World Affairs Council of San Diego
Board of Directors
David Edick, Jr.; President
David Edick, Jr. graduated in 1985 from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Political Economy.
David is an independent financial & management consultant focused on energy, commodities, Russia, political risk, and global financial markets.
Long active in international trade, investment banking, and internationally-oriented nonprofits, David worked in Russia in the 1990′s as owner of California Trading & Industrial Corporation – a food importer and wholesaler. He later worked with Vtoroi Finansovyi Dom – a British-Russian investment bank. Subsequently, as Executive Vice President of Cortez Seafoods, David exported seafood from Mexico to Asia and Europe.
David is President of the World Affairs Council of San Diego and President of the San Diego International Sister Cities Association (Alcala de Henares, Spain; Campinas, Brazil; Cavite, Philippines; Edinburgh, Scotland; Jalalabad, Afghanistan; Jeonju, Korea; Leon, Mexico; Perth, Australia; Taichung, Taiwan; Tema, Ghana; Tijuana, Mexico; Vladivostok, Russia; Warsaw & Mazovia Province, Poland; Yantai, China; and Yokohama, Japan). David is 6-term past President of the San Diego-Vladivostok Sister City Society, and has served on the Community Advisory Board of the San Diego Diplomacy Council.
In addition, David has made a number of public presentations to groups including:
- World Affairs Council of San Diego
- San Diego Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society
- American Association of Individual Investors
- Continuing Education Center – Rancho Bernardo
- Asia Business & Finance Roundup
Topics covered include:
- “Israel and Cyprus: Deep Water Gas and Insecurity”
- “Fracking and the Environment”
- “Will a Booming China Foreclose on America?”
- “Taiwan in Today’s East Asia”
- “The Ascent of Unconventional Oil in North America”
- “China’s Energy: A Strategic Perspective”
- “Global Finance in Uncharted Waters”
- “The Energy Resources of Central Asia – a Perspective”
- “Russian Security Services in Russian Politics”
- “Politics and the Economy in Putin’s Russia”
- “Land, Resources and China in Africa: Neo-imperialism 2.0?”
- “Understanding the Shanghai Cooperation Organization”
- “Russia Today”
- “Mongolia: Caught Between Scylla and Charybdis”
- “The Caspian Sea in the Post-Soviet Era”
- “Life in the Russian Far East”
For more information visit http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidedickjr/
Farouk Al-Nasser, Ph.D.
Farouk Al-Nasser was born in Iraq. He is a graduate of Baghdad University, University of Colorado and University of Denver with a B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering, respectively. During his 42 years career in the high tech industry, Dr. Al Nasser held technical, operational and senior executive management positions at Fortune 500, mid-size and start-up companies in California and Colorado. He is the founder of two data storage companies in San Diego County.
He came out of retirement in 2003 to join a Fortune 500 San Diego-based Corporation as an Executive Director of the Iraqi Operations.
Between August of 2003 and Sept 2004, he spent seven months in Iraq and two months in Jordan and Lebanon managing corporate activities in Iraq & Jordan. Farouk again retired in 2006.
Farouk is a past President of the World Affairs Council of San Diego, current member of its board, and a member of the Continuing Education Center at Rancho Bernardo academic committee.
Since 2006 Dr. Al-Nasser made more than 160 presentations to civic, social and non-profit organizations, and local universities on topics including:
- The History of Iraq
- The aftermath of the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq
- Iran’s Influence on Iraq
- The Shaping of the Middle East after WWI
- The Revival of Shia Islam
- History of Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Afghanistan
- The 2011 Arab “Citizen” Revolt in the Middle East & North Africa [Arab Spring]
- U.S. Policy in the Middle East and North Africa
- 21st Century Conflict Resolution among Nations Palestinian – Israeli Conflict
- The Rise of the Middle Class in the Muslim World
- Dubai – Golden City & Capitalism Dream
- The History of the Moorish Muslims in Andalucía
- The Geopolitics of Oil
858-679-0920 – phone
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Glenn Leo Barroga is an international consultant, business developer, and business owner based in San Diego, California. With the return of democracy to the Philippines and upon the invitation of then President Corazon Aquino, Mr. Barroga started doing work in the Philippines. The intent was to bring foreign goods and services to the Philippines in order to improve the devastated economy.
Mr. Barroga has been instrumental in several international municipal and trade development projects. These include: master planning at the Manila International Airport, where he brought in Dames and Moore as the lead contractor; initiating a solid municipal waste collection and disposal plan in metropolitan Manila, where he secured Waste Management International to implement the plan; and identifying and securing contracts to rehabilitate and build power plants. Most notably, Mr. Barroga conceptualized the idea of computerized lottery for decision makers in the Philippines and secured their buy-in. He then was an instrumental partner in the Philippine Management and Gaming Corporation (PMGC), which in addition to Barroga & Associates included International Lottery Totalizator Systems (ILTS), RFM Ventures, and Berjaya, a Malaysian conglomerate. PMGC went on to win the contract. In the year following the development of computerized lottery in the Philippines, Mr. Barroga continued his work with Berjaya Group Berhad as the Business Development Manager for the Americas.
