The MSFS 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 three academic concentrations (Global Politics and Security, Global Business and Finance, and International Development). 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.

For more information about MSFS Practitioners in Residence, please contact Rachel Yang Antoun, MSFS Assistant Director of External Affairs, at

2018-19 Academic Year Practitioners

Kelly T. Clements, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

Kelly T. Clements joined UNHCR as Deputy High Commissioner in July 2015. She has been closely involved with refugee and displacement issues throughout her three decade career.

Before joining UNHCR, Clements served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) where she was responsible for humanitarian issues in Asia and the Middle East as well as global policies and resources. In 2014, she was Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.

From 1993 to 1996, Clements served at the U.S. Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on a Foreign Service appointment. She was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs from 1997 to 1998. Clements served as a Senior Emergency Officer for Europe, the Newly Independent States, and the Americas, and later as Balkans Assistance Coordinator. She was deployed to Albania in 1999. She worked for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangladesh in 1992.

Clements holds a B.A. in International Studies and an M.A. in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech.

Marc Grossman, Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group and Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Ambassador Marc Grossman served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department’s third ranking official, until his retirement in 2005 after twenty-nine years in the US Foreign Service.

As Under Secretary, he helped marshal diplomatic support for the international response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. He also managed U.S. policies in the Balkans and Colombia and promoted a key expansion of the NATO alliance. As Assistant Secretary for European Affairs (1997-2000), he helped direct NATO’s military campaign in Kosovo and an earlier round of NATO expansion. Ambassador Grossman was the US Ambassador to Turkey from 1994 to 1997.

Ambassador Grossman was a Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group from July 2005 to February 2011, when he was called back to service by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan by In this capacity, Ambassador Grossman promoted the international effort to support Afghanistan by shaping major international meetings in Istanbul, Bonn, Chicago, and Tokyo. He provided US backing for an Afghan peace process designed to end thirty years of conflict and played an important role in restoring US ties with Pakistan.  Ambassador Grossman returned to The Cohen Group in February, 2013.

Ambassador Grossman is Chairman of the Board of the Senior Living Foundation of the Foreign Service. He is a Trustee of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the UC Santa Barbara Foundation, and Robert College of Istanbul. Ambassador Grossman is Vice Chair of the American Academy of Diplomacy. In 2013, Ambassador Grossman was a Kissinger Senior Fellow at the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy at Yale University.

Ambassador Grossman has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Elisa Massimino, Former President and CEO of Human Rights First

After 27 years with Human Rights First—the last decade as President and CEO—Elisa Massimino recently stepped down from her post to join Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Massimino has a distinguished record of human rights advocacy. She has testified before Congress dozens of times, writes frequently for mainstream publications and specialized journals, appears regularly in major media outlets, and speaks to audiences around the country. Since 2008, the influential Washington newspaper The Hill has consistently named her one of the most effective public advocates in the United States.

Massimino was instrumental in Human Rights First’s recent effort to assemble a group of retired generals and admirals to speak out publicly against policies authorizing the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody. This coalition of military leaders played a pivotal role in the effort to restore compliance with the Geneva Conventions standard for treatment of prisoners.

Massimino serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches human rights advocacy, and has taught international human rights law at the University of Virginia and refugee law at the George Washington University School of Law.

Massimino is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. She holds a law degree from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity University.

Amitabha Mukherjee, Lead Public Sector Specialist, Governance Global Practice, The World Bank


Amitabha Mukherjee’s work at The World Bank has focused on providing practical advice and support to governments to improve public service delivery, including modernizing judicial and legal systems, public administration, public financial management, revenue administration (tax and customs), and treasury management. In addition to policy dialog, analytic reports, and technical assistance, Mukherjee has led or contributed to more than US$6 billion of World Bank-financed operations across high-, middle-, and low-income countries, many in collaboration with the United Nations, the European Union, the Asian Development Bank, the New Development Bank, and other multilateral and bilateral partners.

Mukherjee’s responsibilities have covered the Africa, Europe and Central Asia (ECA), East Asia and Pacific (EAP), and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regions of the World Bank. His country experience includes (but is not limited to) Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe. He was recognized by the World Bank Group as Mentor of the Year in 2016.

Mukherjee served in the Indian Administrative Service from 1983 before joining the World Bank in 1996, gaining hands-on experience in core government functions across various tiers of government (public order, administration of justice, city management, public expenditure management, revenue mobilization, land management, urban and rural development, conduct of elections, and disaster management). He has served as District Magistrate, as Municipal Administrator, and in field and secretariat positions including in Planning and Urban Development Departments and delivery agencies (e.g. Chairman, Kolkata Improvement Trust and the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority).

Amit served as an Adjunct Professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University from 2015 to 2016.

Nick Silitch, Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Prudential Financial, Inc.

Nick Silitch is senior vice president and chief risk officer of Prudential Financial, Inc. In this role, he oversees Prudential’s risk management infrastructure and risk profile across all business lines and risk types. Under his direction, his team develops models, metrics, frameworks, and governance to manage risk, and works with internal corporate partners and business groups to identify, assess, and prioritize risk across the company. He is chairman of the organization’s Enterprise Risk Committee which evaluates current and emerging risks relevant to the company, and is a member of Prudential’s Senior Management Council.

Silitch also works with external stakeholder groups to forward industry interests. He is head of the International Affairs Committee for the North American Chief Risk Officers’ Council, and is a member of the Advisory Council for the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers.

Silitch joined Prudential in 2010 as chief credit officer and head of investment risk management, overseeing Prudential’s general account and other proprietary investment risks globally, as well as maintaining and approving Delegations of Authority and Investment Policy Statements.

Prior to joining Prudential, Silitch held the position of chief risk officer of the Alternative Investment Services, Broker Dealer Services, and Pershing businesses within Bank of New York Mellon. He also served on the Pershing Executive Committee.

Silitch joined Bank of New York Mellon in 1983 as a credit trainee. Throughout his career at the bank, he held senior positions in client management, investor relations, risk management, loan restructuring, credit portfolio management, and Basel compliance.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College.

Scott Wayne, President of SW Associates, LLC

Scott Wayne is President, SW Associates, LLC. Wayne has over twenty years of experience in tourism development from local to international levels.

Recent experience includes advising public and private sector clients in the Middle East, South East Europe, and the South Pacific on sustainable destination development. His clients have included APCO Worldwide, Parsons Engineering, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Government of Slovenia,  the World Trade Organization and the World Bank. Projects have included assisting with multiple sustainable destination development issues ranging from infrastructure, product and marketing, human resource development, policy and investment.

Wayne helped to jump-start the tourism industry in Kosovo, develop destination investment strategies for the Asian Development Bank in the South Pacific, recommend trade policy reforms for advancing tourism development in Tanzania and Sierra Leone, and developing a new national tourism strategy for the Republic of Georgia.

He has implemented sustainable tourism strategies and market development for the World Bank in South East Europe, Montenegro Tourism Policy Analysis, Regional Competitiveness programs, hotel quality standards systems, and the cruise industry.

Previously, he headed the North America office of the World Travel and Tourism Council, served as the Vice President, International Business Development, for internet travel start-up Vivid Travel Network & Vivid Studios, and was appointed the first Chief of Communications at the UN World Tourism Organization.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Southern California’s Schools of International Relations and Public Policy. Scott also studied at the American University in Cairo, the London School of Economics, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and is the author of numerous articles on tourism development and eight travel books for Lonely Planet and Sierra Club Books.