Board of Advisors

Alex Albert Beehler

Mr. Beehler has been Chairman of the NCSD Advisory Council since 2015. A lawyer recognized by the DC, Virginia and Maryland bars, Mr. Beehler has specialized in energy, environment and regulatory matters at the federal and state levels of government. He is an affiliated senior advisor with the energy, climate and environment practice group of FaegreBD Consulting, Washington DC, a visiting scholar at the Environmental and Energy Management Institute at the George Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science, and participates in several education initiatives in the U.S., including the Advisory Committee Member of New Course, Seattle, WA and Imagine Schools (nationwide charter schools network), Arlington, VA.

Previously Mr. Beehler was appointed Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment) in the U.S. Department of Defense overseeing energy/environmental research funds and two military boards concerning explosive safety and pest management. He was DOD’s first Chief Sustainability Officer – responsible for implementation of the President’s 2007 Executive Order on Energy, Environment, & Transportation. He increased procurement of Green Products by 25%. He served on the Defense Science Board’s Task Force on Energy Security and DOD’s Energy Security Policy Executive Committee. At DOD he partnered with states, federal agencies, and NGOs to sustain DOD’s water resources, particularly in the Chesapeake Bay Region (DOD’s Clean Water Act compliance rate for major wastewater treatment plants improved from 72% in 2004 to 82% in 2007).

Before that he was Vice President, Environmental Programs at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and Director, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs at Koch Industries. He has served in the federal government regarding environmental law enforcement at the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice. He was Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel to Senator Bob Dole. He holds a BA from Princeton and law degree from the University of Virginia. Among other NGOs, he served as Chairman of the Board, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, MD (2013-2015); Board member (2010-Present).

Donald R. Forest

Donald R. Forest has more than 30 years of domestic and international experience managing major government, private sector and nonprofit programs and initiatives.
Most recently, Mr. Forest served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), America’s pre-eminent association representing the nation’s major aerospace and defense manufacturers. As COO of AIA, he was responsible for the association’s day-to-day operations and worked extensively with AIA’s Executive Committee to support the industry globally. While with AIA, he also served as President of the National Center for Advanced Technologies, a nonprofit research foundation established to advance aerospace technologies.

Prior to joining AIA, Mr. Forest worked in Beijing to assist a number of multinational corporations and industry groups to achieve their business objectives in China. Forest was Vice President and Chief Representative of Citigroup CitiInsurance in China from 2001 to 2006, where he managed the company’s market entry and operating strategy. From 1999 to 2001, he worked in a similar capacity in China for Aetna International. He also led a number of business forums and initiatives in China, including for the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

From 1984 to 1999, Mr. Forest served in number of senior positions with the U.S. Department Commerce’s International Trade Administration. As Senior International Economist and Director for China and Hong Kong, he introduced a variety of important trade initiatives and managed the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, a major government-to-government forum for expanding U.S.-China commercial ties. A former Presidential Management Fellow, Mr. Forest has a BA from Clark University in Massachusetts and an MA in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, supported efforts to establish the Aetna-Jiaotong School of Management in Shanghai, and studied at Shanghai’s East China Normal University.

Daniel Gillespie (Captain, US Navy, ret.)

Since 2008, Mr. Gillespie has been Director, Corporate Business Development for LMI – an internationally recognized not-for profit strategic consulting company supporting primarily DoD and other parts of the federal government. Previously he was Partner with IBM Global Business Services supporting various Department of Defense (DoD) clients from the Defense Agencies, the Combatant Commands and Offices of selected Under Secretaries of Defense.

From 1969 to 1999 Mr. Gillespie served in the U. S. Navy attaining the rank of Captain. His last Navy tours were in the Pentagon as Executive Assistant to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition and as Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations). His other Navy assignments included: service on five Navy ships (two destroyers, a supply ship, an aircraft carrier and an assault amphibious ship), an overseas assignment in Iran, three Pentagon senior staff positions, and two weapons systems acquisition jobs in Naval Air and Supply Systems Commands.

Mr. Gillespie earned a B.S. degree from Georgetown University and an MBA in Financial Management from George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Joint Planning Program, Joint Staff College, and National Defense University.

Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich

Since 2011, Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich is Co-Director of the Center for Energy Science and Policy and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs at George Mason University. He also teaches the geopolitics of energy security and policy communications.

Previously, Ambassador Kauzlarich served the United States in a long and prestigious career in diplomacy and public policy. He served as United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997-99 and to Azerbaijan in 1994-97. He was Senior Deputy to the Secretary of State’s and the President’s Special Representative to the Newly Independent States (NIS) in 1993-94. More recently he was National Intelligence Officer for Europe at the National Intelligence Council and Director of the Special Initiative on the Muslim World at the United States Institute of Peace.

