AMBASSADOR DENNIS HAYS, United StatesHennis Hays

Vice President, Director of Government Relations, and Corporate Secretary

Dennis K. Hays is a retired career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service. Ambassador Hays joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1976 and served overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, and South America. He also worked as an advance man for Presidential and Vice-Presidential visits overseas, and was twice elected President of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the union and professional voice of the Foreign Service worldwide.

Ambassador Hays was the Coordinator for Cuban Affairs at the Department of State from 1993 to 1995 and served as Director of the Office for Mexican Affairs the following year. He was the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname from February 1997 to June 2000. After leaving government service, Amb. Hays was the Executive Vice President of the Cuban American National Foundation from July 2000 to October 2003 and Managing Director of the Washington D.C. based Global and Government Affairs practice of Tew Cardenas, LLP until joining Novastar in July 2006.

Ambassador Hays has been awarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award four times (1981, 1987, 1991 and 1995) and the Meritorious Honor Award once (1979). He received the Christian Herter Award for Intellectual Courage in 1996 and the Order of the Palm from the Republic of Suriname in 2000.

Mr. Hays earned an undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of Florida and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. He is also a 1993 graduate of the National War College.



Said Tayeb Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, is the Chairman of the Foundation for Afghanistan, a non-profit organization that focuses on increasing human capacity and intercultural dialogue in Afghanistan, and Chief Executive Officer of Capitalize LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in the investment, security and political environments of Afghanistan and the greater Gulf region. Ambassador Jawad also recently became a member of the International Advisory Council in the Global Political Strategies group at APCO Worldwide, an international strategic communications consultancy. Ambassador Jawad holds two positions in the academic community: he recently joined the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University as Diplomat in Residence and was named the inaugural Fisher Family Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In both of these capacities, he engages students and colleagues in a number of forums and public speaking events on the future of Afghanistan.

Ambassador Jawad served as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States from December 2003 to September 2010. Under his leadership, the Embassy of Afghanistan emerged as one of the most successful missions in Washington, D.C. He also served as Afghanistan’s non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. A fluent speaker of English, German and French, Ambassador Jawad was educated at the Afghan French Lycée Esteqial and School of Law and Political Sciences at Kabul University and later at Westfaelische Wilhelms University in Muenster, Germany. He earned his MBA from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco and subsequently worked for a number of prominent law firms in the United States.

 AMBASSADOR ZORAN  JOLEVSKI, MacedoniaAmb. Dr. Zoran Jolevski. Republic of Macedonia

Zoran Jolevski was appointed ambassador of Macedonia to the United States in March, 2007. Ambassador Jolevski previously served as chief of party for the Macedonian Business Environment Activity (2007-present) and to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Compliance Activity (2004-06)—both USAID-funded projects. A professor for the European University (2003-present), he has also served as secretary-general of the Macedonian president’s Cabinet and chief advisor to the economy minister on WTO accession (2000-04), as well as secretary of the Macedonian Permanent Mission to the WTO and the United Nations in Geneva (1994-98). In addition, Ambassador Jolevski held several postings in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including deputy national coordinator on humanitarian issues for Kosovo refugees, WTO accession and other international trade and financial affairs, and secretary to the Coordination Group on Ex-Yugoslavia Succession Issues. He is also a member of several company management boards, spoken at various international conferences and forums, and the author of numerous books and articles.Ambassador Jolevski holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s of science degree in law, and a doctorate in international economy from the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Macedonia, as well as a postgraduate diploma from the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. He speaks English, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian and French.


