Giordano Chiaruttini is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he was a student of Professor Jan Karski. He holds a masters degree in Latin American Studies from the George Washington University. Before his retirement, his career spanned more than 35 years in government and the private sector. His experience includes international banking, manager of grant-in-aid programs fostering economic development in low-income communities nationwide through local development corporations and micro-enterprise lending programs. As Deputy Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of International Trade, he promoted U.S. export development and lending for American small firms. He promoted SBA’s business assistance programs before national and international forums and served as the U.S. representative and Vice Chair to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Small Business Working Party. He was a writer-editor of numerous publications on small business and international trade. In the later years of his career, he was the logistics manager for a Virginia-based firm that trained U.S. and foreign nationals in border and export security to prevent the transshipment of nuclear and biological weapons, particularly in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.