Senior Advisors

J.D. BINDENAGEL

Ambassador (ret.) J.D. Bindenagel is a former U.S. Ambassador and career diplomat. He served in East, West and united Germanys from the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall, through 2002. In addition Ambassador Bindenagel was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999 as U.S. Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, was Special U.S. Negotiator for "Conflict Diamonds" and Vice President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Vice President at DePaul University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the President's Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the American Council on Germany and the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies. Bindenagel is also President of the Japan America Society of Chicago.

CAMERON R. HUME

Ambassador (ret) Cameron R. Hume advises clients on international policy and operations in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Ambassador Hume was most recently the United States Ambassador to Indonesia. Hume served as a member of the United States Foreign Service, at the rank of Career-Minister. His earlier assignments included Italy, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, the United Nations, and the Holy See. More recently, he served as Ambassador to Algeria and to South Africa, and as Chargé d'Affaires to Sudan. While Ambassador to Indonesia, he focused on oceans, climate change, and education as elements of "soft power" diplomacy. He has also been a fellow or guest scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, and the United States Institute of Peace. He is a lawyer and admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

PAMELA JOHNSTON

Pamela Johnston, Cloud 12, is an image specialist, called upon by individuals, companies and industries to influence public perception for competitive standing, crisis management and general awareness publicity. She is an expert strategist and writer, interpreting client goals and translating them to fit media and marketplace needs. She has won several awards for writing, production of printed and broadcast collateral materials, program strategy and media placements.

SUZANNE HARVEY

Ms. Suzanne Harvey has been working with Strategy XXI far almost 10 years and brings with her a wealth of marketing expertise in tourism, trade and investment promotion. Ms, Harvey specializes in the design and implementation of a wide range of tourism, marketing, investment, distribution and new product development programs. With more than 25 years experience, Ms. Harvey applies her expertise to formulate and execute comprehensive research, marketing, technical, training, product design/adaptation and market entry programs targeted to industrial, consumer, investment and business sectors. This includes the organization of fairs, exhibitions, conferences, workshops and seminars.

JACQUELINE KEITH

Jackie Keith is a leader in the healthcare sector with broad-based, senior-level industry and non-profit organization experience in Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals, and Nutritionals. Her background includes deep expertise in global healthcare policy developments, including European Union legislation, WHO resolutions/programs, and U.S. healthcare reform; playing an active role in public/private partnerships with donors, government agencies, foundations, and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI Alliance); and in industry providing needed vaccines to children in poor countries. Her corporate big pharma experience includes building top-tier cross-functional teams at Wyeth and Pfizer; managing high-performing sales and policy staffs at Bristol-Myers Squibb; and achieving outstanding success with reimbursement listings overseas and on Medicaid formularies. Earlier career roles included Vice President?Policy at the U.S. Council for International Business, an international business organization representing the corporate community on trade and investment policy issues to the United Nations, U.S. Government, European Community, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and Managing Editor at the International Management and Development Institute in Washington D.C.

RENE 'BUTCH' MEILY

Butch Meilly, has over 20 years of experience in financial and corporate public relations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has served as key adviser and right hand to four CEOs - three in New York and one in Asia. He planned and carried out the PR activities that were instrumental in the successful billion- dollar leveraged buyout of Beatrice International, a multinational food company. He then established and managed the PR department at Beatrice for 11 years during which he handled PR for an Initial Public Offering and several debt offerings.

FRANCES ZELAZNY

Frances Zelazny is the Principal of Marketing Strategies at Work, a business development consulting firm focused on the melding of business and policy on the global stage. She promotes sales objectives by bringing together market knowledge and access to business leaders, political influencers and multilateral agency stakeholders. She specializes in market entry strategies that reflect corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships and results-oriented approaches to development.

NIGEL THOMPSON

Nigel Thompson is a Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm. With over thirty years of experience in international pharmaceutical markets, Mr. Thompson brings decades of expertise to biopharmaceutical clients on regulatory issues around the world.

