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Oct 30, 2014
Hon. Natalia Quintavalle


topic: Italy Day

Natalia Quintavalle is a career diplomat with 25 years experience. Over the past 12 years, she has dealt with multilateral cooperation and in particular the United Nations system, first as the permanent representation of Italy to Geneva and then as the representation of Italy in New York.

In Geneva she managed Italy's relations with the specialized agencies in the fields of health and labour (ILO, WHO, UNAIDS, GFATM). While in New York she was first Italian delegate at the Budget Committee and the General Assembly's administration and then was responsible for economic, financial and development.

Until September 2011 she held the post of Deputy Director General/Director for the United Nations and Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 1986 and 1999 she served on two occasions at the Directorate General for development cooperation, first (1986-1988) at the multilateral and Office (1997-1999) as head of the Office for non-governmental cooperation. She also served as Consul of Italy in Toulouse, France (1989-1991) and as first Secretary at the Embassy of Italy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1991-1995).


Nov 6, 2014
Steven Lonegan


topic: TBA

Steven Mark Lonegan is a businessman, author and former Mayor of Bogota, NJ. He was State Director of the NJ chapter of Americans for Prosperity and a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of New Jersey in 2005 and 2009, as well as the Republican nominee in the Oct 2013 special election to fill New Jersey's open U.S. Senate seat following the death of Frank Lautenberg.


Nov 13, 2014
John E. Schwarz


topic: A Free-Market Economy is not an Economy of Freedom

John E. Schwarz, born in New York City, taught public policy at the University of Arizona from 1970-2004, specializing in economic and social policy. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at the University of Minnesota from 1966-1970 and on the staff of Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana as an economic advisor. He is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio where he received a Bachelor's Degree and Indiana University where he received his PhD in Political Science and Economics. He was also educated at the London School of Economics and L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques at the University of Paris.

John Schwarz is currently Professor Emeritus of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He was Chair of the Faculty at the University of Arizona from 1995-1997, Senior Faculty Associate to the President of the University from 1998-2003, and winner of the Danforth Teaching Award from 1978-1984.

He has published six books, most of them focused on employment, pay, and social assistance in the United States as they relate to economic opportunity and the American ideal of freedom as understood by the Founders. One of the books, Illusions of Opportunity, was nominated for a Pulitizer Prize in 1998 and another, America's Hidden Success, was named one of the best three books of the year on American politics by the Washington Monthly and the best book of the year by the public policy organ of the American Political Science Association. Two of his books, America's Hidden Success and The Forgotten Americans, have been placed on lists of the best fifty books on American economic and social policy of the past half century. His most recent book is Common Credo: The Path Back to American Success, published by W.W. Norton in 2013. Articles of his have appeared in every major journal in political science as well as in numerous more popular outlets, including The Atlantic, The New Republic, the Nation, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times of London, and the Harvard Business Review.


Nov 20, 2014
Elizabeth Ames


topic: Why A Stable Dollar is Common Sense

Elizabeth Ames is an entrepreneur, speaker and author specializing in communications, marketing and media. She is co-author of three books with Steve Forbes: How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are The Best Answer In Today's Economy (Crown 2009); Freedom Manifesto (Crown 2012) and MONEY: How The Destruction Of The Dollar Threatens The Global Economy And What We Can Do About It (McGraw Hill 2014). Ames is founder of BOLDE Communications which has developed messaging, marketing and communications strategies for a wide range of corporate and individual clients including Dow Jones, MarketWatch.com, Forbes, Gruner and Jahr, Scientific American magazine, The Conference Board, NERA Economic Consulting and many others. A former corporate public relations executive at Forbes, she has also worked as a correspondent at BusinessWeek magazine.

She previously spent six years in public relations at the Univ. of So. California, promoting the university's faculty and academic research. Ames developed and produced "Your Enterprise," a weekly radio feature promoting the USC Entrepreneur Program that aired on CBS affiliate KNX NewsRadio.

