The MSFS Advisory Board, newly created in 2011, held its inaugural meeting on 2 June 2011 (agenda and minutes). Designed to advise MSFS on issues relating to curriculum, career development, alumni relations and fundraising, the Board is composed of 34 members representing the alumni, business, policy-making and student communities.
The Board meets annually at Georgetown University.
- Marc Grossman, Special Envoy for Pakistan-Afghanistan
- H.R.H. Prince Felipe of Spain, MSFS'95
- Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba of the United Arab Emirates, BSFS'98
Jonathan Baliff, MSFS’95, Senior Vice President, Bristow Group Inc.
Jeff Bernstein, MSFS’85, Portfolio Manager, HealthCor Partners
Audrey Bracey Deegan, JD/MSFS‘80, Managing Director, OMG Center for Collaborative Learning
Diane Binder, MSFS'08, Vice President of International Development at Suez Environnement
Victor Cha, Director of the Asian Studies Program, Georgetown University
Kelly Coffey, MSFS’89, Managing Director, JP Morgan
Chester Crocker, Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Wendy Silberman Cutler, MSFS’83, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Affairs, U.S. Trade Representative
Steve Dwyre,Managing Director, Lloyds Banking Group, Industrials and TMT
Drosten Fisher, MSFS’06, Case Team Leader, Monitor Group
Jeffrey Gedmin, Chief Executive Officer, Legatum Institute
Andrew Gundlach, BSFS/MSFS’94, Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Advisers, LLC
Bailey Hand, MSFS’03, Stability Operations Coordinator, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Michael Kim, MSFS’92, Founder and Managing Partner, Cendana Capital
Donald McHenry, Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Kaia Miller, MSFS’94, Founder, Aslan Global
William Gyude Moore, MSFS’09, Special Assistant to the President of Liberia
Alberto Mora, Harvard University's Fellow in Advanced Leadership Initiative
Scott Morse, BSFS’74 and MSFS’83, Board of Regents, Georgetown University, San Francisco, CA
Joe Nation, MSFS'85, Professor, Stanford University
David Oxenstierna, MSFS’89, Partner, Capital Markets, Capco
Jack Roepers, MSFS’82, Executive Managing Director, New Enterprise East Investment
Philippe Sachs, MSFS’02, Head of Sovereign Solutions & Advisory Capital Markets Solutions Group, Standard Chartered
Michael Samway, BSFS’90 and MSFS ’91, Former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Yahoo!
Pavneet Singh, MSFS’09, Senior Advisor to the Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs on the National Security Staff and the National Economic Council, The White House
Shéhérazade Semsar de Boisseson, MSFS’90, Managing Director of European Voice, President of Selectcom Finance
Nancy Soderberg, MSFS’84, President, Connect U.S. Fund
H.R.H. Princess Ghida Talal, MSFS’86, Chair, Board of Trustees, King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Jordan
Jaap Westrik, MSFS'08, Principal, MG Capital Management L.P.
- Brendan M. Foo, MSFS'15, Student Representative
Marc Grossman is currently 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.
Prince Felipe is the heir apparent to the Spanish throne. 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. Prince Felipe earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1995.
Jonathan Baliff is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Bristow Group Inc., a helicopter service provider for the offshore energy industry. Mr. Baliff was previously at NRG Energy Inc. There, he most recently served as Executive Vice President, Strategy. In that position, Mr. Baliff led the development and implementation of NRG’s corporate strategy as well as NRG’s efforts to enhance shareholder value through acquisitions and business alliances. Before joining NRG, Mr. Baliff spent twelve years with Credit Suisse in positions including Managing Director of the Global Energy Group. Previously, he held financial positions at J.P. Morgan and Standard & Poor’s. From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Baliff served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He was the Chief Pilot for Electronic Combat Operations in Spangdahlem, Germany from 1990 to 1993 and planned and led the first F-4G combat missions over Baghdad as part of "Desert Storm I," retiring 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.
Jeff Bernstein served as a portfolio manager at HealthCor Partners. Previously, Mr. Bernstein was a partner at Galleon Group LLC, where he helped manage Galleon Group LLC’s $1.2 billion Diversified Fund as well as the New Media Fund. Mr. Bernstein has also worked with 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 the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning. Prior to this, she served 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 a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown, where she specialized in international private transactions.
