Energy and Sustainability: Clean(er) Coal—Can that Myth become a Reality?

May 30, 2013
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Coal is less efficient and more polluting in terms of greenhouse gases and volatiles (toxic emissions) than oil or gas. But coal is cheap and abundant, so its use is increasing exponentially. Worse, countries like India and Indonesia are tapping lower quality coal that has an extra set of problems. Can a company with smart technology make the world’s most polluting, but abundant, fuel more earth friendly? How can it carve a solid niche in an industry littered with failed technologies and pilot plants that can’t be scaled? My guests, Robin Eves & Ignacio Ponce de Leon, respectively the CEO & COO of Clean Coal Technologies, talk about how their company’s Pristine™/Pristine-M™ technology can make coal more efficient, less polluting & more cost-effective. They reveal how CCT solved the scale-up problem. They will share their strategy for bringing CCT technology to Asian markets, the epicenter of coal expansion--and how they plan to protect that technology from reverse engineering.

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Té Revesz

Té Revesz

Té Revesz is known for her ability to conduct strategic research on a global basis and for her creativity in handling complex business challenges.

As principal of GlobalReach-SBI, a research and consulting firm with a network spanning over 60 countries, Té provides clients with strategic intelligence on market opportunities and threats. She covers such diverse areas as global branding, new product development, payment cards, clinical trials, and political risk. An expert in primary research, Té has interviewed business, government and labor leaders, doctors and technical experts—and managed focus groups—around the world. She was profiled in Super Searchers Go to the Source as one of the top US interviewers.

Prior to founding her own firm, Té headed the Industrial & Healthcare Practices of FIND's Strategic Consulting & Research Group and taught at the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch/CUNY). She was the Editor of Business International’s flagship newsletter and helped create its country risk service.

An NYC native, Té is active with Citizen Action, the URJ’s Commission on Social Action, and NY Neighbors for American Values (defending religious freedom, diversity and equality). She holds a Masters from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs and a BA from Goucher College. She’s an avid bike rider, theater buff and farmers market supporter—and the bemused owner of 2 demanding felines.

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John Hlinko

As a youngster, John Hlinko never dreamed he would one day record a Grammy-winning duet with country music legend Willie Nelson. And indeed, it never happened. But he has been long recognized as an innovator and “Buzz Czar” on the grassroots marketing front, using a combination of emerging technology and creative communications to achieve maximum results within extremely constrained budgets. Hlinko has worked with some of the biggest breakout viral success stories, starting with in its earliest days, and continuing up to a “draft Obama” effort to build support for Barack Obama in advance of his presidential run. He is the founder of “Left Action,” a network of more than a million progressive activists ( Hlinko is also the author of the forthcoming book, Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread, to be published in early 2012 (Prentice Hall Press). Contact:; cell: 202-744-6525. View Guest page

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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is the CEO of Sovereign Intelligence, LLC ( As an attorney, former NCIS Special Agent and intelligence case officer, Mark’s legal, investigative and global clandestine experience offers sophisticated clients the credibility needed for emerging market investment decisions. As a Agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service for 10 years, Mark served as an Senior Staff Counterintelligence Officer in support of USN special programs and conducted numerous sensitive intelligence operations in Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Johnson received training from the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy, DIA, and the CIA. Mark has advised U.s. government and private sector leadership on matters relating to sovereign wealth funds, high energy weapons, nanotechnology, financial networks, and cyber security, directly influencing National Security policy. Mr. Johnson hold a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College, and a J.D. from Regent University. View Guest page

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Stathis Karaplios

Stathis Karaplios is the Cofounder and Managing Director at EMBS Group (, a market intelligence company specializing in emerging markets. Successful, independent and result oriented, Stathis has spent over a decade working in an international business environment – the past five, leading a team of business consultants working on business development, strategic advisory and M&A projects in more than 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS. His areas of expertise include market entry and business development, strategic advisory, sourcing and purchasing, M&A, competitive intelligence (CI). A native of Poland with Greek roots, Stathis had developed a deep understanding of local cultures and diversity that compliments a high level of business awareness and strong interpersonal skills. Contact:; tel. +48 12 376 8740. View Guest page

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Professor Andrew Karolyi

Professor Karolyi is an internationally-known scholar in the area of investment management, specializing in int’l financial markets. He’s published extensively in journals in finance and economics, has published several books &monographs and has been covered extensively in print and electronic media. He currently serves as editor of the renowned Review of Financial Studies. He is an assoc. editor for several of journals, incl. the Jl of Empirical Finance, Jl of Banking and Finance, Review of Finance and Pacific Basin Finance Jl. He is a recipient of several awards including the Fama/DFA Prize for Capital Markets & Asset Pricing (2005) and Johnson's Prize for Excellence in Research in 2010. He leads executive education programs in four continents, and is actively involved in consulting with corporations, banks, investment firms, stock exchanges, and law firms. He is a trustee and past president of the Financial Management Assn Int’l and served as a director of the American Finance Assn. View Guest page

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Liz Kennedy

Liz Kennedy is Counsel at Demos, working on issues in money in politics, voting rights, and corporate accountability. She is the author or co-author of “Bullies at the Ballot Box,” “Democracy at Stake: Protecting Democracy in the Super PAC Era,” “Citizens Actually United,” “Protecting the Freedom to Vote,” and “Ten Ways Citizens United Endangers Democracy.” Liz works to expand political participation and prevent voter disenfranchisement by eliminating barriers to voting and empowering voters. She focuses on money in politics to increase transparency and accountability for political spending, to work towards political equality, and to fight corruption of democratic government. She develops policies, writes, and works with partners across the country. For more information, visit View Guest page

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Austin Khan

Austin Khan, Chief Investment Officer, has completed over $2B in real estate transactions in both principal and advisory roles. His experience in multiple commercial sectors has positioned him as an expert in the industry. He is responsible for sourcing and managing opportunities for Ethika as well as overseeing the underwriting process for all investments. Prior to Ethika, he was VP of Acquisitions for the real estate hospitality investment platform for TRT Holdings that manages approx. $5B in assets on behalf of Robert Rowling (66th ranked individual in the Forbes 400). He was a key player in landmark transactions such as, the acquisition of the Amelia Island Company, the development of the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel and the recapitalization of the Champions Gate Resort Orlando. Mr. Khan received a MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. from the McIntire School at University of Virginia. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Email him @ View Guest page

