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The Hon. Donald Ritter, Sc.D.


After 10 years on the faculty and administration of Lehigh University, The Honorable Don Ritter served in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1993. Ritter is the Founder and former President and CEO of the Afghanistan America Foundation, the President and CEO (now Emeritus) of the Afghan American Chamber of Commerce, and a Senior Advisor to the Afghan International Chamber of Commerce. He has been engaged in business in Afghanistan since 9/11. In Congress, Ritter was directly involved in combatting the global spread of Soviet communism by authoring legislation providing material aid to Afghan rebels as well as serving on the Congressional Helsinki Commission and serving as the Founding Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Baltic States and Ukraine. Ritter served as Chairman and President of the National Environmental Policy Institute (NEPI) for a decade after leaving Congress. He is fluent in Russian and spent a year as a NAS-Soviet Academy post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Baikov Institute for Metallurgy Moscow. Ritter holds a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from Lehigh University and a M.S. and Sc.D. from MIT in physical metallurgy and materials science.