Board of Advisors

  • Dr. Giuseppe Ammendola

    Dr. GIUSEPPE AMMENDOLA is an international and multilingual consultant and public speaker. He writes on international finance, trade, strategic management, and government.  Dr. Ammendola teaches at New York University and has been a visiting professor and has lectured at several Italian graduate schools. He is the author, among others, of From Creditor to Debtor: the US Pursuit of Foreign Capital (New York: Garland, 1994) and the country analysis “Italy” in Michael Curtis (ed.) Western European Politics and Government (New York: Addison Wesley Longman, 1st edition 1997 and 2nd edition 2003). He is the editor and main author of The European Union: Multidisciplinary Views (Stony Brook, NY: Forum Italicum, 2008). Dr. Ammendola has been speaker, organizer and/or panelist in hundreds of lectures, roundtables, and TV programs in the US and abroad. He holds doctoral degrees from the United States and Italy, from where he originally arrived as a Fulbright scholar.  He is the Joseph Schumpeter Visiting Professor of International Economics at the Universidade Autonoma of Lisbon.

  • Professor Bernard E. Brown

    Professor BERNARD E. BROWN, transatlantic Relations Project Director. Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the City University of New York (Graduate School), he has also taught or lectured at universities in France, Britain, Canada, India, Senegal, and Vietnam. He is author, coauthor, or editor of over a dozen books on comparative politics and political theory. Among his most recent articles in the journal, American Foreign Policy Interests: “God and Man in the French Riots” (June 2007); “Anti-Americanism and Me” (February 2006); “A Constitution for Europe” (December 2005); “The United States and Europe: Partners, Rivals, Enemies?” (April 2004); “Charles Kupchan on The End of the American Era” (December 2003); “Europe Against America: A New Superpower Rivalry?” He has received numerous awards, including a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and several Fulbrights.

  • Professor Ralph Buultjens

    RALPH BUULTJENS has been on the NYU faculty for over twenty years. He was Nehru Professor and Professorial Fellow at Cambridge University (U K); Senior Fellow at The Carnegie Council and ISRI -IFS (India -Sri Lanka); Director of the International Development Forum; Adviser/Consultant to international organizations - agencies including the U.N. University, UNDP-UNCTAD and the World Bank. He has written books on global politics and history, notably Rebuilding the Temple-Tradition and Change in Modern AsiaChina After Mao- Death of Revolution and The Decline of Democracy. He has received several awards including the Toynbee Prize for Social Sciences, the Colombo Plan Award and Teaching Awards from NYU and the New School University. He is a frequent commentator on international media.

  • Dr. Alexander A. Cooley

    ALEXANDER A. COOLEY is Associate Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University and an Open Society Institute Global Fellow. He is also the co-investigator for the Harriman Institute’s project on “US-Georgia Relations after the War.” Professor Cooley’s research examines how external actors have shaped the sovereignty and political development of the post-Communist states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus. Professor Cooley has authored numerous academic articles and three books: Logics of Hierarchy (Cornell University Press, 2005; co-winner of the AAASS 2006 Marshall Shulman Prize); Base Politics: Democratic Change and the US Military Overseas (Cornell University Press, 2008); and Contracting States: Sovereign Transfers in International Relations (Princeton University Press, 2009, co-authored with Hendrik Spruyt). As a Fellow with the Open Society Institute in 2009-2010, he is assessing the rise of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Central Asia and advising US, EU and NATO policymakers on developing a strategy for engaging the SCO.

    In addition to his academic work, Professor Cooley has contributed policy commentaries to the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Current History and Foreign Affairs. He was a Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Brussels in 2005 and an International Security Fellow with the Smith Richardson Foundation in 2007. Cooley earned both his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (1999) from Columbia University.

  • Professor Michael Curtis

    Born in London and educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Mr. Curtis earned his doctorate at Cornell University before settling in Princeton in 1963 when he was appointed to a teaching position at Rutgers University, where he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus in political science.

