Board
 
Executive Committee
Michael Norris (Chairman)
Hon. James P. Moran (Vice Chair)
Maryscott "Scotty" Greenwood (Vice Chair)
Candace H. Duncan (Treasurer)
Evelyn K. Lee (Secretary)
Michael K. Hickey (Finance and Investment Chair)
Tim Gale (Financial Development Chair)
William McCarren (Global Communications Chair)
Jane Oates (Global Education Co-Chair)
Patrick Gross (Global Education Gala Chair, Co-Founder and Former Chairman)
Richard P. Merski (Government Relations Chair)
Dr. Douglas B. Shaw (International Affairs Chair)
Raymond S. Sczudlo (Legal, Compliance and Audit Chair/Governance Chair)
Mary Webster Krulic (Membership and Alumni Chair)
Marc E. Albert (Nominations Chair)
David Jordan (Organizational Development Co-Chair)
Chuck Prow (Organizational Development Co-Chair)

Marc. E. Albert is a bankruptcy attorney and has been a trustee in Bankruptcy for the District of Columbia for over 25 years, handling a multitude of substantial asset bankruptcy cases from the U.S. Trustee's Office. He serves as a Chapter 11 trustee or examiner and represents Chapter 11 debtors-in-possession in bankruptcy, mainly centering on real estate owners and developer clients. Marc also serves as counsel in a variety of bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy matters, including representing numerous taxpayers who have tax problems with the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities. Prior to joining Stinson Leonard Street, Marc was litigation counsel with the Tax Division of the Department of Justice. With three other attorneys, Marc and his colleagues started a boutique bankruptcy law firm that grew to become one of the leading bankruptcy firms in Northern Virginia. He maintains an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and he is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law.  Marc is the chairman of the Stinson's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Division. Passionate about education and the D.C. community, he serves on many volunteer board roles at George Washington University and on the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC.

Gloria Bohan is the Co-Founder and President of Omega World Travel, a highly diverse, global travel organization with approximately 200 company-owned offices and more than 1,000 employees worldwide.  Under Ms. Bohan’s vision and direction, Omega has become the largest travel agency founded by, operated by and majority-owned by a woman, and is widely considered in the travel industry as an innovative, trend-setting company. Gloria has been recognized many times over for her business achievements, and has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Business Women’s Network Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the American Society of Travel Agents’ prestigious Travel Agent of the Year Award, Office Depot’s Businesswoman of the Year Award, and the Women’s Business Center’s Entrepreneurial Visionary Award.  Ms. Bohan started her career as a teacher in the New York City Public School System and later worked at Forbes Magazine. She received Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from Marymount Manhattan College in 2003 for her vision of service to the public, her skills in organizing a successful enterprise, her commitment to the advancement of women, and fidelity to the values and ideals of liberal education.

John A. Braun serves as President and Chairman of the Board of Dynamis. Mr. Braun has over 20 years of experience in government and military issues, he currently serves as the President and Chairman of the Board for Dynamis.  Mr. Braun previously served as the Vice President of Washington Operations for Teledyne Technologies, and as the Appropriations Associate to Congressman Bud Cramer, a member of the House Committee on Appropriations. Mr. Braun advised the Congressman on issues relating to defense, aerospace, tax, trade, international affairs, small business, labor, federal employees, agriculture, veterans’ affairs, and technology. Mr. Braun has a long history of working with the U.S. Armed Forces including serving in the Pentagon as a Senior Policy Analyst in the National Security Policy Division of U.S. Air Force Headquarters (1995-1999) and as a Congressional Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (1994-1995). In recognition, he was awarded an honorary appointment as a Colonel in the Alabama National Guard by Gov. Don Siegelman. Before moving to the Pentagon, Mr. Braun worked in campaign politics in Alabama, where he served as Political Director for several local and state-wide political campaigns. Besides his work in business and industry, Mr. Braun is also highly active in many civic and charitable organizations in the Washington area, including membership on the board of the National Aviation Education Council and the Northern Virginia chapter of Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN).


Joseph Caracuel  is the Senior Vice President of the International Government Division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is responsible for providing global treasury management and international banking services to multilateral organizations, international governments and international corporations. Mr. Caracuel has been working with Bank of America Merrill Lynch for 23 years and has been active with environmental and community development initiatives within the Bank. Mr. Caracuel is a guest speaker for The George Washington University's M.B.A. program and works with the International Programs from Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Mr. Caracuel received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with an IB concentration from The George Washington University, a Graduate Certificate in International Finance from Georgetown University and a MBA from The George Washington University's School of Business and Public Management.


Dr. Joseph D. Duffey served as Senior Vice President of Laureate International Universities network, from 1998 to 2013. Prior to Laureate, Dr. Duffey served in the federal government under three presidents as Director of the U.S. Information Agency, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Assistant Secretary of  State for Education and Culture. He has also served as President of American University in Washington, D.C., and Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and President of the Umass network. Dr. Duffey is a graduate of Marshall University, and has received graduate degrees from Yale University, Andover Newton Theological School and the Hartford Seminary Foundation. He holds 14 honorary degrees from American colleges and universities and in 1993 was awarded the honorary Doctor of Letters by Ritsemaken University in Japan and the order of Commander of the Crown from the King of Belgium.

