Advisory Board

 
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Majida Mourad
Vice President, Government Relations Tellurian Inc.

Majida Mourad is the Vice President of Government Relations at Tellurian Inc, a natural gas company. She previously served as Vice President of Government Relations at Cheniere Energy, the first company to be granted an LNG export permit. Ms. Mourad was the President of Abraham & Roetzel LLC, and a Partner of The Abraham Group LLC, a strategic consulting firm focused on the international energy sector.

Prior to joining The Abraham Group, Ms. Mourad served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy from January 2001 until February 2005. During that time she focused on the United States Department of Energy international relations across the globe. In this role, Ms. Mourad traveled extensively on behalf of the Department and its delegations to the North American Initiative, the G8 Energy Ministerial Conferences, the Western Hemispheric and US-African Energy Ministerial Conferences as well as numerous other initiatives. She also served as one of the Department’s senior officials for the Liquefied Natural Gas Summit, the International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy and the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum.

Ms. Mourad began her career on the Hill first working for Congressman Sonny Bono and then his successor, Congresswoman Mary Bono. She then transitioned to the Senate serving for then Senator Spencer Abraham.

Ms. Mourad currently serves as a National Capital Trustee of the Boys and Girls Club. She is also a member of the National Energy Resources Organization Board as well as the United States Energy Association.

 

Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel
Vice President, International Government Affairs Lockheed Martin International

As the Vice President of Lockheed Martin International Government Affairs, Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel leads the corporation’s diplomatic and senior executive customer engagements for the company’s growing international business portfolio. Nancy has nearly 30 years of experience as an industry leader in the international trade, global defense, and aerospace sectors, with expertise in political advocacy, exports, and trade policy. She joined Lockheed in 1992 where she directed the Corporation’s lobbying efforts in support of the international priority and must-win programs on Capitol Hill and with the Administration. Prior to coming to Lockheed Martin, Nancy managed international aerospace and defense issues at the Aerospace Industries Association, served in the US Department of Commerce, and was a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. She serves on the boards of several strategic international security, foreign policy and women’s leadership organizations within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, including the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), the Center for US Global Leadership, the Executive Council on Diplomacy, the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, and the British American Business Association (BABA).

Nancy studied Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in California, and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, with a B.A. in Political Science. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.

 
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Anna Schneider
Senior Vice President, Industry-Government Relations Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Anna-Maria Schneider is the Senior Vice President, Industry-Government Relations at Volkswagen Group of America. She is responsible for the development of the company’s legislative and public affairs priorities, and leads all advocacy efforts at the federal and state level. Active in leadership positions in several trade associations and chambers of commerce, she promotes and builds awareness among key audiences in Washington and in the states of the Volkswagen Group’s environmental stewardship, safety innovations and corporate philanthropy. She sits on the Board of the Volkswagen Workers Foundation.

Schneider previously served as vice president of Industry and Government Affairs and the deputy to the Group Vice President at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA), the holding company for Toyota’s North American sales, engineering and manufacturing operating units. There she was responsible for oversight of department operations, including personnel, office administration, budget, affiliate relations and development of public policy priorities.

Before joining Toyota, Schneider was Executive Director for Government Relations of the U.S. Operations for Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) where she headed Mitsubishi’s government relations office for 13 years.

Prior to joining Mitsubishi, Schneider served as Director for Intergovernmental Affairs for Global USA, Inc., an international trade consulting firm, where she worked closely with foreign governments and corporations, assisting them in understanding and responding to U.S. government policies. Earlier in her career, Schneider served as an account executive in the International Trade Practice Division of Hill and Knowlton Public Affairs Worldwide.

Schneider graduated with honors from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and has a Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She also studied at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria. She sits on several Boards, including the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute (Vice Chair), DC Scores (Sustainability Committee Vice Chair), Public Affairs Council, the Organization for International Investment, the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (Secretary, DADSS), the U.S. Capitol Historical Society (Development Committee Chair) and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Congressional Study Group on Germany, a division of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. She enjoys fundraising for the March of Dimes, mentoring, and is the executive sponsor of Volkswagen Group’s Women’s Employee Resource Group.

