Advisory Board

The MSFS Advisory Board held its inaugural meeting on 2 June 2011. Designed to advise MSFS on issues relating to curriculum, career development, alumni relations and fundraising, the Board is composed of members representing the alumni, business, policy-making and student communities.

The Board meets annually at Georgetown University.


Honorary Members


Michael A. Samway is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program where he also leads an initiative on business, human rights and technology.  He's also a former visiting scholar at NYU business school where he focused on digital surveillance and online expression issues.  Michael was formerly vice president and deputy general counsel at Yahoo! where he led the international legal team, founded Yahoo!'s Business & Human Rights Program and was a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative.  Prior to that he practiced corporate and securities law at White & Case in the Latin American Practice Group.  Michael received his BSFS/MSFS from Georgetown in 1991, was a Fulbright scholar in Chile, and received his JD/LLM from Duke Law in 1996.  He has published commentary on law, business, human rights and technology and has testified before Congress on Internet Freedom.

King Felipe VI of Spain. After serving in Spain’s various branches of military, he has played a very active role in the promotion of Spain's economic and commercial interests and of Spanish language and culture in foreign countries. King Felipe VI earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1995.

Jonathan E. Baliff is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group Inc. Baliff joined the company as senior vice president and chief financial officer in October 2010. Prior to joining Bristow, Baliff was Executive Vice President at NRG Energy, where he led the development and implementation of NRG’s corporate strategy as well as acquisitions and business alliances. Prior to joining NRG, he was managing director in Credit Suisse’s Global Energy Group, where, since 1996, he advised energy companies on merger and acquisition assignments and project and corporate financings. Baliff started his business career at Standard & Poor’s Corp. and then J.P. Morgan’s Natural Resources Group. He served active duty in the U.S. Air Force for eight years from 1985 to 1993 in numerous assignments flying the F-4G Phantom, including the first combat missions during the first Gulf War. He retired with the rank of Captain. Mr. Baliff received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children.

Lisa Barry’s career spans 35 years of international government relations work in the public, nonprofit and corporate sectors in Washington, DC. Ms. Barry most recently served as Vice President and General Manager, Government Affairs at Chevron where she developed a strategic government affairs program that positioned the company as a leading player in Washington policy circles. Prior to joining Chevron, Ms. Barry was senior vice president, international public policy in Time Warner Inc.’s Global Policy Group where she developed and executed the global strategy and policy initiatives to advance the company’s international business and policy agenda. Ms. Barry also had a nine-year career at The Boeing Company, served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration at the Department of Commerce, and worked at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where she worked on aerospace trade policy issues. Ms. Barry began her career as a legislative/appropriations staff member for former Congressman Silvio O. Conte. Ms. Barry holds a Master’s Degree in Foreign Service, with high honors, from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Bates College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Jeff Bernstein is Chief Investment Officer at Partners Path Capital LLC. Previously, Mr. Bernstein served as a portfolio manager at HealthCor Partners as well as a partner at Galleon Group LLC, where he helped manage Galleon Group LLC’s $1.2 billion Diversified Fund. Mr. Bernstein has also worked with the New Media Fund, Keel Capital Management, Goldman Sachs, where he was a managing director, and as well as at the Bank of New York. Mr. Bernstein has served on the boards of corporations and community service organizations including Marquis Jet Partners and Beth Israel synagogue. For several years, he generously supported a program at Georgetown that provided graduate students with the opportunity to travel to developing countries in crisis to engage in development work. Mr. Bernstein received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Cornell University in 1983, and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1985.

Audrey Bracey Deegan is the Managing Director of Hudson Chesapeake. Previously, she was the Managing Director of the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning as well as the Interim President/CEO of Plan USA. Ms. Bracey Deegan’s career has spanned international business development, human resources and finance, and included senior positions at JPMorgan, McKinsey, Textron and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Ms. Bracey Deegan co-founded a women-owned strategy and organizational consulting firm that works with non-profits and founder-led companies. An honors graduate of Princeton University in International Politics, Ms. Bracey-Deegan earned her J.D. and Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown, where she specialized in international private transactions.

