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Vali R. Nasr

Vali Nasr is a Middle East scholar, foreign policy adviser and commentator on international relations. His most recent book, "The Dispensable Nation" deals with the implications of the Obama administration’s foreign policy on American strategic interests. His previous books, "Forces of Fortune" and "The Shia Revival" examined the postwar sectarian violence in Iraq and the Arab Spring uprising, and contributed to US policy formulated in response to those events. Prior to being named Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, Nasr was a professor of international politics at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. From 2009 to 2011, he was the special adviser to the President's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; he served on the faculties of the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University, the University of California, San Diego and the University of San Diego; he was a Carnegie scholar and a senior fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He also served as an adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. Nasr is currently a member of the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board; a director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat (2013); Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our World (2009); Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty, co-author (2006); The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future (2006); Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (2001); Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism (1996); The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: Jama'at-i Islami of Pakistan (1994); numerous articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs and other publications


Myron K. Kunka, MPA
Senior Associate Dean of Operations and Finance

In his current role, Myron Kunka oversees the day-to-day operations of Johns Hopkins SAIS, including the extensive modernization of the school’s facility and business infrastructure, information technology, security, human resources, finance, communications and public affairs, enrollment, career services, library and student life. He has served more than 32 years in a range of senior financial management and business positions for the US Department of Defense (DOD); he was a member of the Senior Executive Service, and he was most recently the associate director of the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Throughout his DOD career, he led numerous business transformation efforts and teams that focused on integration, customer responsiveness, continuous business improvement and employment of best business practices. Kunka is the recipient of US Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Awards at both Meritorious and Distinguished Executive levels and multiple Secretary of Defense Medals for Meritorious Civilian Service. He received an MPA degree in finance and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.


Peter M. Lewis, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs  

Peter Lewis became the associate dean for Academic Affairs in July 2015. In this position, Lewis plays a strategic role in supporting Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty and promoting proactive, data-driven and analytical work to support the School’s academic mission. Lewis had previously served as an Associate Professor and Director of the African Studies Program. His research and teaching has focused on economic reform and political transition in developing countries, with particular emphasis on governance and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has written extensively on questions of economic adjustment, democratization, and civil society in Africa; democratic reform and political economy in Nigeria; public attitudes toward reform and democracy in West Africa; and the comparative politics of economic change in Africa and Southeast Asia.

Lewis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Research Council of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, and is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has consulted for the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Carter Center, the Council on Foreign Relations, Freedom House, USAID, and the World Bank. He received a BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and MA and PhD degrees from Princeton University.


Kimberle Morton
Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs

Kim Morton became associate dean for Development and Alumni Relations in January 2015. In this role, Morton leads a team of development and alumni relations professionals as they work to build community among alumni and secure the resources essential to the school’s mission. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins SAIS, she was senior director of development for the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She also was previously a major gifts officer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, responsible for the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Morton holds a BA from Wellesley College and a JD and MA in international affairs from The George Washington University. 



Michael G. Plummer, PhD
Director, SAIS Europe; Eni Professor of International Economics

Michael Plummer is currently president of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies (ACAES); he serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Asian Economics and he is a nonresident senior fellow at the East-West Center. Prior to his current roles, he was appointed as head of the Development Division in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris from 2010 to 2012, and he was a tenured associate professor at Brandeis University. Plummer also served as an Asian Development Bank distinguished lecturer and team leader at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat for several projects. He led studies on the ASEAN economic community and development of the ASEAN regional bond market; he advised on ASEAN free-trade initiative; he was a lecturer and adviser to the Asian Development Bank; he was a team leader and adviser to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat (2001-2003); he was a member of the editorial Boards of World Development and the Asian Economic Journal; and he was an international advisory board member of the ASEAN Economic Bulletin. Plummer received a PhD in economics from Michigan State University.


Oxford Handbook of International Commercial Policy, co-editor (2012); Realizing the ASEAN Economic Community: A Comprehensive Assessment, co-editor (2009); The Global Economic Crisis and Its Implications for Asian Economic Cooperation (2009); ASEAN Economic Integration: Trade, Finance, and Foreign Direct Investment (2009); "Best Practices in Regional Trading Agreements: An Application to Asia" in The World Economy (2007); The World Trade Organization: Legal, Economic, and Political Analysis (Vols. I-III), co-editor (2005); Economic Integration and Development: Has Regionalism Delivered for Developing Countries? co-author (2002); numerous articles and reviews in academic journals.



