Lady Barbara Judge, C.B.E
Lady Judge, a trained commercial lawyer with both British and American citizenship, has an unusually broad and successful international career as a senior executive, chairman and non-executive director in both the private and public sectors.
She received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and Juris Doctor with honors from New York University Law School and was a partner in a major US law firm specialising in corporate and financial transactions.
In 1980 she was appointed by the President as a Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Thereafter she was appointed as the first woman executive director of News International and Samuel Montagu and held many positions in the financial services industry including Chair of the UK/US Committee on Corporate Governance and Senior Advisor to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She was also a Public Member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants and Deputy Chairman of the UK Financial Reporting Council (the UK’s regulator of corporate governance), among others.
She is currently National Chairman of the UK Institute of Directors and Chairman of the Energy Institute of University College London (which focuses on energy efficiency). In addition she is Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund.
In 2002 she was appointed as a director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and became its Chairman in 2004 and was reappointed in 2007. After completing two terms she was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Tepco Nuclear Reform Committee and Chairman of its Task Force on Nuclear Safety. She is also a member of the UAE Advisory Board for the Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy.
Lady Judge is a non-executive director of Magna International Inc (Canada) and NV Bekaert SA (Belgium). In addition she is currently a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, Centre for Corporate Reputation and Chairman of the Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative’s Advisory Board for McDonough’s School of Business at Georgetown University.
In June 2010 she was awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the nuclear and financial services industries. In April she received the Times 2015 Non-Executive Director award for her chairmanship of the Pension Protection Fund.
His Excellency José Manuel Barroso
His Excellency Jose Manuel Barroso is one of the most distinguished politicians in all of Europe. As president of the European Commission from 2004-2014, Barroso led the European Commission through a critical period for the EU. He also served as the prime minister of Portugal from 2002 and 2004.
President Barroso began his career in public service in 1985 when he was first elected to the Portuguese parliament; he was re-elected six times thereafter. In 1999 he was elected president of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and re-elected three times. During the same period, he served as vice president of the European People's Party.
Throughout his time in parliament Barroso was engaged in foreign affairs. He served as the State Secretary – Ministry of Home Affairs of Portugal, the State Secretary – Ministry of Home Affairs of Portugal, the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Portugal, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal. As State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation he played a key role as mediator of the peace accords for Angola in Bicesse, and as Minister for Foreign Affairs he launched the talks with the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs that ultimately led to the independence of East Timor.
Barroso was appointed prime minister of Portugal in April of 2002. He remained in office until July 2004 when he was nominated by the European Council and elected by the European Parliament to the post of president of the European Commission. In June 2009 the European Council unanimously nominated him for a second term as president of the European Commission, and he was re-elected by an absolute majority in the European Parliament in September 2009.
As the president of the European Commission, Barroso led the EU executive through the near break-up of the eurozone and spearheaded the so-called “Eastern Partnership." Despite the difficulties of the global financial meltdown, the EU’s common currency did not collapse under his watch, as so many market analysts had predicted.
Barroso has been recognized with many awards including 30 honorary degrees and 17 state decorations. Additionally, he was declared "European of the Year" by the newspaper European Voice, in 2006, and named Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1993.
Barroso graduated with a law degree from the University of Lisbon. He also completed a diploma in European studies and a master's degree in political science from the University of Geneva. He served as a visiting professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Policy at Georgetown earlier in his career.
The Honorable Tom Daschle
For the past 30 years, Senator Tom Daschle has been at the center of almost every major public policy issue of our times. He has served as a congressman and senator, and as the Democratic leader of the U.S. Senate.
His public service began in 1978, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. After eight years in the House, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Senate Democratic Leader in 1994. During his tenure, Senator Daschle led the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security challenges.
During his Senate career and beyond, Daschle has become one of the most knowledgeable authorities on the nation’s healthcare needs and systems. He is the author of Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis and most recently Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform.
