Meet Our Staff

Bob Fischer

Bob Fischer became the Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of St. Louis on January 2, 2002. From 1995 through 2001, Bob served as Vice President, International with Policy Management Systems Corporation (PMSC) located in Columbia, South Carolina; a publicly traded company that was the largest supplier of insurance industry software in the world. Bob began his business career in 1961 as a salesperson for IBM. After several highly successful years, he worked in national marketing and held several sales management positions. In 1973, Bob became IBM’s Industry Director responsible for IBM’s global business within the insurance industry; a position he held until 1979. In addition to IBM, and PMSC, Bob held executive management positions with Dun & Bradstreet, McDonnell Douglas, Prime Computer, and Structural Dynamics Research Corporation. From 1982 through 1986, Bob was the Group Executive of McDonnell Douglas Information Systems Group (MDISG); a business with annual revenues in excess of US $1billion and that employed about 10,000 people. Bob is a native of St. Louis and a graduate of Washington University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He also served two years on active duty as a Captain in the United States Army. He is married and has five children and six grandchildren. Bob Fischer can be reached at  


Elizabeth Hatfield became the Director of Programs and Administration for the World Affairs Council of St. Louis in June of 2016 . After relocating from Chicago, she started at the Council a year prior as the Program Manager and has gained extensive experience in administrative management and events coordination of large and small events with various international themes and participants during her time here. Elizabeth holds an undergraduate degree in Education from Drake University. She also has her Master’s in Administration from Dominican University. Elizabeth has enjoyed educating and working alongside people of all ages and enjoys the community outreach programs that the World Affairs Council provides.  As a young person, Elizabeth had the opportunity to live in Belgium for a few years. That experience sparked in her a love of meeting people from all walks of life. Elizabeth particularly enjoys the International Visitor Leadership Program as a way to meet and learn from people all over the world. Elizabeth Hatfield can be reached at


 Josh Lange primarily works with the International Visitor Leadership Program.  He graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2013 with a degree in Political Science and earned his Master’s in International Relations from Webster University in 2015.  Josh started working at the World Affairs Council in June of 2016 and previously worked as a legislative aide to former Illinois State Representative Paul Evans.  Josh has extensive international travel experience and enjoys communicating with and learning from individuals with different cultural backgrounds.  Josh spends the majority of his time at the Council planning meetings, logistics, and cultural activities for small and large groups of international visitors while they are in St. Louis. Josh Lange can be reached at