JOSEF TEBOHO ANSORGE, MPhil, PhD
Joey Ansorge holds a PhD and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. Joey is the author of a number of peer-reviewed articles as well as book chapters dealing with information technology in international relations and post-conflict reconstruction. From 2005 to 2007 Joey worked as a Human Rights Officer on the reform of the Armed Forces of Liberia. Most recently he worked as a law clerk for the World Bank Sanctions Board Secretariat. He is currently completing a JD at Yale Law School.
Kristin Barbato currently serves as Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions for the New York Power Authority. Previously, she was the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Energy Management Officer of New York City where she managed the city's $1 Billion annual energy budget, impacting more than 4,000 buildings city-wide. An experienced leader in business development, strategic planning, engineering, IT, and operations across the energy sector, Kristin was named as one of New York's Top 10 Women in Energy by Breaking Energy during New York Energy Week 2013.
JO BECKER, M.A.
Jo Becker is the advocacy director of the Children’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. She is responsible for the organization's global advocacy strategy on issues including child labor, children and armed conflict, and juvenile justice. As founding chairperson of the international Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, she helped lead the successful campaign for an international treaty banning the use of child soldiers. She has conducted field investigations to document violations against children in Burma, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda and the United States. She has testified before the US Congress, the UN Security Council, and has written widely on children’s issues for publications such as the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. She holds a master's degree in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is also an adjunct associate professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, and author of “Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice” (Stanford University Press, 2013).
PROSPER BERNARD, Ph.D., M.A.
In 2010 Professor Prosper Bernard was Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration and a Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has been a guest speaker at the University of Québec in Montréal, Chinese University of Mining and Technology, Fudan University, and Donghua University. Dr. Bernard also has served as a consultant to private and non-governmental organizations.
Professor Bernard has expertise in the areas of political economy, human security, and international criminal justice. His regions of focus are North America, Western Europe, and East Asia. His current research focuses on government reactions to the Great Recession, middle power foreign policy strategies in a unipolar world, and the International Criminal Court.
His most recent articles have appeared in American Review of Canadian Studies, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Journal of Humanities and Social Science, and Options Politiques/Policy Options. He has published book chapters on topics related to international public procurement and Chinese society and politics. He is the author of External Pressure, National Response: Industrial Adjustment in Canada since the 1970s (University Press of America, 2009).
Prosper Bernard, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.
BARBARA BORST, M.A.
Barbara Borst has taught at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs since 2000 and led the Center’s field intensive courses to Ghana in May 2008 and June 2009. She teaches courses on democratic transitions, the news media and global affairs, global civil society, African affairs, and humanitarian aid and intervention.
In addition, she teaches international reporting at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She received an NYU award for teaching excellence in February 2007. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University and an M.A. in International Relations from Boston University’s overseas program in Paris. A journalist specializing in international affairs, she worked for The Associated Press as an editor on the international desk and frequently reported from the United Nations. The AP recently published her article and photos on the efforts of two Kenyan women to rescue their community from the AIDS epidemic. While based abroad for a dozen years, in Nairobi, Johannesburg, Paris and Toronto, she reported frequently for Newsday, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times, Inter Press Service news agency, and others.
PETER BRORSEN, MA, GMAP, ABD
Peter W. Brorsen is an expert on fragile states. For fifteen years he has lived and worked in some of the world’s most difficult places, including Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Burma. As an international civil servant with the United Nations he has helped mediate and implement peace agreements with national and community leaders alike. He now serves as an advisor to the British and the Australian governments on intervention and stabilization issues.
In the Middle East, Brorsen has worked extensively on the Palestinian question, establishing monitoring mechanisms for humanitarian assistance and negotiating water rights to the Jordan River Basin. In response to the 2011 Arab Spring he established the Arab Democracy Fund, which supports political transition in the Middle East and North Africa. He is the Managing Director of Social Capital Bank, a social enterprise devoted to social cohesion through investment.
Academically, Peter Brorsen holds one MA in political philosophy, and another in international relations. He is an Affiliate at the Weatherhead Center, Harvard University and has conducted additional academic research at Yale University and at the American Universities in Washington, DC and Beirut.
PATTY CHANG, D.PHIL., M.I.A.
Patty Chang holds a D. Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford, an M.I.A. in International Security Policy from Columbia University, and B.A. in European Studies from Barnard College. She has taught at the NYU Center for Global Affairs since 2009, offering courses on International Relations and Civil Wars in Africa. Currently, she is a consultant and researcher in international security. Her work focuses on conflict management and post-conflict peacebuilding, especially small arms and light weapons control, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, and security sector reform. Her regional expertise is in the sub-region of West Africa and she has conducted extensive field work in Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, The Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau. Her recent research has focused on the micro-foundations of violence and small arms diffusion in civil wars. She has worked with a number of different organizations including the United Nations Development Programme, EuropeAid, the Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs.
MICHAEL CHEAH, CFA
Michael Cheah is a senior vice president and senior portfolio manager responsible for all investment-grade fixed income portfolios at SunAmerica Asset Management Corp (SAAMCo). He is also a member of the firm’s Asset Allocation Committee.
Prior to joining SunAmerica in July 1999, Mr. Cheah spent 17 years at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He was most recently the head of the U.S. Bond Division, Markets and Investment Department, and representative of the New York Office where his responsibilities included the management of foreign exchange reserves and the overseeing of external relationships with financial and government institutions in the United States. Prior to heading the New York Office of MAS, Mr. Cheah served in various capacities, including the domestic open-market and currency intervention desk of Local Money and Capital Markets, Foreign Exchange and Gold, and the Japan Bond divisions.
Mr. Cheah received a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Singapore, a Masters of Science degree in Management from the London Business School, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and Financial Risk Manager. Mr. Cheah is also an adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University.
SERGUEI I. CHELOUKHINE, Ph.D., M.A.
Serguei I. Cheloukhine is a professor in the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY, where he has taught various courses focused on criminal justice, human rights, and transnational organized crime. He is concurrently a Distinguished Professor of the Russian Academy of National Security. Sergui is currently working on a forthcoming publication, Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in the Republic of Kazakhstan, due to come out in 2014. In previous years, he has been a professor and chair of the of the Division of Political Economy and Economic Crime at Rostov Law Institute in Russia, a lecturer at the Department of Social Science at York University as well as at the Department of Political Science at Queens College/CUNY.
He received his PhD as part of a joint doctoral program with York University (Canada) and the President’s School of Public Administration (Russia). He also has an M.A. and Masters in Economics from York University and Rostov
KEVIN CHEN, Ph.D., M.S.
Kevin Chen is a founding partner and Chief Investment Officer of ACM Global Macro hedge fund. He was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Amundi alternative investment, which is a merged asset management entity of Credit Agricole and Societie Generale. He was responsible for constructing and managing multi-billion dollar hedge funds portfolios for institutional clients. Previously, he was a Director of asset allocation of Morgan Stanley and his responsibilities included designing and delivering comprehensive hedge funds advisory solutions to high-net-wealth and institutional clients of U.S. and International. Kevin joined Morgan Stanley after graduating with a Ph.D. in Finance from International Center for Financial Asset Management and Engineering (FAME), Geneva and University of Lausanne, Switzerland in 2004. Kevin also served as a consultant for several Swiss-based organizations, including Swiss Organization for Facilitating Investments, a joint initiative of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco) in cooperation with KPMG. Prior to that, Kevin did Master’s in Finance at CentER for Economic Research, Tilburg University, the Netherlands and Bachelor’s in Economics at Renmin University of China. Kevin spent two years with China Development Bank’s International Finance Department and Investment Banking Department. Kevin is a co-founder of CCC, a New York based charity that works on improving cultural understanding and mentors underprivileged teenagers. In addition, he is a founding council member of Absolute Return Investment Association of China and a member of Société Académique Vaudoise.
BELINDA COOPER, J.D.
Belinda Cooper is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York and a co-founder of its Program on Citizenship and Security. She writes and lectures on human rights and international law and is the editor of “War Crimes: The Legacy of Nuremberg,” which explores the interconnections between the Nuremberg tribunal and today’s international criminal tribunals. She has taught human rights, international law, transitional justice and gender and law at Humboldt University in Berlin, the New School, Seton Hall Law School and Ohio Northern University Law School.
Cooper lived in Berlin, Germany from 1987-1994, working closely with members of the East German opposition in 1988-89 and following developments in the region after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She returned to Berlin in 2002 as a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, World Policy Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor. A fluent German speaker, Cooper has also contributed to German-language print media, radio and TV, appeared as a guest on German radio, and taken part in numerous panel discussions in Germany. She is also a translator of German scholarly books and articles, including many texts on the Holocaust and Nazi Germany and, most recently, a textbook on international criminal law, and has worked as a translator on the case of Turkish-German Guantanamo detainee Murat Kurnaz. Cooper has also taken part in human rights fact-finding missions and has coauthored reports on domestic violence in Armenia, Uzbekistan, and Tanzania. Cooper graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. in History from Yale College and received her J.D. from Yale Law School.