Sarah B. O’Hagan ’86, CHAIR
International Rescue Committee
Todd A. Fisher ’91, VICE CHAIR
Chief Administration Officer
KKR & Co. LP
Robert J. Abernethy JHU’62
American Standard Development Co.
David H. Bernstein JHU’57
Carisam-Samuel Meisel Inc.
Douglas Carlston ’71
Chief Executive Officer
Tawala Systems Inc.
Jerry M. de St. Paer ’66
Senior Advisory Partner
Grail Partners LLC
Peter M. Drittel ’84
Senior Advisor
Incapture Investments
Ludovico Feoli
Executive Director
Center for Inter-American Policy & Research
Tulane University
Linda W. Filardi ’83
Senior Counsel
Sponsor Finance Group,
GE Capital, Americas
Pamela P. Flaherty ’68
Former President and Chief Executive Officer
Citi Foundation
Peter A. Flaherty B’67, ’68
Managing Director
Arcon Partners LLC
Alan H. Fleischmann ’89
Albright Stonebridge Group
Co-Founder and Managing Director
ImagineNations Group
Louis J. Forster JHU’82, ’83
Green Visor Capital
David T. Fuhrmann ’82
Glenwood LLC
Shafik Gabr
Chairman and Managing Director
ARTOC Group for Investment and
Richard P. Gildea B’83, ’84
Managing Director
JP Morgan
John Graham ’79
Partner and Portfolio Manager
Rogge Global Partners
Laurence E. Hirsch ’05
Highlander Partners LP

Frank Islam
Chairman and CEO
FI Investment Group LLC
Lee S. Kempler ’91
Managing Director
BlackRock Inc.
Kevin J. Kinsella ’69
Managing Member
Avalon Ventures
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman JHU’69
Joseph E. Lipscomb ’91
Co-Founder and Partner
Arborview Capital
Terri McBride ’99
Chief Operating Officer
EMEA Organisation Practice
McKinsey & Co.
Jill McGovern
President, M&M Enterprises
Senior Consultant
American Institute for
Contemporary German Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Aria Mehrabi ’98
Pacific Star Capital LLC
L. Peter O’Hagan ’87
Executive in Residence
Energy & Infrastructure Group
KKR & Co. LP
Ned S. Offit JHU’87, ’93
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Offit Capital
Kathleen M. Pike B’81, JHU’82, JHU’83
Professor of Psychology
Executive Director and Scientific
Co-Director, Global Mental Health Program
Columbia University
Frank Savage ’64
Chief Executive Officer
Savage Holdings LLC
Bernard L. Schwartz
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
BLS Investments LLC
Cenk Sidar B’06, ’07
Managing Director
Sidar Global Advisors
George Siguler
Managing Director
Siguler Guff & Company LP
Gary M. Talarico ’83
Managing Partner
Cora Street Partners
Thomas B. Tesluk B’81, ’82 T
Sequent Consulting LLC


SAIS Europe Advisory Council

The SAIS Europe Advisory Council is composed of distinguished leaders from Europe and the United States who represent the private, public and non-governmental sectors. The Council plays an important role in the life of the school by providing strategic advice and financial support. Council members also serve as informal ambassadors of SAIS Europe in their home countries and strive to enhance the school’s visibility worldwide.

List of Members Academic Year 2015-2016

Mr. Thomas B. Tesluk, Chairman (US)
Owner and Managing Director, Sequent Consulting LLC
New Canaan, CT, US

Mr. Robert J. Abernethy (US)
President, American Standard Development Company;
President, Self Storage Management Company
Los Angeles, CA, US

Mr. James Anderson (UK)
Partner/CIO, Baillie Gifford Investment Managers
Edinburgh, UK

Mr. Giampiero Bergami (Italy)
Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Country Italy, UniCredit Spa
Milan, Italy

Mr. Michael Bosco (US)
International Lawyer
Rome, Italy

Ms. Allison Carragher (US)
Junior Advisory Council Member
Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State
Washington DC, U.S.

Mr. Nicholas Cortezi (US)
CEO/Owner, All Risks Ltd.
Hunt Valley, MD, US

Prof. Giuseppe de Vergottini (Italy)
Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Bologna
Bologna and Rome, Italy

Mr. Marco dell'Aquila (Italy)
Chairman, Power Capital
London, UK

Ms. Anne Erni (US)
Chief People Officer, Audible Inc.
New York, NY, US

Mr. Martin Fraenkel (UK)
Global Head of Content, Platts
London, UK

Mr. Wilhelm Hemetsberger (Austria)
Chairman, Ithuba Capital AG
Vienna, Austria

Dr. Thomas Jetter (Germany)
Chairman of the Board, Sirona Dental Systems, Inc.
Managing Director and Founding Partner, Digital+ Partners
Bad Homburg, Germany

Mr. Hanns Koenig (Germany)
Junior Advisory Council Member
Associate, Commissioned Projects Germany, Aurora Energy Research
London, UK

Mag. Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny (Austria)
Executive Councilor for Cultural Affairs and Science
City of Vienna, Austria

