UPCOMING Sep 25: The Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security conference

Sep 14, 2015Event Updates

Boston Global Forum is pleased to host the global conference focusing on cybersecurity. The is part of series of international conferences aiming at building The Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Safe and Security which sets out standards for attitudes and behaviors for all involved parties including Netizens, IT engineers, business leaders, policy makers, educators and influences.

Time: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM (Boston time) on Friday, September 25, 2015

Venue: Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Live-streamed at www.bostonglobalforum.org

In connection with: Los Angeles, Bonn, Tokyo, Osaka

Conference focus:

  • Updates on Cyber Security Today
  • The Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Safe and Security (ECCC)
  • Solutions to apply ECCC


  • Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman & Co-Founder, Boston Global Forum

Speakers and Delegates:

  • Kitty Dukakis, former First Lady of Massachusetts
  • Nguyen Anh Tuan, Co-Founder, CEO, Boston Global Forum; Chair of International Advisory Committee for UNESCO-UCLA Chair in Global Citizenship Education.
  • Professor Thomas E. Patterson, Co-Founder, Member of Board of Directors, Member of Editorial Board, Boston Global Forum; Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Professor John Quelch, Co-Founder, Member of Board of Directors, Boston Global Forum; Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Professor Robert Desimone, Member of Board of Thinkers, Boston Global Forum; Director, McGovern Institute; Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
  • Dr. Carlos Alberto Torres, Member of Board of Thinkers, Boston Global Forum; Distinguished Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA); UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education;  Director of the Paulo Freire Institute; President World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES)
  • Jenny Q. Ta, Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; Founder and CEO, Sqeeqee
  • Mr. Yasuhide Nakayama, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, President of the America-Japan Society, Inc.; Professor of Sophia University and Keio University; Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America (2008-2012)
  • Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel, Henry Kissinger Professor for International Security and Governance at the University of Bonn, Germany; Former U.S. Ambassador
  • Professor Fumio Ota, Former Professor, Defense Academy of Japan (2005 – 2013)
  • Professor Suzanne Odgen, Member of Editorial Board, Boston Global Forum, Professor and Interim Chair of Department of Political Science, Northeastern University
  • Ryan C. Maness, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow of Security and Resilience Studies, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University
  • Jaclyn A. Kerr, Research Fellow, The Cyber Project, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Doctoral Candidate, Department of Government, Georgetown University
  • Lisa Stewart, Senior Vice President, Governance Director of Technology & Operations, Santander Holdings USA
  • Robin Sproul, Vice President of Public Affairs, ABC News
  • Theodore J. Gordon, Co-founder and Board Director, Millennium Project
  • Nguyen Thi Chau Giang, Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow; Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; Composer, Pianist, and Painter, Cultural activist
  • Bill Ottman, Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow; Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; Founder and CEO of Minds.com
  • Roya Mahboob, Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow; Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People In The World for 201; CEO, the Afghan Citadel Software Company
  • Shubhranshu Choudhary, Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow; Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Leading Thinkers of 2014; Founder of CGNet Swara
  • Jeremy Samide, Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow; Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum;Lead Consultant to Stealthcare Labs.
  • Maximilian Mayer, Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; Research Professor, Tongji University (Shanghai)
  • Matt Orlando, Account Executive , The Christian Science Monitor
  • Dr. Elliot Salloway,  Chief Operation Officer,  Boston Global Forum
  • Richard Pirozollo, Member, Boston Global Forum Editorial Board; Founder and Managing Director, Pirozzolo Company Public Relation
  • Nobue Mita, Representative, Boston Global Forum Japan
  • Llewellyn King, Member, Boston Global Forum Editorial Board; Co-Host,  Executive Producer of “White House Chronicle”, PBS
  • Linda Gasparello, Co-Host, General Manager of “White House Chronicle”, PBS
  • Nguyen Song Nam, Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum
  • Anh C. Duong, Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; Director of Oversight & Control, Tech & Ops, Santander Holdings, US
  • Phan Huy Dung, Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum
  • Le Mau Tuan, Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; PhD candidate, MIT
  • Rona Kiley, Trustee Emeritus, & Founder, Teach First




Co-Founder; Chairman of The Board of Directors and Board of  Thinkers, The Boston Global Forum. Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States, 1988. Distinguished Professor J.D., Harvard University

Michael Stanley Dukakis was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Greek immigrant parents. He attended Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School and served in the United States Army from 1955-1957, sixteen months of which was with the support group to the U.S. delegation to the Military Armistice Commission in Korea.

He served eight years as a member of the Massachusetts legislature and was elected governor of Massachusetts three times. He was the Democratic nominee for the presidency in 1988. Since 1991 he has been a distinguished professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston, and since 1996 visiting professor of public policy during the winter quarter at UCLA in Los Angeles. He is chairman of Boston Global Forum.


