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World Policy Around the Table - Discussion Leaders 2013


The world
needs people with fresh ideas and global perspectives to be seated "around the table" in order to catalyze innovative thinking on challenges that span borders:

Sustainable Global Cities
Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
Closing the Gender Gap
Security Across Borders
Heading Off Financial Crisis
and the Arts-Policy Nexus across all of these topics.

At each table, hosts including World Policy Fellows and eminent friends will engage guests in dynamic conversation around these themes, generating insights and connections that will help inform our work in the coming year.


Discussion leaders by theme:
List in formation

Sustainable Global Cities

What strategies can cities adopt to adapt to resource shortages and build human capital?

Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

How can countries improve policies to help entrepreneurship translate into real jobs and economic growth?

Closing the Gender Gap

What steps must be taken to close the gender gap in public thought leadership, the economy, education, and governance?

Security Across Borders

How can leaders best manage conflicts across borders, whether over resources, population movements, information flows, and human rights?

Heading Off Financial Crisis

How can the world’s financial architecture be improved to respond in a timely way to threats of crisis?

The Arts-Policy Nexus

Across all of these topics, our work on the Arts-Policy Nexus seeks ways to use media and creativity to engage hearts –not just minds- and spur hands and feet to work for positive change.


Sustainable Global Cities

What strategies can cities adopt to adapt to resource shortages and build human capital?

Ken Biberaj is currently Vice President of the Russian Tea Room. Born in New York City, Ken’s family had immigrated to the Bronx in 1968 from Albania. Inspired by his father’s commitment to public service, he pursued an undergraduate degree from American University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard. Ken has worked for Senator John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign and at Voice of America. He also sits on the Culinary Council of the Food Bank for New York and is a mentor for New York Needs You, an organization that provides guidance for first generation college students. He has earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a J.D. from New York Law School. (Cross-listed with Entrepreneurship Ecosystems).

Diana Glassman, a member of the World Policy Institute Board of Directors, is the Head of Environmental Affairs at TD Bank. In her role, Diana is working with the bank’s senior executives to look across the business with an environmental lens to identify opportunities to expand TD’s environmental commitment. A businesswoman with two decades of experience in strategy consulting and the financial services industry, Diana believes the environment is an integral component of a bank’s ability to provide great service and maintain financial strength. Previously, she was the Head of the Americas at Credit Suisse’s Environmental Business Group, a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and, from 2005 to 2011, led a strategy consulting firm that provided holistic environment advice to corporate and government organizations. Glassman’s environmental efforts continue outside of the workplace, as she sits on the board of the World Policy Institute, where she was the lead author of The Water-Energy Nexus: Adding Water to the Energy Agenda. Diana holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Yale. She also earned concurrent M.B.A. and M.P.A. degrees from Harvard University.

Greg Lindsay is a contributing writer for Fast Company and co-author of the international bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management studying mobility and connectivity. His writing has also appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalFortune,Bloomberg BusinessWeekThe Financial TimesMcKinsey QuarterlyWorld Policy JournalNext CityTimeWiredNew York, and Slate. His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was on display at MoMA from February through August 2012. He is currently working with UCLA’s cityLAB to re-imagine the economy and urbanism of the Ecuadorean Amazon. He has advised Intel, Audi, Chrysler, FedEx, Teague, and André Balazs Properties. Greg is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).

Tess Mateo is Managing Director and Founder of CXCatalysts, a collaboration accelerator that develops innovative public-private partnerships in clean energy, water, sustainable food, infrastructure, waste management and health. CXCatalysts co-produces with the UN Global Compact, the Global Green Inclusive Innovation Summit ( to scale the base of the eco-friendly business pyramid in emerging markets.  A recognized leader in launching women in green businesses, Tess co-chairs ITC’s Women in Clean Tech & the Built Environment and speaks at the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Forum and Global Summit of Women.  Before CXCatalysts, Tess was a Director in the Office PricewaterhouseCoopers Global CEO and has over two decades of restructuring, turnaround and start-up experience across several industries across five continents. Tess’s other entrepreneurial pursuits include Gralni Group, a real estate venture; IncentOne, a technology company; and Colorworx, a first mover in novelty underwear. (Cross-listed with Entrepreneurship Ecosystems).

William Powers, a World Policy Institute Senior Fellow, has led development aid and conservation initiatives in Latin America, Africa, and Washington, D.C. for over a decade. He has served as a World Bank Fellow, the Head of Programs for Catholic Relief Services in Liberia, the Chief of Party for a USAID/Conservation International rainforest conservation program in Bolivia, and a facilitator of the DFID / IUCN-World Conservation Union forest law-enforcement, governance, and trade dialogues project in Liberia. His most recent book, Twelve by Twelve, was released in May 2010. He is also the author of the acclaimed books Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa’s Fragile Edge and Whispering in the Giant’s Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia’s War on Globalization. Powers is Project Director of the 12 x 12 Project, an Arts-Policy installation to be held in New York City parks this summer. (Cross-listed with the Arts-Policy Nexus).

Kavitha Rajagopalan is a World Policy Institute Senior Fellow and author of Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of Three Immigrant Families in the West, a narrative nonfiction exploration of integration and identity formation in the urban Muslim diaspora. Her projects include research and advocacy on the causes and consequences of undocumented migration, arranged and forced marriage in America, urban informality and minority access to mainstream financial systems. She writes widely on global migration and diversity and has taught related courses at NYU's Center for Global Affairs. She is a director at Kroll Advisory Solutions.

