Each year the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs continues to improve the quantity and caliber of our high-profile panelists. 2019 was no exception. With over 30 Panel Discussions, the 2019 Conference featured speakers and panelists of intelligence officials, diplomats, media and academic experts for 3-1/2 days of discussions about critical international issues. Below are the speakers that attended.

Keynote Speaker

Chas Freeman

Chas  FreemanDiplomat, Writer, Educator

Chas Freeman is an eminent diplomat, writer, and educator. He was a career United States diplomat, rising to the highest levels of the foreign policy establishment. Both as ambassador to Saudi Arabia and in high level positions in China, he became a point person for dealing with Middle East and China issues.

Ambassador Freeman is this year's Aresty Speaker

Panelists

Orlando "Moses" Acosta

Orlando Lieutenant Colonel (USAF) (Ret.)

Orlando "Moses" Acosta is a retired career U.S. Air Force officer with 13 years serving at 4-star command headquarters: U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida, and the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. As a combat officer, he commanded E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and ground radar station missions supporting multi-national humanitarian assistance, surveillance, and combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, South America, and the U.S. Moses later became the chief advisor to CENTCOM commanders on missile defense strategy, plans, policy, operations, exercises, foreign military sales and international engagement. Collaborating with the Joint Staff, other military Commands, U.S. Embassy staffs, and host nation militaries, Moses helped establish the U.S. missile defense forces and their supporting bi-lateral relationships that exist today in the Arabian Gulf region. Moses spent his last year of active duty first as aide de camp to Commander ISAF, Gen John Allen, helping manage his multi-national headquarters in Kabul; then as a military advisor helping State and USAID foreign service officers work with U.S. and ISAF militaries in transitioning security leadership to the Government of Afghanistan. He thereafter retired and worked at CENTCOM supporting the Commander with strategic plans, information operations, and passive defense initiatives.

Raymond Arsenault

Raymond ArsenaultProfessor of Southern History, Author, Editor

Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he has taught since 1980. A specialist in the political, social, environmental, and civil rights history of the American South, he has also taught at the University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, the University of Chicago, the Florida State University Study Abroad Center in London, and the Universite d'Angers, in France, where he was a Fulbright Lecturer in 1984-85. A native of Cape Cod, he was educated at Princeton University and Brandeis University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1981. He served as Associate Director of the Fulbright Commission Summer Institute in American Studies from 1980 to 1988, and he has lectured on American history and culture in a number of countries, including France, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Norway, Iceland, Turkey, Tunisia, and Jordan.

Ronice Barlow

Ronice BarlowHead of Strategic Planning & Business Development and Co-Head of Internal Sales for US Advisory Services at Franklin Templeton Investments.

Ronice Barlow is a Senior Vice President, Head of Strategic Planning & Business Development and Co-Head of Internal Sales for US Advisory Services at Franklin Templeton Investments. Before this role, Ronice was Chief Operating Officer for US Advisory Services. She is responsible for multiple functions that support the US retail and institutional divisions including strategic planning, financial strategies, technology infrastructure, globalsourcing, and sales management.

Howard Baskin

Howard BaskinBig Cat Rescue Foundation

Howard Baskin is a former management consultant who spent 11 years at Citicorp and was an equity participant and general manager in three companies. He met Big Cat Rescue Founder Carole Baskin in 2002 and gave up his consulting practice to devote full time to Big Cat Rescue focusing on finance, marketing, administration, real estate issues and advocacy to stop big cat abuse. Howard received his B.S. cum laude from Union College, Schenectady, NY in 1972, his J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1978 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980.

Frank Benyon

Frank BenyonEx-Director European Legal Service's Business Law Team, Professor, Publisher

Following law studies at Bristol University and at the College of Europe, he practiced as a solicitor with Allen & Overy in London before becoming a partner with Clifford-Chance, working successively in their Brussels, Dubai and Paris office, dealing, in particular, with company, commercial and banking matters. He joined the Legal Service of the European Commission in 1980, advising on and drafting legislation, as well as preparing and negotiating treaties with third countries. He also appeared for the Commission in a great number of cases before the European Court of Justice in a variety of areas of EU law. From 2000 to 2010 he was Director in charge of the Legal Service's Business Law Team, dealing with the Capital, Establishment and Services freedoms, in particular in the banking, telecommunications and transport sectors.

Joannie Bewa

Joannie BewaPhysician, Fulbright Scholar at USF College of Public Health

Joannie Marlene BEWA is a physician, and an international expert in public health from Benin Republic. She is currently enrolled as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, specializing in public maternal and child health.

Robert Blake

Robert BlakeState Department Leader

Ambassador Blake served for 31 years in the State Department in a wide range of leadership positions. In 2009, he was nominated by President Obama to be Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, serving from 2009-2013, for which he was awarded the State Department's Distinguished Service Award.

Richard Briffault

Richard BriffaultColumbia Law School Professor of Legislation

Richard Briffault is the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School. His research, writing and teaching focus on state and local government law, the law of the political process, government ethics and property.

Janel Brown

Janel BrownDirector of Special Operations

Janel Brown is the Director of Special Operations and International Solutions for Radiant Solutions, a geospatial intelligence company specializing in providing predictive analytics, data enrichment, and geospatial big data powered by the highest resolution commercial imagery satellites available in the world. Janel leads Radiant Solutions' special operations and international business practice for all international, combatant command, and special operations customers.

Scott Brown

Scott BrownChief Economist

Scott Brown joined the Raymond James Equity Research Department in 1995 after two years as an economist in the firm's Fixed Income Research Department.  Before his arrival at Raymond James, he was manager of economic research at Pacific First Bank in Seattle and had previously been director of economic research at First Imperial Advisors in San Diego.  He also worked as an economist for the San Diego Gas & Electric Company.  Dr. Brown earned his doctorate in economics from the University of California at San Diego, where he studied time series analysis and forecasting under Nobel Laureates Robert F. Engle and Clive W.J. Granger.  Dr. Brown also holds an M.S. degree in statistics from the University of Illinois and a B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of California at Irvine.  Dr. Brown serves on the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association. He is also a member of The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's Economic Advisory Roundtable and has previously served as a member of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors for the state of Florida. Dr. Brown has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business News, and is often quoted in the financial press.  

