Malcolm Gillis served as president of Rice University for more than a decade and is currently a professor of economics at the University. He has dedicated more than 25 years of his professional career to teaching and applying economic analysis to important issues of public policy spanning over 20 countries. From 1986 to 1991, Mr. Gillis was dean of Duke University’s Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. He also served as the School’s Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Gillis has published more than 70 journal articles and authored several leading economic textbooks. He was Co-founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for World Environment and Sustainable Development and the Duke Center for Tropical Conservation. Before assuming his university leadership positions, he was a consultant on economic issues to organizations ranging from the World Bank to the governments of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Indonesia. Mr. Gillis currently serves on the boards of directors of Service Corporation International, AECOM Technology Corporation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He was appointed by President Bush as director of the Vietnam Education Foundation. Mr. Gillis holds several degrees, including an A.A. from Chipola Junior College, B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea and Chair of the Board of Tan Tao University in Vietnam.