BOARD

Our Board of Directors is comprised of respected change leaders with wide-ranging experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Together, our board members guide the PartnersGlobal’s organizational and development strategies, and bring unique perspectives and expertise to bear on our operations around the globe.

Amb. William M. Bellamy Retired Director, Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Ambassador William M. Bellamy (ret.) is currently the Warburg Professor of International Relations at Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts. From 2008 to mid-2012 he was Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Previously he was a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and served as Senior Vice President of National Defense University. Amb. Bellamy retired from the Foreign Service after a 30-year career in 2007. His last overseas posting was as U.S. Ambassador to Kenya (2003-2006). In Kenya he directed U.S. security programs in the Horn of Africa. He also supervised the U.S. government’s largest foreign HIV/AIDS program and led multinational efforts to combat corruption and promote good governance. He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2001-2003) and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2000-2001). His earlier diplomatic assignments include Deputy Chief of Mission in Canberra (1997-2000), Political Minister-Counselor in Paris (1993-1997), and Political Counselor in Pretoria and Cape Town (1991-1993). In South Africa he was closely engaged in U.S. diplomatic efforts to promote a peaceful transition from apartheid to democratic rule.

Amb. Bellamy holds a BA in history from Occidental College and an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University). He holds certificates from the Institute Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris.

Amb. Bellamy is the recipient of a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and a Distinguished Honor Award and two Superior Honor Awards conferred by the Secretary of State. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a journalist in San Francisco and public relations officer for a major bank in Los Angeles.

Harry Broadman CEO and Managing Partner, Proa Global Partners LLC

Dr. Broadman is CEO and Managing Partner of Proa Global Partners LLC, a global management consulting firm that develops and executes innovative operational strategies to capitalize on new business opportunities while mitigating risk in emerging markets. Broadman also serves as Director of Johns Hopkins University’s Center on Global Enterprise and Emerging Markets at the university’s graduate School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC, where he is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute.
In mid-January 2015, Broadman stepped down as Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he founded and led PwC’s Management Consulting Emerging Markets Business Strategy Practice.
Over his 34 year career, Broadman has developed deep expertise in multinational corporate strategy; negotiation of trade and foreign direct investment transactions; private equity deal origination and fund-raising; sovereign wealth fund performance; infrastructure project finance; anti-corruption compliance; and economic development policy.
Broadman has worked in virtually all of the advanced countries and most emerging markets, including China; India; Russia and the CIS; Eastern and Central Europe and the Balkans; Brazil and much of Latin America; most of East Asia; throughout Sub-Saharan Africa; and parts of the Middle East.
Prior to PwC, Dr. Broadman was Managing Director and served on the Investment Committee at Albright Capital Management LLC, an alternative strategy investment fund dedicated to emerging markets; Managing Director at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global consultancy chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; a senior official at the World Bank Group, where he managed some of the Bank’s largest operations in China, Russia, the Balkans, and sub-Saharan Africa.
Earlier, he served in the Executive Office of the President as US Assistant Trade Representative, where sat on the Board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) as well as on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS); Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in the White House; Senior Professional Staff on the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, then chaired by Senator John Glenn; Assistant Director of Resources for the Future, Inc.; Consultant at the Rand Corporation; Fellow at the Brookings Institution; and on the faculties of Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.
Broadman received an A.B. in economics and history, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is a life-time Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Member of the Bretton Woods Committee. He serves in several non-executive board of director roles, including on the Board of Directors of The Corporate Council on Africa, the Board of Directors of Partners for Democratic Change, and the Board of Advisors of the Global Business School Network.
Broadman has published several books, the most recent being Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier, as well as numerous articles in peer-reviewed economics, foreign policy and law journals.

