International Advisory Council


APCO's International Advisory Council (IAC) and its three subgroups comprise more than 90 recognized global leaders, including: former elected politicians; leaders of business and industry; academics at leading universities; world-class journalists and editors; NGO and nonprofit pioneers; diplomats; and policy experts.

Each member offers clients invaluable real-world knowledge; they are individuals who understand the complex issues clients face because they have encountered similar opportunities and challenges — and successfully conquered them — in their own careers. Clients can get counsel from individual members, or a select group of members with varying perspectives, to obtain robust counsel that can help clients make the right decisions.

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  • Eduardo Aguirre

    Former U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra

  • Ido Aharoni

    Global distinguished professor at NYU School of International Relations; member of Israel's foreign service since 1991

  • Richard V. Allen

    Former assistant to President Reagan for National Security Affairs and chief foreign policy advisor

  • Nicholas Ashooh

    Former vice president of corporate affairs for Alcoa

  • Nabil Ayad

    Director of the Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University in London

  • Nancy Bachrach

    Former executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Grey Worldwide

  • Don Bonker

    Former U.S. congressman

  • Laurens Jan Brinkhorst

    Former member of the European and Netherlands Parliaments; former EU ambassador to Japan

  • Barie Carmichael

    Former vice president and chief communications officer, Dow Corning Corporation

  • Lanhee Chen

    Fellow at the Hoover Institution; former senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Shelby Coffey III

    Former editor of the Los Angeles Times and U.S. News & World Report

  • J. Norwell Coquillard

    Former chairman and president of Cargill Investment (China) Limited

  • Diane Dixon

    Mayor and Councilmember of Newport Beach, California; former senior vice president, corporate affairs, Avery Dennison

  • Paula Dobriansky, Ph.D.

    Former undersecretary of state for global affairs

  • Stuart Eizenstat

    Former deputy secretary of the Department of the Treasury

  • Jack Faris

    Former CEO of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute; former director of communications for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Mary Foerster

    Former vice president of communications and marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes

  • Claudia Fritsche

    Former Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the United States

  • Craig L. Fuller

    Former assistant for cabinet affairs to President Reagan; former chief of staff to Vice President George H.W. Bush

  • Dan Glickman

    Former U.S. congressman; former U.S. secretary of agriculture; former chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.

  • J. Joseph Grandmaison

    Former member of the board of directors of the U.S. Export-Import Bank

  • Peter Hans

    Past char of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors; former senior policy advisor to U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth

  • Chris Hassall, Ph.D.

    Former global external relations officer at Procter & Gamble

  • Jan Hausrath

    Corporate communications expert; former executive director, APCO Worldwide

  • Edit Herczog

    Former member of the European Parliament from Hungary

  • CT Hew

    Former managing partner of Scotchbrook-BSMG Worldwide

  • Denise Hill, Ph.D.

    Former vice president, corporate communications and public relations, of Delhaize America

  • Tony Housh

    Senior counselor, Warsaw; chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland

  • Karen Hulebak

    Former chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission; principal at Resolution Strategy, LLC., a food-safety consultancy

  • Mary Jo Jacobi

    Former assistant U.S. commerce secretary; former chief reputation officer at Royal Dutch Shell; former executive vice president of BP America

  • Said T. Jawad

    Former Afghanistan ambassador to the United States

  • Bruce W. Jentleson, Ph.D.

    Former senior advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director

  • Patrick Jephson

    Former chief of staff to Princess Diana; corporate and brand management expert

  • Lars Göran Johansson

    Executive vice president of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

  • Dale E. Jones

    Former vice chairman of Heidrick and Struggles International Inc.

  • Ira Kasoff

    Former deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia

  • Sam Kass

    former White House chef and chief policy advisor for nutrition

  • Bob Kocher, M.D.

    Former special assistant to President Obama for health care and economic policy; partner at Venrock, a venture capital firm

  • Elaine Kolish

    Former founding director and vice president of the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative

  • Aleksander Kwaśniewski

    Former president of Poland

  • Eugene K. Lawson

    Former head of the U.S.-Russia Business Council

  • Delano Lewis

    Former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of South Africa

  • Wendy Luhabe

    Former chairman of Vendôme S.A.; former chairman of the International Marketing Council

  • John W. Magaw

    Founding director of the Transportation Security Administration; former director of the U.S. Secret Service

  • Frank Majoor

    Permanent representative of the Netherlands on the North Atlantic Council

  • Susannah Malarkey

    Founding executive director of the Technology Alliance

  • Jaime Malet

    Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain

  • Vada Manager

    Former senior director of global issues management for Nike, Inc.

