With a background in Asia extending more than a half-century, Harvey Goldstein leads PT Harvest International and consults on business, trade, and technology, in countries ranging from Singapore to Indonesia. Quoted in the New York Times, Harvey Goldstein was a close observer of a 1994 agreement between Exxon Corporation and Indonesia’s national oil corporation, Pertamina, to develop one of the world’s largest deposits of offshore natural gas.
Forged after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the agreement was described as involving investment in the $35-$40 billion range. The long term project would require eight years before coming on stream, with gas sales contract terms be determined.
The deal was among 17 projects involving US companies that were agreed upon during the APEC meetings, which President Bill Clinton attended. Others ranged from aquatic weed harvesters for cleaning waterways to building a coal-fired power plant.
With the 18 APEC members’ declaration to develop a free trading area by 2020, Mr. Goldstein described the forum as being stronger on “atmospherics” than on “take-home value.” However, the positive working relationship fostered by the American President’s visit to Indonesia was vital in providing opportunities that American businesses could leverage.
The president of PT Harvest International Indonesia, Harvey Goldstein has resided for over 50 years in the Southeast Asian region. Harvey Goldstein has served multiple terms as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, and has facilitated foreign investments in countries including Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. He has assisted firms such as Ford Motor to invest in the region.
Global automotive company Ford Motor is using environmentally friendly auto parts by utilizing recycled plastic bottles. It uses around 1.2 billion recycled bottles annually, which works out to 250 bottles per vehicle on average. The process involves used plastic bottles being shredded and sold to suppliers who melt the bottles and extrude the material, producing plastic fibers.
The fibers are mixed with other materials to produce material sheets, which are made into automotive parts. Light in weight, Ford uses them for underbody shields, wheel arch liners, and engine under-shields. Recycling plastic bottles helps reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in places such as the giant garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean, which is said to be larger in area than Mexico.
American businessman Harvey Goldstein has more than 40 years of experience as a business executive at companies based in Indonesia, Singapore, and other locations in Southeast Asia. Harvey Goldstein leads Harvest International, a company that provides consulting assistance and venture capital to entrepreneurs, both in the US and internationally. Harvest International has numerous high-profile clients, including Ford Motors, Chiquita Brands, and Procter & Gamble.
Consumer products company Procter & Gamble recently closed out a highly successful fiscal year, showing progress in nearly all divisions. Fourth quarter profits and revenues were higher than anticipated, guidance has been raised for the upcoming fiscal year, and its stock is up over 40 percent over last year. The company began restructuring a few years ago in response to competition from smaller companies challenging it in a number of key areas. Focusing on doing less seems to have done the trick for the company. By pulling back and centering efforts on strong products, brands, and categories that have performed well for it, the company has been able to recover and show significant growth.
Procter & Gamble is also using its massive influence to become a force for social and environmental change, sponsoring such initiatives as using recycled beach plastic to create bottles for Head & Shoulders shampoo, continued company sponsorship of United Way, and its focus on the Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) initiative, which provides P&G water purifier packets.
Accomplished venture capitalist Harvey Goldstein has spent more than 50 years in the Southeast Asian market and possesses decades of expertise working with foreign investors in Singapore and Indonesia. Outside of his work, Harvey Goldstein is a champion of supporting gifted students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and has worked with the Johns Hopkins University Centre for Talented Youth.
Findings from a Johns Hopkins study into high-ability students from low-income backgrounds indicate a lack of resources for gifted students. While many states enact policies to identify gifted students and train teachers to challenge these students appropriately, the study shows that all states need to improve access to resources that enable gifted students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to perform at an academically advanced level.
Johns Hopkins researchers advise policymakers to expand universal screening programs to identify high-ability students earlier and offer more responsive learning tracks to all advanced students, including dual grade-level enrollment and early graduation programs.
The founder of Business-Link Consultancy in Singapore and PT Harvest International Indonesia, Harvey Goldstein has worked in international business for approximately five decades. One way in which Harvey Goldstein has given back to the community has been through scholarships for the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth (CTY).
In addition to face-to-face courses, the CTY offers online courses for gifted young people. These courses enable pre-college students with talent and interest in a specific field to pursue their strengths further. Instructors can provide assistance to the students by phone, via email, or through virtual classrooms. CTY provides these courses in both individually paced and session-based formats.
In an individually paced course, a student may enroll at any time during the year and progress at a comfortable rate. Those who complete the courses quickly can apply any remaining time toward their next relevant courses. These courses include most STEM courses.
By contrast, session-based courses offer a more structured alternative. Students who learn best with clear goals and deadlines can follow specific schedules. The humanities courses that CTY offers, as well as some engineering, math, and science courses, follow this format.