Pamela Cox Former Senior Executive, World Bank Group

Dr. Cox is a senior international finance, trade, economic development and policy leader with over 30 years’ experience in the World Bank Group. During her three decades there before retiring in October 2013, she held senior operating roles in East and South Asia, Latin America and Africa, where she managed multibillion dollar portfolios and engaged with client governments at the highest levels. Pamela has deep expertise in management, project finance, including developing innovative financing and risk management instruments and implementing high profile infrastructure investments, as well as in public sector policy formation and government relations.
Pamela has extensive operating experience. As vice president in both the Latin America and subsequently East Asia regions, she led teams of 1,000 staff, managed annual budgets of $175 million and oversaw project investment portfolios of $30 billion. In these roles, she guided business strategy development and project finance for diverse public and nonprofit sector clients. She forged partnerships with foundations and the private sector. As Vice President for World Bank operations in Latin America, she led the Bank’s response to the 2008 financial crisis, providing critical financing and policy advice. She managed high risk operations including the response to the Haiti earthquake, where she and her team pioneered new IT and web-based tools to evaluate damages and reconstruction needs. As Vice President for East Asia operations, she led the Bank’s re-engagement with Myanmar (Burma) in 2012, in close coordination with the US State Department and Japan.
Most recently, as a member of the World Bank Group senior management team (C-suite position), Pamela led a major strategy update, focused on improving the Group’s delivery of finance and cutting edge knowledge and working closely with the WBG’s Board of Directors and clients. Linked to this, she led a year-long process to revitalize the WBG’s value-added to clients, decide the WBG’s global footprint and new business model, strengthen corporate focus on results and risk management, and build synergies across the group.
Pamela brings deep experience with public sector policy formation and government relations. She has negotiated with heads of state, ministers, private sector representatives and civil society on a range of economic and policy issues.
Pamela earned a PhD and MA from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where she studied development economics and received a Shell Fellowship to fund her dissertation research on energy issues in Senegal. She is also a graduate of Reed College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her languages include French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Pamela serves on the Fletcher School’s Latin America Advisory Group, and the Walnut Hill School Board of Visitors. Pamela lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three sons.

Jonathan Davidson, Chair Former Senior Advisor, European Union Delegation of the European Commission

Mr. Davidson is an international consultant, adjunct Professor at The Johns Hopkins University and The American University, Chair of the Board of Directors of Partners for Democratic Change, and Member of the Board of Directors of the Council for a Community of Democracies.
From 1991-2006 Davidson was Head of Academic affairs and later Senior Adviser for Political and Academic Affairs at the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC. In the foreign policy area, his responsibilities included representing EU policy to the U.S. Administration and the non governmental foreign policy community, and reporting to EU headquarters on foreign policy and security developments in the U.S. Issue areas included security policy, Central and Eastern Europe, Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and Eurasia. In the academic area his responsibilities included liaison with universities in the United States, supporting the study and teaching of European Union affairs, including establishing a network of EU Centers, financially supporting EU and transatlantic policy studies in think tanks and public policy institutes, and organizing information networks to promote understanding of the European Union. He ran international videoconferences on European Union affairs and EU US relations.
He delivered numerous public presentations (about 2-3 per month on average) to think tanks, universities and public forums around the U.S., on subjects including a wide range of EU institutional and policy issues, EU constitutional developments, EU enlargement, and EU relations with the U.S., the Western Balkans, Turkey/Cyprus, the Black Sea Region, and the Middle East.
Davidson represented the University of South Carolina (USC) in Washington from 1981 to 1991, as Director of the USC Washington Office; Special Assistant to the President for International Programs; and Visiting Professor. He organized international conferences for the University, including a series of workshops and videoconferences on the European Community, and lectured on European Community topics. He was responsible for federal relations and represented USC in national higher education and research organizations.
Davidson served in the British Diplomatic Service from 1963 1981 in London, India, Thailand, Senegal and the United States. At the British Embassy in Washington he was responsible for congressional relations and U.S. political affairs (1975-79), and was head of information and press relations (1979-81).
Davidson obtained his M.A. degree in history, from Cambridge University, U.K., in 1965.

Anne Devero Former Director of International Programs, Center for Climate Strategies

Ms. Devero draws upon nearly 30 years of experience in the private and non-profit sectors. In her last position Ms. Devero was the Director of International Programs for the Center for Climate Strategies. Ms. Devero’s primary role at The Center for Climate Strategies was to deliver international program assistance to countries with an interest in developing effective policy responses to climate change, particularly in China where she helped craft a capacity building program for national and provincial government officials. Ms. Devero orchestrated the recognition of the Center for Climate Strategies as a strategic nongovernmental presence at the United Nation’s Climate Conferences in Copenhagen and Mexico. Along with its partner in China, the Global Environmental Institute (GEI), the Center for Climate Strategies jointly presented side-events focused on the need to build a strong China-U.S. partnership on mitigating climate change at the provincial level.
Ms. Devero was a former Management Consulting Partner with Coopers and Lybrand and Senior Manager with Peat Marwick. During her tenure with these firms she provided consulting to over 150 U.S. and international corporations on the strategic use of information and communications technology to enhance access, quality and productivity. Ms. Devero’s “project turnaround” practice rescued large computer systems projects that were failing at major corporations where there were millions of dollars at stake and put them back on track. Projects typically involved the direct interface at the CEO level and the management of 15-20 person professional teams.
Ms. Devero holds a Masters in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, with a focus on International Energy Policy and Environmental Studies, and a B.S. in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland.

