Advisory Board

Robert James Woolsey

Robert James Woolsey, a former Director of Central Intelligence, has previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. During his 12 years of government service, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Ambassador Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989–1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973. He was also appointed by the President to serve on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983–1986, as Delegate at Large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, Jim was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969–1970. Ambassador Woolsey currently serves on a range of government, corporate, and non-profit advisory boards and chairs several, including the Advisory Boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council, and is a Trustee of the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments. Previously he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University. Ambassador Woolsey has also been a member of The National Commission on Terrorism, 1999–2000; The Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S. (Rumsfeld Commission), 1998; The President’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform, 1989; The President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), 1985–1986; and The President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (Scowcroft Commission), 1983. Ambassador Woolsey has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security. Ambassador Woolsey received his B.A. degree from Stanford University (1963, With Great Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar 1963–1965), and an LL.B from Yale Law School.

Louis J. Freeh

Judge Louis Joseph Freeh is an American attorney and former judge who served as the fifth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from September 1993 to June 2001. Freeh began his career as a special agent in the FBI, and was later an Assistant United States Attorney and United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. In a sign of bipartisan confidence in him, Freeh, a Republican, was appointed as FBI director by President Bill Clinton. The New York Times greeted his appointment by citing those who had known and worked with him as having said that "unlike some who rise to high office, Judge Freeh (pronounced free) has achieved his status not so much by making the right moves as by doing the right thing".

Eugene Sullivan

Judge Eugene Sullivan is a former judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He served in the White House on the legal defence team of President Nixon during the Watergate investigation. For eight years, he was in the US Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. Later, before he became a Federal Judge in 1986, Judge Sullivan served in the Pentagon for almost five years as the Air Force General Counsel and the Chief Ethics Officer of the US Air Force after serving initially as the Deputy General Counsel. He also served in the Pentagon as the General Counsel of the National Reconnaissance Office, a then-secret US satellite intelligence agency.

Dr Leonard C. Sebastian

Dr Leonard C. Sebastian, an internationally recognised authority on Indonesia, is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Indonesia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of Interntional Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. His many books and journal articles range from studies of the Indonesian military to leadership transitions and Islamic conservatism in that country. He has raised more than $3.7 million in donations for RSIS. He is a former Freeman Fellow at the Asia Foundation and a former Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. A regular visitor to Indonesia, he lectures at universities, non-governmental organisations and think-tanks there. In Singapore, he serves as a member of the Advisory Panel to the Government Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs. He received his doctorate from the Australian National University, where he was affiliated to the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

IIan Mizrahi

Ilan Mizrahi is a former senior Mossad official and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel. Mizrahi attended Tel Aviv University as an undergraduate where he majored in political science, Islam and Middle East history. He went on to do a graduate degree in political science at the University of Haifa. In 1972, Mizrahi joined the Mossad, the Israeli security agency responsible for intelligence collection, covert operations and counter-terrorism. For over three decades, Mizrahi served Mossad in several positions. He was head of the anti-terror division and led the recruitment and operations department. Mizrahi also established and helmed the human intelligence division. His last appointment in Mossad was as its deputy chief. In May 2006, then Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appointed him as Israel’s National Security Advisor and head of the National Security Council by then Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He stepped down in November 2007. Mizrahi is considered an Orientalist and speaks fluent Arabic.

Tonye Patrick Cole

Tonye Patrick Cole is the co-founder and former Group Executive Director of the Sahara Group, an energy conglomerate with operations spanning the entire energy chain in Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries to East Africa and beyond. He worked as an architect in Brazil and Nigeria before co-founding the Sahara Group in 1996. A man of strong religious convictions, his business successes spurred him on to undertake philanthropic efforts. He has a special corner in his heart for African youth, whom he inspires through his NGO, the Nehemiah Youth Empowerment Initiative. At one point, however, he realised that lasting structural change could not be effected except through political means. In 2018, therefore, he made a life-changing decision to pursue a career in politics. He resigned from all board and executive roles held in the Sahara Group to contest for the gubernatorial seat in his home state, Rivers. Mr Cole, an alumnus of the University of Lagos and Harvard Business School, is a Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford.

