Matthew Nimetz

Matthew Nimetz (born June 17, 1939)1 is an American diplomat. He is the United Nations Special Representative for the naming dispute between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia.2 3

Nimetz was born in Brooklyn, New York City the son of Joseph and Elsie Nimetz and educated in the Brooklyn public school system and at Williams College where he received a B.A. in 1960. He subsequently was a Rhodes Scholar and received a B.A. from Balliol College, Oxford in 1962 which was upgraded to an M.A. in 1966. He got his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1965, where he was President of the Harvard Law Review.

He served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan II from 1965 to 1967, before serving as a staff assistant to US President Lyndon B. Johnson until 1969 where he worked on the domestic policy staff under Joseph A. Califano, Jr.. He worked with the New York City law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as an associate from 1969 to 1973 and partner from 1974 to 1977. He also directed the transition of Governor-Elect Hugh Carey of New York in 1974-5, and was a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and member of the New York Health Advisory Council from 1975 to 1977.

In January 1977 Nimetz was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as Counselor of the United States Department of State.4 In that capacity he provided advice to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and had special responsibilities in connection with the Cyprus issue, Eastern Mediterrean issues including Greek-Turkish disputes, implementation of the Helsinki Final Act and other issues involving Eastern/Central Europe, U.S.-Mexican border issues, the Micronesian status negotiations, and other matters. In December 1979, he was promoted to the post of Under Secretary for Security Assistance, Science and Technology. He was responsible for the supervision of United States security assistance programs, nuclear nonproliferation and the implementation of the State Department's international scientific and technological programs. These included areas such as scientific and technical cooperation, nuclear nonproliferation issues, environmental matters, and the US Government's international communications activities. He was also responsible for supervising US policy on the eastern Mediterranean and eastern European countries.5

After the end of the Carter Administration in January 1981, Nimetz returned to the private sector. He became a partner in the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he concentrated in corporate and international law. During his 19 year tenure at the Paul Weiss law firm he served on the Executive Committee, as chair of the firm and as head of the corporate department. He moved to the private equity investment firm General Atlantic in January 2000, where he served as a managing director and as Chief Operating Officer through December 2011, when he became an Advisory Director. In May 2007 he was again appointed as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York by Governor Elliott Spitzer but, upon the resignation of Governor Spitzer, his nomination was not acted upon for confirmation by the State Senate.6

From March 1994 to September 1995, he served as President Bill Clinton's Special Envoy to mediate the resolution of the Macedonia naming dispute. This effort culimated in the signing of the Interim Agreement of September 13, 1995 by Greece and the Republic of Macedonia at the United Nations which resolved many of the issues between the two countries. He became a deputy to Cyrus Vance, a former United States Secretary of State who served as Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General in the talks on the remaining open issues in the dispute, in particular the name of the country. He chaired those talks from December 1999 onwards – as that Personal Envoy, from Vance's resignation from that position in December 1999, appointed in turn by Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon.

Nimetz has been a director of The Nature Conservancy of New York, trustee and founding chair of World Resources Institute, trustee emeritus of Williams College and former director of the Committee for Economic Development. He serves at present as a trustee of Central European University, Budapest, a trustee of American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kirghiz Republic, As of 2009, as chair of the advisory board of SUNY Global/The Levin Institute of the University of the State of New York, and a member and a director/founding (former) chair of the Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe, as a trustee of The Rubin Museum of Art, New York, and as co-chair of Green City Force, Brooklyn, New York. He is married to Ann Nimetz, an art historian professionally known as Ann Guite', and has two children, Alexandra Nimetz and Lloyd Nimetz.

Vijay Raval

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Vijay Raval has over 35 years of experience in a variety of financial management positions involving strategy development and execution, profitable business expansion, client relationship management, global coordination, problem resolution as well as corporate governance and internal controls.

From his early careers as Audit Manager at A.F.Ferguson & Co. and Chief Accountant at 20th Century Fox Corporation in Mumbai, India, through his extensive tenure as partner at PriceWaterhouse Coopers LLP in US (PW), Vijay offers a unique blend of hands-on experience of both American as well as Indian business, cultural and social environments.

Vijay’s ability to grow new business is reflected in his promotion in 1981 by PW as a first partner of a newly established specialty practice. This practice grew from less than $10 million in 1981 to over $140 million in 2001.

Vijay has served as a Global Specialty Practice Relationship Partner on PW’s prestigious clients, most notably IBM , demonstrating expertise in establishing and coordinating global service delivery teams, mega project management, industry-first innovations, process reengineering, while providing clients with expert advice, solutions to complex emerging issues and multi-million dollars in cost savings. Clients acknowledged Vijay’s deep enduring collaborative relationship as “partnership.”

Vijay’s experience with PW also includes serving as the partner-in-charge of 100+professional and partner specialty practice offices in New York, NY and Stamford, CT. In this capacity, he was responsible for implementing offices’ knowledge management, service innovations and balanced scorecard performance measurements as well as achieving the offices’ practice development, profitability and client satisfaction stretch targets. Vijay has also involved in strategic visioning and new business model development exercises. He has extensively liaised with PW, India.

Vijay’s exceptional record of business development and process improvement is based on his high level of energy and enthusiasm, with enough self-confidence to feel comfortable delegating responsibility to others, without having to micro-manage.

Vijay serves/has served as a member of the Board/Advisory Committee of several civic organizations, including The Global Heritage Fund, Palo Alto, CA; The Asia Society, New York, NY; The Forum for World Affairs, Stamford, CT; and the International Institute- The Society for Human Resource Management, Alexandria, VA.

Vijay earned his MBA from the University of Texas and is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Dr. Lee W. Frederiksen

Dr. Lee W. Frederiksen is the Managing Partner of Washington-headquartered Hinge Marketing, a premier branding and marketing firm (exclusively specializing in professional services firms). Lee brings with him 30 years of marketing experience, a Ph. D. in behavioral psychology, and entrepreneurial experience as founder and CEO of three successful firms. Lee has helped a host of global brands achieve high growth and profitability - including American Express,, Yahoo, and Capital One, to name some.

A natural strategist, teacher and expert in high growth firms Lee loves to solve complicated business and marketing problems and help increase the impact of that most maligned character of all...the CEO. His rare combination of business strategy and scientific research has made him a highly sought advisor.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Lee earned his Bachelor’s degree at Augustana College and his Ph.D. at Ohio University. He taught at the University of Mississippi Medical School and at Virginia Tech, where he trained and mentored Ph.D. students to become practitioners.

Throughout his life, Lee has been drawn to velocity. “I love driving fast,” a passion he can trace back to his youth. Lee bought his first car—a wreck, really—at age 15, before he even had a driver’s license. He soon began repairing it and competing in races – dirt tracks and drag races. He doesn’t see himself as a risk taker—but admits that the fact that he’s both raced cars and skydived might create that impression.

Over the course of his career he has worked with clients from a wide variety of industries, ranging from tech startups to Fortune 100 companies. His breakthrough research on professional services marketing and business growth has made him a recognized name in the marketing industry, and he has been quoted in a number of mainstream publications, including Fortune, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Business 2.0, and Advertising Age. His research also forms the basis for his six highly acclaimed books on organizational growth, marketing, and business strategy.

Lee’s celebrated books such as The Visible Expert, Inside the Buyer’s Brain: How to Turn Buyers into Believers; Spiraling Up: How to Create a High Growth, High Value Professional Services Firm; Online Marketing for Professional Services; and Professional Services Marketing stand testimony to the body of knowledge he comes with.

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