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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 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
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
Vice Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Peter Lewis became the vice dean for Academic and Faculty 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
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.

David J. Davies
American Co-Director, Hopkins-Nanjing Center
David J. Davies is the American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, where he was also a student and visiting scholar. He is a professor of anthropology and director of East Asian Studies at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Davies is the former director of the Duke University Study in China program in Beijing. His research interests focus on aspects of China’s economic and cultural transformation from the late Mao period to the present day—from social memory and nostalgia of the Cultural Revolution, to the corporate culture in Chinese Wal-Mart stores and the rise of Chinese celebrity business entrepreneurs. Davies enjoys developing innovative teaching pedagogies using digital technologies. He holds a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. His expertise includes corporate culture, globalization, anthropology of visual and digital media, social memory and nostalgia, and museums and tourism. 

Noemi Crespo Rice
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Noemi Crespo Rice oversees the Office of Student Affairs, including financial aid, career services, student life, registration, student accounts, international scholar services, and the one-stop student services center. Crespo Rice joined Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2006 as the director of financial aid. Prior to this position, she was director of financial aid at the University of Connecticut’s medical and dental schools. She is an active member of the university serving on its Student Services Excellence Initiative steering committee and as Chair of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Diversity Council. She is also an active member of a number of higher education professional organizations including the American Council on Education's Women’s Network and the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Crespo Rice holds a BA from the University of Connecticut, an MA in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University, and EdD in Higher Education Management from University of Pennsylvania.

Guadalupe Paz
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs
Guadalupe Paz is responsible for advancing the strategic goals of cultivating faculty scholarship and building a community of academic excellence and collaboration. Chief among the priorities under her purview are: faculty recruitment and retention strategies, including a focus on increasing faculty diversity at the school; support for tenure and promotion, including a mentoring program for tenure-track faculty; strategic planning in areas such as curriculum, intra- and inter-divisional collaboration opportunities, and academic resources and technology; and integration efforts across the university. Prior to her current appointment, Paz served as director of faculty affairs and planning in the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs (2015–2017). From 1994 to 2017, she served as a staff member of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Latin American Studies Program (LASP) in various capacities, most recently as associate director and adjunct lecturer. Before moving to Washington, DC, Paz was a research associate at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in her native Monterrey, Mexico. She holds a BA from Stanford University and a Masters in International Public Policy and PhD from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

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 2017-2018

Mr. Thomas B. Tesluk, Chairman (US)
CEO and Founder, 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

Ms. Adele Barzelay (UK) 
Junior Advisory Council Member
Public sector consultant,
World Bank Global Practice’s
Middle East and North Africa Unit
Washington D.C., U.S.

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

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

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

Mr. Martin Fraenkel (UK)
President, S&P Global Platts
London, UK

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

Dr. Thomas Jetter (Germany)
Managing Director and Founding
Partner, Digital+ Partners
Chairman of the Supervisory Board,
HQ Capital
Bad Homburg, Germany

Dr. Kenneth H. Keller (USA)
Senior Adjunct Professor of Science and
Technology Policy at JHU Sais Europe
Woodbury, MN, U.S.

Ms. Angelina Magal (Greece/USA)
Junior Advisory Council Member
Consultant, Sia Partners
London, U.K.

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

Ms. Madeleine McCartney (US)
Junior Advisory Council Member
Senior Investigator, Mintz Group
New York, NY, U.S.

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

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

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

Mr. Robert Singer (US)
Member of Board of Directors,
Coty Inc., Tiffany &Co.,
and Panera Bread
Milan, Italy

Mr. Max Stadler (Germany)
Junior Advisory Council Member
Associate Consultant,
Boston Consulting Group
Frankfurt, Germany

Mr. Dominique Thormann (USA/France)
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Renault Group
Paris, France

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

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

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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Shamila N. Chaudhary, Senior Advisor to the Dean
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