Board of Directors
Dr. Hans Black
Dr. Black received a Bachelor of Science from Union College in New York, law training in France and a Doctorate in Medicine from McGill University. He is the founder and CEO of Interinvest, a global money management firm which manages accounts for private and institutional clients who are serviced through offices in Boston and Montreal, and its affiliate offices in Bermuda, London and Zurich. He has been widely quoted, appearing in publications such as Barron's, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, Euromoney and The Wall Street Transcript and appears frequently as a special guest on The Nightly Business Report. Dr. Black serves as chairman of the board of the Quebec-based food company, Les Aliments Soyummi Inc. as well as chairman of the board of the McGill Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the board of Wi2Wi Inc. and serves on the Advisory Council of The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, as well as on the boards of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, la Fondation Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal, The National Arts Centre, Ottawa, and the Washington National Opera.
Meryl Justin Chertoff
Meryl Justin Chertoff is Director of The Aspen Institute's Justice and Society Program. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, where she teaches about state government, intergovernmental affairs and state courts.
From 2006-2009, Ms. Chertoff was Director of the Sandra Day O'Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary at Georgetown Law, studying and educating the public about federal and state courts. At Georgetown Law, she also developed educational programs for visiting judges and other government officials from overseas.
She served in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), participating in the agency's transition into the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Ms. Chertoff has also been a legislative relations professional, Director of New Jersey's Washington, D.C. Office under two governors, and legislative counsel to the Chair of the New Jersey State Assembly Appropriations Committee. She served on the Board of the Anti-Defamation League on New Jersey, and chaired it civil rights committee. For her work, she received its award for Distinguished Service in Civil Rights in 2000.
She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School. While in law school, she was Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She practiced law for a number of years in New York City and New Jersey, and served as law clerk to Honorable Myron H. Thompson (U.S. District Ct., M.D. Ala).
In addition to work at the Aspen Institute and Georgetown Law, Ms. Chertoff is a member of the O'Connor Judicial Selection Initiative Advisory Committee at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver; a member of the Washington Area Advisory Committee of Common Sense Media; and a Trustee of the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC, where she chairs the Arts Advisory Committee. She is a former Board Member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. She has written and lectured to lawyers and the public about judicial selection issues; federalism; and intergovernmental affairs
Dr. Walter von Wartburg
Dr. von Wartburg is a graduate of several well-known universities. He received his legal doctorate and passed his bar exams at the University of Basel and completed legal and economic studies from Princeton University. He received his Master of Laws degree at Harvard Law School and completed the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University. He is currently Partner in private law practice in Basel and is professor on public health policy at the Saint Gall Graduate School of Economics, Business and Public Administration. Dr. von Wartburg has written various books and articles on subjects ranging from drug legislation, social acceptance of gene technology, and issues of management and business administration.
He has held senior management positions within the global pharmaceutical industry, including Roche, Ciba-Geigy and Novartis, for over 20 years, specializing in US/EU regulatory affairs for drug and medical devices. He holds various board memberships in Swiss and US companies.
Dr. von Wartburg is the Founder and President of the Swiss Foundation for the Mentally Handicapped “PRO MENTE SANA”, member of the Bioethics Institute Advisory Committee of the Johns Hopkins University, President of the Basel Opera and Theatre and Co-Chairman of the International Culture Foundation PRO EUOPA.
Mr. Mekouar is the former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States. He participated in the negotiation of the Morocco/United States free trade agreement and the Millennium Challenge Account wherein the United States granted US$697 million for Moroccan development projects. He has previously served as the Ambassador of Morocco to several European countries and other countries throughout the world. He has also served as Chairman of the Council of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which exercises functions dealing with world food and agriculture and related matters including their impact on human health. Ambassador Mekouar obtained his business degree from l'Ecole des Hautes Commerciales of Paris and frequently lectures on the economy and politics in universities and international conferences.
Mr. Sonnenreich is a graduate of Harvard University Law School, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Madrid. He is the Chairman and CEO of Kikaku America International and President and CEO of Glocal Communications Corp. Ltd. of London. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of PharMa International Corporation of Tokyo, an Advisor of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an Overseer of Tufts University Medical School. Mr. Sonnenreich has been a Board member and Trustee of numerous companies and universities including Scientific American Magazine, Penn Dixie Industries, ABD American Capital Market Funds, the Integra Fund, Medical Tribune International, Continental Steel Inc, Asset Advisory Services of Zurich, Clark University, the Maret School and the Washington National Opera (President). He was President of the National Coordinating Council on Drug Education.
Dr. Robert Gundel
President and CEO
See bio under Management.
Dr. Neil Cashman
Chief Scientific Officer and Co-founder
See bio under Management.