Albert Santoli – Director
Founder and Director of Asia America Initiative. 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, Mr. Santoli has directly participated in seeking solutions to some of the most complex issues in the Asia-Pacific region including Cambodia, Afghanistan, Thailand, Tibet, Taiwan and Burma. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., teaching the practicum of “Development for Peace” and is the director of the Institute’s Center for Culture and Freedom. He earned a martial arts black belt in Tae Kwondo.
Dr. Michael D. Krause
Michael D. Krause, Ph.D, is a retired US Army Colonel, educator, and entrepreneur. Taught at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Until September 1999, Dr. Krause served as Chief Logistics Planner for Amazon.com, 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.
Dr. Karl D. Jackson
Director of Asian Studies and C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Southeast Asia Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Served as the National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States from 1991-1993. Until 2007, he was an advisor to the President of the World Bank and the Executive Vice President of the Bank’s International Finance Corporation.
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.