory (OFCE), as well as a lecturer at Sciences-Po, the Paris Institute of Political Studies.
  • Dr. Connson Locke is Senior Lecturer in Practice at the London School of Economics (LSE) where she teaches Leadership, Organisational Behaviour, Cross-cultural Management, and Negotiation and Decision Making.
  • Dominique Moïsi is one of Europe's leading geo-strategic thinkers, a renowned political scientist, author, and co-founder of the prestigious French Institute for International Affairs (IFRI). He now serves as Senior Counsellor of The Institut Montaigne in Paris.
  • Misha Glenny is an award-winning writer and broadcaster whose specialist areas include Cyber Security, Global Organised Crime, the Balkans, Russia, Brazil as well as big picture international relations.
  • Colin Walsh is Chief Executive and founder of Crescent Capital NI Limited and has been an active venture capital investor in Northern Ireland companies for over 20 years.
  • Anand Menon is the Director of King's College's, "The UK in a Changing Europe," a project investigating the increasingly complex relationship between the UK and the EU.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 5th:

  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cocktail reception with TIAA Board members at the Peninsula Hotel

Saturday, May 6th:

  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Professional Development Sessions at the Peninsula Hotel
  • 7:00 p.m. onward  Dinner with attendees and speakers at the Le Meurice Hotel

Attire for Saturday's dinner is Smart Casual; Business Formal for all other events


Pricing for the Summit:


This special pricing includes professional development and training sessions, reception with heavy canapés on Friday evening, light breakfast spread, lunch, refreshments and dinner on Saturday evening.  This event is graciously underwritten and sponsored by the TIAA Board of Directors and the TIAA.

$325 per person          Lifetime and Current Student Members

$375 per person          Premier Members

$425 per person          Annual, Recent Grad and Business Members

$450 per person          Friends and Family Members

$500 per person         All Alumni and Non-Members (includes Annual Membership!)


Registration Closes Friday, April 28, 2017



While the Summit is being held at the Peninsula Friday evening and during the day on Saturday, most attendees have indicated that they are not staying at the Peninsula Hotel, but rather at hotels where they have points, rewards or other preference. We have listed a few hotel options nearby at various star ratings below and might also suggest looking at hotels on or to identify the right hotel for you.  

Other hotel options in the area include:

Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel

Hilton Paris Opera House

Hotel Paris France 




Dominique Moïsi

Dominique Moïsi is one of Europe's leading geo-strategic thinkers. A renowned political scientist, author, and co-founder of the prestigious French Institute for International Affairs (IFRI). He left IFRI in September 2016 to become Senior Counsellor of The Institut Montaigne in Paris.

He is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Advisory Council of the Moscow School of Political Studies, as well as a special member of the Bilderberg Group. Moïsi is currently a Professor at the Institute d'Etudes Politiques at Sciences Po in Paris, and the Pierre Keller Visiting Professor at Harvard University. He also is the holder of the European Geopolitics Chair at the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw, and a visiting professor at King's College, London. 

During the 1990s Moïsi was renowned for writing several "trilateral" (British-German-French) papers with Timothy Garton Ash and Michael Mertes, in favour of a combined eastward enlargement and institutional modernisation of the EU.

An internationally respected specialist in the fields of geopolitics and international relations, he is frequently called upon to comment on the future of Europe, geo-political trends, and the geo-politics of emotions.

Moïsi writes for the Financial Times, New York Times, Die Welt, Der Standard, Foreign Affairs, and many other major newspapers. He is the author of many books including the renowned, 'The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are reshaping the World' (2009), which has been translated into 20 languages.



Christopher Dickey

Christopher Dickey is a war correspondent, historian, and thriller writer, an authority on terrorism, and a memoirist. He is the Paris-based foreign editor of The Daily Beast, and is a contributor to NBC/MSNBC News. Chris also has been a frequent commentator on CNN, the BBC, and NPR. He was formerly a bureau chief for Newsweek in Paris and Cairo, and for The Washington Post in Central America and the Middle East.

Chris's most recent work of non-fiction is "Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South," published in 2015. It was a New York Times best-seller, and was published in paperback in July 2016. Pulitzer prize-winning historian James M. McPherson described it as "an engrossing account of diplomatic derring-do," and Kirkus, in a starred review, called it, flatly, "a great book." The many, many editorial reviews and the enthusiastic reports by Amazon readers speak for themselves.

Chris's earlier works include "Securing the City: Inside America's Best Counterterror Force—The NYPD," chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of 2009. His novel "The Sleeper" was acclaimed by the Times as "a first-rate thriller." His "Summer of Deliverance," another "notable book of the year," was described beautifully by Elizabeth Hardwick as "a heartbreaking, eloquent memoir by the son of the heartbreaking, eloquent poet, James Dickey."

