Who we are

Executive Director

David L. Goldwyn has nearly 15 years of international business, legal, diplomatic, and foreign affairs experience operating at and with the highest levels of the White House, State Department, National Security Council, National Economic Council, Commerce, Defense, Export Credit,and Trade and Development agencies. He has international law experience in mergers, joint ventures, acquisitions, financings, and dispute resolution. He has served the US government in the Office of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the State Department under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Clinton, acting as Chief of Staff from 1993-1997. He has also served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs, Counselor to the Secretary of Energy, and national security deputy to Ambassador Bill Richardson, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations under President Bill Clinton. In both Energy and State, he acquired senior commercial diplomatic experience.

Association Chairman

Diana Sedney is a Manager, International Government Affairs, for Chevron, with responsibility for Eurasian issues. She also serves as Team Lead for the International Group within the Government Affairs organization. Ms. Sedney joined Chevron in 1998, initially as a consultant for Caspian energy issues, and assumed her present position in 2001. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Foreign Trade Council, the American Turkish Council, the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and the US-Libya Business Association. Ms. Sedney has a background in international business development and academic and research chemistry. Ms. Sedney was the first Commercial Associate at the U.S. Embassy in Baku in 1995, with responsibility for supporting U.S. business opportunities in Azerbaijan. She also served at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the American Institute on Taiwan with the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service. Ms. Sedney taught graduate and undergraduate chemistry at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Williams College and Louisiana State University. She has conducted research in mixed valence chemistry at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the Universität Bern in Switzerland. Ms. Sedney holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and earned a doctoral degree in inorganic chemistry at Northeastern University.

Operational Staff

Sheila M. Moynihan is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies earning a Masters in International Relations. Prior to joining the GIS team, Sheila worked at the United States Energy Association and interned at the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia. Sheila graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University and has studied at the London School of Economics

Jamie O’Mealia recently graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a Concentration in Culture and Politics. Before joining the US-Turkmenistan Business Association, Jamie interned in the geopolitical analysis division of Stratfor, a private intelligence company. Jamie is proficient in French and Spanish and is currently improving his conversational Arabic at the Middle East Institute.

Tanya Gulnik is also a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies working towards a Masters in International Policy with a focus on Energy and the Environment. Before working with GIS, she spent a year studying in Italy and interned at the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs. She is fluent in Russian, proficient in French and conversational in Italian. She graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University