Based in New Jersey, Mr. Thompson is also the President of Parks Pharma Consulting. Mr. Thompson specializes on economic strategy, pricing and reimbursement, government relations, and business development. At Albright Stonebridge Group, he uses his expertise to help clients navigate the regulatory environment of the pharmaceutical industry.

Previously, Mr. Thompson was the Executive Director of Economic and Development Strategy at Merck. There, he was active in designing and implementing strategies to accelerate and protect market access in European and emerging markets.

From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Thompson was the Pharmaceutical Advisor to the World Bank from the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations. In this capacity, Mr. Thompson advised the World Bank on pharmaceutical issues in emerging markets and developed dialogues between pharmaceutical companies and the World Bank.

Mr. Thompson is a British Chartered Accountant and is fluent in French.

YOHANNES ZELEKE

Yohannes Zeleke has over twenty years of professional experience in Paleo-anthropology, archaeology and ethno-historical research; evaluation of the socio-economic impacts of development programs including resettlement of displaced persons; managing cultural resources, Curator of museums; and teaching, anthropology, archaeology, sociology, language, African history, Art History, Ethiopian Jewish history and political science.

Currently, in addition to his position as a Senior Advisor to Strategy XXI, Dr. Zeleke is a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Natural History and the Korben International Industrial and Financial Corporation, all in Washington, DC.

He also founded The Jerusalem DC Tour and Transportation LLC which conducts educational and cultural tours in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, as well as Historical and Cultural tours to Africa, especially to Ethiopia

Dr. Zeleke has a B.A. in History (1992) and an M.A. in Archeology (1993) from the St. Petersburg State University in Russia and a Ph.D. in Archeology (1997) from the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has also taught, and conducted research in, Anthropology at the American University and Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He has also been a post-doctoral Fellow at George Washington University and the University of California at Berkeley, has participated extensively in field work and has been on the staff of a number of museums and research institutions.

Dr. Zeleke speaks English, Russian and Amharic and resides in the Washington, DC area.

ROBIN VAN PUYENBROECK

Robin van Puyenbroeck advises public and private sector clients on political and organizational strategies, building on his expertise in facilitating global networks and partnerships.

Robin is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of EUCLID, an international intergovernmental organization holding a university mandate and charter, to support EUCLID in achieving its agenda and to liaise with the United Nations community. In addition, Robin serves as the International Coordinator for the Pearl Initiative, a private sector-led initiative based in the UAE that aims at creating a greater culture of transparency and accountability in the Arabian Gulf. The Pearl Initiative was established in cooperation with the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP). Robin is also a Strategic Advisor at the Global Partnerships Forum, which facilitates public-private partnerships for development.

From 2006 to 2009, Robin was Vice President at ING Global Clients in New York where he managed relationships between senior officials of multinational corporations and all facets of the bank. In this capacity he worked with major corporations from the aerospace, engineering and packaging sectors. Before moving to New York Robin was Business Manager of the Natural Resources sector at ING Global Clients in Amsterdam. He also worked for ING in Brussels and Toronto. Prior to joining ING he was an attorney with Ernst & Young Law in Brussels.

Over the years, Robin has built a strong foothold in the international affairs arena and he is actively engaged in numerous non-profit boards. He serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of NY and as a Steering Committee Member of the New Leaders program at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He is also a fellow at the Next Generation Project of Columbia University's American Assembly and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board of Kupona Foundation and the Advisory Group on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development with the Public-Private Alliance Foundation.

Robin is a doctoral candidate in Diplomacy and International Affairs at the Pôle Universitaire Euclide; He holds an LL.M. in international law (Hons.) from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a JD (Hons.) from the University of Ghent, Belgium. He also studied European law at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain, and holds a Certificate in Global Affairs (Hons.) from New York University. He speaks Flemish, English, French, Spanish and some German.

