Waleed Alhariri | Joseph Amann | Youssef Bahammi | Olga Barkova | Camilla Bosanquet | John Boylston | Butch Bracknell | Jayson Browder | J. Brett Buchness | Joseph Byrum | Lidia Cano | Peter Christodoulou | Niovi Christopoulou | Mariel Davis | Daniil Davydoff | Peter DeBartolo | David Joseph Deutch | Taylor Dibbert | Erica Dobin | Stephen Dombroski-Ferguson | Yurika Foster | Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox | Vafa Ghazavi | Travis Gidado | Stacee Glass | Carolina Harper | Julian Harper | William J. Hernandez | Kei Hiruta | Ben Homer | Chris Janiec | Kyle Jaster | Vijay Jayaraman | Andy Jean | Hélène Kadjar | Julia Taylor Kennedy | Ao Kong | Justin Kosslyn | Eddie Mandhry | Conor Moran | Jack O'Connor | Ankit Panda | Christy Grace Provines | Nicholas Reinhold | Ilana Rothkopf | Yaron Schwartz | Monish Shah | Fredrik S. Stanton | Daniel Stein | Liana Sterling | Levi Stoep | Miro R. Vassilev | Stephanie-Eva Venturas | Suchitra Vijayan | Nghia Vu | Amelia M. Wolf | Kenneth Zoeller
Waleed Alhariri is a non-resident fellow at Sana'a Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS). Together with some of the foremost scholars on Yemen, Alhariri conducted in-depth studies and analyses on political and rights issues related to the ongoing crisis in Yemen, as well as helped develop programs that would enhance youth contribution in peace-building and state-building processes. Prior to SCSS, Alhariri worked with the International Peace Institute, supporting the development of the Arab Forum for Citizenship in Transition project, which facilitate a platform for civil society leaders from Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen to exchange views on the exercise of equal citizenship. He also had experience researching and monitoring the political and human rights developments in Yemen following the 2011 uprising at Human Rights Watch, and was a member of the International Constitutional Court project Ad Hoc Committee, chaired by Dr. Moncef Marzouki (President of the Republic of Tunisia 2011–2014). Alhariri earned his BA in political science from Hunter College, with a concentration in international relations and international human rights law. Alhariri has continuously, since he was a student, been involved on studies, activities, work, and advocacy efforts to facilitate an adequate environment that would enable citizens to live in dignity and peace. He remains committed in pursuing this endeavor toward a more just, equal, and peaceful world.
Joseph Amann is an investment valuation and analytics manager at The Carlyle Group, where he has led the global private equity and real assets portfolio analysis team since 2009. Prior to The Carlyle Group, Amann spent five years at Morgan Stanley, most recently as a market risk manager for global securitized and corporate credit products. Before Morgan Stanley, he worked at a boutique consulting firm where he advised a leading private equity firm and insurer on risk management and a CMBS valuation. Amann currently serves on the CNL Steering Committee and is a former Council Trustee and Investment Committee member. Amann is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), Level II candidate in the CFA Program, and graduated from the University of Delaware in 2006 with a major in finance and minor in political science.
Youssef Bahammi works in New York City, NY as a consultant and business development officer for the Halsten Enterprise. He is in charge of supervising the development of the programs directory, and managing partnerships and creating projects with the United Nations and diverse markets and platforms. He previously served within the same enterprise as a program specialist, assisting mainly with the development and implementation of development plans incorporating ranges of strategies (i.e. annual appeals, major donors, grants, corporate and individual appeals). Bahammi is also a progressive political activist involved with the Democratic Party. He worked before for a project for Google, and with JVC North America. He held positions in the educational field as a teacher in Texas and Ohio. In 2005, he interned at the French Department of State for Tourism in Paris within a mission of Territorial Development at the national level in France. Bahammi holds also one graduate certificate from New York and two masters degrees from France.
Camilla Bosanquet is an active-duty U.S. Coast Guard Commander assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters as the executive assistant to the assistant commandant for response policy, encompassing responsibilities related to search and rescue, marine environmental response, maritime law enforcement, maritime security, counterterrorism, and defense operations directives. Her previous military assignments include executive officer of Cutter Seneca, commanding officer of Cutter Kiska, operations officer of Cutter Venturous, deck watch officer and maritime law enforcement boarding officer onboard Cutter Gallatin, and officer in charge of an internationally deployable law enforcement detachment. Over her military career, she has assumed responsibility for planning and executing search and rescue missions, migrant interdiction, counter-drug operations, homeland security initiatives, and international engagement throughout the Caribbean and Pacific. Additionally, Bosanquet served as a political advisor with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York, where she negotiated the 2005 Security Council Resolution on Children Affected by Armed Conflict. She received her BS in government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and MA in philosophy from Boston College.