Since leaving Congress, Daschle has remained a strong voice at the intersection of business, government, and society, particularly in his role as chair of the Center for American Progress. He also is chair of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture Innovation and Productivity as well as the BP Tangguh Independent Advisory Panel. He also is the senior policy advisor for DLA Piper, the global law firm.
One of Daschle’s most noteworthy efforts was to join former Senate majority leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole, and Howard Baker in 2007 to create the Bipartisan Policy Center. The organization is dedicated to finding common ground on some of the pressing public policy challenges of our time. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and also serves on the Council on Governance for Sustainability at the World Economic Forum and the Federal Advisory Board of Accenture.
He currently serves on the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health. Daschle graduated from South Dakota State University in 1969.
Thomas W. Farley
Thomas “Tom” Farley has been tasked with one of the most formidable undertakings on Wall Street, reforming the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Founded in 1817, the NYSE stands today as the world’s largest stock exchange according to market capitalization.
Farley was appointed president of the NYSE Group of the Intercontinental Exchange Group, Inc. (ICE) in May 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was the youngest Chief Operating Officer of the NYSE. As COO, he transformed the New York Board of Trade and decreased growth in the NYSE derivatives business. Previously, he held the role of president and COO of ICE Futures U.S., after joining the company in 2007.
During this period he came to the attention of world financial leaders when he innovatively introduced electronic trading of futures and options for the first time. By the next year ICE futures became the exclusive preserve of the Russell suite of equity index futures. In turn, he steered the clearinghouse through some of the most turbulent market periods in modern history, including the Lehman Brothers and MF Global bankruptcies.
Prior to ICE, Farley occupied the position of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of SunGard’s Kiodex business unit, having joined the parent company in September 2004 with the acquisition of Kiodex, Inc. He has also occupied senior positions at Gryphon Investors, an investment firm specializing in leveraged acquisitions of middle-market growth companies. Previously, he worked for Montgomery Securities where he was a corporate finance investment banker advising high-growth middle- and large-market companies.
Farley is a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Subcommittee on Convergence in Agricultural Commodity Markets and sits on several corporate boards.
Farley earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgetown University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Robert J. Flanagan
Robert J. Flanagan has built a career in both business and public service in his dual roles as the executive vice president of Clark Enterprises, the parent holding company of the Clark Construction Group, and chairman of the Federal City Council.
As executive vice president of CEI, Flanagan oversees the acquisition, management, and development of new private equity investment opportunities for the company, one of the largest privately held contractors in the U.S. In this position he has helped to oversee the company’s diversification into an investment company that concentrates its portfolio in real estate, construction, private equity/venture capital, and financial markets. He has built a series of successful partnerships and strategic alliances that have aligned with CEI’s commitment to integrity and sense of responsibility to the community.
Flanagan also serves as managing director of CNF Investments LLC, the private equity division of Clark Enterprises, and sits as a member on the boards of Angel Medical Systems, Inc., Eagle Oil & Gas Co., ILD Telecommunications, MonosolRX, OfficeArrow, Sagent Pharmaceuticals, and Svelte Medical Systems.
As chairman of the Federal City Council, Flanagan has been immersed in the relationship between business and the District of Columbia. The council, which is made up of some of the most accomplished leaders within the nation’s capital, has been engaged in building bridges and opportunities for the people of Washington. In addition he has served as the treasurer, secretary, and member of the board of directors of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.
Flanagan’s career began in Washington, D.C., as a certified public accountant and member of Arthur Andersen’s audit division. He is an active member of the Economic Club of Washington, and the Catholic Charities Foundation. Flanagan received his master’s degree in taxation from the American University School of Business in 1985 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. His children are fellow Georgetown McDonough graduates.
His Excellency Vicente Fox
His Excellency Vicente Fox, President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, made history as the first National Action Party candidate to upset the ruling party in nearly 100 years. He brought with him a background in business and politics that would serve him well.
Fox began his political career in 1988 in the federal Chamber of Deputies representing the Third Federal District in León, Guanajuato. Seven years later he was elected governor of Guanajuato. It was there that he pushed for the consolidation of small firms, promoted the export of goods manufactured in Guanajuato, and created a transparent and timely financial accounting system for the state. Under his leadership, Guanajuato rose to have the fifth highest per capita income in the Mexican state economy.
