Achilles G. Adamantiades
Dr. Achilles G. Adamantiades is currently working as an independent energy and environment consultant for the World Bank and ICG Aeolian Energy. He previously worked at the World Bank as the Principle Power Engineer in the Industry and Energy Department where he acquired extensive experience in international energy matters. Prior to working at the World Bank, Dr. Adamantiades spent ten years with the Electric Power Research Institute, the major United States research and development organization for electric power utilities, where he focused on nuclear power safety issues. Dr. Adamantiades holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT and a Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has taught at Iowa State University, University of Patras in Greece, Stanford University, and The George Washington University.
Mehmet Betil is a respected and innovative businessman in Turkey as well as a strong voice for disadvantaged people. He worked as an economist at the Turkish Industrial Development Bank from 1967 to 1987. He is a long time supporter of Anatolian Artisans in the U.S. and Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG) in Turkey. His research on investment projects were published in a newspaper from 1975 thru 1987. Mehmet retired in 1987 and founded Karma A.S., a computer and construction company, the same year. He is also a partner of the Taraf newspaper in Turkey. He is a graduate of Robert College in Turkey.
Gunay Evinch was born in 1963 in Chicago, Illinois, to immigrants from the Turkish Aegean. He is a second generation Turkish American of Ottoman Macedonian heritage. He is a lawyer in public international law and a principal at the Washington DC law firm of Saltzman & Evinch. He completed his Juris Doctor at Washington & Lee University in Virginia (1991), EU Legal Studies at the University of Madrid (1989), and Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Public Service at the University of California, Davis (1986). Evinch interned with the Sacramento Federal Public Defender, San Francisco District Attorney, and the late Congressman Tom Lantos. Evinch was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in International Law in Turkey (1991-93). He was recently inducted to the Washington DC Cosmos Club as its first Turkish American jurist. Evinch served as President of his law class (1991), President of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (2009-11), Member of the Board of the National World Affairs Councils of America (2009-11), and since 2007, has served on the Heritage Council of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence.
S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana
Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana is Interim Associate Director and Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s MA Program in Conflict Resolution. She also directs the Conflict Resolution Field Program. She received her PhD from American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis from University of Kent in Canterbury, England. As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Kadayifci-Orellana has also facilitated dialogues and training workshops, and worked on conflict resolution curriculum development in various countries including Turkey, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Chad, Niger, Kenya, Guatemala, Iran, Saudi Arabia, among others. Dr. Kadayifci-Orellana’s has authored Standing on an Isthmus: Islamic Narratives of War and Peace in the Palestinian Territories and co-authored the edited the volume, Anthology on Islam and Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam: Precept and Practice.
Louis W. Goodman
Louis W. Goodman became dean emeritus and professor of International Relations at American University’s School of International Service in August 2011, having served as the School's dean since July, 1986. Under his leadership the School of International Service became the largest school of international relations in the world. Previously Dr. Goodman served on the faculty of Yale University’s Department of Sociology and as director of the Latin American and Caribbean Programs of the Social Science Research Council and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The author of numerous books and articles, Dr. Goodman’s current research focuses in democracy building and civilian control of the armed forces in Latin America and on the rise of Asia and 21st century international relations.