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This event is in partnership with the Network of Irianian-American Professionals of Orange County (NIPOC)


DATE: Thursday Jan. 7, 2016 (6:00 PM)
PLACE: Hilton – Irvine (Across from OC Airport)


Admission & Dinner:
$75 when registered through WACOC





About NIPOC:
The Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County (NIPOC) is a grass-root, non-profit organization, with no religion preference or political affiliations. Their mission includes promoting professional and business opportunity among our members, raising awareness of rich Persian heritage and culture among Iranians and Americans, and unifying Iranian-Americans in serving public and social causes in our community.


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The Change in the Balance of Power in the Middle East: US-Iran Diplomacy


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{Wednesday, November 18th, 2015}

Reza Marashi, Dr. Ted Galen Carpenter, Ambassador Mark Johnson, and Dr. Mark C. Johnson- “The Change in the Balance of Power in the Middle East: US-Iran Diplomacy”


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Reza Marashi joined NIAC in 2010 as the organization’s first Research Director. He came to NIAC after four years in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his tenure at the State Department, he was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies covering China-Middle East issues, and a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk. Marashi is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic, among other publications.  He has been a guest contributor on CNN, NPR, the BBC, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times, among other broadcast outlets.

  tcarpenterDr. Ted Galen Carpenter is senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. Dr. Carpenter served as Cato’s director of foreign policy studies from 1986 to 1995 and as vice president for defense and foreign policy studies from 1995 to 2011. He is the author of 10 books and the editor of 10 books on international affairs, including The Fire Next Door: Mexico’s Drug Violence and the Danger to AmericaSmart Power: Toward a Prudent Foreign Policy for AmericaAmerica’s Coming War with China  A Collision Course over TaiwanThe Korean Conundrum: America’s Troubled Relations with North and South Korea, Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington’s Futile War on Drugs in Latin America, The Captive Press: Foreign Policy Crises and the First Amendment,Beyond NATO: Staying Out of Europe’s Wars, and A Search for Enemies: America’s Alliances after the Cold War. His forthcoming book, Perilous Partners: The Benefits and Pitfalls of America’s Alliances with Authoritarian Regimes, will be released in Fall 2015. Carpenter is contributing editor to the National Interest and serves on the editorial boards of Mediterranean Quarterly and the Journal of Strategic Studies, and is the author of more than 600 articles and policy studies. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, World Policy Journal, and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs in the United States, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, and other regions. Carpenter received his Ph.D. in U.S. diplomatic history from the University of Texas.

Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.) completed 30 years as a career foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department serving as Ambassador to Senegal, Deputy Inspector General of the State Department, Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo, Egypt.  He was the first American diplomat to return to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City after it was liberated during the Desert Storm military campaign. He also was involved with the Middle East peace process in Cairo and helped negotiate the release of the American diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis from 1979-81.  He has led several World Affairs Council trips to Iran, Egypt and the Persian Gulf.

Ambassador Johnson is the founder of the World Affairs Council of Montana and was the national Vice Chair of the World Affairs Councils of America. He has been a Mansfield Adjunct Professor at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana.

Ambassadpr Johnson has spoken to audiences across the US from Alaska to Florida, and has lectured in several countries of the Middle East including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran. He received a BSFS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an MA in International Economics from George Washington University.

He is married to Sally Cummins who was a lawyer with the Office of the Legal Adviser in the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C., and former editor of the Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law.

