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Counselor, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Zbigniew Brzezinski is a counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a professor of American Foreign Policy at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
From 1977 to 1981, he was a national security advisor to the President of the United States. In 1981, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the normalization of U.S.–Chinese relations and for contributions to human rights and national security policies of the United States.
Co-host of CNN's award-winning legal show, Burden of Proof
Roger Cossack co-hosts CNN's daily award-winning legal show, Burden of Proof, with co-host Greta Van Susteren. Together, they have made Burden of Proof CNN's top-rated daytime show, seen in millions of households daily. Each day their show examines a different newsworthy legal event. They have featured and interviewed many of the nation's top lawyers, judges and congressmen commenting on these topics.
Mr. Cossack, along with Ms. Van Susteren, is CNN's legal analyst, has provided legal commentary on a wide variety of cases. He and Ms. Van Susteren are called upon by CNN to explain pertinent legal matters and are often called upon by other networks to appear as guests on various shows.
Cossack received his law degree from UCLA, where he later served on the faculty as assistant dean. During his career as an attorney, he was both a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office as well as a defense counsel, trying cases in local and federal courts in over 20 different states. In 1984, he briefed and argued U.S. v. Leon before the United States Supreme Court which established the good faith exception to the exclusionary rule.
Cossack has authored articles for legal journals and law reviews as well as having spoken all over the country. Currently he and Ms. Van Susteren are working on a book intended to demystify the process of hiring a lawyer and understanding the law.
Arthur G. B. Metcalf Professor of Science and Engineering
Charles DeLisi is an Arthur G. B. Metcalf Professor of Science and Engineering, and director of the All-University Doctoral Program in Bioinformatics. He also served as dean of engineering from 1990-2000. Prior to joining Boston University he was (from 1987-1990) professor and chairman, Department of Biomathematical Sciences, and professor of molecular biology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
From 1985–1987, Dr. DeLisi was director of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) health and environmental research programs. As director he set national science policy in health and environmental areas relevant to the department's mission, including global and subsurface environmental science, nuclear medicine, epidemiology, and molecular biology. In 1997, he received the US DOE Exceptional Service Award for his "seminal role…in proposing and initiating the Department's and the Nation's Human Genome Program." In 1999, he and several others accepted the Smithsonian Institution - Platinum Technology 21st Century Pioneer Leadership Award on behalf of the project. Prior to assuming his position at DOE, he spent ten years as senior investigator and section head at the National Institutes of Health.
From 1972–1975, Dr. DeLisi was a staff scientist in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 1969–1972, he was a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry and biophysics at Yale University, and in 1972, senior lecturer in the department of engineering and applied science, where he taught digital electronics. He received his bachelor's degree in history and physics from the City College of New York, and his Ph.D. in physics from New York University. He and his colleagues have authored or edited six books and some 200 scientific papers in various areas of biophysics and applied mathematics.
During the past 10 years the college of engineering has undergone a major transformation, including a three-fold increase in laboratory and office space; the formation of five centers including, photonics, the manufacturing fraunhofer collaborative, and the Center for Advanced Biotechnology; the appointment of 70 faculty, and a four-fold increase in grant income.
In addition to his decanal responsibilities, Dr DeLisi continues to direct an active research program in the Boston University Laboratory of Biomolecular Engineering, which he founded in 1990. In 1997, he founded Pharmadyne Inc., a biotech startup focused on antiviral therapies. In 1999, he instituted the All-University Ph.D. Program in Bioinformatics, which includes some 50 faculty from the college of arts and sciences, the college of engineering, and the school of medicine.
Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Robert M. Gates served as director of Central Intelligence from November 6, 1991, until January 20, 1993. In this position, he headed all foreign intelligence agencies of the United States and directed the Central Intelligence Agency. Dr. Gates is the only career officer in CIA history to rise from entry-level employee to director and the only intelligence analyst to become director.
Dr. Gates served as assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989, until November 6, 1991. Dr. Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional, serving six presidents. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council, The White House, serving four presidents of both political parties.
Dr. Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, has twice received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received CIA's highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.
Dr. Gates is the author of an acclaimed memoir, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War, published in 1996. Currently, Dr. Gates is dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Dr. Gates is a member of the board of trustees of The Fidelity Funds, and a member of the board of directors of TRW, Inc., and NACCO Industries. He also serves as senior adviser or consultant to several major international firms, and is a trustee of the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Boston and the Forum for International Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting vigorous American international leadership. Dr. Gates is a member of the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America and president of the National Eagle Scout Association. He lectures frequently in the United States and abroad.
A native of Kansas, Dr. Gates received his B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary, his master's degree in history from Indiana University, and his doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. Dr. Gates is 55, married, and has two children.