Louise Buhrmann

Louise BuhrmannPsychiatrist

Dr. Buhrmann was in private practice psychiatry in Florida for 38 years and now volunteers at Grace Medical Home. She is board certified in general psychiatry and addictions and worked with eating disorder patients. Active with the Florida Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Association, she continues to be a mental health advocate. She enjoys travel and creating sculpture.

Adriaan Buma

Adriaan Buma Rear Admiral (lh) (ret.)

Adriaan Hopperus Buma is a public health physician who served in the Netherlands Navy for 38 years in various Fleet, Marine Corps and Joint Command and Staff functions. Among others he served as Medical Plans Officer at NATO HQ in Northwood (UK), Dep. AFOR Medical Advisor (Albania) and Senior Medical Officer on St. Martin after Hurricane Luis. As Senior Fleet Surgeon he was in charge of the national medical planning for UN missions to Eritrea (UNMEE) and Liberia (UNMIL). He was Commanding Officer of the joint deployable surgical teams which brought him to Iraq and Afghanistan. His final position was Inspector-General Military Health Care.

Michael Burch

Michael BurchProfessor of Political Science

Michael Burch (Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder; M.A. in Security Policy, George Washington University) currently teaches at Eckerd College, emphasizing the role of rebel and criminal actors in shaping globalization with a focus on the Middle East and Africa. Recent publications examine how rebel groups fund conflict and how the international community decides to support rebel groups during civil war. He is currently researching the use of violence against journalists and also why certain communities engage in xenophobic violence in sub-Saharan Africa. Before working at Eckerd, he taught at Wabash College, worked in Washington, DC and completed fieldwork in Ghana, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Prudence Bushnell

Prudence BushnellAuthor, Ambassador, Deputy Assistant Secretary

Ambassador (Ret.) Prudence Bushnell is the author of the recently published story, Terrorism, Betrayal and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 US Embassy Bombings. In it she recounts policy and leadership lessons acquired as a U.S. foreign service officer in India, Senegal, Kenya, Guatemala and Washington, D.C.

Don Chambers

Don ChambersProfessor of Physical Oceanography

Dr. Don P. Chambers is a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, and is an internationally recognized expert in the field of sea level science. He specializes in using satellite observations to understand the mechanisms driving sea level change, both globally and regionally. He served as a Lead Author on the 5th Climate Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published in September 2013 and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Tiffany Chenneville

Tiffany ChennevilleProfessor and Chair of Psychology

Dr. Chenneville is Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg. She holds a Joint Appointment in the USF Department of Pediatrics where she serves as a Behavioral Health Consultant for the Pediatric and Adolescent Infectious Disease Program. Dr. Chenneville's primary program of research is in the area pediatric HIV with a focus on the psychosocial issues affecting children and youth with perinatally and behaviorally acquired HIV. Historically, Dr. Chenneville prioritized issues of law, policy, and ethics with a particular emphasis on the decisional capacity of children with HIV to participate in treatment and research along with global research ethics. She continues with these lines of research but, more recently, also has been engaged in community-based participatory research on HIV-related stigma among youth. Because HIV is a global disease, Dr. Chenneville is interested in cross-cultural research. She has worked in India and currently is working Kenya. Dr. Chenneville has contributed significantly to the literature with a multitude of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She recently published an edited book with Springer Publishing, A Clinical Guide to Pediatric HIV: Bridging the Gaps Between Research and Practice. Dr. Chenneville's work has been recognized through many awards and honors to include the USF World Global Achievement Faculty Award for International Research, the USF Faculty Outstanding Research Award, the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Award, and the USFSP Chancellors Award for Excellence in Research.

Noel Cruz

Noel CruzChef

After pursuing a Microbiology degree and Chemistry Minor at the University of Florida, Noel made the decision to look to the hospitality industry as his career of choice. While in college, Noel took his first kitchen job at Saddlebrook Resort and Tennis School in Wesley Chapel, Florida. There he spent his time cooking in the resort's banquet kitchen facilitating thousands of high-quality meals daily.

Dorothy Davis

Dorothy DavisPresident of Dorothy Davis, Inc. Project management and consulting company

Dorothy Davis is President of Dorothy Davis Inc., an international project management and consulting company with expertise in design, management and implementation of strategic international, domestic and municipal cross-sector programs and special projects. The company interweaves public affairs, image building, marketing and communications to raise funds, influence policy, create effective coalitions that link global to local communities and increase visibility. Its slogan is "Building Bridges between People, Cultures and Business."

Karen Dee

Karen DeeExecutive Coach, Speaker

Karen is a certified executive coach, thought leader and speaker. She is cofounder & managing partner of Accendo Leadership Advisory Group, LLC. Accendo is a leadership development company specializing in executive coaching, high performance team building, leadership seminars & workshops, roundtables for high potential women & minorities, and public speaking. Karen coaches exclusively at the executive level. She is an accomplished speaker and thought leader on topics to include: Establishing Your Leadership Brand, Building Trust and Team Commitment; Leading through Change; Emotional Intelligence; Executive Presence; Engaging People; Coaching for Enhanced Performance; and Leading a Multi Generational Workforce.

William Dowell

William DowellForeign Correspondent, Publisher

William Dowell spent more than a decade as a foreign correspondent for TIME Magazine in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Prior to that he worked for both NBC and ABC News on a wide range of foreign assignments that included the war in Vietnam, the revolution and post revolution in Iran, the civil war in Lebanon, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, various conflicts in Africa and international terrorism, along with the impact of climate change on developing countries.

Clint Elbow

Clint ElbowUnited Nations Association Tampa Bay Charter Pres.

Clint Elbow is the President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America and has been on its board since 2015. His motivations for becoming involved with the UNA-UNA Tampa Bay comes from his belief that the United States should be an active participant and leader in the United Nations and that this leadership can take place at the local level. He has an academic background in foreign language and literature, globalization, and human geography. His research interests have been focused on the processes of globalization which included a case study of how Tampa Bay stakeholders used air transport infrastructures in attempts to reposition Tampa Bay in the global economy. He has a professional background in Information Technology, a field in which he currently works in the Tampa Bay area.

Jamison Firestone

Jamison FirestoneAttorney, Human Right/Anti-Corruption

Jamison Firestone is a New York attorney and human rights / anti-corruption crusader who inadvertently helped set off a chain of events that caused a Russian government lawyer to walk into Trump Tower. Mr. Firestone founded Russia's first independent foreign law firm in 1993 with $1,000.

