Business in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

Held Nov. 17, 2021

The Whitman School of Management hosted its popular Syracuse University Talks Business webinar series on Business in Asia. The panel featured experts who discussed many topics including: The implications of the recalibration of U.S. foreign policy on the region and American firms doing business in Asia; The impact of national security policies and fin-tech on compliance challenges in international finance; and Asian perspectives on the current global supply chain problems. The panelists also shared thoughts on how Asia will emerge out of the current pandemic crisis, as well as trade alliances shaping new economic trends across Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific region.

Kyu Lee, associate dean for global initiatives and professor of marketing

Ravi Dharwadkar, the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, the Whitman Advisory Council Professor and professor of management

Kristen Patel, professor, policy studies program; Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg professor of practice in Korean and East Asian affairs

Bart Edes, distinguished fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC) and professor of practice, McGill University


Ravi Dharwadkar 

Ravi Dharwadkar is the Whitman Advisory Council Professor of Management and the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University’s Whitman School. He also serves as the chair of the Management Department. Professor Dharwadkar is a recipient of numerous awards including Whitman’s Thomas Finucane Award for Exceptional Scholarship, 2002, the inaugural Whitman Research Fellowship (2004-2006), the Teaching Recognition Award of the Meredith Professorship, 2003, the Whitman Teaching Fellowship (2006-2008), Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, 2007, Syracuse University, and Poets and Quants 2017 Top 40 Undergraduate Professors, among others. 

Dr. Dharwadkar’s research interests include corporate governance, corporate strategy, and international business. His research articles appear in the Academy of Management ReviewAcademy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Corporate Finance and Review of Accounting Studies, among other journals. 

Dr. Dharwadkar teaches courses in international business, organization theory, and strategy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Dharwadkar is serving his fourth term on the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Journal and is an editor at Corporate Governance: An International Review. He recently served as a co-chairperson of SU’s Internationalization Council and SU’s Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Gender Pay Equity. He has also been a member of SU’s Faculty Salary Pay Review Committee, Sesquicentennial Celebration Steering Committee (2017-2019), and University Lecture Series Committee (2019). Prior to joining academia, Professor Dharwadkar worked for Reliance Industries, India’s largest private sector company.

Professor Dharwadkar received his B.Sc.(Mathematics) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India, his MBA in Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur, India, and his Ph.D. degree in Management from the University of Cincinnati.

Bart Édes

Bart Édes is a policy analyst, commentator, and author of Learning From Tomorrow: Using Strategic Foresight to Prepare for the Next Big Disruption (2021). He focuses on developing Asian economies, international development, cross-border trade and investment, innovation, social policies, and transformative trends reshaping the world. 

Since December 2020, he has served as a non-resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, and was named a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in January 2021. Between 2001 and 2020, Édes held senior staff positions at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), most recently serving as the lender’s North American Representative (2017-2020). While based at ADB’s Manila headquarters, he oversaw teams responsible for policy, strategy and operational guidance on education, governance, health, inclusive business, ICT for development, knowledge management, poverty reduction, social protection and stakeholder consultation. He also guided formulation of ADB’s landmark Public Communications Policy, explored the impact of climate change on migration in Asia, launched ADB’s largest community of practice (on social development), and managed partnerships with civil society organizations, donors and international organizations. Between 1994-2000, Édes led communications for a Paris-based 
EU-OECD joint initiative supporting public administration reform in Central and Eastern Europe.  

Édes has a bachelor’s degree in Government from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Born in Prince Albert, SK, he now resides in Montréal, QC.

Kris Patel

Kristen (Kris) Patel, a distinguished alumna of the Maxwell School (’90 Econ, PSt) with more than 25 years of experience leading intelligence and analytics programs in the public and private sectors, and is the Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs. 

In her role, Patel serves as a faculty member in the Policy Studies Program and teaches undergraduate courses in policy studies and graduate courses in public administration and international affairs. In addition, Patel is a research associate in Maxwell’s Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) and contributes to Syracuse University’s Intelligence Center Community of Academic Excellence.

Patel has extensive first-hand experience building and leading intelligence and research analytics programs within a national and international context. Over her 25 year career, Patel has developed and managed numerous large teams of high performing intelligence analysts focused on proactive intelligence and network analysis, particularly qualitative and quantitative analysis of large, transnational networks to identify a wide spectrum of financial crime and national security risks.

Patel most recently served as Regional Head of Research & Analytics in Asia-Pacific for HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, where her responsibilities included building and managing a regional financial crime intelligence capability based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining HSBC in 2017, Patel served as the deputy director of Intelligence at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in the US Department of Treasury. In addition to directing strategic support for a wide range of US Government customers and foreign partners on high priority issues, she co-led the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units multilateral analytic effort against foreign terrorist fighters, including co-authoring analytic products with several international partners.Patel has also served in a variety of senior management roles in Asia and Washington D.C. at the DNI Open Source Center (OSC) and Central Intelligence Agency. In addition to serving as OSC Bureau Chief in Seoul, South Korea and managing day-to-day operations in the CIA/Sherman Kent School’s largest analytic program, she led US Government interagency initiatives related to counter-terrorism and proliferation issues and provided daily intelligence briefings for senior NSC staff and White House advisors

Dawn McWilliams