Laura Batalla Adam

Laura Batalla Adam joined Ashoka in the summer of 2019 to bridge the gap between social entrepreneurship and policymaking in the field of migration and integration as Hello Europe’s Policy Representative in Brussels, a position that she combines with an advisory role to a Member of the European Parliament on foreign policy.

Laura has worked in the European Parliament for nearly a decade overseeing a wide-range of policies and she has established her own initiatives like the European Parliament Turkey Forum, a cross-party non-partisan platform for high-level discussion and cooperation between Turkey and the EU, of which she is the Secretary General since 2014.

Over the last decade, she has invested significant professional and personal capital in cultivating ties between the EU and Turkey in all domains. The Forum has established itself as a trusted and respected interlocutor between a wide spectrum of political and social actors in Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

Batalla is a leading and well-respected voice in EU-Turkey relations. She speaks in depth about Turkey in conferences and seminars and writes policy papers and op-eds on Turkish politics, Turkey’s foreign policy and migration. She is part of prestigious expert groups like Mercator’s Turkey Europe Future Forum and a member of distinguished leadership networks like the Marshall Memorial Fellowship of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 

She holds two Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Public Administration and Journalism and a Master's degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe.

She joins the advisory board of Turkish Heritage Organization in her personal capacity, not representing any of the organizations she is affiliated with.

Michael M. Gunter

Michael M. Gunter is a professor of political science at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee where he teaches courses on international relations, international organizations, international law, American foreign policy, European politics, and American politics, among others. He is one of only two others who have won the two most prestigious faculty awards at his university: The Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching and the Outstanding Faculty Award in Research (The Caplenor Award). He also is the Secretary-General of the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) headquartered in Brussels.

In the past he taught courses on international and comparative politics for many years during the summer at the International University in Vienna, as well as courses on Kurdish and Middle Eastern politics, among others, for the U.S. Government Areas Studies Program and U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C. He is the author of 11 critically praised scholarly books on the Kurdish question and co-editor (with Mohammed M. A. Ahmed) of three more books on the Kurds, among others. He has also published numerous scholarly articles on the Kurds and many other issues in such leading scholarly periodicals as the Middle East Journal, Middle East Policy, Middle East Quarterly, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, Orient, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Maghreb Review, American Journal of International Law, International Organization, World Affairs, Journal of International Affairs (Columbia University), Brown Journal of World Affairs, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Current History, Third World Quarterly, International Journal of Turkish Studies, Insight Turkey, Turkish Studies, Terrorism: An International Journal, and Arms Control, among numerous others.

He was a former Senior Fulbright Lecturer in International Relations in Turkey and also has held Fulbright awards for China and Israel. He has been interviewed about the Kurdish question on numerous occasions by the international and national press. His most recent book is Out of Nowhere: The Kurds of Syria in Peace and War, London: Hurst Publications, 2014.

Dr Mark Meirowitz

Dr Mark Meirowitz is Professor of Humanities at SUNY Maritime College.

He holds a doctorate in Political Science from Fordham University and is a recognized expert on Turkish Foreign Policy, US-Turkish Relations and Turkish-Israel Relations. He has lectured and written extensively on these subjects. He is currently writing a book on Turkish Foreign Policy for an academic press. He has taught courses in American Foreign Policy, Middle East Politics, American Government, International Relations and International Law (among others). He has taught, and been invited to lecture, at several Turkish Universities, including Istanbul Technical University and Bahcesehir University (where he participated in the Global Leadership Forum on US-Turkish Relations in Turkey and has given presentations to students at the University’s DC campus on various subjects including Turkish Foreign Policy, Turkish-US Relations, International Relations and International Law). He has presented on Turkish Foreign Policy at conferences including the Annual Conference of the Transatlantic Studies Association (TSA) in Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands (and is a member of the Management Committee of the TSA). His update on US-Turkish Relations regularly appeared as part of the annual conference magazine of the American Turkish Council. He was awarded the recognition as an American Friend of Turkey by Turk of America Magazine.

Mark has served as a Board Member and Secretary General of the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI) and a member of the Advisory Board of the American Turkish Council.  He is a Fellow with the Global Policy Institute. Mark organized two highly successful conferences on the history of Turkish Sephardic Jews, and the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign (also with the participation of the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand Consulates).He is a non-resident Research Associate with the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. 

