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Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian is the founding director of Rice University's Baker Institute. His career in the U.S. Foreign Service spanned the administrations of eight presidents from John F. Kennedy to William J. Clinton. Djerejian is a leading expert on national security, foreign policy and the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East and South Asia. He has played key roles in the Arab-Israeli peace process and regional conflict resolution.

He is the author of “Danger and Opportunity:... Read More »

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Chair of the National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America. From 2010-2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters and also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy.

From May 2001 to January 2009, she served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs; in February 2007... Read More »

William H. Draper III is the Managing Director of Draper Richards, LP, and Co-Founder, Director, and Trustee of the Draper Richards Foundation. From 1981 to 1986, he served as President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the US. Draper became head of the United Nations Development Program in 1986. He founded Sutter Hill Ventures, a leading venture capital firm, in 1964. 

Draper serves on the board of the Stanford Institute of International Studies and of Population International. He is... Read More »

Ken Duberstein is Chairman and CEO of The Duberstein Group. In 1987 he worked as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Ronald Reagan, and from 1988-89 he served as the White House Chief of Staff. Prior to joining the Administration, he was Vice President and Director of Business-Government Relations of the Committee for Economic Development. Duberstein served as Deputy Secretary of Labor under President Gerald Ford. 

He is on the Board of the American Council for Capital Formation, the Council on... Read More »

Jeff Fahey is a longtime humanitarian advocate who has traveled, lived, and worked extensively throughout the developing world for over 40 years.  While Mr. Fahey’s interests are worldwide in scope, for the last fifteen years he has focused particular attention on helping the people of Afghanistan and the Western Sahara.
In Afghanistan, Mr. Fahey has used his nearly four decades of experience with that country to help his partners and friends there plan and carry out numerous successful development projects.  He helped found... Read More »