Albert Santoli is president and founder of the non-profit Asia America Initiative. In 2013 he was awarded the Order of the Golden Heart (Orden ng Gintong Puso) from Philippine President Benigno Aquino for creating "peace zones" in the most dangerous area of Southeast Asia. His professional skills are rooted in his background as a teenage combat- experienced soldier in conventional infantry and reconnaissance-intelligence units. He is a graduate of Naropa University in Colorado. He is a New York Times Best Selling and Pulitzer Prize nominated author for Everything We Had, Random House, 1981. He has been a foreign policy and national security advisor in the International Relations and Armed Services Committees of the US House of Representatives. He has been a Senior Fellow at Freedom House, a consultant on refugee protection at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, and an Advisory Board member of the White House Commission on Remembrance. During the Iraq War, he trained US Marine Corps officers in cultural awareness at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia. He is a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans.