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Fulbright Association Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are unpaid and serve in a pro bono capacity. Members also pay their own expenses for travel to board meetings and make a significant financial contribution to the organization each year. Board members are elected for 3 year terms.

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Nancy Neill

President

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Nancy Neill has been part of the board and executive team at the Fulbright Association for a number of years.  She brings to the board a depth of experience in management and communication. Early in her career, she served as a consultant in communication for McKinsey & Company, working with consulting and client teams. She left McKinsey to establish her own firm, the Atlanta Communications Group, LLC, which served NGOs and corporate clients in the United States and abroad for more than 20 years.  She and her associates facilitated board discussions of strategy, vision, and values and trained managers in communicating effectively with clients.  A former magazine writer, she also served as speechwriter for CEOs and other members of senior management; prepared CEOs for analyst briefings; and wrote articles for clients that appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review.  In 2010 she co-authored a book on global health published by the University of California Press: Real Collaboration. 

During these years, she began to connect with the Fulbright Association.  While on a Fulbright grant to New Zealand she had traveled throughout the country to interview New Zealand authors and completed a book on the Representation of the Maoris in New Zealand Literature.  She returned to the United States to complete a master’s degree in Literature from the University of California.  Over the years, the Fulbright experience had stayed with her and when she saw an announcement in Foreign Affairs magazine she contacted the Association.  She ultimately became President of the Georgia Chapter, providing leadership in annual diplomatic events, hospitality for visiting Fulbright scholars, and forums for discussion of international issues.

Since then she has served as Vice President of the Fulbright Association and Chair of the Fulbright Association Advisory Board.  As Vice President of the Fulbright Association she played a role in merging the Fulbright Academy with the Fulbright Association.  She also led the Travel Task Force as it launched new mission-driven programs in 2015, including Insight Tours and Service Corps projects.  One of those trips, an Insight Tour to Cuba, occurred at a pivotal time when relations between the two countries were improving, and attracted a record number of alumni.

In 2017, she serves as the President of our Board of Directors, where she leads an exciting year focused on growing advocacy for the Fulbright Program, increased chapter leadership in programming, and greater linkages across the global Fulbright alumni community.

 

Kim David Eger

Vice President

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Mr. Kim David Eger is President & CEO of Eco Smart Shutters, a Georgia-based company that provides energy efficiency upgrades through dynamic shading devices for the residential and commercial markets. His firm introduced solar-powered rolling shutters with wireless remote controls to the southeast, harnessing the sun to create shade and reduce energy consumption needs. Eco Smart Shutters has been awarded government contracts for both breathable security gates and hurricane shutters. The common thread between various business ventures in which he’s involved is a focus on common sense Sustainability that can both lower cost and reduce the carbon footprint of his clients. Kim also serves on the board of directors of the Fulbright Academy, in their Executive Committee and as their Treasurer.

Mr. Eger has over fifteen years of experience in the Lawn & Garden (L&G) market in the U.S. and Europe. He was previously CEO of ASB Greenworld, Inc. and served as the only non-German board member of the parent company ASB Gruenland, GmbH.

Mr. Eger began his career with the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, responsible for Trade and Investment policy. His 1992 Fulbright was to the University of Cologne, where he studied political science and economics. After his Fulbright, he went on to earn an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), studying in Bologna, Italy and Washington, DC. Kim is fluent in German and French and proficient in Italian.

Dolores Rinke

Treasurer

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Dolores Rinke is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) and an IRS Enrolled Agent with a Masters of Business Administration and a doctorate in accounting.   She has taught or presented her scholarly work in Europe, Asia, and Africa and has been active in Purdue University’s Study Abroad Program serving as both instructor and advisor.  Currently she is Professor Emerita at Purdue University where she taught financial and international accounting.   Previous to her tenure at Purdue, she chaired the Business Administration Department at Lewis University.  