 

Mark Sobol
Founder and CEO, Longwave Partners

Mark Sobol is the CEO of Longwave Partners LLC. As co-author of the seminal book on visionary leadership (The Visionary Leader), he serves as a strategic adviser to corporate leaders and governing boards of global business, public agencies, and non- profit organizations — building organizations lifted by vision, strengthened as communities, and more capable of anticipating and responding to the future.

His published works include books on strategic change, leadership, succession planning, and operational excellence. Sobol has a Master’s degree in Organizational Design & Effectiveness from The Fielding Graduate University, with post-graduate studies in Integral Theory at John F. Kennedy University, and an Executive Coach certification from The Hudson Institute.

Sobol’s work has taken him to over 50 countries across the Americas, Caribbean, United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia serving diverse clients such as Aditya Birla, Alyeska Pipeline, Amgen, Anglo American, Aspen Institute, AT&T, Baxter, Berlex, BG Group, BP Plc., Citibank, Colonial Pipeline, Celgene, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Corbis/Visual China, DHL, Ericsson, ExxonMobil, GE Capital, Grupo Santo Domingo, Hess, HP, Intel, International Documentary Association, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Noble, Philips, Mobilkom Austria, NYSE, Sanofi, Rio Tinto, SingTel, Sprint, Shell, Telefonica, Univar, Viacom, Varian, Verizon, US Association of Former Members of Congress, US Capitol Historical Society, VF Corp., Notre Dame University, Seattle University, University of Texas, University of California, and Trinity University.

 

Dr. David Steel
Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Dr. David Steel is Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs for Samsung Electronics America (SEA), a position he assumed in December 2017 after holding various other leadership roles within the company. Currently based in Washington, DC, Dr. Steel oversees SEA’s public affairs team and the corporate and product communications and citizenship teams headquartered in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. 

 Dr. Steel has more than two decades of experience within the Samsung network, most recently serving as head of the company’s Global Communications Group in Seoul, South Korea. He first joined Samsung in 1997 in the Global Strategy Group, where he managed strategy and business development.  He went on to hold several other high-level positions, eventually becoming Samsung’s first non-Korean corporate executive when appointed to serve as Vice President and Head of Marketing for the Digital Media Business in 2002. In that role, Dr. Steel was responsible for establishing the role of marketing within Samsung’s $25 billion consumer electronics business. He later went on to oversee marketing strategy for the mobile phones business and, between 2008 and 2014, ran corporate strategy, marketing and communications in his capacity as Executive Vice President of SEA.  

Prior to joining Samsung, Dr. Steel worked at the global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. and Argonne National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy.  He holds a PhD in Physics from MIT, an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Physics from Oxford University. While at MIT, he was presented with the Karl Taylor Compton Prize, the university’s highest award for achievements in citizenship. He spent 2017 as an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University.

 A Chartered Physicist (UK), Dr. Steel is a member of the Institute of Physics (UK) and the American Physical Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and on the Paralympic Advisory Committee of the US Olympic Committee.  He is an Emeritus Board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.

 

Jeff Werner
Vice President, Corporate & Government Affairs Panasonic Corporation of North America

Jeff Werner joined the Panasonic Corporation North America as head of corporate and government affairs in January 2018. Werner manages multiple activities in his new role including the government and public affairs office in Washington, DC, and environmental and product safety compliance units at the company's Newark, NJ, headquarters.

Werner currently serves on the boards of the Organization for International Investment, the Information Technology Information Council, the Consumer Electronics Association’s Video Board, and Cultural Tourism DC.

Prior to joining Panasonic, Werner was General Manager for International and Public Policy in Daimler’s External Affairs office in Washington, DC, where he managed the company’s international government affairs for US, Mexico and Canada. Werner joined the DaimlerChrysler Corporation as Manager for International Government Affairs in 2005.

Prior to joining Daimler, Werner served as the Executive Director of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) US Office from 2003 to 2005. He joined the TABD in 1999 as its Deputy Director and worked under the TABD chairmanships of The Coca-Cola Company, the Boeing Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, United Technologies Corporation and the Xerox Corporation. Werner previously worked for the European-American Business Council and Organization for International Investment.

Werner received an MSc in the Politics and Government of Western Europe from the London School of Economics (LSE), a BA in political science from Hobart College, and studied at the University of Bath (UK). He currently serves on the boards of Cultural Tourism DC and the Northumberland Cooperative, and lives in Washington, DC with his wife Claudia. He is a dedicated fan of DC United, the local professional soccer team.