2013 Global Operations Support and Compliance Forum
October 22-23, 2013
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
St. Louis, MO
Senior Associate General Counsel
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
SHOW FULL BIO » Donald M. Amundson, JD, is an Associate General Counsel in the University of Minnesota’s Office of the General Counsel, which he joined in 1996. His legal practice focuses on international activities and agreements in addition to general business matters. He works very closely with the University’s Global Programs and Strategy Alliance as well as many other University units to help manage risk in connection with the University’s international activities. He has presented a webinar on Risks and Legal Considerations in Education Abroad and also was a contributing author to a chapter on Legal and Regulatory Considerations in International Research Collaborations in the book published in 2010 entitled International Research Collaborations: Much to be Gained, Many Ways to Get in Trouble. He is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and has served on its Finance and Audit Committee for several years. He also has presented a NACUA seminar entitled Ambassadors Abroad: Due Diligence in Sending Students Overseas at a CLE Workshop in 2011. Don received his law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School after earning his baccalaureate degree summa cum laude from St. Olaf College, where he was also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. His prior legal experience includes private practice at the Dorsey & Whitney law firm as well as in-house work for several corporations. Mr. Amundson has been practicing law since 1980.
Business Manager for Global Gateways
The Ohio State University
SHOW FULL BIO » Ashley Behrendt serves as Business Coordinator for the Global Gateways at The Ohio State University. She is responsible for providing fiscal management for the Global Gateways, including offices in China and India. In addition, she handles program coordination and communications support for Gateway initiatives. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the College of Wooster. Ashley Behrendt Business Coordinator Global Gateways Office of International Affairs 101 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 614-292-4521 Office email@example.com osu.edu
International Employment Partner
White & Case LLP
SHOW FULL BIO » Donald C. Dowling, Jr. Donald C. Dowling, Jr., International Employment Partner at White & Case LLP in New York City, leads a team of lawyers who exclusively practice outbound international employment law for multinational employer clients. Don and his team advise on multi-jurisdictional employment-law compliance on matters including: global reductions-in-force, global codes of conduct/HR policies/benefits offerings, global HR information systems/data privacy, employment issues in global M&A deals, and expatriates. Don is ranked in the top tier (“Leading”) in the only competitive ranking of U.S. international labor/employment lawyers, London-based PLC Which Lawyer?, he is ranked by Chambers as one of the top 47 labor/employment lawyers in New York, and he is ranked by SuperLawyers, Legal 500, ExpertGuides and ABA/IBA Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers. Ethisphere named Don as the only employment lawyer in the U.S. on its list of "2010 Attorneys Who Matter." As an adjunct law school professor, Don teaches International Employment Law and European Union Law. He has spoken worldwide (in English and Spanish) and published dozens of articles on international employment and international data privacy law, including articles in law journals of the ABA and of Cornell and Northwestern University law schools, and including chapters in books published by Oxford University Press, Matthew Bender, Thomson/West, Kluwer, PLI, Aspen, and others. One of his articles is excerpted in two different West Group casebooks, and another has been cited by a state supreme court. The Cambridge University Press casebook The Global Workplace opens with an epigraph quoting Don’s. Don is a member of the advisory boards of editors of the publications EuroWatch, International HR Journal, PLC Labour & Employment USA, and the International Labor & Employment Laws treatise series. He is a member of the board of the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law. Don is an officer of the International Bar Association Discrimination Law committee, a former officer of the ABA International Law Section, and a former chair of the ABA International Employment Law Committee and the Chicago and Cincinnati Bar Associations' International Law Committees. He is on the New York bar, and (inactive status) on the bars of Illinois and Ohio. He graduated from the University of Chicago and the University of Florida College of Law.
