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Board of Directors:

Dr. Ali Alyami, Executive Director

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ali Alyami is a native of Saudi Arabia. He has lived in the United States for many years and has been an avid advocate for political reforms in Saudi Arabia most of his life. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate University in Southern California, and a Master’s Degree from California State University in Los Angeles. Ph. D. doctoral theses: The Impact of Modernization on the Stability of the Saudi Monarchy. He has worked for and with different groups and organizations, including the Arab Organization for Human Rights based in Cairo, Egypt, the Saudi Institute in Washington, DC, and the American Friends Service Committee in San Francisco, among others. Dr. Alyami provided expert testimony regarding human rights in Saudi Arabia before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. He also organized and participated in many conferences and discussions about Saudi Arabia, its policies and their impact on the Saudi people, the Middle East, and the international community. Alyami has spoken at conferences in the United States, London, Egypt, Sudan, and Israel.

Jack Pearce, Chairman

Mr. Pearce worked at USAID and served as Assistant Chief of the United States Justice Department Antitrust Division. He also held the position of Deputy General Counsel of the White House Office of Consumer Affairs. In private law practice, he helped found and coordinate coalitions of commercial transportation buyers, consumer groups, economists, and environmental groups supporting the successful reform of transportation regulation in the United States. He and his partners also served clients in the computer, agriculture, and electricity segments of the economy, in activities consistent with U.S. antitrust policies. Mr. Pearce founded and is President of O.S.I. Management, Inc., servicing attorneys and others in Washington, DC, and has served on the boards of several civic organizations.

Mansour Al-Hadj

Mr. Al-Hadj is Director of the Reform Project at the Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI). He was born and raised in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, and immigrated to the U.S in 2005, and has a degree in Sharia and Islamic Studies from The International University of Africa in Khartoum, Sudan. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Al-Hadj has first-hand experience of radicalization tactics used to recruit and mobilize Muslims worldwide. His research and writings in Arabic and English have focused on understanding the root causes of violent extremism in Arab and Muslim lands. He promotes freedom of expression, religious freedom, social justice, and equality for women and minorities. Mr. Al-Hadj has testified before the U.S. Congress on the development of strategies to counter jihadist websites.

Wayne Quist

Colonel Quist has advanced degrees from the University of Southern California and The National War College in Washington, DC, specializing in the Middle East. While serving in Washington, DC, he worked in The Pentagon, later directed the Air Force AWACS program, and led the first deployment of AWACS into Saudi Arabia in 1980 following the Iranian revolution. After retiring from the Air Force as a full colonel (O-6), he headed a Fortune 500 company’s Europe and Middle East operations from Brussels, Belgium. Colonel Quist is the author of several publications and articles in the field of radical, militant Islamism, national security policy, and American history, and coauthored Winning the War on Terror: A Triumph of American Values with Dr. David Drake in 2005 and The Triumph of Democracy Over Militant Islamism in 2006. Colonel Quist has been featured as a popular speaker on the ideology of al Qaeda and has also lectured at a Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

Ghada Alkhars is a native of Saudi Arabia. She is dedicating her life to justice, with emphasis on equality for Saudi women, minorities and freedom of faith for all peoples. Like millions of aspiring and educated Saudi women, Ghada is rejecting the Saudi institutionalized male domination over many aspects of their lives and livelihood.

Ghada is advocating not only for gender equality, but for freedom of choice. She finished her high school studies in Saudi Arabia and earned a degree in chemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Knowing that promoting justice, rule of non-sectarian law and religious freedom in Saudi Arabia can land her in Saudi prisons or cost her life, Ghada immigrated to the US where she can share her experiences with others and rally support for peaceful political reforms in Saudi Arabia, especially justice for Saudi women and religious minorities.

David Cade

David J. Cade (Colonel, USAF, ret.)  has broad experience in business & industry, as well as in the Department of Defense, and has traveled extensively on all continents while on the job.  Cade began his career as a U.S. Air Force officer, where he spent 22 years and had a track record of accelerated promotions in the intelligence, plans, and command career fields.

His post- military career has included executive positions in the communications, command & control, national security, and renewable energy fields with Fortune 25 companies (AT&T, and Lockheed Martin) and with smaller companies where he brought new technologies to the global marketplace.  He has been the CEO of three publicly-traded alternative energy companies, encompassing lithium battery design and production, hydrogen generation systems, and hybrid renewable energy solutions -- doing business with partners in Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as North America.  He is co-holder of an issued patent on hydrogen generation technology.

His Air Force tours of duty included:  Executive Assistant position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Commander, 6931st Security Group, Crete, Greece, where he was the senior U.S. official on the island and in that capacity represented the U.S Ambassador in Athens;  and a General Officer's position at Headquarters, USAF just prior to his retirement.  During  his Air Force career he lived overseas in Germany, Panama, Vietnam, and Greece.

Cade holds an MBA from Syracuse University, and a BA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  He also is a graduate of Columbia University's Senior Executive Program at Harriman, NY, and the National War College at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.  He has written articles on Russian military strategy, General of the Army George Marshall, other World War II topics, and various renewable energy technologies.


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