International Advisory CouncilHome » Who We Are » The International Advisory Council provides advice to the Foundation Board of Directors on technical and policy issues. Much of its work is done electronically through email and virtual meetings. Semi-annual in-person meetings are normally in held in the Washington, DC area around the time of US National PNT Advisory Board meetings.
Dr. Refaat Rashad
Dr. Refaat Rashad is President of the Arab Institute of Navigation and Chairman of the International Transport Research Center in Alexandria, Egypt. He is also a member of the US Position Navigation and Timing Advisory Board, and is Vice President of the International Association of Institutes of Navigation. Dr. Rashad is an authority on maritime transportation, satellite and electronic navigation and has published numerous papers and books on the topic. He has led projects for the IMO and World Bank, is a member of the National Geographic Society, and is a licensed Master Mariner.
Professor David Last
Professor David Last is Professor Emeritus in the University of Bangor, Wales. He is a past President and Gold Medal holder of the Royal Institute of Navigation and of the International Loran Association and in 2015 received the Necho Award of the International Association of Institutes of Navigation. He is a Strategic Advisor to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland and a Consultant on radio-navigation and communications systems to governmental and international organisations and companies. He practices as a forensic Expert Witness on GPS-related cases for law enforcement, insurers and defence lawyers. Professor Last has published more than 450 technical and policy papers on navigation systems. He is an instrument-rated aircraft pilot and practising navigator.
Professor Jiwon Seo
Professor Jiwon Seo is with Yonsei University of the Republic of Korea (ROK). He is also a member of the eLoran Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) of the ROK. Working closely with the MOF, he regularly presents about the nation’s eLoran and other navigation initiatives at international forums. He announced the Korean eLoran program at the European Navigation Conference in 2013 to the great interest of all attendees. An invited speaker at the 2013 NATO Transportation Seminar, he was also a keynote speaker at the 2014 GNSS Vulnerabilities and Resilient PNT Conference and gave an update on the Korean eLoran program at the Resilient PNT Forum II in 2015. Professor Seo received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2010.
Andrew F. Bach is a consultant advising on the next generation of ultra-high-performance infrastructure and globally synchronized precision timing for the Financial Service Sector. His experience includes formally serving as a senior technical advisor at Pico Systems, Chief Architect for the Financial Services Industry vertical at Juniper Networks, and SVP, Global Head of Network Services, at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE Euronext). He is the chair of the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) advisory board at NYU Tandon school of engineering (Polytechnic University) in New York where he has also been an adjunct professor. In 2000, he won the prestigious Computerworld Smithsonian Award for his role in integrating IP multicasting technology in the financial services industry. Mr. Bach also holds multiple patents in communications technologies.
Since March 2003, Martin has led Spirent’s Positioning Technology division, which provides cutting-edge test solutions for satellite navigation systems, timing applications for networks and critical infrastructure and is the world leader in provision of solutions for GNSS vulnerability and robustness. Spirent’s customers span governmental agencies, major manufacturers, integrators, test facilities and space agencies worldwide.
Prior to starting at Spirent, Martin held a senior role at Invensys (now Schneider Electric) in the Industrial Automation group.
Martin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts and is also a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.
Ed Sayadian is President of Crown Consulting, Inc. and has more than 25 years in managing and supplying technical leadership in developing aviation systems and critical network solutions and in providing high-end engineering services. Mr. Sayadian, as President and General Manager at Harris (and formerly Exelis), directed a federal government portfolio that included such components of the FAA’s NextGen Program as ADS-B, DataComm, FTI, NAS Voice System, CSS-Wx, and SWIM; and NASA’s Space Communications, Near Earth Network, and Deep Space Networks programs. His international and commercial portfolio embraced programs in more than 30 countries and projects with 150 airports and major airlines. He holds an M.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a P.E. in communications engineering from George Washington University.
William Porter is a retired submarine captain and President of Global Shift LLC, a thriving small business he formed in 2008 serving US Defense and Homeland Security sectors with innovative, secure, and cost-effective technology and communications solutions. During his 28 year Navy career William served as Commanding Officer of USS Nebraska (SSBN-739), NAVSEA Program Manager for Strategic and Attack Submarines (PMS 392), and Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. He has broad top-level knowledge of the federal acquisition system and the DoD financial and program management environments.
Mr. James “Raleigh” Durham is a retired Marine Corps Colonel and Senior Executive (SES) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Durham served as Director of Joint Advanced Concepts (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L)). In that capacity he developed and led key initiatives that provided recommendations to the Deputy Under Secretary for Acquisition and Technology (A&T) and to the Under Secretary of AT&L on acquisition management decisions to best provide timely fielding of integrated combat capability to the Warfighter. His active duty military experience includes 28 years in the Marine Corps as an F-4 and F/A-18 pilot with over 4,500 flight hours.