    As well as writing on the Middle East, he is renowned for work that looks at the origins of the political Right in modern France, and France’s complicated role in the Holocaust during the Vichy regime and the Nazi occupation in World War II.

    His contributions to the study of the history of French political thought and 20th century French politics began with the first book he wrote after coming to the United States. Three Against the Third Republic is considered the definitive study of early 20th century French politics and the rise of the Right after the Dreyfus affair. Published by Princeton University Press in 1959, it was recently re-issued by Transaction Press with a new introduction by the author.

    Mr. Curtis’s Verdict on Vichy (2002) was named one of the best books of the year by England’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

    Known in Princeton for his love and knowledge of jazz, Mr. Curtis is recognized internationally as an activist as well as a scholar. For many years, he was the president of American Professors for Peace in the Middle East and editor of the Middle East Review.

    Although the subject of Mr. Curtis’s library talk is a serious one, that it takes place on his 90th birthday is surely a cause for celebration. After his presentation, Mr. Curtis will be feted with a toast and birthday cake for all. “Michael is amazing,” said his wife Judith K. Brodsky, Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Visual Arts at Rutgers University. “He has written so many books that we’ve lost count. His passion for his subjects keeps him intellectually vital. Everyone thinks he’s about 65.”

    A recent count of the long-time Princeton resident’s books, shows him to be the author of more than 35 titles, including textbooks that have influenced and informed thousands of college students here and abroad. His textbook on the great political philosophers published in the 1960s is still in print and used throughout the United States.

  • Dr. Susan A. Gitelson

    Dr. SUSAN A. GITELSON is President of International Consultants, Inc. She has been Co-Chair of the Dean’s Council of the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She is a National Vice President of the American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a member of the Board of the Harry S Truman Research Institute on the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University. She has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. Currently she is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Jewish Heritage/A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. She has also been on the advisory boards of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the City University Graduate Center and the Center for the Study of the Presidency. In addition, she has supported the Columbia SIPA Gitelson Policy Forum, the Gitelson Peace Publications of the Truman Institute, and many other programs and awards. Her books and articles have been published on four continents. Columbia University awarded her its prestigious Medal for Conspicuous Alumni Service.

    Dr. Gitelson received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.I.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She was a trainee at the Rockefeller Foundation and then an assistant professor of international relations at the Hebrew University. Subsequently she has been active in international business.

  • Bernard Haykel

    BERNARD HAYKEL is professor of Near Eastern Studies and the director of the Transregional Institute for the Study of the Middle East and North Africa at Princeton University.  He was formerly associate professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern history at New York University.  Haykel's primary research interests center on Islamic political movements and legal thought. Currently, he studies the history and politics of the Arabian Peninsula and Islamism.  He has published extensively on the Salafi movement in both its pre-modern and modern manifestations.  Haykel’s next book is on the religious politics of Saudi Arabia since the 1950s and will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.  He is also the author of Revival and Reform in Islam: The Legacy of Muhammad al-Shawkani, (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

  • Honorable Robert E. Hunter

    ROBERT E. HUNTER was the former U.S. Ambassador to NATO under President Clinton ('93-'98), and represented the U.S. to the Western European Union. He was the principal architect of the “New NATO”, leading the North Atlantic Council in implementing decisions of the 1994 and 1997 NATO Summits. Ambassador Hunter led the Council in obtaining major air-strike decisions for Bosnia, securing approval for Implementation Force and Stabilization Force. He served on Secretary Cohen's Defense Policy Board and was Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Treaty Association ('98-'01).

