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Workshop Presenters

1Dr. Meghana Ayyagari received her Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests are in the area of international corporate finance and development economics with an emphasis on the constraints faced by firms in developing economies.

Professor Ayyagari’s academic research has been published in the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Small Business Economics. She has been the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study property rights protection, and corruption and tax evasion across developing countries.

Professor Ayyagari has served as a consultant for several international organizations including the Development Research Group at the World Bank, USAID, and the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS). She is a member of the American Finance Association (AFA), Western Finance Association (WFA), and the Academy of International Business (AIB). She teaches courses in international financial management and international business.

2Ms. Stacie Nevadomski Berdan is a seasoned global executive, an international careers expert and an award-winning author on how to succeed in the global marketplace. She provides practical and relevant advice on the value of understanding cross-cultural environments, the benefits of feminine leadership, and the need for developing a global mindset in all American students today. She spent the majority of her career at Burson-Marsteller and Unilever, where she served as strategist, coach, and counselor to CEOs, politicians, and senior executives around the world. Her extensive global leadership experience in corporate communications, brand marketing, public affairs, and cross-cultural consulting extends across four continents with a specific focus on Asia.

Stacie uses her international business experience to promote the need for global awareness and cross-cultural competency for all in her books, media appearances, by-lined contributions, and speaking engagements across the country. She has authored five books on the intersection of globalization and careers.

Her most recent book is A Parent Guide to Study Abroad (IIE, May 2015) which provides top-line advice and guidance on parental involvement that can influence and shape a successful cross-cultural experience. Her first parenting book, Raising Global Children (ACTFL, November 2013), co-authored with her husband – veteran travel writer Marshall S. Berdan, is a combination parenting-advocacy book filled with practical information for parents and teachers on how to help prepare our children for a global world. A Student Guide to Study Abroad (IIE, September 2013) – coauthored with Dr. Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education, and Sir Cyril Taylor, Founder of AIFS – is the go-to guide for students and advisers on how to make the most of study abroad. Her first book, Get Ahead By Going Abroad, won two business-career awards, and identified a fast-tracking career trend in women working internationally. Her second book, GO GLOBAL! Launching an International Career Here or Abroad has received rave reviews.
Stacie’s numerous broadcast appearances include NBC “Weekend Today”, NPR’s “Marketplace,” ABC News “Money Matters” and “America This Morning”, CNN International, numerous FOX appearances, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, Time, The Language Educator and many others.

Stacie received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1988 and completed graduate coursework in English literature there in 1991. Stacie lives in a 1750 historic home in Glastonbury, CT, with her husband, twin daughters and a Vizsla named Cody.

3Dr. Anthony Cannizzaro recently completed the George Washington University School of Business Ph.D. program, where he specialized in international business and global strategy. He is now Assistant Professor of International Business at the CUA School of Business and Economics in Washington, DC.

Anthony’s research and teaching interests reside at the intersection of multinational strategy and the firm’s institutional environment. His recent research examines the implications of institutions, political relations, and state-ownership on voluntary disclosure strategies in the context of oil industry multinationals.

Anthony’s work has been published in Accounting, Organizations & Society and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. His work has also been recognized by the Academy of International Business with a nomination for the 2013 AIB/Temple Best Paper Award, and by the Academy of Management as a finalist for the 2014 IM Division Willamette Best Paper in Social Responsibility Award. Further, he is the 2014 & 2015 recipient of the Chei-Min Paik Award for Excellence in Business Research at the George Washington University.

Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Anthony worked as an analyst and associate at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a multinational investment banking firm specializing in the financial services industry. His primary role involved advising bank and thrift institutions on corporate valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and raising and managing capital. While at KBW, he executed over a billion dollars in M&A and capital raising transactions, and advised scores of clients in conjunction with the U.S. government’s Troubled Assets Relief Program.


2Mr. Michael Castellano is Vice President for Government Relations at the Walt Disney Company. Previously, Michael worked as senior counsel and senior policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid where he was responsible for issues of international trade and related international economic policy, intellectual property rights, and cyber security among other areas. Michael started Castellano Law & Policy, LLC, a trade law and policy consulting practice, in 2005, before which time he was Trade Counsel for the Committee on Ways & Means and Tax & Trade Counsel for the office of Representative Sander M. Levin at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Michael started his law career clerking for Judge Francis Murnaghan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, followed by a stint practicing international trade law at the law firm of Dewey Ballantine. Michael received his B.A. with honors in Political Science with significant coursework in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, his M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.



