Past Speaker Biographies

Vishakha Desai

Pictured: Vishakha Desai, former President and CEO of the Asia Society

 

2015 Speakers

The following speakers addressed the fellows of the 2015 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship program.

Joshua Kwesi Aikins

Joshua Kwesi Aikins is a political scientist at Kassel University and a PhD candidate in History and Sociology at the Bielefeld Graduate School. His research interests include the interaction between western-style and indigenous political institutions in Ghana, post- and decolonial perspectives on 'development,' cultural and political representation of the African Diaspora, coloniality and the politics of memory in Germany. As an academic and activist he is involved in various projects in both Germany and Ghana. As a Policy Officer with Diakonie Bundesverband, he was tasked with coordinating and presenting the parallel report to Germany's state report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in May 2015. As a member of the Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (Initiative of Black People in Germany), he works in both policy analysis and lobbying, advocating for data collection toward tracing, proving and combating the effects of institutional racism. He is involved in antiracist organising, diaspora empowerment and the ongoing struggle for a decolonial renaming of Berlin streets and a shift from colonial to anti- and decolonial commemoration in and beyond the German capital. In Ghana, his involvement spans conceptual and policy work, from serving as associate researcher for the Ghana Constitution Review Commission and to the development and scientific lead for Ghana Vote Compass, Ghana's first Voter advice application for the December 2012 elections.

Henry Alt-Haaker

Henry Alt-Haaker is a program officer at the Robert Bosch Stiftung, a leading German non-profit foundation. In its activities, the foundation concentrates on Health and Science, Education, Society, and Culture, International Relations – America and Asia and International Relations – Europe and its Neighbors. Henry’s position focuses on conflict prevention and conflict transformation, skills he honed previously in positions at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and with a number of MPs in the Bundestag, including Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, former German Minister of Justice. He cites his upbringing in Frankfurt (Oder) in the former GDR and the xenophobia and intolerance he witnessed daily as instrumental in motivating his activism and ambitions. Henry studied Philosophy and German Literature at Humboldt University in Berlin, Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris and Washington University in St. Louis before pursuing a second MA in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, focusing on the labor market integration of the second generation in Germany. Henry is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Germany 2005) and currently serves on the board of Humanity in Action Germany. 

Pouria Amirshahi 

Pouria Amirshahi was born in Iran and fled the country in 1976 with his family to move to France. Politically involved since university where he was President of UNEF (Union Nationale des Étudiants Français), he started working for Fédération des mutuelles de France and was responsible for social welfare for young adults. In 2004 he became director of the NGO 4D and represented it at the World Social Forum of Porto Alegre. In 2006 he became a high civil servant and was conducting the social policy of 3 medical centers. 

In 2012 he was elected Member of Parliament and represents French citizens living in Maghreb and West Africa. He is a dedicated defender of Francophony. 

Sina Arnold

Sina Arnold is a post-doctoral researcher and scientific managing director at the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research. Her work focuses on Antisemitism, Muslims in Germany and comparative approaches to researching prejudice and the dynamics of post-migrant societies. Sina studied Social Anthropology in Berlin and Manchester and earned her PhD at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University of Berlin.

Sami Asali

Sami Asali is a young professional working in geopolitics and international affairs. He has held positions as a political officer and analyst within three French ministries. From 2012 to 2014, he worked as a cooperation officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the French Embassy in Rabat, Morocco. He graduated with degrees in International Relations from University Paris 1 Sorbonne and Social Sciences from Paris-Dauphine. Sami is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (United States 2009) as well as a participant in the Pat Cox-HIA Fellowship at the European Parliament in Brussels in 2012.

Ivana Cvetkovic Bajrovic 

Ivana Cvetkovic Bajrovic is Senior Program Officer for Europe at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), where she manages the democracy assistance program to Southeast Europe. Prior to joining NED in 2005, Ivana supported several USAID-funded development projects around the world and worked for the United Nations Information Center in Washington, D.C. Her previous experiences include training U.S. soldiers deploying to the Balkans, as well as supporting the NATO peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina immediately after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords. Ivana serves as a leading resource for policy analysts, academics, and decision-makers in Washington on political developments in the Balkans. She has testified in the U.S. Congress, authored several articles, and made a number of appearances in the leading international media, including NPR, PBS, Voice of America, AlJazeera English, and BBC Radio. Her book Mistakes Donors Make: Civil Society and Democracy Assistance in the Balkans was published in Serbia in 2011. Ivana received her Master of Public Administration from Bowie State University and MA in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Allon Bar

Allon Bar is a human rights specialist with the Ranking Digital Rights project, which benchmarks technology companies on privacy and free expression standards. Mr. Bar previously implemented the ‘Odyssey’ project, focusing on digital security for vulnerable communities, and wrote policy recommendations for among others the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and civil society organizations. In addition to having worked with NGOs in Indonesia, Kenya, the Netherlands and the United States, he has engaged in international policymaking as a fellow in U.S. Congress and as a policy officer at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a Fulbright scholar, Mr. Bar obtained a master of international affairs degree, with a focus on human rights, at Columbia University. He further holds a BA degree in Language and Culture Studies and an MA degree in History of International Relations from Utrecht University.

Joachim Baur

Dr. Joachim Baur is an independent curator and museum consultant based in Berlin (www.die-exponauten.com). He studied History, Cultural Anthropology and Museum Studies in Tübingen, Stuttgart and New York City and has worked at various museums in Germany. In 2010, Dr. Baur completed his Ph.D. dissertation on museum representations of migration in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Esther Benbassa 

Esther Benbassa was born in Turkey, spent her early life in Israel where she studied until her M.A, before moving to France to get her PhD. She was a Research Director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique before directing the Department of Religious Studies at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and becoming the first woman to hold the Chair of History of modern Judaism. She was elected Senator in 2011 with EELV, the French Green Party. She was particularly active in the commission to draft the law against hate speech, a law that was voted by the National Assembly in 2013. An Officer of National Merit Order and Knight of Legion of Honor, Esther Benbassa was also awarded the Seligmann prize for her work against racism, injustice and intolerance.

Nabil Berbour 

Nabil Berbour is the co-founder of Studio Praxis, an innovative social enterprise that trains private sector employees and re-invests in trainings for grassroots leaders in social inclusion, justice and equality. Prior to that, he was the Digital Communication Advisor for Pascal Canfin, former MEP and French Minister for Development. He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (France 2009) as well as a participant in the Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship at the European Parliament in Brussels. Nabil is on the board of Humanity in Action France. 

Jessica Bither

Jessica Bither is a program coordinator at German Marshall Fund’s Berlin office (GMF). Her work focuses on migration related programing concerning labor market migration and refugee issues, foreign policy issues affecting the German-American relationship, as well as relations between the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag. She further coordinates the Berlin chapter of GMF’s Young Transatlantic Network. Prior to joining GMF, she worked for the European Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, and for Crédit Agricole Structured Asset Management in New York City, where she was head of business development for the Alternative Investment Research division. Bither graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College with a bachelor’s in international studies and holds a joint master’s degree in international relations from the Free University of Berlin, the Humboldt University, and the University of Potsdam. She is a native speaker of German and English.

Barbara Bodine 

Ambassador Barbara Bodine’s 33-year Foreign Service career was spent primarily in the Middle East, with a focus on security and counterterrorism. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen from 1997 through much of 2001, and also in Kuwait and Iraq.  In 1991, she received the Secretary of State’s Award for Valor for her work in occupied Kuwait. Since leaving the Foreign Service, Ambassador Bodine has been a Fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since 2007, she has been a Lecturer in Public and International Affairs and Director of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Diplomacy. Ambassador Bodine earned her BA in Political Science and Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She also studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Department of State's Language Training Field Schools in Taiwan and Tunisia. 

Steven A. Cook 

Steven A. Cook is Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Dr. Cook is the author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, which won the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's gold medal in 2012, and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey. Dr. Cook has published widely in foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, and he is a frequent commentator on radio and television. Prior to joining CFR, Dr. Cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Janine Davidson 

Dr. Janine Davidson is senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her areas of expertise include defense strategy and policy, military operations, national security, and civil-military relations. Before joining CFR, Davidson was an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, where she taught courses on national security, civil-military relations, counterinsurgency, and public policy. From 2009 to 2012, she served in the Obama administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans, where she oversaw the development of guidance for military campaign and contingency plans. She also led policy efforts for U.S. global defense posture, including the military's rebalance to Asia, and international agreements related to U.S. forces stationed overseas. Previously, Dr. Davidson served as director for stability operations capabilities in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, where she founded and directed the Consortium for Complex Operations, an innovative interagency project to enhance education, training, coordination, and performance in complex emergencies and interventions. As an associate at DFI International, Dr. Davidson researched reserve affairs and Air Force mobility operations and strategy. As a research and adjunct fellow at the Brookings Institution and as director of counterinsurgency studies at Hicks and Associates, she conducted research on counterinsurgency, peacekeeping, and military adaptation and learning. Dr. Davidson began her career in the United States Air Force, where she was an aircraft commander and senior pilot for the C-130 and the C-17 cargo aircraft. She flew combat support and humanitarian air mobility missions in Asia, Europe and the Middle East and was an instructor pilot at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Author of the 2010 book Lifting the Fog of Peace: How Americans Learned to Fight Modern War, her publications have appeared in Presidential Studies Quarterly, Building Peace, Foreign Affairs, ForeignPolicy.com and Orbis.  In 2012, Dr. Davidson was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, and in 2013 she was appointed by President Obama as a member of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. 

Vishakha Desai 

Dr. Vishakha Desai is Special Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and Professor of Professional Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs. She also serves as Senior Advisor for Global Programs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. From 2004 through 2012, Dr. Desai served as President and CEO of the Asia Society, a global organization dedicated to strengthening partnerships between Asia and the United States. Prior to becoming President, Dr. Desai held numerous senior positions within the Asia Society, initiating presentations of several major exhibitions of contemporary Asian and Asian American art in the 1990s, among the earliest efforts of its kind. Dr. Desai holds a BA in Political Science from Bombay University and an MA and PhD in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan.

Abdelasiem El Difraoui 

 

Abdelasiem El Difraoui is a German-Egyptian political scientist, economist, author and documentary filmmaker currently working as an Associate Professor at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies in Berlin. His work and research specialize on the Arab world and jihadist internet propaganda. He received his BA in Political Science and Economics from the American University of Cairo and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London before earning a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Political Science and a PhD in International Relations from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP/Sciences Po). As a journalist and documentarian, Abdelasiem El Difraoui has worked across Germany, France, the Balkans, Asia and the Arab World, gaining international acclaim for his coverage of the Siege of Baghdad and stories from the Arab Spring. From 2004 to 2010, Abdelasiem El Difraoui lectured at the IEP Paris and from 2010 to 2012 he served as a researcher of the Near/Middle East and Africa with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. His specific focus there was the project "Jihadism on the Internet: The Internationalization of Violent Discourses on the World Wide Web,” advising the European Commission on how to combat extremist internet content. More recently, he has served as the co-editor of the magazine Zenith. He is also one of the founders of the Foundation Candid in Berlin, an independent think tank working on science-based employment and dialogue with the Islamic world.

Karen Donfried

Karen Donfried is the President of the German Marshall Fund (GMF), a non-partisan, non-profit organization that strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan. She also serves as the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council. Donfried first joined GMF in 2001, and was a central figure at the organization as it more than doubled in size. After a stint on the U.S. State Department’s Policy Planning staff handling the Europe portfolio, Donfried returned to GMF in 2005, where she served as senior director for policy programs, and later as executive vice president from 2007-2010. She provided strategic direction to GMF’s programs and bolstered its continued work on U.S.-European relations. She is the recipient of the Cross of the Order of Merit, awarded in 2011 by the German Government and the Officer of the Order of the Crown of Belgium in 2010, as well as the Superior Honor Award, given by the US Department of State in 2005. Dr. Donfried holds a BA in Government and German from Wesleyan University, an MA from the University of Munich and an MA and PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

John B. Emerson 

John B. Emerson was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 1, 2013 as U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. Emerson was the President of Capital Group Private Client Services from 1997-2013. Previously, he served on President Clinton’s senior staff, from 1993-1997. He served as Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel, and subsequently as Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, where he was the President’s liaison to the nation’s governors. Emerson also coordinated the Economic Conference of the Clinton-Gore transition team and led the Administration’s efforts to obtain congressional approval of the GATT Uruguay Round Agreement in 1994 and the extension of China’s MFN trading status in 1996. In 2010, President Obama appointed Emerson to serve on the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Before joining the Clinton Administration, he served as the Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney (1987-1993) and was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, specializing in business and entertainment litigation and administrative law. Emerson earned his BA in government and philosophy from Hamilton College and his JD from the University of Chicago.