Dr. Rinke is very active with the Fulbright Program.  She was a Fulbright Scholar teaching in Hungary where she was instrumental in implementing an accountancy program and securing funding from the large accounting firms for continuation of the program.  A few years later, she was awarded a second Fulbright grant; this time to assist Hungary in preparing for entrance into the European Union. Later she returned as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to assist with the transition of Hungary’s higher education system.  Her recent Fulbright activity took her to Turkey where she lectured to graduate students and presented the keynote speech to the Turkish Finance Society in Izmir.  She continues to participate in Fulbright activities and has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and chair of the Finance/Audit Committee of the Fulbright Association from 2000-2006.,  She was  a peer reviewer for the Senior Specialist Program  and continues to be active with the Chicago Chapter.  Dr. Rinke also serves as a director and member of the finance committee for the Bo Jackson’s Give Me A Chance Foundation (GMACF).  She is also on the advisory board of the Central Asia Productivity Research Center.

Her previous background includes work with General Motors Corporation, the University of Michigan as bursar, Chicago World Trade Organization, KPMG, and USAID.  Professor Rinke has also served as an expert witness in international litigation and worked as a consultant with KPMG as part of the Capital Development Project, developing the audit profession for the country of Latvia.

Manfred Philipp

Secretary

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Manfred Philipp is Executive Director of the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences and  a former Trustee of the City University of New York (CUNY).  He was chair of CUNY’s University Faculty Senate in 2006-2010 and President of the German Academic Exchange Service Alumni Association of the US in 2013-2014.

Dr. Philipp is Professor Emeritus and past department chair of chemistry at Lehman College in New York and Professor Emeritus in the Biochemistry and Chemistry Doctoral Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. As a Fulbright scholar in 2005, Dr. Philipp taught bioinformatics and biopharmaceutics at the Catholic University of Portugal. As a Fulbright scholar in 2012-2013, he did research on multidrug resistant bacteria at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Dr. Philipp received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University. Dr. Philipp has been Program Director for the National Institutes of Health-supported, research-based student support programs Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS), Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), and the High School Summer Research Apprentice Program. He was co-Program Director of the NIH-supported Bridges to the Baccalaureate at Bronx Community College and Lehman College. He has also served as national president of the MBRS/MARC Program Directors Organization.

His scientific research concentrates on protein modeling and enzyme inhibition, with emphasis on enzyme inhibitors of potential pharmaceutical value.

H. Andrea Neves

Governance

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Professor emerita of education at Sonoma State University, Dr. Neves received her doctorate in education from Stanford University in 1984. Born and reared in California, Neves completed her undergraduate education in Mexico D.F. Mexico and received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Latin American studies.. Neves studied cultural anthropology and early childhood education on a full scholarship from the Mexican American Education Project and received her master’s degree in social sciences from Sacramento State University. Neves has taught at the American School Foundation secondary school in Mexico City and the Stanford University School of Education. In 1997 and in 2002 Neves received Fulbright-Hays fellowships to study issues of globalization in the education systems of Tanzania and of Uganda. She is a member of the board of the Sonoma State University Academic Foundation, the advisory board of the Stanford University School of Education, and the Board of Trustees of Opera San José.

Cynthia Ackron Baldwin

Director

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Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin has indeed enjoyed a prestigious career. Justice Baldwin dedicated eighteen years of her life to the Pennsylvania judiciary where she served with distinction.  She was nominated by Governor Edward G. Rendell to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve an interim term in December 2005 and was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate on February 15, 2006.  She retired from the Court January, 2008.  On March 3, 2008 she became a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the trial practice group.

Prior to her nomination to the Supreme Court, she served on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for over 16 years in the Civil, Family and Juvenile Divisions.  On February 15, 2010, she became the Vice President and General Counsel for the Pennsylvania State University, a public state-affiliated university with an annual budget at that time of $3.8 billion, 25 campuses throughout Pennsylvania, a medical school, a law school, a total enrollment of more than 90,000 students and 39,000 employees. Baldwin served as the university’s first in-house legal counsel, where she launched and developed a legal counsel’s office at Penn State before retiring in July, 2012. Currently she utilizes her considerable legal experience to do mediations and arbitrations.

Justice Baldwin is extremely active in the community, currently serving or recently having served on the following for-profit and not-for-profit boards: Koppers, Vibrant Pittsburgh, the National Association of Corporate Directors, Penn State Greater Allegheny and she is a past president of the Association of Governing Boards.  She has emerita status on the boards of Duquesne University and the Pennsylvania State University where she is a past chair of the board.

