MSFS’90, Board Co-Chair, (ret.) Practice Leader for PwC’s Public Sector Financial Services (PSFS) and Capital Projects & Infrastructure (CP&I) practice in the Americas
Peter Raymond was the US Leader of PwC’s Capital Projects and Infrastructure business and continues to serve as an advisor to the firm. 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.
MSFS’07, Co-Founder, Cielo Hammocks; Board Co-Chair
Josefina Urzaiz is the co-founder and CFO of Cielo Hammocks a socially responsible organization Fair Trade and B Corp Certified. She’s also the Co-founder and Director of Cielo Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promote gender equality and alleviate poverty in artisan communities. Urzaiz was formerly an Investment Banker at JPMorgan.
MSFS ’95, Summit Energy Holdings, LLC
Before joining Summit Energy ,Jonathan E. Baliff was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group Inc. 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.
MSFS ’79, Retired Vice President & General Manager, Government Affairs, Chevron Corporation
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.
JD/MSFS ’91, Partner and Co-Head of Emerging Markets, Dechert LLP
Laura Brank is a partner at Dechert LLP, an international law firm. She has advised corporations, investment funds, financial institutions, and high net worth individuals on complex cross border corporate and finance transactions, as well as regulatory and sanctions compliance issues, in emerging markets for the past three decades. She was previously the managing partner of Dechert’s Moscow office and prior to that headed the CIS Practice of another global law firm. She has lived in Germany, Russia and the UK during her career and currently splits her time between London and Washington, DC. Laura served in the U.S. Army as a Russian linguist prior to attending law school.
Michelle Denise Carter
MSFS ’96, U.S. Foreign Service Officer and international development/humanitarian
Michelle Carter is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and is based in Europe. Previously, she worked for twenty-two years with CARE International, a humanitarian and international development organization providing disaster relief and fighting poverty around the world. Michelle has worked in Haiti, Rwanda, a regional role covering East and Central Africa, Mozambique, Burundi, Lesotho, and South Africa. She is fluent in French, Portuguese, German and Haitian Kreyol.
MSFS’89, Vice-Chair for Corporate and Investment Banking, Citi; Adjunct Associate Professor
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.
MSFS’74, Chairman and President, Cordt & Partner
Herbert Cordt is the chairman and president of Cordt and Partner, an international corporate finance boutique in Vienna. Presently he also serves as the chairman of RHI Magnesita, the world market leader in refractories listed at the London stock exchange. In addition, Herbert serves on the board of several private companies. He has been a donor of the Vienna State Opera for many years.
MSFS’84, Former Managing Director, Industrials and TMT, Lloyds Banking Group
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.
Founder, Nike Foundation
Maria Eitel is Founder and Chair of both the Nike Foundation, The Girl Effect. She was founding VP of Corporate Responsibility for Nike. She is an expert in corporate responsibility and girls and women’s issues. 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.
W. Gyude Moore
MSFS’09, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development;
W. Gyude Moore is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. He previously served as Liberia’s Minister of Public Works with oversight over the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure from December 2014 to January 2018.
Global Markets Strategist
Colin Fenton is the head of commodities research at 22V Research, which received the #1 ranking in the independent macro category in Institutional Investor’s latest annual poll. Previously, he was the global head of commodities research and chief commodities strategist for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. There, he was a member of the management committee that supervised the work of about one thousand research analysts worldwide across all asset classes and sectors. He has served as a managing director at Duquesne Capital Management, the chief intelligence officer of Ospraie Management, and the founder and managing partner of Curium Capital Advisers. Fenton began his Wall Street career as an original member of the commodities research group at Goldman Sachs.
MSFS ’03, CRD Officer, World Justice Project; Adjunct Professor
Paul Fisher is Chief Resource Development Officer at the World Justice Project and was formerly a senior leader at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and at the Organization for American States where he focused on human rights and social and economic development programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Paul also worked as a foreign service legal officer in Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and prior to that practiced international trade, commercial, and maritime law. Paul is also an adjunct professor in the MSFS Program.
