Penny Abeywardena is commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office for International Affairs. The agency serves the city of New York's diplomatic corps - the largest in the world - through strategic partnerships and programming, reaffirming New York City's local leadership on global issues. From 2009 to 2014, Abeywardena was the Clinton Global Initiative's Director of Girls and Women Integration. She is a French-American Foundation Young Leader (2017) and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2016).
Alana Ackerson is an entrepreneur, board member, and investor in industries including fintech, microfinance, and theology. She is currently writing a book on the intersection of technology and faith. Her other areas of focus include refugee crises, longevity, and venture philanthropy. Alana is a vice president at SoFi, a modern finance company fueling the shift to a bankless world. Previously, she served as CEO of the Thiel Foundation, supporting radical scientific and technological innovations. Alana holds a BA from Stanford, an MA in systematic theology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and a DMin from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Fahim Ahmed is a senior partner at BC Partners, an international private equity firm. He began his career at BC Partners’ London office, and was part of its founding team in New York. Ahmed has been involved in investments across a number of industries, including PetSmart, Cyxtera Technologies, Cablevision, Suddenlink Communications, Intelsat, Office Depot, Foxtons, and Dometic. Previously, he worked at the Boston Consulting Group in New York, Washington, and London. Ahmed holds a BA in social studies from Harvard College and an MPhil in economics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar.
Rosa M. Ailabouni
Rosa M. Ailabouni has more than fifteen years of consulting experience with expertise in strategic planning, business-process improvement, and change management. Currently a senior consultant with Navigator Management Partners, she previously worked for Booz Allen Hamilton advising Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofits in the United States and overseas. Ailabouni earned two BAs from the Ohio State University, an MBA from Cornell University, an MIA from Columbia University, and a diploma from Sciences Po in Paris, France.
Vikrum Aiyer is head of public policy and strategic communications for the Silicon Valley–based technology platform Postmates, where he helps lead legislative, regulatory, and policy discussions at federal, state, and municipal levels. Previously, in the Barack Obama administration, he served as President Obama’s senior advisor for innovation and manufacturing policy in the White House National Economic Council, as chief of staff to the undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property (IP), and as principal political and policy advisor to the U.S. undersecretary of commerce for IP, where he coordinated a $3.2 billion budget to execute daily operations, policy priorities, and global communications. Aiyer also led a U.S. delegation to Cuba to reset relations between the two nations’ IP offices and served on Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Taskforce. While in the White House, Aiyer also steered investments in several advanced manufacturing technologies including smart fabrics, autonomous vehicles, high performance computing, and next-generation semiconductors. Earlier, as a press and communications advisor to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and to District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty (D), Aiyer managed strategic communications campaigns and led speechwriting teams for Congress, federal agencies, and trade associations.
Gigi Alford leads the sport and human rights strategy at UNI Global Union’s World Players Association. Until September 2017, she served in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, first as special advisor for Internet Freedom and Business and Human Rights, then as Global Internet Freedom Program officer. From 2012 to 2015, she was a senior program officer at Freedom House, and before that held policy aide and public relations positions with the Baha’i International Community, in Haifa, Israel, and in Washington. Alford serves as a board member at-large of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington and holds a master’s degree in international human rights law from Oxford University.
Cara Allison Marshall
Cara Allison Marshall is the plans director in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, where she is responsible for managing civilian-military dialogue across a range of issues related to the department’s planning for major conflicts. She graduated with a BA in political science from Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) in Virginia, and holds an MA in international relations from Syracuse University.
Avery M. Alpha
Avery M. Alpha is a Foreign Service officer working in counterterrorism (CT) at the U.S. Department of State. She served as the chief of staff and senior policy advisor for the assistant to the president for Homeland Security and CT during the Obama administration and joined the National Security Council in 2014 as director for CT. Alpha spent 2010 through 2013 at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo working with Egyptian partners to disrupt terrorist attacks and networks. Alpha is co-chair of the DC Term Member Advisory Committee and a CNAS Next Generation fellow.
Alexandra Altman is an international economist at the U.S Department of the Treasury. She works on policy issues related to foreign exchange markets, macroeconomics, and global imbalances. Previously, she was a money market associate and yen portfolio manager in the Markets Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Altman holds BAs in applied mathematics and business administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Vickie Alvo has been chief operating officer for JPMorgan Chase’s office of regulatory affairs since 2013. Previously, she served as executive director of the Global Financial Markets Association, a trade association representing the largest global banks, and before that as vice president for member engagement at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Alvo spent five years in the U.S. government as an economic policy analyst for international affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as a program examiner at the Office of Management and Budget.
Kristen Soltis Anderson
Kristen Soltis Anderson is cofounder of Echelon Insights and the author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up). For more than a decade, Anderson has been at the forefront of polling and research into the trends shaping America's changing political and cultural climate, particularly generational shifts driven by millennials. She has served as a resident fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics and is a contributor to ABC News and the Washington Examiner and is co-host of The Pollsters weekly podcast. Anderson holds a BA in political science from the University of Florida and an MA in government from the Johns Hopkins University.
Ryan K. Anderson
Ryan K. Anderson is regional director of international strategy and business development at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he is responsible for Latin America, Africa, and commercial aviation services. Previously, he was vice president of business development at Manas Development Group, leading market-entry and turnaround initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa and Commonwealth of Independent States. Anderson served as director of global product deployment at Assurant Solutions and led Central American market development for Colite Outdoor, a provider of outdoor media. He earned a BA from Florida Southern College and an MA from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Felicia Appenteng is the managing director of the IE Fund, a U.S.-based nonprofit that supports IE Business School’s growth in the United States. In this capacity, she creates and manages new programming and manages board relationships, supervises the Fund’s accounting team and general counsel, and reports directly to its executive committee and to the president of IE University. She is also board liaison for IE’s International Advisory Board and is responsible for leading international strategy around board engagement and aligning the board’s activities with all of IE’s twenty-nine international offices.
Semhar Araia is managing director for Diaspora Partnerships at UNICEF USA. She has worked in Congress, Oxfam, The Elders, and the 2000 Eritrea-Ethiopia peace agreement and has advised the UN, the AU, and several governments. Araia founded the Diaspora African Women’s Network and is a White House Champion of Change and an African Union Diaspora Awardee. She has been featured in multiple media outlets and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. A lawyer by training, she is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and Marquette Law School.
Brandon J. Archuleta
Brandon J. Archuleta is an active duty U.S. Army officer and a former assistant professor of American politics in the department of social sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He is also a national security fellow with the University of Texas at Austin’s Clements Center for National Security. Major Archuleta served as a field artillery platoon leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and forward support company commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He holds a BS from the U.S. Military Academy and an MPA/PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jessica P. Ashooh
Jessica Ashooh is director of policy for Reddit, where she manages all public policy, product policy, and government relations. Previously, she was deputy director of the Albright-Hadley Middle East Strategy Task Force at the Atlantic Council. From 2011 to 2015, she worked in the United Arab Emirates’ foreign ministry’s policy planning department in Abu Dhabi. In 2010, Ashooh also spent time in Erbil, Iraq, working with the Kurdistan regional government’s minister of planning. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, which she attended as a Marshall scholar.
Christina A. Bain
Christina A. Bain is director of Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and a former and founding director of Harvard Kennedy School’s program on human trafficking and modern slavery. She was previously appointed by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence. Bain also served as public affairs liaison to Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey and as special assistant to Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift. She is a member of the advisory committee for the third phase of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative–Vanguard/IU project, Building Foundations for Trust and Integrity.
Sasha Baker is currently the national security advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Previously, she served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, as special assistant to the director of management and budget, as a career budget analyst focused on Homeland and National Security budgets. After several years in the private sector, she got her start in government as a researcher for the House Armed Services Committee. Baker is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Adedayo A. Banwo
Adedayo A. Banwo is legal counsel at the London branch of Deutsche Bank AG. Previously, he was counsel in the office of general counsel at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, DC, and an associate at Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP in New York, where he focused on public and private securities offerings. Banwo is co-chair of the American Bar Association task force on financial engineering for economic development, which focuses on emerging markets and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Les Baquiran is the founder of Alpine Capital Advisors, a firm based in New York City and Santiago, Chile, that advises and raises capital for investment managers and companies. He also founded Pinebase, an online investor platform focused on U.S., Latin American, and Chinese markets. He is currently an advisor to Good Judgment Inc., codirector of the Latin America board of the Hedge Fund Association, and member of Empire Angels, an angel investment group. He previously worked at the Blackstone Group, Evercore ISI, and Brown Brothers Harriman.
David Bard is a principal with American Securities, a private equity firm with more than $15 billion in assets under management. Previously, he was a vice president at Bain Capital in New York, having begun his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company Bard. He sits on the boards of NAPA and Frontier Spinning Mills and is a member of Year Up New York’s Leadership Council. He holds a BAS in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a BSE in finance and statistics and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and an MPhil in economics with development from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates scholar.
Kara Medoff Barnett
Kara Medoff Barnett was appointed executive director of American Ballet Theatre in February 2016 following nearly nine years as a senior executive at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Barnett is a 2015 Henry Crown fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves on the advisory committee of the American Theatre Wing. Barnett received a 2003 Tony Award for Long Day’s Journey into Night as a producer. She graduated from Duke University and Harvard Business School.
Daniel L. Bartlett
Daniel L. Bartlett is pursuing a mid-career MPA at Harvard Kennedy School. A major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, he is assigned to Marine Forces Cyberspace Command. In 2014, helped orchestrate a UN Security Council summit at which a binding resolution on foreign fighters was adopted. In 2012, he was hired as a U.S. Department of Defense civilian and selected as a director on the National Security Council staff. His portfolio included foreign fighters, watchlisting, refugee security, and biometrics. Previously, he served eight years active duty, including three deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan as an intelligence officer. A graduate of the George Washington University, Bartlett was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004.
Courtney A. Beale
Courtney A. Beale is a career Foreign Service officer serving as the public affairs officer for the U.S. Embassy in Havana. She previously served as the senior director of the Global Engagement Office and special assistant to the president at the National Security Council. Beale has also worked in overseas assignments in India, Colombia, Pakistan, and Mexico. She worked as one of two special assistants to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and advanced foreign travel for Secretaries Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from Princeton University.
Brendan P. Bechtel
Brendan Bechtel is chairman and CEO of Bechtel Group, Inc. Previously, from 2014 to 2016, he served president and COO. Earlier, he served in various executive and operations roles. He is the fifth generation of the Bechtel family to lead the company, serves on the board of trustees for the National Geographic Society and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and is a member of the Business Roundtable. He holds a bachelor’s in geography from Middlebury College and master’s degrees in business and construction engineering and management from Stanford University.
Damian M. Bednarz
Damian M. Bednarz is currently general manager at Kivvit, a national public strategies and communications firm where he specializes in energy, transportation, and international affairs. Before Kivvit, Bednarz served in several senior leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Energy, which included chief of staff for the Office of International Affairs and White House liaison. He was a Fulbright scholar in Warsaw, where he researched Polish political parties. Bednarz holds a BA in political science from Marist College and an MA in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University.
Brandon M. Belford
Brandon M. Belford currently leads government affairs and public policy for the Special Projects Group at Apple. Previously, he served in the Obama administration as deputy assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, as a member of the National Economic Council at the White House, and on the Recovery Act team at the U.S. Department of Energy. Belford began his career in finance with Bank of America and SunEdison. He holds a BS from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Abigail S. Bellows
Abigail S. Bellows is a policy professional with expertise in accountable governance. She currently works at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Abigail joined government as a Presidential Management fellow and served at the Department of Defense as a special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She previously worked on public accountability issues as a community organizer and consultant in New York City and India. Abigail holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Daniel Benaim is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a visiting assistant professor of international relations at New York University. Previously, he served as a speechwriter and Middle East policy advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Senator John Kerry. Benaim holds a BA from Yale University and an MALD from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Jenna H. Ben-Yehuda
Jenna H. Ben-Yehuda is founder of the Women's Foreign Policy Network, an international membership organization of more than 2,700 women leaders whose mission is to advance women's participation in foreign affairs. A former State Department official, she is also vice president of foreign affairs at Wittenberg Weiner Consulting, a public-sector management consulting firm. She is co-chair of the Term Member Advisory Committee, adjunct professor at George Washington University, and recipient of five State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.
Jamille Bigio is senior fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In the Obama administration, Bigio served as director for human rights and gender on the White House National Security Council. She also advised the White House Council on Women and Girls on its international priorities and First Lady Michelle Obama on adolescent girls’ education and the Let Girls Learn initiative. Bigio led the interagency launch of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, an effort for which she was recognized with the U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Award and the U.S. Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Honor Award. She serves on the board of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security. Bigio graduated from the University of Maryland and received her MA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Allison Binns is senior advisor for global issues and public policy at Chevron. She previously served as senior advisor to the vice president of Chevron’s office of global diversity, ombuds and university partnerships and as a senior geopolitical threat analyst. Prior to joining Chevron, Binns spent three years in Major League Baseball’s Executive Development Program and in Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox. She serves on the boards of the Asia Society of Northern California and the Poetry Society of America. Binns holds a doctorate in sociology from Harvard University.
Anatoliy Bizhko is a Yale-educated corporate lawyer with global experience working for top law firms and Fortune 500 food companies. He is currently with the Hershey Company, where he is a lawyer for the company’s $6.5 billion Americas division and for mergers and acquisitions projects worldwide. Previously, he spent five years as international lawyer for Campbell Soup supporting the company’s operations in Europe, Russia, and Canada. Anatoliy is originally from Ukraine and speaks Russian and Ukrainian.
