Ambassador (Retired) Shaun Donnelly has lead a distinguished 36-year career in U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service. Ambassador Donnelly served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in charge of Europe and the Middle East, as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, as Deputy U.S. Ambassador in Tunisia and Mali, and in a series of senior economic policy positions in the State Department in Washington. He served three separate tours totaling eight years as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, at various times leading the department's teams on international trade, energy, economic sanctions, and European economic policy.
After his U.S. Government service, he served as senior director at the National Association of Manufacturers and as vice president for the Middle East at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Donnelly is also a board member of ASTM International and the Ambassadors Advisory Board of the Executive Committee on Diplomacy.
A native of Culver, Indiana, Shaun Donnelly earned a B.A. in economics from Lawrence University and an M.A. in economics from Northwestern University.
Susan Gurley is an attorney with senior leadership experience in international development, higher education administration, and global membership association management. She has worked in more than thirty countries, and is currently serving as the executive director of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Ms. Gurley has held numerous other senior-level positions, including senior legal reform advisor at the United States Agency for International Development, assistant dean of international and graduate programs at the Georgetown University School of Law School, deputy executive director of Equal Justice Works, director of legal reforms for the East West Management Institute, and executive director of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.
Last year, after serving as an IESC volunteer in Cambodia, Ms. Gurley was awarded IESC's Pace award for volunteer of the year.
She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and is a Member of the Virginia Bar.
Stuart Fleischmann has spent his entire career at Shearman & Sterling and is currently a partner in the firm’s Capital Markets Group. He spends time in the firm’s New York and Sao Paolo offices, focusing principally on debt and equity offerings by Latin American sovereign nations and quasi-government entities.
Fleischmann regularly represents underwriters and issuers, primarily in the oil and gas, steel, telephone, electricity and financial institution industries, on a wide range of private placements of debt and equity securities. He is also regularly involved in such novel transactions as toll road financings and securitizations involving credit cards, residential mortgages, international oil payments, money transfers and electronic remittances, loan pools, auto and farm equipment loans and leases and franchise revenues.
Outside of Shearman & Sterling, Fleischmann speaks at selected continuing education seminars, and is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee of International Affairs and Committee of Structured Finance.
Fleischmann earned his bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University, and subsequently completed his law degree at Villanova University Law School.
Wing Keith is an owner and director of CA Partners, Inc., a family partnership. Ms. Keith’s career has centered on finance and banking, building new products, markets, and strategic positions in established and developing industries, markets, and products. She is the former chief operating officer of each of Crestview Advisors, LLC, and Oak Hill Capital Management, Inc., both private equity firms.
At these firms she established investor relations and reporting, strategic planning processes, and hiring of key personnel, among other activities. Previously, Ms. Keith was a senior vice president at Lehman Brothers Inc., working as CAO for the Media & Telecom Group, the M&A Dept., Equity Capital Markets, and as a banker in its Media & Telecom Group. Prior to working at Lehman, Ms. Keith developed Riggs National Bank’s Eastern European financial advisory business. She also was a vice president at Bankers Trust Co., where she specialized in distressed companies and LBO lending. Ms. Keith graduated from Harvard College with a degree magna cum laude.
Elizabeth K. Lavach is thd president of E.L.S. and Associates, a Washington, D.C. based consulting consortium that focuses on strategic business planning and related legislative issues. She is a former vice president of government operations for Colt’s Manufacturing Company, a member of the lobbying division of the law firm of Gadsby and Hannah, former legislative director and senior staff member for several members of Congress. She has served on commissions and study groups of the Rand Corporation, the National Defense Industrial Association, and has chaired committees of associations. She is a member of the board of the National Safe Haven Alliance and Congressional Schools of Virginia. Ms. Lavach has been a frequent speaker before national associations, providing insight on policy and trends within government and private industry.
Donald Layton is currently a director of public and private companies as well as a private investor. He enjoyed a more than three decade career in financial services, primarily at JP Morgan Chase and its predecessor institutions in commercial and investment banking.
Mr. Layton is the former vice chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. He rose through the ranks in the predecessor companies, beginning with Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, to become head of its investment bank and later its consumer businesses, as well as a member of its three-person Office of the Chairman. Subsequent to retiring, he became chairman and CEO of E*TRADE Financial Corporation for two years to execute a turnaround after its incurred substantial investment losses.
Mr. Layton is a director of the public companies Assured Guaranty Ltd., a credit insurer, and American International Group, the large insurance company, as well as of private companies in which he holds a substantial ownership interest.
He has been a senior adviser to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and served on the boards of various industry associations. He also is chairman of Partnership for the Homeless, a New York City-based non-profit organization.
