World Affairs Council of Charlotte 













World Affairs Council of Charlotte 
UNC Charlotte - 227 CHHS

9201 University City Blvd 
Charlotte, NC 28223 
Tel: 704-687-7762 
Fax: 704-687-1654 I 


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The World Affairs Council of Charlotte (WACC) was founded in 1983 as an outreach program of UNC Charlotte and its Office of International Programs. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, it is supported by private funding from individual and corporate member dues and contributions.


As a regional center for education and discussion of world affairs, the WACC seeks to provide leadership for global thinking, believing that a broad perspective is necessary for effective competition in the global economy and for responsible citizenship in the increasingly interdependent political world. 


The Charlotte Council is a member of the World Affairs Council of America and together with approximately 100 other such World Affairs Councils and affiliates across the country, our mission focuses on improving international education and encouraging citizens to participate in the national debate on world affairs.



The World Affairs Council of Charlotte has a full time staff of five, as well as a board of directors from the corporate and educational community. Directors serve three-year terms and the Chairman of the Board serves for two-terms of two years. In addition, there are several ex-officio directors who serve as a function of their official positions with the city or the state.

Previous board members who have served with the World Affairs Council include Michael Almond, John Belk, Philip Blumenthal, Parks Helms, Sue Myrick, Jack Perry, Richard Vinroot, James Woodward, and Anthony Zeiss.   

Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk
President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Charlotte

Charlotte Klopp
Vice President, Programs and Education

Lauren Osga
Assistant Director, Programs & Development 
Danielle Cobos
Senior Program and Membership Manager

Kristina Drye
Program and Membership Manager
  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016 - 2017

    Wayne Cooper, Honorary Consul of Mexico to North Carolina
    Treasurer:  David Jones, GreerWalker
    Immediate Past Chair: Robert Holcombe, AREVA

    Rajnish Bharadwaj
    Wells Fargo

    Joel Gallegos
    UNC Charlotte

    Vikram Kumar, Ph.D
    Davidson College 

    Rick Cantwell
    Odell International LLP

    Stephen Hunting
    Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein

    Firoz Peera
    IBM (Ret.)

    Lynwood Mallard
    McGuireWoods, LLP

    Millie Cox
    Honorary Consul of France to North Carolina (Ret.)
    Charlotte Country Day School (Ret.)

    John Lassiter
    Carolina Legal Staffing LLP

    Mike Hawley
    K&L Gates
    Michael Gwyn
    Leidos Constructors LLC
    Laura Meyer Wellman
    E4E Relief
    Honorary Consul of France to Charlotte
    Dr. Marie-Claire Marroum
    Carolinas Pathology Group (Ret.)
    Lisa Rhyne
    Duke Energy Corporation
    David Shuford
    Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson
    Oscar Cranz III
    SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
    Cecilia (Cecy) Ramirez
    Nova Digital Systems, Inc.
    Vicki Sutton
    Paramount Parks (Ret.)
    Carolinas HealthCare Foundation
    Hon. Wayne Cooper  
    Honorary Consul of Mexico to North Carolina
    Hon. Heinz Roth 
    Honorary Consul of Switzerland to North Carolina 
    Hon. Larry Dagenhart - Past Chair, WAC Charlotte
    McGuireWoods LLP
    Hon. Michael Teden, OBE
    Honorary Consul of Britain to North Carolina 


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