Laura Frigenti Former Director, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

Laura Frigenti was appointed Director of the newly established Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in January 2016. Before then she spent over 20 years in the USA where she held various positions at the World Bank and in other public organizations.

She joined the World Bank in 1994 and she held several technical and senior manager positions, including Country Director for Central America and the Andean Countries, Director of Strategy and Operations for both Latin America and Caribbean and Africa, Chief of Staff to the President and Director of the President’ s Office. During her career, Laura Frigenti designed some of the Bank’s most innovative programs, and was deeply involved in organizational reforms.

After leaving the World Bank in 2014, Laura Frigenti was Vice President for the Global Development Practice at InterAction the largest umbrella organization of US NGOs where she dealt extensively with issues related to public/private partnership, transparency and accountability, and private funding for development. She brings in-depth knowledge and expertise of Africa, Central Asia, Europe and Latin America region, with direct experience in leading the dialogue with political and business leaders in over 30 countries.

Before joining the World Bank, she worked at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General for Development Cooperation; the Instituto per la Cooperazione Economica (ICEPS) where she led the think tank’ s effort around international development; the UN Economic Commission for Latin America & Caribbean in Chile and the Instituto di Studi Italo Africani.

Laura holds a master in History and International Affairs from the University of Rome, la Sapienza.

Thomas R. Gibian Founder, ECP Private Equity (Africa)

Mr. Gibian serves as the Head of School for Sandy Spring Friends School, a PK-12th grade college preparatory day school with an optional boarding program located in Sandy Spring, Maryland.
Mr. Gibian has served as Head of Sandy Spring Friends School since July 2010. His earlier affiliation with the School was as a Trustee (1996-2004 serving as Clerk from 2002-2004). Prior to becoming Head of School, Mr Gibian founded ECP Private Equity, a leading private equity manager focused exclusively on Africa.

Headquartered in Washington DC, ECP has seven offices across Africa and fifteen years of successful investing experience in companies operating in over 40 countries on the continent. As CEO of ECP, Mr. Gibian assisted in the formation and implementation of ECP’s investment strategy and managed key relationships with shareholders and portfolio companies. He remains a member of ECP investment committees.
Prior to founding ECP, Mr. Gibian served as Chief Operating Officer for the AIG African Infrastructure Fund, managing the daily operations of the fund and overseeing the structuring and valuation of investments. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Gibian served as a Managing Director in EMP Global’s Asia Funds, which managed more than $2.8 billion in capital for investments. Prior to his work with EMP Global’s Asia Funds, Mr. Gibian spent three years as Executive Director and Co-Head of the Structured and Project Finance Group at Goldman Sachs Asia, where he was the firm’s senior representative on several groundbreaking transactions in China and Southeast Asia.
He has served on the boards of NYSE, NASDAQ and London listed companies as well as private companies in Europe, Africa and Asia. He is presently a Trustee for the Center for Global Development, Kendal Corporation, Friends Council on Education and was recently nominated as a Trustee for the College of Wooster in Ohio.
Mr. Gibian received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the College of Wooster and received an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Linda Grais Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Ocera Therapeutics

Linda Grais, MD, JD was President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Ocera Therapeutics (OCRX), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for gastrointestinal and liver diseases, from 2012 until its acquisition by Mallinckrodt in December, 2017. Dr. Grais has extensive experience in the healthcare field as a physician, biotechnology entrepreneur and investor. Previously, she was a Managing Member at InterWest Partners, a venture capital firm investing in drug development and medical device companies. Dr. Grais was a founder and executive vice president of SGX Pharmaceuticals (SGXP), which pioneered the integration of genomics with high-throughput protein structure determination to accelerate drug discovery. SGXP went public on NASDAQ and was acquired by Eli Lilly in 2006. Prior to founding SGX, Dr. Grais worked in the corporate practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she represented healthcare companies in venture financings, public offerings and strategic partnerships. Dr. Grais trained in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine at Yale and the University of California, San Francisco, and was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Critical Care at UCSF.

