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SAIS Leadership

Vali R. Nasr, Ph.D.

Dean; Professor of International Relations

Background and Education

A Middle East scholar, foreign policy adviser and commentator on international relations whose most recent book,The Dispensable Nation, deals with the implications of Obama administration’s foreign policy on American strategic interests. His earlier books, Forces of Fortune and The Shia Revival, examined the postwar sectarian violence in Iraq and the uprisings known as the Arab Spring and contributed to U.S. policy formulated in response to those events; prior to being named SAIS dean, was a professor of international politics at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; from 2009 to 2011, was special adviser to the president's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; served on the faculties of the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University, the University of California, San Diego and the University of San Diego; was a Carnegie Scholar and a senior fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, 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; currently a member of the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and a director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Democratic Institute; is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Ph.D., political science, 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, M.P.A

Senior Associate Dean of Operations and Finance

Background and Education

In current role, oversees the day-to-day operations of 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; served more than 32 years in a range of senior financial management and business positions for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD); a member of the Senior Executive Service, most recently was associate director of the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency; throughout DOD career, led numerous business transformation efforts and teams that focused on integration, customer responsiveness, continuous business improvement and employment of best business practices; 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; M.P.A., finance and international affairs, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

John M. Harrington Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professorial Lecturer in International Economics

Background and Education

SAIS associate dean since 2002; developed two interactive DVD-based courses, pre-calculus mathematics and basic calculus for economists; has taught at SAIS as a professorial lecturer for more than 30 years, including throughout a 20-year government career at the U.S. Department of State, where he directed economics education for foreign affairs professionals at the Foreign Service Institute; later directed the Office of Regional Economic Policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs; continued to address economic policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean through association with Caribbean/Latin American Action, the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and the Greater American Business Coalition; Ph.D., economics, Georgetown University

Melissa K. Trotta, Ed.D.

Associate Dean for Executive Education and Strategic Initiatives

Background and Education

With more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration, most recently served as associate dean for Executive Degree Programs at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business from April 2010 to August 2012, directing admissions and program management for the Executive M.B.A. Program, the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive M.B.A. Program and the Executive Master's in Leadership Program; previously was the McDonough School's associate dean for Program Initiatives and Engagement and the inaugural assistant dean of Georgetown's M.B.A. Evening Program, growing the enrollment from 60 to 300 students and gaining significant prominence in the Washington, D.C., area and beyond; other professional experience includes roles as director of Admissions at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, associate director of Academic Affairs at Harvard Business School and assistant dean of Admission at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass.; M.A., higher education administration, Boston College; Ed.D., Higher Education Management, University of Pennsylvania

Michael G. Plummer, Ph.D.

Director, SAIS Europe; Eni Professor of International Economics

Background and Education

Held appointment 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; was tenured associate professor at Brandeis University; is president of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies (ACAES); serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Asian Economics; is a nonresident senior fellow at the East-West Center; was Asian Development Bank distinguished lecturer and team leader at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat for several projects; led studies on the ASEAN economic community and development of the ASEAN regional bond market; advised on ASEAN free-trade initiative; lecturer and adviser to the Asian Development Bank; team leader and adviser to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat (2001-2003); member of the editorial Boards of World Development and the Asian Economic Journal; international advisory board member of the ASEAN Economic Bulletin; Ph.D., economics, 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, Ph.D.

American Co-Director, Hopkins-Nanjing Center

Background and Education

Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies at Williams College, received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in linguistics from Cornell University. He earned a second M.A. in Chinese literature from National Taiwan University. From 1980-1991 he was employed at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, where he served as Language Training Supervisor in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, and Mongolian; as Principal of the advanced Chinese field school in Taiwan; and as Chair of the Department of Asian and African Languages. Since coming to 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.

Effective August 1, 2014, he is serving as American Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China


The SAIS Advisory Council

The SAIS Advisory 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
consists of Johns Hopkins University trustees, alumni, business and public sector leaders, and
community members who share a commitment to international relations and to preparing leaders
in the field. Members serve as ambassadors for the school, promote its programs to external
constituencies and work with the school's leadership to ensure its strength and advancement.

