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April 24-26, 2003

Northeastern University Campus, Downtown Boston

The Colonnade Hotel.
See special rates and arrangements here.

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Conference on Corporate Governance and Investment in Transitioning Economies

April 24-26, 2003

  The Gorbachev Foundation of North America at Northeastern University in Boston invites you to attend our Conference on Corporate Governance and Investment in the Transitioning Economies of the Former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 1997, a major mission of the Gorbachev Foundation is to foster democracy around the world.


Corporate governance includes policies and practices relating to a firm’s ownership structure, shareholder rights, composition and responsibilities of boards of directors, and management decisions, as well as the degree of transparency in conducting and reporting business and financial transactions. Effective corporate governance practices and the surrounding infrastructure of legislation and judicial and administrative enforcement are consistent with democratic principles of openness, fairness, access to information, and informed decision making. All of these promote trust and ethical business behavior, are supportive of democratic principles and action, and encourage investment.


The conference brings together executives, academics, and government and nonprofit officials from transitioning economies as well as the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, and elsewhere to discuss the latest developments in corporate governance.


We hope you will join us at this important and timely event and look forward to your participation.  

Conference Program

Speakers include leading business executives, academic experts, and government and nonprofit officials from the Former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, North America, and Western Europe.

 Thursday, April 24, 2003

4:00-6:30   Registration 
6:30-7:15   Welcoming Reception
7:15-9:30   Gala Dinner and Keynote Speech

Friday, April 25, 2003

7:30-8:30  Breakfast buffet and registration
8:30-9:00 Welcome by GFNA Chairman Dr. George Matthews, Executive Director Dr. Anthony Jones, and Program Director Dr. Sheila Puffer
9:00-10:15  Session 1 – Plenary Panel: Progress Toward Effective Corporate Governance
10:15-10:45  Coffee break
10:45-12:15  Session 2 – Plenary Panel: Changes in Legislation and Judicial Reform
12:30-2:00 Luncheon and Distinguished Address 
2:00-3:30   Session 3 – Plenary Panel: Infrastructure for Corporate Governance
3:30-3:50   Coffee break
3:50-4:50  Session 4 – Concurrent Breakout Sessions and Academic Poster Sessions
5:00-6:15  Distinguished Address and Summary of the day’s sessions by GFNA staff
6:15-7:30   Free time
7:30-9:30   Gala Dinner and Distinguished Address

Saturday, April 26, 2003

8:00-9:00  Breakfast buffet
9:00-10:15  Session 5 -  Plenary Panel : Opportunities for Direct and Indirect Investment
10:15-10:45  Coffee break
10:45-12:15  Session 6: Concurrent Breakout Sessions and Academic Poster Sessions
12:15-2:00   Closing Luncheon and Distinguished Address
2:00-5:00  Cultural Program


Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Academic colleagues are invited to submit 250-word abstracts of papers related to the conference theme. Submit abstracts by e-mail to Dr. Sheila Puffer, Program Director, at by February 15, 2003. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of World Business. For further information, see the complete Call for Papers here.  


Conference Details

Location:  All events to be held on the Northeastern University campus in downtown Boston.

Accommodations: The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116, offers a block of rooms at the special conference rate of $159 per night, plus 12.45% taxes, for the nights of April 24-26, 2003. 

Reservations are to be made directly with the hotel by emailing the Reservations Manager, Stephanie Moody, at or by telephone at 617-424-7000 or 800-962-3030 or fax to 617-424-1717.  Be sure to refer to the GFNA Conference on Corporate Governance to obtain the special rate. 

The special rate cannot be guaranteed after March 17, 2003, but the hotel will endeavor to fulfill requests.  

Additional information about the hotel can be found on their web site at

Substitutions/Cancellation Policy: Refunds of 50% of the conference registration fee will be made if requested in writing by April 10, 2003, after which time no refund will be issued. A substitute participant will be accepted at any time upon written notification.

Registration Includes:  Attendance at all conference sessions, breakfasts, luncheons, coffee breaks, gala dinners, and a conference packet including abstracts of all presentations.


To register, please contact, or use our online registration form.