MINISTER OF DEFENSE ZORAN JOLEVSKI, Republic of Northern Macedonia
Zoran Jolevski was appointed Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia June 19th, 2014. From March 2007 -June 2014 he served as Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States. In November 2008, he also has been appointed the Macedonian Government's chief negotiator on name differences with Greece under the auspices of the United Nations. Ambassador Jolevski is a professor at the European University, in Skopje, Macedonia.From 2000 to 2004, Ambassador Jolevski was Chief of Staff to the late Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski and served as the Chief Adviser to the Macedonian Government on Macedonia's World Trade Organization accession. He has served in various other capacities with the Macedonian Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
AMBASSADOR DENNIS HAYS, United States
Vice President, Director of Government Relations, and Corporate Secretary
Dennis K. Hays is a retired career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service. Ambassador Hays joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1976 and served overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, and South America. He also worked as an advance man for Presidential and Vice-Presidential visits overseas and was twice elected President of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the union and professional voice of the Foreign Service worldwide.
Ambassador Hays was the Coordinator for Cuban Affairs at the Department of State from 1993 to 1995 and served as Director of the Office for Mexican Affairs the following year. He was the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname from February 1997 to June 2000. After leaving government service, Amb. Hays was the Executive Vice President of the Cuban American National Foundation from July 2000 to October 2003 and Managing Director of the Washington D.C. based Global and Government Affairs practice of Tew Cardenas, LLP until joining Novastar in July 2006.
Ambassador Hays has been awarded the State Department's Superior Honor Award four times (1981, 1987, 1991 and 1995) and the Meritorious Honor Award once (1979). He received the Christian Herter Award for Intellectual Courage in 1996 and the Order of the Palm from the Republic of Suriname in 2000.
Mr. Hays earned an undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of Florida and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. He is also a 1993 graduate of the National War College.
CONSUL GENERAL HANS JUERGEN WENDEL, Germany
Born in Hamburg/Germany, 1972-2005: member of Germany`s Diplomatic Service in Bonn/Germany andBerlin/Germany with postings at the German Embassies in Dublin/Ireland (1975), Paris/France(1976-80), Tel Aviv/Israel (1984-87, and again - during the Gulf War - in 1991) and Rome/Italy (1991-97) - 1978. Studied History and English at the Universities of Hamburg/Germany, Vienna/Austria, Southampton/England and at Southern Illinois University (SIU)/Carbondale, IL . Graduate Assistant in German at SIU. Master of Arts at SIU (History and English, with a thesis on "The American Revolution and Democracy") Lecturer in History and German at SIU State examination for teachers, University of Hamburg/ Germany.Lecturer at the Academy of Economics and Politics in Hamburg/Germany (with field studies in Peru and Thailand). Postgraduate studies at the German Development Institute (with field studies in Bolivia) - Doctorate (PhD) in History, English and Political Science at the University of Hamburg/Germany (with a doctoral dissertation on the immigration policy of the United States of America) - 1988: attended Prof. Fisher`s Negotiation Seminar at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass. - 2001-2005: Consul General of Germany in Los Angeles, CA, with responsibilities for California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Utah - since 2005: living in Berlin/Germany and active in the field of international economic and cultural cooperation - Spring quarter of 2007: guest lecturer at the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) at the University of California in San Diego - since 2008: Lecturer in the FU-BEST program, Berlin.
AMBASSADOR JADRANKA NEGODIC, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ambassador Jadranka Negodić earned a law degree at the University of Sarajevo in 1979. During the breakup of Yugoslavia and the Bosnian War, she fled Sarajevo to the relative safety of Dubrovnik, Croatia. After the war, she took a job at the new Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which made sense to her because she “had always enjoyed travel and contact with other people.” Few of Bosnia’s diplomats had served under the Yugoslavian regime, and with no formal diplomatic academy Negodić got on-the-job training, including opportunities when she visited the foreign affairs ministries in Japan, Turkey the US, Italy and Greece Early on she headed the Department for Neighboring Countries, which required her legal expertise in dealing with post-conflict issues such as border delimitation, restitution of property and refugees, with the former Yugoslav republics of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Kosovo.
Negodić served as minister-counsellor at the Bosnian embassy in London, UK, from 2003 to 2006. After that posting, she returned home to serve as assistant minister of foreign affairs from 2007 to 2008. In January 2008, Negodić was appointed head of Bosnia’s mission to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. During her tenure, Bosnia signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU on June 16, 2008, which set Bosnia on the road toward EU membership. She returned to London in December 2008 to serve as ambassador to the UK until 2012.
JOSEPH PANETTA President & CEO, Member of the Board of Directors of BIOCOM, United States
Mr. Panetta serves as President & CEO of BIOCOM the Southern California association that advocates for 720 companies, service sector firms, universities and research institutes working in the biotechnology and biomedical device arena. As President and CEO since 1999, Mr. Panetta has been responsible for leading BIOCOM’s efforts to position the regional life science community to achieve global success. He leads programs in capital formation, public policy, workforce education, and member-to-member services. He also oversees several subsidiaries of BIOCOM, including a Purchasing Group which provides more than $40 million in products and services to members, and is a co-founder of the BIOCOM Political Action Committee, the BIOCOM Institute for education and workforce development, and the California Biotechnology Foundation, a joint initiative to inform legislators and the media about the life science industry in the state, of which he is Chairman. In January 2014 Mr. Panetta was appointed by CA Gov. Jerry Brown to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee which serves as the governing and Oversight Board for the CA Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and is responsible for providing grant funding under the $3 billion CA stem cell initiative. He is a past chairman of the board of the San Diego Workforce Partnership and sits on the boards of directors of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, CleanTECH San Diego, and CONNECT. He is a member of advisory boards of the pharmacy school at UC San Diego, the engineering school at San Diego State University, and the college of science and mathematics at Cal State University San Marcos.