1Dr. Patrick Cirillo, a national of Italy and Canada, is currently Principal Assistant to The Secretary of the International Monetary Fund and the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC). During his Fund career, he was also the Secretary to the Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four on International Monetary Affairs and Development (G24), which brings together the major developing countries. He has served as Deputy Chief of Operations in the IMF secretariat and Deputy Chief of Public Affairs in the IMF’s External Relations Department.

During his graduate studies in Geneva, he was a summer intern and a consultant at the IMF Office in Geneva, the managing editor of a series of financial newsletters on Eastern Europe, and an economic advisor to the Ambassador of Malta to the United Nations Offices in Geneva.

Before joining the Fund staff in 1996, Patrick was a Ph.D. candidate at the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (HEI) in Geneva, Switzerland. He received his first Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Toronto and his second MA (a diplome d’etudes superieures) from HEI. He pursued undergraduate studies in Canada, France, and Austria.


1Dr. Reid W. Click is Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses in international financial management, macroeconomics for the global economy, and international economics. He is currently serving as Director of the GW Center for International Business Education and Research (GW-CIBER).

Dr. Click is an expert on international financial risk and risk management, and his academic research has been published in leading journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies. He is currently serving as Associate Editor in the field of international finance for the Journal of Asian Economics and as an advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Development Credit on matters pertaining to international financial risk and risk management. He has held visiting positions in research organizations around the world, most recently as a Fulbright Scholar at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, The Philippines, for 2009-2010. He received M.B.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1994) degrees in Economics and International Business from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.



1Ms. Claudia Dumas  is the President and CEO of Transparency International – USA. Ms. Dumas has extensive private, public and not-for-profit experience in corporate compliance, anti-corruption, rule of law and international finance law. She has developed and integrated anti-corruption, legal system and commercial law efforts into a broad range of initiatives in developing and developed countries.

Prior to joining TI-USA, Ms. Dumas served as the first Executive Director of the American Bar Association’s World Justice Project, a multidisciplinary effort to strengthen the rule of law globally through joint actions by stakeholders from over fifteen fields, including business, education, finance, law, and public health. Her work at the World Justice Project included directing the development and testing of a new worldwide rule of law index.

Previously, Ms. Dumas spent seven years as the Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Europe & Eurasia. In that capacity, she negotiated and oversaw efforts to assist the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union implement judicial system, commercial law and anti-corruption reforms. She has worked closely with governmental and non-governmental bodies, and served as U.S. delegate to the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Steering Group. From 1984 to 1998, Ms. Dumas practiced international commercial and finance law with Shearman & Sterling, IBM and Citibank, N.A., where she structured and negotiated business and financial transactions in a wide range of industries.

Ms. Dumas received her A.B. in Economics from Wellesley College and her J.D. from the Cornell Law School, where she also served as senior editor of the Cornell International Law Journal.

2Ms. Jacqueline de Gramont is the Policy Director for the private sector integrity portfolio at Transparency International-USA. In that capacity, she is responsible for TI-USA’s goals of promoting active and effective enforcement of laws prohibiting foreign bribery to incentivize corporate compliance, and fostering private sector integrity and anti-corruption compliance through standards, tools, and voluntary collective action.

Before coming to TI-USA, Jacqueline worked for the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), where, among other things, she was the director of a complex two-year project studying and generating recommendations for reforming the judiciary branch in six Central American countries to combat corruption in the judiciary. In this capacity, Jacqueline traveled in-country to assess needs and hire consultants, and worked with a multi-disciplinary team to develop the research methodology. She prepared training for the consultants and assisted in finalizing the country reports and general findings and recommendations. At DPLF, she also worked on the development of projects in other programmatic areas including the protection of women from violence in detention centers, procedural protection for victims of domestic violence, and the integration of indigenous law in Latin American countries.

Prior to working at DPLF, Jacqueline was a Senior Associate at the law firm of Miller & Chevalier where she worked on preparing FCPA corporate compliance programs, conducting FCPA due diligence for clients before engaging in international transactions, and drafting memoranda on the application of the FCPA to certain activities abroad. She also was part of teams conducting intensive internal investigations for multinational corporations in response to FCPA concerns. Jacqueline also monitored the implementation of international anti-bribery conventions through the adoption of anti-corruption laws and regulations in other countries for clients from, or conducting business, in those countries. Jacqueline received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She is fluent in Spanish and French.

1Dr. Adrian Gonzalez joined Doing Business in February 2012 as Senior Private Sector Development Specialist. Previously, Adrian was a Lead Researcher at The Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX). His research focused on topics such as risk and portfolio quality, efficiency, depth of outreach, sustainability interest rates, social performance, and governability.

Prior to joining MIX, he was a Researcher at The Rural Finance Program from The Ohio State University (OSU), where he worked on microfinance, poverty reduction, and development issues in Latin America.