Ms. Madeleine McCartney (US)
Junior Advisory Council Member
MA Candidate at Johns Hopkins SAIS
Washington, DC, US

Ms. Jill McGovern (US)
President, M&M Enterprises
Senior Consultant; American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Washington DC, US

Dr. Eric D.K. Melby (US)
Founding Partner, The Scowcroft Group
Washington, DC, US

Mr. Guglielmo Antonio Claudio Moscato (Italy)
Chairman and CEO, Gas Mediterraneo & Petrolio Srl (GMP)
Milan, Italy

Ms. Naneen Neubohn (US)
Former Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley
London, UK

Mr. Emilio Ottolenghi (Italy)
President, La Petrolifera Italo Rumena
Bologna, Italy

Mr. John Parachini (US)
Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
Arlington, VA, US

Mr. Stefano Possati (Italy)
President, Marposs Spa
Bentivoglio (BO), Italy

Ms. Nicole Salinger (France)
Director in charge of Special Projects, Louvre Museum
Paris, France

Mr. Raffaele Santoro (Italy)
Boston, MA, US

Mr. Robert Singer (US)
Member of Board of Directors, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Versace, Coty, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co.
Milan, Italy

Mr. Romano Volta (Italy)
President, Datalogic Spa
Calderera di Reno (BO), Italy

Mrs. Alison von Klemperer (US)
Darien, CT, UA

Mr. Jack G. Wasserman (US)
Lawyer; Director, Icahn Enterprises LP and Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc.
New York, NY, US

Dr. Bonnie S. Wilson (US)
Co-Chair of the SAIS Legacy Circle
Member of Board, Osgood Center for International Studies
Bethesda, MD, US

Honorary Members

Mr. Georges Berthoin (France)
Honorary European Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Paris, France

The Hon. Alois Mock (Austria)
Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Former Vice Chancellor of Austria
Vienna, Austria

Prof. Romano Prodi (Italy)
President, Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation; Former President of the European Commission; Former Prime Minister of Italy
Bologna, Italy


Dr. Ronald J. Daniels
President, Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, US

Dr. Vali Nasr
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS and Professor of International Relations
Washington DC, US

Dr. Michael G. Plummer
Director, SAIS Europe and ENI Professor of International Economics
Bologna, Italy


The Hopkins-Nanjing Council

The Hopkins-Nanjing Council serves as a critical source of advice and counsel to the Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean in setting the overall course for the school’s future. Membership is international in scope and is comprised of alumni, business and public sector leaders, and community members who share a commitment to the peaceful integration of China into the global system through education. Members serve as ambassadors for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, promoting its programs to external constituencies and working with the HNC’s leadership to ensure its strength and advancement.

John Lipsky, Chair
Senior Fellow
SAIS Foreign Policy Institute
Former Acting Managing Director, IMF
William R. Brody
President Emeritus
Johns Hopkins University
Gerald Chan
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Morningside Technologies
Hang Lung Properties Ltd.
David Chen
Vice President
Laura Chen
Managing Director
Sterling Capital Investments Ltd.
Executive Chair
ZaShen Foundation
Sunny Dupree
Attorney Mediator
David Frey ’95
Management Consultant
Alan G. Hassenfeld
Chairman of the Executive Committee
Hassenfeld Family Foundation
F. Richard Hsu
J.T. Tai and Co. Foundation
Jill McGovern
President, M&M Enterprises
Senior Consultant
American Institute for
Contemporary German Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Peter D. Nickerson
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Growth Link Trade Services Co. Ltd
Daniel W. Offit ’95, HNC ’95
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Offit Capital
Joshua Perlman HNC ’95
Managing Director
Joseph Tse

Yunqing (Helen) Yan HNC ’95
Group Communications Director
Shirley S. L. Yang JHU ’99, ’01
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Benjamin Yeung
Executive Chairman
Far East Resources Group
Samuel Pollard Foundation

Hua Xinghong HNC’93 SAIS’98
Managing Director
Head of China
Cerberus LP

Stephen O. Lesser SAIS’63
Educational Consultant


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is my pleasure to share "Advancing the Mission," the Johns Hopkins SAIS Strategic Plan, a blueprint to advance the school's mission to educate and prepare the next generation of global leaders.

The plan is a culmination of three years of engagement with faculty, alumni, students, administrators, and supporters of Johns Hopkins SAIS. Based on this feedback, the plan identifies areas of opportunity, such as faculty scholarship, global recruitment, brand marketing, and philanthropy to build upon the Johns Hopkins University tradition of excellence and advance the school's mission.

I look forward to your continued feedback, engagement, and support as we implement its objectives. Through ongoing collaboration with the school's global community of stakeholders, I am confident we will fully realize the school's mission.



Vali Nasr

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