American & Global Leaders

Prince Turki Al Faisal

Prince Turki Al-Faisal received his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Prince Turki was appointed an Advisor in the Royal Court in 1973. From 1977 to 2001, he served as the Director General of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), the Kingdom’s main foreign intelligence service. In 2002, he was appointed Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz. In 2005, Prince Turki was appointed Ambassador to the United States on July 20, 2005. He served as Ambassador to the United States until 2007.

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George Allen

George Allen is a former U.S. Senator and former Virginia Governor, as well as son of the great NFL coach George Allen, Sr. In his book, What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports, he brings these two worlds of sports and politics together. Having spent his life with one foot in the sports arena and the other in the political arena, Allen has been able to bring a unique perspective to the table. Through personal stories, anecdotes, and interviews, Allen draws parallels and contrasts between two of our nation’s favorite passions.

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Michael Astrue

Former Health and Human Services Counselor and Former Social Security Commissioner discusses the implementation of the ObamaCare. He also served as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States at the White House in the Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr administrations. In the private sector, he practiced law and was as a senior executive at several biotechnology companies.

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Evan Bayh

Evan Bayh joined the Fox News Channel (FNC) in March 2011 as a contributor. Before joining FNC, Bayh served as a United States Senator for Indiana from 1999 to 2011, occupying the same seat that was formerly held by his father. In this capacity, Bayh served for more than four years as Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, which offered support to elected officials and community leaders who took a progressive approach to the issues facing the country.

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Lorenzo Bini Smaghi

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi is a former member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank. He is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs. He is also currently Chairman of SnamReteGas, an Energy Company, and of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Bini Smaghi has published extensively in monetary and international economics, and is the author of several articles and books on international and European monetary and financial issues.

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Herman Cain

Herman Cain is an exceptional leader whose experience has brought him to the pinnacle of both the corporate and political worlds, and he brings solutions to both of their most pressing problems. No matter what the consequences, Cain has made a habit of facing tough challenges head-on and succeeding no matter what the arena.

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President Fernando Cardoso

Fernando Henrique Cardoso is the two-term President of the Federal Republic of Brazil. A leading Latin American sociologist, President Cardoso is currently a professor-at-large at the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He delivers lectures, participates in various symposia, interacts with students in the classroom and works with faculty in development studies, Latin American studies, Portuguese and Brazilian studies and other departments, institutes and centers.

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Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, a professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, is the author of numerous books on U.S. foreign policy, including American Power and the New Mandarins, Political Economy of Human Rights (two volumes, written with Edward Herman), Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians, and Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World. His most recent books are Failed States and Perilous Power.

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Jim DeMint

James Warren "Jim" DeMint is an American politician who was a United States Senator from South Carolina from 2005 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party and a leading figure in the Tea Party movement. He previously served as the United States Representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district from 1999 to 2005. DeMint resigned from the Senate on January 1, 2013, to become president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

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Lincoln Diaz-Balart

Former U.S. Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart is an international lawyer and consultant based in Miami, Florida. Diaz-Balart is a driving force behind the White Rose Institute. The Institute continues the work of his father, the late Cuban writer and political leader Rafael Diaz-Balart, for human rights in Cuba. He is a passionate advocate for human rights and an expert on the politics of the United States, Latin America, and Spain.

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Ian Goldin

Ian Goldin is a leading global thinker and exceptional speaker. After a career which included being CEO of a bank and vice president of the World Bank, he is now at Oxford and serves on a variety of boards. His most recent and widely acclaimed books are Globalization for Development and Exceptional People. He is the author of two upcoming books, Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing and what we can do about it, and The Butterfly Defect: Globalization and Systemic Risk.

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Christopher Hill

Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill served as the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq from April 2009 until August 2010. He is a career member of the Foreign Service whose prior assignment was Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He also served as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. He received a Master’s degree from the Naval War College in 1994. He speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian and Macedonian. Ambassador Hill is one of the most admired and respected American Diplomat.

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Gary Kasparov

” We can’t change our hardware, that’s our DNA. But we can definitely upgrade our software!“ Forceful, challenging, and entertaining are words used to describe a speech by Garry Kasparov. His subject matter ranges from decision-making to strategic planning and from innovation to intuition. From New York City to Silicon Valley, from Porto Alegre to Dubai, Kasparov customizes each lecture for time, place, and audience with a remarkable blend of anecdotes, analysis, and personal experience.

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Robert Kerrey

Robert Kerrey is a former Navy Seal and former Senator from Nebraska. He was the Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and was a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee. He was Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and had recently co-chaired of the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service. Kerrey was also a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1989 through 1996.

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Vaclav Klaus

Vaclav Klaus is the former President of the Czech Republic, the Former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (1992-1997) and Former President of the Czech Parliament, Chamber of Deputies (1998-2002). Considered one of Eastern Europe’s most influential post-Communist leaders, he was previously Finance Minister in the former Czechoslovakia, presiding over revolutionary economic reforms. He has published over 20 books on general social, political and economic themes.

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Mavis Leno

Mavis Nicholson Leno is the Chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Help Afghan Women and Girls, and has been the United States' most outspoken critic of the Taliban's horrific treatment of women. Leno joined the Board of Directors of the Feminist Majority Foundation in 1997, after playing an active role in the effort to defeat Proposition 209, the anti-affirmative action initiative on the 1996 California ballot.