Diane Binder is Director of the Europe-Africa Program at the Aspen Institute France. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, she was Vice-President of International Development at Suez Environnement, a global leader in providing environmental services to municipalities and industrial clients around the world. Diane led the expansion of the Group's activities in developing countries and emerging markets, specifically in North and Sub saharan Africa. For ten years Diane advised and supported private and public sector clients to develop policies and channel business opportunities towards social and economic development in various French and international organisations including the European Investment Bank, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank, the French Development Agency and the OECD. Diane is the co-founder and Vice President of the International Forum for Peace and Reconciliation and part of the Steering Committee for the Europe-Africa Summit. She was selected in 2014 to take part in the Rising Talents Initiative by the Woman's Forum. Diane graduated from MSFS in 2008 with honors in International Business Diplomacy. She also trained towards an MSc in Management at E.M. Lyon in France.

Kelly Coffey is the CEO of the U.S. Private Bank at J.P. Morgan. Previously she led the Diversified Industries Investment Banking team at J.P. Morgan, covering clients in the Automotive, Transportation, Industrials, Aerospace and Defense sectors and chaired the company’s Reputation Risk Committee in North America. Until October 2010, Ms. Coffey was head of Corporate Derivatives Marketing and co-head of Corporate Finance Advisory in North America. Since joining the firm in 1989, Ms. Coffey has held various positions in the firm's Investment Bank, including in Equities, Mergers & Acquisitions and Fixed Income in the U.S. and Argentina. From 1998 through 2003, she led J.P. Morgan’s Corporate Equity Derivatives Marketing Team. After spending three years in a similar position at Goldman Sachs, Ms. Coffey re-joined J.P. Morgan in September 2006. Ms. Coffey is a leader of J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank’s Women’s Network, which actively works to attract, retain, develop and promote senior women at the firm. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Marymount School and the Knowledge is Power Program (“KIPP”), a public charter school in New York City. Ms. Coffey earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree with honors in International Business and Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1989. She graduated from Lafayette College with B.A. degrees in International Affairs and French. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Joe, and their daughter.

Jay Collins serves as Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking of Citigroup Inc. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Public Sector Group at Citigroup Inc. and as the Head of Central and Eastern Europe, India, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA), Global Banking at Citigroup. He was Deputy Head in Nikko Citigroup's Investment Banking Division, where he was responsible for integrating the second-largest Japanese investment bank with Citigroup's global business. He also served as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Head of Investment Banking for the Latin America Region and was in charge of Government Relations for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the largest international think tank in the U.S. He serves as the Chairman the Global Infrastructure Steering Committee at Citigroup and also serves as its Member of the Global Banking Operating Committee. Mr. Collins is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Chairman of the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee, the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Advisory Board at the U.A.E.’s Securities and Commodities Authority. Mr. Collins earned a Masters in International Business with Honors from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colorado College.

Herbert Cordt is Chairman and President of Cordt & Partner, an international corporate finance boutique in Vienna, Austria. He is presently also serving as Chairman of RHI AG, the Vienna stock market listed world market leader in refractories (Reuters: RHI VI, Bloomberg; RHI AV), and Chairman of Ebner Furnaces, the privately owned world market leader in industrial heating systems. After his executive banking career in Austria with two of the leading banks - the Austrian Postal Savings Bank and Österreichische Länderbank, Herbert has been associated with Citigroup as a member of Citi’s Advisory Board in Germany. Herbert actively supports a variety of non-profit organisations in Europe, eg ”Verein der Freunde der Diplomatischen Akademie, Wien”, has been awarded member of the Hall of Fame in the Diplomatic Academy, is a benefactor patron of “Theater in der Josefstadt” and a long time sponsor of the Vienna State Opera. In addition, Herbert is a founding investor of, the leading Austrian crowd funding platform for NGOs and other social projects. Just last year, he was an associate producer of “A Shtetl in the Carribbean”, a documentary about two European Jewish families surviving the holocaust and seeking refuge in the Carribbean. He is presently finalizing a new book on the impact and success of Austria’s industry in the past 60 years to be published in the fall of 2015.

