Advisory Council

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

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.

Advisory Council Members

Goli Ameri   //   CEO, StartItUp

Goli Ameri is the CEO of StartItUp, an online SMB Advisory Marketplace, connecting businesses with 1 or
more live advisors and strengthening the advisory relationship with a broad range of AI and business tools. StartItUp is designed to help small business entrepreneurs launch, manage and scale their businesses at a dramatically faster pace and higher rate of success.

Previously Ms. Ameri was Under Secretary for Humanitarian Diplomacy at the International Federation
of Red Cross & Red Crescent responsible for global diplomatic relations.

Ms. Ameri served as the US Assistant Secretary of State-Educational and Cultural Affairs, promoting mutual understanding and respect through educational and cultural exchanges . Her previous government positions include service as a Representative to the 60th Session of the UN General Assembly and a Public Delegate to the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Ms. Ameri has had extensive business and corporate experience in the field of technology, founding eTinium, a boutique consulting and market research firm specializing in the telecom industry, and as a Director at US Leasing. She received her BA and MA from Stanford University and has studied at the Sorbonne. Ms. Ameri serves on the boards of Freedom House as Chair of the Governance Committees,
and the Advisory Boards of Rand Center for Middle East Policy, Atlantic Council Democratic Order Initiative, and America Abroad Media.

Ms. Ameri is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

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.

Sharif El Badawi   //   Partner, 500 Startups

Sharif El BadawiSharif is a serial entrepreneur and technology executive, who currently serves as a partner to VCs and startups at Google, In his role, he works with top tier VCs and their most promising startups on a ‘One Google’ approach. Over the last five years, he was the Head of Performance Solutions Activation team where he was responsible for the commercialization of Google’s performance advertising products and solutions which cover Mobile, Search and Display. In his role, he focused on helping the world’s largest advertisers reach their marketing objectives, and worked with Google’s product and engineering teams to provide guidance on the needs of marketers. Prior to this role, Sharif was focused exclusively on mobile and helped clients plan and execute best-in-class mobile strategies. He joined Google as part of the company’s acquisition of AdMob, the world’s largest mobile ad network, where he co-founded their performance sales team and pioneered their mobile syndication product. Before AdMob, Sharif founded or co-founded several start-ups in consumer Internet, social, video and mobile.

Sharif is passionate about helping people and has more than eighteen years of experience in product, marketing, sales and operational functions. He has advised hundreds of companies on their digital go-to-market strategies, and is an active angel investor, advisor and mentor to several start-ups. Sharif currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three children. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Philosophy from UCLA and an MBA from UC Irvine’s Merage School of Business.

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.

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.

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.

Ossama Hassanein   //  Chairman, Rising Tide Fund

Ossama HassaneinDr. Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist. Over the last 37 years, he has managed $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including Executive Vice-President of Berkeley International in San Francisco, Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Ottawa, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. He was chairman or co-founder of seven leading-edge digital communication startups in the US, UK, Switzerland, and France. Combined market value of investments today exceeds $200 billion.

He currently serves on the boards of Bank of the West in San Francisco, Quanergy Systems in Silicon Valley, and the MBR Innovation Fund in Dubai. He is a charter member of the C-100 and former chairman of TechWadi, both Silicon-Valley based associations dedicated to mentoring and financing Canadian and MENA entrepreneurs.

Dr. Hassanein is President Cabinet member of the University of British Columbia, where he also serves on the Board of Advisors of the School of Applied Science and the Personalized Medicine Initiative. He is the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo School of Business. He lectured at Stanford University, the University of San Diego, University of Santa Clara and U.C. Berkeley.

Ossama Hassanein

Ossama Hassanein

Founder and CEO, Aramex

Dr. Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist. Over the last 30 years, he has managed $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Ottawa, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. He was chairman or co-founder of seven leading-edge digital communication startups in the US, UK, Switzerland, and France whose combined market value at exit exceeded $2 billion. He currently serves on the board of Bank of the West in San Francisco, was the former chairman of TechWadi, and is a charter member of the C-100, both Silicon-Valley based associations dedicated to mentoring and financing MENA entrepreneurs.

Dr. Hassanein is the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo School of Business. He lectured at Stanford University, the University of San Diego, University of Santa Clara and U.C. Berkeley.

Soulaiman Itani   //   Founder and CEO, Atheer

soulaiman-itaniSoulaiman works at Google, and is the board member and advisor for multiple high tech companies. He started Atheer, Inc, and built it into one of the leaders in the AR space. In the process, he developed the award-winning products and the Machine Learning technology that went into making them successful, signed multi-million dollar deals with F500 companies, and built a world class team.

Before that, as a postdoc at UC Berkeley and through his PhD at MIT, Soulaiman worked on Machine Learning for cancer research and treatments, Brain-Machine control for exoskeletons, creating microclimates through controlling the structure of the environment, and control systems for drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Ossama Hassanein

Ossama Hassanein

Founder and CEO, Aramex

Dr. Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist. Over the last 30 years, he has managed $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Ottawa, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. He was chairman or co-founder of seven leading-edge digital communication startups in the US, UK, Switzerland, and France whose combined market value at exit exceeded $2 billion. He currently serves on the board of Bank of the West in San Francisco, was the former chairman of TechWadi, and is a charter member of the C-100, both Silicon-Valley based associations dedicated to mentoring and financing MENA entrepreneurs.