Diane Binder is Vice-President of International Development at Suez Environnement, a global leader in providing environmental services to municipalities and industrial clients around the world. Diane leads the expansion of the Group's activities in developing countries and emerging markets, specifically in North and Sub saharan Africa. For the past ten years Diane has 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, a member of the Aspen Institute in France, as 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 leads the Diversified Industries Investment Banking team at J.P. Morgan, covering clients in the Automotive, Transportation, Industrials, Aerospace and Defense sectors and chairs 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.
Wendy Silberman Cutler is the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Affairs. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy towards Japan and Korea as well as trade and investment initiatives in the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Since joining USTR in 1988, Ms. Cutler has held a number of positions, including Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for North Asian Affairs, as well as for Services, Investment and Intellectual Property. She has negotiated bilateral agreements on a wide range of issues, including telecommunications, insurance, transparency and semiconductors and was the U.S. Chief Negotiator for the 2007 KORUS free trade agreement. Ms. Cutler has extensive multilateral negotiating experience as the U.S. negotiator for the 1997 WTO Financial Services Agreement and the Uruguay Round Agreements on Rules of Origin and Import Licensing. Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Cutler worked at the Commerce Department from 1983 to 1988. Ms. Cutler received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and her B.A. 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.
Drosten Fisher is 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 was recently named Chief Executive Officer of the Legatum Institute, a policy think tank. Before taking this position, he was President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty for four years, where he directed broadcasting and operations in almost 30 languages. Previously, Dr. Gedmin was 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.
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 the Stability Operations Coordinator at the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Before starting this position, she served in various 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.
Kaia Miller is founder of Aslan Global, a Boston-based consulting firm advising entrepreneurs and government leaders in emerging markets on competitiveness and business strategy. Previously, she spent several years working with the Cambridge-based consulting firm The Monitor Group, and Aslan Global continues to collaborate with Monitor. Ms. Miller has advised public and private sector leaders in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East on issues related to competitiveness and economic development and has worked with entrepreneurs in dozens of industries to develop export strategies and global business networks. Ms. Miller is a board member of the Center for Middle East Competitive Strategy, a joint initiative of the nations involved in the Middle East peace process, and has advised the senior leadership of the World Bank on lending strategies for developing countries including Zambia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Romania and Bangladesh by facilitating national dialogues on the countries’ long-term visions. She has developed and taught several seminars on economic competitiveness and business strategy and is regularly invited to speak about competitiveness, emigrant networks and economic development. Ms. Miller has authored “Emigrant Community Networks: An Underutilized Opportunity for Developing Countries,” and “Prosperity Creators: Listening to Businesspeople in Developing Countries.” She is an adjunct professor and member of the Executive Committee for the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University. Ms. Miller received her B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
William Gyude Moore currently is 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.
Alberto Mora is the Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Mars Inc. Previously, he served as the Vice President and General Counsel of Walmart Stores, Inc. International Division. Between 2001 and 2005, Mr. Mora was the General Counsel of the Navy, the Navy’s top civilian legal position. He has also served as Foreign Service Officer and a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Mr. Mora is on the board of Directors for Human Rights First, an international human rights organization. Mr. Mora graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and earned a J.D. from the University of Miami.
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 which 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.
Joe Nation is a Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Stanford University. He directs the graduate student Practicum in public policy and teaches policy courses on climate change, health care and California state issues. His current research is focused on public finance and public employee pensions. He is also a Principal at his own consulting firm, where his clients include RAND, PG&E and others. Nation was elected to the Marin Municipal Water District Board in 1992 and served two terms as Board President. From 2000-2006, he represented Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties in the California State Assembly. Born and raised in Texas, he worked as a newspaper delivery boy, dishwasher/bus boy, waiter, cook, grocery clerk and eventually a Pan Am flight attendant to put himself through college. After attending a junior college for three semesters, he transferred to the University of Colorado (CU), earning a B.A. in Economics, German and French and later, a Master's in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, Nation worked for both Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger. Nation subsequently received a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School; he then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford. During his tenure, Nation authored 50 bills that were enacted into law. In the Assembly, he focused on legislation that improves education, the environment, health care and transportation. He was named Legislator of the Year by the California County Boards of Education (2005), the California School Counselors (2003); California Society of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery (2004), Certified Public Accountants (2002), and the Charter School Association (2002). Nation was the principal co-author of AB 32, California's Global Warming Solutions Act. Nation was the sole legislative representative chosen to represent California at the 2006 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Nairobi. Nation has 22 year old twin daughters, Kristen and Lexi, who are attending California public colleges. He lives in Corte Madera and with his wife Gizelda and their daughter Mariana.
