Kenzo Fujisue Kenzo Fujisue serves as a member of the House of Councilors of Japan, the upper house of the Japanese Diet. He belongs to the Committee of Economy, Trade, and Industry; the Committee of Settlement; and the Committee of International Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he specialized in industrial management. He has also spent a considerable amount of time in the Unites States, where he worked toward a master’s degree at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1996, as well as a master’s degree at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Amy FlorentinoLt. Amy Florentino, a native of Connecticut, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1999 with a bachelor of science in operations research. Upon commissioning, she was stationed as summer ensign on the USCGC Eagle. From there she was transferred to USCGC Buttonwood where she served as operations officer, navigator, deck watch officer, and boarding officer. In 2003, at Officer Candidate School, she was assigned to the Leadership and Management (LAM) Section, which is responsible for the military indoctrination, physical fitness, military drill instruction and classroom leadership theory/application of more than 400 students per year. In March 2004 she was promoted to LAM section chief. Lt. Florentino has extensive operations experience.
Lena S. Gan
Lena Gan is currently working as a Vasey fellow with the Pacific Forum CSIS, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she monitors and analyzes data regarding U.S.–Southeast Asian relations. She received her master’s degree in international relations in December 2005 from the University of Hawaii-Monoa. She has experience in both public policy and private industry. She was awarded the Director’s Prize for best overall M.B.A. performance and has had numerous articles published. She is fluent in English, Bahasa (Indonesia), and Chinese.
Carmen Lomellin currently serves as the executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women at the Organization of American States, where she provides policy guidance and direction to the 34 member states on hemispheric gender policy. Prior to this, she worked from 1993 to 1998 as White House liaison and senior policy adviser to the director, Office of Personnel Management. She holds an M.B.A. in international business from De Paul University. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and understands conversational Portuguese.
Linda G. Lopez
Linda Lopez currently works as director of education and professional development and staff political scientist for the American Political Science Association. Her duties include the design and management of national education programs, as well as the development of program policies for association governing committees, such as the Women’s Committee, African-American Committee, and the Latina/o Committee. She received her Ph.D. in political science, with distinction, from the University of Southern California in 1999, and speaks English, Spanish, and French.
Carlos F. Semedo
Carlos Semedo has 10 years of experience with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, and Communities (MFA) of Cape Verde. Most recently, he has been the deputy chief of mission for the embassy of Cape Verde to the United States. Previously, he has served in a number of roles in the MFA of Cape Verde, including postings as the charge d’affairs in the Ivory Coast and as desk officer for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Cuba. Additionally, Mr. Semedo has participated in a variety of intergovernmental negotiations in nine countries. He graduated with honors in 1994 with an M.A. in international economic relations from the State University of St. Petersburg in Russia and speaks Creole, Portuguese, English, French, and Russian.