Mr Tuan Nguyen

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief of The Boston Global Forum; Chair of International Advisory Committee for UNESCO-UCLA Chair in Global Citizenship Education.

Nguyen Anh Tuan was the Founder and Chairman of the VietNamNet Media Group and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VietNamNet Online Newspaper. Tuan was also the Founder and CEO of the VASC Software and Media Company and VietNet, the first Internet service provider in Vietnam.

In 1996, Tuan was named as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Talents of Vietnam by the Prime Minister. Under Tuan’s leadership, VietNamNet raised significant political topics for reform in Vietnam. He pioneered an interactive live format called the “VietNamNet Online Roundtable” that enabled readers to participate in interviews of leading political, social and cultural figures.

In 2009, Tuan conceived a global initiative called the “World Compassion and Reconciliation Day” on September 9th of each year. In 2007, as the Shorenstein Center’s Fellow, Tuan researched key trends in the development of electronic media in Vietnam. In 2011, Tuan was a part of the Pacific Leadership Fellows Program at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California in San Diego. That year, he was also a speaker at the prestigious annual Club de Madrid Conference on the subject of Democracy and Digital Technology. Since February 2011, Tuan has been an Associate of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In April 2012, he founded the Tran Nhan Tong Academy.

In December 2012, Tuan co-founded the Boston Global Forum with the Honorable Michael Dukakis who was Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Presidential Nominee, and currently serving as the Boston Global Forum’s Chief Executive Board and Editor-in-Chief. Also in 2012, together with Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Tuan established the Charles Ansbacher Music Club to bring classical music to people who live in remote and distant locations. Tuan has been a member of Harvard Business School Global Advisory Board since 2008. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Free for All Concert Fund in Boston and Chair of International Advisory Committee for UNESCO-UCLA Chair in Global Citizenship Education.



Co-Founder, Member of Board of Directors, Boston Global Forum; Mentor, Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security; Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard Kennedy School

Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press of Harvard Kennedy School and a co-founding member of BGF’s Board of Directors. His book, The Vanishing Voter, looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation. His earlier book on the media’s political role, Out of Order, received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. His first book, The Unseeing Eye, was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half century. He also is author of Mass Media Election and two general American government texts: The American Democracy and We the People. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and other academic journals, as well as in the popular press. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundation. Patterson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1971.


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Co-Founder, Member of Board of Directors, Boston Global Forum; Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

John A. Quelch is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He holds a joint appointment at Harvard School of Public Health as Professor in Health Policy and Management.  He is also a fellow of the Harvard China Fund, a Member of the Harvard China Advisory Board and Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

Between 2011 and 2013, Professor Quelch was Dean, Vice President and Distinguished Professor of International Management at CEIBS, China’s leading business school. Between 2001 and 2011, he was the Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. He served as Dean of London Business School from 1998 to 2001. Prior to 1998, he was the Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing and Co-Chair of the Marketing Unit at Harvard Business School.

Professor Quelch is known for his teaching materials and innovations in pedagogy.  Over the past twenty-five years, his case studies have sold over 4 million copies, third highest in HBS history.  In 1995, he developed the first HBS interactive CD-ROM exercise (on Intel’s advertising budgeting process). In 1999, he developed and presented a series of twelve one hour programs on Marketing Management for the Public Broadcasting System.

Professor Quelch’s research focus is on global marketing and branding in emerging as well as developed markets. His current research projects address (a) understanding the contributions of marketing to the functioning of democracies and (b) formalizing appropriate marketing and customer metrics for periodic review by boards of directors.

Professor Quelch is the author, co-author or editor of twenty-five books, including All Business Is Local (2011), Greater Good:  How Good Marketing Makes for Better Democracy (2008), Business Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Social and Economic Value (2007), The New Global Brands (2006), Global Marketing Management (5th edition, 2006), The Global Market (2005), Cases in Advertising and Promotion Management (4th Edition, 1996) and The Marketing Challenge of Europe 1992 (2nd edition, 1991). He has published eighteen articles on marketing strategy issues in the Harvard Business Review, most recently “How To Market In A Downturn” (April 2009), and many more in other leading management journals such as McKinsey Quarterly and Sloan Management Review.

Professor Quelch has served as an independent director of twelve publicly listed companies in the USA and UK.  He is currently a non-executive director of WPP and Alere. He served pro bono for eight years as Chairman of the Port Authority of Massachusetts. He is the Honorary Consul General of Morocco in New England and served previously as Chairman of the British-American Business Council of New England. Professor Quelch has been a consultant, seminar leader and speaker for firms, industry associations and government agencies in more than fifty countries. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council On Foreign Relations. He received the CBE for services to British business in 2011 and holds an honorary doctorate from Vietnam National University.



