Advisory Board

Advisory Board

This board consists of insightful business leaders advising Global Chamber® Baltimore/Washington in our efforts to support international trade and businesses in the region.



Brenda Harrington

President and Founder, Adaptive Leadership Strategies  

Brenda works with organizations to improve business performance by focusing on the development of leadership and professional capabilities. As a Global Mobility and Transition Coach, she offers programs to support the success of international assignments and projects and globally dispersed teams. Brenda is a formally trained Executive Coach (Georgetown University) and certified Global Mindset Inventory facilitator (Thunderbird School of Global Management). Brenda’s professional career includes leadership positions at Mobil Oil and AT&T. She is the former Executive Vice President of a Washington, DC area property management firm. 



Larry Brill  

Principal at Export Trade Consultants and Deputy Director at Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington 

Larry works with small and medium sized companies to facilitate their export sales in new global markets. This includes marketing and trade development, analysis of trade barriers and how to overcome such barriers, finding qualified local partners, and developing international trade show programs. His specialties include international marketing and export promotion. Larry is the Deputy Director of the Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington Chapter. Previously he was Director of the Export Expansion Division, Office of Textile and Apparel at the International Trade Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He supported U.S. textile and apparel companies expanding in international markets including helping with marketing and logistical support for export related activities.



LeAnn Young 

Senior Manager, Global Marketing at Prometric and Global Advisor at Global Chamber 

LeAnn is a specialist in global business development, global marketing, and international trade. She founded and launched Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington and served as its Executive Director for more than two years. LeAnn helps companies grow their businesses more successfully in the global market, She connects them to resources and advisors, both locally and throughout the robust Global Chamber network of 525 metro areas worldwide, to better navigate global business challenges, She has more than 30 years of combined experience in global business development and international marketing, She has managed international partners on six continents, crafted global marketing strategies and programs for technology companies, facilitated international trade, and launched new products throughout the world. 


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Art Minsberg  

President at AdaptAsia  

Art Minsberg is the founder and president of Adaptasia, LLC, a consultancy on intercultural communications in East Asia. He utilizes his extensive business experience and deep cultural intelligence to train professionals for success in Asian trade. Adaptasia LLC provides advice and counsel to small and medium sized manufacturers and suppliers on global expansion strategies including export promotion, financing, finding agents and distributors, and other aspects of export trade that facilitate sales growth and profits.




Claudio Toyama

CEO, Leadership Consultant, Thought Leader and Consultant at Toyama & Co

Award-winning international speaker Claudio Toyama is the CEO of Toyama&Co., an International leadership consultancy specializing in building sustainable peak performance cultures. He has delivered projects in 113 countries, has travelled to over 40 of them and has lived in 5 different countries on four continents. Claudio's ability to create paradigm shifts in corporate culture results in more thoughtful leadership, a staff of brand ambassadors and customers who feel the difference and embrace it.




Demba Ndiaye

Director of Partnership Accounts at Strategy First  

Demba is Founder and Director, Strategy First LLC (, a Multi-line Insurance & Financial Services Consulting, in the provision of insurance & financial services, strategy and advisory services to individuals, community groups and companies in various sector. Headquartered in Washington DC and Virginia, Main accountabilities include: Consultative Marketing Services, Community Resilience and Adaptation strategies, Economic and financial literacy model design and integration, Donor strategy and funding development and Diaspora involvement through ownership advocacy and ethnic buy-in. Demba is also a Global Advisor for Global Chamber in Senegal.



Elshan Baloghlanov

Managing Director at WCC International  

As Managing Director at WCC International, Elshan runs a team of experts in import-export management helps businesses conduct cross-border trade and help them move goods, services, processing/packaging equipment and intermediate materials across international borders of the United States. Elshan holds a degree in International Commercial Law form the University of California Davis School of Law.





Jake Rothwell

Director at International SOS

Jake is the Director of Energy, Mining and Infrastructure at International SOS. He is in charge to help comanies and governments agencies in these sectors that operate in remote areas or developing countries and need access to international standards of primary healthcare and emergency medical services. Jake holds a degree from the University of the South.





Dr. Jorge Ribas

President & CEO at Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Jorge is the founder, president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Ribas is a dynamic executive who is known for his "can-do"  approach based upon results-oriented organizational and interpersonal skills. He has a proven longstanding track record in business and a passion for fast-paced entrepreneurial environments. The Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Washington, DC, leads efforts to unify and strengthen Hispanic and non-Hispanic businesses in the Mid-Atlantic region.




Mi Jeong Hibbitts

Director of Global Marketing at PTC International

Mi Jeong is a seasoned business executive with 15 years of experience in marketing/advertisement, media, finance and the US government. She is currently serving as a Director of Global Marketing at PTC International, a global business and marketing company and helping various American manufacturers in agricultural, food and chemical industry to reach the dynamic markets in Asia.






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