Professor Mark C. Johnson spent several decades as an entrepreneur starting and building national businesses prior to becoming a Chapman University Trustee and Professor. After a wide ranging and intriguing business career he returned to the university campus to receive his undergraduate degree at Chapman and graduate degrees at Claremont Graduate University. Traveling earlier to nearly a 100 countries with his sons over many years created a strong sense of wonder and curiosity about the American Dream and how it came about. These life journeys lead him to study American Politics and the Comparative Politics of the Middle East to try and understand “how things really work”. Although continuing to be deeply involved in philanthropic, political and academic organizations and boards, he continues to research and study The Founders, Congressional Decision Making (yes, an oxymoron) and the extremely volatile history and behavior of the Middle East. His joy is in bringing his subject matter alive in the classroom for his students so that they may genuinely understand and be fascinated by the material being studied. His goal is to “connect the dots” of life and make what initially may seem dusty and irrelevant historical events, very current, exciting and important to his students in the understanding of their world. Having been involved in Presidential, Gubernatorial and Congressional campaigns while building a pharmaceutical business and real estate development portfolio allows for wide ranging and dynamic discussions of political behavior and history in Professor Johnson’s courses.

When not traveling, studying or instructing, Professor Johnson can be found performing low level nape of the earth combat flying exercises over the California and Arizona desert in his AStar jet turbine helicopter. Professor Johnson’s doctoral dissertation was on the efficacy of Congressional Decision Making through looking at the process of legislating American Energy Policy from the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973 forward to today (actually turned out to be interesting and revealing!



Location : Westin South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(please note earlier start times)
5:45pm Reception & Registration  |  6:30pm Dinner  |  7:00pm Speaker Program

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“Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means to the World”

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November 12, 2015

“Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means to the World”

 This program is in partnership with The Chancellor’s Club and Paul Merage Dean’s Leadership Circle

LOCATION: The New Paul Merage School of Business Auditorium
UC Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business SB1, Irvine, CA 92697

6:00PM      Lecture and Q&A by Peter Navarro, Ph.D. and Gordon G. Chang
7:00PM      Book signing and VIP Reception (with Drinks & Appetizers)


 Peter Navarro is a professor at the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. With a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard, this distinguished macroeconomist has written extensively on Asia as well as lived and worked there. Peter’s new book Crouching Tiger provides the most complete and accurate assessment of the probability of confl ict between the United States and the rising Asian superpower. Equally important, it lays out an in-depth analysis of the possible pathways to peace. Written like a geopolitical detective story, the narrative encourages reader interaction by starting each chapter with an intriguing question that often challenge conventional wisdom. Advance reviews call it a “a brilliant and clear-head analysis,” a “must read,” and required reading for every 2016 presidential candidate.”


Gordon G. Chang is a lawyer, author, and television pundit, best known for his book The Coming Collapse of China (2001), in which he argued that the hidden nonperforming loans of the “Big Four” Chinese State banks would likely bring down China’s fi nancial system and its communist government and China would collapse in 2006, 2011, 2012. Mr. Chang provided the Forward in Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World.


Business Attire •  Complimentary Parking with Reservation
$35 Premium Members |  $45 Members  |  $55 Non-Members
Please RSVP by November 5, 2015 !

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mapDriving Directions:
If you are coming from NORTH of Irvine (Los Angeles area): Take the 405 freeway south just past the 55 freeway. Take the Jamboree Road exit. Turn right onto Jamboree Road. Turn left onto Campus Drive. The campus will be a couple of miles ahead on the right.

If you are coming from SOUTH of Irvine (San Diego area): Take the 405 freeway north. Take the Jamboree Road exit. Turn left onto Jamboree Road. Turn left onto Campus Drive. The campus will be a couple of miles ahead on the right.

If you are coming from EAST of Irvine (Riverside area): Take the 91 freeway west to the 55 freeway south. Take the 55 freeway south to the 405 freeway south. Take the Jamboree Road exit. Turn right onto Jamboree Road. Turn left onto Campus Drive. The campus will be a couple of miles ahead on the right.


Parking for Paul Merage School of Business Auditorium:

From Campus Drive (coming east from Jamboree Road noted above), turn right at the light at Stanford to immediately enter the Social Sciences/MPAA Parking Structure.

When walking out of the parking structure toward the campus, from the crosswalk, proceed straight ahead through the double doors at the left end of the building to locate the elevator, stairwell and restrooms.