Member of Board of Thinkers, Boston Global Forum; Director, MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research; Doris and Don Berkey Professor, Dept of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

Robert Desimone is director of the McGovern Institute and the Doris and Don Berkey Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Prior to joining the McGovern Institute in 2004, he was director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Mental Health, the largest mental health research center in the world. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of numerous awards, including the Troland Prize of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Golden Brain Award of the Minerva Foundation.



Member of Board of Thinkers, Boston Global Forum; Distinguished Professor of Education; Director, UCLA Paulo Freire Institute; UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education

Dr. Carlos Alberto Torres is a political sociologist of education, a published poet and short story author. He did his undergraduate work in sociology in Argentina (B.A. honors and teaching credential in Sociology, Universidad del Salvador), his graduate work in Mexico (M.A. Political Science. FLACSO) and the United States (Master of Arts and Ph.D. in International Development Education, Stanford University), and post-doctoral studies in educational foundations in Canada (University of Alberta). He is a Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Chair of UNESCO-UCLA  in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education.

In 1991, in partnership with several colleagues, he created the Paulo Freire Institute, PFI, and is currently serving as its Founding Director at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. He also served as director of the UCLA Latin American Center. Dr. Torres has been a Visiting Professor in universities in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has lectured throughout Latin America and the United States, and in universities in England, Japan, Italy, Spain, Tanzania, Finland, Mozambique, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Portugal, Taiwan, Korea, Sweden and South Africa.



Jenny Q. Ta is the founder and CEO of Sqeeqee, the first-of-its-kind social networthing® site. Launched in 2015, the site gives individuals, businesses, celebrities, politicians, and non-profit organizations the ability to monetize their profiles in unprecedented ways. Sqeeqee is the first integrated ecommerce and social media platform offering live streaming capabilities built from within. Sqeeqee’s intent is to provide our global users an unprecedented platform to share compelling stories in real-time, empowering them to broadcast and receive live video footage anytime, anywhere on any device.

Ms. Ta is also the mastermind behind an interactive multi-player game Squiggy Piggy that can be played online, or downloaded on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Ms. Ta is a seasoned entrepreneur with two successful ventures to her credit. She was the Founder and CEO of Titan Securities, a full service investment firm that was acquired in 2005. Prior to founding Titan Securities she was the driving force behind Vantage Investments, a full-service broker-dealer start-up she founded in 1999 at the age of 27 and grew to a quarter of a billion dollars in assets. Overall, she has more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive in sales, marketing and finance.

Jenny is an author whose book, Wall Street Cinderella (which is currently in production talks to become a movie), will launch in 2015-16 detailing her escape from Vietnam during the war and her path to success from welfare to Wall Street. As a self-made millionaire by the time she was 27, the book will serve as a roadmap for women looking at a business career.

She earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Financial Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from California State University, Fresno.



State Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Japanese cabinet

Yasuhide Nakayama is Japan’s state minister for foreign affairs. He also is a member of the House of Representatives, representing the Osaka 4th Electoral District for a fourth term. Nakayama is a former parliamentary vice minister for foreign affairs. In the Lower House, he has served as director of the Committee on Security; director of the Committee on Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; the Liberal Democratic Party’s chief secretary of the Research Commission on Security; and director of the LDP’s National Defense Division. Before his election to the Lower House in 2003, Nakayama served as secretary in charge of policy for two Lower House members, secretary to the minister of construction, and secretary to the commissioner of the Management and Coordination Agency. Previously, he worked for ad agency Dentsu Inc. Nakayama graduated from the faculty of law at Seijo University, completed the Senior Political Leaders Development Program at Yale University and received an M.A. from the Graduate School of Waseda University.


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President of the America-Japan Society, Inc.; Professor of Sophia University and Keio University; Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America (2008-2012).

Ichiro Fujisaki is currently President of America-Japan Society in Japan. He is also a distinguished professor of Sophia University and Keio University, both in Tokyo. Additionally, he is advisor to the metropolitan city of Tokyo.

Fujisaki served as the Ambassador of Japan to the United States 2008 through October 2012.
During this period, there were frequent changes in Japanese leadership, but he stayed on as a point person between Japan and the United States. Fujisaki was instrumental in bridging Japan and the US following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March 2011. He frequently appeared on all forms of media, including national TV news shows. He was engaged in all of Japan’s negotiations with the US on security and trade issues, including Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) consultations. Fujisaki has visited nearly all the fifty states, has met with local leaders, and has appeared on local media outlets.

Fujisaki is well connected to Japan’s political, bureaucratic, and business circles, having served more than 40 years in the Japanese government. As the Deputy Foreign Minister, he served as Prime Minister Koizumi’s personal representative to the G8 Summit as Sherpa. He was Japan’s chief trade negotiator and headed the teams for Free Trade Area agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. He has initiated and headed Deputy Ministerial dialogue with China. He also frequently traveled to India to lay the groundwork for large scale infrastructure projects which are currently underway. Fujisaki joined the Foreign Ministry of Japan in 1969 after passing the High Level Diplomatic Examination. He has served 20 years abroad and 23 years in Tokyo during his career.



