Board of directors

Brooks Preston, Chair

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Brooks Preston’s work is focused on generating commercial returns at the convergence of private capital and sustainability. He was appointed Head of Investment Funds of OPIC’s Investment Funds Department (IFD) in May 2014 and sits on OPIC’s Investment Committee.  Brooks has been investing in renewable energy in emerging markets since 2005. He believes private equity is a critical tool for addressing some of the biggest challenges of the developing world, from poverty to food insecurity to high unemployment and overall lack of opportunity. 

Ruth Ben-Ghiat

New York University

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University and a political commentator and cultural critic who has received Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other fellowships. She has extensive experience in academic administration, with expertise in program building, globalization, and how institutions can address declining humanities enrollments. Her activities as a public intellectual reflect her conviction that the humanities have a vital importance today and that historical and critical thinking can help us to decipher our troubled times.

Magid Yousif Yahya Elhag

Ambassador Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sudan to Eritrea


Glenn Erikson

The Integral Companies

Glenn Erikson, PhD, AIA is President of the Integral companies where he owns and manages 300,000 SF of buildings and is an architect, consultant, teacher, writer and developer. Erikson’s design and development teams that have received multiple design awards, and his work has been featured in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and several books. He has designed and developed as a general partner 30 commercial, residential and mixed use development projects, and has designed, built and leased more than 2.5MM square feet of development projects.

Oliver Niedermaier

Tau Investment Management

Oliver Niedermaier is the founder of TAU and serves as Chairman & CEO. He also chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to launching TAU, Oliver served as an Operating Partner at Advent International, a global private equity firm with over $32B assets under management, where he co-invested in Equiniti and served as a non-executive director from buyout in 2007 to IPO in 2015. Oliver was appointed a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum in 2010, and continues to be an active member of the community.

Julia Rhee

Music Traveler

Julia Rhee is co-founder & CEO of Music Traveler, a sharing economy platform in the music services industry. Julia is also the founder of the Chief Investment Officer Summit®, an alternative investment conference series and Alpha Institutes. 

George Sampas

Sullivan & Cromwell

George Sampas is the co-head of S&C’s Private Equity Group. He has used his knowledge of various takeover regimes and global practices to develop unique solutions for clients around the world. His practice has emphasized cross-border transactions, unsolicited U.S. and non-U.S. acquisitions and private equity transactions. Sampas is one of the most high profile attorneys in the US.

advisory council

Michael Drexler

World Economic Forum

Chair,  Advisory Council


James L. Abernathy

Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.


Kieron Boyle

Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity


Lan Cai

Millennium Partners


F. Samuel Eberts III

Laboratory Corporation of

America Holdings


Brendan M. foo

Forward Risk and Intelligence


David Golub

Golub Capital


Nadine Hack

beCause Global Consulting


Anja Kaspersen

World Economic Forum


Tik Keung

Ruton Capital


Peter Lupoff

Lupoff Friends and Family Interests

Peter Marber

Loomis Sayles & Co.


Michael D. Patrick

Fragomen (retired)


Ludovica Rossi Purini

Italian Journal


Melinda Sarafa

Select Equity Group, L.P.


Robyn Scott



Kim Taipale

Stillwell Holding LLC

Editorial Board

Seymour Topping

Columbia University (Chairman)


Sulaiman Al-Hattlan

HattPost Media


Eric Alterman

World Policy Institute


Sidney Blumenthal



Ying Chan

The University of Hong Kong


Mark Danner

The New York Review of Books


Kate Doyle

National Security Archive


Naresh Fernandes

Time Out India


John Maxwell Hamilton

Louisiana State University


James F. Hoge Jr.

Center for Global Affairs, NYU


Aziz Z.Huq

University of Chicago Law School


Azubuike lshiekwene

Punch Newspaper Group, Nigeria


Peter B. Kaufman

Intelligent Television


Paul Kelly

The Australian


Anne Nelson

Columbia University


Peter Osnos

PublicAffairs Books


Jennifer Ramos

Layola Marymount University



Sherle R. Schwenninger

World  Policy Institute


Nancy E. Soderberg

Connect U.S. Fund


Ronald Steel

University of Southern California


Paul Steiger



Angela E. Stent

Georgetown University


Patrick Wajsman

Politique Internationale


Martin Walker

World Policy Institute


Ruth Wedgwood

Johns Hopkins University, SAIS

In memorium

Bob Alexander

Walter Eberstadt

David Londoner

Jack Rivkin

W. Dieter Zander