Mr. Layton graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with simultaneous bachelor's and master's degree in Economics, and also received an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Margaret “Meg” Osius is the founder and principal of Osius & Associates Inc. Ms. Osius advises a variety of corporate, private, and development bank clients in the oil, gas, power, telecom, transport, and other infrastructure sectors. She also delivers executive-training sessions on international project finance and capital markets worldwide.
Prior to establishing her own firm, Ms. Osius worked for JP Morgan Chase, where she financed international projects and advised clients on risk management and gained extensive experience with workout and distressed credit in international markets.
Ms. Osius is currently a director of British Caribbean Bank Ltd. and Waterloo Holdings Inc., and a Trustee of Princeton in Asia. She previously served as chair of the Technical Advisory Panel of the Public Private Infrastructure Advancement Fund (PPIAF), managed by the World Bank. She is also a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ms. Osius holds degrees from INSEAD and Princeton University.
John Rolls is Managing Partner, Core Capital Group, a private investment partnership. Mr. Rolls previously served as president and CEO of DeutscheBank North America and executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Technologies. In addition, he was vice president, treasurer, senior vice president, and chief financial officer at RCA and chief financial officer at Monsanto Europe in Brussels, Belgium.
Mr. Rolls was born Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Mexico City and Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University and an MBA from Columbia University. Mr. Rolls' father, James Rolls, completed several volunteer assignments for IESC, as did Mr. Rolls' uncle, George Kirkendale.
Willis Ryckman began his career at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. in 1966 where he served as a senior officer prior to his 1990 departure. In 1990 Mr. Ryckman founded WGR, Inc., a private investment fund. He was formerly the chairman of Omni Capital, a Boston-based finance company, Tri Tech Labs where he served as chairman and CEO from 1992-2007, and managing director and chief operating officer of Associated Capital, a hedge fund located in New York City.
Mr. Ryckman is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Krasdale Foods, Inc. and Knowlton Development Corporation. Previously he was a director of Kinney Parking and Kinney Cleaning Companies, the Frances Denney Companies, Triangle Industries, the largest packaging company in the world, Stetson/Resistol Hat Co., Arby’s Food Corp., National Propane Corp., Panavision, Bradlees, Trian Capital Corp, and Banyan Hotel Management Corp.
Mr. Ryckman is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the New York University Graduate School of Business.
Don B. Taggart is recently retired chairman, president, and CEO of Private Export Funding Corporation, a company principally engaged in making U.S. dollar loans to foreign importers to finance purchases of goods and services of U.S. manufacture or origin. He joined the company in 2004.
Previously, Mr. Taggart was head of financial markets, Americas at ING, where he was responsible for for treasury, debt markets/sales and trading, economics and research, FX, money markets and derivatives and trading, structured products, and strategic training in the region. Mr. Taggart joined ING in April 1998 as head of treasury for the Americas after 21 years at J.P. Morgan Chase and its predecessors. In his last position, Mr. Taggart was managing director and corporate treasury/debt, capital and balance sheet management executive, responsible for the world-wide debt and equity financing for the holding company and bank. In this position he also was responsible for the overall balance sheet structure and liquidity of the corporation. Mr. Taggart began his career at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Mr. Taggart received his BA from Pace University and his MBA from Adelphi University.
Molly K. Williamson speaks extensively on energy, economic and demographic factors affecting foreign policy formulation, and US-Middle East relations, especially the Israel-Palestine conflict, Iran and nuclear challenges, and the interagency process. She is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a consultant, and frequent guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, World Affairs Councils, and National Joint Staff College.
Williamson is a former foreign service officer, having served six presidents, achieving the rank of career minister. She is also a member of Georgetown University’s MSFS oral boards, and a board member of the American Foreign Service Association and the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Williamson was the senior foreign policy advisor to the Secretary of Energy (2005-2008), with global responsibilities at the nexus of foreign policy and energy policy. As deputy assistant secretary of commerce (1999-2004), Williamson was responsible for the Middle East, South Asia, Oceania and Africa, advancing trade relations with 86 countries with a trade portfolio valued at over $120 billion per year.
Williamson was principal deputy, then acting assistant secretary of state (1996-199), International Organizations Bureau, responsible for the policy and programs affecting UN political and Security Council matters, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. As deputy assistant secretary of defense, (1993-1995) Williamson was responsible for the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. She was engaged in operational defense structure bottom-up reviews, the policy challenges of Iraqi provocation, crises in Rwanda and Somalia, and nuclear tests in South Asia.
She has had numerous postings in the Middle East, including chief of mission and consul General in Jerusalem during the Madrid Peace Process (1991-93), which culminated in the Oslo Accords. She has been trained in both Hebrew and Arabic.
Williamson, a native of California, has been awarded two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, the Secretary of Energy’s Exceptional Service Award, Secretary of Commerce Performance Award, the Secretary of Defense’ Service Award, and 14 awards from the Department of State.