Dr. Frank Alcock
Frank Alcock is an Associate Professor of Political Science at New College of Florida where he teaches courses on world politics, international law, and environmental policy. His political and public policy interests are wide and varied. He is the former Director of the Environmental Studies program at New College as well as the former Director of a Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. He has held positions as a Senior U.S. Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand, a Senior Fellow within Florida’s Collins Center for Public Policy and a Belfer Fellow in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also spent five years at the U.S. Department of Energy. Frank appears regularly as a political analyst with ABC News in Sarasota, CBS News in Tampa, and Florida This Week on PBS in Tampa. He also hosts a semi weekly television program on the Manatee Education Television channel. Frank holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University, a M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and a B.A. in Economics from Binghamton University.
Walter Andrusyszyn has been an Adjunct Professor of International Business at the College of Business Administration of the University of South Florida, where he began teaching in spring 2007. From January to May 2009 he was temporarily assigned as Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to NATO. He joined the Plastipak Packaging Company in January 2004 following a career in the U.S. Government. He retired from public service at the end of 2003, after serving at the White House as the Director for Northern and Eastern European Affairs in the National Security Council (he became Director in November 2001). Having entered the Foreign Service in 1980, he served in Stockholm (1980-82) and in East Berlin (1982-84) before returning to Washington to be the Desk Officer for Grenada and the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean (1985-1987). In 1987-1988 he was Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary Rozanne Ridgway in the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs. He then served in Bonn as the Bonn Group Representative, responsible for Berlin and Four Power rights during Germany’s reunification. In 1990, he headed the Political-Military unit at the American Embassy in Bonn. Mr. Andrusyszyn became the Desk Officer for Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in 1992. In 1994, he returned to Bonn to head the unit reporting on domestic political events in Germany. In October 1995, he was assigned to the American Embassy in Sarajevo where he served during the Dayton Peace Talks and for the first months of IFOR deployment. For his efforts to gain the release of an imprisoned American journalist held by Bosnian Serb authorities, Mr. Andrusyszyn received the Secretary’s Award for Heroism. In April 1996, he was assigned to Stockholm as Political Counselor. In August 1997 he was appointed Charge d’Affaires at the American Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia and in July 1999, be became director of the Office of European Security and Political Affairs, responsible for NATO and the OSCE. In September 2001 he was named the Director of the Task Force on Terrorism in response to the September 11 attacks.
Born in Blackburn, England in 1951, Mr. Andrusyszyn emigrated to the U.S. in 1957 and was raised in New York City. A graduate of New York University (1973), he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1973-1975). He continued his studies in Germany and also worked as a local employee for the Sri Lanka Embassy in Bonn (1977-78).
Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History and Chairman of the Department of History and Politics at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he has taught since 1980. A specialist in the political, social, environmental, and civil rights history of the American South, he has also taught at the University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, the University of Chicago, the Florida State University Study Abroad Center in London, and the Universite d’Angers, in France, where he was a Fulbright Lecturer in 1984-85. A native of Cape Cod, he was educated at Princeton University and Brandeis University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1981. He served as Associate Director of the Fulbright Commission Summer Institute in American Studies from 1980 to 1988, and he has lectured on American history and culture in a number of countries, including France, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Norway, Iceland, Turkey, Tunisia, and Jordan. Arsenault is the author or editor of eight books, including The Wild Ass of the Ozarks: Jeff Davis and the Social Bases of Southern Politics (1984); Crucible of Liberty: 200 Years of the Bill of Rights (1991); The Changing South of Gene Patterson: Journalism and Civil Rights, 1960-1968 (2002), co-edited with Roy Peter Clark; Paradise Lost? The Environmental History of Florida (2006), co-edited with Jack E. Davis; Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (2006); and The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America (2009). His most recent book, co-edited with Orville Vernon Burton, is Dixie Redux: Essays in Honor of Sheldon Hackney (2013). Freedom Riders, published by Oxford University Press, was awarded the 2007 Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Prize of the Southern Historical Association, as the most important book published in the field of Southern history in 2006. The abridged version of Freedom Riders, published in 2011, is the companion volume to the acclaimed American Experience documentary film Freedom Riders, which won three Emmys and a George Peabody Award. Arsenault is currently writing a biography of the legendary African-American tennis star Arthur Ashe.