JERRY GOODMAN

Jerry Goodman is a Senior Advisor to Strategy XXI, a New York City based strategic communications company. He was the founding Executive Director of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, a coalition of over 350 national and local groups. During his tenure the largest human rights manifestation for Soviet Jews was organized, when 250,000 people came to Washington DC in advance of a summit meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. He helped draft and secure passage of the landmark Jackson-Vanik Amendment, linking trade with communist countries to open emigration. Goodman went on to create the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement, at the American Jewish Historical Society. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of ITI International, a New York-based company specializing in barter trade with the Former Soviet Union.

As the Executive Director of the National Committee for Labor Israel, for 10 years, Goodman served as a liaison between the American labor movement, US Government agencies, the Israeli labor federation, and the State of Israel.

A trained political scientist he writes and lectures on political and social issues concerning the Former Soviet Union, Israel and the Middle East, and advises small to mid-size companies, as well as not for profit organizations, in strategic planning, organization and communications. He holds an MA and a mediator's Certificate in Conflict Resolution from New York University..

JUDIT LANGH

Judit Langh specializes in using creative visual tools and technologies for marketing, communications and branding for a constantly connected global mobile audience. Her specialties include breakthrough technologies such as Augmented Reality and 3D photography/video as well as traditional photography and video.

During the past 15 years, she has worked with companies in technology, financial services, clean-tech, telecommunications and non-profit industries, including Guggenheim Partners, T-Mobile and ECI Telecom, in both corporate and agency settings.

Her most recent work includes creating mobile marketing applications and strategies for clients in the automobile, telecom, medical, education and marketing industries for clients that include Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Vodafone and Novartis.

As founder of a creative collaborative, IMAGUINE, she helped pioneer the combination of visuals and the written word to build and strengthen brands. She developed strategies, refined messaging and helped companies adapt to social and visual centric marketing and communications.

As a marketing professional, Judit has helped her clients/employers achieve significant milestones, such as turn first profits, increase revenues, secure new markets and create fruitful partnerships.

She holds a B.S. in International Business from the College of Foreign Trade, Budapest, Hungary, and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

NIKOLAUS REICHERT

Nikolaus Reichert is a communications expert with 25 years experience in journalism, 17 of which were as senior editor business affairs in Germany. He subsequently spent 16 years as head of corporate communications within the automotive industry. His background includes profound knowledge in corporate social responsibility activities and cultural programs.

As a Senior Advisor to Strategy XXI he focuses on strategic long term communications and brand image building as well as on ethical and reputation risk issues. In addition Mr. Reichert was appointed as an honorary judge in Germany. He has also had several books in Europe and the U.S. published, in particular on the subjects of the automotive industry, business strategies and communications. During his long career he has advised several companies and institutions in Europe. He speaks English, French and German.

RUSUDAN GRIGOLIA

Rusudan Grigolia has been dedicated to promoting peace and tolerance among nations through cultural programs for over 25 years. A native of the Republic of Georgia, she is a specialist in cultural communications, an artist, musician, and producer of educational films. She has lectured at Tbilisi State University, Santa Fe Art Academy, and the International Oceans Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she provided media training for International students. Rusudan was a designer of the Family Tree Sculpture for the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, and participant in the celebration for its unveiling at the UN in June 1994. She served as Director of Media, Arts and Communication for Friends of the UN from 1995 to 1997. She was projects developer and manager of Friends of the UN from 1997 to 2012. She is designer of projects, including "Wear my hat," "Artists for the United Nations,” "Street Artists for Sustainable Tourism" and author of numerous newsletters, brochures, posters, and websites. She has worked in many countries, including the United States, Georgia, Austria, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean Islands (St. Lucia, Jamaica, Dominica), China, Hungary, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Russia and Uganda.

