Council of Advisors

The ICWFD Council of Advisors, is a network of thought leaders and operational pioneers from virtually all sectors who have unique insights in a broad range of disciplines, subject areas, and technologies. The common thread among all members of the Council is that they are intimately knowledgeable, and actively involved, in Information and Communication Technologies For Development (ICT4D). Thus, the Council is a unique forum that provides advice, guidance, and insights on a broad range of ICT4D topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Accessibility options and initiatives, in terms of both geographical and affordable access, such as:
    - community technology centers;
    - school-based technology services;
    - telecentres, including community-based, corporate-underwritten, NGO-affiliated, and government-sponsored deployments;
    - government office-based / government program-based accessibility programs;
    - corporate donations of hardware, software, training, support, and other services;
    - innovative financing models / mechanisms and subsidized computing;
    - multi-sectoral technology infrastructure and financing partnerships;

  • Education and training strategies and solutions, such as:
    - e-learning and distance learning;
    - job skills development and adult-oriented career education;
    - advanced education in information technology, science, and innovation-oriented curricula;
    - capacity building in the private, public, and civil society sectors;
    - teacher training;
    - leveraging education programs within international organizations and associations;

  • Content development, dissemination, and utilization, both localized and global:
    - civic engagement, citizen activism, cultural preservation, and human rights;
    - mobile computing and transactions;
    - e-government (government-to-citizen, government-to-business, government-to-government, etc.);
    - e-business services and applications with both localized and global orientations;
    - real time commodity market and weather information;
    - identification of, and interface with, local public services;
    - access to capital for education, entrepreneurship, and community-based projects from foundations, corporations, government, NGOs, and individuals;
    - information on specific topics of local interest, including health, the environment, energy access and efficiency, agriculture and land management, governance, economic development, etc.;
    - proprietary and open-source software and application development;
    - Web 2.0 and social networking technologies and strategies;

  • Enfranchisement of communities with specialized needs and interests, focusing on poverty alleviation and opportunity creation, such as:
    - girls, women, and gender-equity stakeholders;
    - indigenous populations;
    - people with disabilities;
    - older generations and populations;
    - youth innovations, expression, social networking, and programs;
    - underserved and impoverished communities;
    - disaster prevention and emergency response in vulnerable communities;
    - rural development and enfranchisement;
    - multi-lingual communities;

  • Internet governance and policy, such as:
    - the UN's Millennium Development Goals and ICT4D policies.
    - intellectual property issues
    - information security, privacy, and child-safe computing
    - affordability of hardware, software, connectivity, support, and other services
    - freedom of expression, monitoring, and censorship
    - Internet and computing utilization statistics and metrics
    - multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral partnerships
    - international ICT4D forums, conferences, agencies, standards, and governance structures.

Dr. Simon Moores

Dr Simon Moores is Vice Chairman of policy development for the Conservative Technology Forum and Managing Director of Zentelligence (Research) Ltd. Formerly a member of Prime Minister, Tony Blair's Cabinet Office unit that developed 'UK Online', Simon Moores is a Director of the centre-right Open Market think tank Aediles and advises governments, business and the media on the evolution, development and application of Internet-related technologies and their impact on governance, security and social change.
An advisor and international "Technology Ambassador" "Office of the eEnvoy" in 2001 - 2002, Simon is presently a local government Conservative councillor for the Isle of Thanet in Kent and a member of the "Digital Economy Policy Group", advising Conservative members of the European Parliament and the United Kingdom's, Westminster opposition, "Shadow" Cabinet.
Working closely with law enforcement agencies as an advisor on Internet and computer crime, he chairs the e-crime congress, IP Crime congress and the Tackling Organised Crime congress. He is a one-time runner-up for Computer Weekly's "IT Personality of the Year" and is a columnist for silicon.com.

