Albert Santoli – CEO/President

Al Santoli

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.

Dr. Michael D. Krause


Michael D. Krause, Ph.D, is a retired US Army Colonel, educator, security specialist, business leader, educator, logistician, and historian. His background spans military service in two wars, on four continents, participating in five contingency operations. Until September 1999, Dr. Krause served as Chief Logistics Planner for, and was responsible for the logistics supply chain business process, training, and strategic logistics planning. Previously, as a military logistician, Dr. Krause served as chief logistical planner during the Gulf War.

As an educator, Professor Krause served as US Army, Deputy Chief of Military History. He taught at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY; the US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS; the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the National War College, National Defense University, Washington, DC; and the Naval War College, Newport, RI. He advised GSE Systems, Inc., on the use of simulation technology in education, and training and formed simulation education centers at universities in Abu Dhabi, UAE;
 Glasgow, UK; and Atlanta, GA.

In private business, Dr. Krause serves as founder and President, KRI; and Chairman of SecureChain, focused on strategic planning, logistics, security, and leadership development. In addition to helping create the dynamic business delivery system for, he is a founding partner of DVA-Consortium, which creates secure, efficient, innovative building projects and facilities worldwide. Dr. Krause brought SMI-Hyundai’s construction and management capability to the Middle East and Germany. He has written three books as well as numerous articles on logistics, security, strategy, and policy.

Dr. Karl D. Jackson

Director of Asian Studies and C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Southeast Asia Studies and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Dr. Jackson taught for 19 years at University of California, Berkeley. Served as the National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States from 1991-1993, Special 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. Until 2007, he was Advisor to the President of the World Bank and the Executive Vice President of the Bank’s International Finance Corporation.

Mark Bayliss

Founder and CEO of Visual Link, Inc. an international internet hosting company based in Winchester, Virginia. He is also President of World Air Waves and Cobaltacks,com. Inc. He is Director the Virginia Internet Service Provider Association and has testified before the US Congress and participated in a number of national and international conferences and symposiums on Internet protocol. Visual Link is a pioneer in the new IPV6 internet protocol. An innovator in e-commerce in developing nations, Mark has spoken at the White House to president commission on E-commerce. He was chosen by state department to train Russian technology delegation on Internet free enterprise.

Richard L. Armitage

Served as Deputy Secretary of State from 2001-2005. He is currently President of Armitage International Associates LLC. 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 leadership and negotiating positions in the Department of State and Defense, and the Congress. Richard 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.