NELL DEBEVOISE, M.A., M.B.A.
Nell Derick Debevoise is the founder and CEO of Inspiring Capital, which helps nonprofits develop revenue streams so they don’t have to rely on donations and grants. Inspiring Capital uses the practical experience, insightful analysis, and personal connections of its staff, advisors, and clients, combined with diverse theoretical perspective, to achieve its mission. The firm’s unique approach is using proven strategies from entrepreneurship and management practice to power social change.
Ms. Debevoise is also involved with cutting edge research and practice in the field of entrepreneurship. She helps John Mullins, Associate Professor at London Business School, with his research and writing about customer-funded business models, taking the lead on applying this work to the social sector. She is also an advisor to LeanImpact.org, and helps develop and facilitate their events, like a SOCAP panel and the Lean for Social Good Summit.
Before establishing Inspiring Capital, Ms. Debevoise completed the Global Executive MBA at Columbia and London Business Schools. At Columbia, she sat on the board of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics. She began a three-year term as President of the London Business School Alumni Club of New York in September 2012.
From 2007 – 2012, Ms. Debevoise was the founding director of Tomorrow's Youth Organization (TYO), a nonprofit that promotes social and economic development through programs for children and women in the Middle East. She lived at TYO’s Flagship Center in Nablus, Palestine during the two years of its creation and launch. Ms. Debevoise earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Harvard College and two Masters degrees in education policy and theory at Cambridge (UK) and the Università di Roma (Italy). She has lived and worked in Japan, England, France, Italy and Palestine, and speaks fluent French and Italian, as well as conversational Arabic, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese.
CHLOE DEMROVSKY, M.S.
Chloe Demrovsky is the Executive Director of Disaster Recovery Institute International, a nonprofit training institute in disaster preparedness for Fortune 500 companies and government bodies, where she designs and implements the international market development strategy and manages a global partnership network in 50 countries. She has made appearances on Bloomberg TV as an expert in natural disaster preparedness and has served as a consulting expert to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the European Commission. She has participated in on-site briefings for the United States Congress, the IMF, the Federal Reserve, and the New York Stock Exchange as well as for visiting groups including the Moscow Mechanical Institute of Munitions, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East, and the Sino-Canadian Tech Exchange. She manages The International Glossary for Resiliency, acts as International Editor for Thrive Magazine and Revista Thrive Iberoamerica, and has been published in several respected industry publications. She has presented at events on four continents, most recently on a public-private partnerships panel at the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland and an impact investing panel at the University of San Diego’s Leadership for Peace and Prosperity Conference.
JOS DE LA HAYE, Ph.D.
Jos De la Haye, Ph.D. (Belgium) has been a conflict prevention specialist to BCPR/UNDP New York since 2010. Before coming to New York he worked as Conflict Prevention and Recovery advisor to UNDP in Georgia [2008-10]. Prior to UNDP he was a researcher and lecturer at the universities of Leuven and Brussels on conflict prevention and peace-building, including democratic transition, conflict analysis, peace and conflict impact assessment and conflict sensitivity. As Ph.D School Coordinator for Social Sciences at Leuven University he taught Research Methodology in Social Sciences, International Organizations, Peace Research, and Conflict Prevention. He holds a Ph.D. in conflict management (Leuven University, 2001, Missed Opportunities in Conflict Management: the Case of Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1986-1996).
He worked for International NGOs like International Alert and Field Diplomacy, mainly on the issue of peace and conflict impact assessment. Currently his work concentrates on peace-building and development issues that relate to national and societal dialogue mechanisms, infrastructures for peace, social cohesion and community security, and conflict analysis – with particular attention to Africa (Mali, Chad, DRC, Ivory Coast, Liberia, etc.), Middle East (Yemen, Tunisia, Sudan, Syria, etc.), Europe (Georgia, Balkan, etc.), Asia-Pacific (Sri Lanka, Myanmar, etc.).
Slobodan Đinović is an innovator in democracy and technology, founding Serbia’s first wireless internet company and a founder of the Resistance! movement that ended the Milosevic era. He has since become a leader exponent of sharing strategic non-violence training for democracy movements and peaceful opposition groups in the world’s remaining dictatorships.
DAVID DONAT CATTIN, Ph.D.
David Donat Cattin (Ph.D Law, Italy) is the Senior Director of the International Law and Human Rights Programme at Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). Over the last thirteen years, Dr. Donat Cattin worked to promote the universality and effectiveness of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Statute in approximately 100 countries. With his assistance, PGA Members contributed to the ratification process of 76 out the current 122 States Parties to the Rome Statute, including the ratifications/accessions by Japan (2007); The Philippines, The Maldives, Cape Verde and Vanuatu (2011); Guatemala (2012) and Cote d’Ivoire (2013).
Dr. Donat Cattin holds a Ph.D in Public International Law (2000) from the University of Teramo (Italy), Faculty of Law, and a 'magna cum laude' law degree (1994) from the LUISS-Guido Carli University (Rome, Italy). His writings on international criminal law appeared on well-known scholarly works, such as Triffterer's “Commentary on the Rome Statute of the ICC” (I ed. 1999; II ed. 2008; upcoming III ed. 2013) and Lattanzi/Schabas “Essays on the Rome Statute of the ICC” (vol. I, 1999; vol. II, 2004). Since August 1999, he is a lecturer at the Salzburg Law School on Int. Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, University of Salzburg (Austria), which takes place every summer and hosts some of the most prominent International Criminal Law practitioners and academics. Among the academic institutions in which he gave presentations and lectures, it is noteworthy to mention the University of Botswana in Gaborone, the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences (IBCCRIM) in Sao Paulo, Frei Univ. and Humboldt Univ. in Berlin (Germany), the Italian Society of International Organisation (SIOI), the TMC Asser Institute for International Law in The Hague and the Hague Academy of International Law (The Netherlands), the Faculty of Law of Cambridge University (UK), the City University of New York and NYU School of Law (USA). He has been heard as expert-witness on the ICC and its impact on conflicts in Africa by the German Bundestag, Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (Sept. 2007) and on the situation in Darfur by the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Sub-Committee on Human Rights (Dec. 2008 and Feb. 2009). He also intervened on international legal issues in the Council of Europe Meeting of Legal Advisors (March 2013), the European Parliament, Sub-Committee on Human Rights (April 2010) and Africa-Caribbean-Pacific—European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly’s plenary session (March 2008). Dr. Donat Cattin has been interviewed or cited by a number of international media, including: BBC World Service, Reuters, Al-Jazeera (Eng), Deutche Welle, Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW), Sky TG 24 (Italy), Radio Rai 2 (Italy), Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana (RSI, Switzerland), Inter-Press Service, Institute for War and Peace Reporting.
AKRAM ESANOV, Ph.D.
Akram Esanov is a specialist in political economy and governance. His research has focused on development economics, international finance, and macroeconomics. Dr. Esanov has 20 years of experience as a consultant for the IMF, World Bank, UNDP, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Asian Development Bank Institute, and the Inter-American Development Bank, among other organizations. Dr. Esanov lectured at the University of Toronto, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and Tashkent State University of Economics. He holds a BA in Economics from Tashkent State University of Economics, an Advanced Diploma in Economics from University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Kansas State University.
JACQUES FOMERAND, Ph.D.
At the United Nations Dr. Jacques Fomerand followed economic and social questions in the Office of the Under-Secretary General of the former Department for International Economic and Social Affairs (DIESA). He was Chief of the Inter-Organizational Co-operation Section of DIESA when he joined the United Nations University in 1992.From 1992 to June 2003 when he retired from United Nations service, he was Director of the United Nations University Office in North America. In this capacity, he endeavored to strengthen the University's links with the Member States of the United Nations, the United Nations and its system of organizations and the international North American scholarly community. He participated actively in the creation of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and played a leading role in the creation of its journal, Global Governance, which is co-sponsored by the United Nations University and Lynne Rienner Publishers. Dr. Fomerand studied law and graduated in political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Aix en Provence. He completed his graduate studies at the City University of New York where he earned a Ph.D degree in political science with a specialization in comparative government and international organization. Prior to his joining the United Nations in 1977, Dr. Fomerand taught at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, Brooklyn College, City College and Queens College of the City University of New York and the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Fomerand has widely published on matters related to multilateralism and the United Nations, human rights and North-South issues,. His latest work is a Dictionary of the United Nations published by Scarecrow Publishers in 2007. He is currently completing a study of the Practice of Human Rights.
CHRIS GADOMSKI, M.S., M.B.A.
Chris Gadomski joined the faculty at New York University's Center For Global Affairs in September 2005 where he teaches graduate courses on Energy and the Environment, and the Economics and Financing of Energy. Current research interests include financial, social, technological and institutional obstacles to renewable and nuclear energy technology development.
