Our Board

Board of Directors

Dr. Jamie Younghee Sheen Dr. Jamie Younghee Sheen, Founder & CEO of naisA Global
Dr. Sheen is a social entrepreneur, author, former research Associate Professor at American University and an expert in the field of applied linguistics, second language acquisition and TESOL. She holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham (UK), and EdM and MA degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her BA degree is from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. She has authored a scholarly book on second language learning as well as published 14 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She also co-edited a prestigious academic journal by Cambridge University Press. She has received several research grants and given numerous talks and seminars at professional conferences around the world. She’s currently serving on the U.S. Student Fulbright National Screening Committee and also a member of several academic journal editorial boards as well as the University Club, DC and the National Press Club.
Tim_Hwang Tim Hwang, Founder & CEO, FiscalNote
Mr. Hwang is a technology entrepreneur and Senior Advisor for Government Innovation with experience building early-stage organizations and understanding complex policy issues. He currently serves as the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, revolutionizing the way organizations interact with open data. FiscalNote aggregates open and legal data from around the world and helps attorneys, government affairs, and compliance professionals operate their business and understand how the law impacts their industry. Launched in 2013 and raised over $18.3M in venture capital from NEA, Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, Renren, etc. Tim previously served as the President of the 750,000 member National Youth Association, launching its financial services arm and pushing the agenda of young Americans in healthcare, education, and energy. He also served as the founder of Articulance Consulting Group, helping to launch a data analytics platform for small restaurants and Operation Fly. Inc. – a national 501(c)(3) organization that served inner-city children in underprivileged areas around the country. Previously, he was elected to the MCPS Board of Education leading ed-tech initiatives and pushing data-based decision making in a large urban school district ($2.3 Billion Operating Budget) of over 150,000 students and 22,000 employees after serving as a Field Organizer for the Obama for America ’08 Campaign. www.timothyhwang.com
Gary CaoGary Cao, Director of Decision Science Analytics, EXPRESS
Mr. Cao is an analytics executive leader in decision analytics strategies and implementation. After building advanced analytics teams in multiple companies in a wide range of industries, he is now VP in Health Information Services & Analytics Strategy at Cardinal Health. He was an advisory board member of Direct Marketing Association’s Analytics Council (2007-2012) and a contributor to “The Future of Direct Marketing” (published by DMA in 2009). In addition to a Master’s degree in Technology Management from University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Cao holds an MBA from Tulane University, an MA in Economics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and a BA in Economics from Peking University.

Honorary Board

Dr. Young-Key Kim-RenaudDr. Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Professor Emeritus, George Washington University
Dr. Kim-Renaud is Professor of Korean Language, Culture and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She has received major research awards/grants and has been interviewed by various U.S. and Korean media, including the U.S. National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Korean KBS, MBC, YTN, and Segye Times. She was elected to the Cosmos Club in 2000. Dr. Kim-Renaud has also received numerous awards: the Republic of Korea Order of Cultural Merit, Jade Class (Taehanmin’guk Okkwan Munhwa Hunjang) for her life-time contribution to the advancement of Korean language and culture; the Samsung Life Foundation in Korea as the Woman of the Year for Public Service; and the “New Writer of the Year Award” from the Korean Literary Society of Washington in 2012.
Dr. Sachiko KunoDr. Sachiko Kuno, Co-Founder, President, & CEO, S&R Foundation
Dr. Sachiko Kuno studied biochemistry and biochemical engineering as one of a few Japanese female scientists. She obtained her Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan and has conducted post-doctoral research at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. In the mid-80s, Dr. Kuno joined her partner, Dr. Ryuji Ueno, and established R-Tech Ueno Ltd. in Japan to commercialize prostones, a class of functional fatty acids whose therapeutic potential was first identified by Dr. Ueno. Leading teams of talented scientists, Drs. Ueno and Kuno unlocked the therapeutic potential of prostones, leading to more than 650 international patents and successful launch of Rescula® eye drops, the first bioactive lipid ever used to treat glaucoma, in Japan.

Executive Committee

Cal SimmonsCal Simmons, DC Chair of Tiger 21
Mr. Simmons has 30 years of experience in building small businesses as a Founder, CEO, Director and Financier. He is also co-author of “Every Business Needs an Angel” (Random House 2001). He is interested in acquisition opportunities or partners willing to build companies.
