Chair of the Advisory Council

Lily Sarafan   //   President, Home Care Assistance

Lily SarafanLily Sarafan is co-founder and CEO of Home Care Assistance, the leading consumer health company in the $100B in-home care market with a mission to change the way the world ages. Under Lily’s leadership, HCA has grown from Silicon Valley startup to industry champion and today employs more than 6,000 team members across 150 markets. The company is consistently recognized as an employer of choice, best-in-class consumer product, and one of the fastest growing companies in the world, and Lily as a featured expert on digital health and innovation in aging at the White House and global conferences. Lily led the successful consumer exit of HCA, paving the way for significant investment in and attention to the senior care space. For her leadership at the helm of HCA, Lily has been honored as Women Health Care Executives’ 2016 Woman of the Year and Ernst & Young’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year. Lily is an active investor and advisor to startups and venture capital firms and a mentor at 500 Startups and StartX. She is also co-founder and Executive Chairwoman of Porcelane, a health tech startup pioneering house call dentistry. Alongside corporate board seats and membership in such organizations as YPO and Chatham House, Lily serves on the boards of several high-impact nonprofits including the Stanford Alumni Association and the National Iranian American Council. One of Silicon Valley’s 40 Under 40, Lily has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Newsweek and Inc. She holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and B.S. in Science Technology and Society with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from Stanford University, where she was Eben Tisdale Fellow and Class President.

Lily Sarafan

Lily Sarafan

President, Home Care Assistance

Lily Sarafan is co-founder and CEO of Home Care Assistance, the leading consumer health company in the $100B in-home care market with a mission to change the way the world ages. Under Lily’s leadership, HCA has grown from Silicon Valley startup to industry champion and today employs more than 6,000 team members across 150 markets. The company is consistently recognized as an employer of choice, best-in-class consumer product, and one of the fastest growing companies in the world, and Lily as a featured expert on digital health and innovation in aging at the White House and global conferences. Lily led the successful consumer exit of HCA, paving the way for significant investment in and attention to the senior care space. For her leadership at the helm of HCA, Lily has been honored as Women Health Care Executives’ 2016 Woman of the Year and Ernst & Young’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year. Lily is an active investor and advisor to startups and venture capital firms and a mentor at 500 Startups and StartX. She is also co-founder and Executive Chairwoman of Porcelane, a health tech startup pioneering house call dentistry. Alongside corporate board seats and membership in such organizations as YPO and Chatham House, Lily serves on the boards of several high-impact nonprofits including the Stanford Alumni Association and the National Iranian American Council. One of Silicon Valley’s 40 Under 40, Lily has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Newsweek and Inc. She holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and B.S. in Science Technology and Society with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from Stanford University, where she was Eben Tisdale Fellow and Class President.

Advisory Council

Hossein Askari   //   Professor, George Washington University

Hossein AskariMr. Askari is Professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University. He has been on the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund, and was Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia. He has written extensively on economic development in the Middle East, Islamic economics and finance, international trade and finance, agricultural economics, oil economics and on economic sanctions, including sixteen books, six monographs, over one hundred refereed journal articles and numerous chapters in books. He has also written over two hundred opinion pieces in the NYT, WP, LAT, IHT, etc.

Hossein Askari

Hossein Askari

Professor, George Washington University

Mr. Askari is Professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University. He has been on the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund, and was Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia. He has written extensively on economic development in the Middle East, Islamic economics and finance, international trade and finance, agricultural economics, oil economics and on economic sanctions, including sixteen books, six monographs, over one hundred refereed journal articles and numerous chapters in books. He has also written over two hundred opinion pieces in the NYT, WP, LAT, IHT, etc.

Robert Babayi   //   Managing Partner, Vector IP Law Group

Robert BabayiRobert Babayi is the managing partner of Vector IP Law Group, an IP boutique with offices in Washington DC. Robert pursued a career in intellectual property law, when he joined Motorola’s patent department in 1988. He was in-house patent counsel in charge of IBM’s PC Server and has represented Eriksson . Robert later joined Venable LLP, an AM-100 law firm, and left the firm as a partner after 14 years to found the Vector IP Law Group, where he manages world wide IP portfolios, conducts licensing and provides corporate and IP counseling. Robert counsels a wide range of clients on validity, enforceability and infringement of patents, and provides strategic advice on the relevance, strength and value of patents to commercial markets. With a passion for entrepreneurship, Robert also helps startup companies in obtaining valuable patents for new technologies and helps with venture funding at early stages. Robert has prepared, prosecuted and brought to grant several hundred U.S. and foreign patents in many technologies. In 2000, Robert co-founded the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and has served as its President. Robert worked with the State Department on multiple people-to-people exchanges under the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) that brought to the US prominent Iranian lawyers ranging from a school dean, professors of various Iranian law schools, in-house counsel and private attorneys. He is congressionally recognized for his contributions as a board member and the first general counsel of the Nowruz Commission, and is active in a number of Iranian American organizations such as PAAIA. He currently sits on the Board of iBridges and acts as a liaison between UC Berkeley and the State Department on hi-technology and energy related conferences held publicly in the US and abroad. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology form Florida International University and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law.

