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Alexandra Lajoux is Director of Research and Publications at NACD, and Editor-in-Chief of Director’s Monthly. She joined the Association’s staff in 1987, after serving for two years on the NACD’s Editorial Advisory Board. Alexandra has been an editor, researcher, and writer in the corporate governance field since 1978, when she served as Senior Editor of Directors & Boards journal. She has also served as Editor of Mergers & Acquisitions and Export Today, and has written columns for several trade publications, including Northeast International Business, IR Update, and Trustee.

For the past two years she has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Arthur Andersen Guide to Human Capital. She is also the author of The Art of M&A Integration and coauthor of The Art of M&A Financing and Refinancing, The Art of M&A Due Diligence, and The Art of M&A: A Merger/Acquisition/Buyout Guide—all published by McGraw-Hill. She holds an M.B.A. from Loyola College and a Ph.D. from Princeton, and is a Member of the Governing Board of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, 1999-2002 term. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, 2000-2001 edition.

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Dheeraj (Raj) Khera
Dheeraj (Raj) Khera  has nearly 15 years of experience in engineering and business development. For the 10 years prior to co-founding Khera Communications,Inc., he worked in electronics engineering and technology transfer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Building on this experience, he and his brother, Vivek, started Khera Communications, Inc. to provide high-end web site development services.

As CEO of Khera Communications, he has led the development and growth of two popular business portals: GovCon, which he recently sold to VerticalNet (NASDAQ:VERT), for government contractors and MoreBusiness.com for small businesses. These web sites have been ranked by magazines such as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and numerous others as being among the best business-related sites. Advertising clients include American Express, IBM, British Airways, Staples, Microsoft, Sprint, Network Solutions, and many other companies that want to reach the small business community. Mr. Khera holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Oron Strauss, 27, is President and CEO of the Public Policy and Politics Division of Netivation.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTVN). Oron co-founded Net.Capitol, Inc.in December 1996 and Net.Capitol was acquired by Netivation.com in December 1999. Oron helped grow Net.Capitol to over 35 employees and its position as the leading provider of Internet-based products and services for public affairs and political organizations.

Oron graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1995, where he majored in History and Government. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth Review from 1993 to 1994 and served on the Board of Directors of the Hanover Review, Inc., from 1993 to 1995. His honors thesis was a study of "Entrepreneurship and the Internet."

Oron was profiled by TechCapital magazine as one of the top ten under-30 CEOs in the mid-Atlantic region. Washingtonian magazine featured Oron as one of "100 People to Watch." Washington Business Forward profiled Oron as part of the "Next Network" -- one of the 40 up and coming leaders in the Washington region. FYI magazine featured Oron as a "Rising Star."

Oron, his dog Bonzo, and Net.Capitol, have been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, Washington Business Journal, Electronic Business, TechWeb, and others. He spoken to numerous groups including the World Bank, US Senate Press Secretaries Association, Georgetown University, Carnegie Mellon University, DC New Media Society, the Zeff Group Internet Marketing and Advertising Conference, the Politics Online Conferece, Susan B. Anthony List, and DC WebGrrls. Articles he has written about entrepreneurship have been featured on the Kauffman Foundation's Entreworld Web site, Garage.com, and the Microsoft Small Business web site.

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Frank Wood 
Frank Wood graduated with a BS in computer science from Cornell University and was President and CEO of ToFish!, Inc. ToFish! commercialized a histogram-based image matching technology developed by his partner Greg Pass at Cornel which allows users to search the Internet for pictures similar to ones they provide. The technology analyzes the pixels of a picture to create a "profile," then searches for similar profiles. In January 2000, ToFish! was acquired by America Online. Frank is also special projects coordinator for Hands On DC, an all-volunteer service project to improve the Washington, DC, public schools and raise college scholarships for local students.


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