The Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine (a/k/a Jay Augustine) serves as senior pastor of St. Joseph African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Durham, NC and as national chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He has a proven history of leadership in addressing some of the 21st century’s most pressing social issues. Immediately prior to his current pastoral assignment, Augustine served as senior pastor of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans (1844), the city’s oldest predominately black, Protestant church, and as an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center.
A former civil rights litigator, he successfully represented a class of plaintiffs in Carter v. St. Helena Parish School Board, one of the oldest desegregation cases in the United States, originally filed by Thurgood Marshall, then-counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served in the administration of Louisiana’s 55th governor, as executive counsel & director of legislative affairs for the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and in locally elected office as vice president of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. He is a silver life member of the NAACP.
Augustine earned an economics degree from Howard University, along with an active duty commission as a U.S. Army infantry officer. After four years of decorated military service, he earned his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University and served as a law clerk to Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice (then-Associate) Bernette Joshua Johnson. He later earned his Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, before completing a fellowship at Princeton Theological Seminary, and earning his Doctor of Ministry degree at Duke University.
Dr. Broadman is Managing Director of Berkeley Research Group a global consulting firm that helps leading organizations advance in three key areas: disputes and investigations, corporate finance, and strategy and operations. 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. A veteran operational advisor to C-suites and corporate board of directors, Broadman has been CEO and managing partner of Pro Global Partners LLC, a transaction advisory firm. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Shaila Manyam is a Senior Vice-President and leads international public affairs at Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW). In her role, she advises clients ranging from global organizations to national governments/world leaders and foreign companies on strategic communications, political risk mitigation, trade and tariff issues including CFIUS and FIRRMA, reputation management, crisis communications and thought leadership/stakeholder strategy. She joined BCW’s Washington, D.C. office following a 12-year career as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State focusing on Haiti, the Middle East (including Iraq, Syria and regional counterterrorism), Washington, D.C. and the United Nations.
The recipient of multiple awards for service, including five Superior Honor Awards from the State Department, Shaila served as a spokesperson on behalf of U.S. embassies and missions and the President’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. She has advised Cabinet-level national security officials, journalists and Members of Congress on Middle East bilateral and regional security and political strategy, economic policy, multilateral diplomacy, public diplomacy and media, refugees and migration issues. She has also represented the United States at UNESCO for communications, press freedom and technology issues, served as the Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of Political Affairs on International Organizations/UN issues, and was deployed to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, receiving recognition from the Smithsonian Institution for her work supporting post-disaster cultural heritage recovery. Prior to joining the State Department, Shaila was a Partner and Global Communications Director at Ogilvy, focusing on strategic communications, youth marketing and interactive media.
Shaila was born in Canada and grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. She graduated from Smith College with honors, double-majoring in Economics and Government, and received a Masters’ of Science from the London School of Economics. Shaila speaks six languages, including French, Arabic and Spanish. She is a member of the Global Leadership Council at the Meridian International Center.
Chris Mitchell is Vice President of Global Government Relations at IPC, the leading trade association for electronics manufacturing. In this role, he is responsible for development and implementation of the organization’s global advocacy efforts and public policy agenda with a focus on issues related to trade; industrial policy; workforce; and environment, health and safety. Chris also oversees IPC’s expanding research program which includes the organization’s longstanding statistical programs.
Chris was most recently a director at Prime Policy Group, a leading Washington, D.C. government relations firm. He previously spent nearly a decade working for members of Congress from the State of California for whom he handled technology, trade, and transportation issues. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and a Master’s degree in philosophy from San Jose State University and currently serves on the board of directors for Partners Global and the Fabretto Children’s Foundation.
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.
Ambassador Stephen A. Seche is the Former Executive Vice President at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Prior to his former 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 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.