Joseph T. Amodeo | Camilla Bosanquet | John Boylston | Fernando Braga | J. Brett Buchness | Lidia Cano | Joshua Caplan | Jackie Carter | Marco Casas | Nathaniel Becker Chase | Peter Christodoulou | Niovi Christopoulou | Alexandre Côté | Kamala Dash | Mary Eleanor Davis | Daniil Davydoff | Peter DeBartolo | Lucie-Kay Desthuis-Francis | Annik Foreman | Nelly Gicho-Niyonzima | Travis Gidado | Carolina Harper | Kei Hiruta | Ben Homer | Vijay Jayaraman | Hélène Kadjar | Kamala Kanta | Julia Taylor Kennedy | Pam Kingpetcharat | Justin Kosslyn | Madeleine Lesser | Kathryn M. Martorana | Caroline Miller | Kevin Murungi | Jeffrey Nathan | Elizabeth Nugent | McKenzie Price | Vladimir Prokopchuk | Luv Puri | Yaron Schwartz | Fredrik S. Stanton | Levi Stoep | Luke Tarbi | Jennifer L. Tavis | Miro R. Vassilev | Stephanie-Eva Venturas | Suchitra Vijayan | Nghia Vu | Daniel Weisfield | Madeleine Wykstra | Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu
Joseph Amann is an investment valuation and analytics manager at The Carlyle Group, where he analyzes private equity and real assets portfolios. Prior to Carlyle, Amann spent five years at Morgan Stanley, most recently as a market risk manager for securitized and corporate credit products. Before Morgan Stanley, he worked at a boutique consulting firm and advised on CMBS valuations and risk management. Amann is a Carnegie Council Trustee, a member of its Investment Committee, and serves on the CNL Steering Committee. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2006 with a major in finance and minor in political science.
Joseph T. Amodeo serves as the director of development at Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), where he oversees the organization's development and communications efforts. Previously, Amodeo held various positions at CFY (formerly Computers for Youth), Marist College, and the New York State Dental Foundation. As a researcher, his papers on patient mobility and infectious disease policy have been featured in World Medical & Health Policy and presented at AIDS 2010. In 2013, Amodeo was named a "Rising Star" by the Queens Courier for his work in New York City's non-profit community. He received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in religious studies from the University at Albany and his Master of Arts in political science from the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Currently, he is completing a Master of Public Administration at Marist College.
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 pperations 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.
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.
Lidia Cano is a researcher at the research liaison unit of the United Nations Crisis Center, where she carries out conflict analysis of West and Central Africa regions. Prior to the United Nations, she worked at Media For Humanity, a media non-profit fighting human trafficking. Before Media For Humanity, Cano worked as an international legal advisor for both the private and public sectors. She also volunteers for the Red Cross young volunteers program. Cano received her licentiate and law degree from Autonomous University of Madrid, with specialization in international law. She also holds an MA in international relations and Africa studies from Autonomous University of Madrid where she spent a semester as an international exchange scholar at New York University.
Joshua Caplan is the director of Asset Management at United Realty M.T.A., a boutique private equity real estate firm, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Previously, Caplan was a project manager at the Hypertec Groupe. He has interned at Global Crossroad, teaching English at Upendo Orphanage, in Tanzania. Caplan is an elected fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts (RSA). He serves on the board of directors of the Arizona Microcredit Initiative and the Scottsdale Soul Center Synagogue. Caplan is the recipient of the Federation Combined Jewish Appeal's Hineini Award, for outstanding dedication to community affairs. Caplan holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in political science from Concordia University and is a SCPM and AssocRICS candidate at Stanford University's Advanced Project Management Program and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Jackie Carter is an associate at Goldman Sachs in alternative investments & manager selection, where she focuses on investing in hedge funds. She previously worked in the investment banking division of Citigroup. Prior to that role, Carter graduated from Yale Law School/Yale School of Management, where she completed a JD/MBA and served as comments editor of the Yale Law Journal and as co-president of the Yale Law & Business Society. Carter has experience at the Clinton Foundation, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Covington & Burling LLP, and the Yale Investments Office. Carter graduated from Yale College in 2007 where she majored in ethics, politics, and economics. She holds an MA in philosophy from Columbia University, where she focused on theories of international discourse. Carter is interested in global financial regulation, international investing, and cross-cultural ethics.
