Aaron Dowd, Secretary
Aaron T. Dowd is a Principal of Transatlantic Holdings, a diversified holding company with interests in the financial services, logistics, energy, industrial and beer sectors in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Prior to Transatlantic, Mr. Dowd served from 2003-2013 as an Aide to The Honorable Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator. Mr. Dowd is on the Board of Directors of the Mentor Foundation USA; University of Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST); and International Student House of Washington, DC (ISH-DC). He is also a Member of the RAND Corporation; Atlantic Council; Munich Security Conference Young Leaders Roundtable; International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS); American Security Project (ASP); and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP).
Mr. Dowd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in Marketing from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.
Yvonne Thunell, Founding Chairman & Honorary Member
Ms. Thunell has extensive experience as an executive coach and developer of corporate leadership programs. Prior to forming Thunell & Partners, Ms. Thunell worked in the IT industry in the U.S. and Sweden; she was CEO of the IT-company AXXA Corporation in Woodland Hills, CA. She served as a board member of A Non-Smoking Generation, a Swedish non-profit organization focused on tobacco prevention, and she has been on the board of several youth and educational non-profit organizations in Sweden.
Robert Dupont, M.D.
Robert L. DuPont, M.D., is vice president of Bensinger, DuPont and Associates, a consulting firm dealing with substance abuse. Dr. DuPont has served as the founding Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and was also White House Drug Chief. He is on the boards of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the Kolmac Foundation, the American Council on Science and Health, the National Anxiety Foundation and the World Federation Against Drugs.
Dr. Mackenzie is a former President of the Society for Adolescent Medicine and an active member of the International Association of Adolescent Health. He has been a pioneer in the development of clinical and research approaches to issues that compromise the health of young people, including drug and alcohol abuse and other bio-behavioral conditions. He has developed a number of programs, many of which have been replicated worldwide. Dr Mackenzie has been recognized in awards for outstanding achievement by the American Academy of Pediatric Medicine and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.
Richard Merski currently serves as Head of International Public Policy in Cigna’s Washington, DC office.
Previously, Rich served as Senior Vice President and Head of Federal Affairs at Zurich Financial Services Group, a leading international insurance and financial services firm based in Switzerland. Prior to joining Zurich, Rich worked with American International Group as Vice President and Counsel in their Washington office and earlier served as Legislative Director and Counsel to Congressman Richard T. Schulze (R-PA), advising the Congressman on a range of issues, including trade, health and tax legislation, as well as matters within the Ways and Means Committee’s jurisdiction. He also practiced law as an associate with the law firm of Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott.
Rich was awarded a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and holds a Masters in International Relations from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Graduating Magna Cum Laude with two Bachelors degrees, his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University concentrated in Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Virginia, and U.S. Court of International Trade. Rich also serves on USTR’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) and counsels U.S. trade officials on the formulation of international trade policy.
Rich is a past-Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Washington World Affairs Council and a current Board member. He also served on the Boards of the Atlantic Council, Organization for International Investment, and the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and a Senior Advisor to the United States-Asia Foundation, having helped lead over a dozen congressional delegations to Asia. Rich is also active in various community activities in Fairfax County, Virginia where he resides with his wife, Donna, and their daughter Alyssa.
Dan Nelson currently serves as non-executive Chairman of ECP Worldwide and as a director of Mascoma Corporation. He has served on the boards of many organizations, including the American Petroleum Institute, American Near East Refugee Aid, Meridian International Center, Arena Stage, the Toys for Tots Foundation, Ford’s Theatre and N Street Village. He previously headed Mobil’s Middle East Department and served as President of Mobil Power Inc., Mobil Middle East Development Corporation, and Mobil Sales & Trading Inc., and was Executive Vice President of Mobil LNG Inc.