Nasir Ali Khan

Mr. Khan has served as Ambassador at Large for the Govt. of Pakistan where he assisted and advised the foreign minister in over 30 bilateral and multilateral initiatives and engagements, including United Nations General Assembly, Commonwealth Heads of Government and SAARC meetings, and OIC conferences. He also constituted a Task force on Economic diplomacy that consisted of experts from the private sector in the field of Energy, Agriculture, Banking, Textile sector and International Assistance and where his personal efforts led to Pakistan being granted preferential duty-free access for 75 items, and increasing the country's exports by $100 million annually. Besides initiating and playing a major role in the formation of the American-Pakistan Foundation, Mr. Khan also served on the Board of Governors of Al Shifa Eye Trust and participated in devising development strategies for new hospitals and the outreach program for the Trust. He is currently the Managing Director of Focus Optics and Deputy MD of Sahir Hydropower Ltd and Zeni Wind Power where he leads overall company vision, technology and product vision.

Maria Zaghi

From Guatemala, is currently the ICT Project Coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala. She is part of the Information Committee in the National Science Council; she heads the National E-commerce and Information Society Commission of Guatemala and is also a professor in ICT programs for Universidad Del Valle, Francisco Marroquin University, Landivar University and Universidad Galileo in Guatemala. Her expertise in education includes the following areas: System Analysis, Operations Research, Computer Science, Administration of Projects, Strategic Administration, High Tech Seminars, Leadership/Entrepreneurship courses and Computer Science applied to Education.

Ms. Zaghi has an MBA degree from the University of Maryland in College Park, with a specialization in MIS and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala and a 20-year experience in the implementation of projects and entrepreneur efforts related to ICTs in Latin America.

She has been a senior consultant for local projects in Guatemala related to financial systems, energy sector financial systems, Internet, e-commerce, e-education, e-inclusion, among others, but she has also been an international consultant for projects related to ICTs for the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, the European Community, ICDF (Taiwan), World Summit Award, US AID programs, Gateway Development Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (Singapore), GAIA (Spain), Pan-American Health Organization, Exxon and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

She is currently involved in several projects related to e-commerce, technology parks and electronic fundraising for sustainable development projects for the environment in Guatemala and in Latin America for Red Clara (Internet 2).

Gautam Dasgupta

Gautam Dasgupta, Professor of Civil Engineering at Columbia University, was co-founder of the International Mathematica Symposium in 1994, and the Chair of the Executive Committee. His research areas are High Accuracy Finite Elements, Wave Propagation in Random Media and Geometric Modeling in Life-science applications. He is currently working on "Security Engineering" and "Emergency Management" of Intelligent Civil Infrastructure. He was Chair of Elasticity and Bioengineering Divisions of the America Society of Civil Engineers.

He is honorary visiting professor at the Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse FRE 2960 CNRS, Anthropobiologie et Imagerie Anatomique and Laboratoire d'Optique P-M Duffieux, Universite de Franche Comte, Institut des Microtechniques Besan Con cedex France. He was a Humboldt Fellow and Fulbright Scholar.He completed his Bachelor and Master in Engineering from Calcutta University and Doctoral degree from UC Berkeley.

Nannette Cutliff

Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Pacific Service -United States

With over 20 years in technology management and consulting, Nannette Cutliff has provided leadership of system design and integration projects in the aerospace, financial services and education sectors. Ms. Cutliff has a broad background in strategic planning, business-focused application software, change management and web-based business tools. Her foray into IT management grew from providing managerial oversight for Savings & Loan start-ups, corporate operations and regulatory compliance. She has maintained a focus on providing cost-effective business solutions enabled through software and technology.

Ms. Cutliff is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Pacific Service in Walnut Creek, California. She provides strategic direction in the planning and delivery of technology solutions and related support activities enterprise-wide, as well as oversees all e-business related activities and delivery channels including security, telecommunications, audit/ compliance, conversions, vendor oversight, infrastructure design, record preservation, DR/BCP, and system integration projects.