Simon ChanSimon Chan, President & General Counsel of SBC Food Corporation
Mr. Chan has been practicing law in the District of Columbia and Maryland for 5 years. Mr. Chan is currently the General Counsel of SBC Food Corporation. SBC is a wholesale food distribution business that supplies over 200 restaurants in the D.C. Metropolitan area.
Les JohnsonLes Johnson, Board Member, Chicago Economic Society, Booth School
Mr. Johnson has over 30 years experience leading and managing operations in the federal and state government and private sector. He has excellent working relationships with multiple government departments, associations and companies in the US and internationally.
Mark TeitelbaumMark Teitelbaum, Vice President of CBRE
Mr. Teitelbaum is an active business investor and is a first VP with CBRE specializing in tenant representation. He has 30 years of commercial real estate experience. His clients include local and national professional firms, corporations and non-profit organizations. Throughout the last 30 years, Mr. Teitelbaum has participated in many entrepreneurial ventures and is currently a principal in various business and real estate ventures. He also sits on several boards in the capacity of Director and/or Advisor.
Duke ChungDuke Chung, Founder of Parature
Mr. Chung leads all aspects of the company’s global marketing strategies and corporate strategy to include overall branding initiatives and programs, product packaging and marketing, strategic alliances, and corporate development. He co-founded Parature with a vision to provide superior customer support software accessible via the Internet.
Bruce GoldbergBruce Goldberg, Partner at PwC
Mr. Goldberg is a Partner in the US firm since 1989, seconded to Seoul in May of 2009 and is now the Deputy Assurance Leader- Global for Samil PwC. He is responsible for delivering high quality, and at times highly complex, audits and business advice toclients across many industries. In this career, he has managed diverse teams, for clients from start-upsto Fortune 100 organizations. He has extensive experience with SEC registrants and companies with global operations. Mr.Goldberg has assisted clients in numerous private and public capital raising activities, was the principle author of PwC’s Roadmap for an IPO: A Guide to Going Public, and has provided expert witness testimony on matters related to mergers and acquisitions. His responsibilities have also included being the market industry leader for Technology clients (1995-2002) and as a Risk Management Partner (2002 to present). He has been a team captain for numerous PwC -US internal quality reviews, PwC Global quality reviews and peer reviews of other Big 4 accounting firms. In May 2009 he moved to Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers and is the Deputy Assurance Leader-Global. In addition to being part of the quality team at Samil PwC, Mr.Goldberg is the Global Relationship Partner for a global consumer electronics company. He also serves as a key member of the team that connects Samil PwC with the rest of the PwC network.
James HahnDr. James Hahn, Professor of Biochemistry, The George Washington University
Dr. Hahn is currently a full professor and the former chair of the Department of Computer Science at The George Washington University where he has been a faculty since 1989. He is the founding director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Computer Graphics. His areas of interests are: medical simulation, image-guided surgery, medical informatics, visualization, and motion control. He has over 20 years of experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams involving scientists, engineers, and medical professionals. His research has been funded by NIH, NSF, ONR, NRL, NASA, and a number of high-tech biomedical companies. He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Informations Science from the Ohio State University in 1989.
Jim LiewDr. Jim Liew, Professor of Finance, Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School
Dr. Liew is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he teaches a range of courses in finance, specializing in hedge funds, wealth management, and fixed income. Dr. Liew completed his undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, earning his B.A. in Mathematics. He then moved on to complete his M.Phil and Ph.D. in Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. He has worked as a quantitative strategist for Morgan Stanley, VP of the Carlyle Asset Management Group, a principal investment officer for the World Bank, and is currently CEO of JKL Capital Management, LLC.
