John Schlosser is a Senior Advisor of Albright Stonebridge Group, where he draws on extensive overseas management experience as a diplomat in South Asia, to advise clients on successful business strategies in India.

Prior to joining the firm, John was Director of the Office of Regional Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, serving as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia. He was a driving force in shaping and implementing both the U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation initiative and its predecessor, the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership with India. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Schlosser was founding Director of the Department’s Office of Export Control Cooperation and Sanctions. Previously he served as Deputy Political Counselor and chief of the Political-Military and External Affairs units at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland and as Senior Political Officer in the State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs.

John earned an M.A. in European History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed doctoral work at Stanford University, passing his Ph.D. oral examinations with distinction shortly before joining the Foreign Service.

John has two adult children, a son who works in Virginia as an engineer and a daughter who works in the Los Angeles area in public relations. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, hiking, reading history, and tennis and golf. He current serves as President of the San Diego World Affairs Council.

 

Lulu Hsu headshotLulu Hsu is currently a community volunteer and leader, following retirement from Solar Turbines Incorporated, a Caterpillar Company, after 35 years with the company. Her career spanned engineering and manufacturing functions to working with global energy super-majors as well as being the General Manager of Solar’s worldwide turbine overhaul operation based in Dallas. After her retirement as Director of Business Development and Marketing, Customer Services, she continues to be actively involved in working informally with professional women, being an amateur classical pianist, a life-long passion, and volunteering in a number of community organizations. She is a founding member and Vice-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of San Diego, and started a volunteer group called GROW (Generating Ripples of Opportunity for Women) to raise money for and awareness of Shakti Rising, a non-profit that is focused on empowering women and developing feminine leadership. She is a former Board member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, a Board member of AmateurPianists, the largest meetup group of amateur pianists in the nation and a member of the Diplomacy Council. She is currently serving as Vice President of the San Diego World Affairs Council.

She has a BS in Chemistry and Applied Music and a MS in Analytical Chemistry.

 

bod-debbyDebby Dutilly received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Education from the University of San Diego. She was employed by the San Diego Unified School District for forty years. Unique travel experiences have allowed her to expand her interest in and knowledge of International Affairs, while developing greater understanding of diverse cultures.

Debby is a past member of the Board of Directors of the North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council of San Diego and served as secretary for one year. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, San Diego Zoo Global, and the York Society of the University of California San Diego. Debby currently serves on the San Diego World Affairs Council Board as Secretary.

 

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David Edick Jr. is an independent financial & management consultant focused on energy, commodities, Russia, political risk, and global financial markets. Long active in international trade, investment banking, and internationally-oriented nonprofits, he worked in Russia in the 1990′s as owner of California Trading & Industrial Corporation – a food importer and wholesaler; later with Vtoroi Finansovyi Dom – a British-Russian investment bank; and then as Executive Vice President of Cortez Seafoods exporting seafood from Mexico to Asia and Europe.

David stepped down as President in January 2016 to become Past President of the World Affairs Council of San Diego. He is also Past-President of the San Diego International Sister Cities Association and 6-term past President of the San Diego-Vladivostok Sister City Society and  he has served on the Community Advisory Board of the San Diego Diplomacy Council. In addition, David makes public presentations on topics involving international/global affairs, finance, political risk, and energy. David currently serves on the San Diego World Affairs Council Board as immediate Past President.

 

Joe Eldred is from Peoria, Illinois and received a BS in Education from Indiana State University, MA in Education from Vanderbilt University, and MS in Educational Leadership from California State University San Bernardino. He is a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force as an aviator and was employed 22 years as a teacher, counselor, coach, principal, and district director. Currently Joe is an Adjunct Professor of 11 years for the National University teaching Educational Administration, School Counseling, and School Psychology.

Joe has volunteered for 20 years as chair of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for high school accreditations, five years as an interviewer for prospective students of Vanderbilt Univeristy, and five years as a volunteer at the International Peace and Justice Center of San Diego. In his spare time, he enjoys travel and golf. Currently Joe serves as Membership Chair for the San Diego World Affairs Council.

