Jack Wadsworth is a pioneer in developing a leadership role for American business in Asia. As Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and President of Morgan Stanley Japan, he played a prominent role in opening doors across Asia and served as a guiding influence on those who followed in his footsteps. In recognition of his accomplishment, the Asia Society is pleased to announce the Jack Wadsworth Fellowship Program. The Fellows Program is designed to strengthen the Society's pre-eminent role in business programming across the Asia Society's global network of 11 Centers.
Almost 60 years ago, Asia Society's founder John D. Rockefeller, III recognized the potential of the U.S.-Asia relationship and the likelihood that Asia would be increasingly important economically in the world. Today, this relationship is critical given Asia's growing economic and financial power and the inextricably linked trade patterns between the U.S. and Asia,. In a world that is ever more interconnected, scholars, practitioners, journalists, and government officials must deepen their understanding of the broad political and economic currents affecting the Asia Pacific region.
Asia Society has a long history of business programming. At the center of this was the annual Asian Corporate Conference, which for 20 years created links between Asia Society's extensive network of experts, U.S. and Asian business, and key government officials from both hemispheres. With U.S. multinational companies already integrated in Asia and Asian companies going global in greater numbers, Asia Society is shifting its business programming to smaller conferences focused on specific areas or issues. The historic links made during the past 20 years are still present, but to maintain its leadership position in the area of business in Asia, the Society is now seeking an individual to help develop business content through personal expertise and to convene business experts around specific topics.
The Jack Wadsworth Fellows Program would meet such a need. The Wadsworth Fellows Program will provide financial support to a distinguished journalist, scholar, or practitioner with experience in Asia to spend six to nine months at one or more of Asia Society's Centers. The resident Wadsworth Fellow will plan a series of cross-Center business initiatives, including programs, conferences, seminars, and roundtable discussions, designed to stimulate discussion across a range of topics and geographic locations. The Wadsworth Fellow will also provide in-house expertise on timely issues and emerging trends in the U.S.-Asia or pan-Asia business relationship. The Fellow will also organize a conference in an area of his or her expertise and will participate in panel discussions, conferences, and other events at the Society's Centers in the U.S. and Asia.
As the focal point for business related activities at Asia Society, the Fellow will engage in media interviews upon request as well as author publications under the auspices of Asia Society, including op-eds and online articles. The Wadsworth Fellow will be key to building Asia Society's leadership role in the strengthening of the U.S.-Asia business relationship, and will be expected to provide regular updates to select trustees and funders.
John S. (Jack) Wadsworth, Jr. is currently an Advisory Director of Morgan Stanley and Honorary Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia. Jack Wadsworth began his career at the First Boston Corporation in New York City in 1963 and in 1978 became a member of the investment banking team at Morgan Stanley. He initiated the high tech banking practice, started the venture capital business and helped organized the leverage buyout business. In 1986, Jack led the effort to obtain a seat on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Over five years in Japan, he built the firm's business from a small base to over 500 people and profitability. In 1991, Jack moved to Hong Kong as Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and proceeded to expand the firm's business in rest of the Asia. When he retired in 2001, the firm had over 2000 people, 11 offices and over a billion dollars in revenue in Asia. In addition, the firm had a healthy private equity activity based in Hong Kong and had created two joint venture investment banks one in China and one in India.
Decisions regarding the Wadsworth Fellow will be made by a committee comprised of the Asia Society's Executive Vice President, Vice President for Policy Programs, Vice President for Global Programs, Vice President for Operations. A contributing leader in the financial and business community will also be recruited to serve on the committee.
The committee is looking for accomplished, senior-level individuals with extensive expertise in and knowledge of the business and trade relationship between the U.S. and Asia. Applicants for Wadsworth Fellows should meet the following criteria:
How to Apply:
Interested individuals who meet the criteria outlined above are invited to apply. Applications will be judged on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter and detailed CV to Mirza Burgos (email@example.com) by August 31, 2013.