Gelareh Asayesh is the author of Saffron Sky: A Life Between Iran and America, and a contributor to several anthologies. She is a former staff writer for The Baltimore Sun and The Miami Herald. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Gourmet Magazine, Self Magazine, The Washington Post and on National Public Radio. She grew up in Tehran, Iran.
Adela Bejtovic is Head of The President’s Cabinet of the Municipal Court in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She graduated from the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law. During her studies, she participated actively in projects of non-governmental organizations with particular focus on respect of human rights and freedom of choice. She was the editor of the EU supported project: Diversity Wealth Promotion which was aimed at developing human rights awareness, wealth of diversity and tolerance, and improving the status of minorities.
Since 2005, she has been working in the Municipal Court in Sarajevo, where, as a member of the management of the largest court in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she took part in all judicial reform projects in the country. She was a member of the working groups for drafting The Law on Amendments to the Criminal Code of FB&H and The Law on Amendments to the Law on Execution of Criminal Sanctions of FB&H.
She is also one of the founders of Education and Development Centre of the Municipal Court in Sarajevo. Through the activities of judges’ associations in B&H and other organizations which comprise the B&H Network of Justice, she plays an active role in non-governmental sectors with the focus on human rights protection. Her research on access to justice concerning the influence of poverty on adequate legal protection before courts resulted in the publication of the scientific work “Free Legal Aid in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Pravna misao (“Legal Thought”), Journal of Legal Theory and Practice of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Charles L. Campbell
Mr. Campbell retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2004 as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service following a 40 year career which included serving as the Deputy Inspector General and in several senior field and headquarters leadership assignments in the National Clandestine Service. He received the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Donovan Award for his service. Since retiring from the CIA, Mr. Campbell has been employed by several firms on contracts providing services to Intelligence Community components on counterterrorism and counterintelligence programs. Since 2010, Mr. Campbell has served as President of the CIA Retirees Association.
Barbara Carlin is currently an adjunct professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law where she teaches international criminal law. She was a federal prosecutor at the US Attorney’s office in the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1983 until 2010. From 2002 until 2010 she was the resident legal advisor at the US Embassy, Skopje and then at the US Embassy Sarajevo. In that position she presented over 100 training programs for judges, police and prosecutors to advance the rule of law. At the request of the US Department of State she gave presentation on trafficking in persons in Turkey, Cyprus, Greece and Croatia. She also did presentations in Finland for the OSCE on how to prosecute a human trafficking case. In 2011 she made presentations on the rights of the accused at the request of ABA/ROLI in Dubai and Bahrain. As the resident legal advisor she took groups of Macedonian and Bosnian judges to the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and to the International Court of Human Rights where she moderated programs allowing the judges of those international courts to interact with their counterparts from the Balkans. At the invitation of the ICTY she participated in a conference at The Hague where she discussed ” US Efforts to Build Capacity in the Former Yugoslavia” which was later printed in ASSESSING THE LEGACY OF THE ICTY published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. As the education leader for the Corporation for Professional Conferences for legal study trips to Peru, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Egypt, South Africa, China. Russia, and Turkey, she gave lectures on comparative law of the US and the country visited to judges, prosecutors, and attorneys.
Ralph S. Clem
Ralph S. Clem (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1976) is Professor Emeritus of Geography and formerly Director of the Center for Transnational and Comparative Studies (1999-2005) at Florida International University in Miami where he was a faculty member from 1974-2009. He also taught in the graduate program in International Administration at the University of Miami (2009-2011). His research, published in many books and articles, focuses primarily and most recently on the electoral geography of states transitioning from authoritarian regimes to pluralist democracies, in particular Russia. He has secondary interests in the study of the demography of ethnicity and migration and labor force issues in ethnically plural states. Professor Clem is the recipient of the Professorial Excellence Award of the State University System of Florida and the Ryder Corporation Excellence in Teaching Award. He has held several prestigious fellowships, including those at the W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. Professor Clem has been the principal investigator on research grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of State, and the National Council for Russian and East European Research. He has traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia and has lectured for the American Geographical Society on trips in Russia, including the Trans-Siberian route, and for the National Geographic Society. He retired in January 2004 from the Air Force Reserve with the rank of Major General, having served at the squadron and wing level and at the National Security Agency and the Air Intelligence Agency as an intelligence officer, and in the Pentagon on the Air Staff. His military decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Defense Superior Service Medal.