Lariana Forsythe

Lariana ForsytheInterim CEO

Lariana Forsythe joined CASA as its Interim CEO on June 5, 2017. (Interim status is a temporary designation being used while Florida Administrative Rule requirements are completed.) She has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience with the Boys & Girls Clubs, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Special Olympics. Ms. Forsythe has held a variety of roles within these organizations, most recently serving as the VP/CDO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.

J.Michael Francis

J.Michael FrancisProfessor, Author, Editor

Dr. J. Michael Francis received his PhD in History in 1998 from the University of Cambridge. Between 1997 and 2012, he taught at the University of North Florida. In 2012, Dr. Francis was named the Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and in 2016 he was appointed Chair of the Department of History and Politics at USFSP.

Pragati Ghimire

Pragati GhimireMedical and Public Health Professional

Pragati Ghimire-Aryal is a medical and public health professional with over ten years of experience in medicine, public health education and promotion, public health program design and evaluation, human development, women empowerment, health and quality of life outcome evaluation, public health research methods, healthcare data analysis. As senior director of community analytics and evaluation, she evaluates the effectiveness of community based programs that address social determinants of health; design and evaluate program pilots  to assess the impact of addressing unmet social needs like healthy food access, transportation, housing etc.  in the overall well-being of the individuals, healthcare utilization and costs, etc She has experience working in China, Nepal and the United States and is fluent in five languages. She has a medical degree from Fudan University School of Medicine (Shanghai, China) and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Michele Kidwell Gilbert

Michele Kidwell GilbertNew York University Professor, Author

Michele Kidwell Gilbert hails from New York where she taught Ancient and Renaissance art history at The New School for Social Research, New York University, and the College of New Rochelle. A published writer, her lectures have been offered in diverse venues including the United Nations and in association with missions, consulates, cultural centers, charities. She participated with the African Burial Ground National Monument in a Parks Department Long-Range Interpretive Plan and selected for The Congressional Arts Caucus paintings by high school student which temporarily adorned the walls of the United States House of Representatives.

Curtis Graham

Curtis GrahamDirector/ Director of Photography

Raised in a Photographic family, Curtis started taking pictures at age 15. He attended Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, which started a career in Advertising Photography. Curtis has won many accolades for his work in advertising including: N.Y. Art Director Award, Norma Award, National Addys, and Clio Award. His work has appeared in many national publications such as: Town & Country, Esquire, W, Print, and Communication Arts.

Wayne Griffith

Wayne GriffithForeign Service Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Wayne Griffith was a career member of the Foreign Service from 1972 to 2002, serving in Mexico, Jerusalem, Nicaragua, Peru, Japan, Great Britain and Washington. He retired as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in September 2002. Wayne is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the National War College. A native of New Jersey, he now resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Fabrizio Gugliuzza

Fabrizio GugliuzzaLawyer

Fabrizio Gugliuzza is a Lawyer with post-graduate studies in Corporate Law (Universidad Metropolitana - Venezuela), Studying a LL.M. in International Law at Stetson University in Gulfport; Graduated in 2014 as a Lawyer, later came to Tampa to improve his English skills at USF returning to his country afterwards to pursuit a postgraduate study and work. He witnessed the progressive collapse of economy and society by the modern dictatorship stablished in his country, and faced the deterioration of living standards and the oppression of the regime to remain in power, killing and imprisoning innocent people, he collaborated observing past elections and now tries to explain what is happening and find support and help to end the dictatorship with the hope of making possible the future reconstruction of Venezuela.

George Hamilton

George HamiltonChairman of National Payment Corporation

George Hamilton is Chairman of National Payment Corporation (NatPay), a Tampa Bay-based technology company, specializing in electronic payments and electronic document services. He was an investment banker with Raymond, James & Associates, and later started and sold his own securities firm. A former Foreign Service Officer, he holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Hamilton divides his time between Tampa, FL and France.

Andrew Hano

Andrew HanoHematologist/Medical Oncologist

Dr. Hano is a hematologist/medical oncologist having practiced in Pinellas County, Florida for 32 years and retiring in 2015. He has served as an associate medical director with Hospice of the Florida Suncoast for 10 years and was on the board of the American Cancer Society, Pinellas chapter. He served on the staff of several local hospitals, including being Chief of Medicine and Chief of Staff at Largo Medical Center Hospital. He belongs to the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and, more recently, the American Association of Cannabis Medicine.

Susan Harper

Susan HarperConsul General of Canada in Miami

Prior to moving to Miami, Ms. Harper held two consecutive positions in Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa: Director General and Senior Arctic Official (2013-16) and Director General, Trade and Technical Barriers (2009-13). In 2004, she had been posted to the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC, where she became Minister (Economic) in 2008. She had previously been Ambassador in Montevideo, Uruguay (2001-04), after having held trade positions in Yaounde', Paris and Buenos Aires. Before joining the Government of Canada, Ms. Harper taught at both Cambrian College in Sudbury, and George Brown College in Toronto.

Judy Heimann

Judy  HeimannForeign Service Officer, Writer

Judith M. Heimann is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer and a non-fiction writer. One of the first Foreign Service spouses to become a diplomat in her own right, Judy spent most of her adult life abroad chiefly in Western Europe but also in Southeast Asia (the location of most of her books) and Central Africa. She has had a long and varied career. Judy followed closely and reported on the development of the political aspects of the European Union, starting in the early 1980s until 2011, her last assignment to an EU presidency country. In the course of assignments to cover the internal politics in, respectively, Belgium, France and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she helped promote efforts to eliminate the trafficking of conflict diamonds, helped find and document the reasons for the rapid growth of the Airbus Industry and kept Washington informed of the (failed) efforts of the Mobutu regime's peaceful dissidents to obtain the democratic structures they sought. Her 2016 book, Paying Calls in Shangri-La: Scenes from A Woman's Life in American Diplomacy (Ohio University Press), was nominated for the Academy of Diplomacy's Douglas Dillon award for the best book of 2016-2017 on the art of diplomacy. She is currently working on a book of her personal memories of working-level American diplomacy abroad, primarily in the pre-internet era. She speaks French, Dutch and Indonesian/Malay.