Dr. Grais received a B.A. from Yale University, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, an M.D. from Yale Medical School, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She has served on several advisory boards, including the Master’s Degree in Translational Medicine at UCSF, Yale Healthcare Advisory Board, and the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors. Dr. Grais currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Arca Biopharma, Inc. and PRA Health Sciences, Inc. She has received numerous honors, including the American Liver Foundation’s 2015 Salute to Excellence Award.

Jessica Herzstein, Secretary President, Environmental Health Resources, PC

Dr. Jessica Herzstein’s career in global public health has focused on the health of workers and the workplace and on preventive medicine in communities. She has developed and implemented health promotion and disease prevention programs for workers and families in developed and developing countries with goals of improving the health of populations, and reducing acute and chronic disease and disability. She has worked in countries throughout Europe, southeast and central Asia, and North and South America to assess environmental hazards, improve health knowledge, and foster healthy and safe behaviors, all within radically varying legal, regulatory and cultural frameworks.
For almost two decades she served as global medical director at a Fortune 200 chemical and equipment manufacturing company where she developed innovative approaches to manage and respond to a wide range of local, regional and global worker and community health threats ranging from acute industrial or environmental exposure hazards, to threats from TB, HIV and hepatitis, to rapidly growing rates of noncommunicable diseases. She led global health crisis planning and the response to pandemics including SARS and H1N1. Dr. Herzstein previously oversaw U.S. worker health surveillance in the Department of Defense, worked with USAID in international partnerships to build sustainable environmental health expertise and capacity in Eastern Europe, and held academic positions at two medical schools.
Most recently, Dr. Herzstein served a 4 year term on the United States Preventive Services Task Force, a panel of specialists in primary care and preventive medicine appointed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she remains a consultant. This body sets the standards for screening and counseling for medical service delivery in the United States, with international influence as well. In addition to in depth reviews of science to develop evidence based recommendations on important conditions ranging from breast and colon cancers to tuberculosis and depression, she led a work group on communication and dissemination, developing tools to assist professionals and consumers with decision making.
Dr. Herzstein is currently working as a consultant on environmental health and population health. She is an advisor to a major public private partnership in Mexico charged with reducing obesity and diabetes. She is a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington Milken Institute of Public Health. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Forum on Public Private Partnerships on Global Health and Safety which leverages the power of partnerships and cross sector collaboration to address a range of health needs among vulnerable populations, migrant workers and lower and middle income countries.
Dr Herzstein holds a medical degree from Yale University where she also received a masters in public health, specializing in environmental health. She completed training in internal medicine and preventive medicine at UCSF and at Harvard.

Chris Mitchell Director, Prime Policy Group

Chris Mitchell is currently a Director at Prime Policy Group, a leading Washington, DC government relations firm, where he focuses primarily on technology, appropriations, and transportation issues.
Previously, Chris spent more than eight years working for members of Congress from the State of California. From 2001 through 2006, Chris worked for Congressman Michael Honda, including three and a half years as legislative director. As legislative director, Chris ensured that the Congressman’s legislative agenda and appropriations goals were strategically pursued. He also advised Congressman Honda on all matters before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which Congressman Honda was then a member. In this capacity, Chris led Congressman Honda’s successful efforts to deploy cutting-edge security technologies at U.S. airports and to authorize and secure appropriations for a multi-billion dollar transit project in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, Chris has experience in advising members on trade, technology, and foreign assistance issues before the U.S. Congress. His international trade work included supporting Congressman Honda in his role as a member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
Prior to joining Congressman Honda, Chris worked for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) in her Palo Alto district office, where he served as her principal local liaison to the high technology community. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Mitchell lived in Nicaragua where he consulted for non-profit entities inside and outside the country. He remains active in Nicaragua, including as a board member of the Fabretto Children’s Foundation.
Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from The George Washington University and a Master’s degree in philosophy from San Jose State University. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Carrie, and three children. He remains active in his community as a member of his local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Planning, Zoning and Environment Committee.