Candace H. "Candy" Duncan was the Managing Partner of KPMG’s Washington Metro Area offices, where she was responsible for leading the firm’s quality growth priorities across its Audit, Tax, and Advisory functions in the local marketplace. She also served as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and is a strong supporter of KPMG's Network of Women (KNOW). Candy was admitted to the partnership in 1987 and has more than 35 years of experience as a professional with KPMG. Her extensive experience includes serving clients in the consumer and industrial products arena, including manufacturing, retailing, and distribution. In addition, Candy serves on the executive committee of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Culture Alliance of Greater Washington, D.C.  She is a member of the AICPA and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Candy earned a B.S. magna cum laude in Business Administration from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Emal Dusst is currently Chief of Staff to the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Laureate Education (a Public Benefit Corporation & B Corp), a global education company with a presence in 25 countries. Previously, he was a Director focused on global strategy & M&A at Saint-Gobain, a $60 billion French industrial conglomerate, where he was also the leader of the Oil & Gas Group and on the extended board of the External Venturing arm. In 2014, Emal was a speaker at the World Energy E. Congress in Washington, D.C. He started his career in investment banking and has also worked in private equity. Emal is also the co-editor of the book Our Shared Stories: An Afghan Diary, a collection of personal stories from around the world with 100% of the proceeds dedicated to supporting girls’ education in Afghanistan. Emal holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics with a minor in German from UCLA (where he was a Riordan Fellow) and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Robert S. Brookings Society at Brookings Institution. Emal speaks English, Pashto, German and French.

David Etzwiler is Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Foundation. The Siemens Foundation supports innovation, research and education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Prior to joining Siemens, David led the Decade of Discovery in Diabetes, a partnership of Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota, and the State of Minnesota to improve health and drive economic growth.  David’s leadership has frequently been at the intersection of business, government, and philanthropy.  Before leading the Decade, he spent thirteen years with Medtronic, Inc., most recently as Vice President of Community Affairs, and Executive Director, Medtronic Foundation.  In the role, David aligned the Foundation’s philanthropy with the company’s global business strategy, building value for both organizations and society by fully leveraging Medtronic’s people, products, and programs.  David’s tenure at Medtronic included leading state government affairs efforts for Medtronic’s headquarters and serving on the board of its political action committee. A graduate of Northwestern University, David earned his Masters of Public Policy from The Claremont Graduate University in California and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.   Prior to taking on leadership roles in the field of philanthropy, David practiced law, with an emphasis in the areas of charitable giving, estate planning, and non-profit management.

Edie Fraser is CEO of STEMconnector® and MillionWomenMentors® and Vice Chair of Diversified Search.  STEMconnector® is THE global information source on STEM Education as STEMconnector® tracks and works with some 6500 organizations and programs such as STEM Innovation Task Force and STEMdaily and EdTech Weekly.  Ms. Fraser was Founder and CEO of Diversity Best Practices (DBP). She was publisher of the CEO Magazine, The Diversity Primer and The Diversity Officer. Ms. Fraser is also the founder of the Business Women's Network (BWN) and Best Practices in Corporate Communications (BPCC), and is former President of a PR agency, where she won the highest award possible in the field or communications, the Silver Anvil, for a specialized international campaign on US and Japan communications and trade promotion. She has won 43 major awards in Diversity and Women's Leadership. Ms. Fraser sits on numerous boards and advisory boards which include: World Affairs Council of Washington;  Enterprising Women Magazine. She was of the first women in the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame. She was on the National Board of SCORE and the Advisory Board of Center for Citizen Diplomacy. She has written several books including “Do Your Giving While You’re Living” and Women and Entrepreneurship in America. She has been on the cover of several magazines for leadership and works with some 15 media organizations. Ms. Fraser started her career as a Desk Officer for Malawi at the Peace Corps. 

Tim Gale serves as President of AMS Group, a company he helped form in 1984. He has over 30 years of experience in senior management in the U.S. defense industry.  Tim has served as CEO/President of several US-based joint ventures with European companies seeking to expand their presence in the United States: for MAN B & W Diesels (Houston) Inc. from 1995 until 2001, and for Sauer Compressors USA from 1998 until 2000. In this capacity, he established and managed domestic manufacturing facilities, providing qualified equipment to the US Navy and others. Tim has extensive experience with all aspects of defense procurement and the need for comprehensive through life integrated logistic support. He is a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Defense Fire Protection Association.

Noha Georges has over 19 years of increasing responsibility in high profile and politically sensitive areas of program management, public policy campaign development, brand awareness, traditional and social media analysis and innovative partnership development. She currently leads Deloitte's new Risk Sensing initiative which she developed to assist the Chief Risk Officer, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs to consolidate emerging risks that impact multiple areas of the firm and help develop recommendations to mitigate such exposures. Sensing alerts are presented to the US Executive Committee and the Risk Committee of the Board. In addition, she has been the architect of the firm's first public policy strategy and the formation of the firm's first policy positions. She has been selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP) for high performing Senior Managers. Previous experience includes managing large Federal and state sector projects both domestically and internationally. Assisted numerous government clients such as the Department of Defense and the State of Louisiana identify and segment target audiences, gauge attitudes and awareness, and formulate strategies for realizing behavioral change. A native of Cairo, Egypt, she speaks, reads and writes fluent Arabic. Prior to Deloitte Noha was the President of Elan International, LLC, a company she set up an developed and managed targeted outreach program to disseminate messages to key audiences including Middle-Eastern embassies in the US and foreign government officials. In this capacity Noha served as a Senior advisor to ICF International. Prior to starting Elan Noha was a Project Manager as ICF International and an Associate at The Cadmus Group.