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EU in the US

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This program is in partnership with the Pepperdine University Orange County Waves. For more information, please visit their website: or give them a call at 310-506-6190

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{Wednesday, October 14th, 2015}

Topic: “EU in the US” with Consuls General of France and Germany, Former Vice Consul of Britain


Please join us for a night with both Consuls General of France and Germany and former Vice Consul at the British Consulate General in Los Angeles. In this program, German Consul General Mr. Neumann will discuss the EU’s common foreign policy, followed by French Consul General Mr. Lemoine and Former Vice Consul of Britain, Mr. Cummings, on the EU-US economic cooperation.



Mr. Christophe Lemoine is the Consul General of France in Los Angeles. He is a former student of the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux and holds a Doctorate-level degree in International Law and International Organizations Law, as well as a Diploma in Economic and European International Law, both from the University of Geneva. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 16 January 2001. Appointed to the Human Resources Department, Lemoine then joined the French Embassy in Berlin in 2004 as Third Secretary. He served at the External Relations Division of the European Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009, then at the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2012. Having been Chief of Staff for Mr. Laurent Fabius–Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development–from 2012 to 2015, he was recently appointed by decree of the President of the Republic as Consul General of France in Los Angeles. He took office on July 13th 2015.


Mr. Hans Jörg Neumann has served as German Consul General in Los Angeles since July 2015. Prior to this, he was German Ambassador to Benin in West Africa. His extensive knowledge of the United States was acquired during his time as an exchange student with the American Field Service in Pennsylvania in 1974, and while serving as Political Advisor and Head of Consular and Legal Affairs at the German Embassy in Washington from 2001 to 2005. Neumann joined the German Foreign Service in 1987. He has served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Germany Embassy in Bucharest, Head of Consular and Legal Affairs in Prague as well as in the Economic Department of the German Embassy in Cairo and as Foreign Desk Officer for the Maghreb countries. Before starting his career in the German Foreign Service, Neumann studied law in Frankfurt and Lausanne, Switzerland. From 1984 to 1985, he spent a year at the Ecole National d’ Administration in Paris. He practiced law in Frankfurt from 1986 to 1987. Mr. Neumann was born in Berlin and has three daughters.


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Mr. James Cummings is Vice President of Business Development at London and Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional company. London and Partners works to build London’s international reputation and attract investment and visitor spending. He is based in Los Angeles, California and works with US companies that are expanding into and growing operations in London.

James was previously Vice Consul at UK Trade & Investment at the British Consulate-General in Los Angeles. Before moving to Los Angeles, James worked as Inward Investment Officer at the City of London and during this time he became a Freeman of the City of London. James also has a Masters Degree in London Studies and now lives in Los Angeles, California.



chrislynchMr. Chris Lynch‘s expertise is in international business strategy. He currently is Global Marketing Manager for DestinHaus, a boutique management consultancy in Orange County, CA. He gives back to the community as President of the non-profit Community Vitalization Council (CiViC 180) which focuses on building local business communities. He developed CiViC 180’s signature program, the International Business Accelerator. Chris is a retired US Foreign Service Officer who dealt with economic and business policy issues in Washington DC and at five US Embassies in Europe and Latin America, last as Consul General to Hamburg. Upon returning to the US, he focused on local economic development at the Irvine and the Santa Rosa Chambers of Commerce. He was the SBA Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Advocate of the Year in 2012. He teaches international business at Golden Gate University and Economics at Long Beach City College. Chris graduated from Georgetown University’s Foreign Service School and has a Masters in Economics from Virginia Tech. He speaks professionally fluent Spanish and German.