Rebecca Linder Blachly
Rebecca Linder Blachly is the director of government relations for the Episcopal Church. Previous positions include senior policy advisor in the Office of Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, acting chief of the Strategic Communication Division at U.S. Africa Command, and special assistant to the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy. Blachly was also a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She has conducted fieldwork throughout Africa and has published on civil-military relations. She received her BA in philosophy from Williams College and her MDiv from Harvard University.
Alexis Blane is an experienced lawyer with specialties in international and national security law. She has worked for the Clinton Foundation and at the U.S. Department of State, where she led the U.S. government's legal and policy responses to issues including cross-border law enforcement, maritime piracy, and anticorruption efforts. Blane holds a BA from Duke University, a DPhil and an MPhil from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes scholar, and a JD from New York University School of Law.
Katherine Boas is executive vice president at Carl Marks & Co, responsible for sourcing, building, and managing new investment opportunities for the firm. She also supports the Barefoot MBA, which she created to teach basic business skills to microloan recipients and other undereducated entrepreneurs. Previously, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, wrote for the New York Times and Providence Journal, and ran a poverty- and education-focused foundation. Boas has been involved with nonprofits including Indego Africa, Marks JCH of Bensonhurst, Echoing Green and the Brown Daily Herald. She holds an AB from Brown University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Leisel Bogan is the global strategy lead for information security at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Previously she was a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and led the initial strategic efforts of the institution’s new DC satellite office. After completing a research grant at Stanford University, Leisel was hired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and served in a variety of roles, including deputy and interim chief of staff, ending her tenure as research director and working concurrently at the geopolitical consulting firm RiceHadleyGates. She also worked with Palantir Technologies and Warner Bros. Leisel lectured at the undergraduate’s study abroad program in Florence, has lived and worked in Germany, and has conducted fellowships globally. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Pepperdine University.
Nazanin Boniadi advocates for human rights on a global scale, focusing on the rights of Iranian women, children, and prisoners of conscience. She served as an Amnesty International USA spokesperson from 2009 until 2015 and is currently a member of the board of directors at the Center for Human Rights in Iran. Fluent in Persian, she is a film and television actress who focuses on raising awareness of the human condition through storytelling and cultural diplomacy through the arts.
Eve Bower works as an editor at CNN in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently writing a book about the rare earth–mineral industry and China. Bower has worked as an international desk editor at CNN and written for Deutsche Welle through the Arthur F. Burns fellowship program.
Mac Broderick is vice president for strategy at Tellurian Inc., a Houston-based natural gas company. A board member of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and a member of the Atlantik-Brücke, he previously worked in investment management in Russia and Ukraine. Broderick is a graduate of Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Kyla L. Brooke
Kyla L. Brooke is a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State, currently in Washington, DC. Previously, she served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, in Afghanistan, the Netherlands, and the Dominican Republic. She received her BA in political science and communications from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MA in international affairs from Yale University.
Caroline E. Brown
Caroline E. Brown is an attorney advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Office of Chief Counsel. She first joined the Treasury Department as an attorney advisor in its office of the general counsel, Enforcement and Intelligence. Previously, Brown was an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)’s National Security Division. Before joining DOJ, Brown was a litigator at Mayer Brown LLP in Washington, DC. She was detailed to the White House in 2010 and 2011, where she coordinated rapid response and communications strategy. Brown is an Aspen Institute Socrates scholar and an Atlantik-Brücke Young Leader. She holds degrees in public policy studies and English from Duke University and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.
Neil R. Brown
Neil R. Brown is a director at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and director of policy and research in the KKR Global Institute. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and founding board director of the Lugar Center. Previously, Brown served on the senior staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and of Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-IN), and was a senior advisor at Goldwyn Global Strategies and a fellow at the German Marshall Fund. He holds an AB from Harvard University and an MPhil and an MSc from the University of Oxford.
Raven M. Bukowski
Raven Bukowski is an active duty intelligence officer in the U.S. Army currently serving as a Middle East Policy specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Previously a White House fellow, Bukowski worked as a director on the National Security Council (NSC). Before the NSC, she served as director of intelligence for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), where she focused on special operations in Middle East. From 2012 to 2014, Bukowski taught political science at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
William R. Cahill
William R. Cahill currently serves on the National Security Council as director for strategic planning. He is an active duty Coast Guard officer and naval aviator. In his most recent operational assignment, Cahill served as chief rotary pilot and director of operations at Air Station Miami, Florida. When not conducting search and rescue and law enforcement operations in the Caribbean Basin, he was involved in local civics as a Miami Beach City Committee chairman. Cahill holds a bachelor’s in naval architecture from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a master’s of public policy from Princeton University.
Sarah R. Cannon
Sarah R. Cannon is a vice president at CapitalG (Alphabet's Growth Equity Fund). Before joining Google in 2014, she was a policy advisor on the National Economic Council at the White House, having also worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and at Warburg Pincus on the Technology, Media and Telecom Team. Cannon spent a year in Ghana as a Fulbright scholar. She received her BA from Yale College, her MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School, and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Alexandra P. Cart
Alexandra P. Cart is cofounder of Madeira Global, a leading advisory and analytics firm dedicated to environmental, social, and governance research and reporting. As a trusted independent reporting firm, Madeira uses a quantitative analytical approach to seamlessly measure, integrate, and communicate the nonfinancial impact of their clients’ investments. Cart has been recognized for her work as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, as a Wall Street Journal Women of Note, and by the Tribeca Disruptor Foundation. In 2013, she joined the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle. Cart graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in international studies and political science.
Elizabeth Cartier is currently the director of global security architecture at Sony Corporation of America, where she is responsible for overseeing the central security engineering function of the Sony network of companies. Previously, she was a consultant with PwC's Cyber Crime and Breach Response program. Cartier holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MA from New York University.
Robert P. Chamberlain
Robert P. Chamberlain is a major in the United States Army and an Army Futures Studies Group fellow supporting Lieutenant General Cardon's Army modernization task force, particularly the application of Big Data analytical techniques to the Army acquisition system. He holds a doctorate in political science from Columbia University.
Tiffani Chambers is managing director and global head of operational service at Goldman Sachs. A strategy and operations executive with twenty years of diversified financial services experience, she is a member of the Operations Women’s Network Steering Committee and the Firmwide Black Network Leadership team and a managing director ally for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network. She also serves on the board of the Bank Street School of Education and the Advisory Board of the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Chambers earned her BBA in management from Emory University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Hui Wen Chan
Hui Wen Chan is a vice president in corporate sustainability at Citi Foundation. She was previously senior program manager of corporate citizenship at Citi and impact analytics and planning officer at the Citi Foundation. Before joining Citi Foundation, she advised clients across a variety of industries at Sagent Advisors, Inc. and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman Group). She also served as a program officer for the William J. Clinton Foundation’s pediatric HIV/AIDS program in Beijing, China, and was a Harvard Business School Leadership fellow and associate director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. She received an AB in economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Melissa Chan is a national and foreign affairs reporter affiliated with the Global Reporting Centre and most recently involved in a Netflix documentary series. Previously, as a correspondent for Al Jazeera America, she covered stories on social justice, the economy, the environment, and the rural American West and was China correspondent for five years before her expulsion from the country in 2012 for the channel’s reports. She has also reported from Cuba, Canada, South Korea, North Korea, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mongolia, Moscow, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Gaza.
Jon P. Cheatwood
Jon P. Cheatwood is a practitioner and perpetual student of U.S. foreign policy, and has more than ten years of government service. Prior to transitioning from the military, he was assigned to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he taught on American politics. As an infantry officer, he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. His writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Diplomat, and Military Review. Cheatwood is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Hagar Hajjar Chemali
Hagar Hajjar Chemali is chief executive officer of Greenwich Media Strategies, a communications consulting firm specializing in national security and counter–illicit finance. A commentator and writer, she was previously director of communications and spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and spokesperson for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the U.S. Treasury Department. From 2010 to 2012, Chemali was director for Syria and Lebanon at the White House, National Security Council. She was also Middle East policy advisor at the Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes. Chemali graduated from Barnard College and received a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
Scott D. Cheney-Peters
Scott D. Cheney-Peters serves as an international policy advisor at the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office and is the founder of the nonprofit think tank Center for International Maritime Security. He served in Asia aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and in South America aboard USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). Other assignments include as editor of Surface Warfare magazine and as a strategy officer on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. As a civilian, he served as deputy director of the strategy office in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Cheney-Peters holds a BA in government from Georgetown University and an MA in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.
Imran G. Chowdhury
Imran Chowdhury is a faculty member at Pace University's Lubin School of Business, where he teaches in international management, strategic management and entrepreneurship. His research focuses on organizations’ attempts to balance social and economic demands simultaneously. Prior to embarking on his postgraduate academic career, Chowdhury worked for several years in international development and public health. He completed his graduate studies in France, obtaining a master’s degree at INSEAD (Fontainebleau) and a PhD from ESSEC Business School (Paris).
Erin J. Clancy
Erin J. Clancy is a career Foreign Service officer currently serving as a special assistant to Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. Her previous diplomatic assignments include tours in Syria, Jordan, the Sultanate of Oman, and most recently in the State Department’s Office of United Nations Political Affairs, where she was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy on Libya and Syria in the UN Security Council. Erin has received numerous State Department awards for meritorious service. She is an alumna of the CNAS Next Generation National Security Leaders Program and the Truman National Security Project as well as a recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.
Lauren Clancy is a managing director and chief operating officer of global banking and markets and international compliance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Previously, she was principal and chief operating officer of 32 Advisors, a cross-border business advisory firm. Clancy spent thirteen years at UBS as an investment banker focused on capital markets, leveraged finance and portfolio management before acting as chief of staff for the chairman of UBS in the Americas and the president of the Global Investment Bank. She has led start-up business development teams in London and Tokyo.
Kris Clark is a veteran diplomat and U.S. Navy reserve intelligence officer focused on Middle East and defeat the self-proclaimed Islamic State policy. Previously, he served in Iraq, Pakistan, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela—where he was declared persona non grata by Venezuelan President Maduro for political reasons. Previously, he consulted across southern Africa, taught in an underserved Florida public school district, and worked as a private wealth advisor. Clark is on the board of a social enterprise expanding opportunity in secondary and higher education. An Aspen Institute Socrates scholar, he studied at Columbia University, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Miami.
Tiffany A. Clay
Tiffany Clay is a principal with the global private equity firm TPG Capital and a founding member of the TPG alternative and renewable technologies investment team. Before joining TPG Capital she was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Clay is a member of the board of the World Resources Institute. She received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a George F. Baker scholar.
Michael D. Cohen
Michael D. Cohen is head of energy research at Barclays and responsible for the firm’s research covering developments in North American energy markets. Previously, Cohen spent two years as a senior member of the oil industries and markets division at the International Energy Agency, where he was a principal author of the Oil Market Report and Medium Term Oil Market Report. Before that, he worked with the U.S. Department of Energy as an economist with the Energy Information Administration and with the office of Russian and Eurasian affairs. Cohen holds a BA in political science and a BSBA in economics from the Ohio State University and an MA in international economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
E. Clark Copelin
E. Clark Copelin is a partner at Albert B. Glickman & Associates. Previously, after serving in the U.S. Army for seven years as an Arabic linguist and in Iraq and Afghanistan for four tours, Copelin spent a year as an associate at the private investment bank Allen & Company in New York City and three years as a real estate developer in Atlanta. Copelin earned an MBA and a JD from Emory University.
Kristen A. Cordell
Kristen A. Cordell is a senior advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), supporting the agency’s two largest portfolios—Afghanistan and Pakistan—on a range of security and development topics. Prior to her work at USAID, she supported development programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Lebanon. While at the United Nations, she advised on issues related to refugee assistance, human rights and security, and smart empowerment strategies for women in postconflict contexts. She has authored several reports on the role of inclusive postconflict reconstruction and coauthored the book Women and Nation Building. In 2012, she was seconded to the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe. Cordell holds a BA in history and political science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MPP from Pepperdine University.
Patrick C. Costello
Patrick C. Costello is the director of Washington External Affairs at CFR in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he leads the Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy program, the diplomatic program, and the executive branch initiative. Before joining CFR, he was a senior associate at the Whitaker Group. Priot to that, Costello was a government relations counselor with International Business-Government Counsellors. Before that, he worked in Congress as an aide to former Representative Jon Porter, serving as the primary foreign policy and economic policy advisor. Costello was a 2011 Future Leader with the Foreign Policy Initiative and named an Atlantik-Brücke Young Leader in 2014. He earned bachelors’ degrees in history, international relations, and political science from the University of Massachusetts, a postgraduate certificate from Exeter College at the University of Oxford, and a master’s degree from King’s College London. Costello has also done graduate study at the National Defense University.
Mai’a K. Davis Cross
Mai’a K. Davis Cross is the Edward W. Brooke professor of political science at Northeastern University and senior researcher at the ARENA Centre for European Studies in Oslo, Norway. An expert on European foreign and security policy, EU crises, and diplomacy, Cross is the author of three books, including most recently The Politics of Crisis in Europe and Security Integration in Europe, which was the winner of the best book prize in European studies. She holds an AB in government from Harvard University and a PhD in politics from Princeton University.
Liora E. Danan
Liora E. Danan is chief of staff for the New York City mayor’s office of immigrant affairs. She previously served at the State Department as chief of staff for the secretary’s office of religion and global affairs, and in the bureau of conflict and stabilization operations. Prior to that, she was a fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She received her BA in political science and policy studies from Rice University and an MA in international relations from Yale University.