Maryscott “Scotty” Greenwood is a Principal in Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation practice in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Greenwood serves on the Board of Directors of the firm's philanthropic foundation. Dentons is an international law and public policy firm, uniquely positioned at the intersection of law, business and government. For the past five years, Dentons Public Policy and Regulation practice has been ranked as one of the top ten lobbying law firms in The National Law Journal's LegalTimes Influence 50 annual survey. Ms. Greenwood is a government relations practitioner, assisting clients with legislative and public policy challenges in the US and Canada. Her background with federal, state, and local postings over the years has positioned Ms. Greenwood well to serve corporate and association clients navigating complicated policy challenges. Ms. Greenwood has over two decades of government relations experience in the energy, life sciences and cross border policies sectors. Ms. Greenwood is also Senior Advisor to the Canadian-American Business Council and a frequent commentator on US-Canadian relations. She was recognized by The Hill Times in its listing of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Government and Politics" in 2010, and on the "Top 100 People Influencing Canadian Foreign Policy” in 2014. Before joining the firm in 2001, Ms. Greenwood was appointed by President Clinton to serve in the US foreign service at the United States Embassy in Canada. During her four-year diplomatic posting, she received the US Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for her innovation of an outreach program to governors to foster cooperation on US-Canada issues. From 1993-1997, Ms. Greenwood was Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Atlanta, handling state and federal relations. Ms. Greenwood served on the White House Interagency Task Force on Olympic Security and worked on various other projects related to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Ms. Greenwood’s civic involvement includes the Advisory Board of the Urban Study Institute and Chairmanship of the Tax & Finance Committee of the Georgia Municipal Association. Prior to her position with the City of Atlanta, Ms. Greenwood was Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia. She has worked on the presidential campaigns since 1988.

Chris Griner is widely recognized as a leader in the field of national security and played a key role in the development of the Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence ("FOCI") mitigation arrangements used by the U.S. government today. He represents foreign and domestic clients regarding international transactions involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS") and other national security approval issues. He has extensive experience representing clients before the intelligence community and the Departments of Defense, Energy and State in relation to industrial security and export compliance regulations, as well as in Exon-Florio reviews before CFIUS. Mr. Griner counsels clients on proposed acquisitions and mitigation arrangements for foreign-owned defense and national security contractors. He has represented numerous foreign and domestic companies in corporate reorganizations, acquisitions and joint ventures that impact national security or that otherwise involve sensitive technologies or classified activities. Mr. Griner is internationally acclaimed for his contributions to the field of national security, having been awarded the highest ranking in Chambers Global, as well as receiving many other accolades. He has been invited by the U.S., British and Italian governments to address the regulatory aspects of foreign direct investment ("FDI") in the U.S. and is often cited in prominent publications, including The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Deal, China Legal Review and American Law Daily. Mr. Griner is the Chair of the National Security/CFIUS/Compliance practice and Co-Managing Partner of Stroock's Washington, DC office. Prior to joining Stroock, Mr. Griner had served as Managing Partner, Executive Committee Member and Chair of the National Security practice at a major international law firm. He also served as an attorney advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense and is a Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired.  Mr. Griner has been a member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC  for several years and received the Founders Award in 2015.


Patrick Gross is Chairman of The Lovell Group, a business and technology advisory and investment firm. Previously, he spent three decades as principal executive officer of American Management Systems, Inc. He founded AMS in 190 with four colleagues from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and built it to a $ 1 billion company with 8,000 professionals throughout North America and Europe. He is currently a director of three NYSE companies: Capital One Financial Corporation, Waste Management, Inc, and Rosetta Stone and three NASDAQ companies: Career Education Corporation, Taleo Corporation, and Liquidity Services, Inc. He is also an investor and director of numerous private, venture funded technology based firms. His other leadership positions include Trustee and Cochairman of the Policy and Impact Committee of the Committee for Economic Development, Trustee of the Aspen Institute, Director of the Jamestown Foundation and the Foreign Policy Association. He is a Trustee of the Federal City Council and a Director of DC Preparatory Academy, a charter school system. He is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs, and the Economic Club of Washington.

Michael K. Hickey is Regional Director of The Glenmede Trust Company’s Washington, DC office. In this role, he is responsible for managing the growth and operations of the office and surrounding region. Mr. Hickey also serves as a Business Development Officer and is a member of the Private Client Operating Committee. He is an active member of the Washington community, serving on the Boards of the CFA Society, World Affairs Council (where he is a member of the Executive Committee), the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese (where he acts as Board Chair), The George Washington University Museum and the Fathers of Daughters Club, in addition to being a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee of Georgetown Preparatory School.   He is also a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Glenmede, Mr. Hickey served as a financial advisor for Bernstein Global Wealth Management. Previously, he was a corporate bond trader with Credit Suisse, having begun his career on the U.S. investment grade syndicate desk at Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Hickey received a B.A. in English from Williams College and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland’s Robert M. Smith School of Business.