University Tax Director
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
SHOW FULL BIO » Kelly D. Farmer is the University Tax Director at the University of Minnesota and has served in that position since 2001. From 1995 to 2001, Kelly was at Arizona State University achieving the title of Senior Tax Manager. He started his career with the former “big eight” firm of Arthur Young & Co and later became a partner in a local CPA firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Kelly has a BS from Brigham Young University School of Accountancy. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kelly specializes in higher education and exempt organization tax issues and is an instructor at numerous national seminars each year. He has also represented the higher education sector in hearings with the Internal Revenue Service regarding tax regulatory matters. Kelly served on the NACUBO Tax Council for eleven years through 2007 and as chair of the Tax Council for 2004 – 2005. Under the direction of Kelly, the University Tax Management Office (TMO) is responsible for advising and consulting on significant tax issues impacting a very large, decentralized, complex exempt organization. All tax matters of the University are addressed by the TMO and significant tax issues range from those dealing with tax-exempt debt, employment and fringe benefits, scholarships, state and local sales taxes, unrelated business income, and international tax issues, to representing the University in controversies involving federal and state tax authorities.
SHOW FULL BIO » Rob is a Partner in PwC’s National Exempt Organizations Tax Services practice, and is the Firm's U.S. Tax Health Services / Higher Education Sector leader. His practice focuses on providing advice regarding tax and business issues associated with tax-exempt higher education, healthcare, and pension trust organizations, as well as their related for-profit and joint venture entities. Rob serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate Tax Program at Temple University School of Law (instructing the course "Taxation of Exempt Organizations"), and is a member of the ABA (Section of Taxation, Committee on Exempt Organizations; Health Law Section), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and American Health Lawyers Association. He is a frequent speaker on tax matters involving exempt organizations and the healthcare and higher education industry, including programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the National and Eastern Associations of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO/EACUBO). He is an author of a number of articles appearing in national journals, including the Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations, the Journal of Real Estate Taxation, Taxation of Exempts, the International Journal of Civil Society Law, and The Health Lawyer. Rob is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, and received his J.D (magna cum laude) and LL.M. (Taxation) degrees from Temple University School of Law. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Associate General Counsel
Washington University in St. Louis
SHOW FULL BIO » Christopher W. Goddard is Associate General Counsel for Washington University in St. Louis. His responsibilities cover a wide spectrum of corporate, litigation, and healthcare activities. He devotes a substantial portion of his practice to regulatory and corporate compliance in areas such as federal grants and contracts, physician billing, data privacy and security, international initiatives, export controls, and environmental health and safety. He also handles software licensing, litigation management, and insurance matters. Prior to joining Washington University, Mr. Goddard served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri and as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He has also been an adjunct professor for Washington University School of Law. Mr. Goddard is President-Elect of the Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis Chapter. He is also a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. His civic involvement has included various roles with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Mr. Goddard received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his JD from Washington University School of Law.
Assistant Director of International Business Compliance
Johns Hopkins University
SHOW FULL BIO » Sunanda K. Holmes is the new Director of Business Planning and Contracts for Cornell University’s Qatar campus. Prior to her joining Cornell, she was the Global Compliance Officer at the Johns Hopkins University. Sunanda has a Juris Doctorate, a Masters of Law, and a Masters of Business Administration. She has more than 20 years of experience as an international attorney practicing corporate and business law, and working on policy-related issues in education, health care, and governance. Her experience includes counseling U.S. businesses working with foreign partners as well as negotiating agreements and preparing legal documents related to international transactions, joint ventures, business formation, and agency and distribution arrangements. Sunanda was a Senior Fellow and an Adjunct Faculty member at the Georgetown University Law Center. She also was a Fulbright Scholar as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Birzeit University and Al Quds University in the West Bank.
SHOW FULL BIO » Karen is a seasoned non-proft finance professional having worked in the sector for 25+ years, 18 of which have been in central and school-level financial roles at Stanford University. In 2014, she was named Treasurer of Stanford, with responsibility for treasury and global business services functions. Prior to that, for the past 8 years she was responsible for the start-up and establishment of business services and compliance infrastructure to support Stanford's global activities. Raised in South Africa, she graduated from Cambridge University, UK and trained as a Chartered Accountant with PW (now PwC), London. She is married with two children aged 14 and 9, and lives in the SF Bay Area.