Marcia S. Cohen
Marcia S. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Roosevelt University of Chicago, a Masters degree in Music Composition from Northwestern University, and received her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1984. Since becoming a member of The Florida Bar, she has practiced almost exclusively in the area of labor and employment law with a concentration in employment discrimination and sexual harassment, and has the distinction of having had a successful case before the U.S. Supreme Court as co-counsel with the EEOC. She became a certified mediator in 1990 and a certified arbitrator in 1995.
A former appointee to The Florida Bar Special Committee on Gender Equality, Ms. Cohen was Chair of the Equal Opportunities Law Section of The Florida Bar for 2001-2002. She has been a guest lecturer on U.S. civil rights and employment discrimination law at the University of Paris at Nanterre, and was an Adjunct Professor of Feminist Jurisprudence at Stetson University College of Law and the University of South Florida.
Ms. Cohen has served as Legal Counsel to the Florida Chapter of the National Organization for Women, Treasurer of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and President of its Pinellas County Chapter. She was Chair of the International Law Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association from 2006 to 2009. Ms. Cohen is a member of the Legal Panel of the Pinellas County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and was the 2007 recipient of its Gardner Beckett Civil Rights Award.
Ms. Cohen has spoken widely on women’s legal rights and US equal pay law, most recently at the Millennia2015 Conference at UNESCO in Paris, and at Hunter College in New York City. She was a delegate of the Destree Institute of Namur, Belgium at the UN Conference on the Status of Women in March, 2013. On March 14, 2013, she received the first annual Woman of Achievement award from the Stetson University College of Law chapters of NOW, the ABA, and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
Marcia Cohen divides her time between Florida and Paris, France, where she is Of Counsel to the international law firm of Cimadevilla Avocats.
Earl Conteh-Morgan is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Government & International Affairs at the University of South Florida, Tampa. He is the author of, among other books, Democratization in Africa: The Theory and Dynamics of Political Transitions (Praeger 1997) and Collective Political Violence–An Introduction to the Theories and Cases of Violent Conflicts (Routledge 2004). He co-authored Sierra Leone at the End of the Twentieth Century: History, Politics, and Society (Peter Lang 1999), and co-edited Peacekeeping in Africa: ECOMOG in Liberia (St. Martin’s 1998). Dr. Conteh-Morgan has published articles on human security, conflict and peacebuilding, state failure, and the impact of globalization on state cohesion, in refereed journals such as The Journal of Conflict Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and The International Journal of Peace Studies, among many others. Dr. Conteh-Morgan is currently researching Sino-African relations in the 21st Century.
Michael P. DeLong
Michael DeLong is currently the CEO and President of Gulf to Gulf Consultants International LLC. Until 2008, Michael DeLong was Boeing Vice President for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) Business Development for the Middle East Region. In this role he was responsible for maintaining strategic relationships with key defense and industrial partners in the Middle East region. He focused on major business development initiatives and sales campaigns in the Gulf Cooperative Council while working with the BDS team to develop markets throughout the region. Prior to joining Boeing, DeLong served as the Executive Vice President of Shaw Group international; Executive Vice President of Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc. and served as Vice Chairman of Shaw Arabia Limited where he was responsible for providing and directing the contracting staff for the Saudi Environmental Agency and the clean up of the Saudi Coast and Terrestrial Areas. DeLong retired after 36 years of service from the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant General. During his distinguished career, DeLong served as Deputy Commander, United States Central Command where he managed an $8.2 billion operating budget and directed a team of senior executive officers with a staff of over 3,000 personnel who conceived and implemented the Global War on Terrorism, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. DeLong has served in every U.S. military campaign and commanded the Marine Corps Fighter Weapons School and Third Marine Air Wing. DeLong’s personal decorations include two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Defense Superior Service Medals, two awards of the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Meritorious Service Medals, an Air Medal with Flight Strike Numerals 69, a Navy Achievement Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon. He logged more than 5,600 flight hours in many types of aircraft, and more than 800 combat hours. Outside of Boeing, DeLong is a four-year member of the board of directors of Sykes Enterprises, Tampa, Fla.; and a member of the board of directors of AE Biofuels, Cupertino, Calif. Mr. DeLong holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University and an honorary Ph.D. from the Joint Military Intelligence College.
