Sam Potolicchio is the Distinguished Professor and Chair in Social and Political Communication at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Europe's largest university and Visiting Senior Lecturer for the Lugar Academy of the University of Indianapolis and Georgetown University. Dr. Potolicchio is the founder and president and academic director of the Preparing Global Leaders Summit in Moscow,Russia at the Russian Presidential Academy, Preparing Global Leaders Institute in Macedonia and Preparing Global Leaders Academy in Amman, Jordan.
Potolicchio was named by the Princeton Review as one of the “Best Professors in America” in 2012, the only one chosen from his field. He has won numerous teaching awards at Georgetown and the K. Patricia Cross Award from the American Association of Colleges and Universities as one of the future leaders of American higher education in 2011. Potolicchio is the official lecturer on American Federalism for the Open World Leadership program at the Library of Congress, where he speaks weekly to visiting dignitaries from the post-Soviet republics.
He has delivered keynote lectures internationally at over 120 different universities in 35 countries including Oxford, Cambridge and Bologna.
Seth Borenstein was part of an AP Gulf of Mexico oil spill reporting team that won the 2010 George Polk Award for Environment Reporting and a special merit award as part of the 2011 Grantham environment reporting prizes. He was part of a team of finalists for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. A science and environmental journalist for more than 20 years, covering everything from hurricanes to space shuttle launches, Borenstein has also worked for Knight Ridder Newspapers' Washington Bureau, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He is the co-author of three long out-of-print books, two on hurricanes and one on popular science. He lives in Kensington, Maryland, with his wife, Anne Marie, and two of his three sons (his third son is at Fordham University), where he coaches youth basketball and is a retired cub scout leader. He has flown in zero gravity and once tried out for Florida Marlins (unsuccessfully). And yes, he is related to the Eliot Borenstein, who is chairman of Russian and Slavic Studies at NYU. They're brothers.
Dr. James J. Zogby is president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), which he founded in 1985. He is also the Director of Zogby Research Services, a firm engaged in ground-breaking public opinion research across the Arab World.
In September 2013, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the US Commission for International Religious Freedom, a nine-member, independent, bipartisan Federal Government commission that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.
He also writes a weekly column that, since 1992, has appeared in newspapers in 14 Arab and South Asian countries. He is also the author of a number of books on Arab public opinion. Titles include: “Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters” (2010) and “What Arabs Think: Values, Beliefs, and Concerns” (2002).
Dr. Zogby received his doctorate in Islamic Studies from Temple University’s Department of Religion and later was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. He lives in Washington DC with his wife, Eileen.
Steve McMahon, Esq. is a political strategist who has worked on Democratic political campaigns and advised some of America's leading companies for over 20 years. He was a senior advisor in three presidential campaigns, and the lead strategist in Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, which revolutionized the use of the internet in political campaigns. Steve McMahon is the co-founder of Purple Strategies (www.purplestrategies.com), one of Washington's leading public affairs firms and the publisher of the "Purple Poll," a monthly look at the 12 key presidential battleground states. He appears regularly as a political commentator on MSNBC and other television networks. Steve began his career on the Senate staff of United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy and is an attorney by training.
Daniella Fridl, PhD is the Director of the ICONS Project and the Assistant Director for the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM). Dr. Fridl is also the Director of the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management and teaches courses in conflict management and negotiation. Daniella has designed and run training programs on; effective negotiation, conflict management, crisis leadership, and cross-cultural communication.
Recently, she helped design and deliver the Negotiation Leadership Workshop as a key component of USAID's Governance Enhancement Project and Civil Society Enhancement Initiative (CSEI) in Guyana. Dr. Fridl is also Associate in the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University where she teaches a class in the area of health policy. She is also a visiting lecturer at Cornell University where she teaches a course in economic growth and development. Daniella has worked for a number of international organizations including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and has done consulting work in the private sector. She is an expert on the Balkans and has worked and conducted research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Kosovo.
Dr. Fridl holds a B.A. in Political Science, International Relations and German Language from Drake University. She received her Masters Degree in International Economics and Conflict Management and PhD in International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS University. She is a recipient of a number of interdependent research grants from the International Research Exchanges Board (IREX) sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Dr. Fridl received the American Academy of Sciences fellowship for the post-doctoral work, which she completed at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxemburg, Austria. She is fluent in Croatian and German.