Prior to launching his political career, Fox worked for Coca Cola Mexico. He started as a route supervisor and delivery truck driver, and rose through the ranks to become the supervisor of Coca-Cola's operations in Mexico, and later for all of Latin America. As the President of Coca Cola Mexico, he presided over Coca-Cola when it became Mexico's top-selling soft drink product, increasing Coca-Cola's sales by almost 50 percent.
Since leaving the presidency in 2006, Fox has continued to deliver speeches and engage in issues of importance to Mexico’s future. Additionally, he is a member of the Global Leadership Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers a range of experienced advisors to political leaders facing difficult situations. He also wrote his autobiography, Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith and Dreams of a Mexican President. He also has worked to develop the Vicente Fox Center of Studies, Library and Museum, modeled after the Clinton Library in Arkansas. Finally, he serves as co-president of the Centrist Democratic International, the international organization of political parties.
Fox received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1964 from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
Anthony Haggar is the co-founder of HCH Partners and Chief Executive Officer of Haggar Trading DMCC, an Africa-focused family investment vehicle with investments in a range of sectors spanning Consumer, Retail, Oil &Gas, Telecommunications, Financials, Agriculture and Real Estate.
He has had over 15 years management and transaction experience in Africa, inclusive of asset disposals, mergers & acquisitions and company restructurings. In 2011, Anthony led the disposal of Haggar Trading DMCC's tobacco asset to Japan Tobacco for $450mm as well as Haggar Trading DMCC's historic $23mm investment in ACE Marine Cable (West Africa) and a $24mm investment in a fodder cultivation project. His many business concerns underscore his commitment to develop cutting edge technologies in advancing the business climate across the continent.
Mr. Haggar has been at the forefront as one of the most vocal proponents in producing an economy and business culture for the continent that emphasizes “Africa for Africans”. From financing to manufacturing, he has been a major player. To this end he also has been a critical catalyst in helping to advance an educational structure that provides opportunities for future African leaders
Mr. Haggar received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
The Honorable Jon M. Huntsman
Governor Jon Huntsman has enjoyed an extraordinarily rich and diverse career in business, government, and diplomacy. Today he serves as the chair of the Atlantic Council and as co-chair of the No Labels Foundation, a growing citizens’ movement of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents dedicated to promoting the politics of problem solving.
Huntsman began his career as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan and then was named Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. From there he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Singapore where he served from 1992 to 1993. Later, he became U.S. Deputy Trade Representative, helping to launch the Doha Round of global trade negotiations in 2001 and to guide the accession of China into the World Trade Organization.
Huntsman entered the business sector as CEO of the packaging and petrochemical giant Huntsman Corporation and as chair of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
From 2005 to 2009, Huntsman served as governor of Utah. In that capacity he was named chairman of the Western Governors Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association. In his reelection bid in 2008, he received nearly 78 percent of the vote and left office with approval ratings of well over 80 percent. Under his leadership Utah was named the best managed state in America by the Pew Center on the States.
In 2009 President Barack Obama appointed Huntsman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. Fluent in Mandarin, Huntsman became known for his down to earth style and interaction with the Chinese people. He left Bejing in 2011 and returned to the U.S. to become a candidate for the Republican nomination for president.
In 2012, he was chosen to succeed his father as chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. He also became a member of the boards of the Ford Motor Company and Caterpillar, Inc. that same year.
Huntsman received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani al Thani
Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani al Thani, a member of the ruling family of Qatar, has become one of the most successful business and philanthropic leaders in the Middle East today. His diverse global portfolio has included such sectors as banking, real estate, insurance, financial securities, healthcare, publishing, travel and tourism, and information technology.
He is the chairman of several companies including Ezdan, a real estate firm with extensive commercial and residential holdings in Doha, London, and other overseas markets as well as MacKeen Holding which has had dramatic growth in the forefront of urban design, construction, and real estate ownership. Sheikh Khalid also has long chaired the Qatar International Islamic Bank and more recently founded the Islamic Bank of Britain, the first financial institution of its kind in the United Kingdom.
