John Schlosser 
is a Senior Advisor of Albright Stonebridge Group, where he draws on extensive overseas and domestic management experience as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer to advise clients on successful business strategies in South Asia and attract new clients to the firm.

Prior to joining the firm, John was Director of the Office of Regional Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, serving as the principal adviser to the Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia. He was a driving force in shaping and implementing the U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation initiative.  Prior to that assignment, Mr. Schlosser was founding Director of the Department’s Office of Export Control Cooperation and Sanctions. Previously he served as Deputy Political Counselor and chief of the Political-Military and External Affairs units at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland and as Senior Political Officer in the State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs. He also served in The Netherlands, Canada, Suriname and Jamaica and as second in command/acting ambassador in Nepal.  He received five Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State.

John earned an M.A. in European History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed doctoral work at Stanford University, passing his Ph.D. oral examinations with distinction shortly before joining the Foreign Service.

He has two adult children, a son who works in Virginia as an engineer and a daughter who works in the Los Angeles area in public relations. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, hiking, tennis and golf and reading history.  John has served as President of the San Diego World Affairs Council since 2016.  

Lulu Hsu headshotLulu Hsu is currently a community volunteer and leader, following retirement from Solar Turbines Incorporated, a Caterpillar Company, after 35 years with the company. Her career spanned engineering and manufacturing responsibilities to working with global energy super-majors as well as being the General Manager of Solar’s worldwide turbine overhaul operation based in Dallas. 

After her retirement as Director of Business Development and Marketing, Customer Services, she continues to be actively involved in working informally with professional women.  She is also an amateur classical pianist and volunteers in a number of community organizations.  She is a founding member and Vice-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of San Diego, and started a volunteer group called GROW (Generating Ripples of Opportunity for Women) to raise money for and awareness of Shakti Rising, a non-profit that is focused on empowering women and developing feminine leadership. 

 She is a former Board member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, a Board member of AmateurPianists (the largest meetup group of amateur   pianists in the nation) and a member of the Diplomacy Council. She is currently serving as Vice President of the San Diego World Affairs Council.

 She has a BS in Chemistry and Applied Music and a MS in Analytical Chemistry.

Joel Day is Executive Director of the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission and International Affairs Board. In this capacity, Joel supports the mission of the Board and Commission and advises the Mayor and City Council on issues of human rights, inclusion, and global engagement.

Joel is also a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of San Diego's Kroc Institute of Peace Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies where he was also Research Fellow at the Sie Center for International Security and Diplomacy. At the Sie Center, Joel worked on better understanding and cataloging global violent and nonviolent social movements.

Before joining the City, he served as Assistant Professor of Security and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, as well as a research associate at the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies. His work received a grant from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, funded by the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Day has briefed Congress and the Pentagon on issues of extremism and community resilience to the threat of terrorism. He has worked extensively in the U.S. and across the world on issues of countering violent extremism, interfaith dialogue, and national security. He as conducted field work throughout settlements in the West Bank and with former civil-war combatants in Sierra Leone. Joel’s research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, Perspectives on Terrorism, and Journal of Strategic Security and he has provided commentary to national news outlets including Al Jazeera, CBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates, the Boston Globe, and the Associated Press.

For the past 15 years, Joel has engaged both local and global public policy. He served as Operations Director of an international nonprofit fighting against human trafficking, an expertise that will aid the Human Relations Commission’s extensive work on trafficking in San Diego. Joel has also worked for two California Assemblymembers, the County of San Diego, as a foreign policy advisor to a number of congressional campaigns, and as Operations Director for a U.S. Presidential campaign. He is also a National Security Act Scholar and national collegiate debate champion.

​Joel earned his Ph.D. from the University of Denver in International Studies, holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego, and a B.A. in Political Science from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Debby Dutilly received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Education from the University of San Diego. She was employed by the San Diego Unified School District for forty years. Unique travel experiences have allowed her to expand her interest in and knowledge of International Affairs, while developing greater understanding of diverse cultures.

Debby is a past member of the Board of Directors of the North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council of San Diego and served as secretary for one year. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, San Diego Zoo Global, and the York Society of the University of California San Diego. Debby currently serves on the San Diego World Affairs Council Board as Secretary.