As a business development consultant in the energy sector, Gadomski has advised leading multinational firms and institutions including the United Nations Development Program, World Bank, U.S. Department of Energy, and UNDP/Global Environment Facility. Current assignments include solar thermal power project development, and energy efficiency and conservation consulting in California. Chris Gadomski also directs the nuclear energy research team at New Energy Finance, a leading provider of financial information, analysis and services to investors in renewable energy and low carbon technologies. There he is developing a robust methodology for forecasting global nuclear investment in new build and innovative technologies and tracking expenditures in O&M, fuel cycle and decommissioning activities. Gadomski has published on energy and power generation topics in: Modern Power Systems, EuroMoney/ Institutional Investor's Project Finance Magazine, Nuclear Engineering International, World-Generation, The China Business Review, and Independent Energy Magazine. Gadomski is a member of the United States Energy Association and the American Nuclear Society.
LAURA GITMAN, M.B.A.
Laura is Vice President at BSR, a global nonprofit business network dedicated to sustainability. Laura spearheads the New York office, working with multinational companies across a range of industry sectors and sustainability issues. She also serves on BSR’s Executive Committee and oversees global membership strategy and services. She runs senior-level sustainability strategy workshops and multistakeholder forums, and has published reports on environmental, social, and governance integration in mainstream investing. From 2006 to 2010, Laura facilitated the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, growing the initiative from 15 to more than 50 electronics companies. She also launched BSR’s global financial services and media practices. Laura previously worked for Deloitte Consulting, where she acquired extensive strategy experience advising multinational financial services companies. She also managed a community development project in Ecuador, and developed the business strategy for a startup in the biotechnology sector in Chile. Laura holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She is also a Lecturer at Bard’s MBA in Sustainability program and at NYU’s SCPS M.S. in Global Affairs.
SARA GREEN, M.B.A.
In 2001 Ms. Green established Art for Refugees in Transition, a non-profit organization to develop and administer curricula to bring culturally relevant performing and visual arts into the lives of children and adults in displaced person in refugee communities. In 2001, she traveled to Kosovo under the auspices of the International Rescue Committee to examine programs and policies for children in armed conflict. In 2003, she implemented A.R.T.’s pilot program, working with Burmese refugees in Thailand, and returned in 2004 to expand the program. Ms. Green has been traveling to Colombia since 2004, overseeing the implementation and expansion of A.R.T.’s programs in Bogotá and Medellin. A.R.T.’s programs in both Thailand and Colombia continue to run self sufficiently.
Ms. Green worked as a consultant for the Flatiron Future Fund and Flatiron Foundation researching and designing strategic partnership plans in 2000. From 1996-1999, Ms. Green was the Director of Development of Dance Theater Workshop, a presenting and service organization for performing artists in New York City. As Director, Ms. Green was responsible for $2.5 million annual budget, as well as a $10 million endowment/capital campaign. From 1992-1995, Ms. Green was the Associate Director of Special Events for the New York City Ballet, where she managed and ran fundraising benefits that raised over $2 million annually.
In addition to her work in arts administration, Ms. Green spent 10 years performing with professional modern dance companies in France, Minneapolis and New York City. Ms. Green was co-founder, manager and dancer of Pam Tanowitz Dance, an 11-person modern dance company that performed in New York City and toured nationally and internationally. In 2011, Ms. Green was awarded the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship. Her work with A.R.T. has been featured in several books, including “More than 85 Broads,” by Janet Hanson and “The Art of Doing Good,” by Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon.
Ms. Green received her MBA from Columbia Business School in May 2001. She holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in History from Ohio State University.
Edward Goldberg is president of the Annisa Group, a consulting firm that advises clients on strategic and tactical issues involving globalization, trade development and trade finance.
Mr. Goldberg, an expert in Global Business Studies and the complexities of Globalization, teaches at Zicklin Graduate School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York. He also teaches international trade as visiting faculty of University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.
He has twice been nominated for the prestigious Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching at Baruch College. He has also been twice awarded a grant from Mitsui USA for curriculum development in global business studies.
At Annisa Group , Mr. Goldberg has worked on global issues with such major companies as Goldman Sachs, Rockefeller Brother’s Fund, and Raiffeisen Zentralbank.
He is a much-quoted author and essayist on globalization, U.S. economics, European-American relations, International trade and U.S.-Russian relations. Among others, he has been cited by Thomas Friedman in The New York Times and in his book Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Roubini Global Economics, Yale Global on Line, and American Foreign Policy Interests. He is a regular contributor to the HuffingtonPost and the Globalist. He has been interviewed by CNBC Television, Public Radio, CBS radio, the Associated Press Radio as well as Russian State Television. He is currently writing a book on how globalization has changed American politics.
Mr. Goldberg represented the United States Department of State at the International Conference on International Relations and Problems of Globalization in St. Petersburg, Russia where he delivered the opening address. He was a member of President Barack Obama's Foreign Policy Network Team for the 2008 Presidential election.
ROBERT LANE GREENE, M.PHIL.
Professor Robert Lane Greene writes for The Economist. He has covered American politics, international affairs (including the United Nations and the European Union), and energy. He also has written a regular foreign-affairs column for the website of the New Republic magazine, and his work has appeared on the op-ed pages of the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and is currently writing a book on the politics of language. He is a consultant for Freedom House, an NGO monitoring political and civil rights around the world, and an adjunct lecturer in Global Affairs at New York University. He is also a frequent television and radio guest commentator. Professor Greene holds an M.Phil. in European Politics and Society from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He received his B.A. in International Relations and History at Tulane University, and in 1996 was a State Department intern at the US embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay.
ALAN GROSS, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Alan Gross has mediated and trained for 20 years at many venues in the Northeast US and New York City where he is currently serving as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Safe Horizon Mediation Program. He has previously acted as Senior Director, Training Coordinator, and 9/11 Family Mediation Coordinator for Safe Horizon. That work with 9/11 victims was recognized with a US Department of Justice Volunteer for Victims Award. He has also acted as ombudsman for the American Psychological Association and the New York Mayor’s Action Center, as an arbitrator for AAA, FINRA, and attorney-client fee disputes, and as mediator for the Post Office and the US Army.
Gross holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and was formerly Psychology Professor and Department Chair at the University of Maryland, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and the author of a textbook and more than 50 chapters, articles and papers related to conflict resolution and social psychology. He has served as a business consultant, radio talk show host, and as founder of an innovative company trading in benefits from class action settlements. As a Founding Member and Board Member of Mediators Beyond Borders, he has, with other ADR professionals, developed and delivered trainings and other means of assisting refugees and former child soldiers in West Africa. During the past two years he has trained Liberian refugees, Ghanaian attorneys and land settlement officers, UN Special Court staff in Sierra Leone and a diverse country-wide Peace Network in Iraq. He is currently involved in peace-building projects in Colombia, Sierra Leone, and the US Gulf Coast.
DOROTA GIERYCZ, Ph.D., M.A.
During her extensive UN career she worked at Headquarters in both Vienna and New York, in various fields ranging from gender equality, development, IDPs/refugees and human rights to peacekeeping and conflict resolution. Her other assignments included management, coordination of police reform and police-civilian work (as Acting Head of Civil Affairs, UNMIBH, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2001-2003); work on the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict as a political analyst, adviser and negotiator, also dealing with assistance to internally displaced persons (as Senior Political Adviser to the SRSG, UNOMIG, Sukhumi and Tbilisi, 2003-2004), and protection and promotion of human rights (as Director of the Human Rights and Protection Section, UNMIL, and Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Liberia, 2004-2007). She also gained extensive experience of interagency cooperation and work with UN country teams (including in Georgia and Liberia), diplomatic and donor community.
Parallel to her work at the United Nations, Dr. Gierycz continued her academic involvement, inter alia, as a lecturer at Columbia University (New York), Yale Law School and Watson Institute of International Affairs at Brown University (USA), the University of Ghana and UNU in Tokyo. Since her departure from the UN in 2007, she has been working as a senior research fellow at the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC, Venice) and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI, Oslo) on the issues of Transitional Justice and Responsibility to Protect. She is currently a professor of international law and human rights at the Webster University and Diplomatic Academy, Vienna and European Peace University (EPU), Schlaining, Austria. She is also associated with John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY, New York where she coordinates the project on the “Rule of Law in UN Peace Operations”. Dr. Gierycz authored numerous academic publications. Dr. Dorota Gierycz holds an MA in law (international public law) and a Ph.D. in political science (international relations) from Warsaw University, Poland. She further studied at the Academy on International Law (The Hague), and Georgetown and Columbia Universities in the USA.
Ruchira Gupta is the Founder and President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide – a grassroots organization in India working to end sex trafficking by increasing choices for at-risk girls and women. She has strived over her 25 year career to highlight the link between trafficking and prostitution laws, and to lobby policy makers to shift the blame from victims to perpetrators. She testified in the United States Senate before the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2000, and she lobbied with other activists at the United Nations during the formulations for the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons -- resulting in the first UN instrument to address demand for trafficking in Article 9. In 2009 Gupta won the Clinton Global Citizen Award, in 2007 the Abolitionist Award at the UK House of Lords. In 2009 and 2008, Gupta has addressed the UN General Assembly on human trafficking. She won an Emmy in 1997 for her work on the documentary “The Selling of Innocents,” which inspired the creation of Apne Aap. Her work has been featured in 11 books including Half the Sky by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof. Prior to founding Apne Aap, Gupta worked in the United Nations in various capacities in 12 countries for over ten years. She is on the board of Coalition against Trafficking in Women and the advisory councils of the Polaris Project, Vital Voices, Ricky Martin Foundation, Asia Society, Nomi Network and Cents for Relief.
