World Policy Around the Table – Discussion Leaders 2012

Five decades, five themes.

World Policy Around the Table presents a unique opportunity to engage guest around the five global issues that require innovative approaches across borders. At each table, hosts including World Policy Fellows and eminent friends will engage guests in dinner conversation around these five themes. Your insights will help inform our work as we embark on our next 50 years.


Discussion leaders by theme:
List in formation

Media and Conflict
Reducing World Financial Risk
New Security Priorities



Sanjay Bhatnagar is in charge of new generation green enterprise at WaterHealth International. Mr. Bhatnagar is also the founder of the THOT Capital Group, a private equity firm based in New York. Prior to setting up the THOT Capital Group in January 2001, he was the CEO of Enron Broadband Services for Middle East and Asia, based in Singapore. He was also Chairman and CEO, Enron South Asia. Earlier, he worked for Schlumberger as an engineer and manager in several countries worldwide.

Bowman Cutter is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Next American Economy Project at the Roosevelt Institute. From 1996 to 2009 he was a managing director of the global private equity firm Warburg Pincus.  In President Bill Clinton’s first term Mr. Cutter was Director of the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President, and during the Carter Administration he was Executive Director for Budget at the Office of Management and Budget. He also led of the OMB transition team after the election of President Obama. Currently he is the board chairman of CARE, a founder and current chairman of MicroVest,and  a member of the Governing Council of the IFMR Trust in India.

Carrie Freeman is the Director of Sustainable Business Innovation for Intel. She is responsible for the strategy and business development of eco-technology solutions in the areas of environment and natural resource management. Ms. Freeman regularly speaks around the world on the role of information technology and sustainability. She serves on the board for the Nature Conservancy of New Mexico, the Permaculture Credit Union and acts in an advisory capacity to the Water Innovations Alliance and the Technology Venture Corporation. 

Hank Habicht is a Managing Partner at SAIL Capital, a cleantech venture fund. Since the 1980s he has been a pioneer in the field of green investments and sustainable industry. As a former Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. EPA and US Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Habicht was instrumental in the inauguration of the U.S. Energy Star Program and the implementation of market-based trading programs under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. He also co-founded Capital E LLC, a strategic consultancy for emerging renewable energy products and technologies. 

Nijhad Jamal is a Portfolio Manager with Acumen Fund, a venture fund that seeks to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, where his  main  focus is on the cleantech and water sectors. Previously he worked in private equity and mergers and acquisitions across a range of sectors and geographies and also spent time working and volunteering in East Africa and Central Asia in the fields of microfinance and social enterprise. Mr. Jamal holds a BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Eylon Javetz is the founder of Simul Consulting, delivering business consultancy services to investment funds and global companies. In this context, he has been active in the water arena across geographies and business stages. Prior to establishing Simul Consulting, Mr. Javetz served as Director and member of the investment committee at a NYC-based hedge fund making multiple direct investments in small public companies. In the past, Mr. Javetz used to serve as a peace broker and security expert in the Middle East. He participated in Arab-Israeli backchannel negotiations and directed multinational strategic policy-planning initiatives. Working closely with senior politicians, diplomats and generals, Mr. Javetz formulated peace blueprints, as well as economic development and crisis management schemes for the region.

Rajiv Joshi is currently Director of Programs in the International Secretariat of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty where he leads cross-sectoral work on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the G20, and Rio+20. He also serves as a Director of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy and as a Trustee of Oxfam where he advises on policy, campaigns, and global programs. He is a Director and Board Secretary of Johannesburg-based World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS), where he is the youngest board member in the organization’s history. 

Mira Kamdar is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and served as its Acting Director in 1996-97. Her latest book is Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Motiba's Tattoos: A Granddaughter's Journey into her Indian Family's Past won the Washington Book Award. Ms. Kamdar was a 2008 Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society and a 2010-11 Fulbright Senior Scholar in Paris. Her work focuses on issues of equity, sustainability, and the evolving relationship of a rising Asia with the West. She writes for Courrier International, the New York Times' blog "India Ink", the Caravan magazine and Foreign Affairs.