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Matt Kibby

Matt is the Principal for Technology & Innovation at BBK Worldwide, the recognized global leader in patient recruitment. He directs BBK’s Market Intelligence group: a specialized team at the heart of BBK's data-driven approach to patient recruitment. Under his leadership, these data-driven insights transform BBK’s institutional knowledge and industry trend awareness into unparalleled strategic consultation. After more than 15 years in patient recruitment, Matt is an authoritative voice in the industry. A highly sought-after speaker, he also publishes regularly in key international industry publications, including European Pharmaceutical Executive, Good Clinical Practice Journal, and PharmaVOICE. In 2006, he was recognized by PharmaVOICE as one of the 100 most inspiring people in the life sciences industry. Link to Matt’s blog collection at View Guest page

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Brett King

Brett King is a three times bestselling author, well-known futurist and speaker, and founder of a breakout new retail banking and lifestyle concept "Moven.” King was voted as American Banker's Innovator of the Year in 2012, and was nominated by Bank Innovation as one of the Top 10 "coolest brands in banking.” King has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, Financial Times, The Economist, The Asian Banker Journal, The Banker, Wired magazine and many more. He contributes regularly as a blogger on Huffington Post. King initially achieved recognition for his bestselling book BANK 2.0, which received widespread industry acclaim and topped category lists in the UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Canada, France Russia and Asia. 'Branch Today, Gone Tomorrow' - King's second book achieved bestseller status in its first week on Amazon. His current book BANK 3.0 is currently topping the charts in the US, UK, China, Canada, Germany, Japan and France and has been published in English, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), Korean, Russian and Polish to-date. He is widely considered the foremost global expert on retail banking innovation today. As an industry thought leader, King has delivered keynotes at conferences in more than 40 countries for organizations like Google, Forbes, and Oracle. He has served as an international judge for The Asian Banker Retail Banking Excellence Awards, the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, the Middle East Business Achievement and Retail Banking Awards. View Guest page

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John King

Richard Kirsch

Richard Kirsch is the author of “Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States,”,-Twitter @ffohbook. Kirsch is an Institute Fellow at the Nelson Rockefeller Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. From 2008 to 2010 he was National Campaign Manager for Health Care for America Now (HCAN). Kirsch has appeared on PBS's The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, ABC's World News Tonight and Good Morning America, the Fox News Network, C-SPAN and The Colbert Report, and was frequently quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and other national newspapers. Kirsch was honored with the Progressive Leadership Award by USAction and the New York Progressive Leadership Award by Citizen Action of New York, both in 2010. In 2001, Families USA named him Health Care Consumer Advocate of the Year. He received the New York Statewide Senior Action Council Human Services Advocacy Award in June 1995. View Guest page

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Alan L. Klein

Alan Klein is founder and CEO of The Marketing Agency Worldwide (, a strategic consultancy that has been helping companies develop new products, advertise brands, and expand internationally since 1984. Alan’s initiatives and ideas have made a difference for multinationals and start-ups, with strategies combining insightful research with emerging digital media technologies. His clients have included Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Clairol, Hershey Foods, Walmart, Brunswick, Premier Retail Networks, Bristol-Myers Squibb and most recently NGM Media digital marketing He helps American firms to evaluate and optimize international opportunities, while helping overseas-based companies enter the U.S. market. Alan began his career at Procter & Gamble and was a senior management officer at The Interpublic Group and Grey Advertising. View Guest page

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Charles E.M. Kolb

Charles Kolb was President of the French-American Foundation—United States, located in New York City, from August 2012 until August 2014. The French-American Foundation is the only non-governmental organization in the United States dedicated specifically to strengthening the relationship between the two countries. It does so by bringing together leaders, policymakers and a full range of professionals to exchange views, share best practices, and consider how each country might benefit from the expertise and experience of the other. Prior to joining the French-American Foundation, he was President of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) from 1997 to 2012 and served as General Counsel of United Way of America from 1992 to 1997. During nearly ten years of government service, he held several senior-level positions. He served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy at the White House from 1990-1992. At the White House, he worked on economic, education, legal and regulatory policy issues. From 1983 to 1990, he held three other government positions: Assistant General Counsel, Office of Management and Budget (1983-1986); Deputy General Counsel for Regulations and Legislation, U.S. Department of Education (1986-1988); and Deputy Under Secretary for Planning, Budget and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Education (1988-1990). Charles frequently publishes op-ed columns in The Huffington Post and other publications, has written a memoir of his experience in the first Bush White House, and has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs. View Guest page

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Barbara Lawton

Barbara Lawton is the President & CEO of Americans for Campaign Reform ( Previously she served as Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. Barbara made public funding of elections a central issue in her campaigns, and was spokesperson for Wisconsin’s Citizen’s Panel for a Clean Election Option, led by Chief Justice Nate Heffernan. An editorial in the Madison, WI Capital Times in 2006 called Barbara “the boldest and most active lieutenant governor in state history.” She graduated from Lawrence University summa cum laude. She earned a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Lawrence University and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Arts & Design. She serves on the Advisory Board to the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy & Service; on the American Association of Colleges and Universities National Leadership Council; and on the Advisory Board to Oxfam America’s Sisters on the Planet. View Guest page

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Christophe J. Leroy

Christophe Leroy is a consultant and coach with over 12 years of experience advising executives and management teams on strategy, leadership communications, and organizational culture and change management initiatives both in government and in private sector. He focuses on developing inspiring leaders capable of creating the right context, culture, and goals for their teams to excel. Based in Mexico City, he delivers coaching and consulting engagements in Spanish, French and English throughout North and Latin America. Christophe has also developed a private coaching, healing and alternative therapies practice over the past seven years, working with individuals to enable them to overcome personal challenges, stimulate personal and spiritual growth, and find their path and calling in life. He earned a MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp-Contact: View Guest page

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Nate Loewentheil

Nate Loewentheil is founder and executive director of the Roosevelt Institution, a national student organization with 75 campus chapters and 7,000 members. He founded the Roosevelt Institution as a sophomore at Yale, from which he graduated in 2007. Nate sits on the Board of Directors of the College Democrats of America Alumni Association and of the Elmseed Enterprise Fund, as well as on the advisory boards of the New Leaders Council and the Drum Major Institute. He's published with the Center for American Progress and in the Review of Policy Research, and contributes to the Huffington Post. He recently co-edited "Thinking Big: Progressive Ideas for a New Era." In addition, Nate serves as a special advisor to the Bolivian municipality of Pasorapa. He has submitted testimony to Congress on topics like Social Security, published with the Center for American Progress and the Review of Policy Research and contributes to The Huffington Post. Contact: View Guest page

