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Speaker and Visitor Program

Backstage with Anderson Cooper
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    Aung San Suu Kyi
    Nobel Peace Laureate
  • 02
    Nancy Pelosi
    House Minority Leader
  • 03
    John Boehner
    Speaker of the House
  • 04
    Mike Mullen
    JCS Chairman
  • 05
    Abdul Kalam
    Indian President
  • 06
    Hanan Ashrawi
    Palestinian Representative
  • 07
    Ehud Olmert
    Israeli Prime Minister
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    Mike Ryan
    UBS Investment Strategist
  • 09
    Mitch McConnell
    Senate Republican Leader

A key component of the Patterson School experience is our rich speaker and visitors program. Policymakers, professors, corporate officials, and political activists — from the United States and abroad — are brought to campus not only to speak, but also to actually meet our students. Often guest speakers make two presentations: a major session open to the public and another (frequently off the record) small event with just Patterson School students. Indeed, those experts participating in the annual Fall Conference normally do no open-to-the-public events. These more intimate, relaxed sessions facilitate greater candor and deeper insights. Finally, visitors often dine during their stay with a small Patterson School group (six to eight people — primarily students), enabling close personal contact and increased networking possibilities.

A signature event is the Patterson School's Vince Davis Lecture. This brings to Lexington leading policymakers and scholars working at the forefront of foreign and security policy. The 2013 speaker was Noel Nelson Messone, a Patterson School graduate and currently Gabon's permanent representative to the United Nations. Recent speakers include former acting Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin, diplomatic historian George C. Herring and Admiral Mike Mullen, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Former CIA Director Admiral Stansfield Turner presented the inaugural Davis lecture in 2003.

On the economic side, in 2013 the Spragens Family International Banking Lecture showcased Swiss economist and former Davos executive Thierry Malleret. This followed last year's presentation by Cyprus Finance Minister Michalis Sarris. Earlier speakers were Mike Ryan (Chief Investment Strategist for the Swiss bank UBS), and Andreas Prindl, CBE (Deputy Chairman of British insurance giant Lloyds). The inaugural Spragens lecture was given in 2009 by professor and former Federal Reserve Bank official Donald Mullineaux.

In addition to Patterson School events, many notable guests to the University of Kentucky and this area give major addresses on political and international themes. Recent examples include a review of China policy with former Ambassador and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, discussions with US Supreme Court Associate Justices Elena Kagan and Clarence Thomas, a roundtable with the current and former Speakers of the House John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and Denny Hastert; the visit of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi; former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian activist Hanan Ashrawi; former Indian President Abdul Kalam.

Finally, the Patterson School's close relationships with the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana and the Kentucky World Trade Center provide students with additional opportunities for professional engagement and growth.

2014-2015 Speakers/Visitors

Marianne Barnes, Master Taster (Bourbon), Brown-Forman
Burak Turan Benli, Administrative Judge, Ankara, Turkey
Amanda Mays Bledsoe, Lexington Fayette Urban County Council (candidate)
Ryan Boscow, NNSA Program Head, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Cathryn Cornett '94, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Timothy DeLong, Global Managing Director, Brown-Forman
Ritch Dion, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
James Ellickson-Brown, Board of Examiners, US Department of State
Marshall Farrer, Global Brand Director, Brown-Forman
Robert Frederick, Vice President for Corporate Responsibility, Brown-Forman
Crady deGolian '04, Director, Council of State Governments
Amy Gamblin '02, owner, SpotOn Business Services
Timothy Holtz, Senior Communications Analyst, Brown-Forman
John T. Ice '06, Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State
Ayse Kalem, Reporter Judge, Supreme Court, Turkey
Mark Klein, Business Development Officer, Export-Import Bank
Seçkin Koçer, Reporter Judge, Supreme Court, Turkey
Therese Larsson, Chief Foreign Analyst, Svenska Dagbladet
Chuck Martz, President and CEO, Link-Belt
John McIntire, Facilities Caretaker, Waterstep
Sara Melton Moreno '90, International Trade Specialist, Department of Commerce
Volkan MüftMüoğlu, Reporter Judge, State Council, Turkey
Robert Olson, Professor Emeritus, History, University of Kentucky
Christine O'Neal '04, founding director, MOSA
Murat Oner, Judge, Ministry of Justice Court, Hilvan, Turkey
Zekiye Oztürk, Commercial Court Judge, Ankara, Turkey
Corey Rogers, Latin America Sales Manager, Link-Belt
Fausto Sarmiento '11, Kentucky Small Business Development Center
LaToya Smith, Human Resources/Diversity Specialist, Brown-Forman
Lee Tatum '90, Vice President/Chief of Staff, Brown-Forman
Sarah Trainor '13, Digital Marketing Specialist, Brown-Forman
Paul Valdez, Operations Manager, Clearwater Seafood
John Vidal, Vice President, Director of Portfolio Innovation, Brown-Forman
J. Andrew Walker '02, Senior Analyst, General Accountability Office
Zunar (Zulikee Anwar Haque), Malaysian political cartoonist