    During his extensive career in the public sector, he served as Special Advisor on Lebanon to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Lead Consultant to the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America (the Kissinger Commission. During the Carter Administration, Ambassador Hunter served on the National Security Council staff as Director of West European Affairs ('77-'79), and later as Director of Middle East Affairs ('79-'81). He was a member of the U.S. negotiating team for talks on the West Bank and Gaza, directed the 1978 NATO Summit, and was the principal author of the Carter Doctrine for the Persian Gulf. He also served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy ('73-'77) and foreign and domestic policy advisor to Vice President Hubert Humphrey. He served on White House staff (health, education, welfare, labor) in the Johnson Administration ('64-'65) and in the Navy Department on the Polaris Project. Has written, lectured, and broadcast extensively on foreign affairs and national security issues.

    Ambassador Hunter was a Senior Fellow at the Overseas Development Council ('70-'73), Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London ('67-'69), and Director of European Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Twice recipient of Department of Defense Medial for Distinguished Public Service, decorated by Hungarian, Lithuanian and Polish governments, and received Leadership Award of the European Institute.

    Ambassador Hunter recently published a book called Building Security in the Persian Gulf that makes recommendations for a new security structure in the Persian Gulf region in order to promote long-term security and stability, while also reducing burdens on the United States. The book can be downloaded here.

  • Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff

    JEFFREY MANKOFF is deputy director and senior fellow with the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. He is the author of Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) and a frequent commentator on international security, Russian foreign policy, regional security in the Caucasus and Central Asia, ethnic conflict, and energy security. Before coming to CSIS, he served as an adviser on U.S.-Russia relations at the U.S. Department of State as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. From 2008 to 2010, he was associate director of International Security Studies at Yale University and an adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to his policy research, Dr. Mankoff teaches courses on international security and Central Asia at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Dr. Mankoff has held academic fellowships at Harvard, Yale, and Moscow State Universities. He holds dual B.A.s in international studies and Russian from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in diplomatic history from Yale.

    A complete list of Jeffrey Mankoff's publications can be viewed online.

  • Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland

    Dr. JEFFREY D. McCAUSLAND is the Founder and CEO of Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy, LLC. For the past decade Diamond6 has conducted numerous executive leadership development workshops for leaders in public education, US government institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations across the United States. Participants have included the leadership teams for national education associations and large urban school districts representing hundreds of thousands of students throughout America.

    He is also a Visiting Professor of International Security at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy, and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York. From 2010 thru 2015 Dr. McCausland was the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Research and Minerva Chairholder at the U.S. Army War College. Prior to these appointments he was a Visiting Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Graduate School of International Affairs.

    Dr. McCausland is a retired Colonel from the US Army and completed his active duty service in the United States Army in 2002 culminating his career as Dean of Academics, United States Army War College. Upon retirement Dr. McCausland accepted the Class of 1961 Chair of Leadership at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland and served there from January 2002 to July 2004. He continues to hold a position as a Senior Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the Naval Academy.

    He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1972 and was commissioned in field artillery. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools as well as the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He holds both a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

    During his military career Dr. McCausland served in a variety of command and staff positions both in the United States and Europe. This included Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council Staff in the White House during the Kosovo crisis. He also worked on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) as a member of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, US Army Staff, the Pentagon. Following this assignment, he assumed command of a field artillery battalion stationed in Europe and deployed his unit to Saudi Arabia for Operations Desert Shield and Storm in 1990 and 1991.

    Dr. McCausland has both published and lectured broadly on military affairs, European security issues, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, as well as leadership topics throughout the United States and over thirty countries. He has been a visiting fellow at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Conflict Studies Research Center, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; Stiftung Wissenshaft und Politk, Ebenhausen, Germany; George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany; and the International Institute for Strategic Studies,

    He has also served as a member of numerous panels on leadership and character development. These include the Chief of Staff Army's Blue Ribbon Panel on Training and Leader Development; the Character Review Panel for the Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy; as well as providing advice and assistance to the Chief of Staff of
    the Air Force's Aerospace Leader Development Panel.

    Dr. McCausland is a senior fellow at the Clarke Forum at Dickinson College and a Senior Associate Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington and an adjunct fellow at the RAND Corporation. He has served on the Board of Advisers to the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in New York, the Hourglass Initiative, and the Dreyfuss Initiative.

