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Scientific Advisory Board

05/05/2009 21:00:00

Dr. Peter Watson

Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania

President and CEO,
Dwight Group

The Hon. Peter S. Watson was Chairman, President and CEO of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation from May 2001 through February 2005. Prior to that he was Counsel to Pillsbury Winthrop LLP advising on international business and trade policy matters. He concurrently served as Senior Advisor to Armitage Associates, L.C. Prior to those appointments, Dr. Watson served as Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission. In addition to his five years on the Commission, Watson served at the White House as Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. Dr. Watson on March 1, 2005 assumed the position of President & CEO of the Dwight Group, which supports global transactions. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Fluor Corporation.

Dr. Watson remains a Visiting Professor at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, at its Annual International Business Programme. He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, and is a Distinguished Lecturer in the adjunct faculty of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and serves as an Advisory Board Member for Georgetown University’s Journal of International Law..

Dr. Watson is co-chair of the American Bar Association's Senior International Appointments Committee, and is former Chairman of the State Bar of California’s International Practice Committee. Dr. Watson holds L.L.M. and Doctoral degrees in International Economic Relations from McGill University, and an L.L.B. from Auckland University Law School. He also holds an MBA in International Business. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. .

In 2007, Dr. Watson was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars Award for Public Service, and Auckland University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He was also appointed a member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. In addition, the Auckland Grammar School presented him with a distinguished Old Boys’ Award, and he was appointed by His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Ras Al Khaimah Centre for Advanced Materials. He also serves as a member Deutsche Bank Asset Management’s Scientific and Policy Advisory Board.

Dr. Watson has published several articles and books on international business and trade law, including The Economic Arsenal in the War Against Terrorism (2002); is the principal author of Completing the World Trading System: Proposals for a Millennium Round (1999); is a co-author of National Conformity Assessment Schemes: Non-Tariff Trade Barriers in Information Technology (1999); and contributor to Free Trade: Risks and Rewards (2000). .

On January 1, 2002, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Dr. Watson with the decoration as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).