Prior to Pacific Service, Cutliff worked at Northrop Grumman as Vice President of Information Systems in their Electronic Systems Division, with over 17 years in Operations and Technology Management. Ms. Cutliff is also a strong advocate of technology access and education for all and is on the Board of Directors of several youth oriented organization. She continues to partners with local schools and business organizations to help get financial support, computers, software, books and other resources needed to support our youth and the other under-served groups. Ms. Cutliff is on the Board of CIO Executive Programs, Berkeley YMCA, and Project Soar. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with additional educational studies in Business Administration, Systems Management and Computer Science at West Coast University, University of Phoenix, and UCLA.

Nikhil Agarwal

Judge Business School, University of Cambridge Chief Editor to Journal of Internet Banking & Commerce - United Kingdom

Dr. Nikhil Agarwal is currently at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Previously, he was Professor of Information Systems at SPJIMR, India. He is closely associated with Diplo Foundation, Switzerland; Global Knowledge Partnerships, Malaysia; IBM Developer Research Panel, USA and various other international organizations in different capacities. In 2006 he has been invited as High Level Advisor to United Nation's Global Alliance for ICT & Development (UNGAID). His research areas are eGovernance, Technology Policy & Strategy, ICT4D and Internet Governance. He has wide international teaching experience and published over 27 research papers. He has interest in oil-painting, sports activities and watching movies. He has extensively travelled across the world and currently lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom with his wife and son.

Tsvi Gal (MD)

Tsvi Gal is a general partner at EC Capital, a private equity fund based in New York and San Francisco. Prior to joining EC, Tsvi was managing director and the Chief Technology Officer for Deutsche Bank Capital Markets (Investment Banking and Asset Management, a global IT organization with 1,600 people). Known as one of the most innovative minds in Financial Services IT, Tsvi is credited with the creation of the first Internet Bank (at Wells Fargo Bank), the on-line payment standard (at Bank of America with Visa and Master Card), the first truly global trading system (at ABN AMRO), the first major brokerage on-line trading system (at Merrill Lynch) the first to introduce on-line music (at Warner Music and Apple) and the first to introduce ring tones in the USA (at Warner Music and Sprint) and the first to introduce corporate social network at a major financial house (at Deutsche Bank with IBM). As a result of these achievements, he was presented with the Einstein Award for achievements in Science and Technology by the State of Israel President.

At Deutsche Bank, Tsvi is responsible for constructing an industry leading, state of the art, evolutionary architecture which has competitively positioned both the buy side (Asset Management) and sell side (Investment Banking) for future growth through innovation, processing scale and efficiency. Tsvi's leadership is key to the bank's move toward Service Oriented Enterprise, high performance computing/low latency and STP.

Prior to Deutsche Bank, Tsvi was Chief Information Officer at Time Warner Music Group (WMG) where he led the introduction of the ring tones to the USA, and was the first partner of Apple's iTune/iPod drive. Among his accomplishments was the transformation of WMG's web assets into a full fledge eCommerce environment with 1,400 sites and over 14 million unique users. At AT&T Tsvi was president of ATT.COM which he grew from revenue of $140M per annum and a loss of $120M to revenue of $400M and EBITDA of $95M. In the late 90s Tsvi was a General Partner at GBS, a $1B Private Equity Fund which was later purchased by Marubeni of Japan.

Starting his IT career in the Israeli army in 1976, Tsvi also served in executive management roles as CIO & CTO at Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Bank, ABN AMRO Bank and Bank of America. From 1996 to 2001 Tsvi served on the USA technology delegation to the G7 conference of leading economy nations. Tsvi is a Computer Science graduate of Rutgers University and holds an MBA form Golden Gate University. He is the author of Distributed Computing Management and serves on the Board of Directors at Fundtech (FNDT), Expand, Cardean University, MobileSec and Dati and as an advisor to Rutgers University president.

Adrian Danescu

Executive Vice President/CIO - Manufacturers Bank

Mr. Adrian Danescu received his MBA from the Academy of Economic Science in Romania. His experience covers a full spectrum involving technology, financial operations, risk management, compliance, audit, application and data development, management and more. He currently serves on the Management Committee of the Manufacturers Bank and is the Division Manager to its Operations & Technology sector.