Mona Dave is an Asia senior program officer at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democracy around the world. She is responsible for monitoring and evaluating NED grants to civil society organizations in South Asia, with particular focus on Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Nathaniel B. Davis
Nathaniel B. Davis is director of defense and strategic studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a major in the U.S. Army. His operational assignments include two combat tours in Iraq, to include commanding a company during the Surge campaign, and two and a half years in the Republic of Korea. He holds an MPA from Harvard University and a PhD in war studies from King's College London, where his research focused on the nexus of morality and strategy in humanitarian military intervention.
Kent E. Davis-Packard
Kent E. Davis-Packard is a writer and adjunct professor of Middle East studies and American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and editor of the Journal for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism. She was a fellow at the Brookings Institution and guest lecturer at the American University in Cairo; co-executive director of Women's Learning Partnership, a partnership of twenty international women's organizations; a presidential management fellow at the U.S. Department of State; and a journalist for the Christian Science Monitor. She holds a master’s degree in philology from Columbia University and a doctorate in international law from SAIS.
Casey L. Deering
Casey L. Deering, deputy Uranium Program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), works to modernize the nation’s enriched uranium capabilities to support key defense and nonproliferation missions. Deering previously served as nuclear security attaché at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, where she was a senior advisor to the U.S. ambassador to the IAEA. Prior to Vienna, Deering was a senior advisor in NNSA’s Office of Fissile Materials Disposition, and a spokesperson promoting NNSA’s nonproliferation and nuclear counterterrorism programs. Deering began her government service in 2005 with the U.S. Department of Education.
Abby Deift is a policy and communications professional with expertise in technology and national security. Currently, she is a vice president for operational risk at Goldman Sachs. Previously, she served as a senior advisor for cyber policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she focused on cyber strategy and Internet of Things security. Deift has also held positions at the National Science Foundation, the State Department, and in the office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). She earned a BA in mathematics and English literature from Columbia University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Taylor B. Dewey
Taylor B. Dewey is a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State, currently vice consul in the Dominican Republic. He is also an officer in the Navy Reserves, currently officer in charge of a riverine platoon. Previously, Commander Dewey was special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Presidential Management fellow. He is secretary of the Navy Reserve policy board and holds a BA from Cornell University and MAs from Stanford University and the U.S. Naval War College.
Joseph L. Dieleman
Joseph L. Dieleman is an assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. He leads the resource tracking research team, which focuses on tracking development assistance for health, health-care spending by disease, and government health spending. These projects are split between global research, seeking to understand financial flows for health, and domestic research, seeking to describe how health care is purchased in the United States. Dieleman holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and both a master’s degree and a doctorate in economics from the University of Washington.
Reema Dodin serves as floor director to the Democratic Whip, Senator Richard Durbin, where she runs the whip operation for the Senate Democratic caucus. She is a Munich Young Leader, a Truman National Security fellow, a New Leaders Council fellow, and an Atlantik-Brücke fellow. The coauthor of an introductory primer on House and Senate procedure and a member of the California bar, Dodin holds a BA in economics and political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Harun Dogo is an economist at the World Bank in Washington, DC, where he leads analytics at the intersection of environment and economics. Prior to joining the World Bank he served on the Senate Finance Committee staff and has worked at the RAND Corporation, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and as an army aviation officer. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduate degrees in special operations, physics, and policy analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California.
Matthew T. Driskill
Matthew T. Driskill serves as a naval flight officer in the EA-18G Growler. He has more than two thousand hours in five aircraft and has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Odyssey Dawn, and Enduring Freedom. In 2014, he founded the Military Leadership Circle, a joint venture with the Milken Institute enabling military officers to bridge the civil-military divide. Driskill serves on the board of the Star Mountain Capital Foundation and as a special advisor to the Carrington Charitable Foundation, Business Executives for National Security, and the Gary Sinise Foundation, among others. He earned a BS in political science from Vanderbilt University, an MBA from Auburn University, and an MA from the U.S. Naval War College.
R. David Edelman
R. David Edelman is director of the project on technology, the economy, and national security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A senior fellow at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Center for International Studies, he was earlier special assistant to the president for economic and technology policy at the White House, where he was responsible for technology, telecom, privacy, and competition matters. Previously, he served as director for international cyber policy at the National Security Council and as founding policy advisor for the Office of Cyber Affairs at U.S. Department of State. Edelman earned his BA from Yale University and his MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University.
Camille Eiss, currently a consultant on anticorruption and human rights, served in the Obama administration from 2012 to 2017, most recently as senior advisor for anticorruption for the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Rights, and Labor. Previously, she served as senior policy advisor and lead coordinator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and as strategic communications advisor to USAID’s assistant administrator for democracy, conflict, and humanitarian assistance. From 2009 to 2012, Eiss was director of the Truman National Security Project. She holds a BA in history and government from Georgetown University and an MS in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mohamed El Beih
Mohamed El Beih is a senior managing director at Blackstone, where he is involved with institutional client coverage and managing BAAM's sovereign relationships in the Middle East. He is also involved in business strategy and new product development. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, El Beih was an investment advisor at Morgan Stanley International and Goldman Sachs International in the Private Wealth Management divisions in London. A board member of the Arab Bankers Association of North America, he received a BA in international relations from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Chinonso T. Emehelu
Chinonso T. Emehelu is the director of Africa, international government relations, at ExxonMobil Corporation in Washington, DC. Emehelu joined ExxonMobil in 2008 as an upstream public and government affairs advisor in ExxonMobil’s production company headquarters in Houston, Texas, and worked on projects involving operations support for ExxonMobil’s strategic relations plans in the Americas, Middle East, and Russia. Emehelu is a board member of Africare. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Federal University of Technology in Owerri, Nigeria, and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
Christopher K. Fabian
Christopher K. Fabian is a technologist and innovator who cofounded UNICEF's Innovation Unit, and currently leads UNICEF Ventures in New York. Fabian’s work is focused on finding and financing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems. Prior to UNICEF, Fabian founded and exited tech startups in Africa and the Middle East. He holds a degree in philosophy from American University, Cairo, and a degree in media studies from the New School.
Yousa Y. Fazili
Yousra Y. Fazili is an attorney and a special advisor on the Middle East and Global Nuclear security to various U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Defense. She oversees a $50 million charitable fund for the Qatar Foundation. She is currently working on a book titled Ji-Hotties on why Western women join jihadist movements and writes for Foreign Policy and the Huffington Post. A human rights attorney, she focuses on political prisoner issues in Egypt. Fazili is a Fulbright scholar and a graduate of Harvard University, Brown University, and American University’s Washington College of Law.
Ben J. Fernandes
Ben J. Fernandes is a U.S. Army officer and study manager for the Army Science Board’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Study. Previously, she/he served as the chief of plans for the National Commission on the Future of the Army and as an interagency coordination officer at the National Counterterrorism Center. Fernandes served two tours in Afghanistan and has worked a variety of issues in the Levant, Middle East, and Asia. Fernandes earned a BS from the U.S. Military Academy, an MBA from Auburn, a MSSI from the National Intelligence University, and is pursuing a PhD in security cooperation and governance at George Mason University.
Matthew F. Ferraro
Matthew F. Ferraro is an attorney in private practice and a former intelligence officer. A senior associate at WilmerHale LLP in Washington, DC, he advises clients on matters related to defense and national security, cybersecurity, anti–money laundering, and strategic response. He also conducts internal investigations, counsels clients on government contracts, and maintains a pro bono appellate litigation practice. Before entering the legal profession, he served in staff, policy, and operational positions with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA. Ferraro holds a BA from Yale University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Jennifer Field is director of social impact at Gerson Lehrman Group, where she develops and leads the company’s partnerships with nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises. Previously, she was a vice president in the office of corporate engagement at Goldman Sachs. Her experience also includes serving as special assistant and personal aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, foreign affairs advisor in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and John Whitehead intern at the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. Field earned a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Robert A. Friedman
Robert A. Friedman has been a legal counsel and senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of State for the past five years. He currently works in the legal advisor's Office for Nonproliferation and Arms Control. Previously a senior policy advisor to former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, he was also the lead State Department lawyer on efforts to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project and a governor of the Washington Foreign Law Society. He holds a BA in political science from Emory University, an MA in government from the Johns Hopkins University, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
Zachary A. Friedman
Zachary A. Friedman is group executive vice president and chief financial officer of Mina Group, an integrated global energy services and energy infrastructure company. Previously, Friedman worked at the Blackstone Group and before that in investment banking at Morgan Stanley. A former White House intern for the chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, he received a BA in political science from Johns Hopkins University, an MPP from Harvard University, an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a JD from Columbia Law School.
Mirna Galic most recently served as a senior advisor to the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. Department of State. She previously served as a special advisor on counterterrorism cooperation at the Office of the United Nations Secretary General, and as senior foreign policy advisor for Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI). Galic holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s in public affairs from the Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Rommel A. Gallo
Rommel A. Gallo is the chief financial officer and general counsel of Unity Envirotech, a fertilizer manufacturing company with conventional fertilizer assets and proprietary environmentally friendly fertilizer technology. He was the founder and president of Gallo & Co., an energy project development firm with activities in North America and Latin America. Previously, he was vice president at Fieldstone Partners, an investment banker at Citigroup and Wells Fargo, and a public finance attorney at Greenberg Traurig. Gallo has completed more than $35 billion transactions in the energy and infrastructure space in three continents and eight countries. He holds an AB from Princeton University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a JD from Columbia University.
David Hardt Gamble
David “Chip” Hardt Gamble is acting director of Conventional Arms Threat Reduction at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he was director for Russia and Central Asia at the National Security Council in the Obama and Trump administrations. A career Foreign Service officer, Chip served in Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland and the Philippines. Prior to joining State, he was a national security consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Before that, Gamble was an U.S. Army officer with service in Afghanistan and Korea. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the Army Command and General Staff College.
Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is the cofounder and managing partner of Global Space Ventures. She is also the cofounder of space Technology Company Escape Dynamics, and Entrepreneurs for Hillary, which raised more than $8 million for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She serves as a member of the Economic Club of New York, a board member of the National Museum of Mathematics, and a Truman National Security fellow. Garriott started her career at Goldman Sachs in Europe and held leading investment roles at TPG-Axon and Renaissance Technologies in the United States and Asia. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Aysha Ghadiali is a policy analyst in international programs for the U.S. Forest Service, representing the U.S. government in negotiating sustainable forest management and conservation policies at UN and multilateral organizations. Previously, she served on the U.S. Forest Service team establishing the Lebanon Reforestation Initiative project, funded by USAID. Earlier, she worked at think tanks such as Resources for the Future and the Council on Foreign Relations and produced environmental journalism stories for PBS, Wide Angle, and CBS. Ghadiali holds a BA in history and political science from Boston University and a MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Simon R. Goldfine
Simon R. Goldfine is the general manager of Sierra Peaks Corporation, a boutique American engineering and manufacturing firm of unique equipment for the U.S. government, the aerospace industry, and other select private-sector clients. Prior to this, he was a special agent for eleven years in the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service. He served in Beijing, Belgrade, and a number of domestic postings. Goldfine holds a BA in political science, an MBA from the University of New Mexico, and an MA in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Zachary K. Goldman
Zachary K. Goldman is the executive director of the Center on Law and Security and an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law. Previously, Goldman served as a special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the U.S. Department of Defense, and as a policy advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. He was a litigator at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. Goldman is the coeditor of Global Intelligence Oversight: Governing Security in the Twenty-First Century. He has testified before Congress and has published on national security strategy, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and financial sanctions in outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times Chinese, the South China Morning Post, Political Science Quarterly, Cold War History, the Atlantic, the Diplomat, the National Interest, and others.
Brooke M. Goldstein
Brooke M. Goldstein is he executive director of the Lawfare Project and the director of the Children’s Rights Institute. An attorney and filmmaker, she is the author of Lawfare: The War Against Free Speech. "The Making of a Martyr" is her award-winning documentary. A regular television commentator and widely published, Goldstein is an associate fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and a member of the Scholars for Peace in the Middle East’s Council of Scholars. She has a JD from the Cardozo School of Law in New York.
L. Felice Gorordo
L. Felice Gorordo is chief executive officer of L1BRE, a tech company that aims to empower citizens and transform urban mobility in Latin America. One of fifteen 2011 to 2012 White House fellows, he worked on Latino outreach and immigration policy. Gorordo cofounded and leads Roots of Hope, a nonprofit focused on youth empowerment in Cuba. In 2009, he was an advisor to Grammy winner Juanes and helped organize the historic Peace without Borders concert in Cuba, which was attended by 1.2 million people. Gorordo is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Viviana Lopez Green
Viviana Lopez Green leads the Affiliate Member Services arm of UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Previously, she was an immigration lawyer at Grossman Law and counsel to the CEO for at Flamel Technologies, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company in France. She also served as a senior project associate at Development Alternatives, Inc., where she helped manage U.S. Agency for International Development projects in Colombia, Croatia, and Zimbabwe. A member of the New York bar, Green holds an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center and a JD from the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.
Derrick L. Griffin
Derrick L. Griffin is director of alternative investments at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He oversees the private equity, real assets, and hedge fund portfolios for the $750 million endowment. Prior to joining Macalester's Endowment, Griffin was the chief investment officer for AEC, a boutique alternatives investment firm based in Kansas City, Missouri. He also spent more than eight years with the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System, helping oversee the day-to-day management of approximately $2 billion of private capital investments. Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northwest Missouri State University and is a chartered alternative investment analyst.
