We have a keynote speaker!

Sais Asia Conference is thrilled to announce our keynote speaker:


Dr. Robert D. Hormats

Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment


Dr. Hormats was sworn in as Under Secretary of State on September 23, 2009. Before that he served as vice chairman of Goldman Sachs (International), which he joined in 1982. Since being sworn in as Under Secretary, he has been instrumental in aiding the Secretary Clinton to cultivate better economic and business ties with India and China.


Before his career in Goldman Sachs, Dr. Hormats served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from 1981 to 1982, Ambassador and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 1979 to 1981, and Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State from 1977 to 1979. He served as a senior staff member for International Economic Affairs on the National Security Council from 1969 to 1977, where he was senior economic advisor to Dr. Henry Kissinger, General Brent Scowcroft and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski. He was also a recipient of the French Legion of Honor in 1982 and the Arthur Fleming Award in 1974.


Dr. Hormats’ publications include The Price of Liberty: Paying for America’s Wars from the Revolution to the War on Terror; Abraham Lincoln and the Global Economy; American Albatross: The Foreign Debt Dilemma; and Reforming the International Monetary System. Other publications include articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, American Banker and The Financial Times.


Dr. Hormat earned a BA with a concentration in economics and political science from Tufts University in 1965. He earned a MA in 1966 and a PhD in International Economics in 1970 from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.