Mr. Danescu has more than 27 years of leadership experience in enterprise technology, banking operations and corporate business strategies. He has guided companies with his futuristic vision and deployment of leading edge products and services that ensure an organization's excellence in their industry.

A range of varying industries have benefited from Mr. Danescu's tactical expertise such as mid-size to large-scale financial institutions, insurance, value added reseller, along with an oil and energy company. He is credited for the record profitability achieved by these organizations through his revitalization and reinvention of existing technologies, operations, product mix and design as well as sales and marketing.

Mr. Danescu's track record is based on a philosophy which combines vision, strategy, and revenue achieved through resource maximization and corporate efficiencies. His horizontal knowledge across various technology platforms and products had significant impact on his successes at First Interstate Bank, ARCO, Norwest Bank and most recently at Manufacturers Bank.

Mr. Danescu is a frequent key note speaker in various technology trade organizations in US and overseas. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of CocoCommerce Inc, a leading web enabled payment system. Beyond his duties at Stanford University, Gannes serves as Director of the Earthpledge Foundation in New York, whose 'sustainability' initiatives highlight the connections between everyday choices, personal well-being and a healthy world.

Diane Kaufman Fredette

Diane Kaufman Fredette is a Member of the Council of Advisors. A registered Architect working in Manhattan, she is a LEED® Accredited Professional and a Professor with Pratt Institute. She is licensed to practice in New York and Ohio, certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Ms. Kaufman Fredette's 30 years of architectural practice include project leadership with distinguished national and international firms. She has developed expertise in strategic and master planning, programming, design, and orchestrating the flow both decisions and documents for large-scale, multi-phased, fast-track institutional projects nationwide. Her keen skills involve project management, client and team leadership, and creating inventive solutions. Ms. Kaufman Fredette's experience in leadership, communication and mentorship build rapport and exceptional teamwork.

Ms. Kaufman Fredette's degrees in architecture from Columbia University and The Ohio State University involved international studies in Oxford, England and Genoa, Italy and these diverse perspectives give breadth and depth to her problem-solving and design. She approaches Design as an act of thoughtful optimism.

She has served on the faculty for Schools of Architecture and as a guest critic at ten universities for student projects in Schools of Architecture. As Chairperson for the Construction Management and Facilities Management Department, Pratt Institute she launched a new Culture of Pro-Active and Creative Makers & Builders for the programs.

Architecture and education are linked in advancement of the quality of the built environment - enabling architecturally significant structures and space to reflect cultural values, emerging technologies and sustainable practices. The impetus to create responsive, innovative design solutions is central to her work.

She serves on Advisory Boards for the New York City Department of Education, Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education, and the Greater New York Construction User Council. Currently, a partner with Fredette Architects, PLLC, her architectural practice bridges a diverse range of projects with a concentration in educational environs and heritage structures.

Newton Lee

Director of the National University of Singapore Hollywood Lab - United States

Newton Lee is the founding editor-in-chief of ACM Computers in Entertainment, a nonprofit educational publication to promote research and development in all aspects of entertainment technology. His editorial board members include Roy E. Disney, Quincy Jones, and many Academy Award winners. Mr. Newton is also the founding CEO of the nonprofit Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships (IFERS), with focus on entertainment technology, renewable energy, and human aging research.

Previously, he was a computer science researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories and a senior producer/engineer at The Walt Disney Company where he was instrumental in the commercialization of the Internet for the Disney's lines of business. His Internet work included www.disney.com, www.familyfun.com, www.disneyblast.com, and www.movies.com. Mr. Newton served as a juror for the 2003 Emmy Awards for advanced media technology.