Scott Grinsell is a corporate attorney at Elliott Management Corporation. Previously, he was a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Supreme Court. He currently serves on the boards of the Association of Marshall Scholars and Even Ground. Inc., a nonprofit that supports poverty reduction efforts in South Africa. Grinsell received his BA from Williams College, his MPhil from Oxford University as a Marshall scholar, and his JD from Yale Law School.
Bryan Gunderson is currently executive vice president at Nine Point Energy. Previously, he worked with General Electric, Chevron, and Lehman Brothers. He started his career the Council on Foreign Relations. Gunderson holds a BA from Bard College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Cyrus Habib is the lieutenant governor of the State of Washington. He serves as president of the State Senate and maintains a portfolio of issues including economic development and international relations. He lost his eyesight to childhood cancer at the age of eight, but went on to graduate from Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School. He then returned to Washington to practice law at Perkins Coie before being elected to the State Legislature. The son of immigrants, Habib is the only Iranian-American to hold statewide elected office in the United States.
Joshua J. Haecker
Joshua J. Haecker is director of analysis for Predata, a predictive analytics start-up using machine learning technology to analyze online metadata to hunt for patterns and trends that can be used to anticipate future events. Previously, he worked in multiple components of the U.S. intelligence community, during which time his regional specialty was the Sahel region of Africa, and as a consultant with Deloitte. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Public Policy.
Jason T. Hansberger
Jason T. Hansberger, is a politico-military strategic planner on the Joint Staff Iran desk for the U.S. Air Force. A lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, his next assignment will be at Andrews AFB as the chief of wing safety piloting the C-32. A Southeast Asia foreign affairs officer and fluent in Thai, Hansberger holds a BASc in economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MA in regional studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Stephanie Hanson is a member of the senior leadership team at One Acre Fund, a social enterprise that serves more than half a million smallholder farmers in Africa, for which she manages the government relations and policy, communications, and microfinance partnerships departments. Hanson also sits on the Aspen Institute's food security strategy working group, and on the advisory board of Food Tank. From 2006 to 2009, she covered economic and political development in Africa and Latin America for CFR.org, and in 2008 won a News and Documentary Emmy for Crisis Guide: Darfur. Hanson holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Hill Hardman is president of Granite Holdings, where he oversees Routematch, a transit mobility platform, GeoFields, an oil and gas pipeline technology, Okabashi, a shoe manufacturer, and PeachDish, a meal-kit service provider. Previously, Hill practiced law at King & Spalding in Atlanta. He is a 2013 Marshall Memorial fellow and served as a Carter Center delegate for the 2008 Nepalese elections. He holds a BA in international relations from Duke University, an MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore, and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Tara Hariharan is director of Global Macro Research at NWI Management LP, a New York–based global macro hedge fund. She also studies growth, policy and political economy in the United States, China, and Europe, sustaining dialogue with senior policymakers globally. A 2014 Marshall Memorial fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and American Young Leader 2016 at the American Council on Germany, Hariharan holds an AB from Princeton University.
Emilie Harkin joined the Atlantic in 2016 as senior director of customer marketing and growth. Her responsibilities range from overseeing the magazine's circulation to building consumer-supported products, with the goal of creating premium experiences that encourage customer loyalty. Previously, she was the marketing director at Foreign Affairs, and before that, she worked at the New Republic as associate director. Harkin holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and in journalism from Syracuse University.
Christopher K. Harnisch
Christopher K. Harnisch works as an operations product development and strategic sourcing manager at Apple. Previously spent time in the public policy and defense arenas. From 2011 to 2012, he served as an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan. Before that, he worked on the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute, where he researched and wrote about al-Qaeda’s emerging safe havens. Harnisch also spent two years on the staff of Vice President Dick Cheney and a year as the assistant to the director of the Peace Corps. He holds a BA in international studies from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Adrienne A. Harris
Adrienne Harris is chief business development officer and general counsel of states title. Previously, she served as special assistant to President Barack Obama for economic policy at the White House National Economic Council, her portfolio including financial reform, fintech, cybersecurity, consumer protection, and housing. Before that, she worked at Sullivan & Cromwell, as an advisor to Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and as a clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Harris earned BA from Georgetown University, her MBA from New York University, and her JD from Columbia Law School.
F. Lane Harwell
F. Lane Harwell is a nonprofit executive, advocate, and educator, working to advance mission-driven causes. He is currently executive director of the service organization Dance/NYC and previously held the senior development position at the arts-wide advocacy organization Alliance for the Arts. Harwell holds a BA from Princeton University, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and an MA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Annie Hazlehurst founded and leads Faridan, a firm making early stage science and technology investments globally. Previously, she was a bioengineer in complexity theory and believes that emerging intersections of science and intelligent software will transform medicine. Hazlehurst began her professional pursuits at Morgan Stanley before joining Draper Fisher Jurvetson to focus on early stage technology investments in diverse areas from synthetic biology and advanced materials to artificial intelligence. She has spent time working with Capricorn Investment Group, Mubadala and the IFC and serves on the Boards of Arbor Biotechnologies, Emerald Cloud Lab, Human Longevity, Inc., and Aceso Global. Hazlehurst has a BS in Bioengineering from Brown University and a joint MS/MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jacob L. Heim
Jacob L. Heim is a defense researcher at the RAND Corporation. Most recently, he served as a strategic analyst in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Strategy and Force Development, where he advised the DASD on U.S. defense strategy and the evolution of military capabilities. Previous to that, he was a senior operations research analyst with the MITRE Corporation. Heim holds a BA in mathematics from Amherst College and an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Brittan Heller is the founding director of the Center for Technology and Society (CTS), which brings civil rights into a digital environment. At CTS, Heller's work includes big data analysis of civil rights abuses, countering online extremism, stopping cyber harassment, understanding hate crimes/hate speech and social implications of emergent technology. Heller served at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she investigated and prosecuted genocide, war crimes, human smuggling and international fraud. A Truman National Security scholar, Heller holds a BA and an MA from Stanford University and a JD from Yale Law School.
Robin Hickenlooper is senior vice president of corporate development at Liberty Media Corporation. She is responsible for identifying investment opportunities, overseeing Liberty portfolio companies, and assisting in the business development efforts of the portfolio companies. Hickenlooper currently serves on the board of directors of Chipotle Mexican Grill and FTD Companies, Inc., and previously served on the board of directors of SiriusXM. She received a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Aubrey Hruby is a senior advisor to investors and companies doing business in Africa. As a visiting fellow at the Atlantic Council, she speaks and writes regularly on African business issues in global media including the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. She is the coauthor of The Next Africa. Hruby holds a BA in economics, political science, and international relations from the University of Colorado Boulder, an MA in security studies from Georgetown University, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Vincent Indelicato is a partner in the business solutions, governance, restructuring and bankruptcy group at Proskauer Rose LLP. His practice focuses on the representation of debtors, creditors, statutory and ad hoc committees and equity holders in chapter eleven cases and out-of-court restructurings. Indelicato holds a BA from Haverford College and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.
Erum Jilani is an Obama administration political appointee serving as senior advisor at the Office of Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Her main portfolio consists of the U.S.-Australia-Japan trilateral and bilateral relations with Mongolia. Previously, she served as a defense fellow in the Office of Secretary Hagel and as an advisor for the assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense. Jilani holds a BA from Parsons School of Design and Georgia Tech and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Adam Jones recently worked in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley, where he focused on numerous cross-border transactions. Previously, he served as an officer in the United States Navy in Japan, Iraq, the Pentagon, and the White House. At the Pentagon, he served as the Navy’s Middle East desk officer during the Arab Spring. He holds a BS in economics from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MA in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
John B. Jones
John B. Jones is a career Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State. He previously served at the U.S. Embassy in Paris from 2014 to 2016, in Islamabad from 2012 to 2013, in Cairo from 2010 to 2012, and Baghdad from 2008 to 2009. Jones is a graduate of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech.
Naureen N. Kabir
Naureen N. Kabir is deputy director for counterterrorism intelligence analysis at the New York City Police Department (NYPD), where she oversees strategic intelligence analysis for the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau. Previously, she served as the intelligence research manager for the Counterterrorism Bureau’s Terrorism Threat Analysis Group. Before that, Kabir was assistant director of the National Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. She also held positions at Tufts University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, and Legal Affairs. Kabir holds a BA in economics and political science from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in international affairs from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Konstantin Kakaes is a senior fellow at New America. Previously, he was a Knight Science journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Mexico City bureau chief and science and technology correspondent for the Economist. Kakaes holds a BA from Harvard University.
Gaurav K. Kapadia
Gaurav K. Kapadia is the cofounder and co-managing Partner of Soroban Capital Partners, an $11 billion investment firm based in New York. Previously, he was a partner at TPG-Axon Capital, a multibillion dollar global investment firm. Kapadia started his career at the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant. He serves on the board of trustees of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the board of Uncommon Schools, the board of Friends of Hudson River Park. He holds a BSC in economics with concentrations in finance and management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Eben Kaplan is a principal consultant at the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, where he advises clients on preparing for cyberattacks. Previously, he was a consultant at Control Risks, dividing his time between the company’s marketing and information security divisions, having first worked as an analyst at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute and as communications director in the office of Representative Jane Harman (D-CA). Kaplan holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Bard College and a master’s in strategic cyber operations and information management from the George Washington University.
Isaac B. Kardon
Isaac B. Kardon is assistant professor at the U.S Naval War College, where he is a core member of the China Maritime Studies Institute. He is also an associate in research at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Kardon’s core areas of study and specialization are Chinese politics and law, with research and writing focused on maritime disputes, PRC foreign policy, East Asian security, and the law of the sea. He earned his BA in history from Dartmouth College, his MPhil in Chinese studies from Oxford University, and his PhD in government from Cornell University.
Mara E. Karlin
Mara E. Karlin is associate professor and associate director of strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She served in national security roles for five U.S. secretaries of defense, advising on policies spanning strategic planning, defense budgeting, future wars and the evolving security environment, and regional affairs involving the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Her book Building Militaries in Fragile States: Challenges for the United States will be published in 2017. Karlin holds a BA from Tulane University, an MA in strategic studies, Middle East studies, and international economics from SAIS, and a PhD in international affairs from SAIS.
Whitney M. Kassel
Whitney Kassel is a columnist for Foreign Policy. Previously, she worked on the business development team at Palantir, where she focused on engagement with government clients. Previously, she spent four years at the Arkin Group, where she oversaw due diligence and strategic risk analysis in South Asia, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. Before that, she served in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense and in Pakistan with the Office of the Defense Representative and Special Operations Command Central, and represented the Secretary of Defense on General McChrystal’s strategic assessment team in Afghanistan in 2009. Kassel has written for Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, the Baltimore Sun, the Huffington Post, and World Policy Journal, among others. She holds a BA from Barnard College and an MA from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Zachary D. Kaufman
Zachary D. Kaufman is a senior fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and teaches at Stanford Law School. Previously, he taught at Yale and George Washington University. A former CFR international affairs fellow, he has served in all three branches of the U.S. government and in three war crimes tribunals. He is the author or editor of three books, most recently United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice. A Marshall scholar, he is a graduate of Yale Law School, Oxford University, and Yale University.
Avinash Kaza is the cofounder and CEO of Upswell, a business service provider in data science and technology development and start-up solutions. Previously, he held senior-level sales, trading, and research jobs at Goldman Sachs, Perry Capital, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Kaza serves on the Boards of Emerging Markets Charity Benefit, Hunger Free America, and World Connect; the BRIC Funds Board and International Rescue Committee’s US Programs Leadership Committee. A Truman National Security Project Security fellow, he holds a BA in economics and an MA in international policy studies from Stanford University.
Jeffrey Kelly is a partner and member of the investment team of Summit Rock Advisors. Previously, he held positions in Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, the hedge fund solutions division of the Blackstone Group. Before joining Blackstone, Kelly was part of the portfolio management team in the specialty fixed-income division of Deutsche Asset Management. A member of the board of advisors of the Georgetown Wall Street Alliance, he holds a BS in business administration from Georgetown University.
Jody Metzenbaum Kelman
Jody Metzenbaum Kelman leads self-driving vehicle deployment at Lyft, the ridesharing company. Previously, she worked at McKinsey & Company, focusing on technology-driven infrastructure investments. In 2008, Kelman served on President Obama's Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Transition Team, where she advised the incoming administration on improving government performance through technology. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master's degree from the University of Sydney, where she was a Fulbright scholar.
Jo Ling Kent
Jo Ling Kent is a NBC News correspondent covering business, technology and general news. Previously, she was a reporter at Fox Business Network and investigative reporter at NBC Connecticut, where she was a member of the reporting team awarded a Peabody for coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Kent covered the 2012 president race as a campaign embed for NBC News after working in China for five years, first as a Fulbright scholar, then for ABC News and CNN. Fluent in Mandarin, she earned a bachelor’s from Rice University and a dual master’s in international affairs from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Peking University.
Amit K. Khandelwal
Amit K. Khandelwal is the Jerome A. Chazen professor of global business at Columbia Business School and director of the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business. A coeditor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, he is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, International Growth Centre, and the Council on Foreign Relations. At Columbia Business School, he teaches managerial economics, a course on emerging markets, and courses on the Indian, Chinese, and Myanmar economies. His research focuses on the link between international trade and economic development. Khandelwal holds a BA in mathematics and economics at Northwestern University and a PhD in economics from Yale University.