Gudrun currently serves as the President and Chair of The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce-LA. Gudrun is also the CEO at G4c Innovation and one of the founders of Entertainment Capital & Network and the U.S. Ambassador for Scandinavian Film Locations. Gudrun previously served as a Producer and Vice President of Production at Paradox Entertainment. Before joining Paradox, Gudrun was the Director of Production for Davis Films, under the distribution company Metropolitan Filmexport. With more the 20 years in different capacities within entertainment, Gudrun is currently utilizing her skill-set and background to bring awareness to social entrepreneurship. Some of her interests, including studies are within the fields of, international and cultural relations, innovation, theology and spiritual philosophy, anthropology, literature and the arts. Gudrun majored in political science and was studying pre-law before she started to work in the entertainment industry.
Ms. Allen is a Partner at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. She represents clients in a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions, the formation of strategic partnerships and joint ventures, private equity transactions, and the establishment of new companies and businesses. Ms. Allen’s practice also focuses on the restructuring of businesses and dissolution of companies. Ms. Allen was managing partner of the Curtis Frankfurt office from 1995 to 2004.
John W. Morgan
Lieutenant General (R) John W. Morgan III retired from the US Army in 2013. In his final assignment he served in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as the Commander of the Allied (Land) Force Command-Heidelberg, Germany. Upon retirement John joined EagleForce Associates Inc., an industry-leading provider of big data predictive analytics and advanced technology development solutions focused on leading and supporting clients with their most difficult challenges. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) responsible for strategic company growth, business operations and business initiatives across the enterprise of EagleForce Associates, Incorporated and EagleForce Health LLC, in commercial, government, defense, healthcare and law enforcement sectors.
LTG (R) Morgan has a distinguished career as a senior executive and military officer. John serves on the Advisory Council for ThanksUSA.Org. His military leadership assignments included Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver & Operations, 1st Infantry Division (Federal Republic of Germany) where he deployed with the division to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. John’s Key military staff assignments include; Chief of Staff, United States European Command (EUCOM) and the Assistant Deputy Director for International Negotiations, Middle East and Africa J-5, the Joint Staff. He has received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit Medal; the Meritorious Services Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Army Achievement Medal; the Army Service Medal; the Overseas Ribbon; the Joint Staff Badge; and the Army Staff Badge.
John has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science from The University of Delaware and he holds a Master’s of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University-National War College.
Dan Hickey is the Manager of International Government Relations for the Traffic Safety and Security Division of 3M. Prior to joining 3M, Mr. Hickey opened a Washington, DC office for Federal Signal Corporation and served as a Professional Staff Member for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He also was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs at the US Department of Transportation. Before his work in the Office of the Secretary, Mr. Hickey was Deputy Assistant Administrator for Government and Industry Affairs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and held senior government relations positions at US Airways and the Air Transport Association of America. He also served as a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate.
Joe DiBartolomeo is the Chief Revenue Office at Pluralsight. He is a veteran of the enterprise software and information services industry and an accomplished global business leader with over 30 years of sales and executive leadership experience. Joe is an innovative leader, passionate about building a fun, high performance culture with team members who care about creating a better world. He has extensive experience in Fortune 500 and start up environments, leading world-class sales, consulting and engineering teams focused on customer transformation.
Joe began his career at Computer Associates as a software developer, helping take the Unicenter product line to market. Subsequently, Joe moved to Oracle Corporation where for 19 years he managed large complex organizations and proved himself successful at developing and growing businesses, eventually holding the dual role of Senior Vice President, North America Middleware and East Commercial Technology Sales. At Dun and Bradstreet Corporation Joe was a member of the Executive Global Leadership Team serving as President and General Manager of Purisma, as well as Senior Vice President, Strategic Customer Solutions.
From 2011 to 2016, Joe served as President – Americas of Qlik, a Medair corporate partner, where he designed and led an agile go to market strategy, scaling team members rapidly while dramatically accelerating revenue growth, and employee and customer satisfaction. Additionally, he championed corporate social responsibility, building a corporate and team culture of giving, resulting in the raising of hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the important and life-changing work of Medair, WeSeeHope and the Mentor Foundation.
Joe studied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at New York Institute of Technology, and is a member of the Nu Ypsilon Honor Society. He serves on the boards of Medair U.S. and the Mentor Foundation.
Joe lives in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey with his wife, Terry, and is the proud father of two teenage boys, Joseph and Dillon.