Elizabeth Cho-Fertikh, PhDDr. Elizabeth Cho-Fertikh, Founder, ECF BioSolutions
Elizabeth Cho-Fertikh, PhD is Founder of ECF Biosolutions, a life sciences consulting practice specializing in therapeutic and medical device start-up company growth and development. The practice provides non-dilutive and dilutive fundraising, preclinical – clinical stage testing and business development counsel. The consulting team is comprised of MDs and PhDs with expertise in oncology, surgery, neuroradiology, immunology and psychology. Dr. Cho-Fertikh’s commercialization expertise is grounded in 25+ years in cancer research, grants administration of therapeutic technology development programs for the Department of Defense and Cancer Prevention Institute of Texas, and science and business development positions at biotech start-ups. She is an Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology, a Board Observer for Kitotech Medical, and a member of the DC-CAAG angel investor group. She recently co-founded Carillon Biopharma, a cancer nanotechnology venture, for which she serves as CEO. Dr. Cho-Fertikh obtained her BS from Johns Hopkins, her MS from Georgetown and her PhD from Thomas Jefferson University.
Sim KhanSim Khan, Founder, Brimble & Clark
Sim Khan is an attorney-turned menswear entrepreneur who left the practice of law to build a custom clothing brand that has now earned high praise from Details Magazine, the Washington Post, NBC and ABC News and has attracted a slew of celebrity clients including everyone from Redskins players Kirk Cousins and Pierre Garcon to the stars of the Twilight Saga and X-Men movies, along with top-10 charting recording artists like Diplo and DJ Snake among many others.

Advisors

Andy MengAndy Meng
Mr. Meng has more than 12 years of strategy and analytical experience spanning over industries including Insurance, Financial Services, Telecommunication and Public Sector. Experience encompasses a broad array of analytical initiatives including predictive modeling, enterprise segmentation, underwriting, campaign design and measurement, primary research including acquisition strategy, response and conversion modeling, premium and claim loss modeling, pricing strategy and price elasticity study, credit risk control, credit policy design, account level prospect and customer life time valuation, segment based prospect and customer valuation, measurement and reporting. Known for thought leadership on strategy design and business application of advanced analytics with the end goal to deliver the optimal business results under constraints. Frequent speaker at leading industry conferences and forums. He has a MS and PhD from University of Texas at Dallas.
Bay FangBay Fang
Ms. Fang is an award-winning journalist and former diplomat, with experience in communications and foreign policy. Now focusing on issues in Asia, she served until recently in the Obama administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, overseeing public diplomacy and public affairs for Europe and Eurasia.
She comes from an 11-year career in journalism, most recently as the Diplomatic Correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Prior to that, she covered the wars in Afghanistan (2001-2002) and Iraq (2003-2004) for US News and World Report magazine. She started her career as the Beijing Bureau Chief for US News and World Report, where she won the Robert F. Kennedy journalism award for her story “China’s Stolen Wives.” She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, was a visiting fellow at Oxford University and a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong.
Bill Liu Bill Liu
Mr. Liu is currently VP of NaviAsia Group, Executive Director for North America of Hurun Report, and the Founder of Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago-West. He is a global business development executive adept at identifying, assessing, securing, and growing clients through outstanding networking capabilities and quality deliverables. He has served on the board of Standard Rubber Products Co. since 2007 and was previously Global eBusiness Manager for Bells Labs Lucent Technologies. As well as an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois, Bill was the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence, Waste Management Inc. in 1990. He holds an MBA in Marketing, Finance, and International Business from Northwestern University.
Dr. J.R. Reagan Dr. J.R. Reagan
Dr. Reagan is Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL). The company has revenue of $34B, over 210,000 employees and operates in more than 150 countries. As the senior-most information protection officer, he leads the next-generation design of the global security organization. In addition to his role at Deloitte, he serves on the Faculty at Johns Hopkins University (Carey Business School), Cornell University (Johnson Graduate School of Management) and Columbia University (Graduate Studies Mentor). He holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Shenandoah University and has been a guest lecturer on Innovation, Cybersecurity, Analytics and Marketing at Harvard, Wharton, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Northwestern, American and Southern Methodist Universities.
Dr. Lode MissiaenDr. Lode Missiaen
Dr. Missiaen is the Founder of Luciad, served as Group CEO from 1999 to 2012 and currently one of the Luciad Group Board of Directors. As CEO, Dr. Missiaen initiated and executed a strategy to focus on product excellence and fit for the highest demanding industries. His actions established Luciad’s presence in Aviation and Defense markets, and led the company to sustained growth and profitability. Before founding Luciad, he was a senior scientist at NATO in The Hague, in the Netherlands. He was also a research assistant of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, a researcher at Imperial College in London and a fellow at SRI International in Menlo Park, CA. Dr. Missiaen holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Computer Science, both from the University of Leuven.
