Inaugural Symposium
Challenge Convention. Change Our World.

Challenges and Opportunities in Today's Global Economy

Thursday, September 23
Razzo Hall, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

While all indicators point toward a slow recovery of the global economy from the latest worldwide recession, challenges for economic stability and growth remain. Where will growth likely occur? Where will the economy continue to struggle? The panelists presented their views and perceptions of the challenges—and opportunities—that face their respective organizations.

Chang HongChang Hong, Clark University Professor of Economics     


Alumni/ae Panelists
Patricia DandonoliPatricia Dandonoli '75, Chief Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Officer, Natural Systems Utilities
Patricia Dandonoli received her B.A. in Psychology from Clark University in 1975. She is Chief Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Officer at Natural Systems Utilities, which designs, builds, owns and operates decentralized water supply, treatment and reuse systems. She has worked on behalf of mission-focused organizations and philanthropies for more than 25 years, with particular expertise in organizational assessment and design, strategic planning, marketing and communications, fundraising, program design and implementation, and governance and leadership development. Prior to joining NSU, Ms. Dandonoli was founding President and CEO of WaterAid America, an international nongovernmental organization whose goal is to overcome poverty by enabling the world's poorest people to gain access to safe drinking water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education. Ms. Dandonoli previously served as Head of Resource Development in the office of Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan, as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Sundance Institute and as Executive Director of Strategic Planning at the American Museum of Natural History, among other posts.

Thomas ScharfenbergerMark Fishman '82, Trustee, Clark University; Partner and Head of Fixed Income, Diamondback Capital
Mark Fishman received his B.A. in History from Clark University in 1982. He is a Partner and Head of Fixed Income at Diamondback Capital Management, LLC, based in Stamford, CT. Diamondback Capital is a multiple product hedge fund. Prior to joining Diamondback, Mr. Fishman was a co-founder of Sailfish Capital which made its debut in September 2006. Previously, Mr. Fishman was a synthetic partner and the head of S/A/C Genesis fund, which was the fixed income Fund at S/A/C Capital. While at S/A/C, Mr. Fishman returned over 23% per year for over seven years. He is a member of the Board of the Multiple Myeloma Foundation and served on Clark's Graduate School of Management Advisory Board from 2005 to 2008.

Thomas ScharfenbergerThomas Scharfenberger, M.B.A. '88, Director, Network Planning Hub Munich, Lufthansa Airlines
Thomas Scharfenberger received his M.B.A. from Clark's Graduate School of Management in 1988. He has been with Lufthansa German Airlines, one of the world's largest airlines, for 25 years. Currently he is Director of Network Planning for Lufthansa's Hub in Munich. He began his career with Lufthansa in sales in the U.S. and held various positions in controlling, marketing, and corporate strategy after returning to Lufthansa's headquarters in Cologne and Frankfurt. Recently he was promoted to Regional Director, Northeastern United States, working out of New York, effective October 1. Mr. Scharfenberger has been an active volunteer and jury member with the business@school program, a mock business-plan competition among German high schools run by the Boston Consulting Group.