DAN FLESHLER

Dan Fleshler has extensive experience as a communications and public affairs strategist for global corporations as well as major not-for-profit institutions and advocacy groups. One of his specialties is crafting and then implementing communications and outreach plans to reach distinctly different target groups, from NGOs to government officials to opinion leaders in the media. He has extensive experience in crisis management and litigation support for a broad range of companies, and has helped clients advance complex political agendas.

His clients have included the National Restaurant Association, Continental AG, YUM Brands, Azerbaijan-America Alliance, Milberg LLP, Standard Textile, the UN Millennium Development Campaign, Israel Policy Forum, Bar-Ilan University and the Legal Action Center.

Prior to joining Strategy XXI Partners (formerly Kreab Gavin Anderson) in 1999, he was President of DLL Communications, Inc., a full-service public relations and advertising agency in New York City. He was also Senior Vice President of Rubenstein Associates, Inc., one of the largest public relations firms in New York City, and Director of Communications for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Dan is also a published author and feature writer. His book, Transforming America's Israel lobby - The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change, was published by Potomac Books in May, 2009. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Haaretz, the Forward, Reform Judaism, the New York Daily News, North American Review and other publications.

Dan is a Board Member of Americans for Peace Now and Ameinu and is on the Advisory Council of J Street. Before pursuing his business career, he was Assistant Professor of English at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he taught journalism and creative writing.

He received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop

NICOLLA HEWITT

With more than 20 years of experience as a network news producer working at ABC, NBC and CBS News, Nicolla Hewett brings a wealth of broadcast media know-how to Strategy XXI. She is currently Katie Couric's producer for International News at Yahoo, one of the top online news sources in the world.

Nicolla began her career with ABC News in London before moving to Jerusalem, where she was a producer for Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel. She moved to NBC News in 1995 to be Katie Couric's producer at TODAY, the number one morning news program in the United States, and was responsible for producing interviews with high-profile U.S. government figures, among them Presidents Clinton, Carter and George W. Bush, and U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Nicolla also interviewed a roster of world leaders including PLO head Yasser Arafat, Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon, Tony Blair and David Cameron, as well as King Abdullah of Jordan and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. While at NBC News, Nicolla also specialized in news events in the Middle East and produced for both Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. She covered stories as diverse as Princess Diana's funeral to the Columbia space shuttle disaster.

ERIC RICAURTE

Eric is founder of Greenview, a consulting firm that has helped several global hospitality companies, events and destinations measure and report on sustainability, in addition to his 10 years of experience in operations and consulting in diverse nature and cultural tourism projects globally. Eric is a frequent speaker, organizer and writer in the topic of sustainability measurement. His notable industry work includes authoring the Cornell study "Developing a Sustainability Measurement Framework for Hotels: Toward an Industry-wide Reporting Structure" and serving as technical consultant for Phase 1 of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative, a joint program of the International Tourism Partnership and the World Travel & Tourism Council to standardize carbon metrics across the industry. Eric has consulted globally for hotel properties; hotel companies; hospitality vendors; tourism operators, attractions and complexes; industry associations; citywide event organizers; and tourism destination management organizations. Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a Master of Science degree in Tourism & Travel Management from New York University. He is currently a researcher at the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research. Eric is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

DELFIM CORRÊA

Delfim Corrêa works with Strategy XXI Partners in helping companies worldwide establish operations in the country of Brazil. Throughout his career, as a leader of several technology organizations, Delfim has developed strong relationships with important international technology companies both inside and outside Brazil.

He is currently heading the operations of Profiles International in Brazil and Peasa Consulting. Together the two companies provide networks of partners that deliver technical and support functions to organizations entering the Brazilian market.

Delfim has worked in both the private and public sectors in Brazil since 1973. He founded some of the most important IT consulting companies in Brazil. Since 2005 he has dedicated himself to new technologies and their development and applications to fill market needs. For many years Delfim has developed innovative projects to apply high-tech solutions in different areas, like, building, IT management, strategic HR, etc.