Dr. Felice teaches courses in international political economy, international law, international organization, and human rights. His research and scholarship focuses on normative issues of rights and justice within our global society. Dr. Felice previously served as a representative to the United Nations for a human rights non-governmental organization. He is the author of Taking Suffering Seriously, The Global New Deal and How Do I Save My Honor?. Dr. Felice was named the 2006 Florida Professor of the Year by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The U.S. Professors of the Year Program, administered by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
Nina L. Gardner
Nina L. Gardner is the director of Strategy International, a consulting firm she founded specializing in Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability and climate change. She typically works with both the CSR and Investor Relations departments on global sustainability issues, public-private partnerships, improving internal ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) metrics and on outreach toward the Sustainable and Responsible investor community. Her main long term clients have included ENEL, Pfizer, STET, Aspen Institute Italia and the OECD (where she helped expand the global project on indicators for Measuring the Progress of Societies). Prior to her work in CSR, she practiced law in Washington DC, with Jones, Day Reavis and Pogue and in Prague, with Squire, Sanders and Dempsey. She then joined the UN as a political officer in their Zagreb liaison office post operation Flash and Storm in 1996 and then with the OSCE focusing on institution building in Vukovar. Her varied professional experiences convinced her that the best way to effectuate change is to encourage the public, private sector and civil society to work together – and that business can turn human rights and environmental challenges into profitable opportunities. Ms. Gardner is an activist in women’s issues – and is the founding president of three professional women’s associations in Europe (Prague, Paris, Rome) and was instrumental in getting the OECD women’s entrepreneurship MENA programme launched. She is on the advisory board of the Women’s Forum for the Economy in Society and the Harvard Coalition for Responsible Investment. She is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe, Columbia Law School and was a Rotary scholar at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotà, Colombia. Ms. Gardner is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, is a member of the New York Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations. She has been teaching Business and Human rights since 2010 at Washington College of Law at American University and at Johns Hopkins SAIS since 2013. She is a frequent moderator on issues relating to CSR, energy, water, climate change, women’s entrepreneurship, and responsible investing.
Mark G. Hambley
During over 32 years of service with the U.S. Government, Mark Hambley lived in 14 countries, many of them in the Middle East, including postings as the American Ambassador to Qatar and Lebanon and as Consul General in Alexandria, Egypt, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Other postings took him to Vietnam, Yemen, Jordan, Tunisia and Libya during a career in which he provided first-hand accounts of the wars, coups, and extraordinary economic, social and political developments occurring in much of this strategic and fascinating region of the world. Currently resident in Massachusetts, Mark continues to travel and work in the Middle East and South Asia in a variety of professional and personal capacities. He is a board member of APOLLO International, a large security services company, as well as a trustee at the London-based Next Century Foundation which focuses on peace, reconciliation, and the pursuit of human dignity in areas of conflict. Since 2008, Mark has been on the Executive Committee of the Middle East Policy Council in Washington, and in 2012, he was appointed to the board of the London-based Iman Foundation which focuses on promoting dialogue and understanding among the diverse cultures and religions of the Middle East. In these capacities, Mark is a frequent visitor to Iraq, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, along with Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, and the Gulf. He speaks and writes often on topics related to the Middle East, including on the growing impact of radical movements on both the Middle East and the United States. In 2012, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Elms College in recognition of his work in many of these fields. Mark has been married for over 35 years to his loving and highly supportive spouse, Patricia, and is kept in check by the family dog, Jupiter Francis Joseph. The Hambleys live in a home dubbed “Jebel Hambley” (Hambleys’ Mountain) which overlooks the Connecticut River. Together, they oversee a large and award winning garden and a modest collection of Middle Eastern Artifacts and Images.
George E. Hamilton
George Hamilton is Chairman of National Payment Corporation (NatPay), a Tampa Bay-based technology company, specializing in electronic payments and electronic document services. He was an investment banker with Raymond, James & Associates, and later started and sold his own securities firm. A former Foreign Service Officer, he holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Hamilton divides his time between Tampa, FL and France.
