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JANICE R. LACHANCE, JD, FASAE

AGU Interim Executive Director and CEO
AGU
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  • JANICE R. LACHANCE, JD, FASAE

    An accomplished nonprofit and Cabinet-ranked government executive and leader, Janice R. Lachance is the interim Executive Director and CEO at AGU. Janice has served AGU for six years in senior leadership roles, most recently as Executive Vice President of Strategic Leadership and Global Outreach and, prior to that, the interim Chief Operating Officer.

    Among her many duties, Janice leads AGU’s global partnerships and initiatives and positions and develops messaging across the range of climate, environmental, and science policy issues, discoveries, and solutions. She also oversees the teams handling communications and media relations; government relations and public policy; volunteer development and governance; executive operations; member engagement; and supporting of STEM careers at all stages. Her work also includes the renovation of the organization’s 62,000-square foot headquarters into a net zero energy consumption building—the first renovation of its kind in Washington, D.C.

    Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Janice was nominated by President Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Cabinet-ranked Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where she was responsible for policy and programmatic leadership of the nation’s 2.1-million-member civil service.

    Janice also holds two appointments in the Biden-Harris Administration focused on federal employee compensation. She is Chair of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee and a member of the Federal Salary Council.

    Her experience in the not-for-profit sector includes service as CEO of the Special Libraries Association for more than 10 years, leading the global association of 9,000 librarians and information professionals and their business partners located in 75 countries.

    She is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives, an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Vice Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the Wise Giving Alliance, a former member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Education Value Commission, and she was the 2017-2018 President of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

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PAUL RULKENS

Professional Executive Coach & Mastermind
Agrippa Consulting International
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  • PAUL RULKENS

    Paul Rulkens is an expert in high performance: the art and science of achieving big goals with the least amount of effort. 

    He is an award-winning professional speaker, author of two international business books and a trusted boardroom advisor. 

    His clients include companies such as McKinsey, UBER, DSM, ASML and Novartis.

    Originally trained as a chemical engineer, Paul’s work is based on deep knowledge and extensive experience in the practical business applications of behavioral psychology, neuroscience and, especially, common sense. 

     His popular TED talks have been watched more than five million times on YouTube.

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AMANDA CLINTON

Director International Affairs
American Psychological Association
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  • AMANDA CLINTON

    Amanda Clinton, M.Ed., Ph.D., is the Senior Director for the Office of International Affairs at the American Psychological Association (APA). Prior to joining the APA, Dr. Clinton served as Professor of Psychology at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Clinton’s scholarly work includes “Climate Action and Global Psychology” and “Integrated Assessment of the Bilingual Child,” as well as numerous peer-reviewed papers and chapters. She is also Co-Editor of the upcoming “Handbook of International Psychology.” Dr. Clinton completed an APA/AAAS Congressional Fellowship in the office of Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) where she helped write the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (passed as 21st Century Cures).  Dr. Clinton has won several prestigious awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship and the 2023 Interamerican Psychologist of the Year Award. Dr. Clinton earned her master’s degree at the University of Washington, her doctoral degree at the University of Georgia and post-doctoral titles in Trauma and Humanitarian Response from the State University of New York and Climate Health from Yale University.

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COLM CLARKE

Partner, Association Management Consultancy
Exempla Management & Consulting
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  • COLM CLARKE

    Colm has 20 years’ experience in management services, business events and association management, including leading staff teams and facilitating strategy development for volunteer leadership groups. 

    Driving change whilst building consensus is central to his work, which usually involves developing vision into organisational structures, educational content, and communications.

    Curious, and at ease with complexity, Colm combines creative spark with analytical rigour. Always seeking elegant solutions which like the best guitar riffs, appear deceptively simple until we try to replicate them.

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ELIZABETH (Eli) POLLARD

Executive Director
World Parkinson Coalition

FRANCISCO GOMEZ

CEO
Factum Global
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  • FRANCISCO GOMEZ

    Mr. Gomez is Founder and CEO of Factum Global, a boutique international consulting firm dedicated to helping associations and businesses expand and operate across global markets.