    He has been a national security consultant for CBS television and radio since 2003.  In this capacity he has travelled frequently to Guantanamo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Consequently, he has been a frequent commentator on the ongoing conflicts in both countries as well as other stories focused on national security for CBS since 2003. Dr. McCausland has also appeared on MSNBC, CSPAN, CNN, Al Jazeera, Al Ahurra, the CBS Morning Show, Up To the Minute, as well as the CBS Evening News. He has been frequently interviewed by the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe. He is married to the former Marianne Schiessl, and they have three children - Tanya, Nicholas, and Phillip.

  • Aaron David Miller

    Aaron David Miller is currently the Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Between 2006 and 2008, he was a Public Policy Scholar when he wrote his fourth book The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace (Bantam, 2008). His other books include The Arab States and the Palestine Question: Between Ideology and Self Interest, The PLO and the Politics of Survival, and The Search for Security, Saudi Arabian Oil and American Foreign Policy.

    For the prior two decades, he served at the Department of State as an advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the Senior Advisor for Arab-Israeli Negotiations. He also served as the Deputy Special Middle East Coordinator for Arab-Israeli Negotiations, Senior Member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the Office of the Historian. He has received the department's Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards.

    Mr. Miller received his Ph.D. in American Diplomatic and Middle East History from the University of Michigan in 1977 and joined the State Department the following year. During 1982 and 1983, he was a Council on Foreign Relations fellow and a resident scholar at the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 1984 he served a temporary tour at the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Between 1998 and 2000, Mr. Miller served on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. After leaving the state department, Mr. Miller served as president of Seeds of Peace from January 2003 until January 2006. Seeds of Peace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence (

    His media and speaking appearances include CNN (including "American Morning," "Wolf Blitzer Reports,") "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer," FOX News, "The NBC Nightly News," "CBS Evening News," National Public Radio, the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Al Arabiya, and Al Jazeera. Mr. Miller has also been a featured presenter for the World Economic Forum in Davos and Amman, Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California at Berkeley, The City Club of Cleveland, Chatham House, and The International Institute for Strategic Studies. His articles have appeared in newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The International Herald Tribune.

  • David L. Phillips

    DAVID L. PHILLIPS is director of the Program on Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding at American University in Washington, D.C.. Currently he is also a research scholar at the Center for Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and adjunct associate professor at New York University’s Graduate School of Politics. Phillips has worked as a senior adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and as a foreign affairs expert and senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State. He has held positions as a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies, executive director of Columbia University’s International Conflict Resolution Program, and as a professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He has also been a senior fellow and deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action, director of the European Centre for Common Ground, project director at the International Peace Research Institute of Oslo, president of the Congressional Human Rights Foundation. Mr. Phillips is author of From Bullets to Ballots: Violent Muslim Movements in Transition (Transaction Press, 2008), Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco (Perseus Books, 2005), Unsilencing the Past: Track Two Diplomacy and Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation (Berghahn Books, 2005). He has also authored many policy reports, as well as more than 100 articles in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and Foreign Affairs.


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  • Dr. Carol Rittner

    CAROL RITTNER, RSM, is Distinguished Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, and Dr. Marsha Raticoff Grossman Professor of Holocaust Studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (USA). She has published numerous books and articles on the Holocaust and other genocides of the 20th century. Dr. Rittner has worked and lectured in both the Republic and the north of Ireland, the UK, Australia, Sweden, Israel, and Cambodia

  • Professor Henry Rosovsky

    Professor HENRY ROSOVSKY, professor of Economics, Emeritus, is the author of many articles and books, including Capital Formation in Japan(1961), Quantitative Japanese Economic History (1961), Japanese Economic Growth (with K. Ohkawa, 1973) and The University: An Owner's Manual (1990). He also edited Industrialization in Two Systems (1961) Discord in the Pacific (1972), Asia's New Giant: How the Japanese Economy Works (with H. Patrick, 1976), Favorites of Fortune (with P. Higonnet and D. Landes, 1991) and The Political Economy of Japan: Cultural and Social Dynamics (with Shumpei Kumon, 1992).