Peter A. Flaherty
B'67, '68
Managing Director
Arcon Partners LLC

Robert J. Abernethy
American Standard Development Co.

David H. Bernstein
Carisam-Samuel Meisel Inc.

Robert D. Botjer '67
Euro West Inns Inc.

Douglas Carlston '71
Chief Executive Officer
Tawala Systems Inc.

Jerry M. de St. Paer '66
Executive Chairman
Group of North American
Insurance Enterprises

Peter M. Drittel '84
Portfolio Manager
George Weiss Associates

Ludovico Feoli
Executive Director
Center for Inter-American Policy and
Tulane University

Linda W. Filardi '83
Senior Counsel, Sponsor Finance Group
GE Capital, Americas

Todd A. Fisher '91
Chief Administration Officer
KKR & Co. LP

Pamela P. Flaherty '68
President and Chief Executive Officer
Citi Foundation

Alan H. Fleischmann '89
Co-founder and Managing Director
ImagineNations Group

Louis J. Forster
JHU'82, '83
Senior Managing Director
Cerberus Capital Management

David T. Fuhrmann '82
Glenwood LLC

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

Lee S. Kempler '91
Managing Director
BlackRock Inc.

Kevin J. Kinsella '69
Managing Member
Avalon Ventures

Joseph E. Lipscomb '91
Co-founder and Partner
Arborview Capital

John F. McGillian, Jr.
Managing Partner
Symmetry Partners LLC

Aria Mehrabi '98
Pacific Star Capital LLC

L. Peter O'Hagan '87
Managing Director
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Sarah B. O'Hagan '86
Board Co-chair
International Rescue Committee

Ned S. Offit
JHU'87, '93
Co-chief Executive Officer
Offit Capital

Kathleen M. Pike
B'81, JHU'82, JHU'83
Professor and Chair
Taskforce on Global Mental Health
Columbia University

Francis C. Record '75
Executive Partner
MK Technology LLC

Frank Savage '64
Chief Executive Officer
Savage Holdings LLC

Bernard L. Schwartz
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
BLS Investments LLC

Sally A. Shelton-Colby B'67, '68
Adjunct Professor
School of International Service
American University

Gary M. Talarico '83
President and Chief Executive Officer
Gordon Brothers Group

Thomas B. Tesluk B'81, '82
Sequent Consulting LLC

SAIS Europe at Bologna Advisory Council

The SAIS Europe Advisory Council is composed of distinguished leaders from Europe and the United States who represent both private and public sectors. The Council plays a major role in the life of the Center by providing operating advice and financial support. Council members also serve as informal ambassadors of the Center in their home countries and strive to enhance the school's public image throughout Europe and the United States.

List of Members Academic Year 2014-2015

Mr. Thomas Tesluk, Chair (U.S.)
Managing Director, Sequent Consulting LLC
New Canaan, CT, U.S.

Mr. Robert J. Abernethy (U.S.)
President, American Standard Development Company
Los Angeles, CA, U.S.

Mr. James Anderson (UK)
Partner, Baillie Gifford & Co.
Edinburgh, UK

Mr. Michael Bosco (U.S.)
Partner, DLA PIPER
Rome, Italy

The Honorable Ioannis Bourloyannis-Tsangaridis (Greece)
Former Ambassador to Nato and Germany
Former General Director of National Defense Policy and International Relations,
Hellenic Ministry of National Defense
Athens, Greece

Ms. Allison Carragher (U.S.)
Junior Advisory Council Member
SAIS Bologna Graduate 2013

Mr. Nicholas Cortezi (U.S.)
Chief Executive Officer, All Risks Limited
Hunt Valley, MD, U.S.

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

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

Ms. Anne Erni (U.S.)
Head of Human Resources, Bloomberg LP,
New York, NY, U.S.

Mr. Martin Fraenkel (UK)
Consultant at NYSE Euronext
London, UK

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

Dr. Thomas Jetter (Germany)
Chairman, Sirona Dental Systems, Inc.
Bad Homburg, Germany

Mr. Hanns Koenig (Germany)
Junior Advisory Council Member
SAIS Bologna Graduate 2012

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

Dr. Jill McGovern (U.S.)
President, M&M Enterprises
Washington, D.C., U.S.