Max Burns

Director

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Max Burns became the 29th president of Gordon State College in January 2012. Prior to Gordon, Burns served as Dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business at North Georgia College & State University.

Before his appointment at North Georgia, Burns was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Georgia’s 12th Congressional District.

Prior to his service in Washington, Burns was a Professor of Management in the College of Business Administration at Georgia Southern University.  During his tenure at Georgia Southern, Burns was a visiting professor at the Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He was also a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Högskolan i Borås, Borås, Sweden and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Burns holds a Ph.D. in business administration and a master’s of business information systems from Georgia State University. Additionally, he earned his bachelor’s in industrial engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In 2016, Max is chair of our Advocacy Working Group where he is stepping up our advocacy efforts and leading our Fulbright Advocacy Days.

 

Pat Lemay Burr

Director

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Dr. Burr holds a Ph.D. in Business and Economics from University of North Texas. Her post-doctoral studies have included International and Area Studies at Yale University, the SCMP Program at Harvard University, and the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Her language and cultural studies have included La Sorbonne in Paris, France, and La Universidad Internacional in Mexico.

She has received Fulbright Awards to Mexico, China, Kuwait, and Vietnam, and has worked in various capacities in more than 30 countries.  She is founding and current President of the San Antonio Chapter of the Fulbright Association, and founder and Program Chair of the Southwest Fulbright Symposium.

At UIW, she has served as Dean of the School of Business and Vice President for International Programs.  She currently serves as Distinguished Chair at UIW and as Director, Center for International Peace Studies http://www.uiw.edu/peacecenter/index.htm.

She has served as Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Council, and has worked in two NYSE firms.

She was also joint owner and Chief Operating Office of Specialty Retail Corporation, an international firm with about $50 million in sales.

Pat has served on Boards of The World Trade Institute (NYC), The Walter Heller Institute (Chicago), The San Antonio Humane Society, Goodwill of Texas, YWCA, Hixon Venture Company, KO Steel Venture Company, Republic Bank of San Antonio, The San Antonio Library Foundation, City of San Antonio Industrial Bond Authority, and numerous other organizations.  She has chaired the Board of Saint Mary’s Hall School and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio.

Apple Corporation named her in 2013 as an Apple Distinguished Educator for her global work helping universities to integrate technology into the classroom.

Erwin Cho

Director

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Erwin Cho serves as chief of staff at Kaiser Permanente in health plan service and administration. He has held a variety of leadership positions in health care in business development as well as product innovation, development and management.

Mr. Cho earned his master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to graduating from the Harvard Kennedy School, he was a Woodrow Wilson/Public Policy and International Affairs fellow at Princeton and was a Fulbright fellow to Australia.

He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association in 2014 and is currently President of the Northern California chapter of the Fulbright Association.

He leads one of our mission-driven programs: EnvisionFulbright, a collaboration between the Fulbright Association, RestoringVision (an NGO he cofounded) and Timmy Global Health to send alumni on service trips to distribute reading glasses to people who need them but don’t have access to them.

Josephine Dorado

Director

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Josephine Dorado was President of Fulbright Association’s NY Chapter and recently chaired the Chapter Advisory Board before joining Fulbright’s national board. She brings to the board extensive experience in chapter management as well as initiating innovative alumni programs that nurture social entrepreneurship and youth mentorship. Josephine is a creative technologist, artist and digital strategist with an entrepreneurial spirit and an innovative approach, whose work focuses on the convergence of physical and digital experiences. Her work has garnered multiple Fulbright awards and a MacArthur Foundation award in Digital Media & Learning. As part of a Fulbright-Museumsquartier artist residency, Josephine worked with refugees in Austria to create virtual reality media narratives of their journeys. She currently teaches at The New School and leads digital marketing for a b2b financial services firm. In addition, Josephine is a trainer for the State Department’s TechCamps, an initiative to aid civil society organizations in developing countries by building their digital capacities, and has taught workshops in mobile storytelling and games in countries such as Ukraine, Palestine and Tunisia. Previously, Josephine founded Kidz Connect, a virtual cultural exchange program that connects youth internationally through creative collaboration and performance in virtual worlds. Her speaking engagements include Talks @ Google, TEDxFulbright, SXSW, IgniteNYC and SIGGRAPH.  For more information, go to her website at www.funksoup.com.

