In addition to the board of directors, which oversees the planning and execution of member and project activities, CENSA plans a key role for a senior advisory board. CENSA sees the board of advisors helping to guide the organization strategically and organizationally as it builds influence in the security arena. While not participating in operational management, advisors will provide guidance at key strategic decision points in CENSA's development, and may provide experienced perspectives on the release of key CENSA products.


Peter Ahern

Peter Ahern, a founding member of CENSA, has served on the board of directors and as chairman of the membership committee. He is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps currently assigned to United States Africa Command where he serves as the Future Operations Chief and is a founding member of the command.

Prior to the establishment of Africa Command (as a Geographic Combatant Command on October 1, 2008), Mr. Ahern was the leader of the team responsible for the planning and transition of over 140 missions and activities in Africa previously held by U.S., European, Central and Pacific Commands. His next assignment is command of the U.S. Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force in Indian Head, Maryland. He is a distinguished graduate of the National War College.


David Aidekman

As Special Assistant to the Counselor to the Secretary of State, David Aidekman advised on national security and homeland security issues including counterterrorism, border and travel security, and intelligence.

Previously, Mr. Aidekman was Director for Policy and Plans at the White House Office of Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Council, where he was responsible for strategic planning and budgeting for governmentwide homeland security programs. He helped draft the National Strategy for Homeland Security and the President’s proposal for the Department of Homeland Security. He also served in the National Security Division of the Office of Management and Budget where he worked on defense acquisition programs. In addition, he has guest lectured on homeland security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Aidekman earned a M.A. in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.


Roger D. Carstens

Roger Carstens is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and is currently serving as a Counterinsurgency Advisor in Afghanistan. He is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces lieutenant colonel whose last posting was serving as an advisor to the Iraqi National Counter Terror Force in Baghdad, Iraq.

Prior to his tour in Iraq, Mr. Carstens served as a Legislative Liaison for the Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C. As an Army Ranger, he participated in a combat parachute assault during the invasion of Panama and later commanded three Army Special Forces Companies. While at CNAS, he testified before Congress on his report “The Future of Special Operations.” In addition, he co-wrote the “Independent Task Force on Progress and Reform,” a report on Iraqi Ministry of Interior, and “Changing the Culture of Pentagon Contracting,” which was published by the New America Foundation. While he was in the Army, Mr. Carstens co-wrote the report “Ethical Dilemmas for Special Forces,” published by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University; and contributed to “Preventing the Next Wave of Conflict: Understanding Non-Traditional Threats to Global Stability,” a report published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Conflict Prevention Project. A writer on national security affairs, he has been published in USA Today, The Washington Times, U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, National Review Online, Christian Science Monitor, and has been a featured guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Fox News Live, and National Public Radio. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and holds a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.


Keith Fitzgerald

Keith Fitzgerald is the managing director of Sea-Change Partners and senior conflict advisor to the Asian Development Bank. He has provided strategic assistance and training to private sector executives and public sector officials in effective negotiation skills (including crisis and hostage negotiations), conflict management, crisis leadership, communication, facilitation, and joint decision-making skills and processes in over 75 countries and territories around the world.

Mr. Fitzgerald was a senior fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, where he was director of the Asian Programme on Negotiation & Conflict Management from 2002 to 2007. From 1999 to 2000, he served as a visiting lecturer at the National University of Singapore’s Public Policy Programme (from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University). Also, he co-authored Negotiating Hostage Crises with the New Terrorists (Praeger, 2007). From 1991 to 1999, he worked with the non-profit Conflict Management Group, and Conflict Management, Inc., both professional outgrowths of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Mr. Fitzgerald has a B.A. from Tufts University, has studied and taught negotiation at Harvard Law School, and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Keith Mines

Keith Mines is the Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, where he manages the Merida Initiative, a new partnership between the U.S. and Mexico in counternarcotics and law enforcement. Mr. Mines’ primary areas of interest are post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization and the search for national security doctrine after containment.

For 18 years, Mr. Mines has been a Foreign Service Officer with postings in Tel Aviv, San Salvador, Port-au-Prince, Washington (Brazil Desk), Budapest, and Ottawa. In addition, Mr. Mines ran the U.S. Field Office in Darfur in 2007; served as Coalition Provisional Authority Governance Coordinator in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq in 2003 and 2004; was interim Economic Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2002; and Executive Assistant to the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General in the UNOSOM II peacekeeping mission in Somalia in 1994. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Mines was a Special Forces Officer with service in Central America and Ft. Bragg and a CIA analyst covering Colombia. He was educated at Brigham Young University where he received a B.A. in history, and holds a M.S. degree in from Georgetown University’s foreign service program.


David Saltiel

David Saltiel is a senior analyst in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He is responsible for the development and execution of strategic, economic, and budgetary assessments of national security and energy programs. Mr. Saltiel served as director of CENSA’s Washington, DC chapter from 2002-2004 during which time he co-directed (with Peter Barschdorff) the CENSA study on Transatlantic Relations after 9/11. From 2001-2002, he founded and directed CENSA’s London chapter.

Mr. Saltiel came to DOE from Sandia National Laboratories where he was a senior member of the technical staff in the Global Security Engagement and International Safeguards Department. He managed both the Studies and Analysis and East Asia Regional program teams and directed technical policy projects related to the civilian nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, and other security policy topics. Prior to joining Sandia, Mr.Saltiel was the manager of Federal Affairs and Analysis in the Washington, DC office of AREVA, a global energy company, and Deputy Director of the Program on International Security at the Atlantic Council of the United States. Mr. Saltiel holds a M.Sc. from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and a B.A. from Williams College. Mr. Saltiel is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has published articles and written on a variety of topics including nuclear energy, international nuclear safeguards, proliferation, technology cooperation, European politics, labor markets, and Iran.


Angela Sapp Mancini

Angela Sapp Mancini is managing director of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC), a non-profit organization that brings senior U.S. financial sector experts to emerging market countries to provide policy advice and technical training to governments and financial institutions. She oversees programs and new business development in Russia and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. Her areas of technical expertise include accounting, auditing, small and medium-sized enterprise banking, anti-money laundering compliance, banking supervision, and the legal and regulatory frameworks for banking systems.

Previously, Mrs. Sapp-Mancini spent two years in the field directly managing in-country FSVC programs in Indonesia and Egypt. Before joining FSVC in 2004, she served in various senior finance roles for private sector firms in the U.S. and Russia, including overseeing various financial operations in the U.S., Singapore, Brazil, Canada and the U.K. She is a former senior auditor with Deloitte and Touche LLP, where she audited banks and financial institutions. Earlier in her career, she founded an English-language newspaper, The Azeri Times, in Azerbaijan. Mrs. Sapp-Mancini is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations where she serves on the Term Member Advisory Council; a member of Women in International Security (WIIS). She contributed to and co-edited the following CENSA publications: Crossroads Africa: Perspectives on U.S.-Africa-China Security Affairs (2009); Countering Insurgency and Promoting Democracy (2007), and The Faces of Intelligence Reform: Perspectives on Direction and Form (2005). She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; received a B.A. in business economics from the University of California; and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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