Frank F. Islam is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader and writer. Frank has a special commitment to civic, educational and artistic causes. In all of his endeavors, he strives to create opportunities that are sustainable and uplifting for humanity -- guided by the virtues of hard work, focus, quality, innovation and kindness. Frank currently heads the FI Investment Group, a private investment holding company that he established in 2007 after he sold his information technology firm, the QSS Group. Frank founded the QSS Group in 1994 and built it from 1 employee to more than 2,000 employees and revenues of approximately $300M before its sale. Frank devotes the majority of time currently to a wide variety of civic and philanthropic activities. He serves and has served on numerous boards and advisory councils. Over the past several years, Frank has established a reputation as a writer and thought leader. He has authored two books: Working the Pivot Points: To Make America Work Again (2013); and, Renewing the American Dream: A Citizen’s Guide for Restoring Our Competitive Advantage (2010). He is presently writing a third book with the working title: Education: Creating and Connecting All the Dots. Frank blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and also writes occasional columns and articles for publications such as the Foreign Policy, the International Business Times and the Economic Times of India. He hosts his own TV show “Washington Current Review” on MHz Networks and is called upon to speak frequently in a variety of business, education and non-profit venues. In 2014 he was awarded The Indus Entrepreneurs (Tie) Legends Award. In 2015 he was awarded Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for International Service. Frank was an active participant in the information technology, aerospace engineering services, and systems integration business for more than twenty-five years. During his professional career, he garnered multiple industry awards for leadership, entrepreneurship and excellence. He was recognized by the Ernst and Young as Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year and the US Small Business Administration selected him as the Small Business Person of the Year of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area in 2001. Frank received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.

Dave Jordan is Vice President – Global Consulting Practice at Tata Consultancy Services. Dave has more than 30 years of experience as a strategic advisor and program executive for market-leading clients across the globe. In his current role, he leads TCS’s consulting practice with responsibility for the group’s go-to-market strategy, sales and delivery of services around the world. Prior to TCS, Dave was a partner leading numerous strategic consulting practices with other firms like Accenture, PwC/IBM and CSC. His primary expertise around Business Transformation serves clients in driving breakthrough results through fundamental change of operating models, process, organization and technology. He is the proud father of two daughters and currently resides with his wife, Barbara, in Bethesda Maryland.


Tom Kelly is Raytheon International’s Vice President for Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs. Before joining Raytheon in January 2017, Kelly served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti, assuming his duties in September 2014.  As Chief of Mission, Kelly supervised U.S. Government programs and activities in Djibouti, including assistance programs and annual base-leasing payments in excess of $100 million to support the only enduring U.S. military presence in Africa. He interacted with Djiboutian leaders to promote U.S. interests; oversaw regional counterterrorism operations; and led the U.S. Embassy response to the refugee crisis associated with the conflict in Yemen. During his tenure, more than 15,000 U.S. citizens and their family members escaped the violence in Yemen through Djibouti. Kelly served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs from August 2011 to September 2014, running an 11-office bureau with a $41 million budget and 375 employees.  He led political-military negotiations in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East; advocated for reforms of U.S. arms transfer, export control, and unmanned aerial system policies; and restructured the bureau to enhance its effectiveness.  Kelly entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1985. He served in U.S. Missions in San Salvador (1985-1987), Santiago (1990-1993), Paris (1994-1998), Quito (2000-2003), Vilnius (2004-2007), Buenos Aires (2007-2010), and São Paulo (2010-2011). In both Vilnius and Buenos Aires, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassies in those capitals. In São Paulo, Kelly served as Principal Officer of one of the world’s largest U.S. consulates. He also worked in the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (1988-1990) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (1998-2000).  Kelly holds M.A. degrees in Development Economics from Stanford University (1994) and Latin American Studies from Georgetown University (1984). He received his Bachelor's degree from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service (1984). Kelly speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Lithuanian.

After graduating from Vassar College (B.A.) and American University (M.A.), Laura E. Kennedy joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1975. Her domestic assignments include the Offices of People’s Republic of China Affairs, Soviet Affairs, Jordan/Syria/Lebanon/Palestinian Affairs (Deputy Director), and Central Eurasian Affairs (Director). She also spent a sabbatical year at Stanford University and graduated from the Senior Seminar of the Department of State. Abroad, she was detailed to an official US-USSR exchange exhibit in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. She served at U.S. Embassies in Moscow (twice) Ankara, Yerevan (Chargé d’Affaires), and Ashgabat and at U.S. Missions to international organizations in Vienna (Deputy Permanent Representative) and Geneva. She was appointed by President George W. Bush as Ambassador to Turkmenistan (2001-2003). Upon her return to the U.S., she served as the Dean of the last class of the Senior Seminar. She subsequently served under Secretary of State Colin Powell as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibility for southern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. She taught at the National War College 2007-9 and also served as Deputy Commandant. President Obama appointed her U.S. Permanent Representative (2010-2013) to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. She also served concurrently in Geneva as the U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Issues. Ambassador Kennedy was given the Secretary’s Career Achievement Award upon her retirement in 2013. She has been retained as a consultant on international security affairs, lectured, and helped write new guidelines on Chiefs of Mission for the American Foreign Service Association. She serves on the board of the Senior Seminar Alumni Association. Kennedy was recalled to active service in May 2014 by the Director General to serve as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan until September 2014. She was then asked to take a similar position at the U. S. Mission to the United Nations in Vienna with concurrent service as the Acting Governor to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency which she began on September 15, 2014.


