Practitioners in Residence
The Practitioners in Residence initiative promotes interactions between MSFS students and leading practitioners in international affairs in order to advance students’ professional development. Every year, leading professionals in global affairs are selected to be MSFS Practitioners in Residence. These Practitioners mentor students and offer career guidance and advice through activities such as skills clinics, seminars, and career sessions.
As recognized experts in fields representing at least one of MSFS’s four academic concentrations (Global Politics and Security, Global Business and Finance, International Development, and Science, Technology, and International Affairs). Practitioners may also serve as guest lecturers in MSFS classes or as examiners for the spring MSFS final oral examinations.
Practitioners are expected to hold a graduate degree and possess a distinguished record of professional achievement and/or exceptional community service. Each spring, members of the MSFS Curriculum Committee nominate potential Practitioner candidates who, if selected, serve a one-year term from the start of the following fall semester.
The Practitioners in Residence initiative furthers MSFS’s stated mission to prepare women and men to be creative leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors of international affairs. By connecting with mentors in leading roles across the sphere of international affairs, our students will gain a deeper understanding of the various contexts of contemporary international relations.
2020-21 Academic Year Practitioners
2019-20 Academic Year Practitioners
2018-19 Academic Year Practitioners
United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees
Vice-Chairman of the Cohen Group and Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Former President and CEO of Human Rights First
Lead Public Sector Specialist, Governance Global Practice, The World Bank
Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Prudential Financial, Inc.
President of SW Associates, LLC