He is a co-author of “Aid During Conflict: Interaction Between Military and Civilian Assistance Providers in Afghanistan, September 2001-June 2002,” published by RAND in 2004. Ambassador Kauzlarich received his A.A. from Black Hawk College, B.A. from Valparaiso University, and M.A.s from Indiana University and the University of Michigan.
He is a non-resident senior fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. He is a visiting fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College of National Defense University. He is also a member of the National Council of the College of Arts and Sciences at Valparaiso University, and on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area.

Brian A. Runkel

Brian A. Runkel, President of Runkel Enterprises, has over twenty years of environmental and energy management experience, both as a consultant/entrepreneur and as a senior executive with Cal/EPA, USEPA and the non-profit California Environmental Business Council, Inc. (CEBC). Runkel Enterprises is an environmental and green energy management-consulting firm that researches, analyzes and forecasts emerging environmental and energy issues and trends.

Mr. Runkel has worked with a variety of industry sectors, including the aerospace, automotive, communications, advanced fuels, advanced transportation, environmental services and technology, financial services, health care, electronics, insurance, legal, petroleum, renewable energy, transportation, and utility industry sectors. He also founded and managed for twenty years the California Environmental Business Council, Inc. (CEBC), a non-profit trade association that promoted and assisted California’s green energy and environmental industries at the state, national and international levels. Mr. Runkel served on the Board of Directors of Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: QTWW) between July 2002 and May 2014. He served in Governor Pete Wilson’s Administration from March 1991 to March 1993, as Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). Prior to Cal/EPA, Mr. Runkel was Chief of Staff for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement. He received a B.A. in International Relations from George Washington University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Sally A. Painter

Sally A. Painter is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC. She is a dedicated internationalist and is expert in supporting commercial and diplomatic strategies that advance democracy and security in international relations. Ms. Painter managed many large-scale public-private projects, including as a senior advisor on the global NATO Summits including: Washington, DC–1999, Prague — 2002, Istanbul — 2004 and Riga — 2006. Ms. Painter is also a member of the Board of the US Committee on NATO.

Ms. Painter has also worked to promote democracy and transparency in countries in transition, including: Albania, Argentina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kazakhstan, Romania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Venezuela. In 2000, she served as Executive Director of the Business Coalition for U.S.-China Trade, a business group of 100 major corporate leaders that secured passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China — the largest trade legislation ever concluded.
For three and a half years, Ms. Painter served as the Director of International at Tenneco Inc. and negotiated new ventures for them with host governments in more than 20 countries. Prior to joining Tenneco, Ms. Painter was a senior advisor in the Clinton Administration. As such, she helped manage the outreach and advocacy program for the late Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown.
Ms. Painter is on the Board of Directors of The Truman National Security Project, the Global Fairness Initiative, Partners for Democratic Change, and 4D PAC, a progressive national security political action committee. She is also a member of the Atlantic Council. She holds the Golden Laurel Branch Award of Bulgaria, the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Hungary, and The Minister of Defense’s Award for Distinction from the Republic of Latvia. In addition, she is a producer for the Broadway production Ann, a critically acclaimed dramatization of the life of former Texas Governor Ann Richards.

Jeremy R. Haft

Mr. Haft is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Business and Foreign Service Schools. Haft’s analysis on China trade has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, National Public Radio, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, CNBC, Fox, and BBC, among others. He has been starting and building companies in China for nearly two decades across the breadth of China’s economy — from light and heavy industries to agriculture. He is the author of All the Tea in China: How to Buy, Sell, and Make Money on the Mainland, which details best practices for importing, exporting, and doing business in China, and Unmade in China: The Hidden Truth about China’s Economic Miracle, which analyzes systemic risk in China manufacturing sector.

Prior to his China experience, Mr. Haft was a founder of one of the first Internet agencies in Silicon Valley, which was ranked in the nation’s top five by Forrester Research in 1997 and merged with a global marketing communications firm. He is CEO of SafeSource Trading, an export broker, and Co-Founder and Chairman of Caracal Strategies, a market entry and business advisory firm.

John P. Mackey, Esq.

John P. Mackey, Esq. was formerly Republican Investigative Counsel for the House Foreign Affairs Committee (1992-2008) where as a staff member he played a leading role in development of the successful Plan Colombia assistance program and its oversight and effective implementation. In addition, he helped develop the outlines of the Merida aid initiative for Mexico in recent years to fight crime and illicit narcotics based on many lessons from Colombia. He handled oversight inquiries and investigation, as well as the issues of international terrorism, narcotics control, and global organized crime, particularly in the former Soviet Union.