Currently, Newton serves on various advisory boards at the Art Institute of California, Digital Hollywood, UCLA, USC, and Virginia Tech. He has been honored with a Leading Edge Technology Award from Michigan, two community development awards from the California Junior Chamber of Commerce, and four volunteer project leadership awards from The Walt Disney Company. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree and honorary doctorate from Vincennes University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

Ron Milton

Executive Vice President - Computerworld - United States

Ron Milton is Computerworld's primary relationship with VP-IT and CIO-level customers. He manages the events business and strategic business programs for IT executive titles in next-gen IT leadership, storage networking, mobile and wireless, infrastructure/data center and business intelligence market sectors. Mr. Milton leads the team responsible for creating and managing awards programs, content, sponsor sales, operations, marketing and audience development for all of Computerworld's brands. He is also responsible for the management of International Data Group's not-for-profit awards foundation, which governs The Computerworld Honors Program. Before his current role at IDG, Ron was Senior Vice President of CXO Media and General Manager of CIO Magazine's Executive Program Division. He has 20+ years of experience in information technology, serving in both vendor and information services management positions.

Prior to joining Computerworld in 1999, he was President and CEO of IDG's Internet Commerce (ICE) business unit, which he founded in 1996 as a start-up business, and was a pioneer in using e-commerce systems and web marketing. He was a 1996 recipient of the IDG Chairman's Award for the most successful start-up business globally.

Before joining IDG, Milton spent five years as Vice President/Partner of GLA computer Systems in Toronto, a software developer and channel integrator with market share leadership in wholesale travel solutions. Prior to GLA, he also held a variety of management positions in channel management, field sales and marketing at Honeywell Information Systems and Bull HN. He holds degrees from Concordia University and Sir George Williams University in Montreal.

Stuart Gannes

Director of the Stanford Digital Vision Fellowship Program - United States

Stuart Gannes graduated with a BA from the University of Michigan, and received his Masters in Education and Social Policy at Harvard University. Working as a journalist in New York, he covered the field of higher education, and then moved to Time-Life Books where he edited numerous "How-to" books for popular audiences. Later, as Associate Editor at Discover and Fortune Magazines he covered science and technology and focused on the expanding use of computer technology in business and society at large. In 1988-89, Mr. Gannes was a journalism fellow at Stanford University. Afterward he remained in Silicon Valley and entered the computer industry, working for Mips Computer Systems, before founding a software company, called Books That Work, where he served as CEO and publisher. Books That Work developed award-winning software tools that made it possible for non-professionals to design and visualize projects with 3-D graphics.

Ted Bongiovanni

Ted Bongiovanni is the Director of Programs for MOUSE, a nonprofitorganization that creates technology-based opportunities that motivate underserved students to succeed in today's information society. In the past, Ted helped develop online learning experiences for ColumbiaUniversity, served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Lithuania and was alegislative aide to US Congressman Sam Coppersmith. He earned his BA atSusquehanna University and an MPA from Columbia University's School ofInternational and Public Affairs.

Tomasz Janowski

Tomasz Janowski is the founder and head of the UNU-IIST Center for Electronic Governance (www.egov.iist.unu.edu), an international center of excellence in Electronic Governance, part of United Nations University - International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST), located in Macao, China. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of UNU-IIST.

An author of numerous publications in Computer Science, Software Engineering and Electronic Governance, Tomasz Janowski has led a number of research, development and capacity-building projects in the area of Information and Communication Technology and Electronic Governance; organized many schools, workshop and conferences with governments and universities around the developing world; and served as a Program Committee (PC) member and PC Chair at numerous international conferences. In particular, Tomasz Janowski founded a series of International Conferences on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV - www.icegov.org), established an initiative to build a global Community of Practice for Electronic Governance (UNeGov.net), and led a unique government program to build a foundation for Electronic Government in Macao (e-Macao). His research interests include foundations and frameworks for sustainable Electronic Governance, tools and applications of formal engineering techniques, and rigorous development of enterprise systems, particularly systems for the public sector. Tomasz Janowski holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Warwick, England, and an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Gdansk, Poland. He can be contacted by email at tj@iist.unu.edu.

Following the sale of the company in 1997, Mr. Gannes accepted a position as Vice President of Internet Applications for AT&T Labs in Menlo Park, California. At AT&T he was responsible for advanced development and service prototyping. Under his leadership, research scientists worked on a variety of practical projects, including wireless data services, e-mail clients, computer-based voice response systems, and authentication tools.