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WAC Members $ 65
Pepperdine OC Waves Member $ 65
Non-Members (*special discount available! Please see below)
$ 95
Table of 10
(WAC Members)
$ 650
Student Dinner $ 50
Student – Program Only $ 10

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The Westin, South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Time: 6:00pm VIP/General Reception, 7:00pm Dinner, 
7:30pm Speaker Program

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Toward a Strategy for the Middle East, AGM

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{Thursday, September 24th, 2015}

 Toward a Strategy for the Middle East, AGM

 President Obama has acknowledged that the United States does not have a “strategy” for dealing with Syria, now the epicenter of a region facing multiple civil wars and violent crises of state legitimacy.  To confront the most urgent security aspect of this complex set of problems, the U.S. has rallied an international coalition of states  determined to defeat ISIS.  None of these coalition partners is more crucial to success than Turkey, and none of the coalition members’ bilateral relationships is more difficult for both parties to manage.  To better inform US and world publics and national public policy processes about the larger challenge of developing a strategy not only for but also with the Middle East,  the Atlantic Council has drawn together eminent persons and experts from across the Middle East region, Europe, and the United States, in its “Middle East Strategy Task Force.” Bipartisan co-chairs,  former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, are leading the Task Force’s efforts to help the current and next US administrations, with our European and Middle Eastern Partners,  jointly to develop such a strategy.  The focus is on collaboration among stakeholders in the Middle East, Europe, and U.S. in regenerating a stable regional order based on legitimate, well-governed states dedicated to the service of their people.   Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone,  Vice President of the Atlantic Council and Director of its  Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, will outline the approach of the Task Force, with a particular focus on Turkey’s pivotal role,  and invite WAC members’  advice and questions.


The AGM meeting is the kick-off to a brand new year of events and programming. WAC is excited with the lineup of speakers and panels that we are assembling for the 2015-2016 year. The world has many challenges and the U.S. continues to be instrumental in leading and finding solutions. WAC welcomes all new and old members. This is an opportunity for the general membership to meet the incoming Executive Board and the new class of trustees, as well as provide feedback on what members would like to see from the World Affairs Council of Orange County.



FJRic photo ACFrancis J. Ricciardone is Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Before joining the Council he was a career Foreign Service officer in Washington, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, including assignments as ambassador to Turkey (2011-14), chargé d’affaires and deputy ambassador to Afghanistan (2009-10), ambassador to Egypt (2005-8), and ambassador to the Philippines and Palau (2002-5).

As Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s special coordinator for the transition of Iraq (1999-2001), Ambassador Ricciardone supported the reestablishment of the democratic opposition to the Saddam Hussein regime.  Secretary of State Colin Powell assigned him in 2004 to organize the new US Embassy in Baghdad to replace the Coalition Provisional Authority. He worked with Egyptian, Israeli, and other international military forces as chief of the Civilian Observer Unit of the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt’s Sinai Desert (1989-91). In 1993 he served as political advisor to US and Turkish generals commanding Operation Northern Watch in northern Iraq, based in Turkey. Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Ricciardone held a Fulbright Scholarship in Italy, and taught at international schools in Italy and in Iran. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973. He speaks Italian, Turkish, Arabic, and French. He is married to Dr. Marie Ricciardone, a molecular biologist.


 Entertainment by Dimitris Mahlis- “Meditations on the Oud”

Dimitris-Mahlis-4084_originalDimitris Mahlis is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in the Los Angeles area.  Since coming to LA, Dimitris’ skills on oud, guitar and other stringed instruments have led him into a rich variety of performing and recording experiences. Dimitris has had the good fortune to receive training in both Western and Eastern musical systems. His style is known as both soulful and original.

Some recent recording credits include the Oscar winning film “Argo” With composer Alexander Desplat. “Huun Huur Tu” with Carmen Rizzo, “Vino” with Robi Draco Rosa,”O Samanos” Dionisis Savopoulo-Thanasis Papakonstantinou, Dimitris also composed the music for the recent film ” Coffee and Sugar” and is featured on the soundtrack of the upcoming film “The Algerian.”