Indonesia-based business leader Harvey Goldstein attended the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, where he received the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Alumnus Award in 1993. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree from the university, Harvey Goldstein moved to the Southeast Asian region, where he eventually founded PT Harvest International Indonesia, a firm that has directed billions of dollars in investments and venture capital to Indonesia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
One of the oldest, most important engineering schools in the United States, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering formed when the Polytechnic Institute merged with New York University’s engineering school. Since its inception in 1854, the school has been home to numerous prominent alumni, including Francis Crick and several additional Nobel Prize winners.
Born in Northampton, England, in 1916, Francis Crick earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at University College, London. Although World War II interrupted his studies, he returned to academia; after earning his PhD at Cambridge University, Francis Crick moved to the United States to conduct research at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering). During this time, he was working on innovative research into the structure of DNA with several other scientists, including James Watson.
In 1953, Watson and Crick formally proposed the double-helix structure of DNA, a groundbreaking hypothesis that eventually led to the duo receiving the Nobel Prize. Over the next several decades, Crick would continue his groundbreaking research in biochemistry and receive numerous honors for his work. He died in 2004.
American business executive Harvey Goldstein leads PT Harvest International Indonesia as its chairman. He has built up more than 40 years of experience at the helm of major projects dealing with technology, natural resources development, consulting, and investment in Indonesia and the Southeast Asian region. In addition, Harvey Goldstein remains dedicated to assisting promising but under-resourced students in their educations, and has funded full scholarships for some of Singapore’s brightest young men and women to attend Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.
His commitment to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), and its current president, Ronald J. Daniels, is noteworthy. Daniels has developed the 141-year-old research university’s considerable capabilities even further, with an extensive focus on collaboration across disciplines.
In 2017, JHU presented its latest round of Discovery Awards to 26 interdisciplinary faculty research teams. The awards, comprising 23 Category 1 and three Category 2 prizes, span nine of the school’s academic divisions. JHU’s Category 1 awards offer $100,000 to each recipient team for collaborative efforts that cross divisional boundaries. The quarter-million-dollar Category 2 awards are designated as project planning monies, to be used in support of applications for large-scale external grants.
The 2017 roster of Discovery Award recipients includes teams working on projects that include the use of innovations in DNA sequencing to diagnose infections, the investigation of the role of hydrogels in assisting post-stroke recovery, and an inquiry into whether metadata gathered from mobile communications devices can help trace demographic shifts in the developing world.
Harvey Goldstein is a seasoned business executive who chairs PT Harvest International, which is headquartered in Indonesia. During his career, Harvey Goldstein has spent time working throughout Southeast Asia, placing particular focus on Indonesia and Singapore. Beyond his work, he has a passion for education and serves as the chairman of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Southeast Asia Advisory Group.
Since its formation in 1876, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has maintained a reputation as one of the United States’ leading research universities. With a student body that spans over 150 countries, JHU has educated 36 Nobel laureates. Under the guidance of Ronald J. Daniels, its current president, JHU has focused on enhancing student access and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration.
In recognition of his efforts to help the university achieve these aims, Mr. Goldstein received the Certificate of International Leadership and Service in January 2017. The award, which was presented to him by Mr. Daniels, highlighted Mr. Goldstein’s work in sending over 40 advanced students from Singapore to the university’s CTY.
An American businessman who for decades has been involved with significant direct foreign investment projects in Southeast Asia, Harvey Goldstein currently resides in Singapore. For over 30 years, Harvey Goldstein lived in Indonesia and served as president and governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia on multiple occasions. He has extensive understanding of Indonesian culture and traditions.
A person traveling to Indonesia will quickly become aware of the popularly worn batik fabric. Part of an ancient tradition in Java, Indonesia, batik comes from the Javanese word tik which means to dot.
In making batik, hot wax is painted or stamped on the fabric. When the fabric is then dyed, the waxed portions resist the dye and retain their natural color. After repeated dying, the wax is removed, revealing various colored designs and patterns.
A versatile fabric, batik is worn in business and on everyday occasions, used in weddings, made into slings to carry babies, and also used to cover the body in funerals. Integral to Indonesian culture and tradition, batik has been placed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Harvey Goldstein is a philanthropist, a strategic international business consultant, the founder and chairman of Indonesian-based Harvest International, and a member and leader of several global organizations. With decades of business experience in Indonesia and throughout the rest of Southeast Asia, Harvey Goldstein is well versed in the needs and issues of the region and works to improve economic development. The recent Trans-Pacific Partnership will have a major impact on the region, and the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) is one of the organizations to which Mr. Goldstein belongs that supports this effort.
An association of nearly 30 American chambers of commerce in the Asia-Pacific region, APCAC represents over 15,000 companies with over $600 billion in investment in the area.
APCAC recently voiced its support for the TPP, a free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States, Canada, and several other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Pending approval in the U.S., the FTA stands to eliminate tariffs and reduce barriers to trade.
The goal of the agreement is to harmonize numerous regulations among the countries involved for the purpose of streamlining and improving international trade to the benefit of all countries. For additional information on APCAC’s support, see the press release at www.apcac.org/apcac-applauds-signing-of-tpp.
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