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Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs


Jenik Radon is founder and director of the Eesti and Eurasian Public Service Fellowship, which has provided students from Columbia, Stanford, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and other institutions the opportunity to intern in emerging nations such as Cambodia, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines and Uganda.  Radon is a recipient of SIPA's "Top Five" teaching award for his work during the spring 2010 semester; and his 2012 Capstone class won the Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson Award for Human Values in International Affairs for the report “Oil: Uganda’s Opportunity for Prosperity.” He was selected as a Fulbright Specialist (2012) at the Law School of Makerere University, Uganda in the field of extractive industry.

Radon served as a lecturer at Stanford University, where he taught access to medicine, human rights, privatization and international investment management, and as a visiting professor at the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research in Mumbai, India, where he taught "Dynamics of Corruption." Radon was the Ashton J. and Virginia Graham O’Donnell Visiting Professor/Educator at Whitman College.  He regularly teaches at Monterrey Tech, Queretaro, Mexico, which named him Distinguished University Professor.

Radon participated in the constitutional peace process in Nepal and served as a drafter of the interim peace constitution, which granted citizenship to millions of stateless people in the Terai region, among other things. He served on the UN Global Compact Academic Initiative taskforce which seeks to have business schools incorporate the Compact's 10 human rights principles into their curriculum and teaching. He supports the Zawadi Africa Education Fund, Kenya, in bringing education to the next generation of Africa’s women leaders.

In the early 1980s, 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 pre-filled injectable systems.

In 1980, Radon co-founded the Afghanistan Relief Committee that sought freedom for Afghanistan and supported refugees displaced during the Afghan-Soviet war. Serving as an 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 Soviet-occupied Estonia since the 1940 Soviet invasion and was awarded the Medal of Distinction of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce.

Radon served as Georgia's key foreign advisor and negotiator of the multi-billion dollar and multi-nation oil and gas pipelines from Azerbaijan 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 presently advises public authorities and civil society in number of developing and emerging nations around the world, including Cambodia, Ecuador, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines and Uganda, particularly in respect of the negotiation of extractive industry agreements, especially oil and gas, and sustainable natural resource development, as well as Afghanistan, among other things, in respect of the prospective multi-nation TAPI gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan to Pakistan to India.

Radon has lectured in almost 40 (and visited 100) nations, including Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, South Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uganda and UK. He has written numerous articles, including Resolving conflicts of interest in state-owned enterprises, 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.