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Meet the ILMA Engage Speakers

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Dave Dragon

President, Dragon Management Consulting
Dragon spent 17 years with Castrol on a general management career track with management responsibilities in accounting, supply chain, sales and chemical management services. After leaving Castrol, he held leadership positions at a number of global technology and consulting companies including Oracle, Atrion International, Infosys, and Hitachi Consulting. Dragon has a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the University of Illinois, an MBA from DePaul University and a bachelor's degree from Western New England University. He is also the author of the recently released book, I Solve Mysteries: The Art and Science of Business Process Optimization and Transformation.

Afshin Molavi

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University SAIS; Co-Director, emerge86 Lab
As a uniquely insightful commentator and writer on global trends and geopolitics, Afshin Molavi dissects our era's biggest story: how "the rise of the rest" in the developing and emerging worlds are transforming everything from global politics, societies, economies and businesses to how we produce, consume, connect, work and live.

Molavi’s engaging speaking style incorporates a wide range of influences, from Bollywood to bond markets. His speeches provide lively, up-to-the-minute data points punctuated by personal anecdotes from the road that illuminate and inform his audiences. He is a recurring contributor on CNN, the BBC, and NPR. His articles and op-eds frequently appear in publications like The New York Times, The Economist, Businessweek, and Institutional Investor.

Whether he weighs in as a regular contributor in the Washington Post’s Global Opinions section, is addressing corporate boardrooms or speaking as a keynote on stage, Molavi argues that rapid urbanization, unprecedented connectivity, rising middle classes in emerging markets, and the demographic dominance of Asia and Africa will have far-reaching and profound effects on the future of our world. The impact will range from populist-nationalist responses in the West to growing instability in Asia and Africa. Audiences welcome his cutting-edge take on what drives geopolitics, global trends and business. 

Molavi is a former journalist whose credits include Reuters, The Washington Post, and the Financial Times, and formerly a senior global advisor at Oxford Analytica. He is currently director of the emerge85 Lab at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, an initiative seeking to explore the transformations arising across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America - home to 85% of the world’s population. He is also editor and founder of the New Silk Road Monitor.
His book The Soul of Iran was called a "must-read" by renowned journalist and TIME editor-at-large, Fareed Zakaria. Molavi also co-produced the award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary, War Child.


Ben Scharff
Managing Director, Grace Matthews

Ben Scharff has over 20 years of chemical investment banking experience and has advised clients from all corners of the globe on mergers, acquisitions, business sales, complex business swaps and technology acquisitions. He spends a great deal of time with private equity clients on strategic sales as well as with large corporate clients on carve-outs, divestures and acquisition searches. Ben is recognized as a leader in the industry and has been quoted in various publications, including CoatingsTech, Middle Market Growth and IHS Chemical Week. Ben received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is a member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and previously served in the United States Marine Corps.

Rajendra Sisodia
FW Olin, Distinguished Professor of Global Business; Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism

Raj Sisodia is co-author of the New York Times bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business and Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters. He was named one of the "Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010" by Good Business International, and one of the "Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior" by Trust Across America for 2010 and 2011. Raj has a Ph.D. in marketing from Columbia University and received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in 2016. He has published eleven books and over 100 academic articles. His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose was named a top business book of 2007 by Amazon. Raj has consulted with numerous companies, including AT&T, Verizon, LG, DPDHL, POSCO, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Siemens, Sprint, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, McDonalds and Southern California Edison. He also serves on the Board of Directors at The Container Store and is a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

Kevin Yttre
President & Managing Director, Grace Matthews

Kevin Yttre joined Grace Matthews from an operating role in 2008, and has worked with clients spanning the chemical industry in Europe and North America. A chemical engineer, Kevin held a number of engineering and management positions in chemicals businesses in the U.S. and the Netherlands prior to joining Grace Matthew. Kevin holds an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. degree, with Highest Distinction, in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious national M&A Advisor Emerging Leader Award for his contributions to the investment banking industry.c

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