Chief Administrative Officer
SHOW FULL BIO » Steve Kenney is currently the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q). He has 20 years of international development experience working in more than 30 countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Russia. Prior to joining WCMC-Q, he served as vice president for finance at the American University of Beirut (AUB). His first international post was in 1991, when he was appointed by the University of Maine as the founding Chief Financial Officer for their joint initiative in Eastern Europe, the American University of Bulgaria (AUBG). Steve graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA. He is a CPA and has held several other professional certifications (CIA, CISA and CFE) during his career.
Senior Director, Higher Education
SHOW FULL BIO » Bob Lammey leads the Higher Education practice at High Street Partners (HSP), a firm that specializes in supporting universities with legal and compliance aspects of their activities abroad. Bob is a CPA and joined HSP from Harvard University, where he was the Director of Global Business Compliance, responsible for oversight over the university’s international programs, U.S. tax reporting, financial policies and internal controls. He began his career at Ernst & Young, and has worked abroad as a financial executive in multiple countries. Bob has been invited to speak at numerous industry conferences, including NCURA, NACUBO, CUGH, URMIA, Forum on Education Abroad, AIEA, NACUA, and others. He also facilitates an ongoing international webcast series for NACUBO, which kicked-off in 2011.
Director, Global Support Services
SHOW FULL BIO » Joseph Levy is the Director of Global Support Services at Harvard University, where he oversees broad-based HR, financial, and operational assistance and consulting to international projects, as well as safety, security, and emergency management for faculty, staff, and students traveling and working abroad. He is also Vice President for Operations at Harvard Global Research and Support Services, Inc., which provides overseas employment and administrative services to offices and research projects. In more than a decade at Harvard, he has worn many hats, including performing arts administrator, HR professional, and international safety director.
Manager, International Tax Services
SHOW FULL BIO » John (J.C.) is a Manager in the International Tax Services group in PwC's Philadelphia office. J.C. provides tax consulting services to clients in a number of industries. He specializes in international tax and business matters and has advised multi-national companies, universities and other tax exempt organizations. J.C. has experience with foreign tax credit planning, computation of earnings and profits, tax treaty analysis, withholding tax planning, hybrid financial instruments, subpart F income, global holding company structuring, intellectual property planning and other international tax planning strategies. J.C. has also made presentations addressing international tax developments before the Tax Executives Institute of the Philadelphia area. J.C. received his Bachelor of Accountancy from George Washington University and his J.D. from Widener University. He is a member of the Bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey. He is also a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Partner on Secondment, India Tax Desk
SHOW FULL BIO » Dwarak is a Partner on secondment from India to the International Tax Services team with PwC in New York. As part of his responsibilities, Dwarak leads the India Desk of the firm in New York. Dwarak graduated in commerce from Bangalore University, India with honors and is a Chartered Accountant. He frequently authors articles in tax journals in India and in the U.S. and is a regular speaker at conferences internationally. Prior to joining the firm Dwarak was with Arthur Andersen. Dwarak has over 14 years of experience in advising clients across several industries including information & technology , retail & consumer products, engineering and construction, pharmaceuticals and financial services. His clients have included some of the largest U.S. and European based multinational companies. Dwarak also has significant expertise and experience in advise many educational and not for profit institutions in relation to their Indian investment and operating strategies, including regulatory and tax issues relating to such operations. Dwarak's experience encompasses the field of Indian corporate income-tax including devising entry strategies into India, structuring of investments and exits, mergers and acquisitions and due diligence reviews. He has significant experience in advising multinational companies on structuring of contractual arrangements from a tax perspective, evaluation of tax holiday opportunities, structuring IP arrangements and devising cash repatriation strategies.