Former U.S. Ambassador; Henry Kissinger Professor for International Security and Governverce, Bonn University

J.D. Bindenagel, the Henry Kissinger Professor for International Security and Governverce in Bonn University, is responsible for deepening connections between DePaul’s Chicago and overseas campuses and communities. These local, global and government relationships support DePaul’s mission to prepare students, not only to better understand, but also to influence and shape the world in which they live.

A former ambassador and 28-year veteran of the U.S. diplomatic corps, Bindenagel brings extensive experience in governmental and international affairs to his new post.

Prior to joining DePaul, he was vice president for program at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. President Bill Clinton appointed him in 1999 as U.S. ambassador and special envoy for Holocaust issues. As ambassador, he provided policy, diplomatic and negotiating advice to the Secretary of State on World War II-era forced labor, insurance, art, property restitution, and Holocaust education and remembrance. He played an instrumental role in the negotiations that led to agreements in 2001 securing $6 billion in payments from Germany, Austria and France for Holocaust and other Nazi victims. A U.S. Army veteran, he served the State Department in Washington, D.C., and Germany in various capacities from 1975 to 2003.

He was director for Central European Affairs in the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs at the State Department from 1992 to 1994 and U.S. charge d’affaires and deputy chief of mission in Bonn, Germany, from 1994 to 1997. He was U.S. deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in Berlin, East Germany, at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and helped negotiate the reunification of Germany. Other Foreign Service assignments included head of the embassy political affairs unit in Bonn in the mid-1980s, when he helped pave the way for the deployment of U.S. Pershing missiles on German soil. Bindenagel was special U.S. negotiator for “Conflict Diamonds,” leading a U.S. government interagency group to create a certification process to prevent proceeds from sales of illicit rough “conflict” diamonds from financing insurrections against legitimate governments in Africa.

He also was an American Political Science Association fellow with Congressman Lee H. Hamilton (1987-1988) and was director, Business-Government Programs for Rockwell International (1991-1992). Bindenagel received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001, the Commander’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit from the President of Germany in 2001, and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award from President George W. Bush in 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



Research Associate, Center for the Study of Asia , Boston University; Research Associate, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

Grant F. Rhode is currently John A. van Beuren Visiting Professor of Asian Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he  teaches Asian Maritime History and Current Disputes, and is also Research Associate at the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia and at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.  Dr. Rhode holds a masters degree from the University of Oxford in the Social Anthropology of China, and a doctorate from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Asian Diplomatic History and Foreign Policies.



Professor Suzanne P. Ogden is a Professor and Interim Chair of Northeastern University’s Department of Political Science. Professor Ogden’s areas of study include comparative politics, Chinese politics, democratization and development in China, international relations, US-China relations, and US policy towards Asia.

During her career, Professor Ogden has written and edited numerous publications, which include Inklings of Democracy in China and China’s Unresolved Issues: Politics, Development and Culture. Professor Ogden has also held positions as: Research Associate at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research; as a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University’s Wolfson College; Visiting Scholar at National University of Singapore’s East Asian Research Institute; Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Oriental Studies; Fulbright Lecturer at the Foreign Affairs College of the Chinese Foreign Ministry; as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Contemporary China; and, as a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Currently Professor Ogden teaches both graduate and undergraduate level courses on international relations, urban planning in China, Chinese politics, and Chinese foreign policy. Professor Ogden holds a PhD from Brown University.



Visiting Fellow of Security and Resilience Studies, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University

Ryan C. Maness is a visiting fellow of security and resilience studies in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University. Ongoing research includes international cyber conflict and security, cyber coercion, issues of post-Soviet space, Russian foreign policy, American foreign policy, conflict-cooperation dynamics between states using events data, and regional security and energy politics. Dr. Maness has published peer-reviewed articles in Journal of Peace Research, Armed Forces and Society, and Journal of Slavic Military Studies, as well as in Foreign Affairs. He has recently completed two books, Cyber War versus Cyber Realities: Cyber Conflict in the International System (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Russia’s Coercive Diplomacy: Cyber, Energy and Maritime Power (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). His main focus is the continuation of an empirical cyber incident and dispute dataset and Russian energy policies in post-Soviet space. His new book project uses content analysis to study the concept of state coercion in cyberspace.



Jaclyn Kerr is a Visiting Scholar with the Davis Center and a Research Fellow with the Cyber Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  Her research examines the Internet policies adopted by authoritarian and hybrid regimes in their attempts to adapt to the potentially destabilizing influence of growing Internet penetration – with a focus on policy adaptation within the former Soviet Union.

