Building on a legacy of broad international experience and source design thinking philosophy, Mr. Terra and other founding members established the Council on Global Relations in 2001 on the core belief that empowered individuals are the foundations and cornerstones of strong communities and nations. Everyone deserves a chance to succeed, and everyone has a responsibility to act, as we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, these values have energized the work of CGR in overcoming complex challenges d improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.
As an operating foundation, CGR works on issues directly or with our strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create educational and economic opportunities, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our projects are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.
We firmly believe that when individuals are empowered, of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.
To fulfill our mission, Council on Global Relations works with strategic partners to develop and implement programs that create road maps and blueprints for action, improve educational opportunities with technology, and as one of our core initiatives, develop strong food resiliency programs.
Within these three programmatic areas, our work ranges from helping organizations and community leaders in Haiti better organize their resources and mobilize to create sustainable infrastructure in partnership with Haitian and International resources, increase their agricultural yields and incomes, and to mobilizing relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters; from confronting crises such as food insecurity and food deserts in inner cities such as Baltimore, Maryland with the advanced technology-driven resources; to providing much needed support and relief to the US military veteran community, such as telemedicine and tele-education resources to improve access to healthcare and provide vocational tools for economic empowerment.
In addition, the Council is committed to cultivating a diverse, new generation of leaders. This includes programs in Afghanistan that help develop well defined Road Maps and strategic plans derived from source context and utilizing deep design thinking approach to create resonant narratives. We work with scholars and students, as well as public and private sector partners to create a truly holistic body of research as meaningful educational tools for a better future.
The Council on Global Relation’s Board of Directors set the vision for the CGR’s initiatives. Our Board shapes CGR’s direction through its mission, strategy, budget, and key policies; ensures that the leadership, resources, and finances in place match the CGR’s vision; the CGR Board meets formally twice each year as well as between the regular meetings as needed to conduct the CGR’s business.
Working together with the Board of Directors, the Council on Global Relation leadership team is responsible for all aspects of the CGR’s work around the world. Our leadership team consists of our President, our Vice Presidents, the leaders of our programmatic work (generally called executive director of individual CGR), and the leaders of our essential support functions.
Iliad Alexander Terra, President, Board Chair
Dash Bahman, Vice President
Myra Chung, Director of Operations
Dr. Michael Krause, Senior Advisor, Board Member, Veteran’s Affairs
Dr. Lin Wells, Senior Advisor, Board Member, Food Security
Dr. Waheed Momand, Senior Advisor, Board Member, Afghan Mission
Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, Senior Advisor
Crown Prince Ali Seraj, Board Member, in memoriam
Prince Sardar Mohammad Nadir Naeem, Senior Advisor