Dr. Deborah Aiken
Dr. Deborah Aiken
Dr. 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 and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Aiken earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tennessee and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa.
Mariam Atash, Esq.
Mariam Atash, Esq.
Mariam Atash is an adjunct professor of international law at BAU. Atash is an attorney with experience in the legal, business, government relations, media and nonprofit sectors. Mariam is Managing Partner of Prime Counsel, PLLC in the United States and is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia and State of California. Mariam’s experience includes projects in the U.S., Asia and the Middle East.
Mariam has served on US Department of State committees related to rule of law and women’s rights and serves on the United States Institute of Peace’s Gender and Law Working Group. She has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at The University of La Verne School of Law, where she taught Law in Post-Conflict Societies and Law of Nonprofit Organizations.
Mariam has experience as a journalist and as a commentator. For three years, she was the host of “PUL,” a television show produced by America Abroad Media that broadcast in Central Asia. She was also the moderator of the “Global Challenges Series” with the Center for Strategic & International Studies, which was webcast through the Knight Center for International Media and focused on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.
Mariam was Senior Advisor to a trade association and Commercial & Trade Counsel at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. She has taken part in numerous international conferences and speaking engagements on issues related to economic development, legal reform, women’s rights, and civil society capacity building.
Mariam began her professional career as an attorney at Dechert LLP, a top 50 law firm, from 1999 until 2003 working on commercial litigation, intellectual property, and international business law matters. In 2002, she was selected to serve as a member of the U.N’s Legal Affairs Working Group for Afghanistan. Mariam’s focus was women’s rights in the new constitution and her recommendations led to a stronger equality clause in the new Afghan Constitution. Mariam also served as the Coordinating Attorney of a commercial law reform project sponsored by American Bar Association. Her work on legal reform has been covered by the Legal Times, Reuters, and CNN Moneyline.
Mariam is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude 1999), where she served on the editorial board of Law and Policy in International Business. She graduated from the Honor’s Program at George Mason University (B.A., International Studies, summa cum laude, 1995), where served as President of the International Student Association and as a White House intern during the Clinton Administration.
I’ve completed my undergraduate education in economics and accounting and obtained a Master of International Financial Reporting Standard from the University of Damascus. I started my career teaching accounting in Syria and have over 8 years of experience in teaching. I have also worked for over 15 years in the private & non- profit sector as an accountant, and as an internal & external auditor for both national and international companies in Syria, Jordan & the U.S. I currently hold the position of Finance Manager in the Syrian American Medical Society in Washington, DC.
Dr. Ali Gungor
Dr. Ali Gungor
Dr. Ali Gungor 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. Dr. Gungor has also taught microeconomics and macroeconomics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at The George Washington University for several years. Prior to academia, Dr. Gungor had a long professional career as an international consultant on land, development, and construction projects, and he managed several power and utility projects in the United States, Latin America and Eurasia, working closely with national regulatory agencies. Dr. Gungor earned both a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Economics from The George Washington University, and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Bosporus University in Istanbul.
Dr. Mohamed Kamara
Dr. Mohamed Kamara
Mohamed K. Kamara, Ph.D. is a Computer and Information Science professor with over 18 years of teaching experience. He joined BAU International University in the Spring 2017 as an adjunct professor. Dr. Kamara worked as an adjunct professor in the graduate school of computer and information sciences at Stratford University from 2006-15 and the American College of Commerce and Technology as a full-time professor from 2010 to present. While at Stratford, he developed the graduate telecommunications’ curriculum and at ACCT, the Computer and Information Sciences Undergraduate program. Currently at ACCT he is the chair of the graduate council and a presiding officer of the accreditation committee. Dr. Kamara also has several years of professional hands-on fieldwork experience in the IT industry. He has worked in all aspects of IT as helpdesk, network administration, IT security coordination, and Project Management. He has deep knowledge and hands-on experience in researching and analyzing new software modules and hardware devices.
Dr. Kamara completed his Ph.D. course work in IT security and Assurance at George Mason University and dissertation in Internet Usage at Walden University. He earned his MSc. in Computer Communications Technology from Strayer University and a BSc. in Telecommunications Engineering from Stavanger University, Norway. Dr. Kamara has diplomas in electronics, software and networking. He has won two awards for community building in higher education.
Dr. Kamara is an author of two books, “Internet Usage in Sierra Leone” and ”The Impact of Cognitive Theory on Human and Computer Science Development.” He is currently working on his third book, “The Conceptual Framework of Encryption and Decryption in Cyber Security.”