In early 2002, Mr. Gannes was recruited by Stanford University as the inaugural Director of the Digital Vision Program at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). Over the past two and a half years the DV program has evolved from an independent fellowship experience to an integrated prototyping course that focuses on supporting the design, concept-testing, and sustainability modeling of technology solutions that address humanitarian needs in the developing world.

Tschangho John Kim

Dr. Tschangho John Kim, Endowed Professor of Urban and Regional Systems at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) began his education in his native South Korea in architectural engineering and completed graduate study in planning at Princeton University in 1976. He has worked in Austria, Germany, South Korea, Indonesia, Sweden, Kenya, the People's Republic of China, Saudi Arabia and the United States. In 1979-80 he served as the project director of the National Comprehensive Transportation Study of Korea, sponsored by the World Bank. He also directed the Optimal Transport Sector Development Project in Indonesia in 1990-1991. He served as Associate Director, International Programs and Studies and Director, Office of Overseas University Collaboration, UIUC for the period of 1984-1991. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Germany (1986 to Deutcher Akademie Austausch Dienst-DAAD) and Senior Fulbright Scholar to Korea (1994-Hanyang University and 1995-Seoul National University). He was Special Advisor to the Governor of Illinois on International Affairs (1985-1987) and Chair, National GIS Advisory Committee, Korea (1994-1998). He was Editor of The Annals of Regional Science for the period of 1994-2005.

He has been a member of the Technical Committee for International GIS Standardization (TC 211) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) since 1995. He is Convener of the Joint Task Force of the Technical Committee for Intelligent Transportation Systems (TC 204) and GIS (TC 211) of ISO since 2003 and is Co-Chair of the Joint Advisory Group for ISO TC 211 and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) since 2003. He is an advisor to the Ar-Riyadh Development Authority (ADA) in Saudi Arabia since 1994. He is a Fellow of Regional Science Association International and President of Western Regional Science Association in 2008. He has published 8 books, 30 book chapters, 60 journal articles, and 40 professional articles.

Recently he was invited as a keynote speaker at the 2006 New Town Ubiquitous City International Symposium, July 7, 2006, held at Hotel Shilla, Seoul, Korea and delivered a speech titled, "Planning for Sustainable Future Cities in Ubiquitous Spaces: Opportunities and Challenges". He was also invited as the keynote speaker at the International Symposium on Digital Livings, January 26, 2007, Bergen, Norway and delivered speech titled, "Planning for Cities in Ubiquitous Spaces". He also delivered presidential address titled, "Technology and Urban Space" at the 47th Annual Meetings of the Western Regional Science Association, Kona, Hawaiii on February 16, 2008.

Torsten M. Kracht

Torsten M. Kracht is lawyer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington D.C. He represents foreign and domestic clients from diverse industries involved in complex civil litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Kracht has conducted internal investigations and litigated and arbitrated claims across a spectrum of substantive legal areas, including antitrust, unfair competition, contracts, and patents. He has also litigated multibillion-dollar restitution demands under the Alien Tort Claims Act and Torture Victims Protection Act, and has specific experience in issues of jurisdiction and discovery, particularly as they apply to entities outside the United States. He received his B.B.A. cum laude in finance and operations from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1993 and his J.D. with honors and distinction in international law from Rutgers University in 1998. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1995, during which time he studied law in Berlin, Germany. He is a member of the District of Columbia, New York and New Jersey Bars, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd and D.C. Circuits and multiple U.S. district courts.

Mr. Kracht is the executive editor of the International Law Practicum, published semi-annually by the New York State Bar Association. He is a also a member of the International Commercial Dispute Resolution Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Additionally, he serves as a board member and general counsel of the Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology, a nonprofit entity dedicated to the advancement of global science & technology issues and education.

Victor K. Inada

Victor K. Inada, M.D.
Medical Director
APICHA Primary Care Clinic
Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Inc.

