You Inspire Us

ABOUT US

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 in 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 food resilience, 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.

OUR WORK

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.

Our Leadership

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.

OFFICERS & BOARD

Iliad Alexander Terra
President, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Terra is the founding partner of CGR, actively setting vision and leading the organization along its US and international programs for the past fifteen years. Mr. Terra brings a deep bench of international experience and strategic relationships to CGR, which include key government, institution, and private sector stakeholders worldwide.

In addition to leading CGR, Mr. Terra is the CEO of alfa8, an innovative design and technology firm based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Terra has a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a member of AIA, ULI, Solutions Advisor to Connected DMV, US Army Veteran, and board member to a number of strategic organizations working in concert for a peaceful and resilient world. 

Mr. Terra is a PhD candidate in International Studies, in progress.

Dash Bahman
Vice President, Board Member

Ms. Dashna Bahman, Vice President of CGR, brings exceptional leadership and commitment to CGR’s Afghan Women’s Center project. Her dedication to work and advocate on behalf of Afghan Women has been an exemplary benchmark for CGR.

Dash is a competitive, innovative, and proactive sales executive and business leader, with a track record of success in inspiring optimal performance, developing and cultivating strong interpersonal relationships, and establishing focused corporate programs that exceed objectives. She has over 15 years in finance, business management, and investment.

Ms. Bahman has a Master’s Degree in organizational leadership as well as a two Bachelors’ Degrees in Finance and Business management, bringing a depth of experience to CGR as and officer and board member.

Myra Chung
Director of Operations, Board Member

Ms. Chung brings a robust set of expertise and talent to CGR’s operation. Ms. Chung’s educational background of duel Bachelors’ Degrees from the Pennsylvania State University, Economics and Integrative Arts. Additionally, she holds dual Masters’ Degrees from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, Nutrition and Integrative Health, and Herbal Product Design. She is also a candidate for Masters in Nonprofit Management.

This positions her well as CGR’s Key Analyst and Director in our food security and resilience programs. Her passion is healthy foods and creating strong and resilient systems that distributes fresh food equitably. Additionally, Ms. Chung’s expertise in research and advanced technologies enables her to manage and lead a highly skilled tactical team that are active on a number of strategic CGR projects in the US and internationally.

TEAM

Mizgon Zahir Darby
Director of Capital Development

Mizgon has over 15 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, communications, and program development. She has always loved the challenge of re-envisioning possibilities, and creating sustainability. In the past, she worked as the Founding Executive Director of The Primary School, Hayward,  founding team member of a start-up tech non-profit (LitLab), and a consultant specializing in grant writing, public relations, internal and external communication planning, digital marketing, and program scaling for non-profits, universities, and corporations throughout the state. 

Enver Atik
Security Analyst, Sea Defense

Enver ATİK is the founder and general manager of Sea Defense Consultancy. The firm was established on 08 April 2016. Sea Defense is a dynamic company that provides consultancy services to many institutions in the state, government, public sector, and private sector with a key focus in: international trade and the defense industry. He brings a deep bench of experience in international partnerships, international investments, urbanism, regional planning, infrastructure, construction, and more. Enver brings CGR years of experience as a key security analyst.

Gen. John Bradley
Humanitarian Partner, Lamia Foundation

General John Bradley was a lieutenant general in the US Air Force who served as Commander of the United States Air Force Reserve Command, Headquarters US Air Force, Washington, DC and commander, Headquarters Air Force Reserve, in Robins Air Force, Georgia. Together with his wife, Jan Bradley, Lamia Afghan Foundation 501(c)(3) was created to provide education and economic development opportunities to the Afghan people, provide humanitarian aid through donations while striving to win the “hearts and minds” of the people in Afghanistan

Ahmad Wali Shairzay
Director of Capacity Building, Afghanistan

Sher Husseini
Project Manager, Afghanistan

Frank Miller
Senior Strategic Advisor

Ed Corcoran
Network Relations Coordinator

Naeem Ayubzada
Director for AWC, Afghanistan

 

ADVISORS

Dr. Michael Krause
Secure Chain 

Michael D. Krause, Ph.D., is a retired US Army Colonel, educator, and entrepreneur. Taught at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Until September 1999, Dr. Krause served as Chief Logistics Planner for Amazon.com and was responsible for the logistics supply chain business process, training, and strategic logistics planning. Previously, as a military logistician, Dr. Krause served as chief logistical planner during the Gulf War. Dr. Krause is a senior advisor to alfa8 and is directly involved in CGR’s strategic planning and initiatives.

Dr. Linton Wells
Star Tides

Linton Wells II served a total of 51 years in government service. He served 26 years in the United States Navy as an officer, and then was appointed by the President of the United States as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, serving through two administrations of both parties. His expertise focused on the strategic impacts of technological change and on building resilience to natural and man-made disasters as issues of US national security. After retiring from public service, he continues to contribute to the international STAR-TIDES network that he had founded in 2007.

Prince Nadir Naeem
ARAP

Prince Nader Naim is a member of the former ruling Barakzai dynasty. He is the grandson of King Mohammed Zahir Shah. Following the 1973 coup d’état, where Mohammed Daoud Khan overthrew the monarchy. He has been deeply involved in bringing peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and functioned as the Deputy Chairman of the High Peace Council during the intense negotiations prior to the fall of Ghani regime. Naim is leading impactful humanitarian and capacity-building efforts and is in high level collaboration with Mr. Terra and CGR for Afghanistan’s future.

In Memoriam

Prince Ali Seraj
In loving memory to a dear friend and brother of Afghanistan.

CGR HISTORY

2001 - 2007

AFGHANISTAN

  • Oversight of Kabul to Kandahar road reconstruction 2001
  • Development of ethical standards to eliminate corruption
  • Monitoring of EU funds with ACAA for reconstruction projects
  • Development of master plan of historic Kabul and new urban nodes
  • Developed national institutional and infrastructure master plan
  • Knowledge transfer of International Codes to AFG
  • Collaboration with Afghan Society of Engineers
  • Worked with UN to develop programs and funding for Afghanistan
2001 - 2007

2008 - 2009

KENYA

  • Financial auditing and aid monitoring
  • Famine mitigation and intervention programs
  • Smart Agriculture Initiatives
  • Partnered with the World Bank
2008 - 2009

2010

GHANA

  • Gold refinery and processing
  • Cacao production and refinery
  • Urban planning and city design
2010

2016

UGANDA

  • Kampala Healthcare
  • Smart City programs
  • Uganda organic coffee, shea butter, and cacao production and exports program
  • Worked alongside President Museveni 
2016

2016

Northern Neck, VA

  • Smart Agriculture Initiatives
  • Conference Center Development
  • Oasis Project
2016

2016 - 2017

HAITI

  • Develop an Oasis Master Plan for self-sustaining cities
2016 - 2017

2016 - 2017

KHAZAKHSTAN

  • US Pavilion in Astana
  • Promotion and development of American Enterprise
2016 - 2017

2017

Tatarstan

  • Smart City Development
2017

2018

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

  • Waste to Energy Program
2018

2019 - Today

HAITI

  • Develop the Lumiere Hospital 2021
  • Develop the Eden Agricultural Enterprise 2021
  • Develop strategic Road Map for a new era of peace and prosperity
2019 - Today

2019 - Today

AFGHANISTAN

  • Development of strategic Road Map for Afghanistan
  • Advocacy for peace and sustainable economic infrastructure
2019 - Today

Photos from Afghanistan, Kenya, and Uganda