Judith M. Heimann
Judith M. Heimann is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer and a non-fiction writer. One of the first Foreign Service spouses to become a diplomat in her own right, Judy spent most of her adult life abroad — chiefly in Western Europe but also in Southeast Asia (the location of most of her books) and Central Africa. With 15 years as an accompanying spouse followed by 20 years as a fellow officer of her late husband and 15 years as a rehired Foreign Service annuitant, she has had a long and varied career. Judy followed closely and reported on the development of the political aspects of the European Union, starting in the early 1980s up till 2011 — her last assignment to an EU presidency country. In the course of assignments to cover the internal politics in, respectively, Belgium, France and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she helped promote efforts to eliminate the trafficking of conflict diamonds, helped find and document the reasons for the rapid growth of the Airbus Industrie and kept Washington informed of the (failed) efforts of the Mobutu regime’s peaceful dissidents to obtain the democratic structures they sought. Two of her books, reconstructing historical events in 20th century Borneo, have been made into TV documentaries; she is currently working on a book of her personal memories of working-level American diplomacy abroad, primarily in the pre-internet era. She speaks French, Dutch and Indonesian/Malay.
Aida A. Hozic is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Florida. Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, she received her M.A. in International Affairs from The Johns Hopkins-SAIS in 1989 and her PhD from the University of Virginia in 1998. Her research is situated at the intersection of political economy, cultural studies, and international security. She is the author of Hollyworld: Space, Power and Fantasy in the American Economy (Cornell University Press, 2002) and a number of articles in journals and edited volumes. Her work has been supported by the John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation, IREX, Institute for Turkish Studies, Open Society Institute, University of Florida Humanities Fund and many other fellowships. For three years (2008-2010), she co-directed a State Department program on U.S. foreign policy for foreign scholars at the University of Florida.
Dennis Jett is a founding faculty member and professor of international affairs of the School of International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University. A former career diplomat, he served 28 years in the State Department in a wide range of positions including as Ambassador to Peru, Ambassador to Mozambique, on the National Security Council, as Deputy Chief of Mission in Malawi and Liberia, and in Argentina and Israel. From 2000 to 2008, he was Dean of the International Center, Director of the Transnational and Global Studies Center and on the faculty of the Political Science Department at the University of Florida. He has a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. The author of two books, “Why Peacekeeping Fails” and “Why American Foreign Policy Fails”, he has been interviewed on the Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, NPR, BBC and other national and international news programs. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy, he was written over 120 opinion pieces for major newspapers, the more recent of which can be found on his blog on the Huffington Post.
Rose-Eve Lewis has been practicing law for over thirty years as a “second career” having started professional life in the financial sector with Chase Manhattan’s Bank’s Corporate Headquarters on Wall Street, and then with Otis Elevator’s International Headquarters in Paris, France. As an attorney, she has assisted in financial work out projects for USAID in Thailand and Washington DC. For the last decade she has been splitting her time between her home in Paris and the Monterey Peninsula, continuing her California based law practice. Ms. Lewis has a Masters Degree in International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a law degree from Hastings College of the Law. She is an on-going student at the Ecole Nationale d’Equitation in Saumur, France.
Luis Felipe Mantilla is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Dr. Mantilla obtained his M.A. and Ph. D. in Government from Georgetown University (2012) and B.A. from Dartmouth College (2004). His research interests cover a variety of topics in comparative politics, including religion and politics, political parties, social movements and democratization. He frequently engages in systematic comparisons of the Middle East and Latin America, drawing on a variety of sources and methods to leverage the similarities and differences between the two regions. He has published articles in Party Politics, Politics & Religion, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, along with co-authored chapters in two edited volumes. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Religious Parties and Secular Politics in Mexico and Turkey.
Doug is the instigator of the St Pete Conference on World Affairs, having participated in a similar event last year in Boulder, Colorado. When he moved to St. Petersburg in 2007 to take care of aging parents, he noted that international issues did not get the time and attention in the lives of busy Floridians that they warranted. The presidential elections only reinforced his conviction that an international conference in St. Pete that talked about issues, and unfettered by political rhetoric, would be a true contribution to the community. Doug was a career Foreign Service Officer at the US State Department and retired with the rank of Ambassador after a 34-year career. He served in Europe – Brussels, Rome, Milan, Paris, Lisbon, Sarajevo — and for three years in Cairo. He was the US Deputy Permanent Representative during both the Bosnia and Kosovo wars, and he worked for several years in the late seventies on the negotiations that later resulted in the independence of Namibia. At the Embassy in Cairo, he worked on the peace process as well as liaison with the Egyptian military. As Ambassador to Bosnia, he renegotiated wide changes to the wartime constitution, which in 2006 were ultimately rejected by the ethnically based parties in power in 2006. He was the Distinguished Ambassador in Residence at the University of Miami from 2008-2012.
