Mr. Coffey is a former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida (1993-1996); and served as Chair, Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (April 2009 – January 2017). He is annually recognized as one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Florida “Super Lawyer,” and South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers”, recognized by the National Law Journal as one of its Lawyers of the Year for 2000, as Member of Gore Legal Team. He concentrates on complex litigation at trial and appellate levels, in state and federal court. A frequent teacher and guest lecturer, he has been Guest Legal Analyst providing legal commentary for international networks: CNN International, Telemundo, Univision, Canadian Broadcasting Company; national networks: CNBC, CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX, MSNBC and NBC; and local television: ABC-10, CBS-4, América TeVe, Telemundo-51, Univision-23, TeleMiami. As a teacher, Mr. Coffey is adjunct faculty member for University of Miami School of Law, Florida Constitutional Law (2008 – present), Florida International University (Administrative Law 2011), and Trial Advocacy Program (1991 – 1993); and a Lecturer in trial skills and substantive law for The Florida Bar, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Dade County Bar Association, University of Miami School of Law, Professional Education Systems, Inc., National Business Institute, Inc. and CLE International, Inc.
Dina Ellis Rochkind
Counsel in the Paul Hastings Government Affairs practice and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on representing clients before Members of Congress on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch. Ms. Rochkind represents clients in matters involving regulatory initiatives, policymaking and legislation, and enforcement actions. Ms. Rochkind’s legislative experience allows her to advise her clients on the latest client initiatives, from starting a business to crowdsourcing; bitcoin ($bitcoin); and blockchain technologies. She is frequently called on to deliver presentations on complex issues of public policy to professional, trade, startups, hedge funds, private equity and political groups nationwide. Ms. Rochkind also gives strategic advice and assists with due diligence in terms of legislative/regulatory risk. She also serves on boards, including advisory boards for startups.
Ms. Rochkind has over 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill, lobbying, and working for the Executive Branch. Prior to joining Paul Hastings, she served as Washington Director in the office of Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO). Other Capitol Hill experience includes serving as senior staff for various Congressional Committees and for Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA). Ms. Rochkind also served in the George W. Bush Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Treasury Department. She has been involved in drafting major pieces of legislation over the last two decades, including: the 2005 bankruptcy reform legislation, the FACT Act, E-Sign, Check 21, Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and, most recently, the comprehensive and bipartisan JOBS Act, for which she was the lead staffer in the Senate. Ms. Rochkind has worked across party lines on both sides of the aisle to achieve
key legislative successes and has a reputation for “getting things done” in Washington. She is also experienced in crisis management. During the auto industry crisis, Ms. Rochkind led the lobby to rescue Chrysler and handled the consequences and fallout from its bankruptcy. She has led legislative advocacy on behalf of major corporate entities and advised congressional leaders on issues such as banking, bankruptcy, insurance, other financial services, and
economic development. Prior to leading Rep. Coffman’s office, Ms. Rochkind served as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for a leading mortgage lending company. Ms. Rochkind is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania
Political strategist, CEO and founder of SIC group, Board Member of IGAPA (International Government Relations Association), President of the think-tank “Institute for Democracy and Development “PolitA” (www.polita.org) , Founder of Ukrainian government professional relations association (www.grukraine.com.ua), member of board IGAPA network (www.igapa.net). Professional practicing in the field of political communications and projects. He has practical experience in the implementation of all-Ukrainian campaigns and political projects, party building projects. Organized political communication projects in the European Union and the USA for clients from Middle Asia and Eastern Europe. Develops the theme of lobbying and GR as the correct methods of communication between business and government in Ukraine, author of the bestselling book “The Election Game”. The head of the “National Platform” political party (www.platforma.in.ua), created through collection of 14,000 signatures across the country. This party first in worldwide practice produse their ”Token of attention” Now she works in the USA, (Washington, DC). Head of initiative “Ukrainian Humanitarian headquarters”.
Abdul Waheed Patel
Abdul Waheed Patel is the CEO and Founder of ETHICORE, a market-leading pan-African government affairs firm established in 2009 and the winner of the Political Influencer Brand at the 2020 Brand Africa Summit.
