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


  • Jonathan Baliff, MSFS’95, President and CEO, Bristow Group Inc

  • Lisa Barry, MSFS’79, Senior Advisory to Fontheim International, LLC

  • Diane Binder, MSFS'08, Vice-President International Development, Africa-Middle-East-India Business Unit, SUEZ

  • Kelly Coffey, MSFS’89, CEO, U.S. Private Bank, JP Morgan

  • Jay Collins, MSFS’89, Vice-Chair for Corporate and Investment Banking, Citi

  • Herbert Cordt, MSFS'74, Chairman and President, Cordt & Partner

  • Chester Crocker, Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

  • Wendy Silberman Cutler, MSFS’83, Vice President and Managing Director - Washington D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute

  • Steve Dwyre, MSFS'84, Former Managing Director, Industrials and TMT, Lloyds Banking Group

  • Maria Eitel, MSFS’88, President and CEO, Nike Foundation

  • Drosten Fisher, MSFS’06, Principal - New York Office, Boston Consulting Group

  • Jeffrey Gedmin, Ph.D. '90 (German), Senior Advisor at Blue Star Strategies, LLC 

  • Andrew Gundlach, BSFS/MSFS’94, Director, Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Advisers, LLC

  • Stan HumphriesMSFS '93, Chief Analytics Officer, Zillow Group

  • Martin Kalin, MSFS’83, President, MK Trade Compliance Group

  • Michael Kim, MSFS’92, Founder and Managing Partner, Cendana Capital

  • Mark Lagon, Ph.D. '91 (Government), Centennial Fellow, Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service

  • George E. Little, Ph.D. '00 (Government), Partner, Corporate Data and Privacy Practice, Brunswick Group

  • Deborah McCarthy, MSFS’79, US Ambassador to Lithuania

  • Donald McHenry, (ret.) Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

  • Kaia Miller Goldstein, MSFS’94, Founder, Aslan Global, Inc

  • W. Gyude Moore, MSFS’09, Minister of Public Works, Liberia

  • Scott Morse, BSFS’74 and MSFS’83, Private Investor

  • David Oxenstierna, MSFS’89, Partner, Capital Markets, Capco

  • Peter Raymond, MSFS’90, Practice Leader for PwC's Public Sector Financial Services (PSFS) and Capital Projects & Infrastructure (CP&I) practice in the Americas

  • Philippe Sachs, MSFS’02, Global Head Corporate & Public Affairs at Bridge International Academies

  • J. Scott Schlossel, MSFS/JD '94, Managing Director, Global Investment Banking, Citigroup, New York

  • Drew Scoggins, MSFS'04, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Millennial Energy Partners

  • Shéhérazade Semsar de Boisseson, BSFS'89 and MSFS’90, Managing Director, European Voice and President of Selectcom Finance

  • Eileen Shields-West, MSFS'67, Chair, Refugees International

  • Nancy Soderberg, MSFS’84, President and CEO, Soderberg Global Solutions

  • H.R.H. Princess Ghida Talal, MSFS’86, Chair, Board of Trustees, King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Jordan

  • Josefina Urzaiz, MSFS’07, Co-Founder, Hammock Boutique

  • Jaap Westrik, MSFS'08, Managing Director, MG Capital Management L.P.

  • Peter Lee, MSFS'19, Student Representative

Michael A. Samway is President of The Business and Human Rights Group, a consultancy focusing on business and human rights in the technology sector.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, a senior lecturer at Duke Law School, and a former visiting scholar at the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern School of Business 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 in comparative and international law 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.

Diane Binder  is an experienced business executive and advisor with 15 years of international experience in consulting and corporate environments, international organizations and NGOs, with a focus on developing policies and channeling business opportunities towards social and economic development. She has done so in various contexts, including the French Caisse de Dépôts private equity firm, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Investment Bank, and as a consultant for institutions such as the World Bank, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the OECD.

 Diane is currently working as Vice-President of International Development at SUEZ Group, a global leader in providing water and waste treatment services to municipalities and industrial clients around the world. As such, she is in charge of developing the Group’s activities in developing countries and emerging markets, more specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Near East.

 Diane is the president and co-founder of Action Emploi Réfugiés, a leading French start-up organization that aims to facilitate refugees’ access to jobs through an online platform. She was previously engaged as co-founder of the International Forum for Peace, an organization fostering political dialogue and economic cooperation in the Middle East, Secretary General of IPEMed, a leading Euro-Mediterranean think-tank and Director of the Aspen Institute Europe-Africa Program.

 In 2014, Diane was recognized as “Rising Talent” by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and by the French leading newspaper Les Echos as part of the “French touch”, the 100 personalities promoting France abroad. Diane trained towards an MSc in Management at EM Lyon (France) and earned an MSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (Washington DC, US). She also graduated from Georgetown with an Honor Certificate in International Business Diplomacy.

Kelly Coffey is CEO of J.P. Morgan’s U.S. Private Bank, one of the largest providers of wealth management services with more than $650 billion in client assets. She is a member of the Global Wealth Management Operating Committee and also serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Asset Management Women’s Network.

