Zahar Wahab is a Professor of Education at Lewis and Clark College’s Graduate School of Education. An Afghan-American, he served for several years as senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan.
A cum laude graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Law School, Wax was a key part of the prosecution of David Berkowitz, the infamous "Son of Sam" serial killer. He was one of the first lawyers in the country to recognize Post Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered by Vietnam Vets charged with serious crimes. The winner of numerous awards, Steve Wax received the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorney President's Commendation for his work on the Mayfield case. He has taught at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and volunteers as an ethics prosecutor for he Oregon State Bar. Wax is currently representing seven men detained as enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times, over the past 20 years Tim Weiner covered the CIA and reported from eighteen countries (including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Sudan), covering wars, coups and foreign policy. Legacy of Ashes, his third book, is the first history of the CIA compiled entirely from firsthand reporting and primary documents.
Peter West is the Director of Renewable Energy Programs for the Energy Trust of Oregon. A past recipient of both the Ameri- can Wind Energy Association’s Special Achievement and the national Green Power Leadership awards, he is the founding President of the Climate Trust.
Ted Wheeler has been Oregon State Treasurer since 2010. Wheeler served as the Chair of the Multnomah County Commission from 2006 to 2010. Wheeler was born Aug. 31, 1962, in Portland, and graduated from Lincoln High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Jim White has worked on some of the most difficult humanitarian and development challenges of our times in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and North Korea. Mr. White is the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and was formerly the Vice President of Operations at Mercy Corps.
Ms. Jody Williams is the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which was formally launched by six nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in October of 1992. Ms. Williams has overseen the growth of the ICBL to more than 1,000 NGOs in more than sixty countries. She has served as the chief strategist and spokesperson for the campaign. Working in a unprecedented cooperative effort with governments, UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the ICBL achieved its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines during the diplomatic conference held in Oslo in September 1997.
In her capacity as ICBL coordinator, she has written and spoken extensively on the problem of landmines and the movement to ban them. In recognition of her expertise on the issue, Ms. Williams was invited to serve as a technical adviser to the UN's Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, led by Ms. Graca Machel, former first lady of Mozambique.
Prior to beginning the ICBL, Ms. Williams worked for eleven years to build public awareness about U.S. policy toward Central America. From 1986 to 1992, she developed and directed humanitarian relief projects as the deputy director of the Los Angeles-based Medical Aid for El Salvador. From 1984 to 1986, she was co-coordinator of the Nicaragua-Honduras Education Project, leading fact-finding delegations to the region. Previously, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Washington, D.C.
Maung Maung Win is working hard to advance education-related issues in his home country. After returning from his IVLP project he began to collaborate with other NGO's and the private sector to develop and implement an impressive after-school program known as the “Bright Future Educational Development Program”. His program provides children and young adults in vulnerable communities in the Mandalay Region with much needed assistance. With the help of volunteer teachers that he recruited, he supports village children ages 6-14 by providing supplementary classes that help them develop critical life skills. Win has established foreign language clubs, reading clubs, and a community library. His work has already had a tremendous multiplier impact and has benefitted more than 300 students. He is a leader during a time of transition and continually looks for new activities that will advance civil society.
Aaron Wolf is a professor of geography in the Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University. Wolf has acted as consultant to the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, and the World Bank, and several governments on various aspects of international water resources and dispute resolution. He has been involved in developing the strategies for resolving water aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, including co-authoring a State Department reference text. He is author of Hydropolitics Along the Jordan River: The Impact of Scarce Water Resources on the Arab-Israeli Conflict (United Nations University Press, 1995).
David Wolman is a contributing editor at Wired (for whom he first wrote about Egyptian Techie dissidents in 2008) and has written for Newsweek, Currency News, Outside, and Science & Spirit, among others. A recipient of a 2010 Oregon Arts Commission fellowship, Wolman just completed his third book, The End of Money, due out in late 2011.
Robin Wright has been reporting on the Middle East for 22 years, currently as Senior Diplomatic Correspondent for the Washington Post. She is the recipient of the U.N. Correspondents Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award for reporting on Iran, and the Overseas Press club Award for reporting requiring "exceptional courage and initiative." A Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Brookings Institution, Ms Wright has also been the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Grant. Reviewing Dreams and Shadows, former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright notes that only Wright could bring "so much wisdom to analyzing the regions' many sided puzzles. This volume, full of mesmerizing details and large truths, sets a new standard for scholarship on the modern Middle East."
Wu Jianmin brings over 30 years of international experience and insight to the question of U.S. China relations. He has served at the highest levels of the Chinese foreign service as Ambassador to France (1998–2003) and Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations (1996–1998). Since 2003 Ambassador WU has been president of China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), the only institution of higher learning which operates under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Wu Jianmin brings over 30 years of international experience and insight to the question of US China relations. He has served at the highest levels of the Chinese foreign service as Ambassador to France (1998-2003)and Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations (1996-1998). Since 2003 Ambassador WU has been president of China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), the only institution of higher learning which operates under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.