Dimitris has performed and toured throughout the world with artists such as A.R.Rahman, Axiom of Choice, Dionisis Savopoulos, Niyaz, Freddie Hubbard, Thanasis Papakonstantinou, Kevyn Lettau, Russell Ferrante and others. He composes all the original music for his projects including 4 albums with His duo project “Wahid” “Protoleia” with the Mahlis- Panos Project “Prana” with the trio, Prana and “Aphrodite Moves On” with his electric quartet, Babaghanoush.


Premium members $45, Members $65, Non-members $95

Location: The Westin, South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm


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2015 Annual Trustees Meeting

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{Sunday, September 13th, 2015}

2015 Annual Trustees Meeting

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The Annual Trustees Meeting is an important event for the Council. Attending Board of Trustees will be asked to elect the Council’s Executive Board and Officers for the coming year. In addition, Board Chairman, Tommy Papa, will provide the overview of the “State of the Council,” and special reports will be provided by our Council’s officers on our finances and investments, our program results, our educational outreach efforts, and our membership status. There will also be time for you, as a member of  the Board of Trustees to ask questions, comment, and offer suggestions and recommendations for the Council’s activities over the coming year. 

Trustees and Guests: $60

Valet parking is included


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Location: Great Room of Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails

2607 Main St, Irvine, CA 92614

Time: 11:30-2:30pm

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Premium Members Event: Private Luncheon with Dr. Seyom Brown (LIMITED SEATING!)


Premium Members Event: Private Luncheon with Dr. Seyom Brown 

Topic: Obama’s Foreign Policy

Dr. Seyom Brown is prominent foreign policy and historical analyst, teaching at such prestigious institutions as Columbia University, Harvard University, Brandeis University, UCLA, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Tufts University. He has also been a senior policy analyst in some of the largest think-tanks, such as the RAND Corporation, the Brookings Insititution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Harvard University’s Belfer Center, the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, and many more. Dr. Brown also has experience in government, working in both the Departments of State and Defense. Dr. Brown has numerous publications covering subject matter from the Middle East to human rights to outer space.

Location: Il Fornaio
18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612

Date: September 10, 2015

Time: 11:30AM to 2:30PM

(parking can be validated by restaurant staff)


Please note this event is opened to Premium Members Only – Very Limited Seating!

Premium Member’s Price: $45



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Afghanistan 2.0 – Future Visions and Business Opportunities

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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Afghanistan 2.0 – Future Visions and Business Opportunities


Col. Bullion and Mr. Delawari recently returned to the US from multiple assignments in Afghanistan where they oversaw aspects of the Afghan economy which has grown 10 fold since 2002. They will serve on a panel to provide insight into the critical policies and infrastructure that need to be put in place to ignite the Afghan economy. The Afghan government has identified key objectives in the areas of banking, mining, energy, agriculture, and rule of law. This discussion will not only provide background on various projects, but also business opportunities for investors in the West.

Location: The Pacific Club

4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM


Pricing: $65 Members |  $90 Non-Members | $40 Students


The Presentation from the event can be found here:






IMG_2730Col Jim Bullion USA (Ret), Former Director, Task Force for Business Stability Operations (TFBSO) at the U.S. Department of Defense.

From 2010 to 2014, TFBSO worked in Afghanistan, at the direction of the Secretary of Defense, coordinating with  the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, ISAF, the Government of Afghanistan and other agencies. TFBSO’s mission was to help Afghanistan’s private sector grow by attracting foreign investors and encouraging local entrepreneurship. The major areas of effort for TFBSO were in the minerals, energy, indigenous industries and agriculture sectors of the Afghan economy.

