Kevin Deshernais

Mayer Brown, Partner
Chair of the Board, Operation ASHA

Kevin Desharnais is a litigator and corporate counselor whose practice is focused on environmental law, including air, land, water, wetlands and noise matters. In addition, he advises on environmental regulatory and compliance issues and has represented clients in numerous federal and state court proceedings and administrative tribunals.

Dan Reed

CEO, UnitedLex Corporation

Prior to founding UnitedLex Corporation (an India/US consulting and outsourcing firm), Dan served as the chief financial officer and general consultant at Adjoined Consulting firm. He then served as the managing director of Kanbay International. Prior to his career with Adjoined Consulting, Dan was the vice-president of corporate development and legal affairs at SmartDisk Corporation, where he guided the company through it’s early stages of growth. Read More…

Kyle Ortiz

Associate, Weil Gotshal and Manges

Kyle J. Ortiz is an associate in Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department. Mr. Ortiz’s practice includes representations of both debtors and creditors.

Mr. Ortiz has been involved in teams representing chapter 11 debtors, including: American Airlines, Inc.’s parent company AMR Corporation, and Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. Mr. Ortiz has also been involved in creditor and lender representations in the financial services and real estate sectors.

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MARILYN R. DIAMOND

Honorary Consul General for Morocco in Chicago

Marilyn has an MA in Political Science from North-east Illinois University – Chicago, where she was a member of Phi Sigma Alpha – National Political Science Honor Society. Marilyn also has an MA in Jewish Communal Studies from Spertus College Judaica – Chicago. She has played an active role at various Universities across Illinois and Chicago, predominantly lecturing in American Politics.

Aside from this, Marilyn is passionate about working for charitable causes. As a Legislative Coordinator, at the American Association of Ethiopian Jews, she established and organized a ‘Famine Relief Coalition’ for Ethiopia. She has also supervised the establishment of 20 schools in rural Ethiopia whilst a Project Manager for The Ann and Robert H Lurie Foundation.

Marilyn continues to play an active role in a variety of different forums and councils. She is on the Editing Board for the National Strategy Forum. She is Co-chair at the Chicago Casablanca Sister cities International Program. In addition, she is an active member in the Explorers Club since 2002. She is both on the Board of Directors and Executive Board for The Chicago Council of Global Affairs. Furthermore Marilyn is a successful Public Policy Columnist for The Jackson Hole News.

Duncan J. Snidal

Associate professor, The Harris School, Department of Political Science & Chair, Committee on International Relations.
Dr. Snidal’s research focuses on international relations with an emphasis on international political economy and institutions. He has worked on problems of international cooperation, including how the distribution of capability and interests affects outcomes. He is currently working on the role of international institutions, including law and formal organizations, in promoting cooperation. Snidal is also interested in applying formal techniques to policy analysis.

He is director of the Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security (PIPES) and is currently chair of the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago.

Sandeep Ahuja

CEO, Co-Founder, Operation ASHA

Please see our Founders page to read Ahuja’s full bio.

Dr. Yanis Ben Amor

Director of Tropical Laboratory Initiative, Earth Institute, Columbia University, Tuberculosis Coordinator, Millennium Villages Project

Dr. Yanis Ben Amor is the director of the Tropical Laboratory Initiative, and the coordinator of tuberculosis control programs with the Millennium Villages Project, headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Amor is a molecular biologist and technical advisor responsible for developing effective tuberculosis control programs as well as designing and implementing comprehensive laboratory infrastructures and services. Read More…

Dr. Shelly Batra

President, Operation ASHA
Professor & Surgeon, Batra Hospital

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