John Boylston works in financial product sales and analytics at Bloomberg. In this capacity, he strives to bring transparency and considerations of sustainability to financial markets. Boylston was previously a Global Academic Fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi, where he led tutoring sessions and lectures in writing, politics, and economics for top-tier university students. He holds a BA with honors in international relations from NYU and a M.Sc. in international economics with a focus on China from Lund University in Sweden. He was formerly a producer and journalist for Radio UPF, an award-winning Swedish foreign policy radio show, and is currently a young professional member of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce.
Butch Bracknell is an international law attorney with NATO's Headquarters, Strategic Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. Bracknell served for 22 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as an armor officer, attorney, and national security planner. He holds a BA from UNC-CH, a JD (Honors) from Maryland Law, and an LLM from Harvard Law. He was the Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States in 2010–11 and was deployed to Iraq (twice), Afghanistan, Cuba, and Bosnia. Bracknell is a member of the Truman National Security Project's Defense Council and a graduate of the Political Leadership Program at the Sorensen Institute, University of Virginia. He has published widely in law reviews, blogs, and online publications on national security affairs, particularly the overlap between law, national security policy, and military organization, training, and operations. He is a father of five great children, ages five through fifteen.
Jayson Browder is founder and executive director of Veterans4Diplomacy and a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House. Browder is a multi-decorated U.S. Air Force and Iraq veteran and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. While serving as a Fulbright Scholar, Browder was assigned as a U.S. cultural ambassador to Turkey with the goal of promoting cross-cultural awareness. Additionally, he served as an adjunct academic faculty member, providing research on the Syrian conflict, Turkish and Iranian relations, and U.S. foreign policy at Bayburt University. Browder previously served as a legislative assistant for military affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives and as an adjunct junior fellow at American Security Project. His analysis on national security and foreign policy issues has been published in numerous media and think tank organizations such as Asia Times, NPR, Foreign Policy Journal, Partnership for a Secure America, and Truman National Security Project.
J. Brett Buchness is an associate portfolio manager at BlackRock, the world's premier asset management firm and a trusted consultant to institutions and governments around the world. Buchness and the senior portfolio manager currently manage roughly $6 billion in global, municipal, and taxable fixed income assets for over 700 clients, including large corporations, governments, banks, and high net worth individuals. Prior to his time at BlackRock, he worked on the fixed income trading desk at Stifel Nicolaus. Buchness earned a BS with special attainments in commerce, cum laude, in business administration from Washington and Lee University. In 2011, he was accepted into the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). He is an active participant in community service for such diverse causes as the preservation of New York waterways and the Liberty Humane Shelter.
Joseph Byrum leads the global product development—soy for genetics, trait research, and product development which delivers improved genetics and trait technologies for growers. Byrum has extensive global experience in plant genetics and biotechnology having been actively involved in biotechnology research, spanning genetics, genomics, breeding, physiology, compositional analysis, grain origination, and end-user applications. Since joining Syngenta he has held a variety of roles in Syngenta's organizations. Byrum obtained his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Michigan State University. He earned his doctorate in genetics from the Iowa State University. Additionally, he is a fellow at the Aspen Institute. Most recently he became an INFORMS Edelman Fellow and was the chief architect of the Syngenta that won the 2015 INFORMS Edelman award for excellence in operation research, which encompasses advanced mathematics and the management sciences.
Lidia Cano is a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she specializes in international conflict resolution and how it relates to natural resources and climate change. She currently serves as a Carnegie New Leader and co-president of the SIPA Conflict Resolution Working Group. Before SIPA, she worked on natural rights and environmental conflict at the UNDESA Division for Sustainable Development. Previously she was a researcher at the Research Liaison Unit of the United Nations Operations and Crisis Center, where she carried out conflict analysis of West and Central Africa regions. Cano received both her law and masters degrees in international relations and African studies from the Universidad de Autonoma de Madrid, and was an exchange scholar at New York University. Cano has practiced law as an international legal advisor in both private and public sectors.
