In an email sent to graduating seniors, Dean Peter Awn just announced that the 2011 General Studies Class Day speaker will be Roger Leeds, a GS graduate (way way back when) and current professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He may not have a Wikipedia page, but he does have an insanely impressive bio. Below, read the full blurb on him from Awn’s email.
GS class day will be held on Monday, May 16 at 9 am.
From the email from Dean Awn:
This year’s Class Day speaker is Dr. Roger Leeds, a 1966 graduate of GS and an educator, international finance practitioner, author, and commentator. I have known Professor Leeds for many years, and I am honored to have him as this year’s keynote speaker.
Currently Professor Leeds is a professor at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) where he also serves as the director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy.
Professor Leeds’s international career began 30 years ago in Brazil where he served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Since then he has worked in financial sector development, private equity, and venture capital investing in emerging markets in more than 80 countries. He received his MA and PhD from SAIS.
Over the past dozen years Professor Leeds has dedicated himself to teaching and research on the intersection of interests and responsibilities between the public and private sectors in the international arena. In addition to guest lecturing at universities around the world, he has taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University School of Business. He is the author of a book entitled Financing Small Enterprises in Developing Countries and more than 30 publications. He has lectured at numerous universities around the world, and has been a guest commentator on various radio and television programs, including CNN, Bloomberg News, CBS News, CNBC, and National Public Radio.