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Dr. Paul A. London

Chief Economist at The Stern Group, Inc., Dr. London brings a wealth of experience to corporations, trade associations, law firms and consultancies in the manufacturing, healthcare, energy and utilities, not to mention top-level positions at the US DOC as senior policy advisor on the White House Task Force on Medical Errors, the HHS Task Force on Health Care Privacy and on interagency groups focused on healthcare costs; and as deputy undersecretary for Economics and Statistics. He served as a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he authored The Competition Solution, The Bipartisan Secret Behind American Prosperity; executive director of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors; deputy assist administrator for Conservation Policy at the Federal Energy Admin and DOE; and as exec. director of the New England Economic Research Office( New England Congressional Caucus). He was legislative assistant to Sen Walter F. Mondale and a US State Depart Foreign Service office. View Guest page

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Peter Majeski

Peter Majeski is an Investor Relations Professional with 10-plus years of experience developing, implementing and managing comprehensive IR and corporate communications programs for Latin American-based clients. His expertise includes creating value-added IR content, such as press releases, investor presentations and quarterly earnings reports, planning and executing senior management road-shows, as well as delivering market feedback and tailored recommendations to improve IR execution to C-level executives and Boards of Directors. He previously worked at i-advize Corporate Communications, a boutique IR firm dedicated to Latin America, overseeing clients in the financial services, mining, media, infrastructure and airline sectors. Earlier, Peter was a Senior Research Analyst at Thomson Financial. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs, with a concentration in Latin America from The George Washington University’s Elliot School. Contact Peter at: View Guest page

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Wilbur Matthews

Wilbur Matthews is the CEO of Vaquero Global Investment. Prior to launching Vaquero, Mr. Matthews was a Portfolio Manager with AIG, where he built one of the largest EM credit efforts on Wall Street, generating consistently strong returns with below market volatility. With AIG, Mr. Matthews was able to structure numerous innovative, first-of-their kind financings and build a network of strong relationships. In 2006, The Asset ranked Mr. Matthews the #2 "Most Astute US-based Investor" in Asian credit markets. Prior to AIG, Mr. Matthews was part of Chase's Institutional Investor #1 ranked EM Research Team where he was Sr. Economist for several Latin countries and a utility player in support of the Asian, European and America's Economics and Strategy teams. Mr. Matthews was individually ranked #1 for Peru coverage in 1999/2000 by Latin Finance. View Guest page

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Ron Mazursky

Ron, a Managing Director at Market Innovations, has over 25 years of global corporate and consulting experience in product development, marketing and strategy. An expert in consumer financial services marketing in payments, he has specialized in product and business development, segmentation, and profitability improvement. His client work emphasizes product development and innovation, with extensive work in loyalty programs. Earlier, Ron founded and managed Card Associates, and served as a Director at Edgar, Dunn & Co. and Novantas LLC. This followed corporate experience at MasterCard and JP Morgan Chase. Ron has written articles, spoken at conferences, taught market segmentation in N/S America. He's been quoted frequently in various publications and reports. Ron has a BA in Experimental Psychology from Binghamton University and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon. Contact Ron a or (917) 862-3239. View Guest page

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Terence McNamee

Dr. McNamee is Deputy Director of The Brenthurst Foundation (South Africa). He has worked in London and was educated at universities in his native Canada & the UK, receiving his PhD from the LSE. He has been a writer & consultant on projects in the areas of peace-building, post-conflict reconstruction & economic development, primarily in Africa. He is published in academic journals & newspapers. In 2012 he authored the Foundation’s study of Chinese small businesses in southern Africa, entitled ‘Africa in their Words: A Study of Chinese Traders in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zambia and Angola’. Other publications include ‘War Without Consequences: Iraq's Insurgency and the Spectre of Strategic Defeat’ (ed.) (RUSI, 2008) & On the Fault Line: Managing Tensions and Divisions within Societies (Profile Books, 2012, with Greg Mills & Jeffrey Herbst). As part of the Foundation’s Presidential Advisory Committee on the Economy of Malawi, he serves as an Advisor to President Joyce Banda. View Guest page

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Preeti Mehta

Preeti Mehta is Director of Project Incubation for D2D Fund. Preeti leads the mobile app challenge FinCapDev and D2D's tax time savings work. Prior to joining D2D, Preeti was a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting Services specializing in business process design, operations improvement and strategic planning. Her private sector clients included a range of Fortune 500 companies in several industries. As a consultant to the nonprofit sector, Preeti served as the Director of Economic Development for a local community-based organization. Prior to her consulting career, Preeti worked at GTE Laboratories in Waltham, MA. Preeti is a member of the Policy Advisory Group of the Financial Clinic in NYC, and has served on the Board of a Low Income, Community Development Credit Union in Boston. She holds a Master of Science in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai. View Guest page

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Greg Mills

Dr. Greg Mills directs the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation (South Africa). He holds a BA Hons from the University of Cape Town, and MA and PhD from the University of Lancaster. From 1996-2005 he was National Director of the South African Institute of International Affairs. He founded and headed up the Prism strategic analysis group for General David Richards in Kabul in 2006, was seconded as Strategy Adviser to the President of Rwanda in 2008, served as a member of the Danish Africa Commission from 2008, and during 2010 deployed twice to regional command (South) in Afghanistan in an advisory capacity, based in Kandahar. He is the author/editor of numerous books; in 2012 "On the Fault-Line" (Profile, with J. Herbst & T. McNamee)and "Africa’s Third Liberation: The New Search for Prosperity and Jobs" (Penguin, with J. Herbst). He is on the visiting faculty of the NATO Higher Defense College in Rome, and the Royal College of Defense Studies in the United Kingdom. View Guest page

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Geoff Minter

Geoff is the founder and Managing Director of The Minter Group, a full service market research agency based in Sydney, Australia; He brings together experience at global companies in marketing (General Foods and Cadbury-Schweppes), advertising (McCann Erickson) and market research (Interpublic Group). The winner four national marketing awards for consumer goods strategies (and a registered psychologist), Geoff understands how quality market research design can provide strategies to build business, identify opportunities and add value to brands. He moderates focus groups and individual interviews with healthcare professionals, and Minter is on the market research panel for the Health Insurance Commission that administers Australia's Medicare program. He is a long term member of the Australian Market & Social Research Society and ESOMAR (World Association of Research Professionals) and presents research papers at their conferences and educational courses. Contact: View Guest page

