Officers of the Eurasian Business Coalition

Gerard Janco

Dr. Gerard Janco, President of the Eurasia Center

Dr. Gerard J. Janco is the Founder and President of the Eurasia Center.  Dr. Janco has been a leading force in creating new analytical approaches to understanding recent developments occurring within 21st Century Eurasia. His approach is to access, then understand, the dynamic interrelationships between European and Asian nations after collapse of the Soviet Union. Dr. Janco's models include the economic and military ties compelling European integration, disintegration of the socialist state, and the reemergence of Eastern Europe and Central Asia nations.   Such change is coupled with rapid globalization including trade with Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Africa which is essential for understanding the new Eurasia.

A central feature of Dr. Janco's approach is identifying how the United States can develop lasting relations with these new nations. The new Eurasia encompasses the geo-eco-political landscape of Europe and Asia - regions rich in terms of their history, cultures, peoples,  languages, and natural resources.  Such dynamic interactions have lasted over many centuries. After the collapse of the Soviet empire, there is a greater and freer movement of peoples, ideas, and goods.  Such move is facilitated by the Internet.  Dr. Janco's extensive research documents that Eurasian and American policy makers, politicians, business leaders, and educators must understand each other while providing a realistic economic development framework within which to fully nurture these new developments.  

Dr. Janco, as an expert in Eurasian affairs, founded The Eurasia Center in 1988 as The Center for Soviet-American Relations. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the name was changed to The Center for American-Eurasian Studies and Relations.  This was a watershed event making it the first organization in America to adopt the term "Eurasia".  With broad acceptance of the term for this rapidly evolving region of the world the name was shortened to simply "The Eurasia Center".  He created the well regarded  Eurasia Report in 1990 as Publisher and Editor.  The Eurasia Report has been newly renamed as "The Eurasia Journal", and it continues as  a leading journal on Eurasian affairs.

Dr. Janco founded the Eurasian Business Coalition (EBC) in 1996.  The EBC is an alliance of businesses from America and Eurasia to promote investments and two-way trade. He has been instrumental in organizing a number of Eurasian "Roundtables".  These events led to The Eurasia Center becoming a prime sponsor of the annual World Russian Forum in Washington, D.C. since 2001.

Dr. Janco is a credentialed expert in international security and political affairs having earned a double Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He received his Masters Degree in National Security Studies at the George Washington University's School of Public and International Affairs in Washington, D.C. USA.  He has worked for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in the United States Congress, at the United States Institute of Peace, and for the Atlantic Council of the United States. He has lectured extensively at universities in America and also at some of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe including the Charles University in Prague, Jageillonian University in Cracow, Comenius University in Bratislava, and related universities in Russia. He has been instrumental in setting up American liaison offices in Prague and Moscow.  Dr. Janco has been further energized to bring even greater numbers of programs and initiatives for greater progress to Eurasian and America.


Earl Rasmussen

Earl Rasmussen, Executive Vice President of the Eurasia Center

Earl Rasmussen has over 25 years experience in research and development, technology integration, and business management.  He has lived and traveled extensively to over 30 countries with strong international relationships.  Throughout his career he has bridged the gap between technology innovation and business implementation to successfully transform organizations.  He has interfaced directly with senior management across various organizations in investment analysis, strategy development, and investment/program oversight.  His principle focus with the Eurasia Center is to further efforts in developing strategic relationships with international businesses and to promote economic growth in Central and Eastern Europe regions.

Mr. Rasmussen spent 20 years with the military in the information technology area where he focused in technology transition.  He was involved with the testing and fielding of more than 20 systems and identified future technology requirements to meet operational needs. He was a principle technical advisor with the Army's Software Centers where he managed software engineering modernization initiatives.  Additionally, he led a Joint Service working group affecting training and career development for over 120,000 acquisition and technology professionals across the Department of Defense.

As a senior consultant, Mr. Rasmussen developed a practice area providing business planning and analysis across multiple government agencies and departments.  As director of Business Transformation he was responsible for Business Reengineering, Business Analysis, Project Management, and Training capabilities providing critical services to multiple clients across government.  Mr. Rasmussen's most recent efforts have been focused on the international area.  He has traveled extensively world-wide developing strong personal and business relationships. He has assisted companies in technical innovation, identifying new markets, and developing future strategies to include market access and developing strategic business partnerships. 