Jim Dyer 

Jim Dyer is a Principal at the Podesta Group. Working with Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, Jim served as the deputy assistant to the President for legislative affairs. Under President Reagan, Jim was responsible for the overall management of the legislative affairs office, overseeing the defense, foreign policy and appropriations portfolios. With President Bush, Jim served as the principal contact with the US Senate. A veteran of Capitol Hill, Jim served as staff director and clerk of the House Committee on Appropriations for more than a decade, producing 13 annual appropriations bills and supervising a 125-person professional staff. As principal committee liaison to the Republican leadership, he was responsible for planning the House legislative agenda. With a special expertise on foreign policy and defense issues, Jim handled legislative affairs for the US Department of State for two years and later served as a budget consultant to the Secretary of the Navy. Gaining experience in the private sector, Jim has also directed government relations for the Philip Morris Companies, Inc., and for the Power Systems Division of United Technologies Corp. Jim served as senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds the distinguished public service award from the US Navy. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Ford’s Theater and the Chairman’s Advisory Board at the US Institute for Peace, and also serves on the boards of the National Zoo and the US Capitol Historic Society.

Angéline Escafré-Dublet 

Angéline Escafré-Dublet is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Université Lyon 2 in the Department of Political Sciences, specializing in comparative immigration studies between Europe and North America in relation to politics and culture. Before moving to Lyon in 2014, she conducted research with renowned institutes such as the Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques and the Center for International Relations at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. She was also a visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at University of Chicago. She holds a PhD in Modern History from Sciences Po in Paris, where her work on immigration policy was directed by Jean-François Sirinelli and Patrick Weil. She is the author of Culture et Immigration: De la question sociale à l’enjeu politique, 1958-2007 and Immigration et politiques culturelles. 

Lauri Fitz-Pegado 

Lauri Fitz-Pegado is a Partner at The Livingston Group.  Appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Fitz-Pegado served in the Department of Commerce, under the late Secretary Ronald H. Brown and Secretaries Mickey Kantor and William Daley, as the Assistant Secretary and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. In this role, she promoted U.S. exports and helped U.S. companies to expand market share and compete for contracts around the world; managed 130 export promotion offices overseas and 90 offices in the United States; and organized and led numerous trade and investment missions to countries throughout the world. Ms. Fitz-Pegado served on the Obama for President campaign’s foreign policy expert teams for Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa. She was Director for Public Liaison of the first Clinton-Gore inauguration and advisor on international issues to Democratic National Committee Chairman Ronald H. Brown. In 1997 she joined Iridium L.L.C., the world's first global satellite and paging company, where she was Vice President for Global Gateway Management and Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications.  A former Foreign Service officer who served in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, Ms. Fitz-Pegado also provided domestic and international clients strategic communications counsel, public relations, and government relations services at Gray and Company and Hill and Knowlton. Ms. Fitz-Pegado is Board Chair Emeritus of the National Education Association Foundation. She is Vice Chair of the Global Communities Board of Trustees, and is on the advisory boards of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Jones-Haywood Dance School. Ms. Fitz-Pegado is also a corporate ambassador for Vital Voices and a senior advisor and mentor to professionals in the University of Denver/Aspen Institute's International Career Advancement Program. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington Government Relations Group. Ms. Fitz-Pegado is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a cum laude graduate of Vassar College and has an MA in Economics and Latin American Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

James I. Gadsden 

Ambassador James Gadsden is Senior Counselor for International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, with responsibility for both advising on the development of new programs and providing counsel and guidance for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships. Ambassador Gadsden, formerly Diplomat-in-Residence and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, served as U.S. Ambassador to Iceland from 2002 until 2005. He completed his undergraduate degree in economics at Harvard University, followed by a master’s degree in East Asian Studies at Stanford University and further graduate work in economics at Princeton.

Geneviéve Garrigos 

Geneviève Garrigos is the President of Amnesty International France. 

Johannes Lukas Gartner 

Johannes Lukas Gartner currently works as a freelancer at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and as program coordinator for Humanity in Action in Germany. Previously, Johannes worked at the Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social in Mexico City, where he was involved in the preparation, launch and monitoring of a large-scale federal press freedom campaign. He has also worked at the United Nations Development Program, the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency and multinational law firms in Istanbul and London. Johannes received his undergraduate education in law from King’s College London and obtained postgraduate degrees in Law from Humboldt University Berlin and in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, he spent a year at the age of 15 as an American Field Service exchange student in the rural countryside of Panama. Johannes is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and participated in the 2014 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship, staying involved with Humanity in Action since.

Clara Gaymard 

CEO and President of General Electric France since 2006, Clara Gaymard has had great success in implementing her strategic vision, driving the growth for the country through business. She also serves as the Vice President for GE International. Prior to joining GE, Clara Gaymard enjoyed an outstanding career within the French administration. After she completed her degree at École Nationale d'Administration, Clara joined the State Audit Office as an auditor before becoming a counselor. From 1991 to 2003, she held several positions in the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, focusing on SME investment and economic development as a deputy director. In 2006, her appointment as Ambassador, President of Invest In France Agency was a conclusive crossroads. As head of the Agency, Clara Gaymard brought into focus issues of innovation and private-public collaboration to favor economic growth. Having reached the personal goals she had set for herself as a public servant, Clara Gaymard seized the opportunity to implement her vision. She pursued her vocation as a link between the public and private sectors as the National Executive of GE in France, then as GE International's Vice President for Government Strategy and Sales. Outside of her professional career, Clara Gaymard is passionately involved in social debate and action. She started the Fondation Jérôme Lejeune, which is dedicated to researching genetic intelligence diseases. An Officer of National Merit Order and Knight of Legion of Honor, Clara is also Commendatore of Italian Republic Merit Order. In 2011, Fortune Magazine ranked Clara Gaymard as the 30th most influential woman in global business.

Carl Gershman 

Carl Gershman is President of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, congressionally supported grant-making institution with the mission to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts.  In addition to presiding over the Endowment's grants program in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Latin America, he has overseen the creation of the quarterly Journal of Democracy, International Forum for Democratic Studies, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program, and the Center for International Media Assistance.  He also took the lead in launching in New Delhi in 1999 the World Movement for Democracy, which is a global network of democracy practitioners and scholars. In the current period, Mr. Gershman is overseeing the response of NED and its related institutes to the revolutionary changes in the Middle East and also helping to mobilize support for activists working for greater freedom in authoritarian countries. 

Rabah Ghezali 

Rabah Ghezali is Managing Director of Government Affairs and Public Advocacy at NYSE Euronext, a global operator of financial markets and provider of trading solutions. He is also adjunct Professor of Economics at Sciences-Po Paris. Rabah has had a successful diplomatic and legal career having worked as a counselor for major corporations and states. He is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Analysis and Proposals for Middle East and North Africa where his research focused on the economics, politics and security of the MENA region and is a founding member of the Transatlantic Network 2020. He was awarded the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellowship, the Future Leaders Fellowship by the Atlantic Council and the Council for the United States, as well as Italy’s Young Leader Fellowship. He has further been recognized as one of the “40 Under 40,” a ranking of Europe’s most influential young leaders. He is a frequent commentator on economics, international and French affairs for the Huffington Post, CNN Global Public Square and other relevant media outlets and regularly speaks at international conferences. Rabah received his MPhil in International Relations and Economics from the University of Cambridge, his LLM in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford and an LLB, an LLM and an MA in Economics and Business Administration from Ecole Normale Supérieure. Rabah is a member of the Board of Directors for Humanity in Action and is the Chairman of Humanity in Action France.

Harald Glöde 

Harald Glöde is the co-founder of Borderline Europe, a member of the Board of Directors, and currently responsible for the organization’s Berlin Office. He is also the co-founder of the Research Institute for Flight and Migration, where from 1994 to 1995 he researched and authored publications on the situation of asylum seekers in the Eastern bordering countries and the Eastern border of Germany. Since 1996, Harald Glöde has been a member of the Refugee Council Brandenburg and worked on various projects there until 2009. He studied Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin.

Stefan Heumann  

Dr. Stefan Heumann is director of the European Digital Agenda program at stiftung neue verantwortung, a Berlin-based think tank.  The program brings together stakeholders from diverse sectors--business, academia, foundations, NGOs, think tanks and government bodies--to discuss and develop policies to advance innovation and technology in Germany and across Europe. The program also hosts the Privacy Project, which seeks to engage policymakers, civil society and businesses in a debate on privacy protection in the age of big data and mass surveillance. Stefan Heumann is a member of the Freedom Online Coalition working group on internet privacy and transparency. Prior to joining stiftung neue verantwortung, Stefan Heumann coordinated the public affairs section of the U.S. Consulate in Hamburg and worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mariko Higuchi 

Mariko Higuchi studied Russian Studies and Social Sciences at the Humboldt University in Berlin and spent a semester abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. At Freie Universität Berlin, she deepened her interest and regional expertise on Russia and Central Asia. During her studies she gained work experience with, among others, the OSCE in Kyrgyzstan, Thompson Reuters Ltd. in Kazakhstan, and with the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Research Group of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik). Within the Mercator Program Center for International Affairs, she worked for United Nations Women in New York and at the International Organisation for Migration in Kyrgyzstan and Thailand. She then worked as a consultant for the IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in the Department against human trafficking. She also worked in the Project Office of the Intergovernmental Bali process against people smuggling, human trafficking and transnational crime. Recently she completed the training for the higher diplomatic service and will work at the Federal Foreign Office’s Task Force OSCE starting in July 2015.

Markus Hilgert 

Professor Dr. Markus Hilgert is a specialist in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and the current Director of the Ancient Near East Museum (Vorderasiatisches Museum) at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz). From 2007 until early 2014, Hilgert served as a chair in Cuneiform Studies at Heidelberg University. Between 2009 and 2015, Hilgert served as President of the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft, an education society established in 1898 to support German archaeological research in the Near East. From 2011 until 2013, Hilgert was the founding director of the interdisciplinary research center “Material Text Cultures” (SFB 933), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He is also the founding director of the Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage, an interdisciplinary experts network for cultural heritage research established at Heidelberg University in 2013. Since 2015, Hilgert has worked as the coordinator of ILLICID, a transdisciplinary research project focusing on the illicit trade of cultural property in Germany. ILLICID is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Hilgert is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and has held visiting professorships at various universities in Europe and the United States. He has received several prestigious awards and scholarships and published extensively in the fields of cuneiform studies, cultural theory, and cultural heritage research. In 2014, Hilgert was named an honorary professor by Heidelberg University.

Mike Honda 

Michael M. Honda is the Representative for the 17th Congressional District covering the “Silicon Valley” area of California. Born in Walnut Grove, CA, he spent his early childhood with his family in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. Growing up in San Jose, he earned his undergraduate degrees and MA in Education from San Jose State University.  He served in the United States Peace Corps in El Salvador. Congressman Honda had served on the San Jose Planning Commission, San Jose Unified School Board, and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He was elected to the California State Assembly, and has been a member of Congress since 2001. Congressman Honda has focused his efforts on education, civil rights, immigration, transportation, the environment, and high-tech issues. He serves on the Appropriations Committee, and as a member of two Subcommittees: (1) Commerce, Justice, and Science and (2) Energy and Water. As an appropriator he continues to champion educational equity by securing funding to convene 27 of the nation’s foremost leaders in education to serve on the Equity and Excellence commission. Along with serving as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Honda is Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, after having served as Chair for an unprecedented seven years. He continues to work closely with many Congressional Caucuses for social justice.

Audrey Hsieh  

Ms. Audrey Hsieh is a State Department Presidential Management Fellow currently assigned to the office of the Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure.  In her current position, Audrey advises the Acting Special Envoy on negotiations related to detainee transfers in fulfillment of the President Obama’s mandate to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a Policy Analyst in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs maintaining safeguards on the direct commercial sales of US Munition List items and related technical data.  She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program and a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, having completed the inaugural Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship program in 2014. Before working at the State Department, Audrey served eight years in the US military as an Army Officer.  During this time, she served overseas in Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen and both led troops and managed multi-million dollar contractual programs.  Following her military service, she completed internships at the Office of Undersecretary of Defense and the US Embassy in Beijing.  Ms. Hsieh is originally from Ramsey, New Jersey.

Thomas Huddleston 

Thomas Huddleston is Program Director on Migration and Integration at the Migration Policy Group (MPG), a European think-and-do-tank. He coordinates MPG’s research for European cooperation on national integration policies, most notably the Migrant Integration Policy Index (www.mipex.eu). His most recent pieces can be found at www.migpolgroup.com. His topics of interest are family reunification, naturalization, immigrant political participation and evaluation of the success or failure of integration policies. He also chairs the quarterly migration subgroup of the NGO Platform on EU Migration and Asylum. Thomas participated in the Humanity in Action Fellowship Program in Berlin in 2005 and has actively remained engaged with the organization since.

Wolfgang Ischinger

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger is Chairman of the Munich Security Conference. He also serves on the Supervisory Board of Allianz Deutschland AG and on the European Advisory Board of Investcorp, London. He served as Deputy Foreign Minister (State Secretary) of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1998 to 2001. From 2006 to 2008, he was Germany's Ambassador in London and from 2001 to 2006 in Washington, D.C. In 2007, he represented the European Union in the Troika negotiations on the future of Kosovo. In 2014, he served as Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-In-Office promoting national dialogue in the Ukrainian crisis. He currently chairs the OSCE “Eminent Persons Panel on European Security”. The panel is mandated to offer recommendations on how to build a more resilient architecture of European security. Wolfgang Ischinger studied law at the universities of Bonn and Geneva and obtained his law degree in 1972. He did graduate and postgraduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at Harvard Law School, where he received his MA in 1973. Ambassador Ischinger has published widely on foreign and security policy as well as on European and transatlantic issues. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and of the Governing Board of SIPRI, Stockholm. He also serves on the Boards of the Atlantic Council of the U. S., the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, the American Academy in Berlin and of SWP Berlin. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Tübingen and will start teaching as a Senior Professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin in 2015.

