Our Advisory Board

The Advisory Board plays a critical role in overseeing AST's activities, helping to set its strategic goals, and assisting it to attract enthusiastic and dedicated individuals willing to take an active part in its projects.

At the center of the AST hub sits our Advisory Board, chaired by noted Canadian business leader, educator, and philantropist Dean Duperron.

He is joined by noted Kurdish author and academic Ribwar Siwayli, former founder and head of the Philosophy Department of the University Salahadin, Erbil, Kurdistan, who recently took up a teaching position in Odense, Denmark, as well as by Alesa Lightbourne, PhD, current Director of International Relations at the S.P. Jain School of Global Management.

Philippe Packter, LLM, MBA, currently acting as legal consultant with a major litigation law firm in Kurdistan, Iraq, is our Advisory Board member currently residing in the Middle East.

Dean, Ribwar, Alesa and Philippe advise the AST Management team and assist it in developing its contacts network in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East.