Rizwan (Riz) Khaliq is Director of Marketing and Communications for IBM Global Public Sector and Smarter Cities, where he has responsibilities for all marketing, go to market and communications for Public Sector industries which includes, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences and Education. Riz has been with IBM for more then 15 years, prior to his current role Riz was the Director of Marketing and Communications for IBM Global Communications Sector, Business Area Leader for IBM Intelligent Transportation Systems, Business Unit Executive for IBM’s Digital Communities Business., Global Wireless Solutions and Marketing Executive for Public Sector and also held a position of Business Development Executive in Stockholm, Sweden for IBM’s Wireless/ Pervasive business in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region. Before joining IBM, Riz was with the US Foreign Service and served as Commercial Attaché at the US embassies in Demark and South Africa. Riz also carried out temporary assignments in a number of international markets, including Kenya, India, Pakistan, and Germany. Riz has received numerous awards over his career, including “Gold Medal Award” for Distinguished Achievements in Foreign Services from US Secretary of Commerce, The Secretary’s Award from US Department of State Secretary and the highly regarded “Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service” from the United Stated President George W. Bush. Riz holds a Masters of Arts in International Transactions and Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University. As part of the Master’s program, Riz attended St. Peters College, Oxford University with the focus on international trade from the European prospective.

Mr. J. Richard Knop, Rick, JD serves as a Managing Member at FedCap Partners, LLC. Mr. Knop co-founded the FedCap Partners. He serves as a Consultant at BB&T Capital Markets. Mr. Knop served as the Head of International Investment Banking for BB&T Capital Markets. He was the Founder of BB&T Capital Markets|Windsor Group and served as its Chairman. Mr. Knop co-founded Windsor Group (later acquired by BB&T Capital Markets) in 1992 and led its development into the premier investment bank for the government/defense contracting industry. He served as President of National Capital Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Mr. Knop has over 20 years of investment banking experience. He has closed a broad range of investment banking transactions, including well over 100 defense and government contractors mergers ranging from $10 million to $1.2 billion in the past 17 years. Prior to his investment banking career, he founded and managed a diversified international energy production and distribution company, specialized in international corporate transactions as a Partner of a Washington law firm, and served as a Legal Advisor and Legislative Assistant at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Congress. Mr. Knop serves as Member of Advisory Board at IxReveal, Inc. He serves as Member of Advisor Board at The Columbia Group, Inc. He serves as Director of MCR, LLC. Mr. Knop serves as Director of National Capital Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. He served as Member of Board of Advisors of Thomas & Herbert Consulting, LLC since March 2009. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Service Source, the D. C. Metro Board of Directors for BB&T, The George Washington University's Law School Board of Advisors, Chairman of The George Washington University's Government Contracts Advisory Board, Member of the Board of Directors and Trustee of the National Cryptologic Museum, and is a member of The George Washington Society. He is a monthly guest columnist for Washington Technology and is the featured speaker for many national and local organizations. He is also a Member of the Virginia, District of Columbia, and Florida Bar Associations.
 

Mary Webster Krulic is the Senior Director at Education Advisory Board working with educational institutions. Previously she was an attorney in the Washington, DC office of Winston & Strawn. She concentrated in international arbitration and litigation, representing Latin American and Middle Eastern sovereign nations in investor-state arbitration. Prior to attending law school, she worked for the NGO, Child Family Health International, which places health science students on global health education programs around the world. She also led high school students on a summer volunteer and travel program to Mexico through the Experiment in International Living. Ms. Webster earned both her LL.M. in Law, Development and Governance from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 2008. She also holds a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ray LaHood is a Senior Policy Advisor at DLA Piper. LaHood, a former U.S. Representative from Illinois (1994-2008), became the Secretary of Transportation under President Barack Obama in 2009. He leads a 60,000-employee agency that regulates American aviation, highways, railroads, public transit, seaways, traffic safety and pipelines, among other modes of transportation. Until his nomination by Obama, his most prominent moment as a member of Congress came in 1998, when he presided over House impeachment hearings for President Bill Clinton. Previously, he served in the Illinois House of Representatives in 1982 and 1983, and, before and after that period, as an aide to other Illinois congressional representatives (1977-1982 and 1983-1994). LaHood studied education and sociology at Bradley University, earning a bachelor of science degree in 1971. He taught junior high and worked as a local-government planner before entering politics in 1977.