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Robert A.G. Monks

Robert A.G. Monks, author of Citizens DisUnited: Passive Investors, Drone CEOs, and the Corporate Capture of the American Dream and Corpocracy, Corporate Governance, Watching the Watchers, Corporate Valuation and others, is a pioneering shareholder activist and corporate governance adviser. He has written widely about shareholder rights & responsibility, corporate impact on society and global corporate issues. He is a founder of Institutional Shareholder Services and GMIRatings (formerly The Corporate Library). He is the 2013 recipient of the Frankel Fiduciary Prize. Visit , and follow Bob Monks on Facebook and Twitter. View Guest page

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Kirk J. Nahra

Kirk J. Nahra, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C., specializes in healthcare, privacy, information security and overall compliance litigation and counseling. He is chair of the firm’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of its Health Care Practice. A member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, he is the editor of IAPP's Privacy Advisor. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and serves on the Advisory Board for the Health Law Reporter. He served as the Co-Chair of the Confidentiality, Privacy and Security Workgroup, a public/private panel of experts advising the American Health Information Community on privacy and security issues arising from health information technology. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School, cum laude and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown Univ, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Contact:; 202.719.7335. View Guest page

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Daniel Osorio

Mr. Osorio is the Principal & Portfolio Manager of Andean Capital Management. A Colombian native, he began his career in 1997 at Salomon Brothers (a Citi legacy firm) in New York, and worked for Citi as a Director in their Emerging Market Fixed Income trading division until 2006. He traded Latin American external and local currency denominated debt instruments, focusing on the Andean region. Mr. Osorio has developed excellent private and public sector contacts throughout the region and is director of the Colombian Chapter of the Hedge Fund Association. Mr. Osorio graduated from Duke University in 1997, with a B.A. in Political Science, a minor in Spanish, and a Markets & Management Certificate. Contact: View Guest page

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Olu Oyelade

Olu is the Managing Partner and chairs the Management Investment Committee at InVcap ( She oversees the management of the firm’s private equity and funds and has responsibility for its business development and investment strategy. Her career in the financial industry spans over 20 years’ with extensive experience in Investment Banking, Global transaction banking, Structured Finance and International Trade and Treasury. As Group Executive of Investment management at Intercontinental Group between 2007 and 2009, Olu managed IBG’s fund portfolio of $8bn and had responsibility for Funds investments. As VP, in Treasury & Funds Management she was involved in the development and evaluation of the 5-year strategic plan for the group. She was directly involved in the approval process of more than 250 financial sector investment deals. Olu holds an MBA from the University of Ife and is a graduate of Wharton School’s Advanced Management program, IMD Switzerland’s Business Marketing and Lagos Business School’s (with IESE Spain) Senior Management program. She is a CPD UK certified Advanced Investment Manager. View Guest page

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Lynne Patterson

Based in New York City, Lynne serves as a Pro Mujer Ambassador throughout the US and UK and is a key member of the organization’s Development and Communications team. In 1990, Lynne moved with her family to Bolivia where she met and partnered with Carmen Velasco to develop training programs for women receiving donated food. These programs, in business and child development, and health and family planning, would later become the foundation for Pro Mujer. From 1996 to 2005, Lynne led Pro Mujer’s expansion efforts in Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and Argentina. She also opened the organization’s international headquarters in New York in 1997. Lynne was a finalist for The Guardian’s 2010 “International Development Achievement Award.” In 2009, she was honored by the International Development Bank as a “Woman Microfinance Pioneer in Latin America.” In 2007, Lynne and Carmen were recognized as “Community Crusaders” at the “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” ceremony: View Guest page

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Bryan Pearson

With more than two decades experience developing meaningful customer relationships for some of the world’s leading companies, Bryan Pearson is an internationally recognized expert and author in the fields of enterprise loyalty and coalition marketing. As President of LoyaltyOne, a pioneer in loyalty strategies and measured marketing, he heads six global enterprises, leveraging the knowledge of 120 million customer relationships over 20 years to create relevant communications and enhanced shopper experiences. A sought-after speaker and author of the forthcoming book The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy, Bryan has presented in North and South America, Europe and Asia at such well-known events as Loyalty World, Card Forum and the Economic Club of Canada. He also is a frequent speaker at conferences hosted by the Direct Marketing Association and the Canadian Marketing Association. View Guest page

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Nick Pechet

Nick Pechet has been living and working in Greater China for 11 years. As Managing Director and Head of China for a global management consulting firm with offices in 10 countries, he has advised over one hundred of the Fortune 500 companies on how to compete and grow more successfully in China. Nick holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and a bachelor’s in Finance and International Business from McGill University, Canada. View Guest page

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Edmund Phelps

Edmund Phelps is McVickar Professor of Political Economy at Columbia University and Director of its Center on Capitalism and Society. He was the winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics. His career began with a stint at the RAND Corporation. Back east in 1960, he held positions at Yale and its Cowles Foundation until 1966, then a professorship for five years at Penn. In 1970 he moved to New York and joined Columbia in 1971. Phelps’s work can be seen as a program to put “people as we know them” back into economic models – to take into account the incompleteness of their information and their knowledge and to study the effects of their expectations and beliefs on the workings of markets. He has adopted this perspective in studying unemployment and inclusion, economic growth, business swings and economic dynamism. His most recent book is “Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change.” View Guest page

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Ignacio Ponce de Leon

Ignacio Ponce de Leon Ignacio Ponce de Leon, Director and Chief Operating Officer brings over 30 years of professional experience to Clean Coal Technologies, including over 25 years in Wall Street. He began his professional life in 1979 at the National Planning Department, Presidency of the Republic of Colombia, where he worked on the Carbocol/Exxon joint venture to develop Cerrejon Zona Norte, one of the largest coal mines in the world. He also worked with the team that oversaw the preparation of the National Energy Study, one of Latin America’s most ambitious econometric descriptions of a national energy economy. In 1995, he joined JP Morgan where he formed what became Wall Street’s leading fixed income research team covering corporations globally in Emerging Markets. Ignacio graduated from the London School of Economics (BSc. Econ.) and from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts-Harvard) with an M.A.L.D. degree. View Guest page

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John Price

John Price, Founder, Americas Market Intelligence John Price has practiced market intelligence in emerging markets, most notably Latin America, for the last twenty years. As Managing Director of Americas Market Intelligence, LLC with offices in Miami and Mexico, John serves as a strategic advisor to clients, providing advice on competitive intelligence, market entry strategy, transactional market due diligence, and business risk analysis. John is a recognized regional thought leader in the areas of Latin American business climate and business strategy best practices, has published more than 100 articles and speaks to business audiences around the world about the challenges of competing in emerging markets. In 2007, Mr. Price co-authored and co-edited the book “Can Latin America compete?” published by Palgrave. John is an adjunct professor of international marketing at Florida International University and serves on multiple organizational boards. View Guest page