As an African government and public affairs practitioner, his expertise and experience spans a wide range of competencies across across various economic, industry and services sectors, including:
· government and public affairs strategy and tactics
· government relations and stakeholder management
· public policy, legislative and regulatory formulation and analysis
· African political risk and geo-political analysis
· advocacy, lobbying, campaigns, coalitions and alliances
· industry affairs and association management
· political, advocacy and policy communication
· lobbying, advocacy and government affairs ethics
He is the President of the South African Lobbying Association and the African Lobbying Union.
In July 2020 he was elected as the first African Vice President of the FIPRA Network Global Advisory Board.
Over 22 years, he has occupied various positions in national and city government, statutory agencies, and the private sector, including:
· Policy Analyst in the National Department of Transport’s Freight Logistics Policy Unit.
· Director in the Governance and Democracy Programme of the Human Sciences Research Council.
· Chief of Staff to the Executive Director for Strategy and Planning in the City of Cape Town.
· Special Advisor to the Mayoral Committee Member for Trading Services in the City of Cape Town.
· Head of the Business Parliamentary Office of Business Unity South Africa.
In these capacities he has been a representative to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, the United Nations Environmental Program, the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa and the United Nations Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Building and Construction.
Between 2010 – 2011 he was member of the Expert Reference and Consultation Group on the formulation of the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” convened under the auspices of the United Nations Office High Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. Led by Ambassador John Ruggie (USA) as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on human rights, transnational corporations and other business enterprises, the principles were endorsed by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011.
He is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Integrity and Anti-Corruption Forum’s “Coalition of Influencers” and has been a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the world’s leading international membership organization for legal practitioners.
He holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Governance and Political Studies from the University of Cape Town and is an inaugural Fellow of the Public Policy Partnership of South Africa, administered by the Woodrow Wilson and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations of the USA. He has completed advanced executive training programs in ‘Enterprise Competitiveness and the Global Economy’ from the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Trade Institute of Singapore.
He is an avid amateur competitive road racing cyclist and played competitive club soccer in his youth.
L.L.B., Ph.D., is a recognized authority in political risk, international energy, and security. He is the Founding Principal of International Market Analysis Ltd, a boutique consulting firm dealing with geo-economic, geostrategic, energy and natural resources (www.IMAStrategy.com). He is also an internationally recognized expert on Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He is a Senior Fellow with the non-profit International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) and Director of Energy, Growth, and Security Program (EGS) there. Dr. Cohen also holds a non-resident Senior Fellowship at the Eurasian Studies Center at the Atlantic Council with a regional focus on Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. For over 20 years, Dr. Cohen served as a Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy at the Sarah and Douglas Allison Center at the Heritage Foundation. He directed Heritage’s energy war games (simulation exercises) and worked closely with Congressmen and Congressional staff members as well as cabinet-level and sub-cabinet domestic and foreign decision-makers.
Managing Director of Dars Consulting with a long experience running an international PR agency, consulting national and international TV broadcasters, and advising governments and companies on media, government, and investor relations.
He was born in Krasnoyarsk, graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in 1989 and graduated from the Moscow Academy of Foreign Trade in 1990.
He has worked as a regional commercial representative for BBC World News in Russia since 2006. In 2011 his area of representation was expanded to cover Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Lithuania, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. He is the founder and Programme Director of the European News Academy, where he lectures on topics related to strategic communications. He has been a Member of the British Institute of Directors since 1999.
Rabbi Berel Wolwowsky
Leader of Chabad Silver Spring community MD, provider of innovative methods in jewish education. His experience in community building, charity and advocacy project is one of the best examples in Maryland state.
PhD, CEO and Founder of eCare21, a leading Virtual Health Platform. Vadim was born in Odessa, Ukraine. He made his PhD in the Institute of Mathematics of Academy of Science of USSR, in the school of Nobel Prize winner Prof. Kantorovich.
After leaving the USSR in 1990, Vadim worked at Haifa University, received a prestigious DAAD award from Germany Ministry of Science, and consulted Israel Aircraft Industries and Motorola Israel on economics of software development. In 1997 Vadim was invited to join Bell Labs/Lucent in NJ and also consulted BellCor (Ericsson) and CitiGroup. During his years Vadim started a few companies for offshore software development and senior care services.