Assistant Vice President, International Finance
Carnegie Mellon University
SHOW FULL BIO » Carrie L. Nelson has held the position of AVP, International Finance for Carnegie Mellon University since 2005. In her current role Carrie is a member of the University’s management team and oversees global finance functions as well as domestic and international staff. These duties include but are not limited to: financial reporting and operations, tax analysis, financial system structure, budgets, contracts review, compliance, documentation and process improvement, payroll, cash management, audit, travel, shipping, financial modeling, as well as human resources functions, international advancement, and other International operations. Prior to her current role, Carrie was the Senior Director, International and Strategic Finance from 2003 – 2005. From 1998 until joining Carnegie Mellon, Carrie held a Senior Manager position within KPMG’s consulting practice. In that role Carrie was responsible for project management (including client interactions and communications, project development, project budgeting and staffing, recruitment, financial analysis and forecasting, and presenting at technical conferences), and served as Acting Director of Finance for Top 100 Research University, oversaw GA/AR and grant related GL conversion to Oracle upgrades, directed organizational assessment at international non-profit organizations, and directed a team of 40+ employees to serve Higher Education and non-profit clients. Carrie serves as a board member for the NACUBO International Resource Center participating in presentations and content where she has lent her expertise and advice to other organizations looking to expand globally.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pappas Consulting Group Inc.
SHOW FULL BIO » ALCESTE T. PAPPAS, PH.D. President and CEO, Pappas Consulting Group Inc. Dr. Pappas received the A.B. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. from Harvard University, and the Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Pappas began her professional career at the University of California, Berkeley, where among other positions, she served as Director of Housing and Child Care Services. In 1979, she joined Peat Marwick Mitchell to develop Firm-wide strategic management consulting services for colleges, universities and non-profit organizations. She was admitted to the partnership in 1984 and was designated KPMG Peat Marwick’s Partner-in-Charge of Consulting Services to Education and Non-Profit organizations in 1987. In 1992, Dr. Pappas created the Pappas Consulting Group Inc., currently headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to serve educational and non-profit institutions. A cadre of over fifty consulting associates work with Dr. Pappas on a variety of complex strategic and financial management engagements with clients in the US and internationally. Over the years, she has authored a number of articles in such publications as NACUBO Business Officer, CASE Currents, and KPMG Management Focus. She is nationally known for her book, Reengineering Your Non-Profit Organization, published by John Wiley & Sons. Dr. Pappas served as Vice Chairperson of the Executive Board of the College of Letters and Science of the University of California Berkeley and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Clark University and of the University of California Berkeley Foundation. She has also served as a member of the Board of the Committee for Economic Development, Catalyst and the Middle States Association. Dr. Pappas is listed in Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in America.
University of Pennsylvania
SHOW FULL BIO » MARYANN Q PICCOLO MaryAnn is the Associate Comptroller, Tax and International Operations of the University of Pennsylvania and holds the primary responsibility of ensuring that the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Health System along with its exempt and non-exempt subsidiaries are in compliance with all Federal, State and Local Tax regulations. A University employee for more than 16 years, she brings with her more than 28 years’ experience as a tax professional. In this capacity, she is largely responsible for the management, monitoring, and communication of tax law changes as they relate to higher education and the health care industry as well as communication of tax law changes that effect faculty, staff and students. In particular, MaryAnn directs and controls the outsourcing partnership for tax consulting and compliance with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and is responsible for the Payroll Tax Operation and its functions. MaryAnn responsibilities also include compliance, reporting, and monitoring of International Activities. Prior to coming to Penn, MaryAnn was the New York Metro Region Manager for Tax and Legal Services with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP fully dedicated to PwC’s Automated Compliance & Maintenance initiative involving the service of automating state and local sales/use tax compliance and reporting functions. In addition, MaryAnn spent more than 12 years in the corporate sector the most recent working for Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, NJ. As Senior Tax Analyst, she participated in analyzing tax benefits and risks in relation to mergers, transfers and acquisitions as well as developed and instituted tax compliance training sessions to all major procurement operations within six states for the consumer and pharmaceutical business MaryAnn earned her Bachelors of Arts degree and MBA degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Project Manager, Global Support
University of Washington
SHOW FULL BIO » Kate Riley is the program manager for the Global Support Program that operates out of the Controller’s Office at the University of Washington. Her goal in this position is “to make it easy for the UW community to conduct research anywhere in the world.” Since a lot of the program’s work involves improving administrative processes, her prior extensive background in Total Quality Management has been helpful. She was the manager of the Quality Program in the UW’s Financial Management Division and before that worked in quality improvement in healthcare. She served for three years as a senior examiner for the Washington State Quality Award. She has her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington.