Madhukar Gupta

Madhukar Gupta is a senior official of the elite Indian Administrative Service. He is an Electrical Engineer, MBA and a law graduate. He was a Mason Fellow from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he graduated with distinction with a Master’s in Public Administration. He received a scholarship from the Indian Government for a Master’s in Public Policy to study at Maxwell, Syracuse. He was awarded a PhD in Economics. Madhukar has been working as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Public Enterprises and Heavy Industries for several years. He focused on Public Policy in US and China while working with experts on economic growth, public sector management, infrastructure, corporate finance and development at Harvard, MIT, Syracuse, Maryland, Cornell and Fletcher School. Madhukar has won many national awards in India and international universities have hosted him as a visiting faculty and scholar, including BITS where he has been adjunct faculty for more than 20 years. He has presented professional papers in nearly three dozen countries. He has worked iwiththe national government in New Delhi and the regional governments of Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. He has also been Team Leader in the United Nations Development Program, consultant to the Asian Development Bank and Sri Lankan government, non-profit sector, cooperative sector, as Managing Director in State Road Transport Corporation and State Cooperative Dairy Federation, as Principal Secretary Higher Education and Transport Departments and also, as Vice Chancellor of University of Rajasthan and Rajasthan Agriculture University. He coordinated the Bhuj Earthquake for the UN and the Gurjar agitation for the Rajasthan government. Madhukar has spent about fifteen years as a practitioner as Divisional Commissioner in 4 Divisions, District Magistrate in 3 districts and Sub Divisional Magistrate in two places. His wife Kiran Soni Gupta is also in the same batch. She is also an accomplished painter (www.kiransoniarts.com). Their daughter after working in investment banking with Merrill Lynch, New York/Sydney is doing an MBA at Booth School, UChicago and son after studying liberal arts at Swarthmore College, US is into film making and writing.

Barry McManus

After completion of a distinguished career with the Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency, Dr. McManus became recognized as a top-tier professional in the use of non-coercive interrogation, elicitation and interviewing techniques against hardened criminals, terrorists, and hostile intelligence agents. Dr. McManus received the Career Intelligence Medal in recognition of accomplishments in support of U.S. intelligence and national security policy. Having served 26 years with the Agency as the Chief Forensic Psychophysiologist, Dr. McManus joined Abraxas Corporation, an overseas business intelligence and consultancy company and Patriot Group International, an international due diligence firm. Dr. McManus currently serves as an international consultant with McManus International as a leading expert in information elicitation, deception detection, behavioral assessments, interviews and interrogations. In addition, Dr. McManus’s played a major role in supporting U.S. government agencies and allied countries in developing programs to combat terrorism. Dr. McManus has extensive professional experiences in more than 140 countries throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Dr. McManus has served as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and as an Associate Professor at a local Virginia College. Dr. McManus received his Doctorate from George Mason University and was selected as a George Mason University Oxford Scholar and attended the prestigious Christ Church College at Oxford. Dr. McManus has also served as a contributor to CNN, National Public Radio (NPR) Radio Lab and National Geographic Television. Dr. McManus serves as a regular contributor to a locally syndicated U.S. Television Station, TV One. Dr. McManus is also the author and contributory of several books, articles and journals on culture, behavior and terrorism.

Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier, one of Asia’s top litigators, has joined the Advisory Board of Pereira International. Francis was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2009 and practices international commercial and treaty arbitration and litigation. He is actively involved in cross-border commercial disputes in the areas of corporate banking, property, financial and investment related claims. He is currently acting in several cases before the Singapore International Court including representing an Australian energy entity in a very substantial dispute against an Indonesian conglomerate, being the very first case to be heard before the SICC. He also specialises in aviation law and advised in the class-action suit resulting from the crash of the SilkAir flight (Indonesia) and the SIA crash (Taiwan). Francis is Regional Disputes Head of Rajah and Tann, one of Asia’s leading law firms, and oversees disputes capabilities across their offices in ten countries – namely in Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. Francis is recognised as a leading disputes lawyer - AsiaLaw Profiles (2017, 2018); Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2014-2018); Ranked Lawyers Chambers Global (2016-2018, 2019); Dispute Resolution Chambers Asia-Pacific (2016-2018); Best Lawyer in Litigation Practice, Best Lawyers International (2015-2017); Asia Law Leading Lawyers (2009); Global Arbitration Review (2010); Best Litigation Lawyers in Singapore (2013). Francis was recently recognised by Asia Business Law Journal 2018 as amongst Singapore’s top 100 lawyers and is the winner of a Business Excellence Award (2019) issued by Corporate Insider, the Gateway to the World of Business; and named as a dispute resolution star by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific (2019). He is also ranked as a leading disputes lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific (2014); Labour, Employment & Benefits , Who’s Who Legal (2016, 2018, 2019); Who’s Who Legal : Arbitration (2020); The Best Lawyers (2020) Edition Singapore. He has appeared as counsel and has acted as arbitrator (both party appointed and presiding) in a large number of arbitrations (both ad hoc and administered arbitrations including by ICSID, ICC, SIAC, AIAC, HKIAC and BANI). Francis has acted for a number of parties in treaty disputes (including several Asian governments). He is currently sitting as party-nominated arbitrator of a Mauritius entity in a bilateral investment treaty (ICSID) dispute with the government of India. He is presently assisting several Asian governments in setting up their international arbitration framework. He is the President of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and global President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He is a Chartered Arbitrator and also a Past Chairman of the Singapore branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He is the General Editor of two major publications - “Civil Litigation in Singapore” (Sweet & Maxwell, 2017) and “Arbitration in Singapore : A Practical Guide” (2nd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2018). He is a member of the Rules Committee, Singapore Academy of Law. He has been re-appointed to the Singapore Appeal Advisory Panels (constituted under the Business Trusts Act, Financial Advisers Act, Insurance Act, Securities and Futures Act and Trust Companies Act) by Deputy PM Tharman Shanmugaratnam for a further 2-year term (1 October 2019 to 30 September 2021). He is the Chairman of the Listings Appeals Committee, Singapore Stock Exchange and Chair of the Inquiry Panel.