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Richard Rabbito

Richard Rabbito is the Managing Director of The Overseas Development and Finance Group, a private practice focusing on development of emerging small public and non-public companies, assisting them to their next level of development. He has more than 30 years of business experience, primarily in Paris, London & New York, specializing in the funding, growth and development of companies and businesses. Working with an extensive client base in Europe and the US, he arranges financing, increases investor awareness and facilitates cross-border relationships and strategic alliances for clients for both the U.S. and European market place. Prior to 2000, he was an Associate with private investor, APR Associates, and headed RJR International, negotiating/financing oil contracts to ship owners worldwide. He is a Member of the Harvard Business Investment Group and the Financial Analysts and Money Managers Society and is connected with various foreign consulates to augment business relationships. View Guest page

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Pete Read

Pete Read is an entrepreneur and business consultant specializing in China and the Asia Pacific region. He has lived and worked in Asia for 18 years, and has led hundreds of research and consulting assignments for some of the most successful multinational and Chinese companies, including American Express, China Mobile, Haier, Intel, Samsung and Walt Disney. Pete studied the history, geography and economics of China at the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies and the London School of Economics. View Guest page

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David Robillard

David Robillard is President of MultiLatin Advisors & Background Screening ( and president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico. For over 15 years, he has advise boards of directors & senior managers on matters of business partnering, corporate investigations & risks. Prior to forming Multilatin David held senior management positions with Kroll Associates, an international risk consultancy incl: Country Manager for Spain & Mexico and Deputy Regional Managing Director for Latin America & the Caribbean. He has advised companies on the impact of crime & security on their businesses, directed reputational & FCPA investigations for companies seeking to invest in emerging market and led corporate investigations into mismanagement & financial impropriety for several international companies. David has Diplomas from the Center for Corporate Governance, Mexico City & Harvard Executive Education and an MA in International Management from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. View Guest page

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Victor Hugo Rodriguez

Victor Hugo Rodriguez is the Founder, President and CEO of LatAm Alternatives. Mr. Rodriguez has over 17 years of experience in Management, Sales, Marketing and Business Development within the securities industry in the US-LatAm region. He was Partner and Head of Latin American Prime Brokerage for Merlin Securities (Mid Tier Prime Broker) and Director of Global Institutional Sales at Trade Station Securities (publicly held Corporation: TRAD). Before he worked as Director of Latin America for Terra Nova Trading (now LightSpeed Trading) and in the late 90’s he was the Founder President & CEO of Latin America. He has been a live TV Economics News Anchor and currently serves as the Founding Director of The Hedge Fund Association (HFA) – LatAm Chapter. He lives between NYC, South Florida and Latin America. He is married with two children. View Guest page

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Eduardo (Ed) Rodriguez Jr.

Eduardo (Ed) Rodriguez Jr. BBA, CRS is President & Sr. Global Wealth Manager at PrivateBanx Wealth Management. Ed specializes in providing Cross-Border financial planning services for high-net-worth clients, successful entrepreneurs, professionals and families with an international lifestyle. His clients include people living abroad already, and those planning or considering snowbird retirement or the expatriate lifestyle in the US, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, or Oceania. Contact the Mr. Rodriguez directly at View Guest page

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Stéphane Rosenwald

Stéphane Rosenwald is founder, president and CEO of RV Conseil® (Real Value Consulting®), a Paris/Tunis-based consultancy focusing on competitiveness, strategy and market intelligence. Stéphane specializes in corporate strategy, business models revolutions, value creation, innovation, business development, entrepreneurship, change management and competitive intelligence. An entrepreneur since 1998, he has led SMEs in the USA and Europe (in IT and FMCG). Stéphane has an MBA ESCP Europe and is founder of its Alumni Intelligence Economique & Stratégie Group.

He has contributed to a number of books on entrepreneurship and business intelligence, is co-author of "The Risk Manager and Business Intelligence." He is the co-founder and coach of the Risk Managers permanent Workshop on Business Intelligence. Stéphane teaches at several business schools and Universities in Europe and Africa and is a frequent, guest speaker at international conferences. View Guest page

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Jim Ruszala

As senior director of marketing for Maritz Travel, Jim Ruszala leads the company’s development of new and innovative strategies to help organizations achieve better business value through their meeting, event and incentive travel efforts. A recognized thought leader, advocate and voice for the industry; Mr. Ruszala has contributed and been featured in numerous publications and papers, presented at many industry events, moderated cross-industry panels and supports various business event and incentive travel association groups. View Guest page

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Roger Schagrin

Roger Schagrin is President of Schagrin Associates, an international trade law and lobby firm located in Washington, DC. For over two decades, Mr. Schagrin has represented an array of US manufacturers with a concentration in the metals industry on matters related to trade and competition. He has successfully obtained relief for clients who were impacted by unfair trade practices. In addition, Schagrin Associates has successfully advocated for clients before federal agencies and the US Congress, resulting in the enactment of trade legislation. Mr. Schagrin obtained his Bachelor's of Arts degree from Yale University, graduating magna cum laude with special honors in History, and he obtained his J.D. with a concentration in international law in 1981 from the University of Virginia. View Guest page

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Karen Scharff

Karen Scharff is the Executive Director of Citizen Action of New York, a statewide grassroots organization that empowers New Yorkers to fight for social, economic and racial justice, with a focus on policy change at the state level. CANY, an affiliate of USAction, has 7 regional chapters & affiliates across NYS and mobilizes its 20,000 members on local, state & national issues & elections. It's played a leading role in successful campaigns to expand health coverage in NY, pass the Affordable Care Act, increase education funding, end prison-based gerrymandering, enact fairer taxes, protect Social Security and many other campaigns for justice. CANY’s current campaign is Fair Elections for NY, a drive to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform with public funding of elections at its core. CANY is also active in electing progressive candidates to office. It was a founding member of the Working Families Party; Karen serves as the WFP's co-chair. She has a BA from Harvard University. View Guest page

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Karen Schneider

Karen Schneider A high spirited, kayaking, mother of two & dynamic marketing pioneer, Karen has successfully brought products & services to market for leaders like Citigroup, Philips, & currently Capgemini, a top 5 global consultancy. Responsible for Global Product Marketing & Programs in Financial Services, Karen has built an on/off-shore product marketing function & launched over 36 strategic thought leadership reports. She has established the ‘World Report’ franchise as a brand differentiator with an industry renowned reputation. Properties include the World Payments & World Wealth Reports, co-produced with RBS & RBC Wealth Mgt. Her work in strategic content marketing, campaign demand generation & brand differentiation has led to her current passion: creating dynamic customer experiences by digitally transforming thought leadership. Providing both better client value & more satisfying, interactive exchanges, her work drives sales enablement resulting in multi-million dollar revenue generation. View Guest page

