Advisory Council

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Richard Arndt, Co-Chair, Advisory Council & Member, Board of Directors, Ex-Officio
Richard Arndt spent 24 years in the US Foreign Service focusing on expanding the potential for cultural diplomacy. Arndt left his professorship in 18th-century French literature at Columbia University in 1961 to take up cultural diplomacy with the US Information Agency and the Department of State, serving as US Cultural Attach� in Beirut, Colombo (Sri Lanka),Tehran, Rome and Paris, and in various positions with USIA and State.

Upon retiring in 1985, Arndt served as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Virginia (1986-89) where he also directed mid-career educational programs and joined the permanent faculty of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction; he then taught at the George Washington University from 1992-1994. He served on the boards of the National Peace Foundation (NPF), Americans for the Universality of UNESCO (AUU), the Fulbright Association (FA), the Council of International Programs, the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs, the US Committee for the Preservation of Ancient Tyre, the International Society for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Interchange (ISECSI), and on the advisory bodies of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, and the American Iranian Council. Arndt is also Founding-President of the Lois Roth Endowment, honoring his late wife and fellow cultural diplomat Lois W. Roth. Dr. Arndt's latest book is entitled, First Resort of Kings: U.S. Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century.

Dr. Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D., Co-Chair, Advisory Council
Howard Alan Zucker served as Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization in charge of the Health Technology & Pharmaceuticals cluster, and Representative of the Director-General on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Public Health. He received his B.S. degree from McGill University and while in college worked with NASA astronauts at McGill and at MIT designing Space Shuttle zero gravity neurovestibular experiments that flew onboard the Columbia and Discovery orbiters. Zucker received his M.D. from George Washington University School of Medicine at age 22, becoming one of America’s youngest doctors. He trained in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital, anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric anesthesiology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zucker has also served on the Yale University School of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and Cornell University Weill College of Medicine academic faculties, as well as a research affiliate in the Center for Space Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and on the clinical faculty at the National Institutes of Health. He spent time during residency at The Brompton Heart Institute, London and working in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Zucker is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, was Director of the Pediatric ICU, started the pediatric transport program, and supervised design of its American Institute of Architecture / Society for Critical Care Medicine award-winning critical care complex. At Columbia, he practiced pediatric anesthesiology, pediatric critical care medicine, and pediatric cardiology with research interests focused on perioperative management of the congenital heart disease patient. While at Columbia he started “Molecular Biology at the Bedside” rounds which brought basic scientists together with physician-scientists to discuss novel approaches to clinical practice. Dr. Zucker holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School focused on genetic engineering and public policy where he was a James Kent Scholar for academic excellence. In 2001 Dr. Zucker was selected and served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary under former Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services focused on science, technology, and medicine serving under both Secretary Thompson and Secretary Leavitt. During his years in Washington he was involved with issues of genetics/tissue engineering, bioterrorism/public health preparedness, the anthrax crisis, preventive health strategies, xenotransplantation, SARS, bioethics (stem cells, cloning), autism, several international health initiatives involving Afghanistan, Iraq, and Hungary, health care reform issues, and was the inspiration behind, as well as developed the nation’s Medical Reserve Corps. He is enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma program at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine -University of London, focusing on public health and the environment.

