Our Board

Mrs. Shannon Fairbanks - Chairman

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SAFShannon Fairbanks is the Founder and Chairman of the Fairbanks Investment Fund, a U.S. private equity fund, investing in middle market manufacturing companies in France and the Benelux countries which seek strategic growth in global markets. Fairbanks is currently Chairman of the boards of Clarion Industries, U.S., and ProteoNic, the Netherlands, and a Board member of Invectys S.A., and Routin S.A., France, and ERA Group, U.S. Fairbanks was most recently Lead Director of ING Direct, U.S., through its $9 billion sale to Capital One Bank.

Fairbanks formerly served in a number of high level U.S. government positions, including as Executive Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the major U.S. federal bank regulatory agency for the U.S. savings and loan industry, during the “S&L Crisis” (from 1983 to 1987); as Deputy Assistant Director for Economic Policy on the White House Domestic Policy Staff of President Ronald Reagan (from 1981 to 1983); and as a Presidential Appointee on the founding board of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), until 1994.

Fairbanks is currently a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the French-American Foundation, New York (2002–present), has served as a Board member of the French-American Foundation, France (2006–2010); is a member of the National Committee of the Aspen Music Festival (2001–present); and of the International Women’s Forum, Washington, D.C. (1996–present).

Fairbanks graduated from Newton College of the Sacred Heart (Boston) B.A. Philosophy, and received double Masters’ degrees in Public Policy from Columbia University in 1979.

The Honorable Richard H. Solomon - Vice Chairman

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board_fairbanks Richard H. Solomon is currently a Senior Fellow at the RAND Corporation. Between 1993 and 2012 he served as president of the U.S. Institute of Peace, a congressionally established and funded organization. He led the Institute’s growth into a nationally recognized center of international conflict management analysis and applied programs around the world.

Prior to his tenure at the Institute of Peace, Solomon was assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1989 to 1992. In that position he negotiated the Cambodia peace agreement (the first United Nations Security Council conflict settlement), had a leading role in the dialogue on nuclear issues between the United States and South and North Korea, helped establish the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation initiative, and led U.S. negotiations with Japan, Mongolia, and Vietnam on important bilateral matters.

In 1992-93 Solomon served as U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, where he coordinated the closure of the U.S. naval facilities and developed a new framework for bilateral and regional security cooperation. Solomon previously served as director of policy planning in the State Department (1986-89), and as a senior staff member of the National Security Council (1971-76), where he participated in the normalization of relations with China. He began his career in 1966 as professor of political science at the University of Michigan. He also served for a decade as head of the Political Science Department at the RAND Corporation (1976-86).

In 1995, Solomon was awarded the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service, and he has received awards for policy initiatives from the governments of Korea and Thailand, and the Cambodian community in the U.S. In 2005 he received the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey career award for “notable public service by a political scientist”. In October 2012 his public service and intellectual leadership were recognized by an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters conferred by Whittier College.

Solomon holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published eight books on a range of topics related to international affairs.

The Honorable John E. Chapoton - Director

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John E. Chapoton has been a partner of Brown Advisory, an investment firm based in Baltimore, MD, since 2001. Mr. Chapoton is in charge of the Washington, DC office of the firm. Prior to 2001, he was the managing partner of the Washington office of the Vinson & Elkins law firm.

From 1981 to 1984, during the first term of President Reagan, Mr. Chapoton served as Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy of the U.S. Treasury Department. In that position he served as the Administration’s principal spokesman before the Congressional tax-writing committees. During his tenure, three significant tax acts were passed: the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981; the Tax Equity & Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982; and the Deficit Recovery Act of 1984. Until his departure from the Treasury Department in August 1984, Mr. Chapoton chaired the task force that developed the initial tax proposals that later became the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

Mr. Chapoton graduated with honors from the University of Texas and the University of Texas Law School. A frequent speaker on the subjects of federal taxation and fiscal policy and the political climate for tax legislative initiatives, he is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association’s Tax Section (former Vice Chair), and a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel (former Regent). In addition to Layalina, Mr. Chapoton serves on the Boards of Saul Centers, Inc. (NYSE) and StanCorp Financial (NYSE).

The Honorable Melvyn J. Estrin - Director

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estrinMr. Estrin is Chairman and CEO of University Research Co., LLC (URC). URC is involved in HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and healthcare delivery in 40 countries including parts of Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Estrin is on the Board of Directors for Chem-Link, LLC; University Research Co.,LLC; Washington Gas Light Company, and Center for Human Services. He served as Chairman and CEO of two Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Estrin served as Chairman and CEO of FoxMeyer Drug Co., Phar-Mor, Inc., American Health Services Inc., and Director of Spectro Industries, a major pharmaceutical distributor. Mr. Estrin was a founder and Chairman of First Women’s Bank of Maryland. He served on the Board and the Executive and Loan Committee of American Security Bank and Trust Company and MNC Financial Corporation (founder of MBNA). Mr. Estrin was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to be Commissioner of the National Capital Planning Commission and a Trustee to the John F. Kennedy Center by President George W. Bush. He is currently a Trustee Emeritus and a member of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts. He is a current member of The Economic Club of Washington, WPO/YPO, CEO, and the Drug Enforcement Foundation. He served as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Business Round Table.

