Born in Hong Kong in 1933, emigrated to the U.S. in 1951.
Henry C.K. Liu is an independent global investor and media commentator on culture, economics and politics. Mr. Liu was educated in architecture and urban design at Harvard University. While he was at Harvard, he developed an interest in economics and international relations. In conjunction with his studies at Harvard, he was also pursuing interdisciplinary studies in urban and regional development as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA, Harvard, and Columbia Universities. He was a planning/ development advisor to Winthrop Rockefeller, Governor of Arkansas, and has received a national urban design award. He also advised the Governor of New York, Nelson Rockefeller, on urban development and clean water policy. He was a developer of various prominent commercial real estate projects in New York City including Lincoln Center. Mr. Liu is currently the chairperson of New York-based Liu Investment Group, is a contributor to Asia Times Online and other online publications. He has a widely followed website: www.henryckliu.com , http://www.caogen.com/blog/index.aspx?ID=255%20 http://www.caogen.com/blog/index.aspx?ID=255 (in Chinese) , http://www.huffingtonpost.com/henry-liu/ , http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Others/Henry.html, http://www.topwonks.org/experts/henry-c-k-liu/ .Mr. Liu is a Visiting Professor of Global Development at the Economics Department at University of Missouri at Kansas City and an Honorary Professor at the HuaZhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. He is also a senior global economic analyst for Xinhua News, China’s official news agency. He is an occasional advisor on economic policy to several governments of emerging economies.
Mr. Liu coined the term “dollar hegemony” to explain that the dollar, a fiat currency since 1971 and the major reserve currency internationally, distorts global trade and finance. Liu is a critic of central banking. He also calls for the use of sovereign credit in lieu of foreign capital for financing domestic development in developing countries. Liu has also been vocal in his critique of Chinese economic policy, which he argues includes imbalances that result in severe income disparity and environmental neglect. In a series of articles in Asia Times Online, Liu proposed the establishment of the Organization of Labor-Intensive Exporting Countries (OLEC), an international cartel, to restore the balance of market power between capital and labor in the globalized economy.
Mr.Liu has also proposed developing China's domestic economy with sovereign credit in lieu of relying on foreign capital, so as to finance a national policy of full employment with rising wages. He is a U.S. citizen.
Born in Ankara, Turkey in 1963. Mr. Köprülü graduated from the University of Richmond in Virginia, receiving his M.Sc. in Economics and Finance. He began his banking career with Citibank Istanbul in 1984 and after reaching a managerial position at Citibank in 1988, transferred to Interbank as a Senior Vice President.
During his banking career, he held senior positions in credit marketing, corporate banking, project finance and private banking. In 1996 he founded Dört Boyut Danışmanlık specializing in financial advisory, project finance, and management consulting. He was also General Manager for MFI Türkiye, which specialized in mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Köprülü is the founding Chairman of the ARI Movement, a non-aligned think tank, and served as its Chairman for 10 years until 2004. In 2002, he was influential in the establishment of Turkish Policy Quarterly, which has become a leading intellectual journal that fosters constructive policy debates on Turkey and its region, including East Europe, Central Asia, the Caucuses, and the Middle East. He is currently the publisher of Turkish Policy Quarterly.
Mr. Köprülü is Chairman of Yeniyurt Petrol Terminal, a European energy services company. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Hiref, which is a high-end design firm based in Istanbul, aiming to become an international brand name. Mr. Köprülü is also a shareholder in ArinDefense, which is a start-up cyberspace security company. In 2014, he was appointed by Prince Albert of Monaco as only the second Honorary Consul General of Monaco in the history of the Principality of Monaco in Istanbul. Mr. Köprülü is a U.S. citizen.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, living in New York, USA.
Ms. Günaydin is the Founder of The American Immigrant Society.
Tümay Günaydin is an award winner Interior Designer. She received her undergraduate degree from Mimar Sinan University Fine Art Academy in Istanbul and an MS in Interior Design from the Pratt Institute in New York City.
Among her charitable efforts in the design world she was featured in NBC’s home renovation show “George To The Rescue” where she aided in the design of the home of a New York City police officer and his family in Queens, NY.
Ms.Günaydin is a supporter of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and she was also winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Award for the best design in the DIFFA Dining by Design Competition of 2014. She is a U.S. citizen.
the american immigrant society
Born in Greece in 1945, emigrated to the U.S. in 1948.