Niovi Christopoulou is assistant general counsel of Libra Capital US, Inc. in New York. Previously, she co-founded an international strategy consulting firm and worked as a corporate associate at international law firms in New York, London, and Washington DC focusing on mergers & acquisitions and private equity, and advising multinational companies on various legal and strategic issues. She is co-chairing the International Committee of Columbia Business School Alumni Club. In 2006 she was recognized by the International Chamber of Commerce-Hellas for co-leading a business forum in New York City on U.S.-Greek and Turkish partnership opportunities with the participation of various prominent business and political leaders. In June 2012 she was nominated to be a speaker at the Womens' Globe Summit in Athens, Greece in which over 1,000 top-level international executives participated. She graduated with honors from Columbia University Law School (LL.M., JD Stone Scholar), has authored various legal articles, and is multilingual.
Mariel Davis manages communications and partnerships at Education For Employment (EFE), a network of eight non-profits creating job opportunities for youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She focuses on crafting EFE's global communications strategy, messaging, and materials as well as building the communications capacity of MENA region local affiliates, in addition to managing a portfolio of partners and special projects in governance and development. Davis joined EFE from Qatar, where she served as a Georgetown University Arabic language fellow at Qatar University and a consultant for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. Previously, she coordinated development and public relations for the Arab American Association of New York and designed an American-Palestinian exchange exhibit for the National Children's Museum and Tomorrow's Youth Organization. In addition to her experience in Qatar, Davis has researched and worked in Egypt, Yemen, and the West Bank. She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in history and Middle Eastern and Asian languages and cultures.
Peter DeBartolo teaches international affairs at Adelphi University and is administrative director of the Levermore Global Scholars Program. He also serves as representative to the United Nations, chairs the university's subcommittee on UN affairs, and manages special projects in support of the UN Academic Impact Initiative. In 2012, he was named "One to Watch in Higher Education" by Long Island Business News and, in 2011, he won Adelphi's Teaching Excellence Award, the university's highest faculty honor for teaching. DeBartolo is a board member of the United Nations Association (Southern New York Division) and is chairman of the alumni advisory board of the Bard Globalization & International Affairs Program in New York City. He received his BA in political studies and international relations from Bard College and earned his MA in political science from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. DeBartolo also holds a certificate in multilateral diplomacy from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and has completed professional training in international humanitarian law and conflict analysis. He has lived in Spain, China, Hungary, and the United States, and serves as a strategic advisor to various international non-profits.
David Joseph (DJ) Deutch began working with Amnesty International Australia in 2011 as part of their Refugee Team. Here he assisted asylum seekers in Australia, and put together policy documents. He rose to senior caseworker later that year, and supervised the work of the team. In 2013, he worked providing emotional and academic support to at risk youth in New Orleans. In 2014, he worked with the United Nations Relied and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees in their UN secretariat office. He is currently completing his masters in public administration at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and working on projects with UNDP-Palestine. Deutch attained his bachelor degree from the University of Sydney with first class honours.
Taylor Dibbert is a consultant at the U.S. Counsel on Sri Lanka, an independent advocacy group that advises American policymakers on policy options to promote human rights and humanitarian standards, and a sustainable resolution of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. Before moving to Washington D.C., Dibbert worked for human rights organizations in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. From 2006–2008, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. A frequent commentator on international affairs, his writing has appeared in many outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, World Affairs, The Diplomat, and The Huffington Post. He is also the author of the book Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps, Guatemala and a Search for Truth. Dibbert holds a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a bachelor's in political science from the University of Georgia.
Stephen Dombroski-Ferguson is a distinguished Naval NCO, entrepreneur and scholar. While in the military, Dombroski-Ferguson served in Spain, where he oversaw harbor security operations for the Royal Spanish Navy; he had oversight of fourteen warships, while managing a diverse team of personnel. He served as the station chairman for the American Red Cross, Service to the Armed Forces. With that position, he acted as the volunteer ambassador for Spain and Portugal. Following his naval service, Dombroski-Ferguson moved to New York City to pursue an undergraduate degree in economics at Fordham University. He has become a member and affiliate of several prestigious organizations such as the Carnegie Council, The Princeton Club of New York, The Naval Order of the United States, The Navy League of the United States, and the United Nations Association of New York. He currently advocates for ethics in international affairs and business as a Carnegie New Leader, representative at the United Nations and as a Veterans4Diplomacy Fellow. Additionally, he is a managing member of Dombroski-Ferguson Group LLC, a company that specializes in acquiring residential real estate.