Evelyn K. Lee is Senior Vice President for SunTrust’s Aging Services Industry Mager.  In this role she has structured and approved over $800 Million in a combination of single bank and syndicated loans, bonds and lines of credit to facilitate mergers, acquisitions and real estate purchases for the Bank’s clients.She oversees a $1.5B+ portfolio of tax-exempt and taxable facilities extended to a variety corporate and non-profit organizations including Professional Service firms, Associations, Educational Institutions and Healthcare Providers. Prior to her current role, Evelyn was with SunTrust’s Corporate and Investment Banking division focused primarily on Private Equity sponsored transactions for large privately held and small cap publicly traded clients across the Mid-Atlantic footprint. Evelyn resides with her husband and two daughters in Washington DC. She received her BA Magna cum Laude from the College of William and Mary in 2000 and is RMA Credit Risk Certified.

Ashok Mahbubani, B.Com., LLB is the Chairman and Managing Director of EKTA World. He graduated from Loyola College and began his professional career in 1973 in Madras, India with a privately owned Electronics Marketing & Manufacturing company. He completed a Diploma in International Trade at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in 1974 and rose to the position of Director of the company’s International Trade Division. Since then, Ashok has participated in the establishment and growth of family-owned businesses in India, Canada, Haiti, the US, Spain, and Mexico. In partnership with the privately owned company he worked for, he negotiated collaboration with a Japanese manufacturer to set up one of India’s first licensed manufacturing facilities for copiers, Xerographics Private Limited. Eventually, he sold XPL to one of India’s largest conglomerates, the RPG Group. In 1983, Ashok moved to Canada and joined his brother-in-law in the management of a family-owned manufacturing company, Span Manufacturing Limited, where he broadened Span’s customer base and managed its finances through its growth phase. Then, in 1987, the Mahbubanis moved the US and set up a new family-owned company, Multitronics, Inc. In 1989, the company overcame competition from four other contenders in North America and secured a major contract manufacturing project at Chrysler. Multitronics became a significant supplier to Chrysler starting in Model Year 1990. Since then, the company has maintained its track-record of innovative process design for manufacturability combined with defect-free contract execution. Two decades after building a successful business foundation, Ashok & Amrita Mahbubani started The EKTA Foundation in 2007 with the simple purpose of giving back. To ensure that EKTA’s grants would make measurable impact, the Mahbubanis chose the Clinton Global Initiative as their portal into the world of strategically targeted philanthropy. Through their involvement with the manufacturing facility in Haiti, from 1984-88, the Mahbubanis came to admire and love the irrepressible spirit of the Haitian people. In 2009, they were back as part of CGI’s Haiti Action Network, to work with like-minded partner organizations in Haiti on sustainable investments in Water & Sanitation, Information Technology and Education. The unifying objective of the Foundation’s commitments to action in these areas is enhancing human dignity and strength through access to knowledge. Here in the US, the Mahbubanis partnered with the Streisand Foundation as benefactor contributors to the Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai in California. They are recognized as Ambassadors of the Clinton Foundation in promoting and supporting its many world-wide initiatives. Lastly, the Mahbubanis are actively engaged in a program created by Open Future Institute that promotes principled self-empowerment for students in the final two critical years of High School. The QUESTion Project™ was successfully piloted at a magnet public school in the Bronx and is now a full-term elective at several New York Department of Education schools.


Shaista and Ray Mahmood know the Clintons—they have had lunch with Hillary at the State Department—and have hosted Vice President Joe Biden, Congressman Howard Berman, former Pakistani president General Pervez Musharraf, and many others at their home.The Mahmoods are also close to the political establishment in Pakistan—Ray’s official title, ambassador-at-large for Pakistan to the US, was given to him by Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari, husband of the late Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, herself a great friend of the Mahmoods’. In the late 1970s, as Ray and Shaista started having kids—they have four, all now grown and no longer at home—Ray got his real-estate license and set up the Mahmood Investment Corporation, through which he began investing in properties in Alexandria. In 1980, he bought his first hotel, which led him to buy two others. Today he presides over a booming real-estate business, with two property-management offices in Virginia and about 30 employees. He has dozens of condos, hotels, strip malls, and apartment buildings in Virginia and DC. He owns the whole block in Del Ray on which his original Sunoco stood.

William McCarren is an entrepreneur and business leader in the news and communications field. He has 30 years’ experience working in the Washington business community. McCarren is currently the Executive Director of the National Press Club, an iconic Washington institution founded in 1908. McCarren has been in his current position since 2007. At the Press Club he manages a staff of 110 full time employees in a 54,000 square foot events facility that hosts 2,000 events a year and has an annual budget of about $13 million. The Press Club is the World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists and has 3,100 members representing nearly every major news organization. In addition to great event space, the Club has a large broadcast studio, a gym, a research library, an archive and two restaurants. During his time at the Press Club, McCarren has led his team on a strategy to move the organization from a high debt, no reserves and break even business model to a highly profitable business with no debt and $9 million in reserves. In the world of business turnarounds, this is a great result. As Executive Director of the Press Club, McCarren has also been a tireless advocate for press freedom and, last year, led a major campaign for the Club to support the case of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter wrongly imprisoned in Iran. In January of this year, after 544 days in prison, Jason was released. He is now free, living in the United States and is a member of the National Press Club. Prior to working at the Press Club, in 1986, McCarren founded U.S. Newswire, a wire service that transmitted news releases of public policy. He served as President and CEO for 20 years until 2006. The company grew from a Washington-based start-up to a firm of 45 full time employees with offices in New York, Chicago, LA and Washington. In 1994, U.S. Newswire won a competitive contract to transmit all the news and information from the Executive Office of the President to news media nationwide. In 2006 the firm McCarren started was sold to PR Newswire for $25 million. This kind of success is rare for start-ups. Early in his career McCarren was marketing director for PR Newswire in New York and worked as a news editor at Mediawire in Philadelphia.


