World Affairs Council of Charlotte



2012 ANNUAL MEETING - June 20


Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk

Afghanistan: Should We Leave or Stay? An Eyewitness Account


Dr. Neil Sheth, M.D.

Global Health Humanitarian



Ljubomir Stambuk



Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte for brief presentations on Afghanistan by Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk, President of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and global health (humanitarian aid and relief) by Dr. Neil Sheth


April 9: A six-member delegation of the World Affairs Councils, including Ljubomir Stambuk, President of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte visited Kabul March 25-31 at the invitation of U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan C. Crocker. Read More


Date: Wednesday, June 20

Venue: Private resident in south Charlotte. Info will be provided upon confirmation of reservation and payment.

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.   

Cost: $18 (WACC members) / $30 (Non-members) - dinner and wine served


RSVP online via PayPal or you may call 704-687-7762 for credit card payments over the phone. If you prefer sending a check, please make it payable to "World Affairs Council of Charlotte" and mail it to our office.


All reservation cancellations must be completed at least 3 business days prior to an event in order to receive a full refund.

Online reservations are closed. Please call 705-687-7762  or e-mail to be placed on the waiting list for this program. 

Biography: Ljubomir Stambuk

Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and now resides in Charlotte. As a child and young man, LJ traveled extensively around the world with his diplomat family, including living for 4 years in Burma and Holland, respectively.


He received his undergraduate degree in International Economics and Business from the University of Belgrade, where he graduated in the top 1%. Stambuk also received a Master’s degree in Business and Organizational Development from Cornell University. L.J. has over 20 years of senior leadership experience in operations man­agement, business development, marketing, human resources and strategic planning. He served as COO of Applied Semiconductor, Inc. a coating and technology company, Senior Vice President of Ahold USA, Inc., a leading multinational retail company, and Executive Vice President for Global Markets and Division President for Centrocoop, Inc., a major European international trade corporation.


L.J. moved to Charlotte in 2006 and became the Executive Director of The World Affairs Council of Charlotte, an international education non-profit. During his tenure he, built-up the organization both in membership, community visibility and standing, and managed to lead the non-profit during the recession to the best financial performance since its’ founding 25 years ago. He is credited in succeeding in engaging the greater Charlotte community in the international affairs dia­logue by bringing high-level speakers to the area to discuss in­ternational economics, global politics and Charlotte’s role in the world. L.J. is also engaged in helping attract foreign and global companies to Charlotte.


He was promoted to WACC President in 2010.


Biography: Dr. Neil Sheth 


Neil Sheth was born and raised in New York, NY. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania (Class of 1997) with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering, and a minor in Finance and Mathematics. Following graduation, Neil completed a two year financial analyst program in the Healthcare Investment Banking Division at Salomon Smith Barney in New York, NY. He continued with his education by earning his M.D. degree at the Albany Medical College prior to starting his Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  In 2010, he completed a one-year fellowship in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction at Rush University in Chicago, IL, and completed additional 6 week fellowship training on the treatment of infection at the Endo Klinik in Hamburg, Germany.  He moved to Charlotte, NC in 2010 to join Orthocarolina. 


Dr. Sheth has had a deep passion for global health, inspired by his mentor Enyi Okereke, MD at the University of Pennsylvania.  After the passing of his mentor in 2008, while on a medical mission in Nigeria, Dr. Sheth has focused his global health efforts on exploring the role of Orthopaedic Surgery in low and middle income countries.  He led a 15 member team to Awka, Nigeria last September on a medical mission to treat patients with lower extremity arthritis, injuries and deformities.  He has just returned from another mission trip to Tanzania.  He is now working on designing new plans to change systems in these countries in order to be able to deliver orthopaedic care to a larger portion of the population.  Dr. Sheth is relocating his practice to an academic setting and will be spending a portion of his time teaching global health to medical/graduate students.