Ed Manners

Ed Manners – A Thinker, Strategist and Achiever in Business, Politics, Community and Trout Fishing. He is currently Chairman and CEO, Sun Strategies Innovations Ltd, a Singapore investment company for client companies. Former roles include: Group CFO, Consolidated Press Holdings Ltd. (Australia & beyond); CEO & Publisher, The Sun Weekly (Australia); Chairman, Brumbys Bakeries Ltd. (Australia & NZ); Chairman, RR USA (USA); Chairman, Mediherb (Australia & USA).

Susan Morrice

Founder and chairperson of Belize Natural Energy (BNE) LTD and International Natural Energy LLC

Susan Morrice is the founder of Belize Natural Energy LTD and International Natural Energy LLC. She is a native of Belfast, Ireland, and studied at Trinity College in Dublin where she earned both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Geology. Her entrepreneurial spirit then brought her to Colorado and from there to extraordinary success in Natural Energy exploration globally.

Today Susan travels the world as a speaker, global visionary and pioneer in her field. Susan’s greatest passion revolves around empowering people and uncovering their innate entrepreneurial spirit. As a champion for the <em>Educo Holistic Business Model</em> Susan encourages a holistic approach to success, as it is in this way that BNE found oil in Belize, when it was widely believed there was none.

Susan is continually recognized for her contributions in Natural Energy, and has received countless prestigious awards over the years in acknowledgment of her contributions. Among her peers she is considered a gifted explorer and innovator, and BNE has become the global beacon for the movement towards a holistic approach to Natural Energy Exploration.

Leo Tilman

risk, and financial markets. He is President of Tilman & Company, a strategic advisory firm that serves corporations, financial institutions, governments, and institutional investors worldwide. Additionally, he is Executive Chairman of Capitol Peak Asset Management (capitol-peak.com). Through thought leadership and actionable solutions, Tilman & Company helps its clients create lasting value for the benefit of all stakeholders. Prior to founding the firm, he held senior positions with BlackRock and Bear Stearns, where he was Chief Institutional Strategist and Senior Managing Director.

Leo teaches finance at Columbia University and is the author of three books translated into foreign languages: Financial Darwinism (2009), Asset/Liability Management (2003), and Risk Management (2000). In 2010, in collaboration with the Nobel economist Edmund Phelps, he co-authored a Harvard Business Review proposal to create the First National Bank of Innovation – a novel financial institution dedicated to financing innovative entrepreneurial projects and fostering economic dynamism. In a more recent European Financial Review article, he redefined “risk intelligence” and designated it a new essential competence for companies and investors who aspire to contribute to economies and societies.

Leo has been profiled as a Business Visionary by Forbes, a distinction given to “influential authors, decision makers, and thought leaders in the field of business.” He is a contributing editor of The Journal of Risk Finance and serves on the board of directors of Atlantic Partnership and advisory boards of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and British American Business. Leo was honored by the World Economic Forum among a select group of executives, public figures and intellectuals recognized for “their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.” He received B.A. and M.A. degrees in mathematics at Columbia University and executive education in leadership and public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Michele ‘Mik’ Isernia

Michele Isernia is the Senior VP for Strategic & Alliances at HUE (Norway) since October 2012.
Prior to HUE Michele has held the same responsibility for NVIDIA Corp. for 2 years, Microsoft Corp. for 3 years as well as Hewlett-Packard for over 3 years. Michele has also been a co-founder of 2 technology startups in the High Performance Computing (Engineered Intelligence/GEAR6) and Bio Sensors (Logisens) areas.

Engineered Intelligence received roughly $25M in various rounds and was moved to Menlo Park in CA and eventually folded into Violin Memory.

Logisens Corp., was organically grown, received the Most Innovative Company in Colorado in 2004, and it is now dormant, but holding some global strategic patents worldwide.

Previously in his career Michele has held various management positions in marketing, channel management, R&D and consulting for Hewlett-Packard in various countries, always focusing on Science and research markets.

Michele’s education includes Computer Science at the University of Milan, Italy as well as an Executive MBA at the Stanford School of Business in California.

Michele has lived in Colorado since 1996, has been involved in the Fort Collins Technology Incubator and Innosphere, the Colorado Software and Internet Association, and has worked to connect innovative Colorado technologies to the Energy industry, China, Europe and sources of investment. One of these technologies from Stewart Environmental in Fort Collins, was the foundation of Energy Water Solutions Corp. in Houston, that received roughly $40M USD from the Michael Dell Investment Fund.

For the last 10 years he has been commuting to Houston for his roles in the Energy industry.

Before his professional career, Michele has been actively involved for a few years in 2 major associations, one focusing on people with disabilities and one focused on third world development projects (he worked in Burundi in 1982 in one of these projects).

Michele was born in Milan, Italy, and has worked in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, USA. He is married with Nadia, German, and has 3 daughters (26, 25 and 21 years old). Anna is currently working in Shanghai.

