Richard S. Aldrich Jr. sent his career as an international attorney focused on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and public and private financings for companies and financial advisors in Brazil and the United States. He began his legal career as an associate at Shearman & Sterling before being seconded to Citibank as general counsel for its Middle East/Africa Division (1978 to 1980). Mr. Aldrich became a partner at Shearman & Sterling in 1982, and headed its Hong Kong office from 1984 to 1987. In 1987, he returned to Shearman & Sterling’s New York office, where he represented the Bank Advisory Committee of Brazil in the country's $120 billion foreign debt restructuring from 1987 to 1994. In 1992, he represented the Brazilian company Aracruz Celulose in the first SEC-registered, NYSE-listed initial public offering of a Brazilian company. Mr. Aldrich is adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University. In addition to IESC, he serves on the advisory board of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce and was its president from 2005 to 2008.
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 H. Layton is currently the chief executive officer of Freddie Mac, a U.S. government-sponsored enterprise chartered by Congress to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S. housing market. Layton has more than 40 years of experience in financial services and as a corporate leader.
He worked for nearly 30 years at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessors, starting as a trainee and rising to vice chairman and member of the three-person Office of the Chairman, retiring in 2004. Then from 2007 to 2009, he served as chairman and CEO of E*TRADE Financial, which he shepherded through the financial crisis. Additionally, Layton has been a member of the boards of several financial services firms.
He served as a senior advisor to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association from 2006 to 2008 and serves as chairman emeritus of the board of the Partnership for the Homeless, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing homelessness in New York City, after having been its chair for nearly a decade.
Layton received simultaneous B.S. and M.S. degrees in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard.
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 A. Rolls is chairman of the board of Fuel Cell Energy and a partner at Cove Harbor Partners, a private investment partnership. Previously he served as president and CEO of Deutsche Bank North America, executive vice president and CFO of United Technologies, senior vice president and CFO of RCA; treasurer of Monsanto and CFO of Monsanto Europe in Brussels. Earlier in his career, he was an instructor at General Motors Institute and a financial analyst at Ford.
A native of Canada, Mr. Rolls was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1941, lived in Mexico City from 1948 to 1955 and Cincinnati until 1962, when he was naturalized a U.S. citizen. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Mr. Rolls' father, James Rolls, completed several volunteer assignments for IESC, as did Mr. Rolls' uncle, George Kirkendale.
Molly K. Williamson is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a consultant, and frequent guest lecturer, where she speaks extensively on energy, economic and demographic factors affecting foreign policy, and US-Middle East relations, especially the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Ms. Williamson was a foreign service officer who served six presidents and achieved the rank of career minister. She was the senior foreign policy advisor to the energy secretary (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.
Ms. Williamson was principal deputy, then acting assistant secretary of state (1996-1999), International Organizations Bureau, responsible for the policy and programs affecting UN Security Council matters, peacekeeping, and humanitarian operations. She has had numerous postings in the Middle East, including chief of mission and consul general in Jerusalem during the Madrid Peace Process (1991-1993), 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, and numerous other awards.