Douglas Herbert

Douglas HerbertJournalist, Commentator

Douglas Herbert launched his journalism career from the bedroom of his childhood home on Manhattan's Upper East Side, hand-writing the Sunday weekly, House News, for a readership of two: his mom and dad. A decade and a half later, in the early 1990s, Douglas landed his first foreign assignment, drinking his way through the vineyards of southwest France as a writer and researcher for Harvard University's student-published Let's Go travel guide. Douglas subsequently freelanced in the Moscow bureau of The New York Times, chronicling the chaotic reality of a New Russia in the wake of Soviet collapse. After reporting stints in Tallinn, Estonia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Douglas joined CNN, initially at its financial desk in New York City and, later, at CNN International in London, covering the European Union and EU expansion. Today, Douglas is a Paris-based commentator on world affairs for France 24, an international news channel that he joined at its launch in 2006. Douglas has reported from nearly a dozen G7 and G20 summits, from Cannes to Québec to Northern Ireland; UN General Assemblies; the 2016 US presidential election campaign, from the national party conventions to Donald Trump's inauguration; and on the Ukrainian conflict. Douglas's guests on the France 24 Interview show have included Tony Blair, Samantha Power, Garry Kasparov and Stephen Breyer. For the past six years, Douglas has taught a graduate-level fact-checking course at Paris's Sciences Po Journalism School. Last November, he spent a week in Tashkent, Uzbekistan training a new generation of TV journalists in live reporting and breaking news. An avid Russophile, Douglas received his Master's Degree in Russian Studies from Harvard University. If Douglas could banish one term from the English lexicon, it would be: Fake News.

Sarah Howard

Sarah HowardCurator of Public Art

Sarah Howard is the Curator of Public Art and Social Practice, and Research Associate at the Institute for Research in Art, administering the USF Public Art Program and contributing to program initiatives at both the USF Contemporary Art Museum and Graphicstudio. With two decades of experience as a researcher, artistic collaborator, project manager and cultural event producer in Tampa Bay, Howard works with national and local partners galleries, city agencies and civic organizations to organize and produce community-based projects and public art installations exploring the intersection of art, politics and social justice. Trained as an artist, Howard received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. Howard has served on the Board of Directors for Tempus Projects since 2012, and local arts education organization Community Stepping Stones since 2017.

Dennis Jett

Dennis JettDiplomat, International Affairs Professor

Dennis Jett is a founding faculty member and professor of international affairs of the School of International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University. A former career diplomat, he served 28 years in the State Department in a wide range of positions including as Ambassador to Peru, Ambassador to Mozambique, on the National Security Council, as Deputy Chief of Mission in Malawi and Liberia, and in Argentina and Israel.

William Jordan

William JordanU.S. Foreign Service Political Officer

William Jordan served for 30 years (1981-2011) as a political officer in the U.S. Foreign Service specializing in the Arab world and France. His overseas assignments included Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Tunis, Tunisia; Damascus, Syria; Amman, Jordan; Paris, France; and Algiers, Algeria, where he served in his final posting was as Deputy Chief of Mission. His responsibilities in the Arab world included reporting and analyzing foreign policy trends, especially as they related to the United States, as well as internal politics, human rights conditions, and the rise of radical Islamist forces. From 1997-2001, Mr. Jordan was the reporting officer in Paris for labor issues and internal politics. He returned to Paris in 2007-2009 to work on the Near East and North Africa as well as Russia (including during and after the 2008 Georgia crisis).

Allan Jury

Allan JuryU.S. Foreign Service Officer

Allan Jury is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer, with a long career in the U.S. State Department and United Nations focused on international humanitarian affairs and East Asian regional issues.

Felicien Kakure

Felicien KakureEx-Refugee, Lives the American Dream

Felicien is a refugee from Africa, where for years he and his family struggled to move freely throughout his country to find food and clean water. Felicien lived in a United Nations camp beginning in 1997 and recalls waking up each day feeling sad, as he faced poverty and sickness. In 2015 he and his family received the opportunity to resettle in the United States and his life changed. He was full of excitement, living a dream come true.

Gregory W. Kehoe

Gregory W. KehoeDepartment of Justice Assistant Attorney

With almost 40 years of trial experience, Gregory W. Kehoe has a national and international practice focusing on the representation of individuals, corporations and financial institutions in federal and state courts, and international tribunals. Mr. Kehoe worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Defense for over 20 years with postings in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America

Judy Kreith

Judy KreithDance Educator and Choreographer

Judy Kreith is a professional dance educator and choreographer. She received her MA Degree from Stanford University. Her mother, Marion Finkels Kreith, is the key inspiration for the documentary film, Cuba's Forgotten Jewels: a haven in Havana. Judy has extensively studied Cuban dance and while in Cuba, began research into the Jewish refugees' diamond polishing industry that flourished in Havana during the Second World War, working on-site with Cuban historians. Judy contributes her research and knowledge, along with her personal connection and passion for this project and its potential impact. She has spoken on this topic to many groups, including a conference at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Katrina Kubicek

Katrina KubicekChildren's Hospital Associate Director, Medical Anthropologist

Katrina Kubicek is a medical anthropologist and is currently the Associate Director of the Community, Health Outcomes, and Intervention Research (CHOIR) Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She also co-directs the Community Engagement program of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) at the University of Southern California. She received her doctorate in Health Behavior Research from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Paul Kubicek

Paul KubicekProfessor of Political Science

Paul Kubicek is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program at Oakland University in Rochester Michigan. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1995. He has also taught in Turkey, Ukraine, and Austria, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Slovenia in 2007. Much of his research is on democratization, the European Union, Turkish politics and foreign policy, and post-communist Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He has published in journals such as Comparative Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Political Studies, and Democratization. His two most recent books are Political Islam and Democratization in the Muslim World (2015) and (co-editor) Democratic Consolidation in Turkey: Micro and Macro Challenges (2016). He also serves as a contributor to Freedom House's annual Freedom in the World report and is the editor of Turkish Studies.

Reid Lohr

Reid LohrEDI Advisory Group Co-Founder and Partner

Mr. Lohr is the co-founder and partner of EDI Advisory Group, a development and decision support group specializing in global fluency and transnational engagements. The firm helps organizations navigate an increasingly interdependent, multicultural, and changing global marketplace and work environment.