Alexander Haig, Jr.
Chairman of Worldwide Associates, Inc.
General Haig graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1947 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the army. He advanced through a variety of military assignments, which included service in Japan, Korea, Europe, and Vietnam. He attended Notre Dame University, pursued graduate studies in business administration at Columbia University in 1954–55, and received a master's degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 1962.
He served in the Pentagon from 1962 to 1965, where his positions included military assistant to the secretary of the army and deputy special assistant to the secretary of defense. He served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism.
In January, 1969, he was assigned as senior military advisor to the assistant to the president for national security affairs, Dr. Henry Kissinger. Eighteen months later, he became the deputy assistant to the president for national security affairs. He was promoted to the rank of full general in 1972. During his four years in the White House ending in 1973, he made 14 trips to Southeast Asia as personal emissary of the President to negotiate the Vietnam cease-fire and the return of American prisoners of war. He also coordinated preparations for President Nixon's historic visit to China.
General Haig was serving as vice chief of staff of the army when President Nixon appointed him in May 1973, to rebuild the White House staff. Although this was to be a temporary position, the President subsequently named him White House chief of staff, at which point he retired from the military after 26 years of active service.
He served in the White House until October, 1974, when President Ford recalled him to active duty as commander-in-chief, U.S. European Command. Two months later, General Haig was also appointed supreme allied commander in Europe. In that position, he was responsible for the integrated military forces of the 13-member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He resigned his post effective June 30, 1979 and retired from the army.
General Haig was elected president and chief operating officer of the United Technologies Corporation and a member of its board of directors on December 21, 1979. Following his election on November 4, 1980, President-elect Ronald Reagan nominated General Haig to be his secretary of state. The Senate subsequently confirmed General Haig and he was sworn in as the nation's 59th secretary of state on January 22, 1981. He resigned from this position on July 5, 1982. He was an official candidate (1987-88) for the nomination of the Republican Party for the presidency of the United States.
General Haig is currently chairman of his own private firm, Worldwide Associates, Inc., in Washington, D.C. Worldwide Associates, Inc. assists public and private corporations both here and abroad in developing and implementing marketing and acquisition strategies in addition to providing strategic advice on the domestic and international political, economic and security environment as will affect global commercial activities. Worldwide Associates is also involved in venture capital and international construction projects.
General Haig is a member of the board of trustees of the Hudson Institute and a former member of the board of governors of the Center for Naval Analyses. He is a member of the board of directors of America Online, Inc., Interneuron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., MGM Grand, Inc., and Progenitor, Inc. He is a member of the advisory board of General Atomics. He is editorial advisor to the U.S. publishers of the People's Republic of China's Official Guide America Business & Industry, a project to further enhance U.S.–China business cooperation and he is honorary senior advisor to the China Ocean Shipping Group. He is a senior advisor to several multinational corporations including United Technologies and McDonnell-Douglas. He is co-founder of Sky Station, a firm that plans to place high altitude balloon satellites in orbit to provide telecommunication services globally.
With a personal interest in the further education of the future leaders of our nation, General Haig has been a visiting statesman and executive at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; a Chubb Fellow at Yale University for the purpose of lecturing and conducting seminars with graduate and undergraduate students; and a guest lecturer at LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York; the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana; Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan; Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska; Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and other institutions of higher learning.
Since resigning as secretary of state, General Haig has served on the President's Commission for Strategic Forces (Scowcroft Commission); the President's Commission for Chemical Warfare Review; and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Further, General Haig has completed his first book on the future of the U.S. foreign policy based on his over three decades of experience at the highest levels of our government and in particular, drawing on his tenure as secretary of state. The title of the book is Caveat: Realism, Reagan and Foreign Policy. It was published by MacMillan Publishing Company in the United States and by Wiedenfeld Publishing Company in the United Kingdom in April 1984, and has been published in France, Italy, West Germany, and Japan.
On September 25, 1992, Warner Books published General Haig's autobiography, a history of the Cold War, with a vision of the future, entitled: Inner Circles: How America Changed the World, A Memoir.
