Perspectives on Moneyball Diplomacy - Speaker Bios
Ambassador Marc Grossman - The Cohen Group
U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2011-2012)
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2001-2005)
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1997-2000)
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey (1994-1997)
Ambassador Grossman served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department's third ranking official, until his retirement in 2005 after 29 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. As Under Secretary, he helped marshal diplomatic support for the international response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. He also managed U.S. policies in the Balkans and Colombia and promoted a key expansion of the NATO alliance. As Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, he helped direct NATO's military campaign in Kosovo and an earlier round of NATO expansion. In Turkey, Ambassador Grossman encouraged vibrant U.S.-Turkish economic relations.
Ambassador Grossman was a Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group from July 2005 to February 2011.
In February, 2011 President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton called Ambassador Grossman back to service as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ambassador Grossman promoted the international effort to support Afghanistan by shaping major international meetings in Istanbul, Bonn, Chicago and Tokyo. He provided U.S. backing for an Afghan peace process designed to end thirty years of conflict and played an important part in restoring U.S. ties with Pakistan.
In January, 2013 Ambassador Grossman was appointed a Kissinger Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute at Yale University. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Senior Living Foundation of the Foreign Service and a board member of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Raised in Los Angeles, California, Ambassador Grossman has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.Sc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ambassador Alan Larson - Covington & Burling LLP
Ambassador Larson is a distinguished economist and former U.S. diplomat. He provides clients with strategic advice, counseling and representation at the intersection of international business and public policy. His practice encompasses international investment and acquisitions, centering on the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); sanctions and trade compliance; international energy transactions and international trade. Ambassador Larson is Chairman of Transparency International/USA and a Board Member of Bread for the World. He is a Career Ambassador in the U.S. Foreign Service and served as Under Secretary of State for Economics, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, and Ambassador to OECD.
Kenneth Neil Cukier - The Economist
Kenneth Neil Cukier is the Data Editor of The Economist. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Japan business and finance correspondent, and before that, the paper's global technology correspondent based in London, where his work focused on innovation, intellectual property and Internet governance.
Previously, he was the technology editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and a regular commentator on CNBC Asia. Earlier still, he was the European Editor of Red Herring and worked at The International Herald Tribune in Paris. From 2002 to 2004 Mr. Cukier was a research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, working on the Internet and international relations.
His writings have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Prospect, The Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among others. He has been a frequent commentator on business and technology matters for CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC and others. Mr. Cukier serves on the board of directors of International Bridges to Justice, a Geneva-based NGO promoting legal rights in developing countries. Additionally, he serves on the board of advisors to the Daniel Pearl Foundation.