Richard P. Merski is Head of International Public Policy at Cigna. Previously, Mr. Merski served as President of RPM Management, a government affairs consulting firm specializing in international trade and tax matters. Before that, Mr. Merski was Senior Vice President and Head of Federal Affairs for Zurich Financial Services, where he counseled Zurich's global management on executive and legislative branch developments. Prior to joining Zurich, Mr. Merski worked with American International Group as Vice President and Counsel, overseeing their Washington office, and earlier served as Legislative Director and Counsel to Congressman Richard T. Schulze (R-PA). Mr. Merski holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, a Master's in International Relations from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University with Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Merski is a past-Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council. He also served on the Boards of the Atlantic Council, the Organization for International Investment, and the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute and is a Senior Advisor to the United States-Asia Foundation.

Hon. James P. Moran is Senior Legislative Advisor at McDermott Will & Emery. Congressman Moran is a retired U.S. Representative from the 8th District of Virginia. Congressman Moran served twelve terms in the U.S. House of Representatives; serving as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment, while also serving on the Defense and Military Construction Subcommittees before retiring in 2014. Throughout his more than two decades of service Congressman Moran lead efforts on regional transportation, fair and open trade, and fiscal discipline. He helped boost investments in Northern Virgina’s defense and technology sector and advance procurement reform at the Pentagon. Congressman Moran also helped fund the replacement of the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge.

Michael P. Norris serves as Chief Operating Officer of North America and Market President of the Corporate Services Market of Sodexo, Inc. Mr. Norris served as Group President of Corporate Services International Development and President of Business, Industry & Vending for Food & Facilities Management Services at USA of Sodexo S.A. Mr. Norris served as Market President of Corporate Services at Sodexo, Inc. Mr. Norris served as Chief Operating Officer of Sodexo, Inc. until February 1, 2010. Mr. Norris joined Sodexho Inc. as Senior Vice President for operations and concession in 1995 and served as its President since 2001, with responsibilities including marketing, brand positioning, Theatre Operations, Real estate, concessions, design and construction, strategic planning, training and film acquisitions. He served as Group President of Sodexo, Inc. since June 16, 2005. After joining Sodexo in 2005, he became lead adviser and negotiator for the development of SodexoMAGIC, LLC. Before joining Sodexho, Mr. Norris spent nearly a decade with Loews Cineplex Entertainment US. He served as the President of Loews Cineplex Entertainment United States of Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corp. from January 27, 2003 to December 31, 2004 and served as its Executive Vice President of Operations since August 5, 2002. He joined Loews Cineplex Entertainment in 1995 as Senior Vice President of Operations and concessions. Mr. Norris oversaw the repositioning of the brand to become the leading theater chain in top markets across the globe. Mr. Norris gained experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry both domestically and internationally, serving as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1995 of WYWY PAC-AM Food Concepts PTE Ltd., the master franchise for Brinker International in Asia, where he managed more than $100 million in capital investments. From 1976 to 1993, Mr. Norris served various positions at General Mills Restaurants Inc. and served as its Director Of Operations for the $345 million operating unit that included the Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants throughout the US and Canada. Prior to joining Loews Cineplex Entertainment, he served leadership roles in high profile casual dining companies. Among his industry accomplishments, he served as President of Chili's Bar & Grill Asia. He has been Director of Latitude Global, Inc since October 14, 2013. He serves as Director of SodexoMAGIC. Mr. Norris holds an M.B.A from the University of East London, London, England.

Jane Oates is the Vice President for External Affairs at the Apollo Group. Prior to joining the Apollo Group in June, 2013, Ms. Oates served as the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor. Immediately before joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Oates served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education under Governor Jon Corzine. For the preceding decade Ms. Oates worked as senior advisor to Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Earlier in her career Ms. Oates was the Director of Field Services at the Temple University Center for Research in Human Development and Education where she was engaged in research on inclusion, community schools, charter schools, and the work of the federally funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory. Ms. Oates began her career as a special education teacher in the Boston and Philadelphia public schools. She holds a BA in Special Education from Boston College and an M.ED in Reading from Arcadia University.

Charles “Chuck” Prow is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vectrus, Inc. He is also a member of the Vectrus Board of Directors. He was appointed to both positions in December 2016. Vectrus is a leading, global government services company with a history in the services market that dates back more than 70 years. The company provides facility and logistics services, as well as information technology and network communication services to U.S. government customers around the world. Mr. Prow has more than 30 years of information technology and federal services experience, including leadership positions at IBM Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Coopers & Lybrand. During his career, he has run large global government services organizations, delivering solutions to a wide array of Department of Defense and other government customers. He served in multiple roles with IBM Corporation including General Manager, Global Government Industry, IBM’s technology and services competencies, where he had responsibility for global revenues exceeding $9 billion. During his tenure at IBM, Mr Prow was successful in creating market differentiation through the integration of IBM’s technology and service competencies. He established strategies that focused on delivering complex solutions to critical government missions for national security, federal civilian agencies, and state and local entities. These efforts resulted in market share expansion, revenue growth, and margin improvement. Mr. Prow has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Data Processing from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Mo. He currently serves on the board of directors for the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the World Affairs Council-DC, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.