LUKAS HAYNES, M.A.
Lukas Haynes is vice president of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation in New York, where he manages grantmaking programs to promote solutions to climate change, defend human rights, and invest in under-served New York City communities. From 2002-06, Haynes was program officer for international peace and security at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he made grants to support U.S. foreign policy institutes and a major initiative to strengthen university research at the intersection of science, technology, and security studies. From 2000-01, he served on the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as a speechwriter for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. After leaving government, Haynes was a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Haynes has taught courses in international relations at Occidental College and the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He has also given lectures on military intervention, nuclear nonproliferation, and international grantmaking at Harvard, West Point, and Princeton, respectively. From 1996-1997, Haynes served as regional representative for OXFAM in the former Yugoslavia and as OXFAM’s regional strategy adviser in Sierra Leone and Liberia. In both capacities he helped humanitarian relief operations transition to post-conflict rehabilitation programs. Prior to that, he conducted policy research at the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the International Crisis Group. Haynes is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He earned a master’s degree in international relations from Oxford University. He is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of Independent Diplomat.
BRAD HECKMAN, M.A.
Brad Heckman is a Vice President of Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victims services and violence prevention agency. In that capacity, he has overseen the agency’s Mediation, Families of Homicide Victims, Legal Services, Anti-Trafficking, Batterers Intervention, and Anti-Stalking Programs. He is currently launching and will serve as CEO of the New York Peace Institute, an independent spin-off of Safe Horizon that will provide dispute resolution services to communities, courts, schools, and individuals in New York City and beyond. Mr. Heckman served as International Director of Partners for Democratic Change, for which he developed community peacebuilding centers throughout Eastern Europe, the Balkans, South Caucasus, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. He received a Master of Arts in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College.
WILLIAM F. HEWITT, M.S.
Bill Hewitt has been an environmental professional and activist for nearly 30 years. He is a writer and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, teaching graduate and continuing education classes on energy and the environment, global climate change, and clean tech. He was the Director of Public Affairs for the NYC regional office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for 11 years. He was the blogger on climate change and sustainability for the Foreign Policy Association for five years and now has his own blog, “A Newer World.” Hewitt has been involved with two Presidential campaigns (Bruce Babbitt and Bill Bradley) and two NYC Mayoral races (David Dinkins and Mark Green), working primarily on environmental issues. He was an activist leader with the Sierra Club in New York working on urban issues and acid rain.
His book, A Newer World – Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis, published by the University Press of New England late in 2012, has been endorsed by Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert, and has had several very favorable reviews. He has written articles and book reviews, as well as op-ed pieces and letters, on subjects relating to sustainability and international relations for DeSmogBlog, the American Planning Association, the Foreign Policy Association, Nature Reports Climate Change, Grist, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, the New Yorker, the NY Times, and Financial Times, among others. His book has been excerpted at Salon.com, Scientific American, GreenBiz.com, and elsewhere.
OREN IPP, M.A.
Oren Ipp is an international development professional with more than ten years’ experience in democratic governance. Oren’s primary expertise is post-conflict governance, with a regional focus on Afghanistan and South Asia. Among other sub-specialties, Oren has worked in the areas of political party development, election support, legislative strengthening, civil society capacity building, security sector reform and gender mainstreaming; focusing on program design, management and monitoring and evaluation. Oren is currently an independent consultant for several organizations, including most recently for the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Development Transformations. During 2006-2008, Oren was based in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he directed the national and sub-national legislative programs of the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Prior to moving to Afghanistan, Oren worked with NDI in Washington, DC, supporting the Institute's South Asia programs. Among Oren's publications are the chapter “Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in Afghanistan” in the forthcoming volume "Deconstructing Afghanistan's Security Sector,” and a March 2009 article in the San Francisco Chronicle titled, "Crisis in Afghanistan.” Oren holds a Master's degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.
LARRY JOHNSON, J.D., M.P.A.
Larry D. Johnson is currently Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, teaching a seminar on the “Law and Practice of the United Nations” as part of the UN Externship program. He is also a Professorial Lecturer at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy in Austria, teaching a seminar on the same subject. During his more than 35 years practicing as a lawyer in UN organizations (1971 to 2008), he served in various senior legal positions: Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, UN Office of Legal Affairs in New York; Legal Adviser, International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna; Chef de Cabinet, Office of the President, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.
As a member of the UN Office of Legal Affairs, he served on the secretariats of the International Law Commission and other codification bodies, as Secretary of the General Assembly’s Credentials Committee and as in-house “parliamentarian” to the Assembly and provided legal advice on a myriad of international and UN law issues. He participated in the drafting of the Statutes of the ICTY and of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and served on the Management Committee of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Recent special assignments for the UN have included being appointed a member of the Secretary-General’s Board of Inquiry concerning certain incidents involving UN property in Gaza during the Israeli/Hamas conflict and representing the Secretary-General during the testimony of UN staff members in the Lubanga and Katanga cases before the International Criminal Court.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska and his Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, respectively. He has taught at various law and graduate schools, including the University of California, Davis, School of Law; the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; and NYU’s Center for Global Affairs.
SOPHIA JOHNSON, Ph.D., M.A.
Sophia N. Johnson is the CEO of the South Asia Consulting Group, LLC a strategy-driven, global economic consulting firm. Dr. Johnson and her team focus on a range of industries – including environment, manufacturing, public sector, renewable energy and social sector innovation – but her core area of work is in the analysis of governance patterns and location of economic activity after market reforms.
Dr. Johnson teaches in the interdisciplinary field of political economics, focusing on non-market, collective, and political activity of individuals and organizations, in the Department of Politics and the Center for Global Affairs at New York University.
Dr. Johnson has lived and worked in mainland South Asia. She has also taught international affairs and sustainability at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), has lectured widely, and is author of the forthcoming publication, Economic Reforms, Governance and Change in India (Cambridge, 2012).
TODD JOHNSON, M.A.
Todd Johnson is currently the Senior Research Manager for Ferrari Consultancy, a New York City-based firm that provides strategy consulting services exclusively to chief executive officers of multinational corporations. Prior to joining Ferrari Consultancy, Todd was Africa Group Director for Diligence LLC, a risk management firm that specializes in pre-investment due diligence, competitive intelligence, and political risk consulting in emerging and frontier markets. Todd began his career and served for eight years as a political-military analyst with the United States Government, where he focused on southern Africa. Todd has lived and worked in South Africa and the United Kingdom. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with distinction from the University of Kansas and a Master of International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he jointly focused on African politics and energy policy. Todd has been a contributing writer for the Jane's Information Group and appeared as a commentator for the BBC and the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
STEPHEN KASS, L.L.B.
Stephen L. Kass is a partner and founder/co-director of the Environmental Practice Group at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP in New York. Prior to joining Carter Ledyard & Milburn, he was a founding partner of Berle, Kass & Case, a firm specializing in environmental law from the field’s inception in the 1970s. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale in 1961 and his L.L.B. cum laude from Harvard in 1964. In addition to his role at the Center for Global Affairs, Mr. Kass is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches courses on “International Environmental Law” and “Climate Change, Economic Development and Human Rights.” Mr. Kass has published numerous articles in the environmental field and has written regular columns on “Environmental Law” and “International Environmental Law” for the New York Law Journal since 1986. Mr. Kass served on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch from 1985-2005 (Chair, Policy Committee; Chair, Americas Advisory Committee) and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the Americas Society; the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former Vice President and past Chair of the Association’s Committees on International Environmental Law, Inter-American Affairs, Council on International Affairs, Consumer Affairs, Social Welfare Law and its Special Task Force on Downtown Redevelopment; and current Chair, Committee on International Human Rights). He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association and since 1986 has served on, and for 10 years chaired, the Board of Directors of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.
William A. Klun is a Financial Advisory Leader at MJ Beck Consulting LLC, a utility and energy consulting firm that assists investor-owned utilities, renewable energy firms and government organizations on critical strategic and operational objectives. He is also an advisor for Skystream Markets, Inc., a start-up technology firm, which has created an innovative digital trading platform to provide a futures market for illiquid energy commodity markets, focusing on the Renewable Energy Credits markets.
He has had a great deal of experience working in various high-level positions at various financial institutions and consulting firms specializing in renewable energy and environmental finance. He has an MA in International Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania and and MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rick Levitt, currently at Macquarie Capital, he has spent the last 16 years managing global financial research for investment banks in the US and Great Britain. Prior to that he was with the Centre for European Security Studies (Groningen, The Netherlands) and what is now the EastWest Institute (New York), two think tanks specializing in the political and economic development of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union after the fall of communism. Additionally, Professor Levitt was a US Foreign Service Officer, serving in Washington DC, Mexico City and London. He holds a master's degree in international relations from Columbia University, where he specialized in Western European studies, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California (Berkeley), where he specialized in diplomatic history.
