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International Advisory Council


 Advisors in the USA, followed by National Representatives from other countries:

  • Dr. Lynn Clark Callister - Professor of Nursing at Brigham Young University
  • Mrs. Harriet Fulbright - President of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center
  • Dr. Robert George - Science Consultant and Fellow at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Mr. David Nothmann - Vice President at Arborgen
  • Dr. Flynn Picardal - Associate Professor at Indiana University--Bloomington 
  • Dr. Karl Reinhard - Professor, School of Natural Resource Sciences at University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Mr. Mark Vlasic - Senior Fellow, Institute for International Law & Politics at Georgetown University
National Representatives 
  • Mr. Mauricio Cardenas - Business Consultant in Bogota, Colombia
  • Ambassador Manuel Gutierrez-Ruiz - Advisor to FUSADES, El Salvador
  • Dr. Mohamoud Hammam - Professor of Physics at Helwan University, Egypt
  • Dr. Mohammed Bennani Lahkim - Assistant Professor, College of Information Technology, Zayed University, UAE
  • Mr. Rainer Rottler - Global Account Director at in Switzerland
  • Ms. Louise Shaxson - Partner at Delta Partnership, United Kingdom
  • Dr. B.G. Unni -  Chief Scientist, North East Institute of Science & Technology, India 
Bios of IAC Members

Dr. CallisterDr. Lynn Clark Callister - Professor of Nursing at Brigham Young University. She has decades of experience in the nursing and health community and has conducted cross-cultural studies of childbearing women in Canada, the United States, Guatemala, Finland, Jordan, the Peoples Republic of China, Armenia, South Africa, and the Russian Federation. She was a 2004 Fulbright Scholar to the Russian Federation, and has consulted and taught in Russia for the past six years. Dr. Callister is the vice-chair of the American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Global Nursing and Health. As a member of the National March of Dimes Nursing Advisory Council, she chairs the subcommittee on Global Health. Dr. Callister writes the global health and nursing editorial column for MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. Back to the top 

Mr. Cardenas Mr. Mauricio Cardenas - Mauricio has a 20+ year long experience as an organizational development consultant, coach and trainer in the U.S., Spain, Mexico, and Central and South America. He was a Senior Consultant with BST, Behavioral Science Technology, where he was responsible for coaching, training and consulting on safety performance improvement at client organizations such as Shell, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, Unilever, Akzo Nobel, Oxy Chemicals, Holcim, Johnson & Johnson and Cargill. He also was Organizational Development and Training Manager at Brightstar, a leading global telecommunications distribution and solutions provider company, and an Associate Consultant with LIM, Leadership in International Management, a pioneer of the action learning approach in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership. Has taught international business, cross-cultural management, organizational change management, human resource management and labor relations at the University of Miami (Florida), ESAN (Peru), University of North Carolina at Greensboro (North Carolina), Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico), Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and ESPOL (Ecuador). His Fulbright was in 1993 to the University of Pittsburgh.Back to the top

Mrs. Fulbright

Mrs. Harriet Fulbright - President of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center. Mrs. Fulbright shares her late husband's dedication to education and the search for peaceful solutions to conflicts throughout the world. Harriet Fulbright has spent much of her adult life teaching and working in international and arts affairs. She has a BA from Radcliffe College and an MFA from the George Washington University as well as seven honorary degrees. She was assistant director of the Congressional Arts Caucus, director of the International Conference of Art Historians and, later, of the Fulbright Association. She was appointed executive director of President Clinton's Commitee on the Arts and Humanities. In 1996, she was unofficial ambassador for the Fulbright Program's 50th aniversary and today travels widely to address Fulbright and other events. She now directs the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, which promotes the late Senator's vision of world peace and nonviolent means of resolving conflicts. The Center's purpose is to ensure effective engagement in all international collaborations - cultural exchange, study abroad, and life-long learning programs. Back to the top

Dr. George

Dr. Robert (Bob) George is Research Professor for Marine Fisheries University of Miami and Director of the George Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability (GIBS). His undergraduate and graduate studies were conducted in Madras, India. He came to the US as a postdoctoral fellow, at the University of Washington in 1964 and then worked at the Duke University Marine Lab and the Graduate Department of Oceanography at Florida State University. He has been a professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington since 1973. He held a Fulbright Professorship to India for work in the Indian Ocean in 1984 and again in 1988. He was twice a recipient of NSF Antarctic Service Medal for research on Antarctic Krill in McMurdo and in the Scotia/Weddell Sea – Palmer Station. He was awarded the ‘Wallenberg Grant’ as a visiting scientist to Kristineberg Marine Research Station in Sweden and has been a fellow of the Russian and the Romanian Academy of Sciences. Prof. George was appointed in January 2005 as member of the working-group for ecosystem conservation/deep-sea coral reefs for the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES), headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmar.  Back to the top

Ambassador Manuel Gutierrez-Ruiz - Mr. Gutierrez-Ruiz served as Ambassador of El Salvador to the Court of St. James (the United Kingdom).  He was a 1973 Fulbirght Scholar to the University of Indiana-Bloomington, where he studied business management.  He is currently serving as an economic development advisor to the government and to organizations in El Salvador.  Back to the top

