Arthur S. Westneat III, Ph.D.
Art Westneat is a Ph.D. political economist with a multi-decade career working on African economic issues. He has a substantial background in academic teaching, field research, economic analysis, and writing. His Ph.D. is a jointly conferred degree in public policy and political science; his M.S. is in agricultural economics; his B.A. is in economics. He has extensive training in statistics and econometrics and was an award-winning statistics instructor at Indiana University.
Barbara Brittingham is the retired President of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). She was founding dean of the College of Education at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, and Dean and Professor at the University of Rhode Island. Currently she serves on the board of Quality and Qualifications Ireland; and on the Quality Council in Iceland. Sponsored by the Fulbright Commission, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, and local governments and universities, Ms. Brittingham has worked with ministries and universities in over twenty-five countries. She has served as a non-federal negotiator, U.S. Department of Education negotiated rule-making Program Integrity Issues and testified on distance education and competency-based education before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee and on accreditation before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
Dan Grimm is the GM of SAFR from RealNetworks. SAFR is the world’s foremost facial recognition and person-centric computer vision platform for real-time video, enabling its customers to process tens of millions of faces per month for security and authentication. He wrote and leads SAFR Guiding Principles and is committed to developing AI-powered products that advance security, justice, and human flourishing. Mr. Grimm has served as the GM of Kindle Enterprise Publishing at Amazon and served 9 years as a strategy consultant for Monitor and Monitor Deloitte in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. He was a co-leader of the Inclusive Markets practice from Washington DC, where he advised global donors on market-based solutions in international development.
Jim Sintros is Chairman of the Board of Nexus FrontierTech and President of Stilwell Foundation, is on the board of KMT-Hansa Corp. and The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc. He was a senior advisor at Monitor Consulting Group.
Wade Channel, J.D.
Wade Channell, J.D., is the Senior Economic Growth Advisor for the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GenDev) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A specialist in business enabling environments, Mr. Channell has worked on issues that constrain growth and private sector development, first as a commercial lawyer and then as a development professional. In 2013, he turned his focus to the disparate constraints faced by economically active women; he now leads USAID’s efforts to create a more comprehensive approach to promoting women’s economic empowerment and equality. He actively promotes women’s financial inclusion, with an emphasis on secured lending. Focusing on the nexus of rule of law, business, and gender, he has worked as well on a value chain approach to combatting the business of human trafficking. Mr. Channell also serves as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, teaching in both the policy school and the business school.