    Born in the Free City of Danzig in 1927, Professor Rosovsky received his A.B degree in 1949 from the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. degree from Harvard in 1959.He taught economics, history and Japanese and Korean studies at the University of California at Berkeley until 1965. Thereafter, his Harvard service has been lifelong, with the most important of his numerous positions including Professor of Economics (1965-1996), Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (1973-1991), and, briefly in both 1984 and 1987, Acting President of Harvard. Professor Rosovsky has received many achievement awards and honorary degrees and has been a member of numerous professional associations, advisory boards and corporate boards. He has taught as a visiting professor in Japan and Israel and has worked variously as a consultant with the United States government, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and UNESCO.

  • Professor Michael Rywkin

    Professor MICHAEL RYWKIN, Central Asia Project Director. National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Professor Emeritus CCNY of CUNY and President Emeritus, Association for the Study of Nationalities. He is the author of four books, one of which one was translated into Turkish and another into Farsi. He also published over fifty articles focused on Russian and Central Asian studies, and presented papers at numerous conferences in the USA, Canada, “old” and “new” Europe, as well as in Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Professor Rywkin studied in Poland, Uzbekistan, France, and United States, and received his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He is fluent in Russian, Polish, and French.

  • Marcus H. Sachs

    Marcus Sachs is Verizon’s Vice President for National Security Policy, and the Vice Chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council.  He serves on several other public/private working groups in Washington and was a member of the CSIS Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency.  From 2003 to 2010 he volunteered as the Director of the SANS Internet Storm Center.  He retired from the U.S. Army in 2001 following a 20 year career and was subsequently appointed by the President to serve in the White House Office of Cyberspace Security in 2002-2003.  He holds degrees in Civil Engineering, Computer Science, and Science and Technology Commercialization, and is
    currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at George Mason University.  He authored and teaches a three-day course in Critical Infrastructure Protection at the SANS Institute and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


  • Ambassador Winston Lord

    WINSTON LORD is Chairman Emeritus of the International Rescue Committee and former Ambassador to China. The IRC, the largest non-sectarian organization that both helps refugees aboard and resettles them in the United States, operates in some forty countries and twenty-five cities.

    For over four decades Ambassador Lord has been at the center of U.S.–China relations. Throughout the 1970s Lord accompanied Presidents Nixon and Ford and Henry Kissinger on all nine trips to China. From 1969 to 1973 he was on the National Security Council staff and Special Assistant to the NSC advisor. From 1973 to 1977 he was the State Department's Director of Policy Planning. From 1977 to 1985 he was the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and throughout the early 1990s served as chairman for the National Endowment for Democracy and the Carnegie Endowment National Commission on America and the New World. He also served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs from 1993 to 1997.

    Ambassador Lord holds a B.A. from Yale (Magna Cum Laude) and finished first in his class at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy while studying for his M.A. He has received several honorary degrees, plus the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award and the Defense Department’s Outstanding Performance Award. Ambassador Lord has provided commentary for major TV networks and his articles have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time and Foreign Affairs.

  • Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy

    J. STAPLETON ROY is Distinguished Scholar and Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

    Ambassador Roy was born in China, where his parents were educational missionaries, spending much of his youth there during the upheavals of World War II and the communist revolution. He joined the US Foreign Service immediately after graduating from Princeton in 1956, retiring 45 years later with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the service. In 1978 he participated in the secret negotiations that led to the establishment of US-PRC diplomatic relations. During a career focused on East Asia and the Soviet Union, Ambassador Roy’s ambassadorial assignments included Singapore, the People’s Republic of China, and Indonesia. His final post with the State Department was as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research.