2012-2013 Speakers/Visitors

Susan Aaronson, Professor, Elliott School, George Washington University
Jason P. Abbott, Director, Center for Asian Democracy, University of Louisville
Zeynep Alemdar '01, Next Generation Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Mohamed Ali Darrat, Parliamentarian and President, National Front Party, Libya
Hrair Balian, Director, Conflict Resolution Program, The Carter Center
Johannes Boie, editor Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich
Simon Book, correspondent, Handelsblatt, Düsseldorf
James Boswell, Captain, National Security, Policy and Strategy, US Navy
Jacqueline (Denise) Brown, Colonel, Signal Corps, US Army
Stuart W. Belt, Captain USN, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General, Pentagon
Ricardo Cámara Sánchez, Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta
Case Clay, President, Three Chimneys Farm
Anthony Conley, Commander, US Navy
Cori Curtis '13, School of Criminal Justice, SUNY-Albany
Michael J. Daniels, Colonel, US Army War College
Michael Dawahare, hedge fund manager, former trustee, Georgetown College
Dennis Davis, Major, US Army War College
Ritchie Dion, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
James Ellikson-Brown, Board of Examiners, US Department of State
David Feldman, Professor and Chair, University of California, Irvine
Alan Fryar, Associate Professor of Hydrogeology, University of Kentucky
Amy Gamblin '02, owner, SpotOn Business Services
Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO, CARE
Andrea Gerlak, Senior Policy Associate, Udall Center, University of Arizona
Peter Goodmann, Assistant Director, Kentucky Division of Water
Jada Griggs, Environmental Initiatives Specialist, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
Daniel Hartnett, Senior Policy Analyst, China Strategic Issues Group, CNA
Heather Hodges, Ambassador (ret.), President of Cleveland World Affairs Council
Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO, WaterStep
Glen R. Huber, Jr., Colonel, Commandant, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
Gary Hufbauer, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
John T. Ice '06, Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State
Kelly Ivanov, Colonel, Field Artillery, US Army
Jerry Johnson, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
John Anthony Jordan, BBN Technologies, former CIA
Nadeem Kahn, Vice President of Strategy and Execution Management, Aflac
Kitae Kim, Global Sustainability Manager, AGCO Corporation
Carey King, Research Associate, University of Texas at Austin
Javier Lopez, Major, 194th Armored Brigade, Fort Benning
Kazuhiro Maeshima, Professor, Bunkyo University, Tokyo
Timothy Mallard, Lt. Colonel, Chaplain, US Army War College
Thierry Malleret, former WEF executive, Co-Founder, Monthly Barometer, Geneva
Steven Margelis, David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Cody McBroom, Captain, 194th Armored Brigade, Fort Benning
H.R. McMaster, Major General, Commander US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning
Ronald McMullen, Ambassador (ret.), visiting professor University of Iowa
Noel Nelson Messone '91, Permanent Representative of Gabon, United Nations
David Michel, Director, Environmental Security Center, Stimson Center
Jerry Mitchell, Captain, US Army National Guard
John Moffett, Manager, LG&E and KU Services
Kathleen Montgomery, Chief of Party, East Africa Trade Hub, Nairobi, Kenya, Chemonics
Scott Moore, Sustainability Research Fellow, Kennedy School, Harvard
Amanda Mullikin, Resettlement Consultant, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Nelson Mumma, Director Global External Affairs-Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company
Jim Muskopf, Colonel, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
Ramin Navai, Deputy Consul General, British Consulate General, Chicago
Thomas Navratil, former FSO and director of the Secretary of State's Open Forum
Felix Orlando Niño Mendez, CSM (Colombian Marine Corps), WHINSEC
Gustavo Núñez Kocher, Colonel (Chilean Army), Assistant Commandant, WHINSEC
Christine O'Neal '04, founding director, MOSA
Nick Osborne, VP Program, Partnerships, Learning and Advocacy, CARE
Gustavo Palacio, former diplomat, President of Ecuador Democracy International
Aron Patrick '07, Senior Analyst, US Department of Energy
Mark Pierson '84, Managing Director for North America, BigRep, GmbH (Berlin)
Anupam Ray, Minister/Diplomat, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, India
Chittaranjan Ray, Director, Nebraska Water Center
Kip Randall, Captain, Deputy, Commander's Initiatives Group, Fort Benning
Mara Rudman, former USAID Deputy Administrator Mideast, NSC
Dan Rutz, Health Communications Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Amy Ryan '00, Senior Trade Specialist, US Department of Commerce, Atlanta
Reggie Salazar, Lt. Col., Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
Catherine Shultz, Conflict Resolution Program-Liberia Team, The Carter Center
Andriana Supandy, Consul General, Indonesian Consulate General, Chicago
Shane Tedder, founder Broke Spoke and UK Sustainability Coordinator
Melissa Thomas, Professor, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins
Suzette Walling, Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment
Jacob Walz, Intelligence analyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Aaron Wilson, landfill gas technician, EKPC-Bavarian Landfill Power Station
Becky Weyenberg, VP GLOBE Business Transformation, AGCO Corporation
Zunar (Zulikee Anwar Haque), Malaysian political cartoonist