Filmmaker and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s On the Lot, a Steven Spielberg show in search of Hollywood’s next great director.  Her award-winning science-fiction film, A Drop of Life, confronts the mounting global water crisis.  Her current film, Solarize This, explores the possibility of building a clean energy economy in the U.S.  Shalini is a Sundance fellow, a TED fellow, and an IATP Food & Society Policy Fellow.

Dr. Upmanu Lall is the Alan & Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering at Columbia University and the Director of the Columbia Water Center. He is also a Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate & Society. Dr. Lall is a leading expert on hydroclimatology, climate change adaptation, risk analysis and mitigation. His research includes an emphasis on hydrology, water resource systems analysis, and the design and operation of water systems. He is a leader on research on  global and regional water sustainability.

William Powers 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.

Jeremy Schmidt is the Co-editor of Water Ethics and a Trudeau Scholar at the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Schmidt serves on the advisory board of the Water Ethics Network and is National Chair of the Canadian Water Resources Association's Student and Young Professionals organization. He also served as a member of the UNESCO Water Ethics and Water Resources Management Working Group.

Lisa Schubert is the Vice President of Events, Marketing & Communications for the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where she works to engender civic engagement in the humanities. She spearheaded the organization’s recent exhibit entitled “The Value of Water”, a compilation of artistic works that encourages viewers to meditate on water scarcity. Ms. Schubert also facilitated the Cathedral’s current partnerships with a series of water advocacy groups, including Food & Water Watch.

Kurt Soderlund is the founding CEO of Safe Water Network, which addresses the environmental, socioeconomic, behavioral, and market challenges that prevent access to safe drinking water. Mr. Soderlund also co-founded NorthStar Partners as well as an internet start-up company funded by leading technology firms. Mr. Soderlund also served as an Assistant to the President at the New School University in New York City. 

Erick Toledo is the Program Coordinator of the Circuit Rider and Water Bank Program at the Millennium Water Alliance.  Before the MWA, he was the director of the New Forests Project / Clean Water Initiative, a program of The International Center.  He is originally from Guatemala and has been working in water & sanitation programs for the last twelve years.  He graduated from University of Maryland where he received a Masters Degree in Sustainable Development.  He also has a degree in Natural Resources Management from Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala.

Gary White is CEO and co-founder of, an organization that facilitates innovative approaches to the provision of clean water and sanitation to communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America. The organization resulted from a merger between WaterPartners, co-founded by Mr. White, and H2O Africa. Mr. White serves as a leading advisor in the water and sanitation industry, providing consulting services to organizations such as PepsiCo Foundation and the Open Square Foundation. He is also a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates and was inducted into the Philanthropy World Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Kay Dilday is a freelance journalist who has written for the Nation, Guardian, New York Times, and Open Democracy. From 2005-2007 she was a fellow at the Institute of Current World Affairs, during which time she studied immigration and cultural identity in France and Morocco.  Prior to her fellowship she was an editor of the New York Times opinion page. 

Monique El-Faizy is a journalist and World Policy Institute Project Leader. Her focus is to increase awareness of disenfranchised people and to bring nuance to public discourse. She is the author of God and Country: How Evangelicals Have Become America's New Mainstream and is currently working on a book about Egypt's Coptic Christian minority. She is also the editorial director of El-Faizy is a board member of Doctors of the World-USA and the co-founder of Mwikali’s Gift, a 501(c)3 relief organization working in the village of Usalama, Kenya. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Washington Post, Financial Times, and GQ

Angela Fernandez, Esq. is the district office Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Jose Serrano, who represents New York’s 16th Congressional District in the South Bronx. She is the former Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. In her previous career as a public interest attorney and advocate she focused on both human rights issues and the immigrant community. Before joining Rep. Serrano’s staff she was a regular commentator on NY1, Univision, and Telemundo and wrote a weekly column on immigration for El Diario la Prensa, the most widely read Spanish language daily in New York. 

Wendy Rosenthal Gellman, Esq. is Senior Counsel & Senior Policy Advisor for Outreach and Community Affairs to United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). She specializes in policy issues regarding arts and cultural institutions, education, and healthcare. She leads the office’s efforts to assist organizations statewide in search of funding opportunities such as government grants. Ms. Gellman previously practiced law in New York City. 

Greg Lindsay is the author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, which examines patterns of migration and settlement in an interconnected world. He is currently a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and a fellow of the Hybrid Reality Institute, which explores the co-evolution of humans and technology. His work with Studio Gang Architects re-imagining the future of immigrant communities in suburbia is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in the exhibit “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.”