Anders Jerichow 

Anders Jerichow is a Danish columnist, frequent commentator on international affairs and an international media activist focusing on human rights and the Middle East. He has been an editor at the Danish newspaper Politiken since 2002 and also Editor-in-chief of the Copenhagen daily newspaper Aktuelt. Jerichow is a member of the Board of Directors for Humanity in Action, Inc. and currently the Chair of Humanity in Action Denmark.

Marie Jouhault 

Marie Jouhault is a project manager at Pro Bono Lab, a rising NGO that brings together non-profits, citizens and companies to solve the most pressing social challenges. She is also a second-year Master’s student in International Development at the School of International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris, specializing in migrations, human rights and intercultural relations. She holds a BA from Sciences Po in Social and Political Sciences, with a focus on European and Asian Studies. She also spent a year at the Jamia Millia University in New Delhi, where she studied conflict analysis, mediation and resolution from Southeast Asian perspectives. From August to December 2012, she volunteered with formerly homeless children at Tara, a Franco-Indian NGO, thus fostering her lasting commitment for social justice and equal rights. Since September 2013, she has been actively enrolled in a team project sponsored by the French think tank Le Cercle de la LICRA. As part of this project, she conducts both academic and field research about new and emerging forms of racism in France and in Europe and organizes public debates on these topics. 

Karl-Heinz Kamp 

Dr. Karl-Heinz Kamp is the Academic Director of the German Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS) in Berlin. He studied History and Political Sciences in Bonn and holds a PhD from the University of the German Armed Forces, Hamburg with a dissertation on NATO’s nuclear planning procedures. He started his career in 1986 at the German Council of Foreign Affairs (DGAP) in Bonn. In 1988, he became a Research Fellow with the Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In September 1988, he joined the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Bonn, where he became Head of the Foreign and Security Policy Research Section in 1992 and later the Director of its International Planning Staff. From 2003 to 2007, he was the Security Policy Coordinator of the Foundation in Berlin. From 1997 to 1998, Dr. Kamp was on a temporary assignment with the Planning Staff of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More recently, he served as the Research Director of the NATO Defense College (NDC) in Rome to build up NATO's Research Division. In 2009, Secretary Madeleine Albright selected him as one of the Advisors for the NATO Expert Group on the New Strategic Concept. In November 2013, he took over the newly created position as Academic Director of the BAKS.

Ahmed El Keiy 

Ahmed El Keiy is a Cairo-born journalist who grew up in Paris. As an Arabic and English-speaker, he has collaborated with the BBC, the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur and the Egyptian daily newspaper Al Ahram. In 2003, Ahmed El Keiy joined Beur FM, a French radio addressing the North African community. Since 2007, El Keiy has also hosted “Toutes les Frances,” a daily talk show on France Ô, a multicultural French public TV channel. In 2008, he was selected by the International Center for Journalists to cover the American presidential election. In 2011, El Keiy became Deputy Director of France 24 for the Arab-speaking news channel. In 2013, he was promoted to head of news for the Arabic, English and French speaking France 24 channels. El Keiy also works as a senior strategic communications consultant for the Washington-based Glover Park Group.

James Kirchick 

James Kirchick is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative. A journalist and foreign correspondent now based in Washington, he has reported from many areas of the world and for many news outlets such as The Daily Beast and Ha’aretz. Kirchick also worked at The New Republic and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague covering domestic politics, cultures, lobbying, intelligence, and American foreign policy. Kirchick is a recipient of several awards including the Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Journalist of the year. 

Tiphaine Lefebvre

Tiphaine will graduate next year from Sciences Po Lyon with a degree in International Relations, where her thesis focuses on Chilean political refugees exiled in France under Pinochet's dictatorship. As part of her MA program in “Project Management, Cooperation and Development”, she currently serves as a project coordinator for France Terre d’Asile, an organization working with asylum seekers and refugees. She spent a year in Chile studying and discovering Latin America, time that confirmed and inspired her work in promoting and protecting human rights, especially the rights of minorities in France and around the world. Tiphaine is also a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (France 2014) and implemented her action project last December in Lyon by organizing a study day at her university on the plural memory of the Algerian independence war. She plans to enter the NGO field.

Mark Lilla 

Mark Lilla is a Professor of Humanities at Columbia University, specializing in intellectual history, with a particular focus on Western political and religious thought. Before moving to Columbia in 2007 he taught in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and at New York University. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, he is the author of The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West (2007), The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics (2001), and G.B. Vico: The Making of an Anti-Modern (1993). He has also edited The Legacy of Isaiah Berlin (2001) with Ronald Dworkin and Robert Silvers, and The Public Face of Architecture (1987) with Nathan Glazer. He is currently writing a book titled Ignorance and Bliss and another on the history of the idea of conversion.

Clarence Lusane

Dr. Clarence Lusane is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at American University as well as an author and activist focusing on comparative race relations, modern social movements, comparative politics of the Americas and Europe. He has lectured on these topics in over 60 countries including China, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Japan, the Netherlands, Panama, South Korea, Switzerland and Zimbabwe among others. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and eight books on human rights, U.S. and black politics, globalization, and European history including The Black History of the White House and Hitler’s Black Victims: The Experiences of Afro-Germans, Africans, Afro-Europeans and African Americans During the Nazi Era. He is a former co-Chair of the U.S. Civil Society Committee of the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan for the Elimination of Racism, and was a longstanding board member of the Institute for Policy Studies. Currently, he is Co-Chair of the TransAfrica Forum Scholars Council. He is also a Commissioner on the District of Columbia's Commission on African American Affairs. Dr. Lusane holds a BA from Wayne State University and an MA and PhD from Howard University. 

Lydia Maimedie  

Lydia Malmedie is a PhD Fellow with the Economics and Social Science Faculty at the University of Potsdam, funded by the German Research Council. Her thesis is on the EU’s foreign policy with regard to human rights for LGBTI persons in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has just returned from field research in Kenya and Uganda. Previously, Lydia worked for Europe’s largest human rights charity for equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in London. She advised the UK government and directed the highly sensitive primary school campaign “Celebrating Difference.” Invited by UNESCO, she contributed to the first ever international expert meeting on homophobia in educational institutions. As an equality and diversity consultant, Lydia has worked with private and public sector organizations including SoundCloud and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). She holds a European master degree in Human Rights and Democratization and is the president of the Alumni Association, which brings together over 2,000 human rights experts, activists and professionals of EU-funded Human Rights Master’s programs globally.

Martine Alonso Marquis 

Martine Alonso Marquis is the Director of the Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship in the European Parliament. Previously, she served as Head of Cabinet for MEP Ivo Vajgl, former Foreign Affairs Minister of Slovenia. Born in Montreal, Canada, of Spanish origin, Martine studied social sciences at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and obtained an MA in Conflict Studies, an MSc in International Relations and a PhD in Political Science from Sciences Po in Paris, where she also teaches international relations. Apart from her teaching and career advising activities, she has a big passion for the Balkans and enjoys scenario writing, acting, directing and producing her own web-series. She is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Germany 2003). 

Elidor Mëhilli

Elidor Mëhilli is a Professor of History at Hunter College, specializing in modern Europe, authoritarian regimes, globalization, integration and disintegration, and the politics of development. He is currently writing a book on socialist globalization through the angle of Albania under Yugoslav, Soviet, Eastern bloc and Chinese patronage, based on extensive archival research in Tirana, Berlin, London, Moscow, Rome, and Washington. He received a PhD from Princeton University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and a Mellon fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Humanities Forum. He has been a visiting fellow at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, Germany and at Birkbeck College in London, United Kingdom. His research has been published in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, and a number of edited volumes. He also regularly publishes commentary on contemporary issues in the Albanian press. He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Netherlands 2003).

Greg Naranjo 

Greg Naranjo serves as Special Exhibition Developer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Pap Ndiaye

Pap Ndiaye is a French historian specializing in North American Studies. He is also the Director of the History Department at Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris) and serves as a lecturer and member of the editorial board of the Journal l’Histoire. His 2008 book La Condition Noire: Essai sur une minorité française established him as a pioneer of Black studies in France for its unprecedented examination of the black condition and black urban life in France today, running his historical analysis from the 18th century up through the present. His current work focuses on the discourses and practices of racial discrimination in life insurance companies in the United States during the 20th century.

Cem Özdemir

Cem Özdemir is National Chairman of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (German Green Party) and a Member of the German Bundestag. Özdemir was born in Bad Urach, Germany in 1965. His Turkish parents met in Germany in the early 1960s, having arrived as so-called “guest workers.” An educator by profession, Özdemir completed his university studies in social pedagogy in 1994 at the Reutlingen-based Evangelischen Fachhochschule für Sozialwesen (Evangelical College for Social Work). A member of the Green Party since 1981, Cem Özdemir was elected to Parliament in 1994 and became its first-ever member of Turkish descent. He served two legislative terms and was Speaker on Home Affairs for the Green Parliamentary Group. In 2003, Özdemir served as Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington and Brussels. From 2004 to 2009, Özdemir was a Member of the European Parliament as part of The Greens/European Free Alliance. Özdemir is member of the Political Advisory Council of the Bundesverband Mittelständische Wirtschaft (German Association for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses) and also serves on advisory councils for the American Jewish Committee in Berlin, the Hertie Stiftung’s START-Program and the Hrant Dink Stiftung. He sits on the boards of trustees for the Deutsch-Türkische Forums Stuttgart e.V. and for the Theodor-Heuss-Stiftung. Özdemir is also founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Wakter Palmetshofer

Walter Palmetshofer is an Internet Activist at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and has experience in media collectives & campaigning. He is currently working on the projects ODINE - Open Data INcubator for Europe, the Digital openness index [do: index] and Open Data Census. He came to Berlin in 2012 co-founding personal data startup archify. Prior to that he had worked for 5 years as a sysadmin at thing.net in NYC. Walter is an economist by training and graduated from University of Vienna.

Robert Peters 

Since 2009, Dr. Robert Peters has worked as Legal Officer for the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in Germany, in the “National and International Protection of Movable Cultural Property” division. He studied International and European Law in Berlin, Bologna and Hamburg and obtained his PhD in the area of International Cultural Heritage Law with a specific focus on restitution disputes at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Prior, he worked as Assistant Legal Officer in the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Ignacio Petitcollot 

Ignacio Petitcollot is an international development manager, specialized in video-streaming and advertising. A Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action (France 2009) and the Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellowship, he always looks for new ways to integrate his experience in the private sector with his passion for minority rights. Most notably, he followed his interest in French immigration policy by working with refugees at different “waiting zones” at the French border. Ignacio Petitcollot is the President of Humanity in Action Network France, the alumni association for French participants and the Treasurer for the Humanity in Action France board. He studied history, political science, and geopolitics in France. 

Maximilian Popp

Maximilian Popp is a journalist at Der Spiegel reporting on migration, racism and Turkish affairs. He was born in 1986 and grew up in Passau, Bavaria. He graduated from the Henri-Nannen-School of Journalism in Hamburg and studied International Relations in Istanbul. 

Nivedita Prasad 

Prof. Dr. Nivedita Prasad is a Professor at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, where she focuses on methods of social work and gender-specific social work. She is particularly active on the issue of asylum-seekers housing in Berlin-Hellersdorf, which has been the target of several racist attacks and far-right protests since it was opened in summer 2013. Born in Madras, India, Nivedita Prasad studied Social Pedagogy at the Freie Universität in Berlin and received her PhD at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. In 2012, she was awarded the first Anne Klein Women’s Award from the Heinrich Böll Foundation for her ongoing dedication to the human rights of migrant women. She has been teaching at various universities in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria since 1993 and has lead trainings for police officers and judges, prosecutors and lawyers. In 2010, she became the director of the Master’s Program in Social Work as a Human Rights Profession at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences.

Mark Quarterman 

Mark Quarterman is currently a Senior Fellow at the Enough Project. Previously, he was director of Research and Programs, and was responsible for helping to formulate the Enough Project’s policy prescriptions to end genocide and crimes against humanity, and oversees the production of reports and other publications based upon rigorous field-based research and analysis. Previously, Quarterman was a senior advisor and director of the Program on crisis, conflict, and cooperation at the center for Strategic and International Studies. He held a number of positions in the United States, including chief of staff of the UN commission of Inquiry into the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan and special assistant (chief of staff) to the UN under secretary general for legal affairs and legal counsel. He also served in Jerusalem and Gaza as chief of staff to the UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, and in East Timor and Indonesia for the East Timor Popular consultation. Before joining the United Nations, Quarterman worked as a staff member on the Foreign Affairs committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; a program officer at the Ford Foundation; and an associate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Iveta Radičová

Prof. Dr. Iveta Radičová is currently a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy and Special Advisor to Vĕra Jourová, the EU-Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. Iveta Radičová is a member of the World Leadership Alliance Club de Madrid and served as Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic from 2010 to 2012. As the Vice-Chairwoman of the Slovak Christian Democratic Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS) she has been responsible for social affairs and health care since 2006. Previously, she served as Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs and Housing at the Slovak National Parliament (2006-2009) and as Minister for Labor and Social Affairs of the Slovak Republic (2005-2006). She has also worked as an expert for social policy at the European Commission.

