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Dr. John R. Eriksson is President of Global Peace Services USA since its founding in 1997 as a non-profit organization devoted to the peaceful resolution of violent conflict.  He previously spent 25 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development  (USAID) –- positions included: Deputy Director of the USAID Program in Sri Lanka; Director of the USAID Program in Thailand, 1986-1990; and Director of the Center for Development Information and Evaluation in Washington, 1990-1995.  Dr. Eriksson has been consulting for the last 18 years, in the field of development evaluation, mainly for the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank; Danida, the Danish Aid Agency; the Department of International Development (DFID – the British aid agency); and the African Development Bank.  Dr. Eriksson holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley; and BA and MA in Economics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Stephen Gardner is the Herman Brown Professor of Economics and Director of the McBride Center for International Business at Baylor University. Dr. Gardner holds a B.A. in economics and Russian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of three books, the editor of one conference volume, and has published numerous articles in academic and professional publications.  A member of the Baylor faculty since 1978, he was a recipient of the university's "Outstanding Tenured Professor" award in 1994 and its “Outstanding Professor for University Service” award in 2005. Under his leadership, Baylor has developed relationships with universities and research institutes throughout the world, and has offered business education programs in Russia and China. He is chairman of the business school curriculum committee and a member of the university faculty senate and the library dean’s advisory board.  Dr. Gardner is a member of the American Economic Association, the Association for Comparative Economic Studies, the Academy of International Business, and the American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies, and is a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar and Senior Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute.

Nick Jivasantikarn is a co-founder of Emerging Infrastructure Partners, an advisory firm that focuses on emerging markets.  Previously, he was at the World Bank, where he led strategic programs to provide capital to and develop capacity of governments to boost private investment in infrastructure development.  Prior to the World Bank, Mr. Jivasantikarn was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where he advised executives at Fortune 500 corporations as well as international public-sector organizations on strategic and operational matters.  Mr. Jivasantikarn holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. 

Paul J. McKenney of Vienna, Virginia served as Yonok University’s Director of International Affairs from 1994 to 1997.  In this capacity he helped foster and develop key international relationships including those with Okinawa International University, Babson College, and Baylor University. Additionally, he was responsible for the recruitment and staffing of the university’s English Department and served as an Assistant to the President.  He currently works as a Director in the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA’s) Market Regulation Department.  In this capacity, among other duties, he represents FINRA on a national industry-wide initiative- the Consolidated Audit Trail.   Mr. McKenney holds a B.A. in English from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland and an M.B.A. from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.   

Dhiravud (Joe) Pumhirun, P.E., has more than 40 years of professional civil engineering and consulting experience in extensive practical engineering, construction supervision, and managerial and coordination experience in the development of mega-infrastructure projects and transportation facilities, as well as residential and commercial complexes.  In addition to design tasks, Khun Dhiravud's responsibilities have domestically and internationally included project management, marketing, strategic planning and teaming, contract administration/coordination, construction management, and overseas local office establishment for the American engineering consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) in Bangkok in 1992.  Khun Dhiravud was president of PB Asia Limited, Bangkok, Thailand, from 1992 to 1999.  He retired from the PB Office in Sacramento, CA, in 2011, as Deputy Regional Manager, CA HSR Project -- Fresno to Palmdale.  Khun Dhiravud received a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, and a MS in Urban Environmental Engineering from George Washington University.

Mary St. George has been a long-time friend of Thailand, including serving as Director of the Thai SUPPORT Foundation, under patronage of HM Queen Sirikit.  She has been active in international relations, serving has Director of UNICEF Children of the World Coin Collection; Director of UN Decade for Women Coin Programme; Deputy Director of UNICEF International Year of the Child Coin Programme; and Project Originator and Director of IUCN/World Wildlife Fund Conservation Coin Collection.  Ms. St. George holds a BA in Art History from Smith College, with a minor in Italian.