Before coming to Harvard, Ms. Kerr was a Cybersecurity Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford (2014-2015), and a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of New Media and Society in Moscow (2013-2014).  She has also received IREX fellowships to conduct research in Kazakhstan and Russia.  In addition to completing her doctorate in government at Georgetown, she holds a master’s in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and bachelor’s in mathematics and Slavic studies from Stanford, and has previous professional experience as a software engineer.


Robin Sproul

Robin Sproul has served as Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief for ABC News since March, 1993. Prior to that, she was the Washington Bureau Chief for ABC News, Radio for ten years, and in local radio before that in both management and on-air positions. Her expertise is in news coverage and general management. She has also been involved with establishing partnerships between ABC News and other media organizations, mostly for online content sharing.

She has served on the Newseum Advisory Committee, the board of the National Press Foundation (as chairman and vice-chairman), the Radio- Television News Directors Foundation board, the board of Team River Runner (teaching kayaking to wounded soldiers), and the ABC News diversity committee.

During her career, Sproul has won numerous awards, including Emmy, Peabody, duPont-Columbia, AP, and a Leadership Award from The Women’s Center. She is a member of the Gridiron Club and Foundation, a 126-year old private organization of 65 Washington journalists.

Sproul is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, where she had a double major in bacteriology and English.  I also attended “Leadership Best Practices” at the Harvard Business School, as part of their executive education program. She was a fall 2007 fellow at Harvard Kennedy School in the Joan Shorenstein Center, where she wrote a research paper on exit polling.


Chau Giang

Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow; Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; Composer, Pianist, and Painter, Cultural activist

Born in Hanoi, Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen was inspired by the cultural richness and romance of her native Vietnam, as well as by French influences that echoed through the cities and villages.  In 1997, Chau-Giang graduated Manhattan School of Music, and became the first Vietnamese student to graduate from that prestigious school.

Between 2007 and 2011, Chau-Giang’s attention turned to orchestration.  An orchestral collaboration with Arturo Sandoval composed for Debbie Allen’s ballet “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” earned a Goldstar award in 2009. Also that year, Chau-Giang’s original music were recorded by National Orchestra of Bratislava. In 2010, Chau-Giang was honored by the Hanoi Opera House with the premiere performance of her original orchestra music by the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.  Chau-Giang has played solo performances at Steinway Hall and Disney Hall, and her original music has been performed at Lincoln Center in New York.  In 2012, Chau-Giang had her solo debut at Carnegie Hall.

Today, Chau-Giang travels throughout the world supporting the humanitarian mission of her organization International Friends for Vietnam in America, which helps develop musical talents in her homeland.  These efforts connect many new audiences with Vietnamese artists, provide education and and raise awareness of the creative gifts to be found in Vietnam.

She serves as International Ambassador of Education Through Music, is a member of Women Projects Theater, honored board member of Kingdom of Bahrain’s Visionaries, member of Maritage International and Women/Fashion Film Fest, Co-Founder of Arcolmag Art Bookmagazine, Paris publishing house, and Founder of International Friends of Vietnam – IFoV.

Chau-Giang’s paintings are part of private collections around the world and can be seen in the Vietnamese Consulate in New York City, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the Prince Albert II Foundation, Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, AMADE Mondiale chaired by Princess Caroline of Monaco foundation, the Naval Museum in Monaco, Group Pastor Monaco Art Collection, Artcol Art Collection and future MAAR Museum Collection, the Association ARCOL.  In 2013, Chau-Giang had the pleasure of exhibiting her paintings alongside the works of world-renowned musicians such as Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, and Graham Nash at the OCEANOGRAPHIC Museum of Monaco.


Bill Ottman

Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow; Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; Founder and CEO of Minds.com

Bill Ottman is the Founder and CEO of Minds.com, a free, open-source and encrypted social networking platform and mobile app. He administrates social media pages with millions of followers in the alternative news industry and is active in viral media research. He also is advisor of Code to Inspire, a nonprofit organization focusing on education of Afghan female students for better life, and has served as advisor in developing the open source network Word of Word Capital, a global macro investment company based in New York.

Prior to that, he was Marketing Director at Gathering of the Vibes, an annual music and arts festival. He graduated from University of Vermont.



Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow; Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People In The World for 201; CEO, the Afghan Citadel Software Company

Roya Mahboob is an Afghan entrepreneur and businesswoman. She founded and serves as CEO of the Afghan Citadel Software Company, a full-service software development company based in Herat, Afghanistan.

She has received attention for being among the first IT female CEOs in Afghanistan,where it is still relatively rare for women to work outside the home. On 18 April 2013, Roya Mahboob was named to TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People In The World for 2013 for her work in building internet classrooms in high schools in Afghanistan and for Women’s Annex, a multilingual blog and video site hosted by Film Annex, which gives the women of Afghanistan and Central Asia a platform to tell their stories to the world.