Jerome M. Cooper

Director

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Jerome M. Cooper, FAIA, a founding principal, is Chairman of COOPER CARRY, Inc., a 52 year-old architectural firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C., New York, and Newport Beach, CA. Mr. Cooper received the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology. As the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, he studied at the Universita di Roma in 1957 in Rome, Italy. In 1997, he returned to Rome as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy.

His long-standing involvement with professional associations includes the American Institute of Architects (Fellow); Atlanta Chapter, AIA (Past President); and South Atlantic Region, AIA (National Director).In addition, he has been a member of various AIA Task Forces: the National Task Force on Long Span Design, the National Task Force on Ethics, and the National Task Force on Re-certification and Registration. Mr. Cooper has been honored with the Bernard B. Rothschild Award, the highest award granted by the Georgia Association AIA, as well as the Ivan Allen Award for Community Service. He has also served as a Trustee of the National Building Museum and currently is a member of the National Fulbright Board in Washington DC. Under Mr. Cooper’s direction, Cooper Carry has received over 100 design awards, including 19 from the American Institute of Architects. In 1987, under his leadership, the firm received the Silver Medal for Design Excellence from the Atlanta Chapter AIA.

Scott Friedman

Director

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Dr. Friedman is Chief of Liver Diseases and Dean for Therapeutic Discovery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  His pioneering research in hepatic fibrosis supported by NIH since 1986, combined with mentoring of over 80 trainees have contributed to the emergence of fibrosis as an exciting new therapeutic area in hepatology. Dr. Friedman was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Weizmann Institute, Israel in 1995 and President of the AASLD in 2009.  He has received the International Hans Popper the EASL International Recognition Awards, the AASLD Distinguished Award and the American Liver Foundation Distinguished Award.  Dr. Friedman is a Fellow of the AASLD, AGA, ACP and AAAS.

Alison Gardy

Director

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For 15+ years, Alison Gardy has created pioneering educational programming for local, national, and global leaders; grown and inter-connected diverse communities; and nurtured thriving partnerships with prominent nonprofit and business leaders.  A multilingual, senior program director, collaboration-builder and relationship-builder, Alison’s passion is to help individuals and worthy causes grow stronger and increase their impact.  Until recently, Alison was Director of International Relations at 92nd Street Y, where she launched, led and executed original programs such as the Ford Motor Company International Fellowship, the Diplomatic Roundtable Series, and International Way of the annual 92Y StreetFest.  Previously, Alison taught writing at New York University; reported for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other publications; and, on a Fulbright creative independent study grant, investigated social change in Mexico. Alison led the Greater New York Chapter of the Fulbright Association (2000-2002), served as a Fulbright Association Board Director (2000-2006), and is thrilled to be back on the Fulbright Association board a decade later.

Melanie Horton

Director

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Melanie Horton is Senior Marketing Manager at EdTec, a social venture that provides business and development support to charter schools. Before joining EdTec in 2017, Melanie was Director of Business and Marketing at El Camino Real Charter High School. Prior to that, she held a variety of positions at Prudential Real Estate Investors Latin America, including Head of Research for Latin America. Melanie also spent time as an English teacher in Spain and a Fulbright scholar in Mexico, where she worked at New Ventures México and studied the country’s emerging field of social entrepreneurship.

Melanie earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Spanish from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY; a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson; and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from UCLA. Her passions include Latin American culture and history, public education reform, travel, and all things culinary. She resides in Los Angeles, California.