Mr. Rasmussen holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the U.S. Military Academy and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.  He is active in several professional, non-profit, and international trade organizations. He is a Certified Acquisition Professional with DoD certifications in Program Management and Information Technology; and is a licensed Professional Engineer.


Directors of the Eurasian Business Coalition

Charles Sills

Charles F. Sills, Senior Advisor, Director of the Environmental Program

Charles Sills has extensive experience planning & directing international industrial and infrastructure initiatives, having served as a member of the Danube Task Force, the governing council that ran the Danube Basin Environmental Restoration Program led by the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development and the UN Development Program, involving 13 countries from Austria to Moldova. He also served on the Japan-U.S. Joint Fund for Social & Economic Development in Central/Eastern Europe, the Helsinki Commission, the Kaliningrad Defense Conversion Initiative, and the NGO Delegation on NAFTA. And he was responsible for securing major funding support for the Smithsonian Institute's biodiversity preservation/cancer cure research program in Brazil's Amazon region; for the Sassari, Sardinia symposium on ozone depletion organized by the International Council of Scientific Unions; and for the White House Presidential Awards program sponsored by the President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD). Charles Sills will serve as the Director of the Eurasia Center's Environmental Program.

Currently he is Executive Vice-President, Government Affairs/Federal Contracting for Trillacorpe Construction, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that was ranked No. 23 in INC Magazine's 2011 List of the 500 Fastest-Growing Businesses in the U.S. , and rated No. 3 in the Government Services sector. In that capacity, he manages business development efforts and strategic partnerships with firms in the construction, architect & engineering, environmental, energy and security sectors. Concurrently he runs a Trillacorpe affiliate, FED/Contracting LLC, that assists Small Businesses gain access to Government & Military acquisition programs; helps Prime Contractors qualify teammates for project opportunities with mandated Diversity Supplier content; and develops Federal Agency approved 'Mentor-Protege'' partnerships that match national-scope contractors with Minority vendors. Mr. Sills is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council; the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce Government Contracting Committee; the White House Inter-Agency Task Force on Veterans Business Development; the Board of Directors of the Federal Allies Institute; and the Governing Board of Vet-Force. He serves as a senior advisor for the Eurasian Business Coalition and is a partner for the EBC International, LLC.

As a former U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer, Mr. Sills served in a succession of National Security positions in the Pentagon, the Defense Intelligence Agency (Deputy Director, World Estimates Division), the U.S. Middle East Force Command (based in Bahrain with responsibility for the Persian Gulf/Red Sea/Indian Ocean area), and the Supreme Allied Command, NATO/Atlantic. Following his Naval service, he joined Martin Marietta Aerospace (now Lockheed Martin)'s International Division, where he wrote Martin's first Strategic Business Plan for Southern Europe, the Middle East & North Africa for its defense systems, civil air and renewable energy technologies; managed the export licensing programs for those products; and testified before Congressional committees on the need for pro-active U.S. Government support of advanced technology programs in the energy and aerospace fields. His education includes an M.A. in Defense & Foreign Policy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts and Harvard Universities); and an A.B., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Charles Sills will serve as an advisor on the Eurasia Center's International Security Program.


Erwin Epstein

Dr. Erwin H. Epstein, Vice President, Director, International Education Program

Dr. Erwin H. Epstein is the Director of the Center for Comparative Education and Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago.  He has been a Fulbright Professor in Mexico and has lectured on Comparative Education at universities also in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Nicaragua, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. His research focuses on sense of nationality among schoolchildren in socio-economically marginalized communities, school choice, education and democratization, and comparative theory.

He is a former president both of the Comparative and International Education Society and of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, and for 10 years was Editor of the Comparative Education Review.  His contributions to and interactions with the Eurasia Center ensure the continuing enrichment and enhancement of the academic community's business education programs.


Richard Trifan

Richard D. Trifan, Vice President, Government Relations and Business Marketing

Richard's primary mission is to promote American and European/Asian businesses interrelationships and have them be supported at the government level as well as within the global business community.  Richard's business focus is in strategically growing a market presence at the global level, leveraging his experience in international trade, import-export regulations, and optimization of supply-side and demand-side logistics channels to create “win-win” business partnerships.  He is always current on emerging technologies and applications such as SAP, offered to optimize revenue realization and EBIT by strategic business unit. Richard Trifan holds an MBA in marketing from the Stanley Silberman Business School at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a BBA in management and finance from the same institution.  He has held several international roles as Director of Global Supply Chain for Conair Corporation and as a Practice Director of Supply Chain at BDO Seidman LLP, one of the “big five” tax and audit firms in the United States, based in New York.