Professor Levitt has taught International Relations Since World War Two at the Center for Global Affairs for two years.
Krister Lowe is a partner as well as an organizational change and learning consultant for C Global Consulting based in New York City. He has over fifteen years of experience working in diverse global organizations throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. His consulting, coaching and training interventions have engaged thousands of leaders, managers and staff in leading organizations within both the public and private sectors. Among his most recent clients include the United Nations (Secretariat, DPKO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, ICTR, ITU, UN Women), The World Trade Organization, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Pfizer Inc., Independence Blue Cross, Columbia University, NPD, WholeBrain Creativity, Bellevue Hospital, FilmAid International, International Rescue Committee, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Krister holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature and Teaching, a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Philosophy degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from the Department of Organization & Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University where he is currently an advanced doctoral candidate (graduation expected Fall 2013 and where is conducting research on organizational conflict climates). He is the author of a number of articles and papers on conflict management and organizational psychology. Krister has been an adjunct instructor in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Mediation and Group Dynamics at Teachers College Columbia University at the graduate level. He is a certified Mediator in New York State, holds a certificate in Conflict Resolution from the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University and is also a certified trainer in the neuroscience-based Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI™) and a certified practitioner in the LeaderNation™ 360 Feedback Assessment.
MARK LITTLE, M.Phil
As Director at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Mark works closely with companies to implement robust sustainability practices. His focus areas include strategy and integration, corporate transparency, ethics, human rights, stakeholder engagement, and supply chain sustainability. Mark has advised companies on both global and country-level sustainability initiatives, and has worked extensively in China, Japan, Europe and the United States.
Mark's primary focus is in the healthcare industry, and he leads BSR's Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology practice worldwide. He is an expert on international public health, and has published several articles on his work with India's National AIDS Control Organization. Mark holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.Phil in International Development from the University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College.
ROBIN LUDWIG, Ph.D.
Dr. Robin Ludwig is a specialist in elections and democratization, with over 30 years of experience at the United Nations. She has provided assessments, advice, and assistance for elections in East Timor, The Gambia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Malawi, Moldova, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and South Africa. While in Malawi, she advised the Government on preparations for and the conduct of a national referendum that led to Malawi’s first multi-party elections the following year. She managed the long-term United Nations observation mission for both electoral events. In 2001 Dr. Ludwig spent a sabbatical semester at Yale University, studying voter expectations, hopes and fears in the aftermath of first time elections. She has published a variety of articles and monographs on the subject of UN electoral assistance. In addition to her elections work, Dr. Ludwig helped to establish the annual observance of the International Day of Peace, working with a network of over 400 civil society organizations world-wide, and served as Special Assistant to the first United Nations Deputy Secretary-General. Beginning in 2003, Dr. Ludwig became project manager of an innovative university program funded from a 1997 $1 billion contribution to the United Nations by Ted Turner. As part of the program, Ms. Ludwig engaged the participating universities in a global project on human security. She has lectured widely at universities in Asia, Europe and the US and given talks and provided training to a variety of regional and civil society organizations. Ms. Ludwig has a BA from Albion College, MIA from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in World Politics from the University of Michigan.
YOUSSEF MAHMOUD, MA, MS, PhD
Dr. Mahmoud is a Senior Adviser at the New York-based International Peace Institute (IPI). Before retiring from the United Nations early this year, Dr. Mahmoud was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT). From 2007 to 2009 he served as Executive Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Burundi (BINUB).
Prior to these assignments, he held several other senior positions, notably as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guyana, Director in the UN Department of Political Affairs, and Head of the Office of the Undersecretary-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Before joining the United Nations in 1981, Dr. Mahmoud was Assistant Professor at the University of Tunis. He received his PhD in Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1979. He has written or co-authored a number of articles on peacebuilding and recently taught a course at Columbia University on the challenges of building sustainable peace in Africa.
Over the past year, he has focused his attention on the democratic transitions in Tunisia and Egypt. He is leading an IPI initiative to support civil society leaders in creating a platform for the exchange of experiences and lessons learned in meeting the challenges and opportunities presented by these transitions
MARIE-HELEN MARAS, Ph.D., M.Phil, M.A.
Marie-Helen Maras is an adjunct assistant professor of the Center for Global Affairs. Her background includes approximately seven years of service in the US Navy with significant experience in security and law enforcement from her posts as a Navy Law Enforcement Specialist and Command Investigator. While in the Navy, she supervised her personnel in conducting over 130 counter-surveillance operations throughout Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Maras holds several graduate and undergraduate degrees: a DPhil in Law and an MPhil in Criminology and Criminal Justice (University of Oxford); an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (University of New Haven); a BS in Psychology and a BS in Computer and Information Science (University of Maryland University College). The majority of her research and publications have focused on the legal, economic, social, and political implications of security measures in the United States and the European Union. She has several publications; including articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, a chapter in an edited volume, and books. She recently published a major work at Jones and Bartlett (February 2011), a book titled, Computer Forensics: Cybercriminals, Laws and Evidence, and is presently working on another book on terrorism and counterterrorism.
Maras is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York. She has also taught several graduate courses on terrorism and counterterrorism, crisis management and disaster preparedness, transnational organized crime, and crime scene investigation at the King Graduate School, Monroe College. Moreover, Maras has taught graduate seminars in Security and the War on Terror and the Burdens of Seeking Security at the Center for Criminology, University of Oxford. Furthermore, she is an International Editor for the Journal of Applied Security Research and the President-Elect of Protect New York, a professional organization that brings together academics and professionals concerned with responding to the threat of terrorism, as well as the creator and co-editor of the Protect New York Newsletter.
Her research interests include security, terrorism, organized crime, human rights, criminal profiling, and cybercrime.
COLETTE MAZZUCELLI, Ph.D., M.A.L.D.
Colette Mazzucelli teaches on graduate faculty and offers core as well as elective courses in the Distance Learning Program at the Center for Global Affairs (CGA), New York University SCPS. She is also Graduate Faculty Adviser, Fulbright Scholarship and White House Internship Programs. Professor Mazzucelli is a recipient of the NYU SCPS Excellence in Teaching Award 2013. Her courses have been profiled by the Council on Foreign Relations in Foreign Affairs as well as the CFR Educators Bulletin. Her biography appears in Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2014. She is a member of the CFR-Lumina Foundation Global Literacy Advisory Group. Professor Mazzucelli was invited to develop a technology session in Canada’s first training program on the prevention of mass atrocities and genocide by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University. She has spoken on panels commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Élysée Treaty of Friendship between France and Germany (1963-2013) by the French and German Embassies in Washington and the French and German Consulates General in Boston. She is authoring chapters in as well as editing, with Dr. Ronald J. Bee, an eVolume, Mapping Transatlantic Futures, at the invitation of the Bosch Foundation to commemorate 30 years of transatlantic fellowship. Professor Mazzucelli has an extensive background in technology-mediated learning. She is a former Director, International Programs, at the Budapest Institute for Graduate International and Diplomatic Studies within the Budapest University of Economic Sciences. Professor Mazzucelli was also responsible to direct and teach the first distance learning seminar for the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) Paris analyzing conflict in the former Yugoslavia. A former Bosch Foundation Fellow, she assisted with the ratification of the Treaty on European Union ("Maastricht") in the Federal Republic of Germany.
JONATHAN MCCLELLAND, M.A.
Jonathan McClelland has spent the last eleven years consulting to the power and utilities sector. Prior to joining MJ Beck he worked in London with Power Capital, a financial advisory firm focused on Renewable Power industry. In this capacity, Jonathan specialized in quantifying the impact of various national, regional and international renewable energy policies on power asset valuation. In North America, Jonathan worked in Washington DC as part of the Global Gas Group of PFC Energy where he analyzed the natural gas operations and strategies of major international and national oil companies. Jonathan began his career in the energy practice of PA Consulting group where he delivered operational, benchmarking and strategy assignments for utilities in Australia and North America. He is the founder and former President of the New York Association for Energy Economics, the current VP of the US Association for Energy Economics and a member of the AP Board of Economists. He also sits on the AOL Energy Editorial Advisory Board. Jonathan holds a Masters in International Relations & Economics from the Johns Hopkins University where he focused on International Energy Policy. Additionally, he holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Commerce from the University of Queensland, Australia.
ZACHARY METZ, M.A.
Zachary Metz is the Director of Peace Building practice at Consensus, a consulting firm specializing in negotiation, conflict resolution and peace building. He has worked in the field of mediation, conflict resolution and peace building for more than fifteen years. His areas of expertise include training and large-group facilitation, mediation, conflict assessment, conflict-sensitive development, and program design and evaluation.