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Ralph Schonenbach

Ralph is the CEO of Trestle Group (Switzerland) and on the Board of Trestle Group Foundation. He has held senior positions with the firms Andersen and Ernst & Young. Over the span of his career, he has established several successful consulting practices with a primary focus in the financial services industry and has advised high-level executives around the world on how to transform the way they manage and deliver services, as well as how to tackle the pressures brought about by resource constraints. Through Trestle Group Foundation, he is passionately involved with providing support to both women and emerging entrepreneurs in developing countries. Ralph frequently speaks at conferences and has authored a variety of publications. Ralph earned a degree in Business Management from Goucher College. Contact:; T: +41 43 500 1743 View Guest page

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Piyush Sharma

Piyush is the co-founder and portfolio manager of Metis Opportunity Fund. Having spent time with Citigroup and Bombay Stock Exchange in India, he moved to United States in 2002, where he covered stocks within Business Services, Autos, Consumer Products and Financials with Sanford Bernstein, Longbow Research, and Avondale Partners, working in teams that received accolades by leading institutional research arbiters , including Institutional Investor (II) and Greenwich Associates. Piyush received an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MS from MNNIT, and BS in Accounting from University of Allahabad. Contact: View Guest page

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Ashutosh Sheshabalaya

Ashutosh Sheshabalaya is the founder of IBSAWorld. He specializes in geopolitical change, risk and opportunity. His clients have included Dow, Shell, BMW, Cypress, UBS and Michelin, as well as banks, VC funds, law firms and official bodies in Europe, the US and India. Sheshabalaya began his career as a journalist, after which he worked for Frost & Sullivan, PwC and the European pharmaceutical industry federation. "Rising Elephant," his bestseller about India, was published in the US, India and Europe in 2004. His subsequent writings, on issues as varied as America's jobless recovery, the impending demise of the Euro and the mirage of BRICS, have been cited widely. Routledge includes Sheshabalaya as an original thinker on the sociology of conflict, in a list of 80 writers beginning with Aristotle. McGraw Hill's 'Exploring Globalization' has a chapter dedicated to his works while an Accenture-sponsored book lists him as one of the 50 Gurus of the 21st century. View Guest page

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Matt Simester

As Managing Director, Matt leads the Auriemma Consulting Group’s UK office where he has responsibility for growing the firm’s footprint in Europe. He has almost 20 years of experience within financial services and he has built a reputation as an outstanding strategist who is able to use his operational, sales, marketing distribution, and product P&L skills to develop and implement strategies that deliver high value returns. Matt has been responsible for marketing and product management at the Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank, VP of Marketing at Affinion and variously Managing Director of a Barclaycard JV and Head of Value Added Services at Barclaycard Business. Matt has a BA (Hons) from Anglia Ruskin University and is a member of the Institute of Direct Marketing. ACG: View Guest page

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Dana Brice Smith

Dana Brice Smith is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Trestle Group Foundation. A senior international executive with more than eighteen years of experience in nonprofit leadership, government relations, public affairs, media relations and strategic communications, Dana has served and worked with government, business and organizational leaders at the highest levels. He has developed and implemented award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives. Dana is a skilled spokesperson with proven ability to communicate to a variety of audiences including corporate executives, thought leaders, media representatives and volunteers. Prior to joining Trestle Group, Dana worked on behalf of a broad range of clients including nonprofit organizations, Fortune 100 companies, and industry trade groups. As a Director within the overall Trestle Group, Dana supports corporate clients in the development and implementation of strategic communications and change management strategies. Dana earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University, USA. View Guest page

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Roy Stephenson

The founder and owner of Strategic Planning and Marketing (, Roy has more than 25 years in the payment card industry. While at American Express Roy launched its highly successful global commercial card business and currently advises both associations and issuers on developing business, corporate and fleet card programs. As consultant to MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and AmEx, he works with issuers worldwide on Personal, Business, and Corporate card assignments, strategy reviews, profitability improvement, and strengthening their relationships with retail banking networks. Loyalty initiatives have included feasibility studies and business start-ups for Air Miles coalition programs and audits of rewards programs for issuers across the globe. He also advises airlines on their FF programs. Roy is the author of Marketing Planning for Financial Services (Gower Publishing). He has an MA in Management Studies and is a Director of Pepper Consultants Ltd. View Guest page

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Paula Stern

A former chairwoman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the Honorable Paula Stern leads The Stern Group, Inc.’s practice serving national and multinational companies and organizations on business, political and technological issues that affect their competitiveness in a global economy (The Stern Group, Inc). Dr. Stern is a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council, the Boards of the Committee for Economic Development, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Boards of Avon Products, Inc. and RAC, Inc., and the International Advisory Boards of Lafarge. Dr. Stern counseled the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TBD) at its inception; she also was the working chair of the TBD's Transatlantic Advisory Committee on Standards, Certification, and Regulatory Policy. View Guest page

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Massimo Sterpi

Massimo Sterpi Massimo is specialized in intellectual property and has substantial experience in transactional matters and litigation on trademarks, designs, copyright and patents. He advises on complex issues involving IP rights, new technologies and media. He has litigated 100s of infringement cases, most involving famous brands, designs, patents and copyrights, before national and international courts. A passionate art collector, he has also developed a renowned art law practice, representing world famous artists, institutions and collectors. In 2011 he was voted "Italian IP lawyer of the Year" by the renowned legal magazine, Top Legal. He is a contributor to many publications and a frequent speaker at international conferences. Massimo is included in WIPO's lists of IP Arbitration & Mediation and Art & Cultural Heritage neutrals. He is a Council Member of Marques (Assn of European Trade Mark Owners) and President of the Internat'l Bar Assn’s Committee on Art, Heritage Law & Cultural Institutions. View Guest page

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Nate Suppaiah

Nate Suppaiah is the Director of EMIA (, the Emerging Market Investors’ Association as well as managing editor of Alternative Emerging Investor, He began his career as a wilderness paramedic. He turned to economics after covering China's acceptance into the WTO for The Economist (Beijing). In 2004 he joined Oppenheimer’s Chicago office as an associate broker, then returned to China as a management consultant for a German firm specializing in strategic entry analysis & due diligence. In 2007 he moved to Buenos Aires, launching CapRG. He has a degree in finance from Univ of Loyola(Chicago)& Masters from the Univ of Buenos Aires (Int'l Econ Relations)and the Univ of Bologna (Development, Innovation & Change) View Guest page

