Samer Badawi, Senior Communications Advisor -- Samer Badawi is a journalist and communications consultant with more than 20 years’ experience, including with international development programs worldwide. His writing and analysis have been featured by CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, The Washington Post, and others. A former Executive Director of a Washington, DC-based NGO, he has led strategic communications efforts for donor-funded programs in the United States and internationally.
Barbara Fillip, Senior Organizational Development Advisor -- Dr. Barbara Fillip is an organizational development practitioner with 20 years’ experience supporting individual, team, project, and organization-wide learning. She holds a PhD in International Development, has conducted evaluations of international development projects for the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank, and supported knowledge management efforts at NASA. She now leads her own woman-owned small consulting business, Fillip Consulting, LLC.
Erran Persley, Senior Economic Development Advisor -- Erran Persley brings 27 years’ experience in international trade and economic development. He served as the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Advisor for the U.S. Department of Commerce and coordinates the Federal Interagency Investment Working Group (IIWG) on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce. Under former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown, he served as the international trade specialist in charge of the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) program.