    Following his retirement from the State Department in 2001, Ambassador Roy joined Kissinger Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, becoming Vice Chairman in 2006. In September 2008, he moved to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to head the newly created Kissinger Institute, while continuing as a Senior Advisor to Kissinger Associates. In 2001 he received Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Public Service.

  • Evans J.R. Revere

    EVANS J.R. REVERE is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies.  He is also a senior advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group, a leading global strategy firm, where he advises U.S. clients with a special focus on Korea, Japan, and China.  He writes and speaks frequently on Asia policy issues and is active in Track 1.5 and Track 2 dialogues dealing with U.S. relations with the PRC, the two Koreas, Japan, Taiwan and with East Asian regional security issues.  His commentary on Asia appears frequently in major U.S., Korean, and Japanese newspapers and other media outlets.  He also draws on his 46 years of experience in Asia to mentor young, aspiring Asia experts.

    During 2010-2011 he taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. From 2007 to 2010 he was President/CEO of The Korea Society, where he organized the historic 2008 concert in Pyongyang by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

    In 2007, he retired after a long career in government service, most of that as an American diplomat and one of the State Department’s top Asia experts.  His diplomatic career included service as the Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  During his career, he served in the U.S. Embassies in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and Wellington and was the director of the State Department’s offices managing relations with Korea and Japan.

    He won numerous awards as a U.S. diplomat and helped lead the State Department’s highly praised response to the December 2004 tsunami disaster in Indonesia.  His last State Department assignment was as Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he directed a task force on U.S.-China relations.  He has extensive experience in negotiations with North Korea and served as deputy chief of the U.S. team negotiating with the DPRK and as the U.S. government’s primary day-to-day liaison with North Korea.

    He is fluent in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and is a graduate of Princeton University, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Orlando Camargo

    ORLANDO CAMARGO is a business and marketing executive with over 25 years of global experience in leading and working with multinational companies, governments and organizations.

    He received his Master’s Degree in Economics and Business from the University of Tsukuba in Japan and upon graduation was the first non-Japanese to be hired as a civil service researcher at a prestigious Science and Technology Agency’s National Institute for Science and Technology (NISTEP) of Japan.  He has written about the economics of R&D and worked as a visiting scholar at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was an Executive in Residence at Temple University MBA program. Orlando has worked with renowned management consultant James C. Abegglen assisting companies in a variety of industries with market entry research and global strategy development. He concentrated on marketing and communications while helping establish the Fleishman Hillard Japan office and developed marketing programs for companies and organizations primarily in finance, technology and manufacturing.

    From May 2000 Orlando was Vice President and Director of Communications for Japan and Japan business related activities of Goldman Sachs Inc. He had oversight for media relations, marketing & branding and internal communications for the Tokyo office of 1,300 employees and for Goldman Sachs related business in Japan, reporting jointly to the Tokyo office co-presidents and the head of Asian Communications in Hong Kong. He worked closely with business managers in investment banking, trading, asset management, legal, operations and human capital management to integrate marketing communications programs aligned to overall global and local business strategy. From 2006 Orlando was President and Representative Director of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Japan. He was the primary driving force in establishing and growing the Japan office of one of the world’s leading Public Relations consultancies, focusing on developing social media strategies, and integrated marketing and reputation management programs for organizations, companies, brands and government organizations.

    Orlando completed his undergraduate degree from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)-Eisenhower College. He is a member of the Nippon Club, the Museum of the City of New York and an advisor to the Fresh Air Fund. Orlando grew up in New York City and lives in Harlem.

  • Dr. Jonathan Chanis

    JONATHAN CHANIS has worked in energy and finance for over 25 years. Most of this time has been spent trading and investing in the emerging markets and various commodities markets, especially petroleum and natural gas. Currently he is Managing Member of New Tide Asset Management, a proprietary vehicle focused on global and resource investing.   

