Robert E. Baensch is Director of Book, Magazine and Online Publishing Programs for the SUNY Levin Institute and one of the Academic Directors for the Stanford University Professional Publishing course. He is President of the Baensch International Group Ltd., a consulting firm with special focus on international publishing, start-up and turnaround management.
He has served eleven years as the Associate Professor of Publishing and former director of New York University’s Center for Publishing. He was Senior Vice President for Marketing for Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., and prior to that he was Director for Publishing at the American Institute of Physics from 1988 to 1991, responsible for over 60 journals, a book program, print publishing and database online information services. From 1983-1988, Robert was Vice President - Marketing of Macmillan Publishing Company where, in addition to a full range of marketing/sales responsibilities, he directed the Macmillan Software Company. Prior to 1983, he was president of Springer Verlag New York, and from 1968 to 1980 Vice President and Director of the International Division of Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. Mr. Baensch started his publishing career with the McGraw-Hill Book Company, where he was manager of the Translation Rights Department and editorial director of the International Division.
Robert is the editor of the book “The Publishing Industry in China” and the Editor for the Publishing Research Quarterly journal. He has received a B.A. degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a SEP from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Currently working as an independent Publishing / Print Production Consultant, Chris was previously employed by Wolters Kluwer Health as Production Director of a department of 14 staff in their London office with responsibilities for cost negotiations for journals and books, and vendor management of Indian and Far East vendors, for the UK and US production departments.
He is a highly experienced production professional in all aspects of book and journal production, delivering end products to schedule, at the right quality within the agreed budget. Chris has significant experience in outsourcing/offshoring, managing vendors in India, the Philippines, Singapore and China with a proven track record in cost reduction, vendor consolidation and management, reviewing, establishing and implementing production processes and procedures.
Chris previously worked in the production department of Macmillan Education in the UK and started his career working in production and estimating departments of major UK printers.
Nasser Munjee was educated at the Leys School in Cambridge UK and then went on to do his Bachelor and Masters Degrees at the London School of Economics, UK. He spent a short while at the University of Chicago USA, before returning to India in 1977. He joined the Chairman of one of India’s leading development banks – ICICI - to establish the first housing finance company in India,the first retail institution serving customers directly for their housing needs. Against many odds the HDFC Group, as it is known today, has grown to be a financial conglomerate with assets over $50billion in banking, insurance, mutual funds as well as its prime business – housing finance. He rose to be an Executive Director on the Board with wide responsibilities.
In 1997, the Finance Minister of India requested the Chairman of HDFC to consider setting up an infrastructure finance company, as India faced acute challenges in this field. Nasser was asked to think through this challenge and, as a result, Infrastructure Development Finance Company was born. IDFC charted the course of private investment in infrastructure – a sector that was dominated by the public sector – with great success. Much of the climate for private investment in infrastructure in India was created by IDFC, between 1997 and 2004. Nasser left IDFC owing to disagreements with the Government, which intended to nationalize IDFC. Since 2004, Nasser has been pursuing his own interests in his own way. He sits on 15 Corporate Boards in India which include Tata Motors, Tata Chemicals, Britannia Industries, Cummins India, ABB India and Ambuja Cements (now part of the HOLCIM group). He is also Chairman of the Development Credit Bank and of two other Aga Khan institutions in India. He has been the President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry – the city’s oldest Chamber of Commerce and he has served on numerous Government Task Forces on Housing and Urban Development.
Yemi Ogunbiyi is a drama educator who has written a few books on African literature and served as the managing director of Daily Times of Nigeria. He edited the book, "Drama and Theatre in Nigeria: A Critical Source Book" a comprehensive work on Nigerian drama. The entries in the book included various drama articles from the Nigeria Magazine which were becoming sparse and expensive at the time.
Yemi was born in Kano on April 13, 1947. He received his secondary education from the Ibadan Boys High School and later went to University of Ibadan where he studied English Literature. He followed the footsteps of Biodun Jeyifo and proceeded to the New York University for his Masters. While in New York, he became a lecturer at Brooklyn College. He returned to Nigeria in the late 1970s and taught at Ife. Together with Kole Omotosho, Biodun Jeyifo, Wole Soyika, he was part of the drama and literature department of Ife. He then left Ife, to work as an Executive Director of the Guardian Newspapers in charge of Public Affairs and Marketing and then serving as Managing Director of the Daily Times.
He is currently the Chairman of Tanus Communications.