Adrian received his Ph.D. in Finance and Development from the Development Economics Program at The Ohio State University, as well as an M.A. in Economics. He speaks Spanish.




2Mr. Eric-Vincent Guichard is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GRAVITAS Capital Advisors, Inc. He is the founding member of GRAVITAS Capital (1996-current). Eric advises global and sovereign institutional assets. He runs the Sovereign Solutions Practice which includes innovative macro solutions such as the Sovereign Debt Redemption Fund Ltd and the Pension Support Fund Ltd. Eric also manages GRAVITAS’s Tactical Allocation Fund, LLC. He received a 2009 Risk Innovator Award for Finance from Risk & Insurance Magazine.

In 2011, Eric founded, an electronic investment platform that caters to members of the Diaspora. showcases vetted investment projects and funds that focus on development objectives chosen by the Diaspora. These projects and funds range from infrastructure to healthcare. Prior to GRAVITAS Capital, Eric was Portfolio Manager at the World Bank (1990-1996) where he also served as technical adviser to sovereign and multilateral institutions worldwide.

Eric is a graduate of the University of Dakar, in Senegal; of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh; and of the Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA (World Bank Scholar and Harvard Fellowship award). He serves on several non-profit boards, including: the Center for Financial Policy – an academic think tank on policy reform; Capital Partners for Education – an inner city mentorship program; and OIC International – an initiative that encourages economic self-reliance in Africa. Eric lectures internationally on Investments; Risk Management; Entrepreneurship; and on Corporate Strategy. He has published articles on Global Financial Markets and Regulation; Corporate Incentives and Human Behavior; and on the U.S. Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis.

2Mr. Casey Harrison has six years of experience working with smallholder agriculture and the agribusiness sector in the Southern Africa and Central America. As a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Zambia from 2008 to 2011, he worked specifically with smallholder maize and cassava farmers in the most rural regions of the country and assisted them in connecting with local and national value chains for their commodities. He later attained a Dual Master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service in International Affairs and Natural Resource Management as part of the Global Environmental Politics program. Over the past three years working with World Wildlife Fund, Casey has collaborated with and managed teams with diverse international backgrounds in business, agriculture, and sustainability. As a member and team leader with WWF’s Supply Risk Analysis corporate sustainability tool he has engaged with professionals from across the United States, Europe and Southern Africa. Currently, he is managing the WWF-US collaboration with WWF-Zambia within the agribusiness sector to achieve greater economic and environmental efficiency within the Kafue river basin through a joint effort with local agribusinesses, smallholder producers, and government.



2Dr. Vinod Jain is President & CEO of India-US World Affairs Institute, a non-profit educational and research institution founded in 2006. He is also a Professor of Global Economics and Strategy at Hult International Business School Shanghai, where he teaches for about a month each fall. Prior to joining Hult in October 2013, he served as Chair of the Department of International Business and Management at Nottingham University Business School China (2012-2013), and on the faculty of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (2005-2012). At Maryland, he founded and served as director of the Center for International Business Education and Research. A Fulbright Scholar and true cosmopolitan, Vinod has lived and worked in India, United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, China, and the Middle East.

While at the University of Maryland, Vinod taught “strategy”, “global strategy” and “competing in emerging markets” courses in the MBA program, and “international business” in the undergraduate program. He has also taught strategy on Maryland’s Executive MBA program in China and Switzerland, and has been a visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai; and the Polish-American Management Center, University of Lodz, Poland. He is a recipient of the prestigious Krowe Excellence in Teaching Award at University of Maryland, and has been honored by the Governors of both Ohio and Maryland for his services to their states. During the last seventeen years, Vinod won and managed five federal grants with a total budget of over $4 million for his universities – all with a view to help strengthen America’s international competitiveness.

Vinod is currently writing a book on Global Strategy, to be published by Routledge (2016), and is the co-author of How America Benefits from Economic Engagement with India (2010), published by the India-US World Affairs Institute. Most recently, he completed a major study on “capability building and innovation in the offshore IT services industry in India and China” for the Institute of Emerging Market Studies, funded by Ernst & Young.
Prior to returning to academia in 1989, he worked in industry for fifteen years in middle and senior executive positions with multinational enterprises, including Macmillan Publishers (Vice President), Molins PLC (Manager Coordination), and Coca-Cola (Marketing Research Executive).

Vinod has a Ph.D. in Strategy and International Business from the University of Maryland, M.S. in Management from UCLA, and M.S. and B.S. Honors in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute. He is a member of Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, Asia Society, Mensa, a Charter Member of TiE-DC, and has served on the Maryland/Washington D.C. District Export Council since January 2008.