General Haig is an honorary member of the board of the Atlantic Council of the United States; a member of the board of governors of the Foreign Policy Association; a life member of the Navy League, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is a member of the board of the MacArthur Memorial Foundation; a member of the international advisory board, Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies; a member of the lay Commission on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy; vice chairman of the international board of advisors of the Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East at the JFK school of government, Harvard University. General Haig is also a member of the advisory board of the European Institute for Peace and Security; a member of the advisory committee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and member of the board of advisors for C/Media, the Corporation for Maintaining Editorial Diversity in America. He is a member of the board of advisors and a life member of the National Military Family Association; a member of the National Advisory Council, George Washington University; a member of the board of Advisors, University of Virginia Center for Law and National Security, a Member of the Board of Trustees, the National Planning Association and a member of the National Advisory Council of the Texas Heart Institute. He is also an honorary member of the board of trustees of the American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
He is an honorary member of the National Defense University Foundation board of directors; an honorary advisor of the Wallenberg Committee of Greater Philadelphia, Inc., and a member of the American Association of Master Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He is member of the advisory board of the William E. Simon Graduate School, Rochester University, Rochester, New York; an honorary advisor to the Citizen's Network for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Society of Logistics Engineers. He is also a member of The Chosen Few; a member of the German-American Advisory Board; a Member of the Advisory Board of the Free Congress Foundation Center for Conservative Governance; a charter member of the Centurions; and a member of The Publication Committee, Crisis Magazine/Journal. He is also a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Fund for Democracy and Development whose purpose is to promote the development of the private sector in the former Soviet Union.
He is a recipient of an honorary law degree from Niagara University; honorary doctor of law degrees from Boston College, St. Anselm's College, the University of Utah, Western State School of Law, Loyola College in Baltimore, Fairfield University, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev; the Ministerii Publici Doctorem from Syracuse University; the Hillsdale Freedom Leadership Award from Hillsdale College and an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Haifa University, Israel. In December, 1985, he was awarded an honorary doctor of law degree from Stetson University College of Law. Other honors presented to General Haig include:
Among his many military decorations, General Haig holds the Distinguished Service Cross, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. He has received decorations from the governments of Belgium, the Federal Republic of Germany, Morocco, France, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and Portugal.
General Haig was born December 2, 1924, in Philadelphia. He and his wife Patricia have three children, Alexander, Brian, and Barbara, and eight grandchildren.
Conservative member of Parliament; former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
The Rt. Hon. John Major, conservative member of Parliament for Huntingdon, is the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was appointed prime minister on November 28, 1990, and re-elected prime minister when the Conservative party won an unprecedented fourth term in office at the general election of April 1992.
Mr. Major was born in 1943 and educated at Rutlish School. He was an executive with Standard Chartered Bank from 1965 to 1979, and is an associate of the Institute of Bankers.
Mr. Major first became involved in politics at the age of 16, when he joined the Young Conservatives. In 1968 he won his first election in Lambeth, a district of London better known for its socialist views. He stood for Parliament twice in the 1970s before securing election to the Conservative seat of Huntingdon in 1979, the year Margaret Thatcher became prime minister.
Upon entering Parliament, Mr. Major held several positions in government, beginning with the most junior, parliamentary private secretary at the home office, where he became noted for his right-of-center politics.
Commenting on his rapid rise through Parliament, Mr. Major once told a reporter that he had only once done a government job for more than one year: junior whip in 1983, senior whip in 1984, parliamentary secretary 1985, minister of state for social security and the disabled 1986, chief secretary to the treasury 1987. In July 1989 he was appointed secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, a position he held for 94 days before being appointed chancellor of the exchequer in October of that year.
Upon becoming prime minister in 1990, Mr. Major followed in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher and the legacy of her government. He moved into 10 Downing Street facing a weakened party, disagreements over Europe, economic recession, violence in Northern Ireland, and the likelihood of war in the Persian Gulf.
Continuing the United Kingdom's strong ties with the United States, Mr. Major gave full support to the U.S. in the Persian Gulf in 1991, and thereafter to the U.S. position on Iraq in the United Nations. The British commitment to the Gulf War was second in size only to the U.S.
Mr. Major's seven years as prime minister were not easy ones. Unlike Mrs. Thatcher, he only had a slim Parliamentary majority. Nevertheless, on May 1, 1997 he handed over the strongest economy any incoming government had inherited, with The Daily Telegraph in London observing that "John Major leaves a richer legacy than any of his predecessors."
Mr. Major initiated the Northern Ireland peace process, and out of office has continued to work together with Tony Blair to secure a full and lasting peace in the province.
Although Mr. Major continues to serve in the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament, he has taken on various business and other activities since leaving office. He is chairman of the European Advisory Council of the Emerson Electric Company in St. Louis, Missouri, and a member of the European Advisory Board of The Carlyle Group in Washington, DC. He is on the international advisory boards of the Peres Center for Peace in Israel, the InterAction Council in Tokyo, and the Baker Institute in Houston. His charitable interests include the presidency of the National Asthma Campaign and patron of the Child of Achievement Awards. He also takes an active interest in the work of the Royal National Institute for the Blind, the National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children, the Consortium for Street Children, and MENCAP.