Robert Babayi

Robert Babayi

Managing Partner, Vector IP Law Group

Robert Babayi is the managing partner of Vector IP Law Group, an IP boutique with offices in Washington DC. Robert pursued a career in intellectual property law, when he joined Motorola’s patent department in 1988. He was in-house patent counsel in charge of IBM’s PC Server and has represented Eriksson . Robert later joined Venable LLP, an AM-100 law firm, and left the firm as a partner after 14 years to found the Vector IP Law Group, where he manages world wide IP portfolios, conducts licensing and provides corporate and IP counseling. Robert counsels a wide range of clients on validity, enforceability and infringement of patents, and provides strategic advice on the relevance, strength and value of patents to commercial markets. With a passion for entrepreneurship, Robert also helps startup companies in obtaining valuable patents for new technologies and helps with venture funding at early stages. Robert has prepared, prosecuted and brought to grant several hundred U.S. and foreign patents in many technologies. In 2000, Robert co-founded the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and has served as its President. Robert worked with the State Department on multiple people-to-people exchanges under the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) that brought to the US prominent Iranian lawyers ranging from a school dean, professors of various Iranian law schools, in-house counsel and private attorneys. He is congressionally recognized for his contributions as a board member and the first general counsel of the Nowruz Commission, and is active in a number of Iranian American organizations such as PAAIA. He currently sits on the Board of iBridges and acts as a liaison between UC Berkeley and the State Department on hi-technology and energy related conferences held publicly in the US and abroad. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology form Florida International University and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law.

Stephan Chambers   //   Chairman, Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Stephan ChambersStephan Chambers is Director of International Strategy at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and a senior research fellow at Lincoln College. He is also Chairman of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, which he helped to found and sits on the advisory board of Princeton University Press. He was previously Oxford’s MBA director and also Executive MBA director and chairman of IWA Publishing. He began his career in publishing, working at Blackwell Publishers as commissioning editor, new business development director, editorial director, acting chief executive of Blackwell’s US company, chairman of the joint venture company NCC Blackwell, and a member of the publishing company’s main board. He is married with two daughters.

Stephan Chambers

Stephan Chambers

Chairman, Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Stephan Chambers is Director of International Strategy at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and a senior research fellow at Lincoln College. He is also Chairman of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, which he helped to found and sits on the advisory board of Princeton University Press. He was previously Oxford’s MBA director and also Executive MBA director and chairman of IWA Publishing. He began his career in publishing, working at Blackwell Publishers as commissioning editor, new business development director, editorial director, acting chief executive of Blackwell’s US company, chairman of the joint venture company NCC Blackwell, and a member of the publishing company’s main board. He is married with two daughters.

Allen Collinsworth   //   President, Fara Group

Allen CollinsworthAllen Collinsworth is a Fellow in the EastWest Institute’s Worldwide Security Initiative. He is the President and Founder of Fara Group, Inc., a frontier project management organization employing Turkey’s manufacturing base and human resources to projects in the Middle East and Central Asia. He also hosts Corridor39, a television program on geopolitical trends shaping this region’s economic development. Collinsworth is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, and received his MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Allen Collinsworth

Allen Collinsworth

President, Fara Group

Allen Collinsworth is a Fellow in the EastWest Institute’s Worldwide Security Initiative. He is the President and Founder of Fara Group, Inc., a frontier project management organization employing Turkey’s manufacturing base and human resources to projects in the Middle East and Central Asia. He also hosts Corridor39, a television program on geopolitical trends shaping this region’s economic development. Collinsworth is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, and received his MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Mustafa Ergen   //   Founder, MiSONE