Mr. Eric Melby (U.S.)
Founding Partner, Scowcroft Group Inc.
Washington, D.C., U.S.

Ing. Guglielmo Moscato (Italy)
Chairman and CEO, Gas Mediterraneo & Petrolio Srl
Milan, Italy

Ms. Naneen Hunter-Neubohn (U.S.)
Former Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley,
London, UK

Mr. Roberto Nicastro (Italy)
General Manager, UniCredit Spa
Milan, Italy

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

Mr. John Parachini (U.S.)
Policy Analyst,Intelligence Policy Center, RAND National Security Research Division
Arlington, VA, U.S.

Mr. Stefano Possati (Italy)
President, Marposs S.p.A.
Bologna, Italy

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

Mrs. Georgia Santangelo Derrico (U.S.)
Founder, Chairwoman and CEO, Sonabank
Charlottesville, VA, U.S.
Partner, Santangelo and Sandridge
Middleburg, VA, U.S.

Mr. Raffaele Santoro (Italy)
Boston, MA, U.S.

Mr. Robert Singer (U.S.)
Former CEO, Barilla Holding S.p.A.
Parma, Italy

Mr. Stephen Vicinelli (U.S.)
Managing Director, The Investment Fund for Foundations
Cambridge, MA, U.S.

Cav. Lav. Ing. Romano Volta (Italy)
President, Datalogic SpA, Bologna
Former President, Industrialists' Association
Province of Bologna, Italy

Mrs. Alison von Klemperer (U.S.)
Darien, CT, U.S.

Mr. Jack G. Wasserman (U.S.)
Lawyer and Company Director
New York

Dr. Edward T. Wilson (U.S.)
Owner, Fund for Fine Arts, Inc.
Bethesda, MD, U.S.


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

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

Prof. Romano Prodi (Italy)
Chair, UN-African Union Peacekeeping Panel
Former Prime Minister of Italy and Former President, European Commission
Bologna, Italy


Dr. Ronald J. Daniels
President, The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, U.S.

Dr. Vali Nasr
Dean, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Washington, D.C., U.S.

Prof. Michael Plummer
Director of the SAIS Bologna Center
Bologna, Italy

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.

William R. Brody, Chair
President, Salk Institute and
President Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Gerald Chan
Chairman and CEO, Morningside Technologies and Director,
Hang Lung Properties Ltd.
Morningside Technologies

Laura Chen
Executive Chair, ZeShan Foundation
Director, Sterling Private Management Ltd Sterling Capital Investments Ltd

Sunny Dupree, JD
Attorney Mediator

David Frey, SAIS ‘95
Partner, Management Consulting
KPMG China Global Practice

Alan G. Hassenfeld
Chairman of the Executive Committee, Hasbro and President, the Hassenfeld Family Foundation
Hassenfeld Family Initiatives

F. Richard Hsu
President, J.T. Tai and Co. Foundation

GAO Liqun, HNC ‘99
Partner, Tax and Business Advisory Services
Shanghai Deloitte Tax Ltd.

Jill McGovern
Senior Consultant, The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Peter D. Nickerson
Managing Director and Co-Founder,
Growth Link Trade Services Co. Ltd.

Joshua Perlman, HNC ’95 and
Yunqing (Helen) Yan, HNC ’95*
(Perlman) Managing Director, Tristate
(Yan) Group Communications Director, Sanofi-Aventis

Daniel B. Wright, HNC ’94,
SAIS ’95 & ‘05
President and CEO, GreenPoint Group
GreenPoint Group

Shirley S. L. Yang, Carey ’99 & ‘01*
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
JH Outpatient Center 3142

Benjamin Yeung
Executive Chairman, Far East Resources Group and Chairman,
Samuel Pollard Foundation

Contact Us

Office of the Dean
The Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies
The Johns Hopkins University
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202.663.5640 / schaudhary@jhu.edu

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