Advisory Board

The external Advisory Board provides support and advice to the Vice Provost/Dean of the International Division, particularly in regard to strategies and implementation plans for advancing the objectives of the University related to internationalization. The Board assists in raising funds, providing mentors, internships, and placements for students to provide international perspective and experiences. Board members serve voluntarily at the invitation of the Vice Provost/Dean. Resources are available for Board members on the Advisory Board Resources page.


Mr. Anthony Carroll

Vice President, Manchester Trade Ltd., Arlington, VA USA

Tony Carroll is vice president of Manchester Trade, a Washington trade, development and business consulting firm. He is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS and senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has 35 years of business and development experience in Africa dating from his Peace Corps service in Botswana (1976-78). He specializes in investments that involve transferring new technologies and methodologies to Africa. He served as assistant general counsel to the Peace Corps, member of the advisory boards of EXIM Bank, OPIC and USTR and was a congressional nominee to the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. He currently serves as a director to the Acorus Fund in Hong Kong. He has degrees in economics and law from the University of Denver and an MAPA from the Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Mr. Norman J. Cerk

Former partner, co-portfolio manager, head trader at Balestra Capital, Ltd., New York, NY USA

Norman Cerk is a former partner, co-portfolio manager, head trader at Balestra Capital, Ltd., a global-macro hedge fund. He served on the investment committee for Balestra’s fund of funds, Balestra Spectrum Partners LLC, which invested in outside hedge funds. Prior to his time at Balestra Capital, Ltd., Norman was a Co-Portfolio Manager of a $50M AUM long-short equity hedge fund at Hollis Capital. He began his career as an analyst and traded at Scarna Capital Management LLC.Norman received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994 and participated in the 1993 study abroad program to London.


Ms. Viveca Chan

Chairman and CEO, WE Worldwide Partners, Hong Kong, PR CHINA

Viveca Chan is founder and chairman of WE Marketing Group, an independent marketing communications agency headquartered in China. WE is the first company to integrate advertising, social media and e-commerce sales. Prior to starting WE, she was chair and CEO of Grey Global Group China/Hong Kong and was instrumental in building up the group’s China network and specialized communication disciplines. Chan has received numerous honors for her active role in the industry, including Ad Age’s “100 Most Influential Women in Advertising,” “Professional Woman of the Year” from American Chamber of Commerce, and Campaign Asia’s Digital A List. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a degree in marketing.


Mr. Piyabutr Cholvijarn

President, Kenan Institute Asia, Bangkok, THAILAND

Piyabutr Cholvijarn is President of the Kenan Institute Asia and previous chairman of Pianarong Co Ltd. in Bangkok. He spent 22 years of his professional career with the Union Bank of Bangkok and rose the position of President and CEO. Pityabutr has also served on the Kenan Institute Asia Board of Trustees in 2008 and was elected Vice Chairman in 2011; he also serves on the Executive Committee. He has served as Kenan Institute Asia’s President as well as two terms as a senator and one term as a member of the National Assembly. He advised the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Thai Board of Trade, the National Defense College, the Young Presidents’ Organization, and College of Management, Mahidol University. Piyabutr earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Master of Arts in Economics, Money, and Banking from Columbia University. He serves as President of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association Thailand Chapter, the Columbia University Alumni Association of Thailand and Assumption College Alumni Association.


Ambassador Jean-René Gehan (Ret.)

Former French Ambassador in charge of cooperation and education development in the Arab world and the Mediterranean region, Luc Sur Mer, FRANCE

Jean-Rene Gehan recently retired from the French Foreign Service. His last assignment was Ambassador, appointed by the French Government to develop cooperation projects in the fields of education and culture in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region. He served as French Ambassador in Laos and in Kuwait, as First Secretary in Beijing, as adviser of the French Minister of Defense and Political Military Counsellor in Washington, D.C., as Consul General in Chicago, and as Cultural Counsellor, based in New York, responsible for the relations in culture, education and higher education between France and the United States. He serves on the board of n+i, an international network of more than 100 engineering schools, and is president of the n+I strategic committee. He is currently working on a research paper on international security, with a focus on the Middle East.