She is also known for her work with online film distribution platform and Web Television Network Film Annex on the Afghan Development Project.



Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow; Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Leading Thinkers of 2014; Founder of CGNet Swara

Shubhranshu Choudhary is a Knight International Journalism Fellow and the Founder of CGNet Swara, an Indian mobile phone ser­vice that allows citizens to upload and listen to local reports in their own dialect without the need for a Smartphone or an internet connection. He won the 2014 Digital Activism Award from the U.K.-based charity organization Index on Censorship for his Central Gondwana Net Swara community radio, and also named one of Foreign Policy’s 2014 “100 Leading Global Thinkers”.

Choudhary was a TV and radio producer for the BBC’s South Asia bureau for eight years, and a reporter for The Guardian’s South Asia bureau for two years. He also was a reporter for five years at the Hindi-language Daily Deshbandhu. He has served as a media trainer for the BBC World Service Trust, the United Nations and Indian universities. He produced the first television coverage of foreign militants operating in Indian Kashmir and conducted the first television interview with the chief commander of the Kashmiri militant organization.



Member of Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security, Boston Global Forum; Co-Founder, Stealthcare, LLC

Jeremy Samide is an industry-recognized cyber security expert with over 15 years of leading-edge private sector, government security consulting and research and development work.

Jeremy advises an international client base on solutions from full service managed cyber security services to research and development on intelligent predictive analysis technology in recognizing cyber threats before they occur. Jeremy has expertise in the analytical, technical, advisory and tactical level on next generation security threats.

Mr. Samide has advised many startups and was the CEO of E-merging Technologies Group, Inc., a professional services firm specializing in security, technical, cyber, intelligence, and policy support for the US Government, allied foreign governments, private sector markets and the UHNWF. Under Samide’s leadership, Inc. Magazine ranked E-merging Technologies Group in the top 20% of the fastest growing privately held small businesses in the United States for five years in a row (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008).  Mr. Samide was also credited with putting ETG on the distinguished Washington list; Washington Technology Fast 50. This honor showcases the 50 fastest growing small businesses in the government market.

Mr. Samide most recently, in conjunction with Federal law enforcement has consulted to both large and small businesses on the cyber security risks associated with organizations conducting business within the People’s Republic of China.

Mr. Samide is a sought after cyber security expert speaker globally with recent talks in Rome, Hamburg, Madrid, London, Lausanne, Toronto and Dallas.

Mr. Samide was also nominated as a Finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.  The Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.  Recognized globally, the award honors the most outstanding entrepreneur who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.



Chief Operation Officer, Boston Global Forum

Dr. Elliot Salloway trained in Periodontology at Tufts, B.U and University of Pennsylvania graduate medical and dental schools. His residency was at Beth Israel Hospital and University Hospital Boston. He served as a captain in the US Air Force during the Cuba crisis and then became the first periodontist to practice in the City of Worcester where he still sees patients after 50 years. He was a member of the faculty of Harvard graduate dental school for over 35 years (where the “E.W.Salloway Teaching and Research Fund “was established by his patients and friends). He has served on several arts boards including Boston Ballet friends, Public Action for the Arts, Photo Resource Center and the Massachusetts Repertory Company which was the first equity repertory company in Boston 1977-78. Mass Rep brought talent such as Helen Hayes, Julie Harris, Rex Harrison, Sylvia Sidney, Brian Bedford, Ben Gazzara, Eva Marie Saint and Harry Chapin to the Boston theater district. Dr.Salloway is also a member of several professional and arts organizations including Indochina Arts Partnership, Rakushokai(Tokyo),International Association of Dental Research, American Academy of dental research and American Academy of Periodontology. He has lectured worldwide in his profession and for five years at the Miami Historical Museum on his photographs of the changing Miami River. He is prolific photographer and painter who has shown in galleries in Boston ,Miami ,Berlin ,Krefeld Germany and Hanoi. He is the Co-founder of Project Exodus which calls on children and teenagers to make art which addresses the question “is genocide and crimes against humanity preventable”? Project Exodus is now active in Boston with a show in mid February 2014 at Leslie college with the organization Violence Transformed.


Dick Pirozzolo, Boston Global Forum-2

Member, Boston Global Forum Editorial Board; Founder and Managing Director, Pirozzolo Company Public Relations

Dick Pirozzolo is the founder and managing director of Boston-based Pirozzolo Company Public Relations, whose clients have included the governments of Vietnam, Japan and Canada and corporations in Indonesia, Israel, the United Kingdom, Germany and China.