2Dr. Jianhai Lin is the Secretary of the Fund and the International Monetary and Financial Committee. He oversees the Secretary’s Department that has operational responsibility for the 24-member Executive Board, and serves as the official contact point of the IMF’s 188 member countries on institutional matters, including work of the Board of Governors. The Secretary’s Department also organizes Spring and Annual Meetings, and is the creator and custodian of the IMF’s official record.
A Chinese native, Dr. Lin was appointed to his current position in March 2012. He previously served in senior positions in the Secretary’s, Finance, Policy Development and Review, and Asian and Pacific Departments. During his IMF career, he has worked across a wide range of country, policy, and administrative issues.

Dr. Lin studied at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, and the University of California at Berkeley, and earned his doctorate from the George Washington University. Before joining the Fund, he worked in the financial sector and academia.



2Mr. James Newlands leads EY’s Americas-Africa Business Center based in New York. In this role he works with key EY accounts in the Americas, across a range of sectors, to assist them in developing, stress-testing and executing their Africa growth strategies, bringing to bear the practical experience he has gained in building EY’s business in Africa.

James is a senior partner in the South African firm, having more than 32 years’ experience in providing assurance and advisory services to a number of the firm’s leading clients in the Oil & Gas, Retail and Consumer Products and Life Insurance sectors. He has also held a number of leadership positions in the firm, including Africa Oil & Gas Sector Leader and Western Cape Regional Senior Partner.

Over the past four years James has led the execution of EY’s Africa Investment Plan. This multi-year plan is focused on building capacity, expanding the firm’s footprint and enhancing EY’s brand across Sub-Saharan Africa. In this role, James was responsible for sourcing and appointment of partners globally to fill strategic positions in key geographies in Africa, sourcing and execution of strategic acquisitions across Africa, driving new country entry projects (including Cameroon, Chad, and South Sudan) and developing infrastructure needed to grow the EY business in locations such as Luanda, Douala, Kinshasa, Lagos, and Juba.

2Dr. Anu Phene is Grub Distinguished Scholar and Professor of International Business at the School of Business at George Washington University. Before joining GW, she was an Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. in International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to that, she worked for American Express Bank in the treasury department.
Her research focuses on knowledge creation and transfer, geographic boundaries of knowledge, multinational firm and subsidiary evolution and governance mechanisms. She has authored publications in Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, and Management International Review.

She was named David Eccles Faculty Fellow at the University of Utah from 2006-2008. She has received the 2014 Trachtenberg Teaching Award at George Washington University, the 2010 GW School of Business Teaching Excellence Award, and the 2006 Brady Superior Teaching Award at the University of Utah.



3Mr. Rex Pingle has 40 years of experience in commercial and investment banking focused on emerging markets. Mr. Pingle specializes in completing private sector investments and financing and in providing related investment advice to governments, corporations, and financial institutions.

Mr. Pingle has been the President and CEO of PMD International, Inc. (“PMD”) since its establishment in 1987. Mr. Pingle is responsible for PMD’s worldwide activities. From 1981-1988, Mr. Pingle was Senior Vice President of Lazard Frères & Co. in New York and Director of the International Government and Corporate Finance Group, responsible for all emerging markets activities, including corporate and project finance, government advisory and debt restructuring assignments. From 1980 to 1981, he served as Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. From 1973 to 1979, Mr. Pingle was a Vice President of Chemical Bank, New York; Director of Chemical Asia Ltd., Hong Kong; and a member of the Credit Policy Committee of the Bank.

Mr. Pingle graduated with a B.A. in History form the University of Virginia in 1968. In 1971, he obtained a Diploma in International Economics from the Free University of Brussels. Subsequently, he completed doctoral course work in economic development and international trade at The Johns Hopkins University.

2Dr. Liesl Riddle  is an Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs at The George Washington University School of Business.

Dr. Riddle has led GW-CIBER’s Faculty Development in International Business workshops since 2009. She has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. Having examined diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for over 25 years, Dr. Riddle has conducted research among 20 different diaspora communities in the USA and Europe originating from countries of origin in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. Since 2006, she has led a multidisciplinary research team, the GW Diaspora Capital Investment Project, which generates and disseminates learning about diaspora investment and its role in development to assist private-sector firms, policymakers, diaspora organizations, diaspora entrepreneurs, and researchers.

Dr. Riddle is a founding member and former director of GW’s Diaspora Research Program within GW’s Elliott School for International Affairs’ Institute for Global Studies and is a faculty advisor for GW’s Center for International Business Education and Research in the area of diaspora investment and entrepreneurship. She is also on the Advisory Board for, an online investment platform providing innovative opportunities for diasporans to invest in their countries of origin. She has served as a consultant for the United Nations, the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Western Union, and other private-sector clients.