H.R.H. King Felipe VI of Spain
MSFS ’95, Honorary Board Member
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.
Brendan M. Foo
MSFS ’15, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Forward Risk; Partner, Avisa Partners
Brendan is a founder of Forward Risk, a corporate investigations, intelligence, and risk advisory firm that was acquired by Paris-headquartered Avisa Partners in late 2022. He specializes in contests for corporate control, and advises activist investors and issuers in proxy battles, hostile takeovers, and other shareholder activism situations. Brendan also serves as a Director-at-Large at the Capital Rowing Club in Washington, DC.
Kaia Miller Goldstein
MSFS ’94, Founder, Aslan Global, Inc
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.
Amb. S. Fitzgerald Haney
BSFS/MSFS ’91, Group Partner, Head of Strategic Development, Viola Group; former US Ambassador to Costa Rica
S. Fitzgerald Haney is a Group Partner at Viola Group, Israel’s leading technology-focused investment group with $3B AUM. From 2015 to 2017, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica.
MSFS’83, President, MK Trade Compliance Group
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).
Amb. Mark Lagon
Ph.D.’91, Chief Policy Officer at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Adjunct Professor
Mark P. Lagon is Chief Policy Officer at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as Adjunct Professor for MSFS in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and Senior Fellow at The Trinity Forum. He was a Centennial Fellow in the SFS 2016-2017. Previously he was President of Freedom House, a renowned human rights organization founded in 1941. From 2010-2014, he was Global Politics and Security Chair at MSFS. He co-edited the volume by MSFS faculty and alumni, Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions. Earlier, he was CEO of the leading U.S. anti-human trafficking non-profit, Polaris, and Ambassador-At-Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State.
Amb. Deborah McCarthy
MSFS’79, Visiting Senior Fellow, Finnish Institute for International Affairs; former US Ambassador to Lithuania
Ambassador (ret) Deborah A. McCarthy is an expert on U.S. foreign and national security policy. Currently, she is the Lead U.S. Negotiator to the UN Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime at the U.S. Department of State. She is also a non- resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council. Recently, she was a Senior Fellow at Harvard University. She served for over 30 years in the US Diplomatic service, including as the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania. Ms. McCarthy received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a joint M.S. in Economics and Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She serves on several Boards and Advisory Councils.
MSFS ’89, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; Professor
Izumi Nakamitsu is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. She has had senior roles at the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Executive Office of the Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees. She was Professor of International Relations at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, where she also served as a member of the Foreign Exchange Council to Japan’s Foreign Minister and was as a visiting senior adviser on peacebuilding at the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
MSFS’89, Senior Partner, Head of Capital Markets, Capco U.S.
David Oxenstierna is Lead / Managing Partner for Capco in the United States. Capco is a leading consultancy exclusively dedicated to serving the financial services industry across Capital Markets, Wealth Management, Banking, Insurance, and Energy with 7,000 consultants in 33 offices across North and South America, UK/Europe, and Asia. David has over 30 years of experience working in finance, including at Morgan Stanley where he was a Managing Director in Institutional Securities, and at Citigroup. In addition to his Georgetown degrees he holds a Masters of Finance from the London Business School, and served in the Royal Swedish Marines as a Lieutenant.
Maria Pinto Carland
Former Associate Director and Counselor of the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program
Maria Pinto Carland is a career counselor and coach, the former Associate Director and Counselor of the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program at Georgetown University. Pinto Carland compiled and produced four editions of the School of Foreign Service book Careers in International Affairs.
MSFS’07, Co-founder, Asper Investment Management
Luis Quiroga is a co-founder of Asper, a London-based private equity firm specialized in the energy transition, a sector in which he has been leading investments for over 15 years. Inspired by first-hand experiencing the crucial role of the private sector to achieve environmental goals, he has also launched OIKOS, Spain’s first think-tank to focus on market-friendly policy solutions to climate change.