 Prior to joining the Private Bank, Kelly spent over 20 years in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank, where she most recently led the Diversified Industrials Investment Banking group covering clients such as Ford and United Airlines. She held a variety of leadership positions in the Investment Bank, including head of Equity, FX & Interest Rate Derivatives Marketing and Corporate Finance Advisory in North America. Kelly began her career in Mergers & Acquisitions and spent six years working in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also chaired J.P. Morgan’s Reputation Risk Committee in North America and led the Investment Bank’s Women’s Network. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and French from Lafayette College, and holds a Masters of Science in Foreign Service with a concentration in International Business from Georgetown University. Kelly is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Marymount School, and sits on the boards of the Central Park Conservancy, and Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a public charter school in New York City. Kelly lives in New York City with her husband and 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.

Chester Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and serves on the board of its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Dr. Crocker’s teaching and research focus on international security and conflict management. From 1981 to 1989, Dr. Crocker served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. He developed the strategy and led the diplomacy that produced the treaties signed by Angola, Cuba, and South Africa in New York in December 1988. These agreements resulted in Namibia’s independence (March 1990) and the withdrawal of foreign forces from Namibia and Angola. President Ronald Reagan granted him the President’s Citizens Medal, the country’s second highest civilian award. 

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 former 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.

Drosten Fisher is a Principal in the New York office of Boston Consulting Group (BCG).  He has worked with a variety of U.S. and international government departments and agencies in areas relating to strategy, policy, economic competitiveness, and organizational effectiveness and is a core member of BCG's Public Sector and Industrial Goods practice areas. He has also worked with a variety of aerospace and defense clients on international strategy and business development. Before joining BCG, Drosten had over a decade of strategy consulting experience, primarily at the Monitor Group. He also worked at Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund, on the Sovereign Wealth Fund team serving clients in the Middle East and Asia, and has been a researcher and ghostwriter on books by former CIA Director George Tenet and His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. Drosten was educated at Oxford and Georgetown (MSFS), speaks Arabic and has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jeffrey Gedmin is 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.

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.

Stan Humphries is the Chief Analytics Officer and Chief Economist at Zillow Group, an online platform that works with tens of thousands of real estate agents, lenders and rental professionals, helping maximize business opportunities and connect to millions of consumers. Humphries also serves as a member of the Commerce Data Advisory Council at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Davidson College, a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia. 

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, President of GFC Consultants, Inc., Founder & Managing Member of the Trade Compliance Group, Publisher of the Export Practitioner, and Director of SmartSenseCom.

Marty is an entrepreneur who has founded and operated a number of ventures in the international trade services and energy technology fields including:  MK Data, which was recently acquired by Descartes Systems (DSGX), MK Technology (now the "Trade Compliance Group"), Gilston Kalin Communications, the publisher of the "the Export Practitioner", GFC Crane Consultants Inc., a gantry crane maintenance company, and SmartSenseCom (a tunnel and drone detection technology company) .

He is a Trustee of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, a Washington DC based think tank and serves on three advisory boards:  LearnServe International, Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service MSFS advisory board and the advisory board of the American Friends of Hebrew University. He has also been a member of EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) for 14 years.

Marty and his wife Andrea Kalin also have a documentary film company called “Spark Media”, which has produced over 30 award winning documentary films and advocacy pieces.  Most recently, Marty is the Executive Producer of “Red Lines”, an award winning documentary film about the conflict in Syria.  Red Lines was the winner of Best Documentary Feature at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2014, The film also garnered the Gold TIVA-DC Award, a Gold Pixie Award for the animated closing credits, the Tiburon International Film Festival Humanitarian Award.  three IndieFEST awards including the Humanitarian Award, and the Award of Excellence,  the Global Film Humanitarian Award, and most recently the Ramdam Film Festival Most Disturbing Film Award. The Kalin’s next film is about the 1948 revolution in Costa Rica called First Lady of the Revolution, the Story of Henrietta Boggs, which will premiere in San Jose in September 2016.

Marty earned a Bachelor in Science and a Master in Science from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.   His 22 year old son, Yoni Kalin, currently attends the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. 

Mark P. Lagon is Distinguished Senior Scholar and Centennial Fellow at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. 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 is an international security strategist with over 30 years of experience in leadership, teamwork and negotiations at senior levels in Europe, the Western Hemisphere and the U.S.   Until November, 2017, she was the Executive Director of the Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  She served as the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania (2013-2016).  Previously (2010-2013) she was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State, leading high level negotiations to advance U.S. economic interests.   Ms. McCarthy also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Greece and the U.S.  Embassy in Nicaragua.  In Washington, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Senior Advisor for Counter Terrorism and Special Coordinator for Venezuela. Other posting include:  Consul General in Montreal, Economic Counselor U.S. Embassy Paris, Financial Economist U.S. Embassy Rome and assignments in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  Ms. McCarthy received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a double Masters in Economics and Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She is active on social media on U.S. foreign policy (Twitter: @Amb_DMcCarthy) and is an experienced public speaker. She is a member of the Atlantic Council, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, the International Women’s Forum and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group.  She  also serves on the Policy Council of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.    

