Our Experts & Advisors

Board of Advisors

To facilitate its risk management efforts, the Foundation maintains a Board of Advisors, in addition to a directory of financial fraud experts, analysts, investigators, lawyers, and other subject-matter experts and specialists who can quickly and jointly apply their collective expertise and vast networks to emerging problems and questions.

​Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Education

  • Culture

  • "Third Rail"

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Logistics

  • Medicine

  • Women's Empowerment

  • Children's Rights

Dr. Azizzulah Amir

A cardiologist based in Kabul, Afghanistan, and founder of the Moraa Educational Complex for women.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Education

  • Culture

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Water Quality

  • Agriculture

  • Food Security

  • Conservation and Environmental Issues

  • Alternative Energy

Dr. Adam Asquith

A scientist and farmer based on the Island of Kauai, USA, and founder of Kealia Farm, a sustainable agricultural development on Kauai

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Culture

  • Medical

  • Asia-Pacific Policy

  • Communications management

  • Crisis management

  • Business development

Bing Cardenas Branigin

National Editor of the Manila Mail, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Founding Member of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, and previously Media and Communications Consultant to the Philippine Department of Tourism in the US.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Education

  • Culture

  • "Third Rail"

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Logistics

  • Medicine

  • Women's Empowerment

  • Children's Rights

Dr. Estella Y. Chen

Founder of MandarinX, an organization providing online language education in partnership with edX, a Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provider founded by Harvard and MIT.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Environmental Protection

  • Waste and Wastewater Management

  • Disaster Response

  • Culture

  • Education

  • NGO Outreach and Collaboration

  • Asia-Pacific policy

Akiko Doi

Deputy Director for the International Cooperation Division, Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC) in Osaka, Japan, with extensive experience in global environmental issues and sustainable development.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Financial Mitigation

  • Legal Mitigation

  • "Third Rail"/Governance

  • Education

Dr. Shirley J. Daniel, CPA

Professor of Accounting and Director of the Pacific Asian Management Institute at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Learning

  • Curriculum Development

  • Common Core Development and Implementation

  • Gender Issues

  • Adolescent Bullying 

Dr. Monique Datta

Faculty at University of Southern California with expertise in educational leadership and teacher preparation, and prior curriculum expert with the Hawaii Department of Education.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Education

  • Culture

  • Logistics

  • Asia-Pacific policy

  • Security

Dr. Robert Eldridge

An expert on Pacific Rim policy based in

Osaka, Japan.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Logistics

  • "Third Rail"/Governance

  • Culture

  • Asia-Pacific Policy

  • Security

Col. William R. Florig, USA, Ret.

Previously leader of the USPACOM Strategy

and Policy Division.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Logistics

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Crisis Management

  • Culture

  • Security

Col. Christine "Crissy" Gayagas, USA, Ret.

A former U.S. Army Colonel presently engaged in global consulting services, focusing on logistics/sustainment and executive development training. 

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Culture

  • "Third Rail"

  • Security

  • Asia-Pacific policy

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Crisis Management, with special emphasis on Risk & Crisis Communication 

Prof. Kerry Gershaneck

Senior Fellow, Regional Security and 

Geopolitical Trends

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Sensitive Technologies

  • Supply Chain Analysis

  • Semiconductors and Electronics

  • Engineering

  • Asia-Pacific policy

  • Trade and Export polic

Robert Haak, MBA

Founder and CEO of Insight InterAsia, a pan-Asian technology market consulting firm.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Legal Mitigation

  • Financial Mitigation

  • "Third Rail"/Governance

  • Indigenous Peoples

  • Culture

  • Operations Management

Daniel Hansen, MBA

An executive with extensive experience in Native American casino operations.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Financial Mitigation

  • Economics

  • Trade

  • Security

  • Cybersecurity/Databases

  • Operations Management

Mark G. Harstad

An economist specializing in Asia-Pacific economics, trade, and security.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Culture

  • Education

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Crisis Management

  • Women's Empowerment

  • Financial Mitigation

  • Indigenous Peoples

  • Religion

Dr. Livia Iskandar

An Indonesia-based social entrepreneur and psychologist with expertise in public health and gender research/violence reduction.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Culture

  • Education

  • Women's Empowerment

  • Children's Rights

  • Crisis Management

  • Religion

  • Middle East policy

  • Africa policy

Dr. Gada Korayim

A senior educational administrator with substantial experience working and living in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Education

  • Culture

  • Conservation and Environmental Issues

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Alternative Energy

  • Water Quality

Dr. Kenneth Y. Kaneshiro

Currently Director of the Center for Conservation Research and Training at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and President of the Hawaii Exemplary State Foundation.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Medicine

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Culture

  • Education

  • Children's Rights

  • Crisis Management

  • Religion

  • Middle East policy

  • Africa policy

  • Southeast Asia policy

Andrew J. Koval

Co-Founder, President, and CEO of MedPharm, a private sector and FDA approved US generic pharmaceutical company, and philanthropist.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Culture

  • Education

  • Disaster

  • Crisis Management

  • Project Management

  • Asia-Pacific policy

  • Cybersecurity

  • Information Technology

  • Energy

Amin Leiman

An Indonesia and California based project management consultant with experience in IT, cybersecurity, and nuclear facility safety.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Culture

  • Education

  • "Third Rail"/Corruption

  • Financial analysis & Mitigation

  • Asia-Pacific policy

Charles A. "Chuck" Lopez, MBA

International business consultant and entrepreneur with extensive expertise in Southeast Asia and adjunct professor at University of Hawaii Shidler School of Business.