Chris's columns about counter-terrorism, espionage and the Middle East appear regularly now on, where they reach some 23 million readers a month. For links to recent columns and articles, visit "The Shadowland Journal" at Over the years, he has written for Foreign Affairs, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Wired, Rolling Stone, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Republic, among other publications. 

Chris is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a master's degree in documentary film making from Boston University. Among his many honors are a doctorate from Hamilton College and journalism awards from the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association and Georgetown University. Chris is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was formerly an Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow, and the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris. He is on the board of the Overseas Press Club of America.



Pierre Cohade

Pierre E. Cohade has lived and worked globally in four continents, building and leading multi-billion dollar-businesses, in many cases after turning them around.

Most recently, Pierre was the CEO of Triangle Tyre, China largest private tire manufacturer, based in WeiHai, Shan-Dong Province. Pierre was focusing on preparing Triangle Tyre for its US$ 4 billion IPO, modernizing its management processes and governance, and accelerating its globalization. As one of the very few Western CEOs of a Chinese-owned business, Pierre was operating at the heart of China Inc.

Prior to this, Cohade was a Senior Advisor to ChinaVest, Wells Fargo’s Investment Bank affiliate in China. Between 2004 and 2011, Pierre was the President of Goodyear Asia Pacific. He led a major turnaround, repositioning and rapidly expanding this critical part of the company, ultimately delivering 23 quarters of record financial performance. Under Cohade’s leadership, Goodyear Asia Pacific also earned recognition beyond its financial success, receiving numerous third-party awards for its product innovations, brand management, and retail network accomplishments. Cohade’s passion for building winning teams and talent development also saw Goodyear named China’s “Employer of the Year” in 2010 and 2011.

Cohade started to work for Eastman Kodak in the USA as a financial analyst in 1985 and subsequently held business management and executive positions in Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Singapore and Switzerland. He was named General Manager of Kodak Worldwide Consumer Films in 1996 and assumed leadership of the Asia Pacific region for Kodak’s Consumer business in 1999. Cohade was named Chairman of Kodak's Europe, Africa, Middle East and Russia Region in 2001. In 2003, Groupe Danone chose Cohade to run its global Water and Beverage division, based in Paris, France.

The business community elected Cohade governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai from 2006 to 2010. Pierre was named Observer at IBLAC, to the Shanghai Mayor's advisory council in 2007, and to the Overseas Economic Advisor to the Mayor of Dalian in 2009. Pierre is regularly invited to address the World Economic Forum and other leading business summits. He is the founder of the Shanghai’s President Roundtable, a peer-to-peer networking organization connecting CEOs of multinationals whose regional or country headquarters are located in Shanghai.

Cohade has also been actively engaged in community life. Unicef recognized him as “Champion For Children” for his fundraising and contributions to the Sichuan earthquake recovery in 2008. Pierre has also been awarded the "Magnolia Award" by the Shanghai Municipal Government, the highest honor for foreigners living in Shanghai.

A native of Barcelonnette, France, Cohade received a degree in business management from the SKEMA Business School in Sophia-Antipolis, France, in 1984, and an MBA from Penn State University in 1985.

He currently resides in Shanghai with his Japanese-Korean wife Sonoko, and his daughter Sophia-Lena. His two grown children, Arnaud and Alexia, reside in New York, NY.



Dr. Éloi Laurent

Dr. Éloi Laurent is a Senior Economist at OFCE (Sciences Po Centre for Economic Research, Paris). A macroeconomist by training (PhD, highest honors) and laureate of Sciences Po (summa cum laude), his current work focuses on environmental sustainability and well-being, social-ecology, European integration and territorial economy. He is the author or editor of twelve books (five translated into several languages), three governmental reports and a hundred articles published in French and international journals.

Dr. Laurent has a background in policy making as a former parliamentary assistant in the National Assembly (Paris) and aide to the French Prime Minister and an extensive international academic experience as a visiting scholar at New York University and Columbia University, Visiting Professor at the University of Montreal and Visiting scholar and Visiting Professor at Harvard University.

He currently teaches new indicators of well-being, resilience and sustainability at Stanford University and Sciences Po.

He is the author (most recently), in French, of Le Bel avenir de l’Etat Providence (2014), Un Nouveau Monde Economique (2015), Pour une transition social-écologique (2015), Nos Mythologies Economiques (2016), Notre bonne fortune (forthcoming 2017) and in English, Fruitful Economics (2015), Report on the State of the European Union-Is Europe Sustainable? (2015) and Measuring Tomorrow: Accounting for Well-being, Resilience and Sustainability in the 21st century (forthcoming 2017).



Dr. Connson Locke

Dr. Connson Locke is Senior Lecturer in Practice at the London School of Economics (LSE) where she teaches Leadership, Organisational Behaviour, Cross-cultural Management, and Negotiation and Decision Making.

