Professor Jenik Radon

Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University New York, USA.
Jenik Radon is Adj. Asst. Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the founder/director of the Eesti and Eurasian Public Service Fellowship, which gives Columbia and other students the opportunity to intern in Estonia, Georgia and Nepal. From 2000 to 2002, Radon was a lecturer at Stanford University, where he taught human rights and privatization at its law school and international investment management at its Graduate School of Business. He is a visiting professor at the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research in Mumbai, India, where he has taught the class “Dynamics of Corruption” and has been named Distinguished University Professor at Monterrey Tech, Queretaro, in Mexico, where he gives special university wide lectures. Radon participated in the constitutional peace process in Nepal and was a drafter of the interim peace constitution, which, among other things, granted citizenship to millions of stateless people in the Terai region; and he is a member of the UN Global Compact Academic Initiative taskforce which seeks to have business schools worldwide incorporate the Compact’s 10 principles on human rights into their curriculum and teaching.
In the early ’80s, Radon founded Radon and Ishizumi, an international law firm representing international corporations and foreign public entities. From 1999 to 2007, Radon was one of the Executors/Trustees of Vetter Pharma, a privately-held German pharmaceutical company, the world leader in the production of aseptic systems, for which he now serves as counsel. In 1980, Radon co-founded the Afghanistan Relief Committee that supported refugees displaced during the Afghan-Soviet war and freedom for Afghanistan. Advisor during Estonia’s independence struggle, Radon co-authored the country’s foreign investment, mortgage/pledge, privatization and corporate laws and was an architect of Estonia’s privatization. In 1990 he was the first to officially raise the U.S. flag in Estonia since the 1940 Soviet invasion and was awarded the Medal of Distinction of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce. Radon was Georgia’s key foreign advisor and negotiator of the multi-billion dollar oil and gas pipelines from Azerbaijan through Georgia to Turkey (the BTC), featured in the James Bond movie, The World is Not Enough. In 2000, he was awarded Georgia’s highest civilian award, the Order of Honor.
Radon has lectured in over 30 nations, including recently in China, Germany, Laos, Mexico and Nepal; and he has written numerous articles, including Conflicts of Interest: the Unaddressed and the Unspoken Challenge, International Social Science Journal (UNESCO); Staatsfonds vor den Toren (Sovereign Wealth Funds Before the [Trojan] Gates), Wirtschaft (Economy) section, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ); Getting Human Rights Right, Stanford Social Innovation Journal (December, 2007); How To Negotiate Your Oil Agreement, in Escaping the Resource Curse, ed. Macartan Humphreys, Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University Press, June 2007); Ethics in Business (MBA) Education – A New Must, International Management Development Research Yearbook, Technology, Structure, Environment, And Strategy Interfaces In A Changing Global Business Arena (June 2006); Sleepless, Clueless, Dangerous, in Ergo-Med (Haefer Verlag, Germany, March 2006); The New Mantra: Bribers Beware! The Journal for Transnational Management (Vol. 11, No. 4, 2006); Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil Spells Complicity, (UN) Compact Quarterly (Volume 2005, Issue 2), published by the (United Nations) Global Compact. Radon obtained his B.A. from Columbia University, a M.C.P. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

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