DavidEdickJrDavid Edick Jr. is an independent financial & management consultant focused on energy, commodities, Russia, political risk, and global financial markets. Long active in international trade, investment banking, and internationally-oriented nonprofits, he worked in Russia in the 1990′s as owner of California Trading & Industrial Corporation – a food importer and wholesaler; later with Vtoroi Finansovyi Dom – a British-Russian investment bank; and then as Executive Vice President of Cortez Seafoods exporting seafood from Mexico to Asia and Europe.

David stepped down as President in January 2016 to become Past President of the World Affairs Council of San Diego. He is also Past-President of the San Diego International Sister Cities Association and 6-term past President of the San Diego-Vladivostok Sister City Society and  he has served on the Community Advisory Board of the San Diego Diplomacy Council. In addition, David makes public presentations on topics involving international/global affairs, finance, political risk, and energy. David currently serves on the San Diego World Affairs Council Board as immediate Past President.

Joe Eldred is from Peoria, Illinois and received a BS in Education from Indiana State University, MA in Education from Vanderbilt University, and MS in Educational Leadership from California State University San Bernardino. He is a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force as an aviator and was employed 22 years as a teacher, counselor, coach, principal, and district director. 

Currently Joe is an Adjunct Professor of 11 years for the National University teaching Educational Administration, School Counseling, and School Psychology.

Joe has volunteered for 20 years as chair of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for high school accreditations, five years as an interviewer for prospective students of Vanderbilt Univeristy, and five years as a volunteer at the International Peace and Justice Center of San Diego. In his spare time, he enjoys travel and golf. Currently Joe serves as Membership Chair for the San Diego World Affairs Council.

Ambassador (ret.) Reno L. Harnish III
founded the Center for Environment and National Security at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to this, he spent 33 years in the Foreign Service, including positions as the U.S. Ambassador in Azerbaijan, the Chief of Mission in Kosovo and the Deputy Chief of Mission in Egypt. He was heavily engaged in conflict resolution, democratization and energy issues. 

He received the Presidential Meritorious Service Award twice and the Department of State Distinguished Service Award among other decorations. He took a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University, and a Master of International Service and a Master of Arts in Economics from the American University in Washington D.C. He has published a book and articles on energy and the environment. Reno is a Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He lives with his wife Leslie in San Diego, California. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Vivek Lall is Chief Executive in charge of US and International Strategic Development at General Atomics. General Atomics is a global leader in nuclear and high end defense technologies. He is based at their corporate headquarters in San Diego, California. GA had an initial charter to explore peaceful uses of atomic energy. Leading scientists came to GA, forming the nucleus of a staff which, including affiliated companies, currently numbers about 8,000. GA carries out the largest and most successful nuclear fusion program in private industry. The company has been the primary developer of modular helium-cooled nuclear power reactor systems, and its research reactors have operated around the world for over 50 years. GA and its affiliated entities also manufacture, operate, and service state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicles (e.g., Predator), are engaged in uranium mining and processing, and provide nuclear instrumentation, aircraft launch and recovery systems, superconducting magnets, systems for hazardous material destruction, magnetic levitation systems, medical diagnostic products, information technology and many other products and services for government and industry.

Dr. Lall held numerous leadership roles in marketing and engineering at Boeing in the United States beginning in 1996, including in the Airplane Performance and Propulsion group. He also served as the founding Co-Chair of the US–India Aviation Cooperation Program in 2005. He was appointed as Vice President and Country Head, Boeing Defense Space & Security in 2007. He led a team to conclude the path-breaking and largest-ever US-India defense deals, including for C-17 strategic lift aircraft, P-8I anti-submarine warfare aircraft and Harpoon missiles. He oversaw multiple campaigns as well as pan-India strategic industrial alliances. Prior to Boeing he worked for Raytheon and conducted research with NASA's Ames Research Center in various multidisciplinary engineering fields.

Dr. Lall earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Carleton University in Canada and a Masters of Aeronautical Engineering degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. He has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas and his MBA from City University in Seattle. 

Ann Ryder Randolph  has 30 years experience in progressive leadership in the life sciences industry of Southern California and Kentucky.  She has served as a board director of public and private biotechnology companies, healthcare and other nonprofits and chaired several board committees; and has served as a consultant in strategic planning and financing companies, and as spokesperson for the industry in multiple forums.

Randolph was a board director of San Diego’s Corporate Directors Forum (CDF) for 11 years, and in 2001, was selected Director of the Year by the CDF board.  From 2001-2008, she served as a consultant and an associate of Regent Partners. She was a charter board member of BIOCOM, and its first managing director, building it into the largest life sciences regional trade association in the world with a board of 40 CEOs, directing five statewide conferences for the California life sciences industry, doubling net profit annually.  In Kentucky, she was the Inaugural Presenter for the Third Annual Nanotechnology Symposium in 2010 and the Commencement Speaker for the Charter graduating class for Sullivan University’s School of Technology and Design in 2011.