2012-2013 Speakers/Visitors

Madiha Afzal, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Jasmeet Ahuja, Yale Law School (formerly with Departments of State and Defense)
Patricia Alonso Vicente, Cultural Affairs Assistant, American Embassy Madrid, Spain
Richard Aloo, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America
Frank Anderson, former President, Middle East Policy Council
Marie-Laure Angoran, IRC Director, American Embassy Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Adrian Avalin, Information Specialist, American Embassy Manila, Philippines
Amani Athar, Information Assistant, American Embassy Kigali, Rwanda
Cheryl Bachelder, President, Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen; CEO, AFC Enterprises
Antonio Enrico Bartoli, Cultural Affairs Counselor, Italian Embassy, Washington, DC
David Beculheimer, Assistant Port Director, US Customs and Border Protection
Fay Bedoun, Executive Director, American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Roderick Blanchard, Port Director, US Customs and Border Protection
Pamela Bradley, Director, Joint Vienna Institute (former IMF executive)
Steve Burnette, Plant Manager, High Flux Isotope Reactor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Mark Burrows, Physical Scientist, International Joint Commission
William Cash '10, International Supply Chain Manager, Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen
Claudia Ceraudo, Intern, Italian Embassy Washington, DC
Elizabeth Chalecki, Mellon Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Goucher College
Sarah Chayes, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Umar Cheema, Investigative Journalist, The News International (Karachi), Pakistan
Irina Chernushkina, Speaker Program Coordinator, American Embassy Moscow, Russia
Choi Young-jin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States
Elizabeth Colton, former FSO and spokesperson, for US embassies in Egypt and Iraq
Serge Cote, Inspector/Officer in Charge, Windsor Detachment, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Doreen Cutonilli, RefugePoint, Mozambique
Margherita De Amici, Public Affairs, American Consulate General Milan, Italy
Gerald De Vault, Program Director Y-12 National Security Complex
Jason Delambre, Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise, LLC
Laura Demoy, Public Affairs, American Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chris Detjen, Manager, Public Policy Programs, NextEnergy
Ritchie Dion, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
Gerry Forbes, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Cathy Fore, Director, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Erick Foronda, Senior Information Specialist, American Embassy La Paz, Bolivia
Claudia Fuentes Julio, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Sumit Ganguly, Tagore Professor of Indian Cultures and Civilizations, Indiana University
Benedetto Giuntini, First Secretary, Italian Embassy Washington, DC
Michael Grimmeti, Quality Assurance Manager, United States Steel – Great Lakes Works
Allison Hamilton '07, Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State
Ayelet Harel-Shalev, Professor, UCLA Nazarian Center for Israeli Studies and Ben Gurion University
Alex Heard, Vice President Environmental, Health and Safety, First Solar
J. T. Ice '06, Foreign Service Officer, American Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan
Saad Y. Jasim, Director, Great Lakes Regional Office, International Joint Commission
Zhishun Jin, Public Affairs Assistant, American Embassy Beijing, China
Jerry Johnson, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
Pauletta Johnson, Senior Business Development Manager, UPS
Nazir Kabiri '11, Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan
Matt Kiefer '04, US Department of Defense
James Kievit, Professor, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
Eric King, Chief – Ambassador Bridge, US Customs and Border Protection
Mark Klein, Business Development Officer, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Peter Koersvelt, Supervisor/Investigator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Mike Koralewski, Vice President for Site Operations (Perrysburg), First Solar
Alan Krichinsky, Safeguards Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Thirupathi Kumar, Cultural Affairs Specialist, American Consulate General Hyderabad, India
Aniela Kuzon, New Mobility Sector Lead, NextEnergy
Mark Lang, Chief – Detroit Tunnel, US Customs and Border Protection
Michael Lea, Speechwriter, American Embassy London, United Kingdom
Anatol Lieven, Senior Researcher, New America Foundation and King's College, London
Jena Luedtke, Director for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue, Rumi Forum
Kunimori Matsuda, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Detroit
Carl Van Mauney, VADM (Ret.), VP of Program Management, Y-12 National Security Complex
Mitch McConnell, US Senate Republican Leader
James McGuire, Special Agent, Foreign Counterintelligence, FBI
Wayne Merry, Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council
Larry Merryman, Gamma Irradiation Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Hasmik Mikayelyan, Cultural Affairs Specialist, American Embassy Yerevan, Armenia
Marcia Mizuno, Cultural Affairs Specialist, American Embassy Brasilia, Brazil
Dennis Moore, Public Affairs Officer, Consulate General of Canada in Detroit
Patricia Munoz, Press Specialist, American Consulate General, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
James Muskopf, Colonel, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
Myo Myint, former Burmese soldier, turned activist, political prisoner and refugee
Ramin Navai, Deputy Consul General, United Kingdom Consulate General in Chicago
Brad Nelson, Chief Systems Engineer, US ITER, US Department of Energy
John Nevin, Public Affairs Advisor, International Joint Commission
Jessica Norris '03, Foreign Service officer, US Department of State
Roy Norton, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in Detroit
John Nowak, Assistant Port Director, US Customs and Border Protection
Frank O'Brien-Bernini, Chief Sustainability Officer, Owens Corning
Jeff O'Dell, Customs Relations Specialist, UPS
Olga Oliker, Director International and Security Policy, Rand Corporation
Olufemi Omowumi, Information Specialist, American Consulate General Lagos, Nigeria
Richard Pabst, former Directorate of Intelligence, CIA (retired)
Aron Patrick '07, Senior Analyst, US Department of Energy
Bandianini Peccoud, Cultural Assistant, American Embassy Paris, France
Christopher Perry, Director of Field Operations, US Customs and Border Protection
Chris Pickett, Group Leader, Safeguards and Security Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Angielina Pistoli, Program Director, American Embassy Tirana, Albania
Christy Rhodes, World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana
Timothy Rickard, Process Technology Manager, United States Steel – Great Lakes Works
Andreas Rude, Public Affairs Specialist, American Embassy Copenhagen, Denmark
James Saber, Vice President, NextEnergy
Juan Pablo Santana, Cultural and Academic Specialist, American Consulate General Ciudad Juarez
Michalis Sarris, former Cyprus Finance Minister and former CEO of Popular (Laiki) Bank
Anita Savio, Cultural Affairs Section, Consulate General of Japan in Detroit
Eric Sayers, Defense Policy Advisor to Randy Forbes (R-VA), US House of Representatives
Kevin Schroerlucke, Customer Relations Manager, UPS Airlines
George Selim, Director for Community Partnerships, National Security Council
Olga Sheymov,  television producer of Russia Today and artist
Viktor Sheymov, former KGB officer; cybersecurity expert
Yaron Sideman, Consul General, Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia
D. Ray Smith, historian, Y-12 National Security Complex
Grant Smith, Ambassador (Ret.) and Senior Fellow at Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Raymond Smith, former FSO and negotiator for Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund
Jim Sumner, Program Director, Global Nuclear Security Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Stephen Tankel, American University and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Tara Torabi, Public Affairs Specialist, American Embassy Dubai, UAE
Alexander Vacca, Corporate Director for Business Assessment, Northrop Grumman
Nicola Verola, Political Counselor, Italian Embassy, Washington, DC
Brian Vogt, Senior Democracy and Governance Advisor, USAID
Brian Weston, Neutron Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Nada Yammine, Information Specialist, American Embassy Beirut, Lebanon
Rhea Young, Jet Program Coordinator, Consulate General of Japan in Detroit
Charles Ziegler, Professor, University of Louisville
Joanna Zingariello, Press, Protocol & Exchanges, American Embassy Valletta, Malta