Richard has also consulted with Amtrak, Diam International (a France-based retail cosmetics display firm), Tallan, a leading-edge Web design firm, and has worked for Colgate-Palmolive, Nabisco-Kraft, and the multi-national firm Reckitt-Benckiser in migration of SAP enterprise application systems, managing teams of several dozen employees and contract personnel.  Richard's senior consulting roles have been within the IT sector as well as in the international operations arena, always optimizing business process and profitability within its supporting technology. He is a member of CLM (Council of Logistics Management), APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society), a Greenbelt in the Six Sigma and 5S disciplines, and is ITIL-certified to lead global IT initiatives.




Dr. Vladimir Petrovsky, Director of Russian Studies

Dr. Vladimir Petrovsky is the new Director of Russian Studies and the Eurasia Center's Representative in Russia. He has been a premier expert on Russian politics and Far Eastern Studies for over 15 years. Dr. Petrovsky has also been a journalist and political commentator on Russian affairs as well. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Russian Political Science Association in Moscow and Member, Russian Academy of Military Sciences. He is a Professor of Political Science at Moscow State University (MGU) and was a professor at the Moscow University of International Relations (MGIMO). He conducted research at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences. In addition, Dr. Petrovsky worked for the United Nations Development Program in Russia, the EU Delegation in Russia, the Russian Public Policy Center Foundation, and USAID/Moscow.

As a journalist, he has worked for the BBC Russian Service, the Moscow Tribune , and Literaturnaya Gazeta . Dr. Petrovsky received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Institute of Far Eastern Studies from the Russian Academy of Sciences and another Ph.D. in International Relations from the Institute of the USA and Canadian Studies (ISKAN) Russian Academy of Sciences. He has been an advisory member to the Russian Federation Council and the State Duma. He has also been member of International Institute for Strategic Studies and President of the Russian National Peace Council.



Mark Goff

Mark Goff, Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications

As Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Mark Goff can provide the right services for organizations seeking to expand their operations domestically and internationally, as well as assisting governments improve their public image abroad. Mark is a marketing and corporation communication consultant based in the Midwest, specializing in government relations and issues management. He has more than 25 years' experience working with large corporations on complex public issues, including S.C. Johnson & Son, South African Breweries, Cellnet Technology, Applied Computer Solutions and Kuusakoski Oy of Helsinki, Finland. He was part of the team that assisted Delta Airlines in its successful resistance to a hostile takeover bid in 2007.

Mark previously was chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Jim Moody, a member of the House Public Works and Ways and Means Committees. He has been active in a number of international trade organizations, including the Chicago World Trade Center and the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago. He is also a member of Rotary International, working with the International Youth Exchange Program. Mark holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin.



Ralph Winnie

Ralph Winnie Jr., Director of the Eurasian Business Coalition's China Program

Ralph E. Winnie, Jr. has been selected as the new director of the Eurasian Business Coalition's China Program. Ralph has been responsible for advising domestic and foreign clients regarding international tax minimization strategies and joint venture partnerships in China. He has been a VIP guest of the Guangxi Investment Promotion Agency at the annual China-ASEAN Exposition in Nanning, negotiating and establishing relationships with potential Chinese business partners for firm clients. Ralph also works with various coalition and industry groups in Washington, D.C. and has published a definitive article on Taxation of International Athletes which recently appeared in Tax Notes International.

Ralph E. Winnie, Jr. has extensive experience and expertise dealing with members of Congress, U.S. agencies and foreign governments. His foreign governmental contacts are on the highest level, having reviewed an agreement between an Asian Government and the Government of the United States for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital. Ralph similarly assisted this same foreign governmental entity by developing relationships with members of Congress in an effort to located medical equipment for the Army Hospital in that country. Ralph E. Winnie, Jr. received an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002 and graduated magna cum laude from Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 1999. He is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

Chimgae Turmrbaatar

Chimgae Turmurbaatar, Mongolia Country Director

Ms. Chimgae Tumurbaatar is U.S educated and earned her Master's of Science Degree in Professional Accounting in 2007. Prior to coming to the U.S. Ms. Chimgae Tumurbaatar has worked close with Mongolian Government and Domestic as well as International NGO's where she developed extensive experience dealing with Members of Parliament.

