Wilford’s professional career has been devoted to understanding and taking actions to address global challenges – as a U.S. diplomat in Asia, as a professor of international business, as the publisher of The WorldPaper. a world affairs publication that was carried in twenty seven countries in six language editions. For many years he was also an international business consultant with Arthur D. Little International Inc., where he worked for multinational corporations on their international business strategies and governments on their industrial development strategies.
In 2004 he co-founded the Quest for Global Healing initiative that brings thousands of people together from around the world every other year to help transform their concerns over environmental and social challenges into concrete initiatives.
Wilford has degrees from Yale, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Sausalito, California. For the past six years he has served on the board of Columbia University’s School of international and Public Affairs, (SIPA), and currently serves on the boards of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, The Yosemite National Institutes and the Headlands Institute.
In addition to his life long engagement in world affairs Wilford has a deep commitment to the environment. He was Chairman of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and was a member of the 1994 Sagamartha Environmental Expedition that removed 5,000 pounds of trash from the high camps on Mount Everest. He and the leader of that expedition, currently give presentations to corporate audiences on insights from high altitude mountaineering that are pertinent to business strategies development and execution and the restoration of a sustainable planet. (See www.EverestandEnterprise.com)
David Hopkins graduated from Middlebury College in February of 2007. He is now working to help lead the youth program of the next Quest for Global Healing gathering in June of 2009 called "Beyond Sustainability," to take place on the volcano of the main island in Hawaii. David is also a part of a core team of committed entrepreneurs who have launched a nonprofit venture called Borderless Educations (http://www.borderlesseducations.org/)