Dr. Inada is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. He received his training at the Residency Program in Social Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. His medical training was at the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine. He received his Master's degree at the University of California, San Diego and his Bachelors' degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is on the medical staff at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Inada is a credentialed HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Dr. Inada's role as APICHA's Medical Director is to oversee the clinical operation of the APICHA Primary Care Clinic, provide HIV Primary Care to APICHA's clients, perform STD screening and treatment, and coordinate the quality assurance and continuous quality improvement efforts of the clinic and APICHA's HIV testing program.

Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Inc.

(APICHA) Established in 1989, APICHA is a premier non-profit AIDS service organization based in New York City, primarily serving the vastly diverse Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) of the city. It was founded to combat AIDS-related discrimination and to support, empower, and enhance the quality of life of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the New York City area, particularly those living with AIDS and HIV.

APICHA started as a grassroots organization. It was founded in response to the lack of services for APIs. APICHA has developed a one-stop model of service delivery incorporating a whole range of HIV services to help individuals at risk for infection to remain healthy and, for those who are infected with the virus, to access treatment. APICHA serves populations that collectively represent 12% of New York City's total population -- speaking over 100 languages. APIs are overwhelmingly immigrants - as much as 75% in New York City. For this reason, APICHA developed programs that are responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of its constituency. The organization has prevention programs for youth, women, and individuals that identify themselves as gay, bisexual and transgender. APICHA has a budget of $3.2 million with 27 full time staff.

Dr. Richard Velayo

Dr. Richard Velayo, Professor of Psychology, obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology and Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, specializing in Cognitive Psychology and Educational Technology. He obtained his M.A. in Applied Behavioral Analysis from the University of the Pacific, B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology-Anthropology from De La Salle University (Magna cum laude), Manila, Philippines. His scholarly interests focus on multimedia and internet-based technologies as pedagogical tools.

More specifically, his current scholarly interests include development of an assessment tool for multimedia learning. applications of Internet-based technologies (IBTs) as pedagogical and research tools internationalization of the psychology curriculum through IBTs and multimedia technologies.

He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as The International Journal of Instructional Media, Journal of Instructional Psychology, Teaching of Psychology, Reading Improvement, NYS Psychologist, Educational Technology, and the International Psychology Bulletin.

The courses he has taught include Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Instructional Psychology: Multimedia Applications, Research Design and Statistics, General Psychology, Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Developmental Psychology, Behavior Modification, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Psychology of Personal Adjustment.

His scholarly works have been presented in various regional, national, and international psychology conferences including those of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychological Society (APS), the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NIToP), and the International Council of Psychologists.

Dr. Velayo has taught at Montana State University, University of Michigan, and De La Salle University before coming to Pace University in 1994 as a full-time faculty member of the Psychology Department. In addition, he is an active reviewer of a number of psychology and education journals including Associate Editor of the Journal of Research on Computing in Education and the International Psychology Bulletin, and editorial board member of the International Journal of Instructional Media and the Journal on School Education, and a Reviewer for the Computers in Teaching Section of the Teaching of Psychology.

The New York State Psychological Association awarded him the Virginia Staudt Sexton Award for Early Career Contributions to Academic Psychology (1997), the Distinguished Service Award (2002), and the Wilhelm Wundt Award for Outstanding Research Contributions to Academic Psychology and Service to NYSPA (2007). He is also the recipient of the 2000 Distinguished Award for Outstanding Service at Pace's Employee Recognition Ceremony. Dr. Velayo is a full member of a number of many professional and academic organizations including the American Psychological Association (in which he is a Fellow of Divisions 1, 2, 46, and 52), the American Psychological Society, the International Council of Psychologists (ICP), International Association of Applied Psychologists, (IAAP), the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), the New York State Psychological Association (Academic Division), the Eastern Psychological Association, Psi Chi (The Honor Society in Psychology), and Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society).