His honors include ABC World News Tonight’s Person of the Week, Columbia University pediatrics Teacher of the Year, on 48 Hours with Dan Rather for work involving the separation of conjoined twins, and is listed in Best Doctors in America and Who’s Who in the World. He is board certified in 5 medical specialties / subspecialties and admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Council for Emerging National Security Affairs, and was a “high-level expert” for NATO on public health/emergency response regarding potential biological, chemical and/or nuclear terrorism events. Working on a public-private partnership with an educational technology company, Dr. Zucker initiated and spearheaded a major public health / health literacy project for women in Afghanistan which he presented at the United Nations and on Voice of America. This Afghan Family Health Book is presently used by over 15 non governmental organizations and has improved the lives of millions of families in Afghanistan. Dr. Zucker completed the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard School of Public Health’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Executive Education Program, and is a “Next Generation Fellow” of the American Assembly - Columbia University, founded by President Eisenhower as a non-partisan public affairs forum focused on issues of global public policy. He was a founding member of the Little Hearts Foundation, founded the TerreVerte Foundation, mentored at-risk children for the Gorilla Press Project, traveled to China to provide medical care to orphans, and was a consultant to the American Museum of Natural History’s Genomic Revolution exhibit. Dr. Zucker has spoken at the Institute for International Education on the effects of genetic engineering on global health in the 21st Century, at TIME magazine’s The Future of Life conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, and at Yale Law School on HIV/AIDS as an international security issue. Dr. Zucker chaired the 5-year Committee Review of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and presented the findings regarding life science projects in preparation for Moon / Mars exploration to NASA’s Chief Scientist. He has presented at The President’s Council on Bioethics and at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome regarding a morally unproblematic solution to the issue of human embryonic stem cell research. He has co-authored one of the four alternative stem cell proposals which was presented to Congress.

At WHO, Dr. Zucker focused his attention on leading the WHO in utilizing simple technologies to improve complex health problems for developing and industrialized nations, incorporating pediatric medications into the Essential Medicines List, pharmaceutical issues related to avian influenza (bird flu), the subject of intellectual property as applied to innovation and public health, and combating counterfeit drugs which compromises the lives of millions of individuals in the developing world, where he served as Chair of the International Medical Products Anti-counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT).

Dr. Rula Qalyoubi Kemp, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Dr. Kemp is an assistant professor of economics at the Social Science department at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. In this capacity Dr. Kemp has been involved in a variety of outreach services. The first of these is with the Stout Sustainable Technology & Energy Center ((STEC). This organization does cost-benefit analysis and conducts regional market analysis for recycled organics (compost)/model network of potential regional waste resource streams. STEC is a regional leader in eco-industrial development working with multiple stakeholders to facilitate opportunities for resource exchanges, shared services, and workforce training through a combination of applied research and technical assistance projects. Moreover Dr. Kemp is one of the founders of the Applied Social Science Research Center (ASRC). The ASRC integrates social science theory and methods to design and implement research solutions and training opportunities for clients in industry, non-profits, government agencies, and the campus community. In recent years the center has constructed the economic impact statement for the University of Wisconsin – Stout, and in partnership with local firms constructed a Packaging Recycling Index (PRI) to measure the greenness of their packaging material. Dr. Kemp was also the sole author of a report on Assessment of Jordan’s Long-Run Economic Growth: Obstacles and Potentials,” submitted to His Majesty King Abdulla II, Amman-Jordan.

Prior to her work in academia Dr. Kemp worked as a consultant in San Francisco and Jordan. In this capacity she prepared feasibility studies for use in water rights litigations, formulated cost-benefit analysis for various crop rotations, and collected and compiled data on project and non-project areas to ensure uniformity quality for different agriculture products. Specific projects included financial feasibility studies for a sector study in vegetable production and processing in the Jordan Valley, a report on the associated income loss associated with a the lifting government subsidies for different production levels, and the introduction of technology based irrigation practices in the Jordan Valley, i.e., drip, sprinkler and pivot irrigation.

As a daughter of diplomat she has lived in a number the countries that make up the Middle East and have travelled even more extensively throughout the region. As a result of her father’s work she witnessed firsthand the construction of dams, and the building of roads and utilities in rural communities. Dr. Kemp saw how these projects shaped and changed peoples’ lives and their outlook on life and witnessed Bedouin communities settle and develop lands for agricultural purposes. These early experiences shaped her thinking and introduced the power of constructive change to her thinking.

Dr. Kemp current research centers on the importance of economic justice as a critical aspect of sustainable economic development. Her research suggests that grass-roots, bottom up approaches to human development and institutional reform are the most likely to succeed.

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