Jacques-Philippe Piverger is an investor and entrepreneur who currently leads the sustainable development of 7,000 acres of land in Haiti with a focus on organic produce, manufacturing, and residential housing. He is the founder and chairman of The Global Syndicate, founder of The Soleil Group, co-founder/Board Member of The Council of Urban Professionals, a term member of The Council on Foreign Relations, and advisory board member of George Clooney’s Hope for Haiti Now Fund. He was formerly a director at PineBridge Investments.

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 examination of migration, integration, and identity formation in three Muslim immigrant families. Her projects include research and advocacy on the causes and consequences of undocumented migration, arranged and forced marriage in America, and minority access to mainstream financial systems. She writes widely on migration and diversity and has taught related courses at NYU's Center for Global Affairs. She is a director at Kroll Advisory Solutions.

Alexandra Starr is an Emerson Fellow at the New America Foundation, focusing on immigration and U.S. competitiveness. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine,, The New Republic, and The American Scholar. She was formerly a political correspondent at Businessweek, where she covered the 2004 U.S. presidential election. Starr has been a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University law school; a Milena Jesenska fellow in Vienna, Austria; a Japan Society Fellow in Tokyo, Japan; and an Organization of American States fellow in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Media and Conflict

James Abernathy is the founder and CEO of the Abernathy MacGregor Group, a strategic, corporate, and financial communications firm.  He is a former vice president of corporate affairs at ABC and was selected as one of America’s ten best investor relations executives by Institutional Investor. He is an advisory board member at the World Policy Institute, and he previously served as the head of the Investor Relations Association. He is trustee emeritus of the Hackley School, founder of Americans for Humanitarian trade with Cuba, and a member of the board of directors of the Caron Foundation, one of the nation’s most respected alcohol and drug recovery facilities.

David Andelman is the Editor of World Policy Journal and President of the Overseas Press Club. During his career he has served as 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 has also served as a Washington correspondent for CNBC, editor at Bloomberg News, senior vice president at Burson-Marsteller, and executive editor at

Susan Benesch is a World Policy Institute Senior Fellow and Director of “Dangerous Speech on the Road to Mass Violence,” a project to identify language likely to catalyze violence, and propose effective policy responses. A human rights lawyer and former war correspondent, she directed Amnesty International USA’s Refugee program and served as a senior legal advisor at the Center for Justice and Accountability. She has lectured and taught widely and, she now teaches international human rights at American University’s School of International Service.

David Callahan is co-founder of Demos where he is a Senior Fellow and editor of the Demos blog David is the author of eight books and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and The American Prospect. He has written extensively on taxes and fiscal policy, the social safety net, financial reform, regulation, trade and globalization, and national security policy. In addition, his research focuses on issues of values and ethics. He is the author of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Do Well as well as The Moral Center: How Progressives Can Unite America Around Our Shared Values.

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 is organizing a project on memorialization of the past in Turkey.

Robert A. George is a New York Post editorial writer and political commentator. He has written for National ReviewReasonThe American Conservative, and The New Republic. He hosts his own blog Ragged Thots and frequently contributes political commentary to broadcast and online media outlets such as Fox, CNN, and Wall Street Journal online. Mr. George is originally from Trinidad and has worked in the US House of Representatives as a senior writer for Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and as director of coalitions for the Republican National Committee.

Todd Lester is Executive Director of Global Arts Corps, an organization that creates theatrical productions to advance the cause of reconciliation across civil, religious, and racial conflicts. He is founder and former director of freeDimensional, an organization that supports human rights activists by providing them with safe havens in vacant apartments of artist residencies. He is a World Policy Institute Senior Fellow focused on the arts/policy nexus, freedom of expression, and Africa, and previously served as Communications Officer for Reporters Sans Frontières and as an Advocacy Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee in Sudan.

Jehane Noujaim is a documentary filmmaker whose work frequently explores the role of the media in democracy and political discourse in the Middle East. In 2003, she gained access to both Al-Jazeera and the US Central Command in the weeks leading up to the Iraq War, and her resultant film Control Room illustrated the differences between Western and Arab media coverage of the war, demonstrating the violent consequences of the divergent narratives and claims to truth.   She is a 2006 TED Prize winner, and in 2008, she organized Pangea Day, a global videoconferencing event in collaboration with TED Enterprises. She recently made headlines for her coverage of the conflict between protesters and security forces  in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. 