Prior to entering public relations, Ames spent more than ten years as a journalist. She was a reporter with BusinessWee, covering the entertainment business from the magazine's Los Angeles bureau. Her work as a freelance writer has appeared in New York, Newsweek, Vogue, People, Us, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Savvy, Self, Horizon and numerous other publications.


Dec 8, 2014
Richard J. Deckelbaum, M.D.


topic: TBA

Richard J. Deckelbaum, MD, CM, FRCPC is Professor of Pediatrics, a Professor of Epidemiology, the Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition, and Director of the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University Medical Center.

The major focus of Dr. Deckelbaum's laboratory is to determine regulatory mechanisms for cell-lipid particle interaction, cell cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism, and lipid-related gene expression. Dr. Deckelbaum also coordinates programs related to the effects of varying nutrient intakes on expression of cardiovascular risk factors in children of different genetic backgrounds in both national and international studies. Overall, an important objective of Dr. Deckelbaum's program is to develop investigators who can translate basic nutritional questions into basic lipid and cellular biology.


Dec 18, 2014
Elizabeth Pisani


topic: TBA

Elizabeth Pisani says she is a recovering epidemiologist specialising in HIV and public health in developing countries. She's taken a little while off her "day job" to indulge her passion for Indonesia, a country that has captivated and infuriated Her for over two decades. She just spent a year on cargo ships etc exploring its outer reaches, and an equal time trying to make sense of it.

Before that she made a few people cross by publishing a book called The Wisdom of Wh*res: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS. It concluded that in the multi-billion dollar HIV industry, we all sell ourselves to the highest bidder.

Elizabeth has an MA in classical Chinese from Oxford, an MSc in Medical Demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Infectious Diease Epidemiology, also from LSHTM. When she's not on a cargo ship she's now an independent consultant on public health issues; is doing quite a bit of work around increasing the sharing of data collected with public and foundation money, so that we can squeeze more good policy out of the same amount of data.

Before She became a scientist, she was a journalist for Reuters and The Economist. She reported on stock markets and revolutions, and had the dubious privilege of witnessing Chinese troops roll in to Tiananmen Square in 1989. She's lived in Western Europe (Germany, Spain, France, the UK, Belgium and Ireland), Asia (Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, China) and East Africa (Kenya). Elizabeth boasts that she can flirt in a bar and bribe a policeman in five languages.

Areas of Self-Procalimed Expertise:
Public Health, Global Health, Addiction, sea kayaking, Sex, HIV, Nation Building, Indonesia, Corruption

She is passionate about:
Common sense, serendipity, Cote Rotie, languages, discovery, learning, jamon jabugo, Indonesia.


Jan 29, 2015
Theresa M. Grant


topic: Common Mistakes Donors Make & How to Avoid Them

Theresa Grant, Chairwoman and Founder of Make A Difference has dedicated her life to helping disadvantaged children get access to quality education. In 2005 she quit her job as a marketing executive in the Silicon Valley and sold all of her possessions to fulfill a calling she had to make a difference in Africa. She moved to an orphanage on a farm outside of Lusaka, Zambia. Finding so much joy and satisfaction from making a difference in the lives of others, Grant helped start the international side of C2BU, an organization focused on helping people find their purpose in life. After working for two years with C2BU, Grant decided to start her own organization solely dedicated to empowering children in need called, Make A Difference (MAD).

Grant has a BS in International Relations and a BA in Spanish. She has supervised hundreds of volunteers from countries around the world including Australia, Belgium, China, India, Israel, Sweden, Tanzania, UK, USA and Zambia helping empower disadvantaged children.

MAD's mission is to support quality educational opportunities for vulnerable children and youth in developing countries. and it's dream is to help children rise out of poverty and become leaders within their countries.


Feb 12, 2015
Chris Powell


topic: TBA

Chris Powell is a co-founder of The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, organized in the fall of 1998 to expose, oppose, and litigate against collusion to control the price and supply of gold and related financial instruments. The committee arose from essays by Bill Murphy, a financial commentator on the Internet, and by Chris Powell, a newspaper editor in Connecticut.







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