2011-2012 Speakers/Visitors

Pavlos Anastasiades, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the US
Rodney Andrews, Director, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky
Richard Aloo, Project General Manager, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America
Robert Aten, Program Economist emeritus, US Agency for International Development
Niloufer Aziz, Chief Agricultural Specialist, Chicago O'Hare, US Customs and Border Protection
Paul Berg, FSO and former DCM American Embassy Papua New Guinea
N. Cornell Boggs, III, Chief Responsibility & Ethics Officer, MillerCoors
Robert Brecha, Professor of Physics and Renewable Energy, University of Dayton
Sena Blumensaadt, Officer-in-Charge, Chicago Quarantine Station, Center for Disease Control
Eli Capulouto, President, University of Kentucky
Joseph Choinski, Public Affairs Specialist, Chicago Board of Trade, CME Group
Armon Cioppa, Colonel, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
Case Clay, President Three Chimneys Farm
Dan Collins, Corporate Affairs, Eli Lilly and Company
Cathryn Cornett, Intelligence Analyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Gene Coyle, former CIA operations officer, Professor Indiana University – Bloomington
Conrad Crane, Director Military History Institute, US Army War College
Thomas Crick, Associate Director International Conflict Resolution Program, The Carter Center
Yong Deng
, Professor of Political Science, US Naval Academy
Rich Dion, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
Richard Engel, Major General USAF, National Intelligence Council
Ralph Espach, Analyst, Center for Naval Analyses
James Elickson-Brown, Department of State
Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
Vladimir Fedoryenko, Research Director, Rumi Forum, Washington, DC
Gus Feissel, former UN Secretary General Special Representative for Cyprus
Deirdre T. Flynn, Executive Vice President NAFEM; Executive Director, US Popcorn Board
Laura Fonseca, Peace Corps
John C. Fortier
, Democracy Project Director, Bipartisan Policy Center
Kristin French
, Colonel and Commander, US Army 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command
George von Furstenberg, Professor of Economics, Indiana University
John Garen, Professor of Economics, University of Kentucky
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, author of "Bin Laden's Legacy", Naval Postgraduate School
Eugene Gholz, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Department of Defense
Audra Grant, Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
Paul F. Herman, Dean, Florida State College at Jacksonville
Kathy Hudson, Connecting Hearts Abroad, Eli Lilly and Company
John Kamm, Human Rights activist, Executive Director, Dui Hua Foundation
Sean Kay, Professor of Politics, Ohio Wesleyan University
Thomas F. Knoerzer, CPS Leader, ConAgra Foods
Susan Koscis, Communications Director, Search for Common Ground
Robert Lawson, Professor of Economics, Southern Methodist University
Steve Levine, author, New America Foundation
Byron Lewis, National Council of US-Arab Relations
Ryan Linzner, Deputy Facility Manager, Fowler Ridge Wind Farm, BP
Heath Lovell, General Manager, River View Coal
Marcella Lyles, Passenger Service Manager, Chicago O'Hare, US Customs and Border Protection
John McLaughlin, former Acting Director of Central Intelligence
Cornelius Maher
, Colonel and Commander, US Army MEDDAC, Fort Knox
Gary Malecha, Professor, University of Portland
Thomas E. Mann, Senior Fellow & Harriman Chair, Brookings Institution
John W. Moffett, Manager Research and Development, LGE & KU
Abdullah Mohammed, Head, Office of Statistics, Government of Kuwait
John Munjas, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager, ConAgra Foods
Myo Myint, former Burmese soldier, turned activist, political prisoner and refugee
Laura Neack, Professor of Political Science, Miami University
Marcus Nolan, Deputy Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Aron Patrick, Senior Analyst, US Department of Energy
Graham Paul, Consul General, Consulat Général de France, Chicago
Arch Puddington, Director of Research, Freedom House
Daniel Reagan, Professor, Ball State University
John Rogers, Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Jennifer Roth, Inspector, Chicago O'Hare, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Mike Ryan, Chief Investment Strategist, Wealth Management UBS
Tracy J. Sims, VP and Senior Advisor, Global Health Programs, Eli Lilly and Company
Kathy Sowers, Manager, Fowler Ridge Wind Farm, BP
Robert Sproule, CBP Chief, Area Port of Chicago, Department of Homeland Security
Leslie Thomas, Executive Director, Art Works Projects
Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesman, US Department of State
Steven Trimble, Flight International Magazine
Alexander Vacca, Corporate Director of Business Assessment, Northrup Grumman
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Professor, University of California-Irvine
Samuel White, Colonel, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
Matice Wright, Deputy Director of Industrial Policy, Department of Defense
Richard Wynne, Director Environment & Aviation Policy, Commercial Airplanes, Boeing