Dr. Riddle has received numerous teaching awards, including the GW School of Business Teaching Excellence Award. She teaches courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels, including courses on Migration, Identity & International Business; Global Perspectives; International Management; and Managing in Developing Countries.
She previously served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Business, where she oversaw fourteen graduate programs, including five MBA and nine specialized master degree programs. She spearheaded the launch of GW’s Digital Community, a suite of online graduate degree programs (

Dr. Riddle holds a BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies, an MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her appointment at GW in 2001, she worked in the field of market research and held the position of the Director of Research for an international market research firm.

2Dr. Jorge E. Rivera is a professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy at the George Washington University. His research focuses on the relationship between environmental policies and business strategies. In 2011, his book “Business and Public Policy” published by Cambridge University Press, received the Best Book Award by the Academy of Management’s Organizations and the Natural Environment Division. He has also co-authored a second edited book and several dozen manuscripts. Two of his articles in the Policy Studies journal are respectively the first and third most cited manuscripts published by this journal between 2004-2013. One of his papers is also the third most cited article published by the Policy Sciences journal during the last decade (2002-13).

Additionally, his work received Best Paper Awards from the Academy of Management in 2001 and the Policy Sciences Society in 2003. His publications have also been mentioned in more than 30 news stories by national and international newspapers including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Professor Rivera is founding co-editor of the Cambridge University Press’s book series on organizations and the natural environment. Between 2009 and 2014, he was an associate editor of the Policy Sciences journal. He also served as an associate editor of Business & Society between 2009 and 2012. In August 2012, he finished his term as the chair of the Academy of Management’s Organizations and the Natural Environment Division

1Mr. Dil Bishwakarma (known as DB Sagar) is co-founder and current President of the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR), an apex global advocacy organization of local, national, and regional Dalit and pro-Dalit diaspora organizations across the world. He is also a social entrepreneur, and founder and Chairperson of Innovative Microfinance Corporation, USA and JEEV Pvt. Ltd. in Nepal.

Mr. DB Sagar is a globally recognized personality in the area of international human rights advocacy and public policy, and also brings substantial expertise in running international nongovernment organizations, social enterprises, and global forums. His credentials are impeccable, with over 15 years of experience in international human rights, social justice, rule of law, conflict mediation, negotiations, peace-building, litigation, and development cooperation at the local, national, regional, and global levels. He has advised the Nepal government, political parties, and Constituent Assembly of Nepal on the rights of Dalits and vulnerable groups, Constitution-making and State-restructuring processes, post-conflict settlement, federalization, and international human rights mechanisms. He has testified before the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UN Human Rights Sub-Committee, the European Parliament on matters of Discrimination based on Caste or Descent, and has also testified before the British House of Commons on matters of Human Rights and the democratic crisis of Nepal (2005). He actively engaged in the NGO Preparatory Committee of the UN World Conference against Racism in 2001 and World Social Forum in 2004.

Mr. DB Sagar served as Convener of the First Global Conference on Defending Dalit Rights 2015 and drafted the Dalit Rights Global Declaration 2015. He coordinated 205 Dalit and diaspora organizations, and mobilized the Global March against Caste-Based Discrimination-2014 and the Human Chain Demonstration for Dalit Dignity and Solidarity-2015 in Washington, D.C. He has been advocating for passage of a Binding Resolution against Caste-based Discrimination by the U.S. Congress, and endorsement of the UN Principles and Guidelines to Elimination of Caste and All Forms of Discrimination by UN member states. He is actively engaged with the UN Vision 2030, especially toward recognizing caste and inequality as a key challenge of the 2015 Post-Development Agendas. He was awarded the United Nations Association Community Human Rights Award 2007 and Grossman International Award 2010 for his dedication to human rights, social justice, and international public service. He is a victim and witness of Caste-based discrimination, violence, and socio-political exclusion. He was actively engaged in Nepal’s democracy movement in 1990 as a student activist, and intensively involved in conflict mediation throughout the decade-long Maoist Conflict (1996-2006) as the President of Dalit NGO Federation of Nepal. He played a noted role as a human rights defender at the national and international levels in the Second People’s Movement against the Royal Regime 2005/06.

Mr. DB Sagar received his Master in Law (LL.M.) degree from American University Washington College of Law, and Master in Arts in Sociology from American University, Washington, D.C. He has undertaken NGO Leadership and Development training from American University School of International Studies; and Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance from UNCONGO. He has given interviews for national and international news media, and has written several articles and reports, and provided expert commentary on human rights and public policies.