Silvana Paternostro is a Colombian-born journalist and World Policy Institute Senior Fellow who has written extensively about Latin America, AIDS, revolutionary movements, and the intersection of culture and politics. Her most recent book, In the Land of God and Man: Confronting Our Sexual Culture, explores the effect of government and religion on women’s lives in Latin America and was nominated for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Non-Fiction. She was Associate Producer of Che, the two-part film directed by  Steven Soderbergh. She is currently writing an oral history of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, forthcoming this fall. 

Monroe E. Price is director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication. He founded the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University, where he remains a research fellow, and he chairs the Center for Media and Communications Studies at Central European University. He served on the President’s Task Force on Telecommunications Policy and the Sloan Commission on Cable Communications (both in the 1970s) Carter-Sagalaev Commission on Radio and Television Policy (in the 1990s). His publications include Media and Sovereignty: The Global Information Revolution and its Challenge to State Power, Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China, and Self Regulation and the Internet.

Tina Rosenberg is  co-writer of the Fixes column, about solutions to social problems, online at the New York Times and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Sunday Review.  Her book The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.  Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.   She is a former World Policy Institute Senior Fellow. Her latest book is Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.

Jason Rzepka is Vice President of Public Affairs at MTV and a prominent advocate in advancing the use of media platforms for social change. Jason regularly addresses audiences and serves as a resource on issues including youth mobilization, cyber bullying, and sexual health. He is responsible for the strategic direction of all of MTV’s “pro-social” campaigns, including the Emmy-winning “Choose or Lose,”  and “A Thin Line,” which targets digital abuse.

Stephen Schlesinger is a Fellow at the Century Foundation and former Director of the World Policy Institute. From 1982-1994 he was the speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to New York State Governor Mario Cuomo, and prior to that he was a staff writer at Time and editor of The New Democrat Magazine. He also worked at UN-Habitat, the agency dealing with cities. His most recent book, Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations won the 2004 Harry S. Truman book award

Lynn Shotwell is the Executive Director of the American Council on International Personnel. She first joined ACIP in 1996 as the Legal Counsel and Director of Government Relations. Ms. Shotwell has served on the Steering Committee of Compete America, as co-chair of Multinational Employers for Working Spouses (MEWS), and on the Secretariat of the Executive Working Group on Global Mobility Policies. She is a frequent lecturer on global mobility policies and practices. Prior to joining ACIP, Ms. Shotwell practiced immigration law at Arent Fox. 

David Stevens is a project leader at the World Policy Institute. Mr. Stevens is the founder and president of Serval Political Analysis, LLC a political research fi rm focused on the African continent. Prior to starting Serval, 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.
Neelam Verjee is a project leader at the World Policy Institute. Ms. Verjee has eight years of experience in journalism, including working as a business reporter and features writer for The Times of London, as well as covering the Business of Entertainment for the Wall Street Journal’s Mint newspaper, in Mumbai, India. She has also done stints with CNN International in London, and with the BBC World Service. She was born in Kenya, and has lived much of her life in the United Kingdom.
Lissa Weinmann is a senior fellow at the 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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Reducing World Financial Risk

John W. Allen, Chairman & CEO of Greater China Corporation, has
helped develop several multi-billion companies in Asia over the past
30 years. He is on the boards of WPI and the International Business
and Academic Council, and an Advisor to Womensphere, and to the
Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights. A founding member of
the Chinese Cultural Foundation and China Investment Group, Mr.
Allen has also formerly served as: Vice Chairman, Business Council for the United Nations; Chairman of AIESEC, U.S.; trustee of the Soros
Open Society Institute; and a President of the International Securities
Exchange Corporation.

Robert Brusca is Chief Economist of FAO (Fact and Opinion) Economics, a consulting firm he founded. He spent over 30 years as an economist on Wall Street where he led international financial market research at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and served as the chief economist at Nikko Securities International. He also teaches graduate students at Baruch College’s Zicklin College of Business. Brusca is an expert on the global economic policy and runs the “GPS for Investors” advisory blog. 

