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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 U.S. 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, 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 U.S. Department of Defense (DOD); he was a member of the Senior Executive Service, and he was most recently the associate director of the U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

Cornelius C. Kubler, PhD
American Co-Director, Hopkins-Nanjing Center

In addition to his role at Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Kubler is a Stanfield professor of Asian Studies at Williams College. From 1980-1991 he served as a Language Training Supervisor in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, and Mongolian at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State. He was a Principal of the advanced Chinese field school in Taiwan; and he served as Chair of the Department of Asian and African Languages. Since joining Williams in 1991, he has chaired the former Department of Chinese and Asian Studies Program as well as, for a total of 12 years, the Department of Asian Studies, which he was instrumental in founding. He has also served as visiting professor at Eisenhower College, Portland State University, Middlebury College, National Taiwan Normal University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages. Kubler, who is author or coauthor of 20 books and over 50 articles on Chinese language pedagogy and linguistics, frequently serves as reviewer or consultant for Chinese and Asian Studies programs in the U.S. and overseas. He has served as Chair of the Test Development Committee for the SAT Subject Test™ in Chinese and as member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages of the Modern Language Association. Kubler received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees in linguistics from Cornell University. He earned a second MA in Chinese literature from National Taiwan University.

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
J.P. 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 2014-2015

Thomas B. Tesluk B’81, ’82, Chair
Sequent Consulting LLC
Robert J. Abernethy JHU’62
American Standard Development Co.
James Anderson B’81
Baillie Gifford & Co.
Michael Bosco B’87, JHU’88
DLA Piper
Ioannis Bourloyannis Tsangaridis B’61
Former General Director of National Defense Policy and International Relations, Hellenic Ministry of National Defense
Allison Carragher B’13, ’14
Junior Advisory Council Member
Foreign Service Officer
U.S. Department of State
Nicholas Cortezi B’87, JHU’88, ’08
Chief Executive Officer
All Risks Limited
Giuseppe de Vergottini
Professor of Constitutional Law
University of Bologna
Lawyer in Rome and Bologna, Italy
Marco dell’Aquila B’85, ’86
Managing Director
Power Capital
Anne Erni B’85, JHU’86, ’90
Head of Human Resources
Bloomberg LP
Martin Fraenkel B’83, ’84
NYSE Euronext
Wilhelm Hemetsberger B’85
Ithuba Capital AG
Thomas Jetter B’83
Chairman of the Board
Sirona Dental Systems, Inc

Hanns Koenig B’12, ’13
Junior Advisory Council Member
Executive Assistant
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
Paul Andreas Mailath-Pokorny
Executive City Councilor for Cultural Affairs and Science
Jill McGovern
President, M&M Enterprises
Senior Consultant
American Institute for
Contemporary German Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Eric Melby B’71, ’72, ’78
Founding Partner
Scowcroft Group Inc.
Guglielmo Moscato
Chairman and CEO
Gas Mediterraneo & Petrolio SRL
Naneen Hunter-Neubohn B’63, ’64
Former Advisory Director
Morgan Stanley
Roberto Nicastro
General Manager
UniCredit S.p.A.
Emilio Ottolenghi
La Petrolifera Italo-Rumena
John Parachini B’87, ’90
Policy Analyst
Intelligence Policy Center, RAND National Security Research Division
Stefano Possati
Marposs S.p.A.
Nicole Salinger B’60
In charge of Special Projects
Louvre Museum
Georgia Santangelo Derrico B’69
Founder, Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Charlottesville, Va.
Santangelo and Sandridge
Middleburg, Va.
Raffaele Santoro B’60
Robert Singer JHU’72
Member of Board of Directors
Mead Johnson Nutrition, Versace, Coty, Labelux, Tiffany & Co.
Stephen Vicinelli
Managing Director
The Investment Fund for Foundations
Romano Volta
Datalogic S.p.A.
Former President
Industrialists’ Association
Alison von Klemperer B’86, ’89
Lawyer and Company Director  
New York City
Edward T. Wilson B’68, ’72
Fund for Fine Arts Inc.
Georges Berthoin
Honorary European Chair
The Trilateral Commission
Alois Mock B’58
Former Austrian Foreign Minister
Former Vice Chancellor of Austria
Romano Prodi
UN-African Union Peacekeeping Panel
Former Prime Minister of Italy
Former President of the European Commission
Ex Officio
Ronald J. Daniels
Johns Hopkins University
Vali Nasr
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Michael G. Plummer
SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


The Hopkins-Nanjing Council

The Hopkins-Nanjing Council serves as a critical source of advice and counsel to the 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
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
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
Deloitte China
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


Contact Us

Office of the Dean
The Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies
The Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Shamila N. Chaudhary, Senior Advisor to the Dean
202.663.5640 / schaudhary@jhu.edu

For all scheduling and outreach inquiries for the Dean, please contact: 
Donna Dejban, Executive Specialist and Senior Coordinator
202.663.5622 / ddejban1@jhu.edu