1Mr. John Saylor has over 40 years of diversified transportation, logistical, and trade development experience. Currently he is Director of Government Relations and Senior Project Manager for the Washington, DC office of Los Alamos Technical Associates, a diversified solutions firm which helps government divisions and private industry face the complex scientific, engineering, and technical challenges around the world.

Mr. Saylor’s introduction into the world of international trade and transportation began in 1968 after serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps., whereupon he worked for a Miami based freight forwarder with extensive operations throughout Central and South America. During this time period he was based in Guatemala City overseeing the company’s Central American operations. Upon his return to the US in 1973 Mr. Saylor joined P. Lorillard Tobacco Corp., manufacturer of Kent and Newport cigarettes as their International Traffic Manager. In 1976 British American Tobacco acquired Lorillard’s international business and merged it into their U.S. operating arm, Brown and Williamson Tobacco where Mr. Saylor took over as Director of International Operations for B&W overseeing export manufacturing, order processing and distribution worldwide. In 1982 he also assumed control as Director of the newly formed B&W Trading Company, an international trading company established by B&W to offset tobacco and cigarette sales through counter-trade and bartering. Subsequently Mr. Saylor later partnered in trade consulting and freight forwarding and Customs brokerage firms as President of American Overseas Transport. Most recently Mr. Saylor was Director of Maritime Services for Halcrow, Inc. a global consulting firm specializing in infrastructure planning, engineering and finance.

In 1984 Mr. Saylor was appointed Commissioner of the Virginia Port Authority by Virginia Governor Charles Robb to a term of 5 years. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Saylor served as Chairman of the National Maritime Council’s Shipper Advisory Board in Washington, DC.
Mr. Saylor is actively involved in trade issues and currently is the Chairman of the Virginia-Washington, DC District Export Council having been initially appointed in 2005. In September of 2014 he was invited by George Washington University Center for International Business Education and Research, School of Business to be a member of their Board of Advisors.

Mr. Saylor is also President of the U.S.-Serbia Business Council (formerly the US-Yugoslav Business Council) and in 2003 he single handedly lobbied for and succeeded in obtaining the restoration of Most Favored Nation Status (Normal Trade Relations) for Yugoslavia. Considered a Balkan expert Mr. Saylor is on call to the State Department concerning trade and political issues in this region.

Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Mr. Saylor actively participated in various Chamber business coalitions for a number of Free Trade Agreements including Singapore, DR-CAFTA, Panama, Colombia and Korea and is currently involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Mr. Saylor was born in Los Angeles and has for many years called Virginia his home. He attended Miami-Dade Junior College and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He is an avid outdoorsman where he considers mountain climbing his passion. He bikes, runs, rock climbs, skis, sails (Hobi Cat’s) and, to relax, he plays a little golf.

1Dr. Susan Sell received her B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College, her M.A. in Political Science from the University of California – Santa Barbara, and her Ph.D. from the University of California – Berkeley. Professor Sell offers graduate courses in international political economy, and international relations theory. She also offers an undergraduate international political economy course.
Her publications include: “Intellectual Property and the Doha Round” in The WTO after Hong Kong: Progress In, and Prospects For, the Doha Development Agenda, eds. Donna Lee and Rorden Wilkinson (Routledge, 2007); “International Institutions, Intellectual Property an the HIV/AIDS Pandemic” in HIV/AIDS and the Threat to National Security, eds. Robert Ostergaard and Jim Whitman (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2007); Intellectual Property Rights: A Critical History, with Christopher May (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006); “Reframing the Issue: the WTO Coalition on Intellectual Property and Public Health 2001″, with John Odell, in Negotiating Trade: Developing Countries in the WTO and NAFTA, ed. John Odell (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and Private Power, Public Law: The Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2003; published by China Renmin University Press, 2007).

3Mr. S. Qaisar Shareef is adjunct professor of International Business at the George Washington University School of Business, where he teaches International Marketing in the MBA program. Mr. Shareef concluded a nearly 30-year career with Procter & Gamble in 2011. He joined the company in 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio and served in several roles within the US and in P&G’s international operations in Marketing and in General Management. Most recently, he headed up the P&G operations in Pakistan; a role in which he served until early 2011, before returning back to the US. Prior to this role in Pakistan he worked as Marketing Director, Global Operations at the P&G Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1991, Qaisar launched the Procter & Gamble subsidiary in Pakistan and served as Country Manager for 5 years, following which he was transferred to Ukraine as the head of P&G operations there.