Randolph has served as moderator and presenter on numerous forum panels regarding corporate governance and energy policy, including the UCLA/NASDAQ Corporate Governance Conference in La Jolla, CA, as well as the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation Trajectory 10, and the 33rd Annual Kentucky Governor’s Environment Conference in 2010 and 2012.

Born and raised in Kentucky, she earned Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, while teaching at the University, and subsequently completed coursework with high marks for a Professional Certificate in Finance from the University of California, San Diego.   Randolph has multiple credits in Corporate Governance from the Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS) through CDF, and has studied bioscience and business at UCSD.  

Ambassador (retired) Leslie Bassett had completed 35 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer when she retired to Imperial Beach, Calif., in 2017. She served as second in command/acting ambassador in Botswana, Mexico, the Philippines and Korea before being named as U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay in 2014.  Her commitment to strong leadership was recognized by the Department of State when she was twice asked to address the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference on integrity and mentoring.  She has also worked closely with the American business communities in Mexico and Korea on free trade agreement implementation; with community organizations in Botswana confronting HIV/AIDS; with the U.S. military confronting extremism in the Philippines and in Seoul, South Korea; and with youth empowerment organizations in multiple countries. Leslie's contributions have been recognized by conferment of the Department of State's Meritorious and Superior Honor awards on numerous occasions as well as the James Baker Award, the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award.

Thomas B. Reeve Jr. graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1969. He later attended law school at the State University of New York, where he was a teaching assistant in International Law to Thomas Buergenthal, a future Judge of the International Court of Justice. Upon completing law school Tom served in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps both in the U.S. and in Spain before becoming the Navy’s West Coast major case prosecutor. In Spain, Tom negotiated international claims against the U.S., resolved international criminal jurisdiction issues, and tried criminal courts-martial cases.

After a career with the Navy, Tom practiced civil litigation at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, including representation of the family of Colonel Charles E. Shelton, the last known captured-alive POW from the Vietnam War. He was later appointed an Assistant United States Attorney responsible for complex federal civil trials.

Tom was admitted to the New York, California, and Washington, D.C. Bars. He is also a Barrister of the American Inns of Court. He was an invited visiting civil trial instructor for the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center and a frequent continuing legal education instructor in San Diego. Tom is the President of the North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Rewa Colette Soltan is a dual national who has always considered herself a citizen of the world. Interested in other cultures and world affairs as she traversed the globe from early childhood, she was also privileged to travel domestically and visited 49 of the 50 states in her capacity as Miss Teenage America 1971. That opportunity provided an entrée to influential contacts and a platform from which she could enable civic outreach for a number of worthy causes.

As a communications professional, she has spent most of her career facilitating community engagement and orchestrating signature events, while serving as a spokesperson for a variety of organizations. A writer, community activist and public speaker, Ms. Soltan participated in the first White House Conference on Aging. A recipient of the Golden Eagle Award presented by the American Academy of Achievement, Rewa has served as liaison for a wide range of corporate clients and non-profits in San Diego, and has also presided on or chaired numerous non-profit cultural 


Dan Ruchman is a senior financial executive who is effective in both the boardroom and “the trenches”.  He has broad experience in financial, operations and administrative management across a variety of industries including life sciences, high tech, and consumer products, in both public and private companies.  Ruchman serves as an entrepreneurial and turnaround financial management consultant, and an operational and accounting consultant, at Ruchman & Associates. Prior to that, he held increasingly senior positions in finance including but not limited to: VP of Finance & Adminstration at Phyton Biotech, Director of Finance at Thomson Publishing’s Lawyers Cooperative Publishing subsidiary, and Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Bausch & Lomb.

Mr. Ruchman holds a BA in History from Princeton University and MBA from the Yale School of Management.  He is a member of Financial Executives International, TiE Entrepreneurs and San Diego Connect as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.  He previously served on the Advisory Boards for the Tech Ventures investment fund and the Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Liberal Arts.  He currently serves as Chair of the San Diego Financial Executives Networking Group.  He has served as a Board Members for the San Diego World Affairs Council, and as the organization's Chief financial Officer, since 2016.  In his spare time Dan enjoys hiking, reading, engaging in scintillating discussions on almost any subject, and playin the piano (with musical tastes ranging from classical, modern pop and show tunes to some gut-level blues and rock 'n' roll.  