Vadim is one of the pioneers of Digital Health. His company, eCare21, is partnering with Dell Technologies and NTT (Nippon Telephone & Telegraph) Australia, works with the CDC Foundation on senior population health, provides technology for the Special Olympics Worldwide and built mobile applications that help families and medical personnel remotely monitor health of seniors and disabled. The latest apps help Ukrainian families stay connected and provide support to their loved ones.
Tim Schellberg is the Founder and President of Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, an internationally known governmental affairs and government business market development firm. In addition to serving as the firm’s managing partner, Tim maintains an active governmental affairs and market development practice and provides strategic direction to the firm’s four primary divisions: International, Multi-State, Federal, and Washington State.
Tim is recognized nationally and internationally for his work to create and grow new markets by collaborating with business and government to implement dynamic public policy and technology based solutions. Tim has used over 30 years of professional experience, worldwide contacts and knowledge of global government institutions to actively lead legislative based projects in over 30 countries and within the United States.
Tim received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate from Seattle University in 1991.
Howard Marlowe has over 38 years of experience working with Congress and the Corps of Engineers as a coastal advocate for state and local governments on projects, studies and policies related to the nation’s water resources. He leads Warwick Group Consultants which specializes in the policies and procedures of the Corps of Engineers as well as other federal agencies who provide technical and financial assistance related to coastal resilience. As a recognized expert in coastal resilience, he has appeared on CNN, CBS-TV, Bloomberg TV, and many other media outlets and has been the subject of articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Washington Post and more than two dozen other publications. Mr. Marlowe is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance and Commerce as well as New York University’s School of Law. Currently, he is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
Michael R. Caputo is the Director of Strategic Accounts with Stone Claims Group, an international disaster recovery firm where he provides strategic counsel to corporate and government clients. With 35 years of global communications experience with government, political campaigns, trade groups, and Fortune 500 corporations, journalists from across the spectrum have both commended and condemned him for spirited, creative and unrelenting advocacy of his clients.
A senior advisor to President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign, Michael later served as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services, leading the agency’s communications through the President’s high-stakes COVID-19 pandemic emergency response. There, he helped establish and guide Operation Warp Speed, the President’s innovative initiative that brought safe and effective vaccines to the world in record time.
Today Michael is the only American to have worked in the White House and The Kremlin in modern times. From 1994 to 2000, he lived in Moscow advised the administration of Russian President Boris Yeltsin on democratic election administration. He has also advised the government of Ukraine on election reform and consulted federal Ukrainian campaigns.
A veteran of the US Army’s 25th Infantry Division, Michael also worked with
US President Ronald Reagan, Congressman Jack Kemp, US President George HW Bush, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, the US, Russian and Ukrainian national legislatures, and many more political clients. He has also advised leading corporations like Mercedes Benz, Koch Industries, Merrill Lynch, Best Buy, and more.
Michael has appeared more than a hundred times as a commentator on national television and his writing has been published in the Washington Post, Politico.com, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, and many other global media outlets. He is the author of “The Ukraine Hoax: How Decades of Corruption in the Former Soviet Union Led to Trump’s Phony Impeachment” (Bombardier Books, 2020) and host and producer of “One America News Investigates: The Ukraine Hoax: Impeachment, Biden Cash, And Mass Murder.” He resides in south Florida with his Ukrainian wife and their daughters.