Wendy Silberman Cutler joined the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) as Vice President and Managing Director of the Washington D.C. Office in November 2015. In these roles, she focuses on building ASPI’s presence in Washington — strengthening its outreach as a think/do tank — and on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade and women’s empowerment in Asia. She joins ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Most recently she served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, working on a range of U.S. trade negotiations and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. In that capacity she was responsible for the just-concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, including the bilateral negotiations with Japan. Ms. Cutler’s other responsibilities with USTR included bilateral trade relations with all TPP countries, U.S.-China trade relations, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum, and Trade and Investment Framework Agreements with countries ranging from Pakistan to the Philippines. Ms. Cutler held a number of positions at USTR since joining the office in 1988, working on both bilateral and multilateral issues. She was the Chief U.S. Negotiator for the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement and led the U.S. trade and investment agenda in APEC. She also negotiated a wide range of bilateral agreements with Japan on such issues as telecommunications, insurance, and semiconductors. She has extensive multilateral trade experience as the U.S. negotiator for the WTO Financial Services Agreement and several Uruguay Round Agreements. Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Cutler worked on trade issues at the Commerce Department. Ms. Cutler received her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University. She is married and has one son.

Steve Dwyre is a Managing Director at Lloyds Banking Group in London responsible for leading the Commercial Banking Industrials and TMT client coverage teams in the UK, North America, Europe, and AustralAsia. Prior to joining Lloyds Bank in April 2008 in New York, Steve worked for Standard Chartered Bank as head of their Global Corporates business for the Americas. During this time Steve worked closely with SCB’s businesses in Asia, Africa and the Middle East to deliver banking solutions to US and Latin American clients. Steve also worked at Citigroup where he held a variety of leadership, business development and corporate finance roles in the United States, Europe and the Emerging Markets including Poland, Tunisia and Gabon. His roles included acting as head of the Industrials and National Corporate Banking groups in New York, European Regional Sales Head for the Global Transaction Services business based in London, and Country Manager for the Corporate and Investment bank franchise in Finland. Steve serves on the Board for the Battery Dance Company of New York, helping them with their global outreach programs, and served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Neu Group, a US based knowledge exchange forum. Steve graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a Masters in International Business Diplomacy and Economics. He has three children and enjoys tennis, sailing and all water sports.

Maria Eitel is the founding President and CEO of the Nike Foundation of Nike Inc. She served as the Vice President and Senior Advisor for Corporate Responsibility at Nike Inc. Ms. Eitel served as the European Corporate Affairs Group Manager for Microsoft Corporation in Paris; as a Director of Public Affairs for Microsoft Corp. for Public Broadcasting; and as a Senior Manager of Communications and Community Relations at MCI Communications Corp. From 1989 to 1992, she served in the White House as the Deputy Director of Media Relations and later as a Special Assistant to the President for Media Affairs, and was an official spokesperson for the President. Ms. Eitel is a former Member of the National Academy of Sciences committee in monitoring international labor standards. Ms. Eitel has been a Director of Safeco Corp. since August 11, 2005. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Eitel serves as a Member of Advisory Council at Acumen Fund and Stanford Graduate School of Business. She also served as a Director of Portland General Electric Co. since July 8, 2004. Ms. Eitel was instrumental in forming and co-manages Nike's Corporate Responsibility Committee of the Board of Directors and has also been responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of Nike's environmental sustainability policy. Ms. Eitel works at Nike's Beaverton headquarters and resides in Seattle. Ms. Eitel received a B.A. in Communications and French from McGill University in 1983 and an M.S. in Foreign Service and International Developing Economies from Georgetown University in 1988.

Miguel “Mike” B. Fernandez currently serves as Chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, L.P., a private investment firm located in Coral Gables, Florida.  The firm focuses on investing in healthcare service companies nationwide.  He has been the Founder and/or majority shareholder of 25 healthcare related companies all of which have been sold to publicly traded companies.  He completed a 508 mile walk from France and Spain multiple times, in order to raise funds for a variety of children’s causes.  Over the past 20 years, he has contributed in excess of $100 million to charitable causes.  He is married to Constance Fernandez and has five children, four boys and one girl.

