Ibrahim A.Gambari, a scholar-diplomat, was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, as Joint Special Representative of the Africa Union-United Nations Hybrid Operations in Darfur (UNAMID), effective 1 January 2010. It is the largest international peace-keeping designated Joint Chief Mediator, ad interim, in charge of the ongoing negotiations between the Government of Sudan and the Darfur opposition movements.
Dr. Anantatmula is an Associate Professor of Project Management in the College of Business, Western Carolina University. He is also the Director of Project Management Graduate Programs. Dr. Anantatmula’s current research is focused on integrating knowledge management and project management, knowledge management effectiveness, project management performance, and leadership. Dr. Anantatmula has publications in journals such as Journal of Knowledge Management, International Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems (VINE), International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, and Project Management Journal. Prior to joining Western Carolina University, he was at the George Washington University teaching and directing a graduate degree program. Dr. Anantatmula has worked in the petroleum and power industries for several years as an electrical engineer and project manager. Dr. Anantatmula holds B.E. (Electrical Engineering) from Andhra University, MBA from IIM-MDI, MS and D.Sc. in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. He is a certified Project Management Professional and Certified Cost Engineer.
Scott DeLisi served the government of the United States for 34 years as a diplomat, capping his distinguished career representing President Barack Obama as American Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda from 2012 - 2015. Currently, he is serving as the Executive Director of Soarway, a charitable foundation dedicated to helping the people of Nepal recover from the devastating earthquakes of 2015 and build a stronger, safer, and more resilient future. Ambassador DeLisi also represented President Obama as Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, from March 2010 to July 2012, and he was President George W. Bush’s Ambassador to the State of Eritrea from 2004-2007. Earlier in his career, Ambassador DeLisi was also the Deputy Ambassador at the American Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana. In Washington, Ambassador DeLisi served as the Director of Career Development and Assignments in the State Department’s Bureau of Human Resources and as the Director for Entry-Level Programs in the same bureau. Among his other domestic assignments he has served as Director for Southern African Affairs, and also in the Bureau of Intelligence & Research, and the Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs. Overseas, he has had additional postings in India, Madagascar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Ambassador DeLisi has been the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards, the Charles E. Cobb Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development, the James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence, the CIA Director’s Award, the DIA Director’s Award, and multiple Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. His foreign languages include French and Urdu. Ambassador DeLisi is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, earned the degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, and also attended the Hubert H Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Ambassador DeLisi is married and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Over the last decade John’s USAID / UN assignments in destination management, private-sector engagement and workforce development have taken him to Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He spent 14 years on Guam, America’s Gateway to Asia, expanding the DFS duty-free retail empire, managing the Guam Visitors Bureau market research department, and chairing the International Tourism Department at the University of Guam. John consulted throughout the Pacific-Asia region and took a lead role in the PATA Young Tourism Professionals program. John also taught international tourism at Arizona State University where he worked closely with Native American communities to collectively program and market their cultural and natural attractions. High on the the Mogollon Rim, John owned and operated a luxury fly-in vacation estate. John specializes in aligning local community and investor challenges with international best practices. He is currently a faculty member of international hospitality and tourism management at Saint Leo University in Florida and member of the Pasco County Tourism Development Council.
Sir Joe Madu is a founding President of West Africa America Chamber of Commerce and Industries. He has over 30 years of diversified experience in the field of health care, youth engagement, mentoring and international development. Joe is the CEO of Metromed Staffing & Health Services Inc., Metromed Nursing Institute and Noble Choice Home Healthcare. He earned his BSc with majors in Biology & Chemistry in 1982 and MBA (Financial Management & Admin) in 1983 from South Eastern Oklahoma University. He led numerous medical and humanitarian missions to West African nations. He has been involved in promoting entrepreneurship and training leaders in West Africa. He is a board member of Cachet Mining (S/L), ResourceHQ (Nig) Ltd., Noble Aid Foundation and SolarRoofs4Africa. He lives in Dallas, is married, and is blessed with four beautiful children.