William Cohan is the author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the WorldThe Last Tycoons: A Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co., and House of Cards, which described the collapse of Bear Stearns. He worked on Wall Street for 17 years, during which time he was a vice president at Lazard Frères, a director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Merrill Lynch, and a managing director at JPMorgan Chase. He is now a contributing editor for Bloomberg TV and writes regularly for the New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, and Washington Post

Amy Feldman is a long-time fi nancial journalist. She currently writes a tax column for Reuters, and contributes to Fortune, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal and other publications. Before going out on her own, she was a staff writer or senior writer at BusinessWeek, Money, and Forbes. She has a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Archibald L. Gillies was President of the World Policy Institute from 1982 to 1991. He began his career in public policy and politics as an aide to Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller from 1956 to 1968. He has been President of the John Hay Whitney Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation. Since 2002 he has been a principal, with Sherle Schwenninger, Wade Greene, Jeff Madrick, and Stanley Greenberg in a policies studies and polling group, publishing five national surveys and the report, "Hometown America: Choices for the 2008 Election”.  A new report and poll will be released in 2012.

Recognized as one of the top economics reporters and anchors in the country, Kathleen Hays has covered the U.S. economy and the Federal Reserve for more than 20 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.

Hans Humes is the President, CEO, and Portfolio Manager of Greylock Capital Management. He has 20 years of experience working in emerging markets. Mr. Humes served as the Co-Chairperson of the Global Committee of Argentina Bondholders, which represented approximately $40 billion in holdings in one of the largest sovereign debt restructuring in history. Mr. Humes is a member of the Institute of International Finance’s Steering Committee for Private Creditor-Investor Committee for Greece, the Market Monitoring Group, and the Principles Consultative Group for the Principles for Stable Capital Flows and Fair Debt Restructuring in Emerging Markets.

Constance Hunter joined AXA IM in 2011 as Deputy Chief Investment Officer for Fixed Income.  Prior to joining AXA IM, she was a managing director and the Chief Economist at Aladdin Capital for two years. In 2004 she founded Coronat Asset Management, serving as Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer until 2010. Before Coronat she was a partner and portfolio manager at Quantrarian Capital Management, a hedge fund that invests in Asian markets. She is on the board of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and is a member of the National Committee for US-China relations where she participates in the Track II Economic Dialogs.

Ann Lee is a Senior Fellow at Demos who writes about issues of global economics and finance and is the author of What the US Can Learn From China. A former investment banker and hedge fund partner, she is a frequent media commentator on economic issues. In addition to television and radio appearances on Bloomberg, ABC, CBS, CNN, and NPR, her op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Forbes.  During her time as a visiting professor at Peking University, she was an advisor to several Chinese economic officials and asset management firms. 

Marcus Mabry is the First Vice President at the Overseas Press Club and Editor-at-Large of The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. Previously he was Associate National Editor and International Business Editor of the Times. Marcus spent nearly 20 years at Newsweek as a correspondent based in Paris, Johannesburg, and Washington, and as an editor in New York. He was the 1999-2000 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of two books, and has won numerous journalism prizes. 

Jeff Madrick is a Senior Fellow at WPI, an economic policy consultant, and a journalist. He is a visiting Professor of Humanities at The Cooper Union, and is Director of the Rediscovering Government Initiative at the Roosevelt Institute as well as a Senior Fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis of The New School. Madrick is the author of several renowned books, including The Age of GreedThe Case for Big Government, and Taking America. He edits Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs and is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. He is a former economics columnist for The New York Times.

Yalman Onaran is a veteran fi nancial reporter at Bloomberg News and has studied bank insolvency for decades. One of the fi rst reporters to break the news of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, he also opened the Istanbul bureau of Bloomberg News and exposed thirteen insolvent Turkish banks that the government was allowing to continue to operate. Onaran’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg, BusinessweekFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and numerous other news outlets around the world.

Jay Pelosky is a private investor and principal of J2Z Advisory LLC, an investment strategy consultancy. He serves on the World Policy Institute Board of Directors.  He has nearly 30 years of global investment experience, during which he led Morgan Stanley's global emerging markets and asset allocation strategies. He co-authors the “Bi-Sectoralism” blog for the Huffington Post with public policy professor Bruce W. Jentleson, where he advocates for increased public-private sector collaboration.  Mr. Pelosky also frequently appears as an expert commentator on Bloomberg Television. 