Matthew Rojansky 

Matthew Rojansky is an expert on U.S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, especially Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. He has advised governments, intergovernmental organizations, and major private actors on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region. From 2010 to 2013, he was Deputy Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 2007 to 2010, Rojansky served as executive director of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA). Founded by former congressman Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former senator Warren Rudman (R-NH) with a group of two-dozen former senior leaders from both political parties, PSA seeks to rebuild bipartisan dialogue and productive debate on U.S. national security and foreign policy challenges. Rojansky is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS and American University, and a participant in the Dartmouth Dialogues, a track-two U.S.-Russian conflict resolution initiative begun in 1960. He is frequently interviewed on TV and radio, and his writing has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy.

Jeffrey Rosen 

Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis.” Rosen is also a professor at The George Washington University Law School, as well as a Contributing Editor for the Atlantic. He is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he explores issues involving the future of technology and the Constitution. Since 2000, he has served as a moderator at The Aspen Institute, where he conducts seminars and panels on technology and the Constitution, privacy, and free speech and democracy. He is a highly regarded journalist whose essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he was a staff writer. He is also the author of several books including The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. Books about Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and President William Howard Taft are forthcoming. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School.

Michael Roth 

Michael Roth has served as a directly-elected member of the German Bundestag since 1998 and has been an active member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) since 1987. From 2009 to 2014, he served as the Secretary-General of SPD for the State of Hesse. Until 2013, he was also the SPD parliamentary group’s spokesperson on Europe. Michael Roth is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Foundation and also a member of the Chamber for Public Responsibility of the Protestant Church in Germany. He has held the position of Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office since 2013 and the position of Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation since 2014. His membership, leadership and supervision extends across diverse institutions, including the Deutsche Welle Broadcasting Board, the Institute for European Politics, the Franco-German Institute in Ludwigsburg, the Center for International Peace Operations, and the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation. Michael Roth studied Political Science, Public Law, German Studies and Sociology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, where he held a scholarship from the the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and graduated with a degree in Political Science. He has worked as a tutor and research assistant with the Center for North American Studies at the University of Frankfurt am Main as well as a lecturer at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Klaus Scharioth  

Ambassador Klaus Scharioth is Professor of Practice at The Fletcher School and Dean of the Mercator College for International Affairs in Germany. Dr. Scharioth was a member of the German Foreign Service for more than 35 years (1976-2011). He served from 2006-2011 as German Ambassador to the U.S. and from 2002-2006 as State Secretary of the German Foreign Office. Before that he was, inter alia, Political Director and Director-General of the Political Department, Director of the North America and Security Policy Directorate, Head of the Office of the German Foreign Minister, Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General, as well as Vice Chairman of the UN Legal and Charter Committees. He also served in Ecuador, the International Law Division, and the Policy Planning Staff of the Foreign Office. He holds a German Law Degree, a PhD, MALD and MA from The Fletcher School, as well as honorary doctoral degrees from The College of Idaho, Chatham University and Old Dominion University. He is also a senior non-resident Fellow of the Transatlantic Academy in Washington D.C., a member of the board of Humanity in Action Germany, a member of the International Advisory Council of the Istanbul Policy Center, a member of the board (Stiftungsrat) of the Jewish Museum Berlin, of the board of Population Services International in Washington, DC, and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. 

Dirk Schmalenbach 

Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach is a partner in the Frankfurt and Berlin offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a multinational law firm. He is known for his work on complex multi-party corporate and finance transactions. His recent focus has been on cross-border financings, advising German and international clients on debt and equity financings in particular, as well as on public and private M&A transactions. Several of the transactions he has worked on have been identified as ‘Deals of the Year.’ He has also been named a leading asset finance lawyer in numerous industry publications. His industry expertise is particularly strong in the aviation and finance sectors where he acts as relationship partner and trusted adviser for some of the firm’s most valued clients. He is a member of the firm’s Finance Practice Group, which he led from 2003-09 as global co-head. Dirk Schmalenbach is a member of the Board of Directors for Humanity in Action, Inc. and is the chair of Humanity in Action Germany.

Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen 

Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen is a Berlin native, having studied Music and Languages in Berlin, Perugia and Rome. She has worked as a journalist for radio, TV and the weekly newspaper Die Zeit. She has also published books and short stories, among which “Zwei Bäume in Jerusalem” (“Two Trees in Jerusalem”) tells the story of her parents, who saved some hundred Jewish lives. Yad Vashem honoured her parents as “Righteous among the Nations” by planting a tree for each of them. In the late 1960s, she started her political career in the German Liberal Party (FDP). Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen started as a member of the City Council of Munich and was later appointed Senator of the City of Berlin's Government. In 1990, she was elected to the Bundestag. A year later, the federal government appointed Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen as a Commissioner working on immigrants and refugees issues. She left Parliament in November 1998. Since that time, she has held a variety of positions in several public organizations, including serving as Board Chair of Humanity in Action Germany for many years. She is the Honorary Chair of Humanity in Action Germany and is also an honorary member of the board of directors of Humanity in Action, Inc. 

Anya Schmemann 

Anya Schmemann is Assistant Dean of Communications and Outreach at American University's School of International Service. Schmemann previously served for almost a decade at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC, where she was director of the task force program, director of editorial strategy, and director of communications and marketing. Prior to CFR, Schmemann managed communications at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, coordinated a research project on Russian security issues at the EastWest Institute in New York City, and was assistant director of CFR's Center for Preventive Action in New York City. She received her BA in Government and her MA in Russian Studies from Harvard University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for the National Interest. She has written for the National Interest, Atlantic, US News & World Report, CNN GPS, Huffington Post, and elsewhere.

Mona Shair-Wloch 

Mona Shair-Wloch is a Certified Coach accredited by the International Coach Federation. She received her coaching training from the renowned Coaching Development School in London. Mona Shair-Wloch is also certified as a Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner by NLP Europe and Power Research Seminar in Germany. She received further specialized trainings in performance, voice coaching and team dynamics. These qualifications follow her BSc of Psychology and Management from McGill University in Canada and MA in International Relations from University of Kent Brussels. Mona was the Program Director of the Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship from 2006-2014. In addition to managing her coaching consultancy key2advance, she has been involved in various projects in the field of Euro-Arab and Transatlantic Relations. Mona has broad experience in the functioning of the European Institutions, lobbying, human rights and network development. Currently, the majority of her work is directed toward trainings and life and career coaching for individuals and groups in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. 

Karcheik Sims-Alvarado 

Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado serves as Program Director for the John Lewis Fellowship at Humanity in Action. Karcheik has devoted nearly twenty years to the scholarship and preservation of African-American history and culture. She is the CEO of Preserve Black America, LLC, a research firm dedicated to documenting the African-American odyssey in the United States and Black Atlantic World. Karcheik has worked in some of the leading museum institutions in Atlanta: National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta History Center, and Herndon Home Museum. She has also served as a history professor at Agnes Scott College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Georgia State University. Karcheik received a Ph.D. in History from Georgia State University and is currently pursuing a M.A. degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University. She is also a multi-recipient of the prestigious National Endowment for Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and the Georgia Historical Society.

Maryna Soula 

Maryna is the Treasurer for Humanity in Action France and a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Germany 2012). Previously, she worked in Brussels as an assistant in the Ukrainian Liaison Office and as an advocacy assistant at the International Partnership for Human Rights. Born in Ukraine, Maryna studied European Law in Germany.  

Anne Stalfort 

Anne Stalfort works as a fundraiser for ArbeiterKind.de, Germany´s largest community of first-generation students. Previously she has been engaged with Humanity in Action as an EU liaison officer in Berlin. After studying literature and political science, Anne completed several years of professional training on fundraising and EU grant programs. She has an extensive track record in project development, funding acquisition and public relations for various educational organisations. Her professional focus lies in creating a balanced mix of different income streams and building a sustainable fundraising mix. As a member of TransInterQueer Berlin, she has a strong interest in exploring the fight for equal rights of persecuted minorities in past and present Germany. For Humanity in Action, she offers tours of the memorial area in downtown Berlin including the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime and the Memorial for the Victims of the Nazi Euthanasia Program.

Christopher M. Tuttle

Chris Tuttle is the Managing Director of the Washington program and the Task Force program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). In addition to overseeing CFR’s relationships with the Executive Branch, Congress, and the Foreign Diplomatic Corps, he manages the Washington program staff in its work to provide substantive intellectual content to CFR members and the broader policy community. Tuttle joined CFR from the U.S. Department of State, where he served most recently as the director of the Office of Strategic Communications and Planning. Prior to his time in the Executive Branch, Tuttle was chief of staff and senior policy aide to U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-WI), an assistant majority whip who served on the House International Relations, Budget, and Financial Services Committees. Tuttle holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.  

Vivienne Walt

Vivienne Walt is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has written for TIME Magazine since 2003. She has reported from about 30 countries and held interviews with Nelson Mandela, Saif Gaddafi, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Benazir Bhutto, to bomb makers, guerrilla fighters, CEOs and jailed criminals. She has its first stirrings, and covered the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. After 9/11 she raced to Pakistan, then covered the Afghanistan war, and later the Iraq war. Her travels have also taken her across much of Africa, the Middle East and large parts of Europe. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, BusinessWeek, Fortune, and others. She won the ASTMH Media Excellence Award for her investigation into maternal mortality in Africa, and she was twice nominated for the Pulitzer for her work on Africa while a staff writer for Newsday. She is a regular guest on CNN, NPR, WGBH “The World” and France 24. Raised in Cape Town, she emigrated to New York City, and currently lives in Paris. 

 

2014 Speakers 

 

The following speakers addressed the fellows of the 2014 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship program.

Ardavan Amir-Aslani

A member of the Paris bar, Ardavan Amir-Aslani is one of the principal partners of the law firm Ngo Cohen Amir-Aslani & Associés, one of the leading internationally-oriented practices in Paris. He has acted as counsel to a number of States in drafting their domestic laws in relation to foreign investments, securities, privatizations and Islamic finance. Amir-Aslani regularly represents countries in the negotiation and drafting of government contracts, and before international jurisdictions and arbitration tribunals. A well-respected analyst of the geo-strategy of the Arab world and of comparative theology, Amir-Aslani is the author of several books on international relations, including Iran: The Return of Persia, Islam and the West, The Geopolitics of Faith and Iran-USA: The Friends of Tomorrow, as well as numerous articles on business and international law.

Fernando Andresen Guimarães 

Fernando Andresen Guimarães is currently the Head of division for the United States and Canada at the European External Action Service (EEAS) of European Union. Previously, he served as the EEAS Advisor for Multilateral Relations. He started his diplomatic career with the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, first as Private Secretary and then as Counsellor, covering Political and Security Council affairs. As a member of the Portuguese delegation to the Security Council, he was responsible for European affairs and peacekeeping operations. In 2003, he joined the United Nations department of Peacekeeping Operations and was also the Secretary of the Special committee on Peacekeeping Operations. From November 2004 to May 2010, he was the diplomatic Advisor to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. His book The Origins of the Angolan Civil War: Foreign Intervention and Domestic Political Conflict was published by Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press in 1998. He obtained a Ph.D. in International Relations from London School of Economics in 1992.

Ambassador Rudolf Simon Bekink

Rudolf Simon Bekink is the Dutch Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Bekink was born in Assen, a town of about 67,000 people in the northeastern part of the Netherlands. After obtaining his MA in Economy from the University of Groningen, he began working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was stationed first in Athens and Luanda and then worked in the Ministry’s East Asia division. He served as the First Secretary for the Political department in Washington, D.C.; chargé d’affaires to Ghana; deputy Head of division in the Ministry of Economic Affairs; and deputy Head of Mission for the dutch Permanent Representation to the OEcd in Paris. Bekink then served as director of Protocol for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1997-2000. He was also Ambassador to Sweden (2000-2004), Belgium (2004-2008), and the People’s Republic of china (2008-2012). He is married to Austin, Texas, businesswoman Gabrielle de Kuyper. Ambassador Bekink has three grown sons.

Célia Belin

Célia Belin is a Special Adviser on the United States and Transatlantic Relations at the Policy Planning Staff (Centre D’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie) of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an Associate Researcher at the Centre Thucydide. Belin holds a Ph.D. in Political Science/International Relations from the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and has been a Guest Fellow at the council on Foreign Relations in New York as well as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Belin is the author of Jésus est juif en Amérique: Droite évangélique et lobbies chrétiens pro-Israël, a book on Christian Zionism and U.S. foreign policy towards Israel that received a “particular mention” from the Emile Perreau-Saussine prize on Political Philosophy. She teaches American Foreign Policy at University of Saint-Denis and University Panthéon-Assas.