AMBASSADOR JADRANKA NEGODIC,  Bosnia and  Herzegovinajadranka-negodic PICTURE USE

Ambassador  Jadranka Negodić earned a law degree at the University of Sarajevo in 1979. During the breakup of Yugoslavia and the Bosnian War, she fled Sarajevo to the relative safety of Dubrovnik, Croatia. After the war, she took a job at the new Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which made sense to her because she “had always enjoyed travel and contact with other people.” Few of Bosnia’s diplomats had served under the Yugoslavian regime, and with no formal diplomatic academy Negodić got on-the-job training, including opportunities when she visited the foreign affairs ministries in Japan, Turkey the US, Italy and Greece Early on she headed the Department for Neighboring Countries, which required her legal expertise in dealing with post-conflict issues such as border delimitation, restitution of property and refugees, with the former Yugoslav republics of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Kosovo.

Negodić served as minister-counsellor at the Bosnian embassy in London, UK, from 2003 to 2006. After that posting, she returned home to serve as assistant minister of foreign affairs from 2007 to 2008. In January 2008, Negodić was appointed head of Bosnia’s mission to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. During her tenure, Bosnia signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU on June 16, 2008, which set Bosnia on the road toward EU membership. She returned to London in December 2008 to serve as ambassador to the UK until 2012.

LISA STOCKLEY, Head of  Office ,  Consul and Trade Commissioner , Consulate of Canada

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Lisa Stockley is directly responsible for providing leadership on the planning and delivery of a high-profile, integrated program to advocate Canadian commercial, economic, and political interests and to develop innovative strategies for the identification and implementation of business opportunities in high technology sectors, in the San Diego area. Canada currently ranks as California’s third-largest trading partner and San Diego’s largest export market. Southern California offers enormous potential for Canadian hi-tech businesses. The Consulate provides expertise and assistance in a number of specialized technology-based sectors, including ICT (wireless, health IT, software, nanotechnology, etc.), life sciences (biotechnology, health IT, medical devices), aerospace & defense, and Clean Technology. From a public affairs point of view, the Consulate of Canada seeks to promote understanding of issues such as Canada’s commitment to the fight against terrorism and the importance of enhancing the close cooperation between Canada and the United States. Previous to her responsibilities as Consul,  Lisa worked for the Consulate of Canada, San Francisco for 5+ years, covering the Digital Media, Gaming and Cleantech sectors. Lisa holds a BES from the University of Waterloo


SENOR JOSE  GALICOT ,  President & CEO  Tijuana Innovadora, Mexicoconsejo-jose-galicot

José Galicot Behar, President of Tijuana Innovadora, A.C. is a well-known philanthropist and  businessman who has been recognized because of his efforts to promote a good image for Tijuana and due to his work which has fortified the local economy. He graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)  as a Civil Engineer, and he studied Economy at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC). He is part of the Economic Development Council of Tijuana, president of Comité de Imagen de Tijuana and he presided the Economic Coordination Council/Consejo Coordinador Empresarial. He is a poet and a writer; he has been a columnist publishing his work at Semanario Zeta.Together with Alejandro Bustamante and Tomas Perrín, in October, 2010, he made possible the first edition of Tijuana Innovadora, with the participation of international figures, his main objective was to promote within and outside the country, the diversity of talent and development that are born in Tijuana and exported all over the world.

PATRICK DRINAN,PH.D. Dean Emeritus University of  San Diego,CA,  United  Statesimages

Patrick Drinan is a Dean Emeritus and Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of San Diego.  His most recent research has been on national and international education policies involving academic integrity.  He is a past president of the Center for Academic integrity and of the San Diego World Affairs Council.  He and his wife, Mary Ann, currently reside in Escondido, California.  Dr. Drinan received his Ph.D. in 1972 at the University of Virginia with his dissertation covering economic and political debates in the Soviet Union.  He taught at Fort Hays State University in the l970′s and moved to the University of San Diego to chair the Department of Political Science in 1981.  He became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USD in l989 and retired as dean in 2006 to return to teaching.


 MICHAEL DERSHOWITZ, JD, Attorney at  Law,  La Jolla, CA, United Statesdershowitx_cropped_c5qw-1

Michael Dershowitz served at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as a Senior Attorney for 30 years. He is an experienced investigator, litigator, negotiator and speaker.  For several years, Michael served as FTC’s liaison to FDA and EPA. He is an expert in advertising law, consumer protection, antitrust and federal regulatory law, with a focus on FTC and FDA defense and regulatory compliance.