Nada Glick

Director

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Dr. Glick is an experienced career counselor, currently with a private career counseling practice.  For many years she administered college academic advisement, counseling, and/or career development departments: at Sarah Lawrence College, Westchester Community College/SUNY, and most recently at Yeshiva College, where she was also international fellowship advisor. She has also taught psychology at the college level. At present, she is also Director of Development for Human Development Services of Westchester, securing grants and other funding for the agency’s programs, which provide supportive community services for adults recovering from serious mental illness, and housing counseling and related services for low income residents of Westchester County, NY.  Her special interests are adult learning, international education, and career development throughout the life cycle. She was a Fulbrighter to Germany in 1992 on the U.S. International Educators Program. She holds an M.Ed. in Vocational and Rehabilitation Counseling, and an Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education, both from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Christopher Kelley

Director

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Christopher Kelley is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2005 and in Chisinau, Moldova, in 2011. He continues to teach frequently at universities in Ukraine and Moldova and in Belarus, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, and Russia. He is a part-time Professor at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine, and a consultant to the Inyurpolis Law Firm in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Professor Kelley is active in the American Bar Association Section of International Law. He has been the Chair of the Public International Law I Division and served three terms as the Co-Chair of the Section’s Russia/Eurasia Committee. He was a delegate on the Section’s International Legal Exchange briefing trips to Poland, Jordan, Lebanon, Australia, and New Zealand. He also participated in the World Justice Project’s World Justice Forums I and II in Vienna and the World justice Forum IV in The Hague.

Professor Kelley has practiced law in large and small law firms variously in Minnesota, Arkansas, Georgia, and the District of Columbia. He also has been a public defender, a legal services attorney, and staff counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. He began his legal career in the Solicitor General’s Office of the Minnesota Attorney General. He has taught at the William Mitchell College of Law, the University of North Dakota School of Law, the University of South Dakota School of Law, and the Drake University Law School.

Tom Moga

Director

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Mr. Thomas (Tom) Moga is an Attorney at Law at LeClairRyan where he focuses on intellectual property and international business transactions. His experience in the arena of international intellectual property includes the development of domestic and foreign patent portfolios, the acquisition of registrations for trademarks and copyrights, licensing, litigation, dispute resolution and mediation, and policy development. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Moga is an experienced patent prosecutor in the mechanical, chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical arts and has been qualified and has testified as an expert witness in patent disputes. He also manages patent enforcement and anti-counterfeiting actions in Asia (China, South Korea, India), including overseeing initial counterfeit product investigation, selecting and working with local investigators, selecting and working with local counsel, preparing administrative and judicial documents, and participating in raids. He spent the first half of 1997 as a Fulbright Scholar in China where he taught patent law at Jilin University and acted as a foreign advisor to China’s State Intellectual Property Office.   Mr. Moga is a frequent speaker on the TRIPS Agreement of the WTO and on global patent portfolio development and enforcement.  He is the author of “Patent Practice and Policy in the Pacific Rim” (Thomson Reuters), a multi-volume treatise on patent law and practice in Asia, and “China’s Utility Model Patent System: Innovation Driver or Deterrent” (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2012).

 

Jay Nathan

Director

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A Fulbright Scholar to Thailand, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia, Dr. Nathan has earned MBA and PhD degrees from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been a tenured professor of management at St. John’s University since 1993; previously, he was a tenured professor at the Kania School of Management at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, for ten years. His academic career began after several years on the business world, where he worked in the United States for multinational corporations with responsibilities for corporate strategy and planning, forecasting and quality management.  An author, editor, and past president of the Global Awareness Society, he has lectured under various fellowships. grants and sponsorships in Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, England, France, India, Finland, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Australia, Malaysia, Italy, Russia, Nepal, South Africa, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, and Lithuania.

He currently serves as a PhD advisor for the Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan; an Honorable Professor of Karaganda University of Economics, Kazakhstan; and a visiting professor of National University of Mongolia. His recent book, Kazakhstan’s New Economy, Nomads and Eagle Hunters meet Technology and Management, is distributed by the University of Chicago Press.

His Fulbright experiences have taught him to continually engage with global cultures, and so, he has established visiting scholar lecture series at the University of Scranton, where each year, an ambassador or consulate-general gives a keynote speech that show-cases culture, arts, and music in a particular country. He has also established another endowment at the Keystone College, Pennsylvania, devoted to a “Cultural Immersion Program.” In this program, first-time visiting scholars to the United States experience American culture, interact with local families, and gain greater understanding of the American way of life by visiting Washington DC, Philadelphia  and New York City.  He serves on the boards of Global Awareness Society International, and New York City Operations and Supply Chain Management.

