Tom Barry is the CEO and Founder of Zephyr Management. A Board Director of Diamond Bank of Nigeria, Plc., Mr. Barry was previously the President/CEO of Rockefeller & Co., and President of T. Rowe Price New Horizons Funds, Inc.

Daylian Cain is Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Yale School of Management. An international expert on conflicts of interest, his specialization is in "judgment and decision making" and behavioral business ethics."

Johnnie Carson was the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Africa and currently with the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy. His 37-year diplomatic career included serving as the US Ambassador to three countries and overseas posting to seven countries including Nigeria.

David Caruso is a Management Psychologist at the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence. He is the co-founder of El Skills Group which provides certification in the MSCEIT – testing on emotional intelligence.

Richard N. Foster lectures at Yale School of Management and is an emeritus Director of McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he led worldwide knowledge development and established private equity practice. The author of bestselling books on innovation, capital formation, and capital destruction, he is on the Executive Committees of several Boards.

Laura Freebairn-Smith currently teaches leadership, diversity, and team building at Yale School of Management. She is also the Principal Partner at Organizational Performance Group and the Founder of Good Work Associates.

Hiroyuki Hino is Professor of Economics and Business Administration, Kobe University, Japan. A Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic of Kenya, Professor Hino spent several years at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during which he was IMF's Country Representative in Nigeria. He has published several books on employment, economic instability in Africa, banking systems, and economy.

Gregory Huber is a Professor of Political Science, Yale University, where he teaches American Politics and Political Economy. His research focuses on political institutions and their behaviour.

Miles Lasater is an entrepreneur and serial Founder of several multi-million dollar companies: SeeClickFix; Higher One Holdings; Top Floor Capital; Walker Digital; and Cluefest. Currently serving as the Managing Director of Top Floor Capital, Mr. Lasater is a Trustee of Yale-New Haven Hospital and a founder of Yale Entrepreneurial Society.

Vikram Mansharamani lectures at Yale University where he teaches how to recognize and manage the risk of economic bubbles. A fromer Director of US-Pakistani Business Council, he is a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. His best-selling book, Boombustology, is widely acclaimed as a tool of actions to avoid bubble risk.

Jennifer McGrady Heath is the Executive Vice President of United Way, of Greater New Haven, where she leads efforts on community needs in the areas of education, income, and health. She also directs initiatives to measure the impact of United Ways assistance activities.

Barry Nalebuff is a Professor of Management at Yale University. An expert on game theory, he has published six books including the popular Thinking Strategically and The Art of Strategy. As one of the world's leading authorities on Negotiation, Professor Nalebuff cofounded a company in 1998, Honest Tea, which grew from $0 to $70 million before he finally sold the company to Coca-Cola in 2011.

Mima Nedelcovych is the President/CEO of Initiative for Global Development. Prior to joining IGD, Dr. Nedelcovych was the Chairman of Schaffer International as well as expert on trade facilitation, project development, project finance, and public-private partnerships in Africa. He served as the US Representative on the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (ADB).

Matthew Nemerson is the Deputy Mayor of New Haven responsible for Economic Development. He was the President and Chief Economic Officer of the Connecticut Technology Council and also served as the President of Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. He was the founding Vice President of the Science Park, New Haven.

John Paul Rollert is a Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago. He has served as Campaign Manager for President Obama for all elections since 2000. He teaches business ethics, leadership, moral philosophy, and political economy. His teaching and research focus is on empathy and its application to leadership and business ethics.

Ian Shapiro is a Professor of Political Science at Yale University where he is also the Director of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Centre for International and Area Studies. A prolific author of numerous books, his publications focus on democracy, justice, and methods of social enquiry. He is currently concentrated on research on the relations between democracy, wealth generation, and income distribution.

Aleh Tsyvinski is the Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics at Yale University, courtesy of the New Economic School in Russia. His focus areas are macroeconomics, finance, public economics, and political economics. A Co-Director of the Macroeconomic Research Program at the Cowles Foundation, he serves on the Board of Directors of the largest Russian real estate development company.

Bisa Williams is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the US Government. A career diplomat, she has previously served as an Ambassador and did tours of duty in several countries including in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and Cuba. Currently, she is responsible for West Africa and African economic policy issues.