Kevin J. McGuire
Mr. Kevin J. McGuire was sworn in on October 23, 2001, as Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador McGuire was Director of Senior Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources. Ambassador McGuire joined the Foreign Service in 1966. He served as Director of Senior Assignments, Bureau of Human Resources from 1999 to 2001; Diplomat in Residence, Howard University from 1997 to 1999; Director of Economic, Social, and Human Rights Affairs, Bureau of International Organization Affairs from 1994 to 1997; Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs, U.S. Embassy Rome from 1990 to 1994; Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs, U.S. Embassy Seoul from 1987 to 1990; Chief of Developed Country Trade Division, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs from 1985 to 1987; Deputy Office Director, Energy Consumer Country Affairs from 1983 to 1985; Student, National War College from 1982 to 1983; Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Libreville from 1980 to 1982; Chief of Economic Section, U.S. Embassy Dublin from 1977 to 1980; Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy Athens from 1973 to 1976; Special Assistant, Bureau of Public Affairs from 1971 to 1973; Watch Officer, Operations Center from 1970 to 1971; Recruitment Officer, Bureau of Personnel from 1969 to 1970; Vice-Consul, U.S. Consulate Adelaide from 1967 to 1969; and Third Secretary, U.S. Embassy Canberra from 1966 to 1967. Mr. McGuire has received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award (1990, 1999) and the Meritorious Honor Award (1994, 2000). Born in New York City, Mr. McGuire earned a B.A. degree in history from Holy Cross College (1964), an M.A. in history from Indiana University (1966), and an M.P.A from Harvard (1977). He also has received a Diploma in Strategic Studies from the National War College (1983).
Mohsen M. Milani, Ph.D.
Mohsen M. Milani, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies for USF World and is a professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Professor Milani has written extensively about the Persian Gulf, the Iranian Revolution, and Iran’s foreign and security policies. He served as a research fellow at Harvard University, Oxford University’s St. Antony’s College in England, and the Foscari University in Venice, Italy. Milani is a frequent speaker at international and national conferences on Iran and the Persian Gulf. He is currently working on a book project about Iran’s regional policies. Research: Comparative Politics, Comparative Revolutions, Modern Iran.
Robert J. Noun
Robert J. Noun is adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. He teaches courses on renewable energy law, policy and technology. Noun formerly directed the government affairs, media relations, communications and community outreach activities for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) located in Golden, CO. He was the chief spokesman for NREL, the nation’s principal research center for renewable fuels and electricity. Mr. Noun has been involved with renewable energy for over 35 years. During his career he has made significant contributions to the advancement of renewable energy technologies. Noun managed the NREL Wind Energy Research Program. Many of the technical improvements that appear in today’s wind technology were developed during his leadership of the program. He is the author of 24 technical publications on the subjects of renewable energy law and regulation, wind energy development, and renewable energy in developing countries. Before joining NREL in 1979, Noun served as legislative director for U.S. Representative Thomas Harkin of Iowa and was Representative Harkin’s counsel for science and technology policy. He has been a practicing attorney and is a member (inactive) of the Iowa and District of Columbia Bars. He is a member of the Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section and the Renewable Energy Resources Committee of the American Bar Association. In 2012, Noun was appointed to the advisory board of the University Honors Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
Noun received his bachelor degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Dr. Joseph Ofori-Dankwa
Dr. Joseph Ofori-Dankwa is the H.R. Wickes Endowed Professor in International Business Studies and a Professor of Management at Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan. Born in Ghana, West Africa, Professor Ofori-Dankwa has a law degree from the University of Ghana, Master degree in Management & Technology from the University of Wales, Cardiff and Masters and Ph.D degrees in Organizational Behavior from Michigan State University. Dr. Ofori-Dankwa lecturers and study abroad courses in: International Business, Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, Diversity, and Leadership. Prof. Ofori-Dankwa has consulted, present workshops and seminars world-wide with corporations such as Ford Motor Corporation and Dow Chemical Corporation, in the United States and TSMC and Acton corporations in Taiwan, ROC. Prof. Ofori-Dankwa maintains an active scholarly profile and has published in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Human Relations and Organization Studies. His research interests are in examining factors associated with firm performance and corporate social responsibility in emerging economies, understanding paradox in organizations and in particular focusing on the concept of Diversimilarity.