Karen Agustiawan

Karen Agustiawan was born in Bandung, West Java, in 1958. In 1983, she graduated in Engineering Physics from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering at the Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. Initially, she looked at academia for a career, but then decided to make her mark on business. She has featured on both Fortune's and Forbes Magazine's ranking of the 50 most powerful women in business internationally. That recognition acknowledges her business achievements before and since she was appointed President Director of PT Pertamina, Indonesia's national oil and gas company, in 2009 and re-appointed President Director/CEO in 2013. Earlier, she held various technical and managerial positions in Mobil Oil Indonesia, Mobil Oil Dallas USA, CGG Petrosystems Indonesia, Landmark Concurrent Solusi Indonesia and Halliburton Indonesia. Agustiawan is a former Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative senior visiting fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. Her research, which focused on Indonesia’s potential for renewable energy as well as the country’s energy challenges, enabled her to return to her academic roots and combine them with her keen experience of the workings of the business world. She now is an adviser to foreign governments and global oil and gas companies on energy issues.

As'ad Said Ali

As'ad Said Ali is a former deputy chief of Indonesia's State Intelligence Agency (Badan Intelijen Negara, or BIN), which he joined in 1974. From 1982 to 1990, he served in number of Middle-Eastern countries.

As'ad Said Ali is a former deputy chief of Indonesia's State Intelligence Agency (Badan Intelijen Negara, or BIN), which he joined in 1974. From 1982 to 1990, he served in number of Middle-Eastern countries. In 1990-2000, he was the head of the Directorate of Middle Eastern and European Affairs, among other roles. He was BIN's deputy chief from 2001 till 2010, following which he became a member of the central board of the NahdlatulUlama, the largest independent Islamic organisation in the world with a membership of more than 50 million. He is the author of several books, including one on Al-Qaeda

Dr Leonard C. Sebastian

Dr Leonard C. Sebastian, an internationally recognised authority on Indonesia, is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Indonesia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of Interntional Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. His many books and journal articles range from studies of the Indonesian military to leadership transitions and Islamic conservatism in that country. He has raised more than $3.7 million in donations for RSIS. He is a former Freeman Fellow at the Asia Foundation and a former Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. A regular visitor to Indonesia, he lectures at universities, non-governmental organisations and think-tanks there. In Singapore, he serves as a member of the Advisory Panel to the Government Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs. He received his doctorate from the Australian National University, where he was affiliated to the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

Ishak Ismail

Brigadier-General (Ret) Ishak Ismail served in the Singapore Armed Forces retiring in 2011 as Commander 6th Division and concurrently Commander of the Combined Arms Tactics Centre (CATC). In his 29 years of service, he had contributed significantly in training transformation for the Army. He is currently Regional Director for BAE Systems Hägglunds. His previous private sector experiences were with CWT Limited as CEO Defence Services and with ST Electronics (e-Services) Pte Ltd as Senior Vice-President/General Manager. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Maritime & Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore. He is still actively involved with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) as an Operationally Ready NSman and also sits in various MINDEF and SAF Councils/Panels