He is also a business lawyer in New York City who has been in law practice for over 30 years
Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a geostrategic advisory firm, and CEO of Factotum, a boutique content strategy agency. He is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Adjunct Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and Senior Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012) and author of How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011) and The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

Parag lectures frequently at international conferences and gives executive briefings to government leaders and major corporations on global trends, systemic risks, future scenarios, economic master planning, emerging market strategies, and technological disruptions. He has been an adviser to the U.S. National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 program. Previously, he served in the foreign policy advisory group to the Barack Obama for President campaign. During 2007 he served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a senior geopolitical adviser to United States Special Operations Forces. From 2002-5, he was the Global Governance Fellow at the Brookings Institution; from 2000-2002 he worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva; and from 1999-2000, he was a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

A widely cited global intellectual, Dr. Khanna appears frequently in media around the world. He is a contributing columnist on, contributing editor to WorldPost, regular guest host of CNBC. His 2008 cover story for the New York Times Magazine titled “Waving Goodbye to Hegemony,” is one of the most globally debated and influential essays since the end of the Cold War. His essays and articles have appeared in major international newspapers and journals such as the Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Financial Times, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, Quartz, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Harper’s, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, The National Interest, McKinsey Quarterly, Prospect, Esquire,, Die Zeit, and Strategy+Business. He has been featured on CNN, BBC, PBS, Al Jazeera, CCTV, Russia Today, National Public Radio (NPR), and other media all over the world. He was the first video-blogger of and from 2010-12 co-authored the Hybrid Reality blog on BigThink. From 2008-9, Parag was the host of “InnerView” on MTV. He spoke on “Invisible Maps” at TED Global 2009 and was a guest host of TED Global 2012.

Dr. Khanna holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has been a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS (2011-13), Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (2011-13), Distinguished Visitor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin (2008), Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly (2007-8), Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore (2006), Non-Resident Associate of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University (2004-5), and a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi (2004). He has received grants from the United Nations Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, and Ford Foundation. He currently serves on the executive boards of Independent Diplomat and the Micro Equity Development Fund, board of trustees of the New Cities Foundation, Innovation Advisory Board of DBS, advisory board of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Urban Development Initiative, and editorial board of Global Policy.

Born in India, Parag grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany. He is an accomplished adventurer who has traveled in more than 100 countries on all continents. Some of his lengthy journeys include driving from the Baltic Sea through the Balkans and across Turkey and the Caucasus to the Caspian Sea, across the rugged terrain of Tibet and Xinjiang provinces in western China, and eight thousand miles from London to Ulaanbaatar in the Mongolia Charity Rally. He has climbed numerous 20,000-foot plus peaks, and trekked in the Alps, Himalayas, and Tien Shan mountain ranges. Parag is also a competitive tennis player.

In 2009, Parag was honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and currently serves on the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2002 he was awarded the OECD Future Leaders Prize. He speaks German, Hindi, French, Spanish, and basic Arabic.

F. Stephen Larrabee

F. Stephen Larrabee is the RAND Corporation's distinguished chair emeritus in European Security.

Before joining RAND, Larrabee served as vice president and director of studies of the Institute of East–West Security Studies in New York from 1983 to 1989. He was a distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Institute from 1989 to 1990. From 1978 to 1981, Larrabee served on the U.S. National Security Council staff in the White House as a specialist on Soviet–East European affairs and East-West political-military relations.

Larrabee's recent RAND monographs include Troubled Partnership: U.S.-Turkish Relations in an Era of Global Geopolitical Change (2010); Turkey as a U.S. Security Partner (2008); The Rise of Political Islam in Turkey (with Angel Rabasa, 2008); and Encouraging Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in Ukraine (with Keith Crane, 2007).

His recent articles include “Arming Europe,” in The National Interest (with Seth G. Jones, Winter 2005–2006); and “ESDP and NATO: Assuring Complementarity,” in The International Spectator (January–March 2004).

In addition, he is the coauthor (with Julian Lindley-French) of Revitalizing the Transatlantic Security Partnership: An Agenda for Action (RAND/Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2008); the editor of The Volatile Powder Keg: Balkan Security After the Cold War (American University Press, 1994); and coeditor (with Robert Blackwill) of Conventional Arms Control and East-West Security (Duke University Press, 1989).

Larrabee has taught at Columbia, Cornell, New York, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and The George Washington universities, and at the University of Southern California.

