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Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program—Fareed Zakaria GPS, Editor at Large of TIME, a Washington Post columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author.  He was described in 1999 by Esquire Magazine as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.” In 2010, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers.

Ernesto Zedillo

Ernesto Zedillo was President of Mexico from 1994 to 2000. Zedillo instituted a number of reforms designed to end political corruption and create freer elections as well as economic reforms. He is the Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, Professor in the Field of International Economics and Politics, and Professor Adjunct of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.

Dr. Sam Zemni

Dr. Zemni specializes in the politics of the Arab world (Maghreb and Mashreq) with a focus on political Islam and Islamic terrorism. He actively contributes to the debate on Islam and Muslims in Belgium, as well as on the broader issue of Islam in Europe and development of a “European Islam.” Dr. Zemni is also involved with a number of community organizations that work towards empowering minorities.

Yong Zhao

Dr. Yong Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education. His  book World Class Learners has won several awards including the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2013), Association of Education Publishers’ (AEP) Judges’ Award and Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership(2013).

Radwan Ziadeh

Ziadeh is the founder and director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies in Syria and co-founder and executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the managing editor of the Transitional Justice in the Arab World Project. He is on the board of directors for the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) in Washington, D.C. He is the author of numerous books on Syria, Islam and democracy.

Mike Zollitsch

Mr. Zollitsch is a member of the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force and is a leading authority on emergency marine oil spill response. He has worked on a number of high-profile regional issues, including the grounding of the freighter New Carissa in 1999, which released an estimated 70,000-140,000 gallons of fuel into the marine environment off the Oregon Coast.

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