William A. Bell

William A. Bell has been the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama since 2010, although he previously held the office on an interim basis in 1999. Mayor Bell is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received his MA in Psychology and Guidance counseling. He also holds a doctorate in Jurisprudence from Miles Law School, with extensive professional experience in community and economic development in both the public and private sectors. In 1985 he became the first African-American to serve as the President of the Birmingham city council.

Jacques Beltran 

Jacques Beltran is the Head of Business development and Sales for Alstom Transport on the French market. Previously he held several other positions at Alstom Group headquarters, including Senior Manager corporate Strategy (2007), Vice President for Public Affairs (2008-2010), Senior Vice President for Asia-Pacific (2010- 2011) and Senior Vice President for Europe-CIS (2011-2013). Beltran began his career as a research fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), which included a visiting fellowship at The German Marshall Fund in Washington, and at the International department of the European Aeronautic and defense Group EADS. From 2005 to 2007, he worked as diplomatic adviser to the French Minister of Transport. Beltran graduated from Sciences Po in Paris and holds a Postgraduate degree in International Relations. He holds French and British nationalities.

Lora Berg

Lora Berg is a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. department of State, currently on detail to the German Marshall Fund to advance diversity and inclusion best practices in the transatlantic space. In this capacity, Berg develops partnerships with other institutional actors on the international stage to inform and strengthen positive discourse around diversity and inclusion. She also develops leadership programs with a focus on rising, diverse young leaders. Berg holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at chapel Hill, as well as a Master of Fine Arts and Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.

Hans Binnendijk 

Hans Binnendijk is a Senior Fellow at the SAIS center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Until July 2012, he was the Vice President for Research and Applied Learning and the Theodore Roosevelt chair in National Security Policy at the National defense University. He was also director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies and served as the founding director the center for Technology and National Security Policy from 2001 to 2009. Binnendijk has been an advisor on security policy in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government and continues to serve on the Studies committee of the council on Foreign Relations, as well as on the boards of several academic institutions, including the Fletcher School of Law and diplomacy. He is author or co- author of more than 100 articles, editorials and reports and has received the cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany. He is the chair of the International Board of directors at Humanity in Action. Binnendijk is a 1968 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MALD and his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and diplomacy, Tufts University.

Jean-Bernard Bolvin 

For the last two years, Jean-Bernard Bolvin has been working in the Human Rights and democracy directorate of the European External Action Service (EEAS) on freedom of religion issues. He has been actively involved in the drafting of the EU Guidelines on Freedom of Religion or Belief adopted by the EU Foreign Affairs council in June 2013. Before joining the EEAS, Jean-Bernard Bolvin served as advisor to the French Ambassador at large for Human Rights. He has also been posted in Yemen (2010-2011) as Head of a democratic Governance and Security cooperation project. Bolvin’s career spans more than eight years in the French Public Service, where he notably held advisor positions for the Minister of State for Victim’s Rights, Spokesperson of the Government, Minister of culture, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, among others.

Bertrand Buchwalter

Bertrand Buchwalter is a French career diplomat who joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002. He has been involved in the Organization for Security and co-operation in Europe (OSCE), where he participated in talks over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and has been successively posted in Ankara, Washington, D.C. and the French Permanent Representation to the EU, where he was in charge of the Southern Neighbourhood portfolio. He joined the Policy Planning Staff (Centre D’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie) of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an Analyst in November 2013. He is a graduate of Sciences Po in Paris (1998).

Cynthia R. Bunton 

Cynthia R. Bunton is President of CRBI LCC, a global consultancy. As a Foreign Service Officer, Bunton’s responsibilities included advising on U.S. interests and managing programs in Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia and at the United Nations. She spent four years as deputy Political counselor at The Hague with extensive dealings with the EU and International court of Justice. Bunton also served as Asia director of the International Republican Institute. She has participated in international election observation missions in Asia and Europe, has served as Peer Reviewer for the U.S. Institute of Peace, and served on the Boards of Chatham University and the Washington Network Group.

Corinne Cath

Corinne Cath received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in cultural Anthropology, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Human Rights from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She has worked in Israel, Brazil, Belgium and the United States. She is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2013) and a current Lantos-Humanity in Action congressional Fellowship in Washington. She plans to pursue an MSc in Internet Studies at the University of Oxford.

Ambassador Éric Chevallier 

Ambassador Éric Chevallier is the current French Ambassador to Syria. He graduated from Sciences Po in Paris and is a trained medical doctor. The Ambassador has worked extensively on HIV/AIDS programs in developing countries, and contributed to the creation of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. In 1999, the Ambassador became Special Advisor to Bernard Kouchner, the UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). In 2001, he followed Kouchner to the French Ministry of Health, where he contributed to the creation of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In 2006, he became director of international missions for Médecins du Monde (doctors of the World). Back at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2007, the Ambassador became the Ministry’s communication and Information director. In May 2009, he was appointed as the French Ambassador to Syria. For security reasons, he was in charge of closing the Embassy in March 2012. He now works on the resolution of the Syrian conflict from Paris.

Sophie Coignard

Sophie Coignard is a journalist for Le Point, a popular news magazine in France where she has been working for more than 20 years. She served as Editor of the “Society” pages, which cover a broad range of social issues, including diversity. Coignard is the author of twenty books, many of which discuss and analyze the French elite and its networks. Her book French Connections: Networks of Influence in France (Algora) has been translated into English. Coignard has been based in Washington since 2011 and continues to commute frequently between Europe and North America.

Nicolas Colin

Nicolas Colin is the Founder of TheFamily, a Paris-based seed accelerator that “nurtures Entrepreneurs through Education, Unfair Advantages & capital.” He graduated from Télécom Bretagne and Sciences Po in Paris, where he teaches now, as well as from the École Nationale D’Administration. He was an Inspecteur des Finances before becoming an entrepreneur when creating 1x1connect, a software company that specializes in social marketing, and Stand Alone Media, a video production and edition company.

Maia Comeau

Maia Comeau is the director of The Richard G. Lugar Institute for diplomacy and congress. She also served as the director of congressional Affairs at the German Marshall Fund (GMF). Comeau joined GMF in 2004 to develop and implement congressional affairs programming centered on a new initiative called the congress Bundestag Forum—which brings together Members of congress and Members of the Bundestag for policy discussions. Comeau also worked as an Associate Lobbyist at Bergner, Bockorny, Castagnetti & Hawkins, where she represented a diverse group of corporations, trade associations and foreign nations before congress and the executive branch. She holds a BA from Pennsylvania State University and is a former professional ballet dancer.

Steven Cook 

Steven Cook is the Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the council on Foreign Relations. He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Cook is the author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, which won the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s gold medal for best book on the Middle East in 2012, and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey. He has been published in a variety of foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, and currently writes the blog “From the Potomac to the Euphrates.” Prior to joining the council on Foreign Relations, cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He holds a BA in International Studies from Vassar College, an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Heidi Crebo-Rediker 

Heidi Crebo-Rediker served as the State department’s first chief economist as a political appointee for then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. In this role, Crebo-Rediker provided advice and analysis to the Secretary on foreign policy issues as a part of Secretary Clinton’s “Economic Statecraft” initiative. Prior to this, Crebo- Rediker was the chief of International Finance and Economics for the Senate committee on Foreign Relations, as well as an adviser to then-chairman John Kerry. During her time in the Senate, she was the architect of the bipartisan National Infrastructure Bank legislation (BUILD Act) introduced in March 2011 and included in the President Barack Obama’s JOBS Act. Before this role, Crebo-Rediker spent nearly two decades as a senior investment banker in Europe, where she managed businesses ranging from European and emerging-markets debt capital markets to sovereign, supranational, and public sector banking. Upon her return to Washington, D.C. she also became the founding co-director of the Global Strategic Finance Initiative at the New America Foundation. Crebo-Rediker was named one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Wall Street Journal Europe. She holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics.

David Cvach

David Cvach is the Deputy to the Director of the Policy Planning Staff (Centre D’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie) in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Until 2013, Cvach served as the Middle East counselor at the French Embassy in the United States; from 2006 to 2009, he was the Second counselor at the French Embassy in Iran. Prior to that, Cvach was the desk Officer for Iraq (2005 to 2006) and Algeria (2003 to 2005) at the Middle East department of the French MFA. He was also the deputy Head of Mission at the French Embassy in Armenia, and the desk Officer for Germany at the European department of the French MFA. He studied at the Sciences Po in Paris and at the French School of Administration.

Olivier da Lage 

Olivier da Lage is currently the weekend editor of Radio France International (RFI), which he joined in 1983. Previously, de Lage worked as a Bahrain-based freelance Gulf correspondent for various Francophone media outlets. A specialist in Gulf affairs, he has published many articles and books on the Gulf monarchies. In addition, da Lage gives lectures on the subject at several institutions, including the Institut des Hautes études de Défense Nationale (IHEDN). He is an Associate Researcher at the Brussels-based think tank MEDEA, and a member of the Executive committee of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

Ian Davidoff

Ian Davidoff is an accomplished and experienced adviser to the Australian Government with a strong background in economic, financial and international issues. He was nominated as an Alternate Executive director at the International Monetary Fund in 2012. He assisted the Executive director in representing a constituency of countries within the IMF. Since 2009, Davidoff has been the director of Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister. Prior to this, he was Senior Economic Policy Adviser in the Office of the Treasurer. Davidoff has also served as an official in the Australian Treasury and the Victorian department of Premier and cabinet.

Dr. Vishakha Desai 

Dr. Vishakha Desai is Special Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and Professor of Professional Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs. She also serves as Senior Advisor for Global Programs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. From 2004 through 2012, Dr. Desai served as President and CEO of the Asia Society, a global organization dedicated to strengthening partnerships between Asia and the United States. Prior to becoming President, dr. Desai held numerous senior positions within the Asia Society, initiating presentations of several major exhibitions of contemporary Asian and Asian American art in the 1990s, among the earliest efforts of its kind. Dr. Desai holds a BA in Political Science from Bombay University and an MA and Ph.D. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan.

Catherine de Wenden

Catherine de Wenden holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Sciences Po. She is a regular consultant for the OECD, the European commission, UNHCR, and the council of Europe. Since 2002, she has served as the chair of the Research committee on Migrations of the International Society of Sociology. de Wenden was a member of the commission Nationale de déontologie de la Sécurité from 2003 to 2011, as well as a member of the editorial boards of Hommes et migrations, Migrations société, and Esprit. Her research focuses on the relationship between migration and politics in France, migration policies, and citizenship in Europe and in the world.

Orest Deychakiwsky

With the commission since 1981, Orest Deychakiwsky is Policy Advisor for Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine. He serves as security officer. Deychakiwsky has served as a member of U.S. delegations to numerous OSCE meetings and election observation missions in nine countries. He has authored many commission publications, and has appeared at various policy and media forums addressing issues pertaining to his areas of responsibility. Deychakiwsky’s education earned him a BA from the University of Notre dame and an MA from Georgetown University in Government and International Relations. Languages: Ukrainian (fluent) and good working knowledge of Belarusian and Russian.

Megan Doherty 

Megan Doherty is a Program Officer for the Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives Team at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Doherty manages fellowship selection, communications, and alumni outreach, as well as the Marshall Forum, the Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network, and the Transatlantic Leadership Seminar. She completed a Ph.D. in twentieth century intellectual history at Columbia University. Before graduate school she worked in grant-making for the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Dr. Frederick Douzet 

Dr. Frederick Douzet is a Professor at the French Institute of Geopolitics (Paris 8 University), where she holds the Castex Chair in cyberstrategy. She is also a member of the editorial board for the peer-reviewed academic journal covering geography and geopolitics, Herodote. Douzet hold degrees in political science from Sciences Po Grenoble and Oxford Brookes University, as well as in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. She also obtained a Ph.D. from the French Institute of Geopolitics. Her research focuses on issues of urban geopolitics and contemporary geopolitical developments in California and the United States. Dr. Douzet’s interests also include geopolitical issues of cyberspace and the media. She is currently developing comparative research on territorial concentration of immigrants in the United States and Europe. Douzet has published The Color of Power: Geopolitics of Immigration and Segregation in Oakland, California (Belin, 2007) and The New Political Geography of California (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2008) with Thad Kousser and Kenneth P. Miller.

Ahmed El Keiy

Ahmed El Keiy is a Cairo-born journalist who grew up in Paris. As an Arabic, French and English-speaker, he collaborated with the BBC, the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur and the Egyptian daily newspaper Al Ahram. In 2003, Ahmed El Keiy joined Beur FM, a French radio addressing to the North African community. Since 2007, El Keiy has hosted a daily talk show, “Toutes les Frances,” on France Ô, a multicultural French public TV channel. In 2008, he was selected by the International center For Journalists to cover the American presidential election. In 2011, El Keiy became deputy director of France 24, an Arab-speaking news channel. In 2013, was promoted to head of news for the Arabic, English and French speaking France 24 channels. Since January, El Keiy has worked as a senior strategic communications consultant for the Washington-based Glover Park Group..