Michael Wildes is a Managing Partner with the leading immigration law firm of Wildes and Weinberg PC in New York City and New Jersey.  He serves as immigration Counsel to Lincoln Center, and two international corporate law firms. A former Federal Prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn (1989 to 1993), he has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation and is internationally renowned for his successful representation of distinguished individuals and corporate clients. Having represented the United States government in immigration proceedings, Mr. Wildes is a frequent participant on professional panels and commentator on network television and radio with regard to corporate immigration law, employer sanction work and compliance. His boutique law firm has offices in New York City and Englewood, New Jersey, and Miami and serves a distinguished domestic and international clientele, covering all areas of U.S. immigration law. Mr. Wildes served two terms as the Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey and was a member of the New Jersey Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School.


Additional Sustainable Cities Table Leaders (biographies listed under cross-listed theme):

Todd Lester - The Arts-Policy Nexus

Oliver Niedermaier - Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

Martin Rosengaard - The Arts-Policy Nexus

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Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

How can countries improve policies to help entrepreneurship translate into real jobs and economic growth?

Elmira Bayrasli spearheads the World Policy Institute's Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Project. In 2012, Public Affairs commissioned her to write a book about the rise of global enterprises. Tentatively titled Steve Jobs Lives in Pakistan: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs in the Developing World, it takes a look at talented individuals around the world who have overcome insurmountable obstacles to lead high-growth businesses.  Elmira also writes about global innovations and entrepreneurship in her weekly column Entreventures on, and contributes to Reuters, VentureBeat, the Huffington Post, and MIT's Innovations journal. In 2010, she co-authored a study for Pakistan's Planning Commission on entrepreneurship, entitled: "Creating a Place for the Future."  Elmira has worked to support start-ups in emerging markets at Endeavor; served as the Chief Spokesperson for the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo; and assisted former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; an advisory board member for the Turkish Women’s International Network and Turkish Philanthropy Funds; and a mentor for the Women Innovate Mobile entrepreneur incubator.  

Yxa Bazan is responsible for managing the network of banks that provide services to JPMorgan for the Americas region. Ms. Bazan also served as Head of ADR services for the Americas.  Before joining JPMorgan Chase in 1999, Ms. Bazán worked as an equity research analyst and as an investment banker at Credit Suisse in New York, and as a fixed income research analyst at Banque Indosuez in both Paris and London.  Ms. Bazán holds a Master of Science degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Hofstra University in International Business, with a minor in International Politics. (Cross-listed with Closing the Gender Gap).

Sergio Fernández de Córdova is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist working at the intersection of media and leveraging public-private partnerships for social impact. Chairman and co-Founder of PVBLIC Foundation, which donates millions of dollars’ worth of unused media space to non-profits each year, co-Founder of Innovators Fund; investing in disruptive civic focused ventures and co-Founder of P3 Global Management; a Public Private Management Company streamlining the management of Municipal assets, and sparking positive social, environmental, and economic vitality.

Rossanna Figuera is co-founder and Ambassador of Good Things at Wafels & Dinges, a gourmet food concept that has been credited with pioneering the Food Truck revolution in New York City. Her business is about making people smile and improving local communities with its iconic, award-winning yellow food trucks which are ranked Best Food Truck in NY by Zagat and have been consistently voted Best Food Truck in America. Rossanna holds a M.A. in Government & International Affairs from St John's University, and is a Columbia University-certified Executive Coach. She is married to Belgian entrepreneur Thomas DeGeest and is the proud mom of two handsome boys, Camilo and Rocco.

John Frankel is Partner at ff Venture Capital and has been an early-stage venture investor since 1999.  Mr. Frankel was one of the earliest investors in Quigo Technologies, which was purchased by AOL in December 2007, and in Cornerstone OnDemand, which had a successful IPO in March 2011. He has either served or currently serves on the boards of 500px, Adcade, Apparel Media Group, AppyCouple,, Centzy, ClearPath Immigration, Infochimps, InteraXon, Gobbler, Klout,, Quigo Technologies, StrongTech, The Goldman Sachs Trust Company,, VolunteerSpot, and Voxy.  He is also a Mentor with the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator program.  Mr. Frankel worked at Goldman Sachs for twenty-one years in a variety of roles that involved technology development, reengineering, and capital markets. In particular, he established Goldman’s Cayman offshore administration business, their London global custody business, and reengineered their global prime brokerage business. Mr. Frankel earned a Master of Arts from New College, Oxford where he studied Mathematics, Philosophy and Logic, and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Oliver Niedermaier, a member of the World Policy Institute Board of Directors, is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Tau+ Investment Management.  Tau+ generates returns by investing in ordinary companies and transforming them into the leading sustainable competitors in their industries.  Prior to founding Tau+, Niedermaier was an Operating Partner at the private equity firm Advent International, and was President and CEO of DF King Worldwide, a leading investor relations and stakeholder management firm which he founded in 2007.  He also served as a Member of the Group Executive Board at Computershare, the world’s largest share registry and a leading financial markets technology provider.  Niedermaier holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Ludwig-Maximilians University and now serves as Advisory Board Chairman of his alma mater’s Entrepreneurship Center. In 2005, Niedermaier and his wife established the Tashi Foundation for Bhutan, a non-profit organization affiliated with UNICEF and dedicated to children’s education and healthcare. He is a 2010 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. (Cross-listed with Sustainable Cities).

Jacques-Philippe Piverger is the Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder of Micro Power Design, a leading for-purpose technology incubator, accelerator and manufacturer providing lifestyle innovations to those that need it most. He is Chairman of Regenerer Haiti, which works toward the sustainable development of 2,525 acres of land in Haiti. Jacques-Philippe honed his business acumen at PineBridge Investments, where he was a Director, and is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Soleil Global, a group of engaged citizens who seek to empower communities in developing nations through innovative, renewable, and sustainable energy products and solutions. Jacques-Philippe is a Founder and Board Member of The Council of Urban Professionals—a U.S. based nonprofit focused on education reform, access to capital, and leadership development opportunities for women and minorities. He is a Term Member of The Council on Foreign Relations, a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and an Advisory Board Member of George Clooney’s Hope for Haiti Now Fund.  Jacques-Philippe studied finance at Georgetown and obtained his MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he was a Private Equity Research Fellow.