2010-2011 Speakers/Visitors

Spencer Ackerman, National Security Reporter, Wired
Deborah Alexander
, US Department of State, PRT Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Rich Alloo
, Project General Manager, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America
Rodney Andrews
, Director, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky
Hrair Balian, Director, Conflict Resolution Program, Carter Center
John Boehner, Speaker of the House
Pat Brewer, Government Affairs Director, Lexmark International
Alex Broom, Professor of Sociology and ARC Future Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia
Sharon Burke, Director of Operation Energy Plans, US Department of Defense
Stephen Burnette, Research Reactor Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Emre Celik
, President, Rumi Forum, Washington, DC
Erik Chamberlain, Lieutenant, jg, USS Kentucky (SSBN 737)
Paul K. Chappell, author, former Army Captain and West Point graduate
Edward Chow, CSIS, formerly head of international external affairs at Chevron
Bobby Clue, Government Relations Coordinator, Steptoe & Johnson
Beth Ellen Cole, Director, United States Institute of Peace
David W. Conover, Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center
Tom Crick, Associate Director, Conflict Resolution Program, Carter Center
James R. Crider, Colonel, 3rd Infantry Division, US Army
Gerald DeVault, Director, Global Security Programs, Y-12 National Security Complex
Ritch Dion, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
Robert Fatton, Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
Trudi Ellerman, Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Michael Fitzgerald, Director Governance Studies, University of Tennessee
Laura Fonseca, Peace Corps
Linda Fuller, Supervisor, Customs and Border Protection, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
Gatewood Galbraith, Kentucky gubernatorial candidate
Jim Gray, Mayor of Lexington
Chris Grewe, Senior Economist, Western Hemisphere Office, US Department of the Treasury
Eva Gross, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for European Studies
Jay Hakes, Director, Jimmy Carter Library & Museum
Howard Hall, ORNL Governor's Chair Professor, University of Tennessee
Randy Harrison, Managing Director, Corporate Security, Delta Airlines
William Helkie, Senior Advisor, Energy Information Administration
Rick Hesterberg, Assistant Manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky
Kenneth Hillas, Professor of Strategy, National War College
Denise Ho, Assistant Professor of History, University of Kentucky
Cory Hudson, Lieutenant, weapons officer, USS Kentucky (SSBN 737)
John P. Howe, President and CEO, Project Hope
J.T. Ice, Foreign Service Officer, Department of State, Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi
Suela Jahaj, Project Coordinator, AGENDA Institute, Tirana, Albania
Don Jackson, President, Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations
Joseph Jupille, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado
David Keim, Public Affairs Director, y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge
Jim Kessler, Co-founder and Vice President for Policy, Third Way
Matt Krebs, Japan-America Society of Kentucky
Alessia Lefebure, Director Asia-Pacific Center, Sciences-Po, Paris
Emily King, former Foreign Service officer, US Department of State
Jacob Kirkegaard, Research Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Bill Klemm, Senior Vice President, Y-12 National Security Complex
Alan Krichinsky, Senior Technical Advisor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Jordan Krugman, Head of Investor Relations, Invesco, Atlanta Headquarters
Suresh Kumar, Director General, US Foreign & Commercial Service
Nathan Kunz, Humanitarian Demining, Digger Foundation (Swtizerland)
Carl Lankowski, Coordinator for European Studies, Foreign Service Institute
Lisa Livingood, Major, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College
Peter Mansoor, Professor, Mershon Center for International Studies, Ohio State University
John Marks, President, Search for Common Ground
Michael McClellan, Diplomat in Residence, Department of State
Mike McKee, CEO McKee Foods Corporation (“Little Debbie” Snacks)
Miroslav Miartus, Managing Director, Nebotra SRO, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
Richard Miles, former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan and Bulgaria
Leo Michel, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
Dinshaw Mistry, Professor of Political Science, University of Cincinnati
John W. Moffett, Manager Research and Development, LGE & KU
Patrick Mulloy, Commissioner, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission
Myo Myint, Burmese activist, subject of 2011 HBO documentary "Burma Soldier"
Laura Neack, Professor of Political Science, Miami University
Christian Olufsen, Section Head, Defense Intelligence Service, Copenhagen, Denmark
Aron Patrick, Senior Analyst, US Department of Energy
Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader
Russell Porter, Deputy Director, US Agency for International Development, Haiti
Joseph Presel, former US Ambassador to Uzbekistan
Thomas M.T. Niles, former US Ambassador to Greece and the EU
Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, US Department of State
Evan Plaskett, Transatlantic Joint Venture Manager, Delta Airlines
Andreas Prindl, Vice Director, Lloyds (London)