Linda Lucas

Linda LucasProfessor of Economics and Women's Studies

Linda E. Lucas received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hawaii and taught economics and women's studies in multiple universities around the world including Thammasat in Bangkok, Instituto Autonimo de Mexico (Mexico City), Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda), Eckerd College, University of South Florida and University of Notre Dame. She has published extensively in her fields including Unpacking Globalization: Markets, Gender and Work (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007. Linda has served as a Fulbright Professor of Economics in Mexico and Uganda; a Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu; a Visiting Scholar at Thailand Development Research Institute. She is Professor Emerita of Economics at Eckerd College and Retired Assistant Dean of Special Projects in the Honors College at the University of South Florida (Tampa). She is a founding member of the International Association for Feminist Economics.

Eric Lynn

Eric LynnSenior Advisor Secretary of Defense, Policy Office Special Advisor on the Middle East Secretary of Defense

Eric Lynn served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and as Special Advisor on the Middle East in the Policy Office of the Secretary of Defense. He advised three U.S. Secretaries of Defense (Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel) at the Pentagon, as well as the Undersecretaries for Policy, focusing on National Security and a range of Middle East issues.

Bruce Mabley

Bruce MableyCanadian Diplomat and Professor

Bruce Mabley is a retired Canadian diplomat having served abroad in Paris, Islamabad, Cairo, Amman and Ankara. Dr. Mabley has also taught Philosophy and Political Science at Laval, McGill, Carleton and Concordia universities. He holds a Doctorat in Philosophy (thesis: La pensée politique d'Albert Camus) from Université Laval in Québec City. In 2003, he was accepted in the Faculty of Law to perform post-doctoral work in Islamic Law and Politics until 2006.

John Maguire

John MaguireDirector of International Relations and Development

John Maguire was named Director of International Relations and Cooperation of France Medias Monde in September 2013. Prior to that, from March 2012 to September 2013, he was Director of International Development, Audiovisuel Exterieur de la France; from May 2010 to March 2012 he served as Director of International Affairs, Radio France Internationale and from 2004 to 2010 he was head of RFI's International Training Department. Before that he spent six years as Managing Editor of RFI's English service.

Ed Marks

Ed MarksSenior Foreign Service Officer

Since retiring as a Senior Foreign Service Officer (Minister-Counselor) in 1995, Ambassador Marks has engaged in consulting, lecturing, and writing, primarily on terrorism, interagency coordination, United Nations affairs, and complex international emergencies. Ambassador Marks was recalled to active duty in 2002-5 to serve as the Department of State's advisor on terrorism to the United States Pacific Command.

Kavita May

Kavita MaySenior Vice President, Global Technology Distribution Council 

In her role at the Global Technology Distribution Council, Kavita is instrumental in the leadership, strategic direction and operations of this worldwide industry association dedicated to defining and promoting the role of wholesale distribution in a successful and healthy information technology channel. The Council is comprised of the industry's top distributors serving this community of skilled solution providers, Internet resellers and retailers focused on providing hardware, software and services to businesses and consumers around the globe.

Angie McCourt

Angie McCourtvice president, transformation management office

Angie McCourt is vice president, transformation management office, Americas. In this role she is responsible for leading the organization through a transformation initiative. She previously served as vice president, Cisco Solutions Group, at Tech Data since September 2010. In that role, she led the company's dedicated team of sales, marketing and technical professionals in support of all Cisco solutions available through Tech Data. Under her leadership, Tech Data was recognized and awarded by Cisco for best-in-class partner enablement, innovation, technology enablement and execution.

Margaret Miller

Margaret MillerProfessor of Art and Art History

Margaret Miller is a Professor in the School of Art and Art History and Director of the Institute for Research in Art at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. The Institute for Research in Art is dedicated to organizing and presenting exhibitions and commissioning works by internationally significant emerging and acclaimed artists. Miller holds an MA degree from the University of Hawaii in Asian Art History. Since 1978 she has served as Director of the USF Contemporary Art Museum, and in 2001 was appointed to also serve as Director of Graphicstudio, USF's renowned art production atelier. The Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio and USF's Public Art Program form the Institute for Research in Art in the College of The Arts. During her tenure at USF she has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and curated numerous exhibitions with accompanying catalogues.

Marguerite Moritz

Marguerite MoritzProfessor Emerita

Marguerite Moritz is Professor Emerita and UNESCO Chair in International Journalism Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She made her first trip to China in 1981as a Gannet Fellow in Asian Studies and over the span of her career has been a visiting scholar at major universities in Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. Her workshops and seminars on China Through TIME examine the magazine's impact on perceptions of China during the reign of founder Henry Luce and are underwritten by CU's Center for Asian Studies.

Gary Mormino

Gary MorminoProfessor Emeritus of Social History

Gary Mormino, is prolific writer, author of a wide range of academic and popular books. Immigrants on the Hill (University of Illinois press, 1986) won the Howard Marraro Prize as the outstanding book in Italian history. The Immigrant World of Ybor City (University of Illinois Press, 1987) received the Theodore Saloutos Prize for the outstanding book in ethnic-immigration history. In addition, two of his articles have received prizes for the best writing in Florida history. He has written for the St. Petersburg Times, Orlando Sentinel, and Miami Herald. He currently writes a bi-weekly column on state and local history for the Tampa Tribune.

Ann Morrison

Ann MorrisonWriter, Editor

In the first 15 years of her career, Ann Morrison rose from fact-checker to executive editor of FORTUNE magazine, a Time Inc. magazine. In 1994, the company named her chief editorial executive of its Asiaweek magazine in Hong Kong, where she remained until 2000. That year Time Inc. transferred her to London, where she became co-editor (with her husband Donald Morrison) of the European edition of TIME. In 2008 and 2009, she was a lecturer in the Global Business Journalism Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 2011 and 2012, she taught media management at Sciences-Po in Paris, in addition to freelancing for various publications. She now serves on the Advisory Committee of the American Library in Paris, and continues to freelance as a writer and an editor on subjects ranging from French beauty secrets to Chinese culture. A graduate of the College of New Rochelle, she holds graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.

Donald Morrison

Donald MorrisonAuthor, Journalist, and Educator

In a long career at TIME magazine, he served as editor of its World section in New York, its Asian edition in Hong Kong and its European edition in London. He has taught at New York University's London Center, Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Institut d'etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Yolande Morrison

Yolande MorrisonDirector

Yolande Morrison grew up in Jamaica. While in high school, she left the island with her mother and siblings to join her grandmother in Colorado Springs, who, for years, worked with the U.S. immigration system to permit sponsorship of her family. Yolande applied to the Youth Documentary Academy to tell her story: what does it mean to leave your homeland and everything you know and love to become a stranger in a strange land? Her film FINDING HOME recounts this story as a new immigrant and the challenges and successes involved in creating a new home. Yolande loves filmmaking and wants to study film, animation and audio production in college. She recently graduated from Widefield High School and lives with her family in Fountain, Colorado.

