Michael Samway, BSFS’90, MSFS ’91, Board Chair
President, The BHR Group; Adjunct Professor
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.
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.
Jonathan Baliff, 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.
Lisa Barry, 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.
Diane Binder, MSFS’08
Vice-President International Development, Africa-Middle-East-India Business Unit, SUEZ
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.
Kelly Coffey, MSFS’89
CEO, City National Bank
Kelly Coffey is the chief executive officer of City National Bank, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). City National has more than $50 billion in assets, 5,000 colleagues and 71 offices in six states and Washington, D.C.
Jay Collins, 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.
Herbert Cordt, MSFS’74
Chairman and President, Cordt & Partner
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.
James R. Schlesinger Professor of the Practice of Strategic Studies
Chester A. Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Dr. Crocker’s teaching and research focus on international security, conflict management and mediation. From 1981 to 1989, Dr. Crocker served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and was director of MSFS from 1972 to 1980.
Shéhérazade Semsar de Boisseson, BSFS’89, MSFS’90
CEO, POLITICO in Europe
Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson is CEO of POLITICO in Europe. She was previously owner and publisher of European Voice, the leading media in Brussels covering EU policy, which she acquired from the Economist Group in 2013.
Steve Dwyre, 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.
Maria Eitel, MSFS’88
Founding President and CEO, 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.
Jeffrey Gedmin, Ph.D.’90
Senior Advisor at Blue Star Strategies, LLC
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.
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.
S. Fitzgerald Haney, MSIB ’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.
Martin Kalin, 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).
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 Distinguished Senior Scholar in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He was Centennial Fellow in the SFS 2016-2017. Previously he was President of Freedom House. From 2010-2014, he was Global Politics and Security Chair at MSFS.
Deborah McCarthy, MSFS’79
Visiting Senior Fellow, Finnish Institute for International Affairs; former US Ambassador to Lithuania
Deborah A. McCarthy is a former U.S. Ambassador with over 30 years of experience in U.S. national security and international negotiations. She is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Finnish Institute for International Affairs and host and producer of ” The General and the Ambassador” podcast series of the Academy of Diplomacy. 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).
(Ret.) Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy; former US Ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations
Ambassador Donald F. McHenry served as Ambassador and US permanent representative to the United Nations from September 1979 to January 1981, and concurrently as a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Cabinet. He joined the School of Foreign Service as Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy in 1981 and taught at Georgetown until 2014.
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.
Scott Morse, BSFS’74, MSFS’83
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.
David Oxenstierna, MSFS’89
Senior Partner, Head of Capital Markets, Capco
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.
Peter Raymond, MSFS’90
(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.
Philippe Sachs, MSFS’02
Deputy CEO, Kido Education
Philippe Sachs is the Deputy CEO at Kido Education, international network of innovative nurseries. Previously, he served as Global Head of Corporate & Public Affairs at Bridge International Academies and 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, supra-nationals, and other development organizations.
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 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.
Drew Scoggins, MSFS’04
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Millennial Energy Partners
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
Eileen Shields-West, MSFS’67
Chair, 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 Refugees International, a leading non-profit organization aiding the displaced.
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, MSFS’86
Chair, Board of Trustees, King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Jordan
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.
Josefina Urzaiz, MSFS’07
Co-Founder, Cielo Hammocks
Josefina Urzaiz is the co-founder and owner of Cielo Hammocks (formerly Hammock Boutique), a socially responsible organization employing over 880 families in rural communities in Mexico. In 2015 and 2016, Cielo Hammocks was honored “Best for the World” for it’s social commitment.
Jaap Westrik, MSFS’08
Management Consultant, Winning by Design
Before joining Winning by Design in San Francisco, Jaap Westrik was a managing director at MG Capital Management L.P., a New York-based investment firm. From 2008 to 2013 he was an associate at J.P.Morgan.