Mustafa ErgenMustafa Ergen is founder at MiSONE and adjunct associate professor in Koç University. Previously, Mustafa was executive in Turk Telekom Group. Before joining, He co-founded WiChorus Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up focusing on 4G LTE & WiMAX mobile broadband infrastructure and core gateways. The company was founded in 2005 and acquired in 2009 by Tellabs for $200 million following four up-rounds with tier-1 venture backing by Redpoint, Accel, Mayfield, and Pinnacle Ventures. He was a member of National Semiconductor Labs and was named a National Semiconductor Fellow at the University of California-Berkeley, where he co-founded the Distributed Sensing Lab, focusing on statistical sensor intelligence and vehicular communication. Doç. Dr. Ergen has more than 38 patent applications, many publications and authored three books: “Mobile Broadband – Including WiMAX and LTE” and “Multi-Carrier Digital Communications: Theory and Applications of OFDM.” published from Springer. Plus, “Girisimci Kapital: Silikon Vadisi Tarihi ve Startup Ekonomisi” about entrepreneurship is published in 2015 by Koç University Publishing.Mustafa completed four programs from UC Berkeley: PhD and MS degrees in electrical engineering, MA degree from international studies and MOT program from HAAS Business School. He received his BS in electrical engineering as valedictorian from Orta Dogu Technical University. And, recently awarded Doçent title from Turkish Higher Education Council.

Mustafa Ergen

Mustafa Ergen

Founder, MiSONE

Mustafa Ergen is founder at MiSONE and adjunct associate professor in Koç University. Previously, Mustafa was executive in Turk Telekom Group. Before joining, He co-founded WiChorus Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up focusing on 4G LTE & WiMAX mobile broadband infrastructure and core gateways. The company was founded in 2005 and acquired in 2009 by Tellabs for $200 million following four up-rounds with tier-1 venture backing by Redpoint, Accel, Mayfield, and Pinnacle Ventures. He was a member of National Semiconductor Labs and was named a National Semiconductor Fellow at the University of California-Berkeley, where he co-founded the Distributed Sensing Lab, focusing on statistical sensor intelligence and vehicular communication. Doç. Dr. Ergen has more than 38 patent applications, many publications and authored three books: “Mobile Broadband – Including WiMAX and LTE” and “Multi-Carrier Digital Communications: Theory and Applications of OFDM.” published from Springer. Plus, “Girisimci Kapital: Silikon Vadisi Tarihi ve Startup Ekonomisi” about entrepreneurship is published in 2015 by Koç University Publishing.Mustafa completed four programs from UC Berkeley: PhD and MS degrees in electrical engineering, MA degree from international studies and MOT program from HAAS Business School. He received his BS in electrical engineering as valedictorian from Orta Dogu Technical University. And, recently awarded Doçent title from Turkish Higher Education Council.

Jeffrey Gedmin   //   Senior Fellow, Georgetown University

Hossein AskariJeffrey Gedmin is a nonresident senior fellow for the Future Europe Initiative at the Atlantic Council. He is also a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a senior adviser at Blue Star Strategies. From 2011 to 2014, Gedmin was president and CEO of the London-based Legatum Institute. Prior to joining the Legatum Institute in early 2011, Gedmin served for four years as president and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) headquartered in Prague. Before RFE/RL, Gedmin served as president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in Berlin. Before that, he was a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC and executive director of the New Atlantic Initiative. He is the author of several books, including The Hidden Hand: Gorbachev and the Collapse of East Germany (1992). Gedmin also served as co-executive producer for two major PBS documentaries: “The Germans, Portrait of a New Nation” (1995), and “Spain’s 9/11 and the Challenge of Radical Islam in Europe” (2007). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on several boards, including the Institute for State Effectiveness, the Kleptocracy Initiative (based at the Hudson Institute), the Center for Entrepreneurship and Development (part of the University of California Berkley), and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Masters Program.

Hossein Askari

Hossein Askari

Professor, George Washington University

Mr. Askari is Professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University. He has been on the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund, and was Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia. He has written extensively on economic development in the Middle East, Islamic economics and finance, international trade and finance, agricultural economics, oil economics and on economic sanctions, including sixteen books, six monographs, over one hundred refereed journal articles and numerous chapters in books. He has also written over two hundred opinion pieces in the NYT, WP, LAT, IHT, etc.

Fadi Ghandour   //   Founder and CEO, Aramex

Fadi GhandourFadi Ghandour is a Jordanian entrepreneur who co-founded Aramex in 1982 and has served as its CEO since. He is a Founding Partner of Maktoob.com, the world’s largest Arab online community, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2010. Ghandour is also a member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, the largest private equity firm in the Middle East and South Asia, is a Founding Board Member of Endeavor Jordan, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut. Between 2003 and 2006, he was the Middle East and North Africa Area Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Ghandour is passionate about supporting entrepreneurship in the Arab world and is an active angel investor focusing on start-ups in the Middle East and North African countries.

