Executive Directors


Farouk Al-Wahab Senior Advisor

Farouk Al-Wahab, A Product of Afro-Asia Institute and Karl Franzens Uni. Graz –Austria is Globally Certified and Experienced Diplomatic and Investments Consultant, Expert in International Relations, Africa / World Politics and Governance. He is well endowed and fairly balanced in African and International Security Affairs and State Protocols. He is very knowledgeable in the Training of Non-Career Diplomats from The Political Sphere with focus on capacity building of Africa Future Diplomats, Diplomacy Risk Control and Management. His Corporate and Diplomacy ...

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Işıl Acehan Senior Advisor

Işıl Acehan is an historian and researcher from Turkey. Her scholarly interests are early Muslim immigrants in North America, Middle Eastern immigrant and diaspora communities in the United States, and inter-religious and intercultural dialogue. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. degree in history from Bilkent University, Turkey. She has received a number of scholarships, research grants and residential fellowships including a John XXIII Foundation of Religious Sciences fellowship, Fulbright scholarship, Smithsonian Institution residential fellowship, Massachusetts Foundat...

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Gokhan N. Mamur, M.D. Senior Advisor

Gokhan N. Mamur, M.D.
Dr. Mamur is a pediatrician with 21 years of experience as a clinician, administrator, consultant, instructor, author, editor and child and family health advocate.  His passion lies both in general pediatrics and newborn health, serving as Newborn Department Director and members of breastfeeding, intensive care unit, hospital infection and blood transfusion committees. He is also an NRP trainer and lactation consultant.  As an administrator Dr. Mamur has been commended by the White House and Department of State for ‘outstanding medical professionalism’ and ...

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Mojgan Rassael Senior Advisor

Mojgan Rassael is the president of Probiz Consulting LLC in the Washington DC area. She has over 30 years of experience in business development working with fortune 50 companies in the United States and small business start ups throughout her career. Mojgan is a certified Quality leadership Facilitator and has extensive training in Quality leadership, Sales leadership, change management and situational leadership process. Ms Rassael has been the recipient of multiple awards of excellence throughout her career. Mojgan holds a bachelor degree in Electrical engineering and an ...

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David Phillips Senior Advisor

David L. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has served as Foreign Affairs Expert and as Senior Adviser to the U.S. Department of State during the administrations of President Clinton, Bush, and Obama, as well as Senior Adviser to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Phillips has worked at academic institutions as Executive Director of Columbia University’s International Conflict Resolution Program, Director of American Univers...

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James Creighton Senior Advisor

James Creighton is the Chief Executive Officer for Eagle Point Global Solutions, LLC. He has coordinated and executed high-level discussions in Russia, China, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Berlin, Belgium and many other locations which have focused on developing locally derived practical solutions to difficult problems. Jim served as the Chief Operating Officer for the EastWest Institute for four years, two of which included performing the duties of the Chief Executive Officer. He retired as a Colonel from the United States Army after thirty years of service where ...

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Betsy Liley Senior Advisor

Betsy Liley has raised more than $1B for nonprofits and led marketing communications and public policy initiatives for some of the largest, most successful global nonprofits. She’s worked across the education, health, media and animal welfare sectors in 55 countries. She’s also been an award-winning journalist, public policy consultant and professor as well as a nationally recognized innovator. She speaks Russian, is a student of Russian history and co-founded an international export firm that brought quality medical equipment to former Soviet states and then ...

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James H. Cottrell, Jr. (“Chip”) Senior Advisor

James "Chip" Cottrell is a retired Partner with Deloitte - USA, who most recently served as Deloitte’s Global Chief Ethics Officer. Chip has extensive global experience in a broad array of business operations, consulting and accounting, including forensics. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the USA and China, a UK Chartered Accountant, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He has also served in a number of roles focused on anti-corruption issues, including co-chair of the United Nations Global Compact Committee on Anti-Corruption, the B-20 (business framew...

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Mike Staresinic Senior Advisor

Mike is a leader of change in large-scale organizational transformation. Mike has written and edited three books on change and international affairs. He is also one of Change Leader’s global network of 125 leading practitioners of change. Mike’s Masters’ degree at HEC Paris and Said School of Business at the University of Oxford, UK, focused on the role of external change agents in large scale organizational transformation. Mike is also an international development leader, helping to develop strong civil societies and reform governments in 40 countries. He has worked ...

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Jim Crupi Senior Advisor

James (Jim) A. Crupi is President and founder of Strategic Leadership Solutions, Inc. Jim is a recognized authority in international business, future trends, and leadership development, and is an internationally popular speaker. His leadership workshops are world renowned. Jim works with executives for the purpose of aligning strategy, enhancing productivity and competitiveness, and training of the management team. Jim has been featured on CNN, Fox Business Network with Neil Cavuto, National Public Radio, served as a TED speaker, and is quoted in many publications throug...

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