Marco Casas is an institutional equity sales senior vice president at Standard Bank, where he covers emerging and frontier markets. Prior to Standard, Casas worked at Macquarie and Renaissance Capital specializing in Africa and Russia and the former Soviet Union. He graduated from Middlebury College with a major in political science and a minor in Russian language and literature. Casas grew up in Venezuela and attended the United World College of Southern Africa in Mbabane, Swaziland.
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.
Alexandre Côté is deputy director, South America relations, foreign affairs, Trade and Development Canada where he manages political and commercial relations with Colombia, Chile, and Peru. Previously deputy director in Canada's Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force, he managed a $70 million portfolio of peace and security projects in Haiti, Colombia, and Guatemala. Prior to joining the Canadian government, Côté served with the United Nations in Burkina Faso, Italy, Mauritius, South Africa, Kenya, and with NGOs in Haiti where he advised governments on the implementation of disaster reduction, sustainable development, and poverty reduction policies and action plans. He is an active board member with organizations devoted to sustainable development. Côté has received awards for his work on disaster response and peace promotion. He is a World Young Leader of the BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt Foundation. He graduated from Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Canada with a BA in international relations (1995) and from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, with an MA economics in development administration and management (2002).
Kamala Kanta Dash is an innovative youth leader and an institution builder. He is currently an assistant professor of good governance and public policy at Sri Sri University, Odisha, India. He has more than 13 years of experience in community service, policy research, teaching, consulting, and skills training. He has deep interest in the issues of politics, development, and global governance. He has worked in India and Australia and has worked in the fields of interfaith dialogue, youth leadership, international affairs. and public policy. Dash has received several national and global awards and recognition. He worked as the director of public communication at South Asia Community Link Group (SACLG), a Melbourne-based think tank. He is currently an Australian ambassador (2013–15) at the Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR), Chicago. Dash is a Ph.D. candidate of public [olicy and South Asian studies at Monash University, Australia and is about to submit his thesis on community engagement in public policy in Australia and India. He has published six internationally refereed research articles and has written more than 100 opinion, interview, news stories, and feature articles for online magazines and websites. He has participated and presented in more than 50 national and international workshops, seminars, and conferences. Trained in the inclusive teaching practices, he has been appreciated for creativity and engagement in the classroom and beyond. He has taught modern Indian history at Department of History, Monash University; theory of international relations and Indian foreign policy at School of International Studies (SIS), Ravenshaw University; and human rights and media and press laws at the Department of Development Journalism and Electronic Communication (DJEC), Utkal University.
Mary Eleanor "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.
Lucie-Kay Desthuis-Francis is senior associate with Deloitte's business intelligence services practice. Desthuis-Francis has handled a broad range of investigative assignments, including mapping complex corporate networks, due diligence inquiries, asset tracing, and FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) investigations. She has extensive experience developing intelligence on individuals and entities worldwide. Desthuis-Francis also has significant experience writing competitive landscape studies and risk assessments on countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and sub-Saharan Africa. She has provided services for multinational companies, financial services firms, and governments on political risk and strategic industries, including energy, transport, construction, and real estate among others. Desthuis-Francis has spent extensive time on the ground in the MENA region. She is a native French and English speaker and proficient in Arabic. Desthuis-Francis holds an M.Sc. in Middle Eastern politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and an MA in international relations from St Andrews University, Scotland.
