Donald Trump: His Strategy and Implications for Businesses

Mark Kennedy explains the impact of what a US President Donald Trump would mean for business. Later, Dr. Mark Lee Ford joins for a dialogue session.

Main Speaker

The Honorable Mark Kennedy leads George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), the world's first and foremost school of applied politics and strategic communications. Previously, Mr. Kennedy led as a Senior Vice President and Treasurer of a Fortune 100 company (Macy’s) and helped Pillsbury acquire Häagen Dazs and spread it around the globe. He also served three terms in the U.S. Congress (2001–7). He then returned to the private sector in a global role with Accenture (a leading consulting firm) and continued his public service as a presidential appointee to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy (under both President Bush and President Obama).

Mark has a record of effective collaboration. While a Republican Congressman, he partnered with twenty Democrats to introduce and lead several pieces of legislation; more than half of the Democrats in the U.S. House co-sponsored one of his bills.

Kennedy regularly provides insights to media outlets worldwide including BBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, CSPAN, France2, NBC - Face the Nation, Sky News – Arabia, NPR, SRF - Swiss Radio, Voice of Russia, Bloomberg / Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, LA Times, Politico, U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.

A graduate of St. John's University, Mr. Kennedy received a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from The University of Michigan.

Dialogue Partner

PhD, MS Aerospace Engineering (Boston University)
MBA (Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business)
BSc Astrophysics (University of Toronto, Trinity College)

Dr. Mark Lee Ford came to Japan in 1994 as principal scientist of several aerospace endeavors between the U.S. and Japan governments. Thereafter, he has been working extensively in corporate venturing, strategy, and restructuring for multinationals and Japanese clients.

Concurrently, Ford is involved with medical ventures and teaches at two universities in Tokyo. His scientific interests include fluid mechanics and oncology.