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Robert Lopez

Robert Lopez is assistant professor of English at California State University-Northridge. He is the author of Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients from Wheatley to Whitman. This year he will be publishing novels he wrote in the 1990s and 2000s. He has authored over fifty articles, including "Growing Up with Two Moms," about his experiences as a lesbian's son who eventually became an activist to protect children's rights to a mother and father.

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Somaly Mam

Cambodian Human Rights Activist, born to a tribal minority family in the Mondulkiri province of Cambodia, Somaly Mam began life in extreme poverty. Mam was sold into sexual slavery by a man who posed as her grandfather. To this day, due to the passing of time and the unreliability of a wounded memory, she still does not know who this man was to her. Yet his actions set her on an unimaginable path fraught with danger, desperation, and ultimately triumph.

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George Mitchell

George Mitchell is a global diplomat, peace negotiator, and leadership expert called on by presidents, prime ministers, corporate businesses, and sports leaders to handle delicate issues of peace negotiation, conflict resolution, and even independent, high-profile commissions. Mitchell recently stepped down as President Obama’s Special Envoy for Middle East Peace.

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Lord Christopher Monckton

Lord Christopher Monckton, businessman, newspaper editor, inventor, classical architect, trained orator and high priest of climate skepticism, prevented several government-level scientific frauds while serving as a Downing Street domestic and science policy advisor to Margaret Thatcher, saving British taxpayers billions. In 1986 he was the first to advise the Prime Minister that global warming caused by CO2 should be investigated. Two years later she set up the Hadley Center.

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Ross Perot

Ross Perot is the former Presidential candidate & founder of Electronic Data Systems In 1962, Perot's wife loaned him $1,000 from her savings account to start a one-man data processing company. He named the company Electronic Data Systems. Today, EDS is a multi-billion dollar corporation employing more than 70,000 people. Recognizing that a first-class educational system is the foundation for economic improvement, Perot led the effort to reform the school system.

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Jose Rodriguez

Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr., served the United States for twenty-five years as an undercover officer before bringing his wealth of field knowledge to the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, where he led all U.S. counterterrorism operations. Rodriguez is also the author of Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions after 9/11 Saved American Lives.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is California's 38th Governor, a Cultural Icon and Environmental Crusader. This world-famous athlete and actor was born in Thal, Austria in 1947, and by the age of 20 was dominating the sport of competitive bodybuilding, becoming the youngest person ever to win the Mr. Universe title. Most notably, Schwarzenegger made California a world leader on renewable energy and combating climate change with the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, set a revolutionary political reform agenda.

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Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky believes that the truest expression of democracy is the ability to stand in the middle of a town square and express one's views without fear of imprisonment. He should know. A dissident in the USSR, Sharansky was jailed for nine years for challenging Soviet policies. During that time he reinforced his moral conviction that democracy is essential to both protecting human rights and maintaining global peace and security.

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Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate for Literature, International best-selling author. The life of Wole Soyinka's is one of the rare, riveting biographies of our time. His life course has brought him from death's door as a political prisoner in solitary confinement to the hallowed halls of Harvard, Yale, and Leeds. Soyinka seems fated to bridge elements in our world which are poles apart. His vision is described variously as, "inspirational, transcendent," and "demanding but rewarding." As a play write, poet, and novelist Soyinka's vision comes to us through a stunning corpus.

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Richard Thornburgh

Richard Lewis "Dick" Thornburgh has led a highly distinguished and successful career of service to his nation for over 25 years. He has served as Pennsylvania's first Republican two-term governor, U.S. Attorney General under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, and Under-Secretary General of the United Nations. Thornburgh was educated at Yale University and at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Law Review.

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Vin Webber

Vin Weber is one of the most prominent and successful strategists in the Republican Party and enjoys strong bipartisan relationships across the legislative and executive branches of government. He serves as a trusted advisor to senior officials in the Administration and on Capitol Hill, and has counseled numerous Presidential campaigns.

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Curt Weldon

A renowned speaker, Curt Weldon is recognized for his consummate expertise and passionate ability to captivate audiences. Congressman Curt Weldon served for 20 years in the United States Congress retiring as both Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee as well as Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. He also served on the Energy Committee of the House Science Committee.

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Paul L. Williams

Paul L. Williams is the author of such critically acclaimed books as Crescent Moon Rising: The Islamic Transformation of America (Prometheus, 2013), The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World (Prometheus, 2007), The Dunces of Doomsday (Cumberland/WND Books, 2006), The Al Qaeda Connection (Prometheus, 2005), Osama's Revenge: The Next 9/11. He has been the subject of programs on PBS, A & E, the Discovery and History channels and has appeared on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR.

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Muhammad Yunus

Professor Muhammad Yunus is a Nobel Peace Laureate. His creative ideas, hard work, and brilliant implementation of microcredit throughout Bangladesh and the globe has made brilliant contributions helping millions of the poor. His work has helped men and especially women take charge of their lives to overcome heartbreaking poverty. He is also responsible for several groundbreaking programs benefiting the poor rural communities and their citizens.

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