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Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr Teachout is a constitutional law professor and organizer who is running for governor of New York. Teachout is best known for her efforts to limit the influence of money on politics. Her arguments were cited in the Citizens United case by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She is one of the leading legal experts on corruption. She has worked on political campaigns at every level. She was head of online organizing for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. After the market crash of 2008, Teachout co-founded a group dedicated to breaking the power of Wall Street banks. After graduating law school at Duke, Teachout founded a criminal defense non-profit in Durham, NC, where she helped lead the fight against the death penalty. It was during these years Zephyr came to understand that lawmaking is not a science but rather a moral and political art. View Guest page

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Alan Tonelson

ALAN TONELSON is a Research Fellow at the U.S. Business & Industrial Council Educational Foundation, a Washington research organization studying U.S. economic, technology, and national security policy. His new book, The Race to the Bottom: Why A Global Worker Surplus and Uncontrolled Free Trade are Sinking American Living Standards, was recently published by Westview Press. Tonelson's articles on American politics, foreign policy, globalization, and technology policy have appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, The Harvard Business Review, The Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, and Issues in Science and Technology, as well as in several anthologies. In addition, Tonelson appears often on radio and television networks and programs, including The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, The Diane Rehm Show, The Nightly Business Report, CNN, TalkAmerica, and Global Economic Media. He is co-editor of Powernomics: Economics and Strategy after the Cold War (Economic Strategy Institute and Madison Books), and author of "Made in China? America's Failed Trade Policies towards the People's Republic" and "Giving America the Business: The Business Roundtable's Shoddy Case for Corporate-Driven Trade Policies," both published by the USBIC Educational Foundation. Tonelson has testified before the Senate Commerce Committee, the Congressional Trade Deficit Review Commission, and the Congressional China Security Review Commission. And he has lectured at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute, The National Defense University, the Woodrow Wilson Center, Columbia University, Harvard University, The University of Virginia, the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University, The College of William & Mary, the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at San Diego, the University of San Francisco, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, Boston University, the David Sarnoff Research Center, George Washington University, The American University, the World Affairs Councils of Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Hampton Roads (Va.), the Universities of East Anglia, Sussex, and Kent, and Bonn, and many other fora. His previous positions include Fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute and Associate Editor of Foreign Policy. Tonelson received a B.A. in history with highest honors from Princeton University in 1975. A native of New York City, he currently resides in Washington, D.C. View Guest page

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is an assistant professor, teaching Election Law, Corporate Governance, and Constitutional Law at Stetson University College of Law, following a stint as Counsel in the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. She was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP & a staffer for Sen. Richard Durbin. She has testified before Congress and helped draft legislation & Supreme Court briefs. She has been published and quoted in a several law and public policy reviews, as well as in the international/national business press, television and electronic media. She is on the 2013 Lawyer of Color's "50 Under 50" list of minority law professors making an impact in legal education. She is a Brennan Center Fellow and a member of the Bd of Directors of the National Institute on Money in State Politics. A graduate of Harvard (AB) and Columbia Law School (JD), in 2014, she received Stetson’s Dickerson-Brown Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship. View Guest page

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David True

David True is the Managing Director. Broadly Curious Advisors and President of NYPAY. In addition to leading a payment networking group and his own consulting firm, David is an EVP at MCAworks, a marketing consultancy. Most of his current work involves projects in prepaid, loyalty, and mobile areas. He has over 20 years of experience in payments comprising marketing, new product, sales, operations and finance. He has worked with both large and small firms, domestically and internationally. He has a passion for new technologies and their commercial application as well as connecting dots to unlock value in an organization. In addition to consulting, David has worked at MasterCard Worldwide, American Express, and Neu Europa, a German investment firm. David received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BA from Binghamton University. He has done coursework at the Universities of Copenhagen, Denmark and Grenoble, France. Contact: View Guest page

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Sanford J. Ungar

Sanford J. Ungar became President of Goucher College in 2001. Goucher is a liberal arts college in Baltimore and the only US college that requires study abroad. Prior to Goucher, Ungar was Director of the Voice of America for two years. From 1986 to 1999, he was Dean of American University’s School of Communication. He wrote Fresh Blood: The New American Immigrants. His The Papers & The Papers: An Account of the Legal and Political Battle over the Pentagon Papers, won the George Polk Award in 1973, and Africa: The People and Politics of an Emerging Continent was a best seller in the 1980s. From 1980 to 1983, he hosted several NPR programs, including "All Things Considered." He was Washington editor of The Atlantic, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, and staff writer for The Washington Post. He was a correspondent for UPI in Paris and Newsweek in Nairobi. Ungar earned a B.A. in Government from Harvard and a M.A. in International History from the London School of Economics. View Guest page

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Randy Vanderhoof

Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Directory, Smart Card Alliance Randy Vanderhoof is the Executive Director of the Smart Card Alliance, a not-for-profit, multi-industry association of over 180 firms working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of smart card technology in the Americas. Under his leadership the Alliance has become an international, multi-industry organization that helps stimulate the rapid adoption of all forms of smart cards and devices for electronic payments and digital security applications. In 2008, Security Magazine named him one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was with IBM Global Smart Card Solutions. Before that was VP of Business Development with First Access, Inc. a developer of contactless smart card technology for network access security and authentication. From 1995 to 2000, he was at Schlumberger (now Gemalto) as Market Segment Manager, Campus Solutions supporting smart card–based ID and payment systems. Contact: View Guest page

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David Vletas

David Vletas, Founder, President, and CEO 9 ( ) was born in Abilene, Texas, into an Oil family: his grandfather was a renowned Oil man who made his name in the late 40s, while his father was a lawyer and his mother an operator in the industry. He went on to study geology in college, attending the Colorado School of Mines and graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, where he focused on high-level petroleum engineering, specializing in well drilling and completion. In the meantime, as a 19-year-old, he also got his first experience in the field as a “roughneck” in Colorado. Upon graduating David worked for the family business in Abilene for three years and, in 1988, set out on his own as an independent consultant and operator. Since then, he has operated hundreds of wells, received farmouts from the likes of Texaco and Exxon, and consulted numerous clients on every aspect of E&P, including prospecting, acquisitions, financing, drilling and well completion, and divestiture. View Guest page