Nabintu Mujambere

Nabintu MujambereFuture Hope Africa Founder, Educator

Nabintu Mujambere is a Congolese educator based in Bukavu, Democratic Rep. of Congo (DRC). After completing her university education in Belgium, she returned to Bukavu in 2008 to establish a non-profit education center in Bukavu to serve children, youth and families. In 2012, her work spawned a new faith-based US nonprofit organization, Future Hope Africa, Inc. The Kanega Education Centre provides programs for after-school tutoring, language studies, music and art programs, and youth leadership clubs. The center focuses on children from families that cannot afford public schooling. Ms. Mujambere and her staff also introduced youth environmental programs, coordinated with local schools, and adult entrepreneurial training to Bukavu. She has instituted a nascent micro-loan program to help those who graduate the entrepreneurial training course.

Elizabeth Scott Osborne

Elizabeth Scott OsborneLawyer, Writer, Teacher, and International Development Professional

Scott is a lawyer, writer, teacher, and international development professional. She has worked with non-profits for over three decades, living in seven countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and traveling to 35 more. She is especially interested in issues around gender equity and education. Scott created and produced a play, SPOILED, about violence and masculinity in India and the US; designs curricula for an educational venture; and is currently working on a book about the lives of a group of girls and nuns in a shelter home in India. She serves on the board of the US National Committee for UN Women, is President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of UN Women, and is on the Grants Selection Committee for Dining for Women.

Ellen Prager

Ellen PragerMarine Scientist and Author

Dr. Prager is a marine scientist and author, widely recognized for her expertise and ability to make science entertaining and understandable for people of all ages. She currently works as a freelance writer, consultant, and science advisor to Celebrity Cruises in the Galapagos Islands. She was previously the Chief Scientist for the Aquarius Reef Base program in Key Largo, FL, which includes the world's only undersea research station, and at one time the Assistant Dean at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Dr. Prager has built a national reputation as a scientist and spokesperson on earth and ocean science issues and is a sought after speaker for public-oriented events. She has appeared on several shows such as: The Today Show and NBC News, Fox News, CNN, the Discovery Channel and was a consultant for the Disney movie, Moana.

Allison Quatrini

Allison QuatriniAssistant Professor of Political Science

Allison Quatrini is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Global Affairs at Eckerd College. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her research interests focus on China, specifically its authoritarian state, and the politics of festivals and holidays. She is also interested in interpretive research methodology and the role of field-work in Political Science. Allison's research has been funded by the David I. Boren Fellowship, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at GWU, and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at GWU.

Monique Quesada

Monique QuesadaDiplomat in Residence, MIU and MDC

Monique Quesada is the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) based in Miami at Florida International University and Miami Dade College. She covers the Florida educational district that spans from Daytona Beach to Key West, as well as Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. As the DIR, she engages with University and High School students, as well as with professional organizations, to raise awareness about careers and internship opportunities in the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service and Civil Service corps.

Michael Ranneberger

Michael RannebergerFormer Ambassador

Ambassador Michael Ranneberger is the President of World Insight Consulting, the firm he established following his retirement in 2016 from the Department of State. He is chairman of the board of Afridokta, Florida-based company, which is working to expand access to health care in Africa through its telemedicine platform. During his distinguished diplomatic career, he represented the United States in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Laura Reiley

Laura ReileyRestaurant Critic, Author, Multiple Award Nominee and Paul Hansell Award Winner

Laura Reiley is the Tampa Bay Times' restaurant critic and a former critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Baltimore Sun. She is the author of four books in the Moon Handbook series: Florida Gulf Coast; Walt Disney World and Orlando; Tampa and St. Petersburg; and the Paradise Coast. She has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. In 2017 she was a Pulitzer and James Beard finalist and won the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism.

Jill Roberts

Jill RobertsAssistant Professor

Dr. Robert's research interests are in the use of molecular techniques such as pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, sequencing, and other DNA-based methods to characterize microorganisms from sources such as foods, clinicial samples, environmental samples and others. The goal of these projects is to corrrelate the molecular data with epidemiological information about the bacteria tested including likely source of contamination, associated disease, antibiotic resistance, etc.

Amy Ronshausen

Amy RonshausenDrug Free America Foundation, Save Our Society From Drugs Executive Director

Amy Ronshausen is the new Executive Director of both Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.), national nonprofit organizations that work to defeat drug legalization attempts, promote sound drug policies, and prevent drug use, abuse and addiction.

Emmanuel Roux

Emmanuel RouxRestaurateur

Emmanuel Roux was born in Tunisia where his parents had a farm. He grew up between Tunisia, France and the UK. Roux studied hotel management in Switzerland before serving the French Navy and traveling the world.

Manu Samnotra

Manu SamnotraAssistant Professor of Political Science

Manu Samnotra is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Florida. He received his B.A. in Economics and Politics from Ithaca College, in Ithaca, NY, an M.A. in Politics from the New School for Social Research in New York, NY, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL. He has been living in the Tampa Bay area since 2015.

Lynda Schuster

Lynda SchusterJournalist, Reporter

As a former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Lynda Schuster began her career in 1980 in the paper's Dallas bureau, covering agriculture in the Southwest. Soon after, she was named the Central America correspondent, reporting on the wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. In 1983, she became the Journal's Mexico bureau chief.

Tom Shepard

Tom ShepardDirector

Tom has been directing and producing documentary films for nearly 20 years. His film SCOUT'S HONOR won two top awards at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on the PBS program P.OV. He also directed and produced KNOCKING, a film about Jehovah's Witnesses, which broadcast nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens. His recent film WHIZ KIDS is a coming-of-age documentary about youth who find their voice through science. It also aired on PBS. Tom's collaboration with filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson resulted in THE GROVE about the AIDS epidemic and the politics of remembrance. Tom's films have received acclaim in dozens of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Denver Post among others. Previously, Tom worked as an editor at National Public Radio for Linda Wertheimer. He teaches documentary in California and Colorado and is the former chairman of New Day Films. He graduated from Stanford University where he majored in biology and film.