Reverend (Dr) Felix Dela Klutse is the Head of the Media Department of the largest Pentecostal denomination in Ghana (The Church of Pentecost), which has presence in 135 nations including the United States of America. He is a multiple award-winning journalist with 20 years’ experience in journalism and a Recipient of many international Fellowship Programs including the Mandela – Washington Fellowship Program, a signature program of President Barack Obama. He was appointed an Advisory Board Member, as well as the Communications Director for the Mandela-Washington Fellowship Program in 2016 where he worked closely with the US Department of State on youth- related matters. He has interacted with President Obama and other prominent U.S. leaders in the fields of business, government, and the non-profit sector over the past. He has also provided media coverage for several international assignments including the World Bank/IMF Annual General meetings in Washington DC, USA and interviewed several World Bank Officials. Dr. Klutse is the founder of Business Day Newspaper (www.businessdayghana.com), which is Ghana’s most influential and respected business newspaper established in 2014 to offer incisive coverage of the country’s finance and economy, as well as international business news. Before establishing the publication, he was the Managing Editor of Ghana Business & Finance, an upscale monthly business magazine, which focuses on serving the information needs of Ghana’s top-tier media readership. He also worked at Daily Guide Newspaper as a Business Editor, The Independent Newspaper as Managing Editor, as well as The Statesman Newspaper, and Information Services Department as a News Reporter. He has won 15 prestigious awards in journalism both in Ghana and abroad. He is an international conference speaker and also serves as a communications consultant to many businesses in Ghana and abroad over the years.
Mihael is the CEO of MC Public Affairs and a member of the Advisory Board of the Global FIPRA Network. He specializes in lobbying and client representation. As one of the leading Slovene lobbyists for over 20 years, he was advising and successfully lobbying for national and international companies in private and public sphere. Based on longstanding experiences in all kinds of regulatory policy issues, his company MC Public Affairs provides a one stop shop to its clients, offering the best services in lobbying and public affairs, investment issues, holistic strategic communications, technology transfer and start-ups.
Besides, he devotes his time as acting president of the Slovene Association for Legal Lobbying , a national professional association of lobbyists, which contribute to the professionalization of lobbying in Slovenia. The purpose of the association is to develop lobbying as a reputable and independent profession, produce a platform for more effective networking and creative participation of lobbyists and to improve conditions for successful lobbying by promoting best practices in accordance with legitimate and ethical principles. Furthermore, the association is a member organization of Public Affairs Community of Europe (PACE) where it acts to promote transparent process of adopting public policies across Europe that consolidate the participative democracy.
Based in Ljubljana, Mihael began his career as a human rights activist in health and social care. He was appointed project director of the Soros Foundation-financed Central Eastern Health Advocacy Project in 1997 to promote patients’ rights and the deinstitutionalization of the health and social care systems in central and Eastern Europe.
In 2004 Mihael worked in the parliamentary group of the Social Democrats in the Slovenian National Assembly in the field of European Institutions and European legislative processes. That same year, he stood as a candidate for the Social Democrats Party in the National Assembly. He was also appointed as political campaign manager for first European elections for Social Democrats Party in Slovenia and was Francis Val Fund trainee in Socialist Group in European Parliament in Brussels.
Mihael divides his time between Brussels, Luxembourg, London and Slovenia and speaks English, German, Serbian and Croatian as well as his native Slovenian.
David Baxter a Senior PPP Advisor to the International Sustainable Resilience Center (ISRC) located in New Orleans. Additionally, he is a steering committee member of the World Association of PPP Units and Professions (WAPPP).
During 30 + years of international development consulting he has worked in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North and South America. He has collaborated on infrastructure policy, project development, and project procurement for institutions such as the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank, African Development Bank, USAID, the and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He has supported numerous public sector capacity building initiatives to help governments improve their governance and procurement best practices. A specialized focus area has been Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) where he has helped donor institutions and development banks provide technical and capacity building support to governments that include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives to name a few. Sector focuses have included water and sanitation, transportation, healthcare, education, and tourism.
He holds a BA-Hons (Political Geography) and a Master’s (Economic Geography) from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa).
John M. Falk began Vigilent in April 2015 in response to the first SARS outbreak and the recognized need for a comprehensive Bio-Terrorism Threat Response System and in May 2019 he Founded and serves as President of Vigilent Labs to bring forward state of the art Bio-Surveillance and Rapid Disease Screening & Testing platforms and Digital Health credentials with Interoperable Health Surveillance solutions.
Mr. Falk is a proven expert in Interoperable Communications for Rapid Command & Control Systems, Unmanned Systems (UAS/UAV) and Advanced Data Analytics. Falk has worked and has expertise in all aspects of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS/UAV) from Rapid Deployment to Mission Rehearsal & Training to Integrated Command & Control Solutions for the Defense, First Responders & Law Enforcement, the Intelligence community. Mr. Falk remains the President of Vigilent Inc. started in April 2015 and a Founding Member of WYATT (The Wyoming Advanced Technology Testbed).