 Connson has over 25 years’ experience as an educator, coach, and consultant working in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and Australia. Prior to entering academia, she served as Regional Training and Development Manager for the Boston Consulting Group where she was responsible for the learning and development of consulting staff in 10 offices across Asia Pacific.

Connson was awarded the LSE Department of Management’s Outstanding Teaching Contribution Award in 2013 and was highly commended for Inspirational Teaching in the LSE Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2015. Connson holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Organisational Behaviour from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University where she graduated with honours.




Colin Walsh

Mr Walsh is Chief Executive and founder of Crescent Capital NI Limited and has been an active venture capital investor in Northern Ireland companies for over 20 years.

An International MBA by background, Colin spent six years with Top Technology, part of Hambros plc, between 1988 and 1994. Top Technology was a London based fund manager responsible for the management of the successful Hambro Advanced Technology Trust family of venture capital funds including HATT plc, HATT II LP and HATT II (1993) LP.

In 1995 Colin, sponsored by Hambros, established Hambro Northern Ireland Venture Managers Limited, now known as Crescent.  To date Crescent has raised three separate venture capital funds totalling £67m and has completed investments in over thirty companies based in Northern Ireland. He is currently Chairman of Acheson Holdings Limited and holds directorships at NiSoft Limited, Fusion Antibodies Limited and Replify Limited.  He has helped guide several portfolio companies through successful strategic exits and IPOs.  Colin is also a trustee for Northern Ireland on the UK board of Barnardo’s children’s charity.

Colin recently completed four years as Northern Ireland Vice Chair and Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the UK’s premier business organisation representing nearly 200,000 firms and 7 million employees to UK policymakers.  In these roles, he met with and spoke to business leaders and politicians helping shape policy during the periods leading up to the Scottish Independence Referendum and the UK’s EU Referendum.



Misha Glenny

Misha Glenny is an award-winning writer and broadcaster whose specialist areas include Cyber Security, Global Organised Crime, the Balkans, Russia, Brazil as well as big picture international relations. He is a sought after keynote speaker and a regular contributor to TED, WIRED and RSA conferences. Along with the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting, he was named UK Cyber Security Journalist of the Year in 2013 and won the Cyber Security feature of the year in 2014. His work focuses on the motivation of criminal hackers, the migration of traditional organised crime groups into cyber and the key issue of Communication in Cyber Security.

His new book Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Riotells the story of the man, Nem of Rocinha, who ran the largest favela in South America for five years as the boss of the largest cocaine concession in Rio de Janeiro. To write the book, Misha was granted exclusive access to Nem in his maximum security prison in the Brazilian interior.

Previously, Misha has written on cybercrime and its consequences in DarkMarket, which has been published in over twenty editions around the world. A former BBC Central Europe correspondent who covered the revolutions in Eastern Europe and the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Misha has written for most major publications in Europe, the United States and Japan.

An earlier book, "McMafia: Seriously Organised Crime" is currently in production at BBC 1 and AMC in the US. It is set to become one of the biggest crime fiction series of 2017. The book was translated into over 30 languages and short-listed for the FT Business Book of the Year, and the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Affairs. Misha recently served as an visiting professor at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and is a regular broadcaster on BBC's Radio 4.



Anond Menon

Before coming to King's, Anand was Professor of West European Politics, and founding Director of the European Research Institute at the University of Birmingham. Prior to that he was University Lecturer in European Politics and Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. He has held visiting positions at New York University, Columbia University and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, amongst others. He is an associate fellow of Chatham House and Senior Associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford. He is co-editor of the journal West European Politics.

Research interests and PhD supervision

     International Organizations

     Theories of European Integration

     British and French politics and foreign policies

     EU institutions

     EU foreign and security policies

Anand has recently been appointed to head the major new project 'The UK in a Changing Europe'. Anand will act as Director for the initiative which will investigate the relationship between the UK and the EU.

Anand is also carrying out a funded research project on EU security policies. The aim of the project is to explain the development, workings and impact of the Common Security and Defence Policy using institutionalist analytical tools developed to explain American Political development. The intention is thus to find an institutionalist explanation both of the evolution of CSDP and of its limited impact. Indeed, one core argument being developed is that CSDP might serve as an ‘alibi,’ allowing member states to claim to be addressing security threats whilst failing to implement potentially expensive but necessary domestic reforms. The major output of the project will be a scholarly manuscript. In addition, however, Anand is writing a shorter, ‘trade’ book on Europe’s place in a changing world intended to appeal to a broader audience and contribute to debates on the changing international order.

Anand is keen to hear from prospective PhD students working on European security, EU foreign and security policies or international institutions more broadly.