    As leader of the firm, his vision is to establish Factum Global as the most trusted international consulting source for associations and businesses aspiring to globally expand operations. Mr. Gomez has significant experience in international strategy and operations, and association management. He has successfully managed complex operations and helped build profitable businesses across the globe.

    Prior to founding Factum Global in 2018, Mr. Gomez served as Director of Global Strategy and Market Development at the American Chemical Society (ACS), where he led a multi-function department, consisting of international operations, marketing and sales, research and product development, and member services.

    He was also a member of ACS’ Global Steering Committee and was responsible for growing the association’s global reach. Prior to joining ACS, Mr. Gomez worked as a consultant for G&G Consulting, serving clients focused on strategic planning and organizational effectiveness.

    He also served as District Manager at the Healthcare Services Group Inc., where he directed a multi-million-dollar operation in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. Mr. Gomez is a serial presenter and has contributed to numerous conferences and events on topics ranging from business strategy and association management to international operations and leadership.

    In addition, he has instructed courses on global cultural sensitivity, international expansion, and leadership. Mr. Gomez earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration and management from Marshall University, and earned his MBA from the Kogod School of Business at American University.

    Francisco earned an executive education certificate on Leading Global Businesses at Harvard University. A native of Colombia, Mr. Gomez is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and enjoys traveling, is an avid golfer and is a soccer enthusiast

    Company info:

    Factum Global is an international consulting firm that helps businesses and associations expand globally. With over 75 years of combined global experience, our team disrupts the status quo through a company model that brings you transparency, personalized executive-level service, and a proven roadmap to accelerate your organization’s growth. Whether it's launching into a new market, establishing a local office, or navigating tax laws — we will guide you every step of the way. Let us make your global journey simple, sustainable, and successful.

    Visit us at FactumGlobal.com.

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ISABELLE BULLY-OMICTIN

Managing Director, Global Engagement
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
ISABELLE BULLY-OMICTIN

JEANETTE GASS, CAP, CNP, CVEP, DES,

Senior Program Manager, Global Engagement
ICMA
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  • JEANETTE GASS, CAP, CNP, CVEP, DES,

    Jeanette Gass is Senior Program Manager, Global Engagement for ICMA where she implements ICMA's Global Engagement Strategy with a focus on relationship management. She holds a Master of Arts in Global Communication from George Washington University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit & Association Management from University of Maryland Global Campus. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from The University of Iowa with a focus in international communications. Outside of work, she is Vice President for the Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals, a volunteer with Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, and is a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Council for ASAE. She is a recipient of Association Forum’s Forty Under 40 award, a participant in ASAE’s NextGen Summit, and a member of the 2023 class of Women Who Advance Associations.

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JEFFREY SMITH

Chief Operating Officer
Factum Global
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  • JEFFREY SMITH

    Jeff leads business operations and communications efforts, and is involved with business development and client relations. He takes the Founder’s vision and maps it into actionable plans for the team.

    Jeff has more than 15 years of experience as a communications professional. He has advised C-suite executives, government officials, and startup entrepreneurs across multiple sectors, including associations and nonprofits, beauty and fashion, finance, technology, and healthcare.

    Previously, Jeff founded and served as president of JVS Advisors, Inc., a New York-based communications firm focused on strategic communications and executive coaching. Prior to that firm, Jeff worked as director of communications at Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm in New York. Jeff also was a communications specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.

    He has been a university visiting lecturer and has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including New York Professional Advisors for Community Entrepreneurs (NYPACE) and Joy Through Art, an organization launched by legendary actor and musician Dominic Chianese.

    Jeff earned an MBA in international business and Master of Arts degree in political science from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and French from Villanova University. He also has studied at the Université Paris-Sorbonne. Jeff is an avid baseball fan, three-time marathon finisher (NYC, Philadelphia, Paris), Francophile, news enthusiast, and golfer. He resides in New York.

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Dr BIBIANA CAMPOS SEIJO

Dr BIBIANA CAMPOS SEIJO
  • Dr BIBIANA CAMPOS SEIJO

    Dr Campos Seijo is an international, award-winning media executive with a track record of driving growth in market share, quality, reputation, and financial performance.

