The Global Center for Economic Enabling Environments (GCEEE) is Delighted to Announce GCEEE’s Board Formation

Michael A. Krafft, Founder and Chairman of The Global Center for Economic Enabling Environments (GCEEE) is delighted to announce GCEEE’s Board Formation with Mr. Ed Ifshin, Dr. Thea Singer, and Dr. Bruce Abramson.

San Francisco, CA, January 03, 2009 --( Michael A. Krafft, Founder and Chairman of The Global Center for Economic Enabling Environments (GCEEE) is delighted to announce GCEEE’s Board Formation with Mr. Ed Ifshin, Dr. Thea Singer, and Dr. Bruce Abramson.

“I am most honored to have such industry luminaries on the Board of Directors of The Global Center for Economic Enabling Environments (GCEEE) who share not only a common worldview, but the vision and expertise to execute macro-economic growth and improved social equity across the developing world. I believe there is no better venue to introduce our board members, than at the annual summit meetings of the American Economic Association (AEA) this weekend in San Francisco” said Mr. Krafft.

GCEEE promotes economic development that is grounded in the belief that private sector expansion is the only force for sustainable economic growth. While this model is avoided by most donors it has been tested and proven over the more than 80 years of combined experience they have advising firms, industries and governments in developing countries.

Mr. Edward Ifshin with Pacific Vision Partners has had extensive experience in international business development and strategic investment ventures with established and emerging companies and technologies in the US, Japan and SE Asia (

He has advised on interactive media & information technology projects in the private and public sectors in the US and Japan for such clients as: NTT Advanced Technologies, Atom Films, Nokia Ventures, Hitachi, ITOCHU Corporation, METI, Nikkei Multimedia, NTT DoCoMo, Dentsu Interactive, Shidax Venture Fund, Global Business Network, NEC, KDDI, Softbank BB and SONY Computer Entertainment.

Edward was an advisor for an international project supported by the Ford & Rockefeller Foundations focusing on creativity, emerging technologies and new business models and was on the planning committee and participant in the 2006 Global Leadership Forum on Economic and Cultural Development held in San Jose, California, and which focused on digital media as an engine of regional development and urban revitalization.

Edward earned a graduate degree from the University of Chicago in Political Science. As a former U.S. diplomat has had assignments in Japan, SE Asia and Western Europe. He is proficient in Japanese, Malay, Thai and Dutch.

Dr. Thea Singer, founder and President of Critical Change LLC, is a leading strategic advisor, coach, and consultant to senior executives and leaders at Fortune 500’s and smaller corporations ( Thea’s expertise includes creating, clarifying, and reinventing business directions and helping to align staff with those strategies, to increase organizational results. Her work centers on strengthening business and customer orientation, enhancing leadership capabilities, and building highly effective and agile organizational designs, structures, systems and processes that meet the needs of each client. She has had particular success in improving collaboration between key individuals and teams that need to work together; increasing the quality and effectiveness of decision-making; and identifying and adjusting organization-wide and group cultures to better support business goals.

Thea earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Systems from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center (San Francisco), and her undergraduate degree at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), where she graduated with honors.

Dr. Bruce Abramson is the President of Informationism, Inc., a San Francisco-based consultancy serving an international clientele ( He has twenty-five years experience as a technologist, an economic analyst, and an attorney, exploring the various aspects of the global transition from industrial age to information age. His current consulting practice provides expert testimony in matters related to remedies, valuation, and technology industry analysis.

Dr. Abramson has served on the faculty of the University of Southern California, as a research adjunct to the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University, and as a law clerk for the Hon. Arthur J. Gajarsa of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, major research universities, some of the nation's largest law firms, legal sole practitioners, U.S. and foreign governments, the World Bank, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He has won multiple research grants and contracts; advised governmental and intergovernmental agencies, startup companies, educational foundations, and non-profit organizations; published over fifty scholarly articles; presented more than fifty invited lectures; and served on the editorial boards of several journals.

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