Fadi Ghandour

Fadi Ghandour

Founder and CEO, Aramex

Fadi Ghandour is a Jordanian entrepreneur who co-founded Aramex in 1982 and has served as its CEO since. He is a Founding Partner of Maktoob.com, the world’s largest Arab online community, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2010. Ghandour is also a member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, the largest private equity firm in the Middle East and South Asia, is a Founding Board Member of Endeavor Jordan, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut. Between 2003 and 2006, he was the Middle East and North Africa Area Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Ghandour is passionate about supporting entrepreneurship in the Arab world and is an active angel investor focusing on start-ups in the Middle East and North African countries.

Joel Kellman   //   Co-Founder, GGV Capital

Joel KellmanJoel Kellman is a co-founder of GGV Capital. Previously, he was a founder and longtime partner of the Silicon Valley law firm, Fenwick & West LLP. Joel also co-founded Fenwick & West investments, KLM Capital (a cross-border venture capital fund), and Utah Ventures (now called Pelion Ventures). Joel is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and St. John’s University Law School and received an LLM in Foreign and Comparative Law from NYU Law School. Outside of GGV, Joel is active with Onevoice, a Palestinian-Israeli peace organization and he has a hands-on role at Binghamton University in activities in China, and with its Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging.

Joel Kellman

Joel Kellman

Co-Founder, GGV Capital

Joel Kellman is a co-founder of GGV Capital. Previously, he was a founder and longtime partner of the Silicon Valley law firm, Fenwick & West LLP. Joel also co-founded Fenwick & West investments, KLM Capital (a cross-border venture capital fund), and Utah Ventures (now called Pelion Ventures). Joel is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and St. John’s University Law School and received an LLM in Foreign and Comparative Law from NYU Law School. Outside of GGV, Joel is active with Onevoice, a Palestinian-Israeli peace organization and he has a hands-on role at Binghamton University in activities in China, and with its Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging.

Harry Kreisler   //   Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies, University of California-Berkeley

Hossein Askari

Harry Kreisler is Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues. He is also creator, executive producer and host of Conversations with History, an interview program. Conversations with History is also a critically acclaimed online archive containing more than 485 one-hour interviews with distinguished men and women from all over the world who talk about their lives and their work. From 1996-2004, Harry Kreisler was also Executive Producer of Connecting Students to the World, a World Wide Web -based program that introduced students and retirees to leading figures in international affairs through online curricula, preparatory workshops, and Internet conversations. From 1995 to June, 2006, Mr. Kreisler was Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Globetrotter, a website for global affairs The site won accolades from Netscape, Lycos, USAToday, MSNBC, Yahoo, The New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lancet, the British Journal of Medicine and The California Monthly. The Globetrotter website is used widely by educators, the media, and the general public.

Harry Kreisler

Harry Kreisler

Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies, University of California-Berkeley

Harry Kreisler is Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues. He is also creator, executive producer and host of Conversations with History, an interview program. Conversations with History is also a critically acclaimed online archive containing more than 485 one-hour interviews with distinguished men and women from all over the world who talk about their lives and their work. From 1996-2004, Harry Kreisler was also Executive Producer of Connecting Students to the World, a World Wide Web -based program that introduced students and retirees to leading figures in international affairs through online curricula, preparatory workshops, and Internet conversations. From 1995 to June, 2006, Mr. Kreisler was Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Globetrotter, a website for global affairs The site won accolades from Netscape, Lycos, USAToday, MSNBC, Yahoo, The New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lancet, the British Journal of Medicine and The California Monthly. The Globetrotter website is used widely by educators, the media, and the general public.

Gregory La Blanc   //   Chair, Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty

Gregory La BlancGregory La Blanc is the Chair of the Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty and a Lecturer at the Haas School, Berkeley Law School, and the Department of Economics at Berkeley. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he teaches classes in executive leadership, innovation, finance, organizations, law, and big data. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, and has consulted in the areas of innovation, decision making, risk management, and strategy around the world and has taught in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. His research is in the development of human capital in emerging economies and industries.

Gregory La Blanc

Gregory La Blanc

Chair, Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty

Gregory La Blanc is the Chair of the Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty and a Lecturer at the Haas School, Berkeley Law School, and the Department of Economics at Berkeley. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he teaches classes in executive leadership, innovation, finance, organizations, law, and big data. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, and has consulted in the areas of innovation, decision making, risk management, and strategy around the world and has taught in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. His research is in the development of human capital in emerging economies and industries.

