Dr. Safi Kaskas is a management executive and a strategist with more than 40 years of broad-based experience in strategic planning, leadership, and business ethics, with an emphasis on strategic management in the corporate and academic worlds. He has led large corporations and trading companies, and has pioneered numerous successful start-up consulting engagements for clients in the areas of trade and industry in both the United States and Saudi Arabia. Kaskas is a co-founder of East West University in Chicago, Illinois, and was elected as president of its board of directors from 1979 to 2005. Under his board leadership, East West University acquired its accreditation from the North Central Association and developed a strong fundraising network that built a solid foundation for its continued growth. Kaskas continues to serve as a member of the University’s board of directors.