As founder of the Medicare Group, Sheikh Khalid has overseen the largest privately held healthcare company in the State of Qatar. His most recent business venture came in 2013 when he was named chair of Vodaphone, Qatar’s second largest telecommunications company.
Sheikh Khalid has also built an extensive media conglomerate that includes Al Arab, the first daily newspaper to be published in Qatar, as well as Al Sharqnewspaper. He also is the publisher of the Peninsula, the English daily of Qatar, and two modern publishing and distribution houses.
Sheikh Khalid also has been one of the most active philanthropists in the Middle East. As chair of the Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services, he has overseen the construction of critical water projects in Yemen and in seven African countries; extensive health facilities and primary and secondary complexes in Nepal, Ethiopia, and Sudan; and significant agricultural projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
He also is a strong supporter of Qatar’s sports programs and is one of the major forces behind the Asian Amateur Athletic Association. He also is immersed in helping to oversee the Qatar Society for Rehabilitation & Special Needs.
Sheikh Dr. Khalid holds both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in industrial management and technology from Central Michigan University and a doctorate in business and economics from the United Kingdom.
His Excellency Aleksander Kwasniewski
His Excellency Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland from 1995 to 2005, has been a historic figure at a critical time in the aftermath of the Cold War. Today he continues to be immersed in addressing critical issues of concern, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe.
President Kwasniewski began his political career in 1977 when he joined the ruling communist Polish United Workers' Party. An activist in the communist student movement until 1982, he held, among other positions, the chairmanship of the University Council of the Socialist Union of Polish Students. From November 1981 to February 1984 he was editor-in-chief of the communist controlled student weekly, ITD, then became editor-in-chief of the daily communist youth newspaper, Sztandar Młodych. He was a co-founder of the first computer-science periodical in Poland, Bajtek, in 1985.
Kwasniewski served as Minister for Youth Affairs for two years and then as a cabinet minister and chairman of the Polish Government’s Social-Political Committee.
Six years later he became a member of the Polish Parliament where he served until 1995. During his time in Parliament he was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of the Constitutional Committee of the National Assembly.
Upon his election to the presidency, he set out to establish a new Constitution for Poland to replace the Stalinist document that had been in place since World War II. He also oversaw his country’s implementation of the historic and much heralded “big bang” approach to the economy to transform it from a central command to a free market economy. He also secured Poland’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
After leaving office President Kwasniewski was appointed Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership at Georgetown University. Today he serves as chairman of the supervisory board of the International Centre for Policy Studies in Kiev, Ukraine, and has served as the chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.
Kwaśniewski studied transport economics and foreign trade at the University of Gdańsk in Poland.
William E. Mayer
William E. Mayer has had more than 45 years of experience in business and academia. Currently he is a partner and cofounder of Park Avenue Equity Partners in New York City, a private equity firm, and a Director of BlackRock Capital. Not only was he the President and CEO of First Boston, but he also served as in that role after the creation of Credit Suisse First Boston. From 2000 to 2008, he was chairman of the Aspen Institute and today sits on its Executive Committee where he also serves as a Trustee of the Institute.
He has served as Dean of the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester, New York. From October 1992 to December 1996, he was a Professor and Dean of the Robert H. Smith College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland at College Park. During his tenure, he led an effort that made it one of the top 25 ranked business schools in the country.
Mr. Mayer has sat on the board of several public and private companies. He is a board member of the Liberty Group of Mutual Funds, Johns Manville Corporation, Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Reader’s Digest, Miller Buckfire, Acumen and the Atlantic Council. He is also a member of the Board of Governors at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Vietnam Dialogue Group, and Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative.
Mr. Mayer was a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. and an M.B.A.
The Honorable James P. Moore, Jr.