Richard K. Lyons   //   Dean, Haas School of Business

Richard K. LyonsRichard K. Lyons became the Bank of America Dean of the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, in July 2008. He is a graduate of the school’s undergraduate business program. Prior to becoming dean, Lyons served as the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he was responsible for leadership development among the firm’s managing directors. His academic research has explored currency markets, a focus reflected in his book “The Microstructure Approach to Exchange Rates” (MIT Press). Recently, his research has taken a quite different tack, namely, exploring the links between leadership and innovation in organizations. These links are of strategic importance to the Haas School’s approach to developing business leaders. Dean Lyons is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His past consulting relationships include the Federal Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and Citibank. In 1998 Lyons received UC Berkeley’s highest teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Richard K. Lyons

Richard K. Lyons

Dean, Haas School of Business

Richard K. Lyons became the Bank of America Dean of the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, in July 2008. He is a graduate of the school’s undergraduate business program. Prior to becoming dean, Lyons served as the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he was responsible for leadership development among the firm’s managing directors. His academic research has explored currency markets, a focus reflected in his book “The Microstructure Approach to Exchange Rates” (MIT Press). Recently, his research has taken a quite different tack, namely, exploring the links between leadership and innovation in organizations. These links are of strategic importance to the Haas School’s approach to developing business leaders. Dean Lyons is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His past consulting relationships include the Federal Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and Citibank. In 1998 Lyons received UC Berkeley’s highest teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Natasha Matic   //   Chief Strategy Advisor, King Khalid Foundation

Natasha MaticNatasha Matic has been responsible for developing and implementing the King Khalid Foundation’s strategy to strengthen and promote innovative and sustainable solutions for social and economic development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2008. Natasha is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Ibtikar Business Solutions, an international consultancy specializing in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. Natasha’s consulting relationships include the Olayan Group, the Skoll Foundation, the GAVI Alliance and others. Prior to 2008, she served as the Chief of Party and Co-Director for the US-based Academy for Educational Development in Qatar. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of the technology start-up, OPEN, where she developed and executed innovative technology applications for sustainable development. Natasha is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Global Donors Forum and the Arab Foundation’s Forum. She holds a degree in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School and a Ph.D. in Economic and Political studies from Boston University.

Natasha Matic

Natasha Matic

Chief Strategy Advisor, King Khalid Foundation

Natasha Matic has been responsible for developing and implementing the King Khalid Foundation’s strategy to strengthen and promote innovative and sustainable solutions for social and economic development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2008. Natasha is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Ibtikar Business Solutions, an international consultancy specializing in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. Natasha’s consulting relationships include the Olayan Group, the Skoll Foundation, the GAVI Alliance and others. Prior to 2008, she served as the Chief of Party and Co-Director for the US-based Academy for Educational Development in Qatar. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of the technology start-up, OPEN, where she developed and executed innovative technology applications for sustainable development. Natasha is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Global Donors Forum and the Arab Foundation’s Forum. She holds a degree in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School and a Ph.D. in Economic and Political studies from Boston University.

Robert Price   //   Professor & Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley

Robert PriceRobert Price is Professor of Political Science and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley. His research and teaching fields include comparative politics and African affairs, with a special emphasis on South Africa. He is the author of Society and Bureaucracy in Contemporary Ghana (1975), U.S. Foreign Policy toward Sub-Saharan Africa: National Interest and Global Strategy (1979), The Apartheid Regime: Political Power and Racial Domination (co-editor, 1980), and The Apartheid State in Crisis (1991), as well as a variety of journal articles and book chapters dealing with the new African state, U.S. foreign policy towards Africa, and political change in South Africa.

Robert Price

Robert Price

Professor & Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley

Robert Price is Professor of Political Science and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley. His research and teaching fields include comparative politics and African affairs, with a special emphasis on South Africa. He is the author of Society and Bureaucracy in Contemporary Ghana (1975), U.S. Foreign Policy toward Sub-Saharan Africa: National Interest and Global Strategy (1979), The Apartheid Regime: Political Power and Racial Domination (co-editor, 1980), and The Apartheid State in Crisis (1991), as well as a variety of journal articles and book chapters dealing with the new African state, U.S. foreign policy towards Africa, and political change in South Africa.

AnnaLee Saxenian   //   Dean, UC Berkeley’s School of Information

AnnaLee SaxenianAnnaLee Saxenian is professor and dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Information and has a joint faculty appointment with the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her latest book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006) explores how and why immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley are transferring their technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries—Taiwan, Israel, China and India in particular—and launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. The “brain drain,” she argues, has now become “brain circulation” — a powerful economic force for the development of formerly peripheral regions that is sparking profound transformations in the global economy. Saxenian is also author of the widely acclaimed Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard University Press, 1994). Other publications include Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Public Policy Institute of California, 1999), and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, a master’s in regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Williams College.