He was previously the founding Director of Education & Training for Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR). At CICR he was responsible for envisioning, designing, and implementing the education elements of CICR’s programming. He served as the senior trainer and facilitator for CICR’s interventions in Iraq, Lebanon, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Northern Ireland and elsewhere.
He has provided expertise to headquarters and field-programs of the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF, and other UN agencies. He has trained senior staff of the Iraq Property Claims Commission, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the International Organization for Migration, and Search for Common Ground.
Zach began his career with a focus in domestic conflict resolution, working as a mediator, trainer, and program director with the Northwest Institute for Restorative Justice and the Dispute Resolution Center. He has mediated hundreds of disputes in the private sector, in communities and within families, and directed mediation programs for inmates inside a maximum security prison and juvenile detention facility.
He is an adjunct lecturer at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), teaching the graduate course, Applied International Peace Building and Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in the UN Security Council, a specialized course for UN diplomats. He also teaches at Universidad Externado De Colombia, and has lectured at Sabanci University, the United States Military Academy at West Point and Lebanese American University.
He completed his undergraduate degree in political science at Earlham College. He received a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University and an MA in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, where he is currently completing his PhD studies with a focus on intractable identity-based conflicts.
ANDREW MICHELS, J.D., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Andy Michels serves as the Senior Civilian Advisor for the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell (JPACC) on the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Department of Defense.
Prior to joining the JPACC, Andy was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Kingston Jamaica, where he led the USAID Democracy and Governance team leader, overseeing the implementation of a multidimensional security sector reform program. In 2010, Andy served on the Strategic Interagency Assistance Team (SIAT) in Islamabad, Pakistan. Also in 2010, Andy led a security sector assessment of Guatemala and served as the transitional security adviser at the United States Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
From 2008 and 2009, Andy was seconded to the International Civilian Office (ICO) in Pristina, Kosovo where he served as the Head of the Security Affairs Unit. The ICO is the joint US/EU organization charged with supervising Kosovo’s recently declared independence. Andy supervised the creation of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency, the Kosovo Security Council, and the Kosovo Civilian Aviation Authority. He also led the successful combined inter-state/ICO demarcation of the Kosovo-Macedonia border.
Andy is a leader in the fields of peacekeeping, security sector transformation and rule of law issues, and post-conflict transitional administration. Before joining ICO, Andy was Director of Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs at DynCorp International. There, he developed the company’s peacekeeping portfolio from inception to more than $130 million in revenue.
Mr. Michels served in the United Nations, during which he was posted to Africa and the Balkans. In 1999, Andy was appointed as the first President of the U.N. Registration Commission of Kosovo. Andy has also served as a UNHCR protection officer in Sudan, Executive Director of the International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University College of Law, and lecturer in law at Sydney University.
Andy is an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University and the Elliott School of Internaiomal Affairs at George Washington University. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities (including the Swedish Military/Folke Bernadotte, US Army War College, the Naval War College Strategic Studies Group and the British Joint Doctrine and Concepts Center and the International Institute for Law and Justice).
Mr. Michels received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Business Administration jointly conferred by New York University, the London School of Economics and HEC-Paris, and is currently enrolled in the PhD. Program in international relations at the London School of Economics. He is member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Truman National Security Project, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and the Academic Council of the United Nations. He has also completed courses at the Joint Special Operations University, National Defense University, and the Foreign Service Institute.
Marianne Møllmann is senior policy advisor at Amnesty International's headquarters. She joined Amnesty International after 8 years with Human Rights Watch, working first as researcher on women's rights in Latin America, then focusing on women's rights more globally as advocacy director. She has a background in strategic brand planning with Young & Rubicam Europe and Leagas Delaney in London, as well as more than a decade of experience in the not-for-profit world, in communication, advocacy, research, management, and fundraising.
Marianne’s opinion pieces on women’s issues have appeared, among other places, in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and she is frequently cited on issues related to human rights and social change in the US and international media. She regularly blogs on RHRealityCheck.org and the Huffington Post.
Marianne constantly grapples with the tension between policy effectiveness, political realities, and how to actually generate change. She has an impressive track record of bridging seemingly insurmountable differences on issues ranging from abortion and rape in war, to luxury car purchases and making apples look “bad” (in a good way).
Marianne holds a MSc from Ecole des Affaires de Paris in France and an LL.M. in international human rights law from Essex University in the United Kingdom. She grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is now settled in Brooklyn, NY, though she spends a lot of her time in London. Marianne speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Danish, and can hold her own in French.
CATHERINE MURPHY, M.A.
Catherine Murphy is a sociologist and documentary filmmaker who has spent much of the last 20 years working in Latin America. She has written and directed films about two of Cuba’s most seminal campaigns: the Literacy Campaign of the 1960s and the conversion to organic agriculture in the 1990s. Catherine received her Masters degree at the Facultad Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) program at the University of Havana, writing a thesis that was later published, entitled: “Cultivating Havana: Urban Agriculture and Food Security in the Years of Crisis.” This thesis became the subject of her first film in 1993, "The Greening of Cuba." She is a consultant at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First). Murphy is also the founder & director of The Literacy Project, a multi-media documentation project on adult literacy in the Americas, which is currently focused on "MAESTRA", a documentary film about the women volunteer teachers from the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961. Catherine Murphy has organized dozens of academic and cultural exchange programs for US Universities, non-profits, cultural institutions, and for independent artists. She was a key advisor to the Cuba Residency for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2011.
PATRICIO NAVIA, Ph.D., M.A.
Patricio Navia is a Master Teacher in the Liberal Studies Program and an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. He is also a professor of political science at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales of the Universidad Diego Portales and the director of the Observatorio Electoral at the same school. Before obtaining his Ph.D. (May 2003), he was a graduate student in the Department of Politics at New York University. Previously (April 1995-August 1997), he served as Assistant Director of Student Development Services at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1992, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology and obtained a Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Chicago in 1994.
ALEXANDER PASCAL, M.A.
Alex Pascal is a Senior Policy Advisor at the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations. He previously served on the National Security Staff (NSS) at the White House as the Executive Assistant to National Security Advisor and as a Director for Middle East Affairs, at the State Department as Special Assistant to the Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Syria, at the West Bank & Gaza office of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and at a local NGO in South Africa. He was an NSEP Boren Graduate Fellow in Yemen and an Anna Sobel Levy Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Alex holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University.
RENZO POMI, L.L.M.
Renzo Pomi is a human rights lawyer with a Law degree from the University of the Republic in his native Uruguay and a LLM from Harvard Law School. He currently represents Amnesty International at the United Nations in New York focusing mostly on issues around human rights and peace and security. Mr. Pomi also leads on the organization’s work regarding the institutional strengthening of the inter-American human rights system. He has conducted field investigations on human rights violations and abuses in several countries in the Americas and Africa. Prior to joining Amnesty International, he worked with the United Nations in two peacekeeping operations (ONUSAL in El Salvador and MINUGUA in Guatemala), with the inter-American System of Human Rights (as Deputy Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights) and with the Uruguayan government as a diplomat.
CATHERINE SHEVLIN PIERCE, M.A.
Catherine Shevlin Pierce is a consultant in international development. She worked in international organizations for 28 years, initially at The World Bank and subsequently at the United Nations. She has assisted countries to identify and implement policies and programs addressing the interaction between population trends, resources, environment, migration and sustainable development. Professor Pierce has extensive experience in the areas of human rights, reproductive health and women’s micro-finance initiatives and has served as a member of the United Nations Population Fund’s delegation and technical resource team for several UN Global Conferences (Environment; Human Rights; Population; and, Women). She managed the UN Global Training Program in Population and Development situated in universities in Botswana, Chile, Egypt, India and Morocco and chaired the UN Development Group Task Force on Knowledge Sharing. From 2000 to 2003, as the Director of the UNFPA Technical Services Team for the Pacific based in Suva, Fiji, Professor Pierce advised governments and civil society organizations on strategies to address the impact of population trends, environmental degradation and globalization on small island countries.
Elected to the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, Professor Pierce has written widely on population and development issues and has been an invited speaker at various international conferences and professional meetings. She has taught courses on history, international relations, refugees and internally displaced persons, and humanitarian assistance and humanitarian intervention. Professor Pierce graduated cum laude from Marymount College and holds a M.A. in history from Purdue University and an M.A. in demography from Georgetown University. In 2005 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Purdue University. Professor Pierce is a member of the Board of Directors of Engender Health, an international NGO addressing health needs in developing countries.
A native of Belgrade, Popovic was raised in a political environment with both parents working in the media. His father was a prominent television reporter and his mother a popular news anchor on state television. A founding member of Otpor, Popovic’s main responsibility was human resources and training Otporactivists in nonviolent action. In a sarcastic reference to Yugoslavia’s communist past, Popovic was sometimes called Otpor’s ideological commissar, an appropriate label as he studied and translated the literature of nonviolent strategy, including books by the American scholar Gene Sharp. Popovic worked as a behind the scenes strategist, drafting speeches and writing training manuals. He was elected to the Parliament of the Serb Republic in late 2000 where he also served as environmental affairs advisor to the Serbian Prime Minister, Zoran Djindjic until Djindjic’s assassination in March 2003. He left the Parliament in late 2003 and co-founded the Center for Applied Non-Violent Actions and Strategies (CANVAS), a group that supports nonviolent democratic movements through the transfer of knowledge on strategies and tactics of nonviolent struggle.
