Willem de Vogel
Willem de Vogel was born in The Netherlands and was schooled there and in Wales. He graduated with a Licence es Sciences Politiques from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva and an MBA from The University of Chicago. After a short period with a major bank, Willem was asked to start the Private Equity activity of Three Cities Research, Inc. Willem led that activity until 2004, when he became the Senior Partner. He fully retired in 2013. Willem has served on many corporate boards in the U.S. and in Europe. He also has served and continues to serve on a number of not-for-profit boards. He is an avid outdoorsman and lives in Florida.
Matthew Bryza just completed a 23-year career as a U.S. diplomat, over half of which was spent at the center of policy-making and international negotiations on major energy infrastructure projects and regional conflicts in Eurasia. His most recent assignment was as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan from February 2011 to January 2012. Between 2005 and 2009, Bryza served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for Eurasian Energy, the South Caucasus, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Bryza simultaneously served as the U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE’s Minsk Group mediating the Karabakh conflict, and as U.S. mediator of the Cyprus, South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts. From 2001 to 2005, Bryza served in the White House as Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff. His responsibilities included Eurasian energy, the South Caucasus, Central Asia and political Islam in Eurasia. Previous assignments include Deputy to the Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Energy, Advisor on Economic Reform in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, and Russia Desk Officer at the State Department, as well as Political Officer at the U.S. Missions to Russia (1995-97) and Poland (1989-91). Currently Ambassador Bryza resides in Istanbul, Turkey, where he also works as a consultant on business and democratic development and is a board member of several private companies.
Dr. Michael Carpenter is Senior Director of the Penn Biden Center. Carpenter is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Balkans and Conventional Arms Control.
Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Carpenter served in the White House as a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Biden and as Director for Russia at the National Security Council. Previously, he was a career Foreign Service Officer with the State Department, where he worked in a number of different positions, including Deputy Director of the Office of Russian Affairs, Speechwriter to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, and Advisor on the South Caucasus. Carpenter also served abroad at the U.S. Embassies in Poland, Slovenia, and Barbados. During his career at the State Department, Carpenter received four Superior Honor Awards and three Meritorious Honor Awards.
Carpenter holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Polish Academy of Sciences and has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, MacArthur Foundation, and IREX Foundation for his academic research.
James G. Gidwitz
Patrick W. Gross
Pat Gross is chairman of The Lovell Group, a business and technology advisory and investment firm he formed after stepping down as chairman of the executive committee of American Management Systems, Inc. (AMS) in 2002. AMS is a billion dollar revenue consulting and IT services firm which he founded with four colleagues in 1970. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the firm assisting with major client engagements and relationships.
Michael V. Hayden, General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
General Michael V. Hayden (USAF Ret.) served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009 and was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries, producing timely analysis for decision makers, and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the United States. Before becoming Director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence – and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National Security Agency from 1999 to 2005, and Chief of the Central Security Service. General Hayden graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 and a master’s degree in modern American history in 1969. He was a distinguished graduate of the university’s ROTC program, and began his active military service in 1969. General Hayden is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group in Washington DC.
Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for more than thirty years. He is currently a tenured professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC. Professor Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND’s Washington, D.C. Office. From 2001 to 2004, he served as RAND’s Vice President for External Affairs and in 2004 he also was Acting Director of RAND’s Center for Middle East Public Policy.
Michael E. Kavoukjian
Michael E. Kavoukjian is a partner of the international law firm White & Case and chairman of the firm’s Global Private Clients Group. The Firm played a central role in the privatization of Eastern Europe after the Cold War. Mr. Kavoukjian represents leading families and financial institutions worldwide in estate planning and fiduciary litigation. From 1994 to 1998 he was on leave to the U.S. government, where his duties included acting as special adviser to the U.S. Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Kavoukjian holds an AB from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Timothy Keating, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Admiral Timothy Keating is a highly decorated, retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy and the former Commander of the United States Pacific Command (CINCPAC), where he worked to preserve the security of our nation across the Asia-Pacific region. Previously he served as Commander of the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), responsible for protecting the United States homeland and providing support to federal, state and local officials in times of crisis. During this same time, he also served as Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), providing aerospace warning, air sovereignty and defense for the United States and Canada.