Peter Rzeszotarski, Emergency Operations Center, Center for Disease Control
Thomas Rotting, Managing Director, Confucius Institute, Leipzig, Germany
Sebastian Rosato, Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
Ned Sauthoff, Manager, US ITER Project, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Jeremy Shaw, Senior Chief, USS Kentucky (SSBN 737)
R. Grant Smith, former US Ambassador to Tajikistan
Ray Smith, Historian, Y-12 National Security Complex
Joe Stainback, Program Manager, Y-12 National Security Complex
Lee T. Todd, Jr., President, University of Kentucky
Kakie Urch, School of Journalism, University of Kentucky
Joao Vale de Almeida, European Union Ambassador to the United States
Alan Waddell, Program Manager, US Department of Energy
Samuel White, Colonel, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College

Terry Anderson, former journalist and hostage in Lebanon.
Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian representative.
Anita Balas, Foreign Desk Journalist, Slovenian Press Agency.
Rusty Barber, Director of Iraq Programs, US Institute of Peace.
Kevin Brady, Afghan Desk, US Department of State. 
Pat Brewer, Government Affairs Director, Lexmark International.
Carl Brown, Professor emeritus, Princeton University. 
Valentin Budau, Advisor, Romanian Presidential Administration.
David Byrne, former Irish Attorney General, EU Commissioner, and WHO Special Envoy.
Dan Campbell, consultant, US-Canada trade negotiations, Weyerhauser Corporation.
Stacy Closson, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Gene Coyle, former CIA operations officer,  Professor Indiana University – Bloomington.
Ryan Crocker, former US Ambassador to Iraq.
Jason Cummins, LTC US Army (former XO 101st Air Assault Division, Bagram, Afghanistan).
Tom Curley, President of the Associated Press.
William Daugherty, retired CIA officer. 
Gerald DeVault, Director of Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security, Y-12 National Security Complex.
Michael Dobbs,  author and former Washington Post diplomatic correspondent.
Richard Dreyfuss, Academy-award winning actor, founder of Dreyfuss Initiative.
Igor Filimonov, Russian “Tak, Tak, Tak” human rights social network.
Hesna Al Ghaoui, Foreign Editor-Reporter, Hungarian Public Television.
Douglas Grob, Congressional Executive Commission on China.
Kemal Guruz, President Turkish Council of Higher Education.
Howard Hall, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair, University of Tennessee.
Michael Haner, political advisor, Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Banashri Bose Harrison, Commercial Minister, Embassy of India.
James Mike Holmes, USAF General, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
J.T. Ice, Foreign Service officer, Embassy Lilongwe.
Caitriona Ingoldsby, First Secretary, Irish Abroad Unit, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.
Deian Iotov, International Editor, Trud Daily (Bulgaria).
Abdul Kalam, former President of India.
David Kaluba Ministry of Finance, Zambia.
Sevak Karamyan, Professor, Yerevan State University, Armenia.
Ekaterina Karavaeva, co-editor, Russian “Tak, Tak, Tak” human rights social network.
Wadhan Kandfar, director general of Al-Jazeera
William Klemm, Senior Vice President, Y-12 National Security Complex.
Alan Krichinsky, Safeguards, Containment and Surveillance Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Ali Ahmed Kurd, President, Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association, Islamabad.
Bruce Laingen, former President American Academy of Diplomacy. 
John Limbert, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran, former US Ambassador and Professor US Naval Academy.
David Mack, scholar, Middle East Institute.
John Marks, President Search for Common Ground, Washington, DC.
E. Wayne Merry, "Engaging Moscow," Senior Associate, American Foreign Policy Council.
Ehud Olmert, former Israeli Prime Minister and Mayor of Jerusalem.
Carl Pierce, Director, Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee.
Robert Pringle, retired CIA officer.
Stella Prudente, Diplomatic Correspondent, Corriere della Sera magazine; APCom News Agency-Rome.
Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani journalist and author.
Charles Ray, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, former Ambassador to Cambodia.
Thomas Ricks, former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal correspondent; author.
Keith Robinson, Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Oxana Silantyeva, Altapress Publishing, Barnaul, Russia.
Barbara Slavin, Managing Editor for National Security, Washington Times.
Harold Saunders, President of International Institute for Sustainable Dialogue.
S. Frederick Starr, Research Professor, SAIS Johns Hopkins University.
Theodore Strickler, Executive Director, US Army Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation, Fort Leavenworth.
Michelle Summer, Safeguards, Containment and Surveillance Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Eleanor Sutter, former Foreign Service Officer, American Embassy Moscow.
Greg Thielmann, Arms Control Association.
Harvey Thomas, former communications director for Margaret Thatcher.
Phillip Wilcox, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
Viktor Yukechev, Director, Press Development Institute of Siberia.
Ekaterina Yukecheva, Novosibirsk State Technical University.