Wendy Grossman, PhD is a Curatorial Associate at The Phillips Collection. Her association with the museum began in 2009 when the Phillips hosted the first venue of her touring exhibition Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens. She has over fifteen years of teaching and curatorial experience. Dr. Grossmans expertise is in the history of photography, early twentieth-century European and American modernism, the relationship between African art and modern art, and the artist Man Ray. Wendy has lectured internationally, curated exhibitions on these topics, and taught in the University of Maryland overseas program in Vienna, Austria, and at various universities in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. She was also a visiting professor at Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont. In addition to several museum internships, her curatorial experience includes two years at The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park and serving as an independent curator for a number of exhibition projects. She is currently organizing an exhibition for the Phillips titled “Man Ray: Mathematical Objects and Shakespearean Equations.” Dr. Grossman is the author of numerous publications including the award-winning catalogue, Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens. Her articles and essays have been widely published in international journals and edited volumes. After studying at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, she completed her MA and PhD degrees at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Victoria Kiechel has 20 years of professional experience in architecture, education, and sustainable design. A practicing architect, she works for the Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consultancy, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Global Environmental Politics Program, the School of International Service, American University (AU), in Washington, DC. In 2010, she was the inaugural recipient of AUs Most Innovative Green Teacher of the Year award. At Cadmus, Vicky has worked for the US Green Building Council to develop and support the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems; advises the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR commercial and industrial branch; leads consulting and review teams for buildings seeking LEED certification; and manages sustainability initiatives for clients as diverse as the Smithsonian Institution and state and local governments. She is project manager and technical lead for the 2012 redevelopment of ENERGY STAR for Buildings training resources. Her Cadmus research work includes her roles as primary author of Planning and Financing Energy Efficient Infrastructure in Appalachia, for the Appalachian Regional Commission (released March, 2012), and co-Principal Investigator of Cadmus’ Water Management and Green Building Rating Systems 2009-2010 study for the Electric Power Research Institute. Her architectural design work focuses on small-to-medium scale residential and institutional projects. For the Washington, DC Capitol Hill School Libraries Project, she designed the library for Maury Elementary School. Victoria Kiechel, AIA and LEED AP ND, BD+C, O+M, ID+C, Homes
Dorothy Kosinski, PhD has been the director of The Phillips Collection since 2008. She is the former senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art, and served earlier as an independent curator for the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Dr. Kosinski is energized and inspired by founder Duncan Phillips's vision for "an intimate museum combined with an experiment station." She says, "From the start, the Phillips has been a place of tremendous risk-taking with an innovative approach to thinking about art and culture." Dorothy Kosinski feels fortunate to have the opportunity to build on Duncan Phillips’s legacy as we work to renew and invigorate that spirit of open-minded, interdisciplinary, and collaborative inquiry into modern and contemporary art. Dr. Kosinski has written and published widely in numerous catalogues and books, as well as many art magazines. She regularly participates in scholarly lectures and has extensive teaching experience at the university level. She recived her MA and PhD degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and her BA from Yale University
Lori Maynard graduated with a BA at Gallaudet University and earned her Masters in Western Maryland College now McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland in 1991. She added 60 graduate courses including Linguistics, Deaf Studies, Interpreting, ASL and Deaf History. She had experience in teaching and tutoring ASL, Deaf Culture, Deaf History, Linguistic, and Interpreting for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing students both undergraduate and graduate programs when she worked at Pima Community College (AZ), Community College of Baltimore County (MD) and Gallaudet University (DC). Lori Maynard presented over 60 lectures at colleges, conferences and in Thailand on various topics such as ASL storytelling, linguistics, non-manual signals/features/role shift/eye gazes, classifiers and jargon.
Mike Tae is currently a Senior Vice President at Millstein & Co, a financial services firm that provides advisory services to clients facing complex corporate and public finance issues. He was most recently a Senior Policy Advisor at the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. At Treasury, he also served as the Director of Investments for TARP, where he helped execute and oversee emergency financial programs that were implemented during the financial crisis. Mike was previously a Vice President in investment banking at Merrill Lynch's Financial Institutions Group. Mike also worked at McKinsey & Co as a consultant for several years and prior to that, researched development economics in Korea as a Fulbright Scholar. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Williams College.
Michael Ulrich, PhD started his position as Director of NYU Washington after over eleven years at the University of Maryland. For most of that time, he directed study abroad and taught several short-term courses for premedical students in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and Cape Town. Prior to his tenure at Maryland, Michael was on the biology faculty at Elon University where his duties included co-chairing the department, teaching biology and interdisciplinary courses and developing new study abroad programs. Michael Ulrich received a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Washington University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with a BA in biology. Michael was the author of an instructor’s manual for the biology textbook “Asking about Life” and has presented numerous times at regional, national and international conferences on his teaching and study abroad experiences.
Dan Vergano is the senior science reporter and a columnist at USA Today, where he has been on staff since 1999. Previous reporting stints were at Medical Tribune and HealthWeek (PBS) with additional freelance work for Men's Health, New Scientist, Science, Washington Post, Air & Space Smithsonian and elsewhere. Dan has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Penn State and a M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University. Dan Vergano won the 2011 Gene Stuart Award from the Society for American Archeology, for a story and video series on Maya archeology, and the 2006 David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union, for a USA Today cover story on climate change. Dan was a 2007-08 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where he studied and spoke about the intersection of science and politics. He has about 9,000 followers on Twitter for @dvergano, and he would be more than happy to see you there as well.
