Flattau Associates' Democratic Leadership Assessment Business Advisory Board (DLA/BAB) provides guidance on business and product development. The DLA/BAB consists of individuals with a wide range of experience and knowledge from time spent in academia, government agencies, nonprofit groups, development organizations, and the private sector.
Dr. Edward J. Blakely
Dr. Edward J. Blakely has over 40 years of international experience in all aspects of urban and regional planning, disaster management and sustainable development. Dr. Blakely is a Fellow of the American Academy of Public Administration, A Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow and the 2008 Eliot Richardson Award Winner for Ethics in Government from the American Society for Public Administration. Dr. Blakely has chaired and led teams in regional planning and management systems consulting in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia as well as Los Angeles, Oakland and several other US, European and Asian city-regions. He has served as policy advisor to the Mayor of Oakland and advisor to the Los Angeles Public School District. He was Policy Advisor to Mayor Elihu Harris in Oakland for economic development, education and strategic planning in Oakland, CA. Dr. Blakely led the earthquake (1989) and fire (1991) recoveries and helped lead the New School University and Regional Planning Association community planning approach in the 9-11 terrorist attack recovery planning. He was appointed by C. Ray Nagin to lead the recovery of New Orleans where he developed and directed the implementation plans for the recovery of the City from 2007-2009. He has held several national and international appointments including a Presidential Appointment by Bill Clinton as Vice Chair of the Presidio Trust.
Dr. Lance Buhl
Lance Buhl is Deputy Director of the United States-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values in the Sanford School of Public Policy. He assisted the Center’s Founding Director, Ambassador James A. Joseph (U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, 1996-2000), in creating the Center (and its counterpart at the University of Cape Town) and designed and managed the Center’s programs – the Emerging Leaders Program for rising mid-career leaders in Southern Africa and the United States (2002-2008), the Binational Civil Society Forum of American and South African leaders of their respective independent sectors (2002-07), and the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program (2007-2011). A graduate of Kent State University (’61), he received his doctorate in American history from Harvard University (‘69), and taught and served in administrative positions there and at Cleveland State University. From 1974 to 1981, he was founding director of Projects for Educational Development; chairperson, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Instructional Development (for the Ohio Board of Regents); founding director of the Cleveland (and Ohio) cite of the Educational Policy Fellowship Program (of the Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC); and an independent consultant on teaching effectiveness in Ohio and across the nation. From 1981 to 1993 Lance was program officer, manager and then director of British Petroleum’s corporate contributions program in the United States. He created the company’s grantmaking programs in urban revitalization (focused primarily on low-income community development) and in the environment, and he managed the corporation’s $25 million social investment program and facilitated meetings that led to the creation of the Federal Low-Income Tax Credit. Since leaving British Petroleum, Lance has provided consulting and evaluation services to foundations, nonprofits and corporations as they address critical issues affecting their ability to serve the public.
Karumuna Kaijage, National Academy of Sciences
Karumuna Kaijage joined the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2009 as a Program Officer supporting the International Visitors Office and the U.S. National Committees for optics, psychology, theoretical and applied mechanics, and the Pacific Science Association. A native of Tanzania, Mr. Kaijage has served as the Education Program Manager at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and as a World Bank Consultant in Washington, DC. He is an International Development Consultant with innerCHANGE associates international (iCHai) based in Sewickley, PA and has served as Project Coordinator for the East African Child Development Project with the California-based nonprofit organization "A New Africa Starts With Education" (ANASWE). He holds a B.A. in economics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a Heinz Fellow with the School of Public Policy and Management.
Dr. Nina Khrushcheva, Associate Professor, The New School
Nina L. Khrushcheva is Associate Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School and senior fellow of the World Policy Institute. She is also an editor of and a contributor to Project Syndicate: Association of Newspapers Around the World. After receiving her Ph.D. from Princeton University, she had a two-year appointment as a research fellow at the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and then served as Deputy Editor of East European Constitutional Review at the NYU School of Law. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Khrushcheva’s articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times and other international publications. She is the author of Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics, and is currently working on a book “The Lost Khrushchev: A Family Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind.”