Mingu LeeDr. Mingu Lee
Dr. Lee is VP at Samsung SDS America to lead the company’s Government B2B focusing on enterprise mobility. At Samsung SDS America, he worked as VP of Strategy and Business Development, and VP of Public Sector. Before joining Samsung in 2010, he worked as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Lockheed Martin Environmental and Technology Services (E&TS) Line of Business (LoB). He also worked as senior project manager and software engineer at Northrop Grumman, where he developed, integrated, and maintained various enterprise systems for the US Department of Defense. He serves on board of TALK Youth Leadership and the Korea-U.S. Science Cooperation Center. He received Ph.D. in systems engineering from George Washington University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (Summa Cum Laude) from the Ohio State University, as well as master’s degree in information and telecommunication systems from Johns Hopkins University.
Henry Tam Jr.Henry Tam, Jr.
Mr. Tam is Managing Director of Financial Services at Neustar Inc., an innovator in real-time information services and analytics based in Washington, D.C. Previously he was previsouly VP and General Manager of Mobile Self-Service at Millennial Media, where he led revenue growth globally, growing the business to a multi-million dollar operation in 10 months. As former VP and General Manager at Atlantic Media, he led the company’s global Innovation Center accelerating digital innovation and development across a host of publications. He is also Co-Founder and former CEO of American Learning Network LLC, a digital and live training platform for international executives. Mr. Tam has extensive experience in Asia, holding roles in business development, sales, and investments for the international departments of AOL, the World Bank, and The Washington Post. A Fulbright Scholar, he holds a degree in Economics from Columbia University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Hiroaki KuwajimaHiroaki Kuwajima
Mr. Kuwajima is the CFO at Aoyama Shachu Corporation, a Japanese policy advisory and consultancy firm. His policy expertise is in Japanese political economy. Previously, as a Senior Associate for Dream Incubator in Tokyo, he provided strategy consulting for top-tier Japanese corporations in multiple industries (IT, Healthcare, Electronics and Private Equity), especially focusing on globalizing clients’ operations in Asia. As a senior trader for Mitsubishi Corporation he led a multi-national team worldwide, managing African coffee sales while collaborating with governments and NGOs, achieving sales and profit increases in the millions. He is an Eisenhower Fellow, where his research on U.S. Business-Government Dynamics allowed him extensive contact with the corporate affairs departments of global companies including IBM, Boeing, Toyota, Honda, Microsoft, among others. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and MPA at Harvard Kennedy School, and also holds a Bachelor in Economics from University of Tokyo.
Jim KelmanJim Kelman
Mr. Kelman is the Director of Exchange Programs at the Korea-US Science Cooperation Center, running the WEST program – a bilateral exchange program between the United States and the Republic of Korea, as well as other cultural exchanges. Prior to that, he served in the State Department as a Public Diplomacy Officer in Washington and at several Embassies throughout the world. He is a Founding Director of the Korea Club of Washington, and a member of the Public Diplomacy Council, the National Press Club and the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association.
Ken KuangKen Kuang
Mr. Kuang is a successful business owner, seasoned senior executive, Amazon Best Seller and one of the Most Admired CEO’s in San Diego. Mr. Kuang followed his entrepreneurial dream and started his own company in 2004. Now Torrey Hills Technologies has grown to a leader in the supply of quality microelectronics packaging components, such as copper tungsten heat sinks, to major manufacturers. From 2004-2013, Mr. Kuang led Torrey Hills to Rank #188 in INC500 Fast Growing Private Companies in America and Rank #2 in San Diego Business Journal 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in San Diego. Mr. Kuang was a three time finalist for the Most Admired CEO in San Diego. The company is now shipping world-wide to more than 60 countries. Mr. Kuang has been a long-term member of International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS). He served as IMAPS National VP of Membership. Mr. Kuang is recognized as an industry expert in RF/MW packaging, presenting many times in packaging conferences and winning the Best Session Paper in IMAPS 2000, Best Symposium Paper in ICEPT 2003, IMAPS President Awards in 2008 & 2012 and IMAPS Fellow of the Society in 2014. Mr. Kuang received 2013 Tibbetts Award in White House on May 16, 2013, cited for Excellence in Small Business Innovation Research
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Kenneth LenchKenneth Lench
Mr. Lench is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Government & Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on representing, and conducting internal investigations for, U.S. and foreign financial services and public companies relating to matters before government law enforcement agencies. Prior to joining Kirkland, Ken served for 23 years in several positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including as Chief of the Structured and New Products Unit. There, he supervised wide-ranging investigations into markets for complex securities, resulting in $1.7 billion in recovered funds for investors. Ken also spearheaded the SEC’s major auction rate securities matters, which resulted in some of the largest settlements in SEC history and provided for more than $60 billion in liquidity to tens of thousands of investors. Ken has spoken at several legal conferences in Asia and other international venues, and was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School.