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. Today it is known as FedEx Trade Networks WorldTariff.   Noteworthy among his licensees were the European Commission for the exporters of the EU, JETRO for exporters of Japan and SAP’s customers 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 2007, he started the Georgetown Technology Alliance with Bud Colligan F’76. Mr. Morse graduated with an MSFS in 1983 and a BSFS in 1974 from Georgetown University.

David Oxenstierna is Senior Partner at Capco (The Capital Markets Company), a leading consultancy exclusively dedicated to the financial services industry with over 3500 consultants globally.  Capco is a fully owned subsidiary of FIS, the largest FinTech company in the world.  At Capco, Mr. Oxenstierna leads the Capital Markets practice, serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, and helps develop the firm’s strategy on market leading solutions including topics such as the application of blockchain technologies to the capital markets.  Prior to Capco, Mr. Oxenstierna was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, serving for 15 years in a variety of roles in the Institutional Securities division in London and New York.   His experiences at Morgan Stanley includes most global markets and across asset classes ranging from equities to complex derivative products.  His responsibilities during his career at the firm included Global Head of Change Management, Global Head of Equity Operations, and Head of Americas Operations.    Prior to Morgan Stanley he worked for 8 years in Corporate Banking at Citibank, in variety of product and general management roles across London, Continental Europe, and New York.  Mr. Oxenstierna is a native of Sweden, served as a Reserve Officer in the Swedish Special Forces, graduated from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in 1987 and from the Masters in Foreign Service program in 1989.  He also graduated from the London Business School in 1995 with a Masters in Finance.   He has a son and two daughters and resides in Greenwich, CT with his family.

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.

Philippe Sachs is the Global Head of Corporate & Public Affairs at Bridge International Academies. Previously, he served as 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.

Scott Schlossel 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.

Drew Scoggins is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Millennial Energy Partners and the firm’s various managed funds, operating subsidiaries and investment vehicles. Under his guidance, the firm has secured private equity capital in excess of $300 million and directly invested in oil and gas assets through eight discreet investment vehicles. Prior to Millennial, Drew led BG Group plc’s commercial and technical teams on oil and gas investments, which included upstream and midstream acquisitions and joint ventures in the Haynesville shale, Marcellus shale and British Columbia. Furthermore, Drew led deal teams on liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Chile, British Columbia and Equatorial Guinea. Drew also served in operational roles with BG Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to joining BG, Drew was Strategic Planning Manager and Community and Public Relations Manager with Marathon Oil in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. Drew began his career with Bechtel Corporation as Project Controls Engineer, also in Equatorial Guinea.  He received his bachelor of science degree in Economics and History from Vanderbilt University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree from Georgetown University.

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.

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 has served in the White House as Deputy National Security Advisor (1993-97) and as an Ambassador at the United Nations (1997-2001). She is currently President and CEO of Soderberg Global Solutions and Director of the Public Service Leadership Program at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL.  She was appointed by President Obama to serve as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board (2011-2014).  She has also previously served as President of Connect U.S. Fund, as Vice President of the International Crisis Group, and on the Board of the Jacksonville Port Authority. She was an advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and worked on four presidential campaigns.  She is a regular commentator on national and international television and radio, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of numerous articles on American foreign policy and two books: “The Prosperity Agends” (2008) written with Brian Katulis, and the Superpower Myth (2005).  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.  At MSFS, she met her mentor, Madeleine Albright, who encouraged her to get involved in politics.

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 employing over 880 families in rural communities in Mexico. In 2015 and 2016, Hammock Boutique was honored "Best for the World" for it’s social commitment. In 2015, Josefina was honored with the “World of difference award” by Hammock Boutique is a Fair Trade Member and a B Corporation Certified organization. In 2012, Josefina 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.  Josefina is member of the AEMDC Board (Association of Mexican Businessman in the US) and a member of the board of AMxPAC. 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, has one son and lives in Washington, DC.

Jaap Westrik is a management consultant based in New York. From 2013 to 2018, he was managing director at MG Capital Management L.P., a boutique private equity investment firm. He sat on the company’s Investment Committee and acted as its COO. Prior to MG Capital, Jaap was at JPMorgan Chase for five years. Most recently, he worked in the CEO Office of Commercial Banking, one of JPMorgan’s four lines of business with $7 billion in annual revenue and 6,500 employees. In this role he supported the CEO and his management team in developing and executing strategic initiatives and growth ventures. Jaap joined JPMorgan’s Investment Bank in the financial institutions risk group at the peak of the credit crisis in August 2008. During his first 18 months on the job, he was part of a special situations team tasked with unwinding JPMorgan’s $30 billion in trading and financing exposures to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. Jaap graduated from MSFS with honors in International Business Diplomacy. His undergraduate degree is from the Amsterdam School of Business.

Peter Lee is a second year MSFS student and Student Representative on the MSFS Council.  Before coming to Georgetown, Peter spent 3 years working in marketing and consulting in South Korea and the UAE.  Peter is studying Global Politics & Security at MSFS and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.