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San Francisco, California | Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Understanding Globalization

We hear the term globalization, but what does it mean? For us at the University of Rochester, it carries a sense of possibility and responsibility, of what can happen when students and faculty near and far come together to address matters of global consequence. Climate change, migration, artistic excellence and beyond—these matters extend beyond borders, and each has the potential to affect humankind everywhere.

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Solomon Abiola
PhD candidate, Translational Biomedical Sciences and Computer Science, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Solomon Abiola is a data scientist consultant and PhD candidate pursuing a joint degree in translational biomedical sciences and computer science. His research focus is on big data and applications of network theory to infectious disease using mHealth/wearable devices.

As an undergraduate at Princeton University he developed Node, a research project that uses smartphones to track the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika in real-time. Node was deployed during the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, with funding from the NSF. Abiola holds a MS in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Gregory Bauer
Rajesh Wadhawan Professor
Associate Dean, Simon Business School

Gregory Bauer is the associate dean of full-time programs and clinical professor of finance at the Simon Business School. He specializes in international finance and has developed courses on global financial markets for Simon’s executive students in India and has delivered the program’s Financial Markets and Investment Management course in Switzerland and Hong Kong.

Prior to rejoining Simon full-time in 2017, he served as senior research director in the financial markets department of the Bank of Canada. Bauer received his doctorate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Margo Georgiadis P’18, P’23
CEO, Ancestry

Margo Georgiadis joined Ancestry as its chief executive officer in May 2018. Bringing together science, technology, and self-discovery, Ancestry’s products and services leverage data and distinct content across family history and consumer genomics to provide consumers with valuable insights into their lives.

Prior to joining Ancestry, Georgiadis served as CEO of Mattel, Inc. and president, Americas, at Google Inc. where she led the company’s commercial operations and advertising sales in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Georgiadis earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Randall W. Stone
Professor of Political Science
Director, Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies 

Randall Stone is a political scientist specializing in international relations. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, the Journal of Politics, and other leading political science journals, and he is the author of three books: Controlling Institutions: International Organizations and the Global Economy (2011); Lending Credibility: The IMF and the Post-Communist Transition (2002); and Satellites and Commissars: Strategy and Conflict in the Politics of Soviet-bloc Trade (1996).

Stone speaks German, Russian and Polish and is currently working on a project on interactions between multinational corporations and international institutions. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Berlin, has consulted for the International Monetary Fund, and is a current member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Stone is a graduate of Harvard University, where he earned both his BA and PhD.