Rosemary Werrett is a member of the Board of WPI and a long-standing Board member and former Board Chair of Pro Mujer, a leading women’s development and microfinance organization. Rosemary joined Pro Mujer in 1995 when it was a small microcredit pioneer servicing a few thousand women in Bolivia. Now Pro Mujer provides 270,000 clients in five Latin American countries with a set of integrated services: small loans, savings and insurance; business and empowerment training; and high-quality, low-cost primary health care. Pro Mujer is considered one of the finest examples of sustainable development and women’s empowerment. Its powerful formula helps the courageous and hardworking women it serves generate much-needed income for themselves and their families, unlock their personal potential, send their children to school, care for their health, and make life-altering changes to bring themselves out of poverty.

Michel Zaleski is Chairman of the Soros Economic Development Fund, an internationally focused, impact investment foundation and Founder and Chairman of the DREAM Project in the Dominican Republic, a grass-roots educational foundation that serves 4,000 rural children and youth. Mr. Zaleski founded and chaired ZS Funds LP, a series of private equity funds that purchased control of more than 30 companies from 1985 until 1997. He has been a director of numerous public and private U.S. based companies and is currently a director of an Indian real estate development company, IREO.


Additional Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Table Leaders (biographies listed under cross-listed theme):

Ken Biberaj - Sustainable Cities

Tess Mateo - Sustainable Cities

Ingrid Stange - Security Across Borders

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Closing the Gender Gap

What steps must be taken to close the gender gap in public thought leadership, the economy, education, and governance?

Analisa Balares is CEO-Founder of Womensphere and Chair of the Womensphere Foundation, building a global community to advance women’s leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship worldwide. Analisa was recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and honored by US Filipina Women’s Network in 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in America, by UNO Magazine in 50 Most Powerful Filipinas in the World, by the National Minority Business Council with the Madam C.J. Walker Leadership Award, and by New Leaders Council in 40 Under 40 New Leaders in America.  Analisa is formerly Global Marketing Manager for Microsoft’s blogging/social networking service, and worked at Goldman Sachs High Technology Investment Banking, where she helped execute over $1.5 billion in IPOs/corporate financings. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA in Economics & Mathematics cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.  In her teens, she was recognized as a national Outstanding Youth Scientist for three years. At 16, she served as Youth Mayor of Manila City, where she co-created and signed 18 Mayoral Executive Orders into law. 

David Boehmer is a regional managing partner of the Americas' Financial Services Practice, dividing his time between the firm's San Francisco and New York offices. David previously headed the Financial Services Infrastructure Practice for the Americas.  Prior to joining the firm, David was a managing associate with a boutique executive search firm located in New York, and before that, served with another global executive search firm where he was a member of their technology & telecommunications practice. David was named a 2012 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and is an active board member of the Komera Project, a not-for-profit focused on supporting girls' education in Eastern Africa. He also serves as a Big Brother in the Big Brother Big Sister’s organization and on the Northeast Board for Operation Hope.  David received a B.A. in political science from Yale University.

Michael J. Chamberlain is Vice President of Brand Management and Events at Catalyst. His primary responsibilities include assessing and managing external perceptions of the organization, and planning and overseeing all events related to Catalyst Research initiatives, member and non-member convening opportunities, and the annual Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner. Mr. Chamberlain joined Catalyst in 2005 as a member of the Advisory Services group, working with organizations to assess their workplace environments and develop customized strategies to further workplace diversity and inclusion. He is an advisor to Catalyst’s Mentoring and Employee Resource Group Issue Specialty Team and the LGBT Affinity Group, working specifically to build internal expertise. Mr. Chamberlain frequently speaks to corporate audiences and the media on these topics, as well as engaging men in gender initiatives and women’s leadership.  He received his M.B.A. in International Business Management and Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and French from the University of Rhode Island.  

Manish Choudhary is currently the Vice President of R&D and India Operations at Pitney Bowes, and is one of the youngest leaders in the Indian corporate world. In his current position, he is responsible for establishing and managing the complete range of operations in India, and has played an instrumental role in its growth to an over six-hundred person strong team within five years, with over forty different product teams under his leadership and two strategically important centers in the country. Manish has built a proven track record of strategy development and driving organizational change and is passionate about innovation, building new businesses and connecting with and developing talent. The setup has earned fourteen top accolades in the country, including Great Place to Work 2012, Aon Hewitt’s Top Company for Leaders 2011, DataQuest Top 20.

As Chubb’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer, Trevor Gandy is responsible for developing and implementing a diversity strategy that fosters innovation and market leadership. He works closely with Chubb’s senior leadership and employee resource groups to ensure that the company is viewed by its employees, customers and partners worldwide as an inclusive organization that promotes and leverages the business value of diversity. Trevor also chairs Chubb’s Women of Color Initiative Steering Committee, which is charged with accelerating the development and advancement of multicultural women within the company. In addition to his Chief Diversity Officer responsibilities, Trevor serves on Chubb's Administrative Committee and Corporate Responsibility Task Force. He has been featured in articles published by the Chicago Tribune and Diversity Inc. Magazine. Trevor is also a member of The Conference Board Council of U.S. Diversity & Inclusion Executives, the National Council for Research on Women Corporate Circle Advisory Board and the Center for Work Life Policy Task Force for Talent Innovation.