AnnaLee Saxenian

AnnaLee Saxenian

Dean, UC Berkeley's School of Information

AnnaLee Saxenian is professor and dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Information and has a joint faculty appointment with the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her latest book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006) explores how and why immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley are transferring their technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries—Taiwan, Israel, China and India in particular—and launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. The “brain drain,” she argues, has now become “brain circulation” — a powerful economic force for the development of formerly peripheral regions that is sparking profound transformations in the global economy. Saxenian is also author of the widely acclaimed Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard University Press, 1994). Other publications include Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Public Policy Institute of California, 1999), and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, a master’s in regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Williams College.

Clare Woodcraft-Scott   //   CEO, Emirates Foundation

Clare Woodcraft-ScottClare Woodcraft-Scott is responsible for driving Emirates Foundation’s vision of supporting youth development in the country. She brings over 20 years of experience working in the field of sustainable development in the Middle East and Africa as a development practitioner, a journalist and a corporate executive specializing in sustainability, social investment and reputation management. Prior to joining Emirates Foundation, Woodcraft-Scott was Deputy Director of Shell Foundation, working on building social enterprises to help address global development challenges. In this role she worked to build the LEAD Africa Fellowship Program that focused on building leadership skills across the continent and also contributed to the Foundation’s ten year assessment report Enterprise Solutions to Scale. Prior to this, Woodcraft-Scott worked as the Regional Director of Communications for Royal Dutch Shell in the Middle East and North Africa managing the oil major’s social investment portfolio in the region and addressing issues related to sustainability. She earlier headed Visa International’s public affairs arm in emerging markets (Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) that saw her working closely with governments and financial sectors in Africa and the Middle East looking at the role of electronic payments in economic development. Woodcraft-Scott is a fluent Arabic speaker holding a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and French from Salford University in the UK and a Masters in Development from the London School of Economics.

Clare Woodcraft-Scott

Clare Woodcraft-Scott

CEO, Emirates Foundation

Clare Woodcraft-Scott is responsible for driving Emirates Foundation’s vision of supporting youth development in the country. She brings over 20 years of experience working in the field of sustainable development in the Middle East and Africa as a development practitioner, a journalist and a corporate executive specializing in sustainability, social investment and reputation management. Prior to joining Emirates Foundation, Woodcraft-Scott was Deputy Director of Shell Foundation, working on building social enterprises to help address global development challenges. In this role she worked to build the LEAD Africa Fellowship Program that focused on building leadership skills across the continent and also contributed to the Foundation’s ten year assessment report Enterprise Solutions to Scale. Prior to this, Woodcraft-Scott worked as the Regional Director of Communications for Royal Dutch Shell in the Middle East and North Africa managing the oil major’s social investment portfolio in the region and addressing issues related to sustainability. She earlier headed Visa International’s public affairs arm in emerging markets (Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) that saw her working closely with governments and financial sectors in Africa and the Middle East looking at the role of electronic payments in economic development. Woodcraft-Scott is a fluent Arabic speaker holding a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and French from Salford University in the UK and a Masters in Development from the London School of Economics.

Caroline Scullin   //   Vice President of External Relations, Wilson Center

Caroline ScullinCaroline Scullin is currently Vice President for External Relations at the Wilson Center. She has more than 25 years of experience in strategic communications and external relations. Most recently, Scullin served as Communications Director for the Center for International Private Enterprise and before that as Director of Public Relations for the United States Government Printing Office. From 2001 to 2007, she operated her own project management consulting practice. Scullin has worked with a wide range of organizations over the course of her career, including the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, Conservation International, Save the Children, the U.S.-Japan Leadership Council, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Francis Scott Key Foundation, and the National Portrait Gallery. Scullin spent more than a decade as Chief Aide and Press Secretary to the Honorable Robert C. McFarlane, former National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, and prior to that worked with Washington Post Columnist George Will. A graduate of Georgetown University, she sits on the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association, serves as Vice Chairman of the Awards Committee, is a member of the Class Advancement and Communications & Technology committees, and is the Vice Chairman of the Class of 1981. She is the recipient of the university’s William Gaston Award for outstanding service and leadership.