Mr. Major is deputy president of Surrey County Cricket Club at The Oval in London, where his lifetime passion for cricket was born. His leisure interests also include football, opera and reading.
On the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Mr. Major was appointed Legal Guardian to TRH Princes William and Harry. On New Year's Day 1999, he was awarded one of the United Kingdom's greatest honors: The Companion of Honour, bestowed on him by HM Queen Elizabeth. Mr. Major has been married to Dame Norma since 1970 (she was made a Dame of the British Empire by HM Queen Elizabeth in June 1999). They have two children, Elizabeth and James.
Director of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER) for the U.S. DOE
Dr. Patrinos is director of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He oversees DOE research in such areas human and microbial genome programs, structural biology, nuclear medicine and health effects, global climate change, and basic research underpinning DOE's environmental restoration effort.
Dr. Patrinos represents DOE on the International Human Genome Project, the U.S. Global Change Research Program and on other interagency and international committees dealing with biological, medical, and environmental issues.
Dr. Patrinos received a diploma in mechanical and electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and astronautical sciences from Northwestern University. After a year on the faculty of the University of Rochester, he joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1976 and then Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1980. His research included computational fluid dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, experimental methods, and statistical modeling.
In 1984, he came to Washington, DC, for assignments at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy (DOE). In 1988, he led the DOE research in global environmental change and in 1990 became the director of the OBER Environmental Sciences Division.
He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Greek Technical Society. He is also a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
Emmy award-winning host of PBS television’s Charlie Rose
Emmy Award-winning journalist Charlie Rose has been praised as "one of America's premier interviewers." He is the host of a nightly PBS program that engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers. USA Today calls Charlie Rose, "TV's most addictive talk show." New York Newsday says, "Charlie's show is the place to get engaging, literate conversation . . . Bluntly, he is the best interviewer around today."
Guests on the show include major international political figures and a mixture of renowned personalities from literature, theatre, film, dance, fashion, sports, science, medicine, and business. Guests have ranged from international statesmen Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev to Nobel laureates Toni Morrison, Seamus Heaney to leaders in business like Bill Gates and Andy Grove. In the artistic arena, Rose's guests range from actors Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts to musicians Bruce Springsteen and Yo-Yo Ma.
Charlie Rose was born in Henderson, North Carolina, and graduated from Duke University with an AB in history and a JD from the school of law. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has received honorary doctorates of law from C.W. Post College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is the recipient of the George Peabody Broadcasting Award, the Emmy Award and The CableACE Award. This year he accepted the Futrell Award, an award given to Duke University alumni who have demonstrated excellence in communications. The Charlotte World Affairs Council also honored him this year as the world citizen for the year 2000.
Charlie Rose lives in New York City and Bellport, Long Island.
Founder and chairman of the board of Siebel Systems
Thomas Siebel is the chairman of First Virtual Group, a diversified holding company with interests in commercial real estate, agribusiness, global investment management, and philanthropy.
Mr. Siebel was the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Siebel Systems, one of the world's leading software companies, which merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems rapidly became a global leader in application software with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion.
Before founding Siebel Systems, Mr. Siebel served as chief executive officer of Gain Technology, a multimedia software company that merged with Sybase in December 1992. From 1984 through 1990, he was an executive at Oracle Corp., where he held a number of senior management positions.
Mr. Siebel serves on the board of advisors for the Stanford University College of Engineering, the University of Illinois College of Engineering, and the University of California at Berkeley College of Engineering. He is a director of the University of Illinois Foundation, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Mr. Siebel is the founder and chairman of the Meth Project Foundation and chairman of the Siebel Foundation.
He is a frequent industry spokesman and the author of three books: Taking Care of eBusiness and Cyber Rules, published by Doubleday, and Virtual Selling, published by The Free Press.
In 2002, the Business Executives for National Security presented Mr. Siebel with the David Packard Award for his achievements as a technology entrepreneur and his contributions to national security. In 2000 and 2001, he was recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the Top 25 Managers in the World.
In 1999, 2000, and 2001, Fortune magazine recognized Siebel Systems as the fastest, third fastest, and second fastest growing company in the United States, respectively. Call Center Magazine inducted him to its Hall of Fame in 2000 in recognition for contributions to the business and technology of customer service.
Mr. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History, an M.B.A., a Master of Science in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Engineering (Hon.).
The Siebel Foundation, founded in 1996, is active in the support of education, health, drug prevention, wildlife habitat preservation, conservation, and support for the homeless. The Siebel Foundation created the Siebel Scholars Foundation, the Dearborn Scholars Fund in Montana, and the Meth Project Foundation. The Siebel Scholars Foundation endows scholarship funds at eight leaning universities for graduate students in computer science and business who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and leadership.
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