Vice President for Finance
Hamad Bin Khalifa University
SHOW FULL BIO » Mr. Fouad Sayess is Vice President for Finance at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), located in Education City, Doha, Qatar. HBKU is a new masters and doctoral level research university. HBKU has plans to create four colleges: Science, Engineering and Technology; Business; Public Health; and Humanities and Social Sciences. HBKU also houses the Faculty of Islamic Studies and Partners in the development of new programs with eight branch campuses within Education City (Georgetown, Virginia Commonwealth, Carnegie Mellon, Texas A&M, Weill Cornell Medical, Northwestern, University College of London and HEC Paris). Previous to HBKU, Mr. Sayess was at the American University in Cairo (AUC) where, as Vice President for Finance, he had been responsible for: financial activities, including external and internal reporting and analysis; all aspects of management of a $200 million budget including establishing budget strategies, budget preparation for over 250 cost centers and Board of Trustees reporting to three board committees (Finance, Audit and Investment); research grant oversight; endowment management of over $500 million; Internal Audit; Supply Chain; and asset management. AUC student enrollment is approximately 6,800, of whom 1,500 are graduate students. AUC offers a liberal arts education along with professional programs in Engineering and Business. Continuing education programs are also offered to more than 40,000 students. Mr. Sayess served as founding Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance at the American University of Sharjah where he assumed financial and administrative responsibility for the development of the University, which started with 300 students and is now fully accredited with over 5,000 graduate and undergraduate students. He provided leadership and direction for University administrative and financial support functions, including Financial Operations, Information Technology, Budget, Human Resources, Physical Plant, University Services (material management, residential halls and faculty housing, auxiliary and food service), Health Services, and Campus Security. Mr. Sayess had also worked in the United States for the Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation where he was Senior Vice President and Treasurer as well as President and Chief Operations Officer of an education services subsidiary corporation.
Director of Health and Safety, DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
SHOW FULL BIO » In 2008, Stacey Tsantir became the University of Minnesota’s first fill-time international health, safety, and compliance professional. Mrs. Tsantir is responsible for international health, safety, and liability issues for education abroad students, international students/scholars, faculty, and staff across the five-campus system. She manages the university’s international policies, emergency planning and response, international medical and security insurance, global operations and international travel committee. She is the current chair of NAFSA’s Education Abroad Knowledge Committee’s Health and Safety Subcommittee and a Director with ClearCause Foundation. Mrs. Tsantir has a Master of Arts in education policy and administration with a focus on comparative and international development education (CIDE), and a Bachelor of Science in communications and journalism. Mrs. Tsantir anticipates completion of her JD in December 2013.
Senior Manager, Development & Exempt Organizations
SHOW FULL BIO » Lisa is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s International Development Assistance Services (IDAS) group. Lisa specializes in helping not-for-profit organizations establish or evaluate existing international operations and manage the associated risks. Lisa works closely with KPMG’s member firms to provide advice on a wide range of complex home and host country considerations including corporate governance and infrastructure; local labor and immigration regulations; compensation and payroll processing and reporting rules; individual local and expatriate tax obligations; human resources issues; and social and commercial customs and practices. Representative clients include public and private universities; private and corporate foundations; and public charities. Lisa began her career as an international corporate and employment attorney whose clients included multi-national corporations, foreign and domestic government agencies, international education institutions, and government contractors. She has a global business perspective gained from living and working internationally. Prior to joining KPMG, Lisa was the Director of Global Mobility for a FTSE 100 company headquartered in the United Kingdom with offices in more than 40 countries.
2013 Global Operations Support and Compliance Forum
October 22-23, 2013
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