Jérôme Pischella

Jérôme Pischella has been Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate of Canada in Denver, Colorado since July 2014, overseeing Canadian interests in Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Wyoming and Montana.
Jérôme was Counsellor, Science and Technology at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, from September 2010 to June 2014. In this capacity, he specialized in facilitating innovation links between Canada and the United States, whether for the government, the private sector or academia.
He spent the 2 previous years in Rabat, Morocco as Senior Trade Commissioner and director of the trade section, with a focus on aerospace, agriculture and education promotion.
Jérôme has over 17 years of experience working with Canadian exporters and innovators. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, he worked for 7 years with Export Development Canada, most notably as a Small Business specialist. Jérôme holds a BA in International Commerce from ESCM (Poitiers, France) and a MA in International Business Analysis from Leicester University, UK.

Richard Fleming

Richard Fleming joined the Colorado Rapids in March of 2013, bringing nearly 25 years of experience as a sport journalist to his new role as the club’s Director of Broadcasting. In his position, Richard oversees the club’s television and radio coverage, contributes to regular content for both the Rapids and Altitude, the club’s television broadcast partner, and serves as the studio host and play-by-play commentator for Rapids games on Altitude.

A native of Sandhurst, Berkshire, Richard started in sports journalism in 1989 in local newspapers in southern England, covering league football and other sports. After six years in newspapers and another five in local radio on the BBC, Fleming moved to the BBC World Service in London in 2000 and traveled the world covering major sporting events, including two FIFA World Cups, the Confederations Cup, five African Cup of Nations, European Championships, as well as three MLS Cups.

Since leaving the BBC in 2011, Richard has done freelance work for several organizations, including Arsenal TV, the ITF, the London 2012 Olympics, IMG, Perform Media, Chelsea Radio, TennisTV, ESPN and the Tennis Radio Network. His career highlight was calling the 2010 World Cup semifinal match between the Netherlands and Uruguay for the BBC, and counts having a rifle lodged under his ribcage as he tried to enter the soccer stadium in Cairo during the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations as a lowlight. In 2005, he was the first BBC sports journalist ever to enter North Korea, where he covered a World Cup qualifier and dined with the surviving members of that country’s historic 1966 World Cup team.

Richard is a former semi-professional soccer player, and continues to play in his free time, and also enjoys golf, tennis, skiing, traveling and spending time with his family, which includes his wife, Nicky, and three children: Jessica, Charlotte, and James.

Nancy Faunce


Nancy Faunce

Nancy is the President and owner of FasTracKids International, a franchising company that provides innovative early childhood learning programs to children in over 45 countries and 19 languages. As a volunteer, she serves as an Elder of New Hope Presbyterian Church where she also sings in the choir; she is on the Boards of Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado and the Spirit Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation and Restoration and is an active alumna of Wellesley College. She enjoys golf, skiing, travelling and walking her dog, Mister. Nancy holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Boston University. Formerly from New England, she currently resides in Castle Pines, CO.

Michael Wheeler

Michael Wheeler
Michael Wheeler is an authority on negotiation theory and practice. He has taught negotiation and leadership to thousands of MBA and executive program participants at the Harvard Business School, where he holds the chair endowed by the HBS Class of 1952.
Wheeler has also helped lead the world-famous Program on Negotiation, the inter-university consortium based at the Harvard Law School. He currently is editor-in-chief of its Negotiation Journal. In addition, he is the author (or co-author) of ten books, including the The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World, recently published by Simon & Schuster.
Among other his other books are, What’s Fair? Ethics for Negotiators (with Carrie Menkel-Meadow), Business Fundamentals in Negotiation, and On Teaching Negotiation. His text Environmental Dispute Resolution (with Lawrence Bacow) won the CPR-ADR’s annual award as the best book on negotiation. He has written numerous articles in both scholarly journals (among them, the Yale Journal of Regulation, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and The Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies) and the public press, including The Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times.
He holds degrees from Amherst College, Boston University, and Harvard Law School, and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1969. He has been a panelist for the American Arbitration Association, and has served as both a mediator and an arbitrator in a variety of business and regulatory disputes. He has advised corporate clients, trade organizations, and government agencies on negotiation issues in the United States and abroad. He is a founding member of the board of directors of Consensus Building Institute, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates resolution of public policy disputes throughout the world.
Prior to his appointment to the Harvard Business School faculty in 1993, Wheeler taught at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1981 to 1994, where he was Director of Research at MIT’s Center for Real Estate Development. Previously he was Director of Education and Research at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Professor of Law at New England Law. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado and the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He has appeared extensively on television nationwide.
For the 2013-14 academic year he will maintain his HBS base, but also be a Visiting Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in the fall and MIT in the spring, teaching negotiation at both institutions. His website is: www.michaelwheeler.com. For his LinkedIn Influencer blog on negotiation: click here.