Travis Gidado is a legal analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. specializing in finance, corporate governance, and regulatory matters for GS Bank USA. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Gidado spent time as an investment banking analyst at UBS AG covering global industrials. He also worked as an editorial assistant for YaleGlobal Online, a constituent publication of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. Gidado graduated with a degree in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University, where his capstone thesis addressed extreme right-wing reactions to multiculturalism and immigration policy in Western Europe. His primary research interests include globalization as it relates to culture and identity formation, the intersection of business with foreign and domestic policy issues, and how technological innovation impacts the global public sphere. One day, Gidado hopes to advise governments and corporations faced with the implications of multifaceted globalizing forces.
Stacee Glass is currently a midshipman at the United States Merchant Marine Academy where she is studying maritime logistics and intermodal transportation. At the Academy she is completing a Kings Point Scholar Project on the United States Military's rules of engagement used by combat troops in the Middle East; in September she will be taking a graduate course on the rules of engagement through the International Institute on Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy. Previously, Glass spent several summers with Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth and the Westinghouse Science Honors Institute's Seminars, and was a state finalist and national qualifier on her speech and debate team. She also spent four months on a Crowley container ship learning to become a ship's officer. This summer, Glass will be interning with the American Bureau of Shipping in Dubai, UAE. She was the winner of the 2015 Carnegie Council Student Research Competition.
Julian Harper is an investment professional at Franklin Templeton Investments, where he focuses on international small and mid cap equity opportunities across industries, primarily in Asia and Europe. He previously worked for an international private equity firm, with an emphasis on secondary investments and mezzanine finance. Harper currently serves on the CNL Steering Committee and is a co-chair for the New York Children's Museum of the Arts Young Professionals Committee and a board member for Sure We Can, a Brooklyn-based non-profit. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College with a double major in economics and political science.
Kei Hiruta is a Carnegie-Uehiro Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and a research associate in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University. He has been a visiting scholar in the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University since January 2010. His research interests are in the areas of ethics, political theory, political ideologies, and 20th century political thought.
Ben Homer has more than a decade of experience in media and technology. Prior to returning to school to pursue a graduate degree in international affairs at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, his career included spans with Major League Baseball, CBS Interactive, Livestream.com, and on the Emmy-nominated film A Year on Earth. He is currently producing a short documentary focused on the Syrian refugee crisis shot at Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan.
Chris Janiec is an independent analyst. From 2011 until mid-2015 he taught international relations and U.S. foreign policy at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. Previously, he worked as an analyst of petroleum and shipping markets in the private sector and as an editorial assistant and freelance correspondent for The Boston Globe and other publications. Janiec holds a master's degree in international relations with a regional focus on Asia from New York University's Center for Global Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science from Northeastern University.
Vijay Jayaraman is a management consultant at a global consulting firm. He helps hospital leaders across the United States and India in dealing with financial challenges. He is a Global Shaper, a group of leaders under the age of 30 charged with catalyzing positive social change in their respective communities by World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2013 and a board member at one of India's oldest hospital in New Delhi. He was chosen by the Apex Society of New York as a "Power 30 under 30" award winner from India for his contributions to health care. He is a founding member of an Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) chapter. He has previously lead a group of engineers to China to discuss cross-cultural engineering challenges between India and China. He has degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology and Anna University.
Andy Jean is a professional risk manager and an engineer-in-training per the Board of Engineers in the State of California. He is pursuing a Bachelor in electronics systems engineering technology from Thomas Edison State College. He was previously enrolled in Florida International University from 2008–2011. Jean was accepted to be a delegate in both United Nations sponsored events and the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and is participating in the Booze Allen Hamilton Scholar program.
Hélène Kadjar is a senior analyst at EcoVadis, where she works to provide sustainable supply chain solutions to companies worldwide. In 2011, she was also appointed as the company's ethics officer. Prior to these roles, she completed a double degree in law (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne/ Universidad Complutense de Madrid) as well as an MA in sustainable development management (ICP). She has been admitted to the bars of Madrid and Paris. She is particularly interested in business ethics issues and corporate social responsibility strategies. She is also a member of Transparency International, the international NGO dedicated to the fight against corruption, and ARSEM, a non-profit dedicated to helping children from minorities succeed at school.