Herminia Ibarra is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning, Professor of Organizational Behavior, and Area Chair for Organizational Behavior at INSEAD. An expert on professional careers and leadership development, Ibarra's articles on these topics are published in leading journals. At INSEAD, she directs The Leadership Transition, an executive program for managers moving into broader leadership roles. Ibarra speaks and consults internationally on leadership development, talent management and women’s careers. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils and Chair of the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School. Thinkers 50 placed Ibarra among the most influential business thinkers in the world.

Ilene H. Lang is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst, the leading research and advisory organization working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business. She was appointed President in August 2003 and named Chief Executive Officer in September 2008.  Ms. Lang brings energy and corporate savvy to the advancement of women in every sector of the global marketplace. She regularly addresses national and international groups of senior leaders in a variety of business, academic, and public policy venues. Having broken barriers in her own career, Ms. Lang is broadly recognized as a pioneering female technology executive. She was named to the Global Agenda Council on the gender gap at the World Economic Forum, and she is a member of the National Board Development Committee of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Ms. Lang earned an A.B. in history and literature from Radcliffe College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Robert Levin is CEO of Transclick, Inc., a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum. He is a Tech Laureate of the Tech Museum of Innovation and has won the Gold Edison Award for Innovation in mobile apps. He is also a member of the AlwaysOn Mobile 100 and AlwaysOn Global 250. Levin is is a member of the World Economic Forum and was an active corporate member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of the first biography of President Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton: The Inside Story, and Democratic Blueprints: National Leaders Chart America's Future. Levin was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and has a Masters in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Beverly Cooper Neufeld is a non-profit consultant and advocate for women’s economic and political equity. She was President of the New York Women’s Agenda, conceived of the New York Women’s Business Principles Initiative launched in March 2013 at Bloomberg, and created and expanded the Equal Pay Coalition NYC, a vibrant campaign to promote pay equity reform. As well, she is a member of the steering committee of the coalition of 750 groups promoting Governor Cuomo’s 10 point Women’s Equality Agenda. Ms. Neufeld was the Executive Director of the White House Project, a not-for-profit focused on women’s leadership, and Finance Director for Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Her three grandchildren inspire her daily to create a more equitable world for present and future generations.

Lorena Vázquez Ordaz has served for 12 years in the leadership of The Hunger Project-Mexico. In addition to holding the position of Country Director, she currently serves on the National Board of the Federal Government's Crusade Against Hunger, on the Civil Society Consultative Group of the InterAmerican Bank and on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Commission to foster Civil Society Organizations. In the past, Lorena has served on the Citizen Advisory Council for the Social Development Secretariat, the Planning and Development Committee of the State of Mexico Government and on the very prestigious Technical Council of the "Mexico Initiative" project. Lorena holds an MBA from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, diplomas in Non-Governmental Organization Management and Private Social Investment for Bottom-up Development from ITESM, in Social Development, Poverty and Gender studies from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales and in Gender and Politics from Center for the Training and Promotion of Women. Prior to joining The Hunger Project, Lorena worked for seven years in the information technology sector in Mexico and the United States. (Cross-listed with Security Across Borders).

Katie Orenstein is Founder and CEO of The OpEd Project. She writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media and mythology – that is, what we think is fact or fiction and how that shapes our ideas about politics, culture and history. Her commentaries have been nationally syndicated, appearing on the op-ed pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post. She has lectured at Stanford and appeared on several news programs, including Good Morning America, MSNBC, and CNN. A graduate of Harvard (B.A.) and Columbia (M.A.) universities, she is the author of Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale. Orenstein has worked around the world, particularly in Haiti, where she reported, consulted with the United Nations, and worked with a team of human rights lawyers to assist victims of military and paramilitary violence in seeking justice.  She is a recipient of The Diana P. Scott Integrity in Action Award, and a fellowship from Echoing Green, which selected The OpEd Project as one of the most innovative social enterprises worldwide.   


Additional Closing the Gender Gap Table Leaders (biographies listed under cross-listed theme):

Yxa Bazan - Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

Michelle Fanzo - Security Across Borders

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Security Across Borders

How can leaders best manage conflicts across borders, whether over resources, population movements, information flows, and human rights?

David Andelman is the Editor-in-Chief of World Policy Journal. Previously he served as an Executive Editor of Forbes, Business Editor of The New York Daily News, and for five years as News Editor of Bloomberg News. In his career he has been a domestic and foreign correspondent for the New York Times in various posts in New York and Washington, as Southeast Asia bureau chief based in Bangkok, and as East Europe bureau chief based in Belgrade. For seven years he was an international correspondent for CBS News based in Paris. He is the author of three books: The PeacemakersThe Fourth World War—which he co-authored with the Count de Marenches, long-time head of French intelligence—and A Shattered Peace: Versailles, 1919 and the Price We Pay Today. David is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Century Association, the Grolier Club, the National Press Club and is President-emeritus of the Overseas Press Club of America.

Maureen Aung-Thwin is Director of the Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative at the Open Society Foundations. A graduate of Northwestern University, Ms. Aung-Thwin did postgraduate work at New York University. She serves on the boards of Human Rights Watch and is a trustee of the Burma Studies Foundation, which oversees the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University. Before joining Open Society Institute, she served on the staff of the Asia Society in New York and was a free-lance journalist based in Hong Kong. Ms. Aung-Thwin has contributed the chapters on Burma in the Asian Security Handbook and occasionally for publications such as the Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Affairs, JURIST, Ms. Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Craig Charney is an expert on public opinion in emerging markets and crisis countries, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.  He is a leading pollster with two decades of experience with political, corporate, and governmental clients in the U.S. and more than 30 countries overseas. He established Charney Research in 1997, and since 2001 his work has increasingly involved the Muslim world. Themes have included Muslim extremism, governance and state strength, and anti-Americanism. Before founding his firm, he was Senior Analyst on the 1996 polling team of President Bill Clinton. He also co-directed voter education polling for Nelson Mandela in South Africa’s first election in 1994. Craig is a widely published political scientist and commentator. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at Yale, as well as a Master’s diploma in the Sociology of Development from the Sorbonne and an M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford. Craig has published articles in scholarly journals, four book-length studies based on his polling and research, as well as pieces in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and other leading newspapers.