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Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Culture

  • Food and Food Sustainability

  • Indigenous Peoples

  • Immigration and Human Rights

  • Latin America

Hermes Lopez Ibarra

A business executive with cross-cultural entrepreneurial experience and a range of work in the entertainment industry, and co-founder of Genesis Films.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Crisis Management

  • Emergency Services

  • Asia-Pacific policy

Timothy W. Manning

Previously the Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness at the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Third Rail

  • Counterterrorism

  • Anticorruption

  • Culture

  • Disaster

  • Financial Mitigation

  • Security

  • Crisis Management and Resolution

A. Ripley McGuinn

Former FBI Special Agent and Liaison Officer to PACOM, and Certified Crisis

Management Coordinator.

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Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Expert in Third Rail

  • Culture, Disaster

  • Anticorruption

  • Bomb security and counterterrorism

  • Cybersecurity

Chris McMurray

Former FBI Advisor to Special Operations Command Pacific, previously FBI Attache in Ukraine, Belarus, Canada, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

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Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • "Third Rail"

  • Legal Mitigation

  • Fraud Analysis & Prevention

  • Financial Mitigation

  • Culture

  • Asia-Pacific policy

  • Crisis Management

  • Security

Grant F. Newsham, Esq.

An international lawyer and formerly Executive Director of Corporate Security at Morgan Stanley Tokyo.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Culture

  • Education

  • Geopolitics

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Emergency Services

  • Aerospace

  • Asia-Pacific Policy

  • Logistics

William C. Oberlin

Previously a senior executive of The Boeing Company and President of Boeing Korea, as well as a former Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.

Mr. Rudy Ortiz

Rudy currently works for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission as a Manager of Client Services.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • International Business/Exporting

  • Cyber Security

  • Technology Commercialization/Acquisition

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Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Culture

  • Education

  • Pacific Islands

  • Business development

Dr. Pamela Peralta-Taitano 

Pam is the Assistant Director of the Pacific Islands SBDC network.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Culture

  • Education

  • Pacific Islands

  • Business development

Dr. Pamela Peralta-Taitano 

Pam is the Assistant Director of the Pacific Islands SBDC network.

 Mr. Ernesto Pinal

Serves as Director, International Sales & Business Development at  NEXSCAN, a leading document management solutions provider. 

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • International Business/Exporting

  • Latin America

  • Cultural Risk Management

  • Small Business Development

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Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • "Third Rail"

  • Fraud Analysis & Prevention

  • Financial Mitigation

  • Culture

  • Asia-Pacific policy

  • Crisis Management

  • Security

David Reynolds

Formerly with the FBI and CIA, and head of security and investigations programs at two Fortune 500 multinational firms.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Education

  • Culture

  • Financial Accountability

  • Information Technology/Cybersecurity

  • Asia-Pacific policy

  • Central Asia policy

Michael Sacharski

A business executive with substantial cross-cultural entrepreneurial and corporate operations experience in China and the Pacific Rim, including as the senior executive for GTE China (now VERIZON). .

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Sensitive Technologies

  • Nuclear Security and Policy

  • Arms Control

  • Security

  • Geopolitics

  • Asia-Pacific policy

  • European policy

  • Crisis Management

  • Disaster Mitigation 

Dr. David Santoro

Director and senior fellow for Nuclear Policy at Pacific Forum CSIS.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Legal Mitigation

  • Financial Mitigation

  • Asia-Pacific policy

  • "Third Rail"/Governance

  • Crisis Management

Gerald A. Sumida, Esq.

Senior international lawyer with extensive business experience in the Asia-Pacific region and former General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Legal Mitigation

  • Financial Mitigation

  • Asia-Pacific policy

  • "Third Rail"/Governance

  • Crisis Management

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Mr. Jonathan Szucs

President of Advanced Superabrasives Inc..

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Crisis Management

  • Logistics

  • Culture

  • Sensitive Technologies

  • "Third Rail"/Transnational Crime

  • Security

Brig. Gen. Edwin A. "Skip" Vincent, USAF, Ret.

A former U.S. Air Force general focusing on the development of transnational solutions improving disaster response.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Disaster Mitigation

  • Culture

  • Logistics

  • Crisis Management

  • Emergency Management

  • Sensitive Technologies

  • Cybersecurity

  • Security

Maj. Gen. Darryll D. M. Wong, USAF, Ret.

Formerly a U.S. Air Force General, Hawaii State Adjutant General, and Commander of the Hawaii National Guard, Gen. Wong. is a consultant for Sierra Nevada.

Expert in the following Risk Mitigation service areas:

  • Medicine

  • Culture

  • Disaster Mitigation

Dr. Andrew C. Yang

Board certified in palliative medicine, Dr. Yang is presently an oncologist practicing in Washington State.

Whatever your need, we have the resource, if you don't see your required expertise above please contact us.