Dr. Hassanein is the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo School of Business. He lectured at Stanford University, the University of San Diego, University of Santa Clara and U.C. Berkeley.

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.

Hashem Pesaran   //   Director, USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking

Hashem PesaranHashem Pesaran is the John Elliot Distinguished Chair in Economics at the University of Southern California, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He also holds Directorships of USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking, and the Centre for Applied Financial Economics at USC. Previously, he was head of the Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of Iran and the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Iran. He has also been a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Applied Econometrics Program at UCLA, and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Salford, the University of Goethe, Frankfurt, Maastricht University, and University of Economics in Prague. He is the recipient of the 1992 Royal Economic Society Prize for the best article published in The Economic Journal for the years 1990 and 1991, the joint recipient of the Econometric Reviews Best Paper Award 2002-2004, and the joint recipient of the Best Paper Award 2004-2005 in the International Journal of Forecasting. Dr Pesaran was the founding editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics (1986-2014), and is a co-developer of Microfit, an econometric software package published by Oxford University Press. He was named one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014” by Thomson Reuters in 2014. He has over 200 publications published in leading scientific journals and edited volumes in the areas of econometrics, empirical finance and macroeconomics and the Iranian economy. He is an expert in the economics of oil and the middle-east and his research has been cited almost 66K times according to Google Scholar. He holds a PhD degree in economics from Cambridge University. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Applied Econometrics (IAAE). His latest book publication is Time Series and Panel Data Econometrics, 2015, Oxford University Press.
Hashem Pesaran

Hashem Pesaran

Director, USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking

Hashem Pesaran is the John Elliot Distinguished Chair in Economics at the University of Southern California, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He also holds Directorships of USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking, and the Centre for Applied Financial Economics at USC. Previously, he was head of the Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of Iran and the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Iran. He has also been a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Applied Econometrics Program at UCLA, and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Salford, the University of Goethe, Frankfurt, Maastricht University, and University of Economics in Prague. He is the recipient of the 1992 Royal Economic Society Prize for the best article published in The Economic Journal for the years 1990 and 1991, the joint recipient of the Econometric Reviews Best Paper Award 2002-2004, and the joint recipient of the Best Paper Award 2004-2005 in the International Journal of Forecasting. Dr Pesaran was the founding editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics (1986-2014), and is a co-developer of Microfit, an econometric software package published by Oxford University Press. He was named one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014” by Thomson Reuters in 2014. He has over 200 publications published in leading scientific journals and edited volumes in the areas of econometrics, empirical finance and macroeconomics and the Iranian economy. He is an expert in the economics of oil and the middle-east and his research has been cited almost 66K times according to Google Scholar. He holds a PhD degree in economics from Cambridge University. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Applied Econometrics (IAAE). His latest book publication is Time Series and Panel Data Econometrics, 2015, Oxford University Press.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mehdi Zarghamee   //   Former Chancellor, Sharif University of Technology; Founder, Isfahan University of Technology; Senior Principal, Simpson, Gumpertz, and Hager

Mehdi Shaghagi ZarghameeDr. Mehdi Shaghagi Zarghamee is a former chancellor of Aryamehr University of Technology (currently Sharif University of Technology) in Iran, former professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, and founder of the Isfahan University of Technology. He currently works as Senior Principal in the Division of Engineering Mechanics and Infrastructure of Simpson, Gumper, and Heger, Inc. He was the principal investigator for the structural modeling of the 0/11 collapse of the World Trade Center Towers for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Zarghamee has forty-five years of consulting, academic, and management experience. His experience includes analysis and design of complex structures and mechanical systems, investigation including condition assessment, failure risk analysis of structures and infrastructures and repair, rehabilitation, and asset management of deteriorated infrastructures. His expertise also includes wind and earthquake engineering.
Mehdi Zarghamee

Mehdi Zarghamee

Former Chancellor, Sharif University of Technology; Founder, Isfahan University of Technology; Senior Principal, Simpson, Gumpertz, and Hager

Dr. Mehdi Shaghagi Zarghamee is a former chancellor of Aryamehr University of Technology (currently Sharif University of Technology) in Iran, former professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, and founder of the Isfahan University of Technology. He currently works as Senior Principal in the Division of Engineering Mechanics and Infrastructure of Simpson, Gumper, and Heger, Inc. He was the principal investigator for the structural modeling of the 0/11 collapse of the World Trade Center Towers for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Zarghamee has forty-five years of consulting, academic, and management experience. His experience includes analysis and design of complex structures and mechanical systems, investigation including condition assessment, failure risk analysis of structures and infrastructures and repair, rehabilitation, and asset management of deteriorated infrastructures. His expertise also includes wind and earthquake engineering.