SENOR JOSE GALICOT, President & CEO Tijuana Innovadora, Mexico
Sr.José Galicot Behar, President of Tijuana Innovadora, A.C. is a well-known philanthropist and businessman who has been recognized because of his efforts to promote a good image for Tijuana and due to his work which has fortified the local economy. He graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) as a Civil Engineer, and he studied Economy at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC). He is part of the Economic Development Council of Tijuana, president of Comité de Imagen de Tijuana and he presided the Economic Coordination Council/Consejo Coordinador Empresarial. He is a poet and a writer; he has been a columnist publishing his work at Semanario Zeta. Together with Alejandro Bustamante and Tomas Perrín, in October 2010, he made possible the first edition of Tijuana Innovadora, with the participation of international figures, his main objective was to promote within and outside the country, the diversity of talent and development that are born in Tijuana and exported all over the world.
PATRICK DRINAN, Ph.D. Dean Emeritus University of San Diego, United States
Mr. Drinan is a Dean Emeritus and Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of San Diego. His most recent research has been on national and international education policies involving academic integrity. He is a past president of the Center for Academic integrity and of the San Diego World Affairs Council. He and his wife, Mary Ann, currently reside in Escondido, California. Dr. Drinan received his Ph.D. in 1972 at the University of Virginia with his dissertation covering economic and political debates in the Soviet Union. He taught at Fort Hays State University in the l970's and moved to the University of San Diego to chair the Department of Political Science in 1981. He became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USD in l989 and retired as dean in 2006 to return to teaching.
MICHAEL DERSHOWITZ, JD, United States
Mr. Dershowitz, JD served at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as a Senior Attorney for 30 years. He is an experienced investigator, litigator, negotiator, and speaker. For several years, Michael served as FTC’s liaison to FDA and EPA. He is an expert in advertising law, consumer protection, antitrust and federal regulatory law, with a focus on FTC and FDA defense and regulatory compliance.
In 2003, Mr. Dershowitz entered private practice and now specializes in consulting with individuals and companies regarding federal regulatory matters. For three years, he served as Chief Compliance Officer with Seasilver USA, Inc., a major dietary supplement company that was operating under FTC order. Michael led the company out of receivership and into compliance with all FTC and FDA rules and regulations. Working closely with management, Michael reviewed all advertising and labeling and consulted regularly with FTC and FDA staff to enable the company to resolve all outstanding issues.
ERIC MILLER, President , Canada
Mr. Miller joined the CCCE as Vice President, Policy, Innovation, and Competitiveness in March 2013. He served most recently as Industry Canada’s representative at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. During this time he served as a member of Canada’s team that developed 2011 Beyond the Border Action Plan. Prior to this, he acted as a Washington advisor for the Canadian Government’s investments in the 2009 restructuring of the North American auto industry. Working as a consultant between 1996-2005 with the Integration and Trade Development Department of the Inter-American Development Bank, he advised governments throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on trade negotiations and trade development strategies. During this period Eric worked on free trade negotiations between the United States and Central America, Panama, Peru and Colombia.
LES LO BAUGH, JD, Shareholder in the Law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, United States
Les is a Shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in its San Diego and Los Angeles offices. He is a member of the firm’s Natural Resources Department and Corporate Law Department.
His corporate practice focuses on the breadth of major corporate matters, including corporate structuring and restructuring, corporate governance, transactional, M&A, regulatory, permitting, strategic planning and investment analysis, organizational issues and internal investigations. His natural resources practice includes power, natural gas, renewable energy, LNG, state and federal regulation, utilities, climate change, water and permitting. He has provided legal services to corporate and energy clients for over 30 years and has served as both in-house general counsel and outside general counsel.
Dr. Ina von Ber serves as President and CEO of the Ambassadorial Roundtable & World Diplomatic Forum.She is responsible for vision, strategy, operations, technological innovation, media and branding of the Ambassadorial Roundtable and World Diplomatic Forum in the areas cyber-security, technology, defense, education, healthcare, finance, and global diplomacy. As an early innovator of cultural diplomacy programs, Dr. von Ber devised the first Global Cyber Security Agreement for Embassy Communication focused on initiating exchange of information between embassies with limited staff and resources. During her academic career, Dr.von Ber pioneered and spearheaded the development of traditional educational and executive business programs for nonprofit, private and for-profit universities in the US and Europe. She built her reputation on an ability to attract outstanding executives, management teams, and boards of directors, serving on multiple boards, regularly advising institutional investors, family offices on corporate governance. With a focus on expansion, in particular capital allocation, Dr. von Ber helped CEOs capitalize on scalable corporate social responsibility portfolios, while engaging media in partnerships and driving worldwide organizational outreach. Dr.von Ber is an award-winning journalist, speaks 7 languages, world traveler, tennis player and golfer, skier, and passionate reader, oh and she loves chocolate!