David Budgen has been a practising conference interpreter (and member of AIIC) for some twenty years, principally with international organisations, and was the first Head of NATO Russian Language Service for nearly fifteen years. During this time he travelled widely for the Organisation and accompanied four Secretaries-General to Russian-speaking countries. For many years he was Co-Chairman of the NATO-Russia Expert Group on Terminology. He has taught and examined in various interpretation schools in Europe.
Philipp C. Bleek is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management and Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. His research and teaching focuses on the causes, consequences, and amelioration of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons proliferation.
During the 2012-13 academic year, he was on leave to serve as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs under a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security.
Professor Coly joined the Institute after completing his Doctorate at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he also taught. He gave lectures for the Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR) at the University of Denver. Prior to his postgraduate work, Professor Coly taught French to foreign service officers for their language exam. He also trained Peace Corps volunteers in French, Wolof and Jola. His professional experience also includes teaching French and African History to Youth at Risk at Washington Ethical High School.