Board of Directors
|Governor George Allen
President, George Allen Strategies
Allen served his home state of Virginia as Governor from 1994 to1999 and as U.S. Senator from 2001 to 2007. He currently serves as President of George Allen Strategies, Co-Chairman of the NAM’s National Competitiveness Initiative, Ambassador of the Association for Passive Optical LAN Technology, and is the Reagan Ranch Presidential Scholar for the Young America’s Foundation. As Governor, Allen successfully cut taxes by more than $600 million; repealed or amended 71% of all regulations; and grew the economy – making sure the world knew “Virginia is Open for Business” resulting in the creation of over 300,000 net new private sector jobs during his four year term. As Senator, Allen successfully initiated policies to make America a leader in innovation and technology. He was Chairman of the Senate High Tech Task Force and created the Competitiveness Caucus.
President, AIMS 360 / Focal Technology Solutions
Shahin Kohan is the President of AIMS 360, and is a member of Voices for Innovation. His company creates ERP software for the fashion industry, with over 7,000 users worldwide. The company’s state-of-the-art software solutions for apparel manufacturers and wholesalers dramatically improves the way companies in the garment industry manage their businesses. Kohan has spoken out on the need for better IP protection for American businesses in emerging markets; he knows selling his software in emerging markets with weak intellectual property protections would threaten his business. Kohan, among other small business leaders, does not have the resources to defend his company against piracy internationally. He has signed letters and met with members of Congress in an effort to tackle the problem of unfair competition from overseas manufacturers.
Prof. of Law, American University
Andrew Popper specializes in torts, product liability, and antitrust law. He has published papers about the negative effects of IT theft on the economy and has outlined ways in which the Federal Trade Commission can exercise its authority to sanction IT theft. Popper has also testified in Congress on regulations for imports of defective and unsafe products from foreign manufacturers. He advocates for raising public awareness on problems of overseas IT theft and issuing guidance to companies on how to address this issue.
Assistant Professor, Oregon Law
Eric Priest specializes in intellectual property law and policy, with an emphasis on copyright, technology, and intellectual property issues in China. He has published articles on copyright piracy in China, and his research analyzes emerging, innovative solutions to the piracy problem. Priest previously ran a Beijing-based technology start-up company, originally founded at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, focused on digital media licensing in China.
Partner, Keystone Strategy
Jeff has more than 15 years of experience advising and advocating for leading technology firms on competition and intellectual property issues. At Keystone, Jeff’s practice focuses on legal and regulatory disputes, business strategies and public advocacy, often incorporating expert technologists and economists.Prior to joining Keystone, Jeff began his career as an Intellectual Property Attorney at Irell & Manella and later King, Purtich, Holmes & Berliner in Los Angeles. He later founded and was General Counsel of AirWave Wireless, an enterprise wireless software management company.