Franklin Foer 

Franklin Foer is the editor of The New Republic. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Slate, and New York magazine. Foer is the author of How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization and editor of Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame, winner of a National Jewish Book Award. He lives in Washington, dc.

Alain Frachon

Alain Frachon is the Editorial director of Le Monde. Frachon started his journalism career at radio channel Europe 1 in 1974, and then worked for ten years at Agence France-Presse (AFP) as a foreign correspondent in Tehran, London and Washington, DC. He joined Le Monde in 1985, where he served as a correspondent in Jerusalem from 1987-1991 and in Washington from 1991-1994. He then held various positions at the editorial office in Paris, including Editor of the paper from 2007 to 2010. He is the author of two books in collaboration with Daniel Vernet: “L’Amérique des néo-conservateurs, l’illusion messianique” and “La Chine contre l’Amérique, le duel du siècle”. He studied Law and Political Science and graduated from the Training Center for Journalists (CFJ).

Joel Garreau

Joel Garreau is principal of The Garreau Group, a consulting firm. Garreau was a long-time staff writer and editor at The Washington Post, where he wrote on the intersection of culture and technology. He is the author of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies, and What It Means to Be Human; Edge City: Life on the New Frontier, and The Nine Nations of North America. He has served as a fellow at Cambridge University, the University of California at Berkeley, and George Mason University. Garreau is also a member of Global Business Network.

Florence Gaub 

Florence Gaub joined the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in May 2013 where she works as a Senior Analyst on the Arab world with a focus on strategy and security. In addition to monitoring post- conflict developments in Iraq, Lebanon and Libya, she works on Arab military forces, conflict structures and geostrategic dimensions of the Arab region. Previously employed at NATO Defense College and the German parliament, she wrote her Ph.D. on the Lebanese army at Humboldt University in Berlin and holds degrees from Sciences Po, Sorbonne and Munich universities. Dr. Gaub is both a French and German national.

Ryan Gayman 

Ryan Gayman received his BA in Urban Studies and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. He founded the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Pitt where he directed programs that forged relationships between the University and local community. As a Lantos-Humanity in Action congressional Fellow, he manages Congressmember Karen Bass’ healthcare portfolio. He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2012).

Jared Genser 

Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, a law and consulting firm that focuses on human rights, humanitarian, and corporate social responsibility projects. He is also founder of Freedom Now, a non- governmental organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide. Previously, Genser was a partner in the government affairs practice of DLA Piper LLP and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He has taught semester-long seminars about the UN Security Council at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania law schools. His pro bono clients have included former Czech Republic President Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Liu Xiaobo, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel. He is author of The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice and co-editor of The UN Security Council in the Age of Human Rights (both Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014). Genser is a board member of Ennaid Therapeutics and a member of the council on Foreign Relations.

Carl Gershman

Carl Gershman is President of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, congressionally supported grant-making institution that aims to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. He was a Senior counselor to the U.S. Representative to the United Nations and a lead consultant to the National Bipartisan commission on central America. Gershman currently works to encourage other democracies to establish their own foundations devoted to the promotion of democratic institutions in the world. He has lectured extensively and written articles and reviews on foreign policy issues for many publications.

Dr. Audra K. Grant

Dr. Audra K. Grant is a political scientist with over a decade of experience analyzing and conducting research on North African issues. Her areas of focus include democratization and political transitions, youth politicization in North Africa, dynamics of political Islam; terrorism and insurgency in North and West Africa; and counter- terrorism strategies as well as public opinion on key issues. In addition to participating in conferences and lecturing, Dr. Grant has also published on trafficking networks in Africa; political reform in Algeria and Morocco; peace and reconciliation processes in Algeria and Morocco; attitudes identifying support for democratization among Arab Israelis and West Bank and Gaza Palestinians; and gender as a determinant of support for political Islam and Middle East foreign policies. Dr. Grant is currently working on South Sudan and Sudan issues at the National Democratic Institute, having recently returned from residence in Juba, South Sudan. She is also adjunct faculty at the RAND Corporation and a Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University. Dr. Grant is a former Analyst at the U.S. State Department and a former Professor at al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.

Dr. Eva Gross

Dr. Eva Gross serves as a Senior Analyst at the European Union Institute of Security Studies (EUISS), where she works on Transatlantic relations, India and AfPak, and other issues related to the European Union’s common Security and Defense Policy. Prior to joining EUISS, Gross held positions at various think tanks and educational institutions such as the center for Transatlantic Relations at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels, CERI-Sciences Po, the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, and the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), focusing on European Foreign and Security Policy. Dr. Gross holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA and MA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Stéphane Grumbach 

Stéphane Grumbach is a Senior Scientist at INRIA, The French Institute for Research in computer Science and Automation. He is the Adjunct Director of the Institut Rhône-Alpin des Systèmes Complexes (IXXI), a scientific interest group on complex systems. Together with Stéphane Frénot, he has been the Principal Investigator of a research project about “data on the Internet at the core of the Economy.” From 2003 to 2005, Grumbach served as the Science counselor at the French Embassy in Beijing and then became director of the Sino- French IT Lab, LIAMA, in Beijing, where he worked from 2006 to 2009. Grumbach owns the blog Intermedia, which focuses on the power of intermediation and the economy of data. His research interests include the geopolitics of data and science and technology in china.

Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez 

Ambassador (ret.) Lino Gutiérrez is CEO of Gutiérrez Global LLC, a consulting film. He serves as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. Gutiérrez is also the Executive Director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting a strong and professional U.S. Foreign Service. After a 29-year career in which he served six U.S. Presidents and 13 Secretaries of State, Lino Gutiérrez retired from the Department of State in November 2006. His last posting was as Ambassador to Argentina from 2003-2006. During his tenure, the United States and Argentina signed agreements on counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics cooperation, and container security. Gutiérrez also served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Ambassador to Nicaragua (1996-1999). Other overseas postings included tours in the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Haiti, France and the Bahamas.

Duc Ha Duong 

An engineer and entrepreneur, Duc Ha Duong hacks society in the aim to smoothen its digital transition, advocating for more humane interactions (#H2H) and putting an end to work/life schizophrenia. He uses his company Officience, a 300 people information technology and business process outsourcing (BPO/ITO) shop based in Saigon, Vietnam, to “walk his talk” and prove his concepts. He blogs in French on “L’Avenir Appartient.”

Annette Heuser 

Annette Heuser is the Executive Director and Founder of the Washington, DC office of the Bertelsmann Foundation, a private, non-partisan operational foundation that promotes and strengthens transatlantic cooperation. Previously, Heuser established the Foundation’s Brussels office, where she served as Executive Director, as well as the Europe/USA director at Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh, Germany. Annette was also the Vice President of International Relations at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGAA, Europe’s largest media company. Prior to this, Heuser was editor of the Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration, an annual publication on the institutional and political developments in European integration. Annette is a member of the Strategic Advisors Group in the Atlantic Council Board of directors, and the European council on Foreign Relations. She previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda council on the Future of the European Union, and was Vice Chair of the council on Foundations Global Philanthropy Committee.

Fabrice Houdart 

Fabrice Houdart is senior country officer for the Maghreb at the World Bank and manager of a Nordic Trust Fund grant on “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Development.” The study presented a first estimate of the economic cost of homophobia with India as a case study. He is also president of World Bank GLOBE, the World Bank’s LGBT employee resource group. Houdart is the author of Country Strategies for Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and a contributor to the World development Reports from 2011-2012. He holds degrees from Dauphine University and American University.

Thomas Huddleston 

Thomas Huddleston is a policy analyst at the Brussels-based Migration Policy Group, a European think-and- do-tank. He coordinates MPG’s research for European cooperation on national integration policies, including the second and third editions of the Migrant Integration Policy Index and the new edition of the European Commission’s Handbook on Integration. His topics of interest are family reunion, citizenship and naturalization, immigrant political participation, and the success or failure of integration policies. He also chairs the quarterly migration subgroup of the NGO Platform on EU Migration and Asylum. Huddleston is a 2005 Humanity in Action Senior Fellow.

Shoshana Iliaich 

Shoshana Iliaich is a senior consultant at Monitor 360, where she helps organizations tackle complex and cross-disciplinary strategic challenges. Before Monitor 360, Shoshana spent over three years as an Intelligence Analyst in the Counterterrorism Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In that capacity, she promoted new approaches to data collection and alternative analysis of emerging threats. Shoshana also taught courses for law enforcement officers on terrorism and the use of intelligence to advance investigations. She holds a master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Yale University, specializing in international relations and comparative politics. Shoshana is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2008).

Tamar Jacoby 

Tamar Jacoby is President and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA, a national federation of small business owners working to advance better immigration law. Previously, she was a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a Senior Writer and Justice Editor for Newsweek, and the Deputy Editor of The New York Times op-ed page. She is a regular guest on national television and radio. Jacoby is the author of Someone Else’s House: America’s Unfinished Struggle for Integration and editor of Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means To Be American.

Dr. Thibaut Jaulin 

Thibaut Jaulin is a Marie Curie Fellow at the center for International Studies and Research (CERI) at Sciences Po. His research project, “Arab Overseas Voting”, deals with the participation of Tunisian and Moroccan migrants in elections of their country of origin who now live in France and Italy. His main research interests include international migrations, transnational political movements, and migration policies in Arab countries, and in the EU. Dr. Jaulin resided in Beirut as an associate researcher at the French Institute of the Near East (IFPO) and later became Scientific Coordinator at the European University Institute of Florence for EU-funded research projects. He is a Research Associate at the Migration Policy Centre and an expert for the EUDO Observatory on Citizenship in Florence. Jaulin received his Ph.D. in political science at the University Paul Cézanne (Aix-en-Provence) in 2009.

James Kirchick

James Kirchick is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative. A journalist and foreign correspondent now based in Washington, he has reported from many areas of the world and for many news outlets such as The Daily Beast and Ha’aretz. Kirchick also worked at The New Republic and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague covering domestic politics, cultures, lobbying, intelligence, and American foreign policy. Kirchick is a recipient of several awards including the Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Journalist of the year.

Charles Kupchan 

Charles Kupchan is the Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow at the council on Foreign Relations. He is also a Professor of International Affairs at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and department of Government at Georgetown University. Kupchan was director for European Affairs at the National Security council during the first Clinton Administration. Before joining the National Security council, he worked at the U.S. department of State on the Policy Planning Staff. Prior to this, Kupchan was Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn, How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace, and The End of the American Era: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-first Century, among many other books and numerous articles on international and strategic affairs. Kupchan has served as a visiting scholar at Harvard and Columbia universities, as well as at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the Centre d’Étude et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, and the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo. From 2006-2007, Kupchan was both the Henry A. Kissinger Scholar at the Library of congress and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International center for Scholars. Kupchan received a BA from Harvard University, as well as an MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University.

Pascal Lamy

From September 2005 to August 2013, Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as General director of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A committed European and member of the French Socialist Party, he was chief of Staff for the President of the European commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined the credit Lyonnais Bank as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004. After his mandate in Brussels, for a short sabbatical period Pascal Lamy chaired “Notre Europe”, a think tank created by Jacques Delors that focuses on European integration. He also became Associate Professor at the Sciences Po in Paris and Advisor to Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the European Socialist Party. Lamy holds degrees from HEC School of Management, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

Sir Michael Leigh 

Sir Michael Leigh is a Consultant and Senior Advisor to the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), based in Brussels. His work focuses on European Neighbourhood Policy, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East as well as the future of the EU and he currently runs a program on the implications of the gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean. He has worked more than thirty years in EU institutions, including as a cabinet member for various commissioners and as Director in the Task Force for the EU Accession Negotiations. Before serving in his current position, Dr. Leigh was Director-General for Enlargement after serving as External Relations Deputy Director-General with responsibility for European Neighbourhood Policy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from M.I.T.

Daniel Levy 

Daniel Levy is the London-based director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He is also Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation. Daniel Levy worked in the Israeli Prime Minister’s office as Special Adviser and Head of Jerusalem Affairs from 1999 to 2001. Levy then worked as Senior Policy Adviser to then Israeli Minister Of Justice, Yossi Beilin. He was a member of the official Israeli Delegation to the Taba negotiations with the Palestinians in January 2001 and previously served on the Israeli negotiating team to the “Oslo B” agreement in 1995 under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He also served as the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative, a joint Israeli-Palestinian effort that suggests a detailed model for a peace agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From 2003-2004, Daniel Levy worked as an analyst for the International crisis Group’s Middle East Program. He is an alumnus of from King’s College, Cambridge. He has written extensively for a number of publications and is a regular Middle East commentator on TV and radio, including for the BBC, CNN, PBS, and Al Jazeera.