John P. Oswald
John P. Oswald is the President and CEO of the Capital Trust Group, an international merchant/investment bank with offices in London, New York, Washington, D.C., Dubai and Beirut. He is responsible for the U.S. operations of the Group and its worldwide investment banking operations. His responsibilities have included managing a number of private equity funds, both in the U.S. and European markets, which have focused on mezzanine and equity investments in middle market, private and public companies. Mr. Oswald has also managed an extensive portfolio of real estate, comprised of office/retail space primarily in suburban areas, in the U.S, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Capital Trust in 1993, John was a partner in the international law firm of Lord Day & Lord. He began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. and is a certified public accountant.
Mr. Oswald is also the Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of Agrisecura Partners, a company formed to invest in ethical solutions for food security, and is the Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of Secura Capital, an advisory firm that advises clients in strategic capital rising. He is a limited partner in Venture Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic investment organization that helps leaders build strong, high-performing nonprofit institutions. It concentrates money, expertise, and personal contacts to improve the lives and boost the opportunities of children and youth of low-income families in the National Capital Region. He is a member of the International Board of Directors of Best Buddies and a Director of the INOVA Hospital Foundation and its strategic planning committee.
William B. Richards
William B. Richards is Managing Partner of WBR Advisors LLC, which provides strategic advice to financial firms. He has a 40–year career on Wall Street that began in 1973. Mr. Richards has been involved with hedge funds since 1983, when he met Julian H. Robertson, Jr. of Tiger Management. Most recently, he managed relationships with hedge funds for a global investment bank. In addition to his finance and hedge fund work, he is also Professor with Distinction in the Masters of Finance program at I.E. University in Madrid, Spain, which is ranked third highest in the world. Mr. Richards served as an Infantry Lieutenant during the Vietnam War. He spoke Vietnamese and was an advisor to the Vietnamese military on the border of Cambodia. He is currently Chairman of the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF), the largest private funder of research into Cerebral Palsy, where Paul A. Volcker also serves as Chairman Emeritus.
Scott Robins is a serial entrepreneur who currently is the CEO of Virtual Procurement Services (VPS), which he founded in 2009. Virtual Procurement Services combines predictive analytic data and proprietary processes to help enterprises and governments in the US, Asia, and the Caribbean to recover money already spent on technology assets as well as reduce the cost of their acquisition. VPS is considered a pioneer in the augmented analytic space and was one of the first profitable companies in the United States to leverage predictive analytic data and processes.
Prior to founding VPS, Mr. Robins started and ran successful companies in the fields of hospitality, advertising, and technology. Currently residing in Westport, Connecticut, Mr. Robins and his wife enjoy volunteering their time and serving on the boards of many non-profit organizations.
Clinton I. Smullyan
Clinton I. Smullyan is the Chairman and CEO of Mosbacher Properties Group LLC, which is involved in real property development, ownership and management.
Brig. Gen. (ret.) Robert Spalding
Robert Spalding retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Brigadier General, after more than 25 years of service. He was a China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, as well as a senior defense official and defense attaché to China. As Senior Director for Strategy to the President, he was the chief architect of the framework for national competition in the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy. He is the author of the recently released book Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept.
During his time with the military, Spalding developed a keen understanding of the Chinese Communist Party’s political and economic influence in the areas of finance, trade, investment, manufacturing and the Internet, as well as earned praise for his ability to forecast global trends and develop innovative solutions. His unique military service, coupled with an academic background in quantitative and geopolitical risk, has enabled him to understand risk associated with today’s rapidly changing business environment and help identify opportunities in global markets.
Spalding holds a doctorate in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He was a distinguished graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, and is fluent in Chinese Mandarin.