Masha S. Feiguinova is a senior director for corporate social engagement at Changing Our World. She has worked in the non-profit management and private philanthropy field for more than eight years. Feiguinova has extensive experience in program development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, and grants management. Before joining Changing Our World, Feiguinova was a program officer at the Open Society Foundation, a private foundation that supports health, education, access to information, youth, and environmental protection. In that role, Feiguinova directed the funds, priorities, and management of staff; developed program strategies and partnerships; performed project monitoring, performance evaluation, and reporting; advised the Corporate Social Responsibility teams of apparel retailers and technology companies on environmental and human rights protection, and collaborated with them to address public concerns. Prior to working at the Open Society Foundation, Feiguinova managed the Community HealthCorps, an AmeriCorps direct service program that addresses public health needs of medically underserved communities in New York City. In this capacity, she trained community health advocates and worked with health centers to expand and enhance their services. Feiguinova holds a BA in history and a BS in anthropology from State University of New York, Purchase College; and an MA in international relations from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Annik Foreman is a student at New York University's school of public service and works as a research consultant. Prior to this, she served the government of Alberta (Canada) in various capacities, including as a manager of strategic analysis, a senior consultant on organizational performance measures, and as research and evaluation coordinator. Foreman received a BA (honors) from The University of Alberta (Canada) in 1998 and a Ph.D. from Monash University (Australia) in 2003, and has taught linguistics, English, accent reduction, and intercultural communication to adults. Her professional goals include working with private or public sector organizations to develop innovative ways for governments to better address cross-jurisdictional policy issues.
Nelly Gicho-Niyonzima is a global development specialist and her areas of expertise include diplomacy, human rights, conflict and transition, governance, education, ethics, and public policy. Previously, as a researcher, she worked for Department of International Development (DFID) in Kenya and also Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration of ex-combatants (DDR) program in Burundi. She has worked with and within public policy institutes and think tanks, government ministries, academia, non-governmental organizations, and has honed her professional experience in Asia, Europe, the United States, and African countries. Niyonzima is the founder and CEO of The Connected Hearts Inc, an organization that mobilizes world people in support of the Zero-Exploitation of Women and Children-2030 Agenda. In a different capacity, she is the director of United Nations Women's Guild, Westchester group, New York. She is serving as vice president and board member for Women's International Forum (WIF) and also advisor for women and children in zones of conflict for Eng. Eze Aja Foundation. Niyonzima is a member of United Nations Association. Niyonzima holds an MA in diplomacy and international affairs and is working on a doctorate program at Pôle Universitaire Euclide/ Euclide University. Her thesis is focused on human trafficking. Currently, based in New York, she is married and has two children.
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 interned 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pam Kingpetcharat is the chief administrative officer of Human Rights First, an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges the United States to live up to its ideals. She is responsible for ensuring that Human Rights First has the people, processes, and systems in place to operate efficiently and effectively in advancing its mission. Before joining Human Rights First, Kingpetcharat was a senior manager at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, spent two years in Guyana with the Peace Corps, and has worked for Accenture, Merrill Lynch, and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Kingpetcharat holds a Master's in public administration/international development from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a BA in economics from Reed College.
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.
Madeleine Lesser is development officer at Rainforest Fund, a non-profit foundation focused on protecting the human rights and environments of indigenous peoples throughout the world's rainforests. In this role, she works on project management and evaluation, strategic communication, and fundraising. Previously, she served as program assistant in Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad and worked in New York at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Lesser holds an MA in international affairs with a concentration in cities and social justice from The New School and a BA in international affairs and philosophy from Muhlenberg College.