Mr. Estrin is a Tony nominee as Producer of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hurlyburly and Blood Knot. He is a Trustee of Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance, and holds a Masters degree from American University. He was recipient of the 1986 Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award and of the 1994 Joseph Wharton Award.

Mr. Woods Fairbanks – Director

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woodsfairbanks Mr. Fairbanks is an experienced archivist and a technology venture capital investor. He obtained his B.S. in Business Economics at Sophia University (Tokyo), his MLIS degree at the University of Washington 
(Seattle) and his post master’s ARM degree at Western Washington University. He is currently an investor in and Director of Clarion Industries, the only U.S. consolidated laminate and boards manufacturer. He was formerly Echo Archives Manager at Microsoft, a Software Test Engineer at Windows International, a Technology Manager at Walt Disney Enterprises (Tokyo) and a Financial Analyst at Salomon Brothers.

Dr. Raja Kamal - Director

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kamalDr. Kamal is the Senior Vice President at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Previously, Kamal was the Senior Associate Dean at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, prior to which he served as Director of New Initiatives and International Development at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. During his sixteen years at Harvard, Dr. Kamal internationalized the activities of the Kennedy School and negotiated dozens of programs with governments and private sector organizations.

An economist by training, Dr. Kamal was an adjunct professor of economics and international business at Boston University. He holds advanced graduate degrees in economics, mass communication, and administrative sciences and is a frequent contributor to newspapers in the United States and abroad. He has contributed editorials on global affairs to the Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, USA Today, Middle East Times and The Daily Star, among many others. His work has also been published in Arabic, Chinese, German, French, Russian and Spanish newspapers.

Mr. Eli Khoury - Director

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EliKhouryMr. Khoury is a strategic communications specialist seasoned in corporate and government image and brand development. He is acknowledged as having raised the standard of communications in the MENA region as a result of the practices he introduced.

Born in Beirut in 1960, Eli started his career at the early age of 17 as an editorial cartoonist publishing controversial political cartoons during the first chapters of Lebanon’s civil war. In 1980, he moved to Los Angeles where he studied Communication Arts.

Returning to his native country at the close of the war in 1990, Khoury began harnessing his talents into the advertising industry. In 1992, he launched the Saatchi & Saatchi Levant agency, which shortly after became one of the largest recipients of advertising awards in the region.

In 2000, he launched Quantum Communications, a policy and strategic communications advisory that evolved into an undisputed regional reference in socio-political reforms and counter terror communication. Ultimately, both companies expanded to become part of Quantum Group. Yet, while catering to a new advertising world in ever-changing times, the agency switched global networks towards M&C Saatchi Worldwide in 2010.

The Group currently hosts Brand Central, the branding and strategic design firm; Vertical Middle East, a regional media planning and buying agency; Firehorse Productions, a television content company; and Mercury, the Group’s nascent digital publishing arm.

Throughout the years, Khoury embraced communications from a democratic entrepreneurship and socio-political consciousness perspective. Hence, he naturally found himself at the forefront of the battle of ideas in the post-September 11 world order.

A liberal democrat and a citizen and patriot of Lebanon, Eli was among the key planners and promoters of the 2005 Cedar Revolution and its ensuing pro-independence March 14 Movement, which ended Syria’s decades long occupation of Lebanon and initiated the restoration of Lebanon’s sovereignty. He has equally co-founded the Washington-based Lebanon Renaissance Foundation out of his belief in strengthening US-Lebanese bilateral relations. Khoury also kicked off Beirut’s influential web portal, Now Lebanon, and has co-published the Beirut Spring with veteran journalist Ghassan Tweini of An Nahar.

The Honorable Tom Korologos - Director

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korologosAmbassador Korologos started out as a journalist with the New York Herald Tribune, the Long Island Press, the Salt Lake Tribune, and the Associated Press. He was a U.S. Air Force officer from 1956 to 1957. He earned his B.A. degree at the University of Utah and in 1958, an M.S. degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he received the Grantland Rice Fellowship and a Pulitzer Fellowship. From 1962 to 1971 he worked for Wallace F. Bennett of Utah. He served in the Nixon and Ford presidential administrations, and has worked closely with President George W. Bush.

Amb. Korologos has had a wide and varied Washington, DC experience. He has served as a senior staff member in the U.S. Congress, as an assistant to two Presidents in the White House, was a prominent businessman, and most recently was a senior counselor with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad. He was Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium from 2004 to 2007. In addition, he was a long-time member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors that has jurisdiction over all non-military U.S. Government radio and TV broadcasting overseas.

Mr. Frederick B. Whittemore – Director

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WhittemoreCSISAdvisory Director at Morgan Stanley and Company in New York, Frederick B. Whittemore has been with the firm for 35 years, becoming a partner in 1967, managing director since the firm’s incorporation in 1970, and advisory director since January 1989. He has served as governor and vice chairman of the American Stock Exchange, international president of the Pacific Basin Economic Corporation (PBEC), and chairman of the U.S. National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Mr. Whittemore is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, director of Southern Pacific Petroleum, former director of the Dome Petroleum and Key Pharmaceutical Corporation, and a member of the American Australian Association, Chesapeake, and KOS Pharmaceuticals. He serves on a number of non-corporate boards, including that of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Aspen Institute, and the Whittemore Business School of the University of New Hampshire.

Mr. Whittemore was formerly chairman of the Board of the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, serves as chairman of American Australian Educational Studies, and is director of the British American Educational Foundation.