He is the Past President (2004) of the Division of International Psychology (Division 52) of the American Psychological Association in which he also served as chair of the Membership Committee, Program Committee, Webmaster and Chair of the Website Technology Committee, and a member of its Curriculum and Training Committee. In addition, he is Chairs the International Teaching of Psychology Task Force for the Society for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He is also an active member of APA's Committee on Divisions and APA Relations (CODAPAR), and is the Chair of the Technology Task Force of the Society for General Psychology (APA Division 1). Moreover, he currently serves as the Chair (2006-2008) of the Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences. He is also actively involved as the International Council of Psychologists' Communications Director, and also as its NGO-DPI Representative to the United Nations where he is part of the Ageing Committee (Member-at-large) and the Committee on Human Settlements (Habitat). He has been elected as Member-at-large of APA Division 52 and is currently (2008 President of the Academic Division of the New York State Psychological Association.

Joann Halpern

Joann Halpern is the Director of Academic Affairs and Senior Studies at Global College and Assistant Professor of International Education. She received her B.A. in History and German from Dartmouth College, her M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in International Education from New York University.

Joann has received scholarships from the following organizations: Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, German Academic Exchange Service and the Carl Duisburg Society.

She has taught German at Harvard University, Dartmouth College and Long Island University as well as Cross-Cultural Communication, ESL and Business English at the University of Magdeburg and Hochschule Harz in Germany. Joann is currently teaching the following seminar at Global College: Cross-Cultural Understanding in a Globalizing world. She speaks German, Spanish, French and English. Before she came to Global College, Joann was the Director of International Programs at Hochschule Harz (University of Applied Sciences) in Wernigerode, Germany where she taught undergraduates, advised international students and professors, and developed university exchange programs for students and professors in 22 countries.

Joann is currently an active member of NAFSA Association of International Educators and the Comparative and International Education Society where she has presented posters and papers on intercultural training, curriculum development, and the use of Socio-enabling Computing in HIV/AIDS prevention.

She volunteers for AFS where she conducts cross-cultural training programs for visiting teachers from Thailand, China, Honduras, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic and reentry training for the Congress Bundestag students. She is also involved in the creation of manuals for intercultural trainers and host families.

Nenad Prelog

N. Prelog worked as journalist (editor and editor-in-chief of "Omladinski tjednik" and "Byte magazine"). He founded Information and documentation Center for Environmental Protection at the University of Zagreb. He was responsible for the establishment of information science as a discipline (research field) in the classification of sciences (wrote a proposal and defended it before relevant institutions). At Referral center of the University of Zagreb worked as head of division and as acting director. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Los Angeles. At "Miroslav KrleÃ…" lexicographic Institute he was assistant director and chairman of the Scientific Council. For 8 years he was a head of Postgraduate program in information sciences. N. Prelog taught at Faculty of Organizational Studies and Information Technology, and Faculty of Political Sciences, Department for Journalism.

N. Prelog worked more than 15 years on high managerial positions (director of institute, deputy director of publishing house, assistant minister). For last 10 years he initiated and headed several complex projects, including "Central European Virtual Library", "UNESCO Chair for Application of Information and Communication Technology in Teacher Education and Training", and complete program of introduction of ICT into schools in Croatia together with education of 45.000 teachers for use of ICT (information/digital literacy).

He has written 6 books and textbooks, and more than 50 scientific and professional articles, mostly on usage of computers and new media.He was teaching different subjects, ranging from Information systems to New media, from Office systems to Text processing. For last eight years he was working in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has travelled to more than 40 countries, and chaired about 20 international gatherings and conferences. He was appointed as Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000. In the year 2001 he was appointed as Ambassador at Large. In January 2003 he was appointed as first resident Croatian Ambassador to Ireland (where he served until the end of 2006).

He is founder and long time president of Croatian-American Society, Croatian Society for Promotion of ICT in Education. For 14 years he is director of "Information Technology and Journalism" conference in Dubrovnik, and conference "ICT in Education" - annual meeting of Croatian teachers of information sciences. He was awarded with "The Zagreb Award" (Nagrada grada Zagreba), "The Award of Croatian Informatics Council" and "The Medal for Protection and Improving of Environment". Nenad Prelog was elected to the Strategic Council of GAID in April 2008.