WILLIAM POWERS, M.S.
William Powers is a Senior Fellow at the New York City-based think tank World Policy Institute, where he focuses on international development, environmental policy, and sustainable consumption. His award-winning winning book, Twelve by Twelve (New World Library, 2010), a national green-living bestseller currently in its fourth printing, will appear in Chinese this fall. He also is the author of two books from Bloomsbury/Macmillan: Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa’s Fragile Edge, an on-the-ground account of Powers’ two years as an aid worker in Charles Taylor’s civil war Liberia, was a Publisher’s Weekly notable book of 2005. Whispering in the Giant’s Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia’s War on Globalization (2006) has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and in Newsweek.
For over a decade Powers led development aid and conservation initiatives in Latin America, Africa, and Washington, D.C. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the socio-economic components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won the Roy Family Award for environmental partnership from Harvard's JFK School of Government. His essays on global issues have appeared in the Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune, and have been syndicated to three hundred newspapers around the world and translated into a dozen languages. He has been keynote speaker, lecturer, and panelist at over a hundred university-sponsored and other events in the U.S. and abroad. Powers has worked as a Fellow at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.; Head of Programs for Catholic Relief Services in Liberia; Chief of Party of a USAID / Conservation International rainforest conservation program in Bolivia; and Facilitator of the DFID / IUCN-World Conservation Union forest law-enforcement, governance, and trade dialogues project in Liberia. He holds international affairs degrees from Brown University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
DEVANAND RAMIAH, M.A.
Devanand Ramiah [Sri Lanka] is the Regional Team Leader for Asia Pacific in the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) of UNDP. In this capacity he provides advisory and program management services in the area of crisis prevention and recovery to countries in the region - Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Philippines etc. Before taking on this role Devanand served as the Conflict Prevention and Recovery Advisor for Asia Pacific for three years. Preceding his move to New York, Devanand served as the Peace and Development Specialist for UNDP Sri Lanka. His UN experience includes serving in the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions in Kosovo and East Timor. Prior to joining the UN, Devanand served as the Coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Analysis Unit at the Center for Policy Alternatives, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Devanand is a Fulbright scholar and holds a Masters degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Virginia, USA. Devanand is a peace building practitioner with training and teaching experience. He has served as visiting faculty for the Post Graduate Conflict Resolution Program of Bradford University, and the United Nations University for Peace. He currently co-teaches the Masters course on Applied Peace Building at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York. Devanand is a member of the Board of Reference for the Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding, EMU and an Associate at the Centre for International Conflict Resolution, SIPA.
PATRICK REED, Ph.D., J.D., M.A.L.D.
Dr. Patrick Reed has taught the politics of international economic relations and related subjects in the international relations program at NYU-SCPS since 1995. He is an international trade lawyer with the law firm of Simons & Wiskin. His law practice concentrates on U.S. international trade, customs, and import-export law, including international trade agreements such as the World Trade Organization agreements and the North American Free Trade Agreement. He regularly represents business clients in administrative proceedings before federal agencies responsible for international trade matters and in litigation in the U.S. Court of International Trade and other federal courts. Mr. Reed graduated from Indiana University. He received his law degree from Columbia University School of Law. He received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, with concentrations in international law and international economic relations. He is the author of a treatise on judicial review in international trade matters, The Role of Federal Courts in US Customs & International Trade Law (Oceana 1997). His most recent publication is "Relationship of WTO Obligations to U.S. International Trade Law: Internationalist Vision Meets Domestic Reality," 38 Georgetown Journal of International law 209-249 (2006).
JOHN P. RENNINGER, Ph.D., M.A.
Dr. John Renninger retired from the UN Secretariat in 2005 after 30 years of service. He is now an international consultant and lecturer. Beginning in 1992, Mr. Renninger occupied senior positions in the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), where he was the senior American. His last two positions were Director, Americas and Europe Division (2003-2005) and Director, Asia and Pacific Division (2001-2003). In these positions he provided political advice and helped shape the diplomatic initiatives of the Secretary-General, particularly regarding early warning, preventive action and peacemaking. He represented the United Nations at many meetings of other intergovernmental organizations, including the European Union, the Council of Europe and the OSCE. At UN headquarters he was intimately involved with the transition to independence in South Africa, where he served as an election monitor. He also helped plan the consultation leading to the independence of East Timor and played a key role in designing the UN mission dispatched to Afghanistan following the overthrow of the Taliban regime. From 1989 to 1992, he worked in the fields of inter-agency coordination and economic affairs. From 1974 to 1989 he was at UNITAR, eventually becoming Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Research. In this position he had many contacts with the academic world and authored various books, monographs, and articles concerning UN issues. Mr. Renninger attended Northwestern University (BA, political science), The George Washington University (MA. International Affairs) and the University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D., International Affairs). From 1969 to 1971 he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Piro Rexhepi is a scholar of East European Studies currently teaching at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Strathclyde, UK (2013). His area of study is in International Relations with subspecialties in Queer and Feminist Theories, Islam and Southeastern Europe. He is fluent in Albanian, Macedonian and Serbo-Croatian.
DAVID RICE, M.A.
David Rice teaches about Africa and international development at NYU's Center for Global Affairs, and conducts research on the impact of private capital investment on economic and social development in frontier markets. He spent the summer of 2013 a visiting faculty member at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
David is the Africa Advisor to the Milken Institute - an economic and financial industry think tank in California - and a contributing writer for Fortune magazine and Ventures Africa magazine on issues related to business and investment in Africa. He is also the senior managing director of Development Equity Partners, a consulting firm advising investors and corporations on how to invest in emerging markets to maximize both profit and regional prosperity.
Previously, Rice served as executive director of NYU's Development Research Institute, where he worked alongside global development economist William Easterly. Additional prior positions include working for the U.S. Government, the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Global Insight in Boston, and a microfinance organization in Malawi. He received his Master’s degree from Harvard University and has been a Fellow at the University of Vermont’s Snelling Center for Government and the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.
MAYA SABATELLO, Ph.D., LL.B.
Dr. Maya Sabatello is a human rights and international law specialist, and teaches at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and Columbia University’s Human Rights Program. Her fields of interest also include law and society, public policy, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and comparative politics and she has lectured on subjects including terrorism, torture, comparative human rights, politics of identity, disability, and bioethics. Dr. Sabatello has worked extensively with human rights organizations, and has been a permanent representative for a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations where she participated in the UN sessions on the formulation of the International Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, and in the UN's Working Group on Girls. Dr. Sabatello has published in journals including Human Rights Quarterly, The Journal of Medicine and Law, Disability and Society, and the International Journal of Children’s Rights. Her book, "Children's Bioethics: The International Bio-Political Discourse on Harmful Traditional Practices and the Right of the Child to Cultural Identity" (Martinus Nijhoff/ Brill Publishing) was published in 2009, and her book, “Voices From Within: Civil Society’s Involvement in the Drafting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” is forthcoming.
Dr. Sabatello has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California, an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a member of the Israeli Bar Association.
NADAV SAMIN, M.A.
Nadav Samin is an historian of the modern Middle East and a Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Transregional Research Fellow for academic year 2013-14. Mr. Samin specializes in the history, politics, and religious culture of the Arabian Peninsula, particularly Saudi Arabia. His writings on the politics and history of the modern Middle East have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Arab Media & Society, and other publications. Previously, Mr. Samin worked as an Arabic translator and media analyst, and taught a course on Islamist politics at Hunter College. Mr. Samin holds degrees from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and New York University. He will defend his Ph.D. dissertation at Princeton University in September of 2013.
ROGER SCHER, M.B.A., M.A.
Roger Scher is the Head of Country Risk for the Americas at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. He has had a long career as a Country Risk specialist in the private sector, government service and academia. He was a professor of international political economy and international relations at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University (2009-2012) and lectured in Country Risk at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) (2001-2009). He was Managing Director and Head of Latin American Sovereign Ratings at Fitch Ratings, overseeing this department from 2000-2007. He won the Fitch Credit Award for Coverage of Brazil, 2003. Mr. Scher was also Group Vice President and Head of Asian Sovereign Ratings at Duff & Phelps Credit Ratings Company during the Asian crisis (1997-2000), and an Associate Director for Sovereign and Bank ratings at Standard & Poor’s. He was the Head of Latin American Economic Research and Bank Analysis at S.G. Warburg. Mr. Scher is a General Securities Representative (FINRA’s Series 7 Examination).
Mr. Scher was a Foreign Service Officer and Vice Consul based at the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela. He was a Senior Market Analyst covering the German economy in the Foreign Exchange Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mr. Scher was also an aide to Senator Al Gore during his 1987-88 presidential bid.