Mary Abad has worked in banking and direct investments for leading global banks and multilaterals in the areas of small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) lending, energy and infrastructure, and private equity. She was an Investment Officer for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where she led private sector investments and provided post-funding support for projects across Asia. Specifically, Mary developed finance programs with local banks across Asia to help increase their lending to SMEs. Mary also expanded ADB's award-winning Trade Finance Program in eight countries, managing a portfolio of $700 million in credit lines to more than 30 banks that generated $2 billion in global trade annually, much of it supporting exports from SMEs. Mary also helped establish the first infrastructure private equity fund for the Philippines. 

Mary also worked for GE Capital as part of its sponsor team in franchise finance, executing leveraged finance investments in the middle-market franchise sector. Earlier in her career, Mary worked for Citigroup in corporate and investment banking and served as a microfinance Peace Corps Volunteer in South America. Mary is now based in San Diego and works for a rapidly growing regional bank. She has degrees from Stanford, Columbia Business School and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and is also a Member of the International Affairs Board for the City of San Diego.

Stan S. Katz  grew up in New York City and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1973, receiving a B.S. in Chemistry, with minors in Sociology and Greek Classical literature. After graduation, he backpacked for a half year through the Canadian Maritime Provinces and then through most of Western Europe and into Northern Africa. On his return home, he attended Georgetown University, where for four years he learned the art and science of Dentistry. While living in Washington D.C., Stan enjoyed exploring the many Smithsonian museums, and partook of numerous public events linked to the Celebration of America's Bicentennial, where talented performers from around the country were brought to our Nation’s Capital to perform their regional and ethnic dances, music, and offer their local cuisine.

Stan's love for the great outdoors guided him to establish his dental practice in rural Upstate New York. After almost ten years there, he moved to San Diego, where he has lived for the past twenty-eight years. During this time, his passion for books and learning led him to obtain a California Teaching Degree from International University (now renamed Alliant University) and to own two ''Used, Out-of-Print, and Rare'' Bookstores. It was through these bookstores that he acquired the personal papers of an Intelligence Agent, Colonel Mashbir in 1999, which inspired his writing of an historical novel, The Emperor and the Spy’, which honors an unsung American Hero who, during the 1920s and 1930s, allied with members of the Japanese Royal Family and other top leaders of Japan. Together, they strove to maintain good relations between their nations and avoid the outbreak of World War II. Much of Stan’s time is devoted to incorporating this novel and its illustrated website into high school and college curriculum to enhance student appreciation and understanding of history and the art of diplomacy.

Stan has for many years been a member of the San Diego World Affairs Council, and through this fine organization he has met Ambassadors, Consul Generals, and other political, economic, academic, and military representatives from around the globe. He has also befriended many wonderful fellow SDWAC members and student interns.

Petya Dolaptchieva has years of experience working for the U.S. Government in Bulgaria – at the U.S. Peace Corps Office, with the U.S. Commercial Section at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia and in a key role at the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. She moved to San Diego in 2016 and became actively involved in the local start-up community where she currently works in artificial intelligence.  Petya joined the San Diego World Affairs Council as a volunteer in February 2017 and has been a key organizer of SDWAC events, programs and publications.  She graduated from Sofia University with a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality & Tourism, and a Master's Degree in Human Resources Management. She dedicates her free time to volunteering for Kiva and Startup San Diego. She loves to travel and learn about new cultures through their food and traditions. 

CHRISTINE M. SHECKLER is an international development manager and recently retired career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  She has specialized in conflict countries and has extensive experience implementing U.S. international development programs at the country-team leader level.  She served as Country Team Coordinator for USAID in Sierra Leone, 2015-16, managing the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis in that country.  She was with USAID’s Office of Civilian-Military Cooperation in Washington, 2014-15. She was Director of USAID’s Office of Democracy and Governance in Cairo, Egypt, 2012-13.  In 2008-10 she was embedded with the U.S. Army in Iraq, as a member of a Provincial Reconstruction Team covering North West Baghdad and Abu Ghraib.  She was USAID Country Coordinator in Belarus, 2000-4 and Lithuania 1998-2000.  Prior to these assignments she served in Georgia and Pakistan.  She began her international career with the Peace Corps, serving in the remote bush in Liberia 1982-4.  She has an M.B.A from the University of Oregon and a B.A. from UC Berkeley. 


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