James Mitchell Jr. Advisor, Rock Creek

As a senior executive in finance, asset management, M&A, capital markets and institutional investing for over 20 years James brings a multi-dimensional, performance driven value proposition as a strategic-thinking business leader. He has a strong track record of developing, executing and aligning organizational objectives for successful business transformation.

Currently, James works with Rock Creek (RC), an $11B asset management firm, where he advises the firm on relationships with key clients, including foundations and corporate and public pension plans. Before being recruited by RC, James completed a 25-year career with GE, during which he established domain expertise in key areas including: finance, asset management, corporate governance, acquisitions, capital markets, and the regulatory/legislative processes of the federal government. James worked closely with Members of Congress, legislative staff and federal regulators to help shape GE’s global public policy.

James led several initiatives for GE’s Office of the CEO and reported to two Vice Chairmen in CT during his career at this Fortune 50. Mitchell was the Co-CIO of $5B pension portfolio. As a M&A professional for GE Capital, James was chosen as the Integration leader on a strategic acquisition. He joined GE in 1990, as the Manager of Finance for a GE corporate entity. James also had the distinction of serving on the Advisory Boards of several top-tier private equity firms.

He graduated with a B.S. from Purdue University and a MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. James has been married to his wife Dana for 25 years, and they have two daughters. He enjoys golf, landscaping and cooking.

Sally A. Painter, Treasurer Chief Operating Officer, Blue Star Strategies

Sally A. Painter is Chief Operating Officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC. Ms. Painter’s work experience includes time spent in both government and at numerous corporations in the private sector. Given this diverse background, she provides corporate, institutional and public sector clients with results-oriented external affairs, foreign/security policy and business development strategies. Ms. Painter has an extensive track record working with Central Europe on security and policy issues, including successfully representing many of these countries on their NATO and EU bids as well as a Visa Equity Coalition (seven countries) where legislation was passed in the US Congress which allowed their citizens to enter the US Visa free.
Ms. Painter also has a successful track record of leading large-scale public-private projects, including as a lead advisor on the global NATO Summits including: Washington, DC – 1999, Prague – 2002, Istanbul – 2004 and Riga – 2006. In this capacity, she worked directly with the leadership of the host country and US governments, CEOs of global corporations, the U.S. Congress, NATO Headquarters and the Bush and Clinton White Houses to promote and educate transatlantic leaders on the importance of the NATO Alliance.
Ms. Painter is also a member of the Board of the most influential NGO within the NATO space – the US Committee on NATO and as such played a significant role in supporting NATO expansion. Instrumental in this successful process was a thorough understanding and ability to educate the foreign policy decision-makers within the transatlantic community. Over the last few years, Ms. Painter has also worked with opposition leaders to promote democracy and transparency in countries in transition, including Albania, Azerbaijan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kazakhstan, Romania, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Throughout 2000, she served as Executive Director of the Business Coalition for US-China Trade, a business group of 100 major corporate leaders that successfully secured passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China For three and a half years, Ms. Painter served as the Director of International at Tenneco Inc, a Fortune 500 company with manufacturing facilities in 42 countries. In this capacity, she was in charge of advancing the corporation’s business interests and negotiating new ventures with host governments in over 20 countries. While at Tenneco, she was also instrumental in the creation and early management of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue and the French American Business Council, two public/private organizations designed to engage business leaders and government officials to resolve trade disputes.
Prior to joining Tenneco, Ms. Painter was a senior advisor in the Clinton Administration. As such, she helped to manage the outreach and advocacy program for the late Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown, by providing strategic advice and advocacy to U.S companies bidding and winning overseas contracts.
Ms. Painter is on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Committee on NATO, The Truman National Security Project, the Global Fairness Initiative, Partners for Democratic Change, and a founding member of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD). Ms. Painter’s accomplishments have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and she has received numerous awards for her work including: The Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Hungary and The Minister of Defense’s Award for Distinction from the Republic of Latvia.

Amb. Stephen A. Seche Executive Vice President, The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

Ambassador Stephen A. Seche is the Executive Vice President at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Prior to his current position, Ambassador Seche served as a senior analyst in the Washington, DC office of Dentons US LLP, an international law practice with an extensive network of ties to the Middle East.