David Oxenstierna is a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley's Institutional Securities division where he is responsible for Latin American operations and infrastructure as well as for Strategic Initiatives for global securities products. Prior to his current responsibilities, Mr. Oxenstierna was head of Equity Operations for the Americas, having previously served in a variety of other New York and London-based roles. From 1990 to 1998, he was a London-based Vice President in Citibank's Corporate Bank with responsibilities in product management, client service, quality management and operations. Mr. Oxenstierna is a native of Sweden and holds a Bachelors and a Master's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a Master's in Finance from the London Business School. He has a son and two daughters and is married to Dr. Maria Teresa Oxenstierna, CDR USNR and a Managing Director at Bank Street, a Stamford, CT based investment bank.
Jack Roepers’ experience spans across 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 Global Head of Standard Chartered Bank’s Sovereign Solutions and Advisory Group and Head of Capital Market Solutions for all of the Middle East and Africa based in Dubai. Prior to his current position, Mr. Sachs worked for Standard and Poor’s Sovereign Rating Groups in Latin America and Asia and J.P. Morgan Chase’s and Goldman Sachs' Country Risk Analysis and Advisory groups.
Michael A. Samway is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program and leads an initiative on business, human rights and technology. He is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU’s Stern School of Business, focusing on digital privacy and surveillance issues. Samway spent ten years at Yahoo! and was a vice president and deputy general counsel. While at Yahoo!, he led the international legal team, founded Yahoo!’s Business & Human Rights Program, and was a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative. Previously, he practiced corporate and securities law at White & Case in the Latin America Practice Group. Samway earned his BSFS/MSFS from Georgetown University in 1991, was a Fulbright scholar in Chile, and earned his JD/LLM in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law in 1996. He has published commentary on international business, law and human rights and has testified before Congress on Internet freedom.
Pavneet Singh is the Senior Advisor to the Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs on the National Security Staff and the National Economic Council at the White House. In this role, he provides policy advice and support to the DNSA on a range of issues, including trade, investment, climate change, energy and development, as well as the G-8, G-20 and APEC leader level summits. Prior to government, Pavneet worked at the China Center at the Brookings Institution and served on the Secretariat of the Commission for Growth and Development at the World Bank. He holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley.
Shéhérazade Semsar de Boisséson, French national born in Tehran (Iran) in 1968, is 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. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Masters of the School of Foreign Service and has joined the Board of Directors of Georgetown University since July 1st, 2013. 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.
Nancy E. Soderberg is the President of the Connect U.S. Fund. She previously was 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.
Jaap Westrik is a Principal at MG Capital Management L.P., a Manhattan-based private equity firm that manages real estate investments on behalf of high net worth individuals globally. Prior to his current position, he spent nearly five years at J.P. Morgan in New York. Most recently, he was an associate in the Office of the CEO of Commercial Banking, which oversees one of the bank’s four main business divisions with nearly $7 billion in annual revenue. In this capacity, he supported the CEO and his management team in developing and executing strategic initiatives and a variety of other management responsibilities. Jaap initially joined J.P. Morgan in 2008 in the investment banking division, where he worked in the financial institutions risk group covering banks, securities firms and asset managers. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he was at ING Corporate Finance in London, the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington D.C. and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo. Jaap graduated from MSFS in 2008 with honors in International Business Diplomacy. His undergraduate degree is from the Amsterdam School of Business.
Brendan M. Foo is a current MSFS student with a concentration in Global Politics and Security. He comes to Georgetown from the World Policy Institute, a New York City-based international affairs think tank, where he worked on issues including urban informality, India in the 21st century, and entrepreneurship ecosystems. He has also worked as a journalist for the Singaporean Ministry of Defence and in diplomatic missions of Singapore and Iraq. Brendan received his B.A., summa cum laude, in International Studies and Political Science from Fordham University, and is particularly interested in the fields of political risk and international business-government relations.