Prior to his current position, Col. Bullion was President of Phoenix Global Services LLC, a consulting and investing company he founded in 2005. He has more than 20 years of experience in international business management, consulting, and military service. As an Army Reserve Officer, Col. Bullion has served two tours in Iraq, first as Executive Officer and Commander of a Civil Affairs Battalion attached to the 10th Special Forces Group and to the 101st Airborne Division, then as Plans and Operations Chief for the Multinational Security Transition Command commanded by General David Petraeus. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal (2OLC) and the Combat Action Badge for his work in Iraq. Prior to his two tours in Iraq, Mr. Bullion was a Vice President at Genuity, Inc., a $1 billion publicly traded telecommunications services company and built and managed international operations for UNIFI Communications, a high-growth startup company which developed and provided leading-edge data communications services.

Mr. Bullion is a graduate of Dartmouth College and also was commissioned there as an infantry officer through ROTC. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School and is fluent in French.


IMG_2729   His Excellency Noorullah Delawari – Former Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank
(Central Bank of Afghanistan)

Mr. Delawari was appointed as governor by presidential decree No. 78 dated November 30, 2011. His nomination was confirmed by the (Wolsi Jirga) the lower house of parliament on November 26, 2011. Delawari handed in his resignation on 6 December 2014 to retire and spend time with his family in Southern California.

Governor Delawari brings with him a diverse professional background and rich experience in commercial banking, international business/ leadership. Prior to this assignment he has served as Minister Advisor to President Karzi on Banking and Private Sector, member of DAB Supreme Council, founder and CEO of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (2003-2004; 2008-November 2011), Governor Da Afghanistan Bank (2004 -2007 and 2011-2014), Senior Advisor to Minister of Finance Afghanistan (2002) and Vice President of Multinational Division, Lloyds Bank of California (1986-2002).

Governor Delawari was born in Kabul Afghanistan on November 23, 1942. He left his home country in 1967 to accept a Colombo Plan university scholarship in the United Kingdom in the fields of commerce and economics. Here, he performed basic training at National Westminster Bank, and then continued his studies at the UCLA. When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Governor Delawari decided to settle in Pasadena, CA . Governor Delawari returned to Afghanistan and was given the task of strengthening the national bank, with the help of future governor Anwar ul-Haq Ahady and then Minister of Finance Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai who is the current President of Afghanistan.

Governor Delawari earned a B.S. in Business/Economics from UCLA and was awarded a Professional Designation in International Business from UCLA 1967-1969. He was the recipient of Colombo Plan (Bank Management) Scholarship in London-England.

Special performance by Salar Nader featuring Mustafa Saeed on Afghan Rubab.  

“The Sounds and Rhythms of Afghanistan” Duet performance

An evocative voyage through the various musical styles performed within Afghanistan. These maestros will take you on a play-by-play musical caravan, making stops in Kabul, Herat, Mazar, Qataghan, Loghar, Kandahar. Salar Nader is a world renowned Afghan-American Virtuoso who grew up in San Francisco, California. He’s a musical visionary who has an impressive track record of collaborators and compositions under his belt.

His film scores and compositional work can be heard on: the theatrical adaption of “Kite Runner” ( New York Times bestseller, by author Khaled Hosseini), “The Twentieth Wife” novel written by Indu Sunderasan, theatrical adaptation by Farah Yasmeen Shaikh & Sunderasan, Grammy award winning Kronos Quartet, Jamey Haddad of Paul Simon & Sting, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Mira Nairs “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and 2014 blockbuster hit “The Heat”.

His latest performances include: Carnegie Hall “In The Footsteps of Babur” 2015, Opening of 2012 London Olympics, Solstice Festival, NYC Central Park Summer stage, Montreal Jazz fest, Theatro De La Ville, Paris (Sounds of Afghanistan)

Salar is a disciple of Grammy award-winning international artist Zakir Hussain, and considers himself privileged to have been guided by the master throughout his music journey.

