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LEADERSHIP

THE NMV INTERNATIONAL TEAM HAS STRONG TIES TO THE U.S. AND ASIA-PACIFIC MARKETS, WITH DECADES OF ON-THE-GROUND EXPERIENCE IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION AND DEEP EXPERTISE IN THE DEFENSE AND AEROSPACE; TRANSPORTATION; ENERGY; UNDERSEA CABLE; OTHER HIGH-TECHNOLOGY SECTORS; AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT.

Founding Partner, NMV International; Chairman of the Board, Texas Central Partners, LLC and Modo Labs, Inc.; President and CEO, New Magellan Venture Partners, LLC; 20 years of U.S. Government service including service as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs in Office of the Secretary of Defense; served in Central Intelligence Agency from 1972-1987; U.S. Army veteran.

PARTNER, PRESIDENT, CEO

RICHARD P. LAWLESS

Richard Lawless is a founder and Principal of NMV International, LLC. Richard is also a founder of New Magellan Ventures, a Washington DC-based venture capital and advisory services firm with a portfolio of transportation, energy, property development and high-technology companies. Richard serves as Chairman and CEO of U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail, a U.S.-based company that promotes Central Japan Railway’s N700-I Bullet train system. Richard also serves as the Chairman of the Board, Texas Central Partners, LLC, a partnership that is deploying high-speed rail technology on the 240-mile Dallas-Houston, Texas corridor. Finally, Richard is a co-founder and Chairman of mobile technologies development company, Modo Labs, Inc.

Richard served the United States government for over 20 years, most recently as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. In this capacity Richard was responsible for formulating U.S. security and defense policy in the Asia-Pacific region, including East and Southeast Asia, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia. He retired from this position in July 2007.

Prior to his appointment at the Department of Defense, Richard co-founded and served as the Chairman/CEO of U.S. Asia Commercial Development Cooperation from 1987-2002. U.S. Asia and its affiliated companies headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei, specialized in telecommunications and information technology investment and market entry strategies in East Asia.

Mr. Lawless served as a career employee of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1972 through 1987, serving in Washington, D.C. and various postings in the Far East and Europe. He specialized in subjects related to high technology, nuclear proliferation and Far East security issues.

Richard is a graduate of Bradley University’s School of International Studies (B.S. International Relations, Magna Cum Laude) and the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California (Korean language program).

Founding Partner, NMV International; Chief Operating Officer, New Magellan Venture Partners, LLC; nine years of U.S. Government service as a DoD civilian including service as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Chief of Staff, Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office; 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army retiring at the rank of Colonel.

FOUNDER

MELVIN E. RICHMOND, JR.

Mel Richmond a founder and the Managing Principal of NMV International, LLC. Mel is also a Partner at New Magellan Ventures, a Washington DC-based venture capital and advisory services firm with a portfolio of transportation, energy, mineral resources, property development and high-technology companies.

Throughout a 35-year government career, Mel successfully built, managed and led numerous programs of national importance and myriad high-performing organizations varying from as few as 30 to well over 1500 people. Prior to leaving government service in 2009, Mel was the Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and the Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asia-Pacific, who were responsible to the Secretary of Defense for policies and practices advancing United States national security objectives in the Asian and Pacific region. From 1996 to 2005, Mel served in the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office as the Chief of Staff and Senior Director for Policy. From May 1994 until June 1995, Mel led U.S. activities in Vietnam to account for U.S. serviceman still missing from the Vietnam War. Mr. Richmond retired from the United States Army in September 2000 at the rank of Colonel following 26 years of service.

During his service in the Army and as a DoD civilian, he was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award. He also received the 1998 Paul H. Nitze Award for excellence in International Security Affairs.

Mel holds a Master of Military Science for Operational Art and a Master of Military Science in History from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. He also attended MIT’s program, Seminar XXI: Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest.

