Olga Barkova | Camilla Bosanquet | John Boylston | Butch Bracknell | Fernando Braga | Jayson Browder | J. Brett Buchness | Joseph Byrum | Lidia Cano | Marco Casas | Peter Christodoulou | Alistair Clark | Mariel Davis | Daniil Davydoff | Peter DeBartolo | Lucie-Kay Desthuis-Francis | David Joseph Deutch | Stephen Dombroski-Ferguson | Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox | Rashid Galadanci | Vafa Ghazavi | Travis Gidado | Stacee Glass | Carolina Harper | William J. Hernandez | Kei Hiruta | Chris Janiec | Kyle Jaster | Vijay Jayaraman | Andy Jean | Hélène Kadjar | Julia Taylor Kennedy | Justin Kosslyn | Madeleine Lesser | Kevin Murungi | Jack O'Connor | Ankit Panda | McKenzie Price | Vladimir Prokopchuk | Christy Grace Provines | Luv Puri | Nicholas Reinhold | Sylvana Rochet | Ilana Rothkopf | Yaron Schwartz | Monish Shah | Fredrik S. Stanton | Levi Stoep | Hervé Thomas | Miro R. Vassilev | Stephanie-Eva Venturas | Suchitra Vijayan | Nghia Vu | Daniel Weisfield | Madeleine Wykstra | Kenneth Zoeller
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. He 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rashid Galadanci is senior associate at The Social Entrepreneurs' Fund (www.TSEF.com), a partnership of committed investment capital, focused on early stage equity stakes in impact-oriented companies and targeting underserved markets. Galadanci has a background in emerging market economic development, finance, technology, energy and management consulting. Before joining TSEF, Galadanci was an associate at Armonia LLC, an impact investing-focused family office. Prior, he managed a number of global initiatives and oversaw operational policy at FINCA International, a leading microfinance institution with over 1 million clients across 23 countries. Galadanci began his career on the Strategy and Organization team at Booz Allen Hamilton where he worked with a wide range of government clients, helped launch the firms' commercial practice, and developed a spin-off technology company focused on digital identity credentials. Rashid has a B.A. from Dartmouth College where he studied political economy of emerging markets and was awarded a 1 year fellowship to study economic development and renewable fuel use in Brazil.
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.
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.
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 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.
Kevin Murungi is director of human rights and foreign policy programs 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.
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.
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 is a director at Nova Zora Digital and tech enthusiast. Nova Zora Digital is a SEO and digital marketing company that helps grow your influence and client base one person at a time. Prokopchuk and experts use their experience to tailor the most productive campaigns to help clients grow their business. Prokopchuk has experience with the United Nations, the state level, and at an academic institution. Prokopchuk is also a Columbia University graduate student finishing his degree. In his free time he enjoys volunteering and fitness.
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.
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.
Sylvana Rochet is an executive coach and consultant. A native of France and Colombia, Rochet was previously an associate director of client relations at Eurasia Group and 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 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.
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.
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.
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.