Father Alexander Karloutsos is the Assistant to Archbishop Demetrios of America, Spiritual Advisor to the Order of Saint Andrew Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America and to Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy & Hellenism. He serves as Special Assistant to the Archbishop working as liaison with heads of churches, the White House, the Congress, state and local officials, Greek American organizations, political action, religious freedom and human rights groups. He is also the pastor of Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons and serves as the Orthodox Chaplain for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was previously Executive Director of Leadership 100, serving from 1986 to 1992 and 1999 to 2004, and was appointed by Archbishop Iakovos as the first Vicar of Public Affairs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in 1985, holding that position simultaneously until 1992 when he was appointed Special Assistant to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Father Alexander is married to Xanthi Karavellas Karloutsos. They have three children, happily married, and nine grandchildren, Alexander, Konstantine, Xanthi, Luca, Konstantina, Demetrios, Steven, Leo and Michael.
He speaks English and Greek. He is a U.S. citizen.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1958 of Iranian Jewish parents and grew up in Italy.
Nouriel Roubini is a Professor of Economics and International Business at New York University Stern School of Business. He is also the cofounder and chairman of Roubini Global Economics, an independent, global macroeconomic and market strategy research firm. The firm's website, Roubini.com, has been named one of the best economics web resources by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. He is a U.S. citizen.
Professor Roubini has published over 70 theoretical, empirical and policy papers on international macroeconomic issues and coauthored the books Political Cycles: Theory and Evidence (MIT Press, 1997), Bailouts or Bail-ins? Responding to Financial Crises in Emerging Markets (Institute for International Economics, 2004) and Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance (Penguin Press, 2010).
Professor Roubini's views on global economic issues are widely cited by the media, and he is a frequent commentator on various business news programs. He has been the subject of extended profiles in The New York Times Magazine and other leading current-affairs publications. The Financial Times has also provided extensive coverage of his perspectives. He is a U.S. citizen.
Born in Ankara, Turkey in 1957, grew up in Washington D.C., USA.
Mr.Köprülü is the Founder and Chairman of The American Immigrant Society. He is a Turkish American investment professional and philanthropist. He is Managing Partner of M.E. Markets, an emerging markets investment firm. He is also the Chairman of the American Turkish Society, founded in 1949, the oldest U.S.-based not-for-profit organization that seeks to enhance economic, diplomatic, cultural, and educational ties between the United States and Turkey. He is a 2017 medalist of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, saluting America’s most impactful immigrant citizens, one of only 2500 medalists since the first acknowledgement of the Honor by the United States Congress in 1985.
Mr.Köprülü's charitable work has mainly focused on strengthening educational and cultural ties between the U.S. and Turkey. He is a long-time supporter/sponsor of Children International and Children USA, Feeding America, EMPower, SCS Children's Villages, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, U.S. Armed Forces – Iraq and Afghanistan Casualty Appeal, Salvation Army of Manhattan, Project Hope, Project Renewal of New York, CARE, City Harvest of New York, Coalition for the Homeless NYC, Goodwill Industries of NY/NJ, the Endometriosis Foundation of America, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, CityMeals-On-Wheels, New York Cares, and UNICEF.
Mr.Köprülü holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and an M.Phil in International Trade and Finance from Columbia University. He is an expert on Middle East geopolitics & conflict, and is a frequent media commentator on emerging market economies. He is proficient in Spanish and fluent in English, Turkish and French. He is a U.S. citizen.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1960, raised outside of Philadelphia, PA.
Better known as Dr.Oz. Dr.Mehmet Oz received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and a joint MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. His medical philosophy combines traditional Western techniques for treating disease with alternative ideas about healthy lifestyle choices. Oz attributes this philosophy in part to his background, a Turkish heritage which “allows [him] to see the world from different perspectives.”
Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show, is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is the author of five New York Times Best Sellers (including “YOU: The Owner’s Manual,” “YOU: The Smart Patient,” and “YOU: On a Diet”), hosts a daily talk show on Sirius XM Radio’s “Oprah Radio,” pens a National Magazine Award-winning column in Esquire Magazine, is a regular columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine, and performs over 200 heart operations annually. Among his many accolades, Dr. Oz has been honored as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” (2008), Esquire’s 75 “Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum (1999-2004).
Dr. Oz now lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife and their four children. Dr. Oz is a U.S. citizen.