Eddie Mandhry joined NYU Africa House in November 2012. As the associate director, he is responsible for managing Africa House's public engagement programs that spotlight Africa-focused research conducted by members of the NYU academic community. He also manages seminars, conferences, and symposiums featuring local and international dignitaries, thought leaders, and practitioners. The flagship programs aim to promote critical dialogue and debate on evolving social and political trends linked to economic development in Africa. Prior to joining NYU Africa House, Mandhry was the Washington program director at Global Kids Inc., a United Nations-affiliated human rights education organization working to develop global awareness and civic engagement among New York and Washington DC urban youth. He also served as the director of the U.S. in the World: International Law and Foreign Policy Program, conducted in collaboration with the Council on Foreign Relations, New York; and the annual Global Gateways Scholars Program held at Howard University's Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, leading international youth programs to Brazil and Haiti. He has interned with The Hague Appeal for Peace, the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva, and the Inter Africa Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices Against Women and Children, also in Geneva. He holds a BA in political science/African studies from Hampshire College, and an M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics. He has also studied international affairs and French in Geneva, Switzerland with the School for International Training. He is a 2008 graduate of the Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Executive Education certificate program. He is a Kenyan national, fluent in Kiswahili with basic proficiency in Amharic and French.
Kathryn M. Martorana is currently an MA candidate at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She has previously worked as a coordinator for Oxfam America's oil, gas, and mining program, which promotes transparency and accountability in the extractives sector. While at Oxfam, she visited a number of mining operations and affected communities in West Africa and East Asia. Prior to joining Oxfam, she worked in the Republic of Namibia under the Ministry of Education. Martorana has held internships at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Senator John F. Kerry's office and the International Institute for Justice and Development. She holds a BA in international relations and economics from the University of Delaware.
Caroline Miller is a graduate student at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and Mailman School of Public Health pursuing a dual Master's degree in public administration and public health. Prior to attending Columbia, she worked at Amnesty International USA with the organization's executive director and in the women's human rights program. Miller also previously worked at the American Jewish Committee as the deputy to the chief financial officer. She has international experience working in Honduras and Tanzania, engaging with women in local communities. In Honduras, she worked with disadvantaged, abandoned, and abused girls from infants to 18-year-olds at an orphanage. During a month-long volunteer trip to Moshi, Tanzania, she developed a partnership with Jipe Moyo, a local women's empowerment group with one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the area, and supported the women in their efforts to establish sustainable income generating businesses. As an undergraduate student at Duke University, Miller's research paper on the elimination of violence against women was given the Oliver W. Koonz Human Rights Prize, awarded by the faculty advisory doard of Duke Human Rights Center, for being the best paper in the field of human rights.
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.
Kevin Murungi is human rights and foreign policy specialist at Global Kids, a non-profit educational organization for global learning and youth development. He is program director for the U.S. in the World: International Law and Foreign Policy Program, an award winning three-week summer institute where urban youth explore the dynamics of international law and foreign policy. Murungi is leading an initiative with the Cine Institute in Jacmel, Haiti to infuse social justice, civic engagement, and community responsibility curriculum into the work of the premier college level film and audio school in Haiti. His role at Global Kids involves education and curriculum development specific to human rights, international law and foreign policy, as well as professional development, and the planning and leading of international travel opportunities for Global Kids students to travel abroad and work in solidarity with young people in other parts of the world on human rights issues. He holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MA in international affairs from American University.
Elizabeth Nugent is an investigator with the James Mintz Group, a private investigation services firm. Her interests include Middle Eastern politics with a focus on Islamist and opposition movements in the region. Previously, Nugent served as a research assistant at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Nugent graduated cum laude with a BA in Arabic from Georgetown University in 2007. In 2010, she received her MA in Arab studies from Georgetown and was awarded distinction for her thesis, titled "Hizbullah in Lebanese Domestic Politics: Islamism, Nationalism, and Parliamentary Opposition." Nugent served as 2007 Fulbright Fellow in Cairo, Egypt and was a 2009 Cosmos Club Foundation Scholar.
