Board of Directors

Martin+Indyk
Co-Chair

Martin Indyk

Martin S. Indyk is distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was the John C. Whitehead Distinguished Fellow in International Diplomacy …

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George Salem
Co-Chair

George Salem

George Salem is a Strategic Advisor to the law firm of DLA Piper and helps direct development of the firm's Middle East and Gulf region practice. He served as Solicitor …

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Cathy Isaacson
Vice Chair

Cathy Isaacson

Cathy Isaacson has spent the last decade focused on smart investment in developing and low income communities. She serves on the boards of the New York …

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Martin+Indyk
Co-Chair

Martin Indyk

Martin S. Indyk is distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was the John C. Whitehead Distinguished Fellow in International Diplomacy …

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George Salem
Co-Chair

George Salem

George Salem is a Strategic Advisor to the law firm of DLA Piper and helps direct development of the firm's Middle East and Gulf region practice. He served as Solicitor …

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Stephen Ashley
Vice Chair

Stephen B. Ashley

Stephen B. Ashley is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Ashley Group, a family of related companies focused on management, brokerage, financing, and …

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Jim Pickup
President and CEO

Jim Pickup

Jim Pickup is President and CEO of the Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII) and General Counsel of the Aspen Institute.  MEII is a non-profit organization that designs…

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Samer Asfour
Board Member

Samer Asfour

Samer I. Asfour is a specialist in economic and social development, global trade, public finance and investment. He currently works as the Regional Director for the …

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Cathy Isaacson
Vice Chair

Cathy Isaacson

Cathy Isaacson has spent the last decade focused on smart investment in developing and low income communities. She serves on the boards of the New York …

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Stephen Ashley
Vice Chair

Stephen B. Ashley

Stephen B. Ashley is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Ashley Group, a family of related companies focused on management, brokerage, financing, and …

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Jim Pickup
President and CEO

Jim Pickup

Jim Pickup is President and CEO of the Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII) and General Counsel of the Aspen Institute.  MEII is a non-profit organization that designs…

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Samer Asfour
Board Member

Samer Asfour

Samer I. Asfour is a specialist in economic and social development, global trade, public finance and investment. He currently works as the Regional Director for the …

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Berl Bernhard
Board Member

Berl Bernhard

Berl Bernhard is the Chairman Emeritus of the Aspen Institute where he served as Chairman from 1991 to 1996. A former partner, he is now Counselor to …

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Dwight Bush
Board Member

Dwight L. Bush, Sr

Ambassador Dwight L. Bush, Sr. recently completed a successful three-year tenure as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco where he was responsible …

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Carl Bildt
Board Member

Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt was the Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991-1994 and the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006-2014. As Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994, Mr. Bildt …

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Berl Bernhard
Board Member

Berl Bernhard

Berl Bernhard is the Chairman Emeritus of the Aspen Institute where he served as Chairman from 1991 to 1996. A former partner, he is now Counselor to …

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Dwight Bush
Board Member

Dwight L. Bush, Sr

Ambassador Dwight L. Bush, Sr. recently completed a successful three-year tenure as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco where he was responsible …

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Betsy Cohen
Board Member

Betsy Z. Cohen

Betsy Z. Cohen is the Founder and Strategic Advisor of The Bancorp, an online commercial bank.  Prior to founding Bancorp, Ms. Cohen formed RAIT Financial Trust, …

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Charles Dallara
Board Member

Charles H. Dallara

Charles H. Dallara is the Vice Chairman of Partners Group Holding’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Americas. He has 40 years of experience in global …

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Thor Halvorson
Board Member

Newman T. Halvorson, Jr.