Dr. Azita Saleki-Gerhardt

Sr. Vice President Operations, AbbVie, North Chicago, IL USA

Azita Saleki-Gerhardt is president of AbbVie Operations, where she leads a team of scientific, engineering, business, quality, supply chain, security, purchasing and manufacturing professionals responsible for supply and distribution of all AbbVie products, as well as a number of corporate services. She was divisional vice president, Quality, Global Pharmaceutical Operations, responsible for the quality of Abbott’s portfolio of global biological, chemical and pharmaceutical products prior to being named president, Global Pharmaceutical Operations for Abbott, where she held responsibility for the supply chain, quality, manufacturing and distribution of Abbott’s proprietary pharmaceutical products. Following the separation of Abbott and AbbVie, Saleki-Gerhardt became President, AbbVie Operations. She has been published in a number of scientific publications and has been awarded several patents related to pharmaceutical sciences. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in pharmaceutics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Mr. H. Stephen Halloway

Director, Center for Comparative Legislative Management; Director, International Law Institute; and Advisor, The World Bank, Washington, DC USA

Stephen is the Director for the Center for Comparative Legislative Management, International Law Institute and course advisor on governance and anti-corruption issues. He serves as an advisor to The World Bank and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He was formerly Senior Advisor in the Inter-American Development Bank’s Office of External Relations where he had responsibility for Congressional Affairs and Private Sector Outreach related to the IDB group: The Bank, Inter-American Investment Corporation and Multilateral Investment Fund. He served as Senior Advisor, North-South Trade & Investment Ltd., Edmonton, Canada as well as Senior Advisor to the President, Andrade Gutierrez Environmental Group (Brazil). He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA in Political Science (Ford Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics) from Rutgers University and a JD from the Boston University School of Law.


Ambassador John Lange (Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Global Health Diplomacy, United Nations Foundation, Washington, DC USA

Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) is the Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC. From 2009 to 2013, he worked on global health issues in Africa for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His 28-year career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State includes serving as the Special Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza; Deputy Inspector General; Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the inception of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; and Associate Dean in the Leadership and Management School of the Foreign Service Institute. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Botswana 1999-2002. Prior to joining the diplomatic service in 1981, Lange worked for five years at the United Nations Association of the USA in New York. He has an M.S. in national security strategy from the National War College (1996), a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School (1975), and a B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1971).


Mr. George McReddie

Executive Director, Morgan Stanley, New York, NY USA

George B. McReddie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Political Science and Ibero-American Studies and subsequently earned an M.B.A. in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. During his more than 35-year career in international finance focused on Latin America, he has worked in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, and London. He credits his studies at UW-Madison with providing the academic framework necessary for pursuing his international career and is a strong advocate of advancing the Wisconsin idea through global political, economic and cultural awareness integrated with the skill sets required for success in the world’s increasingly competitive environment. McReddie is currently an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley in New York.


Dr. J. Stephen Morrison

Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC USA

Stephen Morrison is senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of its Global Health Policy Center. Dr. Morrison writes widely, has directed several high-level commissions, and is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy, global health, Africa, and foreign assistance. He served in the Clinton administration, as committee staff in the House of Representatives, and taught for 12 years at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin and is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College.


Mr. Milton Neshek

General Counsel and Board member, Kikkoman Foods, Inc., Walworth, WI USA

Milton E. (Mick) Neshek, graduated from the University of Wisconsin (B.S., 1952) and UW Law School (J.D., 1955). He retired from the law firm of Godfrey, Neshek, Worth, Leibsle & Conover, S.C., in 1997. He has a long-standing relationship with the Kikkoman Corporation and its operation in Walworth County, Wisconsin – serving as assistant secretary, member of the Board of Directors and General Counsel for Kikkoman Foods, Inc., since 1973. He has served as chairman and general manager of Shanghai Kikkoman Trading Co. Ltd., a wholly foreign owned enterprise located in Shanghai, China, since 1995. In Wisconsin, he has served on the State University Board of Regents, 1965-71 (as vice president, 1969- 71); on the Board of Regents, University of Wisconsin System, 1971-78, (as vice president, 1975-76); on the Board of Directors, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), 1983-95; and on the Board of Directors, Wisconsin Power & Light Co. (now Alliant Energy Corporation) and WPL Holdings, Inc., 1984- 2001.


Mr. Steven Olikara

President and Co-founder, Millennial Action Project, Washington, DC USA

Steven is the Founder & President of Millennial Action Project (MAP), a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to activating millennial policymakers to lead a new era of collaborative governance. Steven has been named the Millennial of the Year, an Aspen Ideas Scholar, and one of the Most Influential Leaders Under 40 by Washington Life magazine. Internationally, Steven advises multi-platinum recording artist Akon’s Lighting Africa. Previously, he worked at the World Bank and advised eight-time Grammy winner Usher’s Foundation on youth initiatives. He also served as Harry Ott Fellow on Coca-Cola’s Environment Team. He serves on the Boards of The Constitution Project, Issue One and the University of Wisconsin International Division. He is also a member of the National Press Club, which honored him with the Vivian Award for service. Steven graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin as a Udall and Truman Scholar. In 2012, the Wisconsin Legislature recognized Steven with the State Assembly Citation for outstanding contributions to his home state.