Larrabee received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

Robert Olson

Robert Olson is Professor Emeritus of Middle East History and Politics at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of The Siege of Mosul and Ottoman-Persian Relations, 1718-1743: A Study of Rebellion in the Capital and War in the Provinces of the Ottoman Empire (1975), translated into Arabic (1983); The Ba'th and Syria, 1947-1979: An Interpretative Historical Essay (1980); The Ba‘th and Syria from the French Mandate to the Era of Hafez at-Asad, 1947-1982 (1982); The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism and the Sheikh Said Rebellion: 1880-1925 (1989); translated into Turkish (1989); translated into Persian (1999); translated into Kurdish (2000); translated into Arabic (2008); ); (paperback) The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism (1991); Imperial Meanderings and Republican By-Ways: Essays on Eighteenth Century Ottoman and Twentieth Century History of Turkey (1996); The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Iranian Relations: From World War I to 1998 (1998); revised and translated into Arabic under the title The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Iranian Relations: From World War I to 2000 (2001); translated into Persian (2002) with the title Masale Kurd va Revabet-e Iran va Turkiye/The Kurdish Question in Turkish-Iranian Relations in the Twentieth Century; Turkey’s Relations with Iran, Syria, Israel and Russia, 1991-2000: The Kurdish and Islamist Questions (2001); translated into Turkish (2005); translated (online) into French (2005); translated into Persian (2011); Turkey’s Relations with Iran, 1979-2004: War, Revolution, Ideology, War, Coups and Geopolitics (2004); translated into Turkish, 2005). The Goat and the Butcher: Nationalism and State Formation in Kurdistan-Iraq since the Iraqi War (2005); translated into Turkish, 2008; Blood, Beliefs and Ballots: The Management of Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey, 2007-2009 (2009); translated into Kurdish (2010); translated into Persian (2011); The Kurdish Nationalist Movements in Turkey, 1980-2011: Oppression, Resistance, War, Education in the Mother Tongue and Relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government (2011); translated into Persian (2013). Editor: Islamic and Middle Eastern Societies: A Festschrift in Honor of Wadie Jwaideh (1987); The Kurdish Movement in Turkey in the 1990s: Its Impact on Turkey and the Middle East (1996); Co-editor: Orientalism, Islam and Islamists (1985), translated into Turkish (1992), and Iran: Essays on a Revolution in the Making (1981). Professor Olson is the author of some 75 research articles, 90 essays and reference works and 250 book reviews. He received the Best Book Award from the Third World Studies Association in 1999-2000. Olson was University Research Professor, 1991-1992; Distinguished Professor the College of Arts and Sciences, 1999-2000; Albert B. and Elizabeth H. Kirwan Memorial University Professor, 2000-2001.

Robert Olson and his colleague Professor Michael Gunter are considered to be the principal contributors to the establishment of Kurdish Studies in the United States. Together they have published 24 books, edited 9, and published 265 referred and editor approved articles, 100 essays and 400 book reviews. Of this number Olson has written 9 books, of which 7 have been translated 15 times: 6 into Turkish, 3 Arabic, 2 Persian, 2 Kurdish and 2 French. He has published 115 articles, 60 essays and 250 book reviews. He has also written over 100 hundred opinions pieces in the Today’s Zaman, an English language newspaper published in Turkey and distributed in Europe and the Middle East. His The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in the 1990s: Its Impact on Turkey and the Middle East with a new introduction has just been reissued; The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism and the Sheikh Said Rebellion, 1990-1925 (University of Texas Press) is currently being translated into Arabic in Erbil, Iraq-Kurdistan. It has already been translated into Turkish, Kurdish and Persian.

In 2013 he delivered papers on the situation of the Kurds in Turkey at Columbia University on 6 May (New York); Rand Corporation and CIA on 28 June (Washington, DC); Middle East Studies Association on 14 October (New Orleans) and Beirut, Lebanon, 27-30, November, 2013.

Selma Bardakci

Selma is currently working at the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) as a coordinator of Asia – Pacific Business Councils in Istanbul. Before DEIK, she served at the Center for Asia Leadership in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which is a group of non-profit international organizations that addresses public challenges in Asia through research, development, training and publication initiatives.

She served at the John D. Evans Foundation in Washington D.C. as an Atlas Corps Fellow, where she spearheaded several high-profile events such as a Criminal Justice Reform Working Group Meeting, bringing together diverse strategic partners across the U.S. public and private sectors. Until 2015, Selma was the Deputy Director of International Leadership Application and Research Center at Bahcesehir University. She worked closely with the government to facilitate dialogue among policy makers, subject matter experts, civil society leaders, and academics on regional and global issues for roundtables and educational programs such as Bahçeşehir University’s School of Politics U.S. program and the Global Leadership Forum. In 2012, Selma led the U.S. Embassy-funded Young Turkey - Young America Program, representing both Turkish young professionals as well as her own university.

