Advisory Board Members

Lester Dally

Lester Dally is an International Business Advisor.  He  provides advice to US and global clients on international business and investment planning, finance, and political economic analysis, especially in the Asia Pacific region and Europe.

Lester has 30 years of experience in the World Bank Group in Washington DC and Asia,  in the legal, treasury, finance, operations and external affairs areas of  the World Bank, including advisor to several Presidents, the Treasurer, to heads of External Affairs and the East Asia and Pacific region.  He was stationed in Tokyo and Seoul as head of the World Bank’s offices in Japan and South Korea.

Previously, Lester practiced as a lawyer, worked in government, political consulting and international investment banking in New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, China, United Kingdom and the United States.

He graduated from Auckland University, New Zealand – BA and LLB (Hons) and Harvard University, USA – LLM.

Robin S. Bernstein

Robin S. Bernstein is recognized as a successful political and business strategist. As Vice President of Rizbur Consulting, Inc. she has consulted to a vast array of political and business clients including Donald Trump, U.S. Governor Bob Graham, Congressmen Harry Johnston, Robert Wexler and Mark Foley, Judge Richard Wennet, City councilwoman Annie Delgado, Mayor Jack Macdonald, Palm Beach Town Councilman Norman Goldblum and Town Councilwoman Penney Townsend, and County Commissioner Ken Spillias among many others. Her business clients include Westco Development, Citizens for Mizner Park, Greenpark Management, Boca Raton CRA and Artist Laurance Rassin.

Robin received her BA in Russian Area Studies and International Studies from the 
School of international Service in Washington, D.C. She began her political career 
there as an intern and then staff member for the Committee to Elect Scoop 
Jackson President. Shortly thereafter, she worked briefly on the Presidential 
Campaign for Hubert H. Humphrey and then as a staff member of the Joint 
Economic Committee of Congress. She received a Presidential appointment from 
President Jimmy Carter to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the 
Assistant Secretary for Policy, after serving as a member of President-elect 
Carter’s Transition Team.

Robin received her MBA in Economics and Strategic Planning from George 
Washington University in 1981. Shortly afterwards, she moved to Florida and joined the campaign to Elect Ken Spillias to the Palm Beach County 
commission. She joined Commissioner Spillias as an Administrative Assistant and 
created her own political consulting business.

In 1984, she married insurance businessman Richard Bernstein and joined his 
company Richard S. Bernstein and Associates as Vice President. Together they 
have three daughters, Ariel, Alexandra and Julia and currently live in Palm Beach, 

Alison Brown

Alison Brown is a litigation attorney with Holland & Knight who specializes in complex business litigation. She represents multi-national clients before state and federal judges and juries in matters ranging from contract disputes and various types of fraud – including RICO, to alleged breaches of fiduciary duty by shareholders and private equity fund investors. Alison has experience litigating before state and federal courts on both the trial and appellate level, including the state Supreme Court.

Most notably, Alison served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp and has litigated numerous cases before federal district courts in the Southern District of Florida. She also served her home state of Missouri as an Assistant Attorney General.

Before beginning her legal career, she served on the parliamentary staff of the Rt. Hon. Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury, during his term as the United Kingdom Secretary of State of Culture, Media and Sport.

Alison received her BA from Millikin University in Illinois and her JD from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Scott Wilson, PhD

Scott Wilson is an Educator and he is passionate about working with students, especially on issues concerning International Affairs.  He is very active with the World Affairs Council’s two education outreach programs.  He is the Moderator for the World Affairs Council Academic WorldQuest, the international quiz competition for high schools, and he is a Director for the World Affairs Council of Palm Beach InterTalk, our new university-level education outreach program.

Professionally, Scott has instructed over 300 online college courses in international relations and U.S. Government at several universities, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Regent University, Ashford University, Troy University, Crown College, Salem University, Schiller International University, Upper Iowa University, and Atlantic International University.  He has also given several keynote speeches at university graduation ceremonies both in the US and in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Scott holds his PhD in International Relations from Atlantic International University, and he completed his PhD coursework at Louisiana State University.  He received a BS in Business Administration and a MA in Political Science from West Virginia University.  Scott also studied Russian Language at Moscow State University and political psychology at Ohio State University in certificate programs.

Scott resides in West Palm Beach with his wife, Diana.


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