Ralph Lawrence Cwerman is the Chairman of the American Global Consulting group (AGC), a strategic consulting firm dedicated to improving and upgrading the level of education in the Arabian Gulf and the surrounding region. AGC has offices in Manama, Bahrain and New York City
Previously, Mr. Cwerman served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and co-Founder of the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), a premier, private non-governmental organization dedicated to enhancing ties between the US Congress and the United Nations. Under Mr. Cwerman’s leadership, the Institute brought hundreds of Members of Congress and their senior staff to UN Headquarters for private briefings. Mr. Cwerman still serves as a Director of the Humpty Dumpty Institute and advises the Chairman and the Board of Directors.
The Humpty Dumpty Institute also applied innovative solutions to tough humanitarian problems around the world. Since 2006, Humpty Dumpty has implemented over $24 million worth of large-scale humanitarian development projects in over 10 countries around the world with a particular focus on landmine clearance, food security and healthcare. During this time, Humpty Dumpty cleared over 22 million square meters of land in heavily-mined countries around the world and worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on multi-million dollar school feeding and other agricultural development programs in some of the poorest countries around the globe. During this time, Mr. Cwerman initiated the Adopt-A-Minefield program, one of the most successful landmine partnerships in the country. This program has raised over $30 million since its inception in 1997.
Concurrently, Mr. Cwerman served for more than a decade as senior strategic advisor to billionaire philanthropist, Constance Milstein, and led her international philanthropic program, providing vision and cohesion to her substantial “giving program.”
Prior to that, Mr. Cwerman served as Senior Vice-President of MUUS Asset Management Company LLC, a privately owned investment firm in New York City specializing in solar energy enterprises and property development. He traveled extensively on behalf of one of the company’s main assets, Solar Outdoor Lighting, Inc. (SOL), the largest outdoor solar lighting company in the world. He also served as SOL’s Senior Vice-President and was a Member of SOL’s Board of Directors. During his tenure at MUUS Asset Management Company, Mr. Cwerman spearheaded several multi-million dollar solar rural electrification projects in Sub-Sahara Africa and Latin America. He also served on the Export-Import Bank’s prestigious “Sub-Sahara Africa Committee.”
From 1992-1998, Mr. Cwerman served as Senior Vice President of the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA), where he convened special fact-finding missions for corporate executives to 15 UN peacekeeping operations in 28 countries: He also conceived and edited the annual publication “How to Do Business with the United Nations: A Complete Guide to UN Procurement” and its “Annual Updates”. Mr. Cwerman also helped to establish the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, one of the only existing graduate programs in the country exclusively focused on UN and multilateral issues.
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Honorable Solomon Ortiz is the Vice Chairman of Board of Directors of the American Global Institute. Congressman Solomon Ortiz represented the State of Texas in the U.S. Congress for 28 years; prior to that, he was in law enforcement and served in the United States Army.
He served on three major congressional committees, including: the Armed Services Committee (governing military and national security policy), the Natural Resources Committee (which controls oil and gas policy – plus matters related to oceans and water resources), and the Transportation Committee (responsible for all transportation policy, building of infrastructure).
Ortiz’ primary expertise centered on U.S. military readiness and national security matters.
In Congress, Ortiz was an influential player, with close friends throughout the Congress and high ranking members of the Obama Administration. Internationally, Ortiz is well known throughout the Far East, Central Asia, Europe and South America, from decades of travel associated with U.S. military policy and private business development. He also served on a number of informal –– Congressional caucuses that exercised clout at the highest levels on matters related to border security, oil and gas policy, free trade, international affairs, domestic law enforcement, and many more.
A longtime supporter of free trade, Ortiz supported – and got other Members of Congress to support – the 2006 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the United States.
He remains active in national affairs since his retirement from Congress, working with international partners in educating new congress members about international affairs, transnational security, and global energy policy.