Drosten Fisher is the Director of International Business at SM&A. Previously, he was a Senior Consultant with the international strategy consultancy Monitor Group. Although based in Boston, in 2010 Mr. Fisher headed Monitor’s work in Abu Dhabi, where he ran a major project for the Department of Economic Development. In 2009, he was seconded to the Royal Hashemite Court to help His Majesty King Abdullah II with the writing of his memoir Our Last Best Chance. Before joining Monitor, Mr. Fisher was a researcher for former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet on his memoir, At the Center of the Storm. He was educated at Oxford and Georgetown (MSFS), speaks Arabic and has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jeffrey Gedmin is Chair of the Global Politics and Security Concentration at Georgetown MSFS. He is also a Senior Advisor at Blue Star Strategies, LLC and Co-Director of the Transatlantic Renewal Project at the World Affairs Institute and Journal. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Legatum Institute, a policy think tank, President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Director of the Aspen Institute Berlin, an independent non-profit and non-partisan organization for international affairs and transatlantic relations. He has also been a Resident Scholar and Executive Director of the New Atlantic Initiative at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Gedmin is a regular columnist for Die Welt. His articles on foreign and defense issues and U.S. public diplomacy including NATO, U.S.-E.U. relations, missile defense, and Balkan security, have appeared in the publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard,Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Suddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit. He is the author of The Hidden Hand: Gorbachev and the Collapse of East Germany (1992) and the editor of European Integration and the American Interest (AEI Press, 1997). Dr. Gedmin was Executive Editor and Producer of the award-winning PBS television program The Germans, Portrait of a New Nation. He has taught at Georgetown University and is an honorary professor at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Dr. Gedmin holds a Doctorate in German area studies and linguistics from Georgetown University, a Master's degree in German area studies and a Bachelor of Arts in music from American University in Washington, D.C.

Marc Grossman is Vice Chairman of the Cohen Group. Previously he was the U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is a longtime U.S. diplomat and career Foreign Service Officer. Among his many positions, Ambassador Grossman has served as Undersecretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs. Ambassador Grossman is a native of Los Angeles, California, and is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Clara as well as the London School of Economics, where he received his master's in international affairs.

Andrew Gundlach joined Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Advisers, LLC in September 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Andrew Gundlach was a partner at Artemis Advisors, an investment firm based in New York City. He formerly worked at Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan. Mr. Gundlach received his MBA from Columbia Business School and his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Trustee of the American Academy in Berlin.

Bailey Hand is a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to this position, she served as the Stability Operations Coordinator at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and held various other positions at the Pentagon. Previously, Ms. Hand worked for USAID in the Office of Transition Initiatives and was a Special Assistant, Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), Baghdad. Ms. Hand is a native of Wellesley, Massachusetts and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Michael Kim is the founder and Managing Partner of Cendana Capital, and Senior Advisor at Rustic Canyon Partners. Previously, Mr. Kim worked for Accelerator Venture Partners, Morgan Stanley’s Technology Mergers & Acquisitions Group, Chase Manhattan Bank, and IBM. Mr. Kim is a member of the LP Advisory Committees of IA Ventures, PivotNorth Capital and Freestyle Capital, and served on the boards of a number of venture-backed companies. Mr. Kim previously served on the boards of Lead21 and the Pacific Research Institute. He is a Trustee of the Asian Art Museum Foundation, where he serves on the Investment Committee. From 2004 to 2009, he served as a Trustee of the $16 billion San Francisco Employee Retirement System, where he was the Chairman of the Investment Committee and the President of the Board. Mr. Kim received a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University; a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University; and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Martin Kalin is the Founder and President of MK Trade Compliance Group. He has also worked as a Principal at GFC Crane Consultants, LLC as well as the Director at Lean Flame, Inc. He earned his BSFS at Georgetown University in 1982 and his MSFS in 1983.

Mark P. Lagon is President of Freedom House. From 2010 through 2014, Lagon was the Chair for Global Politics and Security at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, and adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was previously Executive Director and CEO of the leading anti-human trafficking nonprofit, Polaris. He earlier served at the State Department as U.S. Ambassador at Large, directing the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, from 2007 to 2009. He was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, with responsibility for human rights, humanitarian issues and United Nations reform. Lagon received a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown and an A.B. from Harvard University. He is the author of numerous articles on international affairs and co-editor of the recently released book Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions.

George Little is Partner of the Brunswick Group, leading the firm's Corporate Data and Privacy Practice. Prior to joining the Brunswick Group, Dr. Little was Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton and also served as the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon Press Secretary. In this senior leadership role, and as a direct report to the Secretary of Defense, Dr. Little advised military and civilian leaders, provided the public face on a wide range of priorities, and managed internal, national, and international communications on major DoD issues. Before working for the DoD, Dr. Little was Director of Public Affairs and spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency. There he served as a member of the CIA Director’s senior leadership team. Dr. Little also worked at the National Counterterrorism Center, where he was responsible for assessing US progress in fighting terrorists and for developing government-wide plans for countering the terrorist threat.