Jesse Merriam, Esq., is currently a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at Johns Hopkins University, in the process of completing his dissertation on legal consistency and the rule of law. He has published extensively on various areas of constitutional law and theory in top law journals, such as the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, as well as in peer-reviewed journals, such as Law and Philosophy. In 2012, he completed his M.A. in both the Hopkins Philosophy and Political Science Departments. Before coming to Hopkins, Jesse received his J.D. from GW Law and B.A. from Wesleyan University. He has worked as a litigator at the Center for Constitutional Litigation, a firm specializing in challenging the constitutionality of restrictions on access to courts, and as a researcher in religion and law at the Pew Forum, where he wrote about various areas of First Amendment law.
Gabriela Mundaca brings many years of research, advising to the policy departments of the Central Bank of Norway; and teaching at the Master Program for Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University; and the Economics Department of the University of Oslo, Norway. She has published several articles in refereed international journals and attended numerous international conferences either presenting her own work, serving as discussant, or both. Gabriela Mundaca’s advisory experience was acquired during her 12 years affiliation with the Central Bank of Norway. There, she worked at the Research Department, and some of her duties, in addition to her research, were to advise the Bank’s Policy Divisions on a range of policy issues related to exchange rate policies; monetary policy; financial sector stability and its importance for the economy; and asset markets volatility. She was closely involved in the design of Norway’s monetary-fiscal policy response to (and management of) its oil wealth (Norway is the world 3rd largest exporter of oil). Norway’s practices in this area are regarded as a best practice at the international level. She has recently served as a consultant to the IMF and the World Bank.
Barbara Kotschwar, research fellow, has been associated with the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 2007. Her research focuses on trade, investment, and regional integration. Recent projects include comparative analyses of Latin American experiences with free trade agreements, Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America, an assessment of Mexico's economy, and studies on commercial relations between the United States and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) partners. Kotschwar is also adjunct professor of Latin American studies and economics at Georgetown University, where she has taught courses on political economy and trade and integration in the Americas since 1998.
Before joining the Institute, she was chief of the Foreign Trade Information System at the Organization of American States, where she also provided technical and analytical support to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) process in the area of standards and technical barriers to trade in her capacity as senior trade specialist. She has advised Latin American and Caribbean governments on trade-related issues and has worked with multilateral and regional development banks on a variety of trade and development projects.
Her publications include Understanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (2012, with Jeffrey J. Schott and Julia Muir), Transportation and Communication Infrastructure in Latin America: Lessons from Asia (PIIE Working Paper 12-6, 2012), Chinese Investment in Latin American Resources: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (PIIE Working Paper 12-3, 2012, with Theodore Moran and Julia Muir); Reengaging Egypt: Options for US-Egypt Economic Relations (2010, with Jeffrey J. Schott); "Chile-US Free Trade Agreement: A Model to Follow?" in Capitalizing on the Morocco-US Free Trade Agreement: A Road Map to Success, ed. Hufbauer and Brunel (2009); "Mapping Investment Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements: Towards an International Investment Regime?" in Regional Rules in the Global Trading System, ed. Estevadeordal, Suominen, and Teh (Cambridge University Press, 2009); and "Trade and Standards: A Look at Central America," World Economy 25 (2002): 991–1018 (with Gary Hufbauer and John S. Wilson). She is also coeditor of Trade Rules in the Making: Multilateral and Regional Trade Arrangements (Brookings Institution Press/Organization of American States, 1999) and The Andean Community and the United States: Trade and Investment Relations in the 1990s (Organization of American States, 1998).
Dr. Laura E. Sponsler is the content director for civic learning and democratic engagement at NASPA, where is she responsible for the NASPA Lead Initiative, a collaborative network of 73 institutions who have committed to civic learning and democratic engagement work across their student affairs divisions. Her research and writing focuses on the role of institutional culture in promoting civic engagement for students, student development, academic governance and organizational change in higher education. Dr. Sponsler has published several articles, presented her work at national and regional conferences, and has delivered numerous invited presentations on campuses. Prior to her scholarly work, Dr. Sponsler served as a practitioner in experiential learning. She coordinated the Franklin Community at the University of Pennsylvania, which is dedicated to developing civic leaders for an increasingly democratic and culturally complex world. She also served as the Assistant Director of Service‐Learning in an immersion program along the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico as well as coordinated service and leadership programming at Cabrini College.
Dr. Sponsler earned an M.S.Ed. and Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and a B.S. in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University.