During the mid-1990’s, Dick figured prominently in fostering reconciliation and trade with Vietnam, building US public support for accepting Vietnam as a Most Favored Nation trading partner and launching trade initiatives in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, including the watershed VietnAmerica Expo – Hanoi’s official welcoming of US business. Additionally, he promoted successful trade initiatives with Vietnam on behalf of The State of Hawaii, Smith & Wesson, Syratech, the USA’s largest housewares company, and J/Brice Design International, Inc. the Boston and Dammam, KSA-based hospitality design and development firm.

In addition to establishing profitable relationships with Vietnam business and government entities, Dick arranged for positive media coverage of Vietnam by the world and US press – from Agence France Press and NHK to NBC Nightly News and Time Magazine. Additionally, his bylined articles, photos and op-ed pieces on Vietnam public policy and trade have appeared in the Washington Times, Insight, Transpacific, The Advertiser, Beverage World, Vietnam Business Journal, Destination Vietnam, The Boston Sunday Herald, Trade Show Week and PR News.

Dick brings high-level public relations, issues management and relationship-building skills to every client engagement. His recent work includes fostering carbon-offset trading on behalf of Trayport (GFIG/NYSE) and Foreign Exchange trading in Asia for FCM360, Inc. His earlier work includes public relations management positions with Boston University, where he was on assignment with the US Federal Court-Appointed Experts during Boston’s court-ordered and controversial school desegregation. Dick was a daily newspaper reporter with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and a freelance writer for national magazines. He is author of four successful nonfiction books on homebuilding and design and of For All the Years, a history of television in New England.

While working as a public relations consultant to WBZ-TV, Dick helped create and fund a million-dollar endowment for the performing arts in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and was awarded the Bronze Star for service as a US Air Force captain in Vietnam where he served as a information (media relations) officer for the 7th Air Force in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

Dick is on the Advisory Board of the Association of Southeast Asia CEOs (SEACEO), serves on the Public Relations Committee of the New England Canada Business Council and has been an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) since 1978. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (formerly Sigma Delta Chi honorary society), The Foreign Press Association of New York and The New York Deadline Club.


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Boston Global Forum Representative in Japan

Ms. Nobue Mita is a graduate of the Department of French Literature at Rikkyo University. She worked at Fujitsu Limited, Mitsubishi Corporation as an event producer for a prominent shef.

Ms. Mita is the founder of the Rakushokai – a monthly study group for business executive with special prominent lecturer, held for eight years since September of 2006.

In 2011, Ms. Mita organized a charity concert for the Great East Japan Earthquake with a former Japanese ambassador to the United States.

In 2012, Ms. Mita  organized a Christmas charity bazaar for the Great East Japan Earthquake at the Tokyo American Club.

Ms. Mita  has been the representative of the Boston Global Forum JAPAN since March 2013.



Member, Boston Global Forum Editorial Board; Co-Host and Executive Producer of “White House Chronicle” — a weekly news and public affairs program airing on PBS

Llewellyn King is the creator, executive producer and host of “White House Chronicle,” a weekly news and public affairs program,​​now in its 17th year on PBS. The program also airs ​on public, educational and government cable access television stations​, and ​on Voice of America ​Television​​​. Episodes can be viewed on the program’s Web site,whchronicle.com. An audio version of “White House Chronicle” airs weekends on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States) Channel 124. King is also a regular commentator on P.O.T.U.S.

In addition to broadcasting, King writes a weekly column for the Hearst-New York Times Syndicate and The Huffington Post. ​In 2006, University Press of America published a collection of his columns​,​“Washington and The World 2001-2005.” The columns mainly appeared in Knight-Ridder newspapers​​including The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer and The Columbus Dispatch. King was the founding editor​-in​-​chief and publisher of The Energy Daily. The energy industry newsletter, created before the energy crisis broke out in 1973, was the flagship of his award-winning King Publishing Group, which he sold in 2006. The group’s other titles included Defense Week, New Technology Week, Navy News & Undersea Technology and White House Weekly. Over the years, King’s insightful reporting and analysis of energy has led to frequent guest spots on TV news shows, including NBC’s “Meet the Press” and PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and CNN. King’s remarkable career in journalism began in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where he was hired​,​​​at age 16​,​ as a foreign correspondent for Time magazine. He also reported from Africa for London’s Daily Express and News Chronicle and United Press.