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 Nation, World Policy Journal, and Nuclear Times.

James Segel served as Special Counsel to Congressman Barney Frank, then the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, from 2007-2010.  Mr. Segel also served as the liaison to financial institutions as well as national advocacy groups, the state and the Members of the Financial Services Committee. He previously served in the Massachusetts Legislature for three terms as a state representative. Segel is currently engaged in the practice of corporate law and strategic consulting on federal financial and housing issues. 

Stefaan Verhulst is the Chief of Research at the Markle Foundation, Adjunct Professor at NYU and Senior Research Fellow in Global Communications at the Annenberg School of Communications (University of Pennsylvania). Previously he founded and served as director at the Program in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at Oxford University. Verhulst was the UNESCO Chairholder in Communications Law and Policy at Wolfson College, Oxford (UK) and consultant on information policy to numerous international organizations.

Bruce Wolfson is Partner and General Counsel at The Rohatyn Group, an asset management fi rm specializing in emerging markets. For over 30 years he has worked in debt restructuring and fi nancing in emerging markets. Prior to joining Rohatyn in 2004 he was at Bear Stearns, where he was responsible for all legal work relating to trading, sales, capital markets, and investment banking in the developing world. From 1982 to 1986 he served as Bank of America’s resident legal counsel in Mexico during two rounds of public sector debt restructuring. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and has served on the board of directors at the Emerging Markets Trade Association since 1994.

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New Security Priorities

Alon Ben-Meir is a Project Leader at WPI and a professor of International Relations at New York University. He is an expert on Middle East politics and affairs, specializing in peace negotiations between Israel and Arab states. Over the years, Dr. Ben-Meir has been directly involved in various negotiations between Israel and its neighboring countries. Dr. Ben-Meir is the author of several books, including the acclaimed The Middle East: Imperatives and Choices, and is a regular contributor to the Washington TimesChicago Tribune, and Jerusalem Post, among others.

Ian Bremmer is a Senior Fellow at WPI and the founder and President of Eurasia Group. He created Wall Street’s first-ever global political risk index and has authored several books, including the national bestseller The End of the Free Market and The J Curve which was selected by The Economist as one of the best books of 2006. His latest book, Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World, will be published on May 1. Bremmer holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University and was the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 2007, he was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. 

Michelle Fanzo, a Project Leader at WPI, founded Four Corners Consulting, which assists mission-based organizations and innovative companies to adapt and grow in a changing world. Michelle has 14 years experience in international affairs and 9 in journalism. She has worked in the UN Secretary-General’ s Office under Kofi Annan and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, directed an economic growth NGO in Afghanistan, and negotiated with the government of Myanmar to address an HIV/AIDS crisis.

WPI alumnus William Hartung is the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex, and the co-editor of Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War. From July 2007 through March 2011, Mr. Hartung was the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. He currently serves as the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.

Ben Pauker is senior editor at Foreign Policy. He came to FP from World Policy Journal, where he was managing editor from 2007–2010. A native New Yorker, he grew up in Brazil, Australia, and Thailand, and has written for Harper’s, the Economist, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. He is the co-founder of the Gastronauts, the world’s largest adventurous eating club, and, in the course of reporting but mainly to see if it was possible, has smuggled small arms out of Central Africa.
Melissa Powers works on women’s leadership and political participation. Ms. Powers is the co-author and editor of the book, Dignity and Defi ance: Stories from Bolivia’s Challenges to Globalization. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of the Democracy Center, which works globally to advance social justice through investigation and reporting, training citizens in public advocacy, and leading international citizen campaigns.

A Senior Fellow at WPI, Dr. Swadesh Rana is the Oceans Beyond Piracy-India Program Adviser for One Earth Future in Denver. The first woman to become the Chief of the Conventional Arms Branch in the United Nations Department of Disarmament Affairs, she served in the Executive Office of Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Ghali and as the Focal Point for Secretary General Kofi Annan's coordination of UN activities to control illicit traffic in small arms. Terropiracy, non-state actors, India's response to maritime piracy, and Improvized Explosive Devices (IEDs) are among her latest areas of involvement.

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