Current Board of Directors

Dr James Abbey
Dr Abbey is Vice President of Strategic Business Development at iBio Inc. Formerly the Director for Global & Corporate Partnerships for The Texas A&M University System.  He previously held the position of the International Strategic Collaborations Adviser and Director of the Texas/Unite Kingdom (UK) Collaborative & International Collaboration at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom.  Dr. Abbey also holds research affiliations with Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute as Assistant Affiliate Member, Visiting Scientist at Rice University in the Department of Chemistry, and Adjunct Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.

Mr Steve Casciani
Mr Casciani is a marketing, communications and media professional and is currently Managing Partner with zest4, a specialist soccer agency in Carlsbad, California. His previous roles include: Executive Vice President, Euro RSCG Magnet, New York; Chief Executive and Managing Director, FMS PR, Edinburgh and London; and Group Account Director for Moorgate, Edinburgh and London. He is originally from Edinburgh.

Mr Kenneth Donnelly
Mr Donnelly is a Director of Risk at Bank of America, New York. His career extends over 25 years in commerce at major US financial institutions and major airlines. He first studied at the University of Glasgow in Mathematics and Computer Science followed by the Wharton School of Business, UPENN Pennsylvania. He was born in Bellshill, Scotland and is currently President of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society – NY Branch, Vice President of the Robert Burns Society of New York City and member of the St. Andrews Society of New York.

Dr Malcolm Duncan
Dr Duncan is currently Director of Intellectual Property, SRI International based in Menlo Park, California. His background includes a career as a professor and researcher in particle physics, litigation practice on Wall Street, and intellectual property practice with New York and Chicago law firms. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Physics from the University of Edinburgh, a doctorate in Theoretical Physics from the University of Oxford, and a Law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Mr James Fraser
Mr Fraser was formerly Director and Group Credit Officer of Deutsche Asset Management, New York. He began his career with the Clydesdale Bank in Glasgow before joining The Royal Bank of Canada with whom he held a wide variety of positions in seven different countries.  A corporate transfer to the USA led indirectly to his position with Deutsche Asset Management from which he retired in 2010.  Based in New Jersey, he now serves as a Board Member for various non-profit organisations.

Professor Edward Kleinert                
Prof Kleinert has worked as a senior program and project manager at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, specializing in enterprise wide human resources project initiatives. He is based in New York and his academic qualifications include an MBA from Stern Graduate School of Business Administration, New York University and an MPH from the School of Public Health and Graduate School of Business, Health Care Management and Administration, Columbia University. He has also worked for 20 years as Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Professional Studies, Division of Programs in Business, New York University.

Dr Linda Lees 
Dr Lees is director and founder of Creative Cities International (CCI), a New York and London based cities consultancy.  CCI's groundbreaking research on cities is published in the Vitality Index™ (VI).  She is based in New York.  Her broad educational and cultural experience includes positions at New York University, The British Council, Georgetown University and the Smithsonian Institution. She was founder and artistic director of a theatre in Washington, DC.  Her academic qualifications include a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.

Professor Clive Mulholland
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands. He was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Student Experience at the University of South Wales, with strategic responsibility for research, and the enhancement of teaching and learning.  Before joining South Wales, he held positions at the University of Ulster, Queens University Belfast and Swansea University. He began his career in the scientific civil service before moving to the NHS and eventually to the university sector. Originally a biomedical scientist by training, over the last 15 years he has developed a particular expertise in how new technologies can be exploited to enhance the student experience, both in and out of the classroom. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy and is a Chartered Scientist.


Professor James F. Winchester
Prof Winchester M.D., F.R.C.P. (Glas), F.A.C.P. (President) is a member of and former Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Centre, New York. His long career began when he studied at the University of Glasgow, School of Medicine before going on to hold positions at Georgetown University Medical Centre, Washington DC, Downstate Medical Centre, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Columbia University, New York. He is currently Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.