Kadri Liik 

Kadri Liik joined the European council on Foreign Relations as a Senior Policy Fellow in the Wider Europe Programme in October 2012. From 2006-2011, she was director of the International Centre for Defense Studies in Estonia. Kadri worked extensively as a Moscow correspondent for several Estonian daily papers in the 1990s. She became Foreign News Editor at Postimees, the largest Estonian daily, in 2002 before leaving in 2004 to become editor-in-chief at the monthly magazine Diplomaatia. Kadri holds a BA in journalism from Tartu University in Estonia and an MA in International Relations, specializing in diplomacy, from Lancaster University. In addition to her native Estonian, Kadri Liik is fluent in English and Russian.

Dr. James M. Lindsay

James M. Lindsay is Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and the Maurice R. Greenberg Chair at CFR. Before returning to CFR in 2009, he was the Inaugural Director of the Robert S. Strauss center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin, where he held the Tom Slick Chair for International Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Lindsay was Vice President, Director of Studies, and the Maurice R. Greenberg chair at CFR. He previously served as deputy director and Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Lindsay holds an BA in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and an MA, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Ambassador Björn Lyrvall 

Björn Lyrvall is the Ambassador of Sweden to the United States. Ambassador Lyrvall previously served as Director General for Political Affairs at Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Lyrvall was posted at Sweden’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels, first as Sweden’s delegate to the Enlargement Negotiations, and then as Sweden’s Ambassador to the EU Political and Security Committee. Ambassador Lyrvall also worked as Special Advisor to Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt, in his role as EU negotiator and International High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995-1997), as well as United Nations Special Envoy on the Balkans in 1999. Ambassador Lyrvall has also been stationed in Leningrad, Moscow and London.

Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff

Jeffrey Mankoff is Deputy Director and Fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is author of Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics and a frequent commentator on international security, Russian foreign policy, regional security in the Caucasus and Central Asia, ethnic conflict, and energy security. In addition to his policy research, Mankoff is also an adjunct professor of Security Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. As a council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, he served as an adviser on U.S.-Russia relations at the State department. From 2008-2010, Mankoff was Associate director of International Security Studies at Yale University and an Adjunct Fellow at the council on Foreign Relations. Mankoff has held academic fellowships at Harvard, Yale, and Moscow State universities. He received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in diplomatic history, as well as his MA in political science from Yale, and his BA in international studies and Russian from the University of Oklahoma.

Emmanuel Marcovitch 

Emmanuel Marcovitch is deputy Managing director at Agence France-Presse. He graduated from Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Telecom Ecole de management and Université Paris dauphine. He was a Visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1996-1997. Before joining Agence France-Presse, Marcovitch was the Program director at Vivendi Universal (1998-2001), served as Head of mission at the French Ministry of the Interior (2001-2005) and was an auditor at the Cour des Comptes (Court of Auditors) between 2008 and 2012.

Andrei Markovits 

Andrei Markovits is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of comparative Politics and German Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His topics of interest and areas of publication include German and European labor, German and European social democracy and social movements, German-Jewish relations, Germany’s role in the new Europe, anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism in Europe, and the comparative sociology of modern sports cultures. He is the author of Gaming the World: How Sports are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture (2010), Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America (2007), The German Predicament: Memory and Power in the New Europe with Simon Reich (1997), From Bundesrepublik to Deutschland: German Politics after Unification (1993) and many other books, chapters and articles. In 2012, Markovits was awarded the Federal cross of the Order of Merit, one of the highest awards and distinctions given by the Federal Republic of Germany.

Dr. Timothy McCarthy 

Timothy McCarthy is a Lecturer on History and Literature, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, and director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the carr center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. An award-winning scholar, teacher, and public servant, dr. Mccarthy received his A.B. with honors from Harvard college, and his MA, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. A historian of politics and social movements, he has published a number of books including The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the “People’s Historian” (2012).

Cleve Mesidor 

Cleve Mesidor is a Global Solutions consultant at The Raben Group. Cleve’s portfolio targets emerging markets, with a focus on the Caribbean. She is a former Obama Presidential Appointee, with over 15 years of public affairs, policy, and economic development experience–and half a year of on-the-ground experience in Haiti focused on economic and job growth. As Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of commerce’s Economic Development Administration, she was charged with promoting national economic programs and high profile public-private partnerships. Cleve also served as communications director for U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum and Barbara Lee, and has held senior positions on a presidential campaign and gubernatorial races.

Maurice Middleberg 

Maurice Middleberg is the Executive Director of Free the Slaves, a global leader in the fight to eradicate modern-day slavery. Middleberg guides the organization’s work in countries deeply affected by slavery, as well as leading its policy, advocacy, corporate engagement and awareness-raising programs in the United States. Middleberg’s career spans more than 30 years in global health, social justice and international development in organizations such as CARE, the Global Health council, EngenderHealth and IntraHealth, as well as USAID. A political scientist by training, Middleberg has held academic appointments at Columbia University and Emory University. Professional perspective and personal passion both shape Middleberg’s work. Slavery has personally affected his family. His grandfather was a survivor of forced labor at Auschwitz.

Rainer Münz 

Rainer Münz is Head of Research & Knowledge Center at Erste Group, Non-resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute, Washington DC, and Senior Fellow at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI). He earned his Ph.D. in 1978 from Vienna University. Until 1992 he was Director of the Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Science. Between 1992 and 2003 he was head of the Department of Demography at Humboldt University, Berlin. He has been a visiting professor at various universities in Europe, including Bamberg, Frankfurt, Klagenfurt, Vienna and Zurich, as well as in the United States, notably at the University of California at Berkeley. Münz now teaches at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Münz has worked as consultant for the European commission, the OECD and the World Bank. He served as an advisor to the Greek (2003), Dutch (2004) and Slovene (2008) EU presidencies. Between 2008 and 2010, he was a member of the high-level “Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030,” which is part of the European Union.

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano 

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano is the U.S. Representative for California’s 32nd Congressional District. Since 1999, Napolitano has served in Congress striving to remain highly responsive to the needs of her constituents. She is responsible for a number of projects such as creating a competitive grant program for schools that partner with community groups to increase student access to mental-health resources. Her proposed bill to fund water desalination research passed as part of a fiscal 2012 Appropriations Package, as well as its extension in 2013-2014. Hon. Napolitano formerly served as a Member of Advisory Council at congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, as well as Co-Chaired the Congressional Mental Health Caucus.

Dr. Peter Neumann 

Dr. Peter Neumann is Professor of Security Studies at the department of War Studies, King’s college London, and serves as director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which he founded in 2008. Neumann has authored or co-authored five books, and authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, mainly on terrorism and radicalization, especially ‘homegrown’ radicalization in Western countries. Neumann is a member of the editorial boards of two peer-reviewed journals, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Democracy and Security. He is an Affiliate of the European commission’s European Network of Experts on Radicalisation, a member of the German Federal criminal Office’s (BKA) European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues, and sits on the advisory boards of numerous other think-tanks and institutions. Dr. Neumann has taught at King’s college London and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he continues to serve as an adjunct professor. Neumann holds an MA in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin, and a Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College London.

Ronald K. Noble 

Ronald K. Noble is an American law enforcement officer and the current Secretary General of INTERPOL, an intergovernmental organization facilitating international police cooperation. At INTERPOL, Noble delivers to law enforcement worldwide and conducts highly successful international operations targeting child sex abusers, dangerous fugitives and war criminals. Noble has also supported major investigations into transnational organized crime groups. Prior to being elected Secretary General, he oversaw four of the United States’ then- eight-largest law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. customs Service, and the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal Investigation division. Noble is also a fully tenured Professor at New york University School of Law. He holds degrees from Stanford Law School and the University of New Hampshire.

Ralph Nurnberger 

Ralph Nurnberger is a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University, where he has taught since 1975. He was named Professor of the year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003 and received another award in 2005 for over 20 years of excellence in teaching. Outside of the academy, he has spent 30 years in government and government relations. On Capitol Hill, Nurnberger served as Foreign Policy Assistant to former Kansas Senator James B. Pearson (R-KS) and as a staff member on the Senate’s Foreign Relations committee. In the Executive Branch, he served as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the General Services Administration and as director of congressional Relations for the Bureau of Export Administration within the department of commerce. Nurnberger served for over eight years as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He was a Senior Fellow at the center for Strategic and International Studies. Currently, Nurnberger is a Partner at Nurnberger & Associates and a principal at Gray Global Advisors.

Christine Ockrent 

Christine Ockrent is a columnist and writer based in Paris. She writes regularly for El Pais, The Guardian, Gazeta Wyborcza, l’Espresso and various other European newspapers. She is also the producer and presenter of a weekly radio program about foreign affairs on public radio channel France culture. Previously she was COO of the French Radio and TV World service (France 24 and RFI). She was also Editor in Chief of the weekly news magazine, L’Express. Ockrent was also Deputy Director General of TF1 Television and an Editor with RTL Radio. Her fields of expertise are European affairs, the condition of women worldwide, American politics and the media revolution. She is on the board of European Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for European Reform and Human Rights Watch France. She has been awarded the French Legion d’Honneur and the Belgian Ordre de Léopold.

Larry Olomofe

Larry Olomofe works at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights as the Advisor for combating Racism and Xenophobia, based in Warsaw, Poland. His work entails developing policy and training initiatives for law enforcement, judiciary and political institutions to combat hate crimes, hate speech, discrimination, “cyberhate” (hate on the internet), and other forms of xenophobia. He has written articles on Roma Rights, Race and Racism, Hate crimes, cultural theories of race and ethnicity and modern identities, and human rights education. Prior to joining the OSCE, Larry Olomofe was the Human Rights Trainer at the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) in Budapest, Hungary. He was also a consultant for the Hungarian and Swedish governments respectively, provided support in developing robust anti-discrimination and immigration initiatives. He has also taught at the University of San Francisco, the University of Budapest, and other universities on nationalism, political and social theories, diversity, cultural studies and globalization. Larry is originally from London.

Philippe Onillon 

Philippe Onillon is deputy News Director at Agence France-Presse. He graduated in Journalism from Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme (Lille) and Université Paris - Sorbonne. From 2006 to 2010, he was Head of Business News at Agence France-Presse, before becoming Deputy Director for Europe and Africa, where he served from 2010-2011. He has held different reporting positions in France and abroad, in business, politics and general news.

Tomasz Orlowski 

Tomasz Orlowski  is currently Head of Section of External EU Policy and Head of Eastern Policy Team at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union in Brussels. He is a graduate of Warsaw University in International Relations. Before joining the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU, he was a desk-officer for South Caucasus from 2006 to 2009, and Head of Section of South Caucasus and Central Asia in the Eastern Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland from 2009-2012.

Scott E. Page

Scott E. Page is the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan and an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. He is the author of three books and more than 70 academic papers that have received more than 5,000 citations. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and this past year received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his research on diversity and complexity. An award-winning teacher, Scott has taped two video courses with The Great courses and one with the Eduson. His MOOC, Model Thinking, has reached approximately 300,000 students. He speaks regularly on diversity, complexity, and the power of models to organizations that include the United States Office of Personnel, Google, Boeing, Ford, the World Bank, and the United States Federal Reserve. He has also been a speaker at Renaissance Weekend, The Aspen Ideas Festival, and The World Economic Forum at Davos.

Ambassador Rudolf V. Perina

Ambassador Rudolf V. Perina, a retired member of the Senior Foreign Service, served as the Special Negotiator for Eurasian conflicts (2001-04), Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova (1998-2001), Senior deputy Assistant Secretary of the European Bureau (1996-97) and chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade (1993-96). He also served on the staff of the National Security council (1987-89) and as deputy director of the Policy Planning Staff (2004-06). His other assignments during a 32-year State department career included Ottawa, Moscow, the U.S. Mission in West Berlin, the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels and the OSCE Mission in Vienna. Since retiring in 2006, he has had short-term assignments as the charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassies in Chisinau, Yerevan, Reykjavik and Prague and as a senior State department inspector. Ambassador Perina earned his BA at the University of Chicago and received his MA and Ph.D. degrees in history from Columbia University.

Dr. Olivier Peyroux

Olivier Peyroux is a sociologist who was born and raised in Paris. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, he spend six years working in Romania and in the Balkans. In 2005, he returned to France and served as deputy director of Hors la Rue, an NGO working with Roma minors. Olivier Peyroux served as an expert for several European projects, including for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and is also a consultant for many French local authorities on Roma populations. In 2013, he published Délinquants et victimes, which explores the issues surrounding child trafficking in Western Europe. His work was awarded by the Research Foundation Caritas-Institut de France.

Mark Quarterman

As director of Research and Programs, Mark Quarterman is responsible for helping to formulate the Enough Project’s policy prescriptions to end genocide and crimes against humanity, and oversees the production of reports and other publications based upon rigorous field-based research and analysis. Previously, Quarterman was a senior advisor and Director of the Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation at the center for Strategic and International Studies. He held a number of positions in the United States, including chief of staff of the UN Commission of Inquiry into the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan and special assistant (Chief of Staff) to the UN Under Secretary general for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel. He also served in Jerusalem and Gaza as chief of staff to the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, and in East Timor and Indonesia for the East Timor Popular consultation. Before joining the United Nations, Quarterman worked as a staff member on the Foreign Affairs committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; a program officer at the Ford Foundation; and an Associate Attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Andrew C. Quinn 

Andrew C. Quinn is Research Assistant to Arthur Brooks, the President of the American Enterprise Institute. At AEI, he focuses on antipoverty policy, political theory, and the economics of human happiness. Andrew’s writing on politics and culture appears online at AEI Ideas, Values & Capitalism, and The Federalist, and has been published in Fare Forward and the Wall Street Journal. Andrew was born in the Northeast, raised in the Midwest, and now lives in Washington, dc. He is a graduate of Williams College and studied literature and philosophy at Oxford. He is also a jazz and hip-hop saxophonist.

