Speakers

Tom Bainbridge

Tom Bainbridge currently serves as the Export Assistance Program Manager for the Ohio Development Services Agency. In his role, Bainbridge works closely with the Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Export Assistant Advisors and Ohio foreign offices to help Ohio small businesses export their goods and services.

Bainbridge comes to the Agency with more than 20 years experience in international business ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Bainbridge has worked for companies such as America Online (AOL), Compuserve and Compaq Computers where his job responsibilities included negotiating contracts, managing strategic partnerships and developing international relationships in Latin America.

Bainbridge graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Marcia Brandstadt

Marcia Brandstadt is Director of the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) in Cincinnati, Ohio, overseeing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s trade promotion activities in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. The U.S. Commercial Service is the federal government’s front line trade agency, promoting both U.S. exports and foreign investment into the U.S., and protecting U.S. commercial interests overseas.
Prior to her current position in Cincinnati, Marcia was an International Trade Specialist for the U.S. Commercial Service in Cleveland. Before joining the U.S. Commercial Service, Marcia served as manager at the Cleveland World Trade Association and at the World Trade Center Cleveland.

Marcia completed her Master’s coursework in Government with a concentration in International Relations at The College of William & Mary and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College with a double major in International Relations and German Studies.

Marcia is an active volunteer in the international community and serves as Executive Secretary for the Southern Ohio District Export Council. She is a member of the Economics Advisory Board at Xavier University’s Williams College of Business and an advisory board member of the European-American Chamber of Commerce. Marcia and her husband, Jae, have two daughters.

Thien Bui

Thien Bui is an Export Assistance Program Specialist at the Ohio Development Services Agency. She assists in the overall grant management of the State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP) and is responsible for administering the Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) and the Ohio Appalachia Export Grant (AEG). She works with the Communications team to market and create awareness for the state’s export programs.

Sameen Dadfar

Sameen Dadfar is Export Assistance Program Manager at the at Ohio Development Services Agency. She manages the Ohio Export Internship Program, which partners the Ohio Development Services Agency with both the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University. The program provides export training to highly motivated undergrad students before matching them with Ohio companies for an export-focused summer internship.

Dr. Lili Yulyadi Bin Arnakim

Dr. Lili Yulyadi Bin Arnakim is currently Head of the Centre for Latin American Studies, (CLAS), University of Malaya, and a senior lecturer at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya. He was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He is among the pioneering people who taught Islamic financial planning in Malaysia and Indonesia. He is among authorized lecturers to teach an Islamic Banking and Finance in Singapore as he has been approved since February 2006 by the Ministry of Education.

He was appointed as advisor of Islamic financial planners in IARFC (International Association of Registered Financial Consultant, Jakarta). Academically, he has taught several subjects: Western Political Thought; Ideology and Social Change; International Relations Theory; Politics and Governments in Southeast Asia; and, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) for Economist at both undergraduate at UIN and IISIP, and the postgraduate program at University of Indonesia (UI) and at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya. He has been appointed as co-editor Journal for JATI: of Southeast Asian Studies, and Borneo Research Journal, journals of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies. He has been writing many book reviews and articles on Islam, politics and international relations as well as economics, especially in Islamic financial planning. He is involved in several research projects including the field research on “The Impact of the Southern Thai Conflict on the Cohesiveness of Southeast Asian Nations,“ “The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution in Southern Thailand Conflict,” “Bilateral Indonesia-Malaysia Relations,” and “The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a regional organization.”