James P. Moore, Jr., has enjoyed a varied career in the senior ranks of business, government, and academia and today serves as the managing director of the Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative. He also sits on several corporate and nonprofit boards and has been a featured guest commentator on major news networks.
Moore first came to Georgetown McDonough in 1999 to teach international business and later served as director of the Global Leadership Initiative. In 2004 he received the school’s award for distinguished teaching and the next year was inducted into its honor society. His speeches, op-ed columns, and other writings have been translated into dozens of languages.
Earlier in his career Moore served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development and served on the boards of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (ex officio) and the U.S. Overseas and Private Investment Corporation as well as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Moore also was named Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Affairs where he was responsible for negotiating a series of trade and economic agreements for the United States with Japan, China, Brazil, and South Korea, among other countries. He also led the U.S. team in concluding the last trade and investment agreement with the Soviet Union and was one of the chief negotiators in launching the Uruguay Round of International Trade Negotiations, which led to the creation of the World Trade Organization.
Moore sat as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Information and Analysis, the think tank for the U.S. government on matters pertaining to industry and trade. Concurrently, he was named head of U.S. Delegation to the Industry Committee of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
Moore also was appointed to the Board of Advisors of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution and served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Moore is an award-winning and best-selling author. He earned a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from Rutgers University and received his master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
The Honorable Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr.
The Honorable Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr., has enjoyed a rich career at the intersection of business, government, and society. Currently, he is the chairman of Mosbacher Energy Company (MEC) of Houston, Texas, an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States and Canada. His company had previously been active in Venezuela, India, Peru, Tunisia, and Indonesia. He also is founder and chairman of BizCorps, based in Washington, D.C., an organization that places graduates of top business schools with small and medium-sized enterprises in targeted emerging markets. BizCorps teams work with the entrepreneurs for up to a year on various strategies for growth and helps to execute those strategies.
Prior to launching BizCorps, Mosbacher served as the president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). OPIC, currently operating in more than 100 countries, is a self-funding, independent agency of the U.S. government that supports private capital investment in emerging markets around the world.
From 1986 to 2005, Mosbacher served as the president and CEO of MEC and as vice chairman of the Mosbacher Power Group, an independent electric power developer.
Today Mosbacher sits on the boards of the Calpine Corporation, one of the largest independent power companies in the United States, and the Devon Energy Company. In addition, he chairs the Boards of Initiatives for Global Development and Global Communities and sits on the boards of the Americas Society and the Center for Global Development.
He has long been actively engaged in the Houston, Texas, business community, having chaired the Board of Greater Houston Partnership in 2004. He is the founder and former co-chair of Rebuilding Together Houston, which organizes volunteers to provide free home repairs that have resulted in the renovation of thousands of houses for qualified low-income elderly or disable Houstonians.
Mosbacher received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.
In the era of modern telecommunications, Morgan O’Brien remains one of the great pioneers of the global industry. Throughout his career he has been at the forefront of the creation of the public and private telecommunications marketplace in his roles as co-founder and chairman of Nextel Communications, Inc., now part of Sprint, and as the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Cyren Call Communications.
O’Brien founded Fleet Call, which would later become Nextel, in 1987. He served as its chairman from 1987 to 1995, and then as vice-chairman until its merger with Sprint Communications in 2005. In this role O'Brien led the creation of the first all-digital nationwide wireless network and brought push-to-talk communication to the mass market.
Following the sale of Nextel, O’Brien founded Cyren Call Communications where he developed and supported wireless and broadband networks that carry priority public safety communications. His visionary work led to the creation of modern public and private communications systems.
O’Brien began his career as a lawyer with the Mobile Services Division of the Common Carrier Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in 1970. Additionally, he served as legal advisor for the FCC’s Chicago regional experiment in spectrum management for land mobile services, in 1972. By 1976, O’Brien was named assistant bureau chief for the Radiofrequency Spectrum Management (SMR) of the FCC’s Private Radio Bureau where he was responsible for authorizing the first licenses granted for SMR operation. He entered private legal practice in 1979, where he represented major SMR and cellular radio clients. From 1986 to 1990 he worked with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue as the partner in charge of telecommunications.