Monica Kang, adjunct professor of business and CEO and Founder of InnovatorsBox, is rethinking creativity and redefining innovation in the workplace. A passionate educator, Monica offers creative consulting, workshops, coaching, speaking, and curriculum development services for leaders and organizations. Monica teaches creativity in a tangible, practical, and relatable way for professionals to understand, embrace, and practice it. She has worked with clients at Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Her work has been recognized and awarded across numerous platforms, including The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, SCORE Awards, NMSDC, Fulbright, Project 500 by DC State Govt., Timmy Awards, Women Empowerment Expo, Creator by WeWork, TIG Award, and WBENC Choice Award. A DC resident herself, Monica supports DC tech growth as an organizer and facilitator at Startup Weekend, and as the President of DMV Startup. Prior to InnovatorsBox, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert in international affairs.
Dr. Alexander Murinson
Dr. Alexander Murinson
Dr. Alexander Murinson holds a Ph.D. from the University of London in Politics and the Middle East. An expert in maritime policy, he has been a Research Fellow at The Turkish Heritage Organization (THO) in Washington, D.C. and consults in an analyst capacity on maritime, energy and human security: Middle East, Central Asia, Africa. Dr. Murinson is a WikiStrat Senior Analyst. He is completing a book titled Turkish Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: Neo-Ottomanism and the Strategic Depth Doctrine for IB Tauris. He is an expert on Azerbaijan-Turkish-Israeli cooperation and an author of pioneering articles on the topic. Considered a leading expert on Azerbaijani Jewry, his research and analysis has been cited and applied at the highest levels of government.
Dr. Suk Lee
Dr. Suk Lee
Dr. Suk Lee started his professional career as a public auditor for an international consulting firm. He proceeded to serve various clients and organizations in the customer service industry, from small businesses to multi-billion dollar international companies. Dr. Lee has conducted professional workshops and public seminars, and he has advised businesses in the fields of Strategic Management, Business Policy, Business Law, Economics, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Small Business Management, and Organization & Management. He has worked for for-profit and non-profit, public and private organizations and at operational and management levels, serving as a 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.
James Moses is an academic and creative entrepreneur who has earned recognition as a dedicated advocate for launching new businesses and helping to develop new markets for businesses.
Prior to joining BAU, Mr. Moses served as President for Wellstone Management firm, specializing in Hospitality and Tourism industry. He has traveled extensively in Asia, Western Europe to help provide counsel on Business Development.
Mr. Moses has also served as the Business Dean for Devry University in Washington, D.C., where he has cultivated and maintained strong partnerships with those in the business community, and spearheaded the launch of several professional business associations.
For the majority of Mr. Moses’ career, he contributed to Hawaii Tourism and Hospitality industry as well as taught courses at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dr. Tam Nguyen
Dr. Tam Nguyen
Dr. Tam Nguyen has twenty years experience in corporate policy and strategy, sustainability, and public affairs. He is currently global head of sustainability for Bechtel Corporation and also serves as vice-chair of the corporate responsibility committee of the U.S. Council for International Business. Dr. Nguyen was previously the manager for global issues, policy and corporate responsibility at Chevron Corporation and concurrently 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, D.C., and the U.S. Agency for International Development, holding posts in Australia, Southeast Asia, Eurasia, West Africa, and Latin America. Dr. 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 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 Master’s degrees in International Business and International Development.
Kristi Ragan brings a robust professional and academic background in international affairs to BAU. 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. As Chief of Party at the Center for Development Innovation at DAI, Ms. Ragan 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, Ms. Ragan remains committed to finding new ways to raise quality of life for the world’s poor. Ms. Ragan holds an M.S. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from St. John’s College. She is Co-Chair of the Society for International Development’s Work Group on Corporate Responsibility.
Rosalind Rothwell is the Assistant Director of the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness and an Adjunct Faculty member at BAU International University. She holds an MA in Global, International & Comparative History from Georgetown University and a BA in History from Skidmore College. Rothwell’s research focuses on the history of the global trade in South Asian textiles and colonial self-fashioning in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds. She has contributed to traveling exhibitions for the US Department of State, and has conducted research for George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the National Park Service, and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs, among other institutions. Rothwell grew up in Boston and Rome and speaks Italian, French, and Portuguese.
Paolo von Schirach
Paolo von Schirach
Paolo von Schirach serves as President of the Global Policy Institute, (GPI), an economics and international affairs think tank associated with BAU. His research and teaching focuses on international economics, competition policies, and industrial innovation. Von Schirach is the Editor of the Schirach Report, www.SchirachReport.com an online publication focusing politics, economics and international security. He is a commentator for radio and TV on US foreign and domestic politics. He holds higher degrees from the London School of Economics; Georgetown University where he was also a Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow in the Government Department; the University of Pisa, Italy; and the Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, Italy. He was a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS. Later on he served as Director of Communications and as Senior Research Fellow, at the Atlantic Council. He worked as Deputy Director of the Global Security Project at Georgetown University where he also taught in the Graduate Program of the School of Foreign Service. He has been a frequent lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute, (FSI). An experienced investment promotion expert, for over 25 years Paolo von Schirach led teams in South East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa which designed, executed and evaluated development strategies and projects on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP); The World Bank; The African Development Bank, (AfDB); The United States Agency for International Development, (USAID); The European Union Commission; Business Climate, (BizClim); the Government of Finland; The German Technical Cooperation Agency, (GTZ).
Cenk Sidar is the President and CEO of Sidar Global Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-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 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 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.
Mr. Spiro has over 20 years of international business and development experience, including designing and delivering adult education programs. He has worked in the private sector, for leading not for profit foundations and for international donors and institutions. He lived and worked in Budapest for over 5 years as Director of the EastWest Institute’s Budapest Office, leading a grant-funded program to develop the skills of senior bank managers and support small- and medium-sized enterprise development across Central and Eastern Europe, and later developing private wealth clients in the region for Coutts Bank, based in Zurich. Before and after this he worked for the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), a National Endowment for Democracy affiliate at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For CIPE, he led development of grants to business and civil society groups supporting market reforms and the business enabling environment in Central and Eastern Europe. He later led the Middle East and Africa departments at CIPE, managing similar programs. From 2007-2013, he worked for the International Finance Corporation on corporate governance and, later, partnerships. In all of these positions, Mr. Spiro designed and either led or participated in adult education programs, including training-of-trainer programs, to improve capacities in areas including communication, advocacy, and governance.
More recently, Mr. Spiro has been doing consulting work for USAID on an evaluation of the USAID-administered Enterprise Funds and Legacy Foundations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; for UNDP and the World Bank on strategic partnerships with international financial institutions; and again for CIPE, on corporate governance reform in the Middle East. He brings extensive program development and management experience combined with strong analytical and methodological skills in developing new programs and measuring performance. Mr. Spiro has substantial experience in identifying and developing institutional partnerships and monitoring and evaluating the success of development and reform programs. He brings strong oral and written communications skills and has spoken publicly before many groups in diverse settings. Mr. Spiro holds an MA in International Economics from the American University and is fluent in French and Hungarian and is conversational in German.
Denise Willard is the Founder and Principal at 8X7 Marketing (http://8x7marketing.com/meet-our-founder/). She holds a B.S. in Marketing and Management of Information Systems from the University of Virginia and an International Executive MBA from Georgetown University. With over 15 years of leadership experience in marketing, brand advocacy and public outreach, Ms. Willard has served as Director of Strategic Communications at LeapFrog Solutions in Fairfax, VA and held senior marketing positions at Unisys and Lockheed Martin. Ms. Willard is the Director of Marketing, Branding and Giving for New Love Animal Rescue. She has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children, redesigned a women’s shelter for Bethany House, transported rescue animals for Rural Shelter Transports, and raised $22,000 at 2014 Fashion for Paws to benefit the Washington Humane Society. An avid animal advocate, Denise is the proud mom of three sweet rescue dogs — Jake, Edward, and Duke.
Dr. Andrew Wyner
Dr. Andrew Wyner
Dr. 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 these experiences have 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. Fatima Zouhair
Dr. Fatima Zouhair
Dr. Fatima Zouhair is an economist with the U.S. Coast Guard in the Office of Standards Evaluation and Development where she conducts economic research to advance the science of maritime economics by performing benefit-cost analyses, assessing the impacts of regulations, and applying risk modeling techniques to national and international maritime and related industries. Dr. Zouhair currently serves as a reviewer for Transportation Research Board. Prior to that, she taught freshman-level economics at Chattahoochee Community College and at Valdosta State University. Dr. Zouhair earned a Ph.D. in Applied Economics and a M.S. degree in Economics from Auburn University. Dr. Zouhair areas of interest include impact analyses, the productivity and efficiency of labor supply and agricultural markets, optimization, risk modeling,