Founding Partner of NMV International; Managing Director – International, Texas Central Partners, LLC; Executive Vice President, New Magellan Venture Partners, LLC; 27-year veteran of the U.S. Army including service as a Foreign Area Officer specializing in the political-military affairs of Northeast Asia; published author on Northeast Asian affairs. Speaks Korean.

FOUNDER

MICHAEL J. FINNEGAN

Mike Finnegan is a founder and Principal of NMV International, LLC. Mike is also a Partner at New Magellan Ventures, a Washington DC-based venture capital and advisory services firm with a portfolio of transportation, energy, property development and high-technology companies.

Prior to his retirement from active duty in November 2008, Mike served in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with over 27 years of Commissioned and Non-Commissioned service. Since 1987, he served exclusively in the Asia-Pacific area. As a Foreign Area Officer specializing in the political-military affairs of Northeast Asia, he served as the Senior Country Director for Korea for the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2003 to 2007, where he was responsible for Department of Defense policies related to the Korean Peninsula, and most recently served as a Special Assistant for Regional Strategy in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs until his retirement from active duty in 2008.

As a researcher, Mike has published several papers and articles on Northeast Asian security issues, including prospects for multilateral security cooperation in Northeast Asia, trilateral security relations between the U.S., Japan and PRC, regional implications of ballistic missile defense, future security strategies for Korea, and Republic of Korea Armed Forces modernization efforts. His past research efforts included issues related to the U.S.-ROK security alliance, U.S.-Japan security alliance, U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation, and energy and environmental security in Northeast Asia, as well as questions related to constructing a peace and security regime on the Korean Peninsula and Korean unification.

Mike holds an A.M. in Regional Studies East Asia from Harvard University and has been a Senior Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research in Washington, D.C. He is also a graduate of the Republic of Korea Army Staff College and speaks Korean.

Founding Partner NMV International; Managing Director—Program Management, Texas Central Partners, LLC; Executive Vice President, New Magellan Venture Partners, LLC; White House appointee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; two-years service in Iraq including service as Chief of Staff, Iraqi Ministry of Transportation and Deputy Chief of Staff, Iraq Reconstruction Management Office; managed several telecom ventures in Beijing, China; U.S. Navy veteran.

FOUNDER

MARK M. WALKER

Mark Walker is a founder and Principal of NMV International, LLC. Mark is an executive manager and international affairs specialist with 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Mark is also a Partner at New Magellan Ventures, a Washington DC-based venture capital and advisory services firm with a portfolio of transportation, energy, property development and high-technology companies.

From 2001 to 2009, Mark served as a White House appointee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he specialized in U.S. defense policy with Asia and the Pacific. During this time, Mark served for two years in Baghdad, Iraq as Chief of Staff for the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation (air, rail, surface and maritime) and later as Deputy Chief of Staff of the $21 billion Iraq Reconstruction Management Office at the U.S. Embassy. Before starting his government service, Mark lived and worked in Beijing, China where he managed several telecom ventures for private investors. From 1997 to 1998, Mark lived and worked in Bonn, Germany as a Foreign Policy Fellow in both the German Foreign Ministry (Auswärtiges Amt) and the German Parliament (Bundestag).

Mark earned his MBA from the Instituto de Empresa business school in Madrid, Spain and he earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He speaks German, Chinese (Mandarin) and Spanish and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Senior Advisor, NMV International; 30-year career in U.S. Department of State including service as Director of State’s Office of Japan Affairs; Consul General in Okinawa; Pol/Mil Director, U.S. Embassy, Tokyo; speaks Japanese fluently appearing as a subject matter expert on several news programs in Japan; published author of best-selling Japanese language book.

SENIOR ADVISOR

KEVIN MAHER

Kevin Maher is a Senior Advisor at NMV International, LLC. Kevin joined NMV International after retiring from the U.S. Department of State as a Senior Foreign Service officer, following a distinguished thirty-year career with a focus on Japan and East Asia. Kevin led the State Department’s Japan Task Force in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident.