Caroline Scullin

Caroline Scullin

Vice President of External Relations, Wilson Center

Caroline Scullin is currently Vice President for External Relations at the Wilson Center. She has more than 25 years of experience in strategic communications and external relations. Most recently, Scullin served as Communications Director for the Center for International Private Enterprise and before that as Director of Public Relations for the United States Government Printing Office. From 2001 to 2007, she operated her own project management consulting practice. Scullin has worked with a wide range of organizations over the course of her career, including the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, Conservation International, Save the Children, the U.S.-Japan Leadership Council, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Francis Scott Key Foundation, and the National Portrait Gallery. Scullin spent more than a decade as Chief Aide and Press Secretary to the Honorable Robert C. McFarlane, former National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, and prior to that worked with Washington Post Columnist George Will. A graduate of Georgetown University, she sits on the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association, serves as Vice Chairman of the Awards Committee, is a member of the Class Advancement and Communications & Technology committees, and is the Vice Chairman of the Class of 1981. She is the recipient of the university’s William Gaston Award for outstanding service and leadership.

Josette Sheeran   //   President and CEO, Asia Society

Josette SheeranJosette Sheeran is the seventh president and CEO of Asia Society. In the position, she is responsible for leading and advancing the organization’s work throughout the U.S. and Asia, and across its disciplines of arts and culture, policy and business, and education. Former Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum, Josette helped advance global initiatives, and global, regional, and industry agendas such as Grow Africa, and she recently served at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Fisher Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy. In 2011, Forbes named her the World’s 30th Most Powerful Woman; Foreign Policy has listed Josette among its Top 100 Women on Twitter; and her TED Talk on ending world hunger has been viewed more than one million times. Prior to her tenure at the World Economic Forum, Josette was executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006. As the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs, Josette led new State Department initiatives, which supported economic transformation and reconstruction in Afghanistan and Central Asia with APEC and ASEAN. Josette is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she has served on its Washington Advisory Board.

Josette Sheeran

Josette Sheeran

President and CEO, Asia Society

Josette Sheeran is the seventh president and CEO of Asia Society. In the position, she is responsible for leading and advancing the organization’s work throughout the U.S. and Asia, and across its disciplines of arts and culture, policy and business, and education. Former Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum, Josette helped advance global initiatives, and global, regional, and industry agendas such as Grow Africa, and she recently served at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Fisher Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy. In 2011, Forbes named her the World’s 30th Most Powerful Woman; Foreign Policy has listed Josette among its Top 100 Women on Twitter; and her TED Talk on ending world hunger has been viewed more than one million times. Prior to her tenure at the World Economic Forum, Josette was executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006. As the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs, Josette led new State Department initiatives, which supported economic transformation and reconstruction in Afghanistan and Central Asia with APEC and ASEAN. Josette is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she has served on its Washington Advisory Board.

Yahya Tabesh   //   Visiting Scholar, Stanford University (Professor, Sharif University of Technology)

Yahya TabeshYahya Tabesh is a visiting scholar at Stanford University and distinguished faculty of the Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran). Yahya served as the chairman of the department of Mathematical Sciences at Sharif for several years. He was also director of Math and Computer Olympiads in Iran. A pioneer in developing math house and schoolnet, he is also responsible for developing mathematics text-books and curriculum for thousands of students in the field who went on to become highly successful entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley. Dr. Tabesh also served as director of the Computing Center at Sharif University. He also did research in computational linguistics and was a leader in helping develop Farsi under the Unicode standard. Dr. Tabesh won the Erdos international award in 2010 for his sustained and distinguished contribution to the enrichment of math education. Dr. Tabesh is also co-founder of seven startups which developed innovative technologies.

Yahya Tabesh

Yahya Tabesh

Visiting Scholar, Stanford University (Professor, Sharif University of Technology)

Yahya Tabesh is a visiting scholar at Stanford University and distinguished faculty of the Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran). Yahya served as the chairman of the department of Mathematical Sciences at Sharif for several years. He was also director of Math and Computer Olympiads in Iran. A pioneer in developing math house and schoolnet, he is also responsible for developing mathematics text-books and curriculum for thousands of students in the field who went on to become highly successful entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley. Dr. Tabesh also served as director of the Computing Center at Sharif University. He also did research in computational linguistics and was a leader in helping develop Farsi under the Unicode standard. Dr. Tabesh won the Erdos international award in 2010 for his sustained and distinguished contribution to the enrichment of math education. Dr. Tabesh is also co-founder of seven startups which developed innovative technologies.

