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Ambassador Allen P. Larson

Alan P. Larson
Under Secretary For Economic, Business, 
And Agricultural Affairs
Department of State


Mr. Larson became Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs on November 24, 1999. As Secretary Albright’s senior economic advisor, Mr. Larson’s responsibilities include the entire range of international economic policy. In October 2000, Under Secretary Larson’s responsibilities were expanded to include serving as Acting Deputy of the National Economic Council for International Economic Affairs.

Since joining the Department of State in 1973, Mr. Larson has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Finance and Development, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Energy and Resources Policy.

From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Larson was U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. He also served in the economic sections of the U.S. embassies in Jamaica, Zaire, and Sierra Leone.

Mr. Larson has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Iowa. He is married and has three children.

James L. LeBlanc

James L. LeBlanc
J. LeBlanc International, LLC

The Washington-based firm, J. LeBlanc International, LLC offers international private and public sector technology entities enhanced business development services. The core offerings include the development of strategic partnerships and alliances, plus effective business and competitive intelligence assessments. Through his partnership with The York Group-International Technology Partners, JLI is able to offer a broad range of marketing and similar services in over 20 countries globally. JLI has also recently formed a joint venture with the venerable Washington public affairs, public relations, media and political consulting firm, Smith & Harroff. This entity - S&H/LeBlanc International offers public affairs, public relations, branding, issue management, government and political consulting to the international technology community.

Mr. LeBlanc also has extensive public and political experience at senior levels in the Government of Canada. He has served as Chief of Staff to two senior Cabinet Ministers - the Secretary of State for External Affairs and International Trade; and the Minister of Science and Technology. He has also served as Executive Assistant to the Canadian Ambassador for International Security and Arms Control.

Mr. LeBlanc holds a Graduate degree from Harvard University, specializing in business-government relations in the US; a Graduate degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa; and an Undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science.

Mr. LeBlanc was appointed to the President's Advisory Council at Carleton University and sits on the Board of Directors of; the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Chairs the International Committee; Agnition, a new global technology accelerator; the Canadian-American Business Council as Vice President and Chairman of the CABC Technology Group; the Carleton University (U.S.) Foundation and serves as US Executive Director for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. Mr. LeBlanc has also been recently appointed as Interim Director of the International Business Council of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He is an active member of a number of other Washington area technology, trade and business associations.  He is included in the Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, as well as, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in Canada.

As a recognized expert on various international and Canada-U.S. issues, Mr. LeBlanc is often in demand for public speeches, media interviews and presentations.


T.J. Jubeir

T.J. Jubeir
Managing Partner
New Horizons Venture Capital

Mr. Jubeir is the founder and Managing Partner of New Horizons. Capitalizing on his experience in structuring and negotiating highly complex cross-border transactions, he raised the necessary capital to launch first the leveraged buy-out firm Capitol Partners in 1997 and, more recently, the Internet-related, early-stage investment firm New Horizons Venture Capital. He founded both firms, each of which he is the Managing Partner. New Horizons, with its sister leveraged buy-out firm Capitol Partners, manages $200 million in assets.

Mr. Jubeir is currently the Chairman of the Boards of CareSouth Health System, CarePartners@Home,, and CS Indemnity. He is an active member on the Boards of Directors of several other venture capital firms and high-tech start-ups, including NC, Inc., EyeCast, and ONEWORLD Software Solutions. Mr. Jubeir serves on the Executive, Compensation, Finance, and Audit Committees.

Mr. Jubeir’s professional background has focused on finance, including structuring and negotiating complex finance transactions as well as advising on and negotiating mergers and acquisitions primarily in emerging markets. As an Investment Officer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), he structured limited-recourse project finance transactions valued in excess of $1.3 billion in politico-economically challenged emerging markets. He additionally advised on and negotiated mergers and acquisitions by existing IFC clients with an aggregate value of about US$250 million.

Prior to joining the IFC, Mr. Jubeir was an Advisor in the Office of the Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. He consulted and participated in high-level decision-making, including Saudi Arabia's US$20 billion refinery investment project to upgrade and integrate seven refineries to better meet customer needs within the domestic market and more effectively compete within the international market. In addition, Mr. Jubeir was selected to lead-negotiate, on behalf of the country, the multilateral Convention on Climate Change as well as the Protection of the Atmosphere Chapter of Agenda 21, both in preparation for Earth Summit.

Previously, Mr. Jubeir was a strategy consultant for both Bain & Company, Inc. and Booz·Allen & Hamilton, Inc., where he focused on strategy, marketing, and mergers and acquisitions in the technology, aerospace/defense, retail, and extractives industries. His work at Bain & Company earned him the Extraordinary Team Contribution in the Area of Value Addition Award.

Mr. Jubeir has a Masters in Business Administration, with an emphasis on strategy, operations, and finance, which he earned with honors from the Harvard Business School. He also has a Master of Science in Engineering-Economic Systems, with an emphasis on decision-making analysis, strategic planning, and economic analysis, from Stanford University. Mr. Jubeir also received his Bachelor of Arts with Departmental Honors and University Distinction in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University, where he was inducted into the honorary society of Phi Beta Kappa.

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