Kevin Longe

Kevin Longe became President & CEO of Dynamic Materials Corporation (DMC) on March 1, 2013. He joined DMC as Chief Operating Officer in July 2012. He was previously a vice president and general manager of Sonoco’s $600 million Protective Packaging division, which provides custom-engineered packaging solutions and components for a broad range of end-use applications. Kevin also served as president of Sonoco’s ThermoSafe Brands business, a manufacturer of temperature assurance packaging for a variety of global medical and biotechnology markets. His duties included operational oversight of eight manufacturing centers in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining Sonoco, Kevin spent six years with NYSE-listed Lydall, Inc., a provider of specialty engineered products for thermal/acoustical and filtration/separation applications. During his tenure with Lydall, Kevin served as president of three separate operating divisions. He also was senior vice president and corporate vice president of Nasdaq-listed Electro Scientific Industries, a supplier of capital equipment to the global semiconductor and electronics markets.

In addition, he spent eight years as corporate vice president and board member of Evapco, Inc., a provider of capital equipment to the commercial building, industrial process and refrigeration markets. Kevin was responsible for Evapco’s industrial process and refrigeration business. He has spent more than four years residing internationally, including in China.

Dr. Robert Kapp


A veteran of 40 years in the building of strong U.S.- China relations and past president of the US-China Business Council, Dr Robert Kapp is president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc., Port Townsend, Washington, USA. The firm provides consulting services to companies and nonprofit organizations seeking to develop successful activities with China or to engage with policy makers in the field of U.S.-China relations.

Dr. Kapp is Strategic Advisor to the U.S.-China Specialty Group at Burson-Marsteller, (www.bm.com) the prominent global public and government relations firm, and Senior China Advisor to the well known international law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (“K&L Gates”) (www.klgates.com) . Both firms maintain extensive practices in the United States and China, and serve clients throughout Asia, North America, Europe, and elsewhere.

From April, 1994 to November, 2004, Dr. Kapp served as president of The US-China Business Council the principal organization of American companies engaged in trade and investment with China. In addition to guiding the business services, publications, and program activities of the US-China Business Council from its offices in Washington, Beijing and Shanghai, Dr. Kapp regularly represented the American business community engaged with China, in both Washington and Beijing. He contributed regularly to informed U.S. dialogue on China, through Congressional testimony, published articles, frequent media appearances, and presentations to educational and community organizations nationwide. He has been widely recognized in the United States and China as a leader in the effort to sustain strong, mutually respectful relations between the two nations.

In the non-profit sector, Dr. Kapp chairs the China Committee of the Pacific Council on International Policy (www.pacificcouncil.org). He also serves on a number of Advisory Boards of organizations deeply involved in contemporary Chinese affairs and U.S.-China relations, including The U.S.-China Education Trust (www.uscet.org) and The China Economic Quarterly. He is an Advisor to LinkAsia, a program of LinkTV (www.linktv.org) .

In the field of corporate social responsibility; Dr. Kapp was the principal initiator of The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund, which provided more than a million dollars in support of a wide range of Sino-American cooperative legal initiatives between 1998 and 2012.

Dr. Kapp regularly publishes feature articles (in Chinese translation) in the respected weekly China Newsweek (http://newsweek.inewsweek.cn/). He is a listed Contributor to ChinaFile, The Asia Society’s innovative e-magazine (www.chinafile.com). Among other writings, he has recently published an article on the politics of US-China relations in Limes, the Italian geopolitical journal, and an essay on US-China intellectual property issues in U.S.-China 2022: Economic Relations in the Next 10 Years, published by the China-United States Exchange Foundation. An article by Dr. Kapp on U.S.-China relations, appeared, in Chinese, in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences journal World Economy and Politics, (2009, no. 11). A recent interview with the 20th Century Business Herald (in Chinese) with Dr. Kapp is available at: http://zhuanti.21cbh.com/2012_jingyingfangtan01/ . Dr. Kapp appears frequently in the media, and at major conferences in the US and China. Recent or forthcoming hosts include The Carter Center (Atlanta); Bloomberg Link; the National Association of Corporate Directors; Renmin University of China; the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences; the United States Air Force Academy; and others.

Dr. Kapp received his doctorate in modern Chinese history from Yale University. From 1970 to 1980 he taught Chinese history at Rice University (Houston) and the University of Washington (Seattle). He is the author of a scholarly monograph and other published academic research on 20th-century China. From 1986 to 1991, Dr. Kapp was Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Business Administration, where he received a Distinguished Teaching award. He was Editor of the scholarly publication The Journal of Asian Studies,1978-80. Communicating With China (1980), which he edited, was a pioneering contribution to effective popular communication between the United States and China.

From 1979 to 1987, Dr. Kapp was the founding executive director of the Washington State China Relations Council (www.wscrc.org) , and from 1987 to 1994 he served as president of the Washington Council on International Trade (www.wcit.org ). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the World Affairs Council, whose World Citizen Award he received in 1994. He has been a frequent visitor to China since 1977. He and his wife Catherine live in Port Townsend, Washington State, USA.