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, 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
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.
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 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
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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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
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 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 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
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 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 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
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.
Cameron R. Hume
Rene 'Butch' Meily
Robin van Puyenbroeck