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Barry Wauldron

Barry Wauldron holds degrees in earth science and urban planning from Eastern Michigan University and is a faculty member at University of Michigan-Dearborn, teaching courses in urban and cultural geography. Areas of interest include energy, transportation and infrastructure, and rebuilding local food systems. Mr. Wauldron is working to build an incubator farm project as a place where new farmers can access affordable land to practice and establish their businesses. He also serves on the Board of the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy, working to protect farmland and wildlife habitat in the region. Contact: View Guest page

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Charles A. “Chad” Weinstein

Charles A. “Chad” Weinstein is president of Ethical Leaders in Action, LLC ( and author of Thinking Aloud: Reflections on Ethical Leadership. He provides leadership development and strategic consulting to public safety, health care, and business organizations. Weinstein is a frequent presenter at conferences, seminars, and events. Prior to establishing Ethical Leaders in Action he founded the Hill Center for Ethical Business Leadership, a division of the James J Hill library. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Chad has been an educator, manager and consultant for more than 20 years serving industries ranging from consumer products, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals to mining and petroleum extraction. Most recently he led teams and organizations in market and technology consulting as vice president of client services for Guideline, Inc. Chad holds a Ph.D. in ethics (philosophy) from the University of Minnesota. View Guest page

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John R. West

With 18 years of global management consulting experience, John is currently a member of the AmAsia3 Consortium. He works with organizations to objectively assess needs for improvement in leadership, strategic planning, customer focus and overall organization results. He uses his expertise to help implement agreed upon improvement solutions. His specialties include continuous improvement, customer satisfaction, improvement teams, measurement systems, and workshop facilitation. He has worked with Buckman Laboratories, MashreqBank (UAE), and US VP Gore's National Performance Review Committee. Other clients have included Swissair, AB Electrolux (Italy), KPMG Peat Marwick, Memphis City Schools, and the Dubai Port Authority. Prior to consulting, John was Assistant to the COO at FedEx where he planned, organized, and controlled the corporate-wide quality improvement process that won it the USA Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. View Guest page

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Dr. Lyal White

Dr. Lyal White is the director of the Centre for Dynamic Markets at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, where he is also a senior lecturer focusing on political economy and strategic thinking in Africa, Asia and Latin America. As Director for the CDM he drives research and learning in Dynamic Markets at GIBS. He also heads up the CDM Africa office in Nairobi where he spends 50% of his time. He is widely published in news media and academic journals. He has worked in a range of sectors and with various private and government organizations across the globe covering themes from investment rationale, leadership and competitiveness in Dynamic Markets to reform, growth and development in Africa and Latin America. He is coordinating research and dialogue geared toward improving Africa’s political and commercial relations with Latin America and understanding the role of emerging powers and new dynamic markets in Africa and the world Contact: View Guest page

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Ian Williams

Liverpool born, New York based author & broadcaster Ian Williams has been covering international politics, business and finance for more than two decades and has reported from around fifty countries, ranging from Kazakhstan to Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and the Caribbean. His books include “Rum: A Social & Sociable History” and he is currently working on “A Global History of Tequila & Mezcal,” hence a continuing interest in spirits branding that has led to other premium brands. His Speculator column, in Investor Relations magazine takes an offbeat look at economics and business and he has also been a regular contributor to FTSE Global Markets and Emerging Markets Report, China Economic Review and the Asia Times, covering macroeconomic and development issues and business. His bylines range from the Baptist Times to Penthouse and Hustler, taking in the Financial Times and others on the way with TV credits including Good Morning America, O’Reilly, Cavuto, & Velshi. Tweet: #deadlinepundit View Guest page

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Scott Wren

Scott is the Senior Equity Strategist for Wells Fargo Advisors. He is part of a collaborative effort by representatives of a number of the firm's research departments to analyze the current situation and outlook for the economy and financial markets. As an Equity Strategist, his responsibilities include overall equity strategy and guidance recommendations to retail and institutional clients, as well as analysis and selection of stocks in the Focus Portfolio. Scott also serves on the firm’s Asset Allocation Committee. Scott has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and serves on the firm's Investment Strategy Committee. Prior to joining A.G. Edwards (a processor firm of Wells Fargo Advisors) in 1998, he was employed by The Boatmen's National Bank of St. Louis as a Senior Foreign Exchange Dealer. Scott began his career in the financial services industry working on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1980. View Guest page

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Tim Wu

Tim Wu is best known for his work on Net Neutrality theory and as a force in the fight for free and open networks and economies. He is author of “The Master Switch,” “Network Neutrality,” & “Broadband Discrimination.” Wu is a policy advocate and professor at Columbia Law School, who is currently seeking the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor of New York alongside, Zephyr Teachout. He writes also about private power, free speech, copyright and antitrust. In 2013 he was named one of America's 100 Most Influential Lawyers; He is a fellow at the New America Foundation, and contributing editor at The New Republic. He previously served as a senior advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, Chair of Media reform group Free Press, as a fellow at Google, and worked for Riverstone Networks in the telecom industry. He was a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner and Justice Stephen Breyer. He graduated from McGill University (B.Sc.), and Harvard Law School.; View Guest page

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Casey Xiao-Morris

Casey Xiao-Morris, founder and owner of Leverage China, LLC, was born and raised in the city of Dalian, Liaoning Province, China. She came to the US 15 years ago and completed her MBA at California State University. With 21 years of experience in connecting the Chinese and American markets, Casey understands how business works in China and in the U.S. She’s knows how to close gaps to build strong, lasting partnerships between companies. Casey focuses her effort to ensure her customer’s market entry is expedited, seamless and successful. As a China business strategist, Ms. Xiao-Morris has helps organizations as follows: IMPORT: global sourcing, sales management, JIT delivery, supply chain/logistics and QA; EXPORT: market entry strategies, local partnership development. Past customers have included Disney, Sonos, Costco, Sam’s Club, Sharper Image and Best Buy. Contact:; View Guest page

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Dr. Thomas D. Zweifel

Dr. Thomas D. Zweifel is Partner & Managing Director at Manres AG, Leaders in transformation. As a global executive, management consultant and leadership professor, Dr. Zweifel has lived on four continents and helped managers in over 100 countries align on strategy and cause breakthrough results. Dr. Zweifel teaches leadership at Columbia and St. Gallen Universities and is the author of six leadership books, including Communicate or Die, Leadership in 100 Days, and The Rabbi and the CEO (with Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin), short-listed for the National Jewish Book Award and Foreword Book of the Year. He lives in Zurich with his wife and their two daughters. View Guest page

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