Deborah A. McCarthy, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is the current U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania. She was sworn into that office on February 5, 2013. Prior to holding this position, Ms. McCarthy was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, responsible for global economic engagement and negotiations (2010-2013). From 2008 to 2010, Deborah McCarthy served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, and from 2006 to 2008, Special Coordinator for Venezuelan Affairs. Previous appointments have been as Senior Advisor for Counter Terrorism from 2004 to 2006, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement from 2002 to 2004. Prior tours include Consul General in Montreal, Canada, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, and Economic Counselor in Paris, France and Port au Prince, Haiti. She also served as the financial economist at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy and at the U.S. Department of Treasury as well as desk officer for Guatemala. A Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. McCarthy is the recipient of the Presidential Merit Service Award, four Superior Honor Awards, and six Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards. Ms. McCarthy received a Bachelor’s in Economics at the University of Virginia, and both an M.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She also has a Certificate in Airline Strategic Management from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Ms. McCarthy speaks French, Spanish, Greek, Italian and Haitian Creole.

Kaia Miller Goldstein is a consultant advising private and public sector organizations in developing economies on competitiveness and economic development. She worked with the Cambridge-based consulting firm the Monitor Group as a leader in its Country Competitiveness Practice, and co-founded the spin-out OTF Group before founding Aslan Global, Inc. in 2001. Ms. Miller currently serves on the President of Rwanda’s Advisory Council, supporting the implementation of Rwanda’s long-term vision, and is an Associate at Harvard’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness led by Professor Michael E. Porter. Ms. Miller chairs the New England Board for the US Fund for UNICEF. She is a member of the Leadership Council for the Public Service Center at MIT and the Advisory Board for the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown, and serves on the boards of the Advent School in Boston and the Maranyundo Education Initiative for girls in Rwanda. Ms. Miller received her B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and her M.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. She is married with two daughters and lives in Boston, MA.

William Gyude Moore is currently the Minister of Public Works in Liberia. Previously, he was a Special Assistant to the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He returned to his native Liberia after graduating with a Master of Science in Foreign Service in 2009.

Scott Morse is an international trade regulation expert who has changed the ways in which governments and corporations reference foreign customs duty and tax information. In 1991, he acquired Eurotariff (GB) Ltd., a loose-leaf publisher in the U.K., and named it WorldTariff. At WorldTariff, which merged with FedEx in 2000, Mr. Morse leveraged his expertise in international trade regulation to pioneer digitized multi-country customs duty and tax data for worldwide use. Noteworthy among his licensees were the European Commission for the exporters of the EU, JETRO for exporters of Japan and SAP for exporters of multinational corporations. In 2006, Mr. Morse retired from his position as publisher of WorldTariff. Mr. Morse plays an active role in the Georgetown community, holding annual MSFS alumni salons at his home in San Francisco, promoting the first annual gathering of MSFS alumni at John Carroll Weekend in 2009 and creating a need-based scholarship fund for qualified MSFS students in 2001. In 2006, Mr. Morse was elected to the Georgetown University Board of Regents. In 2008, he started the Georgetown Technology Alliance, an organization that coordinates lectures and networking for professional alumni in Silicon Valley, and has arranged the alliance’s coast-to-coast “telepresence” forums in which alumni who manage technology corporations and current Georgetown students come together to discuss employment. Mr. Morse also serves as treasurer of the organization. A native of California, Mr. Morse graduated with a Master of Science in Foreign Service in 1983 and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

David Oxenstierna is Partner of North America Operations of The Capital Markets Company N.V. Mr. Oxenstierna has 15 years of experience in capital markets operations across asset classes and markets including the US, Latin America, UK, and Europe. He also has 8 years of corporate banking experience. Prior to joining Capco, he worked at Morgan Stanley in a variety of operations management roles in the London and New York offices, including global head of change the bank; Americas head of equity operations; head of Latin America, Mexico, and Canada operations; global head of cash equity operations; and global head of client service. Mr. Oxenstierna served as a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley since December 2005. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was with Citibank's Corporate Bank in the Global Transaction Services business in a variety of product management and operations roles across London, Continental Europe, and New York.

Peter Raymond is the US Leader of PwC's Capital Projects and Infrastructure business. He brings more than 20 years experience working around the world with public and private sector entities on the design, delivery and financing of large scale capital and infrastructure projects. Among his experience, he has served as advisor to the US Department of Transportation on the evaluation of transportation investment models, innovative project delivery and alternative financing mechanisms; as advisor to the Federal Transit Administration on their Public Private Partnership Pilot Program (Penta P), as advisor on the private sector development of the Trans-Texas Corridor and in similar capacity on other projects. Peter's experience in working with government and the financial services industry was recognized in 2010 when he was named one of the nation's top 25 consultants by Consulting Magazine. He received his MSFS from Georgetown University in 1990.