Michael Rogers 

Michael Rogers is a different kind of futurist—one who combines real business experience with technology skills. Add to that the keen eye of an award-winning investigative journalist and the storytelling skill of a novelist, and you have The Practical Futurist. Roger’s recent work has ranged from serving as Futurist-In- Residence for The New York Times to writing the popular Practical Futurist column for MSNBC. He speaks and consults for clients worldwide, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, and is a frequent guest on radio and television.

Alec Ross 

Alec Ross served as Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this role, Alec was tasked with maximizing the potential of technology in service of America’s diplomatic and development goals. Prior to his service at the State department, Alec worked on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and served as convener for Obama for America’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee. In 2000, Alec Ross and three colleagues co-founded One Economy, a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information about education, jobs, health care and other vital issues to low-income people. During his eight years at One Economy, it grew from a team of four people working in a basement to the world’s largest digital divide organization, with programs on four continents. Alec started his career as a sixth grade teacher in inner-city Baltimore through Teach for America. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Anya Schmemann 

Anya Schmemann is Assistant Dean of Communications and Outreach at American University’s School of International Service. Schmemann previously served for almost a decade at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C., where she served as director of the Task Force Program, Editorial Strategy, and communications and Marketing. Prior to CFR, Schmemann managed communications at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, coordinated a research project on Russian security issues at the EastWest Institute in New York City, and was assistant director of CFR’s center for Preventive Action in New York City. She received her BA in government and her MA in Russian Studies from Harvard University. She is a member of the council on Foreign Relations and a non-resident senior fellow at the center for the National Interest. She has written for the National Interest, Atlantic, US News & World Report, CNN GPS, Huffington Post, and elsewhere.

Dr. El Yamine Settoul 

El Yamine Settoul holds a Masters in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Political Sociology from Sciences-Po Paris. His Ph.D. thesis explores the enlistment in the French army of French citizens of immigrant origins. His research interests include military sociology, sociology of immigration, transnationalism and the Arab-Muslim area. He has published his work for the French Ministry of Defense, MIT Press and Presses Universitaires de Rennes. He specifically analyzes the social role of the armed forces and their sociological transformations, which includes diversification, feminization, and religious regulations, among others. He is currently a Jean Monnet Fellow at Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence, where he focuses on issues of diversity in national armies with an international comparative perspective.

Joan Shigekawa 

Joan Shigekawa is the Acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the former Associate Director for Foundation Initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation where she led the NYC Cultural Innovation Fund. She was also the first Director of the Arts Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York. A Bryn Mawr graduate, Shigekawa has 20 years experience in film, television and theater, and has served as an arts advisor for a broad range of projects in the visual, performing and media arts. She has served as a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. In addition to her service on a number of boards, she has served as a trustee of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Muse Film and Television, the New York Council for the Humanities, and the Independent Television Service.

Barbara Slavin 

Barbara Slavin is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor.com. She is a regular commentator on U.S. foreign policy and Iran on several media outlets such as NPR and PBS. She is the author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation (2007). A career journalist, Slavin previously served as assistant managing editor for world and national security of The Washington Times, senior diplomatic reporter for USA TODAY, Cairo correspondent for The Economist, and as an editor at The New York Times Week in Review. She has covered such key foreign policy issues as the U.S.-led war on terrorism, policy toward “rogue” states, the Iran-Iraq war, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. She also served as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Julianne Smith

Julianne Smith is a Senior Vice President at Beacon Global Strategies LLC. From April 2012 to June 2013, Smith served as the deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States. Before the White House, she served as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. Outside of government, Smith also served as the Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Europe Program and the Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership. She co-directed the Transatlantic dialogue on Terrorism at CSIS. She has also worked at the German Marshall Fund, the British American Security Information Council and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. Smith serves on the Board of Advisors of the Truman National Security Project and the National Security Network. She is currently an Associate Fellow with Chatham House and a Senior Associate with the CSIS International Security Program. In January 2014, Smith joined the center for New American Security as a Senior Fellow and director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program.

Hélène Soupios-David 

Hélène Soupios-David is Project Officer at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, a pan-European alliance of refugee assisting organizations. She joined ECRE in 2007 and she is currently coordinating the Asylum Information database project, which maps asylum procedures, reception and detention in 14 EU Member states. She is also leading ECRE’s work on unaccompanied children and returns. She lived in Brussels from 2006 to 2013 and now lives in Paris. Hélène is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2006). She co-founded the French Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Network, interned with the 2008 Humanity in Action American program and was active in the organization’s Brussels network.

David Sullivan 

David Sullivan is the Policy and Communications Director at the Global Network Initiative. He was also Research Director at the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, where he oversaw field research and policy analysis on preventing mass atrocities in Africa. David helped lead Enough’s work on global electronics supply chains contributing to conflict in Eastern Congo, and helped launch the Satellite Sentinel Project to monitor violence in Sudan and South Sudan. David has worked for the International Rescue Committee in Liberia, supported elections in Pakistan, and managed humanitarian programs across Africa. A Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (1999), Sullivan holds degrees from John Hopkins University and Amherst College.

Dr. Julia E. Sweig 

Julia E. Sweig is the Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Sweig also directs CFR’s Global Brazil initiative. Sweig writes a bi-weekly column for Folha de São Paulo, Brazil’s leading newspaper, and is author of Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2009, 2013), Friendly Fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century (Public Affairs, 2006), among numerous other publications on Latin America and U.S. foreign policy. Sweig’s Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground (Harvard University Press, 2002) received the American Historical Association’s Herbert Feis Award for best book of the year by an independent scholar. Sweig was also the Sol M. Linowitz Professor of International Relations at Hamilton College in 2011, served as a consultant on Latin American affairs for the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program. She currently holds a board position on the International Advisory Board of the Brazilian Center for International Relations. Sweig received a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MA and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. Thierry Tardy

Thierry Tardy joined the European Union Institute of Security Studies in May 2013. Previously, he was Senior Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Thierry has researched and published extensively on military and civilian crisis management with a particular focus on the United Nations and the European Union, inter-institutional cooperation in security governance, security regionalism, and the EU common Security and defense Policy. Dr. Tardy has a Ph.D. in Political Science; he is a graduate of the National Session of the Institute of Higher National defense Studies in Paris (2010) and a member of the editorial board of International Peacekeeping. He has taught at the Graduate Institute of International and development Studies in Geneva, as well as at Sciences Po and the War College in Paris. He also regularly lectures at the European Security and Defense College and at the Sorbonne.

Dr. Bruno Tertrais 

Dr. Bruno Tertrais is a Senior Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, a French think-tank. From 2007-2008, he was a member of the French presidential commission on the White Paper on Defense and Security, as well as a member of the French Ministerial Commission on the White Paper on Foreign and European Policy. Dr. Tertrais was Special Assistant to the director of Strategic Affairs at the French Ministry of defense between 1996 and 2001. Prior to that, he was a visiting fellow at the RANd corporation. Dr. Tertrais served as Director of the Civilian Affairs Committee at the NATO Assembly. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Sciences Po. In 2010, he was awarded the Vauban Prize for his distinguished career.

Dr. Mischa Thompson 

Dr. Mischa Thompson joined the Helsinki Commission in May 2007. Her portfolio includes tolerance and non-discrimination, migration and integration, and corporate citizenship issues within the 56 participating OSCE states, including the European Union. Prior to being appointed to the commission, Dr. Thompson served as a Professional Staff Member and Congressional Fellow within the U.S. House and Senate working on international racism, foreign policy, trade, economic development, and security issues. A Fulbright Scholar and National Science Foundation Fellow, Dr. Thompson holds a Ph.D from the University of Michigan, where her research focused on intergroup relations in the United States and Europe. Dr. Thompson received her BS from Howard University and is proficient in German.

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg 

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg is President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service at The George Washington University. He previously held positions as vice president for academic services and academic dean of the college of Liberal Arts at Boston University, and served as the Special Assistant to the U.S. Education Commissioner, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Trachtenberg has published several academic works and is also a member of numerous academic organizations. He is a graduate of Columbia, Yale, and Harvard, and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds 20 honorary doctoral degrees, including a Doctor of Laws from his alma mater, Columbia University.

Christopher M. Tuttle

Chris Tuttle is the Director of both the Washington and Task Force programs at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). In addition to overseeing CFR’s relationships with the executive branch, congress, and the foreign diplomatic corps, Tuttle works to provide substantive intellectual content to CFR members and the broader policy community. Tuttle joined CFR from the U.S. Department of State, where he most recently served as the Director of the Office of Strategic Communications and Planning. Prior to his time in the Executive Branch, Tuttle was chief of Staff and Senior Policy Aide to U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-WI), an Assistant Majority Whip for the House International Relations, Budget, and Financial Services Committees. Tuttle holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Curtis Valentine

Curtis Valentine is an at-large member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education. The former Executive Director of MarylandCAN: The Maryland campaign for Achievement Now, Valentine is a life-long advocate for education reform. A graduate of Morehouse College and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa and spent nearly ten years working in international development with World Vision, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Africare. A seasoned community organizer, Valentine served as regional field director for the 2008 Obama campaign and subsequently with Organizing for America. He is a recipient of the Kennedy School’s highest honor, the Robert Kennedy Award for Public Service, and was a fellow for the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival. In 2013, he was awarded an International Affairs Fellowship with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Javier Vasquez 

Javier Vasquez is the Human Rights Advisor at the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO), a Regional Office of the World Health Organisation (WHO). His role is to advise PAHO’s Member States on international human rights issues and strategies to improve the right to the highest attainable standard of health and other related human rights; on the formulation/review of national public health laws, policies, practices; and to structure public health services consistent with international human rights treaties and standards. Vasquez previously worked for a number of international agencies such as the Panama canal commission, the Inter- American commission on Human Rights of the OAS, and for NGOs such as Spanish Catholic Centre and Mental Disability Rights International and Committee of Orientation and Support for Panamanians.

Lori Wallach

Lori is the director of Public citizen’s Global Trade Watch. Wallach is an expert on the operations and outcomes of trade policies such as NAFTA, WTO, CAFTA and others. She is steeped in the domestic and international politics of current trade negotiations and disputes. Wallach works closely with congress and civil society, scholars, and activists in the United States and developing countries to foster the growing debate about implications of different models of globalization on jobs, offshoring, wages, the environment, public health and food safety; equality and social justice and democratically accountable governance.

William Ward

William Ward is a retired U.S. Army four-star general and current President/Chief Operations Officer of Sentel Corporation. Prior to Sentel, Ward served as commander of the U.S. Africa Command, where he oversaw all U.S. defense and security activities on the African continent and its island nations. He also served as Deputy Commander of the U.S. European Command, U.S. Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and Dommander of the Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Ward holds a BA in Political Science from Morgan State University and an MA in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a graduate of the infantry officer basic and advanced courses at Fort Benning, the U.S. Army command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, and the U.S. Army War College. Ward also taught as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Dr. Patrick Weil 

Dr. Patrick Weil is a French historian and political scientist. He is a research fellow at the French National centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and at the Centre for the Social History of the 20th century at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University. Weil is a Visiting Professor of Law and Robina Foundation International Fellow at Yale Law School, as well as director of the Center for the Study of Immigration, Integration and citizenship Policies at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University. Professor Weil’s work focuses on comparative immigration, citizenship, secularization and integration law and policy. His books include The Sovereign Citizen: Denaturalization and the Origins of the American Republic (Pennsylvania, 2013) and How to Be French: Nationality in the Making since 1789 (duke, 2008). dr. Weil worked as chief of Staff of the Secretariat of State for Immigrants in 1981 and 1982, and was a member of the Stasi commission, a commission established to reflect upon the application of the laïcité principal, or French secularism. He is the founder and Honorary Chair of Humanity in Action France and the President of Bibliothèques Sans Frontières/Libraries Without Borders.

Carmencita N. Whonder 

Carmencita N. Whonder is a Policy Director in the Washington, DC, office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. Previously, Whonder served as the Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and community development and as the Principal Adviser on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs to U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. During the 109th congress she held the position of Minority Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Economic Policy. Whonder has extensive experience in banking, financial institutions, commodities markets, and economic and monetary policy. She is also the founder of OF WHONDER, a contemporary luxury brand exclusively for women sizes 12-24. Whonder holds a BA from Howard University and an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is a member of the Board of Humanity in Action.

Olivier Zunz

Olivier Zunz is the commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of a number of books on socio-economic issues and concerns in the United States including The Changing Face of Inequality, Why the American Century? and, most recently, Philanthropy in America: A History. He has served as a visiting professor at the Collège de France and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, among others. Zunz has been a recipient of fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.