He has written a column on the Rising Powers for Foreign Policy Blogs of the Foreign Policy Association. He was a member of the Board of Advisors of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor and a frequent contributor to the newsletter. He is also the author of three novels.
He holds the following academic degrees: Master of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with concentrations in American Foreign Policy and International Economics; Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in Finance; and, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Tufts University. He also attended the London School of Economics.
LISA SCHUMANN-PONTI, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Before entering the world of academe, Dr. Ponti worked for over 15 years in commercial banking as first a corporate credit analyst then as a corporate lending officer for the U.S. operations of international banking institutions. Her experience includes international trade lending in developed as well as developing European markets. Since leaving banking, Dr. Ponti has taught courses in corporate finance, as well as both microeconomics and macroeconomics. She is presently a member of Delti Pi Epsilon, American Educational Research Association, and the American Economic Association and serves as a member of the Policies Commission on Business and Economic Education.
Dr. Ponti received her doctorate from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and her MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Her research interests include financial and economic literacy among college students and the population at large.
ROBERT SEBER J.D., LL.M., J.S.D.
Robert Seber is a partner in the New York office of Vinson & Elkins LLP, one of the world’s leading energy law firms. He is a member of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions/private equity group. Robert has represented numerous buyout, hedge, and venture capital funds as well as corporate clients in different sectors of the energy industry and a broad spectrum of other industries, including technology and financial services. With extensive experience in all aspects of the transactional cycle of private investment funds, Robert advises investors and sponsor groups on key phases ranging from formation to buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, minority investments, and exit transactions. Robert attempts to make complex legal transactions more transparent for business audiences and frequently speaks at industry conferences. He graduated from the University of Vienna with the equivalent of a J.D. and obtained his LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Yale Law School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
CHRISTINE SHAW, Ph.D., M.A.
Christine Shaw worked for the United Nations from 1969 until recently. There she was engaged in analytical work geared toward both the diplomatic and academic communities. She served as Senior Economic Affairs Officer in the Development Policy and Planning Office of the Department for Economic and Social Affairs. She was the Department’s trade specialist, writing regularly for the UN’s World Economic and Social Survey, as well preparing policy-oriented papers and background material for the Committee for Development Policy and serving as a Report Writer for a number of United Nations World Conferences and Summits. For several years, she has been teaching courses in micro- and macro-economics and international economics at FIT/SUNY. A specialist in trade, development and globalization, she holds a B.A in Economics and Sociology from Harvard, an M.A. in Economics, Statistics and Demography from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. She is a member of the American Economic Association.
LISA SINGLETON, Ph.D., M.A.
Professor Singleton is a specialist in business and social protection issues. Her doctoral degree is in economic and political history, and she is most interested in social aspects of public finance and taxation, credit and insurance, labor, economic and social rights discourse, international aid and trade relations, and changes in the informal and SME sectors in Latin America, southern Europe, and MENA. She has been a Fulbright, Rotary, and William and Flora Hewlett fellow. She is currently completing a book on fiscal regimes for welfare in Mexico.
From 2008 to 2011, she served as public-private partnership focal point at the UN agency UNESCO, in Paris, France. She has worked in negotiation, management, and program monitoring and evaluation. She has taught internationally, in the business school of IPAG in France and the law and social science department of the Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico.
Earlier in her career, professor Singleton focused on cultural policy and administration. She has experience as a museum curator and archivist, as well as a Smithsonian fellow, and written about museum policy in Cuba after the “special period” and cultural policies at UNESCO.
JOSEPH STEPHANIDES, L.L.B., L.L.M.
Mr. Stephanides served with the United Nations Secretariat for 28 years. Before his retirement, he served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Georgia. He was based in Sukhumi where the United Nations Observer Mission(UNOMIG) maintained its operational headquarters. Prior to the above appointment, he served as Head of the Addis Ababa Office of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).
Mr. Stephanides` broad experience in UN Peacekeeping Missions includes service as Head of the Office of the UN Secretary-General in Iran(UNOSGI), in connection with the implementation of Security Council resolution 598(1987) on ending the war between Iraq and Iran and regional security issues. He also served as Head of the Kamanjab and Sesfontein Political Office of the United Nations Transition Assistance Group(UNTAG).The latter prepared the ground for Namibia`s independence by stabilizing the situation and supervising free and fair elections.
At the UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Stephanides served as Director of the Security Council Affairs Division, Department of Political Affairs, as Deputy Director of the same Division and Chief of the Sanctions Branch, as well as Chief of the Security Council Practices and Charter Research Branch. During his tenure, he actively encouraged improvements to the working methods and practices of the Security Council. He was instrumental in launching the Interlaken, Bonn-Berlin and Stockholm processes which greatly assisted the work of the members of the Security Council in applying better targeted and less injurious to civilian populations sanctions measures. He also encouraged members of the Security Council to favorably consider the appointment of panels of independent experts, who could be counted upon to expose patterns of violations of sanctions regimes.
Before his assignment to the Security Council Affairs Division, he served as Deputy Director of the West Asia Regional Division in the Department of Political Affairs. Other United Nations positions held by Mr. Stephanides, include the position of Senior Officer at the UN Centre for Science and Technology for Development, as well as Deputy Chief of the New York Liaison Office of the United Nations Human Rights Division.
As an Adjunct Professor of United Nations studies, he teaches Modern Diplomacy at the Long Island University, Graduate UN Certificate Programme. He is a member of the International Law Association (ILA) and a former member of the ILA Human Rights Sub- Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Sanctions and Security Research Program of the Fourth Freedom Forum and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Before joining the United Nations in September 1980, Mr. Stephanides held diplomatic postings with the Cypriot Foreign Service in Bonn, Washington D.C. and New York, including that of Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Mr. Stephanides holds an L.L.B degree from Athens University, School of Law and an L.L.M degree in International Legal Studies from New York University, School of Law. He pursued further postgraduate studies at Georgetown University, School of Law and at Bonn University, School of Law.
CHRISTOPHER WALKER, M.A.
Christopher Walker is Director of Studies at Freedom House, a non-governmental organization supporting democratic values and standards around the world, where he helps oversee a team of senior analysts and researchers in devising overall strategy for Freedom House's analytical publications. These projects include Countries at the Crossroads: A Survey of Democratic Governance; Nations in Transit: Democratization in East Central Europe and Eurasia; Freedom of the Press: a Global Survey of Media Independence; and Freedom in the World: The Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties. Professor Walker is responsible for generating special studies and reports, initiating task forces, and responding to critical news and democracy issues through statements and op-eds. Before joining Freedom House, he worked at the EastWest Institute and the European Journalism Network. He has contributed to a wide range of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Barron’s, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The National Interest, The Moscow Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Newsday. Walker received his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University, State University of New York, and Master's Degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
ABRAHAM WAGNER, M.A., J.D., Ph.D.
Abraham Wagner teaches in the areas of national security and intelligence with a major focus on issues related to cybersecurity and surveillance. His courses explore how the evolution of technology has impacted on the use of military force, development of national security strategy, and intelligence operations as well as cybersecurity and legal issues related to privacy and surveillance. Dr. Wagner serves as a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on National Security. Previously he served in the U.S. Government in a number of posts involving national security and intelligence for over 35 years. Outside of NYU he has also been an and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Columbia Law School; Visiting Professor at the UCLA School of Law; a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism; and serves as a consultant to several U.S. Government agencies.
JOHN M. ZINDAR, M.A., M.B.A.
John Zindar is a partner with American Business Organization, Inc., a transatlantic business development consultancy, and also with Strategic Ventures & Research Inc., a venture capital advisory group. He is also an advisory board member for Turtlesnap Ventures, Inc., a Baltimore-based technology transfer consultancy.
Zindar served ten years as a U.S. Army Intelligence officer with Meritorious Service, and acquired a very real-world foundation in training, psychological warfare and international negotiation & diplomacy. As a liaison officer with the British Military Intelligence Corps, he developed a special expertise in terrorism counter-action and low intensity conflict operations. Working in politics in Washington, D.C., he contributed to the conclusion of the 1993 peace treaty in El Salvador, lobbied for free trade initiatives, produced award-winning, PBS-broadcasted programs on third world conflict, and initiated a reforestation project in Guatemala. In addition to work as a free-lance journalist in Central America, Professor Zindar has spent nearly 20 years in business and economic development and international risk analysis under various consulting engagements in Europe, North America and Latin America. He has served as an advisor to the Minister of Economics of Germany, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama. He has also given expert testimony on the teaching of torture at the School of Americas before the U.S. Congress, and on the Western Sahara for the United Nations.
Professor Zindar has been published. in American Defense Monitor, Doing Business with Germany, Economist, International Herald Tribune, London First Magazine, Military Intelligence Review, The Times of London, Wall Street Journal Europe, and the Washington Business Journal. Zindar holds an MA in international economics and Latin American studies from The Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School, and a triple-major BA from Ripon College (Wisconsin) where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa.