The Asia America Initiative (AAI) is supported by a distinguished Board of Directors and Trustees with diverse experiences from the highest levels of Government, Business and the Academy.


Washington Board of Directors:

Albert Santoli – President, of Asia America Initiative

The Asia America Initiative was founded by Albert Santoli, a best-selling author, a nominee for both the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award for History. Over three decades – as a historian, journalist, soldier, an advisor in the U.S. Congress, a human rights monitor, and as a Foreign Policy expert, Mr. Santoli has directly participated in seeking solutions to some of the most dramatic and complex events in the Asia-Pacific region including Cambodia,Afghanistan, Tibet and Burma. He is an innovator in peace mediation through community-based social and economic development. He is also Editor of E-publications China in Focus and Asia in Focus. He is the former Senior Vice-President of the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) and Director of the Asia-Pacific Initiative. In addition, he has worked as a Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor in the United States House of Representatives. In 2003, his Development for Peace in Sulu Program in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao received a Philippines Presidential Citation. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the U.S. Business and Industry Council. In December 2006, Mr. Santoli and AAI were named as finalists for the Person of the Year Award. He is a former Senior Fellow at Freedom House and a former Consultant to the Refugee Program of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. He is also a Lifetime Member of the Disabled American Veterans.


Bing Branigen-  Corporate Secretary of Asia America Initiative

Ms. Bing Branigin is the CEO of the Branigin Associates and is a journalist in ( to be updated ) 


Mitzi Pickard -Deputy for Development, The Asia Society and President, Philippine-American Chamber of Congress

Mitzi Pickard has been an active member of the Filipino American community of metro DC since 1985. In 1986, responding to the clarion call for Filipino Americans to assist President Aquino’s nascent administration, she and other professional women founded the Philippine American Women Involved in Development (PAWID) – an organization established to give low- interest loans to “poor but deserving Filipinos” for their livelihood projects (patterned after the Grameen Bank). From 1993-’95, Ms Pickard was president of the Philippine American Heritage Foundation (PAHF), the umbrella organization of 50 Filipino American organizations in metro DC area. Ms. Pickard is a founding member of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce -metro DC (PACC-DC). In 2005, she was elected as PACC-DC president.


Andrew J.Koval– President, MedPharm, Inc.

He is President and CEO, MedPharm, LLC 1992 to present . MedPharm LLC is a generic pharmaceutical company registered and incorporated under the laws of the United States. MedPharm is licensed by the FDA in the State of Louisiana where it maintains a pharmaceutical consolidation facility near the port of. New Orleans. He has Over twenty-five years experience in international development . During the 25 years period, he negotiated host overnment bilateral agreements; designed, secured financing and administered programs in ten countries and on three continents totaling over $600 million. He designed and implemented in 1984 the world’s first monetization of EEC food commodities by an American NGO. Administered the funds generated to support development projects in Egypt. For the past two decades, Mr. Andrew Koval has tirelessly dedicated himself to fighting the devastating effects of parasitic worms. Through his work with such esteemed organizations as the WHO, Imperial College-SCI, the Gates Foundation, and RTI/USAID, Mr. Koval has reached the historic milestone of distributing over 400 million treatments benefitting 250 million children worldwide.


Karl D. Jackson
 – Director of Asian and SE Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins Univ.

Karl D. Jackson taught aught Advanced Seminar on Asia International Relations of Asia courses, The Policy Process, International Relations of Southeast Asia Political Cultures of Southeast Asia, Political Leadership in Southeast Asia. He has a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology M.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from Princeton University. He taught 19 years at University of California, Berkeley, served as the National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States from 1991-1993, and was assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia at the National Security Council, 1989-91, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia 1986-1989. In the business world, Dr. Jackson has held positions as Managing Director, International Foreign Exchange Concepts, New York, N.Y., 1993-96, Senior Advisor at Cerberus Capital Partners, New York, N.Y., 2000-2004, and President of the U.S.-Thailand Business Council, 1994-2005. Currently he is Advisor to the President of the World Bank and the Executive Vice President of the International Finance Corporation. He joined the SAIS faculty in 1996.


William R. Hawkins – Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, U.S. Business and Industry Council

William R. Hawkins is senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the U.S. Business and Industry Council Educational Foundation, where he specializes in international economics and national defense issues. Before joining the USBIC, he served as Senior Research Analyst for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) 1994- 1999,at which time Rep. Hunter was Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Procurement. Mr. Hawkins also hosted the weekly radio program “In the National Interest” which was heard nationally on the Informationand Entertainment America Network from 1997 to the summer of 2000. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Mr. Hawkins taught Economics at Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina-Asheville and Radford University. He has earned a B.A. degree in International Relations and World History (University of Illinois), an M.A. in Diplomatic and Military History (Stephen F. Austin State University) and an M.A. in Economics (University of Tennessee). He has also worked in private business and as a consultant During the past 30 years, Mr Hawkins has published over 200 articles, including pieces in The Naval War College Review, Parameters (Army War College), The National Interest, Strategic Review, Army, The Journal of Economic History, Seapower, The Weekly Standard, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Policy Review, Military


Richard Lee Armitage – US Deputy Secretary of State (2001 – 2005)

Since May 2003, Richard L. Armitage was President of Armitage Associates L.C. He had been engaged in a range of worldwide business and public policy endeavors as well as frequent public speaking and writing. Previously, he held senior troubleshooting and negotiating positions in the Department of State and Defense, and the Congress. Mr. Armitage’s endeavors include past service on several Boards and committees. He has received numerous U.S. military decorations as well as decorations from the governments of Thailand, Republic of Korea, Bahrain, and Pakistan. Mr. Armitage was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service four times, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Presidential Citizens Medal, presented by the President to citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service, and the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award.


Mark Bayliss – President, Visual Link Internet Company

He is also World Air Waves President, President and Director at VISPA Virginia Internet Service Provider Association. He has spoken before Congress on DSL regulation and spoken at the White House to president commission on E-commerce as well as he was chosen by state department to train Russian technology delegation on Internet free enterprise. He has spoken at 4 ISP cons. He is Director and founding member of Virginia ISP association. He has developed wireless technology used in Home Land Security trials.


Atty. David F. Day  Attorney and Professor of Law, University of Hawaii

Professor David Day, is one of the Region’s leading international ADR practitioners. After obtaining his JD (with distinction) from George Washington University (1974), Professor Day practiced in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and finally in Hawaii. Professor Day now serves on the faculties of the University of Hawaii Business School and the William S. Richardson School of Law (also at the University of Hawaii), as well as the Hanoi School of Business (Hanoi, Vietnam). He conducts various programs and courses for practicing lawyers, senior corporate executives, and law and Executive/MBA candidates in the fields of International trade, ADR, Mediation, Communications, Executive-Decision making, Cross- cultural Negotiations, and Culture, Commerce and Business Development in Southeast Asia.


Bruce Fritch – Founder, Fritch Consulting, leading strategic consultant

He established FRITCH CONSULTING in January 1980, and for over 25 years growth has come via referrals from organizations of various missions, markets, and sizes. Previously, he served as a U.S. Navy officer and headed marketing planning for NCNB Corporation (now Bank of America). Bruce serves as the strategy point man – aimed at inspiring and teaching leaders, teams and organizations to transform the way they relate to achievement of worthy missions, goals and strategies. He regularly works as leadership coach to new and aspiring CEOs and other top achievers, helping them to discover and manifest their personal mission, strengths and goals. Clients include consumer services, manufacturing, health care, major trade associations and professional organizations, such as Deloitte & Touche, Cushman & Wakefield, KPMG, USX, Wachovia, Boise-Cascade, Ford, Weyerhaeuser, American Petroleum Institute, American Plastics Council, Michelin, Duke Energy, and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers


Atty. John Hemenway –  Distinguished [retired] Diplomat

During WWII enlisted at 17 as a private, U.S. Infantry and was discharged as a Lieutenant, U.S. Infantry, three years later. Then, after the war, when a Rhodes Scholarship was awarded sending Hemenway to Worcester College, Oxford, for three years. Three years as a 1st Lt. USAF. B.S. USNA; B.A. and M.A. Oxford University. J.D. degree from Howard University where Hemenway and his daughter, now a Special Agent for the F.B.I. (Russian Division) were the first father-daughter team to graduate from this Law School, prestigious in the Negro community. Member of the D.C., Indiana, and U.S. Supreme Court Bars, inter alia.