    Previously, Dr. Chanis was Managing Director at Tribeca Global Management where he traded energy and emerging market equities, and commodities and currencies.  He also was a Senior Trader at Caxton Associates were he traded similar assets.  Earlier, Dr. Chanis assisted AIG in building its third party asset management business, and was president of several AIG companies including its Russian investment bank.   He also worked on the trading desk of J. Aron & Co., and he was a Vice President at the Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of the U.S.S.R., and at the New York Mercantile Exchange.  

    Dr. Chanis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relation, and he was an Advisory Board member, and then a member of the Board of Directors of The Energy Forum, for over 20 years.  He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School, CUNY, and a BA in Economics from Brooklyn College.

    Dr. Chanis has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on, among other subjects, energy security, international politics, comparative politics, political economy, and public policy and financial crises.  His courses at Columbia University have been recognized as among the “Top Five Courses” (out of approximately 200 courses) at the School of Public and International Affairs (SIPA) for the last three years in a row, and in 2014 he received SIPA’s “Distinguished Teaching Award.”

  • The Honorable Matthew Nimetz

    Matthew Nimetz

    Matthew Nimetz is a former Advisory Director at General Atlantic LLC. He joined the firm in January 2000 as Chief Operating Officer and is based in New York City. Mr. Nimetz was a Partner and Chairman at Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City, where he concentrated on corporate and international law from December 1980 through January 2000. Prior to December 1980, he served as an Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology from February through December 1980 and as a Counselor of the Department of State from 1977 to 1980. In those capacities, Mr. Nimetz supervised United States security assistance programs and the Department’s international scientific and technological programs, including scientific and technical cooperation, nuclear nonproliferation issues, environmental matters, and international communications activities of the United States government.

    He also supervised, among other things, United States policy on the Eastern Mediterranean (Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus) and relationships with Eastern European countries. From March 1994 through September 1995, Mr. Nimetz served as the President Clinton’s Special Envoy in the mediation of a dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Mr. Nimetz previously practiced law as an Associate and Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett between 1969 and 1977.

    He served in 1974 as an Executive Director at NY Governor-elect Hugh Carey’s transition. Mr. Nimetz’s previous federal government positions include service as a Staff Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson from July 1967 to January 1969 and as a Law Clerk to Justice John M. Harlan of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1965 to 1967. In addition, he served as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 1975 to 1977. Mr. Nimetz serves as a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Member and former chair of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, a Trustee of Central European University, and a Trustee of Committee for Economic Development. Mr. Nimetz served as the President at Harvard Law Review. He served previously as the Founding Chairman of World Resources Institute, as a Director of The Nature Conservancy of New York, a Trustee of Williams College, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Levin Institute of the State University of New York, and a Director of The Revson Foundation and The Nature Conservancy of New York. Mr. Nimetz also served as the Chairman of the United Nations Development Corporation, as an Appointee of Mayors Koch and Dinkins from 1986 to 1994.

    Mr. Nimetz has done a LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1965, an M.A. from Balliol College, Oxford University in 1962 where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. from Williams College in 1960.

  • Mary Wadsworth Darby

    MARY WADSWORTH DARBY is Founder and Managing Director of Peridot Asia Advisors. She has developed a unique market expertise through her more than 25 years living and working in China and Asia in the financial services industry and with Fortune 100 companies. She has developed strategic business plans for many companies, advised on market opening strategies and negotiated numerous significant and complex transactions with her Chinese counterparts. She was the first U.S. businesswoman to travel to China after the historic Nixon-Kissinger opening.

    Before founding Peridot, Mary worked for Morgan Stanley in Firm Management in New York City and for Morgan Stanley Investment Management in Hong Kong. She was also Executive Director of the America-China Society, an organization devoted to the promotion of relations between the U.S. and China chaired by Henry A. Kissinger and the late Cyrus R. Vance. Mary Darby is also a Senior Research Scholar, Jerome A. Chazen Institute, Columbia Business School.


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