Delfim graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Universidade Federal do Paraná and received a master's degree from the FAE Business School.

DELILAH R. ROTHENBERG

Delilah Rothenberg is Managing Director of Development Capital Strategies (DCS), an advisory firm specializing in sustainable business development and investment, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. At DCS, Delilah provides advisory services focused on investor relations, financing, business development, stakeholder engagement and sustainable project development (e.g. in accordance with IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles and other global and local standards).

She has worked with companies and investors in the following sectors: private equity, banking, palm oil and agribusiness, infrastructure, personal care, real estate, food and beverage, and education. Companies include Citigroup, PepsiCo, Zephyr Management (manager of Kingdom Zephyr), and several project developers. Delilah also serves as Director of Business Development for Tiossan, the first high-end, natural skin care company inspired by African traditional healing formulations. Ms. Rothenberg's past experience includes institutional equities at Bear, Stearns & Co and investment research with Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG).

Delilah serves on the Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) Executive Council and Board of Directors, is the founder of their Young Professionals Committee, and was on their founding mission to Rwanda. Through Bpeace, she focuses on small-and-medium-sized enterprise (SME) development in conflict-affected countries.

She has a B.A. with honors in history, politics, and Africa studies from New York University, where she also studied Swahili. Delilah's work has been featured in The New York Times and on CNN, and NPR, among other media outlets, and she has been asked to speak by institutions such as the South African Chamber of Commerce and Harvard Business School on private equity, venture capital and SMEs in Africa.

CRISPIN S. GREGOIRE

Ambassador (ret.) Crispin S. Gregoire is a former Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Dominica to the UN from 2002-2010. He served as a Special Adviser to the President of the UN General Assembly and as the focal point for organization of the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. He also served as the Director for the Caribbean at the UNDP's Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean from 2012 to 2014. Ambassador Gregoire has worked with civil society organizations such as Save the Children, BoardSource, and the Ford Foundation.

 

 

ISSAM KHOURY

Issam Khoury is a prominent human rights activist, writer and journalist with over 15 years' experience working in the Middle East. He has strong connections with business, media and civil society across the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. He has extensive knowledge of the political situation, and the key political authority figures, and prominent journalists throughout the Middle East. He has been a speaker at more than ten international human rights conferences.

Issam has trained hundreds of journalists and citizen-journalists. In 2003, he founded an NGO that today has nearly 200 members on the ground reporting on the Syrian Revolution. He is also an author of two novels, and an expert on political/social trends and personalities.

As a disruptor, and the first journalist to report on the revolution while still in Syria, Issam has been arrested, had his novels banned and his travel restricted. Most recently, Issam was International Journalist in Residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

SHAI FRANKLIN

Shai Franklin is CEO of Your Global Strategy, Inc., specializing in political and economic engagement on behalf of governmental, business and NGO clients. His 30 years of high-level research, government relations and media/social media leadership span civil society and business, advising governments in the Middle East and Europe on trade, human rights, and U.S. relations.

Shai has served as an executive with numerous NGOs in the United States and internationally, working with officials, diplomats and media to generate major trade measures and human rights agreements.

In addition to providing commentary and interviews to Our Salon Radio, Shai publishes analysis and opinion in outlets in the United States and Middle East, and has been an expert commentator on international television and radio.

TEAM INDEX

Senior Advisors

J.D. Bindenagel

Cameron R. Hume

Pamela Johnston

Suzanne Harvey

Jacqueline Keith

Rene 'Butch' Meily

Frances Zelazny

Nigel Thompson

Yohannes Zeleke

Robin van Puyenbroeck

Jerry Goodman

Judit Langh

Nikolaus Reichert

Rusudan Grigolia

Dan Fleshler

Nicolla Hewitt

Eric Ricaurte

Delfim Corrêa

Delilah Rothenberg

Crispin Gregoire

Issam Khoury

Shai Franklin