Selma enjoys exploring the topics of U.S.-Turkey Relations, U.S. Foreign Policy, Asia – Pacific, leadership development, diplomacy, and youth empowerment. She has a strong passion for human development and social capital. Selma has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Bahcesehir University in Turkey, and a Master of Global Politics and International Relations from the same university. In addition to her professional roles, Selma works on a social project to help Syrian refugees as a board member of Al-Shami Kitchen in Turkey. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the National Interest. 

Dmitri Trenin

Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the center since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program.

He retired from the Russian Army in 1993. From 1993–1997, Trenin held a post as a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe in Moscow. In 1993, he was a senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome.

He served in the Soviet and Russian armed forces from 1972 to 1993, including experience working as a liaison officer in the external relations branch of the Group of Soviet Forces (stationed in Potsdam) and as a staff member of the delegation to the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms talks in Geneva from 1985 to 1991. He also taught at the War Studies Department of the Military Institute from 1986 to 1993.

Edward J. Erickson, PhD

Dr. Ed Erickson is a Professor of International Relations, Department of International Relations & Political Science, Antalya Bilim University in Antalya, Turkey. Dr. Erickson retired as Professor of Military History at the Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia in 2017 and served in 2018 as a Scholar-in-Residence in the Clark Center for Global Engagement at the State University of New York at Cortland, Cortland, New York.

Dr. Erickson is a retired regular US Army lieutenant colonel and was commissioned in the field artillery in 1975. He also qualified as a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Turkey. During his career, he served in artillery and general staff assignments in the United States, Europe and the Middle East (including three tours in Turkey). In the Persian Gulf War of 1991, he served in the Third Armored Division as an artillery battalion operations officer, in Sarajevo in 1995 as a special assistant to the NATO Force commander, and in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 with the Fourth Infantry Division as General Raymond Odierno’s political advisor. He is the recipient of two Bronze Star medals, the Legion of Merit and numerous other military awards. 

After retiring from active duty, Dr. Erickson worked as a high school social studies teacher and a school administrator in his hometown of Norwich, New York. He returned to Baghdad, Iraq in 2007 for a year to work as Professor of Political Science at the Ministry of Defense Training and Development College before going to the Marine Corps University in Quantico in 2009. He has master’s degrees from Colgate University and Saint Lawrence University as well as a Doctorate in History from the University of Leeds in the UK.

Dr. Erickson is widely recognized as one of the foremost specialists on the Ottoman Army during the First World War. Among the numerous books he has written are Ordered To Die, A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War; Defeat in Detail, The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912-1913; Gallipoli, The Ottoman Campaign; Ottomans and Armenians, A Study in Counterinsurgency; Gallipoli, Command under Fire; and Palestine, The Ottoman Campaigns 1914-1918. He is the co-author, with Dr. Mesut Uyar, of A Military History of the Ottomans, from Osman to Ataturk. Dr. Erickson is also the author of Strategic Water; Iraq and Security Planning in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin and A Soldier’s Kipling, Poetry and the Profession of Arms. His latest book projects are A Global History of Relocation in Counterinsurgency Warfare in production for Bloomsbury Academic Press and Phase Line Attila, The Amphibious Campaign for Cyprus, co-authored with Dr. Mesut Uyar (Dean of the School of Business and Social Sciences, Antalya Bilim University) in production for the Marine Corps University Press.
Matthew Kroenig

Matthew Kroenig is an associate professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is an expert in national security on a range of topics including strategy, nuclear deterrence, nonproliferation, arms control, terrorism, counterterrorism, homeland security, Europe, Russia, NATO, Asia, China, North Korea, the Middle East, Iran, democracy, legislative strength, and soft power. In 2005, he was a strategist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From 2010 to 2011 he was a special adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he worked on defense policy and strategy for Iran. He was a foreign policy advisor for the 2012 Mitt Romney presidential campaign, in 2016 he was a senior national security advisor for the Scott Walker Campaign and a senior advisor to the Marco Rubio campaign. 

Dr. Kroenig is the author or editor of five books: Nonproliferation Policy and Nuclear Posture: Causes and Consequences for the Spread of Nuclear Weapons (2015); A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat (2014); The Causes and Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation (2013); Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons (2010) and The Handbook of National Legislatures: A Global Survey (2009). His articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including: American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, Comparative Strategy, Democratization, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Strategic Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, Security Studies, Spectator, Survival, Tablet, The American Interest, The National Interest, The National Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, and USA Today
Herbert Reginbogin

Dr. Herbert Reginbogin, Professor of International Relations and International Law, has been a faculty member at several universities on both sides of the Atlantic. He has taught at Touro Law School (New York), the European University of Lefke (Cyprus), Bogazici University (Turkey), Cag University (Turkey), Potsdam University (Germany), and Kehl University am Rhein (Germany), in addition to guest lecturing at other institutions of higher learning around the world. After spending more than two decades teaching, Prof. Reginbogin now resides in Washington, D.C., where he is currently completing research on American foreign policy and national security issues related to human and energy security, religious identity, freedom, and foreign policy impacting international law. He specializes in U.S. public policy; political, economic, and security issues facing Europe; the Middle East; and East Asia. Throughout his career, Dr. Reginbogin has written over 15 publications on these topics. 

