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Dana H. Freyer
Chair and Co-Founder
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
M. Ishaq Nadiri
Co-Chair and Co-Founder
Jay Gould Professor of Economics, New York University
Amy R. Foote
Foote Law Firm
Thomas R. Casten
Recycled Energy Development LLC
Bruce M. Freyer
E. Davisson Hardman
U.S. Ambassador (retired)
Deloitte & Touche LLP
James D. Seymour
Pontefract Global Strategies, LLC
Principal, Coronado Consultants
Dana H. Freyer (Co-Founder and Chair) is a retired partner of the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City, where she practiced for 32 years and was head of the firm’s Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate Compliance Program practices. She is considered by peers and other sources to be one of the world’s leading lawyers in international arbitration and one of the 50 top women litigators in America. From 1965-68, she was the assistant to the Afghanistan Ambassador to the United Nations. She has traveled extensively in Afghanistan. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was awarded a 2010 Purpose Prize and a 2010 Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award for her work with GPFA. She holds a B.A. degree from Connecticut College and a J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School.
M. Ishaq Nadiri (Co-Founder and Co-Chair) is the Jay Gould Professor of Economics at New York University and the founder and first director of NYU’s C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics. Professor Nadiri was a signatory of the 2001 Bonn meetings on the interim government of Afghanistan and has played a leading role in most of the subsequent high-level donor meetings on Afghanistan’s reconstruction. Professor Nadiri served as Senior Economic Advisor to President Hamid Karzai. He received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Amy R. Foote (Secretary) is Managing Principal of the Foote Law Firm, representing and advising businesses and individuals in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, corporate governance, and other matters. Previously, Ms. Foote served as Senior Counsel and Senior Vice President of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc, as an Associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, and as an Assistant District Attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Foote’s B.A. degree, cum laude, was earned at Carson-Newman College; her J.D. degree was awarded by Georgetown University Law School. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation.
Anil Kumar (Treasurer) is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants. He has spent the major part of his career with international not for profit organisations based in London and New York, having served as Director of Finance with The International Planned Parenthood Federation and in the same role with the (then) Association for Voluntary Surgical Contraception and as VP for Finance & Administration with Population Communications International. Towards the end of his career he was a financial Consultant to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He has also served as a consultant with Witness, the American Lung Association and Bide-a-Wee. During his career he has had to travel extensively to countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He ahs also lived and worked in Iran and Zambia.
Faruq Achikzad is the currently the chairman of the Raqim Foundation, a director of the Children of War, a senior advisor to the Nautilius Institute and an advisor to the United Nations Association, East Bay chapter. Previously, Mr. Achikzad was the chief economist of the Central Bank of Afghanistan, as well as a Member of the Supreme Council of Economic Advisors and an Alternate Governor for Afghanistan at the IMF/World Bank. He has held positions as at the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In addition, Mr. Achikzad served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the United Arab Emirates, Cyprus and North Korea and as a senior advisor to Intercap.
Thomas R. Casten is a businessman, environmentalist and former Marine Corps officer who has spent the last three decades promoting the development of waste energy recycling projects. Now chairman of Recycled Energy Development, he has founded and run several additional companies including Trigen, which he took public on the New York Stock Exchange, and Primary Energy Recycling Corp, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In all, the companies Tom has led have invested more than $2 billion in over 275 energy recycling power projects, with a total capacity of 11,000 megawatts of clean energy. Mr. Casten also founded the Casten Family Foundation, which supports international educational travel in an attempt to broaden tolerance and appreciation of cultural differences. The Castens, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, have hosted the current U.S. Fulbright scholars from Afghanistan in their home each year since 2007. Tom graduated Magna Cum Laude in economics from the University of Colorado and was valedictorian of his graduating class in Columbia University’s MBA program.
Bruce M. Freyer, a GPFA founder, was engaged in a number of private sector businesses following his departure from the active rabbinate. He was an owner of a nationally known company importing china and other giftware from around the world. He is substantially involved as a board member and volunteer in a number of not-for-profit organizations in the tri-state area. Mr. Freyer holds a B.A. degree from Case Western Reserve University and an M.A. from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
E. Davisson (Dave) Hardman is a managing director of Warburg Pincus. Following five years on active duty in the U.S. Army, he began his business career in real estate investment including emerging markets. He was a managing director of Morgan Stanley and U.S. Head of Real Estate Investing, also living in Asia to establish and manage Morgan Stanley’s real estate investment business there. He is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, Urban Land Institute and Pension Real Estate Association. Mr. Hardman received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Maureen Quinn is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University’s Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. She is also a Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute. Previously, Ms. Quinn established an international service learning program at Girl Scouts of the USA. She completed a twenty-five year career as a U.S. diplomat in 2006. Her diplomatic career included postings as the Ambassador to Qatar, Coordinator for Afghanistan, and as the Chargé d’Affaires in Morocco and Afghanistan. She earned several State Department superior and meritorious honor awards and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Ms. Quinn received her Bachelor’s degree in French and Economics from the Newcomb College of Tulane University and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Nicole Sandford is the national practice leader for Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Governance Services practice, which focuses on helping companies and their board members operate effectively and risk intelligently. Her practice includes board performance evaluations, education programs, and governance benchmarking. Previously, she served as the lead audit partner for publicly-traded technology companies. Ms. Sandford is a frequent speaker on governance issues and has been published in BusinessWeek Online and The Wall Street Journal, among others. She is the founder of Deloitte’s Diversifying the American Board program. She is a former member of the board of directors of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals (SCSGP). She co-chairs the Financial Women Association’s Directorship and Governance Committee. In 2008, she was named a “Rising Star of Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center at Yale University’s School of Management. Ms. Sandford is a certified public accountant in CT and NY.
James D. Seymour, CFA, is Managing Partner at Pontefract Global Strategies, LLC. He was formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of SeedRock Corporation and Managing Director of EMP Global in Washington, D.C. Previously he spent 13 years at Commonfund Capital, managing international investment programs. He spent 18 years at Bankers Trust Company, living and working in Bahrain, the Philippines, Taiwan, Istanbul and London. Mr. Seymour received a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and an M.B.A. in International Finance from the Harvard Business School. He also served four years in the U.S. Navy. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Suzanne Thompson is a principal and co-founder of Coronado Consultants, which provides communications and strategy services to nonprofit and business clients. She held a series of executive positions with Mobil Oil and served as vice president of public affairs for Bresnan Communications. In addition, she is also Co-Chair of the Board of Governors and a founding Board member of Future Leaders Institute, a new charter school in Harlem, and helped to create and run two nonprofits with an environmental focus.