In addition to his international business development work, Mr. Barroga has worked with state, county, and city governments in the United States. Projects have included helping a hospital coordinate various regulatory entities in order to expand their operating room facilities, and working with the State to secure solar companies to install solar power in their dormitories. During the 1980 U.S. Census, Mr. Barroga worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as the District Manager for Northern San Diego, where he opened the district office, hired management and supervisory staff, and led a staff of 1,397 people to produce a count that was just one half of one percent away from perfect, according to County and City of San Diego officials. His success in Northern San Diego led to his simultaneous assignment to North Hollywood and San Jose to engage with local government entities to ensure an accurate and justifiable count.
Along with professional experience, Mr. Barroga is actively involved in his community. Over the past few years, he has served as the host in San Diego for notable individuals, including Mindanao State University President Dr. Camar Umpa, Philippine Secretary of Education and Senator Raul Roco, Former Senate President of the Philippine Senate Aquilino Pimentel, and Philippine Presidents Joseph Estrada, Fidel Ramos, and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He is also a member of the District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce for San Diego and Imperial Counties, and was the Program Chair for the San Diego World Affairs Council’s Salute the Philippines gala.
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Pat is a life long Californian. He has a BA in Modern History and a MA in International Relations from New York University.
He writes for Foreign Policy Association’s blog network, and has taught political science/international relations at San Diego City College.
Pat currently works for Serco Inc on the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Program of the US Navy.
Ramiro ‘Ray’ Guerrero was born and raised in San Diego, California. He graduated from UCLA with BASc/BMath degrees, specialized in computing & business, and holds MBA & MAOL degrees. Ray is a teacher, trainer & consultant who specializes in SMB development and IT management. He serves as the resident ‘tech-expert’ for in-house projects.
Ray has been instrumental in keeping the World Affairs Council of San Diego online and engaged with the public. Through his efforts, the sdwac.org website and associated social campaigns continued despite a lack of support. For his services, he was nominated to the Board of Directors. Ray continues to assist the current staff and president as they restore and enhance the organization.
Alice Reinig, Psy.D.
Alice Reinig Psy.D. has been a member of the World Affairs Council of San Diego since 2000.
She is currently a member of the Board of Directors, has served on both the Program Committee and Nominating Committee. She also was Chairperson of a World Quest event.
Dr. Reinig is truly a world traveler. To name a few, she has been to New Zealand, Australia, Tibet, Costa Rica, South America,
Galapagos Islands, China, Croatia, Thailand, Kenya, Russia, all the European countries, Turkey, Greek Islands, Morocco, and had learning and discovery trips to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe as well as Syria, Jordan and Egypt.
Dr. Reinig is a Clinical Psychologist (now retired). Her work included a private practice, leadership in professional organizations, presentations at national, regional and local workshops as well as instructor at several San diego-area universities.
Dr. Reinig has been quoted in The Nation, Venture Magazine, APA Monitor in Psychology and the book “The Wise Inheritor” by Ann Perry.
She treasures her husband, daughters, grand and great grandchildren and enjoys golf and tennis.
John Wiater, a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross and The Elliot School of International Affairs of George Washington University, is an independent consultant in the fields of International Humanitarian Response and Development. He specializes in: program development, evaluation and assessment, project planning and design, NGO/Non-profit management, and donor relations/fund-raising associated with emergency response, rights-based development, food security, livelihoods, nutrition, primary health, water and sanitation.
His clients have been The United Nations World Food Programme, Food For The Hungry (U.S.), World Concern (U.S.), Action Against Hunger (France, Spain and the U.K.), and The International Community Foundation (U.S.).
Prior to consulting, Mr. Wiater served with Catholic Relief Services, The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in senior management positions. During his 36-year career, he has undertaken short and long-term assignments in 23 countries of Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Balkans.
Jim Larrimore; North County Chapter President
Jim Larrimore became President of the North County Chapter, San Diego World Affairs Council, in July 2013. Prior to that he served as VP Membership in 2012-13. Jim is an internationalist, having lived in Europe for 22 years and visited much of the world on business and leisure.
He served at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, for 14 years as Senior Officer in Safeguards, receiving a Distinguished Service Award. Following his retirement, he was a U.S. consultant to IAEA for a decade.
He has been active in the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) professional society for three decades and served as Chair of its International Safeguards Division from 2001-2013. He received a Distinguished Service Award and a Meritorious Service Award from INMM.
Earlier in his career, he was Assistant Professor at M.I.T. and Director of its Engineering Practice School in Oak Ridge, TN; R&D Project Leader at a Euratom Research Center in Ispra Italy; Manager in nuclear power development and Director of International Business Development at General Atomics, here in San Diego.
Raised in Great Neck, New York, he was educated at Cornell University (B Engineering Physics) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD, Nuclear Engineering). You can find him guiding nature walks as a Docent at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
He has given talks to the North County Chapter and to other organizations in San Diego on IAEA and the Iran nuclear case, with which he has been involved for over a decade.