Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 8 (August)

JGU hosts leading scholars under 10th anniversary Jindal Global Lecture Series

To celebrate the vision in its tenth anniversary year, JGU hosted the 10th Anniversary Jindal Global Lecture Series marking a decade of building excellence in higher education, JGU has hosted leading scholars in various disciplines from across the globe. The lectures include:

Peace Building for Nation Building: Searching for International Peace in the Age of Globalisation delivered by Professor (Dr.) Kenneth Holland, President Emeritus, American University of Afghanistan on 5 August 2019 at JGU.

About the speaker:

Dr. Kenneth Holland is President Emeritus of the American University of Afghanistan. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, M.A. in Government from the University of Virginia and B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude) from Furman University. He has held previous academic positions at Luther College, the University of Wisconsin—Madison, the University of Vermont, the University of Memphis, Kansas State University, and Ball State University. He has been a Fulbright Professor at Tohoku University in Japan, a Visiting Professor at the University of Calgary in Canada, a Research Fellow at the Australian National University and a Fulbright Specialist in Burma. He is a Past President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. He is the winner of three research awards and has published eight books and more than 60 refereed articles and edited five special issues of internationally known journals. Dr. Holland has held a variety of leadership positions in higher education, including Department Chair, Dean, Associate Provost and President. For the past 13 years, he has been implementing higher education development projects, with funding from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, U.S. Department of State, NATO and the United States Agency for International Development, in a variety of countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Russia.


The Caged Pheonix: Can India Fly delivered by Professor (Dr.) Dipankar Gupta, Indian Sociologist and Public Intellectual and Former Professor, Centre for Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University on 22 August 2019 at JGU.

About the speaker:

Dipankar Gupta, Sociologist and Public Intellectual, was formerly Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. For a brief period, from 1993–1994, he was also associated with the Delhi School of Economics as Professor in the Department of Sociology. His current research interests include rural-urban transformation, labour laws in the informal sector, modernity, ethnicity, caste and stratification.

Dr. Gupta is a regular columnist with The Times of India, The Hindu, and other well-known publications. He serves on the boards of a number of institutions like the Reserve Bank of India, the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) and Max India. Dr. Gupta started and led KPMG’s Business Ethics and Integrity Division at New Delhi, and was a member of the National Security Advisory Board and the News Broadcasting Standards Authority. He has also been on the Board of Governors, Doon School.

The State of the Indian Economy: Great Expectations and Missed Opportunities delivered by Professor (Dr.) Ila Patnaik Professor National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), Former Principal Economic Advisor, Government of India on 27 August 2019 at JGU.

About the speaker:

Ila Patnaik is a Professor at NIPFP. Prior to this, she was the Principal Economic Advisor to the Government of India from May 2014 to December 2015.  Prior to joining NIPFP, she has worked at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER), and as Economics Editor at the Indian Express. Her main area of interest is open economy macroeconomics, including issues related to capital flows, the exchange rate regime, monetary policy, business cycles and the financial sector in the context of opening of the capital account. Her recent papers deal with India’s experience with capital flows, methods for testing, dating and monitoring structural change of the exchange rate regime, an examination of the exchange rate regime in India and China, questions of moral hazard in the currency exposure of firms, and explaining the change in home bias against Indian firms.


Investment Banking: Past, Present & Future by Mr. Archie Parnell, Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs on 29 August 2019 at JGU.

About the speaker:

Archie Parnell started his tax career in 1974 at the United States Department of Justice in its Tax Division as a trial attorney. He then joined the staff of the Ways and Means Committee of the US House of Representatives. He left the US Government to join Exxon Corporation’s Tax Department and, in 1984, was sent to Hong Kong to head its Asia Pacific Tax Department. Exxon thereafter sent him to Brussels to its European Tax Department. Archie returned to Hong Kong in 1990 and joined Coudert Brothers, and later joined Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and Tokyo where he headed its tax function in Asia. He left Goldman Sachs in 2017 and ran for United States Congress in the 5th District of South Carolina as a Democrat (he lost).

While in Hong Kong, Archie was active in various tax committees and was Chair of the American Chamber’s Tax Committee in 1992, 1993 and 1998 and Chair of the Capital Markets Tax Committee of Asia in 1994, 1995 and 1997. He participated in the Joint Liaison Tax Committee for several years in the 1990s and as on the Board of Review for 10 years. He was a member of the Business and Investment Advisory Committee (“BIAC”) to the OECD from 2010 to 2016 and Vice Chair of BIAC’s Tax Committee to the OECD from 2013 to 2016.