We are very pleased to announce our speaker for October, Dr. John D. Sullivan, Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, an independent consultant on international development, and former Executive Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). The CIPE is part of the National Endowment for Democracy, and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Sullivan started as associate director of the Democracy Program in 1983, helping to establish both CIPE and the National Endowment for Democracy. After serving as CIPE program director, he became executive director in 1991. Under his leadership CIPE developed a number of innovative approaches that link democratic development to market reforms: combating corruption, promoting corporate governance, building business associations, supporting the informal sector, and programs to assist women and youth entrepreneurs. Dr. Sullivan retired as CIPE Executive Director in 2016.
Dr. Sullivan is the author of a number of publications on ethics, corporate governance, and anti-corruption including “The Moral Compass of Companies: Business Ethics and Corporate Governance as Anti-Corruption Tools”, International Finance Corporation, 2009 and “The Role of Corporate Governance in Fighting Corruption,” in the Russian National Council on Corporate Governance annual National Corporate Governance Report, Oct. 2013.
Democracy promotion and international aid programs are very relevant to the current U.S. presidential campaign. Please join us to hear Dr. Sullivan’s take on the challenges a new administration will face in crafting policy toward the developing world.