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Global Center for Economic Enabling Environments (GCEEE) is Proud to Announce Craig L. Orbell Joins Board of Directors and Leads GCEEE as the Chief Finance Officer

Global Center for Economic Enabling Environments (GCEEE)’s Chairman and CEO Michael A. Krafft is proud to announce today Craig L. Orbell joins Board of Directors and leads GCEEE as the Chief Finance Officer.

San Francisco, CA, August 21, 2009 --( “Craig L. Orbell joins Board of Directors and leads GCEEE as the Chief Financial Officer is truly a cause for celebration. I have known Craig since our work together at Metromedia in Vienna, Austria since 1998 working across the former Soviet Union. Craig not only brings world-class financial and accounting expertise in a variety of sectors, his commitment to all stakeholders is unrelenting and I can unequivocally state Craig's enviable resolve and enthusiasm for developing sustainable engines of economic growth in emerging markets is unparalleled” stated Mr. Krafft.

Craig L. Orbell commenced his career within PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in senior auditing and valuation consulting. He earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, cum laude, thereafter, earning two graduate degrees with honors-an MBA in Finance and an MS in Accounting- at the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania.

After attaining his CPA he was responsible for audit field work for the PWC clients: E.I. Dupont, Campbell Soup, Crown, Cork & Seal Company, General Battery, Mack Truck, and the Vanguard Mutual Funds.

Mr. Orbell worked for four years in Moscow, Russia for TBS/CNN as a Finance Director of the Start-Up Free Speech Television Station Channel 6.Craig continued as a Financial Controller for Metromedia International Group for four years in Vienna, Australia.

Desiring to bring his family back to the USA, Mr. Orbell joined Adelphia Communications in 2001 as Florida Regional Director of Accounting and Budgeting.

Thereafter, in 2003 joined TetraTech Communication Services as Assistant Controller to fully implement SOX and improve the cost build ups for construction of telecommunications towers.

Recruited by the Kaiser Permanente Information Technology Division, Mr. Orbell began as a Senior Financial Consultant assigned to improving the KP-IT Policy on Software Capitalization. Mr. Orbell advanced two organizational levels; first, he was promoted to be Manager of Finance of the largest Business Area Partnership (BAP) of Kaiser, and then he advanced to be the Program Controller over all of the KP-IT SOX Remediation tracks.

Mr. Orbell is also President of Orbell Capital and Consulting (OCC). While leading workshops and speaking engagements for Financial and Non-Financial Executives in corporate settings, OCC’ s practice has specialized in the following areas: (1) Finance/ Accounting Department start up or reorganization, (2) SOX implementation and remediation, (3) Internal Audit Department Setup, (4) Revenue Recognition accounting, (5) Valuation and accounting for acquisitions, (6) Foreign Currency Exposure Management, Re-measurement or Translation of Foreign Currency Financial statements, (7) US GAAP and IFRS/ IAS Accounting, (8) Market Value Accounting, (9) Accounting for Hedging and Futures Market Transaction, and (10) Not-For-Profit Accounting and Reporting.

Additionally, Mr. Orbell is multilingual in English, French, and Spanish.

Global Center for Economic Enabling Environments (GCEEE)’s mission is to provide a platform and create insight so policy makers and small and middle enterprises ("SMEs") can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and impact in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) by creating an enabling environment where investments can flourish. This mission is built upon a world view that embraces transparency, rule of law, principals of positive social change, human development, organizational & social systems, corporate financial theory, and investment & international finance best method practices.

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.

GCEEE is funded through earned revenues from advisory services, sales of assessment and application tools, publications, and foundation grants.

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