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.

Dr. Azizzulah Amir

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Robert Eldridge

An expert on Pacific Rim policy based in

Osaka, Japan.

Col. William R. Florig, USA, Ret.

Previously leader of the USPACOM Strategy and Policy Division.

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. 

Prof. Kerry Gershaneck

A former U.S. Marine Corps officer and senior USG Strategic Communication official, presently based in Thailand as the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Royal Thai Military Academy.

Robert Haak, MBA

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

Daniel Hansen, MBA

An executive with extensive experience in Native American casino operations.

Mark G. Harstad

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

Dr. Livia Iskandar

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

Dr. Gada Korayim

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

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.

Andrew J. Koval

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

Amin Leiman

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

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.

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.

Timothy W. Manning

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

A. Ripley McGuinn

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

Management Coordinator.

Chris McMurray

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

Grant F. Newsham, Esq.

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

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:

  • Culture

  • Education

  • Pacific Islands

  • Business development

Dr. Pamela Peralta-Taitano 

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

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. 

David Reynolds

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

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). .

Dr. David Santoro

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

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.

Mr. Jonathan Szucs

President of Advanced Superabrasives Inc..

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.

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.

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.

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