A Message from the President: 

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads website. Our aim is to provide you with the information you seek each time you visit. Whether you want to become more aware of international issues; become a member; sponsor a student, high school, or program; register for events; browse our photo gallery; become an intern; or learn more about the World Affairs Council, we are pleased you are here. Explore at your leisure and come back often. It is your world, know it!

Our central theme is education–we aim to promote a broader understanding of issues of global importance. We bring world and corporate leaders and subject matter experts to the region to facilitate a public awareness of key international issues as well as to raise the profile of Hampton Roads among national and international policy makers.
We appreciate your support through membership, donations, and sponsorship. Your contributions help shape future generations of leaders from Hampton Roads and help make the area more attractive to young professionals seeking a vibrant international community to live in.

Thank you for contributing to the growth and development of the Council and our outreach to high schools, colleges, businesses, and the community.

Warm regards,
RADM Larry Baucom, USN (Ret.)
​World Affairs Council of
Greater Hampton Roads

Our board is comprised of citizens who have made and continue to make significant contributions to the Hampton Roads community and to our nation. Among our diverse board members are former United States ambassadors, senior U.S. military officers (ret.), distinguished educators from area universities and high schools, successful business leaders in Technology, Economics, Law, Finance, Global Commerce, Communications, Philanthropy and veterans of the Defense and State departments.

They volunteer their time, support our programs and share their experiences and insights into national and international events and movements and their impacts on Greater Hampton Roads.

To contact any of our Board Members, please email worldaffairs@hrwac.org

Board of Directors:

Dean A. Ablowich, USN (Ret.)

Olusoji Akomolafe, Ph.D.

Michael Allen, Ph.D.

Priscilla Rabb Ayres

RDML Larry Baucom, USN (Ret)

Susan Bore

William Brown

Stephen Carmel

Catherine Colgan

Francisco Coronel, Ph.D.

Ambassador Ryan Crocker

Esther Diskin

Leslie Fort

Matthew Hall, Ph.D.

BGEN Joergen Hansen-Nord, DNK A (Ret)

Virginia James

Darlyn Janson

Robert Kaneiss

Regina Karp, Ph.D.

Mary Manjikian, Ph.D.

Nina Malone

Phyllis Mihalis, PhD

Cindy Miller, Ph.D.

Katerina Oskarsson, Ph.D.

Admiral Joseph Prueher, USN (Ret)

Patricia Raxter, PhD

Francis Reidy

Steven Rosenthal, PhD

Kelly Walker

Scott Wheeler

Maria Zammit

Advisory Committee:

Ambassador Bismarck Myrick

Hon. G. William Whitehurst

Barbara Hamm Lee

Ronald Ritter


RADM Larry Baucom, USN (Ret.)

Vice President
Priscilla Rabb Ayres

Katerina Oskarsson, Ph.D.

Kelly Walker

President Emeritus
Ralph Nahra

Immediate Past President and Chief Operating Officer
Cindy Miller, Ph.D.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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