IREX announces three new Global Advisory Council members

IREX announces three new Global Advisory Council members


Pierre-Richard Prosper, Toni Verstandig, Witney Schneidman


IREX is pleased to announce three new members of its Global Advisory Council: Pierre-Richard Prosper, Toni Verstandig and Witney Schneidman The three bring tremendous insight and experience to help IREX achieve our mission of a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world.

Ambassador Prosper was the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues from 2001 to 2005. As the president’s envoy, he traveled worldwide, engaging international organizations and heads of states and ministers from over 60 countries to build support for U.S. policies. Prior to his appointment, he served as a career official in the U.S Department of State. From 1996 to late 1998, Ambassador Prosper was a war crimes prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Today, Pierre-Richard Prosper is a partner at Arent Fox, LLP, a law firm headquartered in Washington, DC. Using his diplomatic experience and legal skills, he helps clients navigate the political, legal, and regulatory landscapes of foreign countries and markets and represents and advises several foreign governments on a range of issues. He was previously a member of IREX’s Board of Governors.

Toni Verstandig serves as Executive Vice President at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, whose primary objective focuses on ending the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Previously, Ms. Verstandig served as Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East programs where she provided leadership and strategic vision for all aspects of the programs, including Partners for New Beginning, a robust public-private partnership covering the Middle East and North Africa.

Ms. Verstandig has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and as a member of the US negotiation team tasked to reach a comprehensive agreement to end the Arab-Israeli conflict. She is a longstanding member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Dr. Witney Schneidman has nearly forty years of experience working across sub-Saharan Africa. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and on the Africa advisory committees in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and at the U.S. Export-Import Bank. He played a leading role in the passage and recent reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, and was a delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit co-hosted by President Obama during his visit to Kenya.

Drawing on his experience in the U.S. Department of State and the World Bank, Dr. Schneidman has advised energy, technology, consumer and health companies on projects in more than 30 African countries. Today, he chairs Covington’s African Practice Group and is a senior member of the firm’s Public Policy Practice Group, the International Strategy Group, and the International Trade and Finance Group.