He is passionate about business education and contextualizing his international travel experiences to teaching, service and research to local, regional, and national levels, especially in poor and developing countries around the world.  He sees the world as one large campus and is humbled by the capacity of humans to improve the lives of others.   He enjoys walking, musical concerts, folk and country singing, and musical instruments from Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, and Eurasia.

Philip Rakita

Director

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Dr. Philip Rakita is Chair of the Board and Managing Director of Armour Associates, with offices in North Carolina and France. He is a senior executive with more than thirty years of international experience in the chemical and related industries. For eighteen years he held various management positions in fine and specialty chemicals and plastics for the Elf Aquitaine Group. He also served as CEO of Syrgis Performance Products, LLC, a privately held $50 million diversified group of specialty chemical companies. He has lead numerous successful projects in new business development, technology assessment and transfer, divestitures and acquisitions. He has worked and lived in France, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, and the United States and has extensive experience with multinational technical and cultural interfaces within organizations. Prior to his industrial career he was Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Minnesota, and Senior Fulbright Visiting Professor at Moscow State University (USSR).

Ulku Rowe

Director

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Ulku Rowe is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, where she is the Global Head of Credit Risk Technology. Before joining J.P. Morgan in 2012, Ulku was a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she was the Global Head of Market Risk Technology. Prior to that, she held a variety of technology leadership positions at UBS in Fixed Income, Derivatives and Structured Products areas, building trading and analytics systems. Throughout her career, she helped drive business transformation through technical innovation and leadership. Her focus has been building highly scalable, enterprise systems leveraging grid computing, quantitative analytics and big data technologies. She has been an advocate for gender diversity in technology and is currently leading a number of women’s initiatives at J.P. Morgan.

Ulku is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association. Ulku received her BS degree in Computer Engineering from Bosphorus University in Istanbul and her MS degree in Computer Science, as a Fulbright Scholar, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Don Sparks

Director

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Donald Sparks is Professor of International Economics at the Citadel in Charleston, SC, (where he has been named MBA Professor of the Year three times) and University Lecturer in International Business at the Management Center Innsbruck, Austria.

Dr Sparks recently served as a Senior Consulting Associate in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the US Department of State. He has been a Fulbright Professor of Economics at the University of Swaziland and at the University of Maribor, in Slovenia. He was also a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Swaziland. Last year he was a Fulbright Specialist in Economics at the African Union Commission’s Department of Economic Affairs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was the Department Chairman and Visiting Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo. He is the Director of the Charleston Council for International Visitors.

Before beginning his academic career, Dr Sparks served as the Regional Economist for Africa in the Office of Economic Analysis at the US Department of State in Washington, DC and as a Staff Assistant to Senator Ernest F Hollings.

Dr Sparks has published widely, including authoring the “Economic Trends” chapter of Africa South of the Sahara for each edition for the past 30 years. He has make presentations in over 20 countries in North America, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Europe. He has been a consultant for a number of international organizations, including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the United Nations Council for Namibia, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

He received his MA and PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) and his BA from the George Washington University. Dr Sparks is married to Dr Katherine Saenger and they live in Charleston, South Carolina, USA and Seefeld in Tirol, Austria. They have two grown children and one grandson.

Samantha Lakin

Student Representative

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Samantha Lakin, M.A., is a Ph.D. candidate at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Brandeis University. Lakin was a Fulbright scholar in Switzerland (2011-2012), where she researched the rescue of Jewish children to Switzerland during World War II. She has worked in Rwanda since 2013, researching local perspectives of memory and justice in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide that took place in the country. Lakin also researches civil society engagement in peace and justice, and gender-sensitive research, in Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, and Northern Uganda. Lakin currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Survivors Fund (SURF), and the Advisory Board of the Genocide Survivors Support Network (GSSN). She has held positions at organizations including Aegis Trust and the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Refugee Law Project, Never Again Rwanda, and the U.S. Embassy in Kigali. Lakin has recently been featured on Voice of America-Afrique, and gave a Ted Talk, “Exploring Stories of Genocide and Justice after Conflict” at TEDxFulbrightSantaMonica in September 2015. She is a published author and is an active public speaker on academic and social justice issues.