Dr. Rockford WEITZ is founding CEO at Rhumb Line LLC and an advisor to several startup companies. From 2009 to 2013, he served as founding CEO at CargoMetrics, leading the effort to build a world-class team and business. Prior to founding CargoMetrics, he was team leader of the Fletcher Abu Dhabi Project, a senior fellow at the Institute for Global Maritime Studies Inc., a fellow at the Fletcher School's Maritime Studies Program and a fellow at the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies. He also taught courses in Maritime Security and Contemporary Maritime Affairs at the Fletcher School. He has published op-eds in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Straits Times, among others, and has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Commerce, Tradewinds, Professional Mariner, National Public Radio, ABC News and Harper's Magazine, among others.
Before founding Rhumb Line LLC in 2005, he served as international counsel at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., leading the effort to open 12 international subsidiaries. He also worked at the U.S. Trade Representative, and founded and served as Executive Director of the Borgenicht Peace Initiative. Rockford earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School and a B.A. in International Relations: Political Economy from the College of William and Mary. He is a fellow in the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, a founding board director at the Institute for Global Maritime Studies Inc., an advisory board member of the Fletcher School's Program on Southwest Asia and Central Asia, a member of the Fletcher School's Development Committee and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. John Curtis PERRY is a Senior Advisor at Rhumb Line LLC. He also serves as Director of the Maritime Studies Program at the Fletcher School, where he has held the Henry Willard Denison Chair since 1981. For 14 years, he served as Director of Fletcher's North Pacific Program, which annually brought students and faculty together for summer seminars in various North Pacific nations. He now teaches Maritime History and Contemporary Issues in Maritime Affairs. He received a B.A. in Chinese Studies and a M.A. in Foreign Area Studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. He has published five books and numerous articles, served as a consultant to the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Export Trade Promotion Organization (JETRO), lectured at many universities at home and abroad, frequently appeared on television and radio, and contributed to newspapers and journals in the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Russia and elsewhere. He recently published Op-Ed articles on maritime topics in the New York Times, Straits Times (Singapore), and Christian Science Monitor, among other newspapers. He serves as a Director and President at the Institute for Global Maritime Studies. In 1991, he received a Japanese imperial decoration, the Order of the Sacred Treasure, for "extraordinary contributions to American-Japanese relations."
Dr. Andrew C. HESS is a Senior Advisor at Rhumb Line LLC. He also serves as the Director of the Fletcher School's Program on Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from Kent State University, a M.A. in European History from University of Pittsburgh, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He was a scholar at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study. He subsequently taught at American University in Cairo and Temple University. From 1978 to 1984, he held executive positions with the Arabian American Oil Company in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In 1984, he joined the faculty of the Fletcher School. He is the author of The Forgotten Frontier: A History of Sixteenth Century Ibero-African Relations and numerous scholarly articles dealing with the Middle East, including "The Arabs and Technology," The World and I, February 1990; "Review Essay: Riding Out the Storm?," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Summer/Fall 1994; "Peace and Political Reform in the Gulf: The Private Sector," Journal of International Affairs, Summer 1995; and "Eurasia and the Geopolitics of Gas," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Winter 2008.