Julia Taylor Kennedy is principal of JTK Consulting Services. She is a writer and researcher who designs, builds, and manages programs, with a focus on big ideas for social good. Her clients include Center for Talent Innovation, LRN, and Carnegie Council. Before founding JTK Consulting, Kennedy worked in communications and program management at LRN; designed, produced, and moderated programs at Carnegie Council; hosted national and local shows on WAMC Public Radio; and spent a few years as a beat reporter. Kennedy holds an MA in international relations from Yale University and a BS in journalism and Latin American literature from Northwestern University.
Ao Kong has been a programme management officer for the United Nations since 2009. She is a specialist in strategic partnership building on high-profile and impactful alliances for the United Nations, international foundations, the private sector, and academia. In addition, she has a background working in the private sector and was nominated as a young global leader by World Economic Forum. Kong speaks English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), and French.
Justin Kosslyn is the product manager at Google Ideas, exploring how technology can enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability, or repression. He led the strategy, development, and launch of the Global Human Trafficking Hotline Network and has designed, prioritized, and launched new features and products within Google News, Google AdSense for TV, and Google Docs. Kosslyn holds a BS in Computer Science from Yale and is an associate researcher at the Igarapé Institute.
Eddie Mandhry is director for Africa at Yale University. Working out of Yale's Office of International Affairs, Mandhry is responsible for supporting the University's Africa initiatives by working with faculty to develop strategic partnerships between Yale and African institutions in the private and public sectors, and supporting recruitment activities around the continent. Prior to joining Yale, Mandhry was the associate director of NYU Africa House an interdisciplinary institute focused on economic development research, political and social trends around Africa. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He holds a BA in Political Science/African Studies from Hampshire College, and a MSc. in international relations from the London School of Economics.
Conor Moran is a financial technology executive with Seeking Alpha, Inc., where he is responsible for business development and expansion of quantitative analytics development with leading alternative asset managers. Previously, Moran worked in business development at several niche firms that catered to the traditional and alternative asset management community around research, trading, and financial technology. He is an active participant in many New York area organizations including Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the United Nations Association, Network 20/20, iMentor, the American Alpine Club, Upwardly Global, New York Cares, and the Four Diamonds Fund.
Ankit Panda is a foreign affairs analyst, writer, and editor with expertise in international relations, political economy, international security, and crisis diplomacy. He has been an editor at The Diplomat since 2013.
Nicholas Reinhold is a student at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs where he is pursuing a concentration in international security policy and a specialization in East Asian studies. Reinhold recently separated from active duty in the Air Force where he served as an intelligence officer in Korea, Florida, Japan, and Virginia. His service also included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan where he was decorated for leading intelligence collection in support of counterinsurgency operations. Reinhold is an inaugural fellow of Veterans 4 Diplomacy and plans to return to government service after completing his graduate studies. He completed undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University with departmental honors in political science, a double major in history, and a minor in international studies.
Ilana Rothkopf currently works as a compliance analyst, where she focuses on anti-money laundering, know your customer, and sanctions compliance in the legal industry. Previously, she worked as a due diligence researcher and consultant, and interned with various think tanks and social justice-oriented non-profits, including Gold Mercury International (London), Political Research Associates, and the International Institute for Justice and Development. She also sits on the Associate Board for Equal Justice USA, a criminal justice NGO. Rothkopf holds an MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in political science and Middle East studies from McGill University.
Monish Shah is an associate at GIC Special Investments, focused on private equity investment opportunities in North America. Hailing from the international city-state of Singapore, he exemplifies a global mindset through an eclectic mix of personal and professional experiences. He has previously worked at J.P. Morgan (Investment Banking) in New York, and interned at the Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Group, the Prime Minister's Office (Singapore) and at the IE Business School (Spain). Shah graduated magna cum laude, with a distinction in economics, from Yale University. At Yale, he explored his interests in strategic issues at the nexus of business and government through various activities in and out of the classroom, including as a member of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, founding president of the Yale Undergraduate Energy Club and as editorial director of the Business Sphere magazine. As a Carnegie New Leader for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Shah hopes to further explore his multidisciplinary interests in international investing, sustainable development, and Asian geopolitics.
Fredrik S. Stanton is the author of Great Negotiations: Agreements that Changed the Modern World. He is a John C. Whitehead Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. Stanton is the former president and publisher of the Columbia Daily Spectator. He has served as an election monitor in Armenia, Republic of Georgia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Azerbaijan. He received a BA in political science from Columbia University.