Dr. L.H.M. Ling, Associate Professor, The New School
L.H.M. Ling (PhD, MIT) is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School in New York City. Her research agenda focuses on developing a post-Western, post-Westphalian understanding of and approach to International Relations/World Politics. Dr. Ling is the author of three books: Democratizing International Relations: Culture as Method (Routledge, forthcoming), Transforming World Politics: From Empire to Multiple Worlds (Routledge, 2009, co-authored with Anna M. Agathangelou, York University), and Postcolonial International Relations: Conquest and Desire between Asia and the West (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002). Additionally, Dr. Ling is developing a textbook, Learning World Politics: A Journey through Global Traditions of Politics, Volume I: Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, for advanced undergraduates and entry-level graduate students. From 2008-2010, Dr. Ling was a Faculty Fellow with the India China Institute (ICI) at The New School. She is working on a manuscript with other ICI Fellows titled, Rethinking Borders and Security, India and China: New Connections for Ancient Geographies. Dr. Ling’s articles have appeared in various journals and anthologies.
Dr. Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño, Global Adaptation Institute
Dr. Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño is the Director of Science and Technology at the Global Adaptation Institute (GAI). He is responsible for the development of the GaIn Index, data mining, methodology and visualization techniques. Bruno, originally from Spain, joined GAI after serving as a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy fellow at the United States' National Academies of Sciences (NAS). Prior to NAS, Bruno worked for two years as a space and rocket scientist at the Department of Defense Naval Research Laboratory where he focused on solar data analysis and project planning for NASA rockets and satellites. Bruno holds a PhD in astrophysics from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Goettingen, Germany. His astrophysics career focused on understanding the sun and the sun-earth relationship, including space weather. He has contributed to science outreach in several countries, including peer reviewed articles, web pages, workshops and conferences. He has a strong passion for science and technology and its practical applications for a better world and recently served as the Project Manager for an application that received an award from the World Bank´s competition, “Apps for Development”, for its contribution to raise awareness to the Millennium Development Goals.
Will Smith, Co-Founder and Publisher, UrbanTurf.com
Will Smith is the co-founder and publisher of UrbanTurf, an online publication covering real estate in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Smith oversees all aspects of the business, with a particular focus on business development and expansion. Under his guidance, UrbanTurf has grown rapidly to become DC's premier real estate publication. Success in DC led to expansion in Chicago and San Francisco in 2011, with more cities slated for 2012. Coming nine years after the launch of his first online business, UrbanTurf is Smith's fourth venture as an entrepreneur in the new media space. All prior ventures by Smith saw successful exits, including the sale of a pay-per-click directory business to publicly-traded Jupitermedia in 2003. Smith has a B.A. in Computer Science from Brown University, where he graduated in 2001.
Dr. Marc A. Weiss, Chairman and CEO, Global Urban Development
Dr. Marc A. Weiss is Chairman and CEO of Global Urban Development (GUD), an international policy organization with offices in Barcelona, Beijing, Curitiba, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Prague, Rehoboth, San Francisco Bay Area, Singapore, Sydney, and Washington, DC. He also serves as Chairman of Sustainable Economic Development Strategies LLC, Executive Editor of Global Urban Development Magazine, Chair of the Climate Prosperity Alliance, and Co-Chair of the GUD program committee on Generating Sustainable Economic Development. In addition, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership, a member of the Steering Committees of the United Nations-Habitat World Urban Campaign and Best Practices and Policies Program, and a Citistates Associate. He previously served as: Public Policy Scholar and Editor of Global Outlook at the Woodrow Wilson International Center; Coordinator of the Strategic Economic Development Plan for Washington, DC; Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD Liaison to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in the Clinton Administration; Director of the Real Estate Development Research Center, Acting Director of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Planning, and Associate Professor at Columbia University; and Deputy Director of the California Commission on Industrial Innovation. He is the author or co-author of many books, articles, and reports, including a widely acclaimed book on urban development and planning, The Rise of the Community Builders, a best-selling international textbook, Real Estate Development Principles and Process, published by the Urban Land Institute, and Sustainable Economic Development Strategies, published by Global Urban Development. He has been an adviser on sustainable economic and community development in cities and regions in the U.S. and throughout the world, including South Africa, China, Brazil, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., the Czech Republic, and the Virgin Islands. He earned an M.C.P. and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Stanford University, plus he attended the London School of Economics.