Her Mongolian governmental contacts are on the highest level including Ministers, Former and Current Parliament Members as well as Local Leaders. She serves as a Treasurer to MSNCA, Inc and Senior Financial Adviser to Mongolia Society, Inc.


Andrew Tsintsiruk

Andrew Tsintsiruk, Director for Ukraine

Andrew Tsintsiruk is the new Director for Ukraine for The Eurasia Center/Eurasian Business Coalition. Currently he is working on the Eurasia Center's new program for Ukraine and with EBC an analysis on trade and business development for Ukraine. He is a Managing Partner at Global Trade Strategies LLC, an international trade consulting firm based in Washington DC, where he leads a team that provides strategic advisory services to investors and corporations seeking entry into the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and post-Soviet States.

Tsintsiruk is international business development professional with experience spanning several industries, including informational technology, financial services, energy, IT outsourcing, and international trade. While working as consultant in the private and public sectors, Tsintsiruk advised both large Fortune 500 companies and small entrepreneurial companies on project development, strategic planning, feasibility analysis, new market entry, political risk, due diligence, and strategic issues for projects in the U.S. and emerging markets.

Andrew also advises Ukrainian, Russian and East European businesses seeking access to capital, partners, and markets in North America and Europe. Previously, Tsintsiruk served as Assistant Director of Government Relations at U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, where he was responsible for developing USUBC programs and policy relating to U.S. trade and investment in Ukraine. While at USUBC, he also published the weekly "Ukraine Business News" newsletter and served as an editor for the Aerospace & Defense Industry News Digest.

In 2005, Tsintsiruk was awarded a Dorot Research Fellowship to conduct archival research and English-Russian-Ukrainian translations of KGB protocols, which had been released from Moscow to Library of Congress. Tsintsiruk currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Arlington Sister City Association, as well as the Board of Directors of U.S.-Ukraine Business Council and the Washington Group. He graduated with MA in Political Philosophy and studied in the MA program of International Trade Policy at Boston College. Tsintsiruk is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian.

Alexander Dubrovin

Alexander Dubrovin, Director of Business Translation Services

Alexander Dubrovin is Director of the Eurasia Center/EBC's business translation services through the Eurasian Business Coalition's translation service. Originally from Russia, Alexander Dubrovin currently resides in Washington, DC. He studied two years German and English at Kurgan University and continued his study of German literature and English at Leipzig University for another four years. After teaching for a decade translation courses, he established the translation company Baikal-Contact in Republic of Buryatia. Among the customers of the translation company were the Administration of the President and Government of Republic of Buryatia, local enterprises, as well as foreign businessmen visiting the Republic.

Prior to coming to the United States, Mr. Dubrovin has worked in the Department for Foreign Relations at Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in MetelloInvest company (economic and legal translations), OOO Schaller Moscow (technical translations), as well as being a freelance translator and interpreter. He attended a training of journalism and election campaign techniques at Krieble Institute of Free Congress Foundation in Washington D.C. in 1992 and worked since then as a reporter for Krieble Monitor.

Being fluent in both English and German, he has collected over 20 years of experience in technical translation and interpretation in such fields as aviation, controllers, programming, construction and interior design, medical equipment, cyber security, controllers, robotics, biotechnology, high-tech, solar energy, etc. He interpreted as an interpreter during international conferences, workshops, trainings, video conference discussions, installation works, and commissioning tests.

Alex Plugari

Alex Plugari, Director for U.S., West Coast

Associate Director for US, West Coast - The Eurasia Center/Eurasian Business Coalition, Alex Plugari, originally from Moldova, has performed economic analyses on various regions of the world using multiple appraisal tools, organizational charts and feasibility studies including PESTLE, Models etc. He has assisted the EC/EBC in helping organize activities including the Doing Business with Russia Conference and the Annual BRICS Conference. Alex writes political analyses on international political issues for short and long term perspectives (CIS and Eastern Partnership, Russian prospective development etc.) He also performs official translations from and to English/Russian languages. Based in San Francisco, he is working with a number of companies interested in Eurasia.

Profiles and pictures of additional staff members will be added in the coming weeks.

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