    She has led media organizations for almost two decades and across two continents, and has experience both in the nonprofit and for-profit world including appointments as Vice President and Editor in Chief for Chemical & Engineering News Media Group, the news organization of the American Chemical Society, and as Publisher and Editor of the Magazines Group at the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK.

    Dr Campos Seijo is currently a Visiting Professor at the School of Communication and Journalism at Stony Brook University. She also runs a consultancy that assists for- and not-for-profit organizations with strategy development, market expansion, operation efficiency, and more.

    In 2021 Dr Campos Seijo was honored with the G. D. Crain Jr. Leadership Award in recognition of "outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media.

    She received a joint degree in Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), UK. She holds a PhD in chemistry from MMU.

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WHITNEY BUCHMANN

Social Impact Consultant
Illustra Impact
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  • WHITNEY BUCHMANN

    Whitney Buchmann brings more than 13 years of social sustainability expertise and a record of facilitating change initiatives within a variety of organizations using “human-centered design,” an approach that involves diverse stakeholder perspectives at all stages for lasting impact.
    Internationally, Ms. Buchmann helped build and convene a global Commission that advised Faith in Action, a U.S. community organizing network, on how to invest $25 million to ensure sustainable funding and impact.
    Ms. Buchmann is an Associate Consultant with Factum Global, an international consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses and associations expand internationally. She is also the Founder & CEO of Illustra Impact, an organization that solves social, cultural, and environmental issues by inspiring leaders and collaborating with local communities to create bold change. Previously, she served as Senior Program Manager for a New Jersey-based
    health organization, where she led community engagement strategy. Ms. Buchmann serves on the Board of Directors of Casa Innovation, an incubator for underestimated entrepreneurs across Latin America. She holds a Global MBA at IE Business School, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and International Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Kansas State University.

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KAI TROLL

President / CEO
International Association Leader & Social Entrepreneur
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  • KAI TROLL

    Kai is volunteer President of Brussels based ASSOCIATIONWORLD Foundation, taking a holistic approach towards the development of associations and association professionals, building a global association community movement. 

    Kai drives international developments at several International and European associations in the field of disability,- medical,- new technology,- sports and education and is the co-founder and volunteer President of the Geneva International Association Forum (GIAF), the Brussels International Association Forum (BIAF), the Washington International Association Forum (WIAF) and the Irish Association Forum (IAF).

    He serves as an advisor to several boards of international organisations and non-profits focusing on the areas of Resource Development, Governance and Strategy. Kai is an active member of the UN SDG platform and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is Head of Development of the International Sport and Cultural Association (ISCA).

    Previously, Troll was CEO of Best Buddies EMEA, Director of Global Partnerships with the International Diabetes Federation, the Director at Special Olympics International in Europe-Eurasia and a Senior Management Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group based in Europe, North-America and Asia.

    Troll has a BA in Science, a MBA in International Management and a PhD in Economics.

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THOMAS F. GOODWIN

Vice President
Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA)
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  • THOMAS F. GOODWIN

    Thomas F. (Tommy) Goodwin is Vice President for the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA), a newly-formed association dedicated to the recovery and advancement of the business events industry. In this role, he leads ECA’s advocacy and member engagement work on behalf the interconnected ecosystem of exhibitors, show and event organizers, suppliers, venues, and destinations that comprise the global business events landscape.

    Prior to joining ECA, Tommy spent more than 20 years leading a wide range of social impact, public affairs, and international engagement efforts for several globally-recognized associations and corporations, including Oracle Corp., AARP, and the Project Management Institute (PMI). Additionally, he was a research fellow at Harvard Business School focused on the international political and legal environment in which businesses and social enterprises operate.

    Tommy has a B.B.A. from The George Washington University, an M.B.A. from Auburn University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Union Law from King’s College London. He also holds a Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a Project Management Professional certification from PMI.

    Recognized by The Hill in its 2020 and 2021 list of association "Top Lobbyists," Tommy is a past president of the National Institute of Lobbying & Ethics and a past chair of ASAE’s Government Relations and Advocacy Professionals Advisory Council. He is a frequent author and speaker on a wide range of government relations, public policy, and international association management topics. He has also been quoted widely in the media, including by POLITICO, MarketWatch, VICE, and Agence France-Presse.

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