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ISOA October Forum

Guest Speaker • Panel Speakers
Business Match-Making Session



Topic: Afghanistan

Hear and see what Senior US Government Officials are saying about the future of conducting business in Afghanistan. You will also be able to participate in a Business Match-Making Session with the Prime Contractors.

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Ambassador Ross Wilson

Chargé d’Affaires,
U.S. Embassy Kabul

Charge d’Affairs Ross Wilson arrived in Kabul January 18, 2020, as the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Over the course of four decades as a U.S. diplomat, he has served as ambassador to Azerbaijan from 2000-2003 and to Turkey from 2005-2008, and he held later assignments as chargé d’affaires in Turkey in 2014 and the Republic of Georgia from 2018‑2019.

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Ryan Crocker
Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

Ambassador Ryan Crocker is a Diplomat in Residence at Princeton University. He is on a leave of absence from Texas A&M where he is an executive professor and former dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He was a career Foreign Service Officer who served six times as an American Ambassador: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. Three of these appointments were under Republican Administrations and three under Democratic Administrations. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 2009. Other recent awards include the inaugural Bancroft Award, presented by the Naval Academy in 2016. Also in 2016, he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Literary and Historical Society at University College, Dublin where he was presented the annual James Joyce Award. He is an Honorary Marine.

Senior Acquisition and Procurement Experts to Speak on Panel from Rock Island, IL (LOGCAP), the State Department (DiPSS), USAID, and the Asian Development Bank


Executive Director for Acquisition and Integration Management

Mr. Carl Cartwright serves as the Executive Director for Acquisition and Integration Management and has overall responsibility for the management of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) and the Army Sustainment Command’s portfolio of Service contracts that are used to provide a broad range of logistical and base life support services to U.S. and coalition forces during contingency and non contingency operations.

Previously, Mr. Cartwright served as the Executive Director for Support Operations for the Army Sustainment Command (ASC). In that position, he directed support operations in the areas of Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS), Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN), Materiel Management for the Continental United States (CONUS), Direct Theater Support to CENTCOM, and the Logistics Assistance Program (LAP). Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Mr. Cartwright served as the Executive Officer to the ASC Commanding General.


U.S. Department of State

Mr. Richard Crum serves as a senior Contracting Officer & Business Advisor (since 2012). Richard’s current position is within the Office of Acquisitions Management (A/LM/AQM), which provides the full range of professional procurement and grant services to customers worldwide, including acquisition planning, contract negotiations, cost and price analysis, and contract administration. AQM’s acquisition activities in FY2018 were approximately $9 billion covering overseas building operations, weapons abatement programs, secure procurements, and operational and support services. His specific portfolio is concentrated on Afghanistan within Kabul Embassy Compound life support and he manages the Afghanistan Life and Mission Support contract (ALiSS). He also supports Yemen, UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Libya. Richard has developed one of the largest Department of State Contracts "Diplomatic Platform Support Services (DiPSS)." As the creator and Contracting Officer for the DiPSS contract. DiPSS is a world-wide full spectrum life and mission support contract to improve upon, but is separate from, DOD’s "LOGCAP" contingency environment logistics contract. We would also like to thank Richard for his military service to the United States where he served as a U.S. Army and military sea-lift command logistics officer and Infantry NCO and having served in Iraq.


Director, Office of Acquisition & Assistance

Mark A. Walther serves as the Senior Procurement Executive, Chief Acquisition Officer, and Director for the Management Bureau’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA). He leads several hundred contracting and agreement professionals around the world to advance acquisition and assistance (A&A) reforms and initiatives critical to the implementation of the Agency’s foreign assistance development goals and impacts.

Mr. Walther first joined the Agency in 1989 as a contract specialist, and has supported a wide range of bureaus throughout his career including Global Health, Eastern Europe, Economic Growth, and Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. He became M/OAA’s Deputy of Washington Operations in 2011. Throughout his career, he advanced a wide-range of improvements and capabilities such as worldwide A&A planning, public-private alliances, streamlined acquisitions, federal grants management, workforce professionalism, and stakeholder engagements.


Deputy Country Director, Afghanistan Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Artur Andrysiak is the Deputy Country Director of the Afghanistan Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank (ADB). Artur supports the Country Director in leading the planning, implementation and supervision of Afghanistan Resident Mission’s vision, goals, strategies and work plan. ADB assists Afghanistan’s development in the transport, energy, natural resources, and economic management sectors, with portfolio of ongoing operation of over $3 billion.

Prior to his current position, Artur was the Senior Fragile Situations Specialist with the Pacific Department of ADB, where he led and advised the Pacific Department on implementing ADB’s approach to engaging with fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS), and acted as the anchor point in ADB for FCAS operational issues. Artur has also worked in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department and Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of ADB.

Business Match-Making

Don’t miss this great opportunity to engage with Prime Contractors and the Asian Development Bank:


ISOA Members: No Charge

Non-Members: $175

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Sponsorships available

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