Shane Tedjarati   //   President of Global High Growth Regions, Honeywell

Shane TedjaratiShane Tedjarati is responsible for driving Honeywell’s business expansion in High Growth Regions of the world: Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Tedjarati has been instrumental in engineering Honeywell’s success story, starting in China and India, and expanding globally to the High Growth Regions of the world where today Honeywell drives the majority of its growth. Before coming to Honeywell, Tedjarati accumulated more than 20 years of consulting experience in various industries. He was the regional managing director for Deloitte Consulting (Greater China), where he worked with Chinese stated-owned enterprises and multi-national corporations to help them formulate and execute strategies for sustainable growth in China and abroad. Tedjarati is a Henry Crown Fellow of Aspen Institute and also the co-founder of its Middle East Leadership Initiative and China Fellowship Program; special advisor to Chongqing and Wuhan Mayors; and industry Co-chair of the dual master’s degree program by MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is a frequent guest lecturer on a broad range of topics related to globalization. Tedjarati is an avid aviator. He has lived in China for more than 20 years and speaks six languages.

Shane Tedjarati

Shane Tedjarati

President of Global High Growth Regions, Honeywell

Shane Tedjarati is responsible for driving Honeywell’s business expansion in High Growth Regions of the world: Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Tedjarati has been instrumental in engineering Honeywell’s success story, starting in China and India, and expanding globally to the High Growth Regions of the world where today Honeywell drives the majority of its growth. Before coming to Honeywell, Tedjarati accumulated more than 20 years of consulting experience in various industries. He was the regional managing director for Deloitte Consulting (Greater China), where he worked with Chinese stated-owned enterprises and multi-national corporations to help them formulate and execute strategies for sustainable growth in China and abroad. Tedjarati is a Henry Crown Fellow of Aspen Institute and also the co-founder of its Middle East Leadership Initiative and China Fellowship Program; special advisor to Chongqing and Wuhan Mayors; and industry Co-chair of the dual master’s degree program by MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is a frequent guest lecturer on a broad range of topics related to globalization. Tedjarati is an avid aviator. He has lived in China for more than 20 years and speaks six languages.

Amir Tehrani   //   Entrepreneur in Residence, City of Los Angeles

Amir TehraniAmir is an entrepreneur and civic leader who backs entrepreneurs locally and nationally. Amir is the first Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles, working closely with the most exciting companies in LA to source capital and to provide support, while also identifying opportunities for the City to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. He also worked closely with the White House to co-found National Entrepreneurs Day, to celebrate and recognize entrepreneurs around the country. Amir is the founding partner at Legacy Angel Ventures (LA Ventures), an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in exceptional Los Angeles-based companies. Prior, Amir founded and scaled Allied Group, Inc., a Los Angeles-based consumer products company, and Conrad Asher, an athletic apparel company. Previously, Amir spent several years at Unisys, AOL, and in management consulting at Deloitte Consulting advising Fortune 100 companies. He serves on board or advises several fast- growing tech and consumer companies including Inc Magazine, cPrime Inc. (acquired by Alten Group, Ticker: ATE), Oblong Industries, Crowdfunder, Notarize, and Hint Water. Amir is also the founder of the Legacy Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing together innovative entrepreneurs across America to foster collaboration. Amir serves on the board of the Young Presidents Organization (Bel Air Chapter), the LA Sports and Entertainment Commission, City Year and The Riordan Programs at UCLA. He completed his undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in Economics, Management, and Computer Science and his MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.

Amir Tehrani

Amir Tehrani

Entrepreneur in Residence, City of Los Angeles

Amir is an entrepreneur and civic leader who backs entrepreneurs locally and nationally. Amir is the first Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles, working closely with the most exciting companies in LA to source capital and to provide support, while also identifying opportunities for the City to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. He also worked closely with the White House to co-found National Entrepreneurs Day, to celebrate and recognize entrepreneurs around the country. Amir is the founding partner at Legacy Angel Ventures (LA Ventures), an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in exceptional Los Angeles-based companies. Prior, Amir founded and scaled Allied Group, Inc., a Los Angeles-based consumer products company, and Conrad Asher, an athletic apparel company. Previously, Amir spent several years at Unisys, AOL, and in management consulting at Deloitte Consulting advising Fortune 100 companies. He serves on board or advises several fast- growing tech and consumer companies including Inc Magazine, cPrime Inc. (acquired by Alten Group, Ticker: ATE), Oblong Industries, Crowdfunder, Notarize, and Hint Water. Amir is also the founder of the Legacy Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing together innovative entrepreneurs across America to foster collaboration. Amir serves on the board of the Young Presidents Organization (Bel Air Chapter), the LA Sports and Entertainment Commission, City Year and The Riordan Programs at UCLA. He completed his undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in Economics, Management, and Computer Science and his MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.

Advisory Council Members