Kathy Stults

Kathy StultsImpact and Engagement Director

Kathy has spent 43 consecutive years working with at risk youth in school settings including opening up a school for girls rescued from sex trafficking in 2015. She has been a volunteer for the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute (RMWFI) for 18 years. She started the Youth Outreach Program for the Institute and it continues to bring filmmakers and youth together in the Pikes Peak region. Kathy also serves as the Chair of the Development Committee for the RMWFI and is looking forward to bringing this experience to the Youth Documentary Academy.

Robin Truesdale

Robin TruesdaleDocumentary Filmmaker and Two Hands Films Founder

Robin Truesdale is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of Two Hands Films. She brings her storytelling abilities and craft to this project as the cinematographer, editor, and technical director. Robin began her career as a news editor for a Denver television station. After years of constructing news and educational stories through video, she was introduced to documentary film's powerful potential to communicate deeper stories about people, cultures, and issues of the times. Her work deals primarily with social justice, cultural, and humanitarian issues. Robin received her BS and MS Degrees in Journalism from the University of Colorado.

Jim Verhulst

Jim VerhulstJournalist, Tampa Bay Times

Jim Verhulst edits the op-ed page at the Tampa Bay Times and writes editorials as a member of the editorial board, mostly about science, education, environment and civil rights. He was a 2016 Pulitzer finalist in public service for editorials based on Failure Factories, a series about St. Petersburg schools that were allowed to resegregate, become almost exclusively poor, and then were denied the resources to serve their challenged students. The series went on to win the local reporting Pulitzer for three of the Times' metro reporters. He has contributed on occasion to PolitiFact, the fact-checking website owned by the Poynter Institute, which, in turn, owns the Times.

Linda Weil-Curiel

Linda Weil-CurielFrench Attorney and Human Rights Activist

Linda Weil-Curiel is a French attorney and human rights activist who campaigns against female genital mutilation (FGM) and plays a vital role in the prosecution of perpetrators throughout France. She has played a leading role in La Commission pour l'Abolition des Mutilations Sexuelles (CAMS).

Linda Whiteford

Linda WhitefordProfessor of Anthropology and Founding

Linda M. Whiteford holds a PhD and MA in Anthropology, and a Master's degree in Public Health. She is a Professor of Anthropology and Founding Co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Social Marketing for Social Justice at USF. She helped establish the dual degree program between the USF department of anthropology and the College of Public Health; and graduate certificates in Health, Water, and Culture with USF anthropology and the Colleges of Engineering and Public Health; a graduate certificate in Medical Anthropology; helped establish the USF Centers for Community and Public Scholarship, Sustainability, and USF World. In addition, she has represented USF internationally in Ghana, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Exeter, Dubrovnik, and London.

Robert Whitehead

Robert WhiteheadFormer Ambassador

Ambassador Robert E. Whitehead retired in December, 2016 after a 33-year career in the United States Department of State. His final posting was U.S. Ambassador to the Togolese Republic. Prior to that he served as Chief of Mission/Charge d'affaires in Khartoum, Republic of Sudan from 2009-2012 and as the first U.S. Consul General in Juba, South Sudan in 2006. During his career. Whitehead served in an array of positions in mostly African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (then called Zaire), Zambia and Zimbabwe. He undertook assignments of varying length in four other Central Africa countries, including a period as Charge in Kigali, Rwanda in 1994 after the civil war.

John Zogby

John ZogbyZogby Poll Founder, Author

John Zogby, founder of the Zogby Poll and the Zogby companies, is an internationally respected pollster, opinion leader and best-selling author. He has joined with his sons Benjamin and Jeremy in a new company called John Zogby Strategies, a strategic visioning firm specializing in preparing companies and agencies for the coming wave of dynamic changes. A much sought-after speaker, he is represented by the American Program Bureau of Boston. Zogby is also the inaugural Director of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at his alma mater, Le Moyne College.

Moderators

Golfo Alexopoulos

Golfo AlexopoulosDirector of the USF Institute on Russia

Golfo Alexopoulos is Director of the USF Institute on Russia, as well as Professor and Interim Chair of the History Department. She is the author of Illiness and Inhumanity in Stalin’s Gulag, which was published in 2017 by Yale University Press.

Raymond Arsenault

Raymond Arsenault

Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he has taught since 1980. A specialist in the political, social, environmental, and civil rights history of the American South, he has also taught at the University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, the University of Chicago, the Florida State University Study Abroad Center in London, and the Universite d'Angers, in France, where he was a Fulbright Lecturer in 1984-85. A native of Cape Cod, he was educated at Princeton University and Brandeis University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1981. He served as Associate Director of the Fulbright Commission Summer Institute in American Studies from 1980 to 1988, and he has lectured on American history and culture in a number of countries, including France, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Norway, Iceland, Turkey, Tunisia, and Jordan.

Chuck Campbell

Chuck CampbellFormer CIA

Mr Campbell participated as a panelist or moderator on panels associated with national security at the St Petersburg conferences in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He resigned from the CIA in 2004 after a 40 year career, the last 17 in executive level positions. He received the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Donavan Award named in honor of Colonel William Donovan, the Director of the OSS the CIA’s predecessor organization created by President Roosevelt to coordinate the clandestine collection and dissemination of intelligence in Europe and Asia during WWII. After retiring, Mr Campbell worked for several years in the private sector on contracts providing services to CIA and other federal intelligence agencies. He currently serves on the boards of the CIA Retirees Association and the Council on Intelligence Issues. He served in the Infantry Branch of the US Army Reserve as a NCO and Commissioned Officer.

Marcia Cohen

Marcia CohenLegal Counsel

Marcia Cohen is Legal Counsel for the National Organization of Women.

Karen Dee

Karen DeeCofounder & Managing Partner

Karen is a certified executive coach, thought leader and speaker. She is cofounder & managing partner of Accendo Leadership Advisory Group, LLC. Accendo is a leadership development company specializing in executive coaching, high performance team building, leadership seminars & workshops, roundtables for high potential women & minorities, and public speaking. Karen coaches exclusively at the executive level. She is an accomplished speaker and thought leader on topics to include: Establishing Your Leadership Brand, Building Trust and Team Commitment; Leading through Change; Emotional Intelligence; Executive Presence; Engaging People; Coaching for Enhanced Performance; and Leading a Multi Generational Workforce.