Belinda Cooper is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and director of the program on Turkey: Democratization, Human Rights and Security. Cooper holds a law degree from Yale and is an expert on human rights, women’s rights, and international and transitional justice. She worked with East German dissidents during the fall of communism, has assisted the lawyers for a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, and recently organized a project on memorialization of the past in Turkey.

Bryan Cummings advises private equity firms on mergers, acquisitions and transaction financing for a global investment bank. Bryan has previously advised technology and aerospace/defense clients for JPMorgan and Bear Stearns, and serves on the Board of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs. Prior to his finance career, Bryan served as an officer in the U.S. Army with tours in South Korea, New York, and Texas. He has lived in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, and is a former U.S. Presidential Scholar. Bryan received an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Michelle Fanzo has fifteen years of international experience in the areas of development, humanitarian affairs, and peace and security. A Project Leader at the World Policy Institute, she is an analyst, strategist, and communicator who has worked in Afghanistan, Germany, Kenya, Myanmar and Malawi. From 2005 to 2009 Michelle served as Vice President of International Operations for Arzu, an NGO that provides education, jobs and healthcare to rural Afghan communities. She had previously worked at the United Nations in the Office of the Secretary-General under Kofi Annan, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and in the U.N. Country Team in Myanmar. In 2009, Michelle founded Four Corners Consulting, and has, among other assignments, worked to develop for U.N. agencies a common framework to systemically manage environmental and social risks. She has been a Robert Bosch Fellow, working on the issue of urbanization, and immigrant and refugee communities in Germany. Michelle has a Masters in International Affairs and Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in Journalism from Hampshire College. (Cross-listed with Closing the Gender Gap).

Scott J. FitzGerald is the Managing Partner of the Boston office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, and a Managing Director of Fragomen Immigration Services India. Mr. FitzGerald has previously served as the Managing Partner of the firm's Washington D.C. and Vienna, Virginia offices, as well as an Associate in the firm's New York office. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Washington D.C., and is a member of the Labor Relations Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. India Business Council. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Mr. FitzGerald also serves on the Board of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs. Mr. FitzGerald lectures and writes frequently on business immigration issues, and is an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Boston College Law School. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University (B.A., International Studies) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D.).

Actress and human rights activist Julia Ormond is Founder of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET), which was the chief sponsor of The California Transparency in Supply Chains Law (SB 657). Julia has starred in “Legends of the Fall,” “Sabrina,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and “Che,” and was Executive Producer of the Emmy-award winning documentary “Calling the Ghosts.” Julia was formerly a UN Goodwill Ambassador against Trafficking and Slavery, the founding co-chair of Film Aid International, and a recipient of The World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award and Women for Women International’s Peace Award.

Rahul Sagar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. His primary research interests are the field of political theory and include topics in ancient and modern political theory including executive power, moderation, and political realism. He is also deeply interested in the politics and society of India, especially twentieth century Indian political thought. He is the author of Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy, forthcoming with Princeton University Press in the summer of 2013. He is currently writing an intellectual history entitled How To Be Great? India's Century Long Quest To Find Its Place In the International Order, which traces  Indian thinking about world politics between 1850 and 2000. He has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford.

Lara Setrakian is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of News Deeply. She’s spent more than five years as a foreign correspondent, covering the Middle East for television, radio, and digital platforms. While there she undertook an unprecedented joint role, reporting for Bloomberg Television and for ABC News as one of its first digital reporters. Lara was widely acclaimed for her groundbreaking use of social media in reporting on Iran’s 2009 election protests and the Arab Awakening of 2011. She has since focused on the fusion of news and technology. The launch of her first platform, Syria Deeply, took place in December 2012 and was dubbed by TIME Magazine as “The Future of News.” Lara has served as an inaugural fellow with the Peter Jennings Program at the National Constitution Center and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She was also dubbed one of the Top Women of 2012 by Marie Claire Magazine. Lara has worked as a business analyst with McKinsey & Company. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.

Christopher Shay, Managing Editor of the World Policy Journal, spent four years as an award-winning journalist and photographer in Southeast Asia, covering everything from slavery on Thai fishing boats to Bangladesh’s elite police force to Burma’s bumbling quest for nuclear weapons. He had one-year stints at the Phnom Penh Post, where his investigative pieces won the paper a SOPA award, and TIME magazine, where he wrote some of the year’s most read articles. His work has been published by the Wall St. Journal, TIME, CNN, TED, and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Benjamin Skinner is the Director of Tau X, an investment management firm that generates returns by transforming the social and environmental profiles of its portfolio companies. Recently, he was Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism of Brandeis University. He is the first person in recorded history to observe the negotiations for sale of human beings on four continents. His first book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery, was awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, a 2008 citation from the Overseas Press Club, and was a 2011 finalist for The Ryszard Kapuscinski International Award for literary reportage. The World Economic Forum has recognized Skinner as a Young Global Leader. Previously he held a fellowship at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of Harvard Kennedy School and served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Newsweek, Foreign Policy and others. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Ingrid Stange is Founder and Chair of Partnership for Change and the Aung San Suu Kyi World Freedom Fund.  She also serves on the advisory board of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, the Sahara Forest Projects, Ashoka Norway and the board of several other institutions focusing on climate challenges and developing sustainable business in challenged countries. Ms. Stange holds a M.Sc. from the Norwegian School of Economics and Bus. Ad., and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley. With a background from McKinsey & Co. and venture capital, she has focused entirely on social business, charities and venture philanthropy for the past 25 years.  She introduced the Montessori School system in Norway, and has established several foundations focusing on dignity for challenged children and youth.  She also serves at the board of several private and state owned companies, and is deputy chair of the leading think tank in Norway, Civita. Ms. Stange is a partner with Acumen Fund and a founding Ashoka Support Network Member in Norway. (Cross-listed with Entrepreneurship Ecosystems).