Lay Nam Chang Dr. Lay Nam Chang
Dr. Chang is the former Dean of the College of Science at Virginia Tech and Professor of Physics. Prior to this position, Dr. Chang was the Chair of the Department of Physics since 1995. He joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1978 after working on the physics faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for 7 years. Dr. Chang has conducted research at MIT and the University of Chicago and has been a visiting scientist or visiting instructor at institutions of higher education in Denmark, British Columbia, Singapore, and the United States. Since earning a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, he has written extensively for refereed journals and has published numerous reports on his work.
Lewis SaretLewis Saret, General Counsel of naisA Global
Mr. Saret is an attorney practicing in the area of federal taxation, with particular emphasis on estate and business succession planning, based in the DC metropolitan area. He is Chair and former Vice-Chair of the Fiduciary Income Tax Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. In the past, he has also served as Vice-Chair or Chair on a number of committees including the Asset Protection Planning Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the ABA. He’s a prolific author and frequent speaker on tax and estate planning issues, co-authoring numerous books including Asset Protection Strategies: Tax and Legal Aspects and Valuation of Closely Held Businesses: Tax and Legal Aspects. He’s also the co-founder of the Wealth Strategies Journal, an online journal pioneering to provide quality wealth management guidance available to the general public.
Paul Y. SongDr. Paul Y. Song, M.D.
Dr. Song is a physician, healthcare activist, and biotechnology executive who currently serves as the Executive Chairman of the Courage Campaign, a progressive online organization of 900,000 members. He is on the faculty at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and is the Chief Medical Officer of ATGen Global, a privately held biotech company with a focus on immunosurveilance. Dr. Song is also a Senior Adviser at Berg Pharma, where he previously served as its Chief Medical Officer for the company’s first 4 years. Dr. Song serves on the executive board of Physicians for a National Health Program California, Liberty in North Korea, People for the American Way, and The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, and was just named as an alternate to the California Coastal Commission by Speaker John Perez. Dr. Song graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his M.D. degree from George Washington University. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Chicago and did a brachytherapy fellowship at the Institute Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France.
Ruchira AgrawalRuchira Agrawal
Ms. Agrawal is a sales and marketing executive and comes to us with 20 years of experience in building revenue, relationships and brands in business to business and business to consumer sectors. She has worked extensively in business development, offline and online marketing, putting together teams and has a strong track record of adding value to companies. Currently, she consults with start-ups and mid size companies in Internet, Career/Talent, Hospitality and progressive educational non-profit space. Ruchira holds an MBA from IGNOU, India, a certification in Marketing from The Wharton School as well as a certification in Inspiring Leadership from Case Western Reserve University. She has written several business and career related articles and has been published in online outlets such as NYtimes.com, Monster.com and Examiner.com.
Thomas Ghel Thomas Ghel
Mr. Ghel is currently Attorney of Counsel at Locke Lord LLP, the CEO of Blue Ribbon Management, and President of Bescon Electronics Company. Previously he was Attorney of Counsel at Clark Hill PLC and VP of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility for Coachmen Industries, Inc. As well as achieving the AV Preeminent peer review rating—the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards—he was selected in 2013 as a Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental, & Natural Resources. He holds a Masters in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota, and a law degree from Marquette University Law School.