The vision for the company is to bring forward Situational Awareness tools that incorporate the critical need for Interoperable Communications combined with Artificial Intelligence, Encryption and Data analytics. Falk has expertise with Bio-Surveillance Screening & Testing systems, Remote Identification and Tracking of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS/UAV), and Integrated Command & Control Solutions for the Defense, Homeland Security, Public Safety & Law Enforcement, Intelligence community.
In 2017 Mr. Falk was asked to serve on the National Council on Public Safety UAS based on his expertise with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Drone systems with his National Security and Public Safety expertise with International experience and Cyber-Security expertise. Mr. Falk has also been formally appointed to the Aviation Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (“IACP”). Mr. Falk has years of first-hand expertise in Europe and the Middle East with Hybrid Warfare, Cyber-Security, and threats posed by Unmanned Aerial Systems in the battlespace.
Mr. Falk’s 28 years of experience representing U.S. defense, security and technology companies, such as General Dynamics Land Systems (Force Protection), Westport Shipyard and Boeing/Insitu within the Military, Homeland Security, and Technology sectors in the areas of Federal and International Trade & Business Development, Foreign Military Sales and Federal Procurement matters. Mr. Falk has successfully assisted clients in all aspects of the sale of advanced technology and services to Foreign Governments and the development of International markets for Military, Security, Law Enforcement, and Homeland Security Technology Solutions.
Mr. Falk was honored to be invited to join the George Washington University School of Law as an Adjunct professor of Law in the fields of International Law, National Security and Arbitration Law. Mr. Falk founded his first advanced technology and software company in 2000 which provided Bio-Terrorism Surveillance and medical imaging solutions for the health care industry, founded upon technology derived from Military and Geospatial Intelligence applications. Mr. Falk has also served as a Federal Affairs Advisor to Cyprus-Amax Mining, RAG Coal (later Foundation Coal) and Thompson Creek Mining spanning all facets of Federal Government and International Government relations affecting the energy and mining industry.
Mr. Falk began his professional career as a Partner with The Falk Law Firm, focused in the areas of Civil Litigation (Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition, Government Contracts), Antitrust and High Technology with expertise in National Security. Mr. Falk also served as the Executive Director of the Less-Than-Lethal Technologies Advisory Committee to the National Institute of Justice (“NIJ”) — (OJP/DoJ), supporting Federal Law Enforcement where he developed expertise in Interoperable Communications and pathways to leverage Federal Military investments in advanced technologies.
Mr. Falk’s legislative experience includes service as a Legislative Assistant to Representative James Kolbe (R-Arizona), service as a Policy Advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Government Affairs and Senator David Pryor (D-Arkansas), service as the Research Assistant to Sir Eldon Griffiths, Member of Parliament in The House of Commons-Westminster and work in the Office of Senator Robert Dole (R- Kansas).
In 1990, Mr. Falk was first confirmed by the U.S. Congress to serve on the Congressional Award Foundation Board of Directors, the only official charity of the U.S. Congress, which he served for twenty- one years. In 2004 Senator Bill Frist nominated Mr. Falk and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Chairman of the Congressional Award Foundation reporting to the Joint Leadership Commission of the U.S. Congress. President George W. Bush honored Mr. Falk for his Public Service by receiving the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Public Service.
Mr. Falk received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University with honors in 1986, with majors in Politics and Journalism. In 1986 Mr. Falk also received the Congressional Award Gold Medal from the United States Congress for his volunteer public service, initiative, and achievement. Mr. Falk returned to Washington and Lee University School of Law and received the degree of Juris Doctor in 1990. He was also the recipient of the University Service Award, the Francis J. Gilliam Prize, and the Sigma Delta Chi Achievement in Journalism Award.
Mr. Falk has served as a Lecturer on the subjects of Federal Appropriations Law, Government Contracts and Military Procurement, Cyber Security and Unmanned Systems and International Trade for Federal Government Agencies. Mr. Falk is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as, Bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.