David Stevens is the founder and president of Fireside Research, a World Policy Institute-supported political research firm focused on the African continent. Prior to starting Fireside, David was a doctoral candidate in Princeton University’s Department of Politics, where his research focused on the interaction between technology, the economy, and the adoption of political ideas; the politics of Southern Africa; and the politics of urban development. He has done work on ex-combatant reintegration, the economic impact of South African labor and welfare policies, the interaction of formal and informal economies, the relationship between time and political events, and the role of music in the politics of South Africa. He has been a Ph.D. Affiliate at the Innovations for Successful Societies Program at the Woodrow Wilson School for International and Public Affairs and the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.

Allison Trowbridge is the Vice President of Partnerships at Not For Sale, an international NGO using social enterprise to address the root causes of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. She is a Managing Partner of Just Business, which incubates and invests in profitable ventures that bring dignity to people and the planet, and also serves as an advisor to Mighty Bell. Allison is the co-author of Godspeed, and currently resides in San Francisco.

Lissa Weinmann is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and director of its Cuba Project, which has led various trips to the island, offered Congressional testimony, and mounted various educational initiatives, including the renowned annual series of National Summits on Cuba at various cities throughout the U.S. She was a founder and Executive Director of Americans for Humanitarian Trade With Cuba, an organization of prominent Americans that helped pass a law to allow U.S. food sales to Cuba. She was a consultant and director of outreach on “Salud,” an award-winning documentary on Cuba’s health care system and its international reach.


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Heading Off Financial Crisis

How can the world’s financial architecture be improved to respond in a timely way to threats of crisis?

Dan Alpert is a founding managing partner of Westwood Capital, LLC, and its affiliates. He has more than thirty years of international merchant banking and investment banking experience, including a wide variety of workout and bankruptcy related restructuring experience. He has researched and written extensively on the housing and credit bubbles and the resulting economic crisis, and is widely quoted in print outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Reuters, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Forbes, and Fortune. He is a frequent guest commentator on the principal business news networks, including Bloomberg, CNBC, and Fox Business News, and also appears on CNNI and the BBC. Prior to forming Westwood Capital in 1995, he was a senior banker and partner of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. He holds a B.A. in public policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Alpert is presently writing a book on global macroeconomics for Penguin Portfolio.

Jose M. Barrionuevo is a Managing Director responsible for Global Capital Markets at StormHarbour. He specializes in sovereign debt restructurings. Dr. Barrionuevo recently advised the Government of Greece and led Argentina’s debt restructuring in 2005, which remains the largest, most successful restructuring in history, and where he introduced the principle of debt sustainability, which is now widely used. Throughout his career, Dr. Barrionuevo specialized in complex financial crises, including major financial crises in emerging markets from 1995 to 2005, the U.S. financial crisis of 2007 to 2009, and the European crisis that began in 2010. Dr. Barrionuevo led over twenty-five International Investor Roadshows, including the first two roadshows to the Russian Federation. In April 1999, Institutional Investor named him one of the “Top Twenty Bankers under Forty.” Early in his career, Dr. Barrionuevo served in IMF Article IV Consultations with the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Korea. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Robert Brusca is Chief Economist of Fact and Opinion Economics, a consulting firm he founded in Manhattan.  He has also been teaching in a graduate program at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. Mr Brusca has been an economist on Wall Street for over twenty-five years and has visited central banking and large institutional clients in over 30 countries over his career. Mr. Brusca was a Divisional Research Chief at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a Fed Watcher at Irving Trust and Chief Economist at Nikko Securities International for sixteen years. Mr Brusca currently is a consultant. He was the first guest on the first day of CNBC and continues to make numerous television and radio appearances. Mr. Brusca holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. His wife hosts “The Hays Advantage,” a radio show on Bloomberg. He has a daughter in college in California.

Richard Goldberg is a veteran advisor, teacher and author specializing in the global banking industry. For more than 25 years, he was the “investment banker” to the commercial and investment banks providing mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advice for Wasserstein Perella, Lazard and Lehman. Over the past seven years, he has been a senior advisor to a number of leading financial institutions as well as a faculty member at Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs and a senior lecturer at Brandeis University's International Business School. In addition, Mr. Goldberg has authored a book for Wiley & Sons entitled, “The Battle for Wall Street” and provided guest commentary to Bloomberg TV, NPR and other noteworthy media outlets.

Edward Greene, a member of the World Policy Institute Advisory Board, is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Mr. Greene’s practice focuses on securities, corporate governance, regulatory and financial services reform and other corporate law matters. He has previously served as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Director of the Division of Corporation Finance. From 2004 to 2008, he was General Counsel of Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group. Mr. Greene is the author of a number of leading books and law review articles, including U.S. Regulation of the International Securities and Derivatives Markets and The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Analysis and Practice, both of which were co-authored with several partners at Cleary Gottlieb. Mr. Greene is currently teaching a seminar at Columbia Law School and has been a Lecturer at the Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center. He received an LL.B. from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from Amherst College. 