Sina Kian currently works at GSO Capital Partners, a credit-oriented alternative asset manager within Blackstone. Previously, he practiced law at WilmerHale, where he worked on appellate litigation in federal courts around the country and with the Strategic Response Group. After law school, Sina clerked for Judge Thomas B. Griffith and Judge David S. Tatel—both on the DC Circuit—and for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on the Supreme Court. Kian received his BA in history at the University of Virginia and his JD from Stanford Law School.
Brian M. Kitching
Brian M. Kitching is a U.S. Army major and operations professional assigned to the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command. For fifteen years, he has worked extensively in conventional units and counterterrorism task forces. Kitching is holds an MA in international relations and affairs from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an MPA in international relations and national security studies from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Caitlin B. Klevorick
Caitlin Klevorick is a managing director at Mercury in their New York office. Caitlin brings more than a decade of experience working at the highest levels of government and in public affairs, providing strategic communications and engagement counsel to campaigns, nonprofits, and private-sector companies. Previously, Klevorick served as a senior advisor in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She holds a BA in political science from Yale University and a JD from the Fordham University School of Law.
Aynne Kokas is a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. Kokas researches Sino-U.S. media and technology collaborations. Her most recent book was Hollywood Made in China. Her next book, Border Patrol on the Digital Frontier: China, the United States, and the Global Battle for Data Security, examines the cybersecurity and policy implications of digital media in the Sino-US relationship. Kokas has been a visiting fellow at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and is a nonresident scholar in Chinese media at Rice University’s Baker Institute of Public Policy. She holds a BA in international relations and Mandarin Chinese from the University of Michigan and PhD in Asian languages from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lucas T. Kunce
Lucas T. Kunce is an international negotiations office at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he works on arms control on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. His primary focus includes NATO, Enhanced Forward Presence, the European Reassurance Initiative, Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe, Vienna Document, the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, and Open Skies. Previously, Kunce worked on the Joint Staff countering weapons of mass destruction. He holds a BA from Yale University, an LLM from Columbia Law School, and a JD from the University of Missouri.
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Douglas T. Lake Jr.
Douglas T. Lake Jr. is the chief financial officer, treasurer, and director of Michael Baker Holdings and executive vice president, treasurer, and a director of Michael Baker International. He has been a partner at DC Capital Partners since its formation in 2007. He also serves on the boards of QRC Holdings, the Spectrum Group, and various operating subsidiaries of Michael Baker International. Lake previously served on the board of directors of National Interest Security Company and International Development Solutions. Previously, he worked at Veritas Capital Management and JPMorgan Securities. Lake holds a BA in economics from Trinity College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Iris Lan serves as associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she is involved with overseeing the department's ninety-three U.S. attorneys, the criminal division, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She previously served as assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District in New York. Lan is a graduate of Harvard University, where she received a bachelor’s in physics, a master’s in the history of science, and a law degree.
Charles Landow is director of education content at CFR. Previously, he worked for the chair and vice chair of political negotiations in Northern Ireland, at the International Labor Organization, and for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE). His writings have appeared in such outlets as the International Herald Tribune and the Wall Street Journal. He also helped edit the CFR book Pathways to Freedom: Political and Economic Lessons from Democratic Transitions. Landow holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University.
Jonathan P. Lanken
Jonathan P. Lanken has worked as a corporate finance advisor to telecom and technology companies for the past twenty years. He currently is a managing director in Perella Weinberg Partners' Telecom and Media Group, where his primary focus is strategic transactions such as mergers and acquisitions. Lanken holds a BA in biochemical sciences from Harvard College.
Alexandre F. Lazarow
Alexandre F. Lazarow is a principal with Omidyar Network. Previously, Lazarow was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company, worked in financial regulation with the Bank of Canada’s Financial Stability Department, investing with Bridges Ventures and mergers and acquisitions investment banking with the Royal Bank of Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Manitoba and a master’s of business administration from Harvard Business School.
David Y. Lee
David Y. Lee is a political advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in charge of North Korea policy in the Security Council. Previously, he served in the White House for seven years, most recently as director for nonproliferation policy at the National Security Council in 2012 and before that, at the Office of Management and Budget as the lead political-military and international security analyst for the Middle East, East Asia, and Pakistan. Lee received his BS in history and business administration and his MS in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jonathan L. Lee
Jonathan L. Lee currently is a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He previously served in the administration of President Barack Obama as deputy chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security (2015–2017), director for human rights and national security issues on the National Security Council staff (2013–2015), and at the Department of Defense (DOD) as special assistant to the deputy secretary of defense (2011–2013) and special counsel to the DOD general counsel (2009–2011). At DOD, he was an author of the report that helped lead to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from the National University of Singapore, a master’s degree from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a master’s of business administration from INSEAD.
Therese Lee is senior counsel of global ethics and compliance at Google Inc., where she is responsible for legal and regulatory compliance matters. Previously, she practiced at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, DC. Lee has also worked in the appeals section of the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, researched Singapore and Malaysia’s antiterrorism laws as a Fulbright scholar, analyzed East Asian security issues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and served as foreign policy advisor to former U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. She holds an AB from Stanford University, an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Ashley T. Lenihan
Ashley T. Lenihan is a fellow at the London School of Economics’ Centre for International Studies and a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for Law, Science, and Global Security. She is a senior policy advisor for the UK Academy of Social Sciences, leading their response on Brexit. She was previously a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute and an investment banking analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and at Credit Suisse First Boston. Lenihan’s research focuses on the international political economy of security, international law, and the relationship between research and policy. She received her BS in foreign service and PhD in government from Georgetown University.
Rob Leonard serves as the national security advisor to Assistant Democratic Leader Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), where he has principal responsibility for defense, nonproliferation, and security policy, including in the senator’s role as vice chairman of the defense appropriations subcommittee. Leonard has also served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a senior advisor in defense and foreign policy and as associate staff to the House Rules Committee. He is a member of the Truman National Security Project and a graduate of Duke University and Columbia University.
Odette Lienau is a professor of law at Cornell University and the author of Rethinking Sovereign Debt: Politics, Reputation, and Legitimacy in Modern Finance. She has been a consultant for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and practiced with the insolvency and financial restructuring department of Shearman & Sterling. Lienau holds a BA from Harvard College, a PhD in government from Harvard University, and a JD from New York University School of Law.
Alexandra D. Linden
Alexandra D. Linden is an executive director in corporate finance analytics at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Prior to JPMorgan, she served as the policy officer at the Australian Consulate General in New York. Linden has also worked for the director of business liaison at the White House in the Obama administration and at Goldman, Sachs & Co., in the equities division and the executive office. She holds a BA in history from Amherst College and a joint MPA/MBA degree from Harvard Kennedy School and Columbia Business School.
Allison K. Lombardo
Allison K. Lombardo is a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. From 2013 to 2014, Lombardo served as the director for African affairs at the National Security Council at the White House. She has served at the U.S. Agency for International Development as the administrator’s counsel on humanitarian issues and public-private partnerships. Lombardo worked for the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights and Human Rights Watch. She is a graduate of Brown University and of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Eric B. Lorber
Eric B. Lorber is a senior associate at the Financial Integrity Network, advising financial clients on issues related to economic sanctions, anti–money laundering, and regulatory compliance. He is also an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security, as well as a senior advisor at the Center for Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. His commentary has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He has also testified before United States Senate and House Committees. Lorber holds a BA from Columbia University, an MA from King’s College London, a PhD from Duke University, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Derek Luyten currently serves as the regional director for Asia at the International Republican Institute (IRI). Luyten has traveled extensively throughout the region, both managing and implementing a variety of programming for political and civic actors as well as elected officials. He also served as the country director for IRI’s Thailand and Malaysia programs based in Bangkok, Thailand. Before working in Asia, Luyten served in a variety of posts throughout the Middle East and North Africa, including country director in Morocco and nearly three years on IRI’s Iraq program as the program’s director for political parties and research. Luyten has served as an election observer for both national and local contests in nine countries on three continents. He holds a BA from Rollins College and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Joshua Lynn researches distressed and high yield securities at Caspian Capital, a credit-focused alternative asset management firm. Previously, he was a senior advisor at the U.S. Treasury Department covering issues related to economic policy, financial reform, and banking. Before that, he worked in credit at Bain Capital, which he joined following work in Washington, DC: first as a legislative assistant to then Representative Marty Meehan (D-MA) and eventually as a researcher at the Center for American Progress. He holds a BA from Emory University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Anna A. Makanju
Anna A. Makanju served in the Obama administration as chief of staff for European and NATO policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as Russia director on the National Security Council, as senior policy advisor to Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, and as Europe and Eurasia advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. Previously, she served on the international arbitration group of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Before that, she worked on the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and clerked on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Makanju received her BA from Western Washington University and her JD from Stanford Law School.
Joshua Marcuse is the executive director of the Defense Innovation Board and an innovation advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Previously, he worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Booz Allen Hamilton, and CFR. He is the founder of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, a global community of next generation leaders, and serves on the board of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum. Marcuse is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
David R. P. Martinez
David R. P. Martinez is a Foreign Service officer leading redesign of the U.S. Department of State’s negotiation training programs. He previously served in Bogota as special assistant to the special envoy for the Colombian Peace Process supporting the successful peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas. His other diplomatic assignments include Jerusalem, Baghdad, and special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research. He holds a BS from the University of Arizona and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Francisco Martin-Rayo is an organizational transformation expert at the Boston Consulting Group and founder of the Winning the Minds Foundation, a counter-radicalization organization that works in refugee camps in Pakistan. Martin-Rayo is the author of Winning the Minds: Travels through the Terrorist Recruiting Grounds of Yemen, Pakistan, and the Somali Border. He holds a BA in international relations and a BSc in economics from the University of Pennsylvania as well as an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Jonathan R. Masters
Jonathan R. Masters is deputy managing editor of the Council on Foreign Relations website, where he helps lead a team of writers and editors covering various U.S. foreign policy issues. In 2017, he was awarded an Abe Journalism Fellowship, which he completed over the summer in Tokyo and Palo Alto. His work has appeared on the websites of Foreign Affairs, Time, Bloomberg, PBS NewsHour, CNN, NBC, the Atlantic, and Newsweek. Masters has a graduate degree in social theory from The New School University where he focused on media and international relations. He also holds a BA in political science from Emory University and an MA in social theory from the New School University.
Joseph D. McGeehin
Joseph D. McGeehin joined Bridgewater Associates as a member of the core management team in 2017 after serving as a White House fellow for the U.S. Trade Representative and Office of American Innovation. Previously, he was
chief of staff to the chairman and chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley. He holds an AB from Harvard University and an MBA and a JD from New York University.
Cáítrín McKiernan is a registered foreign lawyer in the Hong Kong office of Shearman & Sterling, where she focuses on anticorruption compliance across the Asia Pacific region and maintains an active pro bono practice. She previously clerked for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein in the Eastern District of New York. A 2016 Climate Strategies Accelerator fellow, Cáítrín served as consulting attorney to NGO observers to the UN climate talks. McKiernan holds a BA in Chinese history from Stanford University and a JD with an emphasis in international law from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Alexander H. Mears
Alexander H. Mears is a vice president at the Carlyle Group, where he focuses on investments in the aerospace and defense sectors. Previously, he worked in private equity at Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group, having begun his career at McKinsey & Co. Mears spent five years as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State in the Middle East and Southeast Asia and served in combat as an officer with the US Navy in Afghanistan. A CFA charterholder, he holds a BA in economics from Harvard University and an MSc from the University of Oxford.
James J. Meeks
James J. Meeks is the chief executive officer of MOVE Systems, where he works to innovate urban communities with green energy solutions. Previously, he was a senior vice president at Swissport Americas, a global aviation logistics company. Meeks is a combat veteran who served two tours in Iraq as an armor officer with the U.S. Army. Meeks is also cofounder and chairman of the 2Seeds Network, an international nonprofit, which deploys college graduates to lead business development projects with subsistence farmers in East Africa. Meeks graduated from Harvard University and received an MBA in global management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Allison Melia works on global strategy and market intelligence as a principal at the Boeing Company. She previously worked as a strategy consultant, an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense, and served from 2010 to 2011 as director for Pakistan and Afghanistan on the White House National Security Council. Her commentary and analysis has appeared in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the Cipher Brief. She holds a BA in economics from Harvard College and an MA in economics from George Mason University.
Joel Y. Mentor
Joel Y. Mentor is a New York–based member of Barclays’ global intelligence team, where he analyzes geopolitical and security risk issues. Previously, he worked as a contractor in the U.S. intelligence community in Washington, DC, serving as an intelligence analyst at the Department of Homeland Security and then the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. He has worked on a variety of intelligence and national security issues focused on the Middle East and North Africa. Mentor holds an MA in international security affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Joel T. Meyer
Joel T. Meyer is senior vice president, public sector for Dataminr, a real-time information discovery company that analyzes the Twitter stream and other public datasets to deliver signals for breaking news and emerging trends. Previously, he served as a director on the White House National Security Council staff focusing on countering violent extremism and at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the Office of the Secretary as senior advisor to the coordinator for counterterrorism. Before that, he practiced law at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. Meyer holds a BA in international studies and economics from the Johns Hopkins University and a JD from American University.
Hannah E. Meyers
Hannah E. Meyers is regional director of research for Guidepost Solutions, where she conducts, supervises, and consults on investigative research for a range of corporate and other projects including litigation support and due diligence. Previously, Meyers was a senior analyst with the New York Police Department (NYPD)'s Intelligence Bureau, where she served as team leader for the Middle East and North Africa and provided weekly intelligence briefings to NYPD bureau chiefs. Earlier, she worked for the Hudson Institute, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and as the deputy director of policy for a 2006 New York gubernatorial candidate. Meyers holds a BA in government from Dartmouth College and an MA in international relations from Yale University.