In 2003, Mr. Dershowitz entered private practice and now specializes in consulting with individuals and companies regarding federal regulatory matters. For three years, he served as Chief Compliance Officer with Seasilver USA, Inc., a major dietary supplement company that was operating under FTC order.  Michael led the company out of receivership and into compliance with all FTC and FDA rules and regulations. Working closely with management, Michael reviewed all advertising and labeling, and consulted regularly with FTC and FDA staff to enable the company to resolve all outstanding issues.

Mr. Dershowitz now consults with other dietary supplement companies and other businesses and attorneys regarding false and misleading advertising claims, mergers, class action lawsuits, franchises, endorsements, sweepstakes, rebates, Internet advertising and FDA prescription and OTC drug labeling requirements.

At FTC, Michael was involved in a large number of cases regarding a wide variety of product areas –energy, oil and gas, the environment, drugs, dietary supplements, and cosmetics, as well as new technology. (Michael’s complete FTC Case List is available on this website.) In the environmental area alone, Michael was lead attorney in drafting the Commission’s Guidelines for Environmental Advertising, and brought more than thirty cases involving misleading environmental claims. Michael is expert in the whole range of FTC inquiry, investigation, litigation, negotiation, and remedies available to FTC. He was responsible for negotiating dozens of settlements with companies and obtaining millions of dollars in consumer refunds.


ERIC MILLER, Vice President, Policy, Innovation and Competitiveness at Canadian Council of Chief Executives
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Eric Miller joined the CCCE as Vice President, Policy, Innovation and Competitiveness in March 2013. He served most recently as Industry Canada’s representative at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. During this time he served as a member of Canada’s team that developed the 2011 Beyond the Border Action Plan. Prior to this he acted as a Washington advisor for the Canadian Government’s investments in the 2009 restructuring of the North American auto industry. Working as a consultant between 1996-2005 with the Integration and Trade Development Department of the Inter-American Development Bank, he advised governments throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on trade negotiations and trade development strategies. During this period Eric worked on free trade negotiations between the United States and Central America, Panama, Peru and Colombia.

Dr. Hans Jürgen Wendler Consul General (ret) , Germany Hans  Juergen Wendler           Born in Hamburg/Germany, 1972-2005: member of Germany`s Diplomatic Service in Bonn/Germany andBerlin/Germany with postings at the German Embassies in Dublin/Ireland (1975), Paris/France(1976-80), Tel Aviv/Israel (1984-87, and again – during the Gulf War – in 1991) and Rome/Italy (1991-97) – 1978. Studied History and English at the Universities of Hamburg/Germany, Vienna/Austria, Southampton/England and at Southern Illinois University (SIU)/Carbondale, IL .Graduate Assistant in German at SIU . Master of Arts at SIU (History and English, with a thesis on “The American Revolution and Democracy”) Lecturer in History and German at SIU State examination for teachers, University of Hamburg/Germany .Lecturer at the Academy of Economics and Politics in Hamburg/Germany (with field studies in Peru and Thailand) . Postgraduate studies at the German Development Institute (with field studies in Bolivia) –  Doctorate (PhD) in History, English and Political Science at the University of Hamburg/Germany (with a doctoral dissertation on the immigration policy of the United States of America) – 1988: attended Prof. Fisher`s Negotiation Seminar at Harvard Law School, Cambrige, Mass. – 2001-2005: Consul General of Germany in Los Angeles, CA, with responsibilities for California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Utah – since 2005: living in Berlin/Germany and active in the field of international economic and cultural cooperation – Spring quarter of 2007: guest lecturer at the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) at the University of California in San Diego – since 2008: Lecturer in the FU BEST program, Berlin.


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