McKenzie Price is the program administrator for ORBIS International's Flying Eye Hospital, an ophthalmic training and surgical center on-board a DC-10 aircraft. With a focus on enhancing the skill set of ophthalmologists, nurses, anesthesiologists, and biomedical engineers in developing countries, the organization works to build the capacity of partner hospitals and medical institutions globally. Previously, Price worked in the Washington, DC office of Human Rights Watch, supporting the organization's Africa-focused research and advocacy initiatives on themes from government corruption and state-sponsored terrorism to human rights abuses against civilians in conflict and post-conflict situations. She has interned with the U.S. State Department in Kenya and the Central Intelligence Agency and holds a BA in anthropology from Howard University and an M.Sc. in comparative politics-conflict studies from the London School of Economics, where she wrote her thesis on political legitimacy and the potential for terrorism in Somalia. She has also enjoyed volunteering for refugee and community development organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Vladimir Prokopchuk recently was admitted for a Master's of Science program at Columbia University. Prokopchuk has had internship opportunities on the state and international level. Furthermore, he worked for more than three years at an academic institution helping students. He is interested in international affairs particularly matters of diplomacy and conflict resolution.
Luv Puri works for the United Nations in Political Affairs, which plays a central role in United Nations efforts to prevent and resolve deadly conflict around the world. Prior to the UN, Puri worked as an active political journalist for The Hindu for many years writing on issues relating to peace and security in South Asia. He has authored a book, Across the Line of Control, which was published by Columbia University Press in 2012 and co-published by Hurst, UK and Penguin in 2011. He has also been widely published in several other policy and scholarly journals in the U.S. and has also been a Fulbright scholar. He completed his Master program at New York University.
Sylvana Rochet-Belleri is an associate director of client relations at Eurasia Group and an executive coach and consultant. A native of France and Colombia, Rochet-Belleri was previously the associate director of programs for the Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) at ORBIS International in New York. In this role, she was responsible for strategic oversight of programs across Africa, Asia, and Latin America for the Flying Eye Hospital. Rochet-Belleri has also managed programs and led campaigns in North Africa, Latin America, and Sweden for the American Cancer Society's global health division, and led negotiation and sustainability management workshops for organizations such as the European Commission and the WWF in West Africa. She holds a BA in international relations from Florida International University, and an MA from New York University Paris in French civilization with a focus on foreign affairs.
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.
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.
Luke Tarbi is a senior consultant at Forrester Research, a global market research and advisory firm. His research interests focus on the confluence of emerging technologies, telecommunications, and the developing world. Prior to Forrester Research, Tarbi consulted for Deloitte & Touche (Middle East) and served as an advisor in various economic development and international trade initiatives. His background is as an officer in the U.S. Navy, with whom he served overseas throughout Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. Tarbi is an active member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and served as the director of Veterans and Military Affairs on a 2012 congressional campaign. He received his MA in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and is currently pursuing his MBA at The Stern School of Business at New York University. He is a graduate of the Political Science Honors Program at Boston College.
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.
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.
Daniel Weisfield is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School and an M.B.A. candidate at the Yale School of Management. As a U.S. diplomat he worked in 26 countries, served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and worked in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In the private sector, he has worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, founded a real estate venture in New Haven, and worked in strategy at ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steel company. He is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and the State Department's Meritorious Honor award, and is a proud mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. As a Carnegie New Leader for Ethics in International Affairs, Weisfield hopes to explore how technology and globalization impact business ethics.
Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu is a research technologist with the Medical College of Wisconsin. A native of Cameroon, Yimbesalu has been a strong advocate for rights of children worldwide. He is founder/CEO of HOPE for Children Cameroon. He holds a B.Sc. in medical laboratory sciences from University of Buea, an M.Sc. in biomedical sciences from New Mexico Highlands University, and a diploma in leadership excellence from the Donahue Leadership Institute. He is currently enrolled in the M.Sc. program for public health and a diploma in cultural diplomacy and international relations. He currently volunteers with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance, Amnesty International, and as mentor for infectious diseases with the Clinton Global Initiative University.