Moving to London in 1959, King worked as an executive for The Daily Mirror Group, a reporter for Associated Newspapers, and a news writer for BBC and ITN.​​Then moving to the United States in the 1960s, King worked as an editor and reporter for The New York Herald Tribune, The Baltimore News-American, The Washington Daily News and The Washington Post. A stint at McGraw-Hill’s Nucleonics Week led to his founding The Energy Daily. But it wasn’t King’s first trailblazing publication; his first was Women Now, a monthly magazine targeted to emerging professional women in the 1960s. “It didn’t liberate any women, but it liberated all my money,” King quips. Before creating “White House Chronicle,” King and his wife, Linda Gasparello, co-hosted “The Bull and The Bear,” a daily stock market program that aired on the GoodLife and Jones cable television networks in the mid-1990s.​​

King has given more than 2,000 speeches; he is an erudite ​commentator on energy, foreign affairs, Congress and the White House, small business, science, technology and journalism. He has organized more than 1,000 conferences on issues ranging from nuclear energy to land mine removal, Social Security and campaign finance. For his longtime contribution to the understanding of science and technology, King received an honorary doctorate in engineering from The Stevens Institute of Technology. ​He has received hundreds of energy industry awards, and most recently the United States Energy Association’s ​ 2014 Award. ​



Co-Host and General Manager of “White House Chronicle” — a weekly news and public affairs program airing on PBS

Linda Gasparello began her career in journalism as a reporter for Forbesin New York, and associate editor of Forbes in Arabic, the business magazine’s annual Arabic language edition.

After joining King Publishing Group, Gasparello edited a number of industry newsletters and White House Weekly.

For five years, she and Llewellyn King co-anchored “The Bull &The Bear,” a stock market program that aired on the Jones and GoodLife cable television networks. She has been a commentator for the BBC Radio, RTE, Polish TV and Voice of America.

Gasparello received her bachelor’s degree in Arabic from Georgetown University. She was awarded a graduate fellowship to study Arabic at the American University in Cairo.



Rona Kiley was a founder of Teach First, the UK’s adaptation of Teach for America, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. She is currently a Trustee Emeritus.

Rona has been involved with other education reform initiatives in the UK as well as in the US. She was Chief Executive of the Academy Sponsors Trust, a private charitable trust with the mission of supporting the sponsors of Academies and promoting the national Academy program (a UK adaptation of the charter school initiative in the US developed by the Blair government). She was also a founder of Future Leaders, the UK adaptation of New Leaders for New Schools, which trains exceptional people for leadership in challenging urban secondary schools.

Rona, who moved to the UK in January 2001, worked previously for not-for-profit organizations in the US such as the Thomas Edison Preservation Foundation (Executive Director), the Nature Conservancy (Director of the NYC office), the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (Director of Development), and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (Director of Educational programs).

In 2008 Rona moved back to the US and settled in Cambridge, MA. Currently, she is also a board member of Massachusetts Stand for Children, Foundation for Civil Society, Project on Justice in Times of Transition, Akanksha Fund US(supports charter-type schools in Mumbai and Pune),Teach for India, and The Boston Book Festival.



Mr. Theodore Jay Gordon is a futurist and management consultant. He has been instrumental in forming and co-forming several futures oriented consulting companies: in 1968 the non-profit Institute for the Future, a company studtiing public policy issues, the Futures Group in 1971, a profit making consulting company in the field of strategic decision making, and in 1996, the non-profit Millennium Project a global think tank, performing studies of global consequence with “Nodes” that support its mission abound the world. All three organizations still exist and are contribtuing to the world’s- and clients’- data bases. In fields that range from technology developments and their consequences to population forecasts in third world countries. His specialties include technological innovation and forecasting, the design of analysis methodologies, market segmentation, and the development of strategies that promise to be productive in conditions of high uncertainty. He is innovator of several methods of futures research, an early pioneer in the field. While a consultant at RAND, he was a co-author of the first large scale Delphi study on future scientific and technological breakthroughs. He is also the author of hundreds of reports, technical articles that have appeared in the professional and popular literature, and five books dealing with topics associated with the future, space, and scientific and technological developments and issues. He is currently on the editorial board of several professional journals and is consulting with organizations on policy matters, forecasting, and particularly on the design and execution of Real Time Delphi studies.



Dr. Maximilian Mayer is a Research Professor at Tongji University (Shanghai, PRC). He holds a master degree from the Ruhr University Bochum. His dissertation How IR might overcome its “lightness” – Technological innovations, creative destruction, and explorative realism achieved the highest grade (“summa cum laude”). He received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation twice from 2004 to 2007 and 2008 to 2009. After lecturing for two years at Institute for East Asian Studies in Bochum, Maximilian joined the University of Bonn’s Center for Global Studies (CGS) in October 2009 where he worked as managing assistant, senior fellow and lecturer between 2009 and 2015. Maximilian’s research interests and expertise include the global politics/policy of science, innovation, and technology; China studies (especially foreign, energy and environmental policy); global energy and climate politics; International Relation theories. He is co-editor of the two-volume work The Global Politics of Science and Technology, and was a visiting scholar at Harvard Kennedy School, Program on Science, Technology and Society. Maximilian presents regularly at international conferences, publishes his research in peer-reviewed journals, and is section co-chair of STAIR (Science, Technology, Arts and international relations) of the International Studies Association.