Ariel Meyerstein works in Citi’s Sustainability team, helping to lead the development of policy frameworks and risk management approaches to human rights and sustainability issues. Prior to joining Citi, Meyerstein led multilateral organization policy engagement on human rights, labor affairs, sustainable development and corporate governance for the United States Council for International Business. Meyerstein began his career practicing international law for global law firms and in international courts. He received his BA in English and comparative literature with a concentration in human rights from Columbia University, and his law degree and PhD in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Evan S. Michaelson
Evan S. Michelson is responsible for overseeing grant-making in support of research on the economic, technological, and environmental consequences of energy production and consumption at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He also manages grant-making associated with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Previously, he was director at the Markle Foundation and an associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation. He is the author of Assessing the Societal Implications of Emerging Technologies: Anticipatory Governance in Practice. He received his PhD in public administration from New York University.
Blair E. Miller
Blair E. Miller focused her career on building and supporting socially responsible businesses and investment firms in emerging markets. She has worked with BlueOrange Sustainable Capital, Reservoir Capital, Learn Capital, and Acumen Fund. Miller serves on the board of AfricaInvest, the Africa Center, and Venture for America. Miller is a senior fellow at Yale University. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Justin R. Miller
Justin R. Miller is a senior trial counsel in the international trade field office of the U.S. Department of Justice, located in New York City. Prior to this, Miller served as a legal fellow for the House Committee on Ways and Means’ subcommittee on trade and as a law clerk in the U.S. Court of International Trade. From 2013 to 2015, Miller served on detail to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he represented the United States in the first enforcement action brought by the United States under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement. Miller holds a BS in economics from the Ohio State University and a JD from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Paul J. Miller
Paul J. Miller is currently director for legislative affairs at the National Security Council. His prior assignments include Coast Guard Senate Liaison, command of two ships, military aide to the CG Chief of Staff, and staff officer in charge of targeting illicit air and maritime transnational criminal activity in the Caribbean and Atlantic for U.S. Southern Command. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, an MBA from Oklahoma State University, an MPA from George Washington University, and an MA in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Kathryn Minshew is the CEO and founder of TheMuse.com, a career platform used by more than fifty million millennials to navigate their careers, and by hundreds of companies looking to attract, hire, and retain great talent. She is also the author of The New Rules of Work, a national best-seller. Minshew has spoken at MIT and Harvard, contributed to the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and appeared on TODAY and CNN. Before founding The Muse, she worked on HPV vaccine introduction in Rwanda with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and was previously at McKinsey & Company. Minshew holds a BA from Duke University.
Bhakti R. Mirchandani
Bhakti R. Mirchandani is a senior vice president at OWS Capital Management. Previously, she was a global relationship director at Barclays for multilaterals, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies focused on international development. She was a vice president at Unitus Capital, an Asia-focused impact investment bank. Previously, Mirchandani worked in corporate strategy and investment management at Lehman Brothers, where she the firm’s microfinance specialist. Mirchandani cofounded the Global Microentrepreneurship Awards (later part of Citi). Mirchandani advises multiple impact investors. She holds an AB, an MBA, and an MPA from Harvard University.
Ian S. Mitch
Ian S. Mitch is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Previously, he was a senior analyst at the National Intelligence Council, a senior intelligence officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University.
Seema Mody is a global markets reporter at CNBC Business News focusing on the intersection of foreign policy and business. She graduated from the University of Washington.
Payam Mohseni is the director of the Iran Project and fellow for Iran studies at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is also a lecturer in the department of government at Harvard University, where he teaches Iranian and Middle East politics and serves as a scholar and member of Harvard’s Iran working group, which he co-chairs with Graham Allison. Previously, Mohseni co-chaired Harvard’s Center for European Studies Study Group on the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe. A postdoctoral research fellow with the Belfer Center's international security program and a junior research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, he holds a PhD from Georgetown University.
Molly Montgomery is a thirteen-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service currently serving as special advisor to the vice president for Europe and Russia. She has also served at the U.S. Embassies in Kabul, Riga, and Sarajevo, and at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai. At the U.S. State Department, she has worked in the Office of Eastern European Affairs and on the Executive Secretariat Staff. She holds a BA in history and political science from Stanford University and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Brandon D. Moore
Brandon D. Moore is a senior analyst in the U.S. Intelligence Community with a focus on weapons research. He holds a BS degree in electrical engineering and an MPP degree in international affairs and national security from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Kimberly Mullen works at Bridgewater Associates, LP in Westport, Connecticut. Her background and expertise span the spectrum of transnational security matters. She earned her BA from the Ohio State University and her MS from New York University.
Sid Murdeshwar is a principal on the coinvestment team at AlpInvest, a private equity asset manager and part of the Carlyle Group. He joined AlpInvest Partners in 2012 from Wafra Partners, where he was a vice president in the private equity group focusing on investment opportunities in North America. He is a licensed CPA in the State of New York. He holds a BS in finance and information systems from New York University and an MS in accountancy from the University of Virginia.
Benjamin Naftalis is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he is a member of the white collar defense and investigations practice group. From 2006 to 2014, he was a senior federal prosecutor with the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. In 2012, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in connection with the successful investigation and prosecution of a senior al-Shabab commander on terrorism-related offenses. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, he served as a law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He began his career as a corporate development analyst at DoubleClick, an internet ad service later acquired by Google. Naftalis graduated from Brown University and received his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent scholar.
Eli A. Nagler
Eli A. Nagler is a principal in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone, initially joining the firm in 2007. He is involved in investments in the financial services, aerospace and defense, and business services sectors and serves on several portfolio company boards of directors. Before rejoining Blackstone after graduate school, Nagler worked at the U.S. Treasury Department in the Office of Capital Markets. He received an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a John L. Loeb fellow.
Rosita Najmi joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2015, where she advances financial services for the poor via investments, policy, and advocacy. Previously, she worked for four years at the World Bank, three years as an impact investor, and seven years at leading international development NGOs. An international development specialist with background in financial inclusion, Najmi has worked and lived in the field and managed programs and research via the World Bank/IFC, Omidyar Network, Mercy Corps, Accion, Tahirih Justice Center, and America's Promise. She holds a BA in economics, French, and politics from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Stephen C. Nelson
Stephen C. Nelson is an associate professor in the Political Science Department at Northwestern University. Author of The Currency of Confidence: How Economic Beliefs Shape the IMF's Relationship with Its Borrowers, he has published articles in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, and Review of International Organizations. Nelson holds a BA in political science and international relations from Carlton College and an MA and a PhD in government from Cornell University.
Reena Ninan was named anchor of the Saturday CBS Weekend News, a correspondent for CBS News, and an anchor for CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service, in April 2016. She joined CBS News after working as coanchor of ABC News’ World News Now and America This Morning. Before that assignment, Ninan covered the White House for ABC News, where she traveled with President Barack Obama to Asia and with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Middle East. Prior to ABC News, she spent five years as a Middle East correspondent for the Fox News Channel. Ninan is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.
Henry G. Nuzum
Henry G. Nuzum manages all aspects of Central Gulf Lines’ car carrier fleet. Previously, he led business development for SEACOR in Washington and Dubai. From 2006 to 2009, he worked in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. In 2005, he worked in Iraq for the International Republican Institute. Following college, Henry led a boarding party and combat strikes while aboard USS John S. McCain. The Strategic Studies Institute and Armed Forces Journal have published his work. He earned an AB from Harvard University and an MA from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Siobhan Oat-Judge is a member of the U.S. Foreign Service currently serving as a Middle East advisor for the Bureau of European Affairs, focusing on expanding cooperation with European allies in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Previously, she served at the U.S. embassies in: Kabul, Afghanistan; Islamabad, Pakistan; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and the U.S. Mission to the UN in New York. Before joining the Foreign Service, she worked as deputy communications director for U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Oat-Judge holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MPhil in European studies from the University of Cambridge.
Jove R. Oliver
Jove R. Oliver has fifteen years of experience designing policy and communications solutions to leading global challenges. He is founder of Oliver Global—a boutique consultancy focused on global health, technology, and sustainability. Previously, he was communications director for the Clinton Global Initiative, from 2007 to 2010, and also worked for the World Health Organization developing social mobilization strategies in forty countries. Oliver has lived and worked in eight countries across Europe, Africa, and Asia and maintains a global network of contacts in media, business, government, and the UN system. He earned a BA in political science and international studies from the University of Evansville, studied history at the University of Cambridge, and holds an MA in international relations and affairs from Syracuse University.
Michael R. Ortiz
Michael R. Ortiz served as deputy counterterrorism coordinator at the U.S. Department of State. He previously served as senior advisor to the National Security Advisor at the White House, as director for legislative affairs at the National Security Council. Ortiz also worked in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, and in the offices of Senators Barack Obama and Harry Reid. He serves on the boards of the Stanford in Washington program and Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service. He graduated from Stanford University.
Thompson Paine is vice president of operations and business development at Quizlet, an education software company in San Francisco. Paine’s previous work focused on China and included two years as a political analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Paine is a board member at Yu Ming Charter School in Oakland, CA. He has a BA in political science and Asian studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA and JD from Stanford University.
Mira Patel is currently a fellow at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and previously served in the Obama administration as the senior advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration and on Secretary of State Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff. She is a Point Foundation scholar and an Atlantic Council Millennium Fellow. She holds a BA in political science from Wellesley College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Patricia M. Patrick
Patricia M. Patrick joined Advent International in 2016 as a managing director focusing on buyouts and growth equity investments in the retail, consumer, and leisure sector. Prior to Advent, she spent fifteen years investing across both Bain Capital Private Equity and the Private Equity Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Her current directorships include lululemon, Burlington Stores, and First Watch Restaurants. Patrick earned an AB in biochemical sciences from Harvard College and an MBA as a Baker scholar from Harvard Business School.
Adam R. Pearlman
Adam R. Pearlman is a law clerk for a federal judge. He is a former associate deputy general counsel of the Department of Defense, and has held several positions in the Department of Justice. During law school, he interned in the White House Counsel’s Office. He also serves on the board of the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative and as an advisor to the Federalist Society’s International and National Security Law Practice Group. Pearlman has published numerous articles on international law, counterterrorism, intelligence, and defense matters. He holds a BA in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MS in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and a JD from the George Washington University Law School.
Eliot Pence is the director of McLarty Associates, where he leads the firm's work on Africa. He is also the founder of AXN, a PR firm for emerging market entrepreneurs. He has written articles for CNN, the Financial Times, and Reuters and is working on a book focused on how companies manage volatility in emerging markets. Previously, he was at the Whitaker Group and World Bank. Pence is a graduate of Yale University and of the University of Victoria and a dual citizen of the US and Canada.
Kevin J. Peraino
Kevin J. Peraino is a veteran foreign correspondent and the author of A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949 and Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power. Peraino has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Politico Magazine, Newsweek, and other publications. A finalist for the Livingston Award for his foreign-affairs reporting and part of the team that won a National Magazine Award for its coverage of the 2004 presidential campaign, Peraino is a graduate of Northwestern University and a visiting scholar in the international relations department at New York University.
Jennifer L. Permesly
Jennifer Permesly is counsel at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, specializing in international arbitration and cross-border litigation. A Spanish speaker, Permesly regularly counsels companies investing in or based in Latin America, and has been ranked one of the Top 100 Female Lawyers in Latin America by Latinvex. She clerked for the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and speaks and writes regularly on international law and related issues. Permesly earned her BA from Florida State University and her JD from Harvard Law School, where she served as the editor in chief of the International Law Journal.
Rania C. Perry
Rania C. Perry is an assistant vice president in the Markets Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, leading a team of analysts focused on the design, implementation, and analysis of the bank’s large-scale purchases of mortgage-backed securities. Previously, she served for several years as the deputy chief of staff to the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, William Dudley. Earlier roles also include a secondment to the U.S. Department of the Treasury to serve as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s markets liaison to the Treasury Department. Rania holds a BA in international relations from Tufts University and an MIA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Robert Person is an associate professor of international relations and comparative politics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he teaches international relations, international political economy, and comparative politics. Person also serves as deputy director of the international affairs program at West Point. He holds an MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from Stanford University and a PhD in political science from Yale University.
Kobi Platt is currently a managing director and head of commodity research at Taylor Woods Capital, a commodity-focused hedge fund based in Connecticut. Previously, Platt served as senior energy market strategist at Tudor Investment from 2010 to 2013 and as an economist at the U.S. Energy Information Administration from 2006 to 2010. His expertise includes global oil and natural gas markets as well as geopolitics, natural resource policy, and macroeconomics. Platt holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Miami University, Ohio, and dual master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in economics and natural resource policy.
