Dr. Deborah Aiken

Deborah Aiken currently serves as the Director of Regulatory Analysis in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Her prior positions include:  Supervisory Economist at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,  Senior Economist at Navigant Consulting/LECG and Economist with the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Deborah earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tennessee and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa.

Dr. Laura Khor

Laura Khor is well versed in the topics of countering violent extremism (CVE), terrorist deradicalization and radicalization, and global security issues. She earned her PhD in International Relations and Master of Letters (MLitt) from the University of St Andrews, Scotland and her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.

She published the article, “The Colonial Foundations of Malaysia’s Terrorist Rehabilitation Program” in the Malaysian Journal of International Relations. She co-wrote a policy brief with George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute entitled “Detainee Release and Global Public Safety: Terrorist Disengagement Programs -The Way Ahead.” Khor completed an Expedition Everest trek to raise money for Childreach International in Nepal with a 16 member team.

Dr. Suk Lee

Dr. Lee started his professional career as a public auditor for an international consulting firm. Dr. Lee has conducted professional workshops and advised businesses in Strategic Management, Business Policy, Business Law, Economics, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Small Business Management, and Organizational Management. He has worked for non-profit, public and private organizations and has held all of the following job titles: Certified Public Account, Financial Reporter, Chief Financial Officer, faculty member, Academic Dean, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Independent Consultant

Dr. Lee has a PhD in Organization and Management, an MBA in Finance, and a BS in Accounting, and he is a Certified Public Accountant. Dr. Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

Kristi Ragan

After graduating from Georgetown University Ms. Ragan joined the Peace Corp and served in the South Pacific and later, in Tanzania.  Thereafter, with the United Nations in Somalia she was engaged in assisting development through public private partnerships.

She joined DAI, a global development consultancy,  in 2003 and quickly built relationships with Walmart, Gap, Chevron, and other multinational corporations, and leveraged these relationships after being named to lead the core services team for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Global Development Alliances. Kristi, as Chief of Party, Center for Development Innovation at DAI,  now leads an initiative for USAID that works to encourage innovative solutions to global problems such as illiteracy. Building on three decades of work in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, Kristi remains committed to finding new ways to raise the quality of life for the world’s poor.

Krisit holds an M.S. from Georgetown University and an M.A from St. John’s College.  She is Co-Chair, Society for International Development’s Work Group on Corporate Responsibility

Dr. Tam Robert Nguyen

Mr. Nguyen has twenty years of progressive, diversified experience in corporate policy and strategy, sustainability, and public affairs. He is currently global head of sustainability for Bechtel corporation, a global engineering and construction company leading corporate initiatives on a range of global issues, including climate change, human rights, and economic development. Mr. Nguyen also serves as vice-chair of the corporate responsibility committee of the U.S. Council for International Business.

Prior to joining Bechtel, Mr. Nguyen was manager for global issues, policy and corporate responsibility at Chevron Corporation. Concurrently he chaired the social responsibility working group of IPIECA, a major oil and gas association in London.   He has also worked for the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC and the U.S. Agency for International Development, holding posts in Australia, Southeast Asia, Eurasia, West Africa, and Latin America.  

Mr. Nguyen was awarded visiting fellowships to the Research Institute of the Export-Import Bank of Japan (Tokyo) and the Center for Corporate Responsibility of the Asian Institute of Management (Manila). He co-edited Regional Public Goods: from Theory to Practice (IDB: 2004), and authored the chapter “Coordinating the Supply of Regional Public Goods.” He co-drafted the recommendations and edited the report “Our Shared Opportunity: A Vision for Global Prosperity” (Center for Strategic International Studies: 2013), shared to U.S. Congress and the Administration to strengthen American leadership in the developing world. He has authored a number of industry publications on social responsibility in the oil/gas sector.

Educated in the United States, Europe, and Asia, he is a graduate of George Washington University, and holds a doctorate in business administration and two masters’ degrees in international business and international development.  

Cenk Sidar 

Cenk Sidar is the President and CEO of Sidar Global Advisors, a Washington, DC-based global macro research and strategic advisory firm that has been assisting top financial institutions and multinational corporations investing in emerging markets since 2009. Sidar holds an MA degree in international economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, a postgraduate degree in European studies from SAIS’s Bologna Center in Italy, and a BA degree in business administration and international relations from the Istanbul Bilgi University. His academic awards include the Bank of Austria Scholarship, the Jean Monnet Scholarship, and the Johns Hopkins Scholarship. He is a member of Atlantik-Brucke e. V., the European Young Leaders Program, the Jean Monnet Program, the Project Interchange Alumni, and the American Academy of Achievement. He is fluent in English and German.

Paolo von Schirach

Paolo von Schirach is a Professor in the MBA Program at BAU International University, focusing on international economics, competition policies, and industrial innovation. He is also the President of the Global Policy Institute, (GPI), a Washington, DC based research institute focusing on economics, energy, education and global affairs. GPI is affiliated with BAU International University.

Von Schirach is the Founder and Editor of the Schirach Report, (www.SchirachReport.com), an online publication focusing on politics, economics and international security. He is a frequent lecturer and commentator for radio and TV on US foreign and domestic politics and global issues.

Mr. von Schirach holds higher degrees from the London School of Economics; Georgetown University where he was a Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow in the Government Department; the University of Pisa, Italy; and the Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa.

Dr. Andrew Wyner

Andrew Wyner holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA with concentrations in Strategy and Marketing from York University.  In a 27-year career with Eastman Kodak he held management positions in R&D, Engineering, Manufacturing, Regulatory Affairs, Competitive Intelligence, Marketing, and Global Strategy.  He taught Business, Management, and Economics courses for 12 years at several colleges in the Rochester, New York, area.  Dr. Wyner has worked in 10 countries and this experience has informed his global perspective in teaching courses in International Business, International Management, International Economics, and International Marketing.  Because of his great interest in travel, he has visited a total of 104 countries.

Dr. Ali Gungor

Ali Gongor is a Senior Economist with the U.S. Coast Guard where he ensures the quality of the economic research and analysis related to the management of national and international marine safety, marine security and environmental stewardship programs.

Mr. Gongor was engaged in the design of BAU IU academic program and has taught Managerial Economics and Product Development as well as Globalization and Emerging Market Economics and Management Information Systems. He previously taught microeconomics and macroeconomics the undergraduate and graduate level at The George Washington University of six years.

Prior to academia, Gongor had a long professional career as an international consultant on land, development and construction projects and also managed several power and utility projects in the United States, Latin America and Eurasia working closely with national regulatory agencies.

Gongor earned both a Ph. D. and a Master’s Degree in Economics from The George Washington University and a Bachelor/s Degree in Economics from The Bosporus University in Istanbul.