Mr. Nothmann

Mr. David Nothmann was the President of the FAST board of directors from 2003-2008. He is currently a Vice President at ArborGen Inc, a leading innovator in tree improvement focused on meeting the growing need for wood, fiber and energy via conventional and biotech approaches. At ArborGen, he is accountable for strategic planning, business development, regulatory and product development. He joined ArborGenafter 13 years with Monsanto, most recently serving as the Americas Product Management Lead in their vegetable business. Other roles at Monsanto included leading a multi-functional team responsible for launching new biotechnology products such as Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans and serving as Director of Trait Licensing for Corn States Hybrid Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Monsanto. He has successfully led multi-million dollar licensing transactions and acquisitions, handled technology divestitures and program closures, and helped structure international joint ventures. In 1994-1995, David taught English at a junior college in Ilmenau, Germany, via the Fulbright exchange program, and he has since worked and traveled in Europe and South America. He graduated summa cum laude with high thesis honors from Tufts University (B.A.) and holds an M.B.A from NYU's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he was a research associate on two National Science Foundation grants. In addition to his volunteer service with FAST, he is also a top fundraiser for theNational Multiple Sclerosis Society via the MS Bike Tour. Back to the top

Dr. Reinhard

Dr. Karl Reinhard is an Associate Director at the Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences. He has worked on numerous forensic studies in the United States and has conducted research in South America for many years. In July 2000, he found a 10,000 year old louse egg on human hairs at a site in northeast Brazil - the oldest evidence of lice found to date anywhere in the world. According to his research, lice hitched a ride to the New World on the heads of its very first colonists, adapting to the changing conditions and perhaps evolving into new strains as people dispersed. He is also an Associate Professor, School of Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he teaches archeoparasitology. His Fulbright experience was to the National University of Public Health in Rio de Janeiro in 2001, where he lectured and conducted research on evolutionary perspectives on parasitic diseases. Back to the top

Dr. Unni

Dr. B.G. Unni is Chief Scientist & Area Coordinator (Biotechnology & Biological Sciences) did his BSc Biology, MSc and Ph.D in Biochemistry at Allahabad University and a post-doctoral Fulbright fellowship in Molecular Biology at Texas A&M University, USA.  Dr. Unni has been the secretary of Fulbright Alumni Association in Jorhat for the last 18 years and was elected as the “Best Fulbright Chapter Leader from South East Asia" (2006).  He is an expert on non-mulberry silkworms, working on biochemistry (Insects & Plants), physiology, enzymes, insect molecular biology, and biotechnology (Insect Tissue Culture). He has more than 36 years of research experience in both basic and applied field of science.  He has 4 patents and has published more than 85 research papers, 130 abstracts in national international conferences and 18 book chapters.  He is associated with the projects sponsored by Department of Science & Technology, GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Department of Biotechnology, CSIR and Defence Research Laboratory, DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Govt of India.   Back to the top

Mr. Vlasic

Mr. Mark Vlasic - Senior Fellow, Institute for International Law & Policy, Georgetown University. Mark Vlasic had practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP before serving as a White House Fellow working for the Secretary of Defense in 2006-07. Prior to private practice, he served as a prosecutor on the Slobodan Milosevic and Srebrenica trial teams at the UN War Crimes Tribunal. An Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University, he has lectured throughout Europe, taught the Iraqi judges trying Saddam Hussein, backpacked around the world, and provided commentary to CNN, FOX, CBS and NPR. He has served as an Army officer on Capitol Hill and at the Defense Attaché Office at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. Originally from Thousand Oaks, CA, he received his B.S.B.A. and J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University, his Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law, and conducted his post-graduate research at Universiteit Leiden as a NAF-Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands. Back to the top

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Joining the IAC

The advisors are thoughtful community leaders, committed younger professionals, and other types of alumni  -- all willing to contribute their expertise and thinking.  Advisors need to be available for four to five telephone calls from FAST staff or volunteers as well as respond to some specific questions via email.  Most members of the IAC also support the Academy's mission through personal donations, institutional memberships, in-kind contributions, or other types of support.

Fact Sheet about Service on the IAC - PDF file

To join the IAC, please send a copy of your resume to the Executive Director of the Fulbright Academy.


Mission of the Council

The Fulbright Academy established an International Advisory Council in 2007. The primary objective of the Advisory Council is to represent the interests of the Academy’s members and external stakeholders and offers counsel to FAST on its direction, focus and future. The Advisers also promote the Academy’s mission and enhance the Academy’s public image through communication, advocacy, and support. Members serve in a voluntary, advisory capacity. (Click here for details )

Academy members recommend individuals to serve on the Advisory Council. The Board’s nominating committee will review candidates and appoint members so that the Council’s membership reflects the diversity of the Academy’s members and stakeholders. We are currently seeking nominations - in particular from the business and government sectors.

The Advisory Council will consist of up to twenty-five members. Their terms of service shall be for two years from the date of appointment, and an individual member will serve for no more than three consecutive terms. Service on the Advisory Council is voluntary; members receive no compensation for their service. The Academy will not cover the costs of hospitality, room and board for those requiring overnight stays.

The Advisory Council will meets at our Annual Research Conference and may also elect to meet at other strategic locations, such as in Washington, DC, or at major scientific conferences.

Summary – the Mission of the Advisory Council:

  • Serve as the Academy’s ambassadors to friends of the Academy, corporate and foundation executives, government leaders and members of the media – with a particular focus on helping the Academy build strategic partnerships.
  • Provide information and expert advice regarding new and emerging trends that may impact the Academy. Share new perspectives and the benefits of their experience in various careers, disciplines and fields.
  • Assist the board and staff in our ongoing efforts to assess the effectiveness of the Academy, offering advice and counsel on broad matters of policy and planning.
  • Support our efforts to ensure that adequate financial resources are available to achieve the organization’s goals; Council members must be active, paid members of the Academy, and some members may be asked to give an additional financial contribution.
  • Support the Academy and its programs through indirect contributions, such as hosting a Forum or assistance in soliciting memberships, grants, foundation support or funds from other sources.
  • Perform supplemental functions as agreed upon by the Council and the Board.

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