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The AKS Core Brain Trust

Dr. John Alden

  • Thirty-three years experience as a highly successful Global 2000 consultant

  • World expert, thought leader and strategist in building performance-driven learning organizations

  • Broad knowledge of all aspects of business process management, human capital management, and workforce performance measurement

  • Ph.D., Statistics and Education, University of Illinois

Debra M. Amidon

  • Over 45 years executive experience in academia, government and industry in 38 countries on 6 continents

  • Recognized as an architect of the Knowledge Economy - responsible for numerous modern managerial concepts and practices including Knowledge Innovation Zones, Knowledge Economics, and Collaborative Advantage

  • Founder and leader of a globally acclaimed innovation research and strategy network of 180 theorists and practitioners across 67 nations

  • Author of hundreds of articles and 8 books in multiple languages, including The Innovation Superhighway, Knowledge Economics, and In Search of Innovation

  • M.Sc. (Sloan Fellow), Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., Columbia University Teachers’ College

Teresa Binghay Askari

  • Fifteen years experience in HRD, training, and business operations in global markets

  • Speaker/trainer/facilitator in a wide variety of KM-related topics, including MindMapping, business development, customer support, and DISC behavioral techniques

  • B.S., Cebu Doctors’ University, Philippines

Tom Beckman - Principal Knowledge Architect

  • Thirty-five years experience in managing, teaching and consulting in IT, business strategy, enterprise architectures, and government streamlining and modernization
  • Thought leader, author in knowledge management, competency management, and organizational learning
  • Graduate research at MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab
  • Adjunct faculty member, The George Washington University Institute for Knowledge and Innovation

Dr. Francesco Calabrese

  • Fifty years government, industry and academic experience in civil and geospatial engineering; telecommunications systems design, architecture and management; program management
  • CEO and senior consulting roles to technology and system integrator firms
  • Managing Director, The George Washington University Institute for Knowledge and Innovation
  • D.Sc. Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, The George Washington University (first GWU doctoral dissertation in knowledge management)

Kamal Faour

  • 20 years experience in organizational design & development, change management, knowledge management, program management, IT system implementation, business process re-engineering

  • Thought leader for strategic and transformational projects in the private and public sectors

  • Unique combination of knowledge management & balanced scorecard

  • Successful business development track record

  • MA, Applied Economics, American University; PMP, CKM

Cynthia Gayton, Esq.

  • Unique combination of expertise building upon ten years professional practice in knowledge management, intellectual property law, mergers and acquisitions, and complex antitrust litigation

  • Adjunct Professor of Engineering Law at The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Author of Legal Aspects of Engineering, 8th Edition, published by Kendall/Hunt

  • Volunteer attorney for the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts

  • Juris Doctor, George Mason University School of Law

Lou Ivey

  • 30 years experience in forming and managing associations and coalitions in support of international trade and economic development
  • Extensive lobbying experience on behalf of energy, telecommunications, transportation and manufacturing sector clients
  • Pioneered first major online upscale art auction site (1997)
  • Qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator administrator
  • B.A., English, Hendrix College

Bill Linn

  • 23 years engineering experience in the aerospace industry
  • Demonstrated leadership in knowledge management initiatives, including content management, business process management, value networks, and the design and deployment of virtual collaboration platforms
  • Past President, North Texas Chapter International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and Founder, Dallas/Ft. Worth KM Working Group
  • Master of Applied Science, Knowledge and Information Technology, University of Denver

Mona Mohamed

  • Extraordinary, diverse background in law, anthropology, and knowledge systems technology
  • Led numerous advocacy groups for women and children, especially in developing countries
  • 17 years experience in international and multicultural programs, with specialty in using knowledge as a means of conflict resolution and promoting personal growth
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.S., Information Systems Technology, The George Washington University

Dr. Arthur Murray - President/CEO

  • 30 years government, industry and academic experience in advanced information systems development, including over 20 years in knowledge systems engineering
  • Chief Fellow, and Co-Founder, Enterprise of the Future Program, The George Washington University Institute for Knowledge and Innovation
  • Honorary Chief Fellow, Billion Minds Foundation
  • D.Sc. Engineering Administration, The George Washington University

Manish Nandy

  • Twenty years senior-level experience in organization development, strategic change and learning/development in large multinational corporations (Xerox, IBM), key public sector agencies at federal and state levels, The World Bank, and major non-profit organizations
  • Extensive international experience in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Central and North America
  • M.A., Economics and Business, University of Calcutta

Dr. Joseph Okpaku, Sr.

  • Over 30 years professional experience in ICT development, strategies, and policies on a multi-national scale
  • President and CEO, Telecom Africa International Corporation
  • Highly respected consultant to the U.N., World Bank, and various governments
  • Creator of the African Regional Strategic Decision-Making Information System (U.N. Development Programme, African Futures Project)
  • Ph.D., Dramatic Literature and Theater History, and M.S., Structural Engineering, Stanford University

Dr. Saleh A. Osman

  • Fifteen years field experience in public policy reform research and long–term planning in developing and developed countries
  • Specializing in statistical analysis-based strategic policy and decision-making supported by predictive data modeling, data mining, econometric/macroeconomic modeling and system dynamics
  • Strategic advisor to governments making the transition to knowledge-based economies
  • Extensive research on long-term economic growth through R&D, intellectual capital development and knowledge generation
  • Ph.D. and M.A., Economics, Howard University

Oscar Rebollo

  • 15 years international experience in training and consulting for large global enterprises (KPMG, Motorola, WHO)
  • Pioneering knowledge management practices in organizations since 1994
  • Bilingual (English, Spanish) speaker, trainer and facilitator in knowledge management, organizational learning, six-sigma, program management, and cross-cultural negotiation
  • Contemporary History and Political Geography, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

Dr. Alfredo Revilak

  • 15 years international experience in information management for large organizations, focusing on multicultural and cross-sector issues, in USA, Germany, Brazil and Mexico
  • Experienced lecturer, trainer and facilitator
  • Specialization in intellectual capital management theory, implementation and audit
  • D.Sc., Knowledge Management, The George Washington University

Dr. Laramie Winczewski

  • Extraordinary, multi-disciplinary career spanning over 40 years
  • Expert motivator and problem solver, especially in situations where people, systems and organizations interact with and through technologies
  • Model social knowledge entrepreneur who understands the roles of the knowledge worker and the knowledge enterprise in the new economy
  • Ph.D. Geology, University of North Dakota

Eng. Jijie Zablan

  • 15 years experience as international consultant, project leader, trainer, speaker, facilitator and change agent
  • Human capital development policies, programs and schedules, integrated with enterprise knowledge systems and business processes
  • Workshop facilitator using MindMapping as a KM tool and DISC Profile model for understanding behavioral styles for use in management, sales, customer service, and team building
  • Develops and conducts train-the-trainer programs in communication and facilitation skills
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Santo Tomas


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