Advisory Council


The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs Dean’s Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a representative group of individuals dedicated to the mission and principles of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. Members contribute their support, wisdom and expertise to shape, enrich and sustain the Green School and its programs.

Members serve as ambassadors to the community, and support fundraising to advance the Green School’s goals and heighten the visibility of the Green School in the community. The Advisory Council does not engage in the administrative or management affairs of the School and does not have any fiduciary responsibilities.

For more information on the Advisory Board, please contact JC del Valle, at or (305) 348-6394.

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Advisory Council Members

Deborah Balliette-Jacobson

Deborah Balliette-Jacobson, SBJ, Inc. and Honorary Consul of Tunisia


Mrs. Deborah Balliette-Jacobson is President of SBJ, Inc., which provides strategic planning and solutions for managerial, administrative and marketing needs for governmental and private sector entities. SBJ, Inc. and Advanced Marketing & Consulting International, Inc. (an affiliated company) work together in the representation of Tunisian and North African companies needing representation in the United States. Mrs. Balliette-Jacobson is also owner of American Central Insurance Agency, Inc., which provides life, health, group health, long term care and annuities policies to individuals and business. Mrs. Balliette-Jacobson is the Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Tunisia in Miami, Director of Plus International Bank, member of the International Federation of Women, Advisory Board Member of the Miami Bridge; Past Board Member of the Children Home Society and Past Board Member of the Greater Miami Heart Association. She holds a BA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Miami.

Cándido Creis Estrada

Cándido Creis Estrada, Consul General of Spain

Cándido Creis is the Consul General of Spain in Miami for Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. He is a career diplomat in the Spanish Foreign Office. In 1995, he took up his first assignment as Head of Foreign Policy and Security Area at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Madrid. In 1996 he joined the staff of the Royal Household of His Majesty the King as Deputy Director of the Department of Protocol. He has worked at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union in Brussels, served as Counselor at the Embassy of Spain in Tel Aviv and, in 2010 he was Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Most recently, he was appointed Chief of Protocol of the Royal Household of His Majesty the King of Spain (2011 – 2014). He holds a Law Degree from the Complutense University of Madrid and a course of English Law from the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Edward Glab

Edward Glab, Florida International University

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Edward Glab is the Co-Director of the Global Energy Security Forum at FIU. He joined the Business School at FIU as Director of the Knight-Ridder Center in 2004 after retiring from ExxonMobil, where for over 25 years he held a variety of positions in Public Affairs. Ed has conducted business and traveled in 76 countries around the world. He has taught at Northern Illinois University and the University of Texas at Austin. He has also been a Fulbright Professor at both the University of Chile and La Catolica in Santiago, Chile. He has published a number of articles, edited one book and ran a nation-wide project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in the area of bilingual-bicultural education. He has been working on alternative energy for the past three years. Ed received his Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University in 1975.

Marcelo Llorente

Marcelo Llorente, Managing Partner, LSN Partners

Marcelo Llorente is the Managing Partner at LSN Partners, where he assists domestic and international clients with strategic planning, marketing and communications. He is also the Managing Partner at the law firm of Llorente and Heckler P.A. In 2002, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 116th District and was subsequently reelected in 2004, 2006 and 2008. During his service in the Florida House, he passed landmark legislation and held positions including Chairman of the Full Appropriations Council on General Government and Health Care, where he oversaw more than $30 billion of the State of Florida’s annual budget. He is currently a member of the Cuban American Bar Association and the Florida Bar’s Section on Local Government. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, while being a four-year letterman in baseball. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law.

Farrokh Jhabvala

Farrokh Jhabvala, Jorden Burt


Farrokh Jhabvala is a partner in the law firm of Jorden Burt LLP. He specializes in class actions and other complex civil litigation. He has degrees from the University of Bombay (B.Sc. in Physics/Maths, 1963; B.E. (Elec.), 1966), University of Delhi (M.A. in Political Science, 1969), The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (M.A. in International Affairs, 1973; Ph.D., 1977), and the University of Miami (J.D., 1988). He taught International Relations and International Law at FIU for more than twenty years (Asst. Prof. 1976-1980; Assoc. Prof. 1980-1984; Prof. 1984-1999). He has published numerous articles in journals, such as The American Journal of International Law, the Netherlands International Law Review, The Indian Journal of International Law, the Israel Yearbook on Human Rights, and the Human Rights Quarterly. Mr. Jhabvala was awarded the Francis Deak Prize of the American Society of International Law in 1979. His hobbies are reading (history, politics) and gardening. He lives in Miami with his wife, Margarita.

Eliot Pedrosa

Eliot Pedrosa, Greenberg Traurig, LLP


Eliot Pedrosa is an experienced litigator with first-chair trial and arbitration experience in commercial, products liability and international cases. Eliot represents local, national and international clients in litigation and trials before judges and juries throughout Florida’s state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations administered by domestic and international organizations. Eliot also frequently counsels clients engaging in business transactions on litigation and dispute resolution offering his clients value as both a counselor and advocate.

Currently Eliot co-chairs the firm’s 40-member Miami Litigation Department and previously served as Hiring Shareholder for the Miami office of the firm. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation since 2013.

Clayton P. Solomon

Clayton P. Solomon, Attorney, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Clayton is an attorney in the Miami office of Hogan Lovells US LLP, where his practice focuses on complex commercial and administrative disputes in the financial services, real estate, and environmental sectors. He previously worked as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck, where he drafted trial court and appellate decisions for five federal judges. Before that, he was an aide to former FIU President Modesto A. Maidique.

Clayton is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and holds an LL.M in International Law (focusing on Human Rights) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia, where he studied on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. While a political science undergraduate at FIU, Clayton served as president of the student body and as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. He was also elected to serve on the State University System of Florida Board of Governors, which oversees Florida’s twelve public universities.