From August 2011 until May 2013, Ambassador Seche served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, with responsibility for U.S. relations with the states of the Arabian Peninsula.
He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen from August 2007 until August 2010.
Ambassador Seche spent 35 years as a Foreign Service Officer, much of that time engaged in the practice of public diplomacy. During the 2006-07 academic year, he was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southern California, where he taught in the recently established master’s degree program in public diplomacy. On his return from Yemen, Ambassador Seche spent a year at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, where he taught a graduate seminar in the School of Foreign Service.
From February 2005-August 2006, Ambassador Seche served as Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria; he was Deputy of Chief of Mission for the six months prior. This was his second tour in Damascus: from 1999-2002, he was Counselor for Public Affairs and Director of the American Cultural Center. He spent the two years between his Damascus assignments as Director of the Office for Egypt and Levant Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Seche entered the Foreign Service in 1978 and spent the first seven years of his career in public diplomacy positions in Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia. Other overseas assignments have included stints at U.S. embassies in Ottawa, Canada and New Delhi, India.
He received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and spent four years as a journalist before entering the Foreign Service. He is married to Susan Canning; the couple has three daughters.

Salim Suleman Entrepreneur, and former CEO of African Multinationals

Salim Suleman is an award winning telecommunications executive acknowledged internationally for launching one of the largest satellite telecommunications networks in Africa, iWay Africa. He is a serial entrepreneur and true visionary with a strategic mindset and proven performance in leading organizations through change and building cohesive teams of talented professionals that consistently deliver exceptional growth and profits in extremely challenging operating environments.

A specialist in corporate strategy and change management, Salim is adept at scaling and growing companies while motivating culturally diverse teams. He has led and motivated multinational team of 1,700 employees and distributors spanning 26 countries to achieve phenomenal growth in sales and revenues.

Salim’s 35 year career spans start ups in aviation, telecommunications, oil and gas, and agriculture sectors, including mergers and acquisitions and preparing mature businesses for sale.

Salim ‘s success at iWay Africa was built on taking businesses across African borders in order to create the critical mass for growth. Operating in 26 countries through subsidiaries and distributorships,  iWayAfrica was one of the 20 most recognized brands in SSA. The company was acquired by the Naspers Group in 2007 resulting in returns to the shareholders including OPIC of 5 x investment in five years.

He is a  Board Director of the Simba Corporation, a Kenyan conglomerate that operates car dealerships, 5 Star hotels and lodges, vehicle assembly plants, and real estate development. Salim served as a Board director of the National Oil Corporation of Kenya and was Chairman of the Finance and Strategy committee taking the parastatal from a 6  gas-station distribution to a 200+ gas-station distribution company from 2006-2009.

Salim is a graduate  of HEC/University of Oxford joint program with an MS in Consulting and Coaching for Change as well as the University of Oxford Advanced Management Program and Strategic Leadership Program.

Julia Roig President, PartnersGlobal, Washington, DC

Ms. Roig is responsible for the overall strategic direction of PartnersGlobal, an international organization committed to building sustainable capacity to advance civil society, democratic institutions and a culture of change and conflict management worldwide. She is a team-oriented, collaborative manager who oversees the DC-based Partners team and provides technical and strategic leadership to the global network of 18 Partners affiliate Centers for Change and Conflict Management.
Ms. Roig is an attorney licensed in the state of Maryland with fifteen years of diverse international management experience. She is a substantive expert in Good Governance, Public Participation, Access to Justice and Conflict Resolution, and has provided systems design, strategic planning, cooperative advocacy, program management, community outreach and training throughout the world. Prior to joining Partners, Julia served for two years as the Country Director for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Belgrade, Serbia. She is also a recognized expert on community justice and dispute resolution in Colombia having spent five years living and working from Bogota, promoting a national expansion of the Equity Conciliation and Justice Houses programs. Julia has specialized in the evaluation of international assistance programs and impact assessments, and has served as team leader for complex, multi-country evaluations in Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru and Senegal.
Prior to her international work, Julia served as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for both the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, and the D.C. Courts, acting as the main architect and promoter of new workplace dispute resolution services in both institutions. She previously served as the Chair of the International Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution and as a member of the Editorial Board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly. Ms. Roig received her J.D. from the George Washington School of Law and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.

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