A lawyer by trade, Mr. Mackey previously served as a special agent of the FBI in posts in Peoria, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, among other assignments. He later practiced law in New York City for several years, before returning to government service in both the Reagan and Bush One Administrations. Before his long posting on Capitol Hill, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he handled both legislative affairs and the confirmations of federal judges (including to the U.S. Supreme Court) and key Justice Department nominees before the U.S. Senate.

Tom Mackey

Tom Mackey is EVP of Mitsubishi Polycrystalline Silicon America Corporation and has 26 years of experience in the environmental and nonferrous metal businesses of tin, tungsten, silicon and the rare earth metals of neodymium, praseodymium and dysprosium. He has extensive experience in managing environmental and non-ferrous metal operations specifically in the extraction, refining, purification and alloying of environmentally sounded nonferrous metals and products. He is experienced in plant operations and management and has been involved in the start-up of two new plants, one for the production of rare earth metals, alloys and powders for high strength permanent magnets and another for the production of high purity polycrystalline silicon for semiconductor and photovoltaic applications. He is a member of Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), American Society for Metals (ASM), Boy Scouts of America, Texas A&M Association of Former Students, Board Member American Red Cross Mobile Chapter, Board Member and Steering Committee Member Mitsubishi Polycrystalline Silicon America Corporation, Past Board Member: Neomet Corporation, Airtrust Group, Malaysian Titanium Corporation, Reactive Metals and Minerals Corporation.

Mr. Mackey has an MBA from the University of Houston, Clear Lake City, Texas, 1984, and a BS in Industrial Engineering with minor in Material Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1978.

Eugene Y. Chang

Eugene Y. Chang is the founder, and presently serves as Chairman and President of Acquire Assets Corporation (“AAC”), which was formed to explore investment opportunities in China and bridge the gap between China and the global market. AAC is presently contracted by several foreign private equity funds to manage their investment projects in China. Mr. Chang has more than 25 years of experience in international investment and started with a focus on futures and financial derivatives structuring and trading in 1986. He has extensive experience in fund management and derivatives trading of a number of different asset classes.

Mr. Chang also serves as a longtime consultant and advisor to multinational financial corporations, including the Franklin Templeton Family of Funds, Tano Capital (PE/VC arm of Franklin Templeton), and Great Wall Group, as well as local Chinese enterprises, including CITIC Group, Teda Holdings, Airtrust Group, Bigland International Investment, China Steel Group, Silk Street Group, Fa Zheng Group, China Raybo Group and DaChan Group. Mr. Chang is also a Financial Advisor to Tianjin City Government to assist Tianjin in establishing a new financial set of mechanisms in the development of Tianjin Binhai New District.

Prior to AAC, Mr. Chang served as Chairman of the Taipei Futures Association from 1994 to 1999, and was a founding Director of the Board of the Taiwan Futures Exchange, during which time he pioneered the financial derivatives and structured product market in Taiwan. Mr. Chang received an Engineering Degree in Hydraulics Engineering from National Taiwan University, a Master’s Degree in Hydraulics Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a Master in Finance from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School, specializing in financial derivatives for financial risk management.

Pan Ai Hua

Mr. Pan Ai Hua, was born in October 1958, Tongdao County in Hunan Province. Mr. Pan received an MB (Bachelor of Medicine) degree from Hunan Medical University in 1984, then a Master of Engineering from the China Aerospace Medicine Engineering Institute in 1989, and in 1991, he received his doctor of DSc in chemistry from Peking University. He has held the positions of assistant researcher of China Aerospace Medicine Engineering Institute in 1989, Associate Professor of Biotechnology Department of Peking University in 1992 and professor and senior Engineer of Peking University in1994.

In 1998, Mr. Pan was appointed as a senior fellow of Beijing Market Economy Institute. He is the Chairman of China Bio way Biotech Group Co., Ltd., the Chairman of Sinovac Biotech Co., Ltd., the Chairman of Beijing Bioway KaiTuo Agricultural Biotech Co., Ltd., the Chairman of China bio-economy Group Co., Ltd.; he is also the Executive Director of China Bioengineering Society, the Director of the Industry Promotion Association China National Bioengineering Society, the Vice Director of the China Medicinal Biotech Association. From 1993 to 1996, he served as Deputy Director of the Biotechnology Department of Peking University.

Josephine Haden Ludolph

Ms. Haden is a nationally known painter artist and educator. Her art is in many national collections and displayed in American embassies on three continents. Her works are in many private collections and museums as well as the private collection of President William Clinton. She has close ties to and is an occasional lecturer at the Marymount University in Virginia. She is a leading thinker in art, culture and education and advises curators and educators on fine art education. In 2010, She was a fellowship winner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She was the national award winner of the Liquitex Company as the best acrylic painter in the United States in 2000. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and served on its University Alumni Committees. She has an MA from George Washington University and is a founding member of the Luther Brady Gallery at George Washington University in Washington D.C .