Over many years, Prof. Reginbogin has worked on several litigation cases; energy security issues in the Eastern Mediterranean, EU, and USA; international maritime law; international refugee issues; the destabilization of the international world order; new international security architectures; and kleptocracy.

He received his Licentiatus Philosophiae/Ph.D. from the University of Bern and his B.A. from Whittier College.

Professor Sanford R. Silverburg

Sanford R. Silverburg is a professor emeritus from the Department of History and Politics at Catawba College, Salisbury, NC.  He earned his Ph.D from The American University, School of International Service with a specialty in international relations, international law, and government and politics of the Middle East. While a faculty member at Catawba College, he was awarded numerous grants, fellowships, and scholarships, including the Swink Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching, the Trustee Award for Outstanding Service to Catawba College, and an awardee of a First Family Scholarship at Catawba for distribution to incoming Freshmen.

His current interest is in international law and its impact on various apects of the Arab-Israeli conflict. To this end, he is the editor of Palestine and International Law. He has to his credit a number of other books and journal articles that have appeared internationally, from Indonesia to India to the United Arab Emirates and in Israel.  Additionally, he is a book reviewer for a number of journals and library associations. He has served as a lecturer and participant in academic settings in England, Palestine, and Belgium.
Hande Özsan Bozatlı

Dr Hande Özsan Bozatlı is a medical professional and former President of the Assembly of European Regions. Bozatlı was elected to serve as a Provincial Council member in Istanbul in 2009 and became Vice President. She was the president of the EU and International Relations Committee of the Provincial Council until April 2014. She' was elected in 2010 as the President of the Assembly of European Region’s Committee on Culture, Education, Youth and International Cooperation. She has been very much involved with Youth Councils, and all kinds of youth issues in Europe, including unemployment and early school-drop out problems.

In May 2013, she was elected President of the Assembly of European Regions and re-elected unanimously in December 2015. She was the first AER President coming from a non-EU member country and one of the rare non-EU member and Turkish personality heading a European political organization.

Ramin Asgard

SVP-Global Business Development, First Pathway Partners Former POLAD to GEN Petraeus, GEN Mattis - US Central Command Director, Iran Regional Presence Office-Dubai, Director - Voice of American Persian

Mr. Asgard is Senior Vice President for Global Business Development with First Pathway Partners, a US-based investment and global services firm. He is also a national security thought leader, attorney, business development/technology/entrepreneurship expert, and independent consultant based in Manhattan and globally.

His work is focused on Global Market Access and Analysis, National Security Matters, and Government Relations. Previously, Mr. Asgard was a highly decorated veteran U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, with extensive global expeditionary/combat, field and headquarters experience in the diplomatic, commercial/trade advocacy, consular, political, intelligence, pol/mil, economic, public diplomacy, and research and analysis experience. 

Mr. Asgard holds a JD from Tulane University, a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA summa cum laude from Temple University. 

Gabriel Lajeunesse

Gabriel C. Lajeunesse, JD, Lt Col, USAF (Ret.)

Gabriel Lajeunesse is a licensed attorney and investment advisor.  He provides wealth management advice to business leaders and families, managing $150MM in investment assets. 

Gabe retired from the Air Force after a 20-year career in international security affairs, which included service as an advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and membership on National Security Council Interagency Policy Committees at the White House.  He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Georgetown University, University of Maryland University College, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and Norwich University, and has published extensively.

A Middle East/North Africa Regional Affairs Specialist, Gabe led teams in peacetime and combat, including assignments in Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan.  In those assignments, he was responsible for liaison relationships with key international counterparts.  A retired Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Gabe managed complex investigations of domestic and transnational crimes affecting US national security interests, to include espionage, international terrorism and illegal technology transfer.   

Gabe is admitted to the DC Bar, hold the Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation from the American College of Financial Planning, and a FINRA Series 7 securities license.  He is licensed as an Investment Advisor Representative under FINRA Series 66 in VT, NH, MA, ME, FL, CO, MD, DC, VA, and NY.