Colleen Elisabeth Popken
Colleen Elizabeth Popken, an attorney with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, is an international lawyer with experience in the public and private sectors. Since 2011, she has worked as a lawyer to the Syrian Opposition through the Public International Law & Policy Group, providing negotiation assistance during UN-mediated peace negotiations. Popken founded PILPG’s Istanbul office and served as chief of party from 2015 to 2016. Previously, she worked as a lawyer on the Darfur peace negotiations and provided legal assistance to the Libyan National Transitional Council. A member of the White Collar & Corporate Investigations Group, Popken holds a BA in political science and public policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, a JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and an LLM in international law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Evan D. Pressman
Evan D. Pressman is a managing partner and founder of Ergo, an intelligence and advisory firm specializing in dynamic markets. Previously, he was a senior research manager at Gerson Lehrman Group and a journalist at CNN, where he was part of a team that received an Emmy award for coverage of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York. He is a member of the NationSwell Council and is a Truman National Security fellow. Pressman holds a BA from Haverford College and an MA from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
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Jeffrey L. Raider
Jeffrey Raider is cofounder and co-CEO of Harry’s, a company that manufactures and sells shaving and grooming products worldwide. Previously, he cofounded the eyewear company Warby Parker. Before starting these companies, Raider worked at Charlesbank Capital Partners and at Bain & Company. He holds a BA in international studies and an MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Leela Ramnath is vice president of Impact and Partnerships at TAU Investment Management, an emerging markets private equity/impact fund focused on the fashion supply chain. Previously, she worked at Barclays in Emerging Markets Fixed Income Sales, managing more than forty U.S. client relationships with major investment managers and hedge funds investing in Emerging Asia, Latin America and EMEA. She has also worked at the MCC, Technoserve, and AIG, and began her career in asset management and securitized products. Ramnath has an SB in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MA in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Nate Rawlings serves as communications advisor and chief speechwriter to Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group. Until January 2017, Nate served at the White House as a speechwriter for Vice President Joe Biden, and previously at the State Department as a policy and communications advisor to the undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. A former journalist, Rawlings was a writer at Time Magazine, where he covered domestic and international politics, veterans affairs, and reported from Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2004 to 2009, Nate served on active duty as a U.S. Army officer, attaining the rank of captain. He served two combat tours in Iraq in 2005–2006 and 2008–2009. Rawlings graduated from Princeton University, and holds master’s degrees in journalism and international affairs from Columbia University.
Samuel J. Reeves
Samuel J. Reeves is cofounder and chief executive officer of Humanistic Robotics (HRI), a company focused on safe mobility around dangerous machines. HRI’s SafetySense Mobility Platform provides wireless control, location awareness, and automated collision avoidance to reduce injuries and enable automation in industrial workplaces. In addition, HRI manufactures landmine/IED clearance devices for military and peacekeeping operations across Africa and the Middle East. Previously, Reeves held positions at the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, TPG Capital, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Small Business Development Center. Reeves earned a BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Matthew J. Rice
Matthew J. Rice works in the National Counterterrorism Center’s Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning with the National Security Council Staff, Congress, and strategic partners inside and outside government to develop policies to a wide range of national security issues including counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, and cyber security. A recognized expert on terrorist use of the internet, Rice focuses on the use of social media for radicalization and recruitment. He holds a BA in political science from Haverford College an MA in security policy studies from George Washington University.
Michael P. Richter
Michael Richter is a litigator at Skadden Arps focusing on complex commercial claims. Formerly, he was an intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Richter holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MS from National Intelligence University, and a JD from Georgetown University Law.
Stephen Paul Rodriguez
Stephen Paul Rodriguez is a venture capitalist and founder of One Defense. He specializes in business development, strategic planning, and technology assessment as they relate to aerospace and defense investments. He also serves on the boards of Public Spend Forum, CENSA, Clearchat, Coin.co, WarOnTheRocks, Uniken, and Training Leaders International. Rodriguez is on the Term Member Advisory Committee at the Council on Foreign Relations and president of the Foreign Policy Initiative's Leadership Network. He holds a BBA in marketing from Texas A&M University and an MA in international security from Georgetown University.
Patrick Ryan is a candidate for U.S. Congress. He was previously senior vice president at Dataminr, leading the firm's public sector business. Previously, he cofounded and led two technology startups focused on identifying and delivering cybersecurity and data analytics technologies for the national security community. He served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer, including two combat tours in Iraq, where he led a specialized team of intelligence analysts targeting al-Qaeda leadership. Ryan holds a BS in international politics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MA in security studies from Georgetown University.
Philippe Sachs is the global head of public sector and development organizations client coverage for Standard Chartered Bank (SCB). Previously, he established and served as head of SCB's debt capital markets sovereign solutions team. Before that, Sachs was the head of Asia-Pacific country risk and advisory at Goldman Sachs, working in its securities division, focusing on sovereign financing and risk management needs. He holds a BA in international relations and affairs from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and an MSFS from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Latham G. Saddler III
Latham G. Saddler III is a naval special warfare officer and is currently assigned to the National Security Council. Fluent in Persian-Farsi and Dari, he has extensive overseas experience that includes deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations in the Middle East. Prior to joining the Navy, Lieutenant Saddler worked for IBM in Manhattan; studied in Tajikistan as a Boren fellow; and backpacked through Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey. He holds a BBA in economics from the University of Georgia, an MS in international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MPS in Persian studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Heather Samuelson is an attorney with fifteen years of experience overseeing legal, compliance, operations, and ethics matters, both in and out of government. For more than three years, she has served as personal counsel to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Previously, Samuelson was chief counsel for the Clinton-Kaine Presidential Transition Team. From 2009 to 2014, she served in the Obama administration, first as director of the White House Liaison’s Office at the Department of State, and then as assistant counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office. She holds a BA from the George Washington University and a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law.
Vidya Satchit is a director on Pfizer's strategy team. Previously, she was a director at Macro Advisory Partners, working with corporate, institutional, and sovereign clients on the macroeconomic and geopolitical drivers of change impacting their portfolios globally. Additionally, she served on Goldman Sachs’s sovereign advisory team, based in Hong Kong, where she advised Asian finance ministries, central banks, and policy institutions on accessing capital markets and managed the firm's Asia country credit risk. Satchit speaks Mandarin and was a Joseph Wharton fellow and a Henry Morgenthau fellow in public policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She holds an AB from Princeton University, an MBA from the Wharton School, and a JD from the Yale Law School.
Ravi Satkalmi currently serves as deputy director for intelligence analysis for the New York Police Department, which he joined in 2011. Previously, he was a South Asia analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense during which time he completed two deployments to Afghanistan to support coalition forces. Satkalmi was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study the effects of return migration from the US on governance in India, earned a BS in business management from St. John’s University, and obtained his MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
J. M. Saxton-Ruiz
J. M. Saxton-Ruiz currently serves as the Panama and Costa Rica desk officer at the U.S. Department of State. His previous assignments include Adana, Turkey; Buenos Aires, Argentina; USUN, New York; and Islamabad, Pakistan. Previously, he worked as a political risk insurance analyst for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Before that, he developed tariff strategies as a pricing specialist for US Airways. He received a BA from the College of William and Mary in international relations and an MA from George Mason University in international commerce and policy.
Nick Schifrin is an American journalist who has reported from more than thirty-five countries. He is currently a special correspondent at PBS NewsHour, covering foreign affairs from Washington and creating week-long series from countries including Russia, Kenya, Egypt, Cuba, and Mexico. Previously, he was Al Jazeera America's Middle East correspondent and ABC News' Afghanistan/Pakistan correspondent. He has won Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and Overseas Press Club awards. He is also a candidate for a mid-career master's degree at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Journalism School. Schifrin earned his BA in history from Columbia University.
Mattathias Schwartz is a contributing writer at the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine. He won 2012 Livingston Award for international reporting and was nominated for the same award in 2014. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College.
James C. Schwemlein
James C. Schwemlein is a former U.S. State Department official who most recently served as senior advisor to the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Schwemlein previously worked at the State Department in a variety of roles related to South Asia, including as senior economic and energy advisor and Pakistan desk officer. He also previously worked on trade and market access issues. Schwemlein holds a bachelor’s degree from Elon University and a master's degree in international political economy from American University.
Kabir Sehgal works in corporate strategy at First Data and previously at JPMorgan. He is a New York Times best-selling author of nine books, multi-Grammy Award winner, and a U.S. Navy veteran. Sehgal is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics.
Adam Sharp has forged a distinctive career of more than twenty years at the intersection of media, technology and politics, most recently as dead of news, government and elections at Twitter from 2010 through 2016. He appears regularly as an expert speaker on communications and marketing, political affairs and strategy, journalism, and issues related to “fake news” and misinformation. He founded Sharp Things in 2017 to provide strategic advice to clients in these domains. Sharp previously held leadership roles at NBC News and C-SPAN and served as a deputy chief of staff in the U.S. Senate. He holds a BSJ from Northwestern University.
Katie Simmons is associate director of research at the Pew Research Center. She is an expert in international public opinion on a variety of topics, including U.S. foreign policy, the global economy, and democracy. She is an author of reports on politics in Europe, development in sub-Saharan Africa and global support for democracy, among other topics. Simmons presents to a variety of audiences, including government agencies, academic groups and domestic and international media. Simmons earned her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her PhD in political science from the University of Michigan.
Ashika Singh is a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Previously, Singh was the Forrester Fellow at Tulane University Law School. From 2011 to 2015, she served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where she advised the department on various legal issues relating to military operations, human rights in armed conflict, and diplomatic security. Singh holds an AB from Harvard University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a JD from New York University School of Law.
Prabhjot Singh is director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and chair of health system design and global health at Mount Sinai, as well as special advisor for strategy and design at the Peterson Center for Healthcare. Singh co-chaired One Million Community Health Worker Campaign and co-found City Health Works. His book, Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise, was published in 2016. He holds a BS/BA in biology and history from the University of Rochester, an MD from Cornell University, and a PhD in neural and genetic systems from Rockefeller University.
Simran Jeet Singh
Simran Jeet Singh is an assistant professor of religion at Trinity University and senior religion fellow for the Sikh Coalition. He is currently the Henry R. Luce fellow for religion in international affairs at New York University’s Center for Religion and Media. Singh also serves as a Truman National Security Fellow for the Truman National Security Project, and he writes and speaks frequently on issues pertaining to religion, culture, and diversity. Singh holds a BA from Trinity University, an MA from Harvard University, and an MA from Columbia University.
Andres Small is a finance professional with a focus on Latin America. He started his career in JPMorgan's investment banking mergers and acquisitions advisory group and has invested more than $2 billion at global private equity funds such as CVC International, MacAndrews & Forbes, and Partners Group. Small graduated with a BA in economics and international relations from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Michelle M. Smith
Michelle M. Smith is a vice president at the Macquarie Group, where she leads sovereign and country risk analysis for Latin America and Africa. She previously worked at Oxford Analytica and at the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a BA from Miami University and an MA in international affairs from George Washington University.
Katherine L. Spies
Katherine L. Spies is a Marine Corps AH-1 attack helicopter pilot and the chief technology officer for Reor Inc., a technology-consulting firm. She has been awarded several military honors, including the Air Medal (fifth award) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. She was the Marine Corps’ first female helicopter test pilot. Major Spies received a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California and is currently enrolled at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, focusing on the structure and architecture of soft materials.
Marlene S. Spoerri
Marlene Spoerri is a policy advisor at Independent Diplomat, where she advises the Syrian political opposition and Syrian civil society groups based inside and outside of Syria. Previously, Spoerri worked for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Croatia, and Serbia’s Humanitarian Law Center. A former visiting scholar at Columbia University and Central European University, she is the author of Engineering Revolution: The Paradox of Democracy Promotion in Serbia. Marlene holds a PhD in European studies from the University of Amsterdam.
Daphne Z. Stavropoulos
Daphne Stavropoulos is a media relations officer in the New York Foreign Press Center at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, she headed the bilateral affairs section of the Office of Russian Affairs at State and served as a desk officer for Georgia and Argentina. She earned a bachelor’s in international affairs from the George Washington University and a master’s in public administration from Columbia University.
Eric Stein is a codirector of global income and portfolio manager in Eaton Vance Management’s global income group. He originally joined Eaton Vance in 2002 and rejoined the company in 2008. Stein previously worked on the markets desk of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He has additional experience at Citigroup alternative investments. Stein’s commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, Reuters, Kiplinger’s, and the Christian Science Monitor. He has been featured on CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business News, PBS, and Bloomberg. A CFA charterholder, Stein earned a BS from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Benjamin D. Stone
Benjamin D. Stone is a corporate attorney at Mintz Levin in Boston focusing on public-private partnerships, finance, marketing, and technology. Previously, he ran an impact investing firm that finances businesses focused on clean energy and financial inclusion in over thirty countries, ran an impact investing firm that finances businesses focused on clean energy and financial inclusion in over thirty countries, started a social venture partnering with thousands of female entrepreneurs in Africa, and was a litigator at an international law firm in New York City. Stone holds an AB from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD from the New York University School of Law.
John Stubbs is managing partner of Romulus, a consulting firm that advises technology companies on international relations. An affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, he is a board member of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues. Stubbs holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the George Washington University.
Frankie Sturm is a Foreign Service officer currently serving as a press officer at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he served as vice consul in Guatemala City (2014–2016) and as deputy cultural attaché in Warsaw (2011-2013). Before that, he worked as communications director for the Truman National Security Project (2008–2010). He spent two years as an English teacher in France. Frankie holds a bachelor’s in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s in international relations from the University of Chicago.
Masuda Sultan is chief executive officer of Insight Group, a group of companies operating in Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates. Her ventures include projects in education, media, manufacturing, transportation and telecommunications. She is a founder of the largest women’s organization in Afghanistan, Women for Afghan Women. Sultan is also a founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan. Author of the memoir My War at Home, Sultan holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
James P. Sweeney
James P. Sweeney is a managing director, the chief economist, and the head of Global Fixed Income Research in Credit Suisse's Global Markets division. As a publishing and marketing analyst, he leads the U.S. economics team and co-heads the global economics and strategy team. He is also a member of the Americas Global Markets Operating Committee and of the Americas Pension Investment Committee. Before joining Credit Suisse in 2000, Sweeney worked as a political speechwriter. He holds a BS from Florida State University and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Victoria J. Taylor
Victoria J. Taylor is a career Foreign Service officer currently serving as deputy director for Western Europe at the U.S. Department of State. She has served as the director for the Balkans and Caucasus at the National Security Council, an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and in various positions overseas and in Washington working on Turkey, Iran, Georgia, Pakistan, and Tunisia. Taylor holds a BA in international relations and history from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics.