Mr. San W. Orr, III

Partner, BDT Capital Partners, LLC, Chicago, IL USA

San Orr is a partner, head of advisory services and the chief operating officer of BDT & Company, a Chicago-based merchant bank that provides advice and arranges long-term capital to help family-owned and entrepreneurially led businesses pursue their long-term strategic and financial objectives. Prior to helping establish BDT & Company in 2009, Orr worked at Goldman Sachs as a managing director of GS Direct, a proprietary investing joint venture. He spent 13 years at Goldman, in both advisory and investing capacities. He is a director of Colfax Corporation and Lakeshore Beverage, and also serves on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School. He received a BBA with majors in accounting and French from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1991, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997.


Mr. Ulice Payne, Jr.

President, Addison-Clifton, LLC, Brookfield, WI USA

Ulice Payne Jr. is the managing member of Addison-Clifton, LLC, an advisor regarding global trade compliance solutions. He previously served as the managing partner of the headquarter office of the Foley & Lardner LLP law firm and also served as chair of the International Business Team. Payne received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Marquette University in 1978 and his Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School in 1982. He studied in the Masters of Law program at the University of London (1986-88). Payne received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Marian College of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 2004. Payne is a member and past chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce-Wisconsin District Export Council. Payne currently serves on the Board of Directors of Manpower Group (NYSE), Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE) and Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (past chair) and has served on various boards previously.


Ms. Casey Rotter

Founder and Director, UNICEF’s Next Generation for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, New York, NY USA

Casey Rotter is the founder and director of the UNICEF’s Next Generation for the U.S. Fund. In addition to Next Generation, Rotter is responsible for a portfolio of 160 donors with an additional goal of one million dollars-plus for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She also manages the organization’s partnership with FEED Projects. Previously she held positions of development officer of major gifts and estates coordinator for UNICEF. She has been recognized with the Dell #Inspire 100 award in world changers category and a recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Forward Under 40 award and Distinguished Alumnae award. Rotter earned a bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s in the science of fundraising philanthropy at New York University.


Mr. Thomas Sternberg (Chair)

Principal, Assured SKCG, Inc., Ossining, NY USA

Thomas M. Sternberg, CIC, began his career as an independent insurance agent after graduation from the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a degree in Chinese Language and Literature. He worked as an account executive and later become CEO of his own agency. His vast experience with systems and automation made him instrumental in the development of a computer system for the independent agent, which is now in use nationwide. He also has created management tools and procedures that have been used as models by other independent agencies. In addition to being a Principal at Assured SKCG, Inc., he currently serves as a consultant to a number of agencies and insurance companies on issues concerning the industry. He also teaches insurance courses for professional designations around New York State on behalf of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York. He currently serves as chair of the UW–Madison Division of International Studies Advisory Board.


Mr. Richard Urfer

President, BW Capital Markets, Inc., Morristown, NJ USA

Richard P. Urfer began his career with Morgan Stanley in the 1960s helping develop investment banking units in New York, including Chase Manhattan, Deutsche Bank, UBS, and BW Bank. He was present at three seminal events in international finance: the creation of the Euro bond market and subsequent international capital market; the creation of the floating rate international monetary system; and the creation of interest rate, currency, and commodity derivatives. In a sub-cabinet assistant secretary position in the Nixon administration, Urfer was responsible for the Foreign Direct Investment Program. He served the Ford and Carter administrations as a member of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Advisory Committee on International Investments. He went on to serve as COO of Chase Manhattan Capital Markets Corporation; and as CEO of R.P. Urfer and Co. He currently is president and CEO of BW Capital Markets, Inc. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.


Dr. M. Aman Wirakartakusumah

Ambassador/Indonesian Representative to UNESCO, Paris, FRANCE

Aman Wirakartakusumah is Rector of Sampoerna University (Universitas Siswa Bangsa International). He is an emeritus professor of food science and technology at Bogor Agricultural University, where served as Rector (1998-2002). He was Indonesian Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris, France (2004-08), and president of Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention 6th Session in 2011, Bali, Indonesia. He chaired the Board of National Educational Standard of Indonesia (2011-13). He currently chairs the Education Committee of International Union of Food Science and Technology and the Higher Education Committee of the Indonesia Higher Education Council, and serves as a member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, and as a Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology. He has served on the UW–Madison International Studies Advisory Board since 2003. He was president of the Indonesia Badger WAA chapter (1998-2000) and received the WAA’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999. He holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in food science, with a minor in chemical engineering, from UW–Madison.