Michelle Van Cleave
Michelle Van Cleave, a member of Jamestown’s Board of Directors, served as the National Counterintelligence Executive under President George W. Bush. As the head of U.S. counterintelligence, she was responsible for providing strategic direction to and ensuring the integration of counterintelligence activities across the federal government. She has also held senior staff positions in the Congress, including staff director of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information, Minority Counsel to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, and professional staff member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations; and in the White House, where she was Assistant Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. A lawyer and consultant in private life, she is currently a principal with the Jack Kemp Foundation, helping to establish and manage programs to develop, engage and recognize exceptional leaders.
Dr. Michael Vickers is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top national security professionals, with unprecedented senior tenure across Republican and Democratic administrations. He was a key operational strategist for the two great wars of our time: the operation in the 1980s to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan that helped bring an end to the Cold War – the largest and most successful covert action program in the history of the CIA – and the ongoing war with al-Qa’ida. He played a major policy and planning role in the operation that killed Usama bin Ladin.
From January 2011 to May 2015, Vickers served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise, an $80 billion, 180,000-person, global operation that includes the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, Defense Security Service, and the intelligence components of the Military Services and Combatant Commands. As the USD(I), he conceived and led a comprehensive transformation of defense intelligence capabilities.
From 2007 to 2011, he served as the first and only Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities. As the ASD SO/LIC&IC, Vickers served as the “Service” Secretary for all Special Operations Forces – a 70,000-person, $10 billion enterprise with personnel deployed in 90 countries – and had policy oversight of all of DoD’s core operational capabilities – strategic forces (nuclear forces, missile defense, space, cyber), conventional forces (air, ground and maritime), and Special Operations Forces. He conceived and led the largest expansion of Special Operations Forces in our nation’s history.
Earlier, during the nearly decade and a half that spanned the operational phase of his career, he served as a Special Forces Non-Commissioned Officer, Special Forces Officer and CIA Operations Officer, and had operational and combat experience in Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia. As the principal strategist for the multi-billion dollar effort that defeated the Red Army in Afghanistan, Vickers oversaw the policy, operations, training, and logistics of a covert enterprise that spanned several continents.
Dr. Vickers has received the nation’s highest awards in the fields of intelligence and defense, including the Presidential National Security Medal. He holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins, an MBA from the Wharton School, and a B.A. from the University of Alabama.
He is currently working on a memoir of his career, to be published by Knopf in 2018. He is an executive vice president with In-Q-Tel, the Intelligence Community’s strategic investment arm, a senior advisor to the Boston Consulting Group, and a principal with the Telemus Group. He also serves on several corporate, government and non-profit boards.
Arthur Waldron has been the Lauder Professor of International Relations in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, since 1997. He works mostly on the history of Asia, China in particular; the problem of nationalism, and the study of war and violence in history. Educated at Harvard (A.B. ’71 summa cum laude Valedictorian, PhD ’81) and in Asia where he lived for four years before returning to Harvard. He previously taught at Princeton University, the U.S. Naval War College (Newport, RI) and Brown University. His publications include The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth (1989) also in Chinese and Italian; The Modernization of Inner Asia (1991); How the Peace Was Lost: The 1935 Memorandum “Developments Affecting American Policy in the Far East” Prepared for the State Department by John Van Antwerp MacMurray (1992) also in Japanese; From War to Nationalism: China’s Turning Point, 1924-1925 (1995) also in Chinese, and (with Daniel Moran) The People in Arms: Military Myth and National Mobilization since the French Revolution (2003). His latest book, The Chinese should appear in 2015. In addition he has fourteen articles in peer reviewed journals, ten chapters in books, and two edited volumes in Chinese, as well numerous scholarly and popular reviews and journalistic essays. In government, he served as one of twelve members of the highly-classified Tilelli Commission (2000-2001), which evaluated the China operations of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was also an original member of the Congressionally-mandated U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission (2001-2003). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.. A regular traveler, he has visited some fifty countries, in Asia and beyond. He has lectured all over the worlds, including Europe, Russia (in Russian), Japan, and Australia. Born in Boston in 1948, Professor Waldron married the former Xiaowei Yü (Born Beijing) in 1988. With their two sons they live in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.