O’Brien is the recipient of numerous honors for his contributions to telecommunications. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University.
Eric F. Trump
Eric Trump, cultivated by his work with the Trump Organization and St. Jude’s Hospital, has developed an extensive business portfolio. As executive vice president for development and acquisitions of The Trump Organization, he directs all new project acquisition and development throughout the world.
Since joining the Trump Organization in 2006, Trump has been instrumental in developing new models and ideas in the national and international operations of the Trump Organization. He led the creation of two major additions to the company’s portfolio with Trump Tower Punta del Este in Uruguay and Trump Tower at Century City in the Philippines. He also has been instrumental in the expansion of Trump Golf, the company’s world-class portfolio of golf courses. He was particularly engaged in the company’s recent acquisition and development of the Trump Winery, Virginia’s largest vineyard.
As the founder of the Eric Trump Foundation, launched in 2006, he has raised and pledged tens of millions of dollars to St. Jude’s Medical Research Center. Recently, the foundation financed the construction of the Eric Trump Foundation Surgical & ICU Center, a state-of-the-art medical center, opening at St. Jude in 2015. Trump is a rising star in the business sector and has appeared as a keynote speaker for several international business, winery, and real estate conferences nationwide.
Trump has become an authority on the interconnectedness of government and business and regularly delivers keynote speeches at international business, winery, and real estate conferences around the world. In 2012, he was recognized by Forbes Magazine among their top "30 under 30" in real estate and by the New York Observer as one of the "20 Most Important Young Philanthropists."
Trump is an alumnus of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, where he graduated with honors in finance and management with a minor in psychology.
The Honorable Ann M. Veneman
Secretary Ann M. Veneman has a distinguished career at the intersection of business, government, and society. From 2005 to 2010, she served as the fifth executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She was Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005, the only woman to ever hold that position.
In her role with UNICEF, Secretary Veneman directed a staff of more than 11,000 in more than 150 countries around the world, working to support child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all, and access to clean water and sanitation. She was praised for her work in protecting children and women from violence, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. In 2009, she was named to Forbes Magazine's “List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, in part because she "played a key role to help accelerate progress on maternal and newborn health in the 25 countries with the highest rates of infant mortality worldwide."
As Secretary of Agriculture, she presided over one of the most historic periods in American agriculture, a time of record farm income and exports. She worked closely with U.S. business to find ways to strengthen the working relationship with the U.S. government. This included the creation of a stronger pest and disease protection system for the country that has been modeled around the world. She also was at the forefront of negotiating a series of historic trade agreements.
Following her distinguished career with the United Nations and the U.S. government, Secretary Veneman joined the board of Nestle as well as Alexion, the global biopharmaceutical company. She is also a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and Malaria No More.
Secretary Veneman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
The Honorable Anthony Williams
Mayor Anthony “Tony” Williams brings more than 30 years of experience in both economics and politics to the Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative. His work as the fifth mayor of Washington, D.C., has made him a distinguished figure in the nation’s capital and beyond.
During his two terms as mayor, from 1999 to 2007, he was widely credited with leading the District of Columbia’s financial revival and improving the performance of its government agencies, while lowering taxes and advancing infrastructure and human services. Prior to his election, he was the independent chief financial officer of the District of Columbia, working with local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress. Mayor Williams also worked in a variety of positions in federal, state, and local government, including serving as the first chief financial officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton.
Following his time as mayor, Williams has continued to serve the city through private sector and nonprofit work. He was the executive director of the government practice at the Corporate Executive Board of Primum Public Realty Trust. Currently, he is a senior strategic advisor and independent consultant in the public policy and regulatory affairs practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP. In addition to his duties with McKenna Long & Aldridge, Williams is the current chief executive officer and executive director of the Federal City Council as well as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Throughout his career Williams has placed a premium on education. Today he sits as a board member of Fight for Children. He previously taught public finance and urban leadership as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government while coordinating programs for the Municipal Innovation Program at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale, a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School.