Bob Deutsch

Bob Deutsch

Bob Deutsch is a Retired Foreign Service Officer. He served in Europe, Africa and Asia and played important roles in developing and executing policies on Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In retirement he chairs the Program Committee for the Global Issues Lecture Series of the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning.

Mark Hafen

Mark HafenAssistant Director and Master Instructor in the School of Public Affairs

Mark R. Hafen is Assistant Director and Master Instructor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he directs the Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) program, with an emphasis on climate change adaptation, and urban environmental policy and planning. He holds a B.S. in Business Logistics from Penn State University, as well as an M.A. in Geography and a Ph.D. in Marine Science (Geology), both from USF. He has professional experience in land use planning, and has lived in the Tampa Bay region since 1986. He has co-authored a book (with A.C. Hine, D.P. Chambers, T.D. Clayton, and G.T. Mitchum), Sea Level Rise in Florida: Science, Impacts and Options (2016, University Press of Florida), and actively serves as a member of the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel, the Florida Water and Climate Alliance, and the USF Center for Brownfields Research and Redevelopment.

Reid Lohr

Reid Lohr

Mr. Lohr is the co-founder and partner of EDI Advisory Group, a development and decision support group specializing in global fluency and transnational engagements. The firm helps organizations navigate an increasingly interdependent, multicultural, and changing global marketplace and work environment.

John Maguire

John  Maguire

John Maguire was named Director of International Relations and Cooperation of France Medias Monde in September 2013. Prior to that, from March 2012 to September 2013, he was Director of International Development, Audiovisuel Exterieur de la France; from May 2010 to March 2012 he served as Director of International Affairs, Radio France Internationale and from 2004 to 2010 he was head of RFI's International Training Department. Before that he spent six years as Managing Editor of RFI's English service.

Felipe Mantilla

Felipe MantillaAssistant Professor of Political Science

Luis Felipe Mantilla obtained his M.A. and Ph. D. in Government from Georgetown University (2012) and B.A. from Dartmouth College (2004). His research interests cover a variety of topics in comparative politics, including religion and politics, political parties, social movements and democratization. He frequently engages in systematic comparisons of the Middle East and Latin America, drawing on a variety of sources and methods to leverage the similarities and differences between the two regions. He has published articles in Party Politics, Politics & Religion, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, along with co-authored chapters in two edited volumes. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Religious Parties and Secular Politics in Mexico and Turkey.

Douglas McElhaney

Douglas McElhaney

Doug is the instigator of the St Pete Conference on World Affairs, having participated in a similar event last year in Boulder, Colorado. When he moved to St. Petersburg in 2007 to take care of aging parents, he noted that international issues did not get the time and attention in the lives of busy Floridians that they warranted. The presidential elections only reinforced his conviction that an international conference in St. Pete that talked about issues, and unfettered by political rhetoric, would be a true contribution to the community. Doug was a career Foreign Service Officer at the US State Department and retired with the rank of Ambassador after a 34-year career. He served in Europe: Brussels, Rome, Milan, Paris, Lisbon, Sarajevo, and for three years in Cairo. He was the US Deputy Permanent Representative during both the Bosnia and Kosovo wars, and he worked for several years in the late seventies on the negotiations that later resulted in the independence of Namibia. At the Embassy in Cairo, he worked on the peace process as well as liaison with the Egyptian military. As Ambassador to Bosnia, he renegotiated wide changes to the wartime constitution, which in 2006 were ultimately rejected by the ethnically-based parties in power in 2006. He was the Distinguished Ambassador in Residence at the University of Miami from 2008-2012. Ambassador McElhaney is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Kevin McGuire

Kevin  McGuire

Kevin McGuire joined the Foreign Service in 1966. He served as Ambassador to Namibia; Economic Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission in Korea; Economic Minister in Italy; in economic positions in our embassies in Greece and Ireland as well as in the Economics and Business and International Organizations Bureaus in Washington. Other assignments included Director of Senior Assignments; and tours in Gabon as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires; and in Adelaide, Australia as Consul.

Iqbal Paroo

Iqbal Paroo

Former University President, Foundation President; Domestic & International Health Care Executive

Jim Rogers

Jim  RogersEmeritus Professor of Art History

James Gordon (Jim) Rogers, Jr. is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Florida Southern College. He received his Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri at Columbia. In addition to teaching and college administration, he has been active as a lecturer in the fields of art and architecture. He is the author of books and articles, has curated numerous art exhibitions, and has served on boards of directors and panels for public institutions, including recently the Polk Museum of Art, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, and Historic Lakeland. In the past he has served on panels for the Florida Arts Council. At Florida Southern College Rogers was active in the development of the College’s signature study abroad programs and over a period of sixteen years he organized study abroad trips to Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America, many of which he also led. In 2003, he set up the College’s international French language program partnership with the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers. France. He has been active in professional associations and is a member of numerous museums.

Robert Sattin

Robert Sattin

After over 33 years in the private practice of law in Hartford, CT, Bob came to St. Petersburg where he spent 8 years as the president of The Appleton Group, which developed and ran a network of over 270 law and accounting firms located in 100 countries. In that position, Bob not only interacted with member firms around the world, but also led semi-annual conferences in Europe, N. America, S. America and Asia.

Diane Seligsohn

Diane Seligsohn

Diane Seligsohn is an American journalist and university lecturer who has lived in Paris for over 3 decades and now divides her time between France and St Petersburg, Florida. Diane received her BA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and her MA from NYU. She began her career in journalism at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's New York office, where she worked for 5 years before moving to France.

Thomas Smith

Thomas  Smith

Thomas W. Smith is professor of political science and director of the Honors Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He co-founded the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs with Ambassador Doug McElhaney. Smith holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the College of William & Mary and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He has published numerous journal articles in the fields of human rights, international humanitarian law, and Turkish politics and foreign policy. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary Korean Studies. From 1997-2000 he taught international relations at Koç University in Istanbul. His second book, Human Rights and War Through Civilian Eyes, was just published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Robin Sussingham

Robin SussinghamSenior Editor

Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF Public Media, the NPR affiliate station in Tampa. She hosts the weekly current affairs show, Florida Matters, and will produce and host WUSF's new food podcast, The Zest, which debuts in early May.