  • Anita Manning

    Former USA TODAY medical reporter covering public health issues

  • Lalit Mansingh

    Former foreign secretary of India; former Indian ambassador to the United States

  • Sergio Marchi

    Former Canadian ambassador to the World Trade Organization and United Nations Agencies in Geneva

  • Yoshio Matsumi

    Senior advisor to ITOCHU Corporation

  • Anita B. McBride

    Former assistant to President George W. Bush; former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush

  • James McGregor

    Bestselling author; former Taiwan and China bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal; former CEO of Dow Jones China

  • Mark Michelson

    Former chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong

  • Ellen Mignoni

    Corporate responsibility expert; former senior director, APCO Worldwide

  • James P. Moore, Jr.

    Executive director, business society and public policy initiative, Georgetown University

  • Jim Moorhead

    Former managing director of major public relations firm; former partner at Washington, DC law firm

  • Christian Murck

    Former chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China

  • Ken Nasshan

    Former head of communications at Kaman Corporation

  • Klaus Naumann

    Former chairman of the NATO Military Committee; former chief of staff of the German armed forces

  • Jane Nelson

    Senior fellow and director of the CSR Initiative at Harvard University

  • Leslie V. Norwalk

    Former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • Benjamin Ou

    Former director of Chinese government affairs at United Technologies

  • Kavita Patel

    Former director of policy for the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs

  • Phyllis Piano

    Former vice president of corporate communications and philanthropy at Amgen

  • Wayne L. Pines

    Former chief spokesman and chief of consumer education and information for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration

  • Itamar Rabinovich

    Former Israeli ambassador to the U.S.; former president of Tel Aviv University

  • Etienne Reuter

    Former European Commission official and founding director of Elliott Consultants Ltd.

  • Jeff Richardson

    Former vice president of the AbbVie Foundation

  • Donald W. Riegle Jr.

    Former U.S. senator and congressman; former chairman of the Senate Banking Committee

  • Tim Roemer

    Former U.S. ambassador to India; former U.S. congressman

  • Andrés Rozental

    Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Mexico

  • James Sasser

    Former U.S. senator; former U.S. ambassador to China

  • Larraine Segil

    Partner emeritus and former owner and director of Vantage Partners, LLC

  • Jaime Serra

    Former Secretary of Trade and Industry of Mexico; Former Secretary of Finance of Mexico

  • Andrew Serwin

    Executive director of the Lares Institute

  • Rami Sharaf

    CEO of WorldBridge International Group

  • Larry E. Snoddon

    Former worldwide president and CEO of a major public relations firm

  • Cliff Stearns

    Former U.S. congressman

  • Kirk Stewart

    Former executive director, APCO Worldwide; former global vice president of corporate communications for Nike, Inc.

  • Devinda R. Subasinghe

    Former Sri Lankan ambassador to the United States and Mexico

  • Richard N. Swett

    Former U.S. ambassador to Denmark; former U.S. congressman

  • Sandra E. Taylor

    Former senior vice president of corporate social responsibility for Starbucks Coffee Company

  • Kenneth Thorpe

    Former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Dr. James Thurber

    Professor of Government and founder and director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University

  • Sten Tolgfors

    Former Swedish minister for Defense, former Swedish minister for Trade

  • Gregory Treverton

    former chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council

  • Tevi Troy

    Former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; CEO of the American Health Policy Institute

  • Georges Ugeux

    Chairman and CEO of Galileo Global Advisors; former head of the international group of the New York Stock Exchange

  • Rick Wade

    Former head of communications for the American Hospital Association

  • Freda Wang

    Co-founder and managing director of M&E China Inc.

  • Ludolf von Wartenberg

    Former parliamentarian under secretary of state in the German government

  • Graham Watson

    Former member of the European Parliament (MEP)

  • Gao Weijie

    Former chairman of China Ocean Shipping Company America

  • Pete Wentz

    Former vice president of corporate communication and law for Helene Curtis Industries, Inc.

  • T. Mitchell Willey

    Founder of Time and Place

  • Derek Yach

    Executive director of The Vitality Group; former senior vice president of global health and agriculture policy at PepsiCo

  • Tarik Yousef

    Former CEO of Silatech and the founding Dean of the Dubai School of Government

  • Joseph Zimmel

    Former managing director at Goldman, Sachs and Co.