MSFS ’10, Chief of Staff, Internal Communications at Capital One,
Kedenard Raymond most recently served as a Director for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council for the Biden Administration. She has also previously served as the Public Affairs Chief for the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Press Officer in the State Department Bureau of Public Affairs; Political Officer for the Turkey Desk; Deputy Public Affairs Officer in Peshawar, Pakistan; and Consular Officer in Montreal, Canada. Kedenard is a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations; a 2017 Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Next Generation Fellow; a 2017 Penn Kemble Fellow; and a 2008 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow. She is an alumna of American University and Georgetown University.
J. Scott Schlossel
MSFS/JD’94, President, Managing Partner at Trigon Global Capital Management
Scott Schlossel, prior to joining Trigon Global Capital, was Managing Director in Lehman Brothers’ 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.
MSFS’04, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Millennial Energy Partners
Drew is Founder of Millennial Energy Partners, an energy investment and asset management firm. Drew and his wife Kelly are also Co-Owners of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Houston, which employs 25 individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Drew is passionate about developing clean energy, empowering his neighbors in communities where he works, and advocating for public policies that build a cleaner, more peaceful and just world.
Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson
CEO of McCourt Global, Advisory Board Member POLITICO Media Group, former CEO of POLITICO Europe
Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson is the CEO of McCourt Global, a private family company committed to building a better future through its work across the real estate, sports, technology, media, and finance industries, as well as its significant philanthropic activities. Previously, Shéhérazade served as the inaugural executive director of Project Liberty’s McCourt Institute, which was established with founding partners Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Sciences Po in Paris, to advance effective digital governance by supporting cutting-edge research and interdisciplinary cooperation. Shéhérazade was the founding CEO of POLITICO Europe since 2015, a position she stepped down at her request on June 30th, 2021. Under her leadership, POLITICO became one of the most influential non-partisan publications ever launched in Europe, achieving double-digit growth and profitability within four years. Shéhérazade serves on the Advisory Board of POLITICO Media Group.
MSFS’67, CHAIR Emeritus, Refugees International.
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 The SEED Foundation, the nation’s only network of public, college preparatory boarding schools focused on underserved youth, chair emeritus of Refugees International, a member of the Advisory Council of Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, a board member of IREX and CAI (Central Asia Institute).
Amb. Nancy Soderberg
MSFS’84, President and CEO, Soderberg Global Solutions; former US Ambassador to the United Nations
Nancy E. Soderberg 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.
H.R.H. Princess Ghida Talal
BSFS/MSFS’86, Chairperson, King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center, Jordan
Princess Ghida, a holder of two honors degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, is a leader in the global fight against cancer, and serves as the Chairperson of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center, based in Amman, Jordan. She also serves on the Boards of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Khalidi Library in Jerusalem.
MSFS’08, Founder, Modern Revenue LLC
Jaap is the founder of Modern Revenue, a San Francisco-based strategy and execution advisory firm that helps enterprise technology companies accelerate revenue growth and optimize operational efficiency. He previously was a managing director at Winning by Design in Mountain View and at MG Capital in New York. Jaap started his career at JPMorgan in New York in 2008 where he held junior roles in the Investment Bank and the firm’s Executive Office.
Pilar Guzman Zavala
MSFS ’05, Entrepreneur; CEO, Half Moon Empanadas
Pilar, CEO of Half Moon Empanadas, is an entrepreneur and community leader, focusing on the empowerment of women. Under Pilar’s leadership, Half Moon Empanadas is expanding nationally. Before joining Half Moon Empanadas, Pilar worked at The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation managing the National Programs grant process. Her previous work includes: Director of the Office of International Affairs for the state of Veracruz, Mexico; Consultant at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank; and, Marketing Director at TIYM Publishing Company, publisher of the Anuario Hispano-Hispanic Yearbook