Prior to that, Kevin was the Director of the Office of Japan Affairs at the State Department in Washington DC (2009 – 2011). Kevin served eighteen years in Japan, including as the Consul General in Okinawa, Japan; Director of Political Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, where he oversaw the realignment of U.S. military forces in Japan; as the Minister-Counselor for Environment, Science and Technology at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, which included oversight of the nuclear energy relationship; and as Principal Officer in Fukuoka, Japan. He also spent three years in the Pentagon as Chief of the Policy Office for the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State Kevin was an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kevin speaks Japanese fluently, and speaks some Mandarin and Cantonese. Kevin earned a J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1981, an M.A. from the University of Hawaii in 1977 (Modern East Asia), and a B.A. from LaGrange College (Modern Europe) in1974. He was a Visiting Associate at the University of Tokyo 1997-1998. His Japanese language book “The Japan That Can’t Decide” (決断できない日本) was a best seller in the fall of 2011. Kevin appears regularly on Japanese television news programs as a commentator on political and national security issues.

Director, NMV International; 24 years of service at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.; native Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese speaker.

DIRECTOR

CINDY LIFEN-LEE

Cindy is a Director in NMV International, LLC, having joined the company at its inception. Cindy is an expert on Taiwan-U.S. relations and maintains strong relations with the Taiwan business community, both in Taiwan and in the U.S.

Prior to joining NMV, Cindy worked with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States for more than 24years. She was executive assistant to several TECRO representatives and their wives, and with various offices. Before immigrating to the United States, Cindy was a Passenger Relations Officer of Singapore Airlines at its Taipei International Airport Office, in charge of the operations of its Silver Kris Lounge and VIP passengers handling.

Cindy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the National Central University (Taiwan), majored in Foreign Language and English Literature. She speaks fluent English, Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, and some Japanese and French.

Director, NMV International; research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute; Ito Foundation Scholarship recipient; proficient Japanese speaker.

DIRECTOR

LESLIE DEMOSS

Leslie DeMoss is a Director at NMV International. Ms. DeMoss primarily supports NMV International’s U.S. and Asia-based clients with political intelligence, risk assessment, market strategy, partner identification, etc. in the aerospace and defense industry.

Prior to joining NMV International, Ms. DeMoss worked at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in the Asian Studies/Foreign & Defense Policy Department (2008-2011), where she published articles for outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The American, the National Review Online, etc. Ms. DeMoss received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Asian Studies (Japanese language) from the University of Michigan. After receiving the Ito Foundation Scholarship, a competitive scholarship awarded to one student at the University of Michigan and Princeton University, she earned her Master’s degree in International Relations, with a focus on U.S.-Japan relations, at Waseda University Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies in Tokyo, Japan (2006-2008). While in Tokyo, she also worked at the Japan Foundation, Center for Global Partnership Intellectual Exchange Division (2007-2008).

Ms. DeMoss has extensive experience in Asia, including participation in diplomatic delegations to Taiwan and Japan. In 2016, Ms. DeMoss was chosen as a TOMODACHI-Mitsui Co. Leadership Program delegate, for being a “creative thinker and driven doer invested in the future of U.S.-Japan relations” and met with government and business leaders on how to promote the relationship. She is proficient in Japanese.

Director, NMV International; market research associate for Nielsen Media Research; program analyst for Pfizer; native Japanese speaker.

DIRECTOR

MIKIKO A. TAKAHASHI

Ms. Takahashi is a Director at NMV International. Ms. Takahashi is bilingual in both English and Japanese and supports NMV International’s portfolios in the cyber security, nuclear energy, communications infrastructure, and property development sectors, with a focus on Japan-based research, analysis and client interaction. Prior to joining NMV International, Ms. Takahashi served as a Market Research Associate for Nielsen Media Research in New York and Program Analyst for pharmaceutical company Pfizer (formerly Wyeth). Ms. Takahashi has a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from Tufts University.

“Our personal relationships, and the mutual trust those relationships engender and sustain, allow us the lattitude to understand a given situation in detail, and the ability to craft solutions not otherwise perceived or available.”