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LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 29, 2016)- Dr. Ian Ralby, a recognized expert in maritime security, private security, international law and transnational crime and 5x great grandson of Henry Clay, has joined the Board of Directors of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship (HCCS). Nine years into its existence, the Center has over 500 alumni, many of whom are advancing in careers in public life and international affairs.  By bringing together alumni from across the various years, Dr. Ralby and the board of HCCS hope to foster an active network that allows for this cohort of young professionals to engage, both with each other and with more senior leaders, under the common belief in the need to foster greater statesmanship in American politics.


Like his forebear, Dr. Ralby began his study of law in Virginia at the young age of 19.  While Clay studied directly under George Wythe, Ralby attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William & Mary and became a practicing lawyer, specializing in maritime and international law.  Having gone on to pursue a doctorate at the University of Cambridge on a Gates Scholarship, Dr. Ralby is now a recognized expert in international law and security, with particular focus on maritime security, the regulation of private security companies, and the interdiction of transnational crime.  He is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council as well as the CEO of his own consultancy, I.R. Consilium.  He works frequently with the United States Department of Defense, NATO and the United Nations, as well as with private clients, on issues related to law, security, strategy and governance.  In addition, he has recently completed the largest study ever conducted concerning the global theft of refined oil products – a criminal phenomenon worth countless billions of dollars each year.


Dr. Ralby joins H. Mac Riley, Douglas Kiker and HCCS President, Dr. Mike Vetter on the Washington Advisory Board.  He brings considerable energy and passion to the effort, given both his ancestral and professional connections to the key aims of the Center, and will help infuse a more international focus to the HCCS program in the future.


In 2017, the Center will be piloting a considerable extension of its current offering.  In addition to holding both a high school program and college program in Lexington, KY as it has in the past, a limited number of places will be available for college students to proceed from Kentucky to Washington for a second week.


About the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship

The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship was formed in 2007, and is an innovative youth leadership program inspired by Henry Clay, one of our nation’s most revered leaders. He served with distinction as Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and Speaker of the House, leaving a profound legacy as our nation’s “Great Compromiser.” The Center imparts the skills of public dialogue and leadership to bring about change in an increasingly polarized public and civic environment. For more information visit:  or @henryclaycenter.