Kathleen Hays is recognized as one of the top economics reporters and anchors in the country. Ms. Hays has covered the U.S. economy and the Federal Reserve for more than twenty years.  She began her career as a print journalist, serving as a founder, director, economics correspondent and New York bureau chief at Markets News International. She is currently the host of “The Hays Advantage” on Bloomberg Radio after years as an on-air and online economics correspondent at CNN, CNNfn, and CNBC. She attended Stanford University where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in Economics. 

Hans Humes is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Greylock Capital and Co-President with Ajata Mediratta and Co-Chief Investment Officer with Diego Ferro since October 2012.  Before Greylock Capital, Mr. Humes was a Managing Partner of Van Eck Absolute Return Advisors, where, in 1997, he launched the fund that became the Greylock Global Opportunity Fund. From 1991-1994, he was a key member of the Lehman Brothers’ emerging markets debt trading team, where he co-managed over $500 million in assets.  Prior to Lehman, Mr. Humes traded a proprietary debt portfolio at Banco Santander.  He began his career at Manufacturer’s Hanover, where he worked on sovereign debt restructurings.  He served as the Co-Chairperson of the Global Committee of Argentina Bondholders and served on the Private Creditor-Investor Committee for Greece.  Mr. Humes received his B.A. from Williams College in 1987.

Constance Hunter is a Senior Advisor to International Solutions Network.  She has twenty years of investment experience, with fifteen years as a portfolio manager or Chief Investment Officer. Prior to advising ISN, she was a Deputy Chief Investment Officer at Axa Investment Managers; Managing Director and Chief Economist at Aladdin Capital; and Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer of Coronat Asset Management, a global macro fund. Sought out as an expert by the media, Ms. Hunter is a regular guest on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and is often quoted in the Financial TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Ms. Hunter is on the board of the National Association for Business Economics, and a member of the New York Association of Business Economics, Money Marketeers, Network 20/20 and 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Ms. Hunter received a Bachelor of Arts from New York University, a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, and started her career as an economist at Chase Manhattan Bank. She is a patron of the World Policy Institute.

Ann Lee is the author of What the US Can Learn from China, an international bestseller, and focuses on international finance, trade, China's political economy, and US-China relations. A former investment banker and hedge fund partner, she is a frequent media commentator on economic issues. She has been quoted in hundreds of publications and has been an invited speaker at numerous industry and academic conferences around the world. Ann is also an adjunct professor of economics and finance at New York University and a former visiting professor at Peking University. While teaching at Peking University, she also acted as an economic adviser to Chinese economic officials and asset management firms. She was educated at UC Berkeley, Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, and Harvard Business School.

John Lipsky's service at the International Monetary Fund coincided with the onset of the greatest economic and financial challenges faced by the rapidly globalizing world. Having served as the I.M.F.’s First Deputy Managing Director from 2006 to 2011, as well as Acting Managing Director from May to July 2011, Dr. Lipsky helped lead the I.M.F.’s efforts to halt the global downturn, reestablish economic and financial stability, and restart growth through unprecedented international policy cooperation. He has previously held the positions of Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Investment Bank, Chief Economist at JPMorgan Chase, and Chief Economist & Director of Research at Chase Manhattan Bank. Dr. Lipsky is currently co-director of the Aspen Institute's Program on the Global Economy, and serves on the board of directors for the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. Dr. Lipsky is Distinguished Visiting Scholar of International Economics at John Hopkin's School of Advanced International Studies, as well as Non-Executive Director of HSBC Holdings PLC, and Global Policy Advisor to Anderson Global Macro.

Sherle Schwenninger is the Director of the New America Foundation's Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program. He is a former Director of the World Policy Institute (1992-96) and Editor of World Policy Journal (1983-1991). More recently he served as a senior program coordinator for the Project on Development, Trade, and International Finance at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has authored and co-authored a number of books and articles for publications such as The NationWorld Policy Journal, and Nuclear Times.

Bruce Wolfson is a member of the Corporate Practice Group of Bingham McCutchen. For more than 30 years, he has been involved with financing and restructuring emerging-market debt. Before joining Bingham, Bruce was a partner and general counsel at the Rohatyn Group, an asset management firm specializing in emerging markets, and a senior managing director in the legal department at Bear Stearns. In addition to his work in the private equity and financial services sectors, Bruce has advised regulators in Latin America and Asia concerning their foreign investment rules. He served as first chair of the documentation committee of EMTA, the association of the emerging market trade and investment community, which developed standard documentation for trading emerging-market assets. He also served as a member of EMTA’s board of directors from 1994 to 2012. Since 1999, Bruce has also been an adjunct professor of International Affairs at Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs. He is a frequent lecturer at universities and graduate schools.


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The Arts-Policy Nexus

Across all of these topics, our work on the Arts-Policy Nexus seeks ways to use media and creativity to engage hearts – not just minds and spur hands and feet to work for positive change.

Wendy Dent is an award-winning Australian writer, filmmaker and speaker. She is the founder of, a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. With fifteen years of experience, her work has been filmed and screened across five continents and she has built up a diverse range of credits and awards as a writer, director, cinematographer, editor and producer. Wendy Dent has been a guest-speaker at Harvard, Columbia, U.C. Berkeley, USC, and Stanford universities with special screenings and discussions of her human rights documentary “No News From Harare”. She has filmed in the most dangerous circumstances in Zimbabwe, risked rocket attacks on the sidelines of Gaza, and her documentaries have upturned the underbelly of the gigolo trade in Bali, as well as the inspiring side of life in the favelas of Brazil. Her latest film “December 25” premiered in November to audience and critical acclaim at the prestigious International Documentary Film-Festival Amsterdam, the world's largest documentary film festival. (Cross-listed with Security Across Borders).

Jonathan Hollander is one of the outstanding choreographers of his generation and has taken a leadership role in international cultural exchange and social activism. He founded Battery Dance Company in New York City in 1976 and has choreographed over 75 works that have been presented in major theaters and festivals throughout the world. He has also served as guest choreographer and artist-in-residence for a variety of companies, universities, and conservatories. He served as Fulbright lecturer on dance in India in 1992, and a Fulbright Specialist in Malaysia in 2011. Hollander has lectured on Arts Management and Arts Education, and is spearheading the creation of the first online cultural diplomacy toolkit with funding from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. He is a member of the Fulbright Association and Lower Manhattan Arts Leaders and Co-founder and Board Member of the Indo-American Arts Council.

Judi R. Kilachand joined JINGO Media as Director, Creative Strategies & Partnerships, in June 2012. She is currently involved in projects across the arts, sports diplomacy, social issues, business and fitness and wellness sectors. As Executive Director of Global Business Development & Programs at the Asia Society, she secured sponsorship revenue, built relationships with the corporate community and strategic partners in both the US and in Asia, and organized major corporate conferences and global business-focused initiatives. Prior to joining the Society in 1992, Kilachand held positions at American Airlines, Chase Manhattan Bank, American Express and Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York. She earned an MBA in marketing and finance from Columbia University and an MA and BA in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Stanford University. Kilachand serves on the board of the Akanksha Foundation, the Institute of Bollywood Dance & Film and is Vice Chairwoman of the Battery Dance Company.

Jacqueline Bertrand Lessac is co-Founder and Executive Producer of the Global Arts Corps (GAC), the non-profit theatre and education foundation dedicated to using professional theatre to support reconciliation initiatives in countries emerging from conflict.  GAC currently is developing projects in Belfast, Kosovo, and Cambodia. Jacqueline is also a founding member of The Colonnades Theatre Lab, Inc., (CTL) in both the U.S. and South Africa. She is the Executive Producer of “Truth in Translation” a CTL co-production with the Market Theatre of Johannesburg which has toured twenty-six cities in eleven countries and won numerous awards including The Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival, The Silver Laurel Wreath Award from the Mess Festival in Sarajevo, and was one of the honorees of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2007. Jacqueline is also in charge of the children’s programs that GAC conducts in parallel with all of GAC productions as well.

Michael Lessac is an award-winning theatre, television, and film director, a screenwriter, and co-Founder of the Global Arts Corps. He is the Project Creator & Director of the international theatre production, Truth in Translation, and Artistic Director of Colonnades Theatre Lab in the U.S. and of the Colonnades Theatre Lab, South Africa. Mr. Lessac has previously directed at the National Theatre of Yugoslavia, the Guthrie Theatre in Minnesota, the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C., and the Public Theatre in New York City, among others. He has written and directed the feature film “House of Cards,” as well as over two hundred television shows. In 2005, he established Colonnades Theatre Lab-South Africa, which is dedicated to developing theatre and film pieces that identify situations around the world where there is, or once was, a struggle for justice, human rights or basic human dignity, and which celebrate the possibility of perceptual change. Mr. Lessac holds a doctorate in developmental psychology, and has taught both theatre and psychology at numerous universities in the U.S.

Todd Lester, a World Policy Institute Senior Fellow, is the Executive Director of Global Arts Corps, an organization that creates theatre to advance reconciliation in societies emerging from violent conflict. Previously, he founded freeDimensional, an organization that provides artist residencies to activists-in-distress. Todd has worked in advocacy and strategic communications positions with Reporters Sans Frontiers and Astraea Lesbian Justice Foundation. He has dedicated periods of his career to work on microfinance in Cameroon, refugee rights in Egypt, post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda, Track II diplomacy in the Southern Caucasus, and the North-South Peace Accord in Sudan, working with organizations such as International Rescue Committee, Carter Center, Peace Corps, and the United Nations. Todd holds a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University and diplomas from the Summer School in Forced Migration at Oxford University and Film & Media Studies at the New School. Todd received the Peace Corps Fund Award for founding freeDimensional, and was named Architect of the Future by the Waldzell Institute. (Cross-listed with Sustainable Cities).

Vida Mulec is Executive Director at the 15 Foundation, a New York-based non-profit that identifies and amplifies effective, sustainable and ultimately transformational education programs aimed at underprivileged youth across America. Prior to her work with the 15 Foundation, Vida, a former professional tennis player, led projects sponsored by the global markets business group at Deutsche Bank, where she specialized in new strategies aimed at reducing risk and tightening controls across all business lines. While working on Wall Street, Vida started volunteering with the International Rescue Committee. Those experiences at the IRC, which consisted in helping young refugees from war-torn nations resettle in the New York area, led Vida to realize that her true passion lies in social change. Vida holds a B.A. in Finance from Baylor University and an M.A. in International Affairs from the New School.

Martin Rosengaard together with Sixten Kai Nielsen, co-founded the art group Wooloo in 2002. The group constructs site-specific sculptures and interventions with the aim of imagining new social systems. Among several other projects, Wooloo has for the past eleven years been operating, an online community for artistic collaborations that currently connects the resources of more than 27,000 cultural producers internationally. Wooloo is participating in the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival this May in New York, as well as the 55th Venice Biennale in Italy. (Cross-listed with Sustainable Cities).

George Smith is founder and president of The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. IDSVA grants the world’s first Ph.D. in philosophy to visual artists and creative thinkers. Dr. Smith serves on the IDSVA core faculty as Associate Professor of Philosophy and Visual Culture. Recent and forthcoming publications include “The Artist-Philosopher and New Philosophy”; “The Art of Critique in the Age of Technology”; “What the Artist Knows and the PhD for Visual Artists”; and “The Non-Studio PhD for Visual Artists.”


Additional Arts-Policy Nexus Table Leaders (biographies listed under cross-listed theme):

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