Jack Roepers’ experience spans multiple disciplines, including sales, marketing, international business development and financial and corporate management. His primary expertise is in offshore growth strategy and project development, with specific industry knowledge in the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) realms. He has led venture development and corporate expansion initiatives in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. As CEO of Bolivia's second-largest nationwide communications and internet services provider, Mr. Roepers was responsible for its corporate restructuring in the 2004-2005 period. He has also held positions including Senior Vice President for Corporate Development for a 10-nation Latin American Internet Services Provider; Vice President for Strategy and Ventures at Lockheed Martin Corporation for its telecom business; and Director for Offshore Telecom Operations for Sprint International and Global One. Prior to focusing on technology ventures, Mr. Roepers worked in the Investments unit of the Inter-American Development Bank. Mr. Roepers holds a Business Administration degree from Nyenrode University in The Netherlands, and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Philippe Sachs is the Global Head of Standard Chartered Bank’s public sector client coverage group, which includes ministries of finance, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, public pension funds, supranationals, and other development organizations. He previously built Standard Chartered Bank’s Sovereign Solutions & Advisory team, which focused on credit positioning and strategic capital markets solutions for sovereigns. Before Standard Chartered, Philippe headed Goldman Sachs’ Asia Pacific sovereign ratings advisory and country risk management group and worked in the securities division focused on sovereigns. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Philippe was a sovereign ratings advisor at JPMorgan Chase and a sovereign ratings analyst at Standard & Poor’s. Philippe has a Masters from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in international political economy.

Shéhérazade Semsar de Boisséson, French national born in Tehran (Iran), is the Managing Director of European Voice and majority owner and President of Selectcom Finance. Selectcom Finance is a holding company with various investments in Europe: Development Institute International (Dii), founded in 1993 has become the leading corporation in France elaborating C-level professional conferences and trainings; Dii agency, a leading content provider; and All on Stage, an on-line internship platform. In April 2013, Selectcom Finance acquired European Voice, the leading media in Brussels covering EU policy, founded by the Economist Group in 1995. Shéhérazade served on the Board of Governors (2003-2009) and the Board of Regents (2010-2013) of Georgetown University. From 2008 to 2010 Shéhérazade served on the Board of Directors of Femmes Forums, a leading women's club in Paris, France. She represents Dii at two French think thanks: the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales and Institut Montaigne. Shéhérazade holds her Bachelor and Masters degree in International Finance from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University class of 1990. She is married to Laurent de Boisseson and they have three children, Inés, Louise and Cyrus.

Scott Schlossel, Scott is currently Managing Director and Head of Global Energy Leveraged Finance at Citigroup's Global Investment Banking Division in New York. Following his graduation from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Georgetown Law School in 1994, he clerked for the United States District Court in Washington D.C., and then practiced corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisitions law for two years in New York with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis.  He then joined the global investment banking firm Lehman Brothers where he was Managing Director and Head of Global Natural Resources, Power, and Metals & Mining Leveraged Finance, and also worked in telecommunications, technology, industrials, and healthcare leveraged finance, as well as mergers and acquisitions, and proprietary trading. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Cheryl and three daughters.


Eileen Shields-West is an accomplished journalist, author, and philanthropist with a wide range of expertise in education, international affairs, and governance. Ms. Shields-West serves as chair of Refugees International, a leading non-profit organization aiding the displaced. Ms. Shields-West is on the Advisory Board of the Kashmir Relief Fund, begun by Farooq Kthwari, in the wake of the floods of September 2014. She is also a past chair of Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School. A dedicated advocate of humanitarian issues, she has traveled widely to places such as Darfur, South Sudan, Rwanda, the Congo, Thailand, and Cambodia for Refugees International. Ms. Shields-West worked extensively as a reporter for CNN, CBS News, Time, and Business International. She has written a book on political campaigns and edited another on 21stcentury schools called Choosing the Right Educational Path for Your Child: What are the Options?  She contributes to a blog for POLITIX on international matters and domestic politics and volunteers as a Bookpal in Washington, D.C. public schools.  Ms. Shields-West received a bachelor’s degree in education, history and social science from St. John’s University in New York and a master’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University.