 

BOD-renoAmbassador Reno L. Harnish III founded, and is currently the Director of, the Center for Environment and National Security at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to this, he spent 33 years in the Foreign Service, including positions as the U.S. Ambassador in Azerbaijan, the Chief of Mission in Kosovo and the Deputy Chief of Mission in Egypt. He was heavily engaged in conflict resolution, democratization and energy issues. He received the Presidential Meritorious Service Award twice and the Department of State Distinguished Service Award among other decorations. He took a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University, and a Master of International Service and a Master of Arts in Economics from the American University in Washington D.C. He has published a book and articles on energy and the environment. Reno is a Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He lives with his wife Leslie in San Diego, California. They have two children and three grandchildren.

 

JameJim_Larrimore_smalls A. (Jim) Larrimore was elected interim President of the San Diego World Affairs Council in January 2016. He has been President of the North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council since 2013.

He has a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from Cornell and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from M.I.T. He is a Fellow in the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) and has received Distinguished Service awards from the IAEA and from INMM.

Since 1985, he has been deeply involved with international nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation, serving for 14 years in senior positions at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, and as a U.S. government sponsored consultant. His early career included 3 years on the M.I.T. Nuclear Engineering faculty; nuclear reactor project management at a Euratom research center in Italy, and technical management and international business development positions at General Atomics in San Diego.

He is married to Irene, a multilingual interpreter born in Germany, and is a Life Member Docent at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve specializing in public nature walks.

 

mary-mapMary M. McKenzie teaches international relations at the University of San Diego, specializing in international organizations, human rights, and European politics. She received her Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Barbara and, later, a JD from USD. Before becoming involved again with the San Diego World Affairs Council after several years, Mary served for on the Board of the UNA-San Diego for roughly a decade. Last year she served as chair for SDWAC’s Academic World Quest competition for high school students, and she looks forward to continuing in that role and growing the program.

She loves her Hillcrest neighborhood and Balboa Park. She also loves to travel, to play with her 2 cats and chihuahua named Pinky, and going out for food, theater, or movies.  She is currently serving as a Board member of the San Diego World Affairs Council, responsible for the Academic World Quest Program.

 

tomreevepicforbioThomas B. Reeve, Jr. graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1969. He later attended law school at the State University of New York, where he was a teaching assistant in International Law to Thomas Buergenthal, a future Judge of the International Court of Justice. Upon completing law school Tom served in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps both in the U.S. and in Spain before becoming the Navy’s West Coast major case prosecutor. In Spain, Tom negotiated international claims against the U.S., resolved international criminal jurisdiction issues, and tried criminal courts-martial cases.

After a career with the Navy, Tom practiced civil litigation at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, including representation of the family of Colonel Charles E. Shelton, the last known captured-alive POW from the Vietnam War. He was later appointed an Assistant United States Attorney responsible for complex federal civil trials.

Tom was admitted to the New York, California, and Washington, D.C. Bars. He is also a Barrister of the American Inns of Court. He was an invited visiting civil trial instructor for the Department of Justice’s, National Advocacy Center and a frequent continuing legal education instructor in San Diego. Tom is the President of the North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council.

 

Pat Reeve reReeve,Pat - photo for websiteceived a degree in Political Science from San Diego State University and then, while living in Spain, completed her course work towards a Master of Science in Management. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, Mongolia, and Russia.

She served one year term as Board Secretary and then five years on the Executive Committee before becoming the first woman elected to serve as President in the Council’s history. She created first Young Professional’s group at SDWAC and established the SDWAC’s first Partnership in Education. During her tenure as Executive Director, she co-chaired two International. Galas: A Salute to Spain and A Salute to the Philippines. She established the SDWAC Dine with a Diplomat series and successfully obtained corporate sponsorships for a number of  programs and events. She is a member of the SDWAC Women’s Advisory Board and SDWAC Coordinator for the Great Decisions program under the direction of the Foreign Policy Association. She is also a Past Member of the Board of Directors of North County Chapter and spent one year as Program Chair. Pat is currently the VP of Public Relations for the North County Chapter.

 

Dan RuchmanDan Ruchman is a senior financial executive who is effective in both the boardroom and “the trenches”. He has broad experience in financial, operations and administrative management across a variety of industries including life sciences, high tech, and consumer products, in both public and private companies.  Ruchman serves as an entrepreneurial and turnaround financial management consultant, and an operational and accounting consultant, as Ruchman & Associates.  Prior to that, he held increasingly senior positions in finance including but not limited to: VP of Finance & Adminstration at Phyton Biotech, Director of Finance at Thomson Publishing’s Lawyers Cooperative Publishing subsidiary, and Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Bausch & Lomb.

Mr. Ruchman holds a BA in History from Princeton University and MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is active in TiE SouthCoast Entrepreneurs, and with San Diego Connect as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Financial Advisor. He served on the Advisory Board for the Tech Ventures investment fund, served 16 years on the Advisory Board for Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Liberal Arts, and currently serves as Chair of the San Diego Financial Executives Networking Group. He is a Board Member of the San Diego World Affairs Council, and serves as the group’s Chief Financial Officer.

 

Rewa Colette SoltanBorn in Sydney, Rewa Colette Soltan is a dual national who has always considered herself a citizen of the world. Interested in other cultures and world affairs as she traversed the globe from early childhood, she was also privileged to travel domestically and visited 49 of the 50 states in her capacity as Miss Teenage America 1971. That opportunity provided an entrée to contacts influential and a platform from which she could enable civic outreach for a number of worthy causes.

As a communications professional, she has spent most of her career facilitating community engagement and orchestrating signature events, while serving as a spokesperson for a variety of organizations. A writer, community activist and public speaker, Ms. Soltan participated in the first White House Conference on Aging. A recipient of the Golden Eagle Award presented by the American Academy of Achievement, Rewa has served as liaison for a wide range of corporate clients and non-profits in San Diego, and has also presided on or chaired numerous non-profit cultural boards. Rewa is currently serving as Development Committee Chair of the San Diego World Affairs Council.

Former Board Members

Arnold ReAGR Photogardie practiced law in California for over 40 years before retiring in 2009.  He is a former  Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, for the Central District of California, Los Angeles, and a former president of the Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter.  He is the author of a book, “The Art of Clear Writing,” and has written legal articles as well as articles on the Civil War.  He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S. in Economics and received a Juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  Before attending law school he practiced as a certified public accountant in the Washington D.C. area.

 

Bob Felt was born unnamed (2)and raised in Chicago and his college education includes a BS in Business Administration from Northwestern University and an MBA from De Paul University. He has a CPA certification from Illinois and his work experience centered on accounting and finance for smaller and medium sized manufacturing organizations in Illinois, Idaho and Colorado.

He retired in 1995 and relocated to Rancho Bernardo in 1996. His family includes two boys and a loving wife, Mary Alice. He is very heavily involved in volunteer activities in various capacities, principally as treasurer and with a focus on financial activities to contribute to organizations he believes in. He is currently involved with the North County Chapter of the World Affairs Council as Treasurer and Board Member, focusing on handling insurance relations in addition to duties with Membership, Public Relations and assisting in newsletter composition and distribution.

 

Cy Cha1events1dley was born and raised in London where he graduated from University College majoring in Economics. His career with an international British construction company took him to many parts of the world and brought him to San Diego in 1981, where he decided to retire in 1991; Cy became a U.S. citizen in 1993. In addition to his career, he has traveled extensively, visiting over 100 nations, taking a keen interest in local history, politics and culture. He has been active with the San Diego World Affairs Council since 1995 including being President of the North County Chapter from 2004 to 2008. He is the CFO of the SDWAC.

He is a member of the United Nations Associations in the U.K. and the U.S.; past board member of the UNA-SD; presented with the 2010 Carroll and Noah Cannon award for his promotion of the values contained in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Life member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, the American and British Humanist Associations and the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego.

 

FAROUK-AL-NASSERFarouk Al-Nasser was born in Iraq and is a graduate of Baghdad University, the University of Colorado and the University of Denver with B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering, respectively.

During his 42 year career in the high tech industry, he held technical, operational and senior executive management positions at Fortune 500, mid-size and start-up companies in California and Colorado. He is the founder of two data storage companies in San Diego County. In 2003 he joined a Fortune 500 San Diego-based Corporation as an Executive Director of the Iraqi Operations. He “retired” in 2006 and since then has made more than 200 presentations to civic, social and non-profit organizations, and local universities on topics focused on the Middle East – its history and its geopolitics.

Farouk is a past President of the San Diego World Affairs Council and a member of the Continuing Education Center at Rancho Bernardo Academic Committee.

 

Glenn-BarrogaGlenn Leo Barroga is an international consultant, business developer, and business owner based in San Diego, California.

With the return of democracy to the Philippines and upon the invitation of then President Corazon Aquino, Mr. Barroga started doing work for the Philippines. He was instrumental in several international municipal and trade development projects – master planning at the Manila International Airport, initiating a solid municipal waste collection and disposal plan in metropolitan Manila; identifying and securing contracts to rehabilitate and build power plants and successfully promoting the idea of a computerized lottery for the Philippines.

In addition to his international business development work, Mr. Barroga has worked with state, county, and city governments in the United States and is actively involved in his community. He is also a member of the District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce for San Diego and Imperial Counties, and was the Program Chair for the San Diego World Affairs Council’s Salute the Philippines gala.

 

V__5F52 (2)Reiss Williams is Chair of the SDWAC Young Professionals Committee. Reiss moved to San Diego in 2010 and earned a degree in Political Science from Point Loma Nazarene University. In his senior year he served as President of his College Democrats organization and worked fervently to encourage bipartisanship and a knowledge of global issues on campus. For example, he organized meetings with Admiral Len Herring on climate change, and its ramifications for US national security as well as an intimate round table discussion with former Romanian Foreign Minister Adrian Severin, about the Ukraine crisis.

While pursuing his degree he also worked in the highest echelon of retail sales at both Burberry and Prada.

Reiss is an avid watcher of the BBC and has an unbridled love for sports – especially football and cricket, two of the world’s most globally popular games and testaments to the legacy of the British Commonwealth of which he himself is a product. Reiss has a wealth of foreign travel and experience and is excited to use his background for the benefit of the San Diego World Affairs Council.

 

1events1Rita Lim-Wilby is franchise owner for Budget Blinds of North San Diego, a business for custom window coverings, draperies, interior design, floor coverings, and color consulting. The Budget Blinds team designs, provides, and installs solutions for home decorating needs.

Rita also has a PhD from the School of Pharmacy, University of London. She worked in drug discovery for a total of 10 years at DuPont, Merck and Corvas International, focusing on hepatitis C, malaria, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The project she initiated on the hepatitis C virus led to the first-in-class oral cure in combination therapy for hepatitis C. She spent 12 years in marketing and business development for medical device, biotech, and pharma companies.

Rita is a past member of the International Affairs Board for the City of San Diego and Immediate Past President of San Diego International Sister Cities Association.  She also founded PGC200 as a community for professional career development for scientists and engineers, and invented a toilet that is ultralow water use, self cleaning, and customizable.

 

BOD-madhavProfessor M.C. Madhavan has had an exceptionally distinguished academic career for over half – a century. He is a Professor of Economics and Asian Studies Emeritus at San Diego State University.

He has had the distinct honor of receiving a record five Fulbright Awards and has held visiting professor appointments in the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; the National Institute of Bank Management, Poona; the Madras School of Economics, Chennai; the University Putra Malaysia; and for the Harvard University’s Fulbright Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City and the University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh,. He was a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund and at the University of Taipei, Taiwan and at GuanZhou Normal University, China.

He has written extensively in the area of development economics and has delivered over 150 lectures on variety of topics in many countries under the auspices of the USIS and other organizations. He is an invited contributor of over 60 articles to daily newspapers such as The Hindu of India and San Diego Union-Tribune.

He was President of the Tamil Nadu Foundation and is a founding member and advisor to the Mingei International Museum. He has held positions in many civic organizations, including the Forum of the Arts (San Diego), and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Asia – Pacific Islanders.

He is the recipient of many awards over the years, including Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award and Peace Medal by Morehouse College and Martin Luther King International Chapel and KPBS Television — Union Bank Local Hero Award.

 

MSS Photo 2013Mr M S Sharma is a Senior career Civil Servant of the Government of India serving with the Indian Police Service. He holds a Masters in International Affairs, an MBA and has a diverse experience of 23 years of service in the Government including service with the United Nations and other Foreign Assignments. His background incorporates a wide variety of experience in the fields of crime prevention and detection, maintenance of law and order, peacekeeping in a European civil war, ensuring transportation security in India, promoting Indian Trade as a diplomat, commanding paramilitary forces and gathering intelligence.

Mr Sharma has presented papers on behalf of India at a number of International Seminars, Conferences and Workshops on many subjects and has served on various committees and panels of the Government of India. During his career Mr. Sharma has been bestowed with a unique honor by the Mayor of San Diego who proclaimed July 20, 2015 as “Manish S. Sharma Day”. He has also received US Congressional Special Recognition for his services, the title of Honorary Mayor- President of the city of Baton Rouge and the United Nations Peace Medal among other honors.