Newman T. “Thor” Halvorson, Jr. is a retired partner at Covington & Burling.  He joined the firm in 1962 and practiced in the areas of federal income tax law with an emphasis in …

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Carl Bildt
Board Member

Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt was the Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991-1994 and the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006-2014. As Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994, Mr. Bildt …

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Betsy Cohen
Board Member

Betsy Z. Cohen

Betsy Z. Cohen is the Founder and Strategic Advisor of The Bancorp, an online commercial bank.  Prior to founding Bancorp, Ms. Cohen formed RAIT Financial Trust, …

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Charles Dallara
Board Member

Charles H. Dallara

Charles H. Dallara is the Vice Chairman of Partners Group Holding’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Americas. He has 40 years of experience in global …

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Thor Halvorson
Board Member

Newman T. Halvorson, Jr.

Newman T. “Thor” Halvorson, Jr. is a retired partner at Covington & Burling.  He joined the firm in 1962 and practiced in the areas of federal income tax law with an emphasis in …

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Nafez Husseini
Board Member

Nafez Husseini

Nafez Husseini is the Vice President of ICT & Digital Business of the Greece-based Consolidated Contractors Company, a multi-billion dollar engineering group and the …

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Ann Korologos
Board Member

Ann McLaughlin Korologos

Ann McLaughlin Korologos served as Chairman of the RAND Board of Trustees from April 2004-April 2009.  RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve …

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Elizabeth Liechty
Board Member

Elizabeth A. Liechty

Elizabeth A. Liechty is a senior partner at the Charter Financial Group, a private financial planning services firm. She is registered with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., …

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Nafez Husseini
Board Member

Nafez Husseini

Nafez Husseini is the Vice President of ICT & Digital Business of the Greece-based Consolidated Contractors Company, a multi-billion dollar engineering group and the …

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Ann Korologos
Board Member

Ann McLaughlin Korologos

Ann McLaughlin Korologos served as Chairman of the RAND Board of Trustees from April 2004-April 2009.  RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve …

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Clare Munana
Board Member

Clare Muñana

Clare Muñana founded Ancora Associates, Inc. and serves as their President.  She has extensive management consulting experience with a focus on strategic and organizational …

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John Negroponte
Board Member

John Negroponte

John D. Negroponte is the Vice Chairman of McLarty Associates.  Ambassador Negroponte joined McLarty Associates in 2009 following a distinguished career in diplomacy and …

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Thomas Pickering
Board Member

Thomas Pickering

Ambassador Pickering is Vice Chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm providing advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment …

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Elizabeth Liechty
Board Member

Elizabeth A. Liechty

Elizabeth A. Liechty is a senior partner at the Charter Financial Group, a private financial planning services firm. She is registered with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., …

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Clare Munana
Board Member

Clare Muñana

Clare Muñana founded Ancora Associates, Inc. and serves as their President.  She has extensive management consulting experience with a focus on strategic and organizational …

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John Negroponte
Board Member

John Negroponte

John D. Negroponte is the Vice Chairman of McLarty Associates.  Ambassador Negroponte joined McLarty Associates in 2009 following a distinguished career in diplomacy and …

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Thomas Pickering
Board Member

Thomas Pickering

Ambassador Pickering is Vice Chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm providing advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment …

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Douglas Steenland
Board Member

Doug Steenland

Douglas Steenland was for many years President and CEO of Northwest Airlines until he designed and implemented a merger with Delta Airlines.  Prior to that he was General …

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Teresa Ressel
Board Member

Teresa M. Ressel

Teresa M. Ressel serves on the MEII finance committee.   She has 30 years of business experience covering finance, industrials/defense & electronics, and …

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David Wade
Board Member

David Wade

David Wade is a public affairs strategist advising leading global corporations and organizations, and a Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace …

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Douglas Steenland
Board Member

Doug Steenland

Douglas Steenland was for many years President and CEO of Northwest Airlines until he designed and implemented a merger with Delta Airlines.  Prior to that he was …

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Teresa Ressel
Board Member

Teresa M. Ressel

Teresa M. Ressel serves on the MEII finance committee.   She has 30 years of business experience covering finance, industrials/defense & electronics, and …

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David Wade
Board Member

David Wade

David Wade is a public affairs strategist advising leading global corporations and organizations, and a Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace …

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