Nancy E. Soderberg is President and CEO at Soderberg Global Solutions. She previously was President of the Connect U.S. Fund and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of N. Florida in Jacksonville. From 2001 to 2005, Ambassador Soderberg ran the New York office of the International Crisis Group as Vice President. From 1997 to 2001, she served as Alternate Representative to the United Nations as a Presidential Appointee, with the rank of Ambassador. From 1993 to 1997, Ambassador Soderberg served as the third ranking official of the National Security Council at the White House, as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Ambassador Soderberg publishes and speaks regularly on national security policy. Her second book, The Prosperity Agenda What the World Wants from America--and What We Need in Return (2008), written with Brian Katulis, argues for American leadership in tackling the world's challenges in exchange for the world assisting us with our threat. Her 2005 book, The Superpower Myth, analyzes the use of force and diplomacy over the last decade. She is a regular commentator on national and international television and radio, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also served as President of the Sister Cities Program of the City of New York from 2002 to 2006 and has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. In 1984, Ambassador Soderberg received a Master of Science Degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, concentrating on international economics and political risk analysis. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 1980 from Vanderbilt University.

Princess Ghida Talal, a holder of two honors degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, married Prince Talal of Jordan in 1991. The late King Hussein appointed her as his Press Secretary and asked her to establish the International Press Office of the Royal Hashemite Court. In 2001, King Abdullah appointed her as Chairperson of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation. As the wife of a cancer survivor and knowing firsthand the heavy toll that cancer takes on patients and their families, she has devoted herself entirely to the fight against cancer and is a dedicated fundraiser for the Foundation and passionate advocate for cancer patients. Princess Ghida, born Ghida Salaam in Beirut to a distinguished Lebanese political family, is a board member of the Institute of International Education’s ‘Scholar Rescue Fund’ and has been awarded its Humanitarian Award for International Cooperation. She has also served two terms on Georgetown University’s Board of Regents.

Josefina Urzaiz is the co-founder and owner of Hammock Boutique Inc, a socially responsible organization committed to the sustainable development of indigenous Mayans in Mexico. Hammock Boutique employs over 880 families in rural communities in a network of hammock weavers. In 2015, Hammock Boutique was honored as Best for the World for it’s social commitment with the community by B Lab. Josefina was selected to be featured under Lowe’s Companies Inc Supplier Diversity efforts. Hammock Boutique is a Fair Trade Member and a B Corporation Certified organization. In 2012, Josefina also launched Fundacion Cielo A.C., a non-profit organization dedicated to break the inter-generational property cycle in Mexico through education and empowerment of young women.  She received her Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 2007 and joined JP Morgan as an associate in the Investment Bank in New York. She started her career at Bancomex in Miami,  focused on promoting business relations between Mexico and the US. Josefina holds a B.S. in Business from Anahuac University.  She is married and lives in Washington, DC.

Jaap Westrik is a director at MG Capital Management L.P., a Manhattan-based private equity firm that manages real estate investments on behalf of family offices and high net worth individuals globally. Prior to MG Capital, Jaap was an associate at J.P. Morgan in New York. From 2011 to 2013, he worked in the Commercial Banking CEO Office, which oversees one of J.P. Morgan’s four business divisions. In this role, he supported the CEO in executing strategic initiatives and varied other management responsibilities. Jaap initially joined J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank in 2008 where he worked in the financial institutions risk group. From 2008 to 2010, he was member of a special situations team tasked with unwinding J.P. Morgan’s trading exposures to the Lehman bankruptcy. Jaap graduated from MSFS in 2008 with IBD honors. His undergraduate degree is from the Amsterdam School of Business.

Jorge Antonio Suarez is a current MSFS student with a concentration in Global Business and Finance. Jorge began his career in 2007 as a business analyst with Santander Private Banking Miami, evaluating the bank’s performance versus its objectives and taking part in several M&A deals and other special projects. In 2010 he moved to the New York office of Canepa Management, a global asset management company, to help build the firm’s in-house risk management and performance reporting systems. In 2011, Jorge founded Canepa’s Bermuda office, where he oversaw the firm’s back-office operations until enrolling at MSFS. Jorge received his B.S., summa cum laude, in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, and is particularly interested in private equity in frontier markets and investments in renewable energy and clean technology.