Hon. Nick Rahall, II is a retired U.S. Representative for the third congressional district of West Virginia. First elected in 1976 Rahall served 19 terms in the United States House of Representatives being recognized as the youngest-elected, and longest-serving Member in the history of the House. Congressman Rahall was a longstanding member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leading Federal Highway debates, working to rebuild bridges and repair highways, improve and modernize airports, and improve water and sewer systems. Rahall also served on the Natural Resources Committee. Congressman Rahall is a 33rd Degree Mason, a life-time member of the National Rifle Association, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Loyal Order of the Moose, and the NAACP.

Raymond S. Sczudlo was Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Children's National Medical Center from 2001 to 2015. Prior to joining Children's National Medical Center, Mr. Sczudlo was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of EYECAST Corporation from 2000-2001. In addition, Mr. Sczudlo was a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP from 1987-2000. Mr. Sczudlo was also an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law Center from 1991-2000, where he taught banking and finance. He has authored numerous articles on banking, technology, investment, capital markets, regulatory and policy issues, and has been a frequent lecturer on such topics. Mr. Sczudlo is a member of the Federal City Council, the Economic Club of Washington, DC, the District of Columbia Bar, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Corporate Counsel Institute Advisory Board of the Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Detroit.

Matthew D. Shank became Marymount University’s sixth president in July 2011. President Shank is active in community and business organizations, serving on the boards of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Arlington Community Foundation, the Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia, American University in the Emirates (Dubai), Bishop O’Connell High School, Dominican Retreat House, and Leadership Arlington. He is an ex-officio member of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, a Global Advisory Group member of the World Affairs Council, and a community advisor to the Arlington Free Clinic and Arlington Public Schools. In the academic community, he serves on the boards of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and the Washington Research Library Consortium. As Marymount’s president, Dr. Shank is also a member of many academic organizations, including the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Before coming to Marymount, Dr. Shank served for three years as dean of the School of Business Administration and professor of Marketing at the University of Dayton. Prior to joining the University of Dayton, he was a faculty member at Northern Kentucky University and chaired the Department of Management and Marketing. During the 2003-04 academic year, he was an American Council on Education Fellow, assigned to the Office of the Chancellor at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Shank has also held academic appointments at the University of Mississippi and Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Douglas B. Shaw serves as Senior Associate Provost for International Strategy at the George Washington University with a concurrent appointment as Assistant Professor of International Affairs. He formerly served as Associate Dean supporting the Elliott School's research enterprise, including eight institutes and centers, strategic initiatives, the offices of Public Affairs, Graduate Admissions, and Graduate Student Career Development. As a faculty member, he teaches courses and conducts research on nuclear proliferation and international security. Dr. Shaw also previously served as Director of Policy Planning for Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia where he built a staff of four to develop strategic initiatives to advance Georgetown University as a leading student-centered international research university. He was instrumental in creating a flagship course in Ethics and Global Development team taught by Dr. DeGioia and School of Foreign Service Dean Carol Lancaster, hiring former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski onto the faculty, and mentoring a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Shaw joined the White House Office of Presidential Personnel the day after the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton and held appointments in both Clinton Administrations. At the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he was commended by the President for his involvement with the successful global diplomatic campaign to indefinitely extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Subsequently, Dr. Shaw worked at the U.S. Department of Energy where he received a Meritorious Service Award for "significant improvements of safeguards and security of tons of weapons usable nuclear materials" in Ukraine.Dr. Shaw has also served in leadership roles in several prominent non-governmental organizations; including as Director of Security Programs for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Physicians for Social Responsibility; Executive Vice President of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy; and as Director of Communications of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security where he worked closely with former Ambassador Thomas Graham, the late Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and other globally prominent security experts. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of College Bound and the Worker Rights Consortium. Dr. Shaw holds B.S.F.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgetown University in international relations and security studies.


Bob Stout is the Vice President & Head of Regulatory Affairs for BP America Inc. Located in Washington, DC, Stout leads a team of subject matter experts in representing BP and its businesses before U.S. regulatory agencies. In addition, he leads BP’s Washington-based International Affairs team and represents BP America on the company’s global policy-making group. During his 24-year career with Amoco and BP, Stout has served in a variety of senior leadership roles covering litigation and legal counseling, compliance and ethics, and public and government affairs. Prior to his current role, he served as BP's Associate General Counsel – Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE), with lead responsibility for HSSE legal matters arising out of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Before moving in-house to Amoco in 1992, Stout was a litigator in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins, joining the firm as an associate in 1985 and being elected equity partner in 1991. In 1984-85, he served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Joel M. Flaum of the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago. Stout received his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 1984, where he was Articles & Book Review Editor for the Law Review.  He received his A.B., summa cum laude, in political science from Ohio University in 1981.