a portfolio management software company. He served on the board of directors of Lefthand Networks until the time of its purchase by Hewlett-Packard in November 2008. Mr. Blount spent 21 years on Wall Street, most recently with Lehman Brothers, where he was a leading analyst in multiple consumer and enterprise technology disciplines, including the Internet, wireless networks, PCs, servers, storage, hard drives, telecommunications, IT distribution, environmental services, and convertible securities. His weekly publication, In Blount Terms, was widely read by technology investors and executives. Prior to leaving Lehman Brothers in November 2007, Mr. Blount worked at a variety of firms, including Credit Suisse First Boston; Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette; and CIBC Oppenheimer. Mr. Blount was named an All-American in Information Technology Hardware and Internet Infrastructure Services by Institutional Investor magazine. He was also recognized as a Wall Street Journal All-Star for Computer Hardware. From 2002 to 2006, while at Lehman Brothers, Mr. Blount served as an outside advisor to Nokia Innovent, a Nokia Ventures Organization company. Innovent evaluated emerging technologies for the digital home and data center. He has spoken at numerous events including Storage Visions, IDEMA (the Hard Disk Drive Industry Association), the Digital Home Developers Conference, and the Global Technology Distribution Council conference, and at internal management events at some of the world’s leading technology companies. He appeared frequently on CNBC and the Bloomberg Report and has been quoted in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Forbes, Fortune, and Business Week. Mr. Blount is a chartered financial analyst. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse in 1986.
Ruth David (NAE) is the president and chief executive officer of ANSER, an independent, not-for-profit, public service research institution that provides research and analytic support on national and transnational issues. In April 2004, ANSER was selected by the Department of Homeland Security to establish and operate a new federally funded research and development center, the Homeland Security Institute. From September 1995 to September 1998, Dr. David was deputy director for science and technology at the CIA. As technical advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence, she was responsible for research, development, and deployment of technologies in support of all phases of the intelligence process. She represented the CIA on numerous national committees and advisory bodies, including the National Science and Technology Council and the Committee on National Security. Previously, Dr. David served in several leadership positions at the Sandia National Laboratories, where she began her professional career in 1975. Most recently, she was director of advanced information technologies. From 1991 to 1994, Dr. David was director of the Development Testing Center that developed and operated a broad spectrum of full-scale engineering test facilities. Dr. David has also been an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico. She has technical experience in digital and microprocessor-based system design, digital signal analysis, adaptive signal analysis, and system integration. Dr. David is a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the Corporation for the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. She is chair of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Technology Insight—Gauge, Evaluate, and Review and vice chair of the HSAC Senior Advisory Committee of Academia and Policy Research. Dr. David received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Wichita State University, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Michele Gelfand is professor of organizational psychology at University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include cross-cultural social/organizational psychology; cultural influences on conflict, negotiation, justice, revenge, and leadership; discrimination and sexual harassment; and theory and method in assessing aspects of culture (individualism-collectivism; cultural tightness-looseness). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996 and has been published in many top journals, including The Academy of Management Review, The Academy of Management Journal, The Journal of Applied Psychology, The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. She also recently published a chapter on cross-cultural organizational behavior in The Annual Review of Psychology with Miriam Erez and Zeynep Aycan.
Jennie S. Hwang (NAE) is CEO of H-Technologies and has had a wide-ranging career, encompassing international collaboration, corporate and entrepreneurial businesses, research management, technology transfer, and