In 2006 he was once again assigned to head up P&G operations in Pakistan. He has headed up P&G’s business in Pakistan for over 10 years, spread over two assignments. This business today has sales turnover of over quarter billion dollars. During his tenure at P&G Pakistan, the company made significant investments in local manufacturing plants. Most recently Procter & Gamble Pakistan received the Award for Corporate Excellence from the State Department in Washington DC, recognizing the company’s contributions in corporate social and environmental responsibility, and its excellence in community engagement.

During his assignment in Pakistan, Qaisar was twice elected to the Management Committee of the Overseas Chamber of Commerce in Karachi. He served as chair of the taxation and CSR subcommittees of this chamber. He was also twice elected to the Executive Committee of the American Business Council in Pakistan. This chamber has recently named Qaisar as their representative to the U.S. Pakistan Business Council in Washington DC.

Over the course of his P&G career, Qaisar has worked in Marketing, Market Research, on Sales teams and in General Management. He has worked in North America, Asia, and Eastern Europe; in developed and developing markets.

During his time as country head at P&G Pakistan, Qaisar worked closely with several non-profit organizations engaged in providing education to the under-privileged and in disaster relief. He continues to serve on the board of some of these organizations. He is presently serving on the board of HOPE USA, and the Executive Committee of US Pakistan Foundation. He is also a charter member of OPEN DC, organization of Pakistani entrepreneurs in Greater Washington DC.

Qaisar is originally from Pakistan and first moved to Cincinnati in 1977. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the Middle East Technical University, in Ankara, Turkey, and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio.
His personal interests include music and travel, particularly with a focus on history, culture and architecture. He is based in the Washington, DC area.

2Ambassador David Shinn has been teaching as an adjunct professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University since 2001. He previously served for 37 years in the U.S. Foreign Service with assignments at embassies in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon, Sudan and as ambassador to Burkina Faso (1987-1990) and Ethiopia (1996-1999).

He is the co-author of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (2012) and An Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia (2013), and has just completed a new book on the Gülen Movement in Africa. He serves on the board of a number of non-governmental organizations and lectures around the world.
He blogs at He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University.





1Dr. Steven C. Smith is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University, where he directs the Research Program in Poverty, Development, and Globalization. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and an IZA Research Fellow, and has served as a member of the Advisory Council of BRAC USA since 2007.

Smith received his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University. In Fall 2012 he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist visiting at the Economics Department at Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India; and in Spring 2013 he was a Visiting Fellow at Brookings. He also has been a Fulbright Research Scholar and a Jean Monnet Research Fellow. Smith served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization from 2007-2013.

From 2009-2012, Smith served as Director of the Institute for International Economic Policy, where he helped create its four signature initiatives: climate adaptation in developing countries; extreme poverty; global economic governance; and the “G2 at GW” series. In the 1990s, he designed and served as first director of GW’s International Development Studies Program.

Smith has done on-site research and program work in several regions of the developing world including Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, India, Uganda, and Former Yugoslavia, and has been a consultant for the World Bank, the International Labour Office (ILO, Geneva), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Institute for Development Economics Research (UN-WIDER, Helsinki). Smith has also conducted extensive research on the economics of employee participation, including works councils, ESOPs, and labor cooperatives, which has included on-site research in Italy, Spain, and Germany, as well as China and India.

The 12th edition of “Economic Development” 12th Ed., which he co-authors with Michael Todaro, was published in May, 2014.

2Ms. Barbara Span is Vice President of Global Public Affairs for Western Union, a Fortune 500 company providing services in 200 countries and territories around the world. She has responsibility for public policy, regulatory issues and advocacy programs. Barbara’s focus is on a spectrum of issues, including migration, diaspora, financial inclusion, economic development, and entrepreneurship.

She has a leadership role in the African Diaspora Marketplace, a joint initiative with USAID and the U.S. Department of State’s African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program which creates access to capital and technical assistance for SMEs across Sub-Saharan Africa. She also leads Western Union’s engagement in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Prior to Western Union, Barbara’s work has been with leading domestic and international payment processors following a career in the advertising industry. Barbara is Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Counsel on Migration, Past Chairman of the Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates DC and has served on many community boards. She is a Northwestern University Alumnus and has attended the Harvard Business School Strategic Program on Microfinance.


3Ms. Kristen Walker-Painemilla has been with Conservation International for 16 years and is currently Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the Policy Center for Environment and Peace at Conservation International. Kristen leads a staff of 35 within the Policy Center for Environment and Peace which provides a path for CI to influence global conservation priorities, policies and public funding that target major international, regional and national policy development processes, in order to amplify CI’s work and create greater well-being for people around the world.