Jason H. Tepperman
Jason H. Tepperman is the managing partner and cofounder of Promontory Local Credit, which provides small business loans in collaboration with community banks. Previously, he served in the U.S. Treasury from 2009 to 2014, initially as a senior member of the team managing the Troubled Asset Relief Program. In 2010, he was appointed to establish and lead the Treasury’s Small Business Lending Fund. Before entering government, he was a partner in Baker Capital, a New York private equity firm. Tepperman holds a BS from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Alexandra I. Toma
Alexandra I. Toma is executive director of the Peace and Security Funders Group, a growing network of foundations and philanthropists who collaborate to enhance the effectiveness of peace and security grant making. She has more than fifteen years of experience at senior levels of politics, advocacy, and nonprofits. Previously, she served as a foreign policy advisor on Capitol Hill. Toma earned her BA from the University of Virginia and her MS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Vince Tuohey is director of investments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company, MIT’s internal investment management arm, where he is responsible for venture capital, private equity, and emerging markets investment activities. Previously, Tuohey worked at Littlejohn & Co., a special situations private equity firm. Earlier in his career, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army, where he led armored cavalry units in Iraq. Tuohey holds a BA in economics from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPhil in international relations from the University of Cambridge.
Ginger L. Turner
Ginger L. Turner is chief of staff to the CSO of Swiss Reinsurance Company in Zurich and adjunct associate professor at the University of Sydney Business School in Australia. Her economics publications focus on catastrophe risk, insurance, and economic development. Previously, she worked for Swiss Re in New York City, at the World Bank in Washington, DC, and as a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She is a director of the Texas Lyceum and the Friends of Mandela Rhodes Foundation. Turner studied at Stanford University and at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar.
A.J. Twombly is currently a director for business development at Amex Advance, a data-driven performance marketing branch of American Express. Prior to this role, she was the Delta and car rental director in the American Express Global Client Group. Before joining Amex, she worked as a private wealth advisor at Goldman Sachs in New York. Twombly also served as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, where she completed three undercover field tours, including a tour in Afghanistan. Previously, she worked as a staff assistant for Senator Joseph Lieberman's Governmental Affairs Committee. Twombly speaks Spanish, French, and Turkish and serves as treasurer on the National Hispanic Heritage Foundation Board. She holds a BA in English from Trinity College and an MBA with dual concentrations in general management and sustainability from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Bradley L. Tytel
Bradley L. Tytel is interim deputy director, policy and advocacy, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Nigeria country program. There he helps lead the scale-up of the foundation's largest African country office, and manages its strategy for engaging with country-level political and civil society stakeholders. Previously, he held positions with the foundation's fiscal policy and immunization teams. Trained as a journalist and in international development, he holds a BA in peace and development studies from Amherst College and an MA in journalism from New York University.
Haroon K. Ullah
Haroon K. Ullah served on Secretary John Kerry's policy planning staff at the U.S. State Department, focusing on public diplomacy and countering violent extremism. He is the author of Vying for Allah's Vote and The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family's Day of Reckoning, which has received widespread praise from the New York Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, Seattle Times, and Publisher's Weekly. A Fulbright scholar, National Security Education Program fellow, and a Woodrow Wilson Public Service fellow, Ullah holds a BA in politics from Whitman College, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a PhD in comparative politics and public policy from the University of Michigan.
Jennifer Urizar is the vice president and director of programs at the New Levant Initiative. She was most recently the senior advisor in U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s Office of Global Partnerships. Previously, Urizar served as the director for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff at the White House and, beginning in 2009, as director for global engagement. Urizar also served in the office of the National Security Staff chief of staff. Previously, she was a member of the 2008 Obama-Biden National Security Council transition team. Urizar began working for then Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) in 2007 as a foreign policy associate for his campaign. She also has served at the Center for Strategic and International Studies working on postconflict reconstruction issues in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2004, she was a policy aide to then Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) for the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign. Urizar received her BA from Brown University and her MSc in global politics from the London School of Economics.
Elisabeth S. Verardo
Elizabeth S. Verardo is an instructor of American politics in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Previously, in 2013, she served in Afghanistan as an attack helicopter company commander with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. In 2009 and 2010, she served as a platoon leader in the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade in eastern Afghanistan. Verardo holds a bachelor’s in political science and government from West Point and a masters in global affairs from Yale University.
Zach Vertin is currently a visiting lecturer of international affairs at Princeton University. He was recently a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and served as director of policy for Sudan and South Sudan during the Obama administration. Vertin previously spent six years at the International Crisis Group, where he served as a senior analyst on Africa and on multilateral affairs at the UN Security Council. He has contributed commentary to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNN, and NPR. Vertin holds a BA in philosophy from Saint John’s University in Minnesota and an MA in international relations and affairs from Princeton University.
Jonah A. Victor
Jonah Victor is a senior Africa analyst at the U.S. Department of Defense and adjunct associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University. He has previously served as director for African affairs at the National Security Council, deputy national intelligence officer for Africa at the National Intelligence Council, and in additional Africa-focused assignments at the Department of State and the Italian Ministry of Defense. Victor periodically serves as a peer reviewer for leading journals of international relations. He holds a PhD in political science.
Vaida Vidugiris joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2007. She has served abroad in Bogota, Athens, and Kabul, covering issues from international narcotics and law enforcement to human rights and others. Domestically, she has worked as the senior political officer on the Mexico Desk, political-military officer on the Ukraine Desk, and NATO operations officer in the Office of European Security and Political Affairs. Her next assignment will be in Istanbul. A speaker of Lithuanian, Russian, Greek, Spanish and Portuguese, she holds a BA in political science from Hunter College and an MA in security policy studies from the George Washington University.
Anthony Vitarelli is general counsel of Shogun Enterprises, a financial technology company. He recently served in the U.S. Treasury Department as counselor to the general counsel and senior advisor to the secretary. Previously, Vitarelli was an attorney in the Justice Department and at Covington & Burling. Before that, he served as a law clerk to Justices David Souter and Stephen Breyer, as well as Judge Thomas Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Vitarelli holds an AB in public policy and economics from Duke University and a JD from Yale Law School.
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Raha Wala is director for national security advocacy at Human Rights First, where he develops and oversees the implementation of advocacy strategies to ensure that U.S. counterterrorism and national security policies are carried out consistent with human rights norms. He has appeared regularly in major print, radio, and TV outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the National Journal, Reuters, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC. He holds a BBA in finance and political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Russell C. Wald
Russell C. Wald is the senior manager for external affairs at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he serves as the lead government relations representative on behalf of Hoover as well as the head of outreach for the Stanford Cyber Policy Program. Previously, he was the program manager for national security affairs at Hoover. He also served as a special assistant to Hoover Fellows Amy Zegart and Ashton Carter. Before that, he was with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Wald is a member of the Truman National Security Project and graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Adam Waltz is a vice president in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Group, where he provides mergers and acquisitions advice to clients in the media and communications industries. Previously, he was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy. Waltz holds a BS/BA in economics and information systems from the Ohio State University and an MBA in analytic finance from the University of Chicago.
Lesley Anne Warner
Lesley Anne Warner is a professional staff member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she serves as the principal advisor to the ranking member on matters relating to sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a BA in political science and international relations from Carleton College, an MA in security studies from Georgetown University, and is a PhD candidate in war studies at King’s College London.
Joshua B. Warren
Joshua B. Warren is a director in BlackRock's corporate strategy and development team, which identifies and executes strategic transactions in support of the firm's objectives. Previously, he was a vice president in the financial institutions group at Barclays. Before that worked at the Foros Group, a boutique financial and mergers and acquisitions advisory firm, and the Office of Financial Institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Earlier in his career, he was an associate at Skadden Arps. A CFA charterholder, Warren is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University Law School.
David Wertime is entrepreneur in residence at the Lenfest Institute, based in Philadelphia. The Lenfest Institute owns the city's two major newspapers and provides grants and support to new, innovative approaches to digital journalism. Previously, Wertime was senior editor foreign policy, where he covered Chinese media, internet, politics, and law. In 2011, he founded Tea Leaf Nation, a Chinese media analysis site, acquired by the Washington Post Company in 2013. Wertime was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in China and a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He holds a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Jennifer Hendrixson White
Jennifer Hendrixson White is a senior professional staff member for the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves as the principal advisor to the Ranking Member on East Asia and the Pacific and institutional modernization of the State Department and USAID. Previously, she served as the coordinator of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the U.S. Department of State, and held various policy positions related to Asia, including at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and to U.S. Pacific Command. Before joining government, she worked in China, Myanmar, and Thailand, focusing on human security issues. White holds a BA in international relations and economics from the University of California, Davis, and an MA in China studies and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Eric Wong is a managing director at Blue Ridge Capital, where he is responsible for investments on behalf of the global investment fund. Previously, Wong advised multinationals on mergers-and-acquisitions in China with Morgan Stanley. Wong has also advised the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Junior Achievement China on strategic projects and currently serves as a founding board member of Bard College Conservatory of Music. He holds an AB and an MBA from Harvard University.
William Wu is a senior policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget. His duties include overseeing the development and implementation of agencies’ programs supporting the administration’s policy priorities related to counterterrorism and countering WMD. Previously, he was the director for defense policy and strategy on the National Security Council staff, where he provided resourcing, budgetary, and legislative expertise on defense strategy, planning, and program balance. Wu is an Army combat veteran, having served in the CENTCOM and AFRICOM AORs.
Melinda Wuellner is deputy director of Global Communications and Media Relations at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she has worked since 2008. She has also worked for the State Department, Foreign Policy magazine, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and WorldPublicOpinion.org. Wuellner holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a master’s degree in global politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Andreas Xenachis is president of Single Issue Voters, a civic organization dedicated to re-teaching moderates how to play political hardball, starting with redistricting reform. He served on Navy active duty for the commander of the Seventh Fleet and at the Naval War College; and on reserve duty at Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Xenachis was previously senior research assistant to the president of the Brookings Institution; director of government operations at Good Judgment Inc, a forecasting and risk assessment firm; and president of a research organization focused on asymmetric and hybrid warfare. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Yale University and a master’s degree in international relations and affairs from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Pierre Yared is a professor of business at Columbia Business School and codirector of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University. He is a macroeconomist whose research focus is macroeconomic policy, growth, and political economy. His theoretical and empirical research has been published in leading academic journals. Yared is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a foreign editor of the Review of Economic Studies, and an associate editor of the International Economic Review. He teaches global economic environment, a Core MBA course in macroeconomics for which he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He received his AB in economics from Harvard University and his PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jaime M. Yassif
Jaime M. Yassif is a program officer at the Open Philanthropy Project, where she leads the biosecurity and pandemic preparedness program. Previously, she was a science and technology policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she focused on oversight of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. During this period, Dr. Yassif also worked at HHS on the Global Health Security Agenda. Earlier experience includes work with the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Federation of American Scientists, and Tsinghua University. Yassif holds a BA from Swarthmore College, an MA in science and security from the King’s College London, and a PhD in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Andrew I. Yeo
Andrew I. Yeo is associate professor of politics at the Catholic University of America. He is the author or editor of three books: Activists, Alliances, and Anti-U.S. Base Protests; Living in an Age of Mistrust; and North Korean Human Rights: Activists and Networks (forthcoming). He is currently completing a book on U.S. bilateral alliances and multilateralism in East Asia. He received his BA from Northwestern University and his PhD from Cornell University.
Alexander G. Yergin
Alexander Yergin has worked across technology, energy, and policy his whole career. Until recently, he was at Palantir Technologies, and before that at Dataminr. Earlier in his career, he worked on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and also at GridPoint and Monitor Group. Yergin also worked on the policy teams of the Giuliani and McCain Presidential Campaigns in 2008. He received a BA from Yale University and an MBA/MPP from the joint Harvard Business School/Harvard Kennedy School program.
Melike Ann Yetken
Melike Ann Yetken currently serves as senior advisor for corporate responsibility and the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises at the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, she leads a team that works with governments, nongovernmental organizations, and multinational corporations to advise on how to conduct business responsibly in operations abroad. Previously, Yetken was director for African affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. She created the first head of state summit between the United States and Africa, including the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum. A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She is a graduate of Boĝaziçi University and of Indiana University Bloomington.
Jeremy Young is Al Jazeera’s senior investigative producer based in Washington, DC. In 2009, he helped launch the award winning program 'Fault Lines' on Al Jazeera. He has worked extensively in conflict zones throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. In 2012, he completed a fellowship with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University. In 2013, he joined Al Jazeera’s investigative unit to work on long-term investigations. His most recent story, "The Poacher's Pipeline," goes inside the criminal syndicates that traffic rhino horn from Africa to Asia. Young holds a BA in international-global studies and journalism from Emory University.
Jeffrey E. Zinsmeister
Jeffrey E. Zinsmeister is executive vice president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a leading profit organization focused on drug policy. He previously worked as a consultant for Bain & Company’s São Paulo office, and as a U.S. diplomat overseeing U.S.-Mexico narcotics and anticorruption programs. Zinsmeister is also a senior fellow at the University of Florida’s Drug Policy Institute, and has published on international drug policy matters in English and Spanish. He holds a BA from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law.