Three New Fellows Appointed

It is my honor to announce the appointments of Cardinal Silvano M. Tomasi, Kasit Piromya and Professor Jake Hoskins as new fellows of the Caux Round Table.

Cardinal Tomasi has kindly provided leadership and guidance to our group seeking to learn more about the covenants given by the Prophet Muhammad to respect and protect Christians.

Cardinal Tomasi has served as the Pope’s special delegate to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta since November 2020.  He was the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva from 2003 to 2016.  He previously worked in the Roman Curia, became an archbishop in 1996 and represented the Holy See as an apostolic nuncio in Africa from 1996 to 2003.

Pope Francis raised him to the rank of cardinal on November 28, 2020.

Cardinal Tomasi was ordained as priest of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles (Scalabrini).  He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Fordham University.  From 1970 to 1974, he was assistant professor of sociology at the City University of New York and the New School for Social Research.  He co-founded the Center for Migration Studies, a think tank based in New York and he founded and edited the journal, International Migration Review.  From 1983 to 1987, he was director of the newly created Office for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In particular, Cardinal Tomasi will advise me on morality and economics.

Kasit Piromya was educated at St. Joseph’s College, Darjeeling India.  He then received a BS in international affairs from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, a Masters of Social Science from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, The Netherlands and a diploma from the National Defense College of Thailand.  A career diplomat of 37 years, he held several senior posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand, including Thai ambassador to Moscow, Jakarta, Bonn/Berlin, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

After retirement from the civil service in 2005, he joined politics.  He became a member of the Democrat Party of Thailand and became foreign minister (December 2008 – August 2011), a member of the House of Representatives and a member of the National Reform Steering Assembly.  He is a member of several regional non-governmental organizations, such as APHR (democracies and human rights), APLN (non-proliferation and disarmament), SEAC Group (alternative democratic ASEAN) and TBC (border refugees).  He holds honorary positions at Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University.

In particular, Kasit will advise me on Asian approaches to responsible business and government, especially from a Theravada point of view.

Jake Hoskins is the Guy F. Atkinson Assistant Professor of Data Science & Marketing at the Atkinson School of Business, Willamette University in Oregon.  He teaches marketing principles, data engineering, data analysis and marketing analysis.

He previously taught at Westminster College and Millsaps College.

His recent publications include:

“Market selection and product positioning decisions – implications for short- and long-term performance: Evidence from the U.S. music industry,” Journal of Product & Brand Management; “The electronic word of mouth (eWOM): implications of mainstream channel distribution and sales by niche brands,” Journal of Interactive Marketing; “Growing the community bank in the shadow of national banks: An empirical analysis of the U.S. banking industry, 1994-2018,” Journal of Product & Brand Management; and “Industry conditions, market share and the firm’s ability to derive business-line profitability from diverse technological portfolios,” Journal of Business Research.

In particular, Jake will coordinate the new collaboration between the Caux Round Table and the Atkinson School of Business.

I’m delighted to welcome them to our community of fellows and look forward to their contributions to our development of cutting edge thinking about both the theory and the implementation of moral capitalism and moral government at this time of irresolution in so many institutions, both national and global.