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Peter Ackerman is the founding investor and controlling shareholder of Fresh Direct, the largest independent online grocer in the United States. He is also the managing director of Rockport Capital Inc., a private investment firm which since its inception in 1990, has made numerous direct investments in diverse economic sectors. From 1978 to 1990 he was Director of International Capital Markets at Drexel Burnham Lambert where he structured, financed, and invested in hundreds of recapitalizations including the largest and most complex... Read More »

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s... Read More »

Goli Ameri is the co-founder of a mobile technology platform, StartitUp, which provides a range of resources including assessment, training, mentorship and a social network to aspiring entrepreneurs. Previously she was the Under Secretary for Humanitarian Diplomacy at the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, the world’s largest humanitarian organization responsible for global diplomatic efforts.  Ms. Ameri served as the US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which... Read More »

Norman R. Augustine is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation, the world’s largest defense contractor. Upon retirement from Lockheed Martin in 1997, Augustine became Lecturer with the Rank of Professor on the faculty at Princeton University, where he taught until 1999. From 1987-1995 Augustine served as CEO of then-defense contractor Martin Marietta. Augustine serves on the Board of Directors for ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker, Procter & Gamble and Lockheed Martin. He is also a member of the... Read More »

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky is the Senior International Partner at WilmerHale. Barshefsky, who served as US Trade Representative from 1997-2001, is known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China's historic World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement. In her capacity as US Trade Representative she was also involved in global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, intellectual property rights, high-technology products, and cyberspace. Her 25-year legal career has encompassed international litigation,... Read More »