Daniel Stein is a researcher, writer, and organizer based in New York City. He has worked on ten political campaigns and as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate. He has contributed to material on the rise of the far right which has appeared in the American, French, and Russian media. He is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo.
Liana Sterling works in intergovernmental relations at the NYC Mayor's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where she covers public health, social, and labor policy issues that affect New York City. She holds an MPA and an MPH from SIPA and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and a BA from Bryn Mawr College.
Levi Stoep is a congressional staffer for the House Committee on Ways and Means, working with policy makers assigned to the Subcommittee on Human Resources. Originally from New York, he attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and studied Spanish abroad at the Universidad de Oviedo in Oviedo, Spain. In 2013, he received his BA from Calvin College, double majoring in international relations and political science, completing his senior capstone project titled: The Linkage between Morals and War, and the Political System that Directs Them.
Miro R. Vassilev is a New York-based hedge fund investment professional focused on the infrastructure, energy, and industrial sectors globally. Previously, he was an investment professional with Goldman Sachs in Europe and with a U.S. special-situations investment fund focusing on privatizations, restructurings, and spin-offs. Vassilev graduated with an MPP in international security policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was Kokkalis Fellow and co-president of the Social Enterprise Club. He also received an MBA in finance from the Wharton School, where he was Social Impact Management Fellow focusing on the role of global business in solving the most pressing social and environmental issues. Vassilev is a graduate of Oxford University.
Stephanie-Eva Venturas is a managing director at Eagle Capital Management, LLC a Manhattan-based investment management firm serving domestic and international clients including academic organizations, cultural institutions, endowments, foundations, sovereign entities, pensions, and religious organizations. Prior to joining Eagle Capital, Venturas was an associate at Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn, LLC. She graduated from Colgate University in 2005 with a BA in international relations and interdisciplinary writing.
Suchitra Vijayan graduated with LLB and European Union Law and was called to bar by the Honourable Society of Inner Temple in 2005. She previously worked for the UN war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She co-founded and was the legal director of Resettlement Legal Aid Project, Cairo that provided legal aid for Iraqi refugees in Egypt. Vijayan spent the last three years researching and documenting stories along the contentious Durand Line. She was embedded with the ISAF forces - 172 infantry brigade, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan conducting research on key kinetic terrains in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. She graduated from Yale in international relations and is currently working on her book project titled Borderlands along India's borders. The project is conceived as a travelogue chronicling stories along India's borderlands, covering six of India's border with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Burma. A part visual anthropology and part an attempt at understanding the Indian state, its pathologies and the fringes it governs.
Nghia Vu, after successfully selling 49% of his stakes of a local securities firm co-founded by him, since 2009 he has been CEO of Woori CBV Securities, an investment bank of Fortune Global 500 Woori Financial Group (NYSE Listed WF). Woori CBV Securities has been the only securities firm awarded the prestigious "Excellence Brand" by Economics Times of Vietnam in both 2010 and 2012. He is managing director of international private equity firm New Asia Partners, based in the United States and China, focusing on Asian emerging markets. He was managing partner of New York-based private equity firm ACO Investment Group. As a leading index investor of Vietnam, since 2007, he revolutionarily invented: Vietnam Securities Index family (combining two stock exchanges), Vietnam Bond Indexes, VND-Index, Vietnam Investor Confidence Indexes, and many others. He was invited and sponsored by Bloomberg LP to present his indexes to the global financial community in Hong Kong and Singapore in 2008. An alumni of Harvard Business School, he is a lecturer and program co-chair at Vietnam National University-Hanoi Business School, educating business leaders and policy makers.
Amelia M. Wolf is a researcher at a New York-based foreign policy think-tank, where she focuses on conflict prevention and national security. Formerly, she was communications coordinator and writer at the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, an adjunct assistant professor at St. John's University, and a board member for the Council for American Students in International Negotiations. She has published articles on armed conflict, human rights, and peacekeeping in Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and Defense One, and her work has been featured in the Washington Post and Guardian. She has a BA in communications from Loyola University Maryland and an MS in global affairs from New York University. Her graduate thesis, "Deconstructing Prevention: The Missing Link in the Human Security Approach to Climate Change," was nominated for NYU Center for Global Affairs' "Best Thesis Award" and she presented her findings at the 2013 Dayton Human Rights Conference.