Martin Adams, Political Advisor to NAVCENT and VADM William Gortney, Commander Fifth Fleet.
Naoyuki Agawa, journalist and former official, Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC.
Katherine Almquist, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development.
Terry Anderson, former Associated Press correspondent and hostage in Lebanon.
David Axe, freelance war correspondent, The Washington Times, C-SPAN, BBC Radio, Wired.
Rusty Barber, Director of Iraq Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace.
Peter Beinart, "The New U.S. President: Election Results and Priorities Ahead," Editor at Large, The New Republic.
Stephen Burgess, Associate Professor of International Security, U.S. Air War College; Associate Director of the U.S. Air Force Counterproliferation Center.
Kent Clizbe, former CIA Clandestine Service officer.
Jose de Arimateia da Cruz, Associate Professor of Political Science, Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Gerrit Dielissen, Professor, Utrecht University and Fulbright-Schuman E.U. Scholar in Residence, Vanderbilt University.
Robert G. Gard, Lt. General (USA Ret.), "Strengthening U.S. Security in a New Era," Chairman, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
Anthony W. Gambino, former USAID Mission Director, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Robert Griffiths, Associate Professor Political Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
James Gilmore, former Governor of Virginia and Chairman, Republican National Committee.
William Hauser, Colonel (USA Ret.), Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation.
George Herring, "From Colony to Superpower," Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky.
Larry Hopkins, Retired U.S. Congressman (R-KY) 1979-1993; responsible for the House Armed Services Committee review of the Intelligence Community.
Sean Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies and Afro-American and African Studies, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Theodore Jordan, LTC (USA Ret.), 82nd Airborne Division and JSOC-Afghanistan.
Krista Johnson, Assistant Professor of African Studies, Howard University.
Ousman M. Kobo, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Ohio State University.
Jerry Lanier, Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Commanding General, Stuttgart.
Scott Lasensky, "Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East," Senior Research Associate, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, U.S. Institute of Peace.
Gerald LeMelle, "What is our Vision for Africa?" Executive Director, Africa Action.
Alan Lovell, Senior Member of Ministry of Defense and Counselor, Embassy of the United Kingdom, Washington, DC.
Pearse Lyons, "Globalization and the Challenges Faced Today in International Commerce," President and Founder, Alltech.
Terry Mays, Associate Professor of Political Science, The Citadel.
Louis Mazel, Director, African Regional and Security Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
Samuel S. Moore, Vice President, International Trade Finance, Fifth Third Bank.
Donald J. Mullineaux, DuPont Chair in Banking and Financial Services, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky.
Boubacar N'Diaye, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science, College of Wooster.
Bree Pearson, human trafficking outreach advocate.
Steven Pifer, Ambassador (Ret.), Senior Adviser, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Terry Rusch, Director, Office of Admissions, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State.
Reuben Wendell Snyder, Manager, Bechtel.
Isabel Taylor, multicultural affairs coordinator, Lexington.
William Tsutsui, "War and the Environment," Professor of History, University of Kansas.
Holly Vineyard, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Max Wise, Professor of Political Science, Campbellsville University (former FBI Special Agent).
James S. Welch, Jr., Vice Chairman, Brown-Forman.
Richard A. Wynne, Director of Business Strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Mona Yacoubian, Special Advisor, Muslim World Initiative, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, U.S. Institute for Peace.
Sherifa D. Zuhur, Research Professor of Islamic and Regional Studies, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College.