Prior to leading the Policy Center efforts, Kristen was the Vice President for Social and Environmental Governance at Conservation International (CI)’s Center for Environment and Peace. This work included a focus on Social and International Policy and Peace and Development Partnerships. Through her efforts, Kristen provided and continues to provide institutional leadership and comprehensive technical assistance on a range of international policy issues (biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development), social policy (indigenous peoples, rights based approaches, and social safeguards) and engages with the peace and development community to further CI’s mission. In 2003, Kristen created the Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program (ITPP) at CI to consolidate CI’s work with key community partners and strengthen the collective capacity of indigenous and traditional peoples and CI to achieve mutual goals. Now in its tenth year, this program has grown through extensive local and international networks in addition to collaborations with conservation organizations, indigenous peoples and their organizations, development and government agencies, donors and academic partners.

Over the past several years, Kristen has led efforts on behalf of CI to form the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights (CIHR), a consortium of international conservation NGOs that seek to improve the practice of conservation by promoting integration of human rights in conservation policy and practice. She published the book Indigenous Peoples and Conservation: From Rights to Resource Management in October 2010, drawing on years of experience working with indigenous peoples. In 2012, she was named Co-chair of the Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples Customary and Environmental Law and Human Rights with the Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Kristen was also Vice President for Social Policy and Practice (2010-2012), Executive Director for the Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program (2003-2009) and the Senior Director of Program Strategy in the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science (CABS) at CI from 1999 through 2003. Kristen was integral in the development and strategic direction of the CABS. She led several initiatives within CABS such as Defying Nature’s End, CABS Bushmeat Initiative and scientific communications.

Kristen holds her degree in Latin American Studies and Anthropology from George Washington University. She was a Cotlow Scholar in 1996, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar 1997-1998 and is a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program. She serves on several boards including the Equator Initiative, the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force and the Chol-Chol Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose principal aim is to provide integral education for the women of indigenous rural communities with limited resources. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband Fabian, a Mapuche Indian from Chile, and her 2 children.

3Dr. Robert J. Weiner is Professor of International Business, Public Policy & Public Administration, and International Affairs, at the George Washington University School of Business, where he teaches international financial management, international financial markets, and international portfolio management. He is also the 2005-2006 Gilbert White Fellow at Resources for the Future, Washington DC. He is concurrently Membre Associé, GREEN (Groupe de Recherche en Économie de l’Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles), Département d’économique, Université Laval, Québec.

Prof. Weiner has served as Chairman of the GW Department of International Business from 2001 – 2005 and 2013 – present, where he has built its research-oriented faculty and national ranking. He has also taught at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the Royal Complutense University (Spain), where he has offered courses in finance, international business, industrial organization, and environmental and natural-resource economics.
He has lectured to executives in Russia, Spain, and the United States. During 1997-1998, he was Visiting Professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Prof. Weiner has been Research Fellow in the International Energy Program, Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and consultant to the International Petroleum Exchange; the New York Mercantile Exchange; the U.S. Department of Energy; the U.S. International Trade Commission; the Harvard Institute for International Development; the World Bank; and private clients. He has won research awards from the Ministère des Affaires Internationales, Québec; Resources for the Future; the Columbia Center for the Study of Futures Markets; and the U.S. National Science Foundation. He served as an Eminent Person on Commodities for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Prof. Weiner received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, and Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Business Economics, all from Harvard University. He has authored or coauthored four books (Energy and Environment; Oil Shock; Oil and Money; and Oil Markets in a Turbulent Era), and more than fifty articles on environmental and natural resource economics, focusing on contracting, risk management, and the oil and gas industry.

Prof. Weiner’s current research interests and projects include financial innovation in commodity markets, foreign investment and joint ventures in the Russian petroleum industry, oil and gas trading and derivative markets, risk management in the oil and gas industry, national income accounting for sustainable development, transfer pricing in multinational enterprise, and privatization and the behavior of state-owned enterprises in the world petroleum market.

2Ms. Barbara Weisel joined the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in 1994 and was appointed to the position of Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific in 2004. She is the U.S. chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and is also responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy relating to Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Ms. Weisel led the U.S. Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Malaysia and Thailand. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Bilateral Asian Affairs, where she was the deputy lead negotiator on the U.S.-Australia FTA and worked on the Singapore FTA, and also covered other Southeast Asian and ASEAN issues and Korean affairs.

Ms. Weisel previously served as Director for Japan Affairs. Before joining USTR, she worked at the State Department from 1984-1994. During this time, she served in a variety of positions, including as international economist on Japan, the Persian Gulf, and North Africa.

Ms. Weisel has two Master's Degrees from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College.