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Advisory Board

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.

Hamlet Yousef

Managing Partner, lronGate Capital Advisors

Hamlet Yousef most recently worked for the Federal Government in the National Security/Diplomacy sector, and carries active security clearances. These clearancesallow him to directly review potential contracts and classified technologies associated with prospective lronGate investments.

He has extensive experience working with a variety of Federal agencies and Departments to address issues related to cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and other National Security challenges emanating nation-state adversaries and non- conventional foes. In addition, during his Federal government experience, Mr. Yousef has hands-on substantive experience dealing with use of technology to address Mission Critical needs.

Prior to joining government, Mr. Yousef had extensive experience conducting business development, due diligence, and geopolitical risk analysis in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He worked on behalf of private investors to seek out and perform feasibility analyses on cutting-edge disruptive technologies in the energy and technology sectors.

Mr. Yousef earned an MBA from Pepperdine University, with an emphasis in International Finance, and a BS in International Business from Florida State University.

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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Member councils can be found in 40 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 

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