Walkthrough Art Exhibit
Featuring Talented Afghan Artist, Sulyman Sadat

Artist Sulyman Sadat started early training under the guidance of his father, a Cornell University graduate in Architecture, from whom he learned the fundamentals of drawing and design. Before settling down in Southern California he worked as a freelance artist, graphic designer and art consultant in Europe. He uses forms and colors in an expressionistic and symbolic way to express the beauties about the world around us. For more of his work, please visit:

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Global Water Security

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{Thursday, June 25th, 2015}

James G. Workman – Global Water Security

How a Rights-Based Approach to Water Ensures Natural and Human Resilience from Below


 JGWorkman.colorJames G. Workman, author of “Heart of Dryness” and founder of AquaJust draws on his experience from the Kalahari to Oman to Bali to Spain to shape the world’s first online water-trading marketplace, unfolding today in California

Workman is an award-winning journalist, foreign correspondent, and writer who has prepared speeches for statesmen on four continents. As a ‘Drought Doctor’ he has advised businesses, aid agencies, civic associations, environmentalists and government departments on water scarcity and climate change adaptation. He is based in San Francisco, where he is translating his experiences with Kalahari Bushmen into a new venture that harnesses Web 2.0 platforms to trade the right to water.

Workman is a Yale and Oxford graduate, award-winning journalist, recruited to U.S. Cabinet-level aide, and essayist on water scarcity, conservation, & global warming.  He is an award winning freelance writer and has written for various publications such as World View Magazine, The Washington Business Journal, The New Republic, Foreign Service Magazine, Africa Geographic, Sustainable Development, Washington Times, and Business Day. As an international public speaker and academic lecturer, he has spoken at Yale University, University of Cape Town, California Institute of Technology, University of Botswana, among others in regards to the needed adaptation and development in a changing climate.

Location: The Pacific Club

4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm 

Pricing: Member: $55   |   Nonmember: $75   |   Student: $40 


General Reception: 5:30pm

Start Program: 6:45pm

Dinner: 7:00pm

 *Please note the earlier start times


*** Free Valet & Self Parking ***

Bar will accept CASH ONLY


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War Powers of U.S. Presidents

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Dr. Tom Campbell – War Powers of the U.S. Presidents

Dr. Thomas Campbell, Dean, Chapman Law School and Former U.S Congressman, will speak on the war powers of the US President and the efforts he’s made to define the limits of the President’s power to involve the country in wars without the consent of Congress.

Location: The Westin

686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

(6:00pm VIP & General Reception, 6:45pm Dinner, 7:30pm Program)

Members – $65  | Nonmembers – $85  |  Students – $40  | Table of 10 – $650  | Student Program Only – $10

Complimentary Self Parking or $18 for Valet


Dr. Tom Campbell was appointed Dean of the Fowler School of Law in February, 2011. He came to Chapman in January 2009 as a visiting Presidential Fellow and Fletcher Jones Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law. Prior to joining Chapman, he was the Bank of America Dean and Professor of Business from 2002 to 2008 at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Campbell was a Professor of Law at Stanford University from 1987-2002; Associate Professor at Stanford, 1983-1987; a member of the United States Congress from 1989-1993 and 1995-2001; a member of the California State Senate from 1993-1995; and the director of the California Department of Finance from 2004-2005. He has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he also served as a member of the board of editors of the Harvard Law Review. He was a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Byron White, and to US Court of Appeals Judge George E. MacKinnon; a White House Fellow; executive assistant to the Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice; and, director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission.

Dr. Campbell’s principal area of academic work is in the application of economics to legal questions. He has published articles in the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, and the Antitrust Law Journal, among others. He is the author of the book Separation of Powers in Practice, published by Stanford University Press(2004). Since 2001, Dr. Campbell and his wife Susanne have taught in Africa as volunteers on seven separate occasions, in Ghana, Eritrea and Rwanda, where they taught courses in fund raising (Susanne) and international financial institutions, business strategy and constitutional law (Tom), at the following universities: Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana; Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Kigali, Rwanda; School of Banking and Finance, Kigali, Rwanda; and the University of Asmara, Asmara, Eritrea. 


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