Dr. Francesco Olivieri
Dr. Francesco Olivieri is the head of the Washington, DC Office of ENEL North America, a subsidiary of Enel S.p.A., Italy’s largest power company and Europe’s second listed utility by installed capacity. Enel has a presence in 40 countries with approximately 98,400 MW of net installed capacity, and serves 60.5 million power and gas customers. Previously, he was Italy’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Croatia, the OECD, the IEA, and the European Space Agency. As a diplomat with the Italian Foreign Service (1967- 2006), he served also in the US, Venezuela, the EU, and China. He was the diplomatic adviser to the Foreign Trade Minister of Italy during the Uruguay Round Trade negotiations (1988-1991), then to Prime Ministers D’Alema (1999-2000) and Amato (2000-2001), and concurrently their Personal Representative to the G7/G8 through the Italian Presidency in 2001. He then served as vice-chair of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency (2001-2005).
John Reppert is now retired from U.S. federal service, having served 33 years in the military and six years as a civilian. Originally educated as a newspaper editor with a BA and MS in Journalism, he was drafted into the Army in 1966 and rose from Private to Brigadier General. He served three tours at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and his final posting was as Director of the On-Site Inspection Agency, charged with monitoring America’s arms control agreements. Following active military duty, he served for five years as Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center, JFK School of Government, Harvard University, followed by six years as the Academic Dean for the College of International and Security Studies, Marshall Center, Garmisch, Germany. He is a member of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC). In addition to his journalism degrees, he has an MA in Soviet Studies and a PhD in International Relations. He is married to the lovely Pat Reppert and they share two children and 10 grandchildren.
Jennifer Rubiello is the Field Associate at Environment Florida, the statewide advocacy group working to protect clean air, clean water and open space. Jennifer runs their campaigns to stop global warming and save Florida’s waters. As a graduate from Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, she has worked across the country, including Texas, Washington, D.C., and Florida, on close to a dozen campaigns on issues ranging from renewable energy and water conservation to local food and labeling genetically engineered organisms. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in American Studies and Public Policy.
Todd M. Shank
Todd M. Shank is Associate Professor of Finance at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Shank earned his PhD from the University of Central Florida, and his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from West Virginia University. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2003 in the People’s Republic of China, where he taught at Sun Yat-sen University. He has run international programs in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Shank formerly worked for the U.S. Treasury Department as a banking regulator. He is the author of two textbooks and twenty four academic articles in journals including Journal of Business Ethics, Managerial Finance, Global Business and Finance Review, Journal of Foreign Exchange and International Finance, and the Journal of Investing. His research currently focuses on business issues in sustainability. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the University of Portland’s Teacher of the Year. Prof. Shank has served as a Visiting Lecturer aboard the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program where he has sailed around the world (2011), and Southern Europe/ North Africa (2013), visited and conducted field labs in 18 countries, and taught courses in International Business.
Michael J. Smith
Michael Joseph Smith is the Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of Political and Social Thought at the University of Virginia. A product of public schools in Yonkers, New York, he holds a B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and an M.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Prof. Smith came to the University of Virginia in 1986, and has taught a wide variety of courses on human rights, political thought, ethics, and international relations. Since 1999 he has directed the Program in Political and Social Thought, an honors interdisciplinary major for undergraduates. Professor Smith has been active in promoting the inclusion of ethical questions in university courses on international politics, leading faculty workshops at places ranging from West Point, Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy, to Harvard, Boston and Columbia Universities. He serves as a Trustee of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations in New York, and he is a founding faculty associate of the Institute of Practical Ethics and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Professor Smith is the author of Realist Thought from Weber to Kissinger; co-editor and co-author of Ideas and Ideals; and of many essays and articles on the ethical dilemmas raised by contemporary international politics. He was a research consultant and contributor to the UN-sponsored International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty that resulted in the report The Responsibility to Protect; he has just published a paper on the “Ethical Dilemmas of Encountering Other Cultures,” as part a project for the U.S. Army Research Institute.