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Honorable Dan Burton is the Chairman of Board of Directors of the American Global Institute. Dan Burton is a former United States Representative from Indiana’s Fifth Congressional District. His first term in Congress began in January of 1983. When Congressman Burton assumed the Chairmanship of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform in the 105th Congress, he became the first Hoosier Republican to Chair a full House Committee in more than sixty years. The last was Congressman William Robert Wood, who chaired the Committee on Appropriations during the 71st Congress (1929-1931). Congressman Burton served as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia. Also, he was a Senior Member on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Congressman Burton received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities from Capitol University of Integrative Medicine on December 17, 2000. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Political Science from the Graduate School of Dongguk University in the Republic of Korea (2009). He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Indiana Wesleyan University (2005). As a proud veteran of our Armed Forces, Dan served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves (1957-1962). Before his election to Congress, Mr. Burton held office in the Indiana State Senate (1969-70 and 1981- 82), as AGI as in the Indiana House of Representatives (1967-68 and 1977-80). The Burton family resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Dr. Czinkota teaches international business and marketing in the Graduate School of Business at Georgetown University, where he also served as the chairman of the National Center for Export-Import Studies. He also holds the chair in international marketing at the Birmingham Business School in the U.K. Fluent in Spanish and German, he has held professorial appointments in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas.
Dr. Czinkota served in the U.S. government during the Reagan and Bush Administrations, heading the Office of Trade Finance. He was also the delegate to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In the Bureau of Export Administration he was senior advisor for export controls. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce he was responsible for trade analysis and retaliatory actions. He also was head of the U.S. Delegation to the OECD Industry Committee in Paris and led several trade missions to Asia.
Dr. Czinkota was a partner in a fur trading firm and in an advertising agency. His academic work has focused on export development and the internationalization of small and medium sized firms. He was named as one of the top three contributors to the international business literature and was the 2007 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Global Marketing presented by the American Marketing Association.
Dr. Czinkota has worked with the U.S. Department of State on terrorism preparedness and has testified before Congress on the topic. He is the author of Global Business: Positioning Ventures Ahead(Routledge, 2011)which reflects the challenges of international management in a world of conflict and uncertainty. He also wrote two leading college texts, International Marketing 9th editionand International Business, 8hedition.
Dr. Czinkota serves on the Global Advisory Board of the American Marketing Association, the Global Council of the American Management Association, and on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science. He is a member of the American Council on Germany. He was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Czinkota serves on several corporate boards particularly in the export financing and small business export development area. He has also worked with corporations such as AT&T, IBM, GE, Nestle, and US WEST. He has advised the Executive Office of the President and the U.S. General Accountability Office on trade policy issues. He also serves as advisor to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.
Dr. Czinkota was born and raised in Germany and educated in Austria, Scotland, Spain, and the United States. He is fluent in English, German and Spanish. He studied law and business administration at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg and was awarded a two-year Fulbright Scholarship. He holds an MBA in international business and a Ph.D. in logistics from The Ohio State University.
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
- International policy advisor to Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham
- Chief Operating Officer of a $20 million budget and a 120-person staff of senior policy analysts to formulate U.S. domestic and international energy security policy
- Managed the creation of the new Office of National Energy Policy
- Security clearances at TS/SCI/Q and codeword levels.
Public Affairs Advisor to Government of Kuwait in Washington, DC
- Created and implemented a nationwide public diplomacy campaign to educate Americans on the strength and importance of the U.S.-Kuwaiti alliance. The campaign combined a strategically targeted national grassroots communications program, advertising, and earned media with a robust presence in Washington, DC policy circles.
- Conducted legislative and political analysis to identify key Members of Congress to educate on the importance of the U.S.-Kuwait alliance and on the threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
- Focused a public and private education campaign on the congressional districts of selected Members and staff.
- Produced a unified, bipartisan consensus that Kuwait was a valuable ally that was worth defending and consulting to craft U.S. regional policy.
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. State Department
- Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassies in Jordan, Tunisia, Yemen and Kuwait.
- Managed U.S. public diplomacy programs, conducting political analysis in the Middle East and Washington, DC. Fluent in Arabic, Dutch; familiar with French, Spanish.
- Assisted the development of civil society, the rule of law, and democratic institutions in the context of Islamic societies.
- Security clearances at TS/SCI/codeword level.
Leadership Institute faculty, teaching Foreign Service Exam preparation.