Dave Baker, Anchor and reporter, WKYT-TV (CBS affiliate) Lexington.
Karol Boubreaux, "African Development: Rwanda," Mercatus Center, George Mason University.
Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group, author of The J-Curve.
David Byrne, "Peace Accords of Northern Ireland," former E.U. Commissioner and Irish Attorney General.
Sarah Devlin, Foreign Service Officer, American Embassy Manila.
Nicholas Forte, Economist, CIA.
Hashim Gafarov, Caucasus Research Fellow - Azerbaijan, World Security Institute.
Henry Gaffney, Director of Strategy and Concepts, Center for Naval Analyses.
Eugene Gholz, Professor at LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.
Louis Jacobson, Editor, CongressNow.
Donald Jensen, Research Director, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc.
Jeremy Jones, Author, Negotiating Changes.
Adna Karamehic, Program Associate, Open Society Institute (Soros).
Stuart Kaufman, Professor of Political Science, University of Delaware.
Daniel Kazmer, Economist, CIA.
Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress.
Steve LeVine, journalist (Wall Street Journal) and author of The Oil and the Glory.
Michael Metrinko, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, U.S. Army War College (former American FSO and Iranian hostage).
John Mueller, Woody Hayes Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University.
Arman Musinyan, Caucasus Research Fellow - Armenia, World Security Institute.
Oddo Oghale, Peace Corps Country Director, Fiji.
William R. Polk, author, Violent Politics.
Robert Pringle, Intelligence Analyst (Ret.), CIA.
Paul Simpson, Big Ass Fans, Inc.
George Staples, Ambassador and former Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service, "Transformational Diplomacy."
Joseph Varuolo, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S, Air Force, Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy Moscow.
Marco Vicenzino, Director, Global Strategy Project.
Mary Warlick, Senior Director for Russia, National Security Council, "U.S. Russia Relations: New Challenges, New Realities."
Richard Wynne, Boeing (Commercial Aircraft), "Boeing: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Aerospace."
Charles Ziegler, Chair and Professor of Political Science, University of Louisville.

Josh Ackerman, Lexmark International, "Traveling and Managing Accounts Overseas."
Daniel Bon, Director General (Ret.), Policy Planning, Canadian Department of Defense.
John J. Boyd, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, "Service in Iraq."
Joseph DeTrani, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Mission Director for North Korea.
Robert L. Gallucci, Dean, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, "The Evolving Threat to the National Security: Hard Choices Ahead."
William Helkie, Senior Advisor, Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy.
Steve Heyneman, Professor of International Education Policy, Peabody Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University. "Foreign Aid and Education."
Michele Hendrix, Senior Economist, U.S. Government.
Brady Kiesling, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer and author of Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower, Reshaping America's Threat Environment.
Patrick Kennedy, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Management, Washington, DC.
Yoshiki Kobayaski, Political Officer, Embassy of Japan to the United States , "Overview of the Intelligence Community in Japan."
Bruce Laingen, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer; President of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Scott Lemieux, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College, "Executive Power and the War on Terror."
Albert Mauroni, Senior Policy Analyst, Northrop Grumman Information Technologies.
Thomas McCluskey, Director of Human Resources, Central Intelligence Agency.
Nelson Messone, Political Advisor, Conseiller du Secretaire General, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Paris.
Dmitry Pozhidaev, UN Department of Civil Administration, "Views of the United Nations: A View from Kosovo."
Edward O'Donnell, Ambassador and Special Envoy to the Organization of American States, Washington, DC. "Pillars of U.S. Policy toward Latin America."
Robert Pringle, Intelligence Analyst, CIA (Ret.).
Tom Ruby, Lieutenant Colonel, Vice Dean for Operations, Air Command and Staff College, United States Air University.
Joseph Ruth, Foreign Service Officer, Employee Recruitment, U.S. Department of State.
Kailash Satyarthi, Human Rights Activist, Dehli, India, "Child Labor and the Quadrangular Paradigm."
Sergy Sevastyanov, Director, International Studies Center, Vladivostok State University, " Russia and Putin after 2008."
Danny R. Smith, Law Enforcement Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. "Criminal Justice in Kentucky and Relationships with Domestic and International Intelligence."
Robert Smolik, U.S. Foreign Service Officer, "U.S. State Department and Foreign Service Employment."
Amul R. Thapar, U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Kentucky.
Kathleen Trask, Development Economist, "Development: A View from the Field-Africa to Afghanistan."
Angela Van Berkel, UN Information Office in Washington, DC, "Views of the United Nations: A View from Washington."
Jennifer Viau, Press Relations Specialist, U.S. Department of State.
Scott Wallsten, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute and Senior Fellow, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies Institute.
Alecia Webb-Edgington, Director, Kentucky Homeland Security.
Tarik Yousef, Professor of Economics, Georgetown University and Dean, Dubai School of Government.

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