Nadine Smith has been executive director of Equality Florida since its inception in 1997, and was executive director of its predecessor, the Human Rights Task Force of Florida prior to that. She joined the organization in 1993 after serving as one of four national co-chairs on the 1993 March on Washington and taking part in the historic, first-ever meeting between LGBT leaders and a sitting U.S. president (Clinton) in the White House. She began her activism in college and In 1986 and served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization a group that continues to be a resource for young people across the globe. Nadine has also served four terms as co-chair of the Equality Federation and served as a member of the Democratic National Committee. She has led advocacy efforts in Florida at the state level at a time of unprecedented attacks on the LGBT community, initially serving as Equality Florida’s lead lobbyist in Tallahassee and heading efforts to stop discriminatory legislation and ballot measures and to overturn Florida’s ban on adoption by gay and lesbian parents. Nadine has been recognized for her national and state leadership by organizations around the nation, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Black Lesbian and Gay leadership Forum and others. A former award-winning journalist, Nadine has written syndicated columns for various LGBT and general audience publications. She currently serves as chair of the Leadership Team for State Voices Florida a coalition of progressive 501c3 organizations. In 2013, she was named by Florida Diversity Council as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women” in Florida.
Thomas W. Smith
Thomas W. Smith is associate professor of Government and International Affairs and director of the Honors Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He holds a Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He is the author of History and International Relations (Routledge) as well as numerous journal articles in the fields of human rights, international humanitarian law, and Turkish politics. He is currently writing a book on human rights and war. From 1997-2000 he taught at Koc University in Istanbul.
Daniel Tilley is a staff attorney with the ACLU of Florida whose work focuses on the LGBT community. Daniel studied classical piano and German language and literature at New York University before returning to his home state for law school at the University of Georgia. During law school, Daniel received the Spurgeon Public Interest Fellowship, was a member of the Georgia Law Review and the Order of the Coif, and interned in Arusha, Tanzania at the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Before joining the ACLU, Daniel clerked in Atlanta at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. While in D.C., he served on the D.C. Lawyer Chapter board of the American Constitution Society. Daniel is admitted to practice law in Florida (including its three federal district courts), New York, and D.C.
Ajay Verghese is Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. His research interests are focused on ethnicity, conflict, historical legacies, and South Asian politics. Verghese holds a BA in Political Science and French from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from The George Washington University. From 2012-13 he was a Shorenstein Post-Doctoral Fellow at Stanford University. His book manuscript is entitled History, Institutions, and Ethnic Conflict in India.
Kenneth D. Wald
Kenneth D. Wald is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Samuel Shorstein Professor of American Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Florida where he has taught for thirty years. He writes primarily about the relationship of religion and politics in the United States and other Western nations. His books include Religion and Politics in the United States, The Politics of Cultural Differences: Social Change and Voter Mobilization Strategies in the Post-New Deal Period, and The Politics of Gay Rights. Wald has been a Fulbright Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a visiting professor at the University of Strathyclyde, Haifa University, Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the Centennial Center in Washington, DC. He currently serves on the editorial board of Politics and Religion and on the Council of the American Political Science Association. Wald cofounded and continues to edit the Cambridge University Press book series, Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics. In 2011, he was named the Teacher-Scholar of the Year, the highest honor awarded by the University of Florida to a faculty member.
Graduated with honors from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Department of Philosophy, in 1994. Graduate of Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998). Dr. Yanbukhtin earned his doctorate in philosophy from MSU (2000). Visiting professor of the MSU Department of Philosophy. Since 2010 has initiated and launched “Diplomatic Readings” project at the MSU Department of Philosophy with the participation of the ambassadors and senior diplomats representing Asia, Europe, Middle East, North & Latin America. Dr. Yanbukhtin was a speaker at the 23rd World Philosophy Congress in Athens, Greece, in August 2013.Expert of the US-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation (1998-2001). Worked closely with the US Department of State, USAID, US Small Business Administration, Eurasia Foundation within the framework of Commission activities. Participant of APEC Young Leaders Forum in Shanghai, China (2001). Served in different top executive and advisory capacities in private sector (development & real estate business) since 2004. Since 2009 he has been in charge of all international projects of the Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic, founded by the Moscow City Government, one of the most important full symphony Russian orchestras nowadays. He is President of Russian Philharmonic USA Society, Inc. located in St. Petersburg, Florida.