Board of Trustees
Mitchell F. Stanley, Chairman and Founder
Mr. Mitchell F. Stanley is the founder and Chairman of the National Center for Sustainable Development (NCSD), a national 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation. He also serves as Board Member at the Energy and Environmental Management Institute of George Washington University in Washington DC., and Chief Foreign Expert on the Energy Professional Investment Committee of Asia Investment Association. In his business career he serves as Board Member and President of Sinoaccess Group. Prior to the establishment of NCSD, he was Chairman of the Board of WebBank, an FDIC insured financial institution located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The first internet bank in the United States which received FDIC insurance.
His career in government service began in 1977 and he served many senior positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, The State Department and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation. Mr. Stanley served as President Reagan’s assistant in the White House West Wing for three years. In 1984, he joined the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce and organized the First Presidential Trade Mission to Asia: to Korea, Japan and China.
Upon his return from Asia, he served as Chief of Staff and Cabinet Secretary for Secretary of Commerce Mr. Malcolm Baldrige. His interest in new and innovative small business lending products and economic development programs began during his tenure with the federal government as Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Finance, Investment and Procurement programs under president George H.W. Bush. Mr. Stanley completed his government career with the highest rank in the Senior Executive Service and received several Presidential Rank Awards. He graduated in 1977 from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Eric H. Fang, MD and Co-Founder
Eric Fang serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and President and CEO of the National Center for Sustainable Development (NCSD), a national 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation. He is a Board Member of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Foundation. Mr. Fang also serves as Executive Standing Board Member of the Energy Professional Investment Committee of China Investment Association.
Mr. Fang has more than 30 years of experience in technology investment, business development advisory, corporate management, business strategic relationship development, product marketing and sales and joint ventures investment development in both Asia and the United States. In his business capacity, Mr. Fang is the founder and CEO of Sinoaccess Group based in Asia and the United States. His Sinoaccess Group is a strategic advisory and investment group covers a wide variety of market sectors including telecom, mobile and media, renewable energy and environment, water resources, healthcare and bio-medical life science. He was key Asia market advisor to some Fortune 500 public companies in the United States, such as AT&T, GE Capital Spacenet, Tektronix, Arris Group, and Software AG of Germany. In 1986, Mr. Fang’s Sinoaccess Group successfully built 24 islands satellite communication backbone network for the Indonesia government under U.S. EXIMBANK Financing. In 1990s, his Sinoaccess Group brought major SatComm players from North America to help Asia to build more than 8 satellite communications networks for different Chinese Ministries under World Bank Financing. In the most recent years, Mr. Fang successfully founded Muuzii Inc., a Texas based mobile translation and language learning company that has 58 US carriers including AT&T as its service partner. He was also a key founding investor of Qinghua TongFang GigaMega company back in 1993. Mr. Fang holds a medical degree from Southwest University of Medical Sciences in Chengdu, China and BS degree in Biology from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Dr. Charles M. Ludolph, Jr. Ph.D.
Dr. Ludolph is Senior Vice President, a member of the Board of Trustees and Advisory Board, and Director of the Policy Institute of the NCSD. Starting in 1971, Dr. Ludolph served in the U.S. Commerce Department and advised seven Presidential Administrations and 20 successive U.S. Congresses on economic matters including international trade and investment. He also served more than ten years in a senior capacity for the Albright Stonebridge Group, the premier public affairs company led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Dr. Ludolph was the Commerce Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe from 1994 to 2002. In 1996, he negotiated the U.S.-EU Mutual Recognition Agreement, which liberalized non-tariff barriers burdening more than $1 billion of bilateral trade with Europe in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and ICT equipment. This agreement was later adopted by Switzerland and Canada.
Starting in 1983, Dr. Ludolph directed the U.S. government’s commercial and investment programs with European Union countries, which resulted in seminal transatlantic accords covering tariffs, environment, technology, testing and standards. He received the U.S. government’s highest award for his work supporting trade and investment flows with the EU and Russia in 2000. He is a 2007 recipient of the Bundesverdienstkreuz Medal from the government of Germany bestowed by President Koehler and a 2009 Vice President and Academician in the Russian Academy of Sciences for Complex Security. He has published extensively on international trade and econometrics, particularly related to international transactions affecting pensions, annuities and taxation.
He is an occasional lecturer on foreign policy and trade at the George Washington University School of Business and the Elliot School for International Policy as well as the American University and Marymount University. He is a founder of the Luther Brady art education program at GWU. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and served on that University’s Alumni Committees for undergraduate studies. Dr. Ludolph has also served on the GWU Business School’s Advisory Committee for undergraduate studies and has paneled graduate and undergraduate business case study competitions for George Washington University. He has an MBA and DBA from George Washington University, as well as a BA from Georgetown University.
Robert M. Smith, Ph.D. SVP and Chief Technical Advisor
Dr. Smith has twenty plus years of experience working as an engineer in the aerospace, automotive, textile, and medical device industries. In the aerospace industry, he worked for The Boeing Company as a system engineer on Space Station Freedom. At Ford Motor Company, he researched automotive painting processes to improve appearance and corrosion resistance. For Milliken & Company, he researches textiles with advanced optical and moisture management properties. In the medical device industry, he has worked with multiple startups developing cardiac defibrillators and heart pumps. Most recently Dr. Smith was one of the founders of a company developing an implantable pump to treat patients suffering from congestive heart failure. The device has been implanted in dozens of patients either saving or improving the quality of their lives.
Dr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. His graduate research was conducted in the areas of atomization and sprays and semiconductor thin-film deposition.
Doug Stanley, SVP and Chief Communications Manager
Adding a new chapter to a long and successful career as a primetime television producer, multi-Emmy Award winner Doug Stanley is the visionary and architect behind the deeply talented team at Ridgeline Entertainment. He is best known for his seven years producing Discovery Channel’s global hit show Deadliest Catch, but has worked across all genres of television: reality, magazine-style, LIVE, documentary, competition, scripted and sports. During his 24-year career, he was directly involved with the creation of nearly 200 shows for many networks, including FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Country Music Television (CMT), MTV, VH1, and many others. In the past year alone, acting as a show-runner and executive producer, he delivered 34 episodes of new programming to national television. As Stanley puts it, he is “a visual storyteller who enjoys seeing the story pass through the lens.” Mr. Stanley has 8 Prime Time Emmy Awards nominations and has won two Prime Time Emmy Awards.